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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

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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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218
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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -19.4%
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 +7.7%
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 -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaxOhle
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Holderness
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of RBorsato
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Martine
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cmoore32
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | 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 hozersr
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wizzle32
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlackVeg
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev -1%
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 +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of danflux
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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 -7.4%
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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Photo of Libeertarian
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes taken 01/17/17:

On back of bottle it says best before 12/03/16. I won’t deny I neglected it for a while because I figured it would be basically the same for a year or two, given the higher ABV, although at 7%, this is on the lower end of the ages-well spectrum. What I am not sure of, is whether I should interpret that as March 12th (assuming European dating methods, it is a European beer after all) or December 3rd (assuming American dating methods, it is an imported beer after all). It is either almost a year past its best-by date or basically still fresh (a month and a half past “best”). If I had to guess, given that I purchased it in August of 2016, probably it is still relatively fresh, as opposed to it being fairly old when I bought it.

Deep copper appearance, darker than brandy, lighter than dark rum. Fairly clear but in this glass at least seems slightly metallic. That’s the first pour into this smaller goblet. Second pour contains an abundance of chunk and haze, it is almost entirely opaque, and brown. Head is loose and rocky on the sides, but on the surface and I suspect towards the center, considerably tighter and finer and more uniform, bubbly to frothy with only moderate retention. Smell is moderately roasty/toasty, with subdued phenols and suggestions of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, nuts, even banana. Not a very strong nose for what it is, and with just moderate warmth not even particularly boozy, but still makes me thinks it will be absolutely delicious. One of the most overtly and distinctly toasty beers I have ever had, straying neither too far into roasty nor caramelized sugar territory. Some of this is clearly from the malt, but there is little doubt the phenols come into play here as well. Apart from this we have some mild dark fruit tartness, some apple or pear, brewing spice, and a semi-bitter metallic/phenolic finish. I do prefer this style to be sweeter, heavier, boozier, but this is still very interesting and tasty. Medium-bodied I suppose, hard to tell with how effervescent and velvety it is. A tiny bit of warmth. I paid great attention to detail here, and as much as I hate to sound plebeian, I have to say the American versions of this style I have had have overall been better, so far. There are certainly other Belgians that the Belgians themselves seem to do better.

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Photo of Aidenkim
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Karibourgeois
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dinglehacker
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle into tulip glass, Big Belgian head, long retention. A deep murky brown.

Strong nose of dark grapejuice, berries, creamy malts.

Taste: dark bready malts, stunning but sutble hop profile not unlike dark chocolate wine.

Mouth, for all its darkness, is not really boozy. Light sour, bitter finish.

Good bready dubbel, less of the citrus seen in other varieties, almost Germanic. It's deliciousness, however, is unquestionable.

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into the appropriate Westmalle branded chalice. Paid £2.30 for a single.

Pours a cloudy, dark mahogany body, which displays some ruby garnets when held to the light and allows plenty of fine carbonation to be observed against the edges of the glass. A two-finger in height, thick, foamy, light tan coloured head slowly reduces to a dense cap, leaving behind only minuscule specs of lace.

The dark, rich and well-balanced nose predominantly consists of fruity yeast esters. Banana and raisin initially lead above impressions of stewed apple and woody poached pears. Tart red berries, red currants and clove spices follow, while traces of dark roast, lightly bitter chocolate malt and musty, earthy, woody hop profiles become perceptible towards the back-end. Taste follows in much the same way. Estery notes of banana, stewed apple and pears poached in spiced red wine lead above a host of red, dark and dried fruits. Raisins, currants, figs, plums, prunes, red grapes, berries and overripe cherry are joined by hints of lemony citrus, warming clove and faint traces of lightly roasted malts to form the bulk of the lengthy mid-palate. Towards the back-end, phenolic spice and roasted malt characters gently build, replacing well-defined individual fruits with a rich fruitcake-like combination. In the mouth, a light body paired with plenty of lively, expansive carbonation gives a feel that’s reasonably smooth and crisp, despite being just a little too thin and spritzy. After the swallow, rich fruitcake profiles gentle fade, while traces of musty and woody hops join hints of lingering clove to provide mild drying bitterness and a suggestion of vinous astringency.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Rich, robust and incredibly well balanced, it’s hugely complex but remains ridiculously easy to drink. Perhaps carbonation could be slightly less assertive, but ultimately it still smells and tastes delicious, is readily available and is excellent value for money. It’s my go-to Belgian Dubbel. Recommended.

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