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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,929 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1929
Reviews: 1105
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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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

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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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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

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

A tasty Double, dark, rich, but not over the top, maybe a bit better than the triple, but its hard to compare, coz they're both different styles, very tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2002 09:39:30 | More by rastaman
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Jason

Massachusetts

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

Very easy to find around Belgium, even in the grocers ... it seemed like this stuff was everywhere. Very smooth and even better on tap in the proper Westmalle glass at the Circo cafe in Brussels.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2001 15:33:41 | More by Jason
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Todd

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33cl custom European-style brown bottle, with raised glass stamped "trappist" around the neck. Poured into an authentic Westmalle chalice.

Appearance: Dark, rich brown. Creamy tan head with good retention.

Smell: Caramel aroma and fruity esters.

Taste: Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Lovely sweet malts with caramel and cholocate flavours. Underlining fruit flavours of date and banana. Hits a dry point in the middle and become crisp for a moment. A slight coarseness, from the yeast, follows in the form of a moderately spicy characteristic that mixes with a prickly alcohol presence. Bitterness is thin, with faint floral flavours. Finishes slightly dry with some residual spiciness, sweetness and alcohol on the breath. Warming.

Notes: This is just an overall amazing beer. One of the most famous of the Trappist beers, Westmalle Double can be found on tap at many Beglian establishments. 6.5% abv.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2000 16:36:44 | More by Todd
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tspoke

Wisconsin

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

I had this on tap at the Mercure in Nijmegen. I couldn't believe they had it there, as I was used to getting it by the bottle back in Wisconsin. The bartender said they actually weren't supposed to even have it on tap, but somehow they did. So of course I had to have several during my two-night stay in Holland.
I am a huge fan of Belgian beer and thought this particular dubbel was outstanding as usual.

Appearance - A very colorful brown/dark color with some good legs to boot.
Smell - Dark fruity, mild, smooth smelling aroma.
Taste - I could taste a dark fruit, perhaps raisins or prunes. Definitely some grapes as well, overall very tasty.
Mouthfeel - A very dry after taste which initially was surprising to me, and the carbonation made my mouth tingle.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2014 18:28:55 | More by tspoke
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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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bark

Sweden

3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2011 10:43:25 | More by bark
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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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rarbring

Sweden

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

The beer is chestnut brown with a red nuance, slightly hazy with lots of small bubbles, a beige head that leaves som lacing.

The smell is in the sour milk area, with lots of sweet dried fruits, raisins, and yeast. Dried grass and brown bread.

Sweet raisins and brown sugar upfront, complemented with sour fruits and bitter seeds.

Rather high carbonation, a rich body and a dry finish.

In all good, especially with a ripe goat cheese and bread. This was sampled and compared with the bottle, more smell and taste.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2011 18:44:17 | More by rarbring
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smchasta

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I usually judge beer with this much hype with doubt in the back of my mind. Found it on-tap at the Zotte in Amsterdam.

Looks like a very standard strong Belgian. Deep brown with a creamy tan head.

The smell is slightly caramel, a hint of candy and the smell of, how to describe... a homebrew that has too much refined sugar added to it, resulting in extra alcohol. However, it's not a bad smell by any means.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. The taste is almost sweet, but not too sugar sweet or malty, just right. It has a slight chocolate and caramel taste, then ends with the hops making an appearance.

Overall, despite my reservations with hyped beers, I was pleasantly surprised. I actually ordered another at the end of the evening. For a Dubbel, this one ranks at the very top for me. Sets the bar very high for strong ales, without a doubt.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 16:19:00 | More by smchasta
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

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

On tap at Stoffel in Tilburg, Netherlands. Served into Westmalle chalice. Ruby in color, pinky of foam. Thick, soapy lacing. Aroma is sweet with malts, dominated by raisin and molasses. Taste follows suit. Blends together many complex flavors and notes. Very easy to drink. An all time classic.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2010 16:58:39 | More by KickbacksSteve
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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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joesc230

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this tasty Trappist on tap in Brussels and also get it bottled in NJ. In either case, it is one of my favorite beers. From the taste to the appearance, I love this beer. Smooth and very drinkable, not very strong but not weak either (the perfect medium). Highly recommended!

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2010 03:05:14 | More by joesc230
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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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BeerNemesis

New York

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel. 2009

Appearance:
Dark, rich brown. Dark ruby red under light. Three finger head settles down to one. Beautiful clumpy tan head.

Aroma:
Caramel and fruity esters

Taste:
Goes down smooth and creamy. Sweet malts with caramel flavor are delicious. Date and banana fruit flavors. Finishes slightly dry with moderate spiciness.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Extremely drinkable. It's so smooth and creamy. A little on the sweet side, but it pulls it off.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2010 03:47:41 | More by BeerNemesis
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gfreed

Massachusetts

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

On tap at La Morte Subite, Brussels. Long-lasting head, tan and bubbly and thick, floating leisurely atop a pool of mahogany beer with light traces of bubbles. Aroma of mushrooms, bread; plenty of malt up front in the taste and smoothness that satisfied. Some light flavors of chocolate and bread. Had the weight of a great dubbel. A must-have if you visit this bar.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2009 20:11:53 | More by gfreed
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Bitzy

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer in its 11.2 ounce bottle at Gaslight Brewery and Restaurant. I had always wanted to try the westmalle trappist beers and it was a no brainer to finally try it last night. From the first sip, I was drawn by its complexities.
A- Nice brownish red color with limited head. Poured into a westmalle glass (this bar has the right glass for every beer they serve)

S- some caramel notes mixed in with nice dried fruits such as cherries and plum and a good yeast backing.

T- the smell and more. The roastyness surrounded the tantalizing fruit esters. At times their was hints of alcohol and yeast, but they did not get in the way of how great this beer is.

M- Very drinkable. This one is worth taking slow medium size sips because you'll want to enjoy it for as long as possible.

D- Awesome! Could have a couple in a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2008 16:07:54 | More by Bitzy
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Beeryce

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am reviewing this beer from notes I took while sampling it at Belgian Beer Café. It was served from the tap in a 250ml goblet.

The small slightly creamy head was a mixture of large and fine bubbles that dissipated quickly leaving behind only a film that produced almost no lacing. The color was a clear dark amber, almost brown with very little carbonation which seemed to suit the beer. The nose was faint but complex and good with a caramel maltiness that became more sweet and pronounced with time and temp.

The taste started out sweet then faded to a dry maltiness that was balanced but prominent. Overall the taste was of roasted caramely maltiness and a little smoky. The mouthfeel was an exquisite dry powdery texture that I fully enjoyed.

This beer is exceptionally drinkable and I would defiantly have this in my kegerator if I had the money to spend. This is a very good beer and a must try in my opinion as it is probably a great example of the Trappist Dubbel style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2006 21:46:49 | More by Beeryce
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