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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,057 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,057
Reviews: 1,113
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 112
Gots: 149 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 19:04:42 | More by mdaschaf
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz Westmalle Trappist brown bottle. Poured into a Belgian style chalice, almost identical to the Westmalle chalice.
A - A hazy, unique looking dark brown. A color I cant ever remember seeing in any other brew I've had. Nice, creamy off white to light tan head. Nice lace.
S - Dark fruits. Spicey almost with a peppery smell. Some caramel notes give it a somewhat sweet smell.
T - Lots of dark fruit. Very nice spices along with more dark fruit(s). Maybe some raison in here? Noticable Belgian yeast with a sweet malt flavor.
M- Medium bodied. Just what I would expect from a Trappist dubbel. Medium to good carbonation.
O - A very well crafted trappist dubbel. However I still prefer the Chimay Premiere Red over this. But this still is a class brew. Outside the Rochefort brews, both this and the Chimay are 2 of the best dubbels available and are fairly easy to find in the small populated area I live in. Remember, you can't go wrong with Belgian Trappists. They are brewed with quality in mind, and this one is no different. It goes right in line as another world class trappist.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 17:46:46 | More by BradtheGreat7
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark murky brown with a 1 finger off white head

smell: raisons, dark fruits, caramel, malts

taste: dark fruits, caramel, malty

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this is an excellent representation of a dubbel. I just wish I could get into them. I think it's the dark fruits that I'm not a fan of but this was a great beer.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 16:14:41 | More by THECPJ
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Crittervision

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Kulminator was closing for an hour or some thing so I walked over to Oud Arsenaal. Figured I'd give some thought to the draft dubbel and go back to Kulminator for a bottle from 1992. Consumed 12 August 2011. 

Fresh from the tap at Oud Arsenaal, this pours a flat brown with a thin cream hat. Average lacing. 

A dull smell with undertones of this and that, some thing metallic, teriyaki, diluted caramel macchiato. 

Taste is slightly bitter, massively diluted. It's practically fluffy dark water. The lack of character is remarkable.  

The only thing going for this beer is that it is fluffy and perfectly carbonated. 

However. 

From a bottle with a [best by] date of 06.07.94. Apparently bottled in 1992, this one falls into the glass with evidence of age. Transparent deep brown body with ruby highlights, a quickly falling, light cream head with larger bubbles — existing more from the long fall from bottle to chalice than from carbonation. 

Phew! Rummy raisins, resident pipe smoke in a dark basement, cognac?, sweet liqueur. Simply incredible in thy nose. 

Taste is less overwhelming, but interesting. Watery, a slight hint of tartness, black tea. And every once in a while the tongue finds a crystal of concentrated dark chocolate goodness in the small volume of liquid moving around the mouth. 

Feels thin, and the bubbles are tame — containing semi-spheres of Kulminator atmosphere rather than carbon dioxide. 

Much better aged than on draft. Could stand to be a lot less watery, both in body and flavor. But alas. A fun experience.

Scores are for the bottle. 

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 17:39:17 | More by Crittervision
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a medium brown color with a decent off-white to tan colored head. The smell is rich dark fruits brown sugar and a slightly Belgian yeast smell. The flavor follows suit but is fairly mellow and well blended together bthe carbonation is medium and a medium body to it noverall this is a B+ to A- beer

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 21:47:24 | More by rowingbrewer
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Lee45102

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exactly what a Trappist dubble should taste like. Filling and strong but it has a feel that isn't too heavy.

It's only competitor in its class would be trappistes Rochfort number 8. Both are great beers and for the cost in my area you won't find any better unless you want to up your price.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 05:23:09 | More by Lee45102
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grittybrews

Washington

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark, nutty brown into a chalice with at least three fingers of tan root beer float head. Somewhat mild aroma of sweet, biscuity caramel, raisin, and clove.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Taste mirrors the aroma with toffee and bread up front followed by raisin. dark fruit, and gentle spice.

Extremely solid dubbel, although for the price I'd usually pick a Rochefort 8 instead.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 03:26:22 | More by grittybrews
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JLeege

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance- Dark brown with a large creamy off white head. Great retention and lace.

Smell- Slightly tangy dark fruits, caramel, toffee, slight pepper and yeast.

