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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Photo of mmahut
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber colour with stable head.

S: Bitter strong caramel/sugar aroma.

T: Starts with smooth taste of dark fruits, apple, bananas following with sweet chocolate taste with oranges.

M: Heavy body with medium carbonation, long lasting after taste.

D: One of Belgian classic, very good for dinner.

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Photo of Dubber55
3.1/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a murky brown with some orange highlights. 1 finger cream colored head.

I immediatly smell clove, nutmeg, banana. There are also some dark fruits and some raisins.

The taste seems pretty spicy. I am getting mostly bready and caramelly malts along with a lot of clove, nutmeg, banana, gingerbread. Seems to have a dry finish with a lot of clove.

Mouthfeel is thin with some medium to high carbonation

The alcohol is nicely hidden but, the spiciness and the breadiness make me not want to drink more than a few ounces. I can think of a few dubbels I would rather drink instead.

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

A - Dark, slightly cloudy, ruby color with a good sized foamy toasted marshmallow colored head. Average retention and a thin layer of patchy lacing left.

S - A lot of dried dark cherry and raisin along with some other dark fruit. Some juicy apple and a bit of citrus. Good amount of caramel and dark malt aroma. Pretty sweet with a slight fruity tartness, particularly from the dark cherry.

T - Starts with some dark and a bit of a bready taste of malt. Hints of caramel and very slight chocolate flavor. Some dark fruit comes out on top of this with plum and raisin being strongest. Some raisin and citrus accompanies these and some spice, cinnamon and nutmeg being the strongest. A slightly sweet and tart and juicy finish.

M - Medium body with just a bit more than average carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy.

D - Very drinkable, with a variety of flavors that are well balanced. Juicy and pretty refreshing, and I would gladly have another.

Notes: Best before 23/09/11. A very solid beer and good example of the style. Quite a bit of dark fruit, with a nice dark malt base. Very drinkable and an enjoyable flavor, but it just didn't really blow me away or really distinguish itself as a world class beer. It is certainly worth getting and a very good beer though, and I would happily drink it again.

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Photo of misinformed
3.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a best before 04/14/11 11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.
A- Poured dark brown/red color. One previous reviewer mentioned garnet and I guess that is pretty close, all though I felt it was a bit more on the brown side. Two finger brown head that quickly died down. Nice active carbonation around the edge of the glass.

S- Very light. Bread when I opened the bottle. Faint raisin and alcohol.

T- Starts off with a really subdued, almost hidden sweetness followed by mild hops with a bready, faintly citrus aftertaste. I kept getting a sour/vinegar taste and smell which was slightly off-putting, but not enough for me to stop drinking. The bread was the most distinct note out of the range of flavors to me, but I would not say it dominated.

M- Nice medium body with incredibly active small bubbled carbonation. Creamy too, which was nice. Maybe a hint of dryness, but overall I did not notice this in the beer much. The carbonation was what stood out to me most; in a pleasant way.

D- I split the small bottle with someone which left me wanting more of this. I liked it, but I was expecting something a bit more flavorful. Well balanced, though. I dropped the drinkability a bit because of the vinegar taste I detected, but I would probably try it again.

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Photo of Naugros
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark garnet in color with a luscious tan head. The head falls back to a 1/2 inch coating. There is no trace of the expected lace.

The smell is underwhelming. Most Belgians have a very distinct estery odor from the yeasts or rich chocolate from the malt. I had to swirl the beer to get any aroma out of it and when I did it only gave a whiff of caramel with a tinge of lemon.

The flavors are also subtle, but very well balanced. The caramel in the nose continues on the tongue and brings with it a nice sweetness that is not cloying. There is a very light hops or yeast presence in the form of a bit of bitterness at the back of the tongue that is reminiscent of pineapple.

This is a nice clean beer. The body is medium, but drinks lighter due to the dryness.

If I wanted a Belgian that wasn't overly complicated then I'd go with this one. If I'm looking for more flavor I'll choose another style. This is a wonderful representation of the style, but I prefer that my taste buds get more of a work-out.

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Photo of Phillyphilms
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark in color, amber with hues of maroon. Pours with a luscious strong head. Bubbles continue to elevate while you drink.

S- Average in smell, a lot less of the fruits and sugars yu get from other Belgium beers.

T- Outstanding. Nice bitter bite up front and very malty. YEast less defined than other Belgiums but that leaves way for the dark fruit and malt to seep in. Very enjoyable.

M- Dry but sticks around for a moment.

D- Very much so. Sadly I only had one bottle or I would have had a second right behind it.

