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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,052 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,052
Reviews: 1,113
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 113
Gots: 145 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Stephen63

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured an excellent dark body with a perfect head which kept strongly to the end of the glass.

S - Caramel/treacle aroma mixed with dark fruits. Hops evident though not dominant.

T - Bitterness to the fore in an agreeable way. Citrus like character also detected.

M - Great, light carbonation, delicious.

D - More of an "ale" feel than some of the trappists as the sweetness was not too heavy. Would have no difficulty dispatching two or three of these. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 21:51:39 | More by Stephen63
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hammer09

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium to dark brown. Well carbonated as evidenced by a dense, 3/4" head. Smell is malty, but not overly so with a slight belgian yeast aroma. Other than that, I couldn't detect any other aromatic characteristics. Taste is malty and sweet, but as with smell, there isn't much else going on for flavor here; maybe this was an old bottle (it was the last one on the shelf at my local beer store). Mouthfeel is above average with a warming effect on the palate. Drinkability is fine, although I'm dissappointed that two of this beer's key characteristics were on the average side. I expected more from a dubbel. However, I would give this beer another try.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 11:36:58 | More by hammer09
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scott

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick iced tea and minimal carbonation.
Smells good - like sweet tea.
Drinks like a soft drink or a mixed beverage.
Easy to drink and with a clean finish.
I'd rather run around with Racer 5 that I had an hour ago, if I was drinking beer to run around with in my hand.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 03:39:12 | More by scott
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willjschmidt

California

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into the appropriate Westmalle chalice.

A: Dark amber brown with a thin light tan head. Color turns to a deep and dark red when held up to a light.

S: Dark fruits such as figs and raisins along with malts as well as cola.

T: A very smooth, rich and creamy malty taste. The fruit flavors come across in the taste but change from dark fruits to something more tropical.

M: Excellent soft mouthfeel, nice carbonation and medium-bodied.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. It goes down smooth and crisp and with nice flavors. It would pair well with rich sauces, BBQ, or a nice chocolate desert.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 03:49:46 | More by willjschmidt
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark amber and cherry color that was slightly foggy with an irregular film of creamy oak.

Smells of creamy honey and bready yeast with a sweet concord grape, a light creamed corn and little birch bark dryness at the end. A slight bit of alcohol creeps in here too.

This one tastes of a nice balance of dry birch bark and dry leaves with a wholesome wheat and oat. From the grainy malt comes some under-ripe strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and a hint of brown sugar.

This one feels light and easy with a small bubbled carbonation. It’s also quite dry.

A quite solid representation of the style. A pleasure for the senses.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 14:10:53 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, dense brown with modest head that dissipated quickly.

Nose of molasses and malt.

Taste is well balanced malt, toffee and caramel. Totally enjoyable with mild hop character.

Mouthfeel is medium with pleasant carbonation.

Very drinkable. Smooth and expressive.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 03:33:10 | More by techdiver
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

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

Into a chalice, pours a dark, coffee bean brown, lightening to an dark amber. The head starts off about an inch or so, thins to thick foam, thick and smooth, the lacing falling in sheets. The aroma is like most Trappists I have, on the faint side, but delightful. The belgian spices are real nice, but toffee and caramel play key roles here, its a malty show and I like it.

And while I like the aroma, the taste is fantastic. Delicious fruits, toffees and caramels, the alcohol warms everything, the mouth is medium, but the high carbonation makes it feel lighter, which I've never really liked, but is part of the style. In all, its one of the beers that got me so hooked on Belgians, dubbels particularly. Simply a classic.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 02:30:02 | More by objectivemonkey
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ChazMania

California

2.73/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A) poured into a glass, nice malty glug glug thick sound. Deep red hue, small head.
S) Fig, prune and malt.

T) Flavor is bright, crisp with some fig, prune and malt.

M) Palate is thin not a long finish,
D) OK. It would be nice to do back to back with this style.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 05:57:07 | More by ChazMania
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dmbfrat420beers

Germany

3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark hazy brown, almost burgundy. Light tan head of small bubbles. Big at first, dissipates to a nice opaque cover. Aroma is yeasty and bready with notes of raison and alcohol. Like whole wheat bread, slightly bitter with a lingering raisony sweetness, slightly metallic. There are more complexities I can’t put my finger on, but still somewhat dissapointing for a style generally characterized by rich and deep flavors. Sharp carbonation bite. Medium bodied and dissapointingly ‘water-downed’ for a dubbel. More drinkable than many Dubbels, but comes at the expense of good body and strong flavor. A decent beer, but not as good as the Westmalle Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 12:10:48 | More by dmbfrat420beers
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Billolick

