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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,120 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,120
Reviews: 1,116
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 121
Gots: 172 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

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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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -12.9%

A- Pours 1"-1 1/4" tanish head. Fades slow leaving a nice looking lacing. Brownish mahogony dark color.
S-Plums, cheeries, darker fruits all fill the nose with hint of alcohol coming through with a sweetish candy smell also.
T- Cherry, and plum flavor come through (seems to fade the more you drink though). Maybe a little warmth from alcohol. Light sugar sweetness also.
M-Medium carbonation and a thinner body.
D-Was pretty good but don't think I'd be buying this again unless the price went down.

09-09-2006 16:59:45 | More by BlindPig
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klewis

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -14.1%

7/14/07 freshness date

A: Pours dark brown with a massive foamy head. Good sustain and lacing.

S: Phenolic with some fruity aromas

T: Quite tart with a some brief fruit flavors that are quickly covered up by phenols. Slight alcoholic character in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with fine, active carbonation.

D: It's nice to finally have this one. It's pretty good, but the strong phenolic taste makes this one a bit less drinkable for me than its contemporaries.

09-06-2006 20:43:03 | More by klewis
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surfmanjim

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured a reddish brown into an Achel chalice, with a 2 finger head that quickly dissapted. The aroma was of carmel and cherries with a hint of butterscotch, The taste was complex, with notes of pepper, cherries and carmel. Mouthfeel was light to medium with little carbonation.

09-01-2006 01:09:58 | More by surfmanjim
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Beerzebub

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Dark reddish brown, big pillowy head. Smell is deep and delicious: molasses, fenugreek/syrup, dark fruit, milk chocolate, damp earth.

Tastes of raisins and prunes, berries, molasses, fenugreek, cocoa, a little alcohol and white pepper. Very smooth, creamy carbonation. Head keeps replenishing itself. The sweetness is never cloying. Some grassy, herbal hops in the background. This is very well balanced, rich, and satisfying.

08-21-2006 06:55:06 | More by Beerzebub
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -15.3%

Very awesome looking brew here. Nice 3 finger head that never disappates, leaving lacing down the tulip. Almost strange for a dubbel, has a very chocolately(light) taste to it. It is short in my opinion as compared to other dubbels I have had. A good brew, just will not seek it out, many other better dubbels less expensive.

08-18-2006 23:05:01 | More by bigdeuce
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dfried

Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +11%

Dark brown purple in color, kind of a chestnut, peachy-rose when the light hits it right. Average size beige head. Deep fruity, plum and date aroma, with some yeast and banana, as well as some medicinal phenols. The taste revealed sweeter, fruity flavors like ripe raspberries and blackberries, red grapes, pears, and bananas. This beer really had a feel like drinking wine. A semi-sparkling, dry, and tart mouthfeel, with alcohol that was hardly noticeable except for some belly warming. So easy to drink, an awesome dubbel.

08-16-2006 20:12:49 | More by dfried
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expatsteve

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%

Drank this as part of a trappist ales tasting with Golden2wenty1, and decided to review this again in the context of that tasting.

Appearance: Cloudy plum mahogany color. Big 1/2 inch head, with nice thick stiky lacing. Medium viscosity.

Aroma: Initial breadiness, with some grassy metallic hops. Subdued fruits - raisins, dried plums, sour cherries and molasses.

Taste: Licorice, yeast, dried plums and earthy tones. Full body with great balance. Honey, brown sugar, sour cherries and apricots undertow over the course of a glass.

Mouthfeel: A little heavy, but still smooth and rich. Low constant carbonation.

Drinkability: An awesome dubbel, one that could probably be considered the standard for the style. Amazing balance and development, with awesome malts and a refreshing bitterness. Fantastic.

08-14-2006 16:25:33 | More by expatsteve
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1fastz28

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

pours amber with a slight brown head, but it goes away quick. smells great, a slight fruit smell to it maybe. tastes good, but its drinkability is really awesome for as it is 7.0% the alcohol is there but it doesn't attack you like some other higher ABV beers do. mouthfeel is good, doesn't feel too thick, but not to thin either. one of the few stronger beers that i could see myself drinking more than just at dinner.

