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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,740
Reviews:
1,231
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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Photo of CTbrew32
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Very dark brown/mahogany in color with a slight red hue. Pours a two finger white/slightly tan colored head.

Aroma- Plums, chocolate, and a little bit of spicy/herbal hops.

Taste- Lots of dark fruits in this plums and dark cherry flavors, and even some chocolate malt sweetness in there as well. In the finish there's a ton of malty dryness and a little bit of hop spice, almost like a spiced dark cherry flavor.

Feel- Medium to high carbonation, medium body, creamy texture, and incredibly dry in the finish.

Overall- Really like this dubbel as it has great dark fruit flavors and an interesting spicy hop profile in the finish. Only complaint is the finish, which can be overbearingly dry. Other than that its a great beer.

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Photo of wyatt13
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ToddThompson
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours very dark, with a substantial tan head.

Strong aromas of dark fruits, brown sugar, and malt.

Strong flavors of dark malt, prunes, raisins, and hoppy bitterness. A little ginger too. Good balance of sweet with dry hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full but light, with moderate carbonation.

This is one of the world's great beers. The taste is marvelous and at 7% ABV, one can afford a few.

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Photo of Euroglot
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RAFH
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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 IronCitySteve
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy brownish red color, almost like apple cider. Provides a thick 2 finger foam head that lasts awhile before becoming a film. Plenty of lacing.

S: Very sweet smelling, dark fruits, caramel, bread and molasses.

T: Refreshing, not overly sweet, but a nice level of complexity. Starts and ends with a sweet blast of caramel and dark prunes/plums.

M: Seems a tad thin with a little more carbonation then expected.

D: A nice dubbel, not ovely sweet. I would definitely drink more of this brew.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of rekel
5/5  rDev +20.5%

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

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel opens with a light Belgian-type nose, bananas and cloves drifting up lazily. But these are joined by strong touches of wet wheat fields, floury baguettes, straw, and toast crust, the bready flavors almost outclassing the fruits and spices. Some hints of orange and apricot underpin the breads, mixed with a smidgen of fig and molasses, and light grapefruit, lemon, and rose hips speak to hops. As a whole, the nose is good, but quite light and effervescent. The fresh grain notes take up much of the profile, but enough fruits and sugars come through to provide for a balanced aroma. A bit heavier nose would have made for a more enticing introduction.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a dash of Flemish sour, touches of fermented apple cider hitting first, but dying off quickly and replaced by darker sugars, including fig, cherry, orange, berry, and sparkling white grape. Brown sugar and caramel provide a candy-like coating to the fruits, resting atop a bed of brown bread, toast crust, and wheat stalks. A sprinkling of lemon and grapefruit from the hops adds a bit of pizzazz. Late in the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the beer becomes largely grain-based, this slightly marred by staleness and the taste of hay. The aftertaste is a continuation of the grain flavors, with touches of berry and fruit, as well as more grapefruit and lemon, and lingers for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high, fizzing and slightly burning the soft tissues.

Overall, this is good fare, but suffers from a lack of any extraordinary characteristic to set it apart from its peers. The flavors here are good, but the beer feels like it needed more of something--sugars would be a good place to start--to bring out a lovely bouquet. The slight staleness to the latter half of the mouthful and aftertaste is also unsettling. It’s still a good Trappist ale, but simply needed to be more awe-inspiring.

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Photo of NumberNone
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MiScusi
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 6/12/07.

Amber/brownish with thin 1-finger tan head, poured into a goblet. Very solid dark brown when filled all the way up, as it gets down to the end and there is less liquid you can tell it is a translucent brown with orange-red hue. Very malty and as it warms up a lot more of the yeast character comes through. Hops not detectable. Carbonated pretty generously and seems like alcohol is hidden pretty well.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
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 toasty 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 srgj88
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mjurney
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
Deep mahogany color, murky. Lively carbonated. Thick beige head.

Aroma:
Mixture of tropical and dark fruit, deep bready malt, caramel.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Mix fruit, bananas, apples, plums, dates, raisin. Creamy malts, caramel, a little milk chocolate. Hop bitterness towards the end. Finish is tart, semi-dry. Body is full, crewy, creamy, a little warmth, easy drinking.

Overall:
It's an excellent beer!

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Photo of mbs11
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

I've tried quite a few times trippel version of Westmalle and was blown away each time. That's why I decided to go for dubbel, too. It has awesome dark color, nice head, malty taste and dark fruits aromas. Alcohol is well hidden, although it does hit hard. Overall, would go for this one anytime again. I see it as suitable in the evenings and in the winter period. If i had to choose between this one and trippel, I would still go for the last.

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Photo of lgmol
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Photo of StevieW
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small brown bottle. Neck stamped 'trappist" Cool beans. An agressive pour yeilds a glug glug glug exit from the bottle, and an murky brown color, with a fluffy bubbly biege head that settled to a thin covering very quickly. Lots of candied fruits on the smell, carmelized like the bottom of bananas foster. Super smooth taste, more candied fruit, carmel and bananas. Rum soaked cherries. Little hints of spices, cinammon, etc. Very good, flavor soaked yeasty belgian goodness. Hints of bitterness on the finish, just ever so dry. Very smooth and drinkable. A real treat. This one came compliments of the BelgianBum !

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Photo of brheuer
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of AlexM
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burgundy in color with an off-white head. Excellent lacing when sipped down. Has many complex aromas and flavors. The aroma is of sweet candi sugar, fruity banana esters, and somewhat raisin-like. Flavors are sweet, herbal, spicy, and fruity. It is medium-full in body, with a light carbonation. Overall, another excellent Belgian beer. I will definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of drummerdwzp
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,740 ratings.
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