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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#1,303
Reviews:
1,239
Ratings:
2,792
pDev:
10.29%
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4.33
 
 
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Photo of sdm9465
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PatrickCT
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Oleg85
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MisterClean
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

At homebrewing meeting, part of style of the month.

A - Poured a fairly solid brown color, with 1 finger of capuccino head, which dissipated fast, and leaves little to no lacing.

S - Toffeee, Caramel, Dark Belgian sugars, with bread, and spicy hops.

T - Same as the smell, but with some added coriander. Wonderful beer.

M - Full mouthfeel and well balanced between the subtle spiciness of the hops and the malt flavors.

D - A very good beer indeed.

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Photo of jroof1
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of theminutemen
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of RAFH
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a single 12 ounce bottle from Michiana Minimart on 1-23-2014 for $4.49. Taste tested on 1-26-2014. Bottle had a "Best before end:" date of 15/06/13. Medium hard pour resulted in two fingers in the tulip glass. Appearance and smell were definitely above average. Taste and mouthfeel were excellent. Aftertaste held well and was also excellent. I would definitely recommend this Dubbel

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Photo of JTuomi
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle (19/09/15) into a goblet. Amber brown, one finger tan head that settles slowly leaving a thin foam that stays. Lively carbonation and some sediments.
Smells of sweet dark malts and dark fruit. Smooth taste of toasted malts, candy sugar and dark fruits, plums and raisins. Sweet but not sugary. A dry finish that leaves a lingering sweet aftertaste of toasted bready malts and fruitiness with a hint of chocolate. No taste of alcohol. Medium-full body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Easily drinkable and very enjoyable. A really good dubbel, my favourite this far.

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Photo of elricorico
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks nearly black in the glass, but looking through the edges it is almost a purple brown colour. A thin fizzy tan head form, and faded to a ring around the glass.

The smell is delicious. Red licorice, cherries, bananas and spice. Faintly alcoholic. Very sweet, a smell that keeps me coming back again and again for another sniff.

The taste is again malt dominated. A fruit mix, plums and raisins. A bit of bubblegum. Faintly medicinal or phenolic in the finish, along with a touch of spicy alcohol. Quite good.

Body is a bit thinner than I expect for this style, but it isn't bad. Carbonation is fairly prickly, but not overdone. Perhaps the weak point of this beer, but still not bad.

A nice brew, well put together, and a pleasure to drink.

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

A- This one pours a muddied brown color due to yeast hazing with reddish undertones, and perhaps a slight brushing of orange...the head is off white, and starts out about two to three fingers thick but it does very quickly dissipate into a thick-ish layer over the liquid....lacing is modest as well, with small patches of foam clinging to the glass and the carbonation is too hard to say what is going on, but what I can see appears to be slow and mellow. Not bad at all look wise!

S- I get deep fruit aromas along with mellow caramel/toffee The fruit is of banana, dark cherry, raisin, plums and perhaps some fig. There is a mild bready yeast, and just a pinch of spice....sweet almost nutty finish. Overall, this is milder on the nostrils than I would have initially expected but nice all the same.

T- The flavors follow the aromas closely and overall everything is mild and unassuming. The alcohol is noted and not hidden as well as I'd like. Black cherry and hints of bananas are the fruit flavors that show up the most, with muted caramel, or cooked brown sugar rounding everything out. Finishes slightly nutty and just a hint of hop usage is detected....again, the flavors are all there, but a little subdued....

M/O- This is the best area of the beer in my opinion.....creamy smooth carbonation and a light-medium body. This is easy enough to drink and while its fine overall, I think the overall reviews on this one are overstated. Its a simple brew that I don't believe quite lives up to the style....I probably won't be buying this anytime soon again, but I still think it's worth a try to anyone wanting a decent beer!

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Photo of danieelol
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours with a very frothy head. Seems like the head of a light lager rather than a dubbel, and is rather impermanent. 3.5

S: When the head is big, the smell is pure raspberries and some bread (yeast). It really smells like a fruit beer or kriek with the prominence of the raspberries and blueberries etc. Also some caramel, treacle and bread and butter pudding. Very complex and delicious nose. 5

T: Bread which is met with some dry ethanol. Also some berries and custard from the nose but no sweetness. 4

M: Very light and highly carbonated. 3.5

O: Easily the most enjoyable dubbel I've had to date. The berry and custard flavours are really juicy and vibrant. 4.5

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

Into a chalice, pours a dark, coffee bean brown, lightening to an dark amber. The head starts off about an inch or so, thins to thick foam, thick and smooth, the lacing falling in sheets. The aroma is like most Trappists I have, on the faint side, but delightful. The belgian spices are real nice, but toffee and caramel play key roles here, its a malty show and I like it.

