Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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4.15
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Photo of homebrew311
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle on sale for 3.99. This is my first time having this beer. Poured into Chimay chalice. Bottle says to enjoy by 08, looks like the liquor store did about two years of aging for me

A: Pours a deep mahogany with hues of brown and purple, 1 finger head on pour, settles to a thin dense head, leaves lacing

S: notes of red grapes, some wine like notes, some candi sugar- but not nearly as sweet smelling as some Belgians, lots of fruitiness on the nose with some spicy highlights, smells to be well balanced

T: the grapes notes are up front but dry out very quickly, again - reminiscent of a dry red wine, some yeasty notes on the finish, the ABV is well integrated into the brew. Over all a very nice balance, slightly on the dry side, but I like the fact that it doesn't have a lingering sweetness on the palate

MF: silky smooth, medium body, medium to high carbonation

D: this is an excellent Belgian Dubbel, lots of fruity notes alone with characteristics similar to a dry red wine. Lots going on here while being greatly balanced. I may have to head back to the store and clear them out as this beer seems to age well.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle from the Wine Exchange, on to the beer:

That's a nice dark ruby brown with orange hues the beer appears as. It has a pleasing aroma of assorted dark fruits with a little bit of cocoa. The taste, while not in your face, is very mellow and refreshing. Tastes just like the aroma, then add in a little bit of esters and pinch of peppery yeast. Very nicely balanced with the alcohol in disguise. Yep, another quality Trappist beer.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Tulip glass

*Also had on tap at Het Beste Biertje in Málaga, Spain. Sweeter with less pronounced dark fruits and more carbonation. Almost prefer bottle better, but both are very good.

Very dark, with a very small short lasting off white head.

Smells sweet, hints of raisin, dark fruits, figs, prunes. Great smell on this beer.

Tastes so smooth and refreshing. This is one of my favorite Trappist Dubbels i've had. Abosultely no taste of alcohol whatsoever, this is a wonderfully intricate, complex, beer, but also one of the easiest drinking beers i've ever had. The taste is exactly how it smells, dark fruits and sweet figs (reminds me a lot like Chimay). This tastes even more amazing once it warms up.

You can't go wrong with this, I would say this would be a good starting point for anyone wishing to get into trappist beers, and don't want to start with a heavy quad and need something more accessible, but not lacking in the complexity and flavor dept. I will be buying this again and again, as it's a lot cheaper than it's Rochefort cousins. Like I say with every trappist beer I try, I alwasy have high expectations, and they never fail to dissapoint. It's not just hype, it's quality craftsmanship; monks make damn good beer.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours amber with a slight brown head, but it goes away quick. smells great, a slight fruit smell to it maybe. tastes good, but its drinkability is really awesome for as it is 7.0% the alcohol is there but it doesn't attack you like some other higher ABV beers do. mouthfeel is good, doesn't feel too thick, but not to thin either. one of the few stronger beers that i could see myself drinking more than just at dinner.

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Photo of arizcards
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 330ml bottle for 4.75 a few weeks ago at the Papago Brewing Company.

Appearance is dark brown and poured a fine 3 finger head. Not leaving much lacing behind. The nose is so very interesting, primarily detecting the sweet fruits with perhaps a hint of vanilla. Taste is of sweet wonderful malts and finishes with a ever so subtle dry hop and hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is very smooth and full and pleasantly lively on the palate. Overall drinkability is near perfect, easy to take in all the complexities it has to offer!

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Photo of loobear
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Light carmel colored head with medium retention. Mahogany body that is completely opaque.

S - Sweet, intense dark fruits, cherries and ripe banana. Smells amazing.

T - Not nearly as intense in both taste and alcohol as the Tripel, but still really complex and enjoyable.

M - Perfect balance. Nothing is overpowering or underwhelming. Lots of carbonation, alcohol and flavor. Very satisfying.

O - I will seek this beer out again in the future. Wont find it in my neck of the woods, unfortunately.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served after a sushi lunch at about 45° in a Chimay chalice. Freshness date reads 05/04/07.

Appearance- Pours a medium raisiny red color into the glass, where a tight, two-finger head begins to rise. Excellent clarity, and the bubbles are constantly replenished by the steady stream of carbonation. Lacing is minimal at this point.

Smell- Some phenols come out at first, then an underlying sweetness that exhibits some dark fruit (figs, prunes), vanilla, and malts. Huge candi sugar aromas waft out from my glass, nailing this style right on.

Taste- Vanilla and oaky fermented fruit are strong on the palate, with a uniquely dry sweetness that is really fantastic. The malts are big but not overwhelming; the fruit is perfect; and the spiciness is subtle. In the finish, we have a perfectly placed hop dryness and mild bittering, priming the mouth for the next sip. Wonderfully balanced. A nice belly warmth is now manifesting, as I sit way back in my chair and really appreciate this beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Upon entering the mouth, the beer swells with *gusto* and pitter-patters all over the tongue, just short of being overly "crackling". As we go forward and the beer warms, the mouthfeel improves to near perfection. Slippery and mouth filling, this is totally enjoyable. I will be seeking this out again.

