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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost opaque, with a small off white head and a medium amount of lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, spices, and just a little alcohol. I'm never truly impressed by the nose on Dubbels, but this one is good for the style.

T: Pretty much follows the nose: Belgian yeasts, semi-sweet malt, and a little apple. Slight hop bitterness and spicy bite in the finish.

M: Medium body with lots of carbonation. Leaves your mouth tingling.

D: A nice Dubbel, worthy of the Trappist name. I wish there was a little more flavor and aroma, but overall a solid brew.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.33l bottle served in a Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a dark amber to brown bit cloudy color. A huge creamy beige head is formed when poured. Low retention and only few lacings left in the glass

S: Strong on Belgium yeasts. Sweet. Candy sugar and honey. Brown bread, caramel malts and citrus hops in the end. Very fruity with strong notes of grapes. Some notes of wood

T: As the nose, first impression is a toffee, candy sugar and honey sweetness. Grapes and oak. Brown bread, roasted malts and Belgian yeasts. Funny bubblegum sensation in the tong. End is mainly composed by a citrus, earthy and dry mild hoppy bitterness

M: Medium body and carbonation. Sweet upfront followed by a earthy citrus mild bitterness

O: Very drinkable. Very well done. Mandatory for Belgian lovers

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Photo of baseballrock
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - pours a thick tan head. the beer color is dark brown.

s - caramel sweet with some yeasts characters.

t - loads of sweet maltyness. the detection of caramel is present. this amazing beer finishes dry with a slight hoopyness that does not linger.

m - medium bodied beer that is has fairly high carbonation.

d - this beer does not drink like a beer of 7.0 abv. but non the less when im finished i want another one.

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Photo of Drazzamatazz
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I've been reading The Brewmaster's Table lately so I figured I'd take Garrett's advice and have this beer with my dinner of cassoulet.

Poured into a Chimay Chalice.

A: A hazy garnet that a Mag-lite barely cut through. Puffy Cumulus head with very sporadic bubble formation; tiny pearls mixed together with boulders. Started off with three fingers depth, and although it got beaten back it was sticking around to the very end.

S: Dried plums and raisins. Somewhat musty smelling. Although boozey at first, quickly brought on a nutty bread aroma.

T: Very subtle throughout. Definite sweetness, mainly of dried fruits and honey, but also a crisp dryness. This too much going on here for me to try and explain all the flavors. Changes every sip, makes you want to just keep digging around for more.

M: Very surprisingly full in body, same could be said for carbonation, almost borders on soda water. Just enough alcohol to clear your palate for the next sip.

D: A planned on making a bit of a night of drinking, but I'm so happy here I'm going to stop now. Complex without being in your face, I have to say this deserves all the hype it might get. Alcohol content is low enough that I felt like I was in control throughout, unlike some balls-to-the-wall extreme brews that knock you back and drag you along.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a Chimay chalice at The Ginger Man in Norwalk.

A: Dark brown with a thick tan head that remained all the way to the end.

S: Caramel, but nothing spectacular like other doubles such as Grimbergen or even Ommegang.

T: Caramel and chocolate, but not overwhelming, and without any fruity notes that I have come to expect from St. Bernardus or other monastery beers. A tinge of bitterness. The truth is a decent dubbel just tastes better than the average beer.

M: Very full, with a tinge of carbonation and a little dry.

D: Lacks the overwhelming flavor that keeps you coming back, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of dananabanana
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium to dark brown. Very thick, beige head.

S: Sugar and malt, but nothing too specific.

T: Sweet, malty. Somewhat earthy. Roasted caramel develops as you drink.

M: Foamy and over-carbonated.

D: Not overly heavy. Complex enough to not be boring, but I wasn't as impressed as I've heard.

Maybe I was let down after hearing such great things about this beer. It's a good, solid selection, but I didn't think it was one of the best beers I've had.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown with red tinges, this beer emerges in hints of caramel but also many other things, including fruity hints. His body is soft and fruity enough her mouth is thin and delicate. One senses the acidity in the finish, like fruit unripe, particularly of the gooseberry. Exquisite on the palate. Beer complex.

Now the ABV is 6.5°

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Photo of argock
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz brown bottle into a Chimay chalice. Bottled on date 22/08/09 on back label. Single purchased at Market Street Wine Shop (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.49.

