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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,104 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,104
Reviews: 1,115
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 118
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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skybluewater

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours a murky cherry-brown color. Very odd foamy head that recedes and leaves some lacing. Smell is fruity, almost winey, with a bit of cherry. Cherries pop up again in the taste, along with hints of shaved chocolate and clove. Alcohol is apparent, but not obtrusive

Overall, a darn good dubbel here. I'm definitely going to revisit this one in the near future, although the price, while not too high, isn't exactly cheap either...

10-23-2004 01:08:09 | More by skybluewater
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counselor

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%

deep dark red brown beer with a nice full white head. full, horsey, barnyard yeast aromas dominate with some sweet malty notes in the back. Good rich mouthfeel with excellent carbonation. The tastes are at different times citrusy, breadlike and spicey with apricot and grape flavors. Finishes clean and dry well balanced. A beer I will enjoy again

10-22-2004 23:55:56 | More by counselor
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -4.1%

A deep garnet /ruby colored body with a big tan head. The aroma is sweet dried fruit with some fig and a light underpining of spiceyness. There is a distinct chocolate characteristic at the start of the taste followed by a fizzy burst of carbonation at the back of the tongue and then there is the light fig sweetness on the finish. Quite enjoyable.

10-22-2004 00:47:44 | More by ybnorml
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rousee

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours dark amber-molasses. No head, no lace but very complex smell.
My nose is saying champagne-like effervescence, fruity -chewy- caramel type nose. Another fine beer. I am glad that I have not reviewed any beers that were shitty.

Taste is malty-chewy and syrupy but with a dry finish. Only the good expensive beers are able to do this. This is another of the good ones. Oooh --I should buy more than one next time.

10-18-2004 01:03:29 | More by rousee
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rajendra82

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -14.1%

Dark muddy red color and tall beige colored head made this an attractive looking beer. The aroma was spicy and malty with notes of cocoa, cinnamon, and plums. The taste was sweet and fruity with cherries, apples, and pears. The mouthfeel was thin and hollow and was clearly the weakest point of this beer. Very light and drinkable for a 7% ABV ale, but not the best Dubbel I’ve had.

10-15-2004 04:30:44 | More by rajendra82
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Dark brown in hue with a tawny-ruby influence, I could see a few chunks of yeast floating in the liquid, oops! Still I’d say the beer is largely clear. The head is off-white in color, almost beige, at the apex the head reached one finger in height and it quickly faded to a half finger cap, this remained for the entire consumption. Impressive. Subsequent lacing was splotchy and it clung poorly. Still this is a good-looking beer, largely because the head held like cement. The nose is very enjoyable, the potency isn’t as loud as I’d like but I’m picky. The aromas included a fantastic malty base, rich and chocolately like a cookie. Nutty. Toffee. If this was all the bouquet offered I’d be happy. But I’m elated because there is a hell of a lot of fruity aromas! Including cherries, dates, raisins, grapes (yes, there is a difference between raisins and grapes), apples infused with figs, coriander and brandy. Nice! As a whole, the nose is a malty harvest! The palate doesn’t live up the nose. It’s not close really. The bouquet told me, “big, malty backbone… rich, flavorful.” It was not. I found the malt to be thin and not that flavorful. Sure, it is good but not that yummy. The alcohol is a little too naked as well; this hurts the fruity qualities, which is a shame. I can find some nuttiness, bitter chocolate that is not very rich. There is some astringency that is vague and aimless, it can’t find a partner to dance with. Clovey. Fruitiness is a mix of bananas with a very weak kiss of grapes and apples. On the whole the palate is good but nothing more, it lacks pizzazz for one thing but the weakness of the malt is really disappointing. For a Dubbel it is average, decent. The mouthfeel is too thin. Again more malt please. Medium-light in body with zesty carbonation, the bubbles feel small but active. This aspect of this beer is satisfactory. I don’t really care for the tacky aftertaste. Sure this beer is drinkable; I found it quite pleasant and enjoyable. I have to mention a bottle in Omaha runs $5.00. With that in mind, it is not *that* drinkable! I can buy a six-pack of New Belgium’s (much tastier) Dubbel for $6.50. It is a no-brainer as to what beer I’d select in the future. Bottom line, it is a good beer but nothing special and nothing I think I will seek out again (unless it is much cheaper at John’s in Iowa City).

10-14-2004 02:12:16 | More by bditty187
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Trentonator

Kansas

4.63/5  rDev +11%

Pours a dark mahogany, the head is nice and lacy, sticks around a good long while. Smell is exquisite, scents of currant, anise and chocolate, truly a decadent whiff. Taste is awesome, both full and spicy, creamy mouthfeel. An overall excellent beer.

