Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel

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Brouwerij Westmalle

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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Photo of EStreet20
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fl ounces brown glass bottle poured into a Westmalle chalice.

A - A deep reddish brown with a medium sized foamy off white head that dissipates a bit quickly but leaves some nice lace on the glass along with a nice protective foam layer atop the beer.

S - A whole lot of fruit up front. Also a bit of a chocolatey smell in there with some spice. Definitely a chocolate covered cherry smell if I;m not mistaken. Other than that some nice hints of spice in the aroma.

T - A very nice flavor led by a bit of a fruity rush that quickly subsides to some dark bread tastes. A bit of spiciness leads the way to an extremely dry finish. A nice flavor overall.

M - A very crisp carbonation that dances on the tongue. Pretty good, but I'd prefer something a little more chewy with these flavors. Still very good overall.

D - Definitely an interesting scope of flavors that keep a drinker interested. I like this one a lot.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter from the 330ml bottle:

A: a deep borwn with ruby red hilights. Huge frothy ten head with an abundance of large carbonation bubbles.

S: Bursting with a sweet perfume-like aroma of stonefruit (apricot, cherry) and raisins. Sweet and malty with a trace of alcohol.

T: Terrific rich sweetness, caramel, malt, and a subtle spiciness. Some of the cherry fruitiness creeps in and there's a nice alcohol finish. Complex and full.

M: A comfortable carbonation level. Mothfeel is a little tingly and effervescent, but still pretty smooth.

D: A wonderful warm beer, easy to drink with a hearty dinner or rich dessert. Be sure to enjoy from a snifter or similar glassware to get the full aroma/flavor spectrum.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful dark reddish purple, good amount of an off-white head.

Smell: Strong fruit character, dark fruits and that aspect to the aroma that many refer to as 'grape bubblegum'. The sweetness is wonderful and is complimented greatly by the bready yeast character of the beer.

Taste: The flavors burst forth, strong and sweet tones of dark, goopy fruits are very noticeable. There is also an excellent yeast character involved that gives the sweetness some backbone. To add to the mix, there is a wonderfully subtle bitterness that never really catches your attention, but instead compliments and rounds out the beer into superb balance.

Mouthfeel: That wonderful champagne like carbonation that is characteristic of many belgian trappist ales. It stings slightly at first, but then clears the way and allows the flavors to come forth. The breadiness that I mentioned earlier also plays a role in giving the beer a more robust feel.

Overall: Pretty much a flawless example of what these Trappist monasteries put forth in their splendid dubbels. It has everything that this kind of beer is supposed to have, and adds a nice twist with a more grapey character than you would normally see. It goes wonderfully with cheese and by itself, very easy to enjoy. About the only bad thing I could say about this beer is that it is not the very best I have had, but with that said it is certainly up there with many other great ales.

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Photo of woemad
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz/330ml bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $5.45. Been saving it for a while, and after a particularly hard day, it's time to drink it.

Poured a very dark brown, with a huge, creamy tan head. The head subsided somewhat quickly, but left a pleasing foamy cap. The lace was less than I expected.

Initially, this was a bit too cold, so all I initally smelled was sweet maltiness. Once it warmed up a bit, there was a distinct nutiness, dark fruits such as raisins, vanilla, and a slight bit of spiciness. There was also a tiny bit of earthy wheat scent.

When it had warmed up a bit, this was fairly complex tasting, though I'd still prefer a St.Bernardus 8 or 12. Failing that, this is pretty nice! The dark fruit flavor hits first, wrapped in a nutty vanilla cloak. A mild, brown sugary sweetness that never gets out of hand then comes in, and it finishes with a slight wheaty taste. Yum!

This about right in the mouthfeel department, at least compared to other dubbels I've had in the past. No complaints here.

This went down pretty easy, but there's just enough dark fruity bitterness to keep me from saying it went down like candy. A novice craft beer drinker might find it too bitter for them, but that's not saying much. For me, it's just fine. Made a nice beer for christening my St.Bernardus goblet, too, since I can't find any St.B's around here at the moment.

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Photo of erz316
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - an opaque brown, which lets in little to no light, giving the appearance of being very thick. The head i a nice light beige colour, that retains nicely on the walls of my chalice.

S - smells of boozy fruit, like a fruitcake, and some hint of the malts.

T - the top notes are the fruity elements and malt, which eventually give way to the alcohol.

M - it is a large form carbonation, which is why the head dissipates quickly, which renders a thicker feeling of fluidity; this, however, does not compromise the taste or drink-ability.


(a re-review, considering I finally got the chalice! I'm not expecting my review to change that much)

33ml bottle poured into my westmalle chalice, which I have been looking for.

