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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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Avg:
4.15
pDev:
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Photo of cheers2beers
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in my Westmalle chalice:

Appearance: A dark brown liquid with a dark ruby tint throughout when held to the light is noticed, along with a beautiful dark creamed coffee head that stacked up to about three fingers to finally settle at a quarter inch floating on top.It left a minimal amount of laceing behind as well.

Smell: The aromas are just simplely magnificent. A not too overpowering Belgian yeast is present along with some wild cherries/lambic kriek notes,a caramel and syrupy malt, the alcohol lets itself be known as well.

Taste: That lambic kriek flavor mixed with the typical Belgian yeasts and a nice caramel/toffee malt makes this beer a very eligant delight. A hop bitterness is subtle, I think it counter acts the sweetness,that the malts produce, to make this brew superb. There is a strong alcohol finish as well.

Mouthfeel: The feel is one of a kind. High in carbonation,which in my own opinion makes this one of my favorite Begian beers. Medium bodied, slick oily substance that leaves with a nice bubbley finish.

Drinkability: This is definitely my favorite Belgian beer. I have had this beer with many different foods and it always seems to go with everything quite nicely. I look forward to purchasing this one again soon.I f you haven't had this,it's a must try.Thumbs up,Westmalle!!


Cheers2Beers

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep chestnut color with a decent, lingering, frothy head. Lot of black sediment at the bottom, with black specks floating on the froth. Smells wonderful, plums and malt, with a little burst of herbs and anise.

Tastes equally wonderful, plums and dates in malt, but finishing with an unexpected little burst of hops. Seems to fairly well avoid the metallic tinge that seems to plague these Dubbels.

Quite a nice brew, and I tip my hat to those monks!

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Available in South Dakota, if you would believe it. Pours a mostly red amber color with darker browns throughout. A little cloudy, but a good off-white color foam with good head retention and lacing.

The aroma is very sweet with malt and very much noticeable. Rich Belgium malts bring out darker fruit smells such as figs plums. This mixes with definite darker candi flavors. There are backgrounds notes of yeasty and a touch of vanilla wafers.

The taste follows suit with a strong malt presence. A big body with Belgium pale and big biscuits and chocolate flavors. Fig and raisin tastes mix throughout. The candi is hard to miss with a sweet syrupy taste. Some spiciness and not really any hops but most of this is hidden by the big malt.

The body is big but not necessarily full. Limit Dextrins and bits of chewiness are a big presence. This really limits the drinkability of the beer. A dessert beer is the best descriptive word. Still nice to know you can pick it up in the middle of nowhere.

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Photo of kevin62
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from a 330ml bottle inte a Westmalle chalice.The appearance was a reddish brown color with a tan head that quicly dissappears.The aromas were malty and slightly sweet and those smell were reflected in the taste as well.This Trappist beer was not as full as some of the other ones and while I personally thought this beer was ok,I do not believe it as good as the other ones like Chimay or Orval.

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

Poured from an 11 oz. bottle at cellar temp (55F or so) into a tulip glass.

I got a 1 inch thick creamy head that stayed put. There was a great deal of visible carbonation. This beer pours a beautiful deep red color. Simply a wonder to behold in the glass! Very nice lacing as I drank on. Literally right down to the last sip the head was still evident and still leaving a nice lace.

Aroma is of malty sweetness and some alcohol. No hop aroma of note. It does have the telltale nose of a trappist ale, I presume due to the yeast.

Taste is again a sweet alcohol flavor. There is little if any noticable hop character to this beer. Finish is clean and dry with very little lingering bitterness. The yeasty aroma does not propogate to the flavor characteristics of this beer. As I drink on the aftertaste is dominated by alcohol.

Mouthfeel is overwhelmingly carbonated.

This is a nice drinkable Dubbel. It certainly warmed me up from the inside out. First beer of the evening and I must say I enjoyed every bit of it.

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Photo of beersarang
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque reddish brown with a light tan head. Thick syrupy lace descends into a crown on the surface.

Bready almost molasses aroma, sweet and yeasty.

caramel and molasses sugar character upfront leads into belgian grains and a very light bitterness that fades away into sweet alcohol and grain. Sweet on the exhale with traces of dark caramel and a slight roasted chocolate.

Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation, just spot on.

Well made and a joy to drink. A solid Belgian that many could enjoy.

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

Deep auburn color with a dense, thick looking head that drops to a sticky topping. Potent aroma of dark malts and fruits. A little chocolate and caramel hovers over an evident spicy alcohol scent. Nice rich fruity flavors upfront - a little apple - clean, sweet malts. Very smooth taste...a little spicy.

The smell is actually the least appealing aspect of this dubbel...seems a little boozy. Overall, a rich and fruity trappist brewed ale that drinks like a much stronger beer.

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Photo of ahking
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown, mahagonay color. Very slight head that dissaptes to a white ring. Beautiful aroma, raisins, dark chocolate, caramel malts. Taste is friuty yet finishes quite dry. Juicy plums, rough hewn wood, a little citrusy. Hops are non existant in the aroma and subtle in perceived bitterness.

