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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,098 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,098
Reviews: 1,115
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 118
Gots: 165 | 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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BeerBob

Nebraska

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%

If ever there was a colure before “Let There Be Light” this is it, Westmalle Trappist Ale pours that dark. Head of light tan very fine foam goes to over two fingers before settling down to a fine cap of foam with moderate lacing. The carbonation does not rise to the top and replenish the head, it can’t, the liquid is too viscous and traps the gas within, only to be released when the ale washes over the tongue. Pretty neat trick, I would say.

Raisin and prune with just a touch of fig and allspice to the nose. Raisin and prune with just a touch of fig, and allspice to the palate as well as bittersweet dark chocolate. The 7.00% ABV is completely veiled within this delicious brew.

If I take up consuming Westmalle Trappist Ale on a regular basis, I’m going to have to get a second job…

07-27-2007 05:37:39 | More by BeerBob
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gr0g

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

Composite review based on older notes from a 330ml bottle and a 750ml bottle consumed on 12/31/2012.

Pours a mahogany color with a but of haziness. A Good sized tan head that never completely fades, leaving a fair amount of lacing as it recedes to a sticky film. Aroma is of sweet, dark fruit dipped in liquory caramel. Some yeast undertones too. Fruity esters from across the spectrum. Caramel apple, white grape, and raisin.

First taste impression is that it's more dry, tart than expected. While I would like just a bit more residual sweetness, this is a 7% dubbel, not a quad, so it's entirely appropriate. Lots of caramel malt flavor; also raisin, tart apple. Near the bottom of the 750, more chalky yeast and a smoother mouthfeel. A great pairing with some good ol' American BBQ. Alcohol doesn't intrude at all, and carbonation is vigorous and sudsy while remaining nicely complimentary to the flavor.

Westmalle Dubbel is another Trappist gem. It must be tried if you even remotely favor Belgian ales.

12-31-2012 21:36:25 | More by gr0g
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rcatalano

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-06-2013 18:08:01 | More by rcatalano
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juju7

Australia

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

One of those beers that I wanted to be more excited about but maybe I had my hopes set too high. Pours fine, looks fine, nice chocolate body with a rocky head. Smell is a touch muted, dried fruits and a hint of chocolate. Definitely higher in carbonation than I was expecting but overall a good beer. I think I was hoping for the best dubbel ever, which was probably too much to expect from any producer. Still, thoroughly enjoyed.

03-22-2010 14:01:23 | More by juju7
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hotsudge

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-18-2013 01:52:32 | More by hotsudge
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BeerNemesis

New York

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

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

Missouri

4/5  rDev -4.1%

Appearance: Pours a reddish-mahogany color with a fairly hazy body. A thick tan head starts strong and shrinks to a solid cap.

Smell: Spicy and fruity with plums, dates, raisons, and a faint nutty smell. There's a touch of breadiness, as well as alcohol.

Taste: The flavor's extremely complex with lots of dark fruits and a touch of alcohol. There's a strong nutty flavor along with a breadiness. Perhaps a bit of banana too? The flavor profile reads just like the aroma... A good brew.

Mouthfeel: Has a rich and creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. Finishes dry and crisp.

Drinkability: Pretty good. I could drink a few of these without a problem.

This one's about average for a Trappist brew, which means it's above-average when compared to most others...

02-17-2003 22:50:48 | More by MJR
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GRUUMSH

Belgium

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-28-2012 13:04:36 | More by GRUUMSH
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caverog

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-30-2012 03:45:55 | More by caverog
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wvbrewcrew

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

06-10-2014 22:33:29 | More by wvbrewcrew
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Phocion

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

Just picked a couple bottles up tonight after work, putting the other one in the cellar for a while.

Poured into my Westmalle goblet, reddish-brown color and an huge, attractive head that tried to escape the bottle before I even began pouring. The head dissipated rather quickly, and after I finished the beer, the glass looked almost spotless.

I was expecting a little stronger smell from some of the other reviews, but maybe it's just my nose. Slight sweet smell, and a little malty as well.

The first taste was spicy and malty. After a couple swallows, it started tasting much more complex. I started picking up the raisin and a few other fruits I couldn't quite place. It remained very dry throughout, and the alcohol taste was definite, but nowhere near overbearing.

Mouthfeel was very dry. Fairly drinkable, but dry.

I've had better, but I'd definitely recommend this beer. Not sure how many I'll pick up at $5 a bottle though, but I just hope I save my other bottle long enough to find out how much better it gets with age.

05-20-2006 05:08:38 | More by Phocion
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ejw127

Nevada

2.5/5  rDev -40%

12-03-2011 22:28:07 | More by ejw127
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jdubjacket

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep, ruby red with a lot of carbonation. Some lacing but not a whole lot. Smells like brown sugar and dried fruit. Tastes very sweet and malty and finishes very dry. Due to the relatively low ABV, this beer is very drinkable. A very satisfying beer that I will definitely have to pick up more in the future.

05-13-2008 02:27:00 | More by jdubjacket
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weerezboy

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

03-14-2013 02:33:02 | More by weerezboy
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-06-2014 03:01:32 | More by bulldogg915
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berkshire413

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-01-2014 00:32:21 | More by berkshire413
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smekermann

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-17-2014 22:13:49 | More by smekermann
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vhmf1978

Brazil

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-05-2013 02:54:55 | More by vhmf1978
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SammyJaxxxx

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-28-2014 02:35:31 | More by SammyJaxxxx
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nollie77

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.1%

05-29-2014 13:49:41 | More by nollie77
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Jerseyislandbeer

Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

03-04-2014 20:29:48 | More by Jerseyislandbeer
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hoegaardenhero

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

a: murky brown/dark amber; frothy off-white head with light lace

s: strong dry grain; plums; light alcohol; sweeter tangy fruits

t: dry grain; light alcohol; darker fruits; spiced rum

m: a little overcarbed and a little light in body in my opinion

d: a good grainy dubbel; i think that this beer may have been a little misstored because i have had it before and remember it having a lot more fruity flavors

07-07-2008 03:25:12 | More by hoegaardenhero
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1%

A voluminous, foamy tan head bubbles furiously up when this cloudy, chestnut-brown (with a touch of mauve) brew is poured. There's quite a bit of suspended sediment, as well, and the head doesn't seem anxious to dissipate.

The aroma has a nice, approachable complexity to it, with notes of vanilla, caramel, bready yeast, and various fruits, as well as a faint metallic character.

Creamy and smooth in the mouth, with a hint of wine-like sweetness, slick alcohol, more breadiness, figs, dates, raisins, bananas, and a touch of peppery-clovey spiciness. As it warms, a nutty character is faintly detectible, too.

This Dubbel is very enjoyable, but after having the Tripel, I expected a bit more depth and some bold flavors. A tad understated, but still a nice quaff.

02-10-2005 01:28:11 | More by RockyTopHeel
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

Dark tawny brown topped with a pale creamy head.

Raisins, cherry cola, toffee, and earthy hops in the nose. Highly aromatic.

Pretty sweet upfront. I am picking up some unique almond like flavors in this beer. Cherry, raisins, cola and a little toffee in the middle. Finish is roasty, dry and nutty. The sugary flavors are understated similar to that of Maredsous 8. Very appealing.

High attenuation make this highly digestable and refreshing. The mouthfeel is in quite prickly. Haven't had this in a while and I am glad that I chose to revisit the brew.

11-26-2007 04:01:43 | More by bosco7
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bigbeerfan

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

06-25-2012 12:56:58 | More by bigbeerfan
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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