P.S. For the last few sips I have swirled in the sediment, and the beer came back for another round of boosted activity in the mouth. Obviously more attention was brought to the yeast, and the beer's body thickened slightly. Great Trappist offering.

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Photo of MVotter
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Westmalle Trappist Dubbel pours into a chalice a cloudy tea-brown color with a thin tan head.

The aroma is brown sugar, black licorice, malts, and molasses.

The taste has the same delicious characteristics as the aroma ... molasses, roasted, sweet-malts, black licorice, brown sugar.

The mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation, very pleasant.

The Trappist Dubbel is an extremely drinkable brew which looks, smells and tastes delicious. It is by no means a heavy brew with regard to alcohol or gravity.

Yummy.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark copper brown/red tint. Nice 1 inch creamy head with some lacing.

Smell - Floral, apples, rasin, sugars, malts, belgian yeasts. Lemon banana, cherry also come out.

Taste - Starts with a nice cherry and sweet apple taste. Smooth, floral and flavorful. Malts are present along with sugars and spices. Yeast is there and adds some grassy bitterness. Alcohol is masked well, only comes out at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, Has a sweet and sour effect on mouth. Tounge gets the sweetness of apple and sugars, palette gets malts and yeast. Some warmth from the alcohol comes up at the end. Aftertaste is mild and bitter from the yeast.

Overall - Very smooth and easy to drink. The floral fruit flavors really add bold sweetness. Each drink is balanced, sweet with mild yeast in the background. The beer is affordable, widely avaible and a great example of the style. One of the best.

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Photo of Cresant
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this 11.2 oz. brown bottle dated 25/10/07 into a Westmalle chalice. Opaque reddish brown body looked a bit like prune juice. A finger of off white head faded completely (after some time).

Smelled mild. Sweet dried fruits. Raisins, prunes. Subtle.

Taste was very balanced. Figgy. Minor tartness counters the fruity sweetness. Wonderfully balanced, understated; not "too much" of any characteristic. Well hidden alcohol. Complex but not a challenge to drink.

Lively hops wake up the tongue, however, the texture is smooth, medium bodied and highly drinkable. Very nice. I will seek this one out again.

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Photo of Rocko
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

To begin with my bottle had an abv of 7%, not the 6.5% it says in the title. Anyways...this beer was recommended to me so I gave it a shot. I'm very happy I did because I liked it alot.

Darkbrown/red color with a light brown growing head, the head faded quickly though. Rich pleasant smell of caramel and fruit.

Initially quite modest taste but after a few sips it grows on you. Fruity bready taste with touches of raisin and roasted nuts. It also had a slight hint of citrus in it together with a medium bitterness.

I was very pleased with this brew, I recommend it to everyone who haven't tried it. I will most definately buy it again! :))

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Photo of kuykendall
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance= Dark reddish Brown, with about three fingers of creamy head.

Smell= simple light malt smell.

Taste= A complex. There is alcohol at the front, but it soon gives way to a caramel and sweet flavor. As the beer warms up it becomes even more layer, with indicators of fennel and sesame seed, barley, and maybe a touch of oakiness.

Mouth feel= It tingles while it sits on the tongue.

Drink ability= I like this beer a lot, but I'm kind of a Trappist groupie.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a La Trappe chalice.

Appearance
Dark garnet with reddish highlights. 2 fingers of uber-creamy, off-white head that lingers forever. Moderate carbonation and cloudy.

Nose
Concord grape, plum and dark candy sugar.

Taste
Delicate notes of concord grape, overripe plum, fig and dates. Subtle notes of molasses, dark candy sugar and tobacco. Ever so slight hints of cocoa, earth and leather.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, silky, crisp and airy.

Overall
Complex and delicate. Loads of dark fruit and earthy aromas. Deceptively drinkable. This is a spectacular Dubbel.

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Photo of freneticamnesic
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large tulip glass.

A - Dark brown, thick tan head

S - Roasted malts

T - Dark roast malts, sweet toffee and dark coffee, finishing with woody/smokey hops

M -Medium to light body, decent carbonation

O - Overall quite nice, though I think I've had more complex, well-crafted dubbels. Certainly a beer I would drink again though, any day.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark mahogany, with a light tan head that gushes up to fill the glass. Excellent retention that leaves patchy lacing. The dark fruit aroma is strongest, raisins and plums, coupled with chocolate malt and traces of noble hops. Roasted malt and sharp fruit esters make the flavor both acidic and sweet, but never astringent. A crisp, hoppy aftertaste balances the pronounced malt flavor and dries out the residual sweetness for a clean finish. The complex flavors complimented by a velvetly smooth mouthfeel provide a more than adequate drinkabilty despite the full body and alcoholic strength.

