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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,114 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,114
Reviews: 1,116
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 120
Gots: 168 | 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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kirkpjr

Alabama

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a fairly dark brown with mahogany and mocha hues - lots of floaters here as well. A full 3 fingers of tan head. Spotted lacing develops.

S: Tons of dark fruits here - ripe cherries, figs, and raisins. Also a strong presence of apples here. Sweet malts and a spicy Belgian yeast finish off the nose.

T: Not as pungent as the smell. Ripe, dark fruits in the front with a drying Belgian yeast in the back. Sweet malts and fruits dominate the taste - coming out more as the beer warms.

M: Moderate to high carbonation. Medium body.

D: Very pleasant dubbel. Starting to delve more into this style.

07-23-2010 23:44:07 | More by kirkpjr
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance: It has a nice dark mahogany color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of dark fruit (plums, grapes, raisins), yeast, caramel and some spiciness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet fruity character giving out notes of grapes, raisins and plums, nice spiciness, some Beligian yeast and some caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

09-17-2012 01:08:12 | More by SebD
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manitouman84

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured with a 2 finger tan head and a beautiful amber mahogany translucent body. As I understand it the monks centrifuge their beer before re-pitching and bottling, makes for a wonderful presentation!

Lovely nobel hop aroma with estery fruit notes. Many flavors present, bubblegum, clove, and a very slight pineapple tartness, with a dry caramel finish. Light phenolics and heavy carbonation give an exuberant mouth feel to the beer as expected with a true trappist style dubbel.

05-17-2011 03:35:47 | More by manitouman84
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NeutroMan

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

750mL bottle, corked and caged

Pours a hazy dark ruby/brownish color. Minimal tan head dissipated quickly.

Lots of sweet/caramel malt aroma, almost too sweet. Fruity esters of plum, cherry, and figs. Sweetness is a little more muted in the flavor, as spicy phenols feature prominently, along with banana and yeast. Noticeable alcohol warmth. Medium-full bodied; dry finish.

Overall, this is an extremely well-made Dubbel and should be the model for all others in its category.

09-25-2011 22:51:19 | More by NeutroMan
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Drazzamatazz

Maine

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

So I've been reading The Brewmaster's Table lately so I figured I'd take Garrett's advice and have this beer with my dinner of cassoulet.

Poured into a Chimay Chalice.

A: A hazy garnet that a Mag-lite barely cut through. Puffy Cumulus head with very sporadic bubble formation; tiny pearls mixed together with boulders. Started off with three fingers depth, and although it got beaten back it was sticking around to the very end.

S: Dried plums and raisins. Somewhat musty smelling. Although boozey at first, quickly brought on a nutty bread aroma.

T: Very subtle throughout. Definite sweetness, mainly of dried fruits and honey, but also a crisp dryness. This too much going on here for me to try and explain all the flavors. Changes every sip, makes you want to just keep digging around for more.

M: Very surprisingly full in body, same could be said for carbonation, almost borders on soda water. Just enough alcohol to clear your palate for the next sip.

D: A planned on making a bit of a night of drinking, but I'm so happy here I'm going to stop now. Complex without being in your face, I have to say this deserves all the hype it might get. Alcohol content is low enough that I felt like I was in control throughout, unlike some balls-to-the-wall extreme brews that knock you back and drag you along.

01-10-2010 04:13:46 | More by Drazzamatazz
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance: Fluffy, bubbly, light-tan head. Starts off aggressive, but the carbonation is too high to hold it all. Head drops to a spotty cap and solid collar after a couple minutes. Some sheets of lacing break apart and leave spotty notches. Dark amber/burgundy. Relatively clear with only a slight haze.

Smell: Candi sugar. Dark fruits in the vein of cherries, plums, and raisins. Sweetness jumps out, but it's nice and mellow. Yeast is restrained yet present. Clove and banana. Bready with some apple skin and grapes. Touches of caramel malts and sweetness. Candied goodness. Complex and mellow.