All in all, very well crafted dubbel, and one of my favorites in the style. Looking forward to my next one.

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Photo of EvilGnome6
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a very dark, hazy amber with a generous tan head that holds very firmly. A constant stream of bubbles can be seen rushing up the side of the glass. Leaves generous lacing on the glass as you drink it down.

S: Malty sweet and fruity. A hint of raisin and dates covered in caramel. It's very subtle and delicate with a gently earthiness underlying the other scents.

T: The first sip is surprisingly bold considering the delicate aroma. A sharp twang is the first flavor the hits the palate. It's difficult to describe. It's not unpleasant in any way, just surprising. The sharpness quickly fades into a pleasant blend of malt and dark fruits. Rum raisin, figs and a gentle touch of coffee. The hop presence is understated and judiciously applied to let the malty, fruity flavors shine through.

M: This is difficult to describe. It's a touch on the dry side but has just enough body to let the flavors linger for several minutes. Quite remarkable, really. I can't imagine the mouthfeel being any better. Exceptional.

D: Supremely drinkable. I could easily gulp this one down or sip it slowly. This beer will let you have it any way you want it. I could easily drink several of these in a row and I'm sure I would only regret it the morning after.

Overall: World class Belgian Dubbel. Somewhat different than others in the style and could possibly benefit from just a touch more complexity. In spite of that, it is supremely balanced and immensely drinkable. Would definitely buy again.

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Photo of sadie23
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle into a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Brown with a beige creamy head. Fine bubbles. Larger than expected head.

S: Clean, almost soapy (not in a bad way). Prunes.

T: Fruity like the smell, prunes and raisins, and with molasses.

M: Bubbly with a little bit dry finish.

D: Balanced. Easy to drink. I would have another.

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Photo of dgv0
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 33cL brown bottle "TRAPPISTENBIER" stamped around the neck.

A: Pours a dark brown with a thick and creamy tan-colored head. Visible bits of black yeast when held up to light.

S: Peppery, slight caramel notes.

T: Chocolate, malty, and fruity. A dry, alcoholic bit after the first impression, but nonetheless, a great experience for the tongue. Warming.

M: Coarse, almost gritty from the yeast. Medium carbonation and relatively thick body.

D: 100% drinkable, and for me, that's an interesting concept for a Belgian Ale. If these didn't cost so much here in FL, I'd consider buying this every week.

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Photo of elvisnj
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml 25Oz Belgian bottle poured into my Duvel Chalice.

Nice deep brown.

Good head and lacing.

Nose is hard to detect but when I do find it, its classic Belgian.

Taste is sweet sweet but then takes the palate on a ride. It has some hops but not alot. Malts are the winner here. Bready, molasses, dark fruits and some slight spice. It finishes slightly bitter but mostly clean.

Mouth feel is medium to rich. Carbonation is just right. This is a very smooth beer. I read it was a fine example of the style and it surely was.

I could sip this at all times, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

A great Dubbel. Those Trappist monks are just brilliant.

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Photo of randjuke
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle gives dark brown color with thick lasting off-white head. Nice aroma of dark fruits and yeast. Taste matches aroma with dark fruits, malts, yeast, spice - a bit sharper than I am used to with dubbels. Finish mildly bitter, thin mouthfeel. Overall just a step above OK.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle on sale for 3.99. This is my first time having this beer. Poured into Chimay chalice. Bottle says to enjoy by 08, looks like the liquor store did about two years of aging for me

A: Pours a deep mahogany with hues of brown and purple, 1 finger head on pour, settles to a thin dense head, leaves lacing

S: notes of red grapes, some wine like notes, some candi sugar- but not nearly as sweet smelling as some Belgians, lots of fruitiness on the nose with some spicy highlights, smells to be well balanced

T: the grapes notes are up front but dry out very quickly, again - reminiscent of a dry red wine, some yeasty notes on the finish, the ABV is well integrated into the brew. Over all a very nice balance, slightly on the dry side, but I like the fact that it doesn't have a lingering sweetness on the palate

MF: silky smooth, medium body, medium to high carbonation

D: this is an excellent Belgian Dubbel, lots of fruity notes alone with characteristics similar to a dry red wine. Lots going on here while being greatly balanced. I may have to head back to the store and clear them out as this beer seems to age well.

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

pours a a thick dark brown color with a 2 finger beige head that recedes slowly and leaves some nice clinging lacing on side of glass...the smell is plum, raisins, fig ,caramel , toffee and malts and some hops ..WOW this is a complex and flavorful dubbel it starts out sweet then some fruits like plum and fig come in then some bready malts and hops this is well balanced and very flavorful..the currant fruits with the malts and hops are just fantastic..it medium bodied and highly drinkable

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Photo of BobZ
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle.