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

I've had this many times, but have just gotten around to rate it. I had a cold, so some of the aromas probablydid not come through as strong. Heavy malt with some sweet dough. Also, a good hint of cherry. Creamy head that completely went away. Brown, with some tiny particles. I poured the whole bottle.Good, dubbel, right on style.

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Photo of Redteketed
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown coloured beer, not much of a head.
A very complex noise, contains candy-sugar, raisin and other fruits (can’t quiet describe it), spices and roasted malts.
Initial taste is light bitter-light sweet, with spicy and roasted malts.
Full body, normal carbonation, little dry mouthfeel. Nice spicy, light bitter lasting finish.

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Photo of Redrover
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz heavy brown bottle with clear freshness dating.

The beer pours an opaque brown with a massive chiffon like tan head. Very nice lacing.

Sweet nose of dark fruits & molasses. Reminds me a bit of that old fashioned candy slowpoke.

The taste is sweet, alcoholic and earthy. Molasses again in the taste with some subtle spicing and a finish that almost reminds me of dark rum.

The mouth is a bit astringent and comfortably stocky. I like this one as an evening sipper. I would not session this beer, but always look forward to the next time I have one.

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

On par with the much praised Westvleteren. Aroma is full of dark fruits like cherry and date and spicy. A dark brown body supports a huge three finger thick Belgian beauty of a head. Has the taste of spiced bread pudding dipped in choclate liquor and the mouthfeel to match. Very tasty with a long lingering aftertaste.

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

Served after a sushi lunch at about 45° in a Chimay chalice. Freshness date reads 05/04/07.

Appearance- Pours a medium raisiny red color into the glass, where a tight, two-finger head begins to rise. Excellent clarity, and the bubbles are constantly replenished by the steady stream of carbonation. Lacing is minimal at this point.

Smell- Some phenols come out at first, then an underlying sweetness that exhibits some dark fruit (figs, prunes), vanilla, and malts. Huge candi sugar aromas waft out from my glass, nailing this style right on.

Taste- Vanilla and oaky fermented fruit are strong on the palate, with a uniquely dry sweetness that is really fantastic. The malts are big but not overwhelming; the fruit is perfect; and the spiciness is subtle. In the finish, we have a perfectly placed hop dryness and mild bittering, priming the mouth for the next sip. Wonderfully balanced. A nice belly warmth is now manifesting, as I sit way back in my chair and really appreciate this beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Upon entering the mouth, the beer swells with *gusto* and pitter-patters all over the tongue, just short of being overly "crackling". As we go forward and the beer warms, the mouthfeel improves to near perfection. Slippery and mouth filling, this is totally enjoyable. I will be seeking this out again.

P.S. For the last few sips I have swirled in the sediment, and the beer came back for another round of boosted activity in the mouth. Obviously more attention was brought to the yeast, and the beer's body thickened slightly. Great Trappist offering.

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

Poured from a small 330ml bottle.

Murky amber/brown color with a fizzy off white head that fades quickly.

Aroma is raisin and plum, almost brandy like, with a rich malty base. Goes down smooth with medium body and good carbonation. Taste is more grainy malt than I expected, nice fruity balance but a great roasted matly and nut flavor keeps pushing through. Reminds of a brown ale but with a Belgium fruit and yeast flavor.

Overall very enjoyable, much more than expected. Quite drinkable.

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

Poured from a 11.2 oz brown, dated 14/07/07 into a goblet. Thick, creamy head forms. The bubbles keep rising adding to it. The color is a wonderful amber brown.

It smells wonderful: with rich malt, hint of alcohol, and a touch of fruit. The taste backs this up. Rich, full. Lightly toasted bread. Hint of hops staying in there to match with the malt.

It's a joy to drink and feel. Very yummy.

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Photo of chakadrum
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This looked absolutely beautiful. A rich brown color with a hint of amber. A thick head on top and good lacing.

S - I don't know what other way to put it than it smelled like a good beer. Not harsh in any way. A subtle sort of smell.

T - Upon the first sip the beer reminded me of some food I consume around the holidays. I'm not sure what it was. Maybe it was a bit yeasty tasting reminding me of fresh baked bread.

M - The mouth felt a little too bubbly and the beer felt too noticable as I moved over my tongue. A little rough feeling.

D - Definately a drinkable beer. Something to be appreciated especially after a long day of programming.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured nicely with an even tan head. color is black with a tinge of ruby red at the edges of the glass.s

smells of raison, ripe fruit and cinamon seem to dominate.

taste is a interesting mix of flavors. it started off with a raison, dark beglium candi sugar that settled into almost a metalic tangy undertone. at mid glass that undertone faded to a light hop tart that seemed to quickly fade and the final sips at almost full room temp had a light malt presence.

drinkability aside from the tangy metallic taste was good. this is a light bodied easy to drink beer. As far as dubbels go, I am glad to have tried this, but it doesn't move into the ranks of my favorite dubbels.

