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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
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1,167 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,167
Hads: 2,538
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 15.42%
Wants: 192
Gots: 416 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij Westmalle
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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 EvilGnome6
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a very dark, hazy amber with a generous tan head that holds very firmly. A constant stream of bubbles can be seen rushing up the side of the glass. Leaves generous lacing on the glass as you drink it down.

S: Malty sweet and fruity. A hint of raisin and dates covered in caramel. It's very subtle and delicate with a gently earthiness underlying the other scents.

T: The first sip is surprisingly bold considering the delicate aroma. A sharp twang is the first flavor the hits the palate. It's difficult to describe. It's not unpleasant in any way, just surprising. The sharpness quickly fades into a pleasant blend of malt and dark fruits. Rum raisin, figs and a gentle touch of coffee. The hop presence is understated and judiciously applied to let the malty, fruity flavors shine through.

M: This is difficult to describe. It's a touch on the dry side but has just enough body to let the flavors linger for several minutes. Quite remarkable, really. I can't imagine the mouthfeel being any better. Exceptional.

D: Supremely drinkable. I could easily gulp this one down or sip it slowly. This beer will let you have it any way you want it. I could easily drink several of these in a row and I'm sure I would only regret it the morning after.

Overall: World class Belgian Dubbel. Somewhat different than others in the style and could possibly benefit from just a touch more complexity. In spite of that, it is supremely balanced and immensely drinkable. Would definitely buy again.

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Photo of BeerMarshall
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Chestnut with good head

S: Walnuts with good hop aroma

T: Walnut and noble hop to start, dry finish. Very little sweetness

M: Medium body, dry finish, good carbonation

O: Very good beer, very good Dubbel. As compared with Chimay Premier, Westmalle is less fruity, drier, more hop bite. Depends on your preference, but both excellent.

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Photo of RobJTejas
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a nutty brown with a creamy head. Loads of carbonation and heavy lacing

S- sweet fragance of dried fruit like raisin or current with a hint of roasted nuts & caramel.

T- sweet like dates at first then a note of smokey carmel finish.

M- Terrific mouthfeel, very drinkable before during or after a meal.

O- absolutely lovely.

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Photo of kevin62
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from a 330ml bottle inte a Westmalle chalice.The appearance was a reddish brown color with a tan head that quicly dissappears.The aromas were malty and slightly sweet and those smell were reflected in the taste as well.This Trappist beer was not as full as some of the other ones and while I personally thought this beer was ok,I do not believe it as good as the other ones like Chimay or Orval.

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Photo of moderndrunkard
3.26/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of urbanvets
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle14/2/14 bought refrigerated poured into chalice

a - Huge creamy head with good retention throughout dark brownish red

s- Huge malts and caramel with celery, on warming to room temperature more fruits are apparent

t- Malty caramel raisens almonds

overall, much preferred this beer at room temperature, flavors and smells came out. Another sipping beer. Prefer the Rochefort 6 over this but nice Dubbel.

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Photo of surfmanjim
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish brown into an Achel chalice, with a 2 finger head that quickly dissapted. The aroma was of carmel and cherries with a hint of butterscotch, The taste was complex, with notes of pepper, cherries and carmel. Mouthfeel was light to medium with little carbonation.

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Photo of kamiller
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into my Rochefort glass. Poured a dark brown almost amber with a small quickly dissipating tan head that leaves nice lacing the whole time. Smells malty sweet with definite fruity notes. Tastes of a slight spice with a nice warming sensation, malty with just a hint of fruitiness. A nicely carbonated mouth-feel, a medium body. This is a very drinkable dubbel, I will definitely get more.

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Photo of MagyarPuska
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy reddish brown, mostly brown, with light only making its way through close to the edges of the glass, which looks more maroon than brown. Anyways, the head is thick on the bad boy and sits at two fingers. The lacing is intense on the glass, which I like to see. Looking forward to tasting this I almost skipped the aroma section.

Smell: Smells of yeast, bread, sugar, malt, nuttiness, all out goodness.

Taste: Remember that all out goodness I smelled? Well it's in the taste too. Tastes of malt, yeast, cream, fruits (apples) and is quite forgiving in the sense of alcohol, but you will notice it after the initial flavors move along.

Mouthfeel: Very full and creamy feel with the perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Amazing. Not too heavy to prohibit one or two of these if you deem that necessary. Quite enjoyable and very smooth.

Notes: Quite an enjoyable Belgian ale overall. Probably the best Dubbel I have ever had.

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Photo of wajacobs
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I foud the Westmalle dubbel to be abit atypical for a dubbel. A noticable roasty-ness dominates the taste, the plumy-ness that I typically love was undetectable and the body seemed a little thin. While the Westmalle dubbel didn't really met my preconceived expectations of a dubbel it was still a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of TOMHONE
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Much much better tasting than the ordinary less dark version. This beer is very rich and even better tasting than it's appearance would suggest. As usual, with me anyway, the first taste wasn't very gratifying but the second and every thereafter were very good tasting with that full taste ever present. The more you drink the more gratifying is its taste.

