Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel
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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 NightINgale
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl/330ml bottle poured into a Chimay glass...

A - Cloudy dark maroon in colour, with a rich rocky caramel head. Good head retention and some lacing.

S - Roasted malts, floral notes, and a pretty strong fruit profile (apples, banana, cherries, dates, etc.). Slightly acidic and yeasty. Very inviting.

T - Starts you off with some solid roasted bready maltiness, then going into a fruity combination, courtesy of the yeast strain. I was getting cherries, apples, and a bit of banana for the most part. Then you get some mild cinnamon spice and a bit of floral hops. Perhaps one could taste a little chocolate as well. Quite dry in the finish, with some lingering roasty bitterness. Quite complex overall, and definitely smooth.

M - Medium-bodied, a little crisp at first, but overall it is quite smooth. Not too peppery or spicy, but a little acidic. The alcohol is well-masked.

D - Quite good. This has got to be one of the best dubbels I've had, and I think it is a little step above Chimay Red (but I'm probably being subjective). Very balanced beer: not too complicated, yet full-flavoured and interesting.

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Photo of juju7
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of those beers that I wanted to be more excited about but maybe I had my hopes set too high. Pours fine, looks fine, nice chocolate body with a rocky head. Smell is a touch muted, dried fruits and a hint of chocolate. Definitely higher in carbonation than I was expecting but overall a good beer. I think I was hoping for the best dubbel ever, which was probably too much to expect from any producer. Still, thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of bump8628
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown with garnet highlights and a huge matrix of large, tan bubbles that eventually recede to a tight, creamy, pancake-like cap.

Westmalle Dubbel is reminiscent of under-ripe bananas dipped in caramel and toffee and then lightly dusted with cocoa powder, cinnamon, and clove. Earthy bitterness lingers on into the finish more than anticipated, which along with the ultra-dry finish, makes this Dubbel quite different from the American interpretations.

All in all a delightful Trappist ale.

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

Appearance: Poured into my Chimay chalice, boasts nice deep but cloudy brown color with a nice thumb of head. Didn't lace very much, but retained masterfully throughout the whole beer. Another thing of note is the bottom of the bottle was full a viscous brown yeast, which to me comes off as a good sign.

Smell: This beer needs to be left to warm, no question about it as only the barest scents of fruits and yeast are present at the beginning. However once it has warmed up yeasty pear and raisin notes dominate the experience with a light chocolate undertone.

Taste: A yeasty malt taste starts the beer off with a bit of disappointment, but soon it turns to a nice sweeter toffee and fruit taste. Notes of pears, berries, dates and plums that then end with a more chocolaty end that has a odd bit of acidic lemon, which seems a bit out of place.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is this beer is wondrous, and the sweet fruity malt aftertaste makes it's presence known and then swiftly departs, which is a bit of a disappointment. Nice crisp feeling if left in the mouth, and really it's only downside is how brief the aftertaste is.

Drinkability: Well, it's like drinking champagne, which is nice but it doesn't exactly leave for easy drinking. Refreshing and flavorful, but causing a little bit of a stir in the stomach. Still high points for an all around nice beer.

Final Thoughts: This beer was far superior to their Tripel that is for certain, and if you are looking for a nice treat, this is worth a pickup. Pretty much everything I'd expect from a Trappist beer, well brewed but has it's own kind of simplicity.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- dark brown and cloudy in color very murky with little to no light shining through, big thick billowing tan foamy head, Very nice classic dubbel appearance

Smell- very nice malty and sweet smell, there is something on the nose thats nice cant quit pull exactly what it is yet, almost smell of apples, brown sugar, reminds me maybe of the smell of and apple cider, molasses,

Taste- starts a little bit sweet up front with more of that apple and brown sugar, but quickly fades off to what is a nice long lingering dry finish, alot more dry hop to the finish then I would have thought of the nose, balance is nice between sweet and dry,

Mouthfeel- Light crisp and refreshing with a good level of carbonation, and a definite drying finish

Drinkability- definitely high drinkable and I appreciate greatly about this beer is the fact they are able to make this a very nice flavorful dubbel while still maintaining its alcohol at 7 percent which is actually still manageable and doesnt knock you to hard like some can, the balance also also of dryness with sweetness to start make you really looking forward to your next sip, , If i had to say the overally most surprising part of this beer it would be its pronounced dryness, a very solid example of a trappist

