Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel
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90%
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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

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2,747
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2,471
Avg:
4.18/5
pDev:
10.29%
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Photo of mintjellie
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich brown in colour, and hazy with yeast held in suspension. Topped by well-retained beige head that leaves a pretty lace as it slowly subsides. Malty, fruity aroma vaguely reminiscent of banana bread. Theres plum and cherry to go with that banana, along with caramel and a hint of chocolate. Inititial dark bread flavour is overtaken by fruity notes of raisin, apple, and fig. Very ripe and jammy tasting. It finishes with a hit of warm alcohol and a musty bitterness. The flavour and aroma both get a bit boozier as the beer warms. Medium bodied with fine, tingling carbonation. Doesn't feel heavy while still feeling substantial. Easy drinking, flavourful, and subtle; I was left wanting more after finishing this fairly potent ale.

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Photo of KMcG
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured with a nice, light tan head of 2 fingers that faded pretty quickly. The color is a dark brown like black tea.

S: The strongest aromas are malty and wheat bready. There is also a light spice of nutmeg and hints of plum or fig. The alcohol is noticeable.

T: Balance of peppery, sweet, and bready malts. Some raisin or dried dark fruit, and parsley are present. There is some slight bitterness at the end as the hops come in on the finish

M: Light to medium body, medium carbonation, and easy drinking

Overall, this is tasty dubbel that's not too heavy and quite drinkable.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish/mahogany brown with a big two finger head of light tan foam that dissipates into a thin layer.

Raisins, sour cherry, mild Belgian yeast spice, banana, clove, and caramel and honey sweetness.

Raisins and dark fruit, banana, yeast spiciness, slight tartness, and clove.

Medium-heavy bodied, medium-high carbonation.

Overall, a solid and very drinkable beer.

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Photo of drummerdwzp
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first Trappist beer I ever tried when I was in Belgium last year- and so it has a special place in my heart.l But I waited a year and tried some other Dubbels and Belgian Brown ales before I reviewed this puppy. Presentation 11.2 oz bottle. Pours a medium brown, somewhat clear, but that's because I kept the inch (that much?) of yeast sediment from pouring into the glass. Head was a surprising mix of large and small bubbles, off-white/tan, that looked more like a soda pop head than a beer head. Aroma is the best feature of this beer. Bready with a light sweetness, malty, pleasant gentle chocolate. Aroma follows through into flavor; here some pepper also comes through. However, the alcohol isn't hidden as much as I would like, thus negatively affecting the balance (in my humble opinion). Still very good and I will gladly drink more, but would like it toned down a bit. As it warmed, it seemed there was almost some smokiness coming through (I don't think this is quite right, but I can't find a better descriptor). Maybe a bit of aging helps mellow and balance it a bit.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i'm really starting to dig the abbey dubbel style more and more. this one pours a cloudy ruby colour with an off-white, moderate sized head that lasts but settles in quite quickly to a thinner head. smells of alcohol, caramel, grapes, cherries, all with a hint of maltiness. the malt is more dominant in the taste along with the caramel, but the other smells are present in taste here as well and present a nice balance which ends with a slightly dry hop finish. this is quite a smooth brew that is creamy but has a bit of a bite from the carbonation at the end. quite enjoyable.

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Photo of evlu1441
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a Westmalle chalice.

pours an opaque brown with a nice finger of creamy head that dissipates rather quickly. Lots of bubbles rising to the top.

It smells delicious! The aroma is dominated by toffee and faint notes of dried fruit.

Tart to start out, and gives way slowly to some nice maltiness. Lots of rich caramel towards the end. I'm left with a little bitterness at the end. It has a medium body, but a little too much carbonation for my liking though. The bubbles dominate a bit too much on the palate.

This is a good beer. One of the better dubbels I've had. Unfortunately the aroma is a little better than the taste.

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Photo of Phillyphilms
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark in color, amber with hues of maroon. Pours with a luscious strong head. Bubbles continue to elevate while you drink.

S- Average in smell, a lot less of the fruits and sugars yu get from other Belgium beers.

T- Outstanding. Nice bitter bite up front and very malty. YEast less defined than other Belgiums but that leaves way for the dark fruit and malt to seep in. Very enjoyable.

M- Dry but sticks around for a moment.

D- Very much so. Sadly I only had one bottle or I would have had a second right behind it.

All in all, very well crafted dubbel, and one of my favorites in the style. Looking forward to my next one.

