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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

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#1,204
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2,755
pDev:
10.29%
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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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Photo of artoolemomo
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Okay, this guy was a gusher. I reacted quickly but I did have to suck some head. I don't really think I got much yeast in it (I'll will have report on this later but I need to proceed). The head was a light beige with good retention. The body is a hazy chocolate ruby brown which shows lots of glowing ruby notes when held up to the light.

Nose- Lots of banana. Hints of clove. When these notes settle, there are notes of caramel, brown sugar, and grapes. Some red fruit, but all of this is very mild. Lots of clove on the bottle with some notes of the yeast (or at least I hope so.) Banana has a tendency to become thin and reedy in a way to suggest wood.

Taste- A light red fruit sweetness hits me first followed by a slightly woody note with some spice around the edges. Some hint of yeast but nothing really domineering. I did not think this style would be too effected by that. Very winy in fact. This has red grapes and cherries and a blunted banana over spicy yeast. Cherry becomes the dominant aspect of this but in a sweet subtle way. Everything is sweet and subtle about this beer. The yeastiness even gives it a nice bump (almost of cinnamon) but there is a little bit of chalky, dry finish that is a little problematic to me. Some Cheerwine aspects.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and more carbonated than I would like for most medium bodied beers but I think I works for this one. It makes it feel more clean which works well with the dry finish.

Drinkability- Very easygoing. So sublime and subtle you could easily chug. Don't do that. Not an everyday buy but I would buy it again.

Overall- B+/A- or a solid 4. I will have to try it again if to see if the gush significantly effected it- I could see this being a 4.25 or close.

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Photo of Deus1138
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish copper color with a little bit of head. I got a good whiff of the sweetness right after it fell into my goblet. Very aromatic.

Tastes excellent. There are some sweet malts, mostly dark fruit. I then detected a slight hint of banana. There's a good about of carbonation that accompanies the slight spiciness nicely.

I'm especially fond of Quadrupels, but this is a very nice alternative. It's not as sweet as the Quads, so it's a little easier to drink. Not that Quads are hard to drink, it's just this is a little quicker and easier going down. You're not overwhelmed with sweetness and strong flavors to decipher. A Quad is like someone yelling nice things at you, this is someone talking to you in an "indoor voice."

This will become a regular visitor in my fridge.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blood red-orange color, some highlighting. Dark tan head, bounces up quite high in the glass and retains for days. Lacing is minimal.

Aromas of sweet caramel malt, dark fruits, and a clove-like spicing. A bit weaker than I remembered in power, but the subtleties are nice.

More sweet malt-driven action in the flavor; toffee, caramel, fig, dark spices. Fusel alcohol presence is noticed but blends nicely with the spicing and is not a hindrance.

The mouthfeel is thick and viscous, but is whisked nicely off the tongue by the wonderful carbonation. Finish is a bit hot but quite complex and lovely.

Remarkable quality..seems to ooze gentility and patience. Get after it.

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

Training my tongue in prep for the Westy 8. This is by no means a training beer, this is a main event in its own right. Pours a brown just on the dark side of hazel with a massive head. Smells vinous, with hints of coriander and nutmeg. Tastes of raisins, brown bread, fermented grape, apple, a slow hop march with a strawberry sweetness trailing behind. Mouthfeel is bubbly, well carbonated and a smooth, clean finish. Dry like a champagne. Quite drinkable - nothing too extreme but solid and well balanced.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy brownish red color, almost like apple cider. Provides a thick 2 finger foam head that lasts awhile before becoming a film. Plenty of lacing.

S: Very sweet smelling, dark fruits, caramel, bread and molasses.

T: Refreshing, not overly sweet, but a nice level of complexity. Starts and ends with a sweet blast of caramel and dark prunes/plums.

M: Seems a tad thin with a little more carbonation then expected.

D: A nice dubbel, not ovely sweet. I would definitely drink more of this brew.

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Photo of tony223366
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It looks like a murky chestnut color. Head is tan and three fingers. Retention is decent. Lacing is already apparent. Definitely a good looking beer.

S: I'm a little stuffy but I can still get some really rich dark fruits. There's some breadiness that's apparent too. It's more bread than grain. Like booze or cognac soaked figs or raisins or something.

