Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel
BA SCORE
90%
Liked This Beer
4.18 w/ 2,747 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:
#1,191
Reviews:
1,232
Ratings:
2,747
Liked:
2,471
Avg:
4.18/5
pDev:
10.29%
Alströms:
4.33
 
 
Wants:
218
Gots:
522
Trade:
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Ratings: 2,747 |  Reviews: 1,232
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of monnik
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of monorailred
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stephen63
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured an excellent dark body with a perfect head which kept strongly to the end of the glass.

S - Caramel/treacle aroma mixed with dark fruits. Hops evident though not dominant.

T - Bitterness to the fore in an agreeable way. Citrus like character also detected.

M - Great, light carbonation, delicious.

D - More of an "ale" feel than some of the trappists as the sweetness was not too heavy. Would have no difficulty dispatching two or three of these. Great stuff.

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Photo of MVotter
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Westmalle Trappist Dubbel pours into a chalice a cloudy tea-brown color with a thin tan head.

The aroma is brown sugar, black licorice, malts, and molasses.

The taste has the same delicious characteristics as the aroma ... molasses, roasted, sweet-malts, black licorice, brown sugar.

The mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation, very pleasant.

The Trappist Dubbel is an extremely drinkable brew which looks, smells and tastes delicious. It is by no means a heavy brew with regard to alcohol or gravity.

Yummy.

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

Whoa, contents erupted up bottle with removal of cap. Spewing head for around 1 minute. Not agitated, shook, etc. Really weird. Poured from bottle to goblet.

Appearance - Root beer like color. Can barely see through up to light. Half inch head, quickly dissipating. Beautiful lacing. Small amounts of sediment seen within.

Smell - Figs, caramel, and wheat evident. Smells of bread and a little bit of alcohol.

Taste - Really clean good taste. The figs come right out, and twiggy almost taste. It's a bit bitter but I like it a lot. Clean finish too.

Mouthfeel - Good mouthfeel, maybe a bit of a bite. Good carbonation.

Drinkibility - Is good, I wouldn't drink tons though, stomach ache for sure.

I like the Tripel more but great beer from Westmalle here.

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Photo of Satyr179
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mfgreene
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of HedleyLamarr92
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of LazyL
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in my own Westmalle chalice.
A dark cola brown with red highlights and an espresso cstyle thick creamy head. The Belgian yeast is all over the place. Fruity esters, sweet alcohal and warm bread scents, then almost a candy apple smell. The taste is sweet medium roasted malts and warm alcohal notes. There is some spice and a bit of walnut with a touch of bitter smokiness. The mouthfeel is dry with some heavy carbonation. I feel like I should throw on some flip flops and a brown dress. The monks have done themselves proud. This is a good European brew and I feel quite distinguished drinking this aromatic concoction.

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Photo of TokyoCO
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle bought in Tokyo. Poured into a goblet.

A: Dark amber color, slightly lighter on the bottom. Many suspended particles. Bubbly head that sticks around.

S: Dark fruits, figs, apple, cherry. Sweet malts are also present.

T: Bitter fruits/ slight citrus in the start, sweeter and darker fruits develop and the figs are present in the aftertaste along with a slight hint of alcohol.

M: Fizzy but also quite heavy.

O: This is a really good sipper. The dark fruits are amazing!

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Photo of coolandy007
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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

Nice brew. It didn't feel like 7% Alc. Tasted great with my salty chex mix and would like to try it next time with a nice chocolate cake or something sweet. There WILL be a next time.

Appearance - dark honey brown in color with a soft frothy head that dissipated quickly.
Smell - strong mouth watering aroma, smelled a little toasty, sweet like syrup and had a slight red wine familarity.
Taste - delicious. strong malty and cocoa-like flavors up front without the strong alcohol aftertastes, hops were detectable and well balanced with the other flavors.
Mouthfeel - a little tingly from the carbonation, but not distracting. smoother and lighter than expected, provided a warmth to my tastebuds that craved the next sip.
Drinkability - excellent. soft feel, no harsh flavors or bitterness.

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Photo of Matty1918
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark amber with a nice creamy, fluffy off white head. Nice retention.

Aroma is of sweet toasted malts. Caramel, slight spice and fresh ripe fruit. Very nice aroma lots of character.

Taste has lots of carbonation in it at first. There's some cloves in the front with ripe fruit in there also. You can feel the alcohol..it's slight but it's there. Flavors are complex.

Mouthfeel is creamy with the alcohol being present. It's not overpowering but there.

I'd seek this dubbel out again. Very nice. A good way to end the night.

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Photo of WalrusJockey
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into Chimay chalice.

Appearance- thick, pillow head is tan with flecks, a little like french vanilla ice cream. Beer is cloudy, rich, deep orangish brown.