08-10-2006 23:54:17 | More by 1fastz28
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%

Round 1 of the 9-Round Trappapooza/Trappaganza '06 with expatsteve.

Pour: typical dubbel-esque murky mahogany/burgundy under an inch of khaki foam with nice retention. A few bits of yeast settled at the bottom.

Nose: dark fruits up front - black cherry and currant - with black licorice hops, molasses and a malty grain finish.

Taste: licorice hops and booze up front followed by notes of spicy yeast, dark/tropical fruits, sweet malt, and a dry plum wine finish. Great balance and depth of flavor.

Feel: light, dry body, yeasty grit, micro-carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: this is to dubbels as Tripel Karmeliet is to tripels - complex, balanced and totally drinkable.

08-10-2006 18:55:11 | More by Golden2wenty1
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peabody

Kentucky

4.65/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured out into a goblet and the initial tan to brown foam came up two fingers then quickly dissapated.
The first smell is carmel malt and fruit. Slight alcohol aroma at the very end.
The taste yeilds slight hops with a malty dark sweet flavor that soon goes to a mild fruit like pear or apple. the hops come through last leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is clean and leaves a thin film on the back of the tounge.
Drinkability is great. Great beer.

08-06-2006 23:37:22 | More by peabody
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geetlord

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -12.9%

This beer poured a clear amber with a small head and mild lacing.
The aroma had distinct hazelnut touches allong with the usual malts
the flavor was rather tart and interestingly smokey with a slightly bitter finish. the mouthfeel was decently balanced . overall this was not a bad beer, but as a dubbel I didnt feel that it stood out particularly much in any way.

07-23-2006 16:56:31 | More by geetlord
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pweis909

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

330 mL Bottle, dated 06/12/07

Redidsh brown, clear, with a thick rocky head, and some sediment in the bottle, this beer smell emits aromas of fruit (plum), bread (yeast), and alcohol. No hop aromas. Malt and an alcoholic warming come through with the taste. The malt reminds me of that used in some European pilsners. The finish is dryish, and the mouth feel is thin and crisp, likely because of the fermentation of some sort of non-malt sugar.

The 7% alcohol and $6 per bottle will limit my consumption of this one, but it is very tasty

07-18-2006 23:59:31 | More by pweis909
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

poured into a snifter from the 330ml bottle:

A: a deep borwn with ruby red hilights. Huge frothy ten head with an abundance of large carbonation bubbles.

S: Bursting with a sweet perfume-like aroma of stonefruit (apricot, cherry) and raisins. Sweet and malty with a trace of alcohol.

T: Terrific rich sweetness, caramel, malt, and a subtle spiciness. Some of the cherry fruitiness creeps in and there's a nice alcohol finish. Complex and full.

M: A comfortable carbonation level. Mothfeel is a little tingly and effervescent, but still pretty smooth.

D: A wonderful warm beer, easy to drink with a hearty dinner or rich dessert. Be sure to enjoy from a snifter or similar glassware to get the full aroma/flavor spectrum.

07-17-2006 19:41:37 | More by msubulldog25
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DaveFL1976

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%

At Cafe l'Hooischys (I don't know how to say it, either) in Amsterdam.
Pours a mahogany brown, clear as a bell, with an off-white head that starts out thick but thins out and sticks to the side of the glass. Smells a bit complex. Caramel, toffee, not much alcohol evident. Sharp and clean, nice smell.
Taste is lighter than I expected. So smooth. Very smooth. The malt blends into the hops. Wait, is that hop bitterness? I think so!
Mouthfeel is medium, approachable with great carbonation. Drinkability? If there's any room in your belly, you will want to drink this!

07-12-2006 13:15:45 | More by DaveFL1976
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SethB2

California

3.78/5  rDev -9.4%

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

A - Looks pretty good. Dirt brown color with a decent head and a slight amount of lacing.

