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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: 121
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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Mitro

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

A- Burnt amber, lying underneath a hefty and rich bronze head. After a short while, the head mellows, but is nicely retained. Beautiful lacing.

S- Cassis, apple, pear, molasses, a slight spiciness, and a faint bubblegum sweetness.

T- Begins with a mix of fruity tart and burnt brown sugar, which is balanced by full-on Belgian yeastiness. Finish is dry and bitter.

M- The perfect level of carbonation, in my opinion: definitely present, but not oppressive. The bitterness of the beer lingers in the back corners of the mouth. I tend to drink beers slowly, and after about 10-15 minutes, the carbonation has significantly softened. I suppose this is to be expected.

D- Highly drinkable. It's not a heavy beer, and the bitterness does not close my stomach. I could definitely go for another.

08-25-2010 19:24:53 | More by Mitro
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RobertRedmoon

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-29-2013 13:38:18 | More by RobertRedmoon
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

06-17-2012 17:47:10 | More by whallgren
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kingjohnh

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

06-14-2014 13:25:15 | More by kingjohnh
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Kingcurio

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-03-2013 03:27:07 | More by Kingcurio
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roblund

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-23-2012 21:17:31 | More by roblund
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

09-21-2013 19:13:01 | More by schnarr84
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cfadams17

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%

08-29-2014 17:29:03 | More by cfadams17
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%

Bottle from Tipple's in Gainesville. Pours a deep purple brown with a one finger off white head. Aroma of figs, raisins, spice, yeast. Flavor follows with big fig and raisin flavors, some light pears, spicy yeast, sweet brown sugar. Medium to light mouthfeel, medium high carbonation, with a slightly dry finish. Lingering sweet dark fruit on the palate. Only complaint is that I'd like a little more body on this one. Very nice beer!

09-03-2012 01:49:58 | More by BMMillsy
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taospowder

New Mexico

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%

08-15-2014 02:10:44 | More by taospowder
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NeedBeerHere

Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

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

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%

.33L bottle served in a Belgian snifter. BB dated 28 Jan. 2015 - but i didn't want to wait any longer. This was my favorite beer for a while, during and following a visit to Belgium. I haven't had it for a few years except one small tasting, so let's see how it holds up.

Appearance: dark brown with a variable density light brown head. Good retention and lacing. Some sediment remained in the bottle even after extracting every last drop of liquid.

Smell: Dark bread with a load of raisins, dates, ripe bananas and generic dried dark fruits. Hints of pears, dried plums and spices. Light alcohol esters.

Taste: Similar to aroma profile but stronger, with more plum, and less sweet. This 7% ale drinks like 3-4%. Rich, bitter-sweet (leaning clearly towards bitter), and lasting flavor. Bordering 4.5

Feel: Smooth, medium-full body; medium carbonation that seems just right.

Overall: Excellent! World class for style. Unfortunately not cheap in the U.S. A great sipper: engaging, flavorful, interesting and easy to drink. The look, smell, flavor and feel all seem just right for each other. Highly recommended!

02-27-2012 22:02:31 | More by chinchill
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%

11.2 oz Westmalle Trappist brown bottle. Poured into a Belgian style chalice, almost identical to the Westmalle chalice.
A - A hazy, unique looking dark brown. A color I cant ever remember seeing in any other brew I've had. Nice, creamy off white to light tan head. Nice lace.
S - Dark fruits. Spicey almost with a peppery smell. Some caramel notes give it a somewhat sweet smell.
T - Lots of dark fruit. Very nice spices along with more dark fruit(s). Maybe some raison in here? Noticable Belgian yeast with a sweet malt flavor.
M- Medium bodied. Just what I would expect from a Trappist dubbel. Medium to good carbonation.
O - A very well crafted trappist dubbel. However I still prefer the Chimay Premiere Red over this. But this still is a class brew. Outside the Rochefort brews, both this and the Chimay are 2 of the best dubbels available and are fairly easy to find in the small populated area I live in. Remember, you can't go wrong with Belgian Trappists. They are brewed with quality in mind, and this one is no different. It goes right in line as another world class trappist.

08-29-2011 17:46:46 | More by BradtheGreat7
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%

0.33l bottle served in a Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a dark amber to brown bit cloudy color. A huge creamy beige head is formed when poured. Low retention and only few lacings left in the glass

S: Strong on Belgium yeasts. Sweet. Candy sugar and honey. Brown bread, caramel malts and citrus hops in the end. Very fruity with strong notes of grapes. Some notes of wood

T: As the nose, first impression is a toffee, candy sugar and honey sweetness. Grapes and oak. Brown bread, roasted malts and Belgian yeasts. Funny bubblegum sensation in the tong. End is mainly composed by a citrus, earthy and dry mild hoppy bitterness

M: Medium body and carbonation. Sweet upfront followed by a earthy citrus mild bitterness

O: Very drinkable. Very well done. Mandatory for Belgian lovers

01-15-2010 18:03:29 | More by eduardolinhalis
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Opaque chocolate/amber with a tan two finger head that sits pretty for a while. Excellent lacing. Bits of fermentation float around.

S: Dark fruits, raisins, dates, bready malts.

