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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
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2,045 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,045
Reviews: 1,113
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 110
Gots: 145 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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adamette

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a clean, clear glass. Let me start my praising the bottle itself. Not exactly like the one that I see pictured above, mine is a brown bottle with a dark brown, even deep red or maroon label oriented as in a diamond shape (not the normal horizontal pictured above). My bottle retained the necklace proclaiming "TRAPPISTENBIER" Apprent freshness date of 23/01/10.

A Unopened this beer has one of the best presentations in my memory. Through direct light I can see the beer within complete with sediment floating around. Upon pouring it there is a very generous light brown head which I let settle since I could not pour the whole bottle without risking head overflow. There was excellent lacing on the glass as the head reduced in size. In the glass the appearance of this beer continues to impress with a ruby brown body again with that sediment visible in the body. Really, great appearance.

S There is that familiar trappist grainy maltiness with singificant sweetness. I get sweet grapes which are transient in a wonderfully inviting fruitty smell.

T Malty sweet now with hops. I do not taste that transient grape smell but a whole lot of grains (and barley?). Alcohol is not strong but that is just fine.

M Full for sure but a lot of smoothness I suppose thanks to the malts and grains.

D Good but this is an expensive bottle at something like $5.99 apiece. Price/availability drives down the drinkability in a practical sense but if you had a bucket of them then it is good for sure.

Notes: This was the last in a large group of bottles that I picked up at McNalty's Bier Markt in Cleveland, Ohio a while back. Since then I have found many of those same beers on sale in local stores and some at lower prices. The Bier Markt is awesome for having so many of these available (whatever the price!) every day.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 01:00:16 | More by adamette
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Intrinsic

Germany

4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty brown colour with a very fine grained head. Not much lacing, but very nice looking. The smell is so incredibly clean. I get notes of grass, cherry, bread and a hint of citrus. The taste is very refined. Quite complex, with a noticeable level of alcohol and lots of malts balanced out very well with a mildly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is relatively dry, with very frothy carbonation. My goodness. This beer is wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2014 19:56:58 | More by Intrinsic
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nuggetnectar01

California

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a fluffy two finger head that fades away rather slowly leaving lacing all throughout the glass.

Smells of sweet candy sugar, fruity esters, spices, slight alcohol warmness,brown bread pulled out of the oven.

Slight spicy upfront with a hint of sweetness and finishes off with a tad bit of dryness. Amazing how you can always tell when your drinking a belgian beer.

Medium bodied, smooth and velvet like with right amount of carbonation.

Nice drinkability on this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 03:04:12 | More by nuggetnectar01
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very carefully into a goblet, still produces a large, billowy beige head on top of a mahogany body. Nice Belgian aroma of vanilla, prunes, bananas, coriander, and allspice. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, and silky. Taste begins with a spicy, earthiness. Plenty of dark fruits like raisins and figs are in a constant battle with the yeasty woodiness, and spice array. Sheets of Belgian lace are all over the goblet. Alcohol is concealed very well. Seems overly carbonated for a Belgian Dubbel, or maybe it's my imagination. Very nicely balanced, otherwise, and another fine, smooth, satiny, Belgian dubbel ale that is ideal on a cold winter evening.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2004 00:50:40 | More by merlin48
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A voluminous, foamy tan head bubbles furiously up when this cloudy, chestnut-brown (with a touch of mauve) brew is poured. There's quite a bit of suspended sediment, as well, and the head doesn't seem anxious to dissipate.

The aroma has a nice, approachable complexity to it, with notes of vanilla, caramel, bready yeast, and various fruits, as well as a faint metallic character.

Creamy and smooth in the mouth, with a hint of wine-like sweetness, slick alcohol, more breadiness, figs, dates, raisins, bananas, and a touch of peppery-clovey spiciness. As it warms, a nutty character is faintly detectible, too.

This Dubbel is very enjoyable, but after having the Tripel, I expected a bit more depth and some bold flavors. A tad understated, but still a nice quaff.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2005 01:28:11 | More by RockyTopHeel
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, orange-red. Large bubbly tan head. Thick, sticky lacings.

Candied fruit on the nose, like caramel apples.

