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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,192 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,192
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 128
Gots: 185 | FT: 1
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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Photo of ChanceK
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

ChanceK, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of bmur112
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

bmur112, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of rodney45
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found in Bowery Wholefoods NYC. Best before 23/8/13. Poured into my snifter, because i wanted to.

A: Hazy russet or ruby brown with a tan colored head that lingers throughout the duration, but leaves little lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, barley, espresso, apple and plum.

T: First notes are of sour and bitter raisins or dates. Secondary profile is a creamy belgian or munich malt. Tertiary expressions of coriander, nobel hop bitterness, and cinnamon. Dry sour cocoa finish.

M: Medium to Medium Heavy body with little carbonation. Not much alcohol taste.

O: Possibly sour from either light or heat exposure. Unfortunately thats the major taste profile I get initially, and its a turn off, even though the secondary and finishing notes are so strong. Im going to rate this well regardless of its sourness because it was in fact still good. Not great, not perfect, not up to par with its older brother westmalle triple. This beer's age and improper storage may have led to the bottle's accelerating decline. These usually have a great cellaring history. Well, regardless, I would still recommend.

rodney45, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev -4.1%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of dgeebs07
4/5  rDev -4.1%

dgeebs07, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of heysuz
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

heysuz, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of tewaris
2.73/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle, best by 07/12 poured into a Chimay chalice. Pours a dirty amber-brown color with a light brown sugar hued creamy head. Excellent head retention and lacing. Think I poured it too cold... waiting for it to warm up, stealing a sip or two in between.

Not much by the way of aroma here, or my sense of smell is horribly messed up. This particular dubbel seems a lot more hop forward, drier, tannic, and almost oak-y compared to other examples of the style. Only slightly sweet with a spicy yeastiness and brown sugar notes, led by the high carbonation toward a tannic bitter finish. Medium body, intense but clean flavors. Not a fan.

4.5, 3, 2, 4, 3

tewaris, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of theempire
5/5  rDev +19.9%

theempire, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of nasa258e
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

nasa258e, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of MisledTitan
4/5  rDev -4.1%

MisledTitan, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Brewsed
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Brewsed, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of kemullen1
4/5  rDev -4.1%

kemullen1, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of beermaned
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

beermaned, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of vkv822
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a brown, amber red with a very thick, frothy cream colored head.

The aroma is predominately of sweet candi sugar with a pleasant apple finish.

Taste follows the nose, candi sugar for the most part, with some tart apple in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium slightly prickly carbonation

A pleasant dubbel, but nothing particularly stood out to me.

vkv822, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of nandika
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

nandika, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of bkaj21
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

bkaj21, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of kja157
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

kja157, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of MacStinson
4/5  rDev -4.1%

MacStinson, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

GreenMountainBoy, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev -4.1%

jmccraney, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of WoodersonMB
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

WoodersonMB, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Acho
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle for roughly 2€.

Nice murky brown colour (a bit too murky in my opinion) topped with a beautiful tan head that stays around for awhile.

A quite nice smell and somehow complex getting some of the yeast and a bit fruit.
The taste is, together with the drinkability, what makes this beer a difficult one to make one's tatse buds to it. Way too carbonated even for a Belgian brew, I shall give it a try leaving it at least a couple of months in the cellar; that's why it is that high my overall grade.

Acho, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of ToasterChef
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since I don't own a Westmalle glass, I've poured my cellar temperature 33cl bottle into a Chimay chalice.

The beer is nearly opaque. It has a brown color with ruby highlights. A decent amount of pinkish tan foam rests on top. Swirling the beer leaves a good amount lacing.

Smelling the beer reveals Belgian candi sugar and some dark fruits, like plum and fig. The Trappist yeast provides some spiciness, but it is mild.

Dark, complex malts characterize this beer. It's earthy, nutty and like the aroma has some flavors of plum and fig. This bottle is labeled best by 27.05.12, so it's close to two years old and I believe it may have become slightly oxidized. It is still quite tasty though.

The beer leaves behind decent coating that is very flavorful. Carbonation levels are average and it has a full body. My lips feel ever so slightly sticky.

I really like this beer a lot. It's a fine example of a true Belgian Abbey dubbel. If you've never had this beer, you are missing out!

ToasterChef, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Douberd
3.13/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark colour, with minimal bubbles surfacing. Medium head, brownish coloured, stays for a reasonable amount of time.
Aroma is of fruits and chocolate.
Bitter taste, medium thick body. Bitterness stays in your mouth. Quite carbonated. Overall not bad, quite average.

Douberd, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of mglaser37
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head: This beer has a cream colored head with a medium hold

Color: Beer has a nice dark cider/amber color

Aroma: It has a roasty/chocolate smell with very faint hoppy scent.

Taste: It has a rich, umami flavor/spice..sweet & bitter beer. Very tasy.

Mouth-feel: Has a creamy, smooth mouthfeel...very nice. Medium carbination...easy to drink.

mglaser37, Feb 01, 2012
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,192 ratings.