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

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Ratings:
2,723
Reviews:
1,225
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark, deep red-brown body with minor lacing.

S - Smells of dark, sugary fruits like dried dates. Some malty and leafy scents present.

T - A very smooth and crisp dark flavor profile. A dryness akin to tea or tobacco leaves. Some of the sweet chewing tobacco flavors in the flavor also. A touch of roast and spice blends in. Dry wood and a semi chalky presence.

M - Light and very smooth body. A treat on the tongue. Sharp carbonation and a slightly bitter/dry finish.

O - What a great beer. A very complex and flavorful brew that goes down smooth.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe I'd never reviewed this before, but perhaps I'm just more of a Westmalle Tripel kinda guy. Anyway, when I realised it, I figured it was time to grab a bottle and try it out.

Pours a pleasantly dark and murky reddish black, that shows ruby at the edges when held to the light. It's more opaque and darker than a lot of dubbels, but the haze makes it shine beautifully. Head is persistent after collapsing from a boisterous beginning. Body is moderate, not light, but not sludgy and thick. Looks good.

Nose is smooth, but with some peppery phenols and a dustiness like those found in medieval catacombs. Some sweet plumminess and a spike of plasticine, which cuts through the darker, heavier characters. Nice, but lacking some complexity.

Smooth again on the palate, with more peppery phenols than are present on the nose. More plummy sweetness, but with a genuine aged dusty character to go with it. Some vanilla on the back, but the finish drops off very quickly. Feel is smooth, especially with the hint of vanilla.

Not a bad drop, but I've had better dubbels, and better trappist dubbels as well. The style is a good basis, whatever happens, but I feel this could have been better.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice, a Duppel in a class of its own. Clear to murky brown body with a light tan head, great retention and lacing. Smell and taste are a mix of dark fermented fruits, sugars, and München style malts, boiled in corn syrup with alcohol to thin it all out.
Very complex and heavy in the mouth but with a smooth, warm finish. Some remaining tartness and hops coat the palate. Hard to describe this one...just a master of the style and worth a try.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Two fingers of beige bubbly head over deep reddish brown body.

S: Aromas are loaded: the malt profile is sweet, fruity, and toasty biscuit. Alcohol solvency is present as well. Deeper pulls are overripe stone fruits, hints of anise. Some vanilla pulling through.

T: Flavors are bitter, fruity, subtle toasted malt flavor. Bitter and drying finish. A little reminiscent of a well-balanced brown ale, only a touch sweeter. Swirled and poured last few sips, and emboldened flavors reveal more herbs. There's the faintest hint of carob. Warmth brings out the comforting Belgian yeast notes, emphasis on bitter clove. Can't taste that heat that I smell.

M: Medium and chewy. Dry and bitter. Evenly carbonated.

D: Trappists do it better.

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Photo of r3o
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is dark/opaque brown with hues of copper, the head is tan. On the nose there's lots of malt with a fruity predominance. Taste of fruit, blackberry, and bready malt. It has a sweetness to it, very crisp with a lovely carbonation. Medium body with an alcohol feelin at the end.
Very good overall.

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

330ml brown bottle poured into a Westmalle chalice.

A. Clear, crimson coloured beer topped by a slightly yellowish head

S. Toffee, wine gum fruitiness, traces of banana and melon with a faint touch of blueberry and bubblegum.

T. Tropical fruits, slight chocolate tones and some bubblegum in there in the background.

M. Medium bodied

D. A very drinkable dubbel. As good in bottle form as on tap.

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Photo of Agold
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This dubbel has a large billowing white fluffy head. The liquid is ruby colored and the head leaves lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is belgian yeast all the way. Fruity esters and spicy notes are at the forefront. Kind of light. The flavor is subtle as well mimicking the aroma. Not as full and rounded out as I would appreciate, but still very good. Mouthfeel is great. Belgian candi sugar lightens this one right up with good carbonation levels. Overall, this is a great beer with awesome drinkability. It is a pleasure to split a bomber of this beer.

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

Big deep dark amber pour, not much on top, head was prettty thin, but still appealing. Smell was a massive caramel, malty sweetness. On to the taste, and well, very malty sweetness as the nose, but a nice dry fizziness to finish it off. At first I was not that impressed, but that was based on the hype, but as I drank a few more sips, it warms up to you and the fizziness on the end cleans the pallate and your ready for more. A true classic, amesome to pair with cheese.

