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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,109 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,109
Reviews: 1,116
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 120
Gots: 168 | 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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longarm

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%

Explosive, tan head sits atop a clear base with reddish tones. Nice looking beer.

Aroma mostly fruits, including grapes, peaches, cherries and strawberries. A slight earthy aspect present as well. Certainly a strength.

Rather dry with a slight bit of alcohol. Very earthy, but none of the fruit flavors perceived on the nose appear on the palate. Wonderful hop aftertaste at the finish. Generally less complex than I anticipated but also well balanced.

Decent mouthfeel if a little on the thin side. Fairly easy to drink, but also a little underwhelming.

04-20-2006 22:24:36 | More by longarm
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plaid75

New York

3.7/5  rDev -11.3%

Picked this beer up last week. Outwardly, an ornate glass bottle and classic label.

Pours a beautiful cloudy amber, almost violet, color. A nice thick head, which levels out to a half an inch which lasts throughout the experience.
Excellent lacing throughout as well.

Very aromatic - scents of raisin and fig.

The flavor mirrors the aroma. Rich raisin and fig flavor with a touch of alcohol at the end, but not bad for the ABV.

The mouthfeel is full and the flavor remains in the mouth.

A very drinkable trappist.

04-18-2006 01:31:41 | More by plaid75
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JMD71

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%

Appearance: Huge 3 fingers of tannish head. Very carbonated. There's a nice bubbly texture on the head when poured which draws back after a few minutes leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Rich caramel & malt strong in the aroma. Hints of earthy fruits such as dates, raisins, & prunes. Slight cherry aroma somewhere?

Taste: Like the aroma, the flavor is rich with raisins & dates. Warming with a slight alcohol touch in the finish. Very subtle. Very well balanced. Finishes crisp...

Mouthfeel: Slightly thick & cloying, but not in a bad way. Expected in this style. Very warming, but carbonation lends a criso, clean feeling.

Drinkability: This is VERY drinkable from my point of view! I could live on this. It is well balances between maltiness, fruitiness, & alcohol. Not overpoweringly rich or sweet.

Comments: I truly enjoyed this all the way through the glass. Each sip seemed to be better than the last. By the first true Belgain dubbel I've reviewed, this was everything I had expected.

04-14-2006 16:34:59 | More by JMD71
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Crosling

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -32.1%

Burgundy. Deep, complex nose of mixed berries, cherries, chocolate, caramel and mixed nuts. Slightly cloying, deep fruity flavor with notes of plums, cherries and other dark fruits. This is lacking flavor beyond the sweet dark fruitiness but more so, this is lacking depth and body. I want a richer, more complex malt flavor in a dubbel

04-11-2006 14:04:31 | More by Crosling
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moderndrunkard

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.28/5  rDev -21.3%

Poured straight from the tap at Erasmus in Bruges and enjoyed with roasted rabitt in beer sauce...but that's another review...

Pours a very appealing dark, cloudy body with a medium-bodied caramel head. There's a light head retention but the foam seems to stick to the glass for a long time.

Faint aromas exhibiting a light sweetness with a light alcohol nose.

I taste medium carbonation, a very slight initial fruitiness. Tastes...like...pear! Yeah, that's it. These pear-like flavors yield very nicely to a hop bitterness that lingers just long enough for my liking. A beer this color, I would have expected something different. Namely, something heavier and maltier. But all I'm tasting here seems to be light and bitter. (I'm sure the malts would come around if the beer was a couple degrees warmer)

I kinda feel like there's something wrong with my tastebuds because I was expecting something much different. But we all still have a lot to learn, don't we...?

Overall, good carbonation, not too thcik or too thin, pretty drinkable, but I'm not feeling another one.

04-09-2006 16:48:53 | More by moderndrunkard
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%

Glad to have revisited this beer after not having it for quite a while. Typical of all great Trappist beers. A prune-like colored hue with a yeasty murkiness, rocky foamstand, and great lacing. Seriously rich aroma. Full of fruits, candy, spices, and berries. Tastes the same as aroma, even moreso. A terrific blend of ripe-to-bruised fruits of apples, pears, dates, figs, and banannas. Candies of beet sugars, sweet malty, and a bit of a chocolate flavor. Spices up with a vineous-berry flavor, yeast, aged hops, and alcohol. Full and rich in the texture that falls short of thick. Finishes sweet, a bit tacky, and a bit dry. Worthy of the Trappist name. It's a very good beer.