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

Look: Brown/copper color, cloudy, fluffy head with good retention & excellent lacing

Smell: Apple, raisin, Belgian yeast, leather

Taste: Up front: Dark fruit, caramel. Finish: Candi sugar, malt, spices - there is so much going on here

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation, and super smooth

Drinkability: Goes down reeeal easy

Overall Impression: An authentic Dubbel brewed in Belgium. Outstanding beer!!! Let's just say it's a Famous Trappist Ale for a very good reason.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

shared a fresh bottle with squaremile. this is my second time tasting it, but my first time reviewing it. had this after a westvleteren 12 and 8, and it stands remarkably well against the two.

appearance - 2 finger head, brown ale/copper color

smell - raisin, apple, dates

taste - apple and dark fruit, very complex

mouthfeel - smooth and easy finish

drinkability - easy to drink, enjoyable

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

.33L Bottle

Appearance: Poured in Duvel Tulip Glass. Thick, creamy head almost 2 fingers thick. Seems to be molded into place.

Smell: Tart apples, candy sugar, caramel, dates, and slight coffee notes with brown sugar.

Taste: Creamy coffee. Chocolate. Dates. Pretty much everything i could smell was there in the taste. There's a dryness that lingers at the end.

Mouthfeel: Starts out extremely smooth than this dryness in your mouth that you can't quench so you have to keep drinking. Which is not a bad thing.

Drinkability: I could definitely drink this regularly. Great example Dubbel. It hides tha 7%abv really well.

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Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, amber color. 1 1/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of yeast, slight citrus (plum), slight hops, and sweet malt. Fits the style of a Dubbel. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, slight hop, slight sweet malt, slight grain, and slight citrus. Overall, a little more dry than I'm used too, but otherwise a good dubbel.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into my chalice

Smells of brown sugar, molasses, tobacco and leather

Appearance is dark brown with a slight tan head, bits of sediment floating around

taste is of raisins, plums brown sugar and malts

this beer has a good amount of carbonation, you can detect a bit of the alcohol (it does check in at over 7%abv). Overall a good drinking beer, nice for a cool night indoors. I would def. revisit.

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

Pours a deep mahogany red with a consistent one finger tan creamy head that just stays in place without subsiding in any way. The carbonation level is incredibly active with tiny bubbles, this looks really good! Using a tulip glass.

Smells of candied malt, bananas, brown sugar, mild amounts of alcohol, bready, cocoa, and some vanilla. The aroma is delicate, it's not as aggressive as I would have thought.

Taste is dark fruits, mainly raisins and plums. Dark candied sugar malt and bittersweet cocoa; pretty much what I picked up in the nose. Just when the sweetness coats the tongue, the hops finish with just the right amount of bitterness before the alcohol settles in and gives it a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is superbly smooth and has a thin medium body.

Westmalle Dubbel is very well balanced as is most Belgian beers I've had, drinkability runs high and the moderate ABV level allows you to have two or three without fatiguing the tastebuds. Very well brewed for the style.

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Photo of notsobeersmart
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this is my first review bear with me please. pored on 02/17/10 best before 03/02/11

poors a dark caramel color with a lot of head creamy head with very little lacing also some nice little floaty bits that sink and leave a kind of goo in the bottom of your glass. 4.5

the smell is the best thing about this beer it very floral kind of bready and a little sweet and you really cant smell the alcohol at all. 5

a little citric to start fallowed by kind of coffee like taste then ending with a bit of Belgian sweetness that i am very fond of. 4

the mouth feel is a bit lacking for double i think it is a little watery the carbonation is very nice allowing the flavors to almost instantly travel across your mouth tickling the back of your throat at the very end. but over all not as thick as i would like. 3.5

i could have a another but the high abv is a little off putting but over all very nice. 4.5

note: i bought this from a import/organic food store in the us and it was very price like 12 bucks for a 11.2 oz a bottle there are other dubbels i would drink before this for that price but over a very good beer

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Photo of boldcity2008
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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
like, no hops, mild alchol hits the nose as it warms up

T: very rich and complex plum flavor, with rock candy sweetness, you get the malt and yeast falvors, little or no hops, but its nice and balanced out. not to sweet but it is a dubbel.

