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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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Ranking:
#1,220
Reviews:
1,234
Ratings:
2,759
pDev:
10.29%
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4.33
 
 
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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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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Ksoden1186
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Lipa
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maynard713
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of l0rddavis
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Houborg1
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Dark brown and cloudy. Head starts strong, and then settles to a nice 1/4 inch.

S: Plum and raisin notes. No immediate detection of alcohol scents. Toffee notes too.

T: Many flavors, but balanced out better than other dubbels (first sip). Definite vanilla and cherry flavors with other dark fruits like raisins and plums. Yeast flavors lay like a nice rug across the mouth providin mild peppery notes (nice!). This is what I want my dubbels to be. As it warms, the cherry character deepens and a leathery notion develops.

MF: Very effervescent and velvety. Yeast is very much alive in this one.

D: Highly recommended. Flavors and body are just right on this one, and it may rival my favorite dubbel.

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

Best by Date of 10/01/2009 makes this beer a little over 2 years old.

Pours an appealing brown with rich ruby highlights. Head is a subdued white. Aroma is a gentle mix of bready malts and fruity yeast esters.

The initial taste reminds me of a delicious artisan bread. A little tingle on the tip of my tongue, a hint of tart apples fades into a crisp, earthy, slightly spicy finish. Still plenty of carbonation to keep the mouth feel on the light side, but I liked it. Overall, very tasty. I'd like to try a fresher sample.

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Photo of bkaj21
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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

Appearance - murky dark brown in color. Two and a half frothy inches of beige head. Good retention and with substantial lace.

Smell - fruit, booze, and plenty of yeast.

Taste - big dried fruit up front and a hell of a lot of alcohol. Biscuity malt and bready yeast. Bananas. A touch of hop and bittersweet chocolate at the finish. Damn Good and perfect for a cold November day.

Mouthfeel - chewy/creamy, medium to heavy bodied with plenty of good carbonation.

Drinkability - pretty drinkable for the style. Not my favorite style but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Well worth my purchase.

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Photo of biercycle
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of AdamNowek
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Takahiro
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dark brown, with a tanned foam
S: roasted malts, bread, yeast, vanilla
T: very smooth maltiness, sour tang like yogurt, caramel sweetness, alcohol sweetness, hop bitterness shines towards the end
M: silky smooth, and finishes very dry
O: very nice dubbel

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Photo of julian89
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank on 3/15/2012
Poured from bottle into Chimay sniffer.

Appearance: An amber brown color, quarter inch head, no lacing. Center base carbonation leaves a continuous head in the center of the glass.

Smell: Clear light smell of sugar, plum, and raisins.

Mouthfeel: Cool, frothy, and excellent carbonation. Smooth on the palate.

Taste: Good, no big alcohol taste like the triple. Very strong raisin and sweet sugar aftertaste.

Overall: Excellent dark belgian dubel. Will return.

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

A wonderful part of my trappist beers from Belgium tasting, found at grassroots market in Jacksonville. 12 oz. bottle chilled to 45 degrees and sampled from a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice deep amber red with opaque hazing in the glass. When popped, the beer oozed head immediately before I could get it into the glass. 1" malty brown head with great retention and moderate clingy lacing.

S: Smells of sweet malty fruit such as dried plum and toasty postum notes.

T: Rich and silky with caramel notes, chocolate nibs and dried fruit on the finish.

M: Easily draught, the carbonation is light and the alcohol is well balanced. No bitter hops aftertaste.

D: Drink this beer.

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Photo of JacobMutberg
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 2,759 ratings
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