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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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10.29%
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Photo of jrenihan
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep brown, with hints of reddish amber. Off-white head of decent thickness sits atop and has some serious retention. Excellent lacing.

The smell is great: full of Belgian yeast, fig, raisin, plum, brown sugar and a bit of booze. Reminiscent of a port. Very sweet and malty.

Taste is very similar the smell, and just as good. The raisin and plum flavour comes through a little more strongly, and the beer is not as sweet as expected (though certainly has a lot of sweetness to it. A fairly bready flavour. A bit of a kick at the end, in the aftertaste- not really spicy, but a zip is present. Great.

Nicely medium bodied with a subtly carbonation. Bready body feels very nice.

Overall, a fantastic beer. The best dubbel that I have had. A classic.

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

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel pours a beautiful and opaque amber-brown with rich red undertones. The head pours a rich 1/2 inch that rings the edge of the glass nicely. There is a generous amount of lacing. Unfortunately the head vanishes quickly. That is fine. It is time to take a sip of this delicious looking beer.

It is hard to explain the rich array of smells and flavors coming from this ale. My first impression is of a fine cognac. This doesn't smell exactly like a cognac but it does achieve a delicate balance of liquor and dried fruit aromas. The beer does have an immediate liquor smell. The liquor is somewhat unconcealed. The crystal malts are so redolent of a warm winter hearth. I smell fig, smoked tobacco, banana and clove. As the ale warms the esters become present. There is a slight amount of spicy and floral hops to balance this drink out.

I can't easily describe the taste but it is fantastic. First, the water taste hard. I detect some mineral presence. The malts come up behind. They are smoky and the predominant flavor is of cocoa. The hops have a spicy tingle. There is no way of ignoring this ales strong alcohol taste. It is worth braving for this drink is so delicious. It finishes with hints of anise and black licorice. There is a moderate amount of bitterness that clings to my tongue for a about half a minute. After some time It begins to feel like I have been enjoying a nice bar of dark chocolate.

Ultimately, this beer ends with a well balanced blend of chewy and almost leathery malts. The balance tips towards the malt/alcohol side but the hops dash around in the background giving this beer a bright spunky spark. The beer goes down smooth and beckons for another taste. This beer is wonderful in all aspects. The flavors are distinctive and each sip is a pleasure. This would pair very well with desert foods. It is a perfect evening beer.

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Photo of SkipWeathers
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - luxurious appearance; served in tulip glass. Dark red-brown with powdery off-white head, yielding clusters of yeast after it dissipates.

S - vinuous; very subtle, not overwhelming

T - cherry primarily; dark fruits, dark chocolate; cola and oak

M - peppery, not overly sweet; I love how the true Belgian ales are not too sweet and in your face

O - A great example of one of my favorite styles; moderate and balanced. Not too high in alcohol, not too sweet or too sour.

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Photo of DavidST
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a goblet, best before date of 5/27/12.

This pours a hazy brownish color with a large light brown head with large bubbles which quickly goes away (which seems to be different than most reviewers here). The smell is nice, very fruity with a hint of caramel. The mouthfeel is nice medium thickness lots of carbonation. The taste is good different than I expected, there is a hint of sweetness, maybe a little bit of fruit and some malts but then it finishes dry and spicy good stuff.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

33cl brown glass bottle with classic pressure cap served into a La Trappe goblet in Nijmegen, Holland. Reviewed live.

A: 1.5 finger head of nice cream lacing and good thickness. Excellent retention for the relatively high ABV. Overall, the head is soft and delicate. I'd say it's about six minutes. Dark solid brown colour. Nontransparent.

Sm: Cream, nutty hops, and maybe yeast. A very mild strength scent; it's difficult for me broken nose to detect individual distinct notes. All apologies, lads.

T: Lovely cream undertones stay consistent (and welcome) throughout, a wonderful effect. Lightly nutty. Some date fruit notes, but I wouldn't call them esters. I don't get any caramel, as noted in other reviews - or even any caramelized malt. Maybe some figgy touches, but if so they're buried. Exquisite. Brilliantly spectacularly balanced. Some sort of wood is present, but not in the barrel aged sense of that description. Incredibly well built, but not as complex as it ought to be.

Mf: Creamy, smooth, and wet. Perfectly complementary of the flavours in the body.

Dr: Relatively high ABV, very fairly priced, and incredibly easy to drink. It's very commercially available and it's high quality. It's a shame people may try to make counterfeit Westvleteren with the bottles, but the beer isn't to blame. She's certainly worth a go if you like beer.

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Photo of RobJTejas
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a nutty brown with a creamy head. Loads of carbonation and heavy lacing

S- sweet fragance of dried fruit like raisin or current with a hint of roasted nuts & caramel.

T- sweet like dates at first then a note of smokey carmel finish.

M- Terrific mouthfeel, very drinkable before during or after a meal.

O- absolutely lovely.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chimay goblet.

Pours a cloudy hazy brown, with a silky, creamy smooth head that slowly reduces in size.

Smells of dark fruit and caramel.

Tastes of malts and sugary flavours, with some intermingled spices and a vague fruitiness. At the end it becomes dry with some hops coming through giving it a fruity bitterness, as well as alcohol giving a warming characteristic.

Overall an excellent beer, though heavier, darker and more of a winter/cold weather beer than the tripel.

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

Got this one from the local grocery shop.
Look: pours a nice dark brown color with a thick light brown-white head.
Smell: Sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, spicy hops
Taste: dark fruits, yeast, sweet malts and caramel, with a spicy hoppy finish.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation with a medium body
Overall: A nice beer, very easy to drink. Never lets you down

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Photo of kevo237
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +4.1%
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 -12%
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 -19.6%
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 +1.9%
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 +4.8%
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 +4.3%
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 +5.7%
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 -16.3%
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 -0.2%
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 -5.5%
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 +5.7%
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 +4.8%
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 +7.7%
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 +1.2%
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 +7.7%
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 +2.9%
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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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 2,765 ratings
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