New York

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small bottle, 16/05/08 dating on the rear label. Pours cloudy, mahogony, with a long lasting medium tan head, plenty of sticky lacing. Allowed to warm for about 30 mins. Nose of raisins, figs, cola. Seems pretty highly carbonated on the tongue. Flavor notes of more raisins, figs, more cola, and some rum also picked up. Drying and slightly chalky in the finish. Tasty and complex brew, but kind of expensive, (over $4 for the 11.2 ouncer) A nice treat, but other choices abound and I'm not sure how often I'll go for this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 22:39:49 | More by Billolick
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Gmann

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown color with an average off-white head, not much lacing. The smell is of roasted malt, some dark cherry, a bit metallic, not particularly strong. The taste is of plum, sour cherries, a nice roasted malt backbone. The feel is moderated and fizzy, perhaps a bit too carbonated. Despite the carbonation, this is a damn drinkable dubbel, not too sweet or bitter, hides the alcohol, and goes down nice and easy. One of the better dubbels that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 04:59:38 | More by Gmann
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SaltyLime

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice brew. It didn't feel like 7% Alc. Tasted great with my salty chex mix and would like to try it next time with a nice chocolate cake or something sweet. There WILL be a next time.

Appearance - dark honey brown in color with a soft frothy head that dissipated quickly.
Smell - strong mouth watering aroma, smelled a little toasty, sweet like syrup and had a slight red wine familarity.
Taste - delicious. strong malty and cocoa-like flavors up front without the strong alcohol aftertastes, hops were detectable and well balanced with the other flavors.
Mouthfeel - a little tingly from the carbonation, but not distracting. smoother and lighter than expected, provided a warmth to my tastebuds that craved the next sip.
Drinkability - excellent. soft feel, no harsh flavors or bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 18:59:39 | More by SaltyLime
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zeff80

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a tan, one-finger head. It left very nice lace.

S - It smelled of clove, spice, dried fruits and malt.

T - It was fairly spicy at first sip. It also had a good malt flavor with clove, yeast and dried fruit.

M - It was fairly soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A very good beer. The complex flavors are outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 01:47:59 | More by zeff80
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kelticblood

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Splendid appearance! Massive thick off-white head about two fingers thick. The color is a dark brown and actually the color of the bottle. Sediment left on the bottom of the bottle. Head gives no indication of receding in anyway after about 5 minutes. When it finally recedes it gave way to moderate lacing. Strong bitter Phenolic aroma. I would of like to see more malt notes in the aroma. Mouthfeel is a bit flat in the carbonation area. ABV is well-hidden and it goes down smooth. Has the same kind of mouthfeel a Guinness might deliver in the area of texture. Aftertaste is very bitter with strong phenols. Has a watery rolling texture that is easy on the mouth. Would like to see more malt character in the taste. Bitterness is a bit overpowering. It doesnt offend too much and is quite drinkable. Not too impressed here. I prefer the Westmalle Tripel anyday. I bought this at Spirit Haus In Amherst,Mass for $5.35/bottle. Very pricey for an 11.2FL OZ bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 16:52:35 | More by kelticblood
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rusty color with a few fingers of beige bubbly head that leaves a small ring of lacing.

S - Malt, candy sugar, bready yeast, dark fruits of prunes, figs and raisins.

T - Malty with a grape soda type taste, dark fruits with a spicy lemon like finish.

M - Sweet up front with a dry finish. Sharp carbonation that creates a party in the stomach.

D - A nice Dubbel that could use a little less carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 21:33:22 | More by brewcrew76
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle from LCBO...properly labeled with all the neccessary warnings.

Pours a dark clouded brown ale into my Westmalle chalace with a proper 2 finger off-white cap..cap reduces to a proper mat and laces well.

Aroma is intoxicating...chocolate, figs, smokey-vanilla bean sweetness and a musty under tone.

Silken mouthfeel, creamy-cocoa character...best mouth feel and palate of any beer I've tasted!

Starts with a warm shower of deeply toasted malts and coffee-cocoa tones which become balanced with some tame but assertive hop bearing...mid palate the mix gets more complex, there are a number of flavor decernments but the one that stands out is that of a chocolate covered smoked apple...finishes wet with more flavors arriving late;earthy dates, toffee-earthiness and smokey fruits...add to this a dangerous drinkability and inherent smoothness and we have one of the world's best beers.

There is little I can say compared to the accolades this beer has had from proper critics....all I know is that I wish I had a consatant access to it...if I did I may lose my love of German dunkler bocks.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 02:47:40 | More by pootz
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liquidnoise

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the first trappist beer I've tried. Had it today.

Poured out dark, with an unusual brown head. I could see the yeast swimming around at the bottom of my glass as I chose not to filter it.

The smell was the only thing less than magnificant. It didn't really have much of a smell. But the faint smell was fruity and very appealing.

It tasted like fruit and maybe some chocolate thrown in the mix. Nothing low quality about this one.