S - Ok. Smells like a belgian yeast, but a tad subdued. Alcohol, melons, and spices dominate.

T - Good. Unlike many Dubbels, I can actually descern a bit of hop bitterness at the starts. After that, the fruitiness takes hold and sends it down without a problem.

M - A bit over carbonated in my opinion. The prickliness of the bubbles detract from what is a good flavor.

D - Good. Nice Belgian Dubbel.

07-04-2006 05:28:25 | More by SethB2
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%

Pours to a reddish brown color with thick, foamy off-white head that lingers through most of the glass, plenty of floating yeast, and good lacing. yeast. Aroma is a mixture of hints of fruit and chocolate. Tasty, fruity flavor throughout the glass, and has a good, long finish that actrually is that of a malty sweetness..

07-02-2006 12:19:06 | More by kimcgolf
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Zraly

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured a medium to deep caramel brown with a tannish head. Looked pretty at first, and then the head took a nose dive.

However, this smooth one delivered in other sensory ways. A wonderful, yeasty, fruity scent danced up through my nose. The first sip was a winner. Smooth, semi-sugar malts with a spicy, dry finish. Mild fruits. Slightly phenolic. A tiny bit of hop bitterness is present. There is even an additional note of cocoa, which is interesting and adds a bit more character to the overall taste experience.

A gem pairing would be with a nice dark chocolate with roasted cocoa beans. Guess what I'm having with mine? *hint hint*

06-22-2006 22:49:48 | More by Zraly
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davidchollar

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Note: i review beers to keep track of what i've tried, to expand my vocabulary and train my palate... not for points. however, i admit i am a little excited to earn my mug, just as most BAs must be. I'm not positive, but i think this review will bump me up a notch to the next level of beerdom. so i decided to get one i've been looking forward to but putting off for a while. LOVED the trappist tripel, so i'm pretty sure the dubbel won't disappoint. one little catch, the particular bottle i got has a best by date of last month. i got a discount on the beer, i don't think the freshness will affect it too much, hope not anyway.

pours out of the attractive bottle into the tulip, a very nice appearance that puts a smile on my face. solid, dark brown color with hints of maroon, about the same as the bottle and label. dense, fat beige head, nice retention and lacing. the smell is awesome. i did a double take. it's been a little while since i had a trappist, other than chimay. my first thought is bubble gum. it's a great big, obviously fruity, malt bomb. reminds me of rochefort 10, (which i've only had one bottle of, but made such an impression on me that i clearly remember it months later). it's a very sweet smell, but one of great character and complexity that makes me very thirsty.

the taste, like the smell is near perfection. i can't believe i didn't take advantage of the store and get more bottles for even more of a discount, which i probably could have done if i was persistent. this superb dubbel has a glorious velvety mouthfeel, a full-body taste, a crisp and just-bitter-enough finish. it has everything, and at an abv of 7% it isn't as toxic as most quadrupels, which to me makes it more drinkable. i could have a few of these.

i have come a long way since my first review of a dubbel, which is embarrasing but i keep it as a reminder. this is a great style of beer that was a bit of an aquired taste for me.
highly recommended!

06-21-2006 15:42:06 | More by davidchollar
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1%

12 oz bottle purchased 6 months ago.

Deep brown color with a slight mahogany note. Nice big fluffy tan head that sticks around to leave trails of lacing. Smell is very malty. Caramel, with a light chocolate note. Also some faint dark fruit, cherries and figs. As it warms a faint alcohol smell comes through too but it is very pleasant. Taste is a well balanced maltyness with enough other flavors to keep it interesting. Again, a light cocoa note and some dark fruits. Just a little bit thin on the mouthfeel but I'm not thinking that is a bad thing. This would be the Trappist I would turn to when I'm not in the mood for the high alcohol and big taste of some of the big boys. Finishes very smooth with no aftertaste. I really enjoyed this one. Will definately get it again.

06-20-2006 00:48:21 | More by beermanbrian
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mcallister

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -8.9%

Opaque burgundy brown, thick fluffy tannish head, with many yeast particles floating about.

