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

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10.29%
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Photo of ludachris
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one courtesy of TheHammer. Bottle to Chimay chalice (also thanks to Marky ;))

Pours a very deep garnet red with 2.5 fingers of thick and creamy off-white head that leaves sheets of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. Very attractive.

Fresh sweet apple, sour grapes, cherries, candied fruit, yeast, and a hint of alcohol in the nose.

Cherries, sour grapes, candied malt, crisp and clean sweet apple, hints of yeast, and a slightly acidic character in the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy but crisp and clean, ending dry. The 7% ABV is well concealed. Like the other Dubbel's I've had, this one's a great drinker.

It seems that the more I drink Belgian's, the more I fall in love with them, and this one keeps me going down the same path. In comparison to the Chimay Red I recently had, this interpretation seems musty with a greater emphasis being placed on the sour aspects of the beer. Still, the sourness is excellently balanced with the sweet candied/fruity notes of the beer, and that's one of the things that makes this brew so great.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle split with two friends at Delaney's, into mini-nonics.

A: Clear reddish-brown body beneath an inch of dense tan head; decent retention and light lace.

S: Very sweet, fruity malts - apple, red grape, cherry. Some yeast. Appealing.

T: Rich array of smooth, malty goodness - all the fruit of the nose, plus some rich caramel sweetness. Amazingly smooth and balanced.

M: Very smooth medium body with moderate, lightly prickly carbonation.

D: Incredible. No trace of alcohol, and it somehow manages to be thoroughly sweet and malty without being cloying in the least. As much as I like my friends, I kind of wish I'd ordered this bottle just for myself. Awesome.

Notes: By far my favorite dubbel to date, this is simply a paragon of its style. Those monks know a thing or two about brewing. I can't wait to have this again.

Cheers!

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

A rich brown in colour, and hazy with yeast held in suspension. Topped by well-retained beige head that leaves a pretty lace as it slowly subsides. Malty, fruity aroma vaguely reminiscent of banana bread. Theres plum and cherry to go with that banana, along with caramel and a hint of chocolate. Inititial dark bread flavour is overtaken by fruity notes of raisin, apple, and fig. Very ripe and jammy tasting. It finishes with a hit of warm alcohol and a musty bitterness. The flavour and aroma both get a bit boozier as the beer warms. Medium bodied with fine, tingling carbonation. Doesn't feel heavy while still feeling substantial. Easy drinking, flavourful, and subtle; I was left wanting more after finishing this fairly potent ale.

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Photo of oldhippie247
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours chocolately brown with a soft off-white/light tan head.

Nose is relatively faint when poured in the Westmalle chalice, but occasional wisps of chocolately malts and dried fruits do appear. I was expecting a little more on the nose.

Chocolate and dried fruit follow through on the palate with a nice medium, but round mouthfeel. Carbonation is less active and fine than the Tripel, which I feel is more appropriate. Nice lingering malt-driven finish.

Overall a very well-balanced beer that should please any Belgian beer fan.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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 +0.5%
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 +2.9%
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 +0.7%
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 -14.4%
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 -15.6%
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 -6.2%
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 -1.7%
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 +7.7%
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 -6.2%
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 -6.5%
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%
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 -2.4%
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 -3.8%
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 +4.1%
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 +6.5%
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 -9.6%
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 +2.2%
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 +13.9%
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 +0.5%
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 -2.4%
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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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 2,765 ratings
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