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Photo of sessycuban
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours a dark body with a very noticeable head . The head retains well until you're done with the beer. Very nice lacing.

S - I'm getting mixed with dark fruits. I like the combination but it's a bit difficult to separate the aromas.

T - I'm picking up a light citrus flavor, but not overpoweringly zesty. This ale is well pull together, and the citrus tops off an otherwise perfect beer.

M - I like the syruppy taste minus the viscosity. I could swish it around in my mouth if I wanted to.

D - This is definitely a premiere ale. While it is produced year round, I think it's hard to find a good pairing for this beer because it's so well put together. As is such, I feel like I need to save this beer for a special occasion even though it's readily available.

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased this one from vintage estate in Boardman, OH. Thanks guys!

Pours a very murky red/brown with that classic Belgian head and lace. Bottle was a foamer.

Smells very nice and complex. Floral and bread qualities over some nice malted goodness.

Taste is really great, this is actually probably the closest I have come to the Westy 8. Bread, light clove and booze, fruitiness.

Mouth is unusually NOT dry, very bubbly, and medium in body.

An excellent dubbel.

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Photo of CPAles
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stjarnflikka
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, brown beer. There is a thick brown foam that rapidly dissipates, leaving a nice lacing.

Smell is richly fruity. There are clear citric traces, and a lemon "sourness" in it. Traces of alcohol and malt. It really reminds me of a white wine and i think its superb.

Taste is also fruity, basically grapes and apple. There is a caramell-sweetness to it, that goes very well together with the carbonation, alcohol and yeasty traces. Some bitterness in the aftertaste.

This is a really good and musty beer, very fruity and delicious. Worth every penny hehe ;)

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Photo of Mnteti
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ArrogantB
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle marked 07/02/08, I have no idea how old it is. Appearance is a dark-reddish brown with a small head that sticks around pretty well but is not more than a centimeter high. The smell of this beer reminded me of grapes and red wine and me anticipate the taste even though I don’t drink wine…. The taste is delicious but doesn’t quite match up with the smell but that is ok. It is also thick and hard to describe. It’s dark and fruity but not really spicy at all, maybe some nuttiness. Good bubbly carbonation and very easy to drink, this is a nice beer. Both beers I have had so far from Westmalle have been delicious but I enjoyed this more than the tripel and I wish I had bought more than one.

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Photo of MrDell
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

14.02.2016

Westmalle Dubbel
Dubbel - 7% - 330ml Bottle - Bottling date 08.10.2015 – Best Before 08.10.2017

Having had this recently on tap, one thing I can say is that it is quite a bit sweeter and slightly creamier from the tap than it is from the bottle. I am interested to see if the bitter hop flavours from the bottled version would fade overtime making it more similar to the tap version. While I thouroghly enjoy both, westmalle dubbel just edges it taste-wise. Appearance-wise it’s identical.

Appearance: Looks the darkest shade of brown you could imagine in the glass with a big off white head, until held up to light, then you can see it's a very deep purple / red colour.

Aroma: Chocolate ice cream, dark chocolate rather that milk chocolate. I’m also picking up a little alcohol and coffee.

Taste: Sweet Belgian yeast and liquorice and treacle followed by a fairly dry, bitter finish from the bottle but as mentioned above, this is considerably sweeter from the tap. While I thoroughly enjoy both, the tap version has the edge here.

Mouthfeel: Quite high in both body and carbonation.

Overall: While this not my favourite dubbel (that title belongs to either St. Bernardus 8, or La Trappe dubbel with Achel bruin following closely behind), it is an excellent, reasonably priced, widely available beer, there is some extremely strong competition out there, the Belgian dubbel being one of my favourite styles at the moment. 8.75 / 10 8.75 / 10

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Photo of colebenoit
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this last night, and although it wasn't the first time, it was while brewing and thus it seemed that much more inspiring so I figured I'd review it.

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice, this beer poured a wonderful crimson/brown colour with fairly good clarity and a nice finger of fluffy off tan head. As impressive as it looked it what came next thats a real winner, smell. The aroma on this beer is such that you almost don't even want to drink the beer, instead just inhale the aroma deeply allnight. Almost. Huge aroma of chocolate, dark malts, dark fruits (figs come to mind), sweet bread, and a mild hint of clover.

Taste has similiar elements as the aroma, although on the body the chocolate/malt flavour is huge and dominating with a nice sweet center holding it all together. The fruits appear subtley in the finish and it cuts through with just enough hops to cut the sweetness and a nice smack of alcohol that dries and warms the palate. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel is nice, although perhaps a little too carbonated, but its got a great overall silky texture to it. As for drinkability, for the style and ABV its extremely quaffable and I could probably go through gallons of it, expecially when it tastes and smells so damn good. One of the best dubbels out there.

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Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of bulldogg915
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,710 ratings.
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