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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1,203
Ratings:
2,668
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.6%
 
 
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Photo of Spiekerbox
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Nice dark brown color with a thick and big tan head. Head is slow to dissipate

S- Sweet, caramel and toffee with a small malt backbone. A little fruit to it as well.

T- Bitter and sweet with a little bit of the darker fruit flavors coming out. A pretty dry finish with a bitter-dry aftertaste that lingers in the mouth. The taste changes some as you drink as well but it is pretty much the same flavors just in different proportions

M- Medium carbonate with a thick but almost "soft" mouthfeel. Definite alcohol presence, much more than i expected for a 7%, but it hits at the right times and is a good addition

D- Good beer, not my favorite style but it definitely is good, wouldn't session this beer, but for the price it is to acquire that wouldn't be an option for me anyway.

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

11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance- Nut brown that matches the label. Off-white nearly tan head. Big on the pour, but disipates to a ring. Little lacing.

Smell- Subtle in its complexity. Nutty and some hints of dark fruit from the yeast. Mostly malty.

Taste- A bit fruity initially followed by nutty tones that are packed with flavor. Hints of phenols, pasted onto a chocolate malt background.

Mouthfeel- A complicated mouthfeel that changes throughout the sip.

Drinkability- Sippable and quaffable- it's good either way.

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Photo of corby112
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, slightly plum-like color with a huge foamy beige head. Aroma is malty with hints of chocolate, caramel, sugar cane, dark fruit and alcohol. Hoppy up front with a good amount of carbonation, chocolate maltiness, candi sugar and figs with a slightly sour and bitter hop finish.

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

from morel's in beijing

330ml bottle. importer's label has date of july 2007, and "best by" of two years later. poured into tulip.

nearly black, cola brown, with reddish tones under the light. nice solid head, gradually fades to thin layer. some thin and splotchy lacing.

pleasant aroma of dried dates and berries (currants?), plus a center of grassy hop. underlying spices of licorice and nutmeg, and maybe anise, supported by gentle whiff of phenols in the end. notes of carmelized malts are evident on slightly more forceful inhales.

flavor seems a bit more muddled however. kind of a lightly watered down version of the above aroma notes, at least with regard to the fruitiness, spice and malt. there is a trace acidity, plus a slightly grassy character to the hop, which gives a moderate bitterness, but unfortunately also combines with strong phenols for a less pleasing finish.

not too thin, relatively smooth, slight astringency. moderate to gentle carbonation can still tingle and give texture as well.

it's ok, but not my favorite by far. i'm finding westmalle's offerings to be more phenolic than i'm comfortable with.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice. Nice dark brown colour with a creamy tan head. Lots of carbonation. The color looked great and the smell was awesome! Had an excellent mouthfeel with the carb. The taste however let me down. It was good overall but had alot of bitter aftertaste. Worth the occasional try but not a favorite. PR 2.75

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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 GreenCard
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark reddish-brown in color, reasonable clarity, pours a thick (but large-bubbled) tannish head which settles to a creamier layer in a little over a minute, head becomes a "vicar's collar" soon after, some temporary lacing

Aroma: raisiny/figgy, sweet, rummy

Flavor: very intriguing... what struck me at first as a highly phenolic taste in the forefront, I realize is the taste of rum-soaked figs; subtle hop flavor comes in as phenol/figs fade away, some malty/toasty sweetness, rather quick flavor progression with a noticeable hop bitterness balancing out what would have been a sweet finish; it's a flavor that keeps calling you back for more, to chase down exactly what it is your tasting (to me: sweetened and carbonated rum in which figs have been soaked)

Mouthfeel: highly carbonated (bubbles multiply and expand in your mouth), lots of alcoholic warmth, fairly light body for a dubbel

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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 Krakistophales
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a bit of white head that disappears quickly but has great carbonation

S: Lots of dark fruit, some brown sugar, a bourbon-esque whiskey aroma

T: At first, some dark fruit without the sweetness, then a move into a bitter middle taste, followed by some alcoholic burn towards the end. Unfortunately, the smell is better than the taste.

