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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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#1,238
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1,237
Ratings:
2,776
pDev:
10.29%
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4.33
 
 
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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Voonder
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice dark brown colour with big tan head. Smell - roasted malts, nuts, chocolate and a hint of alcohol. Taste is unbelievable. So rich, chocolaty, but overhelming, not too sweet, not too bitter, perfectly balanced. Medium body, very smooth, perfect carbonation level, alcohol is so hidden in that beer. It's very drinkable. I mean very. It my first dubbel, and I'm very surprised how drinkable beer can be at 7 abv.

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Photo of mikemands
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JTuomi
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle (19/09/15) into a goblet. Amber brown, one finger tan head that settles slowly leaving a thin foam that stays. Lively carbonation and some sediments.
Smells of sweet dark malts and dark fruit. Smooth taste of toasted malts, candy sugar and dark fruits, plums and raisins. Sweet but not sugary. A dry finish that leaves a lingering sweet aftertaste of toasted bready malts and fruitiness with a hint of chocolate. No taste of alcohol. Medium-full body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Easily drinkable and very enjoyable. A really good dubbel, my favourite this far.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: creamy three finger head (becomes rocky and grows), deep nut/cola brown color, annoyingly good head retention (I had forgotten how delicate the art of pouring a trappist beer was, consider me reminded), very prominent lacing

S: pleasant malty aroma up front with a dry characteristic; a bit nutty, but not overly so; some fairly subtle cherry/dark fruit tones; I wish the smell was stronger

T: malty, bready and fruity up front, subtle but not overwhelming hint of bitterness and some nutty tones as well, a subtle suggestion (not overt) of chocolate, a bit savory but not overly so.

M: a tad oily but crisp and dry

O: to me this is far better than the tripel, unlike with the tripel, I don't prefer the St. Bernardus version but I don't think this one is better either, rather it offers something distinctly different and they are both good in their own way, not a revelation of course, but a damn fine beer

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4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev +6.2%

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4.44/5  rDev +6.2%

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

Trappist beers have yet to steer me wrong, so when this one rolled into the LCBO.

Poured into a snifter.

A = Opaque ruby-mahogany, with a lingering light tan head. Great lacing on the glass.

S = Can detect a bit of the alcohol, but the nose is a splendid blend of molasses, spices and dried fruits.

T = Goes down terrifically smooth and dry. The hops blend well with notes of raisins, bananas, molasses and spices. Possibly apple near the end. Finishes dry with lingering bitterness.

M = Dangerously dry finish leaves me wanting more. Moderate-high carbonation, good retention.

D = Terrific stuff, fast becoming one of my favourites of the Trappists. Will definitely sample this one again!

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Photo of Roguer
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Completely opaque, dark, lovely. Surprisingly high head (~3 fingers) from a gentle pour. Beautiful lacing on the side of the glass. Head fades relatively quickly.

S - Not overpowering or forward. A little alcohol through the nose, fruits (but not citrus). Sweet. *Update* As the beer warms, more of the fruit smell comes through; definitely prunes and dates.

T - Complex. The alcohol present in the smell is not at all noticeable in the flavor. Dark fruit, prunes and/or raisins, malty, and sweet. Each sip gives me some other flavor coming forward, but it's all very balanced. Not at all hoppy or bright until the finish (back of the tongue and throat, not back of the bottle). What bitterness there is, is quite different from the bitterness of a PA (think coffee, not pine). Very smooth; smoothest dubbel I've ever tried.

M - Maybe the best overall mouthfeel of any beer I've had. Thick but not syrupy, coating the mouth; lingering taste but no poor aftertaste; just enough carbonation to tingle your mouth, but not so much that you can't leave it in there a while without the flavor degrading. Absolutely lovely.

O - I don't quite favor this over Westmalle's tripel, but that's based on the flavor profile, not the quality. This beer is fantastic, and easily my (new) favorite dubbel.

Bottled October 13, 2011 => aged a year and a half.

Spiegelau tulip.

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

This is a regular beer of mine, but I probably pass it up abit too based upon the fact that it is one of the more common of the trappist products.

This pours fantastically into the trappist chalice style glass.Pours colds and opens up as it swirls warmly around your glass. This is big and hefty and dark brown, but not overly carbonated or sediment laden on the other extreme.

The smell is of yeast and sweet malt and caramel and toffee. There is not extreme complexity, but enough to keep the drinker interested. The inital taste is of sweet dark chocolate coffee and honey. The finish is dry and the aftertaste Is superb. There is absolutely no hint of alcohol here. This is simply amazing. As you swirl this around your chalice, you think to yourself, why is God so cruel that this does not come in pints? Perhaps in heaven.

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

A deep brown with a thick and rich tan head. Cloudy as I like to swirl in the yeast and the attendant floaties. Not much carbonation. A decent amount of lace.

Smell is mild but delicious. Caramel malt and toffee. Dark fruitiness underneath. A banana tinged facet. Belgian yeast esters.

