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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,932 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1932
Reviews: 1106
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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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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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at Het Elfde Gebod in Antwerp, Belgium.

This dubbel poured a dark brown color with red highlights with creamy, light brown foam that slowly settled but coated the glass. The smell was malty with notes of dark caramel and a light hint of sweetness. The taste was malty with notes of vinous fruitiness. There was a moderate hop bitterness as well as a touch of alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium-full body and good carbonation. Overall this beer had a light feeling on the tongue, and was lightly warming. A nice beer to savor slowly.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2006 20:03:59 | More by UncleJimbo
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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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frank4sail

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Frothy beige tuick 1/2 inch head. Slight toasted caramel/brown sugar nose. Hazy opeque dark brown look in the goblet. Lasting head and white lace on the goblet. Slight sweet nutty (hazel) taste with a dry tongued slightly sweet burnt caramel finish. Medium to lighter mouth with a lively carbonation feel. Slight touch if blueberry in the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2004 02:19:51 | More by frank4sail
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mickeymac

California

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

On-tap at Lucky Baldwin's Belgian Festival. It's a somewhat murky brown with traces of red. Ripe fruit is present in the smell and taste. Althought it's a very nice beer, my expectations were a bit elevated and the taste didn't quite come through like expected. Everything works nicely together, but it's not a world-beater.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2004 06:23:35 | More by mickeymac
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jcalabre

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 8 March 2003 at Pizza Port's Belgian beer fest. I am writing this review from my notes. This is a dark brown beer with a lot of fizz in the head. The aroma is full of chocked fruit with notes of chocolate & brown sugar. All in all an enjoyable trappist.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2003 22:34:12 | More by jcalabre
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illpass78

Maine

4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a big wine glass because I didn't have a chalice. Yeah, I know.

Appearance: Pours a dark, cloudy reddish brown with a big creamy head that sticks around forever. Good amount of lacing, too. Cool looking beer.

Aroma: There's a lot going on in the smell. Smells of dark fruits, raisins, dates, figs, toast, some mild spiciness, a little floral character, and maltiness.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, and it's complex, creamy and delicious. Really a terrific beer. The dark fruits dominate and the finish is appealingly bitter. Alcohol is muted in the nose and on the palate.

Mouthfeel: It's a fun beer to drink; creamy and smooth, with a big sturdy body.

Overall: A terrific, classic beer. It's pretty close to perfect in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 02:11:27 | More by illpass78
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours is very cloudy brown body and a nice tan head

The smell is of orange marmalade and Clay

The taste is smooth chalky earthy with some nice malt and fruit

Very will carbonated and somewhat full

A wonderful beer well-crafted and keeping with its style very enjoyable for flavor yet thirst quenching

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 22:36:13 | More by jneiswender
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BradC

Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a thick head that falls but leaves a thin head throughout the glass.

Smells of raisins, fruity and floral.

Taste is raisins, light rum and a crisp finish.

Lots of carbonation and a crisp finish, thin body makes this pretty drinkable despite the 7% abv.

Overall, first Trappist dubbel and a very good one!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 01:34:32 | More by BradC
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hoptualBrew

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky dark mahogany in color.

Aroma of rum soaked oak, sweet fig, toast, candied raisin, brown sugar.

Rum raisin, brown sugar, slight metallic mineral water, toffee on the palate.

Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation, right on for this style and the flavor profiles this beer boasts.

World class Belgian Dubbel, simple as that.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 02:41:43 | More by hoptualBrew
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Lothore

California

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown, orangey hue with a thick, chunky head that lingers.

S- Plum, raisin, fig, brown sugar.

T- Plum and raisin up front with a yeasty finish. Slight bitterness.

M- Thin-medium bodied and very effervescent.

D- This is a great brew. I think if it were a little thicker and had less carbonation it would have scored even higher for me. I'm sure the carbonation fades with time. Will stick a couple bottles in the cellar and forget about them for 5 years ...

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 21:25:07 | More by Lothore
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Henrich

Missouri

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Rich brown to burnt orange, especially when held to the light. 2 inches of fluffy, tab foam, which lingers, eventually settling, yet never disappearing. Looks great in the chalice.
Smell: Sweet! Like effervescent brown sugar and plums. Absolutely fantastic!
Taste: Starts quite similar to the smell, then yields to a more complex malty flavor, which ends with a slight hoppy, yet delicious bitterness. This blew me away.
Mouth-Feel: Thick, almost syrupy. This lingers on the tongue for quite some time. It feels heavy.
Overall: This is in my top 10. This is the third time I've had this and it has been incredible each time. Obviously it is pricy, but then again it is not something I'd drink just any day.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 01:37:11 | More by Henrich
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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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