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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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2,141 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,141
Reviews: 1,118
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 122
Gots: 175 | 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 scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

A: Slow pour yielded very dark maroon brown liquid beneath a finger and a half solid layer of very dense foam that took forever to slowly fade into a very thick and well retained head that lasted the whole beer through. Great streaks of thick lacing were left down the glass.
S: Sweet candied fruits come through along with caramel and spicy yeast. Not potent smelling but good.
T: Sweet fresh, dried, and candied fruits dominate including red grapes, dates, raisins, pears and figs. There is a touch of sweet caramel and candied sugar in the finish, and the aftertaste is full of peppery spices and Belgian yeast. The finish is drying and lightly bitter.
M: Body is on the thin side of medium, but the carbonation is very creamy and smooth. Good mouthfeel.
O: A classic dubbel. This wasn’t the best one I’ve had, but I can’t really find anything that wrong with it either. I would drink this again any day.

scottfrie, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Allurex
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Allurex, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev -4.1%

schopenhauerale, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Mtnbeerman
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Mtnbeerman, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of VikeMan
3/5  rDev -28.1%

VikeMan, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of ejw127
2.5/5  rDev -40%

ejw127, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of blange3
4/5  rDev -4.1%

blange3, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beers a big yeast bomb thats for sure. Loudest crackling I've ever heard from a beer. Dark hazy brown in color with a massive cinnamon colored head which slowly recedes to a thick sticky lace.

Big nose with lots of phenolic scents and sweet dark fruits. Some banana and clove on the back end of the nose with a big alcohol presence as well. Dieing to try it however it probably should warm a few degrees first.

This is a serious beer. Loads of caramel and brown sugar on the tip of the tongue. Big chewy mouth feel which drys out around mid way. Bizarre phenomenon in my mouth right now and loving it. Lots of spiciness on the tongue as well. Layers of sweet and herbal flavors that are so beautifully blended. None of the flavors battle each other for dominance, it's just a beautiful crescendo of taste on the tip of the tongue.

Incredibly dry finish rounds this beer out with nothing to complain about except not having enough of this beer.

I'm glad this opened my eyes to what dubbels should really be.

jtierney89, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

falcon1, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of rekel
5/5  rDev +19.9%

rekel, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of uturn
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

uturn, Dec 01, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

brandoman63, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

BamaBeachBum, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

xnicknj, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of frankiepop
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to hand Westmalle Trappist high marks. Everybody remarks about the malty flavor & fruitiness which is all true. I would just add that this beer has a very oaky and earthy flavor. Reminds me very much of St Bernardus 12.

I imagine sitting in a craftsman house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright with a fire blazing after a light and tasty dinner on a Friday night in the winter. I just leaf through an old magazine while listening to some acoustic music like John Cage's compositions for string quartet, or Larry Coryell's Bolero cd.

frankiepop, Nov 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

drh1382, Nov 28, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

bbadger, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

cornucopia, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beige all-head which leaves a lasting floating merengue. Hazy rusty brown body. Smell has malt, caramel, and fig. Taste repeats the smell but also adds some sour rye. Body is lighter than I expected, medium weight at best. Alcohol seems even higher than the 7% reported on the bottle. All in all a good dubbel but on the hot side.

MoreThanWine, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Elemenopy, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

mdillon86, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

PunkFloyd, Nov 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

CB2maltygoodness, Nov 23, 2011
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,141 ratings.