Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel
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4.18/5
2,753 Ratings
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

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2,753
pDev:
10.29%
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4.33
 
 
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chimay chalice. Nice head that sticks around for a while. Deep red color. You can certainly tell that this is a fine example of a Trappist ale the moment you take your first sip. This is a beer to be savored. Not as complex as some in this style but still a nice flavor. Solid and good.

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Photo of CHickman
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque dark chestnut brown in color with a massive 3 finger foamy tan head that lasted a while like a cloud; it looked like the soap foam after washing the dishes and stuck around for a few minutes. Very good lacing that clings the glass and slides down very slowly leaving a creamy top on the beer. Quite impressive out of the bottle.

Smells of roasted malt, sweet caramel, nut, dark fruits like plum and yeast. Overall has a roasty or smoky tone to it that is on the mild side, but still nice and inviting.

Tastes like roasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, nut, plum or date or fig (I can't tell or decide), yeast, cocoa, hay, charcoal and a hint of bourbon or rum at the end like it was barrel aged. After the smoked peat flavor faded there is also a trace of vanilla, which leaves a nice aftertaste that bordered on funky and metallic.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a medium to chewy body and basically no carbonation; this went down as smooth as milk and was very easy to drink. While I wouldn't say that this is a session beer, I would say that I could drink a few in one sitting since it seems to go down effortlessly and with very nice flavor.

The alcohol peeked through, but was not a factor and there were no spices apparent to me. A really good Dubbel and Belgian classic that I recommend based on its flavor and how damn easy it is to drink!

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Photo of kirkpjr
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a fairly dark brown with mahogany and mocha hues - lots of floaters here as well. A full 3 fingers of tan head. Spotted lacing develops.

S: Tons of dark fruits here - ripe cherries, figs, and raisins. Also a strong presence of apples here. Sweet malts and a spicy Belgian yeast finish off the nose.

T: Not as pungent as the smell. Ripe, dark fruits in the front with a drying Belgian yeast in the back. Sweet malts and fruits dominate the taste - coming out more as the beer warms.

M: Moderate to high carbonation. Medium body.

D: Very pleasant dubbel. Starting to delve more into this style.

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Photo of BigJim5021
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with a nice off-white head that is hesitant to subside. Not much lacing, but still a nice looking beer.

Aroma is somewhat subdued. Dark fruit, sweet malt and authentic Belgian yeast are evident.

The taste isn't as estery as I suspected it might be. This is a nice, malty brew with a good deal of breadiness. It honestly has a German pils type of breadiness to it. Interesting. Alcohol is mildly evident on the finish.

Good carbonation, a medium body and a super dry finish give the beer a nice feel.

I could knock a few of these suckers back with great ease. This is a nice change of pace, as most dubbels run much more sweet than what Westmalle has put together. I can see myself coming back to this one in the fall.

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

Poured from 750ml bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured a well carbonated 2 finger head. Color is dark mahogany brown. Good retention.

S. Caramel malt, yeast, figs, raisins, maybe a little molasses, dark fruit, brown sugar.

T. Caramel malt. A little hop bitterness. Raisins, dark fruit, some brown sugar. Nice balance of sweet and bitter.

M. Medium bodied. Full carbonation. Pretty dry finish.

D. Drinkable. A good dubbel. Nice balance between malt and hops. I like dubbels a little more sweet, but this is good.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a big tan colored head.

S: The nose is good, but not amazing. Some dark fruits in the form of raisins, plums, and figs with plenty of sweet malt notes: molasses, caramel, and toffee.

T: A lot more intensity to the flavor. A great malt character that's bready with excellent but balanced sweetness that provides some molasses, toffee, caramel. The fruits are over-ripe and sweet, mostly cherries, plums, and figs.

M: Medium in body with very ample carbonation, as you would expect for a Belgian ale.

D: Really a delicious and easy to drink beer. One of the better dubbels I've had in awhile.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Best before 04/08/2011.

(A)- Pours a hazy dark brown/red/gray color that produced a giant fluffy orange-ish tan colored head. Solid retention behind it. Left 'crown' shaped lacing behind making the foam look like, well, a crown! Cool

(S)- Wow, a big dark red fruit freshness and ripeness up front. Full on raspberry, cassis, grape, plum, and strawberry. Ample earthy clay and yeast in the background with a touch of vanilla-like creaminess. I am loving the big fruits in this.