T: Well the finish is amazing for 7%. Like amazing. There's something off in the front end that I can't put my finger on. It's just a hair in front of the dark fruits and caramel. I think it's actually something along the lines of grain. Well that quickly turns into an amazing array of dark fruits and rich cognac. That turns into this boozy caramel finish that's just so rich and delicious.

M: Medium to light mouthfeel that's smooth and delicious.

O: This is a classic for a good reason. In this case it's more than the sum of its parts. It's rich and decadent. Extremely pleasant to be sipped slowly at the end of the night.

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Photo of NJB145
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PeterIngemi
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 dfh snifter.

A: pours a nice murky nutty brown with a finger of tanned head... Receeda quickly, not much lacing.

S: a nice toasty nutty grain w/ a sweet touch of darkfruit and some apple likeness.

T: follows Suit, alot of the toastyness ingot in the aroma takes a back seat to the sweet rasin and brown sugar like dark fruit along with the apple/pear notes... Tasty.

M: creamy with a crisp aggressive carbonation.

O: very tasty and delicious... Really love the weatmalles, both this and the tripel are delicious.

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

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel (bottle dated 06/09/06 = brewed on 06/09/02):

De-freakin-liceous looking in my Westmalle Chalice…the way God meant it. Slightly yeasty nose with a touch of cinnamon and chocolate. Hops are easy, but right up front with a long dark chocolate-malty finish. Thinnish body and, since 1856, very easy drinkin’…drink and learn. And as it sits and warms, it just gets better and better. Niiiice.

Cheers…

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

pour it out in a nice goblet

A, dark deep reddish brown color with a thin off white head this is a good start the hue is attractive ,no lace .

S,dark rich malt some sweet fruit plum and berrys ,raisin and fine hops .complex ,it`s freshing to the nose .

T, full of sweet malt,along with yeast, hops and fruits it`s nice .slight bitterness spicey and creamy .

M, a pleasent malt on the palate .sweetness the yeast stands out, smooth yet dry after taste .

D,i can drink this often and i do when ever i can get my hands on it,nothing here you would get tired of .

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

My first dubbel in quite a while, I'm always drawn to the tripels since they are always highly spoken of. This beer pours a deep brown with a nice head that has some decent retention. Some mild fruitiness in an aroma that is mostly dark chocolate and caramel. Mouthfeel is a little creamy with a slightly astringent taste that is well balanced, slightly sweet with a mild dry finish. A well-crafted and easy drinking beer I won't mind having again.

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

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

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

750ml bottle. My half served in a Westy chalice.

Deep scarlet Brown hue. Cloudy. Densely woven tan head forms a slather of foam on the surface. Seeing some light lacing.

Obvious red fruitiness amidst phenolic yeast esters and herbally medicinal aromas. Plum, currant, raisin, toffee, brown bread, bruised cherry, and creamy malts. Semi-sweet nose. Delightful.

Mostly dark fruits; the list reads 'plum, raisin, cherry, tart apple, and grape'. Bitter in the front with some almost astringent medicinal phenols and booze spiciness. Has a creamy malty middle and a soft finish. Evidence of hops all throughout, with the herbal notes and with the bitterness.

Soft and supple. Carbonation reaches a little further, but we're in great shape with that fuller-than-medium body. Nice and hefty.

The first, and one of the best. A premier trappist ale that can work as an introduction or as a expert-level representation of traditional Belgian ales.

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

Poured into snifter to produce a ruby brown hue with a large creamy off-white head that lasted with good lacing.

Good fruity balanced aroma.

Medium to full body with smooth texture and flat carbontion.

Same good well balanced flavor with a long finish with small alcohol bite.

This is a standout beer that is one of my top six for style.

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Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This ones a bit of a head scratcher for me - its quite a complex beer that makes you think, and it also defies our attempts to categorise it.

Pours a dark mahogany with resplendent red tones, and a huge creamy head that billows over the top of the glass and lays down some good lacing. A heavier retention would be my only criticism, but that aside, this looks like a tasty treat. As you would expect, the aroma goes long on the malts. I find that theres a lot of caramel, ripe dark fruit and sweet, spicy yeast on the nose. Its definitely a cut above average, but doesn't quite punch with the big boys, because for all its niceties it lacks the complexity of the best examples.

