Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel
BA SCORE
4.18/5
2,753 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,199
Reviews:
1,233
Ratings:
2,753
pDev:
10.29%
Bros Score:
4.33
 
 
Wants:
218
Gots:
525
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,753 |  Reviews: 1,233
Photo of seanyfo
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a leffe chalice


A - Dark ruby red, with a thick creamy 2 finger tan head. Good retention producing lots of lace.

S - I agree with the previous reviewer. Lots of Munich malts here.I also get some nice sweet tones, caramel and almonds.

T- Very sweet, lots of toffee and nutty qualities, thick and syrupy. I expected the sweetness just to overpower everything, but it turned out nicely balanced, sweetness converting to a nice smooth alcoholic kick in the finish leaving a sublte sweetness on the palate. Very nice!

M - Creamy mouthfeel, sticky and syrupy.

D-Not one for everyday, but a nice sipper when the mood takes. im really starting to come around to dark belgian ales. I always imagined something overpoweringly complex and bitter, but the few i have tried have been rich warm and characterful. This is no exception. A fine beer i will enjoy on the odd occasion so i dont sicken myself of it.

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Photo of Sspeer1
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, this beer has a dark earth brown color to it with some fermentation floating around with the carbonation, and its all topped off with a nice thick head that slowly dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles surrounded by some really great lacing. The aroma is very complex, brown sugar, plums, figs and raisins all come up, apple and wine smells also come through. Slightly bitter overall, the flavors is just as complex, the hops are present as you swallow, mild grapefruit zest, dark fruits and some raisin are all mixed in. It has a medium-to-full body and is filled with carbonation. Overall, this is a very good beer and I’ll be drinking this one more often.

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Photo of TheBeeraholic
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of RMentair
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cj8311
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Got this one from the local grocery shop.
Look: pours a nice dark brown color with a thick light brown-white head.
Smell: Sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, spicy hops
Taste: dark fruits, yeast, sweet malts and caramel, with a spicy hoppy finish.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation with a medium body
Overall: A nice beer, very easy to drink. Never lets you down

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Photo of tewaris
2.79/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle, best by 07/12 poured into a Chimay chalice. Pours a dirty amber-brown color with a light brown sugar hued creamy head. Excellent head retention and lacing. Think I poured it too cold... waiting for it to warm up, stealing a sip or two in between.

Not much by the way of aroma here, or my sense of smell is horribly messed up. This particular dubbel seems a lot more hop forward, drier, tannic, and almost oak-y compared to other examples of the style. Only slightly sweet with a spicy yeastiness and brown sugar notes, led by the high carbonation toward a tannic bitter finish. Medium body, intense but clean flavors. Not a fan.

4.5, 3, 2, 4, 3

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Photo of proc
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The bottle says 7% ABV and is good until 8/19/05. Of course, it won't survive until then... ;-)

Pours out to an explosive head that threatened to overflow like a volcano into a reddish, almost mahogany color in the glass. The head is a light brown and is looks good enough to eat. The aroma is light with a fruit smell present. What a fantastic taste. The spice level is just right, with plums, raisins and malt coming to the forefront with just a twinge of spice. The yeast used must be interesting, indeed. Not as strong or "heavy" as I was expecting, but seeing as its 7% ABV and not 9 or 10+ tells me why, which leads to its incredible drinkability.

World class.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 11 oz bottle in to a goblet.

pours a dark brown with some ruby and somewhat thin head.

smell is of yeasty mellow grape juice. great smell

bright carbonation leads a fruity light malt flavor.

nice full mouthfeel and very nice beer to drink.

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

Photo of loren01
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown color, huge head depite conservative pour, slight lace down the glass
S: Metallic, ETOH, dark fruit and buttery
T: Earthy, sweet dark fruitiness, ETOH and buttered popcorn taste
M: High amount of carbonation, medium bodied
D: Fairly complex beer, would get this again, very drinkable.

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Photo of Beer-Ed
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of hman43
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours dark amber with reddish hues. There is a large head that is tannish in color. It has good head retention.

Smell: There are aromas of dried caramel, toast, cherries and plums. There are hints of rose and spices in the nose as well.

Taste: The flavors are highlighted by the raisin and dried cherry flavors with wonderful interplay from the caramel and toast. The balance is towards the malt with a low spicy hop flavor and low bitterness.

Feel: It has a medium-full body that has a slight alcohol warming to it. It has a smooth texture to it with a dry finish.

Overall the beer is highlighted by the complex interplay between the malts and fruity esters. There are pleasant spicy notes and bitterness from the hops.

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Photo of Andreji
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

to sum up my position here, a priori, If I were to choose between the two westmalles, this wouldn't be my pick.

It is a very good beer however. brought to me directly from Belgium by friends, it gave it even a more sentimental feel to it.

The pour, dark caramel/toffee coloured, with a thick white/tan head that, evidently yeasty, stays longer than expected and certainly leaves lots of lacing, dense lacing. The smell, nice and wheaty with some aged feel to it, is very suggestive about the taste

...or so I thought. The taste is a milder version of the Tripel which, sadly enough, leaves great blends of wheaty/malty tastes aside, on the background of an overwhelming alcoholy feel that, as for my perspective, really lets the experience a bit down when analyzing it thoroughly- if possibly in more than one bottle alone.

Nevertheless, a nice brew worth buying.

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Photo of jmryan8
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11 oz. bottle at cellar temp (55F or so) into a tulip glass.

I got a 1 inch thick creamy head that stayed put. There was a great deal of visible carbonation. This beer pours a beautiful deep red color. Simply a wonder to behold in the glass! Very nice lacing as I drank on. Literally right down to the last sip the head was still evident and still leaving a nice lace.

Aroma is of malty sweetness and some alcohol. No hop aroma of note. It does have the telltale nose of a trappist ale, I presume due to the yeast.

Taste is again a sweet alcohol flavor. There is little if any noticable hop character to this beer. Finish is clean and dry with very little lingering bitterness. The yeasty aroma does not propogate to the flavor characteristics of this beer. As I drink on the aftertaste is dominated by alcohol.

Mouthfeel is overwhelmingly carbonated.

This is a nice drinkable Dubbel. It certainly warmed me up from the inside out. First beer of the evening and I must say I enjoyed every bit of it.

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Photo of DioS
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of PhineasGage
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of bigdeuce
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
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 poskok
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of pottergator
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of dnichols
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
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 +4.1%
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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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 2,753 ratings
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