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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
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Reviews: 1,167
Hads: 2,541
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 192
Gots: 417 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij Westmalle
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Style | ABV
Dubbel | 7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

CO2 bubbles stream to the surface of this crimson colored brew at a very rapid pace. The body of this beer is topped of with a gigantic mousse-like light brown head. The retention is excellent. There are nice aromas of chocolate, yeast, must, chalk and candy. The flavors are a little bready, chalky and dry. Alcohol presence is really kept in check. Some bubblegum makes an appearance as well. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated. And the body is light-medium. This is enjoyable.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color, topped by a thin, fine head. Little, if any, lacing-action. Candy-sugar and dark-fruit dominate the nose.
Fairly smooth tongue, but could be a bit fuller, imo. Has tastes of raisins and black currants, some of the candy-sugar....finishes a quite a bit on the bitter and dry side. Was aroused a bit by the nose, but felt the flavor didn't quite follow through. I feel the dry, bitter end overshadowed the fruity, sweet start, in a negative manner.

overall: 3.7
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

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Photo of SirSketch
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Densely packed tan head. Clear mahogany colored beer.

S - Smells sweet with a very distinctive, spicy yeast character. Caramel, toffee and a little bubblegum.

T - Very clean, bready malt influence. A slight woody taste. Less subtle than the other trappists, but much more approachable.

M/D - Medium bodied, but a clean, balanced finish. It's actually a challenge to savor the beer because it is so drinkable.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with maroon highlights. Head is large, creamy, and toffee-colored. Nice lacing, excellent head retention.

S: Toffee, caramel, dark fruit, some spice, smooth vanilla, and light cocoa. Interesting aroma, could be a bit stronger.

T&M: A faint and dry toffee-like malt is upfront, with a slight dark fruitiness and an ample amount of spice. Some metallic flavor on the finish. Not quite as rich or full a dubbel as I'm accustomed to. Body is medium with a zesty, spicy carbonation that's a little bit heavy and lacks the smoothness I associate with Belgians.

D: Metallic flavor makes it a bit tough to put down, but the flavor and body are both on the lighter side.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a bottle that had a drink by Aug 2 2008 date and poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - first off this is what a dubbel should look like. Dark and deep ruby port color with a nice finger and half of dirty creme colored head that was big and puffy. That was one head that stuck around and left some beautiful lacing down the sides.

S - Smells a bit like brown sugar coated dates or French toast with raisin bread. There is also a hint of the alcohol which is surprising given that this has about 3 years of age on it. A bit of some of the red wine and port phenols also appear.

T - Malty and bready on my first sip with just a slight hint of the brown sugar. As the beer goes on, get a bit of grape, both red and yellow grape flavors seem to emerge which give the beer a contrasting flavor profile. The green, dry grape flavor really emerges in the end as it carries on the tongue. Also taste a bit like a brandied christmas pudding filled with dates and honey. Also, the beer is a bit hot for only 7% and given the age, I found it surprising I could taste the alcohol as much as I did. As it warms up, find the alcohol to be a bit dominating and actually give the beer a pecuilar taste that I can't quite but my finger on.

MF - The mouthfeel is full and creamy with a decent amount of carbonation. The after feeling is slightly dry and astringent due to the greener grape flavors, alcohol and carbonation that sit on the tongue.

D - Overall one of the best beers to look at but not to taste. This seems to be an average dubbel as I have had some that were both more complex and tastier. A little more age may due well for this beer to calm down some of the alcohol, but who knows. Overall, it is easy to drink but in terms of a dubbel I'd much rather have a Pere Jacques or Chimay Red. I have to say they blew me away with their tripel but the dubbel not so much.

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Photo of loren01
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown color, huge head depite conservative pour, slight lace down the glass
S: Metallic, ETOH, dark fruit and buttery
T: Earthy, sweet dark fruitiness, ETOH and buttered popcorn taste
M: High amount of carbonation, medium bodied
D: Fairly complex beer, would get this again, very drinkable.