(T)- Pretty close to the smell. Great ripe fruits with an earthy clay and yeast combo. Finishes very dry with a light straw/hay/ wheat-like spice.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Great fruits that actually creates a nice acidity to tie in with the dry earthy yeast and funk. Actually is quite refreshing too. Smooth and actually a tad light for the style/what I was expecting, but I welcome it. It may not be rich, but it has a delicate complexity to it.

(D)- A wonderful Dubbel full of great flavors. Smooth and a fantastic drinker for anytime of the year. This is a dubbel I could see being in my fridge all the time; easily available and not overpriced for what you get. A great trappist beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, deep hazy brown; tawny around the edges with two fingers of tan head which seem to dissipate rather rapidly. A good-lookin' beer, to be sure.

Smell: rich dubbel aromas of figs, cherries, plums and dates. There's also a mustiness to the aroma which I must say I rather like.

Taste: boom! There's a reason I went out to buy Belgians this evening. Sweet, lustrous malt flavor with hints of the aromas listed above, but nothing is overpowering. There's also a little bit of chocolate in there which is working for me. Capital.

Mouthfeel: silky and creamy in texture. Body is medium in density but the overall feel is quite nice.

Drinkability: I'm finding myself liking dubbels more and more. This one is extremely quaffable and I might get myself into trouble tonight.

Looking on the back, I see two dates: 9/19/2007 and 9/19/2009. I'm guessing that these are the bottled-on and best-by dates? Not sure, but if that's the case then we're getting up on 10 months past its best date. It's still a damn good beer, though!

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Rochefort goblet.

A: Dark mahogany brown-red, opaque, many bubble trails. A thick, rich, chunky head. Some lacing.

S: Not particularly notable. Unexpected hop aroma with gentle malts and maybe a touch of alcohol.

T: Surprisingly light, carbonated, and hoppy. Mild nutty, malty flavour mixes with spicy hops. Very well balanced, such that the aftertaste is a nearly neutral combination of both flavours. Yummy!

M: Very stimulating. Light, somewhat chewy, with exciting carbonation and enjoyable spiced notes.

D: Unusually accessible and drinkable for a Trappist beer. Relatively light at 7% and quite pleasant. Not my favourite flavour-wise, but a solid choice and a beer I could drink lots of.

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Photo of niklas0770
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A dark brown hazy liquid with a massive head wich slowly fades to leave some very nice lacing. This beer looks mysteriously inviting to me...

The first thing that hits my nose is a crispy tone of wet grass, then citrus and yeast. Hay, and caramel malts comes to my mind as well.

The taste is even more crispy that the smell suggested. The citrus and grass comes first, along with some apples and bitterness of lemon peel. Then comes the heavier tastes; roasted malts, yeast, figs.

A very well balanced beer. Big bubbles as one would expect, very smooth and warm feeling. Calmness...

After drinking almost nothing but american IPAs for the last year this was the perfect reminder why belgians were the ones who got me into craft beer.

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Photo of snogglethorpe
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attractive darkish brown with a thick and persistent head the size of a planet. Smells basically kind of yeasty.

Taste is initially unassuming, but after a bit one notices how perfectly balanced it is. A belgian yeast taste is clear, but not excessive. There are hints of dark fruits, enough to give it a somewhat fruity character, but it's not sweet, indeed, it's kind of dry, with a very slightly tart finish, and a hint of woodiness (barrel aging?) and bitterness (hops? I dunno). It gets more and more interesting as you drink (and the beer warms, probably).

The mouthfeel is very slightly thick, but still refreshing; the carbonation is clearly enough to give it that massive head, but it doesn't taste sparkly.

After my first sip I thought "is that it?" (it is kind of famous after all), but as I drank, I began to notice interesting flavors, and I was soon thinking "oh yeah..." All the while, it remained refreshing and went down super easy.

A very nice and subtle beer. Deserves the high rating I think.

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Photo of impending
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml into a tulip pours a dark unexciting brown. Magnificent dense tan head recedes leaving great lacing - as it recedes it reminds me of the head on a root beer float!

Malts prominent, figs, bananas and yeast - no sense of alcohol.

Classic (of course) dubbel taste. Not too sweet, mild bitterness. The aftertaste lingers but is mild. Thin mouth feel. Flavor warms well.

I think I may subconsciously rate Trappist brews a little higher than I would otherwise simply because the thought of monks brewing beer is just so cool. This is indeed good!
cheers
jd

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 vintage, served in Duvel tulip.

A: Three fingers of luxurious head atop a dark chestnut body. Slightly cloudy. Head retention is good.