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Photo of mntlover
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown with lighter brown showing thru around the edges a nice tan head falls slowly to foam cap very little lace left.

Aroma is very nice rich malt molasses and caramel inter mingle dark fruit plums and raisins with light hints of alcohol. Very nice and inviting.

Taste is good but a little of a let down when compared to the smell. Malty caramel and molasses roll thru the mouth imparting mellow sweetness. Carbonation builds and as it mellows fruit comes out mixed with grassy hay like hop hints and earthy yeast flavors. Overall a decent dubbel.

Mouthfeel is medium nice body some chalky earthy like texture at the end.

Drinkability is good a nice enough dubbel, the smell is wonderful and the flavor doesn't quite live up the the expectations set by the nose on this one.

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Orval chalice.

Dark brownish copper with a small fizzy layer of tan bubbles. A layer of hazy yeast coated the bottom of the bottle, requiring a careful pour.

The smell was a surprisingly cider like. Banana and yeast as well.

Tasted of muled cider made from sour apples. A bit spicy. Yeasty with bitter hops in the finish. No hint of alcohol until you exhale.

Mouthfeel is chewy. Carbonation in this bottle faded quick. Not much bite.

Drinkability was good. Not as strong as a quadruple. Nor as sweet. A very drinkable beer.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice... the first use of the chalice, and thanks to GClarkage for the glassware.

The beer had an initial three finger head that was rocky and foamy, and took a while to die down to profuse lacing. It was a clear deep brown with ruby highlights.

Aroma was of dark fruits and red wine. Alcohol was evident.

Taste was of rich earthy malts, dark fruits, flat red wine, a touch of bitterness. Although it was definitely well carbonated, it oddly did not bring that to the tongue.

Mouthfeel was slick and a little oily, coating the tongue well.

A 3.5 for drinkability, because it's good... but not a session beer, and at $4.99 a bottle, I wouldn't get this again for a long while (too many others to try, too).

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Photo of BeerLover729
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Head is small and fades quickly to persistent lacing.

S: Whoa. Light banana esters, cloves, phenols are all present.

T: Spicy, dry beer with phenolic roundness and astringent bitterness. Slight creaminess is detectable and good.

M: Light, crisp, bubbly. Fizzy carbonation.

D: Mild astringent flavor is not distinctly pleasurable, but dry easy drinking 7% abv beer.

Notes: Not as good as I expected but I think it had to do with how the bottle was kept plus was a great beer none the less.

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Photo of cbcrunch
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernardus glass.

Look: A murky, muddy rusty brown body with visibly rising bubbles sits under a cream colored cap that recedes to a thin film. Watery lacing recedes after each sips.

Aroma: Bready malts, tart apple, other fruits such as white grapes, subtle spices such as cinnamon.

Taste: A base of rich, doughy malt lies underneath an array of tart fruit notes of apple, cherry, and grape. Quite a bit of cinnamon spiciness comes through in the middle to end. A more chocolate kind of note emerges in the finish as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Dry and carbonated.

Overall: A lovely sipper that would be perfect for Christmas drinking in my opinion. Lots of fruits and spices.

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Photo of Intrinsic
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty brown colour with a very fine grained head. Not much lacing, but very nice looking. The smell is so incredibly clean. I get notes of grass, cherry, bread and a hint of citrus. The taste is very refined. Quite complex, with a noticeable level of alcohol and lots of malts balanced out very well with a mildly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is relatively dry, with very frothy carbonation. My goodness. This beer is wonderful.

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Photo of DavidST
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a goblet, best before date of 5/27/12.

This pours a hazy brownish color with a large light brown head with large bubbles which quickly goes away (which seems to be different than most reviewers here). The smell is nice, very fruity with a hint of caramel. The mouthfeel is nice medium thickness lots of carbonation. The taste is good different than I expected, there is a hint of sweetness, maybe a little bit of fruit and some malts but then it finishes dry and spicy good stuff.

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Photo of LazyL
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in my own Westmalle chalice.
A dark cola brown with red highlights and an espresso cstyle thick creamy head. The Belgian yeast is all over the place. Fruity esters, sweet alcohal and warm bread scents, then almost a candy apple smell. The taste is sweet medium roasted malts and warm alcohal notes. There is some spice and a bit of walnut with a touch of bitter smokiness. The mouthfeel is dry with some heavy carbonation. I feel like I should throw on some flip flops and a brown dress. The monks have done themselves proud. This is a good European brew and I feel quite distinguished drinking this aromatic concoction.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 26th June 2005, Best by date: 22.06.06.
Batch 1-131605.

