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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#1,320
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1,243
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2,798
pDev:
10.29%
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Photo of illpass78
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a big wine glass because I didn't have a chalice. Yeah, I know.

Appearance: Pours a dark, cloudy reddish brown with a big creamy head that sticks around forever. Good amount of lacing, too. Cool looking beer.

Aroma: There's a lot going on in the smell. Smells of dark fruits, raisins, dates, figs, toast, some mild spiciness, a little floral character, and maltiness.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, and it's complex, creamy and delicious. Really a terrific beer. The dark fruits dominate and the finish is appealingly bitter. Alcohol is muted in the nose and on the palate.

Mouthfeel: It's a fun beer to drink; creamy and smooth, with a big sturdy body.

Overall: A terrific, classic beer. It's pretty close to perfect in my opinion.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark dark ruby which only shows in the light with a huge white head. Smells of grapes, chocolate, wine, other dark fruity esters. Tastes similar with maybe a little breadiness. Mouthfeel is creamy and very carbonated but surprisingly light bodied. Overall delicious beer, not my favorite style, but objectively it's a masterpiece.

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Photo of Jredner
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On par with the much praised Westvleteren. Aroma is full of dark fruits like cherry and date and spicy. A dark brown body supports a huge three finger thick Belgian beauty of a head. Has the taste of spiced bread pudding dipped in choclate liquor and the mouthfeel to match. Very tasty with a long lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of jettjon
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a handsome mahogany brown, nearly opaque with a tiny bit of sediment. Thick 2-finger light brown-tan head that fades slowly leaving outstanding lacing. Very attractive pour. Nose is dominated by yeast and malt; I let it warm but couldn’t coax anything more from it. Mouth is moderately malty with a mild alcohol burn up front, fading to a light flavor of dark fruit, perhaps plums. Finish is dry and mouth-puckering bitter. In the mouth, this beer feels very good; it’s viscous and semi-creamy and quite smooth. Drinkability is good, though the beer feels a bit heavy.

Overall: A solid offering from Westmalle, but not as good as their Tripel. It’s also expensive for a beer of this quality (4.99/ 12 oz.).

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Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of smekermann
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of klewis
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

7/14/07 freshness date

A: Pours dark brown with a massive foamy head. Good sustain and lacing.

S: Phenolic with some fruity aromas

T: Quite tart with a some brief fruit flavors that are quickly covered up by phenols. Slight alcoholic character in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with fine, active carbonation.

D: It's nice to finally have this one. It's pretty good, but the strong phenolic taste makes this one a bit less drinkable for me than its contemporaries.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since I don't own a Westmalle glass, I've poured my cellar temperature 33cl bottle into a Chimay chalice.

The beer is nearly opaque. It has a brown color with ruby highlights. A decent amount of pinkish tan foam rests on top. Swirling the beer leaves a good amount lacing.

Smelling the beer reveals Belgian candi sugar and some dark fruits, like plum and fig. The Trappist yeast provides some spiciness, but it is mild.

Dark, complex malts characterize this beer. It's earthy, nutty and like the aroma has some flavors of plum and fig. This bottle is labeled best by 27.05.12, so it's close to two years old and I believe it may have become slightly oxidized. It is still quite tasty though.

The beer leaves behind decent coating that is very flavorful. Carbonation levels are average and it has a full body. My lips feel ever so slightly sticky.

I really like this beer a lot. It's a fine example of a true Belgian Abbey dubbel. If you've never had this beer, you are missing out!

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

Photo of squack
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beige all-head which leaves a lasting floating merengue. Hazy rusty brown body. Smell has malt, caramel, and fig. Taste repeats the smell but also adds some sour rye. Body is lighter than I expected, medium weight at best. Alcohol seems even higher than the 7% reported on the bottle. All in all a good dubbel but on the hot side.

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Photo of Tdenham
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JavierGC
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IBUBrew
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hwwty4
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. Poured a dark mahogany with ruby tones and a aggressive head. Probably two inches that gradually gave way and left heavy lacing on the glass. Aroma is fruits, sweet malts, raisins and a little alcohol at the end. Taste is mostly the same, but heavy on the fruits. Mouthfeel is medium body with a nice carbonation all the way through the sip. A highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.84/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours is very cloudy brown body and a nice tan head

The smell is of orange marmalade and Clay

The taste is smooth chalky earthy with some nice malt and fruit

Very will carbonated and somewhat full

A wonderful beer well-crafted and keeping with its style very enjoyable for flavor yet thirst quenching

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet glass.

Look - a dark red color, maybe clear, maybe murky, with about two fingers worth of tan colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - very dark smelling..warm, toasty, and a bit grape-like.

Taste and Mouthfeel - malty tasting. Just as in the smell, it's a bit toasty and has a bit of a hint of grapes. There's a slight bitterness in the middle, but mellows out in the finish. Texture is pretty well balanced.

Overall - pretty interesting and a good brew in general. Worth the try!

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Photo of Unchi
5/5  rDev +19.6%

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 TheHammer
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into my Chimay chalice, boasts nice deep but cloudy brown color with a nice thumb of head. Didn't lace very much, but retained masterfully throughout the whole beer. Another thing of note is the bottom of the bottle was full a viscous brown yeast, which to me comes off as a good sign.

Smell: This beer needs to be left to warm, no question about it as only the barest scents of fruits and yeast are present at the beginning. However once it has warmed up yeasty pear and raisin notes dominate the experience with a light chocolate undertone.

Taste: A yeasty malt taste starts the beer off with a bit of disappointment, but soon it turns to a nice sweeter toffee and fruit taste. Notes of pears, berries, dates and plums that then end with a more chocolaty end that has a odd bit of acidic lemon, which seems a bit out of place.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is this beer is wondrous, and the sweet fruity malt aftertaste makes it's presence known and then swiftly departs, which is a bit of a disappointment. Nice crisp feeling if left in the mouth, and really it's only downside is how brief the aftertaste is.

Drinkability: Well, it's like drinking champagne, which is nice but it doesn't exactly leave for easy drinking. Refreshing and flavorful, but causing a little bit of a stir in the stomach. Still high points for an all around nice beer.

Final Thoughts: This beer was far superior to their Tripel that is for certain, and if you are looking for a nice treat, this is worth a pickup. Pretty much everything I'd expect from a Trappist beer, well brewed but has it's own kind of simplicity.

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Photo of BJSmit
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of ledouge
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A: A copper colored beer with a light haze. The head is low but persistent, made of light tan, creamy bubbles.

S: A strong raisin aroma with a decent amount of caramel malt aroma. There is a light vinous, wine-like character. There is a light bit of fruitiness, enough to let you know that Belgian yeast is part of the mix but not much in the way of spice; the fruit is a low banana note. No hop aroma. There is a light floral alcohol aroma as well.

T: A complex malty sweetness that part toffee, caramel and raisin with a bit of cocoa. The raisin flavor is moderately-strong with a bit of other dried fruits as well. There is a moderately-light hops bitterness. The balance is about even and the finish is towards the dry with a fruity and malty aftertaste.

M: A soft mouthfeel having a medium-full bodied with moderately-high carbonation and a light alcohol warmth.

O: A complex, malty beer.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 2,798 ratings