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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,721
Reviews:
1,225
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
Wants:
214
Gots:
510
For Trade:
1
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Photo of wiescins
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Waveoff
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jcubz
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrewh995
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark dark ruby which only shows in the light with a huge white head. Smells of grapes, chocolate, wine, other dark fruity esters. Tastes similar with maybe a little breadiness. Mouthfeel is creamy and very carbonated but surprisingly light bodied. Overall delicious beer, not my favorite style, but objectively it's a masterpiece.

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Photo of Casey_L
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(11.2 oz bottle, batch 6 001499, best before end 19/05/18... poured into a teku)

L: deep burgundy liquid with a heavy haze... frothy, rocky, khaki-colored foam builds to a good two-finger height, then settles into a thin, uneven cap

S: prune, raisin, (all)spice, tobacco... dark-vinous, perfumy esters, and maybe a hint of black licorice and light molasses... pure ethanol not readily apparent... the overall smell is moderately potent and implies a dense maltiness

T: thread of burnt dark candi sugar up the middle with a brandy-like, though dry fruitiness enveloping... moderate bitter/burnt flavor with subtle metallic and peppery notes lingering in the aftertaste... the malt and more complex sugars do gradually emerge and assert themselves, rounding out it's muddy taste... dumping the yeast slug in is a big plus

F: medium-light body - dense, but slightly attenuated, with little residual viscosity through the finish... soft warmth emanates in back of throat after each sip... carbonation seems relatively lively, lifting the sugars off the tongue, giving the beer a surprising dryness... with the slug in, this edges towards elixir

O: actually quite lovely how dry (and horizontal) it is, making it very much doable with some roasted game meat and oily root veg perhaps... this is something I might buy once every couple years, but it's always been consistently satisfying

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Photo of djura
3.37/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Found it here in Serbia, bottle 0,33l

A - Caramel reddish color. Two finger foam from bottle fermentation. Also huge carbonation from same reason. Bubbles just going up.
S - Sweet dark fruits, can't smell anything more...
T/M - Bitter, highly bitter aftertaste. Also lots of malt and some fruits. Medium carbonation.

O - Not my favourite style, so i can't be objective. Quality is there, it is trappist, but the taste is not my favourite.

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Photo of yaron73
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from Supermarket in Brussels.

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Photo of Macamah
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaxOhle
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Holderness
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aged to basically the BB date, 4.30.17

L -- Even with a gentle pour, this produces a big three-finger off-white head. 1,000 lumens passed through the glass reveals a lovely ruby-hued brew with an intense effervescence. Decent retention and minimal lacing.
S -- Predominantly caramel malts and fruity yeast esters. Hint of chocolate
T -- Wonderfully nuanced and layered sweet malts, fried dough, milk chocolate, clove, anise, and bananas. This is an immensely intricate brew, my descriptors just scratch the surface
F -- The finish is watery, but otherwise the flavor balances are on-point
O -- At $7/16oz bottle, this is definitely not a beer I'll be buying again soon. Buy it for a taste of history

87/100

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Photo of cmcquirk
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of RBorsato
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Martine
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cmoore32
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wizzle32
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlackVeg
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

not sure why it took me so long to get to this legendary brew. i do not think it is as good or distinct as the tripel they do, which stands as one of the greatest old school belgian beers around. this is still really good, technically near perfect, and quite complex. classic dubbel, dark reddish brown in color, a little thick, with a pretty airy soda sort of head in the goblet. a little yeasty, but mostly cleaned up looking. aroma of fruity belgian yeast, almost german hefe elements here, esters of banana and apple and raisin all over it, with some nice sweet caramelized grain sugars and a toasted warmness about it. the yeast drives the flavor, pretty classic belgian strain, fermented warmer and allowed to show its true colors. less spice to this than other belgians, cleaner maybe, despite it being on the sweeter side. i think its amazing that the alcohol is a little lower here than we usually see in the style, its almost a session belgian for what it is. awesome richness and depth of flavor, some dried cherry notes as it moves along, vanilla, tobacco leaf, raisin, date, rustic but highly refined. often copied, but very rarely does anyone come close to making a dubbel this good.

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Photo of Budlum
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of danflux
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

330 ml bottle, M and S, Bristol - Pours dark brown with a medium light tanned foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - sweet bready/yeasty feel, ripened stoned fruits. Taste - bready/yeasty notes, caramel feel, but felt a little like notes of Dr Pepper which I couldn't get out of my head.

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very nice head forms after a careful pour (which is generally required for this style). Brownish in color with a tad of ruby. Nice caramel-like aroma. Taste, however, is a little too subtle. After having had a St. B dubbel the night before, vibrancy of the taste seemed underwhelming. It is smooth in the finish, and solid overall. But again, taste leaves a tiny bit to be desired.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,721 ratings.
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