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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,060 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,060
Reviews: 1,113
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 112
Gots: 150 | 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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moderndrunkard

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured straight from the tap at Erasmus in Bruges and enjoyed with roasted rabitt in beer sauce...but that's another review...

Pours a very appealing dark, cloudy body with a medium-bodied caramel head. There's a light head retention but the foam seems to stick to the glass for a long time.

Faint aromas exhibiting a light sweetness with a light alcohol nose.

I taste medium carbonation, a very slight initial fruitiness. Tastes...like...pear! Yeah, that's it. These pear-like flavors yield very nicely to a hop bitterness that lingers just long enough for my liking. A beer this color, I would have expected something different. Namely, something heavier and maltier. But all I'm tasting here seems to be light and bitter. (I'm sure the malts would come around if the beer was a couple degrees warmer)

I kinda feel like there's something wrong with my tastebuds because I was expecting something much different. But we all still have a lot to learn, don't we...?

Overall, good carbonation, not too thcik or too thin, pretty drinkable, but I'm not feeling another one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2006 16:48:53 | More by moderndrunkard
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brendan13

Australia

3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a goblet a redish amber colour with a couple of centimetres of light beige head that falls away quite fast.
S - Big dark fruit notes; plum, prune, fig along with a strong toffee aroma and some phenolic touches.
T - Much like the smell but overridden by brusied apple and spicy phenols.
M - Medium bodied, fairly low carbonation.
D - Not horrible but nothing I'll be racing back to.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 12:07:28 | More by brendan13
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hammer09

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium to dark brown. Well carbonated as evidenced by a dense, 3/4" head. Smell is malty, but not overly so with a slight belgian yeast aroma. Other than that, I couldn't detect any other aromatic characteristics. Taste is malty and sweet, but as with smell, there isn't much else going on for flavor here; maybe this was an old bottle (it was the last one on the shelf at my local beer store). Mouthfeel is above average with a warming effect on the palate. Drinkability is fine, although I'm dissappointed that two of this beer's key characteristics were on the average side. I expected more from a dubbel. However, I would give this beer another try.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 11:36:58 | More by hammer09
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koolk

Australia

3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudly brown beer with a very foamy whitish head. Heavy carbonation keeps this head afloat for sometime.

Intresting nose of citrus and malts, kind of like gin mixed with beer. Its not the most complex of duppels, and if anything it is a little boring. Some cola and grains come through with warmth.

Palate is pretty uninspiring, with simple flavours that are rather short (no length what-so-ever). The over heavy carbonation is detrimental and spoils what could be a much better beer.

Not a bad drink, still quality, but not something I'll be searching for again.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2004 06:01:14 | More by koolk
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip. best before 2/3/12.

a - pours a murky, deep mahogany shade and forms a massive, tan, foamy head the second it hits the glass. after calming to a thin cap, head is easily revived by swirling the beer around. leaves a few puffs of lacing in my glass.

s - musty and leathery, brown sugar, nutty malt, notes of cola.

t - surprisingly light in the flavor department. i'm getting mostly carmel malt with prominent spice and a light bitter twinge on the back of the tongue. finishes clean and dry. honestly, i'm a bit disappointed.

m - a little on the thin side with far too much carbonation. feels just like a coke or pepsi in the mouth.

o - not a bad beer, but for almost $6 a bottle i was expecting much more. seems to be lacking the richness and fuller body typical of the style. maybe i just got a bad batch, but i doubt i would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 03:28:32 | More by divineaudio
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jgasparine

Maryland

3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served at De Heeren Van Liedekerke, Belgium on 3/21/2010.

A- Poured from the tap with a 3/4" creamy light tan head, which was well-retained and created some beautiful lacing throughout. The body was a clear, mildly carbonated, orange-tinged dark brown. A visual wonder.

S- Smells of stewed malts, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, and rich melanoidins. Overall, a very rich nose which suggests great things to come on the palate...

T- Unfotunately, once on the palate, I got an underwhelming malt profile, which was quickly overtaken midway with a prominent metallic flavor. This metallic flavor dominated the palate through the finish- akin to sucking on a penny- eclipsing any other nuances that were there.

M- A medium body- well-attenuated- with a nice soft carbonation to it. Could stand to have a bit more texture or viscosity.

D- The metallic flavor was overwhelming and killed the drinkability of this beer... I did finish the glass, but did not want to order another one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2010 14:32:33 | More by jgasparine
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david131

California

3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A deep, slightly murky red with a nice leathery brown aspect. The off-white head is creamy and settles to a nice covering with massive lacing.

S-Sweet caramel, slightly fruity, some bubblegum, and some floral notes. Very subtle and not all that aromatic.

T- Sweet, but slightly bitter- but not in a hop sense. Slightly metallic with some nice grape flavors. There isn't a lot of depth to the flavor, and it really isn't all that interesting.

M- A slight metallic tinge, but the carbonation level is nice and is kind of creamy overall.

D- A decent beer but it is just an average example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 03:53:08 | More by david131
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SteveS1

New York

3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle to a glass-

Look: Pours dark cloudy amber, tall fizzy head

Smell: Sweet and malty, but hops are present

Taste: Some complex malts... caramely aftertaste, bitterness lingers.

