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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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4.15
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Photo of colebenoit
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this last night, and although it wasn't the first time, it was while brewing and thus it seemed that much more inspiring so I figured I'd review it.

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice, this beer poured a wonderful crimson/brown colour with fairly good clarity and a nice finger of fluffy off tan head. As impressive as it looked it what came next thats a real winner, smell. The aroma on this beer is such that you almost don't even want to drink the beer, instead just inhale the aroma deeply allnight. Almost. Huge aroma of chocolate, dark malts, dark fruits (figs come to mind), sweet bread, and a mild hint of clover.

Taste has similiar elements as the aroma, although on the body the chocolate/malt flavour is huge and dominating with a nice sweet center holding it all together. The fruits appear subtley in the finish and it cuts through with just enough hops to cut the sweetness and a nice smack of alcohol that dries and warms the palate. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel is nice, although perhaps a little too carbonated, but its got a great overall silky texture to it. As for drinkability, for the style and ABV its extremely quaffable and I could probably go through gallons of it, expecially when it tastes and smells so damn good. One of the best dubbels out there.

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Photo of ITK4ever
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

New to reviewing, but I had to say this about this beer....WOW!!!! I was given a bottle and now I can't wait to find more. Definitely the best beer I have ever tried and the one thing that I can say to describe this lucious nectar is "BALANCE"

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beers a big yeast bomb thats for sure. Loudest crackling I've ever heard from a beer. Dark hazy brown in color with a massive cinnamon colored head which slowly recedes to a thick sticky lace.

Big nose with lots of phenolic scents and sweet dark fruits. Some banana and clove on the back end of the nose with a big alcohol presence as well. Dieing to try it however it probably should warm a few degrees first.

This is a serious beer. Loads of caramel and brown sugar on the tip of the tongue. Big chewy mouth feel which drys out around mid way. Bizarre phenomenon in my mouth right now and loving it. Lots of spiciness on the tongue as well. Layers of sweet and herbal flavors that are so beautifully blended. None of the flavors battle each other for dominance, it's just a beautiful crescendo of taste on the tip of the tongue.

Incredibly dry finish rounds this beer out with nothing to complain about except not having enough of this beer.

I'm glad this opened my eyes to what dubbels should really be.

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Photo of AEK
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml brown bottle poured into a Westmalle chalice.

A. Clear, crimson coloured beer topped by a slightly yellowish head

S. Toffee, wine gum fruitiness, traces of banana and melon with a faint touch of blueberry and bubblegum.

T. Tropical fruits, slight chocolate tones and some bubblegum in there in the background.

M. Medium bodied

D. A very drinkable dubbel. As good in bottle form as on tap.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint snifter. Color is a deep, hazy brown, with a thick creamy head that sticks around for a while. Nice lacing.

S: Smells like Belgium! Raisins, dried plums and dark stone fruits, and syrupy. A hint of molasses.

T: Malty bread pudding in a glass with prunes, raisins, and a hint of bourbon to accent the doughy grains and malty backbone. This is a great sticky, but delicious beer!

M: Creamy, chewy, and with a nice pickle from the head and alcohol.

O: A great dubbel. Dark, but not roasty, chewy, yet creamy, all-in-all reminding me of a dark, sweet, bread with dried fruits baked in.

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Photo of STKPICR0720
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this brew just after i tried the tripel. I loved this and felt it was smoother than the tripel. There were times when I tasted figs, banana's and shades of honey. The alcohol is presents and would be a great starter for a cold night.

The flavor is full of herbs that leaves a drinkable and rather smooth dryness.

I loved this one and once again another great Trappiste

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2-oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A = Dark brown, dense, almost impossible to see through, formed a good tan head of foam mixed with medium sized bubbles that quickly resolved into a simple coating of light foam and a few medium sized bubbles on the surface.

S = Definite notes of caramel, ripened fruits, very slight yeastiness and traces of alcohol.

T = Sweet with a backbite of spiciness. Great flavor. Starts with a rich, sweet malty taste of caramel and fresh pumpernickel, then hits on fruity flavors of very ripe sweet tropical fruits and even sharper hints like limes (mostly a matter of bitterness, not strong taste), blends to a spicy mix of flavors, very well balanced. Alcohol is present but not unpleasant, just a good warming presence.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, good mouth coating, soft but full carbonation effects.

D = This is one of the most drinkable dubbels I have tried. Just an excellent and drinkable beer. Drink and enjoy!

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer I can't even break down into categories. What makes this beer so special to me is that everything works together so brilliantly. The deep brown color capped with a nice tan head, the taste and smell of apples and bananas, it's all here. This is a fabulous beer, and I think it's one of the best trappist beers available. Highly, highly drinkable.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque chestnut color with a giant, rocky, fluffy cream colored head. Retention is excellent, keeping a thick cap throughout the drink. Smalls chunks of yeast can be seen floating around.

