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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,242 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,242
Reviews: 1,127
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 134
Gots: 197 | 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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Photo of drzauis
3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into goblet style glass.

APP- A dark caramel color, poured with a healthy head, dissipated fairly quickly. Very little lacing.

Aroma - Hits strong with deep fruity aroma, leaving way for a chocolaty, sweet smell shortly after.

Taste - Very similar to aroma, big dark fruits leading off, then a thick sweet caramel - malty taste, which coats the mouth. Hints of acidity, but very little in the taste of alcohol.

MF - Light carbonation, medium bodied, but as mentioned coats the palate with an aftertaste of deep roasted caramel malts.

OVR - A very drinkable beer, quite complex, and the alcohol is very well masked. I find the balance between the sweetness of the roasted malts, and the acidity / sour of the fruitiness just a little off. The only reason it scored lower in certain areas.

drzauis, May 25, 2012
Photo of WynnO
5/5  rDev +19.9%

WynnO, May 25, 2012
Photo of Wamba
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Wamba, May 25, 2012
Photo of donteatpoop
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice tan head at the top of a dark chocolate brown hazy ale. There was really very little lacing.

Nice bready yeast aroma; figs and prunes.

Dark fruits and grain, a nice blend. The molasses fringe on the taste is present, as is common with the style... But it's still one of my least favorite aspects of dubbels in general.

Smooth enough, a nice creamy mouthfeel.

Overall a pretty good dubbel, typical of the style. Good example of the style, I'm just not generally a fan.... I'd drink this again if someone offered it but I wouldn't seek it out.

donteatpoop, May 25, 2012
Photo of BRW
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

BRW, May 20, 2012
Photo of Beelzebeer
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, served in a chimay goblet. Best before May 27, 2012

A - Dark coffee mahogany colour, with 1" dense head. Quickly dissipated, no lacing

S - Brown sugar, dark fruits. All very subtle.

T - Medium-high carbonation off the top, leading into fig, low percentage dark chocolate, a little burnt malt. Mild astringent/sour aftertaste which is not pleasing.

M - Full bodied, but not too thick. Clings to the mouth.

Because I really enjoy dark Belgians of all kinds, I feel the bottle I had must have been past it's prime, as it's very close to the best-before date on the bottle. I've never had it before now, but will give it another go if the opportunity arises.

Beelzebeer, May 20, 2012
Photo of avaldivia
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

avaldivia, May 19, 2012
Photo of DougT
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

DougT, May 18, 2012
Photo of storko22
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

storko22, May 16, 2012
Photo of Bobhoya
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Bobhoya, May 15, 2012
Photo of jonb5
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, poured into Leffe chalice. Dark brown, thick, one and a half finger head, reasonable retention. Smelled pleasant fennel but not much else. Tasted roasted Maris Otter style malts and fennel. Bitter aftertaste with a hint of citrus hop at the very end. Mouthfull was coarse, not what I expected. Overall I was slightly disapointed, not as complex as I would have liked, would probably benefit from aging.

jonb5, May 14, 2012
Photo of Hyhat
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Hyhat, May 14, 2012
Photo of gutbuster
4/5  rDev -4.1%

gutbuster, May 13, 2012
Photo of ColSanders123
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

ColSanders123, May 13, 2012
Photo of djtomain
4/5  rDev -4.1%

djtomain, May 12, 2012
Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

aztraz, May 10, 2012
Photo of zvanwink
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

zvanwink, May 10, 2012
Photo of adamcthomp
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

adamcthomp, May 10, 2012
Photo of BigCheese
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

BigCheese, May 09, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Best before date is 27/07//12.

Appearance: Pours a dark and cloudy brown with a hint of amber. A little bit of sediment and lots of bubbles. Big four finger off white head which slowly fades into a thin layer. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Rich aroma of fruits. Sweet bready caramel malts with some Belgian yeast and clove spice. Big smell of dark fruits. Hints of alcohol soaked raisins, plums, prunes, and dark grape juices. Also a hint of banana and a good amount of candied sugar. Hop presence is very subtle. A very juicy smell.

Taste: Like the smell leads, a big fruity taste with some good spice. Starts with some Belgian yeast and spicy cloves. Rich taste of dark fruits with notes of raisins, plums, grapes, prunes, and a little banana. Moderate amount of candied sugar and a subtle presence of earthy hops towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Very juicy and slick. Fairly sweet but finishes dry. Very smooth.

Overall: A great authentic Belgian Dubbel. Great fruity taste with a nice spicy kick.

MattyG85, May 09, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of Snowrs
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Snowrs, May 06, 2012
Photo of StaveHooks
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best buy 5/18/2012.

11.2oz served into a Chimay chalice.

A - Garnet brown body with a 1.5 inch khaki head that never dies. Good spots of lacing.

S - Cooked plantains, brown sugar, raisin bread, molasses, coconut alcohol.

T - Caramelized brown sugar, plums, has a mushroom earthiness, sugary dates, some spiced bread, alcohol lingers, light strawberry bubblegum flavors, faint coconut on the edges. Brown bread crust comes back around the finish.

M - Moderate carbonation, thin medium bodied.

This is a complex brew that has many layers of flavors but lacks a "good home feel" that I like out of Dubbels. Still very good.

StaveHooks, May 04, 2012
Photo of Jamcrae16
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Jamcrae16, May 03, 2012
Photo of cburns48
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

cburns48, May 03, 2012
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,242 ratings.