S: Yeast and yeast byproducts. Mostly sweetness in the aroma. Maybe due to age, but the aroma is very basic.

T: Vanilla and sweet fruit. Cherries. Slightly spicy. Red grape juice. A little bit of anise. Drying finish. Quite complex.

M: Soft, creamy, with near perfect carbonation.

D: Interesting enough to keep coming back. Nothing offensive that would prevent having more than one.

Very nice. Just slightly mellower than fresh. Other than some oxidation, I don't feel like this beer has evolved all that much in 5 years. It is amazing beer to begin with, so I don't see much benefit it laying it down. I will say that even @ 5 years I feel like it could go at least several more.

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Photo of Machinehead
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer on accident when I ordered the Tripple. It was a little disappointing, considering the A rating. Flavor is good, but not terribly complex. If you like the Bernardus, you might like this one, but there are better Belgian ales, in my opinion.

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Photo of speter
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a three-finger tan head that stuck around for most of the drink. Nice lacing.

S: Malt with some Belgian sugar and yeast. Very subdued.

T: The front and center are fairly malty, while the finish is slightly peppery and remarkably dry. The overtones change from sip to sip, ranging from brown sugar to raisins to figs and perhaps a bit of apple. The sweetness overall is well balanced, unlike some of the American versions of dubbels.

M: Medium body with very creamy carbonation. The alcohol is very well integrated.

D: Great beat, easy to dance to; I'd give it a ... oh, wait, wrong channel. This is a quintessence of a dubbel. Have one.

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Photo of mmahut
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber colour with stable head.

S: Bitter strong caramel/sugar aroma.

T: Starts with smooth taste of dark fruits, apple, bananas following with sweet chocolate taste with oranges.

M: Heavy body with medium carbonation, long lasting after taste.

D: One of Belgian classic, very good for dinner.

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Photo of Dubber55
3.1/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a murky brown with some orange highlights. 1 finger cream colored head.

I immediatly smell clove, nutmeg, banana. There are also some dark fruits and some raisins.

The taste seems pretty spicy. I am getting mostly bready and caramelly malts along with a lot of clove, nutmeg, banana, gingerbread. Seems to have a dry finish with a lot of clove.

Mouthfeel is thin with some medium to high carbonation

The alcohol is nicely hidden but, the spiciness and the breadiness make me not want to drink more than a few ounces. I can think of a few dubbels I would rather drink instead.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark, slightly cloudy, ruby color with a good sized foamy toasted marshmallow colored head. Average retention and a thin layer of patchy lacing left.

S - A lot of dried dark cherry and raisin along with some other dark fruit. Some juicy apple and a bit of citrus. Good amount of caramel and dark malt aroma. Pretty sweet with a slight fruity tartness, particularly from the dark cherry.

T - Starts with some dark and a bit of a bready taste of malt. Hints of caramel and very slight chocolate flavor. Some dark fruit comes out on top of this with plum and raisin being strongest. Some raisin and citrus accompanies these and some spice, cinnamon and nutmeg being the strongest. A slightly sweet and tart and juicy finish.

M - Medium body with just a bit more than average carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy.

D - Very drinkable, with a variety of flavors that are well balanced. Juicy and pretty refreshing, and I would gladly have another.

Notes: Best before 23/09/11. A very solid beer and good example of the style. Quite a bit of dark fruit, with a nice dark malt base. Very drinkable and an enjoyable flavor, but it just didn't really blow me away or really distinguish itself as a world class beer. It is certainly worth getting and a very good beer though, and I would happily drink it again.

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Photo of misinformed
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a best before 04/14/11 11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.
A- Poured dark brown/red color. One previous reviewer mentioned garnet and I guess that is pretty close, all though I felt it was a bit more on the brown side. Two finger brown head that quickly died down. Nice active carbonation around the edge of the glass.

S- Very light. Bread when I opened the bottle. Faint raisin and alcohol.

T- Starts off with a really subdued, almost hidden sweetness followed by mild hops with a bready, faintly citrus aftertaste. I kept getting a sour/vinegar taste and smell which was slightly off-putting, but not enough for me to stop drinking. The bread was the most distinct note out of the range of flavors to me, but I would not say it dominated.

M- Nice medium body with incredibly active small bubbled carbonation. Creamy too, which was nice. Maybe a hint of dryness, but overall I did not notice this in the beer much. The carbonation was what stood out to me most; in a pleasant way.

D- I split the small bottle with someone which left me wanting more of this. I liked it, but I was expecting something a bit more flavorful. Well balanced, though. I dropped the drinkability a bit because of the vinegar taste I detected, but I would probably try it again.

