Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel

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Brouwerij Westmalle

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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Photo of srv33
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Part of a Dubbel taste off, including this, Rochefort 6, and Chimay Red.

Appearance: Darkest pour of the three. An unremarkable dark brown. Large head whilst pouring that quickly dissipated to a thick collar but not much else. Medium to fine bubbles.

Aroma: Definitely the most different aroma of the three. I get scents of tart cherry right away, along with fig, clove, spices, and other berries.

Mouthfeel: Neither thick or thin, very fine carbonation that is stated but not prominent. A bit sharp but clean. Most moderate of three, not as muted and creamy as the rochefort, yet not as heavily carbonated as the Chimay Red.

Taste: Sour berries to start, prominent spices and an herbal astringent quality. A well balanced sweetness, and a full body. This is the quintessential Dubbel.

Overall: This was a hard taste test. All three shone in their own ways which made judging hard. In terms of accuracy to the style, the Westmalle wins. In terms of all the other markers of the style, the Westmalle has the slight edge, closely followed by the Rochefort, and then the Chimay.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Temperature is everything with the Westmalle Dubbel, it really needs to be served 'not chilled'. If you must store it in the cooler, leave it a good 5 minutes before pouring, otherwise it will be just too flat and bitter.

Appearance on pouring is a delightfully deep and full chestnut body. Leave a while, let the sediment sink and the head dissipate into a thin filmy caramel top, which should stay with you for the duration of quaffing.

Scent is a little scant to be honest, and the taste is a light malt with a twist of caramel rounded with a slightly bitter bite.

Feel is a bit of a let down, it does feel a little watery compared to it's great appearance, and a touch artificial.

The 7% abv is spot on for a dubbel.

Overall, it's another pretty good brew, nothing spectacular, but great for a winters night boofing session by the fire.....the tripel is better!

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Photo of Rymish
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StormAles
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of emerge077
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of SpongeHop
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - dark brown with ruby red shine, slightly hazy; solid off-white to beige creamy head
S & T - light bready malts, pleasant bitters with slightly earthy hoppiness, hint of dark candisugar, lightly sour prunes
F - medium body, nicely drinkable

O - the quintessential dubbel, as far as I'm concerned. It's the archetype for a reason. Still my favorite dubbel out of all the trappists.

I do recommend this one.

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Photo of Ned57
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a dark brown color with some hazy ruby edges, not much lacing, but what there is clings sporadicly around the edges. The head lasts oh, probably about a good minute. The smell had some glazed apples - coming through kinda sugary, cinnamon - perhaps. I like the nice spice that allocates itself fairly nicely to the aroma. The taste was mainly sweet but still there’s a nice spice to the flavoring. The aftertaste - uh...well, there isn’t any aftertaste - ok, well, no worries. I got a quick dry finish. On the palate, it sits about a light to medium, sessionability - hmmm....not quite. I can tell it wants to be, but for the most part, in my opinion, it seems to sit closer to the medium aspect. Carbonation seems to be a tad sharper than most Dubbels I’ve had, but still worthy of being construed as a Dubbel. Overall, in my opinion, this is a pretty good Dubbel well worthy of having again despite having a harsher carbonation than most.

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Photo of thommo_nk
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

330mL bottle poured into a straight glass. Dark red in colour, off-white thick three finger head. Medium to heavy carbonation. Smells and tastes of caramel and dark fruit (prunes?).

Classy beer, need to try the tripel.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Brown body 3 finger brown-white head.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Dark fruits, earthy spices, and brown sugar.

Feel: Medium-light body, high carbonation. The alcohol is hidden well. Dry, with only a suggestion of sweetness.

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Photo of rulisekmartin
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Qonmus
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eberesford
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown, thin head with little or no lacing. Aroma toffee, dried fruit (prune). Flavour wonderfully balanced - almost burnt toffee, caramel, raisin, prune with just enough bitterness and toast to balance. The body is rich without being overly heavy. Great mouth feel.

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Photo of priley
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Stone Brewing Goblet. Best before November 4th 2018.

L: Cloudy brown with a red hue. Finger width khaki head. Good retention.

S: Fig, brown sugar, caramel.

T: Wonderful flavors of rich toffee and caramel melded with dried dark fruits like figs and apricots, sweetened by some brown sugar like notes. Tasty.

F: Medium-full body, crsip Belgian carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

O: Another outstanding Trappist style beer. Just wonderful flavors.

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Photo of mishi_d
3.52/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Raziel313
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JstCallum
3.44/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 4

I came across this beer whilst looking for some new ones to try. I must say the minimal traditional bottle was very attractive. Pours a very dark Coca-Cola look, Nice foamy head. Initially, I get fruit base but very alcoholic take. Nice beer but couldn't drink all the time.

If you like vape pairing I have paired this With Buddha Dew 1. The fruit base of buddha dew really brings out the hops in this beer.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy brown with a creamy head and nice lacing. Aroma is warm, inviting, and complex with candied cherries, raisins, dates, molasses, and oak coming to mind. Taste generally follows the nose and is a bit sweet, but there is an unexpected sharp bitterness that strikes high in the palate. Medium-bodied and a bit creamy, with an uber-smooth finish. Overall: Extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Dark brown ,decent head,medium carbonation. The only way I can describe it is it smelled like spicey banana bread. Taste followed aroma with added malt and a mild bitter hoppy finish. A really well made beer that calls to be enjoyed slowly

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: creamy three finger head (becomes rocky and grows), deep nut/cola brown color, annoyingly good head retention (I had forgotten how delicate the art of pouring a trappist beer was, consider me reminded), very prominent lacing

S: pleasant malty aroma up front with a dry characteristic; a bit nutty, but not overly so; some fairly subtle cherry/dark fruit tones; I wish the smell was stronger

T: malty, bready and fruity up front, subtle but not overwhelming hint of bitterness and some nutty tones as well, a subtle suggestion (not overt) of chocolate, a bit savory but not overly so.

M: a tad oily but crisp and dry

O: to me this is far better than the tripel, unlike with the tripel, I don't prefer the St. Bernardus version but I don't think this one is better either, rather it offers something distinctly different and they are both good in their own way, not a revelation of course, but a damn fine beer

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 2,776 ratings
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