S: Wow! Complex nose to say the least. Bready, sweet, yeasty, malty, fruity, just a lot of things going on. There is an underlying sweetness in the nose- almost like sweet toffee or caramel. Dark fruits lend some plum, prune, and banana. Yeast gives some spicy characters as well; cardamom, light coriander, and butter.

T: Again, super complex- and part of this even seems vinous. Upfront there is a candyish sweetness, followed by a nice dark fruit character, consisting of plums/banana/pear/fig. The yeast adds some bread, fruity esters, and butter. Malts give off some caramel, toffee, cocoa powder/chocolate, and molasses. The malts keep the sweetness in check. Hops are apparent, but play second fiddle to everything else, lending only a slight twang.

MF/D: Medium to lighter in body, slightly dry. Carbonation is perfect, and the finish is a long yeasty/bready/buttery one.

Notes: I didn't really love the Tripel from Westmalle, but this is awesome

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer I've saved too long, this 33cl bottle has been in my stock (stash) for over three years and I've put off drinking it for one reason or another. It was one month past its Best Before Date of 23rd Oct 2008 on this review.

Luckily this beer is so well made, the BBD isn't an issue.

Poured slowly, oh so slowly into my Westmalle Chalice, it looked super. I allowed the sediment to join the beer, as I like to taste and feel the whole product and enjoy the extra strenght and flavours the sediment gives.

I am no stranger to this wonderful beer, but I have never reviewed it while in Belgium, prefering to just enjoy the moment whenever I have drank it before.

Deep mahogany red in colour, with a slight haze because of my prefered pour. The tan creamy head, at first full slips slowly into a thinner carpet of foam which laces the glass as the beer is sipped.

Plums and raisens, rich malts and some toasted caramel give this beer a unique aroma, one I could detect anywhere.

The taste is just as you would expect from the aroma. It is rich, but isn't as creamy maybe and it is fairly high in the carbonisation stakes for a Dubbel, but I think that adds to its character and uniqueness.

A beer I always have when in Belgium, often on tap, it is a delight and one of my all time favorite beers.

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Photo of illpass78
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a big wine glass because I didn't have a chalice. Yeah, I know.

Appearance: Pours a dark, cloudy reddish brown with a big creamy head that sticks around forever. Good amount of lacing, too. Cool looking beer.

Aroma: There's a lot going on in the smell. Smells of dark fruits, raisins, dates, figs, toast, some mild spiciness, a little floral character, and maltiness.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, and it's complex, creamy and delicious. Really a terrific beer. The dark fruits dominate and the finish is appealingly bitter. Alcohol is muted in the nose and on the palate.

Mouthfeel: It's a fun beer to drink; creamy and smooth, with a big sturdy body.

Overall: A terrific, classic beer. It's pretty close to perfect in my opinion.

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Photo of MrIncognito
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a large wine glass.

A - extremely dark mahogony. When first poured, actually looked pitch black, NO light came through. Nice fluffy tan/brown head. Stuck around for a long time and became clumpy, then down to a nice lace on top.

S - Roasted, sweet malt with hints of brown sugar and a slight hint of dark fruit, maybe figs. Alcohol comes through as the beer warms.

T - Very much like the smell. A pleasant mix of malitness with sweet dark fruit and bitterness. The bitterness lingers after the beer is swallowed but is not too intense. Just leaves you wanting another sip. The taste changes as the beer warms. I think it becomes more and more pleasant. So many complex tastes throughout the beer experience it's hard for me to catch them all.

M - Smooth mouthfeel with nice bubbles that tickle the tongue. Slides down the throat.

This is a really great beer. The alcohol isn't all that noticable except for the warm feeling it leaves in your belly. A great winter sipper and a perfect example of the style. Not nearly as sweet as the St. Bernardus Prior 8.

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Photo of roblowther
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost black brown with a thin, creamy but quickly gone head that doesn't leave much lacing. It smells of chocolate and dark cherries. Nice but simpler than I would have thought. The taste is fantastic. Smooth cocoa up front, sweet and sour fruit, then a crisp aftertaste that tastes of baking spices. It reminds me of fresh baked bread. The mouthfeel is silky but surpisingly thin for its pedigree and color. Drinkability is great. The balanced flavor makes the aftertaste leave you wanting more of the original taste and vice-versa. This one doesn't stand up to the tripel but it is simple only by the standards of its off-the-charts trappist cousins. A beer not to be missed.

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Photo of WHYB
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Sweet malty, some caramel, slight alcohol.

