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

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4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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Photo of MLasoski
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Bottle, poured into pint glass.

A: The dark red or mahogany body was poured into the glass which left a finger-thick, off-white head and slightly visible carbonation.

S: I can smell the malts which hint at the ABV in the beer. The hops don't really express themselves that much. However, the beer smells promising.

T: The ABV is definitely apparent when sipping down the brew. The roasted malts underly the ABV and make the beer more tasteful.

M: Once sipped, the carbonation is a non-factor and the tastes and smells of the beer shine through from the start to the finish. The ABV overshadows most of the flavor; however, the malts and hops make it more complex on the way down.

D: Even though this is not my favorite Trappist brew, it is still worth buying. If they could somehow balance the ABV with more taste and add a thicker head, they would be golden. Give it a shot, it's worth adding to your collection.

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

330ml bottle.

This beer pours a hazy, rather dark ruby amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, bubbly, silken foamy beige head, one which leaves a broad array of fuzzy patchy lace around the glass as it lolls about, eventually receding at a pretty tame pace.

It smells of semi-sour candy sugar, over (or under?)-whelmed caramel malt, subtly spicy cloves, and a light red wine grape fruitiness. The taste is tangy, dark bready malt, pithy green apple, lesser dark bittersweet fruits, somewhat edgy yeast, and simmering woody alcohol.

The carbonation is a bit on the high side, with a tendency toward the frothy, which detracts from the already kind of weakly weighted body, and any equally expected smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the malt still in for the long haul, with some inherent herbs and soft booziness lingering.

Pretty spot-on, I suppose, but not nearly as heady as one might have been expecting, the beefed up malt just a little too lacking, and weirdly so. An otherwise agreeable tipple, even more so when we New Worlders bring our lofty expectations back down to earth.

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

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with orange-red hue when held to light; rocky and dense, thick head with plenty of lace around the glass. Head is a light shade of maple cream color.

Smell: A bit spicy -- some clove fragrance, toffee, with rummy notes. A faint yeasty aroma, almost like fresh dark bread. The scent is far more intense as the ale warms to drinking temperature and thoroughly pleasant.

Taste: Very malty, subtly warming; a touch more bitterness than I was expecting, but this produces a very nice crisp finish. Flavors of brown sugar, toffee, slight suggestion of caramelized fruits. The malt character is intriguing. I have heard malt bills for Belgian dubbels are not often as complicated as it would seem, but the grainy taste is complex enough that it's hard to believe there are only two or three malts in this brew. I cannot taste the alcohol at all, short of the aforementioned slight warming sensation, in spite of the 7% ABV. Wonderfully balanced overall.

Mouthfeel: Very, very smooth. Almost creamy. Carbonation is very fine, and not at all intense. Medium body. Not heavy at all.

Drinkability: This is really, really drinkable. The first time I enjoyed this beer, I thought it was an awesome choice for a winter night by the fire. Now it's July, and the beer is just as delicious. Very smooth, and keeps the palate guessing until the last drop.

Overall, this is one of the most balanced, tasty beers I've had the pleasure to enjoy. It's definitely one of my favorite dubbels, and one I'd recommend to anyone looking for a nice beer to sip slowly on a quiet evening.

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Photo of delnoche
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2009
33cl bottle poured into a Westmalle Trappist glass. Pours dark brown with ample tan frothy head. Beautiful yummy looking beer. Smells malty and sweet. Flavour is like nuts or raisins, kind of sweet and bitter. Palate is smooth with light carbonation. Doesn't taste as alcoholic as a lot of Belgian dubbels... especially for a Trappist. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.05/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I drank from a bottle into a chalice in Brussels at Delirium Cafe.

It pours brown with a decent white head and above average lacing.

It smells like malt and coffee with a hint of spice.

It tastes ok, but I like this one less than the Dubblel but better than the quad. Which is very strange because this is the opposite of the way I like the other Trappistes. Overall a very so-so beer.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, sweet fruits (applesauce and fig), some cola-like notes. Flavor of bitter hops initially with lots of malt and sweet fruits, even some soda-like notes. Hmm, not what I expected from the #2 dubbel in the world. The flavor is bland and the palate a touch heavy. I would have liked more fruity notes or spices....oh well.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westmalle Dubbel produces a massive amount of light tan and rocky head. The body is very dark, ruby red, with a good amount of sediment at the bottom of the glass. The head retention lasts all the way through the 33cl serving, and lacing sticks nicely to the walls of the glass.

This was much more aromatic than expected. It erupts with a slight metallic hops presence, and has a sweet raison bread tone to it as well. I detect overripe grapes cinnamon and other sweet spices.

This tasted more herbal upfront than expected with brisk bitterness, candied sugar is here too. Definitely overripe dark fruits and some cooked veggies are in the taste too.

Mouthfeel is coarse, chewy, and a warm finish follows through.

