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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pDev:
10.31%
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Photo of Urbancaver
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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%
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 +3.8%
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%
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 +0.7%
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%
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 +18.5%
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 -2.9%
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 +3.6%
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 +1.2%
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 +4.3%
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 -1.7%
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 -3.4%
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 -2.4%
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 +7.9%
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 +1.9%
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 -8.2%
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 -10.1%
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 +3.8%
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%
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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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchasing this beer I knew good things were to come. I wanted everything to be correct before enjoying ie. temperature, glassware, timing...ect. I got the temperature down, suitable glassware, and I knew that everything was perfect, the stars were aligned. I put my first crack into the year old seal and foam started going everywhere. I was in shock and, as fate would have it, standing over a carpet, therefore the bottle neck went into the mouth. It's a laughable setback, one that I'll surely remember.
BB 03/02/11

Appearance:
The beer poured a perfect 1 inch light tan head that stuck around for approximately 5 minutes. A dense 1cm head was constant after that, the beer is clearly well carbonated. I observe fine particulate matter floating around the depths of a deep brown ale. The beer gives off a cola brown held up to the light, lacing is observable. The beer breaths life into my evening, it's makes me quite anxious for what's to come!

Smell:
The beer is different than your average Belgian. A different recipe or yeast character created a beer with complexity and a truly unique ale for my olfactory interpretation. I get notes of a raisin fruitiness and yeast culture funkiness. I am now wondering what to expect with the taste, but certain of its drinkability.

Taste:
Super rich and earthy with more intense notes of the raisin, tobacco, fig, and keytone. This beer is excellently balanced with a semi-sweet first sip and slightly dry finish. The beer is thick like a loaf of bread, yet light and airy like a slice cut from that loaf. The bread comes out more as you approach the yeast cloudiness lurking below. I appreciate the subtle changes in flavor as you work your way down, it gives the beer a smooth earthiness characteristic.

Mouthfeel:
The beer feels like a typical Belgian ale, it has richness with adequate funk to keep your senses guessing. I am still guessing as to what I feel in the beer's initial fruit presentation, but a semi-dry finish keeps me coming back for more. Well balanced flavors with a lot of intricacies that make it a definite palate pleaser.

Drinkability:
I have not experienced a beer quite like this, it is different than other dubbels I've had yet possesses recurrent similarities that make it unmistakably Belgian. The beer would pair nicely with a variety of foods because it offers complexity yet balance and therefore would not detract heavily. I liked the beer at a slightly cooler temperature (45-50 degrees Fahrenheit recommended), but I wonder how room temperature would have suited.

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Photo of crnipeter
3.51/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330 ml, BB date reads 12. November 2010, into 180 ml Chimay chalice. Up until today I've been waiting to open this one to enjoy the benefits of maturation. Pours effervescent, deep reddish coppery body with good clarity, topped by medium, beige dense head with good retention that gradually sets to a stable cloth. Nice lacing on the walls.
The nose is low maltiness dominated by fruity esters of plum, apple and raisins, light phenolic spiciness and apparent perfumy qualities probably originating from higher alcohols. Occasionally some extra sweetness emerges enhancing the perception of malt. The flavor is surprisingly unsweet, lacking prominent malt perception, estery with fruity tartness of plum, apple and raisins, light bitterness with moderately dry finish and some yeastiness. Light to medium bodied with rather high carbonation. A year of cellaring hasn't taken away much of the tartness (without diminishing the fruitiness) as I hoped for and which was the case with some previously tasted bottles.

In short: a rather dry, tart and estery dubbel with attractive reddish depth.

Update 12-28-2010:
This bottle has been aged a year over the declared best before date (18.December 2009).
A gusher, although once poured exhibits less effervescence than a year younger bottle tasted previous evening. Pour into baby-Chimay chalice (180 ml) gives birth to a deep amber-coppery clear body with some haze, overlain by beige head that completely dissipates in a short time. The aroma is rich and complex yet discrete malty sweetness with faint chocolaty notes, hint of caramel and light toastiness, abundant fruity esters of ripened plum and raisins, port-wine reminiscent qualities, some spicy phenolics and apparent higher alcohol-derived perfuminess. The flavor is complex malty sweetness with light toasty notes, plums & raisins lacking the prominent, almost berry-like tartness of a young Westmalle, light bitterness, some phenolic spiciness and yeasty notes. The malty sensation persists into the semi-dry finish. Nearly medium bodied with rather flat carbonation.
A year past its declared BB date, the Westmalle Dubbel is mainly distinguished from his above reviewed younger brother by more pronounced sweetness enhancing the malt-perception, absence of fruity tartness and poorly sustained head with less carbonated body. The scores for this one are 3, 4.5, 4, 2.5, 4 = 3,75

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Photo of xylophonica
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Very dark with a thick caramel/sugary looking head. Big finger of cream on top.

S - Dark roasted malts and sugars. Hint of nuts.

T - Combination of bitterness offset with some sugar. Smooth but very dark. Touches of burnt caramel coming through as it warms. Slight phenolic hit as well.

M - Mild carbonation, floats gently around the mouth. The lingering creamy head helps it go down a treat.

D - Flavour is rather stronger than expected - not nearly as sweet as some other dubbels. Definitely no chocolate-type flavours here, only a touch of sweet sugar but dominated by a darker bock-style taste.

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Photo of ivanwatling
2.72/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: dark brown, froffy head that rapidly reduces to a thin layer of white.

Aroma: Subdued but sweet and tempting. Hints of fruit.

Taste: Initially faintly fruity, then predominantly bitter. Perhaps too bitter for me, and slightly metallic.

Mouthfeel: Too much carbonation, make the drink far too actibe and detracts from the taste. Aftertaste is somewhat astringant.

Drinkability: Happy enough to finish the glass, but will not buy it again

My first evidence that not all trappist beers are nectar from God.

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Photo of Samashley
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After recently acquiring a job bartending at a Belgian Bar in New York, I have been delighted with my exposure to new beers and with a full immersion of the Belgian styles. I have since taken a new favorite, Westmalle Dubbel. Everything about this beer is amazing. I love the mouthfeel and could drink this beer alone, with food, on a cold day, or in an alley and I would be happy. I feel that the carbonation combined with the subtle notes of chocolate and malt just make an explosion of flavor that surprised me the first time I drank one. I was a huge fan of the Triple and randomly tried the Dubbel and soon found a new favorite. The proper pour in the proper glass just gives me a happy feeling every time I return to it. Combine this with the traditional Belgian Carbonnades Flammandes for an exceptional dinner.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 2,802 ratings