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:
2,723
Reviews:
1,225
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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214
Gots:
510
For Trade:
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Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single finger head with no real retention with some lacing. Cloudy maroon body. Nice sweet cherry and strawberry with yeast esters. More dark fruit in the flavor. Mostly raisin and cherry. Belgian yeast and mild spice. Medium body and high carbonation. I like how the aroma is more than a generic dark fruit aroma with individual flavors noted.

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Photo of superspak
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled 1/09/2011. Pours hazy and cloudy dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some spotty lacing clings to the glass as well; with plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom creating a creamier head than on the pour. Aromas of huge raisin, caramel, molasses, prunes, biscuit, roasted nuts, light chocolate, and yeast spices. Big malty aromas here with good strength and balance. Taste of big caramel, molasses, pepper, chocolate, roasted nut, biscuit, dark fruit, and spicy yeast. Lingering notes of biscuit, caramel, chocolate, pepper, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Nice malty flavor with no cloying, and less spiciness than I was expecting from the yeast. Medium bodied with lively carbonation; with a fairly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. Drinks incredibly easily with the high carbonation as well. Alcohol is essentially non existent with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Dubbel style as I would have expected. Great balance of flavors and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of bwyu
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of shagal
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Sparger
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of phaedrusovchaos
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of S7R4nG3
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After sampling Rochefort's #8 I was happily granted an evening with a Westmalle Dubbel and having acquired a taste for the great Trappist ales, I can say I was not disappointed!

A: Very nice cloudy dark chocolate brown color with a nice minimal creamy head that still managed to retain nice lacing as I progressed.

S: Excellent aroma complementing each other with nice dark, rich fruity tartness with malty sweet caramel and chocolate that I wish I could scent my house with!!

T: Very complex flavors starting with the nice caramel/dark chocolate sweetness with some tart dark fruit flavors progressing into a mild hoppy bitter character providing excellent depth while not overbearing.

M: As with all Trappist ales, the mouthfeel is perfect in my opinion, with that syrupy smoothness that coats well and the nice bubbly carbonation keeping everything light without imparting any harsh flavors.

So far, this Westmalle and the Rochefort #8 are the two best Dubbels that I have sampled so far. I hope one day to give each of the Trappist dubbels a try but until then, this still remains one of my most favorite beers!

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Photo of robbrandes
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a tulip glass. best before of 7.27.12
deep brown color, monstrous 2" head even with a painfully slow pour. sweet nose - dark fruit, candied sugar; all pretty subtle, but a wonderful blend.
complex malts on the tongue, plenty of raisin, fig, brown sugar and pleasing warm alcohol. only ding is a bit of bite on the back end. not sure it was even taste so much as being what i consider slightly-overcarbed. regardless, a spectacular beer, always enjoy revisiting this one.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a chalice

A: pours a clear light brown with a slight amner hue and a few carbonation bubbles, pours with a finger of coffee colored head that dissipates rapidly and leaves silky lacing all around the glass
S: sweet malts and dark fruits
T: nice smooth taste, dark fruits are pronounced in the front, a slight sweetness and nuttiness hit in the middle, leaves a taste of dark fruits on the palate
M: gentle carbonation, silky and leaves a bit of a burnt feeling on the palate
O: a nice dubbel, pretty well rounded, best ive ever had? No, still good tho

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

A: poured with a nice, light tan head of 2 fingers that faded pretty quickly. The color is a dark brown like black tea.

S: The strongest aromas are malty and wheat bready. There is also a light spice of nutmeg and hints of plum or fig. The alcohol is noticeable.

T: Balance of peppery, sweet, and bready malts. Some raisin or dried dark fruit, and parsley are present. There is some slight bitterness at the end as the hops come in on the finish

M: Light to medium body, medium carbonation, and easy drinking

Overall, this is tasty dubbel that's not too heavy and quite drinkable.