Overall, this brew was a bit bitterer than I expected. It's decently well rounded with no dominant flavor to overpower the whole beer.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This Trappist-beer pours dark brown - almost black, with a powerful, thick light-brown head, that stays for a really long time. Since all Trappist-beers are bottled conditioned there is a lot of cloudiness to this great looking beer.

S: The complexity is awesome, there is (roasted) malt, bitter hops and fruit (apples). This smells great!

T: The first thing that hits my tongue is a taste of roasted rye bread. But there is also obvious sweetness, a hint of bitterness, after a little while the taste of the malt turns into chocolate. There is also fruity flavours: green apples and a bit of raisins.
The aftertaste is still sweet, but turns drier as time goes by. In the end there is some hops.
This is a complex beer that tastes fantastic.

M: Rich and a bit viscous, a little like syrup.

D: This must be one of the best beers ever. I'm thinking about joining the monastery that produces such a fantastic beer ;-). This one you must try.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this earlier tonight while watching poker. Poured a medium brown with cinnamon head that faded somewhat quick and left decent lacing. Smelled of bready yeast and fruit. Tasted pretty much the same. Slightly overcarbed, but smooth. Could drink a few.

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Photo of Kraken
3.08/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 2/10/09. Best by 3/10

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into an oversized wine goblet. Firm pour evokes a 1/4 inch of white head, fair amount of lace. Color is a nice semi-opaque woody brown.

Nose- a slight sourness with some substantial caramel notes. Wet rotting wood.

Palate- Sour woodiness. Plenty of moderately sweet caramel notes. Coco. More sour woodiness in the finish. Finishes moderately dry.

Mouth- Dry and slightly tart.

Drinkability- Decent, but not the best dubble I've had.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish brown with a chil haze. Ok head and a little lacing.

Some dark fruit scents, as well as some sweet caramel and booze.

I must say, I expected more depth out of this one. Alot more on the dry side than expected. Shows some caramel and dark fruit sweetness, but that immediately turns to a dry and coarse stone fruit pit bitter bite that was strangely appropriate but not all that pleasant. The yeast and tasted bread are there as well, but the dry fruit flavor and alcohol edge dominate. You can tell this is well crafted, and damn good thing, because it hinges upon becoming a mess. Decent body and carbonation help clean the palate. Overall, a drier than expected drinker. I liked this less than the hype, but still dug it. Worth a try as you work your way through thee vast sea of Belgian beers, but this one will be a matter of personal taste and preference.

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Photo of masterallen
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark cherry brown. I poured the beer poorly and had a little extra head, no big deal, it just released a few more of the esters.

S - applish notes and a slighly woody aroma.

T - choclatety taste but very dry, even bitter aftertaste

M - coats mouth nicely. heavy and doesn't

D - I would only have 1 or 2. Not really a session beer despite it's reasonable ABV.

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Photo of maleman
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - very dark, a little cloudy when held up to the light.

S - a little heavy, hoppy.

T - hint of chocolate, some distant fruit was detected.

M - felt it in the upper back of my mouth...didn't fill it up.

D - could sit around and drink this one all evening!

These Trappists are growing on me!

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Photo of McDiddyPop
3.21/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz brown bottle. 'Westmalle' engraved around the neck. Pretty badass looking. Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

It should be noted that this one foamed up when I opened it, leading me to believe it became contaminated before bottling. I hope for the best.

It pours a deep mahogany with ruby hues around the edges. Nearly black in the center, when held up to the light it reveals decent clarity with moderate haze from a sturdy pour. A one finger head quickly disipates into a small cap with a few scattered bits of lace. The smell is lacking. Very faint grain, with a hint of sweetness. Apples, maybe? The taste leaves a lot to be desired. It barely fills my mouth. Very dry with a sweet/tartness on the back of the tongue. I have to smack my lips after each sip, because it almost completely dries my mouth out.

I will definitely give this one another chance, but as for my first look I was anything but impressed. Hopefully round two brings me a bottle with no added contaminants.

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Photo of JAStheAce
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - dark mahogany brown with about an inch of foamy head which quickly went away

S - sweet, chocolatey, caramel, nougat, butterscotch, toffee

T - Chocolate very rich and malty. Fruity aftertaste and I can't really get more specific then that but not citrus fruits. Concludes with a nice dry finish

M - medium mouthfeel

D - A delicious brew and the moderate abv% could make this to a session beer if you are feeling so inclined. I know I'd be down.

Overall, a gem of a beer and I expect nothing less from the Trappists

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Photo of srandycarter
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cola colored, not much head. Leaves to ring. Very little, tight lacing.

S - Brown sugar and cooked fruits with some breadiness.

T - Bread, caramel, and some sour sharpness. Not expecting this and wonder if it is usual for the beer.

M - Medium to light body, plenty of carb and good coating.

D - Nice beer.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an Orval chalice.

Appearance - very deep brown, mahogany I guess. Nice tan head, stuck around a little while.

Smell - boozy, caramel, dark fruit. Just what you would expect.

