Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
1,203 Reviews
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
Reviews:
1,203
Ratings:
2,668
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.6%
 
 
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Photo of expatsteve
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank this as part of a trappist ales tasting with Golden2wenty1, and decided to review this again in the context of that tasting.

Appearance: Cloudy plum mahogany color. Big 1/2 inch head, with nice thick stiky lacing. Medium viscosity.

Aroma: Initial breadiness, with some grassy metallic hops. Subdued fruits - raisins, dried plums, sour cherries and molasses.

Taste: Licorice, yeast, dried plums and earthy tones. Full body with great balance. Honey, brown sugar, sour cherries and apricots undertow over the course of a glass.

Mouthfeel: A little heavy, but still smooth and rich. Low constant carbonation.

Drinkability: An awesome dubbel, one that could probably be considered the standard for the style. Amazing balance and development, with awesome malts and a refreshing bitterness. Fantastic.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chimay goblet.

Pours a cloudy hazy brown, with a silky, creamy smooth head that slowly reduces in size.

Smells of dark fruit and caramel.

Tastes of malts and sugary flavours, with some intermingled spices and a vague fruitiness. At the end it becomes dry with some hops coming through giving it a fruity bitterness, as well as alcohol giving a warming characteristic.

Overall an excellent beer, though heavier, darker and more of a winter/cold weather beer than the tripel.

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Photo of dnichols
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I received this brew from my good beer buddy (and BA member) imacoug. I poured the 330 ml capped bottle into a chalice. I am a big fan of the breweries tripel and choose this brew for my 300th BA review.

A: It poured a deep, ruddy brown body with a robust, sticky two finger caramel head ath slowly receded and left a spotty teicky lacing.

S: It presented a smooth full dark malt aroma that was sweet (caramel) and spicy.

T: It hit the tongue with a sweet, caramel and dark bready malt flavor. There was a tangy, sharp flavor of raisins accented by the zip of aggressive carbonation. It is a nice complex and well balanced dubbel.

M: It is robustly carbonated with a medium mouth feel and well balanced flavors. The creamy smoothness feels nice in the mouth and there is a clean finish.

D: This is a powerfully good dubbel. It is smooth, well balanced and full of flavor. It is a real joy to drink.

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Photo of jamex
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Russian River Tulip. Paid $5.69 in San Diego for 11.2 ounces.

Pours a deep, rusty brown with a large, creamy head about two fingers in height. Some floaties are visible through the haze.

Smell: I'm getting leather, some sweetness, perhaps a mix of caramel and banana; maybe a touch of mango. Also hints of wet sand at a beach; perhaps wet concrete. Alcohol is trying hard to escape the grasp of the mahogany beverage but without much success.

The taste is smooth and full. More of the smell but now with toasted grains and some very slight hops. Splashes of plum, date and fig. Between drinks I have a slightly bitter taste in the corners of my mouth which slowly vanishes.

The dubbel is very drinkable but the mouth-feel is a bit too light for me. Still, an outstanding product from Westmalle. I would drink this again.

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Photo of dstc
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark cloudy ruby brown color with a small off-white head. Head falls slowly to nothing leaving no lace on the glass.

Smells nice and malty with a sweetness to it. Lovely.

Tastes fantastic. Wow this is a good beer. Nice strong, bold malt flavor, a bit roasted. Sweet, nutty and mildly fruity.

Full bodied and smooth in the mouth with little carbonation and a nice alcohol burn.

Very drinkable. I would love to end every day with one of these. This is an exceptional beer. Try it if you haven't already done so.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a dark chocolate brown with a decent head. The aroma was of malts,chocolate and nuts with some fruit notes. The taste was malty,creamy and obviously a hint of chocolate.The mouth feel was a light carbonated,crisp and clean finish. It went down so smooth and dry,yet it was not a dry brew it was just so well balanced. I had heard the hype but I only began to believe it after the beer warmed up and released it's complex character.

Notes: A beer to be savored and since I paid a good amount for the bottle I was in no hurry to finish it off. I suppose that the experience was well worth it and I remember some time after my
brother had one at a pub and it was priced at ten dollars a bottle.
I really liked this beer and I look for it and buy a few bottles for special occasions / events.

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Photo of BradC
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a thick head that falls but leaves a thin head throughout the glass.

Smells of raisins, fruity and floral.

Taste is raisins, light rum and a crisp finish.

Lots of carbonation and a crisp finish, thin body makes this pretty drinkable despite the 7% abv.

Overall, first Trappist dubbel and a very good one!

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a brandy snifter. Dark mahogany brown, with three fingers of tan head, and fantastic lacing. Raisin, brown sugar, molasses, date, caramel apple, limejuice, and slight yeastiness all massage the nostrils, with very little trace of alcohol. The flavor yielded all of the above, as well as toasted toffee and caramel, which dissolved to herbal hints and then a bittersweet raisin finish. Bitter afterwards. Mouthfeel was spritzy, with a nice medium silkiness and alcohol well-hidden throughout. This went down too easy. Wow.

