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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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4.18/5
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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,228
Reviews:
1,236
Ratings:
2,765
pDev:
10.29%
Bros Score:
4.33
 
 
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Photo of Everydayoff
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a goblet.

Hazy ruby brown in color, the pour quickly builds up very thick fluffy khaki head that everlastingly withstands until the last sip and gradually leaves plenty of sticky and refined lacing patch and spot on the glass-side. Superb showcase.

Well mellow aroma, fruity ester from yeast of ripe banana, prune, dried-raisin, grape, dark cherry, currant, and a little hint of clove as well as sweet fruit cake, caramel, bread, molasses, candy sugar, and bitter chocolate from malt. Also, there is a suggestion of earthy hop.

The taste is led by its fruity ester of ripe banana, prune, dried-raisin, grape, dark cherry, currant, and subtle clove spice like the aroma. Malt reveals just a little bit thereafter with obvious notes of caramel, fruit cake, bread, molasses, candy sugar, and bitter roasted chocolate. Hop is woody and earthy that only lends a quick flash at the end.

Medium body with velvety yet silky smooth mouthfeel from its moderate carbonation, the feeling is well-rounded with nice crispness and good liveliness touch. Finish is pleasantly dry.

The master of brewing art from the old world, this is purely class and this is truly art. Alcohol is completely concealed underneath its greatness.

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

Photo of andyjeigh
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of saboliver
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark appearance with a complementary tan head. Rich aroma, with raisins and dried fruit, sweet with a hint of spiciness. On sipping, the taste and feel are fairly sweet and smooth, but lighter and a little lighter than I anticipated at first. There are some grain flavours in there and a little bit of sourness. There is some fizz on the tongue followed by froth, on the edge of my personal taste but not too much for me and reasonable for the style. Neither the smell nor the flavour were as punchy as I had hoped, but it was still very nice. I wonder if the temperature was correct. It had been taken out of the fridge about three-quarters of an hour before serving.

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Photo of yuno
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Estria
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Eziel
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DutchGermanguy
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really nice beer. A nice dark colour and the flavours are really balanced.
The taste is grainy with fruity/sweet hint to it. Although it does not taste hoppy bitter, the beer is not too sweet.
The power of this beer is its good balance.
If you ever can, drink this beer

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Photo of jhart96
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pmcclure
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Griphon
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sjones5045
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of srv33
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Part of a Dubbel taste off, including this, Rochefort 6, and Chimay Red.

Appearance: Darkest pour of the three. An unremarkable dark brown. Large head whilst pouring that quickly dissipated to a thick collar but not much else. Medium to fine bubbles.

Aroma: Definitely the most different aroma of the three. I get scents of tart cherry right away, along with fig, clove, spices, and other berries.

Mouthfeel: Neither thick or thin, very fine carbonation that is stated but not prominent. A bit sharp but clean. Most moderate of three, not as muted and creamy as the rochefort, yet not as heavily carbonated as the Chimay Red.

Taste: Sour berries to start, prominent spices and an herbal astringent quality. A well balanced sweetness, and a full body. This is the quintessential Dubbel.

Overall: This was a hard taste test. All three shone in their own ways which made judging hard. In terms of accuracy to the style, the Westmalle wins. In terms of all the other markers of the style, the Westmalle has the slight edge, closely followed by the Rochefort, and then the Chimay.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Temperature is everything with the Westmalle Dubbel, it really needs to be served 'not chilled'. If you must store it in the cooler, leave it a good 5 minutes before pouring, otherwise it will be just too flat and bitter.

Appearance on pouring is a delightfully deep and full chestnut body. Leave a while, let the sediment sink and the head dissipate into a thin filmy caramel top, which should stay with you for the duration of quaffing.

Scent is a little scant to be honest, and the taste is a light malt with a twist of caramel rounded with a slightly bitter bite.

Feel is a bit of a let down, it does feel a little watery compared to it's great appearance, and a touch artificial.

The 7% abv is spot on for a dubbel.

Overall, it's another pretty good brew, nothing spectacular, but great for a winters night boofing session by the fire.....the tripel is better!

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Photo of Rymish
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StormAles
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of emerge077
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpongeHop
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - dark brown with ruby red shine, slightly hazy; solid off-white to beige creamy head
S & T - light bready malts, pleasant bitters with slightly earthy hoppiness, hint of dark candisugar, lightly sour prunes
F - medium body, nicely drinkable

O - the quintessential dubbel, as far as I'm concerned. It's the archetype for a reason. Still my favorite dubbel out of all the trappists.

I do recommend this one.

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Photo of Ned57
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a dark brown color with some hazy ruby edges, not much lacing, but what there is clings sporadicly around the edges. The head lasts oh, probably about a good minute. The smell had some glazed apples - coming through kinda sugary, cinnamon - perhaps. I like the nice spice that allocates itself fairly nicely to the aroma. The taste was mainly sweet but still there’s a nice spice to the flavoring. The aftertaste - uh...well, there isn’t any aftertaste - ok, well, no worries. I got a quick dry finish. On the palate, it sits about a light to medium, sessionability - hmmm....not quite. I can tell it wants to be, but for the most part, in my opinion, it seems to sit closer to the medium aspect. Carbonation seems to be a tad sharper than most Dubbels I’ve had, but still worthy of being construed as a Dubbel. Overall, in my opinion, this is a pretty good Dubbel well worthy of having again despite having a harsher carbonation than most.

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Photo of thommo_nk
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

330mL bottle poured into a straight glass. Dark red in colour, off-white thick three finger head. Medium to heavy carbonation. Smells and tastes of caramel and dark fruit (prunes?).

Classy beer, need to try the tripel.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 2,765 ratings
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