10-07-2004 01:10:57 | More by Trentonator
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paterlodie

Belgium

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

Taking a better look in the beercellar I saw that there were still 6 bottles left of Westmalle Dubbel that went over the best before date. Off course I decided to open up 1 and find out how they were aging. Opening it carefully I found out that it had a little gushing but with the glass nearby no problem. For the rest the beer ( best before 21/5/04) was still in a perfect condition. Great hoppy smell and a great taste of candice sugar fermentation, malts and hop. Altogether it came very hamonic. I realy enjoyed drinking it and I wondered how it could be that I didn't drink one earlier, cause it's just a great beer! Probably its because I love their triple so much that I forgot how good the double is.... and am sure the rest of my stock Westmalle double won't last that long.

09-21-2004 13:20:14 | More by paterlodie
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

Strong carbonation and flavour. Residual spice, great lacing in chestnut brown. Sweet and spicy. Cocoa, berries that seem and smell like wine but only a small percentage.Had a bottle after three years and it was a good wine. Great yeast craftmanship.

09-19-2004 02:55:30 | More by Sammy
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%

Freshness dating of 8/19/2005. Bottle lists ABV at 7%. Pours a clouded burnt sienna color with a fluffy, big beige head. Aromas are deep, malty and yeasty. Slight suggestions of husk, spice and sun-dried dark fruit. Head retention is good even in the wide-lipped Westmalle chalice. Initial sip implies a slight anise and husky dark malt in flavor, finishing clean and slightly dry. Further tastes include notes of sweat, yeast, plum skins, and a metallic twang that comes from an active carbonation and coincides well with the evident huskiness. Faint woody esters come into play. Very nice and pleasurable to drink.

09-15-2004 08:10:41 | More by crookedhalo
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

2.85/5  rDev -31.7%

Pours a hazy brown with tones of copper. 1/4 inch creamy tan head with decent lace. Smells lightly fruity.

Taste is also fruity but also metallic. Caramael and nutty. Some molasses and barnyard funk. But the flavors are tame and the mouth is thin. Watery. Not at all what I was expecting. a light metallic and sticky aftertaste. It's not even that tasty. Very disappointed in this one. Enjoyed the tripel, really did not care for the dubbel at all.

09-01-2004 02:23:37 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

Not bad. Poured a dark reddish brown with a monster fluffy sandy coloured head that stayed for a long time. Plenty of thick, sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. The smell wasn't very impressive. It wasn't terrible, it just didn't seem to me to have a smell worthy of a 4+ rating. A little hoppy. Little raisin like. That's it. Perhaps it's just this particular bottle. The taste, however, was very good indeed. A little bit of cooked apples, a little bit of raisins. Plenty of yeast. (Hey, it's Belgian). Very smooth. Not a ton of carbonation, so it was easy to drink. Over all, pretty damn tasty. Oh yeah, and my bottle says 7.0%abv, not 6.5%. Slight change in recipe, perhaps? New discovery made at the brewery? Just a mistake?

08-31-2004 03:05:11 | More by SilentSabre
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

2.6/5  rDev -37.6%

Big bubbled carbonation quickly sizzles to nothing, leaving a lifeless hazy medium brown with chunks. Uh-oh. Aroma is metallic dull soda that is almost made up for with a cool little yeast funk. Flavor is also soda-like, sweet and vinous. A mix of Bud, a mild rootbeer, and yeast. Finish is rooty and spicy. Big carbonation sizzles on the tongue, harsh with thin body.

Hmm. Interesting, but not impressive. I love their triple even though I don't really care for triples, now I am not impressed by their dubbel although I love dubbels. I am left thinking that either this bottle has had a rough life or other people will worship any monk droppings. I will try this again at a later date and hope for better things.

08-23-2004 02:48:51 | More by waughbrew
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a chocolate brown color with a massive invincible head that lasts to the bitter end and gobs and gobs of lace. Theres apples, cinammon, raisins, dark chocolate and passionfruit in the nose. The flavor is remarkably complex (like the smell). Its replete with the fruits detected on the nose as well as berries and an alcohol twang. Its extremely refreshing, my only fault with the taste is that the alcohol is a little strong tasting for its low ABV. Many Belgian brews with much higher ABVs conceal them better than this. Thats a very minor imperfection and this beer is still excellent. Very refreshing, though as far as Dubbels go, Maudite is still the best.

08-17-2004 22:32:46 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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inebrius

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +17%

If someone asked you to sum this beer up in one word, what would it be? For me: turtle. You know, those huge gobs of pecan, caramel and chocolate you get at roadside tourist stops and munch on the way to your real destination. Simple, right?. But if you gave me two words, well then, I might say smoked cherries. That wouldn't be enough though, would it? Then I would have to say cedar shavings and cypress knees and forest honey and Spring straw

berries.

07-31-2004 04:19:19 | More by inebrius
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BeerManDan

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

When poured it was a medium dark brown with loads of off white foam. The smell was of roasted malts and hops. The flavor was of toasty toffee/caramel with soft malts and hops. Well balanced and very pleasant to the palate. In the end, this dubbel was darkm full-bodied with hints of toffee.

