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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,116 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,116
Reviews: 1,116
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 120
Gots: 169 | 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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bmur112

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

02-20-2012 14:09:29 | More by bmur112
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rodney45

New York

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%

Found in Bowery Wholefoods NYC. Best before 23/8/13. Poured into my snifter, because i wanted to.

A: Hazy russet or ruby brown with a tan colored head that lingers throughout the duration, but leaves little lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, barley, espresso, apple and plum.

T: First notes are of sour and bitter raisins or dates. Secondary profile is a creamy belgian or munich malt. Tertiary expressions of coriander, nobel hop bitterness, and cinnamon. Dry sour cocoa finish.

M: Medium to Medium Heavy body with little carbonation. Not much alcohol taste.

O: Possibly sour from either light or heat exposure. Unfortunately thats the major taste profile I get initially, and its a turn off, even though the secondary and finishing notes are so strong. Im going to rate this well regardless of its sourness because it was in fact still good. Not great, not perfect, not up to par with its older brother westmalle triple. This beer's age and improper storage may have led to the bottle's accelerating decline. These usually have a great cellaring history. Well, regardless, I would still recommend.

02-20-2012 13:38:48 | More by rodney45
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-19-2012 17:29:15 | More by jfcaa193
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dgeebs07

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-18-2012 11:49:47 | More by dgeebs07
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heysuz

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

02-18-2012 04:25:42 | More by heysuz
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tewaris

Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -34.5%

11.2 oz bottle, best by 07/12 poured into a Chimay chalice. Pours a dirty amber-brown color with a light brown sugar hued creamy head. Excellent head retention and lacing. Think I poured it too cold... waiting for it to warm up, stealing a sip or two in between.

Not much by the way of aroma here, or my sense of smell is horribly messed up. This particular dubbel seems a lot more hop forward, drier, tannic, and almost oak-y compared to other examples of the style. Only slightly sweet with a spicy yeastiness and brown sugar notes, led by the high carbonation toward a tannic bitter finish. Medium body, intense but clean flavors. Not a fan.

4.5, 3, 2, 4, 3

02-16-2012 05:09:06 | More by tewaris
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theempire

California

5/5  rDev +19.9%

02-15-2012 06:06:33 | More by theempire
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nasa258e

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

02-12-2012 07:31:07 | More by nasa258e
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MisledTitan

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-10-2012 23:55:56 | More by MisledTitan
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Brewsed

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +19.9%

02-10-2012 22:11:15 | More by Brewsed
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kemullen1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-10-2012 21:32:41 | More by kemullen1
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beermaned

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

02-10-2012 15:14:54 | More by beermaned
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vkv822

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -15.3%

11.2oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a brown, amber red with a very thick, frothy cream colored head.

The aroma is predominately of sweet candi sugar with a pleasant apple finish.

Taste follows the nose, candi sugar for the most part, with some tart apple in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium slightly prickly carbonation

A pleasant dubbel, but nothing particularly stood out to me.

02-09-2012 06:39:33 | More by vkv822
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nandika

Romania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

02-08-2012 13:56:00 | More by nandika
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bkaj21

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

02-08-2012 03:43:07 | More by bkaj21
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kja157

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

02-07-2012 18:38:51 | More by kja157
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MacStinson

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-07-2012 03:07:57 | More by MacStinson
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

02-05-2012 19:23:58 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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jmccraney

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-05-2012 08:58:29 | More by jmccraney
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WoodersonMB

Manitoba (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

02-04-2012 21:22:05 | More by WoodersonMB
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Acho

Spain

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Purchased a bottle for roughly 2€.

Nice murky brown colour (a bit too murky in my opinion) topped with a beautiful tan head that stays around for awhile.

A quite nice smell and somehow complex getting some of the yeast and a bit fruit.
The taste is, together with the drinkability, what makes this beer a difficult one to make one's tatse buds to it. Way too carbonated even for a Belgian brew, I shall give it a try leaving it at least a couple of months in the cellar; that's why it is that high my overall grade.

02-04-2012 19:47:57 | More by Acho
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

Since I don't own a Westmalle glass, I've poured my cellar temperature 33cl bottle into a Chimay chalice.

The beer is nearly opaque. It has a brown color with ruby highlights. A decent amount of pinkish tan foam rests on top. Swirling the beer leaves a good amount lacing.

Smelling the beer reveals Belgian candi sugar and some dark fruits, like plum and fig. The Trappist yeast provides some spiciness, but it is mild.

Dark, complex malts characterize this beer. It's earthy, nutty and like the aroma has some flavors of plum and fig. This bottle is labeled best by 27.05.12, so it's close to two years old and I believe it may have become slightly oxidized. It is still quite tasty though.

The beer leaves behind decent coating that is very flavorful. Carbonation levels are average and it has a full body. My lips feel ever so slightly sticky.

I really like this beer a lot. It's a fine example of a true Belgian Abbey dubbel. If you've never had this beer, you are missing out!

02-04-2012 01:17:01 | More by ToasterChef
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Douberd

Netherlands

3.13/5  rDev -24.9%

Very dark colour, with minimal bubbles surfacing. Medium head, brownish coloured, stays for a reasonable amount of time.
Aroma is of fruits and chocolate.
Bitter taste, medium thick body. Bitterness stays in your mouth. Quite carbonated. Overall not bad, quite average.

02-02-2012 16:46:45 | More by Douberd
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mglaser37

California

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Head: This beer has a cream colored head with a medium hold

Color: Beer has a nice dark cider/amber color

Aroma: It has a roasty/chocolate smell with very faint hoppy scent.

Taste: It has a rich, umami flavor/spice..sweet & bitter beer. Very tasy.

Mouth-feel: Has a creamy, smooth mouthfeel...very nice. Medium carbination...easy to drink.

02-01-2012 21:40:59 | More by mglaser37
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monnik

Texas

3/5  rDev -28.1%

01-31-2012 12:34:18 | More by monnik
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,116 ratings.