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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,139 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,139
Reviews: 1,118
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 122
Gots: 175 | 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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

imperialking, Dec 19, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a dark brown, slightly plum-like color with a huge foamy beige head. Aroma is malty with hints of chocolate, caramel, sugar cane, dark fruit and alcohol. Hoppy up front with a good amount of carbonation, chocolate maltiness, candi sugar and figs with a slightly sour and bitter hop finish.

corby112, Dec 04, 2008
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4.08/5  rDev -2.2%

Appears a murky reddish dark brown with a 2 finger beige head that drops after a moment. Little bits of spotty lacing has some trouble sticking. Lots of yeast in the bottom of the glass.
Smell is of bready, candy sugar with a hint of raisins and warming alcohol.
Taste is of fresh baked bread with lots of raisins and candy sugar and dark brown sugar. A nice, yeasty sensation sticks to the roof of the mouth, dropping towards the back.
Mouthfeel is good. Slightly overcarbonated but still decent. Fizzy and filling in the mouth, the sweet maltiness and breadiness touch and tickle the inside of the cheeks.
Drinkability is good as well. There is some noticable alchohol but this is a rare treat that will get the job done of fulfilling the craving for a dubbel.

weeare138, Jul 23, 2005
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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%

I can't believe I'd never reviewed this before, but perhaps I'm just more of a Westmalle Tripel kinda guy. Anyway, when I realised it, I figured it was time to grab a bottle and try it out.

Pours a pleasantly dark and murky reddish black, that shows ruby at the edges when held to the light. It's more opaque and darker than a lot of dubbels, but the haze makes it shine beautifully. Head is persistent after collapsing from a boisterous beginning. Body is moderate, not light, but not sludgy and thick. Looks good.

Nose is smooth, but with some peppery phenols and a dustiness like those found in medieval catacombs. Some sweet plumminess and a spike of plasticine, which cuts through the darker, heavier characters. Nice, but lacking some complexity.

Smooth again on the palate, with more peppery phenols than are present on the nose. More plummy sweetness, but with a genuine aged dusty character to go with it. Some vanilla on the back, but the finish drops off very quickly. Feel is smooth, especially with the hint of vanilla.

Not a bad drop, but I've had better dubbels, and better trappist dubbels as well. The style is a good basis, whatever happens, but I feel this could have been better.

lacqueredmouse, Apr 03, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Had a bottle for $7 at the Steelgarden in Bethlehem, served in a goblet. I've been reading about Belgians lately, so this really hit the spot. It was almost wine-like for it's relatively thin body, bitter spices and smooth (but hardly sweet) fruit. There was a rummy raisin-grape character up front with a peppery, and surprisingly bitter finish. The middle of the flavor was light, with almost a sort of strawberries and cream taste. Very interesting, very tasty. An absolute classic.

tempest, Oct 30, 2010
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3.53/5  rDev -15.3%

A: Poured a hazy reddish dark red with a one finger beige cap.

S: Yeast, mild brown sugar and light whiff of dark fruit

T: A little bit of spice, dark fruit, yeast, and and light candy. Not so much flavor on this. Sordove plain.

M: Medium body and mild carbonation. Sweet, dry finish.

O: Good DUbbel but nothing Earthshattering but maybe I am missing something here

barleywinefiend, Nov 02, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

BB date: 27/05/2010, served lightly chilled in Westmalle's own broad-rimmed chalice.

The aroma is almost the same as my last encounter 3.5 years ago, pretty settled with all lovely estery aroma plus a faint trace of fruit-wine-like sourness. On the palate, the foretaste of light-bodied chocolatey dark malts, candy-sugary notes like Chinese red-bean paste, sweet licorice, is ensued by an utterly pleasant, dry-ish bitterness as of burned-malts, which is in turn chased by a marvellously bitter taste with an aromatic black-cherry-ish and prune-ish fruitiness (with an acute sour edge to it). Some utterly-bitter dried & ground Chinese herbs (with the same level of sweetness as licorice) manage to linger in the very end, complementing the overall herbally-estery theme and integrated maltiness just seamlessly. The mouthfeel is decent and refreshing, medium-bodied, without any sign of alc.. All in all, this one is even better than my last encounter, utterly quaffable mainly due to the dry and bitter palate that suits me as a Bitter drinker only TOO well...

* Tasting Date: 11/11/05
BB date: 20/04/07
4 A: in a large tulip-shaped wine glass it pours dark and deep brownish colour, with a ruby hint against light; the beige-hued beer head comes quite thick and foamy, with very good retention as well, leaving very fine lace along the way. The fine carbonation flows constantly.
4.5 S: deeply candyish malty, liquorice, slightly-burned brown sugar, treacle, hints of exotic Chinese red-bean paste, dried dates and sweetened plum juice. Overall the nose is softly malty and perfumy, very complex whereas remaining "floating" or refreshing~~
4 T: a mouthful of creamy-textured candy sugar and caramel-like maltiness upfront is ensued by a flat tart-sweet fruitiness (like dried plums plus preserved dates) with a hint of molasses, leading to an predominantly malty but also slightly tangy and dryish aftertaste, without too much influence of the sugary touch, making this beer quite lighter-than-expected and pretty approachable.
4 M&4 D: pretty soft on the palate, though the taste always comes with a faintly touch of alcohol. Overall this is a medium-textured ale with semi-rich flavour and little unwanted sugary and sticky aftertaste. Very easy to drink, though I think the complexity of the flavour is not as great as the nose. A solid brew all the same.

