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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,739
Reviews:
1,230
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
Wants:
217
Gots:
518
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Photo of r3o
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is dark/opaque brown with hues of copper, the head is tan. On the nose there's lots of malt with a fruity predominance. Taste of fruit, blackberry, and bready malt. It has a sweetness to it, very crisp with a lovely carbonation. Medium body with an alcohol feelin at the end.
Very good overall.

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

appearance: dark ruby color but no opacity. huge, brown head with extensive lacing

aroma: citrus, fruit, bready and a hint of yeast

mouthfeel: slightly sour, a little bitter, easy to drink. again with a little citrus but as opposed to the aroma, this is definitely stronger on the yeast end

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

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor, Fayetteville, TN.

Pours into a snifter with a thick brown body and a thing off-white head that dissipates quickly. "Topping off" the beer renews the head.

Interesting fruity aroma with strong "dark" notes, malty and intriguing with only a hint of Belgian funk. Slight notes of coffee apparent as the beer warms.

Taste is very good, a slight bitterness that seems connected to the coffee aroma, along with the same funkiness as present in the nose and a nice sweet backbone to carry the beer. Very pleasant to drink.

Mouthfeel thick and luxuriating -- slight carbonation gives it a bit of a kick that I wasn't expecting.

Overall, a quite drinkable beer. Very easy to drink for seven percent alcohol.

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Photo of Coronaeus
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

11.2oz bottle into my New Belgium Globe.

A: Prune/dark brown and opaque, with a huge light tan head that fades to a consistent finger of creamy lace.

S: Big fruitiness, red apples, grapes and grape juice, chalky effervescent Belgian yeast, faint cherry and red wine notes. Malty sweet undertones with moderate spiciness.

T: More spiciness emerges in the flavors, and dark fruits seem to dominate more than that apple character; I get prune and raisin. Faint alcohol bitterness on the finish. Sweeter dark malt presence, Belgian candy sugar and hints of caramel all play a supportive role.

MF: Creamy medium mouthfeel, very nice. Effervescent carbonation moves the body along.

O: Really nice dubbel, probably the best I've ever had of this style. Better than the Chimay IMO.

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Photo of Houborg1
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hero27
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep, chestnut brown color with a good-sized frothy off-white head. Retention is better than average and leaves sheets of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Complex fragrant aroma of fruits..figs, dates, cherries seem to be the most up-front smells. Obvious malts are present..caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate are the usual suspects.

Taste: Buttery sweetness, spices & phenols are present but very well done..not overdone like many others. Dark fruit flavors of raisins, prunes, and figs. Molasses and roasted nut flavors come through near the finish.. Complex and intriguing.. I wouldn't be surprised if someone could pick up a new flavor with every sip.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Deliciously smooth & creamy mouthfeel. I don't think one can fully appreciate these beers without having them fresh in Belgium, but I suppose the bottles will have to do for now.

Drinkability: Not cheap and relatively hard to find in this area, but it has good drinkability and if it weren't so damn pricey, I'd drink this a lot more often. Great Belgian offering

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Photo of redneckchugger
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. I went through a year or so period where i did not like any belgians other that sours, but this one brough me back.
Smells kinda standard. Estery belgian nose. But the tasts is amazing, like roasted figs with dates and raisens. Some dark toffee flavors in there as well. Still get some of that yeasty ester flavor that turns me off from belgians, but still damn good. Really glad i drink this one.

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Photo of psuKinger
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle "best before 2/3/2012" (roughly 6 months from now... not sure how far out from bottling date Westmalle sets there "best by" date), poured into Chimay chalice.

A: Deep murky brown hue with a huge frothy lightbrown head on top (over a fingers worth, in a wide chalice), with "pancake batter" bubbles in the middle.

S: Yeasty, bready, and hints of caramel sweetness in the nose.

T: Taste follows the nose, but the tones of yeast and bread are more subdued than in the nose. A mellow candied sweetness and distinct notes of caramel are present. Dark fruits are also detectable, but very much in the background and also on the very back end of the flavor profile of this beer.

