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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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2,370 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,370
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 150
Gots: 288 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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Ratings: 2,370 | Reviews: 1,148
Photo of garymuchow
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a huge dark head. Nice mixed aroma initially of a sweet alcohol and fruit (plum, prune quality) with a little berry thrown in. How nice it that? Almost a smoky quality to the grain. The alcohol fades in time leaving only the malty fruit.
A very cloudy dark amber of browns and deeper red. Head settles slowly.
Flavor is less bright and bold than the aroma. Malt character holds more grainy quality, but still holds the prune like fruit flavor. Alcohol noticeable, but not overpowering. Hops balance the sweetness and offer little bitterness.
Such a fine carbonation that adds softness without interfering with a nice smoothness of a rather lightly bodied brew.
Boy does this go down easily. The aroma never stops. Tasty.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours very dark, with a substantial tan head.

Strong aromas of dark fruits, brown sugar, and malt.

Strong flavors of dark malt, prunes, raisins, and hoppy bitterness. A little ginger too. Good balance of sweet with dry hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full but light, with moderate carbonation.

This is one of the world's great beers. The taste is marvelous and at 7% ABV, one can afford a few.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of karengarys
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours dark dark clear ruby leaving a foamy caramel colored ring around the glass - the foam does not stick to the glass.

Smells sweet and fruity.

Tastes... ...smooth... ...at first watery but - no - there is a lot going on here... "beer". yep. "beer". but so much more, what is it. And so mellow. It is like champaign in a beer bottle and beer flavors. Hmm... The bottle is almost 2/3 gone, and I still cannot nail a single flavor for no single flavor stands out. You'll have to read the other reviews to see what others noticed - I am just picking out a very smooth balance of flavors - the hops are present but not real bitter - the malt is present but not overpowering - there are spices all over, and other flavors both sweet and bitter, but it is very well balanced. My original rating on taste was 3.5 - that is what it appears to be at first glance, but as I sit with it I'm realizing how much more it is to it than initially meets the eye.

extra note: the alcohol is hidden completely.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy. That too started at a 4, but I'm going to 4.5. There is a wateryness that is noticeable at first glance, but again, as you sit with it the real character becomes apparent.

This is a very good beer you have to sit back and think about to really enjoy. You probably could pour it to your macro loving friends and get away with it because it is not screaming with over-the-top flavors and smells. But - those who think about what they are consuming will really appreciate this great brew. I think I need to keep this in mind for the next new years eve party - since I serve beer, not champaign, this would be a good celebration beverage for the beer lovers in my neighborhood.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of nanertak
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours 2 finger head, cloudy amberish brown. Very long head retention. Red around the edges if backlit.

Smell - honey, dried fruits reminiscent of prunes or raisins, clove and allspice, some alcohol boozyness and malt.

Taste - complex. Dried fruit again up front, fades to a persistent dry bitterness/tartness. Detectable alcohol warmth. After warming, noticeable banana and yeast hints.

Mouthfeel - very high carbonation, made it quite zippy on the tongue. Seems to increase the tartness, which fades as the beer warms and the carbonation settles out.

Drinkability - Great sipper, one of those beers that really demands your attention to enjoy. Not a casual beer. Drink above 55 degrees in my opinion, and pay attention to the subtleties as it warms to near room temperature. You'll be glad you did.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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