Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel
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Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel

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Brouwerij Westmalle

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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Photo of stckhndlr
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +12.4%
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 -5.7%
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 -10%
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 -12.7%
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 -25.4%
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 -2.4%
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 -3.1%
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 +15.3%
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%
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 -0.7%
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 +2.9%
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 -7.2%
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 +3.6%
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 +4.8%
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 +0.5%
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 -1.2%
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 +18.2%
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 -3.1%
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 +3.3%
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%
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 +4.1%
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 -1.9%
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 -3.6%
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 -2.6%
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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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 2,788 ratings