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

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2,712
Reviews:
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Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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Photo of BeelzeBrew
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: It's a dark brown, red highlighted beer, with a bubbly light tan head that doesn't last too long or foam over the glass ( this happened with this beer's sister brew, Westmalle Trippel).

S: Caremel-like sweetness, dark sweet fruits and a bit of pleasant breadiness, smells as pleasant as it looks.

T: Fruits dominate the taste palate. Syruppy, caramelesque flavors penetrate the frutiness to blend a sweet, rich taste of great complexity and balance.

M&D: High alcohol limits the drinkability, but there is at least an attempt to hide the apparent booziness...Not the most sessionable, but easily worth having a few.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Chimay chalice...3/4 out, swirled...then exit all the goodies that sticks to the bottom of these bottles!

Very nice size head, cream colored...and very long lasting. Nice thick lacing as well. Color is a dark brown and murky. Smells so good, like most belgians. Very sweet smelling, fruity and sugary. There's barely a scent of booze.

Taste at first is bland...that lasts about a second. The flavors then pop when it hits the back of your tongue. Booze is again well hidden, with some dark fruit flavors...and slightly carbonated but very smooth.

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

A- Dense, light-chocolate. Huge, pearly brown head. Great lacing.

S- Chocolate, banana, and yeast aromas.

T- Chocolate, banana, and some espresso. Distinct, rich yeast flavor mixes with toffee to play the last few measures in this symphony masterpiece.

M- Creamy and thick, with head also playing a nice supporting role. Good carbonation.

D- A very complex beer with a uniquely delicious, creamy yeast flavor that stands out stronger than the hop or malt flavors, while simultaneously contributing as the dominant factor that gives this brew a lot of personality. This drink, very literally, turns me on!

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Photo of Travlr
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muddy chestnut brown with medium tan head, good persistence and lacing. Sweet honey aroma with notes of raisins and dark fruit, well balanced. Full mouth with complex spiciness, malt and dates. Alcohol shows through more than most. Slightly bittersweet finish.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a best buy stamp of 19/09/09. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a fine-bubbled tan foam. Not much in the way of head retention or lacing surprisingly.

Nose is dark fruits galore with a backing of caramel and cocoa maltiness. There is some bread dough in there as well. Smells good and tasty.

Taste leans toward the fruity end of the spectrum with lots of strawberries, bing cherries and blackberries. Malts are light and airy with some burnt toast and caramel flavors...really not very sweet at all. Minor complaint is that it is not very creamy and even feels a bit thin. This one goes down way too easy though, the alcohol is barely even detectable. It's like a Belgian session beer! Very Good.

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Photo of berley31
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a huge, rocky, creamy white head that stayed around for quite a long time before dissipating down to 1-2 fingers. Good lacing on the glass. Body is cloudy, and a dark brown/ruby color.

S: Nice aroma of average malt, with some molasses present. There's a light trace of alcohol as well.

T: This is a very full-tasting beer... I can detect some chocolate, as well as some fruitiness that seems to include both cherries and grapes. The alcohol that I could smell is barely detectable in the flavor, other than maybe a very low warmth at the finish.

M: Medium-bodied and very creamy, with lively carbonation.

D: A damned-nice dubbel... wish I had access to it here.

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Photo of thedeen123
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

33cL bottle poured into Westmalle chalice

A: deep rich reddish brown, minimal head

S: there's a hint of alcohol soon followed by aromas of fruits, getting excited now

T: bubbly, alcohol is well hidden by the melange of fruits, pleasantly bitter aftertaste

D: absolutely amazing, but strong, definitely a keeper, worth the trouble to find

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Photo of Yooperduder
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a standard pub glass.

Poured very nicely, effervescent without filling the glass with foam. Head settles down nicely with that classic belgian lace on the sides.

S - Currants, raisins and grandmas old fashioned rum fruitcake. That first smell is priceless.

A - Mahogany brown, can barely see through the glass. Crisp head, small bubbles.