04-07-2006 13:03:39 | More by BEERchitect
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cheers2beers

Texas

4.88/5  rDev +17%

Served in my Westmalle chalice:

Appearance: A dark brown liquid with a dark ruby tint throughout when held to the light is noticed, along with a beautiful dark creamed coffee head that stacked up to about three fingers to finally settle at a quarter inch floating on top.It left a minimal amount of laceing behind as well.

Smell: The aromas are just simplely magnificent. A not too overpowering Belgian yeast is present along with some wild cherries/lambic kriek notes,a caramel and syrupy malt, the alcohol lets itself be known as well.

Taste: That lambic kriek flavor mixed with the typical Belgian yeasts and a nice caramel/toffee malt makes this beer a very eligant delight. A hop bitterness is subtle, I think it counter acts the sweetness,that the malts produce, to make this brew superb. There is a strong alcohol finish as well.

Mouthfeel: The feel is one of a kind. High in carbonation,which in my own opinion makes this one of my favorite Begian beers. Medium bodied, slick oily substance that leaves with a nice bubbley finish.

Drinkability: This is definitely my favorite Belgian beer. I have had this beer with many different foods and it always seems to go with everything quite nicely. I look forward to purchasing this one again soon.I f you haven't had this,it's a must try.Thumbs up,Westmalle!!


Cheers2Beers

04-04-2006 21:11:02 | More by cheers2beers
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SetarconeX

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a lovely deep chestnut color with a decent, lingering, frothy head. Lot of black sediment at the bottom, with black specks floating on the froth. Smells wonderful, plums and malt, with a little burst of herbs and anise.

Tastes equally wonderful, plums and dates in malt, but finishing with an unexpected little burst of hops. Seems to fairly well avoid the metallic tinge that seems to plague these Dubbels.

Quite a nice brew, and I tip my hat to those monks!

04-03-2006 21:22:49 | More by SetarconeX
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Available in South Dakota, if you would believe it. Pours a mostly red amber color with darker browns throughout. A little cloudy, but a good off-white color foam with good head retention and lacing.

The aroma is very sweet with malt and very much noticeable. Rich Belgium malts bring out darker fruit smells such as figs plums. This mixes with definite darker candi flavors. There are backgrounds notes of yeasty and a touch of vanilla wafers.

The taste follows suit with a strong malt presence. A big body with Belgium pale and big biscuits and chocolate flavors. Fig and raisin tastes mix throughout. The candi is hard to miss with a sweet syrupy taste. Some spiciness and not really any hops but most of this is hidden by the big malt.

The body is big but not necessarily full. Limit Dextrins and bits of chewiness are a big presence. This really limits the drinkability of the beer. A dessert beer is the best descriptive word. Still nice to know you can pick it up in the middle of nowhere.

03-28-2006 22:05:15 | More by Oxymoron
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kevin62

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -15.3%

This was poured from a 330ml bottle inte a Westmalle chalice.The appearance was a reddish brown color with a tan head that quicly dissappears.The aromas were malty and slightly sweet and those smell were reflected in the taste as well.This Trappist beer was not as full as some of the other ones and while I personally thought this beer was ok,I do not believe it as good as the other ones like Chimay or Orval.

03-26-2006 13:47:06 | More by kevin62
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from an 11 oz. bottle at cellar temp (55F or so) into a tulip glass.

I got a 1 inch thick creamy head that stayed put. There was a great deal of visible carbonation. This beer pours a beautiful deep red color. Simply a wonder to behold in the glass! Very nice lacing as I drank on. Literally right down to the last sip the head was still evident and still leaving a nice lace.

Aroma is of malty sweetness and some alcohol. No hop aroma of note. It does have the telltale nose of a trappist ale, I presume due to the yeast.

Taste is again a sweet alcohol flavor. There is little if any noticable hop character to this beer. Finish is clean and dry with very little lingering bitterness. The yeasty aroma does not propogate to the flavor characteristics of this beer. As I drink on the aftertaste is dominated by alcohol.

Mouthfeel is overwhelmingly carbonated.