O: A pretty nice ale, but I would stick with much better belgian offerings. Maybe I'm not a fan of the dubbel style, or maybe this one just isn't for me.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Highly carbonated, providing a huge head, and releasing a very nice caramel aroma with underlying dark fruits. The flavor is very complex begining with chocolate before a spicy middle and followed by a cherry finish. Very interesting with many more flavors than I can hope to name, but not nearly as good as I had hoped.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy brown color with some red highlights shinning through. Upon pouring there is a one finger creamy colored head that fades over a moderate level of time to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is of roasted malt and some darker fruit smells. The darker fruits are of a plum, raisin and cherry aroma giving a moderately sweet dimension to the smell. When mixed with a yeasty and slightly bready aroma the mix of smells produces a rather nice dubbel aroma.

Taste- The taste begins with a dry roasted malt flavor and a brown bread taste. There are some dark fruit flavors, but these are on the drier side only adding the fruit flavor without the sweetness. Some light yeastiness and a more bitter citrus flavor begin developing more toward the middle to the end of the taste. In the end with a little bit of a roasted/smoky flavor coming to the tongue, one is left with a dry roasted and dark fruit flavor to linger on the tongue with just a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly above average side consisting of lots of tiny carbonation bubbles. The combination of carbonation and thickness are nice for the drier flavors creating a very crisp feel overall.

Overall – It has a nice flavor profile, but is a little drier then what I was expecting for a dubbel. If you are looking for a crisp Belgian style with some good fruit flavors and nice roasted malt taste, then this is a good go too, but if you want something slightly more on the sweeter side then this is not what you want. It is certainly good and something to try if you are in the mood for something drier.

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Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Best Buy 7/27/12

Appearance. It poured a dark brown/amber with a large tan head. It had very little lacing.

Smell. it smells fairly sweet with some malt and spice(clove) coming through. It smells delicious.

Taste. It does not taste as sweet as it smells. The sweet dark fruit flavor gives way very quickly to some smoky malt with some earthy flavors. and some alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel. It has medium body with a creamy finsh

Overall. I think my expectations were to high or the best buy date is accurate as it tasted like its best days are behind it. I will try again as I want to taste what I can smell.

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Photo of SShelly
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12ozer.

Pours a cloudy dark reddish color with bright fluffy white head, great thick malty aroma.

Has a nice malt beginning to the flavor but is very thin after that. High carbonation causes quite a bit of bite on the tongue. Decent malty aftertaste, though again very thin. The mouthfeel is quite thin compared to what I expected.

Overall a decent beer but not what I thought I was going to get from this beer.

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Photo of ghurux86
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

this one's pretty good and smooth for the ABV. according to my bottle it is 7% ABV.
ok as far as appearance goes it is a murky brown and the head is amazing. i had to stop pouring to prevent it from overflowing out of my new Quintine snifter glass. the lacing is pretty thick as well, the best i've seen next to orval trappist ale.
it smells pretty good too. malt, chocolate, raisins.
it tastes good and it is really smooth but there is a bit of a medicine taste. that's what takes away from the taste for my review. it's not bad but it's noticable.
the mouthfeel is great. not very carbonated and it is nice and smooth feeling.
as far as drinkability goes, it is above average but not the greatest the medicinal character takes away from the drinkability just as it does the taste.
overall, it's very good and worth a try.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into a chalice. It pours a murky dark brown color with three fingers of fluffly light tan foam. There is lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is very malty, with sweetness of caramelized sugar and fruity esters. A little spicy on the nose too. The taste is also fairly malty and a little sweet, but with a slightly tart and dry finish. It doesn't hide the alcohol well, and it's only 6.5% abv. The mouthfeel is just a little on the light side, especially for the style. The drinkability fairs pretty well though, not too shabby. A fair dubbel.

