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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,926 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1926
Reviews: 1103
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000)
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hoptualBrew

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky dark mahogany in color.

Aroma of rum soaked oak, sweet fig, toast, candied raisin, brown sugar.

Rum raisin, brown sugar, slight metallic mineral water, toffee on the palate.

Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation, right on for this style and the flavor profiles this beer boasts.

World class Belgian Dubbel, simple as that.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 02:41:43 | More by hoptualBrew
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Lothore

California

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown, orangey hue with a thick, chunky head that lingers.

S- Plum, raisin, fig, brown sugar.

T- Plum and raisin up front with a yeasty finish. Slight bitterness.

M- Thin-medium bodied and very effervescent.

D- This is a great brew. I think if it were a little thicker and had less carbonation it would have scored even higher for me. I'm sure the carbonation fades with time. Will stick a couple bottles in the cellar and forget about them for 5 years ...

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 21:25:07 | More by Lothore
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Henrich

Missouri

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Rich brown to burnt orange, especially when held to the light. 2 inches of fluffy, tab foam, which lingers, eventually settling, yet never disappearing. Looks great in the chalice.
Smell: Sweet! Like effervescent brown sugar and plums. Absolutely fantastic!
Taste: Starts quite similar to the smell, then yields to a more complex malty flavor, which ends with a slight hoppy, yet delicious bitterness. This blew me away.
Mouth-Feel: Thick, almost syrupy. This lingers on the tongue for quite some time. It feels heavy.
Overall: This is in my top 10. This is the third time I've had this and it has been incredible each time. Obviously it is pricy, but then again it is not something I'd drink just any day.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 01:37:11 | More by Henrich
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HoneyLamb

Michigan

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a single 12 ounce bottle from Michiana Minimart on 1-23-2014 for $4.49. Taste tested on 1-26-2014. Bottle had a "Best before end:" date of 15/06/13. Medium hard pour resulted in two fingers in the tulip glass. Appearance and smell were definitely above average. Taste and mouthfeel were excellent. Aftertaste held well and was also excellent. I would definitely recommend this Dubbel

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 00:47:42 | More by HoneyLamb
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BierJager89

California

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Red with a mocha head.

S: Cherries in the nose, other light fruits, some sweet malt.

T: More sweet malt, cherry, light fruits, citrus fruits and fruity Belgian yeast esters in one of the better tasting dubbels I've had.

M: Medium bodied, average carbonation, perhaps a bit smooth.

O: Overall a good dubbel, a good example of the style, not exactly exciting, but it's definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 04:39:17 | More by BierJager89
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle bottled on 7/11/12 into a Westmalle chalice.

A: pours a dark brown with a decent two finger head. The head breaks somewhat quickly leaving a lovely amount of lacing behind.

S: Yeast and dark fruits come through on the nose. There is caramel and some chocolate, but the dark fruits dominate.

T: The taste is perhaps the best I have experienced in a dubbel. Wow, there is a world of flavor here...those fruits on the nose come bursting forth on the palate. The Belgian yeast, is fantastic. There are notes of chocolate and caramel that subtlety come in as the beer finishes on your palate.

M: medium body but fairly high carbonation.

O: I have a winner, I am bowled over by this dubbel. I will set all others by this example. It really impressed me. I can only hope that others enjoy this as much as I have.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 23:49:16 | More by polloenfuego
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LVituri

Brazil

4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Esta é uma das grandes representantes do estilo dubbel, e mais um respeitado rótulo trapista. Eu só conheci dois rótulo Westmalle, mas os dois mostraram representar cervejas de qualidade suprema, que com que certeza posicionam a cervejaria como um dos grandes nomes do mundo.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 12:42:12 | More by LVituri
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Premo88

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle (330 ml) poured into chalice
(best by 3/27/15 printed on back label)

L: murky brown, fully opaque, some orange highlights at bottom when held up to light; huge fluffy thick tan head that is sticking and lacing; the foamy collar is fantastic -- classic dubbel look

S: fruity, sour grapes, wine -- again, classic dubbel; lots of sweet grapes

T: follows the nose nicely, more fruity and sweet than yeasty

F: hard not to call it perfect; it might be (might) a slight bit watery, but in a way that only seems to be helping its drinkability; it's not heavier than midweight but solidly constructed with good carbonation

O: it's not the best I've had, but I love dubbels and I love this beer -- you can't go wrong with the authentic Trappists' work. I'm missing some of the yeasty flavor you often get from a good dubbel, but I'm not missing it much. I could drink this anytime anywhere and be 100% happy ... so much good fruity sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 00:50:32 | More by Premo88
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tspoke

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Mercure in Nijmegen. I couldn't believe they had it there, as I was used to getting it by the bottle back in Wisconsin. The bartender said they actually weren't supposed to even have it on tap, but somehow they did. So of course I had to have several during my two-night stay in Holland.
I am a huge fan of Belgian beer and thought this particular dubbel was outstanding as usual.

