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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle

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

Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jan 9th, 2004: This brew is a dark brown color with a thick foamy light beige head. Very thin lacing. It has an aroma of fruit, malt and toffee. Medium-bodied and rather smooth with lively carbonation. The flavor consists of fruit (plum was very noticeable), malt, and nuts. The flavors did not seem to play very well together though. The finish has a nice dark fruit character to it though. This beer is decent but I have had better Dubbels.

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

A classic and reliable Trappist offering.

Presentation: 0,33 l brown capped bottle. Romboid brown/dark burgundy label with logo and name of the brew, alongside Trappist denomination. Back with perfunctory legal notes, Trappist certification, and serving notes. Shows best before date (01/09/11), and Alc. by Vol. (7%) Served in a Westmalle chalice.

A - Murky amber/brown pour, with a generous head, medium retention, fair surface memory and some lacing.

S - Fruity and yeasty, malt is there, a bit shy.

T - Soft malty sense, tamed sweet sense leaning on a fruity quality around the yeast more so than the caramel/chocolate that is there but barely. The fruity and yeasty sense predominates as it flows woven with the malt.

M - Medium body with a medium to generous carbonation and a smooth finish.

D - Nice flow, it does not drive me crazy but it quality through and through, and quite recommendable.

Notes: Another iconic and reliable Trappist offering. Maybe it is a touch too tepid but is quality throughout and always worth holding.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extremely dark brown color and a cream foam that leaves a small lace.
Less yeasty and more hoppy than common trappist ales, has some tones of vanilla and chocolates in the head and some herbal tones in the taste.
Less caramel tones than common belgian dubbels or strong dark ales too. Unfortunately the taste and smell are somewhat neutrals here.
Not very malty in the smell or taste but of a hugh body nevertheless. Bitterness and carbonation are at good level.

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Photo of amk786
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this beer a week ago over all a great beer, had a malty and hoppy feel taste and smell. Slightly bitter, with a smell of Omami, had a medium hold on the glass, the texture and taste was creamy with a hint of coco and dried fruits. I would recommend this beer to anyone who a beer that is not to bitter or sweet rather perfectly balanced. Have fun.

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Photo of Stigs
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, poured into a Chimay goblet

A - got about a finger of loosely packed, light khaki foam. the beer is a *very* dark ruby color with good clarity.

S - smells of belgian yeast with a sweeter twist. fruits such as raisins, grapes, sourish apples, and slight banana. tiny bits of cloves and pepper.

T - very quick flash of sweet caramel like malts and then the yeast hits hard. very faint fruity sweetness. faint tartness and a medicinal kind of twang from the yeast. not what i was expecting but enjoyable and quite unique.

M - loads of prickly carbonation and a unbelievably sticky and prickly feel. kind of like drinking a cactus, but in an oddly appealing way. just "feels" like a trappist.

D - and exciting and challenging sipper, better suited for a warm summer night. looking forward to trying the tripel.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 11.2 oz bottle with a 11/25/05 best by date into a tulip. Pours a deep dark brown with tinges of purple and a mammoth beige head. Moderate amount of lacing. Aroma is of bubblegum, plums, apples, hay, and of musty yeast. Taste is very sweet and malty, reminded me of cherry flavored gum, with a bit of spiciness towards the finish. Alcohol is more evident than it needs to be for 7%. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and effervescent--it hardly feels like your drinking anything. Not a bad beer my any stretch, but for the high price of a Trappist, I have to say this is one of the few I tried that just isn't worth it.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle from the LCBO, pours a dark russet brown that thins out toward the edges of the glass. Prodigious amounts of rocky foam, leaving nice patchwork down the glass.

Nose is nice and malty, hints of apples, cloves and cinnamon, dark fruits.

This is a solid dubbel but seems to lack some of the body I would hope to find in the best examples. Nice bready yeast profile, hints of apple, plums, raisins, cloves and cinnamon, other spices, slightly dry finish, alcohol mingling in despite being only 7%. Thinnish body though, seems to lack the depth in the middle. Ample carb, perhaps even the faintest touch on the overdone side.

This is a nice brew. Not truly sipper without the robust body, not truly sessionable due to alcohol presence, in the middle somewhere. Have a couple to age, see how that goes.

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Photo of travloh
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have really wanted to try a trappist ale for a long time. I really have not tasted many, or maybe any belgians. I hope this is nice place to start.

Popped the top and a quick temp reading shows 49 degrees. Pour into a chalice reveals a dark, dark brew. Hold it up to the light and it is dark, murky brown. Very creamy, robust head that has the tiniest of bubbles. Looks good.

Smell is of spritzy fruit. Almost pungent aroma. Weak Banana bread. Slight alcohol. I think slight cherry?

Taste reveals something very foreign. So this is Belgian ale? Not too bad but very very different. Malt, oak, bitter fruits. Something very earthy about it. Unleavened, or maybe even stale bread. Slight bitterness on the back side. The first drink is very different from the next several. Makes my tongue slightly numb. I can certainly taste yeast. I said I have had very few Belgians but this shares a quality with the ones I have had. I think it is the yeast. Interesting.

I like this stuff and from what I have read it is a good example of the style. I would certainly drink another.

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Photo of foogerd
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown with some light orange hues, small tan head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Yeasty bready aroma upfront, cinnamon and brown sugar with figs.

T- Candylike dark fruitiness, cherries and some subtle banana with powdered chocolate that gives it a sense of dryness.

M- Moderate carbonation and a feel of airiness.

O- A must for Belgium Dubbel lovers.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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