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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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4.18/5
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2,765 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#1,230
Reviews:
1,236
Ratings:
2,765
pDev:
10.29%
Bros Score:
4.33
 
 
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218
Gots:
530
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Photo of Jimmys
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle, bottled on April 12th, 2011

A: a highly hazed opaque brown. head starts billowing and promising. light brown highlights the white head. retentions is good as is the lacing.

S: a little hot. fruity. dark fruits. plums and figs. malty and chewy. a little bit muted.

T: grainy. wheat and pretty chewy. there is a significant amount of gas in this thing. almost can taste the CO2. finish is fruity. jam. grape jelly in particular.

M: like i said above, big time fizz. the carbonation is a little distracting. medium body in my opinion.

D: overall, im not really in love with this. a bit weak as far as dubbel's go. i would look elsewhere for solid examples. not bad by any means, just not great.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

300th review on BA so why not make it a classic.

Look: Dark brown with red traces throughout the beer. 1/2 inch slightly off white head and great retention

Smell: Very fruity nose with dark and light fruits lots of apricot apple peaches raisin and figs.

Taste: Similar to the nose in the fact that it is a bit fruity on the palate with a fair amount of sweetness to it. Very complex flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium body and lots of carbonation

Overall: Just a classic beer that will always be a go to beer for me.

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Photo of harrymel
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Best by: 27JUL12
A: Dark brown with cherry hues and over a finger of billowed mocha foam. This falls slowly to a quilt of the same. Limited lace. Excellent clarity where allowed. (4.5)
S: nougat, bread (rye), cereal, cocoa, nuts (cashews). A hint of spice I’m having a hard time placing (nutmeg?). Slightest finish of praline. (4.5)
T: Cocoa, prune, sugar, bread, raisin, pralines again. Nice flavor, let this one warm up a bit folks. (4.5)
M: Medium on light for the body with carb a little on the hi side. Semi dry finish. All partshere are a bit off for me. (2)
O: Good example of the style. The mouthfeel on this is off for me, and some of the flavors are a bit tough to pick out (part of the fun!). It’s a good example of the style IMO. (4)

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Photo of RodneyFarva
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a snifter

pours a fluffy two finger head which quickly dissipates to almost nothing. beer is a beautiful deep mahogany color.

aromas of fruits - plums, raisins, and cherries - as well as a strong malt presence. some alcohol presence at the end.

taste matched the aroma, only a bit of spiciness at the end. mouthfeel was the strong point here for me - perfectly carbonated, not too thick, but still with body.

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Photo of gos42
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Was very happy to have the opportunity to try this dubbel. Had read much about it and jumped at the opportunity.

Poured into a chalice. Was that chocolate or malt teasing my nose? Perhaps a combination of both. Beautiful color, rich red, very little head.

But it was the drinkable statue of this beer that put the smile on my face. Starts with a whiff of malt on the tongue, which quickly teases with alcohol then finishes with a touch of bitterness. Heavenly.

If I have any caution with this beer, it is to be concerned with what food you pair it with. It can be overwhelmed by strong, spicy food to the point where you might miss the complexities of this beer. Take my advice and order simply. Or better yet, enjoy this beer with an open chalice, allowing the aroma to breathe. Take it slow and enjoy it on its own. You'll be glad you did.

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2.89/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a chalice. Bottle to be consumed before May 27th 2012 so off we go!

A dark red to brown/black walnut is immersed throughout the chalice for the body, as the head produces a very foamy and large bubbled brown caramel color. Head really doesn't stick around much, but leaves a good size crawling collar

Interestingly light aromatic of whipped cococa/chocolate, light sense of roasted malts, Belgian candi, some slight sweet cherries, almost a sensation of smelling a good creamy Black Forest cake. Real nice I must admit.

Taste is very light bodied and a bit wet, bringing a real noticeable carbon dioxide and gaseous finish. Much of the notes on the nose are not even distinguishable on the palate at all. A large taste of just ordinary club soda, not bringing any of the scents picked up on the nose.

Overall I am wishing I could say more about how this tastes, but it tastes like drink club soda and nothing else. Pretty darn disappointing cause the nose is fantastic.

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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with a light tan head. In the aroma, dark fruits and a small note of alcohol. In the taste, dark fruits, a small caramel like presence, and just a note of alcohol.. A small bite and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry and lightly sticky caramel in the aftertaste. Almost quad like, caramel is sticky sweet, and a nice coffee note, very nice.

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3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy reddish dark red with a one finger beige cap.

S: Yeast, mild brown sugar and light whiff of dark fruit

T: A little bit of spice, dark fruit, yeast, and and light candy. Not so much flavor on this. Sordove plain.

M: Medium body and mild carbonation. Sweet, dry finish.

O: Good DUbbel but nothing Earthshattering but maybe I am missing something here

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4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Medium-brown body; nearly opaque. Very fluffy tan head fills out the Westmalle chalice quite nicely. Very active carbonation is visible.

S - The aroma is absolutely heavenly, and unfortunately my words probably won't do it justice. I smell figs, plums, candies, and malt- all in perfect balance. Not a single characteristic overwhelms the others. Quite honestly, I don't believe I've had a beer with a more delightful aroma than this.

