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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2,732
Reviews:
1,229
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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Photo of kevo237
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle. A gnarly head developed that took a while to settle into a still large head that was fluffy. A lot of aroma from this beer. Mostly a sweet smell. Some fruits and bready scents.

Taste was spicy with a hint of fruits like raspberries. Caramel sweetness on the end. There were different flavors developing constantly and it combined with great a mouthfeel. Highly drinkable. Very impressed.

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

750mL bottle (bottled 16/06/10; best before 16/06/12) poured into a Duvel tulip.

Mahogany color with a dense, creamy light tan head.

Smell of spice, dark fruit, caramel malt.

Taste follows nose: spice, dates, figs, candi sugar, caramel malt. Luxurious, tingly mouthfeel. Really easy to drink this.

This is one of the better examples of the style, which isn't my favorite but I'm gaining a new appreciation for it.

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Photo of scbrew
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a light beige head. Has a nice sweet plum/raisin aroma. The spiced fruity flavor is coupled with wonderful abbey yeast compliments you would expect from this brewery. The body was very smooth and went down far too easy. Left me wanting another.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a restaurant in Amsterdam. From notes.

A - Poured with a bit of a reddish or dark red body with a one finger beige head. Hazy. No visible carbonation. Good ring of lacing left and a thick film of retention.

S - Yeast, mild brown sugar, and that's about it. There was a little bit of a dark fruit hint there but it was quite faint.

T - A little bit of spice, dark fruit, yeast, and a sweet kick. There was a less rich sort of dark fruit element that wasn't as delicious as other Belgian beers.

M - Medium body and mild carbonation. Sweet, dry finish. Seemed a little light.

O/D - Basic Dubble IMO. Not spectacular but a nice gateway to Belgian styles I suppose. Obviously the beer lost something on draught compared to the bottle, but it was still alright.

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Photo of danieelol
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours with a very frothy head. Seems like the head of a light lager rather than a dubbel, and is rather impermanent. 3.5

S: When the head is big, the smell is pure raspberries and some bread (yeast). It really smells like a fruit beer or kriek with the prominence of the raspberries and blueberries etc. Also some caramel, treacle and bread and butter pudding. Very complex and delicious nose. 5

T: Bread which is met with some dry ethanol. Also some berries and custard from the nose but no sweetness. 4

M: Very light and highly carbonated. 3.5

O: Easily the most enjoyable dubbel I've had to date. The berry and custard flavours are really juicy and vibrant. 4.5

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No goblet available, I poured this one into an oversize wine glass.
Marked "Best before 27/07/12"
A. My pour got me two fingers of light, foamy looking head. The body was a very nice looking brown, about a shade darker than dark chestnut. Head dissipated down to a thick ring and a light overall frosting.

S. Light caramel and sweet malt were my first takes. Searching deeper I found dark fruit and bananas.

T. Taste followed the nose, but did one better. I got mild hops between the malt and the dark fruit, with some nice spices on the end.

M. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, this beer glides on down. Tasty and refreshing, the spices on the end build to a very nice taste that stays with you.

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

A-dark cherry brown with a consistent thin cream colored head

S-smells like a wet dog with some nice belgian sugars. strong scent.

T-comes in with good caramelized belgian sugars that aren't powerful, but are nice and smooth, much like pumpernickel. there's a crisp after-taste of caramelized belgian sugars. its all very subtle.

M-medium carbonation with a crisp finish

O-overall this is a subtle but impressive dubbel. it'll satisfy any craving for a good belgian. i enjoyed this all the way through. It tastes better every time I get it.

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

The beer is chestnut brown with a red nuance, slightly hazy with lots of small bubbles, a beige head that leaves som lacing.

The smell is in the sour milk area, with lots of sweet dried fruits, raisins, and yeast. Dried grass and brown bread.

Sweet raisins and brown sugar upfront, complemented with sour fruits and bitter seeds.

Rather high carbonation, a rich body and a dry finish.

In all good, especially with a ripe goat cheese and bread. This was sampled and compared with the bottle, more smell and taste.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into snifter glass. Pours dark brown beer with big and beige head. Aroma is full, plums, raisins, some redcurrants and syrup sweetness; overally aroma is full and fruitfull, pleasant. Almost full-bodied, smooth and nice to drink. Lot of dark fruits also in the flavor, plums and raisins. Flavor is not very sweet, but balanced and quite dry and long aftertaste. Medium bodied and sticky mouthfeel. Decent carbonation throughout. Dry caramel malt finish. Pleasant dubbel.

