Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,739
Reviews:
1,230
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
Wants:
217
Gots:
515
For Trade:
1
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Photo of BrandonOfCanada
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of raindog814
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This legendary dubbel pours an opaque, dark brown color with a slight red tint. The carbonation is fairly high and there is a somewhat thin white head. The smell is fruity, but fairly subtle with notes of banana and date as well as a slight alcohol aroma. The flavor is well rounded and not as fruity as I imagined it would be. There are banana notes and some spices, but they are actually fairly mild compared to many other dubbels that I’ve tried. The malts are quite robust for this style though and impart some caramel and molasses flavors as well as a body that is on the upper end of medium. The alcohol is noticeable on the aftertaste. I have to give this props for being a pretty rugged dubbel. I have to say I was expecting something more elegant, but I may actually like this more. Dubbels are not my favorite Belgian style, but this is pretty damn good.

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Photo of Hanyuu
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slim_720
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buziosbeerhouse
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Impressive taste. An excelente beer.

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Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of akk14
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of randomNBGD
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FBarber
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and rich, the color of dried prunes. Thin khaki head quickly dissipated levying no lacing and no head to speak of.

Smell is a rich array of aromas of brown sugar, prunes, raisins, dark stone fruits, caramel and booze. Absolutely incredible robust aroma.

Taste is initially carbonated up front providing an initial tingle on the tongue and mouth. As that dissipates you get this incredible array of flavors including brown sugar, prunes, raisins, dried cherries, caramel. Finish is boozy, with a real nice almost bourbon-esque character. Slight bitterness on the finish cuts any sweetness. Even though its only a 7% ABV, there is a nice warming sensation in the cheeks as you sip it.

Feel, as mentioned has medium carbonation, noticeable on the tongue initially. Very smooth, pretty drinkable.

I'll be honest, this is one of my all time favorite beers. Just everything I love in a beer. If I had to pick one beer as the only beer I could drink again, this would be on the short list of possibilities (and maybe even be my pick).

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Photo of Squire123
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brownish color with orange highlights around the edges. Nice tan cap and lacing.

Aroma of dark malt, toffee and yeasty dark bread with something light and cheerful like cherries.

Taste is a complex, very sophisticated combination of good things. Caramelized sugar, lightly toasted homemade bread, Dark ripe figs, all with a spicy, fruity influence. Hops are minimal, just enough to balance, and carbonation is at just about the right pitch. Dark cherries return in the aftertaste basking in the afterglow.

Medium full texture with balancing carbonation.

It simply tastes like a classic with the power and sophistication of a Rolls Royce vehicle.

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Photo of kitch
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 24th July 2016 and poured into a Chimay goblet glass.

Appearance: It poured a dark brown colour with a slight reddish hue and a two finger beige head that slowly settles to a nice thin but creamy puffy layer while leaving nice curtain lacing.

Aroma: Strong dark fruits with cherry, plum, prune, raisin, grape and a hint of banana, toffee and caramel in the background.

Taste: Some toffee and caramel before a blast of lightly sweet dark stone fruits, cherry, plum, grape, fig and raisin.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium to full bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Excellent Dubbel, excellent beer. Nice complexity and balance in the aromas and taste and is definitely a must buy beer for me.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish/mahogany brown with a big two finger head of light tan foam that dissipates into a thin layer.

Raisins, sour cherry, mild Belgian yeast spice, banana, clove, and caramel and honey sweetness.

Raisins and dark fruit, banana, yeast spiciness, slight tartness, and clove.

Medium-heavy bodied, medium-high carbonation.

Overall, a solid and very drinkable beer.

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Photo of thirstywoodfin1
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 54V4G3
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PatrickCT
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Euroglot
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of burnstar
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Westmalle Dubbel is very good but their Tripel is even better in my opinion.

(L) It is dark almost black with a very thin off white head.

(A) Bready and fruity aroma.

(T) Bready, dark fruit, tart, very nice.

(F) Tart, sweet quite fizzy but easy drinking.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NilocRellim
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark, rich copper/red colour. Smells fruity and sweet, with hints of cranberry. Thicker mouthfeel, very mild taste overall; fruity and slightly sweet, with almost an almond taste at the end. Very classic and session-able.

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Photo of Patrickt22
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Freepack88
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,739 ratings.
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