Taste - fabulous. You taste the alchocol but surrounding it is a harvest of other flavors, dark fruit, caramel.

Mouthfeel - exceptional. Carbonation perfected.

Drinkability - at 7% I am about done with one but could go on forever if possible.

A fantastic beer like all Trappist ales.

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. Best before end 4/15/10.

A: Opaque reddish brown. Nice big Belgian head.

S: Lots and lots of dark fruits. Kind of like walking through the produce section of the grocery store.

T: A pleasant and complex mix of dark fruitiness and piercing bitterness. Finishes rather dry.

M: Smooth and medium-bodied. A lot of carbonation.

D: I'm not that much into dubbels, but this is definitely one of the better ones. Good for anyone jonesing for the fruity esters of a Belgian dark ale but not really in the mood for the knockout blow of a quad.

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

The dubbel is 7%, 33 cl bottle.
To me, this Westmalle is the best choice in this category: it's well available, and not too expensive, and the quality is excellent.

A: beautifull dark chestnut brown colour, with a huge beige head, that holds to a fluffy 1 finger thick layer after a few minutes.
S: very fresh overall, with banana, dark fruits, stewed pears and apple, and also it has notes of roasted grains and coffee.
T: Next to roasted grains and coffee, the modest bitterness of hop, there is banana and plumbs indeed, also apple, spices, a little bread too. Very pleasant and rounded for a dubbel.
M: it's very smooth.
D: With 7% abv it's really drinkable, especially since it's modestly spicy, which is great if you want to drink a couple more.

Also used it for cooking in stew pastasauce. Nice

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark copper pour with ruby highlights. Off white, small, persistent head.
Aroma is amazing - sweet plums and red apples, some cloves, cinnamon, sweet caramel malt and a hint of chocolate.
Flavours are not as diverse - complex roasted malts with chocolate notes and some noticeable alcohol. Quite sweet up front but finishes rather dry.
Too much carbonation detracts from flavour! Otherwise quite enjoyable!

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought locally!

This pours a cloudy dark brown with some orange hues and a +2 finger head of foam.

The smell is fruity and spicy and malty. Overall, it's on the sweet side but nice.

The taste is fruity, I get both sweet and bitter/tart notes. Light caramel malt sweetness here as well with some light spicing and a finish that is very dry. Makes me want to take another sip.

Mouthfeel just creeps into medium territory while the carbonation is quite brisk. Also, head retention and lacing are top notch.

Drinkability? It's an enjoyable session with the 1 bottle but now that I can buy it here in Casper, I'll be revisiting it often. A solid Belgian Dubbel.

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Photo of redneckchugger
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. I went through a year or so period where i did not like any belgians other that sours, but this one brough me back.
Smells kinda standard. Estery belgian nose. But the tasts is amazing, like roasted figs with dates and raisens. Some dark toffee flavors in there as well. Still get some of that yeasty ester flavor that turns me off from belgians, but still damn good. Really glad i drink this one.

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Photo of seand
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an official Westmalle chalice.

A: Pours a near solid dark brown, with nice red highlights. A slow pour provides about 2 fingers of light creamy tan head. The head does die down, but leaves a few millimeters covering the surface. It's quite a nice looking beer.

S: Sweet, with hints of spices and a bit of alcohol warmth.

T: Some sweetness, leading to a bit of fruity bitterness, hints of green apple. The taste is relatively subdued, but complex.

M: Very carbonated, relatively full bodied, slightly sticky, with a small hint of dryness on the finish.

D: Drinks very smoothly, though maybe slightly too much carbonation.

Quite a good beer, which I'll likely have again in the future, but I didn't enjoy it as much as Westmalle's tripel.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Westmalle Dubbel poured a brown red with a strong huge 3 finger head. The smell was a fruity sour with some brown sugar in the background.

The taste was a smooth malt with a apple bitterness that hit you right away. It was pretty dry with a wet finish on the lips. It was a tad hit hot alcohol wise and it really shouldn't have been with a 7% abv. Overall I thought it was average and maybe this was a poor batch.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml. bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a deep mahogany with some red/brown highlights, and with a creamy inch of off white head. Reduces to a surface cap and yields a lot of lacing. Good looking Dubbel.

Bit odd on the nose, not sure if typical or not as this is a first for me. Mostly yeast and alcohol with some dark fruit in back and largely held back by the small gas carbonation. After the carbonation settles the 'off' scents head for the hills leaving a rich and enticing nose. Still, a bit metallic in nature.

Taste follows with some dark cherry and plum. The carbonation on the swallows purges the tongue briefly, then there is a brief return of chocolate, hazelnut and plum. Carbonation is a bit high on the mouthfeel until the beer settles down. Flavor, like the smell, improves with some exposure. But then a few more minutes and the carbonation is a bit too low. Side by side with Chimay Red, it looks better, but it ain't really about the looks(in this case!).

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,732 ratings.
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