Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel
BA SCORE
4.18/5
2,753 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:
#1,200
Reviews:
1,233
Ratings:
2,753
pDev:
10.29%
Bros Score:
4.33
 
 
Wants:
218
Gots:
525
Trade:
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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark amber and cherry color that was slightly foggy with an irregular film of creamy oak.

Smells of creamy honey and bready yeast with a sweet concord grape, a light creamed corn and little birch bark dryness at the end. A slight bit of alcohol creeps in here too.

This one tastes of a nice balance of dry birch bark and dry leaves with a wholesome wheat and oat. From the grainy malt comes some under-ripe strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and a hint of brown sugar.

This one feels light and easy with a small bubbled carbonation. It’s also quite dry.

A quite solid representation of the style. A pleasure for the senses.

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Photo of Aidenkim
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GLM0011
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

LLove this beer. Underappreciated. Slow drinker like your suppose to drink beer. For the mature drinker. Classic dubbel with dryness like champagne. Goes well with cheese pastries my wife makes. Expensive even if you can find a deal. Three is usually all I can drink. This is not for the chugger. Dont leave in your freezer more than an hour or you have a slushy,which still tastes awesome. Ive discovered that if you wait till you get close to the expiration date on the back it becomes sweeter. One of my favorite beers to enjoy. Please try with patience.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bosco7
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark tawny brown topped with a pale creamy head.

Raisins, cherry cola, toffee, and earthy hops in the nose. Highly aromatic.

Pretty sweet upfront. I am picking up some unique almond like flavors in this beer. Cherry, raisins, cola and a little toffee in the middle. Finish is roasty, dry and nutty. The sugary flavors are understated similar to that of Maredsous 8. Very appealing.

High attenuation make this highly digestable and refreshing. The mouthfeel is in quite prickly. Haven't had this in a while and I am glad that I chose to revisit the brew.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A slim and distinctive 11.2-ounce bottle poured into a goblet yields a gorgeous ruby-amber body capped with a grainy-bubbled cap of sandy ivory foam. The head relaxes into a thick sheet that leaves a fine, filmy web of lacing on the glass.

The smell is malty with plenty of yeasty fruitiness and spice. Overripe notes of apple and caramel-coated plums stand right out as a dark, toasty malt note lurks underneath.

The taste is fruity and richly malty, the drink cut to fluffy quaffability with a sizzle of fine carbonation. A dark, malty caramel laden with notes of cocoa-covered plums forms the backbone of the drink. A bit of coffee and dilute ripe cherry emerges from the toasty maltiness.

Westmalle's Dubbel is simply magnificent. The crisp, medium-bodied drink is, dee-licious, zestily carbonated and highly quaffable.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taking a better look in the beercellar I saw that there were still 6 bottles left of Westmalle Dubbel that went over the best before date. Off course I decided to open up 1 and find out how they were aging. Opening it carefully I found out that it had a little gushing but with the glass nearby no problem. For the rest the beer ( best before 21/5/04) was still in a perfect condition. Great hoppy smell and a great taste of candice sugar fermentation, malts and hop. Altogether it came very hamonic. I realy enjoyed drinking it and I wondered how it could be that I didn't drink one earlier, cause it's just a great beer! Probably its because I love their triple so much that I forgot how good the double is.... and am sure the rest of my stock Westmalle double won't last that long.

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Photo of IPA35
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-

Brown/reddish colour, off-white head with good retention.

S-

Smell is good, smells a bit hoppy, dark fruits, tart fruits, caramel and some herbs.

T-

Taste is quite sweet and fruity. Apples, figs and some tartness. Turns dry and a tad hoppy after that with a very flavourful malt character. Nice overal.

M-

Medium body with medium carbonation.

O-

Nice drink that is sold at every supermarket.

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Photo of qcghost
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rustymoore
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, muddy brown with a good sized head and lacing that disperses quickly. The smell is that of dried fruits especially grapes. Strong alcohol notes. Taste is sweet with an effervescent feel. The fruit flavor really shines through. The drinkability is high as this is a great tasting beer with a moderate alcohol content.

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Photo of nanchen
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a westmalle goblet, about a finger of thick, cloudy foam, which did not disappear for minutes, creating a nice looking top to the ruby-brown color. smells of raisins or plums and caramely malts. tastes nutty, malty, a tinge of sweet and cocoa bitterness. mouthfeel is good, with the tickling of carbonation. i will definitely have this beer again.

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Photo of erikm25
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice medium brown with extra rich dark red tint that becomes visible when held up to the light. This is the color of what a deep brown and crimson liquid candy would look like. Head is a nice tan color. Full lacing and retention.

S: Dark caramel, brown sugar, and roasted malts. A fruit presence was apparent and cinnamon spices abundant.

