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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,032 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,032
Reviews: 1,113
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 107
Gots: 139 | 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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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

09-22-2013 04:39:40 | More by FadetoBock
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warnerry

Michigan

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

Best by 2/3/12

A - Pours a deep mahogany with some suspended material and almost two fingers of tan head. Head has outstanding retention and leaves rings of lacing.

S - Caramel, candi sugar and dark fruit aromas, with raisin, fig and maybe a bit of cherry. Also has a decent bread aroma.

T - Starts off a bit sweet, with caramel, fruit and candi sugar, but a yeast spiciness soon takes over. Some bread malt near the finish and another shot of spiciness on the finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel with lively carbonation and a dry spicy finish.

O - Very good overall. Not too sweet with a nice bread and spice presence.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2012 04:10:26 | More by warnerry
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mjtiernan

New York

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

330ml bottle poured into a goblet. Best before 13/10/13.

A: Had to slow my roll with this pour to ensure that I got some actual beer. Dark brown body sits beneath a pillowy two-finger head.

S: Oh yeah...wonderful. Caramel, dark fruit (raisin, plum, fig), light fruit (mostly pear and apple). There’s also a solvent characteristic. Each swirl of the glass gives off more effervescent aromas.

T: Like candy. Dominated by really nice dark fruits...mostly plum but also red grape stands out. Esters and bready notes from the yeast also major players. Caramel wasn’t as prominent as other dubbels I’ve had. Finishes with a pleasant tannic dryness.

M: High drinkability just for the fact that I kept wanting more despite its complexity. A velvet creamy beer with soft carbonation.

O: Completely satisfying. To be honest, this is beyond my palate but I did my best. I used to avoid dubbels but it has rapidly become one of my favorite styles. I don’t know if I was drinking the wrong ones or just not paying attention, but I plan to investigate further.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 03:23:54 | More by mjtiernan
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-19-2011 23:08:30 | More by chickenm
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far333

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a crystal goblet. Pours a deep chestunt color with a light brown frothy head that rises up and settles back down quickly.

Inviting aroma of brown sugar and raisin, some cocoa and fig, accented with toffee and ripe fruit.

Flavor of sharp espresso accented with cocoa and currant, some pepper spice, smoke and leather. Also notes of molasses, fig, and caramel punctuated with raisin and oak. Lots of flavors moving in and out.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, moderate carbonation, but manages to finish bubbly and tingly. Very drinkable, really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 02:58:47 | More by far333
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ste5venla

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-04-2013 03:12:42 | More by ste5venla
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ExpendableCrewman

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-22-2013 22:14:23 | More by ExpendableCrewman
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djl9701

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-11-2012 03:34:52 | More by djl9701
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BamfBacon

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

02-16-2013 21:47:39 | More by BamfBacon
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secondtooth

Indiana

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

Pours a dark, almost burgundy, with impressive head. Thick and detailed lace, too. Very nice. I get some sediment, as well, but no points lost for that.

Nose is fruity and yeasty, with hints of sour berries. Quite appealing.

Taste is fruity and yeasty (dark fruit, berries), and even a tad sour. A little funky and musty, too. Superb, and wish these were more widely available and a little more inexpensive. As it is, a treat!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 14:21:29 | More by secondtooth
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adamcthomp

Spain

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-10-2012 10:42:14 | More by adamcthomp
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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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beer64nut

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-15-2013 08:02:33 | More by beer64nut
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jheezee

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

06-26-2013 21:35:55 | More by jheezee
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Forgot where I bought this from but it is a 11.2oz bottle.

Poured into my chimay goblet. Pours a very dark brown with a very nice looking head that is very light tan in color. Looks nice in the glass.

Smell gets a low score since I can't smell anything. I don't have a cold and I'm pretty sure my sense of smell is working fine. Don't know why I can't smell anything.

Taste is great. An awesome double. Not quite as good as my favorite double (Rochefort 6) but still very good. A spicy flavour that reminds me a little of abt 12 but with the malt character of a rochefort 6. Toffee and spices dominate the palate. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is great with good carbonation and smoothness of a good trapist beer.

Drinkability is high and I could suck back a fee of these no problem in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 20:09:44 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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tenacioustomato

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-23-2012 03:15:38 | More by tenacioustomato
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Hardcore

Hawaii

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-30-2012 21:22:18 | More by Hardcore
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Seaba

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

02-26-2013 20:28:01 | More by Seaba
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Stugotzo

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-31-2013 02:23:54 | More by Stugotzo
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leinie13

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-03-2013 05:15:41 | More by leinie13
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stouty1

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is sweet! I am keeping this for my own homebrews! NIce suttleness with decoration but not too outlandish.

Poured a ruby red with a small caramel head. Nice swirling effect as the head reforms thick and clingy. Smells of chocolate with deep roasted malt. Some hints of fruit, citrus I think. Taste is chocolatey malt with anice bitterness. Warming as it goes down. Very well hidden alcohol level, but I think I would enjoy a little more feeling. Thin mouthfeel goes down easy. I wish I had more than one of these. Looks like another trip to Ohio!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 02:24:00 | More by stouty1
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Skwisgaar

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

08-05-2013 05:47:29 | More by Skwisgaar
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corneliusfontaine

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

08-18-2013 15:00:27 | More by corneliusfontaine
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oso

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-23-2012 00:07:29 | More by oso
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jdkitchi

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

08-25-2013 03:26:13 | More by jdkitchi
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,032 ratings.