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:
2,723
Reviews:
1,225
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
Wants:
214
Gots:
509
For Trade:
1
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Photo of PatrickCT
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigdeuce
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very awesome looking brew here. Nice 3 finger head that never disappates, leaving lacing down the tulip. Almost strange for a dubbel, has a very chocolately(light) taste to it. It is short in my opinion as compared to other dubbels I have had. A good brew, just will not seek it out, many other better dubbels less expensive.

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Photo of pottergator
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dnichols
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I received this brew from my good beer buddy (and BA member) imacoug. I poured the 330 ml capped bottle into a chalice. I am a big fan of the breweries tripel and choose this brew for my 300th BA review.

A: It poured a deep, ruddy brown body with a robust, sticky two finger caramel head ath slowly receded and left a spotty teicky lacing.

S: It presented a smooth full dark malt aroma that was sweet (caramel) and spicy.

T: It hit the tongue with a sweet, caramel and dark bready malt flavor. There was a tangy, sharp flavor of raisins accented by the zip of aggressive carbonation. It is a nice complex and well balanced dubbel.

M: It is robustly carbonated with a medium mouth feel and well balanced flavors. The creamy smoothness feels nice in the mouth and there is a clean finish.

D: This is a powerfully good dubbel. It is smooth, well balanced and full of flavor. It is a real joy to drink.

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From an 11.2 oz brown trappist bottle with meager, simple labels and a best of date by 13/06/09.

The beer pours the same color as the dark brown bottle it came in. A fluffy head billows up immediately after the pour but the tan suds recedes back leaving only a few clusters behind. A fine sediment lightly obscures a fine carbonation.

Smell is warm and malty and there is an estery scent that is reminiscent of red wine rather then beer. It is a scent of grapes, over ripe pears with a splash of alcohol.

Taste is very smooth and starts with a candied dark fruit flavor. A slightly caramelized malt with a red wine aftertaste. There is also a light drying of the pallet after each sip. Not a hint of hops. Very nice for this style.

This is a good sipping brew. Like a red wine it tastes like it will pair well with fine cheeses and a meat dish. Its also good to enjoy slowly and savor by itself.

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Photo of GreyGhost4
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Huffs
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of timtim
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reddish brown with an off white head that faded pretty quikly and left minimal lace. smelled wonderful. roasty, caramelly, green raisiny, dried fruity, figgy, plummy... on and on... not overboard though. just nice and subtle and enjoyable. taste was very similar to nose. complex, but not overdone. great medium body and very very drinkable. surprised to see ommegang on the list. this one is miles ahead.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of jordanimal
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Grebdioz
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jayhawk73
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of In_Control_Mike
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of zhanson88
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A dark caramel color, and around the edges it turns into more of a burnt orange. There is a great deal of carbonation in the bottom of the glass. The head is a light caramel color with nice lacing that reduces into a fine layer but sticks around.

Smell: A very prevalent caramel smell, with mild hops and hints of dark sugars.

Taste: I can taste a great deal of caramel first, with some mild hops following. The finish is mellow and very pleasing.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with quite a bit of carbonation. Just like everything else about this beer, it feels great on the palate.

Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable. It has some body to it but not too much to feel heavy. Overall just a great beer that I am pleased to have had, and will be having again.

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Photo of dtomes
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of atigerlife
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle at cellar temperature. Drank from Westmalle goblet.

The appearance is quite beautiful. A rich dark brown. Quite hazy. Good tan head which lasts quite a while.

The smell is sweet, almost toffeeish. Also some malt shines through. It is in the taste that this beer shines as a Dubbel. Very complex. Slightly sweet start, then earthy flavors climb through. Ends with an almost wine or rum twist. Very complex.

The mouthfeel is wonderful. Very smooth with some nice light carbonation. It is certainly a beer I will drink again. A nice beer to sit and ponder life or have with an excellent steak.

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Photo of goast8127
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of throwback
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of BlindPig
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours 1"-1 1/4" tanish head. Fades slow leaving a nice looking lacing. Brownish mahogony dark color.
S-Plums, cheeries, darker fruits all fill the nose with hint of alcohol coming through with a sweetish candy smell also.
T- Cherry, and plum flavor come through (seems to fade the more you drink though). Maybe a little warmth from alcohol. Light sugar sweetness also.
M-Medium carbonation and a thinner body.
D-Was pretty good but don't think I'd be buying this again unless the price went down.

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Photo of athomasPSU
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of LittleCreature
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.5
Poured a thick, foamy two fingers of caramel coloured head into my Westmalle goblet that took a long time to reduce and settle at one finger. The colour is a deep, dark brown that looks ruby red when held to the light (this also reveals a little fine sediment).

Smell - 4.5
A very enticing aroma, semi-sweet, malty and musky. I can detect golden syrup, buttery shortbread, baking spongecake and raisins.

Taste - 4.5
The everlasting head is surprisingly bitter, but the beer beneath it is very nice indeed. The alcohol is noticeable, but not too bad for 7%ABV and the overall flavour is not as sweet as the smell indicated. Very malty and almost savoury with flavours of rye toast, burnt fruitcake, mixed spice and a little dark chocolate. Moderately bitter in the finish, tastes like there are more hops than typical for the style.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
A moderate level of fine carbonation and relatively light weight in the mouth help this beer go down very smoothly (and rather quickly!).

Drinkability - 4.0
I could go a second in a sitting, and maybe a third! I will be getting this again - it is the best example of the style I have tried. The bitter finish may reduce drinkability for some.

OVERALL - 4.45
What is it with monks and beer? I am yet to taste a trappiste brew that is anything below excellent, and this beer is certainly no exception. At 7%ABV it has as much complexity as some BSDAs and Quads, and is substantially cheaper at the same time. Worth seeking out - this is a special beer.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Forgot where I bought this from but it is a 11.2oz bottle.

Poured into my chimay goblet. Pours a very dark brown with a very nice looking head that is very light tan in color. Looks nice in the glass.

Smell gets a low score since I can't smell anything. I don't have a cold and I'm pretty sure my sense of smell is working fine. Don't know why I can't smell anything.

Taste is great. An awesome double. Not quite as good as my favorite double (Rochefort 6) but still very good. A spicy flavour that reminds me a little of abt 12 but with the malt character of a rochefort 6. Toffee and spices dominate the palate. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is great with good carbonation and smoothness of a good trapist beer.

Drinkability is high and I could suck back a fee of these no problem in one sitting.

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Photo of hotsudge
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,723 ratings.
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