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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

BEER STATS
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1,203
Ratings:
2,666
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.6%
 
 
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Photo of urbanvets
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle14/2/14 bought refrigerated poured into chalice

a - Huge creamy head with good retention throughout dark brownish red

s- Huge malts and caramel with celery, on warming to room temperature more fruits are apparent

t- Malty caramel raisens almonds

overall, much preferred this beer at room temperature, flavors and smells came out. Another sipping beer. Prefer the Rochefort 6 over this but nice Dubbel.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a tight, tiny bubble head. Big ampersand shaped glaze of retention.

Smells like dark fruit, cognac, and cherry cola.

WD has an overarching raisin brandy that is present during the whole experience and is really the highlight of the beer. Toffee with nutmeg spiciness, watery unsweetened cocoa caramel that becomes more prominent as it warms and a long cola fade intermingle at times with the raisin brandy. Course, grainy carbonation which I don't like at all.

Westmalle says this beer will improve for up to for years (mine was bottle 7.14.11) but knowing my palette I'd like a newer bottle. Still, it shows lots of highlights and the sum of those highlights is better than any individual part.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 12, 2013.

The pour is brown with ruby red hues glistening in the glass as well as a silky, tan head that fades to a ring but lingers on.

The aromas are fine and enticing with sweet malts, Belgian sugars, yeast, molasses, and dark fruit akin to prunes or plums

The body falls into the medium range on the whole but there is a level of fizzy carbonation on my tongue.

In some respects this reminds me of the putrid sweetness of a barleywine with loads of sweet barley malts at first followed by a pungent, potent bitter hop finish. It burns a little on the end but not in a bad way. This is quite a beer.

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Photo of mscudder
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Into a chalice.

A - Deep ruby brown with a massive tan head. Head contains gorgeous bubbles which leave good lacing after an above average retention.

S - Biscuits, dark fruits and a touch of chocolate and caramel.

T - Big bready malts give a base for this to work off of. Subtle and refined sweetness coats the palette through the swallow. Namely: cherries, caramel, raisins and grapes. Complex and enjoyable.

M - Fluffy medium body with average carbonation.

O - A nice dubbel that could be more bold.The biscuity base limits all that this beer can accomplish. Given this basis, they did a fantastic job.

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

A: Reddish brown, amber. Modest off-white head. No lacing.

S: Sugary sweet, fruity, a bit of spice.

T/M: Rich sugar up front, lots of dark fruits, apple, some almost cidery elements. Some spice around the edges. Warming booze and a hint of burn at the end. Tingly mouthfeel.

O: A great, subtle but flavorful Belgian.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a La Trappe chalice.

Appearance
Dark garnet with reddish highlights. 2 fingers of uber-creamy, off-white head that lingers forever. Moderate carbonation and cloudy.

Nose
Concord grape, plum and dark candy sugar.

Taste
Delicate notes of concord grape, overripe plum, fig and dates. Subtle notes of molasses, dark candy sugar and tobacco. Ever so slight hints of cocoa, earth and leather.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, silky, crisp and airy.

Overall
Complex and delicate. Loads of dark fruit and earthy aromas. Deceptively drinkable. This is a spectacular Dubbel.

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Photo of herman77
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best by 13/10/13

A: Dark brown/chestnut with a huge bubbly off white head. Nice lacing.

S: Malts dominate the nose. Some toffee, carmel and molasses as well as dark fruits (raisins, plums, figs). Some earthiness as well, maybe a bit of toasted malts.

T: Again, malts dominate. Mainly semi sweet toffee, carmel and molasses. Some dark fruits as well. A touch of hops on the backend. Some earthiness. A bit phenolic and spicy in the finish. Pretty smooth.

M: Light to medium body. Lots of fine carbonation bubbles.

O: Decent drinkability. A really nice dubbel.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Opaque chocolate/amber with a tan two finger head that sits pretty for a while. Excellent lacing. Bits of fermentation float around.

S: Dark fruits, raisins, dates, bready malts.

T: Divine. Sweet. Malty. Pungent. Cloves. Caramel and Belgian yeast compliment the taste. A cherry finish. So good.

M: Thick. Excellent, frothy carbonation.

O: One of the better dubbels available. Smooth, rich and tasty. Bless those monks.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, this beer has a dark earth brown color to it with some fermentation floating around with the carbonation, and its all topped off with a nice thick head that slowly dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles surrounded by some really great lacing. The aroma is very complex, brown sugar, plums, figs and raisins all come up, apple and wine smells also come through. Slightly bitter overall, the flavors is just as complex, the hops are present as you swallow, mild grapefruit zest, dark fruits and some raisin are all mixed in. It has a medium-to-full body and is filled with carbonation. Overall, this is a very good beer and I’ll be drinking this one more often.