T - Smooth and dry, finishes with a touch of dried fruit. Crisp and light for a darker beer.

M - Slightly effervescent, enough to let you know it is there without being overpowering and slowing you down. You *could* drink it fast if you wanted... but why would you want to?

D - Smooth, flavorful without being precocious, a hard beer to surpass.

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Photo of WeedKing4
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown. Way too carbonated, head was just everywhere it seemed. Once that settled, its not a bad tasting beer actually. Tastes of dark fruits and its not that sweet at all. I would consider this again if in a pinch, but not in a rush to go after it. Very easy to drink, don't notice the 7% at all. Not a bad beer.

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

750 ml bottle. Plastic cork (technology and environment for the win!). That's already a plus.

This beer is very dark, with brownish earthy accents. It has uUnstoppable lacing and never ending head (small bubbles). Very pretty.

Smells like a typical double. Caramels and ripe dark fruits, with a hint of gingerbread.

The beer itself is actually a LOT less sweet than I expected it to be. It remains quite interesting, because that lack of sweetness let other usually hidden aromas developp. The beer is very grassy, earthy and dry. Hops are also quite present. Even if interesting, this is not my type of double. Still, very good brew.

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

Trappist beers have yet to steer me wrong, so when this one rolled into the LCBO.

Poured into a snifter.

A = Opaque ruby-mahogany, with a lingering light tan head. Great lacing on the glass.

S = Can detect a bit of the alcohol, but the nose is a splendid blend of molasses, spices and dried fruits.

T = Goes down terrifically smooth and dry. The hops blend well with notes of raisins, bananas, molasses and spices. Possibly apple near the end. Finishes dry with lingering bitterness.

M = Dangerously dry finish leaves me wanting more. Moderate-high carbonation, good retention.

D = Terrific stuff, fast becoming one of my favourites of the Trappists. Will definitely sample this one again!

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a brandy snifter. Dark mahogany brown, with three fingers of tan head, and fantastic lacing. Raisin, brown sugar, molasses, date, caramel apple, limejuice, and slight yeastiness all massage the nostrils, with very little trace of alcohol. The flavor yielded all of the above, as well as toasted toffee and caramel, which dissolved to herbal hints and then a bittersweet raisin finish. Bitter afterwards. Mouthfeel was spritzy, with a nice medium silkiness and alcohol well-hidden throughout. This went down too easy. Wow.

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

BB date: 14 Apr. 2011. Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a dark reddish mahogany brown with a 3" thick light tan billowing head that persists for a very long time and leaves streamers of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Sipping leaves sheets of foam that change into thickly speckled lacing. Even when the head has receded to a small volcano shaped peak of lacing and a ring of foam around the glass sipping still leaves lots of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is fruity with dark fruits, caramel and some hints of cinnamon and some other spices. There is some yeasty character mingled with earthiness from the hops.

Taste: The smooth lightly sweet flavor is actually on the dry side for a dubbel. The flavors include components of dark fruit and berries, some chocolate laced with cinnamon towards the end. Although the alcohol contributes to the flavor it neither dominates it nor does it burn.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied and smooth with light but steady, prickly carbonation. The finish is medium long and begins with some subtle sweetness from the malt but then changes into a soft fruity and dry, lightly sour and earthy bitterness as it slowly fades from the scene.

Drinkability: This is definitely drinkable but also quite subtle so it would be easy to hurry this one and miss out on some of the complexity here. I could easily finish off a second one and I do expect to sample this one again one day.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle from the LCBO, pours a dark russet brown that thins out toward the edges of the glass. Prodigious amounts of rocky foam, leaving nice patchwork down the glass.

Nose is nice and malty, hints of apples, cloves and cinnamon, dark fruits.

This is a solid dubbel but seems to lack some of the body I would hope to find in the best examples. Nice bready yeast profile, hints of apple, plums, raisins, cloves and cinnamon, other spices, slightly dry finish, alcohol mingling in despite being only 7%. Thinnish body though, seems to lack the depth in the middle. Ample carb, perhaps even the faintest touch on the overdone side.