This is a nice drinkable Dubbel. It certainly warmed me up from the inside out. First beer of the evening and I must say I enjoyed every bit of it.

03-26-2006 03:58:56 | More by ZimZamZoom
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beersarang

California

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours an opaque reddish brown with a light tan head. Thick syrupy lace descends into a crown on the surface.

Bready almost molasses aroma, sweet and yeasty.

caramel and molasses sugar character upfront leads into belgian grains and a very light bitterness that fades away into sweet alcohol and grain. Sweet on the exhale with traces of dark caramel and a slight roasted chocolate.

Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation, just spot on.

Well made and a joy to drink. A solid Belgian that many could enjoy.

03-24-2006 06:29:54 | More by beersarang
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wedge

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%

Deep auburn color with a dense, thick looking head that drops to a sticky topping. Potent aroma of dark malts and fruits. A little chocolate and caramel hovers over an evident spicy alcohol scent. Nice rich fruity flavors upfront - a little apple - clean, sweet malts. Very smooth taste...a little spicy.

The smell is actually the least appealing aspect of this dubbel...seems a little boozy. Overall, a rich and fruity trappist brewed ale that drinks like a much stronger beer.

03-21-2006 05:38:22 | More by wedge
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ahking

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours a deep brown, mahagonay color. Very slight head that dissaptes to a white ring. Beautiful aroma, raisins, dark chocolate, caramel malts. Taste is friuty yet finishes quite dry. Juicy plums, rough hewn wood, a little citrusy. Hops are non existant in the aroma and subtle in perceived bitterness.

03-17-2006 02:55:04 | More by ahking
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doubleipa

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

I've had this many times, but have just gotten around to rate it. I had a cold, so some of the aromas probablydid not come through as strong. Heavy malt with some sweet dough. Also, a good hint of cherry. Creamy head that completely went away. Brown, with some tiny particles. I poured the whole bottle.Good, dubbel, right on style.

03-13-2006 17:53:52 | More by doubleipa
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Redteketed

Netherlands

4.13/5  rDev -1%

Brown coloured beer, not much of a head.
A very complex noise, contains candy-sugar, raisin and other fruits (can’t quiet describe it), spices and roasted malts.
Initial taste is light bitter-light sweet, with spicy and roasted malts.
Full body, normal carbonation, little dry mouthfeel. Nice spicy, light bitter lasting finish.

03-12-2006 15:01:31 | More by Redteketed
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Redrover

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%

11.2 oz heavy brown bottle with clear freshness dating.

The beer pours an opaque brown with a massive chiffon like tan head. Very nice lacing.

Sweet nose of dark fruits & molasses. Reminds me a bit of that old fashioned candy slowpoke.

The taste is sweet, alcoholic and earthy. Molasses again in the taste with some subtle spicing and a finish that almost reminds me of dark rum.

The mouth is a bit astringent and comfortably stocky. I like this one as an evening sipper. I would not session this beer, but always look forward to the next time I have one.

03-09-2006 00:51:01 | More by Redrover
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Jredner

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

On par with the much praised Westvleteren. Aroma is full of dark fruits like cherry and date and spicy. A dark brown body supports a huge three finger thick Belgian beauty of a head. Has the taste of spiced bread pudding dipped in choclate liquor and the mouthfeel to match. Very tasty with a long lingering aftertaste.

03-08-2006 19:38:37 | More by Jredner
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yelterdow

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Served after a sushi lunch at about 45° in a Chimay chalice. Freshness date reads 05/04/07.

Appearance- Pours a medium raisiny red color into the glass, where a tight, two-finger head begins to rise. Excellent clarity, and the bubbles are constantly replenished by the steady stream of carbonation. Lacing is minimal at this point.

Smell- Some phenols come out at first, then an underlying sweetness that exhibits some dark fruit (figs, prunes), vanilla, and malts. Huge candi sugar aromas waft out from my glass, nailing this style right on.

Taste- Vanilla and oaky fermented fruit are strong on the palate, with a uniquely dry sweetness that is really fantastic. The malts are big but not overwhelming; the fruit is perfect; and the spiciness is subtle. In the finish, we have a perfectly placed hop dryness and mild bittering, priming the mouth for the next sip. Wonderfully balanced. A nice belly warmth is now manifesting, as I sit way back in my chair and really appreciate this beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Upon entering the mouth, the beer swells with *gusto* and pitter-patters all over the tongue, just short of being overly "crackling". As we go forward and the beer warms, the mouthfeel improves to near perfection. Slippery and mouth filling, this is totally enjoyable. I will be seeking this out again.