T: Divine. Sweet. Malty. Pungent. Cloves. Caramel and Belgian yeast compliment the taste. A cherry finish. So good.

M: Thick. Excellent, frothy carbonation.

O: One of the better dubbels available. Smooth, rich and tasty. Bless those monks.

01-02-2013 17:06:33 | More by brewskifan55
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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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badbeer

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

Served in a chalice. Beer poured a dark brown with a nice creamy head. Plenty of carbonation, but not over carbonated. Malty taste with very little hop bitterness, little bit of an alcohol kick at the end. I would love to drink more than one, but with the price and alcohol content this may not be one of my better ideas. Good beer to drink, especially if you find a decent price on it.

12-14-2005 17:51:20 | More by badbeer
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

Appearance: Murky dark brown with some ruby edges. Creamy off-white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Caramel dark malt, plums, grapes, nuts.

Taste: Dark malt backbone, raisins and plums provide a nice darker fruity flavor. Grapes add a nice lightness. There is a nuttiness in the finish, with some chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Full carbonation. Mild dry finish.

Drinkability: This is very easy to drink. A damn good dubbel.

08-24-2007 01:35:44 | More by stereosforgeeks
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jackndan

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

Westmalle trappist Double: From a very cool old bottle, with Westmalle embossed in the side. Cloudy brownish beer that leaves a huge head. The aroma was sweet, with hints of the huge malts to come. The taste was a very pleasant malty taste, with chocolate/molasses overlying a biscuity base. Very nice warmth makes this a great beer for a cold night decking out the tree.

12-22-2002 17:36:40 | More by jackndan
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Gmann

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours a very dark brown color with an average off-white head, not much lacing. The smell is of roasted malt, some dark cherry, a bit metallic, not particularly strong. The taste is of plum, sour cherries, a nice roasted malt backbone. The feel is moderated and fizzy, perhaps a bit too carbonated. Despite the carbonation, this is a damn drinkable dubbel, not too sweet or bitter, hides the alcohol, and goes down nice and easy. One of the better dubbels that I have had.

04-14-2007 04:59:38 | More by Gmann
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mjaskula

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from a bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a dark brownish red with a thick tan head that thins but never goes away completely.

Smells of dark fruits, sweetness and a bit of alcohol. The taste is deliciously sweet and malty. A bit of alcohol, spiciness and dark fruits round out the flavor. The carbonation is pleasant and the finish is a tiny bit dry. I wish I had a second bottle.

04-05-2009 02:50:29 | More by mjaskula
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rdub

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from the stubby brown bottle into my generic, yet favorite, snifter. Brown/black color and one finger head which dissipated yet stayed with at least a thin layer to the end. Nice lacing.

Aroma was malts and dates with a bit of plum in the mix. Not getting much hop action.

Taste was delicious but not quite as "belgian" as other beligians i've had. Still fantastic though.

Mouthfeel was nice, drinkability was relatively easy. Light and refreshing as far as Dubbel's go.

09-13-2010 01:26:23 | More by rdub
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SpruceFish

Burkina Faso

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

this is like the quintessential beer of this style in my opinion

The Westmalle Dubbel pours with with a dark red burgundy color with a nice off white head. the nose opens up with your typical Belgian aroma dark fruits like dried plums and figs with the typical Belgian yeast. The taste is a bit more subtle the fruits are a bit on the wayside and the yeast is a bit more prominent. This is a very tasty beer the mouth feel and carb is right on i could probably put down a few of these

09-24-2010 23:17:59 | More by SpruceFish
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WalrusJockey

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

330ml bottle into Chimay chalice.

Appearance- thick, pillow head is tan with flecks, a little like french vanilla ice cream. Beer is cloudy, rich, deep orangish brown.

Smell- sweet and fruity. Pears and white grapes are the dominant aroma, along with spice and oranges.

Taste- warm spice flavors go hand-in-hand with layers rich, malt sweetness, passing from sugary to chocolaty. Swallow is a very high amount of spice and alcohol (almost like Cool Mint Listerine, in a weird way), into a chocolate malt flavor, and back into a lingering spiced chocolate aftertaste. Fruit flavors are noticeable throughout, though no where near as dominant as they were in the nose.

Mouthfeel- very creamy. Carbonation is brusque, but balances the smooth, creamy texture, and lightens the heavy, sweet flavors.

Drinkability- normally when I do these reviews, I finish about a quarter of my beer, then go enjoy the rest away from the computer. The Westmalle is already half way gone. It isn't an every-day beer, at least for me, but it is very enjoyable, and I am already looking forward to my next one before this one is done.

02-07-2009 01:21:35 | More by WalrusJockey
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juju7

Australia

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

One of those beers that I wanted to be more excited about but maybe I had my hopes set too high. Pours fine, looks fine, nice chocolate body with a rocky head. Smell is a touch muted, dried fruits and a hint of chocolate. Definitely higher in carbonation than I was expecting but overall a good beer. I think I was hoping for the best dubbel ever, which was probably too much to expect from any producer. Still, thoroughly enjoyed.

03-22-2010 14:01:23 | More by juju7
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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