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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,117 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,117
Reviews: 1,116
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 120
Gots: 171 | FT: 0
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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moderndrunkard

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.28/5  rDev -21.3%

Poured straight from the tap at Erasmus in Bruges and enjoyed with roasted rabitt in beer sauce...but that's another review...

Pours a very appealing dark, cloudy body with a medium-bodied caramel head. There's a light head retention but the foam seems to stick to the glass for a long time.

Faint aromas exhibiting a light sweetness with a light alcohol nose.

I taste medium carbonation, a very slight initial fruitiness. Tastes...like...pear! Yeah, that's it. These pear-like flavors yield very nicely to a hop bitterness that lingers just long enough for my liking. A beer this color, I would have expected something different. Namely, something heavier and maltier. But all I'm tasting here seems to be light and bitter. (I'm sure the malts would come around if the beer was a couple degrees warmer)

I kinda feel like there's something wrong with my tastebuds because I was expecting something much different. But we all still have a lot to learn, don't we...?

Overall, good carbonation, not too thcik or too thin, pretty drinkable, but I'm not feeling another one.

04-09-2006 16:48:53 | More by moderndrunkard
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours a darker shade of brown with a nice fluffy/sticky head you can tell this well made by the pour alone.Anyways I get a deep brown sugar aroma a red wine hint almost like a port wine.Taste of spiced cake and raisins,very rich tasting.A little harsh in the mouth though wasnt as smooth and creamy as expected.Aroma and flavor wise a real top notch brew but in drinkability and mouthfeel it lacks in my opinion.

04-20-2004 00:20:47 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

Appearance - Nice, deep cloudy brown color with a decent tan head that shrank rather quickly without a trace.

Smell – Rich malt aroma with some spice and the classic burnt caramel tones.

Taste – Big malt, complimented nicely with banana, some kind of dark fruit (maybe plums, dates, or even tobacco – I like ADR’S, “raisins, grapes, and currents,” comment), and light chocolate undertones. This is a complex, well-balanced brew.

Mouthfeel – Excellent! The carbonation is just right, IMO, and the body is exceptionally smooth. Personally, I think that this is the beer’s strongest quality.

Drinkability – Something this smooth and this complex is awesome. It goes down easy and keeps one entertained.

Comments – I tend to enjoy beers that are smooth yet complex, so this one suited me just fine.

Update – This was the 14th beer that I reviewed on the site so figured it might be worthwhile to re-review in 2004.

I read one review that described it as, “bananas foster” and that hit the nail on the head for me. There are some light alcohol notes and burnt malt, but the chocolate and banana are in perfect harmony with this beer and cannot be ignored. This really is a terrific ale.

I stand by my ratings from the initial taste and didn’t actually change the score of this beer, but I will say after trying over 200 Belgian Ales since the first review it really is one of the best offerings of the style on the market.

08-09-2003 01:41:24 | More by RoyalT
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%

11/25/05 on label. Pours a bubbly raison brown. Aroma is like a Fig Newten and some raisins. Lots of dark brown particulate matter suspended amongst the aggressive carbonation. Taste is less sweet then most other well known dubbels but less complicated and interesting as well. It’s rather underwhelming but one strong point is the lively carbonation. That in combination with the moderated sweetness makes this one very drinkable.

02-20-2006 00:44:05 | More by DaPeculierDane
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DanGeo

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-26-2014 11:01:58 | More by DanGeo
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tectactoe

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-04-2012 04:39:59 | More by tectactoe
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ricke

Sweden

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

Serving date: 2009-02-19. Served in tulip.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with the trappist collar around the neck. Freshness date (best before 2010-11-12) and glassware recommendations printed on the label.

Appearance: A very deep ruby color. It looks fantastic when held to a light. Develops a huge, 3 finger light brown head that sticks around for a good while. Some lacings and plenty of foam linger on.

Smell: Lovely smell of fresh fruit. Some yeast aromas, going towards the smell of banana, as well. Plenty of sweet notes from malts and chocolate.

Taste: Plenty of sweet malts and fruit - mostly redcurrants and banana. Then, a tarter fruitiness - like red apples just a little unripe, or just apple peel - appears. A gentle spiciness and soothing chocolate flavors round things off. The finish has a very mild bitterness and a restrained hop character, is somewhat spicy and slightly tart (but by no means sours). The alcohol is warming.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Plenty of carbonation. Slightly coarse and crisp, but still rather smooth.

Drinkability: The fruit character in this one is just amazing, great balance between sweetness and tartness - very refreshing. Truly complex and well balanced. Perhaps, I would have liked just a little more bite in the finish.

02-20-2009 00:07:38 | More by ricke
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MadScientist

New York

4.36/5  rDev +4.6%

A: A copper colored beer with a light haze. The head is low but persistent, made of light tan, creamy bubbles.

S: A strong raisin aroma with a decent amount of caramel malt aroma. There is a light vinous, wine-like character. There is a light bit of fruitiness, enough to let you know that Belgian yeast is part of the mix but not much in the way of spice; the fruit is a low banana note. No hop aroma. There is a light floral alcohol aroma as well.

T: A complex malty sweetness that part toffee, caramel and raisin with a bit of cocoa. The raisin flavor is moderately-strong with a bit of other dried fruits as well. There is a moderately-light hops bitterness. The balance is about even and the finish is towards the dry with a fruity and malty aftertaste.

M: A soft mouthfeel having a medium-full bodied with moderately-high carbonation and a light alcohol warmth.

O: A complex, malty beer.

