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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
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Reviews: 1,166
Hads: 2,543
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 191
Gots: 420 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij Westmalle
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Style | ABV
Dubbel | 7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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Photo of travloh
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have really wanted to try a trappist ale for a long time. I really have not tasted many, or maybe any belgians. I hope this is nice place to start.

Popped the top and a quick temp reading shows 49 degrees. Pour into a chalice reveals a dark, dark brew. Hold it up to the light and it is dark, murky brown. Very creamy, robust head that has the tiniest of bubbles. Looks good.

Smell is of spritzy fruit. Almost pungent aroma. Weak Banana bread. Slight alcohol. I think slight cherry?

Taste reveals something very foreign. So this is Belgian ale? Not too bad but very very different. Malt, oak, bitter fruits. Something very earthy about it. Unleavened, or maybe even stale bread. Slight bitterness on the back side. The first drink is very different from the next several. Makes my tongue slightly numb. I can certainly taste yeast. I said I have had very few Belgians but this shares a quality with the ones I have had. I think it is the yeast. Interesting.

I like this stuff and from what I have read it is a good example of the style. I would certainly drink another.

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Photo of foogerd
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown with some light orange hues, small tan head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Yeasty bready aroma upfront, cinnamon and brown sugar with figs.

T- Candylike dark fruitiness, cherries and some subtle banana with powdered chocolate that gives it a sense of dryness.

M- Moderate carbonation and a feel of airiness.

O- A must for Belgium Dubbel lovers.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Best by 05/03/2013
Glass: St. Bernardus chalice

Westmalle's dubbel is a pleasantly sweet, toffee and candi sugar-like beer with mild grape and phenolic notes from a Belgian yeast influence, all tempered with European hops for bitterness. The aroma and flavor, though weren't as bold as I expected from such a highly-ranked dubbel; I would have appreciated richer toffee and candi-sugar flavors, with perhaps some raisin and prune esters to add a bit more complexity.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of slightly burnt beige foam, which fades in about two minutes to a thin cap atop the beer, thicker around the perimeter. Lacing is present, though not astounding, a modest scattering of small dots and thin lines adorn the insides of the glass. Body is a dark garnet color, with light bringing out brighter, though still deep, warm browns and reds. Carbonation is not visible through the semi-hazy body,

Aroma of mild toffee, amber Belgian candi sugar, slight grape esters and spicy phenolics. The scents were not as strong or pronounced as I was hoping, nor as complex.

Tasting opens with a front palate of mild Belgian candi sugar sweetness mixed with that from toffee-like malt choices. This goes on to a mid-palate of stronger toffee and amber Belgian candi sugar sweetness, slight grape ester, and a noticeable bitterness. Back of palate finds continued toffee and amber Belgian candi sugar flavors with a fairly strong, clean bitterness, spicy phenolic flavors, and slight ethanol. Aftertaste is somewhat like sweetened iced tea, with the lingering toffee and candi sugar sweetness joined to fairly strong bitterness and light phenolics

Beer is medium-light to medium in body, with medium-low levels of carbonation that work well for its weight. The result is a mouthfeel primarily smooth, with slight foaminess, which flows across the palate quite easily. Closes quite dry with a medium amount of stickiness lingering on the palate.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Westmalle-Trappist Dubbel @ 7.0% , served from a 330 ml bottle purchased for $4

A-pour is a cloudy dark brown with a small fine off white head that is leaving a fine lace film along the goblet

S-dark fruits (plum , prunes , raisins , cherries) dominate

T-sweet dark fruit start , spicyness follows

MF-good carbonation , medium full bodied , smooth on the palate

Ov-good beer , extremly well crafted

sampled alongside Trappist Rochefort 6 , Chimay-Premiere Red and other Belgian beers recently

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Available in South Dakota, if you would believe it. Pours a mostly red amber color with darker browns throughout. A little cloudy, but a good off-white color foam with good head retention and lacing.

