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:
2,732
Reviews:
1,229
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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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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Photo of Cylinsier
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11 oz.

Pours a deep opaque chocolate brown with a medium tan head with decent retention.

Smells of rich brown sugar malts, plums and mild citrusy grain.

Tests of slightly bitter malt grain with a tinge of fruity sweetness.

Feels thick with soft pillowy carbonation throughout.

The taste wasn't what I was expecting on this one. Less rich than other dubbels I've had. Overall a fantastic beer but not my favorite dark trappist. Worth seeking out though.

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Photo of coalcracker
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with substantial fizzy head that takes ages to resolve. This brew itself is mahogany in color.
Smell: Fruity with a pleasant malt presence. A tad of sugary sweetness as well.
Taste: Sweet and fruity upon first taste, but not cloying; can also detect some roasted malts. Mild alcohol warmth midway through the taste. Smooth throughout.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth.
Drinkability: Very drinkable per taste profile and ABV.

Overall- Wonderfully mild but tasty dubbel. Another great Belgian creation.

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Photo of Wegomlegging
4.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours very dark brown and clear with an impressive off-white head. Smells of malt and light yeast, with some green apple-like scents. Tastes slightly sweet with hints of plum and very light alcohol notes and the noble hops trademark touch of bitterness without the off-putting pine needle cut. Soft and nice carbonation, with a great drinkability factor due to slightly dry finish. This is my personal favorite dubbel style in the solar system, if only they were all made this way.

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

Had this on 2011-02-13 in Columbia PA into a wine glass.

A - Clear, dark brown with a 2-finger, effervescent tan head that fades quickly. Little lacing.

S - Crisp, fresh, tart apples, yeast and spice.

T - Some caramel, fruit, medium roasted malt, some spice, yeast, mild hop bitterness. Alcohol is mild but present. Not too sweet. Some sourness. Dries out with lingering fruit and a more apparrent noble hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, mildly creamy.

D - Quite a nice change from the hop bombs I usually drink. Refreshing. I think this would pare well with food.

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Photo of jhtipton
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of bottles at Il Corte Ingles in Jerez. Pours a dark reddish brown into my chalice with some tan head that provides mild lacing. Smell is kinda like tofee and liquor. Taste is somewhat complex- chocolate-toffee, raisins-pears, and taste the alcohol. Mouthfeel is somewhat carbonated and light bodied-lighter than I would have expected for a dubbel. Drinkability is fine-I could drink another sometime soon.

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Photo of brewdub17
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: 12-24-10

Appearance: Cloudy brown, amber body with a clean, dense head atop.

Smell: Sweet, light-lemony/citrus tart notes with a malty balance that is mostly dry.

Taste: Compatible to that of the aroma, the balance from the malty sweetness and the sour flavors come up front well with the dry finish.

Drinkability: Crisp and light with a pleasant balance of flavors. Tartness, semi-sweetness and dryness combine nicely.

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

huge off white head that appears very foamy and has a dark and deep brown body very cloudy. Lots of lacing.

sweet and fruity with a nice sour backbone. lots of cherry, raisin and date notes with some faint grainy toffee like notes.

taste is the same, but a bit more floral hop notes and some honey as well. also a nice warming alcohol bite at the end.

thin mouthfeel with some prickly carbonation and a nice dry finish.

very light and nice without to strong a finish, drinkable.

excellent beer, understated and delicious as well as fairly light. exceptionally drinkable.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy brownish red color, almost like apple cider. Provides a thick 2 finger foam head that lasts awhile before becoming a film. Plenty of lacing.

S: Very sweet smelling, dark fruits, caramel, bread and molasses.

T: Refreshing, not overly sweet, but a nice level of complexity. Starts and ends with a sweet blast of caramel and dark prunes/plums.

M: Seems a tad thin with a little more carbonation then expected.

D: A nice dubbel, not ovely sweet. I would definitely drink more of this brew.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crazy head. Peaky foam that claws at the sides of the glass. Deep chocolate amber color.

S - Soft sweet malt. Mellow orange rind. Molasses.

T - Sweet booze up front. Rolling malt. Surprising but pleasant cedar bitterness adds a very nice balance. A touch of dark dried fruit and some dark roast notes in the finish.

M - Medium body with a smooth flavor profile. Finishes semi-sweet.

D - Nice flavor balance. A touch boozy.

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Photo of jds1469
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark back color with a white head. Lacing is strong.

S - Sweet and hoppy. What could be better?

T - not too much flavor here, just light booze. What is there is good, there just isn't too much flavor.

M - Exactly what you would expect when you start to dink this beer. Rich feel, smooth and stays with you for a while.