01-18-2013 23:46:14 | More by MadScientist
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Zakk

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

06-06-2012 04:16:23 | More by Zakk
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

06-26-2013 01:09:38 | More by tbryan5
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JacobMutberg

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-10-2012 23:23:17 | More by JacobMutberg
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nuggetnectar01

California

4.13/5  rDev -1%

Pours a dark brown color with a fluffy two finger head that fades away rather slowly leaving lacing all throughout the glass.

Smells of sweet candy sugar, fruity esters, spices, slight alcohol warmness,brown bread pulled out of the oven.

Slight spicy upfront with a hint of sweetness and finishes off with a tad bit of dryness. Amazing how you can always tell when your drinking a belgian beer.

Medium bodied, smooth and velvet like with right amount of carbonation.

Nice drinkability on this one.

05-09-2009 03:04:12 | More by nuggetnectar01
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JMD71

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%

Appearance: Huge 3 fingers of tannish head. Very carbonated. There's a nice bubbly texture on the head when poured which draws back after a few minutes leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Rich caramel & malt strong in the aroma. Hints of earthy fruits such as dates, raisins, & prunes. Slight cherry aroma somewhere?

Taste: Like the aroma, the flavor is rich with raisins & dates. Warming with a slight alcohol touch in the finish. Very subtle. Very well balanced. Finishes crisp...

Mouthfeel: Slightly thick & cloying, but not in a bad way. Expected in this style. Very warming, but carbonation lends a criso, clean feeling.

Drinkability: This is VERY drinkable from my point of view! I could live on this. It is well balances between maltiness, fruitiness, & alcohol. Not overpoweringly rich or sweet.

Comments: I truly enjoyed this all the way through the glass. Each sip seemed to be better than the last. By the first true Belgain dubbel I've reviewed, this was everything I had expected.

04-14-2006 16:34:59 | More by JMD71
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steelerguy

New York

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%

A - Poured a dark mahogany with an epic just off-white head, somewhat rocky in the middle but very frothy on top and where the head meets the beer. Amber tones around the outside of the glass, quite attractive. Lasting head, lots of lace, great looking beer.

S - Caramel malt mostly with some dark fruit smell, slightly sweet, but overall kind of muted.

T - A lot of the smell, caramel malt, raisins, and a tart cherry flavor. A little more bitterness in the finish than I was expecting but I like hops. No very complex, but pleasant and refreshing with the cherry tang, a little bite from the carbonation, and some cleansing hop bitterness.

M - Dry, crisp beer that is quite refreshing for a 7%. The carbonation is high on this one and you will notice it.

D - Has a little punch at 7% but you could drink quite a few of these without it becoming overwhelming.

04-06-2009 22:56:32 | More by steelerguy
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skybluewater

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours a murky cherry-brown color. Very odd foamy head that recedes and leaves some lacing. Smell is fruity, almost winey, with a bit of cherry. Cherries pop up again in the taste, along with hints of shaved chocolate and clove. Alcohol is apparent, but not obtrusive

Overall, a darn good dubbel here. I'm definitely going to revisit this one in the near future, although the price, while not too high, isn't exactly cheap either...

10-23-2004 01:08:09 | More by skybluewater
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-06-2014 03:01:32 | More by bulldogg915
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

09-22-2013 04:39:40 | More by FadetoBock
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-17-2013 19:27:10 | More by danthehopslamman
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Satyr179

Sweden

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-09-2012 18:58:34 | More by Satyr179
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%

A 750ml bottle with 07/03/09 over 07/03/07 stamped on the label. Poured into a goblet, it was a medium brown color with some red highlights. A small head that dissipated quickly. It had a faint aroma of fruit (I think banana) and caramel. The taste was similarly muted, but there was some nice bitterness at the end. This was a pretty good beer, but I was expecting a little bit more than I got.

02-20-2008 21:05:51 | More by lordofthewiens
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warnerry

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Best by 2/3/12

A - Pours a deep mahogany with some suspended material and almost two fingers of tan head. Head has outstanding retention and leaves rings of lacing.

S - Caramel, candi sugar and dark fruit aromas, with raisin, fig and maybe a bit of cherry. Also has a decent bread aroma.

T - Starts off a bit sweet, with caramel, fruit and candi sugar, but a yeast spiciness soon takes over. Some bread malt near the finish and another shot of spiciness on the finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel with lively carbonation and a dry spicy finish.

O - Very good overall. Not too sweet with a nice bread and spice presence.

03-11-2012 04:10:26 | More by warnerry
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KotR

Belgium

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-27-2012 17:19:01 | More by KotR
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

10-01-2012 00:39:15 | More by DWolf
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Todd

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%

Presentation: 33cl custom European-style brown bottle, with raised glass stamped "trappist" around the neck. Poured into an authentic Westmalle chalice.

Appearance: Dark, rich brown. Creamy tan head with good retention.

Smell: Caramel aroma and fruity esters.

Taste: Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Lovely sweet malts with caramel and cholocate flavours. Underlining fruit flavours of date and banana. Hits a dry point in the middle and become crisp for a moment. A slight coarseness, from the yeast, follows in the form of a moderately spicy characteristic that mixes with a prickly alcohol presence. Bitterness is thin, with faint floral flavours. Finishes slightly dry with some residual spiciness, sweetness and alcohol on the breath. Warming.

Notes: This is just an overall amazing beer. One of the most famous of the Trappist beers, Westmalle Double can be found on tap at many Beglian establishments. 6.5% abv.

11-25-2000 16:36:44 | More by Todd
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amk786

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

I tried this beer a week ago over all a great beer, had a malty and hoppy feel taste and smell. Slightly bitter, with a smell of Omami, had a medium hold on the glass, the texture and taste was creamy with a hint of coco and dried fruits. I would recommend this beer to anyone who a beer that is not to bitter or sweet rather perfectly balanced. Have fun.

01-28-2012 02:01:47 | More by amk786
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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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