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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,925 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1925
Reviews: 1103
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%


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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Jon

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby-brown color with a huge beige head. Excellent head retention leads to excellent lacing down the glass. Nose includes hints of sweet malt, spices and chocolate. Notes of the sweet malt, very subdued hops, yeast and raisins introduce themselves to the palate. This is a very well balanced dubbel, perhaps the best I've tried so far. The alcohol is definitely there, but hard to pinpoint. Definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2003 12:30:14 | More by Jon
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daledeee

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice distinct bottle. Pours a beautiful dark brown and a nice tan head. The head goes away. Not much lace. Some vanilla and malt in the nose. Good carbonation malt, chocolate, hint of fruit. More hops than a lot of Belgians. The finish is different and overall the beer comes off as a little watery. Musky, hoppy. This is very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2003 15:49:49 | More by daledeee
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drewbage

California

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Bottle 11.2oz Brown Bottle with collar)

Beer pours deep leather brown with rubyish highlights and a low tan head that remains despite the alcohol.

Aroma is dense with chocolate covered cherries and plums. Cinnamon spices mingle with the alcohol to finish.

The flavor mirrors the aroma with dried cherry and chocolate and some leather tones in the fore palate. The beer quickly transitions into cinnamon and clovey spices. The beer finishes with a brown sugar smack and a warming glow of alcohol in the throat.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2003 21:16:47 | More by drewbage
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Mitchster

Michigan

2.03/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I paid 99 Euro cents for this in Amsterdam:) Just bought a bottle here in 2010 for $5.99. Re-reviewed 8/10 because I'll soon be brewing a westy 12 clone with the Westmalle yeast (Wyeast 3787)

Lightly cloudy dark brown brew forms a HUGE head, despite a very careful pour. When heads are this obnoxious I start subtracting points. Even after the pour, the head continues to rise for a few minutes. The head is airy, with a sea-foam consistency, and is dark beige in color atop medium-sized bubbles. Retention is excellent (there is a delicate espresso crema atop the brew at the bottom of the glass) and lacing is sparse. Carbonation is very strong, forming streamers of bubbles. Aroma is pungent with rotting cherries, Belgian Dark candi sugar syrup, cola, clove, bananas, musk-melon, and eternity for women eau du toilette. Mouthfeel is spritzy and cloying and ends in a wet newspaper oxidized mustiness. Medium body. Taste begins with strong phenols, which become stronger over time, morphing into a menagerie of semi-harsh alcohols. There is a brief glimpse of earthen malts about halfway through. The finish is unpleasant...the odd alcohols are actually bitter in the finish less so than the oxidized bittering hops and there is a ruddy, chemical mouthfeel. There is a lingering buttery sweetness on the gums. The alcohol warms the gullet, but gives me a sick feeling to my stomach. The brew is tolerable after sitting to room temperature, mellowing the carbonation and alcohol, and accentuating the malts. Despite this, the beer is at odds with itself and is not very enjoyable. It's hard to finish this brew.

If I had to sum it up, it tastes like spritzy newspaper soaked in cola and smeared with butter and cherry jam. I love dubbels and have had hundreds of them, but honestly, this is probably one of the worst that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2003 08:49:53 | More by Mitchster
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Naerhu

Japan

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - opaque brown light brown head
Aroma - lush leafy brown bread sweat aroma.
Taste - rich chocolate cake intensity. Dried fruits. Brown sugar
Mouthfeel - Luscious and rich. Makes me glad I was born.
Drinkability - Give me more and more and more.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2003 07:08:18 | More by Naerhu
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark reddish-brown in color, reasonable clarity, pours a thick (but large-bubbled) tannish head which settles to a creamier layer in a little over a minute, head becomes a "vicar's collar" soon after, some temporary lacing

Aroma: raisiny/figgy, sweet, rummy

Flavor: very intriguing... what struck me at first as a highly phenolic taste in the forefront, I realize is the taste of rum-soaked figs; subtle hop flavor comes in as phenol/figs fade away, some malty/toasty sweetness, rather quick flavor progression with a noticeable hop bitterness balancing out what would have been a sweet finish; it's a flavor that keeps calling you back for more, to chase down exactly what it is your tasting (to me: sweetened and carbonated rum in which figs have been soaked)

Mouthfeel: highly carbonated (bubbles multiply and expand in your mouth), lots of alcoholic warmth, fairly light body for a dubbel

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2003 22:20:14 | More by GreenCard
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ChrisBowers

Virginia

4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a runoff between the Westie and the St. Bernardus Abt 12 in my book, but I think the Westie eeks out ahead. It is perfectly balanced, with subtle fruit tones in the bouquet. Unlike Corsendonk's wine-like aftertaste, the Westmalle leaves you savoring its complexity and wanting more. Be sure to air it out, as it gains more character just below cellar temp. Also, be sure to serve it in the proper glassware... presentation and aroma are everything with a beer this good. Definately a cost-wise alternative to Abbaye des Rocs' offerings.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2003 18:31:19 | More by ChrisBowers
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ellman

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Pour: Pours a deep brown with a red huewith a full tan head.