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Photo of gr0g
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Composite review based on older notes from a 330ml bottle and a 750ml bottle consumed on 12/31/2012.

Pours a mahogany color with a but of haziness. A Good sized tan head that never completely fades, leaving a fair amount of lacing as it recedes to a sticky film. Aroma is of sweet, dark fruit dipped in liquory caramel. Some yeast undertones too. Fruity esters from across the spectrum. Caramel apple, white grape, and raisin.

First taste impression is that it's more dry, tart than expected. While I would like just a bit more residual sweetness, this is a 7% dubbel, not a quad, so it's entirely appropriate. Lots of caramel malt flavor; also raisin, tart apple. Near the bottom of the 750, more chalky yeast and a smoother mouthfeel. A great pairing with some good ol' American BBQ. Alcohol doesn't intrude at all, and carbonation is vigorous and sudsy while remaining nicely complimentary to the flavor.

Westmalle Dubbel is another Trappist gem. It must be tried if you even remotely favor Belgian ales.

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Photo of FLima
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with a beige thick head with good retention.
Delicious aroma of grapes, prunes, wood, and probably slightly toasted malts.
Matured fruity flavor, good presence of condiments, prunes, apple, pears, toasted malts, caramel, grapes and a woody and cinnamon touch. Later I got some citrus, orange peel type.
Dry, fruity and mild bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is in harmony with the other ingredients and gives a mild warming feeling.
Full body with low to medium carbonation, though effervescent giving the sensation of bigger bubbles.
A beer that evolves as you drink it. Loved both the Dubbel and the Tripel, I will chase more brews from Westmalle.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into my New Belgium Globe.

A: Prune/dark brown and opaque, with a huge light tan head that fades to a consistent finger of creamy lace.

S: Big fruitiness, red apples, grapes and grape juice, chalky effervescent Belgian yeast, faint cherry and red wine notes. Malty sweet undertones with moderate spiciness.

T: More spiciness emerges in the flavors, and dark fruits seem to dominate more than that apple character; I get prune and raisin. Faint alcohol bitterness on the finish. Sweeter dark malt presence, Belgian candy sugar and hints of caramel all play a supportive role.

MF: Creamy medium mouthfeel, very nice. Effervescent carbonation moves the body along.

O: Really nice dubbel, probably the best I've ever had of this style. Better than the Chimay IMO.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a dfh snifter.

A: pours a nice murky nutty brown with a finger of tanned head... Receeda quickly, not much lacing.

S: a nice toasty nutty grain w/ a sweet touch of darkfruit and some apple likeness.

T: follows Suit, alot of the toastyness ingot in the aroma takes a back seat to the sweet rasin and brown sugar like dark fruit along with the apple/pear notes... Tasty.

M: creamy with a crisp aggressive carbonation.

O: very tasty and delicious... Really love the weatmalles, both this and the tripel are delicious.

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 9 bottle into a pint glass. Beautiful 1 finger head that sticks around with great lacing. Cloudy as expected with good deep coloring.

Aroma has lots of dark fruits and caramel. Flavor is the same with a hint of spiciness. Gets even better as it warms and you can really pick out the fruits on the front end with caramel finish on the back.

Mouth feel was great and full. I've had this before with a bad pour and it seemed overly carbonated, but this time it was perfectly balanced. A great beer that is the pinnacle of the style.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown, with a creamy-looking off-white/eggshell head, foamy. Bubbly as carbonation moves up the outside of my Chimay chalice here.
smells raisiny, sweet with some banana bread and a lurking spice, there is a sharp ester-like kick of amaretto in my nose!
The taste follows suit. Bready fruit notes and a bitter biting but all very well balanced. Earthy, and I still get banana out of this somehow. It ends with a bitter sharp bite almost as if I were sipping a liquor, yet I know this is a lighter brew than it seems to me. This is surely the esters that reside in this Abby offering. Great taste.
Creamy mouthfeel and the carbonation is great. A surefire astringency hits the end of this.
Overall, this is a a nice example of a Trappist ale, a style I continue to seek more examples of. I'll have to grab this brewery's Tripel next time.

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Photo of Marc_V
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Belgianbeershop.com. Head: beige, thick, stable, nice lacing. Color: dark red brown, very beautiful. Aroma: filled with roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel. The taste is very well balanced with a fantastic full mouthfeel. Notes of caramel and banana. Very long finish. This is one of the best trappist ales, almost as good as the Westmalle tripel.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Westmalle Trappist branded chalice

Pours a deep, dark amber with lighter amber highlights. Fluffy, cream-colored one and half finger head. Candi sugar and a hint of almond on the nose. Complex flavors of caramel, chocolate, nutty grains, raisin, and date. Mild spice throughout. Drying from midpalate through the finish, crisp carbonation balances the syrupy medium body lightening it a bit. A fantastic representation of the style, a landmark brew.