The aroma is very sweet with malt and very much noticeable. Rich Belgium malts bring out darker fruit smells such as figs plums. This mixes with definite darker candi flavors. There are backgrounds notes of yeasty and a touch of vanilla wafers.

The taste follows suit with a strong malt presence. A big body with Belgium pale and big biscuits and chocolate flavors. Fig and raisin tastes mix throughout. The candi is hard to miss with a sweet syrupy taste. Some spiciness and not really any hops but most of this is hidden by the big malt.

The body is big but not necessarily full. Limit Dextrins and bits of chewiness are a big presence. This really limits the drinkability of the beer. A dessert beer is the best descriptive word. Still nice to know you can pick it up in the middle of nowhere.

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Photo of sfprint
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful dark nut brown with a 1 inch head. Dense in color and carbonation is hard to see.
S: Heavy cherry cola-ish.
T: Fairly full body, nutty, slightly planty and slightly sweet. Slightly bitter but mostly in the aftertaste. I can tell this is a very high quality beer, but I have to rate it 3.5 because I can't say I love the flavor. Reminds me of the Sam Smith nut brown ale.
M: Nice body, mild sting, slightly astringent aftertaste.
D: This is a very fine beer, I just wish I liked the flavor more.

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Photo of abar22
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH Signature Glass

Westmalle Dubbel poured dark brown with lighter browns and reds when held to the light. Massive cream colored 3F head that settled into craterous 2F cap. The head on this beer didn't want to go away and left massive lacing all around the glass.
The nose sports sweet malts, pepper, hints of clove, and floral hops.
The carbonation comes in full force at first sip then gives way to a fruity center(prunes?). The ending brings a hint of bitter floral hops with a dry finish.
This brew comes off a bit light and watery, sports good carbonation and leaves a bit of metallic after taste.
Good if not simple flavors combined with lighter makes this beer quite drinkable for the style.

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Photo of Suds
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this one on a Sunday afternoon, from a large tulip glass. The color is a deep, mysterious chestnut brown, topped with an astounding, off white head. There’s not so much lacing, as a thick growth of foam trailing down the sides of the glass. The appearance of this brew is exceptional. The aroma is of sweet sugars, toasted malts, yeast, and spice. Taste is grain, ripe fruit, sugar, and malt. Esters and spice and sweetness…at times it seemed almost cola-like, a characteristic that I didn’t really enjoy. Full mouthfeel, with a creamy texture and only moderate carbonation. It’s a fine brew, but somehow not up to expectations.

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Photo of cpanossian
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westmalle Dubbel served in goblet (from tap or bottle I didn't see because I was sitting outside) at their Trappisten Cafe.
Dark coal brown color. Modest creamy head. Sweet sugar caramel taste that went very well with the house cheese, clean and delicious. Not much of an aroma, maybe light yeast and wheat. Full rich beer that does not fatigue the pallate.

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Photo of bigreduw64
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium brown color with a good head. The smell was not very strong, the alcohol was what came through to me. The taste was slightly sweet, but I don't taste the alcohol that I smelled. It had a fairly short finish with a bitterness to it. Very little carbonation in this beer and it was almost syrupy. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Beelzebeer
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, served in a chimay goblet. Best before May 27, 2012

A - Dark coffee mahogany colour, with 1" dense head. Quickly dissipated, no lacing

S - Brown sugar, dark fruits. All very subtle.

T - Medium-high carbonation off the top, leading into fig, low percentage dark chocolate, a little burnt malt. Mild astringent/sour aftertaste which is not pleasing.

M - Full bodied, but not too thick. Clings to the mouth.

Because I really enjoy dark Belgians of all kinds, I feel the bottle I had must have been past it's prime, as it's very close to the best-before date on the bottle. I've never had it before now, but will give it another go if the opportunity arises.

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Photo of dren
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark clowdy brown with a thick tan head that sticks around for a minute or two.

Smells of toasted rolls, dark malts, caramel and some dark fruits.

