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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,236 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,236
Reviews: 1,127
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 134
Gots: 195 | FT: 2
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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Sinewave, Jan 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

FirstBrewsoon, Jan 31, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Liberatiscioli, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Kingcurio, Jul 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

d_brommer_nh, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Florya
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Florya, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of GRUUMSH
4/5  rDev -4.1%

GRUUMSH, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Neorebel
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Westmalle, a true classic when it comes to Belgian beer... For a beverage so close to my heart I'm amazed that I'm just getting around to singing its praises with a proper review. It's beautiful color is a deep auburn, like fine furniture. The carbonation is rather high, but an off- white head reminiscent of soda fades away to near nothingness quickly.

The scents coming in are my nose's absolute delight. Sweet candied apples, plums, dates, figs, molasses, nuts, and toffee form a vibrant melange. After a healthy swig, a burst of tart fruit flavor washes in. The silky, moderate mouthfeel immediately coats the palate, and some quality of pepper, spice, and alcohol evokes a slight tingling. A very bready base reveals itself after a moment, and the finish has a surprising dash of bitterness.

As no single one of the numerous great qualities is overbearing or out of balance with the others, it's easy to fathom Westmalle's excellent reputation. The body and alcohol content of it is also quite manageable, so this is a Belgian that can be enjoyed on easy-drinking occasions. Recommended for any lover of great beer, and a great place to start in the world of Trappist or Belgian beer in general.

Neorebel, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of hotsudge
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

hotsudge, May 18, 2013
Photo of bulletrain76
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33cl Bottle from stystembolaget. Dark, murky brown with slight rosey tint. Big tan head that lasts til the end and laces the glass. Aroma is amazing - belgian yeast and tart fruit come rushing at you, followed by caramel and slight alcohol hanging back. Thick, full mouthfeel and medium carbonation coat your tongue. Flavor is sweet and malty, but bitterness perfectly controls things. more bitter in finish, but not out front. Hops become more pronounced as beer warms. One of my new favorite beers.

bulletrain76, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of xgrigorix
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown bottle, 33 cl size. Best by date (not that it matters) printed on back label.

Burgandy in colour, topped by a fluffy beige head. Thin lines of carbonation move swiftly to the surface.

Burnt sugar aromas lead off, followed by plums, raisins, & dates. Very interesting & inviting nose.

Loads of fruit here, along with a hint of chocolate. Quite tasty. Soft, medium bodied, intense carbonation.

xgrigorix, Apr 26, 2004
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with maroon highlights. Head is large, creamy, and toffee-colored. Nice lacing, excellent head retention.

S: Toffee, caramel, dark fruit, some spice, smooth vanilla, and light cocoa. Interesting aroma, could be a bit stronger.

T&M: A faint and dry toffee-like malt is upfront, with a slight dark fruitiness and an ample amount of spice. Some metallic flavor on the finish. Not quite as rich or full a dubbel as I'm accustomed to. Body is medium with a zesty, spicy carbonation that's a little bit heavy and lacks the smoothness I associate with Belgians.

D: Metallic flavor makes it a bit tough to put down, but the flavor and body are both on the lighter side.

BamaBeerBuff, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of rcatalano
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

rcatalano, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of TheDoctor
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A:
Pours a murky dark brown that almost looks greenish in the right light and when pouring. It has a gorgeous tan head that is super active. Excellent retention; beautiful lacing. Nearly perfect.

S:
The smell is really kept together well and smells earthy and yeasty. Wine, cloves, hard water, hearty brown bread.

T:
Wow. Really round earth-sweet flavor with lots of dark fruit and hearty bread flavors present. Extremely well-balanced and 'whole' flavor. Delicious.

M:
Full-bodied and creamy with a nice tickle of carbonation. No lingering taste and a nice almost-booze-tinged finish.

O:
Really fabulous beer.
Looks as good as a beer can. Really non-beer aromas in the nose and a delicious, complete taste make this beer one of the greats. I have been burned by dubbels in the past, but this one is one of the best beers I have ever had. I believe Westmalle was the first brewery to brew a Dubbel as such, but I may be mistaken. It would account for how spectacular this beer is.
WILL have again; worth searching for.

