Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel

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Brouwerij Westmalle

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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Photo of jeonseh
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a bottle that had a drink by Aug 2 2008 date and poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - first off this is what a dubbel should look like. Dark and deep ruby port color with a nice finger and half of dirty creme colored head that was big and puffy. That was one head that stuck around and left some beautiful lacing down the sides.

S - Smells a bit like brown sugar coated dates or French toast with raisin bread. There is also a hint of the alcohol which is surprising given that this has about 3 years of age on it. A bit of some of the red wine and port phenols also appear.

T - Malty and bready on my first sip with just a slight hint of the brown sugar. As the beer goes on, get a bit of grape, both red and yellow grape flavors seem to emerge which give the beer a contrasting flavor profile. The green, dry grape flavor really emerges in the end as it carries on the tongue. Also taste a bit like a brandied christmas pudding filled with dates and honey. Also, the beer is a bit hot for only 7% and given the age, I found it surprising I could taste the alcohol as much as I did. As it warms up, find the alcohol to be a bit dominating and actually give the beer a pecuilar taste that I can't quite but my finger on.

MF - The mouthfeel is full and creamy with a decent amount of carbonation. The after feeling is slightly dry and astringent due to the greener grape flavors, alcohol and carbonation that sit on the tongue.

D - Overall one of the best beers to look at but not to taste. This seems to be an average dubbel as I have had some that were both more complex and tastier. A little more age may due well for this beer to calm down some of the alcohol, but who knows. Overall, it is easy to drink but in terms of a dubbel I'd much rather have a Pere Jacques or Chimay Red. I have to say they blew me away with their tripel but the dubbel not so much.

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Photo of jjheinrichs
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Thanks to goodbyeohio for passing off a pair of these...
Dark rust in color with a few fingers off light beige head...very fluffy and leaves spotty, yet thick lacing.
Pleasant aroma...malty, burnt candy sugar, bready yeast.
Taste is very good...brown sugar, roasted malt, dusty, and slight dried fruit flavor.
More sweet than dry in the finish, but not overly so...carbonation is less than anticipated after the pour.
More than just a sipper, but not a style I'd enjoy all evening.
Still solid and worth picking up any time of year.

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Photo of parintele
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of cletusdog
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of seaoflament
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 24/01/08, pretty close to the limit.

I let this one warm up a bit before I poured it.

Pours the color of ripe date fruit flesh with about two inches of foam which quickly recedes to a thin layer.

Sweet Belgian candy with dark malts and dark fruits like dates, figs, and raisins. Spices like cinnamon sticks and nutmeg as well as brown sugar or piloncillo. Freshly baked cinnamon rolls.

Taste is of dark fruits both sweet and a bit of sour notes. Caramel malts, pretty sweet in the taste.

The mouthfeel is creamy and well carbonated.

A pleasure to drink.

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Photo of IronTom
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of gr0g
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Composite review based on older notes from a 330ml bottle and a 750ml bottle consumed on 12/31/2012.

Pours a mahogany color with a but of haziness. A Good sized tan head that never completely fades, leaving a fair amount of lacing as it recedes to a sticky film. Aroma is of sweet, dark fruit dipped in liquory caramel. Some yeast undertones too. Fruity esters from across the spectrum. Caramel apple, white grape, and raisin.

First taste impression is that it's more dry, tart than expected. While I would like just a bit more residual sweetness, this is a 7% dubbel, not a quad, so it's entirely appropriate. Lots of caramel malt flavor; also raisin, tart apple. Near the bottom of the 750, more chalky yeast and a smoother mouthfeel. A great pairing with some good ol' American BBQ. Alcohol doesn't intrude at all, and carbonation is vigorous and sudsy while remaining nicely complimentary to the flavor.

Westmalle Dubbel is another Trappist gem. It must be tried if you even remotely favor Belgian ales.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Spike
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 33cl bottle. Pours a murky, very dark brown with a shallow, tan head that recedes to a ring with no lacing. Sweet nose of candied fruit and malt loaf. Tastes of oloroso sherry, alcohol and raisins. Feel is soft to medium body offset by a foaming effervescence, rich sweetness, and robust alcohol. An elegant but confident sipper.

