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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4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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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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Photo of PartyBear
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep reddish brown in colour, with a giant head. Mild carbonation.

S - The initial aroma is quite chocolatey and malty. There are also fruity elements, possible banana and mango.

T - The chocolatey malt aromas come through in the first flavours. It has a certain light toffee flavour later, which makes way for a dry finish that is best characterised by banana flavours.

M - Not as heavy as some dubbels but still provides a substantial body with a slightly oily feel.

D - One of the best dubbels available in my opinion. It is a rightfully world renowned beer, and when you try it, you see why.

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Photo of abar22
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH Signature Glass

Westmalle Dubbel poured dark brown with lighter browns and reds when held to the light. Massive cream colored 3F head that settled into craterous 2F cap. The head on this beer didn't want to go away and left massive lacing all around the glass.
The nose sports sweet malts, pepper, hints of clove, and floral hops.
The carbonation comes in full force at first sip then gives way to a fruity center(prunes?). The ending brings a hint of bitter floral hops with a dry finish.
This brew comes off a bit light and watery, sports good carbonation and leaves a bit of metallic after taste.
Good if not simple flavors combined with lighter makes this beer quite drinkable for the style.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with maroon highlights. Head is large, creamy, and toffee-colored. Nice lacing, excellent head retention.

S: Toffee, caramel, dark fruit, some spice, smooth vanilla, and light cocoa. Interesting aroma, could be a bit stronger.

T&M: A faint and dry toffee-like malt is upfront, with a slight dark fruitiness and an ample amount of spice. Some metallic flavor on the finish. Not quite as rich or full a dubbel as I'm accustomed to. Body is medium with a zesty, spicy carbonation that's a little bit heavy and lacks the smoothness I associate with Belgians.

D: Metallic flavor makes it a bit tough to put down, but the flavor and body are both on the lighter side.

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Photo of Shango42
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type-bottle poured into tulip snifter.

A-Dark brew with red hues. Tan head with tiny defined bubbles.

S-Bready yeast, malty, spicy, faint cherries.

T-Big bite at the start from the carbonation. Caramel sweetness follows with bready undertones to the complex and intriguing malt. Brown sugar and toffee are here too. There is definitely a warming sensation on the way down from the alcohal. Simply and great balance.

M-Clean and crisp with a certain airy quality to it. Champagne-like carbonation that dances on the tongue.

D-Very drinkable even for non-belgium lovers. Smooth feel with complex flavors. Maybe my favorite dubbel yet.

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

The Westmalle Trappist Dubbel pours into a chalice a cloudy tea-brown color with a thin tan head.

The aroma is brown sugar, black licorice, malts, and molasses.

The taste has the same delicious characteristics as the aroma ... molasses, roasted, sweet-malts, black licorice, brown sugar.

The mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation, very pleasant.

The Trappist Dubbel is an extremely drinkable brew which looks, smells and tastes delicious. It is by no means a heavy brew with regard to alcohol or gravity.

Yummy.

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

Presentation: Bottle, poured into pint glass.

A: The dark red or mahogany body was poured into the glass which left a finger-thick, off-white head and slightly visible carbonation.

S: I can smell the malts which hint at the ABV in the beer. The hops don't really express themselves that much. However, the beer smells promising.

T: The ABV is definitely apparent when sipping down the brew. The roasted malts underly the ABV and make the beer more tasteful.

M: Once sipped, the carbonation is a non-factor and the tastes and smells of the beer shine through from the start to the finish. The ABV overshadows most of the flavor; however, the malts and hops make it more complex on the way down.

D: Even though this is not my favorite Trappist brew, it is still worth buying. If they could somehow balance the ABV with more taste and add a thicker head, they would be golden. Give it a shot, it's worth adding to your collection.

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

330ml bottle.

This beer pours a hazy, rather dark ruby amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, bubbly, silken foamy beige head, one which leaves a broad array of fuzzy patchy lace around the glass as it lolls about, eventually receding at a pretty tame pace.

It smells of semi-sour candy sugar, over (or under?)-whelmed caramel malt, subtly spicy cloves, and a light red wine grape fruitiness. The taste is tangy, dark bready malt, pithy green apple, lesser dark bittersweet fruits, somewhat edgy yeast, and simmering woody alcohol.

The carbonation is a bit on the high side, with a tendency toward the frothy, which detracts from the already kind of weakly weighted body, and any equally expected smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the malt still in for the long haul, with some inherent herbs and soft booziness lingering.