And while I like the aroma, the taste is fantastic. Delicious fruits, toffees and caramels, the alcohol warms everything, the mouth is medium, but the high carbonation makes it feel lighter, which I've never really liked, but is part of the style. In all, its one of the beers that got me so hooked on Belgians, dubbels particularly. Simply a classic.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An inch of bubbly, tan, sticky head caps a nice, dark brown beer with red edges. Holy smokes! What a complex nose: sweet, malty, yeasty, bubblegum, bready goodness. Delicious before I've even tasted it. The front is a buttery, spicy, yeast-o-rama. Fruity in the middle, with bubblegum, vanilla icing and dark caramel. Yeasty, bready, fruity finish. The aftertaste is slightly woody with alcohol... quite red wine-like. Absolutely delicious: sweet (but not cloying) bubblegum, malty, yeasty, vanilla icing. Wow again.

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Photo of Kiro
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well since Azzurri looks like pure hell in the first half of the European Championships 2012, Im drinking. alot.

Very murky brown with a tan colored head. Loads of bubbles feeding what is a decent head. Just like Rochefort 8, loads of boozy cherries, but even more in this one. Just as much prunes and figs as well. I like how this smells.

More grains than Rochefort, but not as much as Westvleteren.This is much more slick than the others, with a nice prune and cherry sweetness. Carbonation really makes the flavors pop and disappear. Finishes exceptionally clean and smooth.

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Photo of Walkerjgt
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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

11.2 oz bottle

the room is quite dimly lit, and the pour looks very dark brown. Held to the light though, it comes alive. A few lines of fine bubbles break up what is otherwise a bright, clear liquid of beautiful dark orange/ruby color. The head very quickly recedes to a quarter inch of creamy light tan foam and decides to stick around. Lacing is spotty.

I find the nose a bit underwhelming here. Nothing wrong with it, just not quite up to par with some other aspects of the brew. Orchard fruit,a little plum, and a bit of a vague tart aspect. Nice depth, could just use a bit more oomph. Alcohol barely shows, and only when the beer is well warmed and I really inhale deeply.

Excellent flavor despite this not being my favorite style. Ample ripe fruitiness - maybe even a bit of bubblegum - well defined by the crisp feel and ample carbonation. Vague light spiciness that I didn't notice in the aroma. Light fruit and carmelized sugars linger on my palate. Body is medium and smooth, and alcohol is nonexistent.

Very drinkable. Most seem to like it fresh, but I can't recall a bad experience with this beer. Nicely done, and recommended.

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Photo of JakeDebus
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of cbl2
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:

A slightly cloudy brown, with an intense 1 1/2" tan head that is slow to settle.

Smell:

Candied fruit and scotch prevail with some hoppy undertones.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Smooth and candy sweet, with a scotch like flavor due to the alcohol. Very well balanced. One of the best doubles I've had.

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Photo of jonb5
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, poured into Leffe chalice. Dark brown, thick, one and a half finger head, reasonable retention. Smelled pleasant phenol but not much else. Tasted roasted Maris Otter style malts and phenol. Bitter aftertaste with a hint of citrus hop at the very end. Mouthfull was coarse, not what I expected. Overall I was slightly disapointed, not as complex as I would have liked, would probably benefit from aging.

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Photo of hero27
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep, chestnut brown color with a good-sized frothy off-white head. Retention is better than average and leaves sheets of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Complex fragrant aroma of fruits..figs, dates, cherries seem to be the most up-front smells. Obvious malts are present..caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate are the usual suspects.

Taste: Buttery sweetness, spices & phenols are present but very well done..not overdone like many others. Dark fruit flavors of raisins, prunes, and figs. Molasses and roasted nut flavors come through near the finish.. Complex and intriguing.. I wouldn't be surprised if someone could pick up a new flavor with every sip.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Deliciously smooth & creamy mouthfeel. I don't think one can fully appreciate these beers without having them fresh in Belgium, but I suppose the bottles will have to do for now.

Drinkability: Not cheap and relatively hard to find in this area, but it has good drinkability and if it weren't so damn pricey, I'd drink this a lot more often. Great Belgian offering

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of TheRuss9585
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Highbury09
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 2,792 ratings