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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,348 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,348
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 151
Gots: 269 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours dark dark clear ruby leaving a foamy caramel colored ring around the glass - the foam does not stick to the glass.

Smells sweet and fruity.

Tastes... ...smooth... ...at first watery but - no - there is a lot going on here... "beer". yep. "beer". but so much more, what is it. And so mellow. It is like champaign in a beer bottle and beer flavors. Hmm... The bottle is almost 2/3 gone, and I still cannot nail a single flavor for no single flavor stands out. You'll have to read the other reviews to see what others noticed - I am just picking out a very smooth balance of flavors - the hops are present but not real bitter - the malt is present but not overpowering - there are spices all over, and other flavors both sweet and bitter, but it is very well balanced. My original rating on taste was 3.5 - that is what it appears to be at first glance, but as I sit with it I'm realizing how much more it is to it than initially meets the eye.

extra note: the alcohol is hidden completely.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy. That too started at a 4, but I'm going to 4.5. There is a wateryness that is noticeable at first glance, but again, as you sit with it the real character becomes apparent.

This is a very good beer you have to sit back and think about to really enjoy. You probably could pour it to your macro loving friends and get away with it because it is not screaming with over-the-top flavors and smells. But - those who think about what they are consuming will really appreciate this great brew. I think I need to keep this in mind for the next new years eve party - since I serve beer, not champaign, this would be a good celebration beverage for the beer lovers in my neighborhood.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours 2 finger head, cloudy amberish brown. Very long head retention. Red around the edges if backlit.

Smell - honey, dried fruits reminiscent of prunes or raisins, clove and allspice, some alcohol boozyness and malt.

Taste - complex. Dried fruit again up front, fades to a persistent dry bitterness/tartness. Detectable alcohol warmth. After warming, noticeable banana and yeast hints.

Mouthfeel - very high carbonation, made it quite zippy on the tongue. Seems to increase the tartness, which fades as the beer warms and the carbonation settles out.

Drinkability - Great sipper, one of those beers that really demands your attention to enjoy. Not a casual beer. Drink above 55 degrees in my opinion, and pay attention to the subtleties as it warms to near room temperature. You'll be glad you did.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle from LCBO...properly labeled with all the neccessary warnings.

Pours a dark clouded brown ale into my Westmalle chalace with a proper 2 finger off-white cap..cap reduces to a proper mat and laces well.

Aroma is intoxicating...chocolate, figs, smokey-vanilla bean sweetness and a musty under tone.

Silken mouthfeel, creamy-cocoa character...best mouth feel and palate of any beer I've tasted!

Starts with a warm shower of deeply toasted malts and coffee-cocoa tones which become balanced with some tame but assertive hop bearing...mid palate the mix gets more complex, there are a number of flavor decernments but the one that stands out is that of a chocolate covered smoked apple...finishes wet with more flavors arriving late;earthy dates, toffee-earthiness and smokey fruits...add to this a dangerous drinkability and inherent smoothness and we have one of the world's best beers.

There is little I can say compared to the accolades this beer has had from proper critics....all I know is that I wish I had a consatant access to it...if I did I may lose my love of German dunkler bocks.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,348 ratings.