Appearance - A very colorful brown/dark color with some good legs to boot.
Smell - Dark fruity, mild, smooth smelling aroma.
Taste - I could taste a dark fruit, perhaps raisins or prunes. Definitely some grapes as well, overall very tasty.
Mouthfeel - A very dry after taste which initially was surprising to me, and the carbonation made my mouth tingle.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2014 18:28:55 | More by tspoke
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NeedBeerHere

Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out dark brown/ really dark brown with a three finger beige head with nice retention and some nice lacing. Smell is dark fruits, some dark malts, and just that smell of a blegian dubbel. Taste is much the same as the nose. Really no difference except maybe a tiny bit of sweetness and Belgian candy sugar. Mouthfeel is a little thick as one would like it and it great; Overall one of the greatest Belgium beers. Just really nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 10:07:45 | More by NeedBeerHere
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Brenden

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a beautiful fiery almost violet-red, flaming bright though dark in color and otherwise transparent. A rocky off-white head develops, managing just over a finger's height and dropping pretty chunky lacing in very good quantity.
The aroma is deep and rich, sweet with added Belgian sugars as well as a caramel aspect to the malts and lots of dark fruits. Also brought out a an almost thickly bready notes with a spicy aspect, almost like some rye in there.
The flavor is the aroma amped up with added complexity and overall one of the most delicious beers I've ever tasted. This is where Trappist ales earn their reputation (the feel is unique, too). All kinds of ripe and overripe dark fruits dance on the tongue, sweet with just a little tartness and a hint of sour to balance the sugars. Along with that is overripe soft white fruits flesh. Balance that out with some earthiness and put in all on a strong malt foundation with caramel and bread and add spiciness and true Belgian yeast character, and you've got one of the best in the world.
The feel stops short of sweet, spices and the very light hops character balancing it expertly. A little dryness is pulled out of the medium, almost full body. Almost the whole of every sip is creamy smooth, flowing on the tongue like velvet as spiciness and alcohol play into the finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 19:33:07 | More by Brenden
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ZagZagg

Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle Poured into a Westmalle goblet

A: A rich deep brown that presents a velvety red hue with the light. Visible medium level carbonation, frothy with decent lacing, solid and well balanced, hazy ruby smokiness with some light sediment

S: Chocolate and malty, almost a caramel, good earth inspired pumpernickel, banana is upfront and quite forthcoming (hey, these Westmalle monks love their Banana). A faint spiciness with a bit of clove and ginger?

T: Definitely sweet upfront with a toasty fruitiness that progresses into a smoky blend of spice that is even a bit boozy. The dominant fruitiness is not overwhelming and blends politely with the bready yeast notes. Absence of any bitter character, but well-balanced complexity that isn’t too malty

M: Well bodied, a bit creamy, carbonation’s presence tingles the tongue, smooth almost soft. Has a heaviness that is quickly evident and fills the mouth.

O: A handsome brew that is excellent for sipping. I can’t comment on the availability, but something I would like to enjoy again. A good winter beer that is warming and highly delectable. Something I am looking forward to drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 20:23:58 | More by ZagZagg
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A:
Pours a murky dark brown that almost looks greenish in the right light and when pouring. It has a gorgeous tan head that is super active. Excellent retention; beautiful lacing. Nearly perfect.

S:
The smell is really kept together well and smells earthy and yeasty. Wine, cloves, hard water, hearty brown bread.

T:
Wow. Really round earth-sweet flavor with lots of dark fruit and hearty bread flavors present. Extremely well-balanced and 'whole' flavor. Delicious.

M:
Full-bodied and creamy with a nice tickle of carbonation. No lingering taste and a nice almost-booze-tinged finish.