Taste: Yeast up front. Spicy like pepper with a big fruit layer thrown underneath. Clove drops and never lets go. Some ripe banana and raisins. Lots of raisins. Some crisp apple and caramel sweetness help balance things out. Powdery. Yeast pushes some earthiness as well. Candi sugar adds some much needed sweetness. Dustings of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Dry with a slightly higher than anticipated carbonation. Prickly and almost thin at times, but not quite.

Overall: I had this shortly after I turned 21 and it blew my mind. Drinking it now, it's still pretty tasty. A lot less mindblowing, but well-balanced and nuanced. A touch too carbonated for me in the long run. Flavors are on point though.

06-09-2012 01:34:27 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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rxdrewthejew

California

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

A: Dark brown and surprisingly opaque. I don't think it's sediment either, this is just a very dark beer. Big two finger head that seems to retain forever, and tons of tiny bubbles coming up to support it.

S: Sweet sharp smell which reminds of apple cider and white wine. Plenty of alcohol and spicy pepper.

T: Big bready taste with some hints of sweetness with a tiny bit of grape/currant, though not as pronounced as the smell. Middle is spicy, followed by a slightly bitter finish. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter mxed with some funk and yeast.

MF: Very bubbly, as the head would suggest. Really good bite between the carbonation and spice. Not as thick as it's appearance would suggest. Alcohol feel is there with some warming, but not prominent. Very dry finish.

D: Very drinkable. Better than Chimay's, IMO. The flavor is good but not overly complex, but all the factors combine to make this an extremely good beer.

01-18-2008 02:39:27 | More by rxdrewthejew
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

750ml bottle poured into a chalice; bottled on date of 7/3/07

Pours a muddy, deep brown with a small off-white head that disappeared rather quickly.

Sweet toasted malt, candied sugar, and fruity esters (mainly apples.) The smell really jumps out of the glass and really grabs you.

This is where its at. A near perfect example of the style. Sweetness from the fruits on the front and back end, and in the middle comes the yeast and bitterness of the hops. The hops are bittering and a bit on the spicy/grassy side. Very subtle, but a nice element.

Very smooth. Soft and pillowy. Perfect.

Well balanced and at 7%, it's an easy go.

06-20-2008 02:46:06 | More by ColForbinBC
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xgrigorix

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Brown bottle, 33 cl size. Best by date (not that it matters) printed on back label.

Burgandy in colour, topped by a fluffy beige head. Thin lines of carbonation move swiftly to the surface.

Burnt sugar aromas lead off, followed by plums, raisins, & dates. Very interesting & inviting nose.

Loads of fruit here, along with a hint of chocolate. Quite tasty. Soft, medium bodied, intense carbonation.

04-26-2004 17:15:55 | More by xgrigorix
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keithmurray

New York

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured a bottle of this into my chalice

Smells of brown sugar, molasses, tobacco and leather

Appearance is dark brown with a slight tan head, bits of sediment floating around

taste is of raisins, plums brown sugar and malts

this beer has a good amount of carbonation, you can detect a bit of the alcohol (it does check in at over 7%abv). Overall a good drinking beer, nice for a cool night indoors. I would def. revisit.

02-20-2010 01:26:59 | More by keithmurray
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browna71

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

A- pours a dark red-chestnut brown, two fingers of thick cream colored head that dissipated into a thin bubbly layer.

S- nutty, caramel malts, toffee. Smell is on the sweeter side for a dubbel

T- balanced malt and nutty flavors, very subtle toffee. Not as sweet as the smell would lead you to believe

M- well carbonated, but still provides a pleasant smooth mouthfeel, moderate body

D- very drinkable beer, one of my personal favorite dubbels. Well balanced, no overwhelming flavors, could definitely drink a few of these in one setting.

12-16-2010 04:31:13 | More by browna71
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kmacphail

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Sampled a bottle from a mixed Trappist box purchased from cave online.

The beer poured a dark brown colour with a thick and lively head, this settled eventually to a 2mm film.

The nose was mainly malts with a variety of burnt fruit, chocolate and a touch of banana. This continued through to the taste, initially giving a slightly bitter hit with a smooth sweet roasted caramel aftertaste.

A full bodied beer that wad very smooth on the mouth. I am going to give it only 3.5 for drinkability as at 7% this is not an all night beer. One of the better Trappist beers I have tried.