Taste- Tangy ripe dark fruits, strong raison, caramel & toffee. Nice subtle brown sugar. Slightly spicy, herbal, and peppery toward the finish, due to the Belgian yeast presence.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, with a great linger, ABVs are unnoticed.

Overall- Very good dubbel, definitely will be drinking this again. Nice complex flavor, and the ABVs are hide nicely. This is one of those beers that you just have to try at least once.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 23:57:10 | More by JLeege
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mariposafan

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark red-brown, a little murky. The head is a little loose but holds up very well.

The aroma is pure Belgian - distinctive yeastiness, malt, sweetness and a hint of ripe fruits.

The flavor follows the aroma very closely but it's not quite as sweet, nor does it have quite as much punch as I expected - just a little watery. A little lingering bitterness but nothing untoward.

The one place it falls down a bit for me. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and the carbonation is a little too aggressive. Nothing bad here, but it's not on a par with the flavor.

Very, very nice overall. A bit more body, a little less aggressive carbonation and a little more sweetness and it would have been a 5.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 21:52:33 | More by mariposafan
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a swampy brown amber, and like most quality big Belgians, a mountain of head that retains very well
S - dark fruity yeasty aroma, molasses and grains, with a mineral scent lingering
T - a strong mineral and/or metallic quality is strong up front, then more subtle fruit and herbal qualities arise, some herbal and grassy notes, very unique and tasty
M - big bodied brew that is creamy like rootbeer but does dry out slightly through finish
O - this gets big point for having all the peripheral qualities of a dubbel, BUT bringing in a unique flavour profile that makes it more interesting than the typical offering, I see a repeat purchase in my future

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 04:33:18 | More by joemcgrath27
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Mora2000

Texas

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

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a decent-sized tan head. The aroma is heavy on the raisins and cherries with some nice brown sugar notes. I also get some yeast notes. The flavor is not as fruit as the aroma. I get some raisins and plum notes, but what is more prevalent is the toffee from the malt. The yeast is also present in the flavor. There is some brown sugar flavor but the beer is fairly dry overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A world classic beer that never disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 00:21:10 | More by Mora2000
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psuKinger

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle "best before 2/3/2012" (roughly 6 months from now... not sure how far out from bottling date Westmalle sets there "best by" date), poured into Chimay chalice.

A: Deep murky brown hue with a huge frothy lightbrown head on top (over a fingers worth, in a wide chalice), with "pancake batter" bubbles in the middle.

S: Yeasty, bready, and hints of caramel sweetness in the nose.

T: Taste follows the nose, but the tones of yeast and bread are more subdued than in the nose. A mellow candied sweetness and distinct notes of caramel are present. Dark fruits are also detectable, but very much in the background and also on the very back end of the flavor profile of this beer.

A nice bitterness on the back end rounds this brew out nicely, and keeps everything in balance.

M: Light and lively, this brew is well-carbonated and creamy in the mouth. It finishes with a good bitter-sweetness.

D/O: Remarkably drinkable. It's balanced, light, bitter-sweet, and enjoyable. I would gladly follow this beer up with another.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 01:42:41 | More by psuKinger
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bamadog

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been walking by this one for a few years now, so I figured I should pick one up and give it a shot. Review is from notes taken on 8/2/2011 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a relatively dark coppery color with some nice ruby highlights; starts with a big 2 and 1/2 finger, dusty tan head with decent retention; body is dark, but fairly clear and it shows quick and slight carbonation bubbling up;

Smell: Not especially potent, but there are some nice dark fruits with a hint of citrus in there; some rich caramel notes as well; not too bad, but I do wish it was a bit stronger.

Taste: Definite presence of some Belgian Candi sugars right away, with a backing of dark, spicy fruits (raisins and figs); bit of a bitter and metallic presence along with some warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: I feel the carbonation is a bit strong and it comes across sharp; body is a little lighter than I expected, and if it were thicker it may help tame the over abundant carbonation; a thin, dry coating is left of the roof of the mouth; belly is left warm from the alcohol and I eel that the carbonation helps that along.

Overall: Worth a shot, but I have to wonder if sitting for a couple of years may ease the sharpness of the body, which is easily my least favorite aspect of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 01:23:20 | More by bamadog
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SmokinSmyth

Belgium

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How I missed rating this previously I don't know, since it is my favorite home beer, and living 7 miles from the Abbey makes it that much easier.

Pours a rich dark brown with about two fingers of head, which dissipates fairly quickly.

