Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel
BA SCORE
90%
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4.18 w/ 2,747 ratings
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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#1,192
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Ratings:
2,747
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2,471
Avg:
4.18/5
pDev:
10.29%
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4.33
 
 
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Photo of natelocc787
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance isn't spectacular although it is impressive, I was surprised the head formed little crater pockets, not used to that in Belgian beers. Has a brown, gold crimson color and a head the color of ripe dates. The nose wasn't as forthright as I'd originally anticipated but was still aromatic enough offering caramel sweet malt, white raisin, cocoa shavings and jammy fruits. Yeasty notes are evident in the smell and taste categories but it is subtle and lends character. Very impressed with the taste of this beer and the quality in the craftsmanship. Lots of dried and jammy fruits like apple jelly, fig newton insides, semi-dried dates, a sweet raisiny backing through into the finish which offers a light cocoa shot in the finish. Flavors linger awhile, mouthfeel is dry, silky smooth and creamy. Very drinkable, even though you savor every sip and enjoy the complexities, you will raise the glass often. Very good stuff. If it wasn't so pricey I would enjoy this frequently.

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Photo of nanchen
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a westmalle goblet, about a finger of thick, cloudy foam, which did not disappear for minutes, creating a nice looking top to the ruby-brown color. smells of raisins or plums and caramely malts. tastes nutty, malty, a tinge of sweet and cocoa bitterness. mouthfeel is good, with the tickling of carbonation. i will definitely have this beer again.

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Photo of Stigs
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, poured into a Chimay goblet

A - got about a finger of loosely packed, light khaki foam. the beer is a *very* dark ruby color with good clarity.

S - smells of belgian yeast with a sweeter twist. fruits such as raisins, grapes, sourish apples, and slight banana. tiny bits of cloves and pepper.

T - very quick flash of sweet caramel like malts and then the yeast hits hard. very faint fruity sweetness. faint tartness and a medicinal kind of twang from the yeast. not what i was expecting but enjoyable and quite unique.

M - loads of prickly carbonation and a unbelievably sticky and prickly feel. kind of like drinking a cactus, but in an oddly appealing way. just "feels" like a trappist.

D - and exciting and challenging sipper, better suited for a warm summer night. looking forward to trying the tripel.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

A - Pours a beautiful full brown color with a light tan head. Head is very dense and retains very well.

S - Bread hints are quickly appreciated, followed by some mild alcoholic esters. Sourdough hints and some yeasty smells are definitely present.

T & M - Oily and creamy mouthfeel. Some nice bready hints immediately com up with nice malt sweetness, caramel hints are definitely present. Some yeast flavors are also tangled in there with the sweetness balancing it out. Some banana sweetness is also present.

D - Very refreshing and delicious. good co2.

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Photo of Pisstank52
4.76/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a very drinkable Trappist and I enjoyed it very much. Excellent head and lacing. Aroma reminded me of a warm summer day laying in a field of summer flowers. Fresh and pure and thanking God your alive. It has spirt and lets you know your not drinking some light beer of ordinary taste. It will awaking your tastebuds and make you feel like the warm sun is shinning on you. Can't say enough about it , just try it and see.

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Photo of gfreed
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at La Morte Subite, Brussels. Long-lasting head, tan and bubbly and thick, floating leisurely atop a pool of mahogany beer with light traces of bubbles. Aroma of mushrooms, bread; plenty of malt up front in the taste and smoothness that satisfied. Some light flavors of chocolate and bread. Had the weight of a great dubbel. A must-have if you visit this bar.

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Photo of zoso493
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful deep mahogany with a foamy, gushy two-finger head. Really looks like the ideal dubbel. Head sticks around for a while too and leaves some slightly sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smell is nice and crisp, with some nice dark fruits, esters, and some signature Belgian yeast coming out. As it warms, you start to get the sweeter scents - molasses, caramel and hints of brown sugar. It's all just a little bit too subtle for me.

Taste: Taste is just a slight let off after the really nice nose. Some thinner notes of the dark fruit come out, but just enough that you know they're there, with plums maybe coming out the strongest. Aside from that, there's a definite taste of yeast and a sliver of alcohol. This one really doesn't assault your palate, as much as I perhaps would desire.