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Photo of clvand0
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown color with a nice fluffy head and leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma was yeasty with fruits and caramel. The flavor was quite sweet and filled with caramel tones. I had higher expectations for this. It's a great beer, but it can't hold ground against others in the same category.

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Photo of Asgeirr
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Westmalle Dubbel pours a mahogany colour along with a cola-coloured crown of medium height and thin consistency.

Smell: Prominently sweet intermixed with burnt notes, like Swedish must, (or a coke of sorts), a subtle sourness à la apple lurks in the background.

Taste: Sour with a mellow bitterness, burnt malt with an unpleasant bi-flavour in mixture with a caramelly sweetness slightly reminiscent of coke. For a trappist I expected more, since this one feels kind of fad in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Low in carbonation, harsh and medium in body.

Drinkability: A tad too anonymous - for a trappist - but satisfyingly delivering in all the sensory inputs , yet I cannot stop to wish to expect more!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark ruby brown, with a full of-white head with great retention, some lacing.

S: Brown sugar, cola, wet paper, port wine.

T: Dark sugar, raisins are the major malt characteristics. Definitely a metallic edge, copper, with some vinous character.

M: Medium-bodied, light carbonation, metallic, can be watery.

D: A tasty beer, but I think the tripel is much better, especially with the price. The standard bearer for this style, a well made ale for sure, any Trappist fan should try it out.

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Photo of guinnessman
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour with a creamy tan head, looks enticing. Presents itself with a dark red huge.
Aroma of cranberries, a hint of chocolate, some fruity undertones, bubble gum, and a nice floral bouquet. There is a very fruity taste at first, then a bit of chocolate, and a rather harsh alcohol finish.
I was not displeased with this double. I was; however, caught off guard by the excessive alcohol taste. But after a few sips from my westmalle chalice I quite enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of randjuke
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle gives dark brown color with thick lasting off-white head. Nice aroma of dark fruits and yeast. Taste matches aroma with dark fruits, malts, yeast, spice - a bit sharper than I am used to with dubbels. Finish mildly bitter, thin mouthfeel. Overall just a step above OK.

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Photo of mmahut
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber colour with stable head.

S: Bitter strong caramel/sugar aroma.

T: Starts with smooth taste of dark fruits, apple, bananas following with sweet chocolate taste with oranges.

M: Heavy body with medium carbonation, long lasting after taste.

D: One of Belgian classic, very good for dinner.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle>Chimay Goblet (best before 8/22/09)

This is a vibrant, crimson and ruby-amber color with a rushing stream of bubbles that creates this big, fat and fluffy, 2" lively and bubbly, dark cream colored head that dissipates in moderate fashion and leaves plenty of sticky lacing and a fine foam cover.

This is a very musty and earthy scent....wheat 'n grains, roasted toffee, earthy, grasssy hop scent way down.

a semi-bitter, herbal and earthy hop and yeast flavor pops out first, then the mildly sweet malt hits, but the malt complexity seems a bit low. There's a decent oak'ed and cinnemon edge in the malt but it's not sweet enough for my liking. As the brew warms up to room temp a fruity current comes through featuring raspberies and wild blackberries and a slightly sharp heat follows. The balnce seems a bit off with the herbal, earthy effects stepping all over the malt charecter. Very clean and crisp but a bit thin for the style.

This is medium to full bodied but really crisp and a very lively party on the palate. finishes soft and smooth.

This one feels a bit "green" and adds a bit too much bitter earthy notes. I still dig this style.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml. bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a deep mahogany with some red/brown highlights, and with a creamy inch of off white head. Reduces to a surface cap and yields a lot of lacing. Good looking Dubbel.

Bit odd on the nose, not sure if typical or not as this is a first for me. Mostly yeast and alcohol with some dark fruit in back and largely held back by the small gas carbonation. After the carbonation settles the 'off' scents head for the hills leaving a rich and enticing nose. Still, a bit metallic in nature.