The aroma is a combination of malt and sweet, with raisin standing out from the others.

Taste reflects the smell, with the malt flavor at a great level, not overpowering. The hops are subtle but important, creating a wonderful balance.

Feels fantastic in the mouth, with a low level of carbonation, but great flow feel/viscosity, leaving the tongue wishing it was their longer, but the throat calls out for it.

My favorite regular Belgian beer, and definitely my favorite dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 17:11:35 | More by SmokinSmyth
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle with a "best by" date of September 29, 2012. This one was allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Westmalle Dubbel pours a typical dark purple/brown. Ruby red highlights shine through with some exuberance when the beer is held to light. The light tan colored foam maxes out at over four fingers in height, and shows some solid retention. Lacing isn't nearly as widespread as it should be though. The nose doesn't have quite the amount dark fruits than I'd like, and the result is an aroma that's a little too phenol heavy to really appeal to me. The flavor has a similar dark fruit deficiency, but unlike the nose it's at least replaced somewhat by a toffee note. The clove, spicy phenol notes on the back end are intense, and threaten to overwhelm the beer. The mouthfeel at least has the excellence I've come to expect from trappist beers. The body is beguilingly light for a beer with a definite sweetness in its flavor profile. At the same time the carbonation, even at the bottom of the glass, is active enough to give the beer a vibrant energy. Westmalle Dubbel is a solidly brewed beer, I'm just not a huge fan of the fruity ester vs phenols balance in this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 06:29:00 | More by axeman9182
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark copper brown/red tint. Nice 1 inch creamy head with some lacing.

Smell - Floral, apples, rasin, sugars, malts, belgian yeasts. Lemon banana, cherry also come out.

Taste - Starts with a nice cherry and sweet apple taste. Smooth, floral and flavorful. Malts are present along with sugars and spices. Yeast is there and adds some grassy bitterness. Alcohol is masked well, only comes out at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, Has a sweet and sour effect on mouth. Tounge gets the sweetness of apple and sugars, palette gets malts and yeast. Some warmth from the alcohol comes up at the end. Aftertaste is mild and bitter from the yeast.

Overall - Very smooth and easy to drink. The floral fruit flavors really add bold sweetness. Each drink is balanced, sweet with mild yeast in the background. The beer is affordable, widely avaible and a great example of the style. One of the best.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 00:17:03 | More by wvsabbath
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep brown, with hints of reddish amber. Off-white head of decent thickness sits atop and has some serious retention. Excellent lacing.

The smell is great: full of Belgian yeast, fig, raisin, plum, brown sugar and a bit of booze. Reminiscent of a port. Very sweet and malty.

Taste is very similar the smell, and just as good. The raisin and plum flavour comes through a little more strongly, and the beer is not as sweet as expected (though certainly has a lot of sweetness to it. A fairly bready flavour. A bit of a kick at the end, in the aftertaste- not really spicy, but a zip is present. Great.

Nicely medium bodied with a subtly carbonation. Bready body feels very nice.

Overall, a fantastic beer. The best dubbel that I have had. A classic.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 02:05:56 | More by jrenihan
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BerkeleyBeerMan

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel pours a beautiful and opaque amber-brown with rich red undertones. The head pours a rich 1/2 inch that rings the edge of the glass nicely. There is a generous amount of lacing. Unfortunately the head vanishes quickly. That is fine. It is time to take a sip of this delicious looking beer.

It is hard to explain the rich array of smells and flavors coming from this ale. My first impression is of a fine cognac. This doesn't smell exactly like a cognac but it does achieve a delicate balance of liquor and dried fruit aromas. The beer does have an immediate liquor smell. The liquor is somewhat unconcealed. The crystal malts are so redolent of a warm winter hearth. I smell fig, smoked tobacco, banana and clove. As the ale warms the esters become present. There is a slight amount of spicy and floral hops to balance this drink out.

I can't easily describe the taste but it is fantastic. First, the water taste hard. I detect some mineral presence. The malts come up behind. They are smoky and the predominant flavor is of cocoa. The hops have a spicy tingle. There is no way of ignoring this ales strong alcohol taste. It is worth braving for this drink is so delicious. It finishes with hints of anise and black licorice. There is a moderate amount of bitterness that clings to my tongue for a about half a minute. After some time It begins to feel like I have been enjoying a nice bar of dark chocolate.