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Photo of wesleyhighley
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked this up for about $6 at the local package store. It was everything I expected it to be, but just a bit expensive for my current income. I'd gladly pay $2 a bottle all day for this, but I don't know if I'll ever pay that much for such a mid-range beer again.

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

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a deep brown dense hazy body with a creamy smooth light tan head.

S- The smell is vinous with some notes of alcohol and some dark caramel notes. A very faint cherry and honey note as it warms.

T- The taste is slightly vinous with a bit of a carbonic acid taste at the finish. Notes of dried fruit and honey also come through as it warms in the taste. As it warms the finish becomes very dry with a slight bitterness but not a hop bitterness.

M- This beer has a medium-full body with lots of tiny bubbles in the fizz. There is a slight alcohol kick at the finish.

D- This beer doesn't have the depth in malt that I was hoping for and I was surprised by the alcohol kick. It’s a good beer but I would expect a little more. The date guide on the label is not checked of so I don't know how old this beer is, that might account for the lack of depth?

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Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, prunes in particular, malts. Taste is fruits, malts, alcohol, somewhat bready and sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good, but not great beer.

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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Chester Beer distributor. Pours a dark murky almost purple color. Two finger head, retention is not that good but excellent lacing. Peppery aroma. Somewhat sweet tasting with sharp notes, not sure how to describe again a taste of pepper. Smooth finish. Syrupy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy reddish brown, nie thick tan head forms, settles down into a nice layer, great lacing, great retention. Smell is sweet, berries, yeast, caramel, almost a burnt currant kind of aroma, real nice though. Taste is sweet, very fruity, some citrus, yeast, little bit of booze, pretty weak compared to the smell for me though. Mouthfeel is thin bodied with high carbonation, finishes dry, very attenuated.

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

I am having this beer whilst brewing beer, a Belgian Blond. The last time I had a Westmalle Dubbel was at the Duvel Bar in Stockholm, Sweden. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my de garre glass. One of the 21 beers I picked up in Belgium.

A - A gorgeuos beer, a very deep brown with a massive two finger creamy head. good lacing.

S - Nice and malty, with hints of fig and a bit of semi fruity Belgian yeast.

T - A solid Dubbel, but I was expecting a bit more in the taste department after the smell. Very creamy, sweet, and malty. A bit of fruit is noticeable as well; perhaps grape? As it warms, a bit of alcohol shines through as well.

M - Lots of carbonation, but slightly sticky on the tounge and a little grainy.

D - Another terrific belgian brew, not exceptional, but pretty darn close. If it starts appearing in Tallahassee, I will certainly line up to buy a few more.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/24/11 notes. Picked up a bottle of this at Spirits in Middletown, NJ. Poured from an 11.2 bottle into my Duvel tulip. Bottles on 29/9/11.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a reddish tint to it, moderate carbonation evident, and one finger of off white head. A minute or two of retention and some spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of Belgian yeast, dark fruits, bready malts, spices, wheat. Pretty ncie with the fruit and yeast.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, bready malts, spices, toasted malts, and very light dark fruits. Less fruit than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice Belgian dubbel, and very good for the price and availability. Some nice dark fruits in the nose, and something I'd certainly buy again if I was in the mood for a dubbel.

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

I review this beer holding it the standards of previous Trappist beers that I have tasted.

It poured very easily, not too much head, but still looked great. Deep ruby, not particularly clear.

It smelled SO strongly of caramel, I was shocked. I had assumed (like Chimay) that it would be much more subtle, dry, overt, but this was a very sweet punch in the nose. It's sort of a honey molasses combination in the sweetness. A bit of the typical dried fruit.

Naturally, as this is a very sought after beer, it tasted fine. I have much worse on a daily basis, but in this class of beers, it does not cut it for me. Too expensive, and I can hardly believe that it has attenuated to the degree that "Brew Like a Monk" suggests. The caramel is overwhelming, and just a bit too sweet.

Ah, now that I think about the mouth feel of the drink, I can understand the claim to high attenuation. It has actually gotten better as it warmed, but still not my ideal Trappist choice.

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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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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,668 ratings.
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