12-29-2009 03:01:17 | More by kmacphail
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oldhippie247

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours chocolately brown with a soft off-white/light tan head.

Nose is relatively faint when poured in the Westmalle chalice, but occasional wisps of chocolately malts and dried fruits do appear. I was expecting a little more on the nose.

Chocolate and dried fruit follow through on the palate with a nice medium, but round mouthfeel. Carbonation is less active and fine than the Tripel, which I feel is more appropriate. Nice lingering malt-driven finish.

Overall a very well-balanced beer that should please any Belgian beer fan.

01-17-2010 18:39:56 | More by oldhippie247
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

From notes. The beer poured a dark brown color with a finger of tan head. The nose was molasses sweet wtih some grape rind and fig characters with a slight sugary sweetness. The flavor was figgy, slightly souring on the finish and a little light on the flavor for me. The feel was moderate and bubbly. The flavor and the nose were really nice. I will definately have to visit this one again.

04-06-2005 03:30:37 | More by kmpitz2
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Not that it counts for anything, but I think this is a classically beautiful bottle. Label shows a 7% ABV, not 6.5%.

Into the goblet poured a beautiful opaque red with floating yeast visible, which I like. A small head formed then dropped to a thin 1/4 " head which hung around quite a while.
Smell was sweet, malty slightly sour with dark fruit all over, hints of citrus, hops and vanilla. Great complexity.
Taste was good maltiness, sour, hops (more than in the nose), dark fruits soaked in alcohol with hints of peat and oak. It was a bit more...astringent than I expected, but no hoppy bitterness.
A medium body and a decent effervescence starting at the tip of the tongue then moving back. Hop note blooms in th aftertaste then drops to balance with the malty vanilla and wood notes.
A "must drink" beer.

11-03-2007 02:10:17 | More by PorterLambic
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brewdub17

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

From Notes: 12-24-10

Appearance: Cloudy brown, amber body with a clean, dense head atop.

Smell: Sweet, light-lemony/citrus tart notes with a malty balance that is mostly dry.

Taste: Compatible to that of the aroma, the balance from the malty sweetness and the sour flavors come up front well with the dry finish.

Drinkability: Crisp and light with a pleasant balance of flavors. Tartness, semi-sweetness and dryness combine nicely.

01-31-2011 18:41:06 | More by brewdub17
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jpiper

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured at cellar temp into Westmalle chalice.

Tootsie roll brown with some amber notes and a substantial off-white head which turns to lace.

The smell is apples, apples, apples: green, fresh, and sour. Also, a sweet biscuity yeast is present. Delicious.

First is that green apple, though less sour than on the nose. Then there are sweet malts, and it's complex with an almost nuttiness and yeasty goodness. Very interesting and impeccably balanced. Just a touch of bitterness carries more green apples through the finish. The final finish is bready yeast.

Medium-bodied, dryish, airy, and effervescent. A very nice clean feel.

It is the easiest Trappist to drink. Well, maybe the Westvleteren Blonde, but that's tough to compare given the lack of availability.

An incredible, perfectly balanced, versatile beer. I love this offering from Westmalle.

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01-13-2009 14:22:44 | More by jpiper
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HoneyLamb

Michigan

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%

Purchased a single 12 ounce bottle from Michiana Minimart on 1-23-2014 for $4.49. Taste tested on 1-26-2014. Bottle had a "Best before end:" date of 15/06/13. Medium hard pour resulted in two fingers in the tulip glass. Appearance and smell were definitely above average. Taste and mouthfeel were excellent. Aftertaste held well and was also excellent. I would definitely recommend this Dubbel

01-27-2014 00:47:42 | More by HoneyLamb
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maleman

Mississippi

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

A - very dark, a little cloudy when held up to the light.

S - a little heavy, hoppy.

T - hint of chocolate, some distant fruit was detected.

M - felt it in the upper back of my mouth...didn't fill it up.

D - could sit around and drink this one all evening!

These Trappists are growing on me!

06-30-2009 01:50:19 | More by maleman
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takemetothelion

Maine

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

Decided to review beer today. westmalle ale dubbel, usually would have gone for something with higher abv but this caught my eye and i liked the color of it. and i liked that its from Belgium.