O:
Really fabulous beer.
Looks as good as a beer can. Really non-beer aromas in the nose and a delicious, complete taste make this beer one of the greats. I have been burned by dubbels in the past, but this one is one of the best beers I have ever had. I believe Westmalle was the first brewery to brew a Dubbel as such, but I may be mistaken. It would account for how spectacular this beer is.
WILL have again; worth searching for.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 00:12:40 | More by TheDoctor
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utopiajane

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a handsome dark brown with honey like hues of lighter brown at the edges and where the glass will allow some light to pass through. The head is fat, tan and creamy. Falls slowly and leaves slippery lace. Nose is is exhilarating and dark. it has belgian woody yeast that promises a bit of dryness and is somewhat restrained but for a bit of apple and a very faint banana. There is a sweet light chocolate and deep smooth caramel on the nose. Dark fruits like fig and date but lively with the crispness of that apple behind them. The caramel just goes on forever in the nose.

The taste is poetry. The nose of this beer seems to vibrate at an excited pitch. The fruits all ripe and clamoring for their peak, the caramel at it's richest, the chocolate enticing and light over the top, the yeast falling to the background as it will fall to the middle of the beer in the drink. Then pure composure greets the palate. Smooth, creamy rich but not heavy. The bread soft and sweet and laced with dark fruit, endless caramel and light sweet chocolate. The yeast brings a dryness to the middle of the beer and there is a slight bitter undertone. It reminds me of molasses. The alcohol stops out just slightly, a bit impudent it seems to impart a sweet bit of warmth as it finishes. The fruits and floral take the last ideation of this beer on the palate as it fades to aftertaste with a bit of caramel to linger instead of the alcohol.

Holy moly! Brilliant, self evident, inexhaustible and vital. This beer exemplifies the style and is worthy of your utmost attention.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 15:02:53 | More by utopiajane
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anarchia

Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thick & frothy white head sits on top of a dark red/brown beer that is almost opaque. Nice lacing on the glass. I smell white wine, citrus, raisin bread, some cinnamon. Flavor is out of this world: caramel, grapes, more of that raisin bread, brown sugar with a perfectly balanced but slightly chocolatey-bitter finish--a lot going on! The carbonation is really nice on the tongue. Slight warming from the alcohol. Exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 04:18:03 | More by anarchia
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McNealc31

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The aroma caught me the second I popped the cap. Rich, malty, inviting. Surprisingly carbonation leading into a creamy texture. Butterscotch, bread, and a little bit of yeasty funk. Spicy hops linger in a slightly bitter finish.

Outstanding. Go get it!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 01:02:44 | More by McNealc31
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Tonmeister

Georgia

3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served in Pint Glass

Appearance: Dark

Smell: grapes, rasberries, plums, citrusy, dark and fruity overall. The aroma reminds me of wine.

Taste: The taste is akin to the aroma. It tastes very dark plummy and fruity. The taste reminds me of wine or champagne.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated with wet finish.

Overall This is a great Trappist brew, but it is not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 23:23:34 | More by Tonmeister
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SteveKay

Illinois

2.29/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I guess I have to get another bottle because I don't see what all the excitement is all about. I got none of the malty yeasty sweet flavor you expect from a dubbel. Actually it was not full flavored at all. I would compare it to a Becks dark. Very disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 22:24:34 | More by SteveKay
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Okay, this guy was a gusher. I reacted quickly but I did have to suck some head. I don't really think I got much yeast in it (I'll will have report on this later but I need to proceed). The head was a light beige with good retention. The body is a hazy chocolate ruby brown which shows lots of glowing ruby notes when held up to the light.

Nose- Lots of banana. Hints of clove. When these notes settle, there are notes of caramel, brown sugar, and grapes. Some red fruit, but all of this is very mild. Lots of clove on the bottle with some notes of the yeast (or at least I hope so.) Banana has a tendency to become thin and reedy in a way to suggest wood.

Taste- A light red fruit sweetness hits me first followed by a slightly woody note with some spice around the edges. Some hint of yeast but nothing really domineering. I did not think this style would be too effected by that. Very winy in fact. This has red grapes and cherries and a blunted banana over spicy yeast. Cherry becomes the dominant aspect of this but in a sweet subtle way. Everything is sweet and subtle about this beer. The yeastiness even gives it a nice bump (almost of cinnamon) but there is a little bit of chalky, dry finish that is a little problematic to me. Some Cheerwine aspects.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and more carbonated than I would like for most medium bodied beers but I think I works for this one. It makes it feel more clean which works well with the dry finish.