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Photo of mariposafan
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark red-brown, a little murky. The head is a little loose but holds up very well.

The aroma is pure Belgian - distinctive yeastiness, malt, sweetness and a hint of ripe fruits.

The flavor follows the aroma very closely but it's not quite as sweet, nor does it have quite as much punch as I expected - just a little watery. A little lingering bitterness but nothing untoward.

The one place it falls down a bit for me. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and the carbonation is a little too aggressive. Nothing bad here, but it's not on a par with the flavor.

Very, very nice overall. A bit more body, a little less aggressive carbonation and a little more sweetness and it would have been a 5.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a small 330ml bottle.

Murky amber/brown color with a fizzy off white head that fades quickly.

Aroma is raisin and plum, almost brandy like, with a rich malty base. Goes down smooth with medium body and good carbonation. Taste is more grainy malt than I expected, nice fruity balance but a great roasted matly and nut flavor keeps pushing through. Reminds of a brown ale but with a Belgium fruit and yeast flavor.

Overall very enjoyable, much more than expected. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of crwills
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Opaque, chocolate brown with some kinds of purple. A good, fluffy head when poured at the right temperature. LOTS of lacing.

Aroma is spritzy hops, lemon peel, doughy sourdough or white bread, and some mild prune or candied fruit. Flavour is much heavier on the dark fruits (raisins), especially as it warms, and very, very malty. Some wheat notes, sour strawberries, weakish cherry. Very thick, bready mouthfeel -- great! Crackers and cranberry aftertaste. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden.

Go LCBO!

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Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful dubbel that pours dark chocolate brown. The body is dark and hazy. The head is off white thick and bubbly, that makes for good lacing. Aromatic roasted malts and classic Belgian yeast fills the nose. Also there were light unripe or green banana and caramel notes. It tastes as good as it smells, malty and sweet, with hops being very low key. Molasses and malts, banana and caramel blend together to round out this smooth and silky ale. The body is full with soft carbonation and finishes dry, slightly bitter.

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Photo of toreysan
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks again chefscott79.

a - I love the appearance of this beer. very cloudy golden caramel color.

s - smells of lightly burnt sugar and dates. some light fruity notes, apple core as well.

t - the taste is great. black cherry, dates. finishes woody and jammy.

m - carbonation is moderate, i was worried because it had a fake cork and it didn't 'pop' when i opened it.

d - i've heard that this is an excellent example of a dubble. i greatly enjoyed it and could drink this anytime.

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Photo of Brenden
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a beautiful fiery almost violet-red, flaming bright though dark in color and otherwise transparent. A rocky off-white head develops, managing just over a finger's height and dropping pretty chunky lacing in very good quantity.
The aroma is deep and rich, sweet with added Belgian sugars as well as a caramel aspect to the malts and lots of dark fruits. Also brought out a an almost thickly bready notes with a spicy aspect, almost like some rye in there.
The flavor is the aroma amped up with added complexity and overall one of the most delicious beers I've ever tasted. This is where Trappist ales earn their reputation (the feel is unique, too). All kinds of ripe and overripe dark fruits dance on the tongue, sweet with just a little tartness and a hint of sour to balance the sugars. Along with that is overripe soft white fruits flesh. Balance that out with some earthiness and put in all on a strong malt foundation with caramel and bread and add spiciness and true Belgian yeast character, and you've got one of the best in the world.
The feel stops short of sweet, spices and the very light hops character balancing it expertly. A little dryness is pulled out of the medium, almost full body. Almost the whole of every sip is creamy smooth, flowing on the tongue like velvet as spiciness and alcohol play into the finish.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Round 1 of the 9-Round Trappapooza/Trappaganza '06 with expatsteve.

Pour: typical dubbel-esque murky mahogany/burgundy under an inch of khaki foam with nice retention. A few bits of yeast settled at the bottom.

Nose: dark fruits up front - black cherry and currant - with black licorice hops, molasses and a malty grain finish.

Taste: licorice hops and booze up front followed by notes of spicy yeast, dark/tropical fruits, sweet malt, and a dry plum wine finish. Great balance and depth of flavor.

Feel: light, dry body, yeasty grit, micro-carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: this is to dubbels as Tripel Karmeliet is to tripels - complex, balanced and totally drinkable.

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Photo of tatterdash
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! My 100th review! I have so many others to input from my notes...

Pours an effervescent hazy mahogany, with an indestructably creamy tan head. Aroma of plums and other dark fruits, almost palpable vapours. Taste was a candy sugar sweet at first, with a malty chocolate note in the middle, and a raisiny finish with some roasted and hop character taking a bow at the end. It really coats the tongue and is smooth as silk. This is a wonderful Dubbel, and easily my favourite.