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Photo of StoutKing0104
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very clear amber body with two fingers of creamy tan head that held nicely and left beautiful lacing on the glass. Tiny bubbles can be seen rising to the surface from the bottom of the glass and there is an audible crackling of bubbles breaking on the surface.

S - Aroma of dark fruits (plums, raisons, figs), spices, yeast, and a hint of sweetness.

T - Taste dark fruits, brown sugar, yeast, a light malt flavor, wine-like sweetness and spices typical of belgian brews.

F/D - Fairly carbonated which brings out the full flavor of the dark fruits. A full, deliciously rich feel. Trappists like this make me realize why I love beer.

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Photo of colebenoit
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this last night, and although it wasn't the first time, it was while brewing and thus it seemed that much more inspiring so I figured I'd review it.

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice, this beer poured a wonderful crimson/brown colour with fairly good clarity and a nice finger of fluffy off tan head. As impressive as it looked it what came next thats a real winner, smell. The aroma on this beer is such that you almost don't even want to drink the beer, instead just inhale the aroma deeply allnight. Almost. Huge aroma of chocolate, dark malts, dark fruits (figs come to mind), sweet bread, and a mild hint of clover.

Taste has similiar elements as the aroma, although on the body the chocolate/malt flavour is huge and dominating with a nice sweet center holding it all together. The fruits appear subtley in the finish and it cuts through with just enough hops to cut the sweetness and a nice smack of alcohol that dries and warms the palate. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel is nice, although perhaps a little too carbonated, but its got a great overall silky texture to it. As for drinkability, for the style and ABV its extremely quaffable and I could probably go through gallons of it, expecially when it tastes and smells so damn good. One of the best dubbels out there.

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Photo of oskoreien
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into an over sized St. Bernardus goblet.

I was a bit surprised at the little head I got from this beer. Very thin, with only half of the glass being hugged by the head. Very strange considering the other reviews and how I poured this just as I pour all my other similar beers. Though it does lace quite nicely down the side of the glass as I drink from it, seemingly disappears quickly.

A murky opaque brown as expected. Slightly above average carbonation, I can really feel the tingle from it as I drink it and it leaves a dry finish. Notes of malt, melon, banana, and dark fruits in the nose.

It's very smooth, even with the slight bit of extra carbonation. As with the nose there are similar flavors that come through. It's a bit crisp, the flavors don't linger as long as with others.

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Photo of rrheisler
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this beer as a thank you from a shoe fitting. 750 mL bottle poured into my favorite glass...

A: A deep, dark brew pours forth from the bottle, lacing the glass with a fine layer of carbonation as it pours. A solid, off-white, half-inch head forms once the pour is done. Not stunning, but above average.

S: The faint smell of tobacco begins the experience, as dates follow behind. Caramel fills in the notes as the beer begins to warm a touch.

T: This is where things shine a bit. First comes a bit of candy-esque sweetness; milk chocolate is probably the closest. It then melts into a bit of caramel, before switching gears a bit. A touch of bitter tobacco comes to the fore, before finishing quite clean and dry, with a touch of warmth from the alcohol. It's a fair bit of a journey with every step, with the chocolate and caramel fighting for attention, whereas the other flavors mentioned are more willing to hide behind and play as accompaniment.

M: A bit on the thinner side, with a fine bit of carbonation. I think a touch thicker would have pleased my palate more, but would have been a bit off for the style.

O: A delicious Trappist Dubbel, worth every second to savor. Took the better part of an hour to work my way through this one, and I am left wondering where that hour went. A great journey.

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Photo of iheartIPA
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was excited to happen upon this in Jackson NJ. A very nice surprise. Stamped 04/08/11. An aged review surely to follow...

An aggressive pour into a Duvel tulip yielded a 2.5 finger eggshell head that quickly dissipated. Terrific lacing.

Nut and fruit hits the nose. Specifically, walnuts, dates, raisin, and banana. Banana bread in a bottle! A longer, deeper inhale reveals the alcohol. Sneaky.

Dark berries and brown sugar sweetness. Caramel, yeast and a hint of dark chocolate way in the back. Somewhat spicy (baking spices). As it warms, the heat takes front stage, coupled with an orange rind taste (no citrus; just the rind).

It's much thinner than anticipated. There's a sharp carbonation, not unlike a Duvel. There's a dryness that, while unexpected, is quite pleasing. An interesting experience; the dark, malty smell and taste that feels so "light". This Dubbel clings to the roof, but not for long.

Very drinkable indeed. Can have this over and over. All in all, it's a quality Dubbel that won't leave you feeling like you've just had a quality Dubbel.

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Photo of kuykendall
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance= Dark reddish Brown, with about three fingers of creamy head.

Smell= simple light malt smell.

Taste= A complex. There is alcohol at the front, but it soon gives way to a caramel and sweet flavor. As the beer warms up it becomes even more layer, with indicators of fennel and sesame seed, barley, and maybe a touch of oakiness.

Mouth feel= It tingles while it sits on the tongue.

Drink ability= I like this beer a lot, but I'm kind of a Trappist groupie.