The mouthfeel wasn't too watery, wasn't too heavy. It was just perfect.

This is definately a premium beer for the connoisseur, appropriate to be enjoyed with a gourmet meal or on a special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 02:39:06 | More by liquidnoise
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MmmIPA

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

100th beer Ive tried and reviewed.Heres to 100 more.Poured into the proper Westalle Trappist chalice.

Brownish/red body with a off white head.Bubbles streaming to the top.

Candy sugar and some dark fruits hit my nose.

Fruity taste,it almost taste like juice.It taste very lively.Malt hits ya at the end of the sip.

Carbonation is really good and not overly aggressive.The alcohol is warming and soothing.Like drinking a really good Vick vaper rub.In a good way though.

Im glad I tried this stuff and I will seek it out again in the future for a special occasion.God im glad the monks like to make bier.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 01:44:07 | More by MmmIPA
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MAB

Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! See reviews for Chimay (blue cap) and apply them here. World class. Delicious.

It looked so nice in a glass that I wanted to just stare at it. Reddish brown, loads of carbonation, brownish head. (Too much head in my glass, but I think that was the glass' fault, not the beer...). Available in a gift pack with a "Westmalle" Chalice. I think I'm going back for one.

Lovely, complex flavoring. Chocolate and spices. Hops and the fire of the alcohol. Slightly sour (the pleasant kind of sour) on the aftertaste.

Well worth seeking out. As a side note, It went extremely well with a lemon tart that I was eating (which brought out the sweetness of the beer).

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 16:12:00 | More by MAB
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roblowther

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost black brown with a thin, creamy but quickly gone head that doesn't leave much lacing. It smells of chocolate and dark cherries. Nice but simpler than I would have thought. The taste is fantastic. Smooth cocoa up front, sweet and sour fruit, then a crisp aftertaste that tastes of baking spices. It reminds me of fresh baked bread. The mouthfeel is silky but surpisingly thin for its pedigree and color. Drinkability is great. The balanced flavor makes the aftertaste leave you wanting more of the original taste and vice-versa. This one doesn't stand up to the tripel but it is simple only by the standards of its off-the-charts trappist cousins. A beer not to be missed.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 02:30:05 | More by roblowther
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browner

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great Dubbel with the classic aroma of caramel, malts and beautiful yeast overtones. Classic Belgian pour and color. Taste lingers a bit but leaves you wanting more. Hard to find a better value in a Dubbel A real winner which is readily available in our area. Life is good.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 21:11:55 | More by browner
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent beer. A great head to start with but fades a little too quickly. Initial retention is good.

Smell is nice and malty with some banana phenol on the nose.

Taste is malty, with a nice alcohol presence. Could be more complexity in the beer and a little more belgian funkiness.

Mouthfeel is a little too thin, but the beer clings fairly well. THe mouthfeel in this beer somehow hinders its drinkability. However, this is one solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 01:58:16 | More by jasonjlewis
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Matthew

Connecticut

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

Pours into my goblet a ruby brownish color with a nice fluffy whipped cream looking head, tons of sticky lacing around the glass.
Very nice sweet bready malt aromas. There is a sweet caramel overtone that covers the fruity esters that are best characterized as being date and fig like. Brown sugar and moist raisin like aromas pull through a bit more as the beer warms.
Smooth sweet flavors of carmalized sugar and similar fruity flavors to the ones noticed in the nose. There is a almost nutty overtone throughout this beer that overlaps with the malty sweetness and the fruity tones. Nice and smooth.
Medium to full bodied, smooth on the palate medium to low levels of fine carbonation.
This is a nice drinkable dubbel. Flavorful and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 02:02:57 | More by Matthew
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GbVDave

Illinois

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Lovely garnet color with some brown highlights. Very creamy two finger head with excellent retention. Leaves very delicate lace around the glass.

S: Aromas of plums, prunes, figs, cola, and chocolate covered cherries.

T: Toasted malt, and dark fruit (see above), smooth chocolate, berry, nuts, with a lemon-y hop finish.

M: Smooth and creamy. Carbonation is quite low helping this beauty just slide down your throat. It affixes itself to the tongue, allowing the finish to evolve.

D: Extremely drinkable. An exercise in subtlety and nuance. So easy to enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 01:26:56 | More by GbVDave
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BeerSox

Virginia

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

11.2oz bottle into snifter.

Deep ruby color that is nearly opaque. A thick tan head foams to about one finger, then slowly settles to a thick cap. Stringy lacing.

Sugary fruit aromas with a little bit of spice.

Grape like fruit flavors stand out with the malt base. A little bit of delicate cream enters in the middle, before the flavor begins to vanish. Very little bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is filled with lingering fruit flavor and grain.

A nice little Trappist Dubbel, with plenty of fruit flavor to enjoy. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 06:24:52 | More by BeerSox
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,052 ratings.