wl0307, Mar 14, 2009
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4.08/5  rDev -2.2%

Small bottle, 16/05/08 dating on the rear label. Pours cloudy, mahogony, with a long lasting medium tan head, plenty of sticky lacing. Allowed to warm for about 30 mins. Nose of raisins, figs, cola. Seems pretty highly carbonated on the tongue. Flavor notes of more raisins, figs, more cola, and some rum also picked up. Drying and slightly chalky in the finish. Tasty and complex brew, but kind of expensive, (over $4 for the 11.2 ouncer) A nice treat, but other choices abound and I'm not sure how often I'll go for this one in the future.

Billolick, Apr 14, 2007
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4.13/5  rDev -1%

Best before 23/08/13

A: Pours a very cloudy dark mahogany to brown in color. The beer has a finger tall soapy dark beige head that reduces to a thin film covering a large patch of the center of the surface of the beer and a much thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: The beer has a sweet smell, there is a definite malt presence along with spices and some dark fruit (plums).

T: The beer starts with an almost chocolate-like flavor and then you move into the malty sweetness. There are hints of spices as well as some dark fruit sweetness (plum). The beer gets a little sweeter as it warms. The flavors are quite complex.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and quite enjoyable. The alcohol is very well hidden and there is a nice complexity to the flavors. Definitely one to get again.

dbrauneis, May 09, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a nice chestnut brown with some red highlights. Good head with nice retention and fantastic lacing. The smell is of clean yeast aromas, dark fruit, and sweet malt. Dry, but noticeable. Some light chocolate on the finish. The taste is wonderful- very dry, with a light creaminess up front, some drying bitterness in the middle and the development of fruit flavors as the taste goes on: dates, prunes, and apples. Sweet malt is also noticeable, as well as some chocolate at the end. Very little alcohol is noticeable.The mouthfeel is one of the most interesting aspects of this beer. It is extraordinarily creamy- it almost seems to float on the tongue. I'm unsure of whether I really like this or if it ends up giving the beer too light of a feel. I think ultimately it probably increases the drinkability score and decreases the mouthfeel score. This beer is a classic- very drinkable, surprisingly refreshing for a trappist ale. A real winner, and one which I hope will be brewed for many years.

Georgiabeer, Jan 24, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

drewone, Mar 10, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -9.4%

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a deep brown dense hazy body with a creamy smooth light tan head.

S- The smell is vinous with some notes of alcohol and some dark caramel notes. A very faint cherry and honey note as it warms.

T- The taste is slightly vinous with a bit of a carbonic acid taste at the finish. Notes of dried fruit and honey also come through as it warms in the taste. As it warms the finish becomes very dry with a slight bitterness but not a hop bitterness.

M- This beer has a medium-full body with lots of tiny bubbles in the fizz. There is a slight alcohol kick at the finish.

D- This beer doesn't have the depth in malt that I was hoping for and I was surprised by the alcohol kick. It’s a good beer but I would expect a little more. The date guide on the label is not checked of so I don't know how old this beer is, that might account for the lack of depth?

rhoadsrage, Dec 14, 2005
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

duceswild, Sep 03, 2013
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4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

330 ml bottle from the Wine Exchange, on to the beer:

That's a nice dark ruby brown with orange hues the beer appears as. It has a pleasing aroma of assorted dark fruits with a little bit of cocoa. The taste, while not in your face, is very mellow and refreshing. Tastes just like the aroma, then add in a little bit of esters and pinch of peppery yeast. Very nicely balanced with the alcohol in disguise. Yep, another quality Trappist beer.

DoubleJ, Jun 02, 2008
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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours a huge light brown, five finger-head leaving just traces of lace, pour slowly. Deep ruby color. Good carbonation. Medium bodied. Starts malty and sweet, finishes with a good mix of hops and malt but a slightly hoppy aftertaste. My 100th Belgian and not a bad one in the bunch. The ABV is 7.0%. $5.39 for a 330ml bottle.

jdhilt, Apr 19, 2004
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4.9/5  rDev +17.5%

Pours a hazy deep chocolate brown beer with a decent off white to tan colored head.

The scent of this beer makes it hard to concentrate it is so good. The glass is sitting 3 feet away from me and I can very clearly smell its wonderful odor. First scent is really good cognac and spices with sweet honey drizzled in. Baked brown apples made with fresh ground cinnamon, ginger and cloves caresses your nose. Fainter scents of chocolate cake batter and vanilla are back up scent. Best scent ever they should make a cologne that smells like this.

Taste is either going to disappoint or wow me so which is it? It Wows me. Strong flavor of malt and spice massages your tongue in to paradise. Drier flavor than expected from the scent it is balanced. This is a taste that is elusive to describe; it is blended so well that I can't really pull the flavors apart it just plain tastes good. Fruity without letting any one get identified and spicy with only coriander being identifiable. After taste is delicious chocolate cake.

