Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel
BA SCORE
90%
Liked This Beer
4.18 w/ 2,747 ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,194
Reviews:
1,232
Ratings:
2,747
Liked:
2,471
Avg:
4.18/5
pDev:
10.29%
Alströms:
4.33
 
 
Wants:
218
Gots:
523
Trade:
1
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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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Photo of Erix
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle in chalice.
Appearance: Quite a dark beer. Somewhat rocky head that dissipated a little faster than I expected. Too dark to accurately check clarity, but it does seem a little opaque. Some lacing on glass.
Smell: Scent of sour apples, and some alcohol. No hops noticable to my American-micro spoiled nose.
Taste: Not nearly as much sour apple as I expected from the smell, but it is still there as a baseline, accompanied by a hint of pineapple. Smooth sweet malt balances this flavor out almost as an afterthought. Quite full in flavor, with a slightly woody undertone. Alcohol is there, but more as a bite than a flavor. It is really growing on me as it warms and more flavors become apparent. I keep wanting to say I detect vanilla flavors, but if so, they are rather subtle. There is definitely a lot there that I can't put my finger on.
Mouthfeel: Sharp and biting at first sip, with rather high carbonation. Body is rather full, and finishes smooth despite astringent alcohol on the tongue.
Drinkability: Pretty good, but despite its relatively low alcohol content, I want to drink this slowly. I don't think I would want more than one of these in a sitting. Just too strong in flavor for that, but I will definitely try this again.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short but dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, spices, Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and complex with flavors of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, spices and Belgian yeast. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a beer that will hold your interest and your taste buds for a long time making it a good beer to drink for an evening.

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

Photo of OCTop
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

This pours a lovely and ruddy tannish amber. It is capped briefly by a cola type head. Not lacing is left around the rim of the chalice. This is well carbonated as expected and also flocculent with small amounts of decanted yeast.

The nose quickly reminds me of apple skins. Caramel. A sweet syrupy cider smell and some mild yeast character also come through. It seems to have a little black cherry thing transpiring as well. The aroma seems to get more complex each time I sniff. Real nice.

The flavours are dark sweet tones with an alcoholic spice thrown in. Bitter rind like qualities bring up the finish as the dark fruit and singed maltiness drift out. This comes off sort of musty and a might ashy at times, which lend a much welcomed character. Apple still feels relevant to me in the taste. The other aspects, such as a scorchy caramel presence, just make it less apparent in comparison to its bold presence in the nose. Again this thing reveals its complexity. Nothing is muddled. Nothing is wildly over expressed. Great dark textures here.

The mouthfeel comes off light due to the fantastic balance this brew exhibits. It looks quite thick, but it just sails everything by on a fluffy cloud. Very smooth.

The drinkability is superb. This thing is full of different components that all seem to share the spotlight. Nothing is overdone and the balance and mellow nature of this brew are worthy of praise.

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

This beer pours a cloudy brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a firm quarter inch cap of firm foam. Lacing is thorough. The aroma is of anise, bubblegum, figs, and dates. The taste is full of soft anise, figs, and bubblegum. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is awonderful beer. I will surely drink this again.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 90% out of 100 with 2,747 ratings
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