M: creamy, medium body, nice carbonation

D: easy to drink but the abv does sneak up on yea.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel. 2009

Appearance:
Dark, rich brown. Dark ruby red under light. Three finger head settles down to one. Beautiful clumpy tan head.

Aroma:
Caramel and fruity esters

Taste:
Goes down smooth and creamy. Sweet malts with caramel flavor are delicious. Date and banana fruit flavors. Finishes slightly dry with moderate spiciness.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Extremely drinkable. It's so smooth and creamy. A little on the sweet side, but it pulls it off.

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Photo of Axic10
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours brown with a decent amount of head that is retained rather nicely. This leads to some amazing lacing.

Smell: Sweet apple, candied fruits, some spice, and belgian yeast.

Taste: Toffee, malty, some spices and candied fruits. Great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and somewhat creamy.

Drinkability: It's been well over two years since I've enjoyed a Westmalle, but as I was shopping at Whole Foods for Super Bowl food, I spotted this guy sitting there and decided to have one. Great idea as I can see this becoming a regular in my fridge. Such a great balanced beer.

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Photo of grub
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, best before 30/05/08. sampled feb 5/2010.

pours crystal clear deep brown with a big dark tan head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves a thick layer of lace.

aroma is good. nice belgian spice. bit of buttery toffee. raisin, date, and fig. bit of alcohol. whole wheat bread and cracker.

taste is good. belgian spice. date, fig, bit of raisin. light alcohol. buttery toffee. whole wheat bread. cracker. touch of dark chocolate. hint of anise. medium-low bitterness level. maybe a bit of smoke hiding in the background.

mouthfeel is good. slightly under medium body. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. good complexity. i think i'd lean more toward the witkap-pater dubbel i had before this, but mainly because it's a little more fruity whereas this one leans more toward the spicy side. i tend to prefer my dark belgians to be fruity rather than spicy, but that's more of a personal taste and this one is certainly right in line for the style.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type and glass: 11.2 oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Pours brown, almost crimson, with a cram colored head that retains quite well. Lacing is excellent.

S: Smell is very malt forward, with caramel, some spice, and dried fruits. Hops are more prominent in this brew than other Dubbels.

T: Slightly fruity taste with spice, toasted bread, and toffee. Candi sugar is also present. The finish is dry and very clean, with floral, spicy hop tones.

M: A medium bodied brew, but ever so slightly thin for this style. Flavors are intense, and the finish is long.

D: A very good Dubbel. Rich in flavor, yet has the body to make it very palatable.

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

Another one courtesy of TheHammer. Bottle to Chimay chalice (also thanks to Marky ;))

Pours a very deep garnet red with 2.5 fingers of thick and creamy off-white head that leaves sheets of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. Very attractive.

Fresh sweet apple, sour grapes, cherries, candied fruit, yeast, and a hint of alcohol in the nose.

Cherries, sour grapes, candied malt, crisp and clean sweet apple, hints of yeast, and a slightly acidic character in the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy but crisp and clean, ending dry. The 7% ABV is well concealed. Like the other Dubbel's I've had, this one's a great drinker.

It seems that the more I drink Belgian's, the more I fall in love with them, and this one keeps me going down the same path. In comparison to the Chimay Red I recently had, this interpretation seems musty with a greater emphasis being placed on the sour aspects of the beer. Still, the sourness is excellently balanced with the sweet candied/fruity notes of the beer, and that's one of the things that makes this brew so great.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle split with two friends at Delaney's, into mini-nonics.

A: Clear reddish-brown body beneath an inch of dense tan head; decent retention and light lace.

S: Very sweet, fruity malts - apple, red grape, cherry. Some yeast. Appealing.

T: Rich array of smooth, malty goodness - all the fruit of the nose, plus some rich caramel sweetness. Amazingly smooth and balanced.

M: Very smooth medium body with moderate, lightly prickly carbonation.

D: Incredible. No trace of alcohol, and it somehow manages to be thoroughly sweet and malty without being cloying in the least. As much as I like my friends, I kind of wish I'd ordered this bottle just for myself. Awesome.