A nice bitterness on the back end rounds this brew out nicely, and keeps everything in balance.

M: Light and lively, this brew is well-carbonated and creamy in the mouth. It finishes with a good bitter-sweetness.

D/O: Remarkably drinkable. It's balanced, light, bitter-sweet, and enjoyable. I would gladly follow this beer up with another.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with plenty of goodness floating around. Nice light brown creamy head that stayed around the whole beer and left good lacing. The taste is slightly sweet, yeasty, raisin, plums and caramel. Really quite enjoyable.

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Photo of JAStheAce
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - dark mahogany brown with about an inch of foamy head which quickly went away

S - sweet, chocolatey, caramel, nougat, butterscotch, toffee

T - Chocolate very rich and malty. Fruity aftertaste and I can't really get more specific then that but not citrus fruits. Concludes with a nice dry finish

M - medium mouthfeel

D - A delicious brew and the moderate abv% could make this to a session beer if you are feeling so inclined. I know I'd be down.

Overall, a gem of a beer and I expect nothing less from the Trappists

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown. Poured with a one inch tan head that held throughout. Good medium lace all the way down. A very pretty drink.

S: Roasted malts. Nutty. Not its best attribute as the malt was over everything else.

T: Roasted sweet toffee malt. Warming spicy flavor that really grew on me. I wanted to sink into every drink.

M: Full bodied. Carbonation provided a really nice balance. Coats the mouth with spicy flavors.

D: I could drink a few and it would take me along time as its a very good beer to savor.

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Photo of Shaneox
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of billab914
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into my Rochefort chalice. It poured a deep, caramel brown color with a big frothy head filling half of the glass. Fantastic head retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a good amount of tart, crisp fruit to it. I get some very noticeable apple or apple juice like qualities along with some pear notes too. The Belgian yeast spice is very evident as well

The taste starts off with the Belgian yeast giving off a lot of clove, nutmeg and a little cinnamon spice. Midway the tart, apple juice like flavor really starts to come out. The crisp, tart fruits mix very nicely with the Belgian yeast spice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is about average for the style. The real draw of the mouthfeel is the thick and creamy head that you get on each sip. Overall it was a good beer, and a very good example of the style. Nice beer to sip on this evening.

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Photo of danieelol
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours with a very frothy head. Seems like the head of a light lager rather than a dubbel, and is rather impermanent. 3.5

S: When the head is big, the smell is pure raspberries and some bread (yeast). It really smells like a fruit beer or kriek with the prominence of the raspberries and blueberries etc. Also some caramel, treacle and bread and butter pudding. Very complex and delicious nose. 5

T: Bread which is met with some dry ethanol. Also some berries and custard from the nose but no sweetness. 4

M: Very light and highly carbonated. 3.5

O: Easily the most enjoyable dubbel I've had to date. The berry and custard flavours are really juicy and vibrant. 4.5

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Photo of Hootie159
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aleigator
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazelnut brown color with a beautiful, huge, fluffy head, which maintains a solid coating even after a couple of minutes.

Smells of ripe red apples, a hint of honey, toffee and dusty wood. A subtle earth addition mingles into the profound apple sweetness, evoking apple pith qualities, perfectly complimented by the honey.

Has a higher carbonation with a still enjoyable smooth, soft mouthfeel to it.

Tastes of earth and toffee coated red apples, together with a raisins quality and a hint of bakers chocolate. Produces a leafy dryness, evoking more earth and a mix of honey and caramel sweetness, creating an intriguing balance. Apple pith, plack peppers and cardamom spiced up hops build the finish of this surprisingly hoppy beer, creating a clean, enjoyable ending.

Extremely well put together, creating a great drinking experience full of fruits, honey and a rustic malt character. Its sweetness is far away from dominating the taste, as for its herbal dryness, blending perfectly into the rich, earthen malts.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of JacobMutberg
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of FadetoBock
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Jcru33
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Photo of ExpendableCrewman
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,739 ratings.
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