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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
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2,354 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,354
Reviews: 1,144
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 152
Gots: 273 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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Photo of Stockfan42
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of T-34-85
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Atron67
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a brownish dark with a red tinge. opaque through the glass but not too much particulate noticable. A tannish head built up and turned really fluffy, fell reasonably slowly, and left thick lacing around the bottle.

S- a little dark fruits, notes of raisins, cherry? some plums nice balance of smooth malts

T- Smooth throughout, starts off with a great maltiness in which the fruit slowly rises up, a great taste of raisins, and plums, some other fruitiness. A great blend and balance of the maltiness and hops.

M- a smooth medium body ale with sharp carbonation that works well for the style, but i did let it flatten a little before drinking at around 60 temp

D- a great dubbel, probably my favorite so far

Photo of djbreezy
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

shared a fresh bottle with squaremile. this is my second time tasting it, but my first time reviewing it. had this after a westvleteren 12 and 8, and it stands remarkably well against the two.

appearance - 2 finger head, brown ale/copper color

smell - raisin, apple, dates

taste - apple and dark fruit, very complex

mouthfeel - smooth and easy finish

drinkability - easy to drink, enjoyable

Photo of jduprey007
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of brutalist
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of marshmeli
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of saintwarrick
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first dubbel in quite a while, I'm always drawn to the tripels since they are always highly spoken of. This beer pours a deep brown with a nice head that has some decent retention. Some mild fruitiness in an aroma that is mostly dark chocolate and caramel. Mouthfeel is a little creamy with a slightly astringent taste that is well balanced, slightly sweet with a mild dry finish. A well-crafted and easy drinking beer I won't mind having again.

Photo of azorie
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a triple goblet glass with a hard pour at 40F, got a little head, and its lacing stuck to the walls and is lasting a long while.
Brown in color with some cloudiness because I poured it yeast and all.

S: plum like grapes, some leather overtones. sweet malt, rock candy sweetness, great balance with the hops, mild alcohol hits the nose as it warms up. Very complex what can you say its a Trappist they are all complex beers.

T: very rich and complex plum flavor, with rock candy sweetness, you get the malt and yeast flavors, great hop to malt balance, but none of them overpower the beer as it should be. not to sweet but it is a Dubbel. Great stuff

M: smooth and creamy, medium body, nice carbonation

D: easy to drink 3 or 4 of these but you will be a tad tipsy at the end, at least I was.

Photo of keithmurray
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into my chalice

Smells of brown sugar, molasses, tobacco and leather

Appearance is dark brown with a slight tan head, bits of sediment floating around

taste is of raisins, plums brown sugar and malts

this beer has a good amount of carbonation, you can detect a bit of the alcohol (it does check in at over 7%abv). Overall a good drinking beer, nice for a cool night indoors. I would def. revisit.

Photo of JBogan
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark ruby/brown with a bit of a haze to it. Sturdy off white foam head leaving some but not a lot of lacing, and turning into a thin film which remained.

Roasted malts and some nuts present in the smell, with banana in there also.

Tasted of caramel, malts and maybe a bit of plum to go along with even a hint of bubble gum. Nice and complex, but yet not too "busy".

Mouthfeel was slightly on the thicker end of the scale, and not as sprightly as similar beers I've tried. Still pretty decent and smooth however.

I enjoyed this beer and found it drinkable. It's not quite up to the same level as some other Trappist beers, but it's pretty easy to find and not as expensive as some of those either. This one is certainly worth a try.

Photo of squack
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Bf_89
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Supergenious
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chocolate brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is a rich, malty blend with candy sugar and some bitter pieces.

Taste is a rich, caramel malt blend. Some darker malts, not too heavily roasted, not as much dark fruit flavor as expected. Initially sweet, unfinished candy sugar elements, though not cloying at all, with some very light hops for bittering. Flavor moves more to the dry later in the glass, more elements come out: earthy, woody, very slight dark fruit (prunes or figs), not anything as sweet as raisins. Complex, rummy, a little butter toffee but mildly hopped.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, soft and luscious. Changes character quite a bit as it warms a little, this one is worth setting out for a few minutes. A very nice dubbel, one of the best I've found. I could drink a few of these.