Taste is caramel and cocoa powder. A light alcoholic edge that melds into a light hop finish. Dry and a touch of graham and fusel notes. Dark figs runs through it and a bit of rum raisin as well. A nice dark breadiness and light banana support. Feel is velvety in carbonation and medium in weight. An overall creaminess in it's caress of the mouth and tongue. Refreshingly light for the style.

Drinkability is a highlight here. This stuff is as quaffable a dubbel as you can find. I'm sorry I only have a 330 ml bottle.

A subtley exceptional brew. Each sip reveals a new shade to enjoy. The ease with which you go through the glass is scary.

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

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with orange-red hue when held to light; rocky and dense, thick head with plenty of lace around the glass. Head is a light shade of maple cream color.

Smell: A bit spicy -- some clove fragrance, toffee, with rummy notes. A faint yeasty aroma, almost like fresh dark bread. The scent is far more intense as the ale warms to drinking temperature and thoroughly pleasant.

Taste: Very malty, subtly warming; a touch more bitterness than I was expecting, but this produces a very nice crisp finish. Flavors of brown sugar, toffee, slight suggestion of caramelized fruits. The malt character is intriguing. I have heard malt bills for Belgian dubbels are not often as complicated as it would seem, but the grainy taste is complex enough that it's hard to believe there are only two or three malts in this brew. I cannot taste the alcohol at all, short of the aforementioned slight warming sensation, in spite of the 7% ABV. Wonderfully balanced overall.

Mouthfeel: Very, very smooth. Almost creamy. Carbonation is very fine, and not at all intense. Medium body. Not heavy at all.

Drinkability: This is really, really drinkable. The first time I enjoyed this beer, I thought it was an awesome choice for a winter night by the fire. Now it's July, and the beer is just as delicious. Very smooth, and keeps the palate guessing until the last drop.

Overall, this is one of the most balanced, tasty beers I've had the pleasure to enjoy. It's definitely one of my favorite dubbels, and one I'd recommend to anyone looking for a nice beer to sip slowly on a quiet evening.

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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

The dubbel is 7%, 33 cl bottle.
To me, this Westmalle is the best choice in this category: it's well available, and not too expensive, and the quality is excellent.

A: beautifull dark chestnut brown colour, with a huge beige head, that holds to a fluffy 1 finger thick layer after a few minutes.
S: very fresh overall, with banana, dark fruits, stewed pears and apple, and also it has notes of roasted grains and coffee.
T: Next to roasted grains and coffee, the modest bitterness of hop, there is banana and plumbs indeed, also apple, spices, a little bread too. Very pleasant and rounded for a dubbel.
M: it's very smooth.
D: With 7% abv it's really drinkable, especially since it's modestly spicy, which is great if you want to drink a couple more.

Also used it for cooking in stew pastasauce. Nice

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Photo of Axic10
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours brown with a decent amount of head that is retained rather nicely. This leads to some amazing lacing.

Smell: Sweet apple, candied fruits, some spice, and belgian yeast.

Taste: Toffee, malty, some spices and candied fruits. Great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and somewhat creamy.

Drinkability: It's been well over two years since I've enjoyed a Westmalle, but as I was shopping at Whole Foods for Super Bowl food, I spotted this guy sitting there and decided to have one. Great idea as I can see this becoming a regular in my fridge. Such a great balanced beer.

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

Appearance: Medium amber in color, small, but quite persistent off-white head, hazy, with slight carbonation, and superb lacing.

Aroma: Dark fruit, apple peel, cloves, bananas, hints of vanilla, and vinuous alcohol.

Taste: Profound malt taste, rich and slightly sweet throughout, with hints of spice, and a slight medicinal bitterness at the finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, soft, and very full, with slight carbonation, and a touch dry.

Drinkability/notes: Quite excellent, a very much to style.

Thanks to HardTarget for generously sharing this fine beer.

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

BB date: 14 Apr. 2011. Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a dark reddish mahogany brown with a 3" thick light tan billowing head that persists for a very long time and leaves streamers of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Sipping leaves sheets of foam that change into thickly speckled lacing. Even when the head has receded to a small volcano shaped peak of lacing and a ring of foam around the glass sipping still leaves lots of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is fruity with dark fruits, caramel and some hints of cinnamon and some other spices. There is some yeasty character mingled with earthiness from the hops.

Taste: The smooth lightly sweet flavor is actually on the dry side for a dubbel. The flavors include components of dark fruit and berries, some chocolate laced with cinnamon towards the end. Although the alcohol contributes to the flavor it neither dominates it nor does it burn.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied and smooth with light but steady, prickly carbonation. The finish is medium long and begins with some subtle sweetness from the malt but then changes into a soft fruity and dry, lightly sour and earthy bitterness as it slowly fades from the scene.

Drinkability: This is definitely drinkable but also quite subtle so it would be easy to hurry this one and miss out on some of the complexity here. I could easily finish off a second one and I do expect to sample this one again one day.

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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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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

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 2,776 ratings
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