A: Deep chestnut-mahogany with ruby edges and creamy, frothy 1-finger beige head with good retention and leaves craggy levels of lacing.

S: A bit underwhelming with fig-plum malt notes, spicy phenol character, and nutty yeast

T: Dark candi sugar, caramel, phenolic spicy herb, bright nutty and lightly bitter yeast, herbal, drying hops in the finish. Subtle and changes in character throughout the glass. I would love to side-by-side this with Ommegang Abbey Ale -- this seem softer and subtle while OAA is much sharper and aggressive

M: Incredibly creamy with a nice tingle of carbonation. Aftertaste is lightly phenolic and brown/candi sugar. Alcohol is undetectable.

D: A flavor that grows on you throughout the brew with nuance more than any dominant flavor. Feel is amazing and this will taste even better in 2-3 years when I try the other bottle I picked up.

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Photo of GreatWeisseHope
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet goblet.

A: Bordering on brown with red notes. Good off-white head, lingers nicely. Bit of chill haze, not quite clear.

S: Light caramel, almost diacetyl-like, light chocolate with raisins, a bit of apple, rose-like alcohol, low noble hop aroma. Spiciness subdued.

T: Light, dancing with flavors. Medium malt sweetness, notes of honey, hard cider, low hop bitterness, light spiciness and a bit papery.

M: Medium-full body, medium-high carbonation, smooth alcohol touch, no astringency on the palate.

D: Complex beer despite not being massive. Caramalized and standard sugars lightened the body while creating nice caramel and apple flavors.

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Photo of oskoreien
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into an over sized St. Bernardus goblet.

I was a bit surprised at the little head I got from this beer. Very thin, with only half of the glass being hugged by the head. Very strange considering the other reviews and how I poured this just as I pour all my other similar beers. Though it does lace quite nicely down the side of the glass as I drink from it, seemingly disappears quickly.

A murky opaque brown as expected. Slightly above average carbonation, I can really feel the tingle from it as I drink it and it leaves a dry finish. Notes of malt, melon, banana, and dark fruits in the nose.

It's very smooth, even with the slight bit of extra carbonation. As with the nose there are similar flavors that come through. It's a bit crisp, the flavors don't linger as long as with others.

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Photo of Dawkfan
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Into my Trappistes Rochefort Chalice. This is a beautiful looking beer, it pours a dark brown with ruby highlites. 2 fingers of off white-tan colored head that takes forever to settle to a nice creamy looking film on top. Gorgeous thick heavy lace left clinging to the glass.

S- Smells malty mainly. I can pick up on some bready notes, dark fruit(mainly cherries), and a little bit of alcohol.

T- Dark fruits are more pronounced in the taste, a touch of spiciness, grainy malt, bread, yeast, and a nice hop bitterness in the end.

M- Light mouthfeel with a good amount of bite in the carbonation, extremely smooth, very dry finish.

D- A nice dubbel, great appearance and a nice mouthfeel, lacks a little in the taste department, but this is a very easy drinker for a dark beer.

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Photo of kmacphail
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled a bottle from a mixed Trappist box purchased from cave online.

The beer poured a dark brown colour with a thick and lively head, this settled eventually to a 2mm film.

The nose was mainly malts with a variety of burnt fruit, chocolate and a touch of banana. This continued through to the taste, initially giving a slightly bitter hit with a smooth sweet roasted caramel aftertaste.

A full bodied beer that wad very smooth on the mouth. I am going to give it only 3.5 for drinkability as at 7% this is not an all night beer. One of the better Trappist beers I have tried.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours up an opaque brown with a dense off white head.

S - Faint dried fruit aroma, some sweetness

T - sweet malt mid palate, leaves dried fruit flavor in the finish

M - Full bodied with a carbonation tingle on the tip of my tongue

D - Easy drinking beer for the strength. Wish I would have bought more.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this at Joe Canal;s in Lawrenceville NJ. Poured into my chimay chalice. Pours a kind of dirty ruby color maybe a touch darker than ruby.Amazing retention from the pour but bout halfway through turns a little flat. Tremendous dirty light brown heading that leaves good lacing.

Smell is mostly malt. After a second whiff is more of dark ripened fruit. Some banana,plum,etc. Also some chocolate notes as well.