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

Pours a clear deep brown.

Nose: Fresh floral notes

Taste: Good balance between malt and hops. Slight bitterness --- relatively hoppy for the style. Rich roasted barley --- schwarzbier notes.

Overall I much prefer this to the tripel offering of Westmalle trappists --- this is probaly largely a stylistic preference.

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Photo of stewart124
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish brown in color with a slightly off-white head. Nice head at first that dwindles down to a nice lace.

Dark caramel in color with fruity notes.

Nice mouthfeel that starts out sweet and ends up dry. Loads of caramel and grape characters with tons of fruit a nice toffee note. Floral characters to go with the overall "Belgian" character. Little to no hops to speak of. Rich maltiness and some phenols in the finish. The lingering characters are bold bready characters and toffee.

Overall this is just an amazing beer. Very drinkable throughout. I'd love to try this on tap.

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Photo of stckhndlr
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Huge foam on top. A full four finger tan head that dies down rather quickly. Maybe 60 seconds from start to finish. A slightly cloudy dark amber color. Lacing doesn't hold that glass. Falls back quickly. A tiny amount of carbonation rising from the bottom.

S- Malty caramel notes, dark fruit and maybe some molasses. Chocolate covered raisins.

T- A roasted creamy coffee flavor with a hint of banana and caramel. A little bitter on the end but otherwise sweet.

M- Medium to thick body like most Trappist beers.

O- To me this was a good beer. Not as great as some of the other Trappist beers out there but it holds it's own. I would drink this one again.

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

.33L Bottle poured into a Westmalle Chalice

Dark with a thick, foamy head that lasts a few minutes.

A roasted malt/yeasty smell with hints of chocolate.

Complex taste and mouthfeel. Starts with a creamy chocolate/coffee and ends to a slightly sweet smoked malt aftertaste. Smooth with a thick consistency.
A fantastic beer that should be enjoyed slowly.

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Photo of bsp77
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Extremely dark ruby with massive, billowing tan head that leaves bubbles sticking to everything it touches. Wonderful.

Smell: Very fruity (raisins, apples, banana) with some light clove and caramel. Most of the aroma dissipates after a few minutes.

Taste: Strong raisin and banana, fairly sweet, somewhat offset by clove, nuts, hops and pepper at the finish. There is a little caramel malt undercurrent, but the sweet, earthy and almost funky fruitiness really reigns supreme. A little unbalanced for me, but still very enjoyable.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium but almost thin body. However, it became very smooth after I accidentally overpoured the second half and got foam all over my table.

Overall: Another world class Dubbel that I find to be enjoyable, but does not quite knock my socks off. Not sure why, as I like Quads and Belgian Strong Dark Ales a lot.

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Photo of sfprint
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful dark nut brown with a 1 inch head. Dense in color and carbonation is hard to see.
S: Heavy cherry cola-ish.
T: Fairly full body, nutty, slightly planty and slightly sweet. Slightly bitter but mostly in the aftertaste. I can tell this is a very high quality beer, but I have to rate it 3.5 because I can't say I love the flavor. Reminds me of the Sam Smith nut brown ale.
M: Nice body, mild sting, slightly astringent aftertaste.
D: This is a very fine beer, I just wish I liked the flavor more.

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

A - Densely packed tan head. Clear mahogany colored beer.

S - Smells sweet with a very distinctive, spicy yeast character. Caramel, toffee and a little bubblegum.

T - Very clean, bready malt influence. A slight woody taste. Less subtle than the other trappists, but much more approachable.

M/D - Medium bodied, but a clean, balanced finish. It's actually a challenge to savor the beer because it is so drinkable.

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Photo of KajII
3.12/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a dark murky brown with a tan fizzy head that was fully diminishing and had poor lacing. The aroma was heavy of roasted malts and molasses, light resin hops and a moderate scent of a horse blanket yeast. It tasted slightly malty and extremely bitter at first and ended with a bitter acidic flavor that layed in the back of your throat. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a fizzy carbonation. Overall an OK brew, but nothing special.

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

Poured into a Stone snifter, Bottle had 270310 on it.