This is a nice brew. Not truly sipper without the robust body, not truly sessionable due to alcohol presence, in the middle somewhere. Have a couple to age, see how that goes.

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Photo of wknight167
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Apearance - Pours a cloudy, nearly opaque brown with a long lasting 2 finger head. Lots of lacing.

Nose- Yeast spiciness (pepper and clove?), caramel, stone fruits.

Palate- Slight malt sweetness upfront, followed by raisins, cherries and figs. The yeast rounds it out with its spiciness accompanying the alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel- Surprisingly light to medium bodied. Nice carbonation level, lively on the tongue.

Drinkability- quite drinkable. Would have no problem having a fridge full.

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

Single bottle poured into a tulip glass (I don't have a chalice) so I'm going to wonder if that tainted my review, along with the fact that I poured it slowly towards the end that I didn't get any sediment. Therefore did I really get all the flavors? So here goes:

Appearance - milk chocolate brown color with a hint of translucence (not opaque, but dark enough that very little light got through), huge head upon pouring that died down about 2/3 through drinking the beer with lots of lacing on the glass. The head is a light tan in color with large bubbles.

Smell - all I could get was some yeast and as it warmed up something sweet...caramel maybe?

Taste - a hint of fruit at the beginning, then bitter, then alcohol. I see some people describe this beer as "warming" and yes, I could feel that alcohol going in quick and indeed warming up my face. But the flavors were not really powerful - they're all just there but not really prevalent.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and lightly carbonated on the tongue. Watery in how fast it goes down but thick enough to coat the mouth and throat.

Drinkability - not sure. I hear so much about Trappist ales that people rave about but maybe I'm missing it due to the wrong glass. It was good, just not "WOW!" good. However, I will say it went really well with the Quiche Lorianne I had with dinner so I'll give a little bit higher on drinkability as a special occasion beer for special occasion meals.

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

Poured this one into a large wine glass. Deep murky brownish orange with a solid head. Looks good. Lots of lees.

The smell has depth; it's dark fruity and deep roastedness.

Tastewise, there's raisiny/pruny fruit and spicy smokiness. It's quite dry, actually. Moreso than I expected.

The mouthfeel is very nice. It's smooth and there's a nice balance of carbonation.

Quite drinkable...could just continue drinking these comfortably for a long time.

This is a very nice dubbel. Interestingly, I enjoyed the St. Paul more, but that was a while ago. I suppose I'll just have to try them both again to make sure. ;)

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

Pours a deep eggplant color, which when held up to the light, reveals a myriad of fiery crimson hues, with a billowy head that sticks around. It looks utterly resplendent in a Westmalle chalice.

The aroma is very roundly spicy, pruney, and caramely.

The taste is tingly spicy prunes and dried fruit with a modest bitterness, a slight burnt taste, and a dry, oaken finish, something mildly reminiscent of a Cabernet Sauvignon with nuances of cedar, violets, leather, and cigars.

Very well attenuated, the mouthfeel is both smooth and crisp. The carbonation level is perfect. The crispness counterbalances the full flavor wonderfully.

This is a full flavored, complex yet approachable dubbel, easily one of the best out there.

Seek. Drink. Enjoy. Repeat as necessary.

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

A - This beer poured a dark reddish orange color that produced a beautiful, nicely sized fluffy tan head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were heavy on the malts, with a few hints of dark fruits

T - The taste of this beer had a toffee-like maltiness with a mix of light and dark fruits, and a little bit of spiciness

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light to medium body, and a moderate amount of carbonation

D - The drinkability of this beer is subject to whether or not you like the style of the beer, and I love most Belgian styles, and this one is a good representation of this style

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Photo of BacklitAvenger
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A brownish orange color, the beer is caped by a voluptuous head that is supported by moderately heavy carbonation. The head is a sandy tan color and leaves tracings down the walls of the glass.