Appearance: Rich dark brown, but not as dark as other Belgian Quads. Good head and lacing.

Smell: Great richness for a Dubbel with some spice in the nose.

Taste: Unique, to say the least, starts sweet then ends with a really nice level of hoppy bitterness, really an amazing flavor profile again, unique among Trappistes ales and very, very, good.

Mouth feel: Good carbonation, extremely smooth and well balanced.

Drinkability: Could drink this one all night, in fact one of the best Dubbels I've had.

Pricey, in fact very pricey, but definitely worth a try.

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

A: Pours an opaque chestnut color with a giant, rocky, fluffy cream colored head. Retention is excellent, keeping a thick cap throughout the drink. Smalls chunks of yeast can be seen floating around.

S: Wow! Complex nose to say the least. Bready, sweet, yeasty, malty, fruity, just a lot of things going on. There is an underlying sweetness in the nose- almost like sweet toffee or caramel. Dark fruits lend some plum, prune, and banana. Yeast gives some spicy characters as well; cardamom, light coriander, and butter.

T: Again, super complex- and part of this even seems vinous. Upfront there is a candyish sweetness, followed by a nice dark fruit character, consisting of plums/banana/pear/fig. The yeast adds some bread, fruity esters, and butter. Malts give off some caramel, toffee, cocoa powder/chocolate, and molasses. The malts keep the sweetness in check. Hops are apparent, but play second fiddle to everything else, lending only a slight twang.

MF/D: Medium to lighter in body, slightly dry. Carbonation is perfect, and the finish is a long yeasty/bready/buttery one.

Notes: I didn't really love the Tripel from Westmalle, but this is awesome

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

A: poured into a triple goblet glass with a hard pour at 40F, got a little head, and its lacing stuck to the walls and is lasting a long while.
Brown in color with some cloudiness because I poured it yeast and all.

S: plum like grapes, some leather overtones. sweet malt, rock candy sweetness, great balance with the hops, mild alcohol hits the nose as it warms up. Very complex what can you say its a Trappist they are all complex beers.

T: very rich and complex plum flavor, with rock candy sweetness, you get the malt and yeast flavors, great hop to malt balance, but none of them overpower the beer as it should be. not to sweet but it is a Dubbel. Great stuff

M: smooth and creamy, medium body, nice carbonation

D: easy to drink 3 or 4 of these but you will be a tad tipsy at the end, at least I was.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring into a chalice results in a black ale with red highlights, accompanied by a copious amount of long lasting head.

Smells dry. Scents include raisins, and maybe a bit of caramel or molasses.

Nice bit of sweetness, with hints of chocolate and caramel. A deeper, slight alcoholic flavor is present in the back, but I can't really place it. Very smooth, with little to no bitterness. Above average carbonation. Overall dry finish with little to no aftertaste.

Fairly easy to drink overall, but the dryness makes me want to sip it slowly and enjoy the flavors, rather than knocking back a few.

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Photo of devilben02
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dense, milk-chocolate brown color with a thinner head than I expected for a Trappist. The dry, champagne sweet aroma doesn't seem to have much of the dark fruit character I'd expect from the style and actually gives a hint of the moderate alcohol content. The taste is much truer to style, with flavors of raisins, sweet (rather than tart) cherries, and a caramel sweetness. The effervescence that seems common among Trappist beers mutes some of the flavor, but at the same time invigorates the liquid, helping it slip over the tongue with a silky drinkability. Overall, not my favorite Dubbel, but it is still unique and interesting.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: upon popping the cap, a torrent of foam rushes out of the bottle. Lucky I had my goblet handy to minimize the beer lost to my sink. I poured this brew about 10 minutes before I actually started it, and I am impressed by how well the billowing head has held up. this brew is essentially opaque. Some light makes it through the glass, but its hard to tell what color the light is.

S: sweet caramel, prunes, and vanilla make it through the massive head.

T: very creamy, with plenty of vanilla, raisins, and rum. There is a lot going on here, you really just have tp try it for yourself.

M: full body, and shockingly creamy. This brew is extremely smooth of the mouth. Even the huge amount of carbonation can't wash away the creaminess.

D: I have tp admit, this brew isn't as gopd as some of the other Trappists. Even so, it is a brew that is made with a lot of care, and is very delicious. Definitely a must have.

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Photo of NA1NSXR
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Kind of a opaque raisin/cider color, plenty of carbonation, light tan fluffy head.

