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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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2,148 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,148
Reviews: 1,119
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 123
Gots: 176 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website

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 rundocrun
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.

rundocrun, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of jtmcgraw
5/5  rDev +19.9%

jtmcgraw, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of JimmyTango
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

JimmyTango, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
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.

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

CelticAleMan, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of bluntedboywonder
5/5  rDev +19.9%

bluntedboywonder, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Agent1
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!

Agent1, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of ajfrantz
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

ajfrantz, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Luchman
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Luchman, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of DakotaJim
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

DakotaJim, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Nikolai
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Nikolai, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -4.1%

imperialking, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

freewill35, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, almost burgundy, with impressive head. Thick and detailed lace, too. Very nice. I get some sediment, as well, but no points lost for that.

Nose is fruity and yeasty, with hints of sour berries. Quite appealing.

Taste is fruity and yeasty (dark fruit, berries), and even a tad sour. A little funky and musty, too. Superb, and wish these were more widely available and a little more inexpensive. As it is, a treat!

secondtooth, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Leftofthedial
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Leftofthedial, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in a goblet.

L - very dark brown with a creamy off-white head that had very good retention.

S - Belgian yeast, dark fruit and earthy aromas.

T - dates, raisins and fig sweetness is balanced with yeasty dryness and a champagne-like finish.

F - medium bodied with lively carbonation create a very good mouthfeel, easy drinking and refreshing.

O- a good example of the style.

JoeyBeerBelly, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Vylo
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Vylo, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

trojankeg, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of stevoj
5/5  rDev +19.9%

stevoj, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of throwback
5/5  rDev +19.9%

throwback, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Ralphs66
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Ralphs66, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of jophish17
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

jophish17, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of PhineasGage
5/5  rDev +19.9%

PhineasGage, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of DeutschesBier
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

DeutschesBier, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of animal69
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

animal69, Dec 11, 2011
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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