Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel
BA SCORE
4.18/5
2,753 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,200
Reviews:
1,233
Ratings:
2,753
pDev:
10.29%
Bros Score:
4.33
 
 
Wants:
218
Gots:
525
Trade:
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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

Photo of Stingray5
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dated 8/19/05, this is a fresh one. I liked the little ring around the neck of the bottle. Pours an opaque brown liquid with a billowing, fluffy off white head. Made sure to get as much yeast goodness as possible. Aroma is somewhat sweet with sugar and a little roastiness. Thick, luscious mouthful. Up front it's super smooth, but then the carbonation hits and plays with the tip on the tongue. sweet caramel roasted malt, long lasting slight bitterness with a metallic twang.

ABV is moderate, but I was really felling it even after the first few sips. Very warming, very smooth, extremely enjoyable.

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

Presentation: Bottle, poured into pint glass.

A: The dark red or mahogany body was poured into the glass which left a finger-thick, off-white head and slightly visible carbonation.

S: I can smell the malts which hint at the ABV in the beer. The hops don't really express themselves that much. However, the beer smells promising.

T: The ABV is definitely apparent when sipping down the brew. The roasted malts underly the ABV and make the beer more tasteful.

M: Once sipped, the carbonation is a non-factor and the tastes and smells of the beer shine through from the start to the finish. The ABV overshadows most of the flavor; however, the malts and hops make it more complex on the way down.

D: Even though this is not my favorite Trappist brew, it is still worth buying. If they could somehow balance the ABV with more taste and add a thicker head, they would be golden. Give it a shot, it's worth adding to your collection.

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Photo of hydrocity2
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ive had several times by now, but just getting around to review.
Poured from 11.2oz bottle into glass. pours a deep brown with ruby hue; thick tan foam and lacing. Raisony, dried fruit aromas, with hints of some chocolate; your favorite abbey like aromas.
Taste is bready, dried fruit, chocolate; again typical belgian abbey that we all hope is there. There is a lot going on here. Its a bit harsh/hot in the mouth...not as smooth as I like, but still easy to drink, but it works well.
What is left to say that hasnt been said over a thousand times already...
its a great trappist brew...as most are. Old faithful when in the mood for the style. I usually go for this, a rochefort, or abt 12 when I want a good abbey brew...

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

Review from tasting notes. Dark amber brown, massive amount of foam, nice lacing. Aroma of chocolate covered nuts and rum soaked fruit. Floral. Flavor of dark fruit - raisins, plums, plus hints of dark chocolate. Slightest hint of sugary rum and candy sugar. Creamy, ample carbonation, dry yeast finish. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of berley31
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a huge, rocky, creamy white head that stayed around for quite a long time before dissipating down to 1-2 fingers. Good lacing on the glass. Body is cloudy, and a dark brown/ruby color.

S: Nice aroma of average malt, with some molasses present. There's a light trace of alcohol as well.

T: This is a very full-tasting beer... I can detect some chocolate, as well as some fruitiness that seems to include both cherries and grapes. The alcohol that I could smell is barely detectable in the flavor, other than maybe a very low warmth at the finish.

M: Medium-bodied and very creamy, with lively carbonation.

D: A damned-nice dubbel... wish I had access to it here.

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Photo of hhf1987
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of JLSIV
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into Westmalle chalice….nice compact bubbles head one finger initially, down to constant 2mm layer of super small creamy bubbles. excellent carbonation, Very brown almost cola like color

Aroma is very mild, I sensed some dark fruit (prune/raisin with a hint of cherry. Malty aroma in background

Taste was among the best I've had…cherry up front, almost sweet malty mid, finishing with just a slight alcohol warmth. very true to the Dubbel style.

Mouthfeel is lively carbonation with a rich full finish, some dryness, no discernible hoppinnes , very smooth and mellow. Pleasant to drink.

Overall this is an outstanding example. Will definitely look for and drink again. A great bottle conditioned belgian ale, that imports well.

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Photo of GregSemenza
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TokyoCO
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle bought in Tokyo. Poured into a goblet.

A: Dark amber color, slightly lighter on the bottom. Many suspended particles. Bubbly head that sticks around.

S: Dark fruits, figs, apple, cherry. Sweet malts are also present.

T: Bitter fruits/ slight citrus in the start, sweeter and darker fruits develop and the figs are present in the aftertaste along with a slight hint of alcohol.

M: Fizzy but also quite heavy.

O: This is a really good sipper. The dark fruits are amazing!

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Photo of Tballz420
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a murky dark-brown color, big tan head on top leaves behind some lace. Sweet malts on nose, as well as some dark fruits. Sweet caramel malt front, candies, fruits, alcohol spiciness, some bittering effects from the hops. Mouth is full and round. Beer is sweet and delicious.

