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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#1,191
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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 BullCityB
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice, this Dubbel is a very deep red with a thick, slightly tan head.

The aroma is less fruity than many Dubbels I've had. The balance is nice, not all fruit, definitely some spice, and a little alcohol. None of the individual elements are really in control here.

The flavor and aroma are very similar. There's a nice fruitiness up front, not as intense as in some BSDAs, but still very noticeable. There's a slight sourness, in addition to the almost plumlike fruit, followed by a nice dash of spice and alcohol that slightly drys out the finish. The middle has a touch of caramel, which is a very nice addition. The flavor on the whole is quite complex and multifaceted.

The beer is solidly of medium body, but the dry spicy finish makes it drink as though it is slightly lighter. A little more head retention would have lent it more creaminess and probably boosted this up to a higher plane.

So far, so good with Westmalle. Both their Dubbel and the Tripel I had two nights ago have been top shelf beers. These monks know their craft exceptionally well.

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Photo of Bassetdawg
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz brown bottle from Kappy’s, poured into a 16 oz. shaker

Appearance: Nut brown color, with some red tones. A rich cream colored two finger head with good retention, and no lacing.

Aroma: caramel with a bit of fruit

Taste and Mouthfeel: Taste starts with dark fruits and caramel, then has a mild hop aftertaste. Nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is an incredibly smooth and enjoyable beer. It is one of the finest Dubbels I have had – really world class.

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Photo of gr0g
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Composite review based on older notes from a 330ml bottle and a 750ml bottle consumed on 12/31/2012.

Pours a mahogany color with a but of haziness. A Good sized tan head that never completely fades, leaving a fair amount of lacing as it recedes to a sticky film. Aroma is of sweet, dark fruit dipped in liquory caramel. Some yeast undertones too. Fruity esters from across the spectrum. Caramel apple, white grape, and raisin.

First taste impression is that it's more dry, tart than expected. While I would like just a bit more residual sweetness, this is a 7% dubbel, not a quad, so it's entirely appropriate. Lots of caramel malt flavor; also raisin, tart apple. Near the bottom of the 750, more chalky yeast and a smoother mouthfeel. A great pairing with some good ol' American BBQ. Alcohol doesn't intrude at all, and carbonation is vigorous and sudsy while remaining nicely complimentary to the flavor.

Westmalle Dubbel is another Trappist gem. It must be tried if you even remotely favor Belgian ales.

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Photo of feariegreen
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zet
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown colour with a decent head of foam. Full smell of caramel, malts, hops and some alcohol. The taste is where this beer excels: Initially sweet in the mouth, which flavours of chocolate, plums, caramel and roasted malts. When swallowing, the taste gets more bitter and surprisingly dry in the back of the throat, with roasted malts, coffee, nuts and hops being prevalent here. Some hints of caramel and vanilla make their way back into the mouth after the swallow and the dryness lingers well on the pallate. A very rich, full and complex beer: I simply love this dubbel.

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Photo of beersarang
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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 dragonWhale
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

best by 7/16/10 bottle from the great store of belgian finds in Homer.

It is a lovely late afternoon in Homer, the rain is gone, the sun is here, and we are drinking ciders and Belgian beers. Shared with a couple new good friends..

A dark brown pour with solid carbonation, a bit murky. Spicy esters alight from the glass, mingle with the summer air. They caught in my mustache and remain there nestling all the night.

It is slightly sweet. Angelically so, very balanced malt that does not tip over the edge. Slight esters/phenols, vinous, slightly spicy. So delightful. My mouth is baffled.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL, bottle conditioned, best before 7/20/06, served slightly chilled in a Chimay chalice. The body is a deep brownish-red and the fluffy, tan head peaks at 1 inch, leaving nice lacing on the glass. Wonderful aroma - figs, plums, cherries, molasses, yeast, bananas, band-aids.... lots of phenols with a candy sweetness. The flavor has all this plus a mild bitterness. Warming with a full body that starts off fairly carbonated, but becomes smooth. Very nice ale - wish it didn't cost $5 a bottle.

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Photo of wl0307
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB date: 27/05/2010, served lightly chilled in Westmalle's own broad-rimmed chalice.