Taste follows with some dark cherry and plum. The carbonation on the swallows purges the tongue briefly, then there is a brief return of chocolate, hazelnut and plum. Carbonation is a bit high on the mouthfeel until the beer settles down. Flavor, like the smell, improves with some exposure. But then a few more minutes and the carbonation is a bit too low. Side by side with Chimay Red, it looks better, but it ain't really about the looks(in this case!).

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Photo of haz77
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep chestnut colour with a firm couple of inches of light tan head. Very little carbonation to be seen. Head slowly drops to a finger thick cap over over minute or so.

S - Much more restrained than I was expecting and a little disappointing. Dark fruits, molasses, leather, tobacco, some alcohol spice.

T - This is more like it. Mild clove flavour leads to the middle before the dark fruit appears. Sweetness of the dark fruits swells from the middle onwards. Finish is lightly dry with a slight bitter chocolate edge.

M - Medium/full body, very creamy and smooth. Sharp carbonation at first, which quickly becomes softer.

D - Incredibly easy to drink. The taste/mouthfeel make up for the muted smell.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a Chimay chalice at The Ginger Man in Norwalk.

A: Dark brown with a thick tan head that remained all the way to the end.

S: Caramel, but nothing spectacular like other doubles such as Grimbergen or even Ommegang.

T: Caramel and chocolate, but not overwhelming, and without any fruity notes that I have come to expect from St. Bernardus or other monastery beers. A tinge of bitterness. The truth is a decent dubbel just tastes better than the average beer.

M: Very full, with a tinge of carbonation and a little dry.

D: Lacks the overwhelming flavor that keeps you coming back, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of bark
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The colour is brown with a tint of gold. The liquid is clear. The finger thick head is beige. Lots of lacing occurs.

The smell is light and smooth. Red berries, some Belgian yeast.

The taste is somewhat sour-sweet with distinct notes of red berries. Some alcohol. Medium body. Red wine gums and raspberry candy in the smooth aftertaste as well as nuts and almonds. Warming alcohol in the finish.

The carbonation is strong, almost sharp. The bubbles are small. The liquid is rather light.

A smooth and pleasant dubbel.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the tap room across from the Abbey.

There is something about being able to sample beer from a goblet on Sunday morning as Mass has just ended.

This beer was quite dry and at first not nearly as complex as I was expecting. The color was solidly amber without much in the way of haze. As it warmed up a bit it began to open up and show what it had to offer. It picked up a hint of sweetness which helped to boost the malt perception. There was a bit of raisin the mouth as well as a finish that was sweet from the alcohol. The aroma too had an alcohol component to it as well as a bit of woodiness. Quite estery tasting without being particularly fruity tasting. There seemed to be some higher alcohols in here as well.

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Photo of klewis
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet glass.

Look - a dark red color, maybe clear, maybe murky, with about two fingers worth of tan colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - very dark smelling..warm, toasty, and a bit grape-like.

Taste and Mouthfeel - malty tasting. Just as in the smell, it's a bit toasty and has a bit of a hint of grapes. There's a slight bitterness in the middle, but mellows out in the finish. Texture is pretty well balanced.

Overall - pretty interesting and a good brew in general. Worth the try!

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Photo of rajendra82
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of bditty187
3.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

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Photo of ken3c
3.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark red with a big head. Hard to keep it in the glass even with a gentle pour. The large head dwindles to a ring of foam after about a minute. No lacing.

The first aroma is a powerfull sensation of cola. The smell of raisons creep in shortly afterwards.

The taste is also raison cola but very dry. I expected some more complex tastes.

Mouthfeel is thin and dry. Very dry.

There isn't anything to prevent me from wanting another but not much to induce me either.

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Photo of Acho
3.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle for roughly 2€.

Nice murky brown colour (a bit too murky in my opinion) topped with a beautiful tan head that stays around for awhile.

A quite nice smell and somehow complex getting some of the yeast and a bit fruit.
The taste is, together with the drinkability, what makes this beer a difficult one to make one's tatse buds to it. Way too carbonated even for a Belgian brew, I shall give it a try leaving it at least a couple of months in the cellar; that's why it is that high my overall grade.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 1,167 ratings.