Cap off, and immediately some bubbles formed at the mouth of the bottle (It is a beautiful bottle!).

Poured a lovely red-brown cloudy brew with a one inch tan head.

Releasing lovely smells with a slight rustiness to it.

Taste: complex malty taste with many different sensations on the tongue and lips. Also lots of tang as an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel good, but it is the overall combination that makes this one of my favourite brews. The cloudy appearence, smell, taste make this a "Soup of Life". It's just great!

Incidentally, one of the 2 bottles I drank had a raised relief writing over which the label was applied. Think it's probably an earlier bottle, so I hung on to it! Sad, I know.

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep, ruby red with a lot of carbonation. Some lacing but not a whole lot. Smells like brown sugar and dried fruit. Tastes very sweet and malty and finishes very dry. Due to the relatively low ABV, this beer is very drinkable. A very satisfying beer that I will definitely have to pick up more in the future.

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Photo of doubleipa
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this many times, but have just gotten around to rate it. I had a cold, so some of the aromas probablydid not come through as strong. Heavy malt with some sweet dough. Also, a good hint of cherry. Creamy head that completely went away. Brown, with some tiny particles. I poured the whole bottle.Good, dubbel, right on style.

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Photo of Andy
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tight carbonation, very foamy. slight alcohol nose, slightly spicy and peppery. extremely dry flavor. light hop bitterness in finish. distinct raisiney flavors. Head retention is very strong. Slight dark malt flavor but not bold or overbearing.

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Photo of Yimosan
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1PT 9.4 fl oz. bottle / Tulip glass.

A: Dark brown with a quickly fading light beige head. No lacing to speak of.

S: Smell of molasses, raisins, figs, and malt dominate immediately. I also get quite a bit of Sherry as it warms up.

T: Sweet malt and raisins come to mind when I first sipped it; I do get a lot of sweet Sherry and some tartness in the back.

M: Medium bodied with some fizz, not much. In the middle it feels a bit dry, however in the back palate it feels smooth and very inviting.

D: This a very nice drinkable Trapist beer, primarily because of its flavor, but definitely the modest ABV at (7%) makes it somewhat of a sessionable Belgian ale, for this style.

Bake some Virgina ham and I can drink a ton of this guys for the holidays!!

Salud!!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear deep amber brown and when a slight bit of sediment entered the glass it made slight chunky shimmers in the beer. The head was small and fine bubbled and retreated quickly to the edges of the surface, but lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was deep dark fruits, raisins, prunes and also cherries, like dark dried sweet cherries. Also present were other fruity esters enhanced by alcohol. A slight spice lay in the background and added complexity to the darkened caramel malty aromas.

The flavor was malty with a spicy dark caramel flavor and dark fruits, cherries, prunes and raisins. The alcohol was present in the flavor and let to the cherry flavors and enhanced the spice.

The finish was just dry with a lasting spice and deep caramel flavor long into the aftertaste. The body was medium, but seemed less due to alcohol and carbonation. The alcohol warming was huge and lasting and made you wish for more to put out the fire below.

11.2 ounce bottle. Label says Alc. 7% Vol and has a date of 27/03/03 on it. The label is different than that pictured. Not the most complex of the trappist dubbels. More alcoholic than most, yet still maintaining a nice complexity of flavors. A nice dubbel, but not the best.

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Photo of cetherid
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass.

A.

A very murky dark brown with a huge amount of head. mainly because I had this in my bag while I traveled and drank within 15 min. Beer practically flowed outta the bottle when I cracked it open.

S.

your typical dark fruits. some brown sugar and subtle alcohol smell as well. very good.

T.

some sweet malts. the dark fruits aren't very prevalent in the taste for me but a little sweetness is in there which is nice. a slight bitterness as well. There is a nice yeast taste in there as well. not the best trappist beer I've had, but still good.

M.

about medium bodied. I would prefer something a little thicker. a huge amount of carbonation. very smooth going down with a little creaminess in there.

D.

easily accessible by me and a good tasting beer. I would definitely try more of these in the future, with different glasses, temperatures, etc. alcohol high but not TOO high. I've tasted better and would opt for something like a Rochefort, but this is still a great beer.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown with a low creamy head that leaves a ring. Nose is full of esters and roasty malts. Flavor is classic dubbel, but not as rich as expected. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh due to high carbonation. Overall, a great beer, but I just want it to be even more.

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