P.S. For the last few sips I have swirled in the sediment, and the beer came back for another round of boosted activity in the mouth. Obviously more attention was brought to the yeast, and the beer's body thickened slightly. Great Trappist offering.

03-08-2006 00:36:58 | More by yelterdow
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kgotcher

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%

Poured from a small 330ml bottle.

Murky amber/brown color with a fizzy off white head that fades quickly.

Aroma is raisin and plum, almost brandy like, with a rich malty base. Goes down smooth with medium body and good carbonation. Taste is more grainy malt than I expected, nice fruity balance but a great roasted matly and nut flavor keeps pushing through. Reminds of a brown ale but with a Belgium fruit and yeast flavor.

Overall very enjoyable, much more than expected. Quite drinkable.

03-05-2006 07:09:43 | More by kgotcher
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skynxnex

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured from a 11.2 oz brown, dated 14/07/07 into a goblet. Thick, creamy head forms. The bubbles keep rising adding to it. The color is a wonderful amber brown.

It smells wonderful: with rich malt, hint of alcohol, and a touch of fruit. The taste backs this up. Rich, full. Lightly toasted bread. Hint of hops staying in there to match with the malt.

It's a joy to drink and feel. Very yummy.

03-04-2006 02:40:35 | More by skynxnex
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chakadrum

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.1%

A - This looked absolutely beautiful. A rich brown color with a hint of amber. A thick head on top and good lacing.

S - I don't know what other way to put it than it smelled like a good beer. Not harsh in any way. A subtle sort of smell.

T - Upon the first sip the beer reminded me of some food I consume around the holidays. I'm not sure what it was. Maybe it was a bit yeasty tasting reminding me of fresh baked bread.

M - The mouth felt a little too bubbly and the beer felt too noticable as I moved over my tongue. A little rough feeling.

D - Definately a drinkable beer. Something to be appreciated especially after a long day of programming.

03-01-2006 02:22:28 | More by chakadrum
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

3.23/5  rDev -22.5%

poured nicely with an even tan head. color is black with a tinge of ruby red at the edges of the glass.s

smells of raison, ripe fruit and cinamon seem to dominate.

taste is a interesting mix of flavors. it started off with a raison, dark beglium candi sugar that settled into almost a metalic tangy undertone. at mid glass that undertone faded to a light hop tart that seemed to quickly fade and the final sips at almost full room temp had a light malt presence.

drinkability aside from the tangy metallic taste was good. this is a light bodied easy to drink beer. As far as dubbels go, I am glad to have tried this, but it doesn't move into the ranks of my favorite dubbels.

02-24-2006 13:39:35 | More by barleywinebrewer
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petemoss14

Germany

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

330 ml bottle.

Pours a dense, earthy brown with a fluffy tan head. Nice lacing.

Fruity aroma -- raisins, apple peel, banana, dates. Some sweet toasty breadiness.

More fruit on the palate. Rasins, figs. Caramel, and chocolate. Turns from fruity, juicy in the middle to quite dry in the finish.

Very smooth on the palate, with fine carbonation. Goes down real easy -- makes me wish I could get my hands on a 750.

The rather abrupt, dry finish is a bit beguiling. In a way it leaves me wanting, which is good and bad. It makes me want to take another sip soon after the last, but can almost be a little unsatisfying (at least the first one) as a sip & savor beer. That said this is a real finely crafted, complex beer that I could see myself settling down and drinking 2 or 3 of, or enjoying with a rich braise.

02-24-2006 05:29:32 | More by petemoss14
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%

11/25/05 on label. Pours a bubbly raison brown. Aroma is like a Fig Newten and some raisins. Lots of dark brown particulate matter suspended amongst the aggressive carbonation. Taste is less sweet then most other well known dubbels but less complicated and interesting as well. It’s rather underwhelming but one strong point is the lively carbonation. That in combination with the moderated sweetness makes this one very drinkable.

02-20-2006 00:44:05 | More by DaPeculierDane
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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