Drinkability- Very easygoing. So sublime and subtle you could easily chug. Don't do that. Not an everyday buy but I would buy it again.

Overall- B+/A- or a solid 4. I will have to try it again if to see if the gush significantly effected it- I could see this being a 4.25 or close.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 02:07:15 | More by artoolemomo
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pkalix

California

4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

not much head on this one. had it many times, but never entered a rating.
super dark copperish color with a thin layer of fizz on top. smell is all dark fruit and candy. kind of like of complex prune juice.
taste is dark fruit, candied sugar and, to use a term someone else previously used (and is totally on mark), refreshing. refreshing is a great adjective for this. it's easy to drink, not too bitter, not too rich (like Belgians often can be), and very flavorful with raisins and figs (some cherry?).

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 22:13:04 | More by pkalix
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.86/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Westmalle Dubbel has a thick, fizzy, beige head, and a dark, red-brown appearance, with lots of bubbles and nice lacing left behind. The appearance is not too hazy, until one swishes the bottom contents and pours in the sediment. The aroma is rich, fruity, candy-like, malty, and winy. The taste is sweet, fruity, herby, and somewhat bitter. Dark fruits abound with this. Mouthfeel is medium and not really thick, and Westmalle Dubbel finishes mostly dry, fruity, and even refreshing. The drinkability is pretty easy with this one. Overall, this is an outstanding beer.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 23:56:24 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Jonada

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle. Best before 5th of July, 2014. Served in a tulip glass

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown with 2 fingers of a light tan head with good retention. Body is murky.

Smell: Dark fruit (raisin in particular), candi sugar, red apple, with some slight spicy belgian yeast character.

Taste: Same as the nose with dark fruits and apple. There's a toasty breadiness as well (like a bread crust). More apple and apple skin in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Carbonation is high but still maintains a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: This is an excellent dubbel. Every bit as good as Westy 8, yet cheaper and easier to get.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 04:52:03 | More by Jonada
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Gryphon69

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very nice dark brown with a reddish hue

S- Malts and fruits; raisin, plum, slight cherry and some spice

T- Much like the smell, nice balance of the malts and the sweetness isn't overpowering and I don't get much spice

M- light/medium body with low carbonation, little fizzy bubbels

O- Nice balance of fruits,malts without being abnoxious, probably to sweet for me personally to have more than 1 in a sitting, but one I will have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 22:39:31 | More by Gryphon69
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy brown color with some red highlights shinning through. Upon pouring there is a one finger creamy colored head that fades over a moderate level of time to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is of roasted malt and some darker fruit smells. The darker fruits are of a plum, raisin and cherry aroma giving a moderately sweet dimension to the smell. When mixed with a yeasty and slightly bready aroma the mix of smells produces a rather nice dubbel aroma.

Taste- The taste begins with a dry roasted malt flavor and a brown bread taste. There are some dark fruit flavors, but these are on the drier side only adding the fruit flavor without the sweetness. Some light yeastiness and a more bitter citrus flavor begin developing more toward the middle to the end of the taste. In the end with a little bit of a roasted/smoky flavor coming to the tongue, one is left with a dry roasted and dark fruit flavor to linger on the tongue with just a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly above average side consisting of lots of tiny carbonation bubbles. The combination of carbonation and thickness are nice for the drier flavors creating a very crisp feel overall.

Overall – It has a nice flavor profile, but is a little drier then what I was expecting for a dubbel. If you are looking for a crisp Belgian style with some good fruit flavors and nice roasted malt taste, then this is a good go too, but if you want something slightly more on the sweeter side then this is not what you want. It is certainly good and something to try if you are in the mood for something drier.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 00:15:13 | More by Darkmagus82
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freneticamnesic

Netherlands

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large tulip glass.

A - Dark brown, thick tan head

S - Roasted malts

T - Dark roast malts, sweet toffee and dark coffee, finishing with woody/smokey hops

M -Medium to light body, decent carbonation

O - Overall quite nice, though I think I've had more complex, well-crafted dubbels. Certainly a beer I would drink again though, any day.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 16:06:13 | More by freneticamnesic
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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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