The aroma is almost the same as my last encounter 3.5 years ago, pretty settled with all lovely estery aroma plus a faint trace of fruit-wine-like sourness. On the palate, the foretaste of light-bodied chocolatey dark malts, candy-sugary notes like Chinese red-bean paste, sweet licorice, is ensued by an utterly pleasant, dry-ish bitterness as of burned-malts, which is in turn chased by a marvellously bitter taste with an aromatic black-cherry-ish and prune-ish fruitiness (with an acute sour edge to it). Some utterly-bitter dried & ground Chinese herbs (with the same level of sweetness as licorice) manage to linger in the very end, complementing the overall herbally-estery theme and integrated maltiness just seamlessly. The mouthfeel is decent and refreshing, medium-bodied, without any sign of alc.. All in all, this one is even better than my last encounter, utterly quaffable mainly due to the dry and bitter palate that suits me as a Bitter drinker only TOO well...

* Tasting Date: 11/11/05
BB date: 20/04/07
4 A: in a large tulip-shaped wine glass it pours dark and deep brownish colour, with a ruby hint against light; the beige-hued beer head comes quite thick and foamy, with very good retention as well, leaving very fine lace along the way. The fine carbonation flows constantly.
4.5 S: deeply candyish malty, liquorice, slightly-burned brown sugar, treacle, hints of exotic Chinese red-bean paste, dried dates and sweetened plum juice. Overall the nose is softly malty and perfumy, very complex whereas remaining "floating" or refreshing~~
4 T: a mouthful of creamy-textured candy sugar and caramel-like maltiness upfront is ensued by a flat tart-sweet fruitiness (like dried plums plus preserved dates) with a hint of molasses, leading to an predominantly malty but also slightly tangy and dryish aftertaste, without too much influence of the sugary touch, making this beer quite lighter-than-expected and pretty approachable.
4 M&4 D: pretty soft on the palate, though the taste always comes with a faintly touch of alcohol. Overall this is a medium-textured ale with semi-rich flavour and little unwanted sugary and sticky aftertaste. Very easy to drink, though I think the complexity of the flavour is not as great as the nose. A solid brew all the same.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chickenshack
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How have I gone this long without reviewing this beer, and for that matter even having this beer at all.

A: Maybe I need to get a new glass to put this beer in because I can never get my beer to look like the ones in the pictures. Yes this beer does manage a half inch thick of tightly packed head that fades in about a minute into a cap and leaves sparse lacing for a Belgian beer. Good color on this, dark clear cola, a cherry wood varnish until the yeast is added.

S: It's difficult to get a grasp on all that is going on here. Fruity, nutmegy, slightly boozy, yeasty, mixed with a basemently mustiness. Lots going on here and it's all very good even though I can't parse it all out.

T/MF: Boozy beginning light and crisp in a way that only a Belgian beer can. Very light and bubbly on the tongue but also displaying a slight chewiness that really works well for me. Taste is much like the smell but a bit clearer, cinnamon, nutmeg, dusty slightly fruity and herbal yeastiness. A complexity is displayed here that I am not even going to try to break down because that would be a sin.

D: Don't know how I ever went this long without trying this gem before. Light and crisp though it reminds you of its size in a beginning warmth and finish. An excellent beer from one of my favorite beer makers of all time.

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Photo of Yalcin
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ultrarunner100
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lipa
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sunsjammer
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PVMT
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stckhndlr
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Huge foam on top. A full four finger tan head that dies down rather quickly. Maybe 60 seconds from start to finish. A slightly cloudy dark amber color. Lacing doesn't hold that glass. Falls back quickly. A tiny amount of carbonation rising from the bottom.

S- Malty caramel notes, dark fruit and maybe some molasses. Chocolate covered raisins.

T- A roasted creamy coffee flavor with a hint of banana and caramel. A little bitter on the end but otherwise sweet.

M- Medium to thick body like most Trappist beers.

O- To me this was a good beer. Not as great as some of the other Trappist beers out there but it holds it's own. I would drink this one again.

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Photo of maltlikker
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hypnotoad1
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chebode2
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KristofH
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kamiller
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into my Rochefort glass. Poured a dark brown almost amber with a small quickly dissipating tan head that leaves nice lacing the whole time. Smells malty sweet with definite fruity notes. Tastes of a slight spice with a nice warming sensation, malty with just a hint of fruitiness. A nicely carbonated mouth-feel, a medium body. This is a very drinkable dubbel, I will definitely get more.

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Photo of jcubz
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 90% out of 100 with 2,747 ratings
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