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Photo of CA_Infidel2o9
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz to a Tulip

A- deep murky brown, 1" fluffy khaki head

S- roasty, nutty malts, caramel, toffee, citrus, grape, apple, earthy, spices

T- caramel, toffee, belgian yeast, citrus, grape, green apple tartness, slit nutty malts

M- almost creamy, crisp carbonation, apple tartness tingles and curls the tongue

O- A very enjoyable brew. Its dark, roasty, nutty, and caramel, mixed with light citrus, fruits and crisp carbonation. It's very unique and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Dope
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is dated best before 14/02/14.

A: Pours a very dark reddish-brown. Huge effervescent and fluffy light brown head. Fades slowly with top notch head retention. Only the slightest tufts of lacing left behind, however.

S: Very fruity - mostly dark fruits. Raisin and grape seem prominent along with the banana. Lots of sweet caramel to back it up.

T: Again, very fruity up front. Banana is stronger here than in the aroma. Other miscellaneous dark fruits join the fray - slightly tart in fact. Caramel in the middle with some stronger earthy spiciness kicking in shortly afterwards. Grassy in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, a little thin but not bad.

O: Not a bad dubbel. Somewhat thin though and the fruitiness is borderline sour. All depends if that sort of thing is your bag. For me - meh.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Murky, dark brown body with a bit of red tint in color. Two finger tan head that settles into a nice cap, leaving a little lacing.

The aroma is primarily dark fruit, featuring raisin and fig notes. As it warms, I get a bit of caramel malt. Not complex but good.

The flavor is excellent. Very complex mix of the dark fruit flavors, rich malt, light tobacco, and just a minor note that borders on a citric hop. The flavors continue to open up as it warms, much like the aroma.

Very smooth, medium texture in the mouthfeel. An excellent beer in nearly every way. HIghly recommend it.

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Photo of Makkara
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 0.75 liter bottle of this brew, as my first trappist and was surprised in a good way.

Appearance is a hazy brown, and very (I mean very) foamy, definitely good to look at. Aroma of malts and wood mostly to my nose. Taste is very long-lasting, with dark fruits at first, ending with wood and dry notes. Mouth feel is not light but not heavy carbonation either, falls in between. The aroma is not as complex and nice as the taste, so don't let the first impression fool you. Definitely worth trying, glad I did.

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Photo of Jetulio
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into a Chalice glass

Appareance: dark hazy brown colour, nearly opaque. beige head (almost two fingers).

Aroma: malty smell with fruit ( figs ) and wood.

Taste: touch of dark fruits sweetnes at the start , then you can taste wood and grass ending with bitterness and dry sensations. Long lasting in mouth.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonaation and body.

Overall: perfect equilibrium. Good trappist beer, long in mouth. Maybe the aroma is not so fine as the later taste, but in mouth is an amazing ale. Classic.

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Photo of babayaga
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Served at 45F & allowed to warm up a bit.

Appearance is dark brown/red - mahogany is really the best descriptor. Huge 3-finger tan head, dissipates slowly. Medium bubble size. Clear with a swish of yeast. Could've poured it better were it not for the huge head.

Aroma is raisin, light alcohol, banana as it warms up.

Healthy/lively carbonation, as expected, but not sharp on the tongue.

Flavor is date, lightly bitter. Cassis perhaps. Smells sweeter than it tastes (I love that). Very slight tang at the finish.

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

Opened a bottle today with a best before date of 3/5/13.

Appearance is about what I would expect from a Dubbel, Dark copper brown almost opaque, no real haze with a darker creme-brown one finger head that recedes but sticks around with a thin layer.

Smells of figs and caramel malt sweetness, backed by a roasted warming alcohol character, quite pleasant not overwhelming.

Taste is on par with the smell, balanced fig and caramel flavors accent a roasted backbone that warms the pallet. On the back end the caramel and fig flavors fall off leaving an aftertaste of pleasant roasted bitterness.

The mouth feel is a little less than I would have thought given the nose, but never the less pleasant.

Overall this beer is balanced nicely; I will definitely be buying some more in the near future.

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

330ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a clear very dark brown, nearly opaque. Topped by a huge billowy off-white head that keeps growing thanks to the abundant carbonation. Some of the best head retention I have every seen.

Aroma has lots of dark fruit such as figs and cherries layered on top of wood. Hints of pipe tobacco along with wet grass and hay. A little bit of light cocoa underneath.

The flavor really has tons going on. Like in the aroma, dark fruit predominantly up front consisting largely of cherries and figs. A decent woody note is present along with a little bit of must although it nicely compliments the other flavors. Grass comes in next along with a moderate, cleansing bitterness. The beer finishes dry on the palate with bitterness lingering long after all other flavors depart.

Overall, a truly complex and amazing beer. There is really so much going on here and the flavors change as the beer warms. One of the classics.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,666 ratings.
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