Spicy dark fruits take the form of dates, figs and raisins, while candy sugar combines with caramel to provide a sweet backing track. Hints of oak and a spicy onslaught of yeast provide the depth that was lacking in the aroma. There's a lot going on, occasionally I pick out chocolate, and then sometimes an earthiness jumps in and out. Alcohol is barely discernible. One of the most marked aspects for me is the emphasis on over-ripe fruits, particularly pears and (surprisingly) bananas. A nice light breadiness backs everything up, and while its not as pronounced a flavour as it is in the St. Bernardus dubbels, it certainly helps to provide a bit more heft and depth.

The mouthfeel is something that gives me trouble. While Belgian carbonation often errs to the high side of things, this is more often than not tempered by the softness of the bubbles when they hit the palate. I don't really get that with the Westmalle and the carbonation feels harsh and distracting until it dies down half way through the beer. While mouthfeel has a relatively small weighting on BA, its one of those categories that can make or break a beer, and it certainly hampered my enjoyment of this one for a while.

So, Westmalle Dubbel has its faults, but its still a classic for the style. Actually, in some respects it defies the loose style guidelines and strays over to a class of beers that include Rochefort 8. Mind you, who cares about style that much? All you need to know is that this is a decent beer and worthy of your investment in it.

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

Big deep dark amber pour, not much on top, head was prettty thin, but still appealing. Smell was a massive caramel, malty sweetness. On to the taste, and well, very malty sweetness as the nose, but a nice dry fizziness to finish it off. At first I was not that impressed, but that was based on the hype, but as I drank a few more sips, it warms up to you and the fizziness on the end cleans the pallate and your ready for more. A true classic, amesome to pair with cheese.

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

Poured into my Chimay Chalice with a thick slightly tan head that subsided slowly atop a deep hazy brownish red brew. The aroma was aparant immediatly upon pouring as the fruity esters and dark fruits seemed to jump from the glass. Upon closer inspection a slight malt could be detected along with an alcoholic touch. The taste was very balanced and complex with an initial rush of sweet malt and dark fruit flavors which quickly segued into an effervescent rush of carbonation which seeme do have a bit of hop bitterness in it as well finishing dry and clean. The mouthfeel was excellent as this ale had a delicate creamy texture to it and the effervescent carbonation created a very delicat balance. An excellent trappist ale I would definely include this ale if I were hosting a Belgian Beer tasting as it is approachable and also indicitive of belgian brewing.

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

A - Pours a dark amber body with reddish hues. Slightly off-white head with medium retention. Lacing is present but minimal.

S - Deep, toasty aroma of malts. Complex undertones of chocolate and caramel. Fruity esters are mild, with hints of cherry and raisins. Alcohol presence is faint, but noticable.

T - Complex malts greet the palate but finish is surprisingly dry with minimal bitterness; balance surprisingly not completely skewed towards malt. Dried fruitiness and phenols complimentary to one another, with raisiny character being most predominant. Noble hop flavor is subdued.

M - Medium-full body with lots of carbonation. Slight warming of alcohol present.

O - A great example of a matly, complex, strong Belgian dubbel.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was rather average for a trappist Dubbel, I thought. The appearance was quite nice with a dark body, impermeable to the light, and a thick frothy off-white head typical of a trappist ale.

The smell was what really disappointed me the most. Usually with trappist ales, the bouquet is absolutely breathtaking. This was rather bland, however, smelling only like a sweet malt dulled by yeast. The taste made up for the (lack of) aroma though, providing a sweet malty burst of flavor. The alcohol, though not too high in ABV, is well hidden but can be slightly detected upon the finish.

I probably won't buy any Westmalle again, even though I quite enjoyed this and the tripel. I simply feel that there are much better products on the market for the money, whether they are authentic trappist products or not. This should not discourage you from trying it anyway, though if you are seeking out information on the trappist ales, you are likely going to try seek them all out regardless. Happy hunting to you!

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Photo of Rilesmiles
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 2,755 ratings
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