Ultimately, this beer ends with a well balanced blend of chewy and almost leathery malts. The balance tips towards the malt/alcohol side but the hops dash around in the background giving this beer a bright spunky spark. The beer goes down smooth and beckons for another taste. This beer is wonderful in all aspects. The flavors are distinctive and each sip is a pleasure. This would pair very well with desert foods. It is a perfect evening beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 08:29:22 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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SkipWeathers

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - luxurious appearance; served in tulip glass. Dark red-brown with powdery off-white head, yielding clusters of yeast after it dissipates.

S - vinuous; very subtle, not overwhelming

T - cherry primarily; dark fruits, dark chocolate; cola and oak

M - peppery, not overly sweet; I love how the true Belgian ales are not too sweet and in your face

O - A great example of one of my favorite styles; moderate and balanced. Not too high in alcohol, not too sweet or too sour.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 01:18:41 | More by SkipWeathers
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DavidST

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a goblet, best before date of 5/27/12.

This pours a hazy brownish color with a large light brown head with large bubbles which quickly goes away (which seems to be different than most reviewers here). The smell is nice, very fruity with a hint of caramel. The mouthfeel is nice medium thickness lots of carbonation. The taste is good different than I expected, there is a hint of sweetness, maybe a little bit of fruit and some malts but then it finishes dry and spicy good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 00:05:54 | More by DavidST
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kojevergas

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

33cl brown glass bottle with classic pressure cap served into a La Trappe goblet in Nijmegen, Holland. Reviewed live.

A: 1.5 finger head of nice cream lacing and good thickness. Excellent retention for the relatively high ABV. Overall, the head is soft and delicate. I'd say it's about six minutes. Dark solid brown colour. Nontransparent.

Sm: Cream, nutty hops, and maybe yeast. A very mild strength scent; it's difficult for me broken nose to detect individual distinct notes. All apologies, lads.

T: Lovely cream undertones stay consistent (and welcome) throughout, a wonderful effect. Lightly nutty. Some date fruit notes, but I wouldn't call them esters. I don't get any caramel, as noted in other reviews - or even any caramelized malt. Maybe some figgy touches, but if so they're buried. Exquisite. Brilliantly spectacularly balanced. Some sort of wood is present, but not in the barrel aged sense of that description. Incredibly well built, but not as complex as it ought to be.

Mf: Creamy, smooth, and wet. Perfectly complementary of the flavours in the body.

Dr: Relatively high ABV, very fairly priced, and incredibly easy to drink. It's very commercially available and it's high quality. It's a shame people may try to make counterfeit Westvleteren with the bottles, but the beer isn't to blame. She's certainly worth a go if you like beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 21:11:55 | More by kojevergas
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RobJTejas

Texas

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

A- pours a nutty brown with a creamy head. Loads of carbonation and heavy lacing

S- sweet fragance of dried fruit like raisin or current with a hint of roasted nuts & caramel.

T- sweet like dates at first then a note of smokey carmel finish.

M- Terrific mouthfeel, very drinkable before during or after a meal.

O- absolutely lovely.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 03:30:00 | More by RobJTejas
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chimay goblet.

Pours a cloudy hazy brown, with a silky, creamy smooth head that slowly reduces in size.

Smells of dark fruit and caramel.

Tastes of malts and sugary flavours, with some intermingled spices and a vague fruitiness. At the end it becomes dry with some hops coming through giving it a fruity bitterness, as well as alcohol giving a warming characteristic.

Overall an excellent beer, though heavier, darker and more of a winter/cold weather beer than the tripel.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 17:07:05 | More by CwrwAmByth
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from the local grocery shop.
Look: pours a nice dark brown color with a thick light brown-white head.
Smell: Sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, spicy hops
Taste: dark fruits, yeast, sweet malts and caramel, with a spicy hoppy finish.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation with a medium body
Overall: A nice beer, very easy to drink. Never lets you down

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 16:50:55 | More by rvdoorn
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kevo237

Louisiana

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

Poured from bottle. A gnarly head developed that took a while to settle into a still large head that was fluffy. A lot of aroma from this beer. Mostly a sweet smell. Some fruits and bready scents.

Taste was spicy with a hint of fruits like raspberries. Caramel sweetness on the end. There were different flavors developing constantly and it combined with great a mouthfeel. Highly drinkable. Very impressed.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 16:14:58 | More by kevo237
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,057 ratings.