Tastes slightly sweet and malty up front with a fairly thin middle and a slightly sour dry finish. A little nut and chocolate in there as well. This beer was strong up front but didn't wow me in the middle. I wasn't as impressed with this brew as I thought I was going to be.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Goes down easily.

Easy to drink but I wouldn't put down the money for one again. Their tripel is far better.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pour an opaque brew of dark amber brown. It holds a two finger head of big foamy bubbles, and takes a while to recede. Thick but spotty lacing appears around the glass. Carbonation looks minimal, and yeasty particles are noted throughout the bottom half of the glass, where a little light is allowed to penetrate. As we whiff, we detect a sweet aroma. It houses notes of butterscotch diacetyls, dark and salty malts, a bit of booze, sweet raw honey, red raisins, and earthy spice. Medicinal phenols also faintly dance around the nostrils. As we sip, there are full, darker malts up front, which mix with plastic, medicinal phenols. The middle sweetens out a bit, with what appears to be darker fruits, and more salty malt action. This is also where the alcohol starts to work its way in. This continues towards the finish, helping to transition into a bitter end, with a flash of soapy hops that quickly disappear down the back of the tongue. The aftertaste breathes mildly, with gentle malts, and a semi sweet bitterness. The body is light and the carbonation is light to medium. The beer is highly slurpable and creamily sippable, but the mouth is not coated as much as expected. The feel is actually a bit watery. The abv is nice, and you certainly feel it by the bottom of the glass. Drinkability is quite good, but hindered slightly by the alcohol content, if you're paying attention anyway.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its sweet, and subtly robust, aroma. The notes in the nose complexly blend together, to leave much to be desired in the taste. Here, it was a bit underwhelming, and the feel was surprisingly light. As you sip, however, it is quite creamy right off the edge of the glass, making you want to go back for another satisfying sip on the lips.

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Photo of SethB2
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

A - Looks pretty good. Dirt brown color with a decent head and a slight amount of lacing.

S - Ok. Smells like a belgian yeast, but a tad subdued. Alcohol, melons, and spices dominate.

T - Good. Unlike many Dubbels, I can actually descern a bit of hop bitterness at the starts. After that, the fruitiness takes hold and sends it down without a problem.

M - A bit over carbonated in my opinion. The prickliness of the bubbles detract from what is a good flavor.

D - Good. Nice Belgian Dubbel.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle. Bottle code 05/04/07.

Pours cloudy, murky garnett, with a thick 1/2 inch lasting head. Lacing coats the glass in a thin sheet.

Dark fruits and banana dominate the aroma, with a little vinous quality in there as well.

flavor is sweet, with fruits like dried apricot coming to mind, a little yeast, and some mild dry hops on the finish.

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Photo of devilben02
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dense, milk-chocolate brown color with a thinner head than I expected for a Trappist. The dry, champagne sweet aroma doesn't seem to have much of the dark fruit character I'd expect from the style and actually gives a hint of the moderate alcohol content. The taste is much truer to style, with flavors of raisins, sweet (rather than tart) cherries, and a caramel sweetness. The effervescence that seems common among Trappist beers mutes some of the flavor, but at the same time invigorates the liquid, helping it slip over the tongue with a silky drinkability. Overall, not my favorite Dubbel, but it is still unique and interesting.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany/cherry/railroad tie color. Thin head with minimal lacing. Little visible carbonation.

Not a huge aroma here - expecting a little more. A little malt - some of that (positive) "horse blanket" feel on the nose.

At first very shallow and disappointing, but as it warms and circulates the sweet malt rears its head. Almost a Czech pilsener bitterness on the aftertaste initially - not a bad thing but not what's expected. More malt shows up to balance bitterness and alcohol.

Carbonation is more prevalent on the mouth than via vision. Smooth - almost like a dark German lager or maybe a lighter Dopplebock in mouth feel?

Easily drinkable but not really what's expected. Interesting stuff.