Mouthfeel: Average mouthfeel on this one. Decidedly medium-bodied with a drier finish. Goes down real smooth with a nice crispness to it.

Drinkability: Pretty easy drinking beer. There is just an ever-so-slight tinge of alcohol in the taste, but it enhances the crispness of beer, which may give the illusion of being more drinkable.

Overall, a solid example of the style, but not as aggressive as one might desire. It's a nice drinking beer but could be less tame. Still, a nice one to try if you haven't done so already.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33cl Bottle from stystembolaget. Dark, murky brown with slight rosey tint. Big tan head that lasts til the end and laces the glass. Aroma is amazing - belgian yeast and tart fruit come rushing at you, followed by caramel and slight alcohol hanging back. Thick, full mouthfeel and medium carbonation coat your tongue. Flavor is sweet and malty, but bitterness perfectly controls things. more bitter in finish, but not out front. Hops become more pronounced as beer warms. One of my new favorite beers.

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Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This ones a bit of a head scratcher for me - its quite a complex beer that makes you think, and it also defies our attempts to categorise it.

Pours a dark mahogany with resplendent red tones, and a huge creamy head that billows over the top of the glass and lays down some good lacing. A heavier retention would be my only criticism, but that aside, this looks like a tasty treat. As you would expect, the aroma goes long on the malts. I find that theres a lot of caramel, ripe dark fruit and sweet, spicy yeast on the nose. Its definitely a cut above average, but doesn't quite punch with the big boys, because for all its niceties it lacks the complexity of the best examples.

Spicy dark fruits take the form of dates, figs and raisins, while candy sugar combines with caramel to provide a sweet backing track. Hints of oak and a spicy onslaught of yeast provide the depth that was lacking in the aroma. There's a lot going on, occasionally I pick out chocolate, and then sometimes an earthiness jumps in and out. Alcohol is barely discernible. One of the most marked aspects for me is the emphasis on over-ripe fruits, particularly pears and (surprisingly) bananas. A nice light breadiness backs everything up, and while its not as pronounced a flavour as it is in the St. Bernardus dubbels, it certainly helps to provide a bit more heft and depth.

The mouthfeel is something that gives me trouble. While Belgian carbonation often errs to the high side of things, this is more often than not tempered by the softness of the bubbles when they hit the palate. I don't really get that with the Westmalle and the carbonation feels harsh and distracting until it dies down half way through the beer. While mouthfeel has a relatively small weighting on BA, its one of those categories that can make or break a beer, and it certainly hampered my enjoyment of this one for a while.

So, Westmalle Dubbel has its faults, but its still a classic for the style. Actually, in some respects it defies the loose style guidelines and strays over to a class of beers that include Rochefort 8. Mind you, who cares about style that much? All you need to know is that this is a decent beer and worthy of your investment in it.

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Photo of jeranbrews
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Great frothy marshmallow-like head even after resting in the fridge overnight. Dark but still noticeably cloudy. Yeast floaters settle to the bottom and even make there way up into the head. Speckling the top of the wheat colored head with tiny black pepper or nutmeg flakes. Good lacing, and fizzy carbonation remained even until the very last mouthful.

S - Right after my friend popped the top there was a noticible malt smell from a distance. The initial alcohol smell was a bit strong for a 7%. A mild yeast / hop sourness comes to the top but also some spices, bananas, and dates. And the best part is that fresh yeast, living beer smell. Yumm.

T - Initially tangy, spicy, and pungent. It 'settles' to arrangement of spices, bananas. nutmeg, and liquid malts. The after taste was disappointingly sour and lasted about 2 min. A little longer than it was welcome.

M - Smooth medium strong body and healthy carbonation. Coats the mouth a little on its way down and deposits little yeasty bits. And yummy yeasty burps.

D - Smooth, refreshing, a meal by itself, but overly sour at the end. By no means disappointing. There were more complex smells and flavors than I listed here, but the alcohol and fusil oils mask their true names.

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Photo of BeelzeBrew
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
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 -0.7%
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 +6.9%
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 -18.4%
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 +1.7%
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 +2.4%
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 +11.2%
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 +13.6%
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 -5.5%
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 -8.4%
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 +6.5%
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 +8.1%
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 +6.5%
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 -9.6%
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 +1.7%
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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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 90% out of 100 with 2,747 ratings
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