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

Nutty brown with, I swear, vague pink highlight and a puffy, cratered taupe head that's going nowhere. Bubblegum nose with forest humus, cherry skin and cinnamon candy.
Irish brown soda loaf, fig, red plums, sultanas and soil, a clove hit, then gingerbread spice finish.
Carob, maple syrup and tobacco finish with long lingering minty tingle. Medium, lively, some chew, sticky, no burn.

Dark and deeper than I was expecting, even given it's rep. I find a lot of dubbels too light and fizzy but that's no problem here. Complex, layered and compelling.

Probably the best dubbel out there, definitely my new favorite.

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Photo of supermeniscus
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Freshness date indicated this was bottled just over a year ago. Served almost straight from Fridge.

A. Poured carefully into my Westmalle Chalice. Resulted in small ring of lace but no head at all. Strange, considering other reviews i have read. Colour is dark like Cola with bubbles rising up.

S. Very sweet 'Dubbel' smell
T. Lots of yeast and sweetness upfront, with more distiguishable flavours as it warms up

M. Mouthfeel is very very good. Heavily carbonated but silky like its Tripel sister.
O. I haven't tried the Dubbel in about 5 years so i didn't know what to expect. The drinkability is better than i remember, but maybe that is also its downfall, as there is nothing too complex in the taste and is the reason i do not grab one of these very often.

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Photo of ant880
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of cirtap
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of TexAggie011
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of shaunbz
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of supermantoine
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very fresh bottle, poured into an unbranded chalice. Bottle from the local grocery store.

Gently pouring the bottle out, it left me with a full glass of clear, dark caramel colored beer with a big foamy head lasting for about two minutes.

It smells like a lot of malt, yeast and dark dried fruits (raisins)

This bottle was bottled on 6 dec. 2011, so the taste was very fresh and very bitter. Not so sweet at all at this moment. I like an older bottle better, but I needed a young bottle for the yeast.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Perfectly carbonated, creamy with a touch of alcohol. Aftertaste balanced to little bitter.

Overall a very good beer. Needs some time to develop into a sweeter, less bitter, complex and interesting beer. Not so interesting when young, but I now it's full potential.

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Photo of Robje
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of bonbini26
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz Bottle

Appearance - Brown colour with a very large size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, yeast, dark fruits, nuts, corn/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, nuts and some raisins. There is also some grapes and a bit of a woodiness. It ends with a dark fruit slightly spicy aftertaste.

Overall - I think I expected a little more from this one. It has tremendous balance and is very drinkable but it doesn't have much of a wow factor. Still worth a try though.

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Photo of kjyost
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle BB 08/03/13 purchased at the MLCC. Pours ~4 C into a Duvel Snifter.

A: Ruby red edges with a brownish hue Ina fairly clear beer. Nice fluffy head that drops to a cap that laces through the whole session.
S: Nice nose with loads of dried fruits. Raisins, currants et al... Some peppery spIce in the nose too.
T: The body is a little more muted than I had expected. Some alcoholic heat plays well with the pepper. Very light fruit notes when cool, that open up a bit more over time.
M: Heavily carbonated, biting on the tongue. Fruit flavours linger.
O: A great Belgian that I just want plot be more estery in the body.

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Photo of deebo
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle review.
A-Thick creamy frothy tan head that does not linger. Clear with a ruddy brown/amber color.

S-Sweet malts (raisin) and yeasty goodness.

T-Awesome rich sweet malt taste, yeasty-sweet roll like, rum raisin with no alcohol bite.

M-Quick finish making this extremely drinkable, just a slight hint of alcohol at the end. A bit creamy.

D-Way too good.

O-Anyone looking to make a dubbel-this would be a good one to try to mimic-fantastic beer. Great taste, mouthfeel and drinkability. Love this one-my favorite of the style. Loved the price and availability in Belgium too-wish I could have brought cases of this stuff home with me.

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Photo of Jerreve
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of PintOHops
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,723 ratings.
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