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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel

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1,932 Ratings

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Ratings: 1932
Reviews: 1106
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website

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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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - an opaque brown, which lets in little to no light, giving the appearance of being very thick. The head i a nice light beige colour, that retains nicely on the walls of my chalice.

S - smells of boozy fruit, like a fruitcake, and some hint of the malts.

T - the top notes are the fruity elements and malt, which eventually give way to the alcohol.

M - it is a large form carbonation, which is why the head dissipates quickly, which renders a thicker feeling of fluidity; this, however, does not compromise the taste or drink-ability.


(a re-review, considering I finally got the chalice! I'm not expecting my review to change that much)

33ml bottle poured into my westmalle chalice, which I have been looking for.

A - the bottle pours perfectly to the mark in the glass with head making a perfect mark, right where it should be and the liquid being at the indicated ,33l mark. the colour is a dark brown, opaque, with some ruby hues coming in from the bottom. the head is thick and fluffy and a light tan/ off white color.

S - dark fruity esters make an immediate presence, that is to say fruits like raisin, fig, plumb, and most anything that becomes really sweet when you dry it. behind the esters are the hints of alcohol, these combine to make the classic scent of a good dubbel.

T - the taste is a sweet malt & alcohol to put it in simple terms. the alcohol is far from overbearing, and blends quite nicely with the sweets. the sweets can be described as being a subtle malty sweetness that is far reaching over the palate, nothing that stick out really noticeably. but what is most noticeable for sweetness is the finish, which has a hint of counterfeit sweetness, what I mean is something like maraschino cherries; not actual sugar taste, but sweet nonetheless. the after taste is like that of banannas (a slight sweet) and apples, perhaps macintosh or red delicious; I would really emphasize the apples, particularly the red delicious. this is a great tasting beer, and I think having it out of the proper glass is only adding the the aura of good-beer-ness

MF&D - I could drink this all night long, if I wouldnt become atrociously huge, that is. the feel is perfect in my world: there is ample carbonation, while the viscosity is thick enought to make the carbonation just right. however, in my opninion for the dubbel, the mf and the d can rarely be paired up exactly, for they conflict. the dubbel requires a thick bubbly beer, which makes it harder to have in larger quantities (which is how I guage drinkability: : "could I have this all night long?"). either way this is a great beer that would take a lifetime to get bored with.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 23:24:01 | More by erz316
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4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a big wine glass because I didn't have a chalice. Yeah, I know.

Appearance: Pours a dark, cloudy reddish brown with a big creamy head that sticks around forever. Good amount of lacing, too. Cool looking beer.

Aroma: There's a lot going on in the smell. Smells of dark fruits, raisins, dates, figs, toast, some mild spiciness, a little floral character, and maltiness.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, and it's complex, creamy and delicious. Really a terrific beer. The dark fruits dominate and the finish is appealingly bitter. Alcohol is muted in the nose and on the palate.

Mouthfeel: It's a fun beer to drink; creamy and smooth, with a big sturdy body.

Overall: A terrific, classic beer. It's pretty close to perfect in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

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The beer pours is very cloudy brown body and a nice tan head

The smell is of orange marmalade and Clay

The taste is smooth chalky earthy with some nice malt and fruit

Very will carbonated and somewhat full

A wonderful beer well-crafted and keeping with its style very enjoyable for flavor yet thirst quenching

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Smells of raisins, fruity and floral.

Taste is raisins, light rum and a crisp finish.

Lots of carbonation and a crisp finish, thin body makes this pretty drinkable despite the 7% abv.

Overall, first Trappist dubbel and a very good one!

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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