Taste is very smooth. More of the darker fruitiness has taken over. Followed by a heavier warming alcohol that ends with a candy sugar finish.

Mouth has a smooth malty body. Also foams up on the palate and tickles the teeth and gums with that sugary warm alcohol feel.

Drink is good. A good Belgian beer with smooth malts and alot carbonation a must try.

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Photo of natelocc787
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance isn't spectacular although it is impressive, I was surprised the head formed little crater pockets, not used to that in Belgian beers. Has a brown, gold crimson color and a head the color of ripe dates. The nose wasn't as forthright as I'd originally anticipated but was still aromatic enough offering caramel sweet malt, white raisin, cocoa shavings and jammy fruits. Yeasty notes are evident in the smell and taste categories but it is subtle and lends character. Very impressed with the taste of this beer and the quality in the craftsmanship. Lots of dried and jammy fruits like apple jelly, fig newton insides, semi-dried dates, a sweet raisiny backing through into the finish which offers a light cocoa shot in the finish. Flavors linger awhile, mouthfeel is dry, silky smooth and creamy. Very drinkable, even though you savor every sip and enjoy the complexities, you will raise the glass often. Very good stuff. If it wasn't so pricey I would enjoy this frequently.

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Photo of nanchen
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Stigs
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, poured into a Chimay goblet

A - got about a finger of loosely packed, light khaki foam. the beer is a *very* dark ruby color with good clarity.

S - smells of belgian yeast with a sweeter twist. fruits such as raisins, grapes, sourish apples, and slight banana. tiny bits of cloves and pepper.

T - very quick flash of sweet caramel like malts and then the yeast hits hard. very faint fruity sweetness. faint tartness and a medicinal kind of twang from the yeast. not what i was expecting but enjoyable and quite unique.

M - loads of prickly carbonation and a unbelievably sticky and prickly feel. kind of like drinking a cactus, but in an oddly appealing way. just "feels" like a trappist.

D - and exciting and challenging sipper, better suited for a warm summer night. looking forward to trying the tripel.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

A - Pours a beautiful full brown color with a light tan head. Head is very dense and retains very well.

S - Bread hints are quickly appreciated, followed by some mild alcoholic esters. Sourdough hints and some yeasty smells are definitely present.

T & M - Oily and creamy mouthfeel. Some nice bready hints immediately com up with nice malt sweetness, caramel hints are definitely present. Some yeast flavors are also tangled in there with the sweetness balancing it out. Some banana sweetness is also present.

D - Very refreshing and delicious. good co2.

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Photo of Pisstank52
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a very drinkable Trappist and I enjoyed it very much. Excellent head and lacing. Aroma reminded me of a warm summer day laying in a field of summer flowers. Fresh and pure and thanking God your alive. It has spirt and lets you know your not drinking some light beer of ordinary taste. It will awaking your tastebuds and make you feel like the warm sun is shinning on you. Can't say enough about it , just try it and see.

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Photo of gfreed
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at La Morte Subite, Brussels. Long-lasting head, tan and bubbly and thick, floating leisurely atop a pool of mahogany beer with light traces of bubbles. Aroma of mushrooms, bread; plenty of malt up front in the taste and smoothness that satisfied. Some light flavors of chocolate and bread. Had the weight of a great dubbel. A must-have if you visit this bar.

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Photo of zoso493
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful deep mahogany with a foamy, gushy two-finger head. Really looks like the ideal dubbel. Head sticks around for a while too and leaves some slightly sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smell is nice and crisp, with some nice dark fruits, esters, and some signature Belgian yeast coming out. As it warms, you start to get the sweeter scents - molasses, caramel and hints of brown sugar. It's all just a little bit too subtle for me.

Taste: Taste is just a slight let off after the really nice nose. Some thinner notes of the dark fruit come out, but just enough that you know they're there, with plums maybe coming out the strongest. Aside from that, there's a definite taste of yeast and a sliver of alcohol. This one really doesn't assault your palate, as much as I perhaps would desire.

Mouthfeel: Average mouthfeel on this one. Decidedly medium-bodied with a drier finish. Goes down real smooth with a nice crispness to it.

Drinkability: Pretty easy drinking beer. There is just an ever-so-slight tinge of alcohol in the taste, but it enhances the crispness of beer, which may give the illusion of being more drinkable.