Photo of EStreet20
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fl ounces brown glass bottle poured into a Westmalle chalice.

A - A deep reddish brown with a medium sized foamy off white head that dissipates a bit quickly but leaves some nice lace on the glass along with a nice protective foam layer atop the beer.

S - A whole lot of fruit up front. Also a bit of a chocolatey smell in there with some spice. Definitely a chocolate covered cherry smell if I;m not mistaken. Other than that some nice hints of spice in the aroma.

T - A very nice flavor led by a bit of a fruity rush that quickly subsides to some dark bread tastes. A bit of spiciness leads the way to an extremely dry finish. A nice flavor overall.

M - A very crisp carbonation that dances on the tongue. Pretty good, but I'd prefer something a little more chewy with these flavors. Still very good overall.

D - Definitely an interesting scope of flavors that keep a drinker interested. I like this one a lot.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark mahogany, with a light tan head that gushes up to fill the glass. Excellent retention that leaves patchy lacing. The dark fruit aroma is strongest, raisins and plums, coupled with chocolate malt and traces of noble hops. Roasted malt and sharp fruit esters make the flavor both acidic and sweet, but never astringent. A crisp, hoppy aftertaste balances the pronounced malt flavor and dries out the residual sweetness for a clean finish. The complex flavors complimented by a velvetly smooth mouthfeel provide a more than adequate drinkabilty despite the full body and alcoholic strength.

Photo of washburnkid
4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Two fingers of beige bubbly head over deep reddish brown body.

S: Aromas are loaded: the malt profile is sweet, fruity, and toasty biscuit. Alcohol solvency is present as well. Deeper pulls are overripe stone fruits, hints of anise. Some vanilla pulling through.

T: Flavors are bitter, fruity, subtle toasted malt flavor. Bitter and drying finish. A little reminiscent of a well-balanced brown ale, only a touch sweeter. Swirled and poured last few sips, and emboldened flavors reveal more herbs. There's the faintest hint of carob. Warmth brings out the comforting Belgian yeast notes, emphasis on bitter clove. Can't taste that heat that I smell.

M: Medium and chewy. Dry and bitter. Evenly carbonated.

D: Trappists do it better.

Photo of Shawnspl
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of cvfish
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a dark reddish orange color that produced a beautiful, nicely sized fluffy tan head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were heavy on the malts, with a few hints of dark fruits

T - The taste of this beer had a toffee-like maltiness with a mix of light and dark fruits, and a little bit of spiciness

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light to medium body, and a moderate amount of carbonation

D - The drinkability of this beer is subject to whether or not you like the style of the beer, and I love most Belgian styles, and this one is a good representation of this style

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BierReise
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Best by date 19/08/05 Poured a hazy reddish brown with a thick dense head and looking very inviting. Aroma is both fruity and spicy with a peppery note. Flavor is slightly vinous, malty and notes of burnt sugar. The body is quite effervescent and with a lively carbonation. I was surprised at the vinous characteristics this Dubbel had. Overall a complex one for sure, maybe the most complex I’ve had thus far.

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of jakewatt135
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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

Sampled on 7/6/2005 from a bottle dated best-before 6/2006.

Pours a well-carbonated clear mahogany with a thin off-white head. Leaves a small film and good lace considering the ABV. Smells sweetly malty. Raisins and bananas on a grainy and spicy base. A nice progression of flavors ride strong carbonation and a very crisp mouth-feel. Starts sweet and slightly sticky, with plenty of chocolate and raisins. Builds into a drier and more grainy middle. Notable spicy hops and alcohol in the finish; extremely dry and crisp. Much drier, more strongly hopped, and more quenching than I remember from previous samples.

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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