07-27-2004 19:35:18 | More by BeerManDan
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

This is a beautiful beer with a rich red-brown color crowned with thin tan lace that leaves sticky swirls on the inside of the glass. It has a full nose of sweet malted barley, and of carmel. The taste is divine. Sweet carmel and molasses intertwine with notes of brown sugar, nutmeg, raisin, cherry, prune and sweet bread pudding. This is decadent and satisfying. The mouthfeel is nice because it is not as heavy as you'd expect for all these rich flavors. This makes it easily drinkable, and a wonderful example of a Belgain Dubbel.

07-27-2004 18:42:52 | More by 99bottles
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gentlebubbles

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -13.7%

Very cool dark brown bottle with "Trappistenbier" imprinted into the neck of the bottle, and "Westmalle Abbey"(?) under the label. Looks scuffed and reused. Date 11/25/05 on the back. Lovely red-brown, cola color under tall, fluffy beige head. Sweet, winey, raisiny, grainy smell. I could go on for a while trying to sort this out.

After such an intro, I am disappointed. I find it too thin-bodied for the raisin and caramel flavors to mask the presence of alcohol. It tastes stronger than its rating, very winey. There's even more raisin in the short-lived finish.

Meh. Not crazy about this.

07-26-2004 02:09:54 | More by gentlebubbles
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

I have waited too long to try this beer. Pours out a reddish brown color with a huge beautiful off white head. The smell is amazing. Soft, sweet, malt with a touch of fruityness. Wow! The taste is not what I expected. Unlike anything I have ever had. Raisins, figs, earthyness, and some citrus coming through. Carbonation is sharp in the beginning then gives way to a big warming feeling at the end. So smooth and so balanced. I am guessing the alcohol notes would mellow out with a bit of aging. Even after some time, the head stays creamy, smooth and fully entacted. One of my new favorite beers. I can't wait to try more trappist ales.

07-23-2004 22:44:45 | More by CharlesRiver
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev -9.4%

11.2oz. bottle poured into a chalice. It pours a murky dark brown color with three fingers of fluffly light tan foam. There is lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is very malty, with sweetness of caramelized sugar and fruity esters. A little spicy on the nose too. The taste is also fairly malty and a little sweet, but with a slightly tart and dry finish. It doesn't hide the alcohol well, and it's only 6.5% abv. The mouthfeel is just a little on the light side, especially for the style. The drinkability fairs pretty well though, not too shabby. A fair dubbel.

07-22-2004 02:10:25 | More by SheepNutz
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TinusTime

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours a dark rich brown with a HUGE frothy head that took long enough to subside that one could make a sandwich, clean up and have a smoke before it would be half way down. Smell is rich of Chocolate,Caramel, and Dried fruit. Taste is Rich and full with lite brown sugar notes with some lightly brandied fruit and a touch of breadiness. Drinks smoothly with just a hint of alcohol on the tongue. A definate post dessert. Would go great with a nice rich cigar sitting on the deck with old friends.. A tasty treat, not as good as the triple... but holds its own.

07-20-2004 04:34:12 | More by TinusTime
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WesWes

New York

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an awesome pale and Belgian crystal malt scent with a tart, yet fruity Belgian yeast finish. The taste is good. It has a creamy brown ale flavor with a tart, fruity Belgian yeast finish. It goes down easy and finishes creamy and dry. The mouthfeel is exceptional. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. It has aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel; a fine sessions brew.

07-18-2004 22:04:35 | More by WesWes
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Dukeofearl

California

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

This was the first Trappist beer I ever tried when I was in Belgium last year- and so it has a special place in my heart.l But I waited a year and tried some other Dubbels and Belgian Brown ales before I reviewed this puppy. Presentation 11.2 oz bottle. Pours a medium brown, somewhat clear, but that's because I kept the inch (that much?) of yeast sediment from pouring into the glass. Head was a surprising mix of large and small bubbles, off-white/tan, that looked more like a soda pop head than a beer head. Aroma is the best feature of this beer. Bready with a light sweetness, malty, pleasant gentle chocolate. Aroma follows through into flavor; here some pepper also comes through. However, the alcohol isn't hidden as much as I would like, thus negatively affecting the balance (in my humble opinion). Still very good and I will gladly drink more, but would like it toned down a bit. As it warmed, it seemed there was almost some smokiness coming through (I don't think this is quite right, but I can't find a better descriptor). Maybe a bit of aging helps mellow and balance it a bit.

07-12-2004 01:11:55 | More by Dukeofearl
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BierReise

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

330ml Best by date 19/08/05 Poured a hazy reddish brown with a thick dense head and looking very inviting. Aroma is both fruity and spicy with a peppery note. Flavor is slightly vinous, malty and notes of burnt sugar. The body is quite effervescent and with a lively carbonation. I was surprised at the vinous characteristics this Dubbel had. Overall a complex one for sure, maybe the most complex I’ve had thus far.

07-02-2004 02:43:07 | More by BierReise
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scottum

Vermont

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

Pours a very sexy brown with a big tan full head. Very smooth with a wonderfully well crafted sweet malt flow over perfect balance. This is a top notch beer with a full flavor profile. All should try this brew. It is a shame that these beers are oh so very hard to find in the states.

06-22-2004 02:50:06 | More by scottum
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,104 ratings.