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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
Ranking:
#1,229
Reviews:
1,236
Ratings:
2,765
pDev:
10.29%
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4.33
 
 
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Ratings: 2,765 |  Reviews: 1,236
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours pretty hazy reddish brown color with an enormous head from even a gentle pour. The head was tan and made up of fluffy dense bubbles. Lots of lacing after drinking.

Aroma: Lots of toffee-like aromatics noticeable through the foam. A hint of roast is also noticeable through the dense head. I can pick out a bit of citrus as the beer settles down a bit.

Taste: The flavor is a complex meld of sweetness, malt, bready yeast, and toffee. The beer starts out with the sweetness ruling the profile, but then fades to let some of the malt complexity shine through. The finish is pretty balanced considering how many sensations you have going on in your mouth. There is a bit of spice noticeable from the alcohol in the finish, along with a subtle warming from the same source.

Opinion: Thus far, I have not been a big fan of Dubbels. I keep trying them because I assume that I will find the right one. This beer is probably one my favorites so far. It isn't too estery, which is my contention with most of the others. I haven't tried that many yet, so I don't have nearly the opinion on Dubbels as Tripels. This is still a mighty fine brew, and one that I am sure I will be drinking again in the future.

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Photo of cpmichael
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone snifter, Bottle had 270310 on it.

A: Pours a light brown, with about an inch of head retention that dissipates quickly. This bottle was a bit of a gusher.

S: A sweet spicy smelling beer, maybe a little clove in there. Yeast and malts are noticeable, as well as a touch of alcohol.

T: The malt overtone is dominating the front end of this beer, hints of cloves and some dark fruits, maybe figs or plumbs come through. Toffee is also pretty noticeable. Hints of yeast near the end.

M/D: This beer was a gusher, but it was not overly carbonated, just the right amount to capture the smooth and creamy nature of this beer. A lot going on, kept my interest the whole way through. Highly drinkable, I could drink this all day.

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Photo of BlackVeg
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Antyk
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of weeare138
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a murky reddish dark brown with a 2 finger beige head that drops after a moment. Little bits of spotty lacing has some trouble sticking. Lots of yeast in the bottom of the glass.
Smell is of bready, candy sugar with a hint of raisins and warming alcohol.
Taste is of fresh baked bread with lots of raisins and candy sugar and dark brown sugar. A nice, yeasty sensation sticks to the roof of the mouth, dropping towards the back.
Mouthfeel is good. Slightly overcarbonated but still decent. Fizzy and filling in the mouth, the sweet maltiness and breadiness touch and tickle the inside of the cheeks.
Drinkability is good as well. There is some noticable alchohol but this is a rare treat that will get the job done of fulfilling the craving for a dubbel.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Beautiful dark brown with a good head, but dissipated quickly and became lacing around the glass, still very beautiful.
Smell: Surprisingly not that much, dark fruit, maltiness.
Taste: Like how a dubbel should be. Full of sweet dark fruit and Belgium candi sugar. A strong malty backbone. However, a bit strong hoppiness at the end too.
Feel: Somehow a bit bland, not that much aftertaste.

Overall: A great brew though, even though the feel is less than perfect.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buck89
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sdm9465
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Greasy
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Agold
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This dubbel has a large billowing white fluffy head. The liquid is ruby colored and the head leaves lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is belgian yeast all the way. Fruity esters and spicy notes are at the forefront. Kind of light. The flavor is subtle as well mimicking the aroma. Not as full and rounded out as I would appreciate, but still very good. Mouthfeel is great. Belgian candi sugar lightens this one right up with good carbonation levels. Overall, this is a great beer with awesome drinkability. It is a pleasure to split a bomber of this beer.

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Photo of South2NW
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Stone Brewing Goblet. Best before November 4th 2018.

L: Cloudy brown with a red hue. Finger width khaki head. Good retention.

S: Fig, brown sugar, caramel.

T: Wonderful flavors of rich toffee and caramel melded with dried dark fruits like figs and apricots, sweetened by some brown sugar like notes. Tasty.

F: Medium-full body, crsip Belgian carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

O: Another outstanding Trappist style beer. Just wonderful flavors.

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Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very easy to find around Belgium, even in the grocers ... it seemed like this stuff was everywhere. Very smooth and even better on tap in the proper Westmalle glass at the Circo cafe in Brussels.

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Photo of tappangordo
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of ojclark
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very malty aroma with roasty and raisiny overtones, slight caramel and a whiff of alcohol. Very dark brown with a frothy, mostly lasting tan head and lots of fine carbonation apparent in the glass. Complex flavor of malt, raisin, slight sourness and mixture of hop and burnt roast bitterness. Aftertaste is mainly of bitterness, sourness and alcohol. Medium carbonation, medium-light body with a fairly quick finish but a lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy brown color with light brown head. Dark fruit aroma with some spices and yeasty esters. Taste starts also yeasty with some raisin notes but it's not a sweet beer. It's quite balanced and drinkable. The alcohol is also barely noticeable. Really good example for the style.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into snifter.

