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:
2,712
Reviews:
1,221
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
Wants:
213
Gots:
505
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Beginner2
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

In my book, more fruity than sweet (meaning the malt-sugar balance works well throughout) and only enough hops to keep the fruity-sweet in balance at its-hard-to-understand dry finish. (How do they do that?)
Anyway, a very well put-together dubbel. (I wish I was this balanced.)

While stating that Westmalle's water suits the pale ales, MJ's "Great Beers" writes that the Dubbel "has a soft body and a palate that is malty and coffee-ish, with hints of anise and passion-fruit toward a dry finish."
MJ's 1999 guide gives the Dubbel only 2 of 4 stars, alluding its dryness hurt his rating.

Reviewed also in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"

I think it is interesting to consider why of the best brewers in the world makes only three brews. Stick to your knitting. (but great yeast helps.)

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

Photo of Ant777uk
3.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look, head goes down a bit too fast. Nice colour.

Aroma a bit uninspiring.

Taste - The aftertaste is one of the best ever.Amazingly complex. Quite heavy though. This is not as smooth as some of the best ones.

Feel is good, quite thick

For me this is too heavy, even one glass seems too much.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a rich thick head that kept to the bottom of the glass. Rich malt and characteristic Belgium yeast taste. Great rounded mouthfeel. Very enjoyable beer and a classic of its style.

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Photo of aleigator
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazelnut brown color with a beautiful, huge, fluffy head, which maintains a solid coating even after a couple of minutes.

Smells of ripe red apples, a hint of honey, toffee and dusty wood. A subtle earth addition mingles into the profound apple sweetness, evoking apple pith qualities, perfectly complimented by the honey.

Has a higher carbonation with a still enjoyable smooth, soft mouthfeel to it.

Tastes of earth and toffee coated red apples, together with a raisins quality and a hint of bakers chocolate. Produces a leafy dryness, evoking more earth and a mix of honey and caramel sweetness, creating an intriguing balance. Apple pith, plack peppers and cardamom spiced up hops build the finish of this surprisingly hoppy beer, creating a clean, enjoyable ending.

Extremely well put together, creating a great drinking experience full of fruits, honey and a rustic malt character. Its sweetness is far away from dominating the taste, as for its herbal dryness, blending perfectly into the rich, earthen malts.

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Photo of Oleg85
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of captaincoffee
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown with a low creamy head that leaves a ring. Nose is full of esters and roasty malts. Flavor is classic dubbel, but not as rich as expected. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh due to high carbonation. Overall, a great beer, but I just want it to be even more.

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Photo of EMH73
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown with a well retained one and a half inch head. Aroma is yeasty, sweet fruits, spices and alcohol. Taste is that of sweet fruits, malts, yeasty, a bit of bitterness that fades quickly and just a hint of nuts.
Smooth, clean mouth feel, well carbonated, a bit dry. Excellent beer.

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

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

Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, prunes in particular, malts. Taste is fruits, malts, alcohol, somewhat bready and sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good, but not great beer.

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Photo of TWINEMINDER
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jeschaefer
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of josanguapo
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From elcervecero. In La Trappe chalice. Watching Sons of Anarchy 7x13. Good aspect and smell. Taste is not bad but it It has a subtle sourness that makes me not fully enjoy it.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice all around, this pours a hazy, very dark mahogany with massive pillow of tan foam that grows for several minutes following the pour. Aromas are yeasty, slightly sweet ripened fruits, and some bread malt. Flavor is similar though less sweet than expected. Very balanced with an earthiness in the middle and a slightly dry finish. Great dubbel, but didn't blow me away in any particular regard.

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Photo of stormheim
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of windowside
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zet
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown colour with a decent head of foam. Full smell of caramel, malts, hops and some alcohol. The taste is where this beer excels: Initially sweet in the mouth, which flavours of chocolate, plums, caramel and roasted malts. When swallowing, the taste gets more bitter and surprisingly dry in the back of the throat, with roasted malts, coffee, nuts and hops being prevalent here. Some hints of caramel and vanilla make their way back into the mouth after the swallow and the dryness lingers well on the pallate. A very rich, full and complex beer: I simply love this dubbel.

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Photo of zknight
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjpoole
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a pretty damn good beer with a decent balance between sweet fruity flavors and notes of coffee and roasted malts. There was the tiniest bit of alcohol on the aftertaste, just enough to let you know it was there. Overall, a fine beer. It tells me I need to try more Dubbels!

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Photo of SassaDog
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jow
3.29/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Omniwar
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,712 ratings.
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