The Smell: Fruity and alcohol was my first indication, followed by nutts and rasins

The Taste: the the wonderful aromas came through in the taste. and they hide the alcohol well.

The Mouthfeel: A well body beer

I could drink a few of these maybe not in one setting thou.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2003 16:51:29 | More by ellman
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Sigmund

Norway

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ABV was 7% (bottle bought in Finland). This beer pours with an enormous lasting head, cloudy brown colour. Lovely aroma of oak, leather and spices. Well balanced spicy flavour, slightly bitter finish. Aftertaste could have lasted a bit longer, but this is still a thoroughly well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2003 11:40:53 | More by Sigmund
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MJR

Missouri

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a reddish-mahogany color with a fairly hazy body. A thick tan head starts strong and shrinks to a solid cap.

Smell: Spicy and fruity with plums, dates, raisons, and a faint nutty smell. There's a touch of breadiness, as well as alcohol.

Taste: The flavor's extremely complex with lots of dark fruits and a touch of alcohol. There's a strong nutty flavor along with a breadiness. Perhaps a bit of banana too? The flavor profile reads just like the aroma... A good brew.

Mouthfeel: Has a rich and creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. Finishes dry and crisp.

Drinkability: Pretty good. I could drink a few of these without a problem.

This one's about average for a Trappist brew, which means it's above-average when compared to most others...

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2003 22:50:48 | More by MJR
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Rocko

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

To begin with my bottle had an abv of 7%, not the 6.5% it says in the title. Anyways...this beer was recommended to me so I gave it a shot. I'm very happy I did because I liked it alot.

Darkbrown/red color with a light brown growing head, the head faded quickly though. Rich pleasant smell of caramel and fruit.

Initially quite modest taste but after a few sips it grows on you. Fruity bready taste with touches of raisin and roasted nuts. It also had a slight hint of citrus in it together with a medium bitterness.

I was very pleased with this brew, I recommend it to everyone who haven't tried it. I will most definately buy it again! :))

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2003 10:23:11 | More by Rocko
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jreitman

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Taste of Belgium event at Celtic Bayou in Redmond, WA... Poured a cloudy brown with quite a bit of head. Candy sugar and cloveyness come across in the nose. Same flavors are present in the mouth as well where a nice medium bodied beer goes down quite easily. Other flavors include some fruit and a slight spicy twang.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2003 21:26:52 | More by jreitman
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burgundy in color with an off-white head. Excellent lacing when sipped down. Has many complex aromas and flavors. The aroma is of sweet candi sugar, fruity banana esters, and somewhat raisin-like. Flavors are sweet, herbal, spicy, and fruity. It is medium-full in body, with a light carbonation. Overall, another excellent Belgian beer. I will definitely drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2003 06:22:52 | More by BeerBuilder
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OatmattStout

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poored with a good frothy headand had some nice sweet aromas. Flavors of banana and sweet malt were good and made this beer enjoyable. Had some yeast hints on the body of this beer which was nice and rich. This beer overall was a good dubbel and would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2003 20:17:10 | More by OatmattStout
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maxpower

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy brown color, average frothy, clingy off white head. Has a bready yeasty banana aroma. Sweet malty doughy flavors of
dark fruits
such as plum and rasions, medium body with a light bubbly mouthfeel, it finishes rather dry, which is a good thing, not the best trappist but still great.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2003 12:58:35 | More by maxpower
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jackndan

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Arizona

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour a murky brown color with modest sized dark beige head that is frothy in its texture and the resultant lace a fine velum like sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is lightly tinted with banana, slightly sour, hints of malt. Front is malt laden, and somewhat sweet with the top fair to middling in its feel on the palate. Finish has a prickly acidity and the hops pleasing and delightfully spicy in their bite, the aftertaste is desert bone dry and long lasting, a long favorite and one that has a permanent home in my DBF!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2002 05:46:11 | More by Gusler
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doerickson