Deep ruby color that is nearly opaque. A thick tan head foams to about one finger, then slowly settles to a thick cap. Stringy lacing.

Sugary fruit aromas with a little bit of spice.

Grape like fruit flavors stand out with the malt base. A little bit of delicate cream enters in the middle, before the flavor begins to vanish. Very little bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is filled with lingering fruit flavor and grain.

A nice little Trappist Dubbel, with plenty of fruit flavor to enjoy. Recommended.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel

Poured carefully into Duvel tulip, head was wild and untamed. Had to pour slower than normal to ensure quality. The body is deep rich brown in color. With ruby highlights reaming the edge. Head is off white, rocky, and incredibly frothy.

Smell is right on for the style. Lots of banana, along with a reassuring malt breadiness. This breadiness is amazing, and truly opens your senses. Euphoric and tantalizing on the nasals. Light vanilla with a punch of cream on the edges. Banana pie, yes, it does indeed resemble cooked banana pie.

Taste is quite malty all the way around. It has some harsh residual sugar sweetness, along with some semi-acetone characteristics. The taste on this one is much less refined than I would have expected. Dark walnuts are standing out, producing a weird funky walnut bitterness.
Dark fruit is also present, raisins and dark cherries leave their note, adhering well with their backstage role. It's body is only midway of where it should and at best can only be called mid bodied.

A solid Dubbel, with it's share of positives to offer. Along with another fair share of negatives in the mix as well. It's good, but their Trippel is much better.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle poured into a tulip glass (I don't have a chalice) so I'm going to wonder if that tainted my review, along with the fact that I poured it slowly towards the end that I didn't get any sediment. Therefore did I really get all the flavors? So here goes:

Appearance - milk chocolate brown color with a hint of translucence (not opaque, but dark enough that very little light got through), huge head upon pouring that died down about 2/3 through drinking the beer with lots of lacing on the glass. The head is a light tan in color with large bubbles.

Smell - all I could get was some yeast and as it warmed up something sweet...caramel maybe?

Taste - a hint of fruit at the beginning, then bitter, then alcohol. I see some people describe this beer as "warming" and yes, I could feel that alcohol going in quick and indeed warming up my face. But the flavors were not really powerful - they're all just there but not really prevalent.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and lightly carbonated on the tongue. Watery in how fast it goes down but thick enough to coat the mouth and throat.

Drinkability - not sure. I hear so much about Trappist ales that people rave about but maybe I'm missing it due to the wrong glass. It was good, just not "WOW!" good. However, I will say it went really well with the Quiche Lorianne I had with dinner so I'll give a little bit higher on drinkability as a special occasion beer for special occasion meals.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark, slightly cloudy, ruby color with a good sized foamy toasted marshmallow colored head. Average retention and a thin layer of patchy lacing left.

S - A lot of dried dark cherry and raisin along with some other dark fruit. Some juicy apple and a bit of citrus. Good amount of caramel and dark malt aroma. Pretty sweet with a slight fruity tartness, particularly from the dark cherry.

T - Starts with some dark and a bit of a bready taste of malt. Hints of caramel and very slight chocolate flavor. Some dark fruit comes out on top of this with plum and raisin being strongest. Some raisin and citrus accompanies these and some spice, cinnamon and nutmeg being the strongest. A slightly sweet and tart and juicy finish.

M - Medium body with just a bit more than average carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy.

D - Very drinkable, with a variety of flavors that are well balanced. Juicy and pretty refreshing, and I would gladly have another.

Notes: Best before 23/09/11. A very solid beer and good example of the style. Quite a bit of dark fruit, with a nice dark malt base. Very drinkable and an enjoyable flavor, but it just didn't really blow me away or really distinguish itself as a world class beer. It is certainly worth getting and a very good beer though, and I would happily drink it again.

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Photo of DominicOH
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Lovely garnet color with some brown highlights. Very creamy two finger head with excellent retention. Leaves very delicate lace around the glass.

S: Aromas of plums, prunes, figs, cola, and chocolate covered cherries.

T: Toasted malt, and dark fruit (see above), smooth chocolate, berry, nuts, with a lemon-y hop finish.

M: Smooth and creamy. Carbonation is quite low helping this beauty just slide down your throat. It affixes itself to the tongue, allowing the finish to evolve.

D: Extremely drinkable. An exercise in subtlety and nuance. So easy to enjoy!

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