Pretty spot-on, I suppose, but not nearly as heady as one might have been expecting, the beefed up malt just a little too lacking, and weirdly so. An otherwise agreeable tipple, even more so when we New Worlders bring our lofty expectations back down to earth.

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

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with orange-red hue when held to light; rocky and dense, thick head with plenty of lace around the glass. Head is a light shade of maple cream color.

Smell: A bit spicy -- some clove fragrance, toffee, with rummy notes. A faint yeasty aroma, almost like fresh dark bread. The scent is far more intense as the ale warms to drinking temperature and thoroughly pleasant.

Taste: Very malty, subtly warming; a touch more bitterness than I was expecting, but this produces a very nice crisp finish. Flavors of brown sugar, toffee, slight suggestion of caramelized fruits. The malt character is intriguing. I have heard malt bills for Belgian dubbels are not often as complicated as it would seem, but the grainy taste is complex enough that it's hard to believe there are only two or three malts in this brew. I cannot taste the alcohol at all, short of the aforementioned slight warming sensation, in spite of the 7% ABV. Wonderfully balanced overall.

Mouthfeel: Very, very smooth. Almost creamy. Carbonation is very fine, and not at all intense. Medium body. Not heavy at all.

Drinkability: This is really, really drinkable. The first time I enjoyed this beer, I thought it was an awesome choice for a winter night by the fire. Now it's July, and the beer is just as delicious. Very smooth, and keeps the palate guessing until the last drop.

Overall, this is one of the most balanced, tasty beers I've had the pleasure to enjoy. It's definitely one of my favorite dubbels, and one I'd recommend to anyone looking for a nice beer to sip slowly on a quiet evening.

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Photo of delnoche
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2009
33cl bottle poured into a Westmalle Trappist glass. Pours dark brown with ample tan frothy head. Beautiful yummy looking beer. Smells malty and sweet. Flavour is like nuts or raisins, kind of sweet and bitter. Palate is smooth with light carbonation. Doesn't taste as alcoholic as a lot of Belgian dubbels... especially for a Trappist. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.05/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I drank from a bottle into a chalice in Brussels at Delirium Cafe.

It pours brown with a decent white head and above average lacing.

It smells like malt and coffee with a hint of spice.

It tastes ok, but I like this one less than the Dubblel but better than the quad. Which is very strange because this is the opposite of the way I like the other Trappistes. Overall a very so-so beer.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, sweet fruits (applesauce and fig), some cola-like notes. Flavor of bitter hops initially with lots of malt and sweet fruits, even some soda-like notes. Hmm, not what I expected from the #2 dubbel in the world. The flavor is bland and the palate a touch heavy. I would have liked more fruity notes or spices....oh well.

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

Westmalle Dubbel produces a massive amount of light tan and rocky head. The body is very dark, ruby red, with a good amount of sediment at the bottom of the glass. The head retention lasts all the way through the 33cl serving, and lacing sticks nicely to the walls of the glass.

This was much more aromatic than expected. It erupts with a slight metallic hops presence, and has a sweet raison bread tone to it as well. I detect overripe grapes cinnamon and other sweet spices.

This tasted more herbal upfront than expected with brisk bitterness, candied sugar is here too. Definitely overripe dark fruits and some cooked veggies are in the taste too.

Mouthfeel is coarse, chewy, and a warm finish follows through.

Overall, this brew was a bit bitterer than I expected. It's decently well rounded with no dominant flavor to overpower the whole beer.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This Trappist-beer pours dark brown - almost black, with a powerful, thick light-brown head, that stays for a really long time. Since all Trappist-beers are bottled conditioned there is a lot of cloudiness to this great looking beer.

S: The complexity is awesome, there is (roasted) malt, bitter hops and fruit (apples). This smells great!

T: The first thing that hits my tongue is a taste of roasted rye bread. But there is also obvious sweetness, a hint of bitterness, after a little while the taste of the malt turns into chocolate. There is also fruity flavours: green apples and a bit of raisins.
The aftertaste is still sweet, but turns drier as time goes by. In the end there is some hops.
This is a complex beer that tastes fantastic.

M: Rich and a bit viscous, a little like syrup.

D: This must be one of the best beers ever. I'm thinking about joining the monastery that produces such a fantastic beer ;-). This one you must try.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this earlier tonight while watching poker. Poured a medium brown with cinnamon head that faded somewhat quick and left decent lacing. Smelled of bready yeast and fruit. Tasted pretty much the same. Slightly overcarbed, but smooth. Could drink a few.

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Photo of Kraken
3.08/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 2/10/09. Best by 3/10

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into an oversized wine goblet. Firm pour evokes a 1/4 inch of white head, fair amount of lace. Color is a nice semi-opaque woody brown.

