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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

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

BEER STATS
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#1,229
Reviews:
1,236
Ratings:
2,765
pDev:
10.29%
Bros Score:
4.33
 
 
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Photo of beerpirates
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured i to my Rochefort glass

A: beautifull dark brown colour, with a huge beige head, that holds to a fluffy 1 finger thick layer after a few minutes.

S: very fresh hops overall, with banana, dark fruits . clean yeast, but also it has notes of roasted grains and coffee.

T: Next to roasted grains and coffee, the modest bitterness of hop, there is banana and plumbs indeed, spices, a little bread too. Very pleasant for a dubbel.

M: very smooth.

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Photo of beaulabauve
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of -steve-
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought recently at the LCBO in Ontario based on Beer Connoisseur Mags listing this as one of the best of 2014. Poured it into a chalice shaped glass. The beer is brown with a rich foamy head and some lacing going up the glass. You can smell the alcohol and caramel sweetness.This is a complex, delicious beer that is enhanced as the beer warms in the glass.It's velvety smooth.

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Photo of CH3CH2OH
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky, very dark brown with a head that lasts for a few minutes. Some toastiness and raisin in the aroma; no hops. Taste is an enormously satisfying maltiness with some spiciness at the start and tartness in the finish. A medium mothfeel. Taste and mouthfeel are reminiscent of a bock, but the taste has much more complexity. The alcohol is completely subdued; I could drink this all day.

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Photo of nokes
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a large wine glass. Deep murky brownish orange with a solid head. Looks good. Lots of lees.

The smell has depth; it's dark fruity and deep roastedness.

Tastewise, there's raisiny/pruny fruit and spicy smokiness. It's quite dry, actually. Moreso than I expected.

The mouthfeel is very nice. It's smooth and there's a nice balance of carbonation.

Quite drinkable...could just continue drinking these comfortably for a long time.

This is a very nice dubbel. Interestingly, I enjoyed the St. Paul more, but that was a while ago. I suppose I'll just have to try them both again to make sure. ;)

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Photo of Iamjeff6
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerthirtysa
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium-brown, milky appearance, light brown head that was solid and long-lasting. Plenty of champagne-style bubbles. Nose was herbal, perfumy, some citrus notes. Taste was mildly hoppy with herbal and spicy notes. Mouthfeel was smooth, not thin, not heavy. Well-balanced, robust flavor.

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Photo of xylophonica
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Very dark with a thick caramel/sugary looking head. Big finger of cream on top.

S - Dark roasted malts and sugars. Hint of nuts.

T - Combination of bitterness offset with some sugar. Smooth but very dark. Touches of burnt caramel coming through as it warms. Slight phenolic hit as well.

M - Mild carbonation, floats gently around the mouth. The lingering creamy head helps it go down a treat.

D - Flavour is rather stronger than expected - not nearly as sweet as some other dubbels. Definitely no chocolate-type flavours here, only a touch of sweet sugar but dominated by a darker bock-style taste.

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Photo of SuperSpy
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tan, and creamy looking, two-finger head. The color is a dark, cloudy brown.

The aroma has plenty of yeast esters, prunes, and a hint of sweet malt.

A very creamy mouthfeel. It's quite smooth and works very well with the dark fruit flavors that appear upfront. The middle introduces a rustic and yeasty bread flavor that becomes slightly crisp and dry right before the beer becomes somewhat spicy with a warm alcohol flavor and sensation.

A great Trappist beer.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A "fresh" 2007 bottle. Pours (into a Chimay goblet) chocolate brown with a little tan head. kind of looks like unrefined maple syrup with foam on top. Odor is a little weak, although i do get a nice complex mix of fruit, smokey malts and alcohol. Velvety mouthfeel more apparant than the flavor at first. Taste ius woody and yeasty. some smooth chocolate. alcoholic rawness. could use some time to mellow i think. there's a yeasty flavor that's a little overbearing as well and makes me think of homebrews past. There's a 2005 back at the store that i might buy now to compare.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into my Chimay chalice, boasts nice deep but cloudy brown color with a nice thumb of head. Didn't lace very much, but retained masterfully throughout the whole beer. Another thing of note is the bottom of the bottle was full a viscous brown yeast, which to me comes off as a good sign.

Smell: This beer needs to be left to warm, no question about it as only the barest scents of fruits and yeast are present at the beginning. However once it has warmed up yeasty pear and raisin notes dominate the experience with a light chocolate undertone.

Taste: A yeasty malt taste starts the beer off with a bit of disappointment, but soon it turns to a nice sweeter toffee and fruit taste. Notes of pears, berries, dates and plums that then end with a more chocolaty end that has a odd bit of acidic lemon, which seems a bit out of place.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is this beer is wondrous, and the sweet fruity malt aftertaste makes it's presence known and then swiftly departs, which is a bit of a disappointment. Nice crisp feeling if left in the mouth, and really it's only downside is how brief the aftertaste is.