T: Raisin and grape type tastes were definitely present. These dark fruits balanced against chocolate and caramel richness.

M: Medium to full body but with a crisp and clean finish.

D: Highly drinkable.

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Photo of skynxnex
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz brown, dated 14/07/07 into a goblet. Thick, creamy head forms. The bubbles keep rising adding to it. The color is a wonderful amber brown.

It smells wonderful: with rich malt, hint of alcohol, and a touch of fruit. The taste backs this up. Rich, full. Lightly toasted bread. Hint of hops staying in there to match with the malt.

It's a joy to drink and feel. Very yummy.

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Photo of StoutKing0104
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very clear amber body with two fingers of creamy tan head that held nicely and left beautiful lacing on the glass. Tiny bubbles can be seen rising to the surface from the bottom of the glass and there is an audible crackling of bubbles breaking on the surface.

S - Aroma of dark fruits (plums, raisons, figs), spices, yeast, and a hint of sweetness.

T - Taste dark fruits, brown sugar, yeast, a light malt flavor, wine-like sweetness and spices typical of belgian brews.

F/D - Fairly carbonated which brings out the full flavor of the dark fruits. A full, deliciously rich feel. Trappists like this make me realize why I love beer.

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Photo of robbrandes
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a tulip glass. best before of 7.27.12
deep brown color, monstrous 2" head even with a painfully slow pour. sweet nose - dark fruit, candied sugar; all pretty subtle, but a wonderful blend.
complex malts on the tongue, plenty of raisin, fig, brown sugar and pleasing warm alcohol. only ding is a bit of bite on the back end. not sure it was even taste so much as being what i consider slightly-overcarbed. regardless, a spectacular beer, always enjoy revisiting this one.

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red/brown with a massive off-white head of pillowy and tight bubbles. The head just sits there, it doesn't recedes for a few minutes and when it does it leaves heavy lacing on the glass.

Aroma is dark, rich fruits such as figs, raisins and blackberries, dark and burnt caramels, mild spice and herbal qualities and a very mild alcohol presence.

Flavor is not what I expected from my previous encounters with Dubbel. Overall it is brighter than I expected with a mild tartness on the finish. It does follow the nose a bit with sweet malts, bread, dark caramel, lots of fruitiness as peaches, berries, figs and some mild citrus. Toward the finish there is a mild tartness that cuts through the overall sweetness. Lingering flavors are cherries, plums, peaches and caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall this beer is very easy to drink and has a wonderful complexity. I can't wait to drink this again.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a rich cloudy brown with a dense, solid head. Plenty of dark sediment at the bottom also. The head dissipated some but left a nice brown layer behind. Smells of grapes, licorice, coffee, and chocolate. Very complex and inviting. The taste is sharp at the start, both sweet and sour, with hints of wine grapes and other fruits. Mild bitterness to follow. It's very bubbly on the palate and light to medium in thickness. Lots of complex flavor to offer, very drinkable, and very delicious.

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Photo of TequilaVoodoo
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of HabiMendes
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer, with a beautiful dark brown appearance, and a *powerful* aroma. I was absolute amazed with it. The taste is very good, although I had other Trappist Dubbels that were slightly more delicate. But don't understand me wrong: this is a fantastic beer, full of character, and I really enjoyed it (as seen in the review scores).

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Photo of SenorBiggles
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of happyface
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of thirstywoodfin1
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bobv
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Originally rated 4.25 two and a half years ago.
Moderate pour yields a one inch light tan head over a dark brown, slightly reddish body with very nice lacing. Nose of dark fruit, chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel. As it warms the black cherry fades a bit and aroma of banana appears. Taste follows with a complexity surpassing the nose. Creamy feel finishing a little like caramel, raisin, prunes and booze in a good way. Overall, a Dubbel for most Dubbels to aspire to. World class!

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Photo of Wonka
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml
25/11/05

The pour is a rusty, brown tea color with some haze from the yeast. The rich and ample head lives well within the glass. Sturdy lace adds to the perceived elegance. The nose is vinous and caramel with a touch of sweet tea and slight alcohol. This product bowls me over in the taste department. I’m literally ‘dubbel-ed over’ with its quality. Its fruity (prune and grapes), a bit spicy, with some earthen tones and a solid body that ends clean, dry and crisp with slight alcohol and malts. This is smoother than Barry White.

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Photo of Dzu
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 0.33l bottle into trappist goblet.
L: Turbid dark brown with medium short living white foam head.
S: Baked dark bread, caramel, red wine.
T: Complex taste with notes of plums, raisin. A little bit sweet and weak bitterness. Interesting long-lasting aftertaste.
F: Medium carbonation, not boozy, tight body.
O: Great balanced dubbel. Definately one of the best I've had!

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 2,753 ratings
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