Nose- a slight sourness with some substantial caramel notes. Wet rotting wood.

Palate- Sour woodiness. Plenty of moderately sweet caramel notes. Coco. More sour woodiness in the finish. Finishes moderately dry.

Mouth- Dry and slightly tart.

Drinkability- Decent, but not the best dubble I've had.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish brown with a chil haze. Ok head and a little lacing.

Some dark fruit scents, as well as some sweet caramel and booze.

I must say, I expected more depth out of this one. Alot more on the dry side than expected. Shows some caramel and dark fruit sweetness, but that immediately turns to a dry and coarse stone fruit pit bitter bite that was strangely appropriate but not all that pleasant. The yeast and tasted bread are there as well, but the dry fruit flavor and alcohol edge dominate. You can tell this is well crafted, and damn good thing, because it hinges upon becoming a mess. Decent body and carbonation help clean the palate. Overall, a drier than expected drinker. I liked this less than the hype, but still dug it. Worth a try as you work your way through thee vast sea of Belgian beers, but this one will be a matter of personal taste and preference.

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Photo of masterallen
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark cherry brown. I poured the beer poorly and had a little extra head, no big deal, it just released a few more of the esters.

S - applish notes and a slighly woody aroma.

T - choclatety taste but very dry, even bitter aftertaste

M - coats mouth nicely. heavy and doesn't

D - I would only have 1 or 2. Not really a session beer despite it's reasonable ABV.

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Photo of maleman
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - very dark, a little cloudy when held up to the light.

S - a little heavy, hoppy.

T - hint of chocolate, some distant fruit was detected.

M - felt it in the upper back of my mouth...didn't fill it up.

D - could sit around and drink this one all evening!

These Trappists are growing on me!

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Photo of McDiddyPop
3.21/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz brown bottle. 'Westmalle' engraved around the neck. Pretty badass looking. Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

It should be noted that this one foamed up when I opened it, leading me to believe it became contaminated before bottling. I hope for the best.

It pours a deep mahogany with ruby hues around the edges. Nearly black in the center, when held up to the light it reveals decent clarity with moderate haze from a sturdy pour. A one finger head quickly disipates into a small cap with a few scattered bits of lace. The smell is lacking. Very faint grain, with a hint of sweetness. Apples, maybe? The taste leaves a lot to be desired. It barely fills my mouth. Very dry with a sweet/tartness on the back of the tongue. I have to smack my lips after each sip, because it almost completely dries my mouth out.

I will definitely give this one another chance, but as for my first look I was anything but impressed. Hopefully round two brings me a bottle with no added contaminants.

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Photo of JAStheAce
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - dark mahogany brown with about an inch of foamy head which quickly went away

S - sweet, chocolatey, caramel, nougat, butterscotch, toffee

T - Chocolate very rich and malty. Fruity aftertaste and I can't really get more specific then that but not citrus fruits. Concludes with a nice dry finish

M - medium mouthfeel

D - A delicious brew and the moderate abv% could make this to a session beer if you are feeling so inclined. I know I'd be down.

Overall, a gem of a beer and I expect nothing less from the Trappists

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Photo of srandycarter
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cola colored, not much head. Leaves to ring. Very little, tight lacing.

S - Brown sugar and cooked fruits with some breadiness.

T - Bread, caramel, and some sour sharpness. Not expecting this and wonder if it is usual for the beer.

M - Medium to light body, plenty of carb and good coating.

D - Nice beer.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an Orval chalice.

Appearance - very deep brown, mahogany I guess. Nice tan head, stuck around a little while.

Smell - boozy, caramel, dark fruit. Just what you would expect.

Taste - fabulous. You taste the alchocol but surrounding it is a harvest of other flavors, dark fruit, caramel.

Mouthfeel - exceptional. Carbonation perfected.

Drinkability - at 7% I am about done with one but could go on forever if possible.

A fantastic beer like all Trappist ales.

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. Best before end 4/15/10.

A: Opaque reddish brown. Nice big Belgian head.

S: Lots and lots of dark fruits. Kind of like walking through the produce section of the grocery store.

T: A pleasant and complex mix of dark fruitiness and piercing bitterness. Finishes rather dry.

M: Smooth and medium-bodied. A lot of carbonation.

D: I'm not that much into dubbels, but this is definitely one of the better ones. Good for anyone jonesing for the fruity esters of a Belgian dark ale but not really in the mood for the knockout blow of a quad.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,739 ratings.
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