Appearance: Dark amber color, creamy Tan head

Flavor: Malty upfront, (compliments the color), sweetness is more pronunced but a balanced bitterness is noted as well . A dry
bitterness in the finish

Mouth feel
Medium-Full, creaminess and a dryness

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Photo of Douglas14
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's about time that I finally put my thoughts of this beer down on paper (digital paper). It pours out a dark brown-mahogany color with a beautiful head that leaves a great ring of lace. The head retention is unreal! The smell is wonderful; raisin, plum, slight alcohol, and a slight sweet spociness. The taste is similar. Super complex yet still delicate. It has a medium-full mouthfeel. I don't want this beer to end!

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Photo of jreitman
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Taste of Belgium event at Celtic Bayou in Redmond, WA... Poured a cloudy brown with quite a bit of head. Candy sugar and cloveyness come across in the nose. Same flavors are present in the mouth as well where a nice medium bodied beer goes down quite easily. Other flavors include some fruit and a slight spicy twang.

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Photo of horndecker
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the first Belgian I ever tasted, about 5 years ago in Antwerp, on tap. It was pretty tasty. I've had it many times in the little brown bottle here in states since then.

The head is wonderful. A big beige active fine froth billows forth, the consistency of the crema on an espresso, but LARGE. Then slowly settles to merely mortal proportions, very rocky, then lots of clumpy lace.

Walnut and tobacco is the color, very pretty, yes. Slightly cloudy, I suppose I managed to get the yeast in there, fine by me.

Nose: The first thing is caramel and limes. Strange but true combination. Toasty malts, coffee and cocoa a little bit. It's not simple or straightforward. Toffee and birch beer bring up the rear as it warms. I guess that's the sugar candy.

The taste is nice big fruit, juicy malt, citrus accents and a somewhat bitter herbal finish after that warm sweet center. That herbal character lingers on the tongue and gets you ready for the next sip.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, a barley milkshake, with that long lingering fuzziness that I love.

I love the bottle with that neat raised ring on the neck and the label design with the interlocked AW. Sometimes you get an older bottle with raised letters "ABD'J * WESTMALLE" in it under the label. I guess they're still in circulation.

A great beer, very drinkable, never disappoints.

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Photo of rale
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've tried quite a few times trippel version of Westmalle and was blown away each time. That's why I decided to go for dubbel, too. It has awesome dark color, nice head, malty taste and dark fruits aromas. Alcohol is well hidden, although it does hit hard. Overall, would go for this one anytime again. I see it as suitable in the evenings and in the winter period. If i had to choose between this one and trippel, I would still go for the last.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel pours a beautiful and opaque amber-brown with rich red undertones. The head pours a rich 1/2 inch that rings the edge of the glass nicely. There is a generous amount of lacing. Unfortunately the head vanishes quickly. That is fine. It is time to take a sip of this delicious looking beer.

It is hard to explain the rich array of smells and flavors coming from this ale. My first impression is of a fine cognac. This doesn't smell exactly like a cognac but it does achieve a delicate balance of liquor and dried fruit aromas. The beer does have an immediate liquor smell. The liquor is somewhat unconcealed. The crystal malts are so redolent of a warm winter hearth. I smell fig, smoked tobacco, banana and clove. As the ale warms the esters become present. There is a slight amount of spicy and floral hops to balance this drink out.

I can't easily describe the taste but it is fantastic. First, the water taste hard. I detect some mineral presence. The malts come up behind. They are smoky and the predominant flavor is of cocoa. The hops have a spicy tingle. There is no way of ignoring this ales strong alcohol taste. It is worth braving for this drink is so delicious. It finishes with hints of anise and black licorice. There is a moderate amount of bitterness that clings to my tongue for a about half a minute. After some time It begins to feel like I have been enjoying a nice bar of dark chocolate.

Ultimately, this beer ends with a well balanced blend of chewy and almost leathery malts. The balance tips towards the malt/alcohol side but the hops dash around in the background giving this beer a bright spunky spark. The beer goes down smooth and beckons for another taste. This beer is wonderful in all aspects. The flavors are distinctive and each sip is a pleasure. This would pair very well with desert foods. It is a perfect evening beer.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep brown, with hints of reddish amber. Off-white head of decent thickness sits atop and has some serious retention. Excellent lacing.

The smell is great: full of Belgian yeast, fig, raisin, plum, brown sugar and a bit of booze. Reminiscent of a port. Very sweet and malty.

Taste is very similar the smell, and just as good. The raisin and plum flavour comes through a little more strongly, and the beer is not as sweet as expected (though certainly has a lot of sweetness to it. A fairly bready flavour. A bit of a kick at the end, in the aftertaste- not really spicy, but a zip is present. Great.