Smell- sweet and fruity. Pears and white grapes are the dominant aroma, along with spice and oranges.

Taste- warm spice flavors go hand-in-hand with layers rich, malt sweetness, passing from sugary to chocolaty. Swallow is a very high amount of spice and alcohol (almost like Cool Mint Listerine, in a weird way), into a chocolate malt flavor, and back into a lingering spiced chocolate aftertaste. Fruit flavors are noticeable throughout, though no where near as dominant as they were in the nose.

Mouthfeel- very creamy. Carbonation is brusque, but balances the smooth, creamy texture, and lightens the heavy, sweet flavors.

Drinkability- normally when I do these reviews, I finish about a quarter of my beer, then go enjoy the rest away from the computer. The Westmalle is already half way gone. It isn't an every-day beer, at least for me, but it is very enjoyable, and I am already looking forward to my next one before this one is done.

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Photo of Savaseri
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of risteardj
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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

Served from a bottle into a small glass.

A: Dark, mahogany with light brown highlights, with a tan rocky head that does not dissipate. Laces as it drains.

S: yeast, caramel, raisin, toasted bread; dried fruit is in the background.

T: A very smooth, delicate flavor, but very flavorful at the same time. The caramel and toasted bread flavor is the most dominant, with a touch of raisin/fig; the belgian yeast character imparts a slight tartness to the beer and accents the dried fruit flavor. Enough bitterness to balance the sweetness but hop flavor is not really detected.

M: Somewhat on the light side and definitely effervescent. The light feel complements the delicate nature of this beer.

D: An excellent drinker. Westmalle dubbel is a fine example of the delicate and easy-going nature of the Trappist beers, which somehow manage to have this characteristic while still being packed with flavor. It is almost too difficult to describe this in words.

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Photo of Mudpuppet
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from a 750 bottle into a Chimay chalice. Pours an mostly brown color with orange-red highlights. Thin 1/8 inch head.

S- Light fruity aromas with hints of dark malts

T- Dark malt flavor with a light yeast in the background. This is actually a somewhat bitter brew but very tasty. Has a somewhat fleeting flavor to it but the bitterness sticks around a bit better.

M- Medium carbonation. The carbonation seems to stick around a bit also on the sides of your tongue making it tingle a bit.

D- Very good beer. The alcohol is somewhat apparent in this beer.

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Photo of Chemister
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Crotor
3.21/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a ruby tinged black with an ample, tan pillow of a head.

Smella a bit of chocolate, and there's a hint of pitted fruit, and some alcohol. Decent, but not as nuanced as I'd like...

The taste is respectfully fruity - along the lines of plum, perhaps - and perhaps ever so slightly charred. There are some phenols in the back, and very noticable alcohol. Ultimately, it tastes too dry for my liking - these flavors would be greatly improved with some more malt to back them...

The body is a bit thin, and the apparent alcohol negatively affects the mouthfeel & drinkability. Overall, a decent but underwhelming brew.

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Photo of jhu1995
2.41/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a chalice and had a nice dark brown, slightly reddish color, with a decent off-white head. Smell was mostly caramel with hints of alcohol. Smell was a sign of trouble ahead. Did not care for the taste at all. Caramel flavor was overpowering and did not mask the alcohol taste. Needs a bit more body and complexity. Felt harsh on the mouth and actually struggled to finish it. I just may not be a fan of dubbels so take this for what it is worth.

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Photo of midnite2sixman
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one in a bottle from Butch's in Holland, Michigan.
Poured into a goblet, super light foamy head with some nice lacing. Pours a dark dirty brown, almost looks like a cola.

Raisins, plums, brown sugar on the nose.

Taste is belgian sweet, like a dutch babelaar, brown sugar, molasses, minor notes of citrus lie within, but definitely get the caramelized candy flavor.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, as it should be, with a nice sweet finish.

Drinkability is obviously high on this one, this is one of the better Belgian Dubs out there. SLAINTE.

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Photo of jlandis
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a beautiful dark amber in color with a 2 finger tan head that slowly fades to a small ring. The aroma is a lot simpler than I would have expected. There is dark fruit (cherries, plum), sweet malt and a bit of spice. Having had overly sweet and pungent dubbles recently this one really goes in a different direction. The flavor is very dry with a strong bready character. There are some spices here and there along with an unexpected tartness. I can pick up some cherries, apples, and plumbs in the flavor. The body is solid with subtle carbonation.

This is nothing at all what I thought it would be. This is such a breath of fresh air to go back to the basics to realize what makes a classic dubbel. The dry finish keeps me coming back for sip after sip. I'll be sure to pick up more of these in the future.

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Photo of RollTide05
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 90% out of 100 with 2,747 ratings
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