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Photo of petemoss14
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle.

Pours a dense, earthy brown with a fluffy tan head. Nice lacing.

Fruity aroma -- raisins, apple peel, banana, dates. Some sweet toasty breadiness.

More fruit on the palate. Rasins, figs. Caramel, and chocolate. Turns from fruity, juicy in the middle to quite dry in the finish.

Very smooth on the palate, with fine carbonation. Goes down real easy -- makes me wish I could get my hands on a 750.

The rather abrupt, dry finish is a bit beguiling. In a way it leaves me wanting, which is good and bad. It makes me want to take another sip soon after the last, but can almost be a little unsatisfying (at least the first one) as a sip & savor beer. That said this is a real finely crafted, complex beer that I could see myself settling down and drinking 2 or 3 of, or enjoying with a rich braise.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/25/05 on label. Pours a bubbly raison brown. Aroma is like a Fig Newten and some raisins. Lots of dark brown particulate matter suspended amongst the aggressive carbonation. Taste is less sweet then most other well known dubbels but less complicated and interesting as well. It’s rather underwhelming but one strong point is the lively carbonation. That in combination with the moderated sweetness makes this one very drinkable.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle. Bottle code 05/04/07.

Pours cloudy, murky garnett, with a thick 1/2 inch lasting head. Lacing coats the glass in a thin sheet.

Dark fruits and banana dominate the aroma, with a little vinous quality in there as well.

flavor is sweet, with fruits like dried apricot coming to mind, a little yeast, and some mild dry hops on the finish.

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

This pours a lovely and ruddy tannish amber. It is capped briefly by a cola type head. Not lacing is left around the rim of the chalice. This is well carbonated as expected and also flocculent with small amounts of decanted yeast.

The nose quickly reminds me of apple skins. Caramel. A sweet syrupy cider smell and some mild yeast character also come through. It seems to have a little black cherry thing transpiring as well. The aroma seems to get more complex each time I sniff. Real nice.

The flavours are dark sweet tones with an alcoholic spice thrown in. Bitter rind like qualities bring up the finish as the dark fruit and singed maltiness drift out. This comes off sort of musty and a might ashy at times, which lend a much welcomed character. Apple still feels relevant to me in the taste. The other aspects, such as a scorchy caramel presence, just make it less apparent in comparison to its bold presence in the nose. Again this thing reveals its complexity. Nothing is muddled. Nothing is wildly over expressed. Great dark textures here.

The mouthfeel comes off light due to the fantastic balance this brew exhibits. It looks quite thick, but it just sails everything by on a fluffy cloud. Very smooth.

The drinkability is superb. This thing is full of different components that all seem to share the spotlight. Nothing is overdone and the balance and mellow nature of this brew are worthy of praise.

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

330ml bottle bought from Sainsburys..

Poured a dark mahogany red colour... Creamy tan head poured quite big and faded to a nice thin layer...

Aroma - Malty, bready, dark fruits, aniseed, spicy, peppery, brown sugar, chocolate hints...

Taste – Fruity (prunes, raisins), light aniseed, chocolate hints, treacle, nice maltiness, light caramel notes, spicy...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry.. Medium / full bodied.

Overall - A very good beer.... Recommended... Probably could have done with some aging though...

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Photo of EStreet20
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fl ounces brown glass bottle poured into a Westmalle chalice.

A - A deep reddish brown with a medium sized foamy off white head that dissipates a bit quickly but leaves some nice lace on the glass along with a nice protective foam layer atop the beer.

S - A whole lot of fruit up front. Also a bit of a chocolatey smell in there with some spice. Definitely a chocolate covered cherry smell if I;m not mistaken. Other than that some nice hints of spice in the aroma.

T - A very nice flavor led by a bit of a fruity rush that quickly subsides to some dark bread tastes. A bit of spiciness leads the way to an extremely dry finish. A nice flavor overall.

M - A very crisp carbonation that dances on the tongue. Pretty good, but I'd prefer something a little more chewy with these flavors. Still very good overall.

D - Definitely an interesting scope of flavors that keep a drinker interested. I like this one a lot.

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

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel 330ml brown bottle.

Pours into the glass a deep hazy brown with two fingers of frothy head and spotty lace.
Smells of sweet, dark candied fruits, dried plum with a hint of molasses.
Taste is quite pleasant, caramel and roasted malts with the slightest trace of alcohol.
I would call this medium bodied and a well done dubbel.

I could drink this again, easily. I will recommend this one to friends.

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

The beer has a lovely head, rocky, light tan, with a nice brown beer that is slightly cloudy. The aroma is nice, too, with a light bubble-gum ester and some other fruity aromas, along with a slight malty note and a light, almost raisin quality. I think I'd like those last two to be a little more prominent. The flavor is great - full, fruity, somewhat malty sweet and a little toasty. The alcohol is present but not overpowering, and the body / mouthfeel is kind of spritzy, which is fine for style. Delicious!

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,667 ratings.
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