Nicely medium bodied with a subtly carbonation. Bready body feels very nice.

Overall, a fantastic beer. The best dubbel that I have had. A classic.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish brown, big pillowy head. Smell is deep and delicious: molasses, fenugreek/syrup, dark fruit, milk chocolate, damp earth.

Tastes of raisins and prunes, berries, molasses, fenugreek, cocoa, a little alcohol and white pepper. Very smooth, creamy carbonation. Head keeps replenishing itself. The sweetness is never cloying. Some grassy, herbal hops in the background. This is very well balanced, rich, and satisfying.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a handsome dark brown with honey like hues of lighter brown at the edges and where the glass will allow some light to pass through. The head is fat, tan and creamy. Falls slowly and leaves slippery lace. Nose is is exhilarating and dark. it has belgian woody yeast that promises a bit of dryness and is somewhat restrained but for a bit of apple and a very faint banana. There is a sweet light chocolate and deep smooth caramel on the nose. Dark fruits like fig and date but lively with the crispness of that apple behind them. The caramel just goes on forever in the nose.

The taste is poetry. The nose of this beer seems to vibrate at an excited pitch. The fruits all ripe and clamoring for their peak, the caramel at it's richest, the chocolate enticing and light over the top, the yeast falling to the background as it will fall to the middle of the beer in the drink. Then pure composure greets the palate. Smooth, creamy rich but not heavy. The bread soft and sweet and laced with dark fruit, endless caramel and light sweet chocolate. The yeast brings a dryness to the middle of the beer and there is a slight bitter undertone. It reminds me of molasses. The alcohol stops out just slightly, a bit impudent it seems to impart a sweet bit of warmth as it finishes. The fruits and floral take the last ideation of this beer on the palate as it fades to aftertaste with a bit of caramel to linger instead of the alcohol.

Holy moly! Brilliant, self evident, inexhaustible and vital. This beer exemplifies the style and is worthy of your utmost attention.

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Photo of stodbrew
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the glass a beautiful dark brown/deep red color. Nice, thick tan head that dissipated somewhat quickly.

Aroma is dark fruit: plums raisins, etc. Slightly spicy, too. I'm not getting any banana that has been talked about. A little bit of roast malt, as well.

Flavor is nice and malty up front, moving to spicy in the middle and finishing with a malty, dark fruit flavor. Aftertaste in a mixture of plum and a slight roastiness.

Nice, fully mouthfeel. This bottle is highly carbonated, prickly on the tongue.

Overall, I'd have to say that this is a great beer, and one that I'm really enjoying. Gonna have to get some more.

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Photo of AlexTheAleMan
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is just good.

Poured into an authentic Westmalle Challice

Dark, dark brown with a good head that turns slowly to a tan layer on top of the beer. Not much lacing.

Smells slightly burnt and of caramel and chocolate. Molasses. call me crazy but i get a distinct sour cherry smell that i get from a lot of wines.

The sour cherry-esque smell is in the taste too and im ih heaven. There is a bit of a malty sweetness but this beer is pretty dry towards the end finishing with a slowly dissipating long lasting harmony of dark chocolate, fruits (dates?), and creaminess. In the middle there is a spike of an almost acidic fruity flavor of raspberries. Boozy considering it is only 7% It warms me up

Dang good mouthfeel. It has a creamy full feel in the mouth, very very rounded, nothing is poking at my mouth, just soft... oh so soft. Very carbonated, a massage of the tongue.

Pretty damn drinkable, i think i could handle a few more. this is however not a session beer.

Same yeast as westvleteren but a completely different beer, it would be fun to pick up one of these next time i get my hands on a westy and compare.

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Photo of brdc
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a reddish hue, it has a nice tan head that dissipates quickly but leaves a very nice lacing.
The aroma is nice and malty, sweetish mostly of burnt sugars, but also a surprisingly strong fruity hoppiness that faded quickly, though.
Smooth and creamy, it is incredibly complex and changing. It started hoppier and certainly more bitter than I expected for a dubbel, but it slowly sweetens both on your tongue and on your glass as it warms up.
Still not my favorite dubbel, but certainly a very good one.

Taste: Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Lovely sweet malts with caramel and cholocate flavours. Underlining fruit flavours of date and banana. Hits a dry point in the middle and become crisp for a moment. A slight coarseness, from the yeast, follows in the form of a moderately spicy characteristic that mixes with a prickly alcohol presence. Bitterness is thin, with faint floral flavours. Finishes slightly dry with some residual spiciness, sweetness and alcohol on the breath. Warming.

Notes: This is just an overall amazing beer. One of the most famous of the Trappist beers, Westmalle Double can be found on tap at many Beglian establishments. 6.5% abv.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,698 ratings.
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