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:
2,732
Reviews:
1,229
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
Wants:
216
Gots:
512
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Takahiro
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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 -3.1%
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 +4.3%
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 +2.4%

Photo of knot
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of cosmic-ray
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Fossilhunter
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of DaPinsker
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcf5ve
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Brewfocker80
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark ruby brown with a tall khaki head leaves good lacing cloudy but not in a bad way.
S: Fruity earthy smell. You can almost smell the tinge of alcohol
T: Light fruit flavor very earthy taste limited hops flavor but it does have some residual bitterness and slightly bready
M: Full and well carbonated
O: Great beer in the style. Strong flavors that leave you wanting more.

12oz bottle pouted into a pint glass

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Photo of maleman
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - very dark, a little cloudy when held up to the light.

S - a little heavy, hoppy.

T - hint of chocolate, some distant fruit was detected.

M - felt it in the upper back of my mouth...didn't fill it up.

D - could sit around and drink this one all evening!

These Trappists are growing on me!

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Photo of Tinfang
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of GregaR
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jrockerboi
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of AlexRea
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Andy
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tight carbonation, very foamy. slight alcohol nose, slightly spicy and peppery. extremely dry flavor. light hop bitterness in finish. distinct raisiney flavors. Head retention is very strong. Slight dark malt flavor but not bold or overbearing.

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Photo of chakadrum
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This looked absolutely beautiful. A rich brown color with a hint of amber. A thick head on top and good lacing.

S - I don't know what other way to put it than it smelled like a good beer. Not harsh in any way. A subtle sort of smell.

T - Upon the first sip the beer reminded me of some food I consume around the holidays. I'm not sure what it was. Maybe it was a bit yeasty tasting reminding me of fresh baked bread.

M - The mouth felt a little too bubbly and the beer felt too noticable as I moved over my tongue. A little rough feeling.

D - Definately a drinkable beer. Something to be appreciated especially after a long day of programming.

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Photo of Archimedes
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Theshooster
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of jscal10
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mikemands
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of snogglethorpe
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attractive darkish brown with a thick and persistent head the size of a planet. Smells basically kind of yeasty.

Taste is initially unassuming, but after a bit one notices how perfectly balanced it is. A belgian yeast taste is clear, but not excessive. There are hints of dark fruits, enough to give it a somewhat fruity character, but it's not sweet, indeed, it's kind of dry, with a very slightly tart finish, and a hint of woodiness (barrel aging?) and bitterness (hops? I dunno). It gets more and more interesting as you drink (and the beer warms, probably).

The mouthfeel is very slightly thick, but still refreshing; the carbonation is clearly enough to give it that massive head, but it doesn't taste sparkly.

After my first sip I thought "is that it?" (it is kind of famous after all), but as I drank, I began to notice interesting flavors, and I was soon thinking "oh yeah..." All the while, it remained refreshing and went down super easy.

A very nice and subtle beer. Deserves the high rating I think.

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Photo of WilstonOreo
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of srv33
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Part of a Dubbel taste off, including this, Rochefort 6, and Chimay Red.

Appearance: Darkest pour of the three. An unremarkable dark brown. Large head whilst pouring that quickly dissipated to a thick collar but not much else. Medium to fine bubbles.

Aroma: Definitely the most different aroma of the three. I get scents of tart cherry right away, along with fig, clove, spices, and other berries.

Mouthfeel: Neither thick or thin, very fine carbonation that is stated but not prominent. A bit sharp but clean. Most moderate of three, not as muted and creamy as the rochefort, yet not as heavily carbonated as the Chimay Red.

Taste: Sour berries to start, prominent spices and an herbal astringent quality. A well balanced sweetness, and a full body. This is the quintessential Dubbel.

Overall: This was a hard taste test. All three shone in their own ways which made judging hard. In terms of accuracy to the style, the Westmalle wins. In terms of all the other markers of the style, the Westmalle has the slight edge, closely followed by the Rochefort, and then the Chimay.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,732 ratings.
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