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

11.2oz bottle served in a goblet.

L - very dark brown with a creamy off-white head that had very good retention.

S - Belgian yeast, dark fruit and earthy aromas.

T - dates, raisins and fig sweetness is balanced with yeasty dryness and a champagne-like finish.

F - medium bodied with lively carbonation create a very good mouthfeel, easy drinking and refreshing.

O- a good example of the style.

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

Bottle BB 08/03/13 purchased at the MLCC. Pours ~4 C into a Duvel Snifter.

A: Ruby red edges with a brownish hue Ina fairly clear beer. Nice fluffy head that drops to a cap that laces through the whole session.
S: Nice nose with loads of dried fruits. Raisins, currants et al... Some peppery spIce in the nose too.
T: The body is a little more muted than I had expected. Some alcoholic heat plays well with the pepper. Very light fruit notes when cool, that open up a bit more over time.
M: Heavily carbonated, biting on the tongue. Fruit flavours linger.
O: A great Belgian that I just want plot be more estery in the body.

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Photo of seangibbs60
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Gluepig
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of mjtiernan
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a goblet. Best before 13/10/13.

A: Had to slow my roll with this pour to ensure that I got some actual beer. Dark brown body sits beneath a pillowy two-finger head.

S: Oh yeah...wonderful. Caramel, dark fruit (raisin, plum, fig), light fruit (mostly pear and apple). There’s also a solvent characteristic. Each swirl of the glass gives off more effervescent aromas.

T: Like candy. Dominated by really nice dark fruits...mostly plum but also red grape stands out. Esters and bready notes from the yeast also major players. Caramel wasn’t as prominent as other dubbels I’ve had. Finishes with a pleasant tannic dryness.

M: High drinkability just for the fact that I kept wanting more despite its complexity. A velvet creamy beer with soft carbonation.

O: Completely satisfying. To be honest, this is beyond my palate but I did my best. I used to avoid dubbels but it has rapidly become one of my favorite styles. I don’t know if I was drinking the wrong ones or just not paying attention, but I plan to investigate further.

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
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 alcohline_trip
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip.

From the pour a massive, thick and frothy head forms. It's a foamy oatmeal color and leaves sheets of lace in its wake as it recedes. The body is a dark amber that's almost entirely opaque. 4.5

Sweet pungent dates, heavy sweet malt. Raisins. Syrupy candy aromas. Molasses. 4.25

There are similarities between this brew and Malta Goya. Robust molasses, sweet caramel malt, and some bread and toast flavors. Malt expresses itself in a number of forms with this beer. Syrupy sweetness, very candy-like, lingers on the finish, along with a yeasty pepperiness. 4.25

I appreciate how smooth this beer is. It's no small feat to make a beer like this seem almost devoid of alcohol heat, but Westmalle did it. In lieu of that you get a colorful carbonation feel throughout before a long, dry finish. The medium body is somewhat disguised by the bubbly feel. A bit of spice makes an appearance close to the finish. 4.25

It's delicious. I feel I should have postponed this beer a few days and cracked it on Thanksgiving with some turkey, as it would have paired well. I'll probably have to cop another. Boo hoo.

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Photo of lowbrau68
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours russet brown, opaque, even when held directly up to a light, with amber tones around the edge. The head is tan and fluffy, about 1/8'' at the end.

Smell - Fruity and slightly spicy, with hints of raisin and plum and some rum-like aroma.

Taste - Matches the aroma closely - raisiny with some plum and spiciness and caramel notes. This beer is sweet in the middle and has a surprisingly clean finish w/moderately lingering bitterness. Mouth feel is light to moderate in my opinion and this is a drinkable beer given its complexity and a decent kick at 7% ETOH.

Overall this is an enjoyable, complex beer that makes me want to try more in this style and experiment matching w/food.

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Photo of Gusler
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour a murky brown color with modest sized dark beige head that is frothy in its texture and the resultant lace a fine velum like sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is lightly tinted with banana, slightly sour, hints of malt. Front is malt laden, and somewhat sweet with the top fair to middling in its feel on the palate. Finish has a prickly acidity and the hops pleasing and delightfully spicy in their bite, the aftertaste is desert bone dry and long lasting, a long favorite and one that has a permanent home in my DBF!

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Photo of MinorThreat
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle

A-Deep mahogany with a slight ruby sparkle. Nice thick mocha head with decent retention and good lacing

S-Belgian yeast, banana, straw an earthy richness and slight alcohol scent

T-Very nice. A ton going on in this one. Malt backbone caramel/brown sugar, roasted apples, banana, medicinal herbs.

M-Fairly sharp/crisp. Lots of CO2

D-Smells great, tasty, well hidden ABV, not a session brew for sure but highly drinkable

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Photo of cmcquirk
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of njnj2000
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 2,753 ratings
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