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Photo of Naugros
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark garnet in color with a luscious tan head. The head falls back to a 1/2 inch coating. There is no trace of the expected lace.

The smell is underwhelming. Most Belgians have a very distinct estery odor from the yeasts or rich chocolate from the malt. I had to swirl the beer to get any aroma out of it and when I did it only gave a whiff of caramel with a tinge of lemon.

The flavors are also subtle, but very well balanced. The caramel in the nose continues on the tongue and brings with it a nice sweetness that is not cloying. There is a very light hops or yeast presence in the form of a bit of bitterness at the back of the tongue that is reminiscent of pineapple.

This is a nice clean beer. The body is medium, but drinks lighter due to the dryness.

If I wanted a Belgian that wasn't overly complicated then I'd go with this one. If I'm looking for more flavor I'll choose another style. This is a wonderful representation of the style, but I prefer that my taste buds get more of a work-out.

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Photo of Phillyphilms
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark in color, amber with hues of maroon. Pours with a luscious strong head. Bubbles continue to elevate while you drink.

S- Average in smell, a lot less of the fruits and sugars yu get from other Belgium beers.

T- Outstanding. Nice bitter bite up front and very malty. YEast less defined than other Belgiums but that leaves way for the dark fruit and malt to seep in. Very enjoyable.

M- Dry but sticks around for a moment.

D- Very much so. Sadly I only had one bottle or I would have had a second right behind it.

All in all, very well crafted dubbel, and one of my favorites in the style. Looking forward to my next one.

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Photo of EvilGnome6
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a very dark, hazy amber with a generous tan head that holds very firmly. A constant stream of bubbles can be seen rushing up the side of the glass. Leaves generous lacing on the glass as you drink it down.

S: Malty sweet and fruity. A hint of raisin and dates covered in caramel. It's very subtle and delicate with a gently earthiness underlying the other scents.

T: The first sip is surprisingly bold considering the delicate aroma. A sharp twang is the first flavor the hits the palate. It's difficult to describe. It's not unpleasant in any way, just surprising. The sharpness quickly fades into a pleasant blend of malt and dark fruits. Rum raisin, figs and a gentle touch of coffee. The hop presence is understated and judiciously applied to let the malty, fruity flavors shine through.

M: This is difficult to describe. It's a touch on the dry side but has just enough body to let the flavors linger for several minutes. Quite remarkable, really. I can't imagine the mouthfeel being any better. Exceptional.

D: Supremely drinkable. I could easily gulp this one down or sip it slowly. This beer will let you have it any way you want it. I could easily drink several of these in a row and I'm sure I would only regret it the morning after.

Overall: World class Belgian Dubbel. Somewhat different than others in the style and could possibly benefit from just a touch more complexity. In spite of that, it is supremely balanced and immensely drinkable. Would definitely buy again.

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Photo of sadie23
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle into a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Brown with a beige creamy head. Fine bubbles. Larger than expected head.

S: Clean, almost soapy (not in a bad way). Prunes.

T: Fruity like the smell, prunes and raisins, and with molasses.

M: Bubbly with a little bit dry finish.

D: Balanced. Easy to drink. I would have another.

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Photo of dgv0
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 33cL brown bottle "TRAPPISTENBIER" stamped around the neck.

A: Pours a dark brown with a thick and creamy tan-colored head. Visible bits of black yeast when held up to light.

S: Peppery, slight caramel notes.

T: Chocolate, malty, and fruity. A dry, alcoholic bit after the first impression, but nonetheless, a great experience for the tongue. Warming.

M: Coarse, almost gritty from the yeast. Medium carbonation and relatively thick body.

D: 100% drinkable, and for me, that's an interesting concept for a Belgian Ale. If these didn't cost so much here in FL, I'd consider buying this every week.

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Photo of elvisnj
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml 25Oz Belgian bottle poured into my Duvel Chalice.

Nice deep brown.

Good head and lacing.

Nose is hard to detect but when I do find it, its classic Belgian.

Taste is sweet sweet but then takes the palate on a ride. It has some hops but not alot. Malts are the winner here. Bready, molasses, dark fruits and some slight spice. It finishes slightly bitter but mostly clean.

Mouth feel is medium to rich. Carbonation is just right. This is a very smooth beer. I read it was a fine example of the style and it surely was.

I could sip this at all times, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

A great Dubbel. Those Trappist monks are just brilliant.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 2,753 ratings
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