Smell - Flowery hop aromas mixed with some dark fruit, light smell overall though. A slight touch of caramel and roasted elements appear as the temperature rises.

Taste - Quite sweet and syrupy to start with a mild to moderate bitterness in the middle and a slightly malty finish. Slight alcohol in the background.

Mouthfeel - Syrupy and medium consistency. Smooth once carbonation settles down.

Drinkability - Overall its good but I guess its reputation precedes it. In my opinion this is not an exceptional beer.

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Photo of dqrull
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy coca cola colour with a sparkling head that dies down pretty fast, looks pretty flat to be honest.

Smells lightly o raisins and fruit syrup, yeast esters come through with light hint o marzipan, but nothing very prominent.

Taste follow suit, with fruity yeast esters up front, some golden raisins and a hint of green .

Luxurious crisp and sparkling moth feel, mid-bodied and sot.

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Photo of ericj551
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Westmalle Double pours a hazy medium brown with a light brown head. I smell sweet raisin as well as other dark and tropical fruit with hints of dark chocolate and caramel. There is a bit of a sweet, vinous character. Some light alcohol comes through, but it might be because I practically submerged my nose in the Westvleteren chalice. The flavor is heavenly with sweet esters upfront and leading into earthy, slightly vinous character. Some dry dark chocolate comes through along with some caramel leading into a dry, slightly bitter finish. Herbal hops with a bit of sharp alcohol and phenolic flavor linger after the beer is gone.

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Photo of BuckyFresh
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a large wine glass. Pours quite dark with a large-bubbled one-finger head. There is a little light finding its way through around the edges of the glass, and the color I can see is a lovely brown/ruby. The head recedes pretty quickly and there is minimal lacing present. I see some carbonation rising up from the bottom and some yeast particles dancing near the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Wonderful molasses aroma with dark fruits, yeast, raisins, and brown sugar giving this beer a smell characteristic of the style. There is just the right amount of alcohol detectable, and the spicy yeast balances well with the malty caramel sweetness. A+ aroma in my book!

Taste: Very smooth flavor with great malt sweetness, caramel, and a touch of chocolate. There isn't much bitterness in the taste itself, but there is a nice biting sensation from the yeast and alcohol. Each sip finishes pretty dry and leaves you wanting more; a nice contrast to the full malty character.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with adequate carbonation. Finishes dry on the palate and is warm throughout from the alcohol. Gets a bit sweeter and fuller as the beer warms.

Drinkability: This beer is pretty easy to drink, and the alcohol and malty sweetness is balanced by the dry finish. Quite refreshing and pleasant.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Dubbel has a body that appears brown, but when held up to the light it is deep ruby color. The tan head is made up of mostly tight, uniform bubbles and is very thick and sticky looking. A constant stream of carbonation bubbles supply the head with good retention, but only a few sticky spots of lacing stay behind.

The aroma has lots of dark, sweet malt with a little bit of peppery phenols and some dark fruits.

The sweet malts lend a toffee flavor, and there are hints of candied sugar, but the flavor of Westmalle dubbel is much more diverse than the aroma. The malts are joined by peppery phenols and a punch of both anise and nutmeg. Hints of dark fruit are also lurking in the background, with currant and dark cherry flavors in the particular. Surprisingly, this beer also has a substantial hop punch in the middle, adding some grassy, spicy noble hop flavor. The aftertaste leaves me with a little bit of anise and the flavor of noble hops.

The mouthfeel is well done on this; there is a ton of carbonation to provide some effervescence, but it still manages to retain the feel of a full bodied beer.

Overall, Westmalle Dubbel is a good beer, with a surprisingly hoppy character to it. I guess it isn't much of a surprise when a trappist brewery puts out a good beer, but it is still very appreciated. Also, this beer drinks like something with half the ABV, and I cannot detect even a hint of the 7%ABV.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured dark cloudy brown into a goblet with an impressive beige head. The head died down a little, but a layer of bubbles remained covering the surface. It looks like there is a medium level of carbonation from the bubbles rising near the edge of the glass.
S: Malty sweetness stands out in the gentle aroma along with some hints of fruits and spices.
T: It has a strikingly complex taste. There's malty chocolate sweetness in the initial taste followed by hints of fruits and spices. Meanwhile, the finish is dry, although this becomes a little sweeter as the beer warms up.
M: The beer feels medium-bodied on the palate and carbonation lends some smoothness.
D: It's relatively easy to drink and the alcohol is completely masked. The beer becomes easier to drink as it warms up.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,713 ratings.
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