A: Pours a light brown, with about an inch of head retention that dissipates quickly. This bottle was a bit of a gusher.

S: A sweet spicy smelling beer, maybe a little clove in there. Yeast and malts are noticeable, as well as a touch of alcohol.

T: The malt overtone is dominating the front end of this beer, hints of cloves and some dark fruits, maybe figs or plumbs come through. Toffee is also pretty noticeable. Hints of yeast near the end.

M/D: This beer was a gusher, but it was not overly carbonated, just the right amount to capture the smooth and creamy nature of this beer. A lot going on, kept my interest the whole way through. Highly drinkable, I could drink this all day.

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Photo of hardy008
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Westmalle Chalice.

Dark brown with a light tan head which fades to leave spotty lacing. The aroma has caramel malt, dark fruit, and some spices.

The flavor is somewhat sweet, and is pretty much the same as the aroma. The sweetness is balanced by the bitter hops, and makes for a nice balanced beer.

Medium bodied, carbonation is on the high side of medium. This is a very easy beer to drink. I will look for this again.

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Photo of AdamMY
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a remarkable beer, darker than I would normally expect a Dubbel to be, but with a lot to show for it. I guess let me talk about where I took off points, The appearance was a bit too cloudy for what I've come to expect. While the smell was good but slightly muted.

But the taste is wonderful with cocao and coffee notes, but not nearly as over bearing as Stouts and Porters usually are with those flavors. With an amazingly creamy mouth feel, and no off notes anywhere in my experience with the beer. Absolutely wonderful.

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Photo of coders11
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance - A nice dark brown with quite a bit of frothy head that fades to a tiny white layer.

Aroma - Subtle malts and sweetness with quite a sour smell in this example

Taste - Almost a sour bitterness offset nicely by sugary notes. Complex malt character is present as well for a great balance.

Mouthfeel - Thick yet smooth to the point I notice it disappearing faster than anticipated. Fairly light carbonation. Aftertaste is sweet and somewhat syrupy.

Drinkability - As a huge dubbel fan, this is one of my favorites and i could drink this guy all day. That being said, it may be a tad too sweet for more than a single bomber in one sitting.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-maroonish in color with a tan head that sticks around
S-strong belgian smell of yeast. Maybe some sugar? Can't quite pick up much else
T-sweet malt and caramel. A treat.
M-medium bodied and crisp and clean.
D-very drinkable. Done with me taste in no time.

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

Pours a yellowish brown. A good amount of off-white head. Dissipates leaving a bit of lacing on the glass. Smells sweet and floral. Lots of yeasty smells as well. Tastes sweet and floral. The yeast blends well with malty sweetness. Thick solid mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Incredibly tasty. A pleasant surprise. I was expecting to like doubles less than I like triples but quite the contrary!

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Photo of chaz410
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up at total wine in North Charlotte (university area)
Pours a thick yellow, mild amber body with froathy white head.
Smells of coriander, orange peel, candied corn and light caramel.
Taste of caramel, citrus fruit, dark raisons, plums and cherries. After the initial taste there's some spices like coriander and cumin but they are faint. A nice finish with dry spices and dry malt flavor.
Very crisp considering the style.
Very drinkable considering the sytl

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

A wonderful part of my trappist beers from Belgium tasting, found at grassroots market in Jacksonville. 12 oz. bottle chilled to 45 degrees and sampled from a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice deep amber red with opaque hazing in the glass. When popped, the beer oozed head immediately before I could get it into the glass. 1" malty brown head with great retention and moderate clingy lacing.

S: Smells of sweet malty fruit such as dried plum and toasty postum notes.

T: Rich and silky with caramel notes, chocolate nibs and dried fruit on the finish.

M: Easily draught, the carbonation is light and the alcohol is well balanced. No bitter hops aftertaste.

D: Drink this beer.

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

Pours a lovely amber brown, with a decent off-white head that remains as a layer of bubbles on the surface. Smell is mostly malts and fruit with a bit of yeast, but smooth. Taste is lovely, with gentle sweet malts up front with medium fruit that smoothly blends into a nice light hop bitterness. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is fantastic, just a bit too much carbonation, but nicely coating. Extremely drinkable - could drink this stuff for hours.

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