Aroma - A general maltiness with slight overtones of fruit and slight undertones of spice.

Flavor - This dubbel has more clove character than the other examples of the style I've tried. It begins with a malty but not sweet toasty flavor. It's not chocolate by any means but is darker than the usual munich or 2 row maltiness. On top of that is ripened fruit dominated by raisin and figs and dates. The spices are cloves and a peppery flavor. The yeast tastes slightly earthy.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is really light for the style I think. It is dry and light, and the high carbonation is of a slightly spritzy type. These characteristics don't detract from the beer, merely defining it as different from its other dubbel siblings.

Drinkability - Obviously not super high from the alcohol, the drinkability is aided by the dry, light nature of the mouthfeel. The dryness leads you to drink more and in larger quantities at any one time.

Definitely a worthy trappist dubbel for sure.

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Photo of birchstick
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - dark ruby red / almost brown in appearance with a small head

S - caramel, sugary malts with some dark fruits (fig and raisin)

T - palate follows the nose. Taste predominately of sugary, caramel malts with some dark fruits...decently complex, albeit it seems a bit watery.

M - very good mouthfeel - the beer flows down the palate nicely and the carbonation is perfect

D - pretty good dubbel - very good nose and mouthfeel and a solid taste. I don't know if I would reach for this one often due to its price tag, but I definitely never turn one down.

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Photo of bruachan
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

evidently this one was stored a little warm...messy!

saved enough, though, to pull of a well anticipated and delicious review

it's quite a dark brown color--almost opaque, really. the head above is a little darker than most, as well (not quite an RIS brown-sugar colored affair). lacing is good and head retention OK

airy, floral hops begin the aromatic experience and actually preempt the malt contribution, which follows in quite subtle fashion. warm, nutty.

sweet, spicy, cola, breadcrusty. with a nutty finish. some vinous character dovetails with the spice and cola. hop flavors evince themselves. i wish the mouthfeel were just barely more substantial, as i could use something else to hold onto--this might be quite the complex brew if flavors had something more robust as a spine. interestingly, the malt characters and spice seem almost yeast-independent; as the yeast contribution is quite nominal and well below the level expected of a belgian dubbel. flavors aside, not a yeasty brew

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Photo of SteveS1
3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle to a glass-

Look: Pours dark cloudy amber, tall fizzy head

Smell: Sweet and malty, but hops are present

Taste: Some complex malts... caramely aftertaste, bitterness lingers.

Feel: A touch of carbonation, fairly light

Drink: Decent flavor, though the bitter aftertaste carries a bit of alcohol. Very drinkable nonetheless. I literally drank the whole bottle trying to pin down the flavors, hence the sparse description.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Paid $5.49 for an 11.2oz bottle from BevMo in San Jose, CA. Poured into a chalice to review.

Nice looking on the pour leaving just over an inch of frothy off white head that sticks around like no other. There is some dark sediment that slowly pools in the center of the frothy head similar to if someone sprinkled a pinch of cinnamon on top of it. Quite carbonated visually but certainly not a gusher. Deep fig colored brown. Opaque, thick sheets of lacing glaze the rim of the chalice.

Complex aroma of a wide array of fruit, light Belgian spice and mild yeast tones. Fruit profile contains hints of raisin, fig, melon and apple. A very pleasant, yet almost indistinguishable nose due to its complexity. Quite nice.

The taste is a nice blend of dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, mild breadiness and Belgian spice.

World class mouthfeel. Thick and silky with a medium body. Velvety smoothness characteristic of only a handful of the best Belgians. Clean finish keeps me wanting to drink more.

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Photo of DerBayer
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This pours a surprisingly dark brown with off white big frothy head

Smell is of cherries caramel and some bitter hops

The taste is of the same but wonderfully balanced between sweet and bitter notes - miles better than the triple a definite 5

Mouthfeel is refreshing and nicely carbonated but too prickly almost

Drinkability is HIGH HIGH HIGH

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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