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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,140 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,140
Reviews: 1,118
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 122
Gots: 175 | 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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

RedFox, Jan 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

justinm4bama, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of beerthirtysa
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%

Medium-brown, milky appearance, light brown head that was solid and long-lasting. Plenty of champagne-style bubbles. Nose was herbal, perfumy, some citrus notes. Taste was mildly hoppy with herbal and spicy notes. Mouthfeel was smooth, not thin, not heavy. Well-balanced, robust flavor.

beerthirtysa, Dec 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

mxmcmillan, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%

From 12/24/11 notes. Picked up a bottle of this at Spirits in Middletown, NJ. Poured from an 11.2 bottle into my Duvel tulip. Bottles on 29/9/11.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a reddish tint to it, moderate carbonation evident, and one finger of off white head. A minute or two of retention and some spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of Belgian yeast, dark fruits, bready malts, spices, wheat. Pretty ncie with the fruit and yeast.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, bready malts, spices, toasted malts, and very light dark fruits. Less fruit than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice Belgian dubbel, and very good for the price and availability. Some nice dark fruits in the nose, and something I'd certainly buy again if I was in the mood for a dubbel.

mdfb79, Dec 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

americanbelgian, Dec 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

cdwil, Dec 28, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

jjkatter, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

Appearance: Beautiful dark reddish purple, good amount of an off-white head.

Smell: Strong fruit character, dark fruits and that aspect to the aroma that many refer to as 'grape bubblegum'. The sweetness is wonderful and is complimented greatly by the bready yeast character of the beer.

Taste: The flavors burst forth, strong and sweet tones of dark, goopy fruits are very noticeable. There is also an excellent yeast character involved that gives the sweetness some backbone. To add to the mix, there is a wonderfully subtle bitterness that never really catches your attention, but instead compliments and rounds out the beer into superb balance.

Mouthfeel: That wonderful champagne like carbonation that is characteristic of many belgian trappist ales. It stings slightly at first, but then clears the way and allows the flavors to come forth. The breadiness that I mentioned earlier also plays a role in giving the beer a more robust feel.

Overall: Pretty much a flawless example of what these Trappist monasteries put forth in their splendid dubbels. It has everything that this kind of beer is supposed to have, and adds a nice twist with a more grapey character than you would normally see. It goes wonderfully with cheese and by itself, very easy to enjoy. About the only bad thing I could say about this beer is that it is not the very best I have had, but with that said it is certainly up there with many other great ales.

Siriusfisherman, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

InfernalPotato, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

cycoduck, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of bark
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%

The colour is brown with a tint of gold. The liquid is clear. The finger thick head is beige. Lots of lacing occurs.

The smell is light and smooth. Red berries, some Belgian yeast.

The taste is somewhat sour-sweet with distinct notes of red berries. Some alcohol. Medium body. Red wine gums and raspberry candy in the smooth aftertaste as well as nuts and almonds. Warming alcohol in the finish.

The carbonation is strong, almost sharp. The bubbles are small. The liquid is rather light.

A smooth and pleasant dubbel.

bark, Dec 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

MsRif, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Joshgonzales79, Dec 24, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Harkrank, Dec 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

LDemarais, Dec 22, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Freshness date of 27/7/12 - meaning this was presumably bottled 27/7/07.

A - pours a translucent toasted brown color. Yields 2 fingers of creamy tan head. Body is a cloudy opaque dark brown (I always pour a little yeast into the glass for the full effect). Retention is decent, but the head fades to a 1/4" film within a few minutes. No lacing.

S - lots of dark, aromatic cocoa, sweet raisins and prunes, some booze, and candy-like sweetness. Some floral hops in the background.

T - flavors of milk chocolate, black tea and mild coffee. Hop and alcohol bitterness in the middle. More booze and raisiny sweetness toward the finish. Some bready toasted grains make for a dry finish. Flavors are generally what I would expect for a dubbel, but they are a little to sharp and unbalanced.

M - mouthfeel is ok, but it's a little too watery an a little over-carbonated.

rundocrun, Dec 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

jtmcgraw, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

JimmyTango, Dec 21, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel

Appearance: Pours an unfiltered brown, white head covers the top of the brew with small amounts of yeast. Active carbonation is constantly rising to the surface of this living beer.

Smell: Aromas of dark bread and malts, a touch of chicory and the choicest noble hops.

Taste: In the taste, bright grape, raisin and fig notes. Toffee, a touch buttery. Leafy, herbal hop is rounded out in the finish, along with juicy white grape flavour.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent, dry, airy, and wonderful. About as elegant as a Belgian dubbel could possibly feel.

Overall: Westmalle dubbel is a trademark depiction of the style and is a superb dry Belgian brown ale. Artfully crafted and truly remarkable.

Stinkypuss, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

CelticAleMan, Dec 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

bluntedboywonder, Dec 21, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

This delicious brown ale is still considered the first Dubbel. Many beers were modelled after this recipe and many breweries started making darker Dubbels thanks to Westmalle. A staple and in it's own right, unique. Let's see what we have here...

Appearance - A beautiful deep brown. Thick and dark. A nice consistent head forms with pockets (or circles) forming along the top. Light and thicker areas. Extremely creamy in appearance. Not a lot of head, but retains it exceptionally well.

Smell - Lots of malts and brown sugar. Lighter notes of yeast, fig and bread are noticeable. Not much hop on the nose. Seemingly more sugary. Caramel and brown sugar really stand out here.

Taste - Dark, roasted malts, caramel, honey with traces of coffee. A very yeasty beer as well. The sour taste of yeast is subtle, but blends nicely with the sugars and dryer elements of this Dubbel. Dry hops are present, but not obvious. Very balanced and reasonably complex.

Mouthfeel - Lightly carbonated and quite syrupy. The sugars really dance on the tongue. A slight fizz on the palate is noticeable after swallowing. The use of carbonation is tasteful as well.

Overall - Westmalle never fails to deliver. Being such an incredible Belgian brewery for so many years makes it hard for anyone to complain about this brown ale. Wonderfully complex and consistent every time. A dark, stern Dubbel with a plethora of flavors to be enjoyed!

Agent1, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

ajfrantz, Dec 20, 2011
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,140 ratings.