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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
outstanding

2,062 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,062
Reviews: 1,113
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 114
Gots: 150 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000)
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mxmcmillan

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

12-30-2011 16:37:01 | More by mxmcmillan
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mdfb79

New York

3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/24/11 notes. Picked up a bottle of this at Spirits in Middletown, NJ. Poured from an 11.2 bottle into my Duvel tulip. Bottles on 29/9/11.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a reddish tint to it, moderate carbonation evident, and one finger of off white head. A minute or two of retention and some spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of Belgian yeast, dark fruits, bready malts, spices, wheat. Pretty ncie with the fruit and yeast.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, bready malts, spices, toasted malts, and very light dark fruits. Less fruit than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice Belgian dubbel, and very good for the price and availability. Some nice dark fruits in the nose, and something I'd certainly buy again if I was in the mood for a dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 18:45:28 | More by mdfb79
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americanbelgian

Washington

5/5  rDev +19.9%

12-28-2011 17:50:00 | More by americanbelgian
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cdwil

Texas

5/5  rDev +19.9%

12-28-2011 17:39:51 | More by cdwil
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jjkatter

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

12-28-2011 09:46:36 | More by jjkatter
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Grebdioz

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-28-2011 03:45:19 | More by Grebdioz
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Siriusfisherman

Montana

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful dark reddish purple, good amount of an off-white head.

Smell: Strong fruit character, dark fruits and that aspect to the aroma that many refer to as 'grape bubblegum'. The sweetness is wonderful and is complimented greatly by the bready yeast character of the beer.

Taste: The flavors burst forth, strong and sweet tones of dark, goopy fruits are very noticeable. There is also an excellent yeast character involved that gives the sweetness some backbone. To add to the mix, there is a wonderfully subtle bitterness that never really catches your attention, but instead compliments and rounds out the beer into superb balance.

Mouthfeel: That wonderful champagne like carbonation that is characteristic of many belgian trappist ales. It stings slightly at first, but then clears the way and allows the flavors to come forth. The breadiness that I mentioned earlier also plays a role in giving the beer a more robust feel.

Overall: Pretty much a flawless example of what these Trappist monasteries put forth in their splendid dubbels. It has everything that this kind of beer is supposed to have, and adds a nice twist with a more grapey character than you would normally see. It goes wonderfully with cheese and by itself, very easy to enjoy. About the only bad thing I could say about this beer is that it is not the very best I have had, but with that said it is certainly up there with many other great ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 07:08:34 | More by Siriusfisherman
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InfernalPotato

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-27-2011 04:44:30 | More by InfernalPotato
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cycoduck

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-27-2011 03:45:18 | More by cycoduck
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bark

Sweden

3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The colour is brown with a tint of gold. The liquid is clear. The finger thick head is beige. Lots of lacing occurs.

The smell is light and smooth. Red berries, some Belgian yeast.

The taste is somewhat sour-sweet with distinct notes of red berries. Some alcohol. Medium body. Red wine gums and raspberry candy in the smooth aftertaste as well as nuts and almonds. Warming alcohol in the finish.

The carbonation is strong, almost sharp. The bubbles are small. The liquid is rather light.

A smooth and pleasant dubbel.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2011 10:43:25 | More by bark
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-24-2011 05:42:34 | More by MsRif
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Joshgonzales79

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-24-2011 00:09:43 | More by Joshgonzales79
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Harkrank

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

12-23-2011 21:26:40 | More by Harkrank
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LDemarais

North Dakota

5/5  rDev +19.9%

12-22-2011 03:50:52 | More by LDemarais
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rundocrun

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Freshness date of 27/7/12 - meaning this was presumably bottled 27/7/07.

A - pours a translucent toasted brown color. Yields 2 fingers of creamy tan head. Body is a cloudy opaque dark brown (I always pour a little yeast into the glass for the full effect). Retention is decent, but the head fades to a 1/4" film within a few minutes. No lacing.

S - lots of dark, aromatic cocoa, sweet raisins and prunes, some booze, and candy-like sweetness. Some floral hops in the background.

T - flavors of milk chocolate, black tea and mild coffee. Hop and alcohol bitterness in the middle. More booze and raisiny sweetness toward the finish. Some bready toasted grains make for a dry finish. Flavors are generally what I would expect for a dubbel, but they are a little to sharp and unbalanced.

M - mouthfeel is ok, but it's a little too watery an a little over-carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 02:18:42 | More by rundocrun
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jtmcgraw

Georgia

5/5  rDev +19.9%

12-22-2011 01:20:48 | More by jtmcgraw
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JimmyTango

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-21-2011 16:26:38 | More by JimmyTango
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 06:32:35 | More by Stinkypuss
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CelticAleMan

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-21-2011 06:17:35 | More by CelticAleMan
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bluntedboywonder

New York

5/5  rDev +19.9%

12-21-2011 01:07:52 | More by bluntedboywonder
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Agent1

British Columbia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This delicious brown ale is still considered the first Dubbel. Many beers were modelled after this recipe and many breweries started making darker Dubbels thanks to Westmalle. A staple and in it's own right, unique. Let's see what we have here...

Appearance - A beautiful deep brown. Thick and dark. A nice consistent head forms with pockets (or circles) forming along the top. Light and thicker areas. Extremely creamy in appearance. Not a lot of head, but retains it exceptionally well.

Smell - Lots of malts and brown sugar. Lighter notes of yeast, fig and bread are noticeable. Not much hop on the nose. Seemingly more sugary. Caramel and brown sugar really stand out here.

Taste - Dark, roasted malts, caramel, honey with traces of coffee. A very yeasty beer as well. The sour taste of yeast is subtle, but blends nicely with the sugars and dryer elements of this Dubbel. Dry hops are present, but not obvious. Very balanced and reasonably complex.

Mouthfeel - Lightly carbonated and quite syrupy. The sugars really dance on the tongue. A slight fizz on the palate is noticeable after swallowing. The use of carbonation is tasteful as well.

Overall - Westmalle never fails to deliver. Being such an incredible Belgian brewery for so many years makes it hard for anyone to complain about this brown ale. Wonderfully complex and consistent every time. A dark, stern Dubbel with a plethora of flavors to be enjoyed!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 00:51:20 | More by Agent1
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ajfrantz

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-20-2011 02:14:12 | More by ajfrantz
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Luchman

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

12-19-2011 22:37:35 | More by Luchman
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DakotaJim

South Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-19-2011 15:37:34 | More by DakotaJim
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Nikolai

North Dakota

5/5  rDev +19.9%

12-19-2011 08:59:10 | More by Nikolai
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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