Very dark with hints of ruby. minimal light passing through. a small head but it actually lasts. only a fingers worth. lovin the dark ale though.
Great strong smells coming up fruit obviously, but strong raisin maybe slight orange and chocolate...cherry for sure. taste is amazing brandy taste with the cherry, slight bitter, very little alcohol taste. tastes prettty traditional belgian. Big fan of the MF once the carbonation dies down and it warms up a little bit. Very complex with some spicing, full but light at the same time. Again wish the alcohol content was much higher but the drinkability of this one is special.
Overall I would get again, but probably not very often. Great beer though

02-13-2013 20:01:58 | More by takemetothelion
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Phillyphilms

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

A- Very dark in color, amber with hues of maroon. Pours with a luscious strong head. Bubbles continue to elevate while you drink.

S- Average in smell, a lot less of the fruits and sugars yu get from other Belgium beers.

T- Outstanding. Nice bitter bite up front and very malty. YEast less defined than other Belgiums but that leaves way for the dark fruit and malt to seep in. Very enjoyable.

M- Dry but sticks around for a moment.

D- Very much so. Sadly I only had one bottle or I would have had a second right behind it.

All in all, very well crafted dubbel, and one of my favorites in the style. Looking forward to my next one.

05-26-2010 21:18:27 | More by Phillyphilms
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carln26

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

This beer poured from a bottle into a tulip glass deep brown in color , slightly hazy with mild copper/orange highlights. It was topped by a tan head composed of dense bubbles. The nose has a great yeast/dough character backed by the malt in the form of caramel, and an earthy finish. The flavor has the same caramel malt, and the earthy tones are even more enhanced. Towards the finish, some characteristics of wine come in with some cabernet and black cherry. The mouth feel is smooth up front, but a sharp finish as some citrus hop kicks in. Dubbel has become one of my favorite styles, and I enjoy this beer very much.

05-08-2005 13:14:51 | More by carln26
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JLeege

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

From notes. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance- Dark brown with a large creamy off white head. Great retention and lace.

Smell- Slightly tangy dark fruits, caramel, toffee, slight pepper and yeast.

Taste- Tangy ripe dark fruits, strong raison, caramel & toffee. Nice subtle brown sugar. Slightly spicy, herbal, and peppery toward the finish, due to the Belgian yeast presence.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, with a great linger, ABVs are unnoticed.

Overall- Very good dubbel, definitely will be drinking this again. Nice complex flavor, and the ABVs are hide nicely. This is one of those beers that you just have to try at least once.

08-16-2011 23:57:10 | More by JLeege
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

I am drinking at room temp in a snifter. This was leftover from our Thanksgiving meal and I have to say this went well with the premeal goodies. The beer pours chestnut with some cherry red highlights. Slight haziness to the pour. A soft fluffy off white head foams up 2 cm and exhibits tight latticework all around. Aroma is nicemix of floral hops, fruity peaches berries, and plums, also some toffee comes through. A bit of peppery alcohol as well.
First sip reveals average body and fine yet prickly carbonation. Flavor is complex and starts fruity sweet with berry and cherry flavors mixing with biscuity yeast, almost like a scone. SOme tart astringent flavors as well which make me pucker just a bit. I get peppery spicincess and a drying finish allowing a white grape flavor to come through. A very interesting brew that is not overwhelming. Could be a good crossover brew??

12-01-2004 03:45:28 | More by sulldaddy
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

12 oz bottle poured into two separate glasses, shared with wife.

Appearance - Small caramel head with. Very dark, cloudy brown body. No particulate sediment; perhaps the bottle was agitated?

Smell - Overripe dark fruit. Sweet overripe bananas. Slightly corn mealy. Somewhat alcoholic.

Taste - Sharp alcoholic bite with sweetness up front. Slight bittersweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation. Medium-full body.

Overall Drinkability - The whole is better than the sum of the parts. I really like this beer. But it's a Trappist, so is that really so surprising?

04-20-2011 17:31:34 | More by ZenAgnostic
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,114 ratings.