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown coloring with a fine, persistent off-white head. Very, very sweet smelling; raisin/date and dark fruit sweetness are all over the nose. Light-to-medium body; active carbonation. Taste is nowhere near as syrupy and cloyingly sweet as the smell leads you to expect; I find this to be a positive thing. That said, the flavor is primarily more on the sweet side, although it's surprisingly well balanced. A world-class dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2002 20:29:45 | More by doerickson
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marc77

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Persistent beige head sits atop a ruddy, lightly hazy brown brew. Loose lace is left. The aroma is dominated by milk chocolate and dark caramel sweetness complemented by surprisingly light banana fruity esters. Slight sour apple tartness eeks into the end of the aroma. Flavorwise, nutty malt and prune like fruitiness quickly yield to dark, raisiny Special B and mellow chocolate malt. Sweetness is akin to diluted molasses and is well controlled, not overbearing, but is somewhat one dimensional. Light on the palate all around, smooth in mouthfeel and highly drinkable. Mild banana ester reemerge in the otherwise neutral and slightly watery finish. Westmalle's Double is surprisingly understated and shy in malt and yeast character, but is nonethless very well balanced and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2002 17:27:30 | More by marc77
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Longstaff

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A semi dark brew with a light brown head that stayed all the way to the bottom. Some banana aromas mixed in with sweet dark malt aromas. Initially this has a sweet dark malty flavor of caramel, and chocolate followed by a prune and banana fruitiness. Ends dry with barely any hop flavor. Not as big flavored as I was expecting but it still left me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2002 06:58:52 | More by Longstaff
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Gotta say I'm disappointed here.
Pours an attactive reddish-amber. Large, puffy tan head that settled slowly. Pebble-like sediment into the glass. Gravel black floaters.
Fruity aroma of apples, figs, and prunes. Carmel sweetness also . Alcohol is noted.(strange, as it doesn't show up in the taste).
Taste seem muted, and uninspired. Fruitiness is here, with apple, tart grape and ever-so-slight banana. Carmel is present, but the malt body is somewhat thin. I keep getting strange impressions of a vienna lager....and not a particularly good one. Very faint chocolate hues.
Thin, boring body. Lacking of any heft, or any spirtz. Dull, blunt, lifeless. Thickens as it sits, but never attains anything noteworthy.
Maybe this is too young (bb: 13/05/04). Nevertheless, I just don't see the flavors here to hold out much prospect.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2002 22:28:16 | More by cokes
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beernut7

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a foamy head and a deep dark amber color. The earthy alcholic Belgian Aroma is strong, stronger then the flavor for sure. The heavy malty flavor and obvious Trappist yeast character give way to an earthy brush with a cider-apple flavored finish. The bottle conditioning has left the carbonation level of the beer a bit too high leavy a harsh mouthfeel, but that is the only downside to this tasty offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2002 13:39:32 | More by beernut7
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color, topped by a thin, fine head. Little, if any, lacing-action. Candy-sugar and dark-fruit dominate the nose.
Fairly smooth tongue, but could be a bit fuller, imo. Has tastes of raisins and black currants, some of the candy-sugar....finishes a quite a bit on the bitter and dry side. Was aroused a bit by the nose, but felt the flavor didn't quite follow through. I feel the dry, bitter end overshadowed the fruity, sweet start, in a negative manner.

overall: 3.7
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

215

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2002 18:07:13 | More by Bierman9
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John

New York

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this awesome brew along with several other fine Belgians in a grocery store in the Netherlands. The average price for a 30cl bottle was about 1.50 Euro or about 1.25 US! That's so sick. Needless to say I stocked up and carried my booty around Europe, drinking some along the way and carrying some home. This fine dubbel, 7.0% abv. for the local market, is outstanding. What a gorgeous brew in the appropriate stemmed glassware. Monster, lumpy ass, misshapen head that did not quit. Quite a rich flavored brew that's deep ruby colored with nutty notes. Molasses also comes to mind. Alcohol is present but blends well with the beer's other complexities.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2002 13:27:45 | More by John
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Andy

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tight carbonation, very foamy. slight alcohol nose, slightly spicy and peppery. extremely dry flavor. light hop bitterness in finish. distinct raisiney flavors. Head retention is very strong. Slight dark malt flavor but not bold or overbearing.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2002 20:19:09 | More by Andy
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