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

33 cl bottle. Pours a light cola brown with a very big very light tan head that sticks around for a long time and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is raisin, plum, some light licorice, some spicy yeast, and very light alcohol. The initial taste is raisin and plum. This then goes into some very light molasses with some spicy yeast on the finish. No alcohol in the taste. Pretty dry overall. Light body. Medium carbonation. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jslot38
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

94 degrees outside in DC today, so a Belgian Dubbel, why not?

11.2oz bottle, best before 9/12, poured into my Gulden Draak tulip.

Appearance: Colour is a deep mahogany, showing no transparency. Some amber on the edges, with a pillowy off white head.

Smell: Nose is primarily bread and grains with a a touch of nuts and raisins.

Taste: A bit more dark fruit and candy sugar in the taste than in the nose. Still holds onto the malts heavily. Figs, raisins, nuts, and sugary sweetness all present. A bit of yeast flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Strong and crisp carbonation, a bit abrasive.

Overall: This is a strong example for the style, and balances the candy sugar and fruits with the malt backbone very well.

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

The pour was perfect, what else can I say. Rich dark brown in color and nearly opaque. Nice reddish notes on the sides and bottom of the glass coming through quite nicely. Huge head of tan that reached a height of at least three inches before settling down over the top into a thin layer maybe a quarter of an inch and staying with us throughout the entire session. This was a perfect dubbel.

The aroma was nearly spot on as well. Rich notes of spice, dark fruit, plums, raisins, mostly in the front as a nice grainy and bread like aroma started to peak through as it really warmed up, along with a light hint of a spiced pear or apple. At the first sip I was in love. I am not normally a fan of the style as it is usually rather plain for me, sitting somewhere between the sessionable and the extreme, but a whole new life was brought forward for me here. Key word in this beer was smooth, it was simply breathtakingly smooth and subtle. Rich notes of raisins and plums, hints of light spice, pears, great yeast notes here. There was just such a smooth, subtle flavor here. I really am at a loss, as I rarely find a beer this drinkable. The long aftertaste was rich with a ripe fruit flavor that left an almost funky note that was only detectable after a few minutes after the sip. Just a wonderful expierence.

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Photo of BeerMarshall
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Chestnut with good head

S: Walnuts with good hop aroma

T: Walnut and noble hop to start, dry finish. Very little sweetness

M: Medium body, dry finish, good carbonation

O: Very good beer, very good Dubbel. As compared with Chimay Premier, Westmalle is less fruity, drier, more hop bite. Depends on your preference, but both excellent.

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Photo of STKPICR0720
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this brew just after i tried the tripel. I loved this and felt it was smoother than the tripel. There were times when I tasted figs, banana's and shades of honey. The alcohol is presents and would be a great starter for a cold night.

The flavor is full of herbs that leaves a drinkable and rather smooth dryness.

I loved this one and once again another great Trappiste

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Photo of manitouman84
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a 2 finger tan head and a beautiful amber mahogany translucent body. As I understand it the monks centrifuge their beer before re-pitching and bottling, makes for a wonderful presentation!

Lovely nobel hop aroma with estery fruit notes. Many flavors present, bubblegum, clove, and a very slight pineapple tartness, with a dry caramel finish. Light phenolics and heavy carbonation give an exuberant mouth feel to the beer as expected with a true trappist style dubbel.

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Photo of iheartIPA
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was excited to happen upon this in Jackson NJ. A very nice surprise. Stamped 04/08/11. An aged review surely to follow...

An aggressive pour into a Duvel tulip yielded a 2.5 finger eggshell head that quickly dissipated. Terrific lacing.

Nut and fruit hits the nose. Specifically, walnuts, dates, raisin, and banana. Banana bread in a bottle! A longer, deeper inhale reveals the alcohol. Sneaky.

Dark berries and brown sugar sweetness. Caramel, yeast and a hint of dark chocolate way in the back. Somewhat spicy (baking spices). As it warms, the heat takes front stage, coupled with an orange rind taste (no citrus; just the rind).

It's much thinner than anticipated. There's a sharp carbonation, not unlike a Duvel. There's a dryness that, while unexpected, is quite pleasing. An interesting experience; the dark, malty smell and taste that feels so "light". This Dubbel clings to the roof, but not for long.

Very drinkable indeed. Can have this over and over. All in all, it's a quality Dubbel that won't leave you feeling like you've just had a quality Dubbel.