TheDoctor, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of ndekke39
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had a bottle of this in the cellar for about a year now. I just read about this beer in the BA magazine, and decided that it was time to drink it. The bottle has an October 25, 2007 date, so hopefully I'm not too late!

Decanted into a white wine glass, it pours a cloudy, light ruby color with a foamy white head. Great retention. Lots of lacing on the glass. Enticing.

Even with the glass sitting a couple feet away from me, I can catch whiffs of apples, some toasted malts, and the alcohol. When I put my nose into it, I get apple cider, cherries and other tart fruit, alcohol, yeast. Overall, a warm, toasted quality.

Tastes are a little disappointing. Blossoms into a balanced malty, dark fruity character. But then it just disappears, with a weak , cardboard aftertaste. Perhaps the beer is past its prime.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly effervescent. A nice foil to the warm, malty flavors.

Overall, pretty drinkable. There's a lot going for this beer. Great aromas and flavors - a beautiful looking beer. But my bottle may be a month or two past its prime. I'll have to try it again!

ndekke39, Jan 14, 2008
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

treznor, May 06, 2014
Photo of ricke
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving date: 2009-02-19. Served in tulip.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with the trappist collar around the neck. Freshness date (best before 2010-11-12) and glassware recommendations printed on the label.

Appearance: A very deep ruby color. It looks fantastic when held to a light. Develops a huge, 3 finger light brown head that sticks around for a good while. Some lacings and plenty of foam linger on.

Smell: Lovely smell of fresh fruit. Some yeast aromas, going towards the smell of banana, as well. Plenty of sweet notes from malts and chocolate.

Taste: Plenty of sweet malts and fruit - mostly redcurrants and banana. Then, a tarter fruitiness - like red apples just a little unripe, or just apple peel - appears. A gentle spiciness and soothing chocolate flavors round things off. The finish has a very mild bitterness and a restrained hop character, is somewhat spicy and slightly tart (but by no means sours). The alcohol is warming.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Plenty of carbonation. Slightly coarse and crisp, but still rather smooth.

Drinkability: The fruit character in this one is just amazing, great balance between sweetness and tartness - very refreshing. Truly complex and well balanced. Perhaps, I would have liked just a little more bite in the finish.

ricke, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of packetknife
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark cherry brown body with a tan head that faded but laced. A bit of sediment that looks like coffee grinds even. A stronge and somewhat surprising baker's chocolate on the nose, the ABV came through too but not nearly as strong as some other trappists I've had. Very pleasant on the nose. A mix of black cherry, bits of chocolate, cane sugar, and a very light sensation of lemon zest on the tongue. No acidity to speak of but a creamy and thick feeling with a slight oily aftertaste/feel. Very drinkable for the alcohol.

packetknife, Jun 25, 2005
Photo of devilben02
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dense, milk-chocolate brown color with a thinner head than I expected for a Trappist. The dry, champagne sweet aroma doesn't seem to have much of the dark fruit character I'd expect from the style and actually gives a hint of the moderate alcohol content. The taste is much truer to style, with flavors of raisins, sweet (rather than tart) cherries, and a caramel sweetness. The effervescence that seems common among Trappist beers mutes some of the flavor, but at the same time invigorates the liquid, helping it slip over the tongue with a silky drinkability. Overall, not my favorite Dubbel, but it is still unique and interesting.

devilben02, May 05, 2010
Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Marius, Jun 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

cj8311, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of hyuga
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very dark burgundy brew with a nice off-white head, a very sticky one, that retains very well.

Dark fruity aroma that's a little on the sweet side. Plum and candi sugar. Certainly vinous too.

Spicy on the tongue, dark fruity but not as sweet as the aroma suggested. There's still some candi sugar present. Hops do their job well, balancing out everything else. Kind of reminds me of a pastry that uses plum or dark berries, but less biting in the fruit department. Slightly bready and woody. It gets more and more dry as it nears the end, finishing dry and dark fruity, sort of bourbonish.

Great mouthfeel from the superb carbonation. Very smooth and a bit creamy.

This is a wonderful beer. I'm glad my first experience with it is a fresh version that I can tell has been handled well. I'll definitely revisit this one. As dubbels go, it's hard to beat something like this.

hyuga, Oct 02, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Leschber, Mar 23, 2012
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,236 ratings.