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Photo of beals
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours brown.... very dark... 1/4" white head. Sticky, OK lacing.

S: Boozy, malty. Clean "soapy" (?) hops.

T: Malty with a strong alcohol presence. Light slightly-spicy hops... Saaz perhaps? Not terribly complex.

M: Bitter carbonation. Kills any sense of malty body.

D: Not my favorite... Carbonation kills drinkability.

After a while, I swirled most of the carbonation out, and the character changed.

M2: Smooth, but not much body. Clean finish.

D2: Drinkability improved significantly.

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Photo of bigbubba
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a dark mahogany color with a large, persistent, light tan head. There was a lot of dark sediment at the bottom of the bottle. It has a great spicy, yeasty smell. The flavor is fruity and spicy. Good, but I was expecting better. The mouthfeel is a little thin for my taste. Drinkability is not great.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 8 March 2003 at Pizza Port's Belgian beer fest. I am writing this review from my notes. This is a dark brown beer with a lot of fizz in the head. The aroma is full of chocked fruit with notes of chocolate & brown sugar. All in all an enjoyable trappist.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark ruby red with a barely controlled tan head despite a careful pour. The carbonation was initially off the hook, which worried me. But it seemed fine. Nice lacing.

Smells of cherry, straw, red licorice, and metal pipes.

Mouthfeel is slick with average carbonation (despite the initial craziness).

Taste is black pepper spicy, roasted malt, copper bitter, and grainy malts. I couldn't detect the higher abv.

Pretty good.

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Photo of kenito799
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. Best before 5/16/08

Opaque chestnut brown color with pleasant brownish head, little lacing.

Not much complexity in the aroma, malty, nice.

Mouthfell is good and creamy with lots of soft carbonation. Taste is certainly very good, solidly delicious dark ale. The main impression is perfect balance between malt, hop, alcohol, no element intrudes on any other. My first taste of Westmalle, I guess I was hoping for something a bit more interesting--I guess mainly because of the price, I feel like there are lots of other ales out there as enjoyable as this.

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Photo of emsroth
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample 1 of my tour of dubbels

330ml bottle

App: Dark brown with some ruby that is completely opaque. Huge frothy head.

Smell: Caramel, dark honey and berries, chocolate, and a touch of licorice.

Taste: Certainly something good going on here. Not overwhelming, but firm and full. Strong carbonation does cover some of the flavors present, but the taste is still good. Some fruitiness, some toast and husk. Ends dry and herbal, but a bit of the tobacco flavor I do not love.

Full body from the strong, tight carbonation. A bit rough going down. I do love high carbonation, but this stuff is intense.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark chocolate brown with light ruby hues. Small ring of foam and film after a conservative pour. I might should have poured it a little more swiftly to get some good head going, I have none.

S- Cherries! That is definitely the first and strongest aroma coming from this glass. I also catch some red grapes and plums. I can catch some vanilla very slightly and also a lemon scent there too.

T- Again, Cherries! This is almost like a cherry beer to me. That taste and smell overtakes me on this one. I also sense the same red grapes, red apples and a somewhat lime-like taste. Alcohol is present in the aftertaste.

M- Medium to high on carbonation. The general mouthfeel is nice and pleasant as far as the thickness of the brew goes.

D- A little too sweet to me. Not an overly drinkable beer because of the sweetness and richness.

Overall- Very good and enriched tastes and smells. However, that made it one dimensional to me. The overall taste and smell was cherries. If it added more complexity than this, I would be a bigger fan. This one didn't do that for me, but all in all was a nice offering.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark copper pour with ruby highlights. Off white, small, persistent head.
Aroma is amazing - sweet plums and red apples, some cloves, cinnamon, sweet caramel malt and a hint of chocolate.
Flavours are not as diverse - complex roasted malts with chocolate notes and some noticeable alcohol. Quite sweet up front but finishes rather dry.
Too much carbonation detracts from flavour! Otherwise quite enjoyable!

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 1,166 ratings.