D - I could drink this all night long. Very good beer here.

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Photo of Douglas14
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's about time that I finally put my thoughts of this beer down on paper (digital paper). It pours out a dark brown-mahogany color with a beautiful head that leaves a great ring of lace. The head retention is unreal! The smell is wonderful; raisin, plum, slight alcohol, and a slight sweet spociness. The taste is similar. Super complex yet still delicate. It has a medium-full mouthfeel. I don't want this beer to end!

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Photo of nanertak
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours 2 finger head, cloudy amberish brown. Very long head retention. Red around the edges if backlit.

Smell - honey, dried fruits reminiscent of prunes or raisins, clove and allspice, some alcohol boozyness and malt.

Taste - complex. Dried fruit again up front, fades to a persistent dry bitterness/tartness. Detectable alcohol warmth. After warming, noticeable banana and yeast hints.

Mouthfeel - very high carbonation, made it quite zippy on the tongue. Seems to increase the tartness, which fades as the beer warms and the carbonation settles out.

Drinkability - Great sipper, one of those beers that really demands your attention to enjoy. Not a casual beer. Drink above 55 degrees in my opinion, and pay attention to the subtleties as it warms to near room temperature. You'll be glad you did.

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Photo of Spiekerbox
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Nice dark brown color with a thick and big tan head. Head is slow to dissipate

S- Sweet, caramel and toffee with a small malt backbone. A little fruit to it as well.

T- Bitter and sweet with a little bit of the darker fruit flavors coming out. A pretty dry finish with a bitter-dry aftertaste that lingers in the mouth. The taste changes some as you drink as well but it is pretty much the same flavors just in different proportions

M- Medium carbonate with a thick but almost "soft" mouthfeel. Definite alcohol presence, much more than i expected for a 7%, but it hits at the right times and is a good addition

D- Good beer, not my favorite style but it definitely is good, wouldn't session this beer, but for the price it is to acquire that wouldn't be an option for me anyway.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pour an opaque brew of dark amber brown. It holds a two finger head of big foamy bubbles, and takes a while to recede. Thick but spotty lacing appears around the glass. Carbonation looks minimal, and yeasty particles are noted throughout the bottom half of the glass, where a little light is allowed to penetrate. As we whiff, we detect a sweet aroma. It houses notes of butterscotch diacetyls, dark and salty malts, a bit of booze, sweet raw honey, red raisins, and earthy spice. Medicinal phenols also faintly dance around the nostrils. As we sip, there are full, darker malts up front, which mix with plastic, medicinal phenols. The middle sweetens out a bit, with what appears to be darker fruits, and more salty malt action. This is also where the alcohol starts to work its way in. This continues towards the finish, helping to transition into a bitter end, with a flash of soapy hops that quickly disappear down the back of the tongue. The aftertaste breathes mildly, with gentle malts, and a semi sweet bitterness. The body is light and the carbonation is light to medium. The beer is highly slurpable and creamily sippable, but the mouth is not coated as much as expected. The feel is actually a bit watery. The abv is nice, and you certainly feel it by the bottom of the glass. Drinkability is quite good, but hindered slightly by the alcohol content, if you're paying attention anyway.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its sweet, and subtly robust, aroma. The notes in the nose complexly blend together, to leave much to be desired in the taste. Here, it was a bit underwhelming, and the feel was surprisingly light. As you sip, however, it is quite creamy right off the edge of the glass, making you want to go back for another satisfying sip on the lips.

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

This beer was exceptional from start to finish. After pouring this dubbel into a tulip glass, I took a 20 minute nap waiting for the crazy foam to settle. Awesome! Smell of yeast, carmel, and fruits. Smooooth feel with sweet malts, sugar, toffee, caramel, and an alcohol hit to finish.

My favorite Trappist to date. D Train could drink this brew all the way down the line...

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Photo of BFrost
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving: Center-poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a large snifter glass.

This beer pours a beautiful, dark chocolate brown color with a dense, foamy tan head which has excellent retention.

Aromas of caramel/toffee and fruit are very prevalent with the initial pour. As head slowly (and I mean slowly) fades, you cannot help but to keep your nose in it, further picking up the aroma of caramel, dates, and berries with some malt, but not as much as one would expect from a Trappist.

Still sniffing all the way up until it touches the tongue, one may taste the aromas described above, but also with a proper, mild bitterness. It feels smooth as it enters the mouth onto the tongue, then gently bites you in the back as you swallow.

The drinkabilty is superb, for it gets better and better with every sip and as it gradually warms, further enhancing the flavor. "Trappist" should be its own group on the food pyramid. Despite the cost and trouble to find it in the states, I wouldn't mind having one every day.

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