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Photo of nanchen
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a westmalle goblet, about a finger of thick, cloudy foam, which did not disappear for minutes, creating a nice looking top to the ruby-brown color. smells of raisins or plums and caramely malts. tastes nutty, malty, a tinge of sweet and cocoa bitterness. mouthfeel is good, with the tickling of carbonation. i will definitely have this beer again.

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Photo of MurphysIrish
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle may have been disturbed by the cashier at Wine Gallery as he dropped it into my bag (honest mistake, no biggie) because the carbonation came up really quickly into the neck as I opened it.

Not having a suitable tulip, I used a red wine glass and this dubbel poured to a deep dark amber with a nice frothy head on top that left islands of lace on the glass.

Smells off of this beer are kind of indistinct to me. Some very faint chocolate and coffee aromas, but this damned city living has ruined my sense of smell, I'm afraid.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated (too much?) but this could be the fault of the above mentioned bottle disturbance. Raisins, prunes and dark rye bread seem to dominate. Nothing terribly hoppy here and the alcohol profile is well-defined and not hiding behind any other flavors. This dubbel does not fool around. You taste all of its 7% ABV.

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Photo of Yooperduder
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a standard pub glass.

Poured very nicely, effervescent without filling the glass with foam. Head settles down nicely with that classic belgian lace on the sides.

S - Currants, raisins and grandmas old fashioned rum fruitcake. That first smell is priceless.

A - Mahogany brown, can barely see through the glass. Crisp head, small bubbles.

T - Smooth and dry, finishes with a touch of dried fruit. Crisp and light for a darker beer.

M - Slightly effervescent, enough to let you know it is there without being overpowering and slowing you down. You *could* drink it fast if you wanted... but why would you want to?

D - Smooth, flavorful without being precocious, a hard beer to surpass.

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Photo of AlexTheAleMan
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is just good.

Poured into an authentic Westmalle Challice

Dark, dark brown with a good head that turns slowly to a tan layer on top of the beer. Not much lacing.

Smells slightly burnt and of caramel and chocolate. Molasses. call me crazy but i get a distinct sour cherry smell that i get from a lot of wines.

The sour cherry-esque smell is in the taste too and im ih heaven. There is a bit of a malty sweetness but this beer is pretty dry towards the end finishing with a slowly dissipating long lasting harmony of dark chocolate, fruits (dates?), and creaminess. In the middle there is a spike of an almost acidic fruity flavor of raspberries. Boozy considering it is only 7% It warms me up

Dang good mouthfeel. It has a creamy full feel in the mouth, very very rounded, nothing is poking at my mouth, just soft... oh so soft. Very carbonated, a massage of the tongue.

Pretty damn drinkable, i think i could handle a few more. this is however not a session beer.

Same yeast as westvleteren but a completely different beer, it would be fun to pick up one of these next time i get my hands on a westy and compare.

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Photo of SteveKay
2.3/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I guess I have to get another bottle because I don't see what all the excitement is all about. I got none of the malty yeasty sweet flavor you expect from a dubbel. Actually it was not full flavored at all. I would compare it to a Becks dark. Very disappointed.

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Photo of mikedotnet
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Medium-brown body; nearly opaque. Very fluffy tan head fills out the Westmalle chalice quite nicely. Very active carbonation is visible.

S - The aroma is absolutely heavenly, and unfortunately my words probably won't do it justice. I smell figs, plums, candies, and malt- all in perfect balance. Not a single characteristic overwhelms the others. Quite honestly, I don't believe I've had a beer with a more delightful aroma than this.

T - The taste is beyond wonderful and fantastically complex. Malty sweetness up front (very well controlled), a tiny bit of alcohol warmth in the middle, and the tiniest hint of bitterness round out this heavenly experience. Laugh if you will, but the only food I've paired with this is a sugar cookie last Christmas just for kicks (which, believe it or not, worked very well). It's actually so wonderfully good that I can't imagine pairing it with anything at all (aside from my one-time cookie experiment) for fear of muting the flavor. This one stands well on its own.

M - Again; I don't think this can be topped for the style. The body hovers between some lighter dubbels and heavier quads. The carbonation is perfect- it dances on your tongue without impacting the taste whatsoever.

O - There's no doubt in my mind; this is a fantastic beer. It's by far my favorite dubbel, and I don't think anything else I've tried even comes close. Sadly it's taken me several years to get around to reviewing this (just as I'm lagging behind on reviewing everything else I've tried), but I decided to pop one open tonight and share my thoughts. The price is very reasonable as well- particularly when considering the pricier offerings that can't manage to come close as far as quality.

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Photo of randjuke
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle gives dark brown color with thick lasting off-white head. Nice aroma of dark fruits and yeast. Taste matches aroma with dark fruits, malts, yeast, spice - a bit sharper than I am used to with dubbels. Finish mildly bitter, thin mouthfeel. Overall just a step above OK.

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Photo of BonzoBall
3/5  rDev -27.7%

I had this on draft in the village it was made in and it was fantastic / delicious. BUT this review is based on the bottle I had in Brighton and it was average, a little bitter and had an unpleasant burnt after taste.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 1,167 ratings.