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

A-Nice, rich, deep, bronze color with large head.

S-Strong scent of banana bread!

T-Taste how is smells. Banana bread in a bottle. GOOD BANANA BREAD!

M-All good all around. Nice carbo, strong alcohol feel, and not over filling.

O-Dessert in a bottle. A great after dinner beer.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle.
A- Pours a nice chestnut color with a thick off white head that leaves great lacing.

S- Bread and dark brown sugars in the nose with some faint spice and fruity esters.

T- Slightly charred with some nice sweetness and dark candied sugar flavors. Roasted almonds, anise, and cake batter with a touch of alcohol in the finish.

M- Very spritzy with a medium body. This beer drinks lighter than it is.

O- Overall a very solid Dubbel that I would certainly recommend to a friend.

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

Poured in my own Westmalle chalice.
A dark cola brown with red highlights and an espresso cstyle thick creamy head. The Belgian yeast is all over the place. Fruity esters, sweet alcohal and warm bread scents, then almost a candy apple smell. The taste is sweet medium roasted malts and warm alcohal notes. There is some spice and a bit of walnut with a touch of bitter smokiness. The mouthfeel is dry with some heavy carbonation. I feel like I should throw on some flip flops and a brown dress. The monks have done themselves proud. This is a good European brew and I feel quite distinguished drinking this aromatic concoction.

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Photo of mttaylor1066
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet.

A - Dark brown body that produces a very fine mass of bubbles. A brown spume of a head can form if the ale is poured too fast. The head is light brown, stands up well and creates deep-pocketed lace on the rim of the goblet.

S - Light malt nose with a light hoppiness. I'm not good with the olfactory, so I might be off here.

T - Currants (not raisins) and coffee-like coating on the tongue. A little alcoholic warmth on the end.

M - Well, maybe a dubbel is not for me. With a brew this dark I'm expecting a little weight to the body. But for the style it's probably in the correct range. The monks must have enjoyed this during the summer days.

Overall, a good Belgian ale to drink in the warmer months.

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Photo of foogerd
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown with some light orange hues, small tan head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Yeasty bready aroma upfront, cinnamon and brown sugar with figs.

T- Candylike dark fruitiness, cherries and some subtle banana with powdered chocolate that gives it a sense of dryness.

M- Moderate carbonation and a feel of airiness.

O- A must for Belgium Dubbel lovers.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(11.2oz bottle) Pours dark brown-dark mahogany when held up to the light with a khaki head. Aroma has candied sugar, dark fruit, and sherry-like notes. Taste is a sweet malt backbone with a little sour and some hops on the end. Thin bodied with a creamy texture. Finish is a bit dry, but smooth. Some effervesence. Not the best trappist beer out there, but still a very nice beer

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Light carmel colored head with medium retention. Mahogany body that is completely opaque.

S - Sweet, intense dark fruits, cherries and ripe banana. Smells amazing.

T - Not nearly as intense in both taste and alcohol as the Tripel, but still really complex and enjoyable.

M - Perfect balance. Nothing is overpowering or underwhelming. Lots of carbonation, alcohol and flavor. Very satisfying.

O - I will seek this beer out again in the future. Wont find it in my neck of the woods, unfortunately.

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Photo of billab914
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into my Rochefort chalice. It poured a deep, caramel brown color with a big frothy head filling half of the glass. Fantastic head retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a good amount of tart, crisp fruit to it. I get some very noticeable apple or apple juice like qualities along with some pear notes too. The Belgian yeast spice is very evident as well

The taste starts off with the Belgian yeast giving off a lot of clove, nutmeg and a little cinnamon spice. Midway the tart, apple juice like flavor really starts to come out. The crisp, tart fruits mix very nicely with the Belgian yeast spice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is about average for the style. The real draw of the mouthfeel is the thick and creamy head that you get on each sip. Overall it was a good beer, and a very good example of the style. Nice beer to sip on this evening.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into two separate glasses, shared with wife.

Appearance - Small caramel head with. Very dark, cloudy brown body. No particulate sediment; perhaps the bottle was agitated?

Smell - Overripe dark fruit. Sweet overripe bananas. Slightly corn mealy. Somewhat alcoholic.

Taste - Sharp alcoholic bite with sweetness up front. Slight bittersweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation. Medium-full body.

Overall Drinkability - The whole is better than the sum of the parts. I really like this beer. But it's a Trappist, so is that really so surprising?

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,732 ratings.
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