Mouthfeel is creamy.

Drinkability is simply some of the best stuff on Earth! I am going to go drink the sediment in the bottom of the bottle, and I am not joking about that!

Zorro, Sep 27, 2005
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

ejimhof, Sep 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

11.2 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled 1/09/2011. Pours hazy and cloudy dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some spotty lacing clings to the glass as well; with plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom creating a creamier head than on the pour. Aromas of huge raisin, caramel, molasses, prunes, biscuit, roasted nuts, light chocolate, and yeast spices. Big malty aromas here with good strength and balance. Taste of big caramel, molasses, pepper, chocolate, roasted nut, biscuit, dark fruit, and spicy yeast. Lingering notes of biscuit, caramel, chocolate, pepper, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Nice malty flavor with no cloying, and less spiciness than I was expecting from the yeast. Medium bodied with lively carbonation; with a fairly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. Drinks incredibly easily with the high carbonation as well. Alcohol is essentially non existent with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Dubbel style as I would have expected. Great balance of flavors and dangerously drinkable.

superspak, Jan 22, 2012
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4.72/5  rDev +13.2%

Dated 05/04/07

A - Pours a dark ruby red/amber, lots of carbonation, nice tan foamy head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet malts, raisins, and prunes.

T - The taste is fabulous, tangy, slightly bitter, sweet, a touch of caramel, very complex.

M - Medium body, well rounded with a carbonated feel.

D - Very drinkable. This is my frist Westmalle, very tasty brew indeed, will definitely buy again, highly recommended.

Wasatch, Apr 23, 2006
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel

Appearance: Pours an unfiltered brown, white head covers the top of the brew with small amounts of yeast. Active carbonation is constantly rising to the surface of this living beer.

Smell: Aromas of dark bread and malts, a touch of chicory and the choicest noble hops.

Taste: In the taste, bright grape, raisin and fig notes. Toffee, a touch buttery. Leafy, herbal hop is rounded out in the finish, along with juicy white grape flavour.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent, dry, airy, and wonderful. About as elegant as a Belgian dubbel could possibly feel.

Overall: Westmalle dubbel is a trademark depiction of the style and is a superb dry Belgian brown ale. Artfully crafted and truly remarkable.

Stinkypuss, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

BillRoth, Nov 29, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown color with a nice, thick one finger tan head on top. Very nice retention with rather foamy lacing left on the glass.

S: Lots of dark fruits - figs, plums, and raisins dominate the aroma. It is on the sweet side with some caramelized malt and a little molasses.

T: A bit maltier in flavor than aroma, with a lot of bread, caramel, and a bit of toffee which blend nicely with the dark fruits that are present (plum, figs, and a bit of cherry).

M: Medium bodied, very crisp and smooth with medium carbonation.

O: A very nice beer. Still just scratching the surface in terms of Dubbels, but I look forward to trying some more soon. Will be interesting to see how this one stacks up to Chimay, Rochefort, etc.

mdaschaf, Aug 29, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

brandoman63, Dec 01, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +9.8%

A deep, rustic tone of scarlet red that turns ablaze when held into the light where it comes to much more closely resemble ruby; there is both great depth and radiance in the colour. The most creamy of mousses slowly deflates and will consolidate into a pudgy but firm mold of gluey foam. How elegant - I'm content just to look at the thing!

You know you're in for something delicious. The smell is grounded in dark, lightly toasted malts and earthy, finely chopped hops. It has a near herbal, almost cilantro like quality that underlines the dynamically effervescent yeast. Notes of raisin and plum, doused in brown sugar and nutmeg, are sure to peek one's curiosity enough to rush the first sip.

Crisp, hard husks of rye and barley exist along side their cracked, kilned, and boiled counterparts. The flavour may resemble a yeasty, fresh loaf of our daily bread but it also bears some similarity to a caramel coated cake that might be served as dessert. The taste of hops - green, lightly spicy noble varieties - is surprisingly present and contributes plenty.

The esters and phenols of the yeast are almost untypically restrained in this particular offering. That said, I've had the beer enough times to notice subtle hints of cinnamon and clove as well as fruity, over-ripe taste of dates, raisins and prunes. The beer is so rich with such a diverse cast of flavours that you will never loose interest in what you're drinking.

Sweetness and bitterness duel in a passionate dance. The beer balances rich maltiness with bitter hops and a phenolic yeast. The alcohol is scarcely noticed and plays absolutely no roll in effecting drinkability. This beer is quenching, hearty, and a wonderful accompaniment to stews, wild rices, or game meats - pair this with food! It is one beer to always have on hand.

Regardless of whatever level of appreciation I had for beer, the Westmalle Dubbel (and Tripel for that matter) has always impressed me. Before I could even understand why it was I liked it, I've always appreciated it for its wonderful appearance, rich flavour and delectable drinkability. Sure enough, the more beers I try the more I appreciate it - Westmalle Dubbel is a beer I'd recommend to everyone.

biegaman, Feb 22, 2009
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,139 ratings.