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Photo of dgv0
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 33cL brown bottle "TRAPPISTENBIER" stamped around the neck.

A: Pours a dark brown with a thick and creamy tan-colored head. Visible bits of black yeast when held up to light.

S: Peppery, slight caramel notes.

T: Chocolate, malty, and fruity. A dry, alcoholic bit after the first impression, but nonetheless, a great experience for the tongue. Warming.

M: Coarse, almost gritty from the yeast. Medium carbonation and relatively thick body.

D: 100% drinkable, and for me, that's an interesting concept for a Belgian Ale. If these didn't cost so much here in FL, I'd consider buying this every week.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burgundy in color with an off-white head. Excellent lacing when sipped down. Has many complex aromas and flavors. The aroma is of sweet candi sugar, fruity banana esters, and somewhat raisin-like. Flavors are sweet, herbal, spicy, and fruity. It is medium-full in body, with a light carbonation. Overall, another excellent Belgian beer. I will definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a Westmalle chalice. Beautiful appearance, dark opaque chestnut brown with a thick and creamy looking froth. The aroma is sweet and a little malty and the flavor is already well documented by hundreds of reviews. I agree with the majority opinion, this is an awesome dubbel.

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Photo of Byeast
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: opaque , dusty , dark brown with some ruby edges , and a creamy offwhite head.

Smell: Really nice fruity tones like plum , grape , berries etc, are mixed in with very unique dark malt , slight nut , reminds me of some kind of fruit chews , shark bites , gushers maybe?

Taste: Deliciously complex malt profile , darker fruity flavors of grape and plum , just a touch of phenols , hint of nutty flavor , some sweet malt and faint chocolate , bit of an herbal and earthy quality , soft bitterness provides a perfect balance , awsome lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: soft and full carbonation , lightly dry finish.

Drinkability: The aroma on this Monk crafted brew is amazing. Iv'e yet to smell a beer like this one. Delicous and complex flavors that are on the fruitier side. An exellent Trappist Dubbel. And the ABV is masked light that of some evil.

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Photo of BuckyFresh
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a large wine glass. Pours quite dark with a large-bubbled one-finger head. There is a little light finding its way through around the edges of the glass, and the color I can see is a lovely brown/ruby. The head recedes pretty quickly and there is minimal lacing present. I see some carbonation rising up from the bottom and some yeast particles dancing near the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Wonderful molasses aroma with dark fruits, yeast, raisins, and brown sugar giving this beer a smell characteristic of the style. There is just the right amount of alcohol detectable, and the spicy yeast balances well with the malty caramel sweetness. A+ aroma in my book!

Taste: Very smooth flavor with great malt sweetness, caramel, and a touch of chocolate. There isn't much bitterness in the taste itself, but there is a nice biting sensation from the yeast and alcohol. Each sip finishes pretty dry and leaves you wanting more; a nice contrast to the full malty character.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with adequate carbonation. Finishes dry on the palate and is warm throughout from the alcohol. Gets a bit sweeter and fuller as the beer warms.

Drinkability: This beer is pretty easy to drink, and the alcohol and malty sweetness is balanced by the dry finish. Quite refreshing and pleasant.

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Photo of ProblyAboutBeer
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Foam was retained well. When eaten with cheese and spicy mustard, flavor was experienced more subtly. Immediately, one tastes lightly-roasted coffee, but the flavor guides the drinker through hoppy bitterness into a chocolatey-smooth finish. Aftertaste is roasted barley, of a strong chocolate origin.

I usually prefer their Tripel to this one, but if you match it with a meal the Dubbel can compliment food nicely.

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Photo of artdob
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark ruby brown pour with an incredible tan rich head. I just want to look at it. The lacing is rich and thick.

Ok, well, even though the beer appears to be posing for the camera, drink it we shall.

The nose is stewed fruits. Very rich. Prunes, raisins, cherries - wonderful.

The palate bursts with the same fruitiness as on the nose, followed quickly with bread like tones. A mild roastiness comes in for the finish.

Great things are happening here.

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Photo of Todd
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33cl custom European-style brown bottle, with raised glass stamped "trappist" around the neck. Poured into an authentic Westmalle chalice.

Appearance: Dark, rich brown. Creamy tan head with good retention.

Smell: Caramel aroma and fruity esters.

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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Photo of frankiepop
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to hand Westmalle Trappist high marks. Everybody remarks about the malty flavor & fruitiness which is all true. I would just add that this beer has a very oaky and earthy flavor. Reminds me very much of St Bernardus 12.

I imagine sitting in a craftsman house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright with a fire blazing after a light and tasty dinner on a Friday night in the winter. I just leaf through an old magazine while listening to some acoustic music like John Cage's compositions for string quartet, or Larry Coryell's Bolero cd.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,668 ratings.
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