Overall, a solid example of the style, but not as aggressive as one might desire. It's a nice drinking beer but could be less tame. Still, a nice one to try if you haven't done so already.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33cl Bottle from stystembolaget. Dark, murky brown with slight rosey tint. Big tan head that lasts til the end and laces the glass. Aroma is amazing - belgian yeast and tart fruit come rushing at you, followed by caramel and slight alcohol hanging back. Thick, full mouthfeel and medium carbonation coat your tongue. Flavor is sweet and malty, but bitterness perfectly controls things. more bitter in finish, but not out front. Hops become more pronounced as beer warms. One of my new favorite beers.

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Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This ones a bit of a head scratcher for me - its quite a complex beer that makes you think, and it also defies our attempts to categorise it.

Pours a dark mahogany with resplendent red tones, and a huge creamy head that billows over the top of the glass and lays down some good lacing. A heavier retention would be my only criticism, but that aside, this looks like a tasty treat. As you would expect, the aroma goes long on the malts. I find that theres a lot of caramel, ripe dark fruit and sweet, spicy yeast on the nose. Its definitely a cut above average, but doesn't quite punch with the big boys, because for all its niceties it lacks the complexity of the best examples.

Spicy dark fruits take the form of dates, figs and raisins, while candy sugar combines with caramel to provide a sweet backing track. Hints of oak and a spicy onslaught of yeast provide the depth that was lacking in the aroma. There's a lot going on, occasionally I pick out chocolate, and then sometimes an earthiness jumps in and out. Alcohol is barely discernible. One of the most marked aspects for me is the emphasis on over-ripe fruits, particularly pears and (surprisingly) bananas. A nice light breadiness backs everything up, and while its not as pronounced a flavour as it is in the St. Bernardus dubbels, it certainly helps to provide a bit more heft and depth.

The mouthfeel is something that gives me trouble. While Belgian carbonation often errs to the high side of things, this is more often than not tempered by the softness of the bubbles when they hit the palate. I don't really get that with the Westmalle and the carbonation feels harsh and distracting until it dies down half way through the beer. While mouthfeel has a relatively small weighting on BA, its one of those categories that can make or break a beer, and it certainly hampered my enjoyment of this one for a while.

So, Westmalle Dubbel has its faults, but its still a classic for the style. Actually, in some respects it defies the loose style guidelines and strays over to a class of beers that include Rochefort 8. Mind you, who cares about style that much? All you need to know is that this is a decent beer and worthy of your investment in it.

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Photo of jeranbrews
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Great frothy marshmallow-like head even after resting in the fridge overnight. Dark but still noticeably cloudy. Yeast floaters settle to the bottom and even make there way up into the head. Speckling the top of the wheat colored head with tiny black pepper or nutmeg flakes. Good lacing, and fizzy carbonation remained even until the very last mouthful.

S - Right after my friend popped the top there was a noticible malt smell from a distance. The initial alcohol smell was a bit strong for a 7%. A mild yeast / hop sourness comes to the top but also some spices, bananas, and dates. And the best part is that fresh yeast, living beer smell. Yumm.

T - Initially tangy, spicy, and pungent. It 'settles' to arrangement of spices, bananas. nutmeg, and liquid malts. The after taste was disappointingly sour and lasted about 2 min. A little longer than it was welcome.

M - Smooth medium strong body and healthy carbonation. Coats the mouth a little on its way down and deposits little yeasty bits. And yummy yeasty burps.

D - Smooth, refreshing, a meal by itself, but overly sour at the end. By no means disappointing. There were more complex smells and flavors than I listed here, but the alcohol and fusil oils mask their true names.

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Photo of BeelzeBrew
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: It's a dark brown, red highlighted beer, with a bubbly light tan head that doesn't last too long or foam over the glass ( this happened with this beer's sister brew, Westmalle Trippel).

S: Caremel-like sweetness, dark sweet fruits and a bit of pleasant breadiness, smells as pleasant as it looks.

T: Fruits dominate the taste palate. Syruppy, caramelesque flavors penetrate the frutiness to blend a sweet, rich taste of great complexity and balance.

M&D: High alcohol limits the drinkability, but there is at least an attempt to hide the apparent booziness...Not the most sessionable, but easily worth having a few.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,711 ratings.
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