Drinkability: Well, it's like drinking champagne, which is nice but it doesn't exactly leave for easy drinking. Refreshing and flavorful, but causing a little bit of a stir in the stomach. Still high points for an all around nice beer.

Final Thoughts: This beer was far superior to their Tripel that is for certain, and if you are looking for a nice treat, this is worth a pickup. Pretty much everything I'd expect from a Trappist beer, well brewed but has it's own kind of simplicity.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-02-13 in Columbia PA into a wine glass.

A - Clear, dark brown with a 2-finger, effervescent tan head that fades quickly. Little lacing.

S - Crisp, fresh, tart apples, yeast and spice.

T - Some caramel, fruit, medium roasted malt, some spice, yeast, mild hop bitterness. Alcohol is mild but present. Not too sweet. Some sourness. Dries out with lingering fruit and a more apparrent noble hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, mildly creamy.

D - Quite a nice change from the hop bombs I usually drink. Refreshing. I think this would pare well with food.

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Photo of SpongeHop
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - dark brown with ruby red shine, slightly hazy; solid off-white to beige creamy head
S & T - light bready malts, pleasant bitters with slightly earthy hoppiness, hint of dark candisugar, lightly sour prunes
F - medium body, nicely drinkable

O - the quintessential dubbel, as far as I'm concerned. It's the archetype for a reason. Still my favorite dubbel out of all the trappists.

I do recommend this one.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle into a large wine glass.

Pours a cloudy amber-oaken body with some fervent bubblings beneath a decently thick, slow-to-recede tan head. No lacing, but the apperance is classy. Wafts of grape, apple, fig & plum abound, with some sweet caramel malts and an almost graham cracker note.

Taste is a decently complex dubbel, with a fruity body and an almost harsh alcohol presence. A dry, smooth, and semi-creamy mouthfeel meets the mouth up front and a hoppy, alcoholic bite finishes. Overall, this is a good, complex, and tasty dubbel, as expected from the Westmalle family. Can't wait to try the triple...

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Photo of hardy008
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Westmalle Chalice.

Dark brown with a light tan head which fades to leave spotty lacing. The aroma has caramel malt, dark fruit, and some spices.

The flavor is somewhat sweet, and is pretty much the same as the aroma. The sweetness is balanced by the bitter hops, and makes for a nice balanced beer.

Medium bodied, carbonation is on the high side of medium. This is a very easy beer to drink. I will look for this again.

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Outstanding as is expected with a Trappist ale. Lots of carb, refreshing.

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Photo of Hanyuu
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaxOhle
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jakemn91
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenWBush
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A huge whoosh of the handsome cap and we're off. This beer fills my snifter with foam, which will eventually settle to a clingy sea-foam lace atop the dirty brown liquid. Amazing cling.

The nose is rather non-descript with hints of walnuts, booze, and pears. Bready yeast flavors remain dominant, swimming along with darkened malts and detectable alcohol. Spicy prickles into the nose.

The taste is citric, hoppy, and slightly tart. Mild after-breezes of candi sugar and intermingled alcohol. Almost saison-esque in its sharp carbonation and high drinkability/refreshment on the palate. Slight wisps of socks muddy up the picture and knock down the flavor a notch.

The mouthfeel again sort of annoys me. Very high for this style, and almost reminscent to the citric-acid bite of a coca-cola. Unexpected, and rather out of place, but adds to the perception of refreshment. A trappist lawnmower beer?

Drinkablility is very high. This 11.2 ounce bottle disappeared very quickly. I did make the huge mistake of drinking the chunky black (eek!) sediment in the bottom...

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Photo of Mudpuppet
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from a 750 bottle into a Chimay chalice. Pours an mostly brown color with orange-red highlights. Thin 1/8 inch head.

S- Light fruity aromas with hints of dark malts

T- Dark malt flavor with a light yeast in the background. This is actually a somewhat bitter brew but very tasty. Has a somewhat fleeting flavor to it but the bitterness sticks around a bit better.

M- Medium carbonation. The carbonation seems to stick around a bit also on the sides of your tongue making it tingle a bit.

D- Very good beer. The alcohol is somewhat apparent in this beer.

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Photo of Yom
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RegV
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Squire123
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brownish color with orange highlights around the edges. Nice tan cap and lacing.

Aroma of dark malt, toffee and yeasty dark bread with something light and cheerful like cherries.

Taste is a complex, very sophisticated combination of good things. Caramelized sugar, lightly toasted homemade bread, Dark ripe figs, all with a spicy, fruity influence. Hops are minimal, just enough to balance, and carbonation is at just about the right pitch. Dark cherries return in the aftertaste basking in the afterglow.

Medium full texture with balancing carbonation.

It simply tastes like a classic with the power and sophistication of a Rolls Royce vehicle.

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Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 2,765 ratings
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