Feel: A touch of carbonation, fairly light

Drink: Decent flavor, though the bitter aftertaste carries a bit of alcohol. Very drinkable nonetheless. I literally drank the whole bottle trying to pin down the flavors, hence the sparse description.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 03:30:29 | More by SteveS1
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yapi

Belgium

3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one fresh on-tap, wasn't that impressed. Maybe a bit too soft for me, or too fresh, no pronounced flavors or aromas to me, not remarkable. Will pass final judgement when I get one from a bottle. I've noticed I like bottles more than tap at the moment...

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2010 13:38:09 | More by yapi
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Embers

California

3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Purchased one week ago, bottle has a buy by date of 4/4/09. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle at approximately 50-55 degrees F. into a pint glass. Coloring was a very pretty dark reddish brown, very very little head and what little there was dissipated quickly, consequently very little lacing. Quite a lot of carbonation, lots of small bubbles racing rapidly toward the surface. Nice malty aroma and I was eagerly anticipating a full body/heavy ale. Good initial malt flavor but the mouth feel was not at all what I'd been expecting from it's aroma. Fairly thin/light mouth feel, somewhat dry finish with a faint sweetness remaining on the center of my tongue, possibly a very faint citrus note. All in all it's flavor was good, it is a drinkable enough ale just not as heavy as I like and definitely not something I'd likely pay as much for as I did this time.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 06:44:48 | More by Embers
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly murky ruby red with a thin tan head.

Smell is of dark fruits and alcohol.

Taste is oddly boozy with some caramel sweetness. Almost unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is a little thin.

A disappointing one and done for me. I do enjoy my Belgian dubbels but not this one.

HV

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 22:36:23 | More by sholland119
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown brew with a monsterous head that nearly erupted out of the glass on a mundane pour. A slight amount of patchy lacing grips the sides of the glass. Some floating whitish yeast sediment is present.

S - Moderate yeasty notes with a grassy hop character and some faint citrusy to vomit aroma.

T - Mostly a faint dark malty flavor with a hint of brown sugar. Overall, grassy hops dominate the flavor. The aftertaste is all grassy bitterness and malt.

M - Slick, smooth refreshing with a medium body. Nice mouthful.

D - Good, but it isn't great. Not going to have this one again, but it isn't awful. Definitely not worth the American price tag. Better dubbels are readily available. Even Chimay Red is superior to this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 21:44:53 | More by mrasskicktastic
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a restaurant in Amsterdam. From notes.

A - Poured with a bit of a reddish or dark red body with a one finger beige head. Hazy. No visible carbonation. Good ring of lacing left and a thick film of retention.

S - Yeast, mild brown sugar, and that's about it. There was a little bit of a dark fruit hint there but it was quite faint.

T - A little bit of spice, dark fruit, yeast, and a sweet kick. There was a less rich sort of dark fruit element that wasn't as delicious as other Belgian beers.

M - Medium body and mild carbonation. Sweet, dry finish. Seemed a little light.

O/D - Basic Dubble IMO. Not spectacular but a nice gateway to Belgian styles I suppose. Obviously the beer lost something on draught compared to the bottle, but it was still alright.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2011 00:24:46 | More by tbeckett
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, coarse foam
Smell: slight burned, caramel notes, faint ‘Dubbel’ smell
Taste: slight caramel, malt bitter, bitter, slightly alcoholic, tingling of carbonation.
I expect the use of lots of sugar, because of the thin body and the lack of caramel tastes. Aftertaste is almost absent. According to well informed sources, this beer is made from pale malt, 20% dark candy sugar and colorant (E150). Off course, the signature yeast is indispensable.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2005 07:36:36 | More by Absumaster
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donteatpoop

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice tan head at the top of a dark chocolate brown hazy ale. There was really very little lacing.

Nice bready yeast aroma; figs and prunes.

Dark fruits and grain, a nice blend. The molasses fringe on the taste is present, as is common with the style... But it's still one of my least favorite aspects of dubbels in general.

Smooth enough, a nice creamy mouthfeel.

Overall a pretty good dubbel, typical of the style. Good example of the style, I'm just not generally a fan.... I'd drink this again if someone offered it but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 06:09:23 | More by donteatpoop
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snaotheus

Washington

3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark reddish brown, slightly translucent, strong carbonation, medium head, little or no lacing.

Smells musty, with a little cherry, a little cough syrup hint.

Taste is sweet and sour, more of the cherry, maybe a tannic bitterness rather than a hoppy bitterness.

Feels nice, although carbonation is a bit much.

I could drink a couple pints of this in a night if I was determined, but I'd prefer not to.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 04:31:09 | More by snaotheus
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beertastegood

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, deep garnet color into a tulip glass, with a huge meringue-like head . Carbonation is obviously high, and head retention is fabulous. Aromas of raisins, cherries, brown sugar and slight alcohol, along with some spicy notes from the yeast - pepper and cinnamon to my nose.