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Photo of cj8311
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Leschber
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Agold
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This dubbel has a large billowing white fluffy head. The liquid is ruby colored and the head leaves lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is belgian yeast all the way. Fruity esters and spicy notes are at the forefront. Kind of light. The flavor is subtle as well mimicking the aroma. Not as full and rounded out as I would appreciate, but still very good. Mouthfeel is great. Belgian candi sugar lightens this one right up with good carbonation levels. Overall, this is a great beer with awesome drinkability. It is a pleasure to split a bomber of this beer.

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Photo of B_B
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Long813
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated: 22/12/11, 1 16037
From: The Beer Temple

G: Chimay Chalice

A: Dark ruby red body with one finger of off white head. Dissipates to a thin ring rather quickly. Typical dubbel characteristics.

S: Funky yeast is prominate here, following dark fruits and some spices. The yeast is much stronger than other types I've had. I

T: Following the aromas, yeast is up front with figs following. There is also hints of various spices in the end.

M: Medium bodied and high carbonation. Frothy texture and sticky bitter aftertaste.

D: Good beer, it's a little to much funk for me, but it's an interesting experience.

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Photo of fionn13
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type and glass: 11.2 oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Pours brown, almost crimson, with a cram colored head that retains quite well. Lacing is excellent.

S: Smell is very malt forward, with caramel, some spice, and dried fruits. Hops are more prominent in this brew than other Dubbels.

T: Slightly fruity taste with spice, toasted bread, and toffee. Candi sugar is also present. The finish is dry and very clean, with floral, spicy hop tones.

M: A medium bodied brew, but ever so slightly thin for this style. Flavors are intense, and the finish is long.

D: A very good Dubbel. Rich in flavor, yet has the body to make it very palatable.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like the Trippel that I reviewed at the same time, this single was purchased at Surdyk's mainly by fate. I happened to see the flashing LED advertisement board and stopped in and purchased a single for $4.44

Poured from an 11 oz brown bottle with raised glass. Poured into a Weizen glass (curse myself for not having the proper glassware!). Deep brown color with a very creamy tan head with excellent retention. Leaves an impressive lace pattern on the glass.

Aroma is caramel malts and a grassy tone I wasn't expecting. Very complex but very appealing.

Very smooth and creamy! Caramel malts with fruit (apple?) tones very present. Spices and and earthy flavors come into play. Faint floral hops kick in towards the end and it finishes a bit dry, but the alcohol is very well masked.

Very good beer. I have to say both the Dubbel and the Tripel exceeded my already lofty expectations. I will definitely be returning to Surdyk's before the sale is over to pick up more.

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Photo of lmaduells
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

33 cl bottel poured i to my Rochefort glass

A: beautifull dark brown colour, with a huge beige head, that holds to a fluffy 1 finger thick layer after a few minutes.

S: very fresh hops overall, with banana, dark fruits . clean yeast, but 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, spices, a little bread too. Very pleasant for a dubbel.

M: very smooth.

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Photo of scottum
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very sexy brown with a big tan full head. Very smooth with a wonderfully well crafted sweet malt flow over perfect balance. This is a top notch beer with a full flavor profile. All should try this brew. It is a shame that these beers are oh so very hard to find in the states.

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Photo of carln26
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured from a bottle into a tulip glass deep brown in color , slightly hazy with mild copper/orange highlights. It was topped by a tan head composed of dense bubbles. The nose has a great yeast/dough character backed by the malt in the form of caramel, and an earthy finish. The flavor has the same caramel malt, and the earthy tones are even more enhanced. Towards the finish, some characteristics of wine come in with some cabernet and black cherry. The mouth feel is smooth up front, but a sharp finish as some citrus hop kicks in. Dubbel has become one of my favorite styles, and I enjoy this beer very much.

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Photo of EMH73
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown with a well retained one and a half inch head. Aroma is yeasty, sweet fruits, spices and alcohol. Taste is that of sweet fruits, malts, yeasty, a bit of bitterness that fades quickly and just a hint of nuts.
Smooth, clean mouth feel, well carbonated, a bit dry. Excellent beer.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RedHaze
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pured a dark brown color, with a very thick foamy head. Had a really good dark fruity (raisin/plum), matly, sugar and a little alcohol smell. Was expecting more from the taste after how good it smelled, but it was still pretty good. Had a very nice creamy mouthfeel. Worth trying atleast once.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 2,788 ratings