Sweet aromas of caramel malt and toffee, even milk chocolate, flowery esters, dark figs, creme de brulee, and although not overly high in alcohol some is noticeable in the nose.

Burn caramel malt flavors, hint of nutmeg, fruity belgian yeast strain, with a spicey character, roasted hazlenut, cinnamon, and once again alcohol shows through with a slight burn in the chest.

Nicely balanced brew but lacks deep complexity.

06-17-2006 12:56:38 | More by mcallister
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instrumentality

California

3.88/5  rDev -7%

appearance: a very dark, opaque brown with glimmers of red when held up to the light. Two fingers of off-white, bubbly foam that settled to a thin layer of scattered lace swirled in different shades of white and brown.

smell: cherries and burnt wood after the first pour, some banana after a second pour with a thicker head.

taste: cherries, burnt wood, and malt are dominant with some clove and a hint of banana. There's a lot of interesting activity going on in this brew, but while still relatively cool, it seemed to be lacking in body, a little watery with the only real intensity coming from the alcohol.

After letting it warm a bit, the flavor of banana became more prevalent and helped to counter the alcohol taste. However, the taste of cloves, one of my least favorite flavors in beer, also kicked in a bit more.

mouthfeel: a little harsh - heavy carbonation, some alcohol burn, but almost no lingering aftertaste.

drinkability: neither smooth enough to call refreshing, nor heavy enough to call filling, this is a pleasing enough brew that's relatively easy to drink. I'm not anxious to try it again, but I'm tempted to pick one or two up and tuck them away somewhere for a year or so and see what happens.

06-14-2006 06:01:54 | More by instrumentality
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hunteraw

China

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a brown-tinted garnet, moderate head, no lacing at all. Smells very sweet, definitely some fig aroma here, maybe a little caramel. Taste reminds me a bit of Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot Barleywine. Figs, some date maybe, a bit of alcohol warming. The level of bitterness seemed appropriate. In the mouthfeel department, seems a little undercarbonated to me. A touch syrupy, aftertaste is good. Overall a solid dubbel, but I'm not the biggest fan of the style - too much on the sweet side for my personal tastes. Funny how much it reminded me of Bigfoot, though.

06-12-2006 23:40:57 | More by hunteraw
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a tall steamed glass the medium dark Chocolate brown liquid is very cloudy. The head is thick, rich and tan, Stands tall and fades slow to a thin lace.

The smell is very striking. A fruity bouquet of plums and pears jump out at you giving way to soft tones of chocolate, malt and coffee. This really sets a nice tone of anticipation.

Taste is quite friendly, lots of rich malt with flavors of fruit, chocolate and caramel. Some nice citrus notes of lemon. The hand crafting shows in every sip.

Mouthfeel is fizzy from a good clean carbonation, very crisp yet a creamy & smooth. The finish coating the mouth, is very satisfying

Drinkability is way high. This is quite a fine brew. Care and quality show the whole way. You could drink this all night if you had the $$$. But at $4 per pop, not the best deal in town. MK

06-09-2006 04:51:49 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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Drew966

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel pours an opaque dark brown, with a small tan head and little bits of yeast along the bottom of the glass. Banana is noticeable to me in the aroma. I can also smell some alcohol, some other fruity notes are also present. Taste is really interesting, caramel and some fruit like notes, fig like maybe. Really interesting mouthfeel as well. Sparkly and prickly, but not overly so. Excellent beer, recommended.

06-06-2006 22:11:11 | More by Drew966
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Freshie

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours a rich dark brown, with thick, creamy, root beer float style head. Some visible setiment poured out on the head, and a lot left in the bottle.

Smells of caramel, mocha, and some of the dark fruit esters, like currant, plum or raisin.

Tastes a lot smoother and creamy than other Belgium Dubbels. Less on the fruit and hops, and more focus on the malt characteristics. The spicyness of the hops comes out in the aftertaste.

Very easy to drink, warming, and goes down smooth.

06-06-2006 01:28:12 | More by Freshie
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,120 ratings.