Taste: Spice...and not much else at first. Huge spicy burst up front followed by a sweet caramel-like maltiness. This fades as the hops make their presence known with an herbal bitterness that, in my opinion, clashes a bit with the rest of the beer. Complexity is not as high as I would have expected from a Trappist dubbel, and especially one so highly regarded as Westmalle.

Mouthfeel: lots o' carbonation, as expected...light body and an overall dry mouthfeel. Like a good Belgian abbey beer should be.

Drinkability: The characteristic spiciness of Belgians does not sit well with me for more than two beers, and this one is no exception.

Not a bad beer, certainly a quality Belgian-style abbey ale, but it fails to live up to the Westmalle hype.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 01:55:51 | More by beertastegood
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trappistlover

Arizona

3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(11.2oz bottle) Pours dark brown-dark mahogany when held up to the light with a khaki head. Aroma has candied sugar, dark fruit, and sherry-like notes. Taste is a sweet malt backbone with a little sour and some hops on the end. Thin bodied with a creamy texture. Finish is a bit dry, but smooth. Some effervesence. Not the best trappist beer out there, but still a very nice beer

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 03:15:52 | More by trappistlover
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dmbfrat420beers

Germany

3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark hazy brown, almost burgundy. Light tan head of small bubbles. Big at first, dissipates to a nice opaque cover. Aroma is yeasty and bready with notes of raison and alcohol. Like whole wheat bread, slightly bitter with a lingering raisony sweetness, slightly metallic. There are more complexities I can’t put my finger on, but still somewhat dissapointing for a style generally characterized by rich and deep flavors. Sharp carbonation bite. Medium bodied and dissapointingly ‘water-downed’ for a dubbel. More drinkable than many Dubbels, but comes at the expense of good body and strong flavor. A decent beer, but not as good as the Westmalle Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 12:10:48 | More by dmbfrat420beers
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Travlr

District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muddy chestnut brown with medium tan head, good persistence and lacing. Sweet honey aroma with notes of raisins and dark fruit, well balanced. Full mouth with complex spiciness, malt and dates. Alcohol shows through more than most. Slightly bittersweet finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 17:26:56 | More by Travlr
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JonMich13

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Poured dark brownish red. Finger and a half of head, minimal lacing.

S = Has a simple pleasant sweet/malty aroma. Not very complex.

T = Carbonation hits quick. Not much complexity of flavors fill in behind the initial carbonation shock. The word that comes to mind is "empty". Some hints of malt and maybe a grape-like fruity taste with some bitterness fill in toward the end.

M = A little heavy on the carbonation, but overall not a bad mouthfeel. Finished pretty dry.

D = Pretty drinkable. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 23:44:54 | More by JonMich13
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cerevisiaephilus

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very nice looking beer. Nice voluminous head when swirled. Doesn't leave much lacing. Nice bright mahogany color. Definately some big chunks of yeast from a not too careful pour.

Very nice nose. Nice raisin notes. Special B malt? Maybe get some candy sugar in there too. Get some subdued fruitiness. Otherwise very clean. No phenolics or higher alcohols or other spiceyness.

Good clean flavor, nothing special. Get some nice dark candy sugar and caramel malt like flavors. The finish is too clean. I want a Dubbel to linger for a second. My perception of this beer is that its a bit too dry. Actually has a harsh finish. Not very nice about halfway through.

Nice mouthfeel. Very spritzy...little too spritzy for the viscosity of the beer, it could be a bit thicker and sweeter...then the high carbonation would be ideal I think.

Doesn't really have enough to keep me interested and this harshness in the finish is discouraging.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2005 03:19:47 | More by cerevisiaephilus
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Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It starts with a highly carbonated head that settles to a ring of foam fairly quickly. The nose is of dark malts, raisins and sour alcohol notes. Taste-wise there is roasted malts, raisins, nuttiness and plenty of carbonation. The latter of which tingles the tip of the tongue and amplifies the dryness of this drink. Mouth-feel is an odd combination of creaminess and wateriness at different stages.

Westmalle's dubbel goes down fast though for a such a strong beer. And in it's native glass, finishing a few in a sitting is not out of the question.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 00:30:21 | More by Ralphus
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle, bottled on April 12th, 2011

A: a highly hazed opaque brown. head starts billowing and promising. light brown highlights the white head. retentions is good as is the lacing.

S: a little hot. fruity. dark fruits. plums and figs. malty and chewy. a little bit muted.

T: grainy. wheat and pretty chewy. there is a significant amount of gas in this thing. almost can taste the CO2. finish is fruity. jam. grape jelly in particular.

M: like i said above, big time fizz. the carbonation is a little distracting. medium body in my opinion.

D: overall, im not really in love with this. a bit weak as far as dubbel's go. i would look elsewhere for solid examples. not bad by any means, just not great.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 03:47:42 | More by Jimmys
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joekfsu

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a murky, non-translucent brown with a massive tan head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma of dark fruit, mostly raisin, some yeast and alcohol. Initial flavor of apple and grape with more dark fruits coming in later. Light body, moderate carbonation, slight alcohol presence, and some lacing. Ok beer, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 01:54:03 | More by joekfsu
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,060 ratings.