Notes: By far my favorite dubbel to date, this is simply a paragon of its style. Those monks know a thing or two about brewing. I can't wait to have this again.

Cheers!

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

A rich brown in colour, and hazy with yeast held in suspension. Topped by well-retained beige head that leaves a pretty lace as it slowly subsides. Malty, fruity aroma vaguely reminiscent of banana bread. Theres plum and cherry to go with that banana, along with caramel and a hint of chocolate. Inititial dark bread flavour is overtaken by fruity notes of raisin, apple, and fig. Very ripe and jammy tasting. It finishes with a hit of warm alcohol and a musty bitterness. The flavour and aroma both get a bit boozier as the beer warms. Medium bodied with fine, tingling carbonation. Doesn't feel heavy while still feeling substantial. Easy drinking, flavourful, and subtle; I was left wanting more after finishing this fairly potent ale.

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Photo of oldhippie247
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours chocolately brown with a soft off-white/light tan head.

Nose is relatively faint when poured in the Westmalle chalice, but occasional wisps of chocolately malts and dried fruits do appear. I was expecting a little more on the nose.

Chocolate and dried fruit follow through on the palate with a nice medium, but round mouthfeel. Carbonation is less active and fine than the Tripel, which I feel is more appropriate. Nice lingering malt-driven finish.

Overall a very well-balanced beer that should please any Belgian beer fan.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost opaque, with a small off white head and a medium amount of lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, spices, and just a little alcohol. I'm never truly impressed by the nose on Dubbels, but this one is good for the style.

T: Pretty much follows the nose: Belgian yeasts, semi-sweet malt, and a little apple. Slight hop bitterness and spicy bite in the finish.

M: Medium body with lots of carbonation. Leaves your mouth tingling.

D: A nice Dubbel, worthy of the Trappist name. I wish there was a little more flavor and aroma, but overall a solid brew.

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

0.33l bottle served in a Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a dark amber to brown bit cloudy color. A huge creamy beige head is formed when poured. Low retention and only few lacings left in the glass

S: Strong on Belgium yeasts. Sweet. Candy sugar and honey. Brown bread, caramel malts and citrus hops in the end. Very fruity with strong notes of grapes. Some notes of wood

T: As the nose, first impression is a toffee, candy sugar and honey sweetness. Grapes and oak. Brown bread, roasted malts and Belgian yeasts. Funny bubblegum sensation in the tong. End is mainly composed by a citrus, earthy and dry mild hoppy bitterness

M: Medium body and carbonation. Sweet upfront followed by a earthy citrus mild bitterness

O: Very drinkable. Very well done. Mandatory for Belgian lovers

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Photo of baseballrock
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - pours a thick tan head. the beer color is dark brown.

s - caramel sweet with some yeasts characters.

t - loads of sweet maltyness. the detection of caramel is present. this amazing beer finishes dry with a slight hoopyness that does not linger.

m - medium bodied beer that is has fairly high carbonation.

d - this beer does not drink like a beer of 7.0 abv. but non the less when im finished i want another one.

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Photo of Drazzamatazz
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I've been reading The Brewmaster's Table lately so I figured I'd take Garrett's advice and have this beer with my dinner of cassoulet.

Poured into a Chimay Chalice.

A: A hazy garnet that a Mag-lite barely cut through. Puffy Cumulus head with very sporadic bubble formation; tiny pearls mixed together with boulders. Started off with three fingers depth, and although it got beaten back it was sticking around to the very end.

S: Dried plums and raisins. Somewhat musty smelling. Although boozey at first, quickly brought on a nutty bread aroma.

T: Very subtle throughout. Definite sweetness, mainly of dried fruits and honey, but also a crisp dryness. This too much going on here for me to try and explain all the flavors. Changes every sip, makes you want to just keep digging around for more.

M: Very surprisingly full in body, same could be said for carbonation, almost borders on soda water. Just enough alcohol to clear your palate for the next sip.

D: A planned on making a bit of a night of drinking, but I'm so happy here I'm going to stop now. Complex without being in your face, I have to say this deserves all the hype it might get. Alcohol content is low enough that I felt like I was in control throughout, unlike some balls-to-the-wall extreme brews that knock you back and drag you along.

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