A - the bottle pours perfectly to the mark in the glass with head making a perfect mark, right where it should be and the liquid being at the indicated ,33l mark. the colour is a dark brown, opaque, with some ruby hues coming in from the bottom. the head is thick and fluffy and a light tan/ off white color.

S - dark fruity esters make an immediate presence, that is to say fruits like raisin, fig, plumb, and most anything that becomes really sweet when you dry it. behind the esters are the hints of alcohol, these combine to make the classic scent of a good dubbel.

T - the taste is a sweet malt & alcohol to put it in simple terms. the alcohol is far from overbearing, and blends quite nicely with the sweets. the sweets can be described as being a subtle malty sweetness that is far reaching over the palate, nothing that stick out really noticeably. but what is most noticeable for sweetness is the finish, which has a hint of counterfeit sweetness, what I mean is something like maraschino cherries; not actual sugar taste, but sweet nonetheless. the after taste is like that of banannas (a slight sweet) and apples, perhaps macintosh or red delicious; I would really emphasize the apples, particularly the red delicious. this is a great tasting beer, and I think having it out of the proper glass is only adding the the aura of good-beer-ness

MF&D - I could drink this all night long, if I wouldnt become atrociously huge, that is. the feel is perfect in my world: there is ample carbonation, while the viscosity is thick enought to make the carbonation just right. however, in my opninion for the dubbel, the mf and the d can rarely be paired up exactly, for they conflict. the dubbel requires a thick bubbly beer, which makes it harder to have in larger quantities (which is how I guage drinkability: : "could I have this all night long?"). either way this is a great beer that would take a lifetime to get bored with.

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Photo of Atron67
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a brownish dark with a red tinge. opaque through the glass but not too much particulate noticable. A tannish head built up and turned really fluffy, fell reasonably slowly, and left thick lacing around the bottle.

S- a little dark fruits, notes of raisins, cherry? some plums nice balance of smooth malts

T- Smooth throughout, starts off with a great maltiness in which the fruit slowly rises up, a great taste of raisins, and plums, some other fruitiness. A great blend and balance of the maltiness and hops.

M- a smooth medium body ale with sharp carbonation that works well for the style, but i did let it flatten a little before drinking at around 60 temp

D- a great dubbel, probably my favorite so far

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Photo of Alexrdvz
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dabeerbuddha
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pretty grand.
Big abbey depth. All around well brewed beer. Just what you would come to expect from monks making beer in the name of a higher power!

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single finger head with no real retention with some lacing. Cloudy maroon body. Nice sweet cherry and strawberry with yeast esters. More dark fruit in the flavor. Mostly raisin and cherry. Belgian yeast and mild spice. Medium body and high carbonation. I like how the aroma is more than a generic dark fruit aroma with individual flavors noted.

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Photo of yeagerbm
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer exploded with a frothy head, I should have poured more carefully. I am new to this style of beer, but I am very impressed , as I should be for 5 dollars a single. Appearance is deep ruby with a yeasty haze and a thick, overwhelming head. Very bubbly. Smells fruity and intense. Taste is mostly of tart cherry, grape and raisin with a bit of nuttiness and alcohol warmth. Complex and bursting with great flavor. Mouthfeel could be silkier but altogether everything wet together to make a very enjoyable beer. I am hiding one in the basement to try in a few years.

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Photo of BobZ
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle.

Appearance: Rich dark brown, but not as dark as other Belgian Quads. Good head and lacing.

Smell: Great richness for a Dubbel with some spice in the nose.

Taste: Unique, to say the least, starts sweet then ends with a really nice level of hoppy bitterness, really an amazing flavor profile again, unique among Trappistes ales and very, very, good.

Mouth feel: Good carbonation, extremely smooth and well balanced.

Drinkability: Could drink this one all night, in fact one of the best Dubbels I've had.

Pricey, in fact very pricey, but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, dated 07/11/09
Pours deep brown with a foamy beige head, decent retention and falls to a foam atop the ale. Not much for lacing on the glass, and the ale does have quite a bit of particulate matter floating about. Aromas are dark fruit, malty, Belgian yeast, faint booze, brown sugar. Tastes are sweet, malty, brown sugar, ripe dark fruit, plum, raisin, cinnamon, apple, banana. Mouth-feel is creamy and smooth, on the thinner side of medium. Finishes spicy with the alcohol somewhat hot, but warming as it goes down. Overall, excellent example of the style, exceptional quality, and even though this one was 3 years old, it's still in great condition. I love that about Belgian ales.

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Photo of SuperKarateMonkey
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerAndFilm
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

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

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

Photo of quadmad
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | 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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Photo of Heeenrik
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RussVol
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Roundle
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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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 2,792 ratings