T - The taste is beyond wonderful and fantastically complex. Malty sweetness up front (very well controlled), a tiny bit of alcohol warmth in the middle, and the tiniest hint of bitterness round out this heavenly experience. Laugh if you will, but the only food I've paired with this is a sugar cookie last Christmas just for kicks (which, believe it or not, worked very well). It's actually so wonderfully good that I can't imagine pairing it with anything at all (aside from my one-time cookie experiment) for fear of muting the flavor. This one stands well on its own.

M - Again; I don't think this can be topped for the style. The body hovers between some lighter dubbels and heavier quads. The carbonation is perfect- it dances on your tongue without impacting the taste whatsoever.

O - There's no doubt in my mind; this is a fantastic beer. It's by far my favorite dubbel, and I don't think anything else I've tried even comes close. Sadly it's taken me several years to get around to reviewing this (just as I'm lagging behind on reviewing everything else I've tried), but I decided to pop one open tonight and share my thoughts. The price is very reasonable as well- particularly when considering the pricier offerings that can't manage to come close as far as quality.

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Photo of hiku7
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque ruby brown with a towering tan head.

Aroma was raisins and figs, doughy tartness, and very mild spiciness. Flavor matched the aroma, plus a thick caramel finish that came through like a ribbon of sweetness. No real bitterness, but a slight earthiness and tartness lingered.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Foamy carbonation was mild on the tongue. Some alcohol warming.

Solid Dubbel.

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3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, remind me of the color of a cola. Forms a large cream colored head that stays around for a bit.

The smell is very fruity. Not quite sure exactly, but seems to be raisins and plums. I am picking up some malt and yeast as well. Although a touch hard to place for me, has a nice smell.

Fruity and spicy work for this one. Raisin, plum, maybe some fig as well. Almost immediately you are hit with a peppery spice, and under it all is the taste of Belgian candy sugar. Nicely complex, and blends together well.

Goes down very smooth, but the spiciness gives it a nice kick.

This has all the elements of why I love Belgian beer. It's fruity and spicy, and has that nice candy sugar flavor I have come to like. It does seem more like a cold weather beer, but one I would happily try any time of year.

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Photo of bnes09
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark leather brown. Massive cream colored head towers over the brew and creates a creamy blanket on the glass. Excellent retention and some bubbles against the side of the glass.

Dark and complex aroma. Dates and figs. Toffee. Some smooth yeast in the mix.

Taste follows suit. Most prominent flavor is dark fruits: dates, figs and black currants. Sweet toffee and molasses. Hint of roasted almonds. Mild earthy hop bitterness, just enough to reach the threshold of flavor. Complex flavor with more roasted character than most dubbels.

Consistency is surprisingly light. Moderate level of carbonation. Semi-coarse texture allows flavors to linger.

Good stuff. A complex, flavorful treat.

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Photo of cooler4life
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated best before 2/3/12

A - Autumn brown color, has a reddish tint when held to the light. Color really is fantastic. White, one finger head that dissipates rather quickly. This beer is right in the middle between clear and cloudy. Some carbonation is present. Moderate amount of lacing that does not stick to the glass.

S - Classic. Brown sugar, caramel, dark fruit, fig, plum, malt.

T - Complex. Malty, plum, chocolate. Second wave is a grapey fruitiness that eventually turns into a bitter twang toward the end.

M - Stimulating in a good way. Moderate carbonation, light to moderate stickiness in the palate. The 7% ABV is hidden by a delicate balance of richness and crispness.

O - It's like fine art that you can take out of the fridge and enjoy. I look forward to more of these in the future.

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Photo of GLM0011
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

LLove this beer. Underappreciated. Slow drinker like your suppose to drink beer. For the mature drinker. Classic dubbel with dryness like champagne. Goes well with cheese pastries my wife makes. Expensive even if you can find a deal. Three is usually all I can drink. This is not for the chugger. Dont leave in your freezer more than an hour or you have a slushy,which still tastes awesome. Ive discovered that if you wait till you get close to the expiration date on the back it becomes sweeter. One of my favorite beers to enjoy. Please try with patience.

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Photo of Mar02x
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer many times before but just didn't review it before.

A - A beautiful dark brown beer with, if you hold it against the light, beautiful shades of red. The head is white/beige and invites you to take a sip.

S - An inviting and complex scent of figs, caramelized malt, brown sugar and dark fruit.

T - Nice complex pallet, nutty, brown sugar, cherries and figs.

M - I find the aftertaste of the beer rather salty. After the moderate carbonation, the beer is a bit sticky in the mouth, I just happen to like it.

O - A beautiful complex beer that can easily be enjoyed.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip. best before 2/3/12.

a - pours a murky, deep mahogany shade and forms a massive, tan, foamy head the second it hits the glass. after calming to a thin cap, head is easily revived by swirling the beer around. leaves a few puffs of lacing in my glass.

s - musty and leathery, brown sugar, nutty malt, notes of cola.

t - surprisingly light in the flavor department. i'm getting mostly carmel malt with prominent spice and a light bitter twinge on the back of the tongue. finishes clean and dry. honestly, i'm a bit disappointed.

m - a little on the thin side with far too much carbonation. feels just like a coke or pepsi in the mouth.

o - not a bad beer, but for almost $6 a bottle i was expecting much more. seems to be lacking the richness and fuller body typical of the style. maybe i just got a bad batch, but i doubt i would buy this again.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 2,765 ratings
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