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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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2,739
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Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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Photo of StoutKing0104
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%

Photo of HabiMendes
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of happyface
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of thirstywoodfin1
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bobv
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +7.5%
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 +7.5%
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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Photo of Calico
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a huge, foamy head with some Belgian lace. Quite dark and rather cloudy.

S: Pleasant malty flowery hop nose with a little cherry.

T: Initial taste was cherry with a tiny hint of smoke. Then a fruity note hit, almost like a sour red. Lastly I caught some estery notes I couldn't quite place, and a fruity, lingering finish. Good, complex, very enjoyable.

M: Bright and sparkly, just the right amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for its 7% alcohol content. A good beer to savor with dinner or dessert.

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

BBD of Nov 06

Pours a slightly turbid deep red/brown with a 1" tan colored head. Slight lacing & good filmy heady retention

S: choclate & a hint of alcohol& then breadyness/shortbread as it warms. I also get a little oakyness

T: Chocolate & little iron up front. Then I catch some earthy hops & hunts of licorice. Oakyness & alcohol as it warms. Finishes dry & fruitty with winey/acidic notes

MF: Medium bodied, slightly prickly & good balance

Drinks pretty easy, by far my favorite style of trappist/abbey ales. This would go great with roast beef or stew IMO, or any thing a burgundy type wine would pair with. Well worth the $ 3.70 for 11.2 ozs. superb version of the style

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

Had this beer at the Rathskellar in Indianapolis.

Appearance: Dark, with barely a lacing of head in the glass.

smell: very sweet smelling, Lots of bananas upfront, and dates.

taste: started with a sweet fruity taste met with a then complex mash of chocolate, and a dry taste of alchohol

mouthfeel: varied, started out smooth, but became grainy from the yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

drinkability: at 7% abv, you wouldn't know there is alchohol in it. I would have had several if it hadn't been for the drive home.

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

Pours very deep maroon with very bright highlights. Almost gelatinous it so thick. Small white head ebbs quickly but excellent carbonation is evident. Oodles of yeasties despite very careful pour.
Aroma is complex malts, raisins, figs, orange peel, coriander and spicy yeastiness. Flavor is so very Belgian, so very Trappist. Sweet malts, with toffee most dominant, loads of dark fruit, loads of spice, lightly bitter back end.
Mouthfeel is truly excellent, balance and variety is a treat for the palate.
Truly amazing beer, really sets the standards for dubbels to follow.

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

Not sure how I missed reviewing this one over the years but there is always a good time for a Westmalle Dubbel!

A- Poured into a stemware tulip with a dark brown body. A light tan head forms to a massive size with a foamy texture. Retention is good but it eventually ends up as a bubbly ring with a big cloud in the middle of the beer. Just a few small spots of lace.

S- The glass helps capture a strong yet balanced aroma. Yeast forward with some notes of malts. Belgian spice forward with some slightly phenolic dark fruit and brown nutty malts to balance.

T- I wouldn't call the flavor abrasive but it has that edge that I love in stronger, yeasty Belgian ales. Like the aroma, the flavor is yeasty with dark fruits, raisins, figs, apple, spice and some phenolic qualities. Nutty malts, molasses and brown sugary hints make up a bulk of the remaining flavor. Very slight clove and banana quality.

MF- Carbonation has a nice bite to it at first but goes down rather smoothly in the end. The feel overall is creamy with a nice warmth from the alcohol.

With warmth and each sip, this one just opens up so nicely which I find is the case with great beers. Amazing example of the style and what I look for from a strong yeast Belgian beer. Has that nice edge but doesn't kill you with spice, esters and alcohol.

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

A: Dark brown and cloudy. Head starts strong, and then settles to a nice 1/4 inch.

S: Plum and raisin notes. No immediate detection of alcohol scents. Toffee notes too.

T: Many flavors, but balanced out better than other dubbels (first sip). Definite vanilla and cherry flavors with other dark fruits like raisins and plums. Yeast flavors lay like a nice rug across the mouth providin mild peppery notes (nice!). This is what I want my dubbels to be. As it warms, the cherry character deepens and a leathery notion develops.

MF: Very effervescent and velvety. Yeast is very much alive in this one.

D: Highly recommended. Flavors and body are just right on this one, and it may rival my favorite dubbel.

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Photo of S7R4nG3
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After sampling Rochefort's #8 I was happily granted an evening with a Westmalle Dubbel and having acquired a taste for the great Trappist ales, I can say I was not disappointed!

A: Very nice cloudy dark chocolate brown color with a nice minimal creamy head that still managed to retain nice lacing as I progressed.

S: Excellent aroma complementing each other with nice dark, rich fruity tartness with malty sweet caramel and chocolate that I wish I could scent my house with!!

T: Very complex flavors starting with the nice caramel/dark chocolate sweetness with some tart dark fruit flavors progressing into a mild hoppy bitter character providing excellent depth while not overbearing.

M: As with all Trappist ales, the mouthfeel is perfect in my opinion, with that syrupy smoothness that coats well and the nice bubbly carbonation keeping everything light without imparting any harsh flavors.

So far, this Westmalle and the Rochefort #8 are the two best Dubbels that I have sampled so far. I hope one day to give each of the Trappist dubbels a try but until then, this still remains one of my most favorite beers!

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

11.2 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled 1/09/2011. Pours hazy and cloudy dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some spotty lacing clings to the glass as well; with plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom creating a creamier head than on the pour. Aromas of huge raisin, caramel, molasses, prunes, biscuit, roasted nuts, light chocolate, and yeast spices. Big malty aromas here with good strength and balance. Taste of big caramel, molasses, pepper, chocolate, roasted nut, biscuit, dark fruit, and spicy yeast. Lingering notes of biscuit, caramel, chocolate, pepper, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Nice malty flavor with no cloying, and less spiciness than I was expecting from the yeast. Medium bodied with lively carbonation; with a fairly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. Drinks incredibly easily with the high carbonation as well. Alcohol is essentially non existent with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Dubbel style as I would have expected. Great balance of flavors and dangerously drinkable.

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

A- Dense, light-chocolate. Huge, pearly brown head. Great lacing.

S- Chocolate, banana, and yeast aromas.

T- Chocolate, banana, and some espresso. Distinct, rich yeast flavor mixes with toffee to play the last few measures in this symphony masterpiece.

M- Creamy and thick, with head also playing a nice supporting role. Good carbonation.

D- A very complex beer with a uniquely delicious, creamy yeast flavor that stands out stronger than the hop or malt flavors, while simultaneously contributing as the dominant factor that gives this brew a lot of personality. This drink, very literally, turns me on!

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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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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,739 ratings.
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