Fruity malt is certainly there in the form of dates and other sugary produce, but the yeast really takes over. A very dry beer from the moment it touches your tongue. Leaves a lingering light hoppiness, slightly woody.

Packs a flavourful punch but isn't a heavy beer. It is smooth drinking, goes down easy.

So hard to review these classic beers... not that I'm complaining.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 23:21:19 | More by CanuckRover
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Filosoof

Netherlands

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This classic beer has been misunderstood very often.

Ofcourse it is one of the best dubbels, but it is certainly not sweet and the standard mention of caramel doesn't fit to this beer.

L: very good, chessnut brown, medium lasting top;
S: creamy, touch of non sweet banana, toast/bread, bubblegum (?);
T: quite quickly stopping taste, in line with the smell, but less strong; dry finish;
M: creamy, perfect CO2;
O: somewhat clean, straight forward beer, but very drinkable and inviting beer. I like the non sweetness! Classic.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 22:59:30 | More by Filosoof
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks nearly black in the glass, but looking through the edges it is almost a purple brown colour. A thin fizzy tan head form, and faded to a ring around the glass.

The smell is delicious. Red licorice, cherries, bananas and spice. Faintly alcoholic. Very sweet, a smell that keeps me coming back again and again for another sniff.

The taste is again malt dominated. A fruit mix, plums and raisins. A bit of bubblegum. Faintly medicinal or phenolic in the finish, along with a touch of spicy alcohol. Quite good.

Body is a bit thinner than I expect for this style, but it isn't bad. Carbonation is fairly prickly, but not overdone. Perhaps the weak point of this beer, but still not bad.

A nice brew, well put together, and a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 01:16:59 | More by elricorico
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque brown with a nice off white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. I can see the yeast in the head.

Smells like sugary fruit.

Can taste dark fruit, apple, and alcohol all rounded out by a hint of spiciness.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, but I like the amount of carbonation present.

This is highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 23:45:25 | More by ocelot2500
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml from the Coop for about $4.50... poured into my Kasteel glass.

Dark brown with cherry highlites.... when held to a light, it is a glowing copper/chesnut.. lite tan head doesn't stick around for very long, but leaves nice rings and a little lace.

Dried fruit dominates the nose... Sweet cherries.. raisins and figs. Dark caramel and toasty malts.... complex but I can't pinpoint.

Flavor is sweet cedar and more fruitcake.. Belgian esters .. low but noticeable chocolate no alcohol is evident. Nice viscosity and carbonation.. what I think of when I want a dubbel. Trademarked balance and complexity that is beyond my palate.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 09:13:28 | More by JohnGalt1
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berkey

California

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dense, dark brown body. Surprised at how little light penetrates it. Pours with a large frothy off-white head in a Duvel tulip. Head slowly dies, but not completely. Lightly carbonated. Leaves clumpy and spotty lacing.

Smell: Familiar yeast and dark malty smell typical of the style. Something sweet and berry or even cherry-like in there that I don't remember picking up in other Dubbels. Very pleasant. Faint signs of alcohol also struggle through.

Taste: Follows pretty faithfully on the nose for the most part. Reminds me a bit of the Koningschoven but with a little less overall balance. The hint of berry, while still there, isn't as present as I expected it would be from the aroma. Something slightly vegetal on the back end that reminds me of the Westmalle Trippel. As it warms things start to balance out a little more.

Drinkabilty: Very drinkable at 7% but I was ready to move on to something else when I finished the bottle. While I enjoyed I think I'll stick to the Tripel when I drink Westmalle and look to other options for my Trappist Dubbels.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 04:41:39 | More by berkey
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Greywulfken

New York

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: center-pour into a tulip glass produced brown body with fat tan froth head; draped some lace; good head retention; left some dark yeast behind in the bottom of the bottle

S: malty, sweet and hearty; some spice like clove; mild yeast aromas amid the malts

T: brown bread malts, smooth, creamy; little spices' flavor the brew with some tingles

M: medium-weight, medium carbonation; slightly chewy; mild chalk on the back-end

O: how the dubbel is done - of course, on-point for the style, classy enough brew for the novice or adept - a good baseline for evaluating other dubbels.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 00:10:22 | More by Greywulfken
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largadeer

California

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Faintly transparent chestnut with an enduring cap of foam.

Smell: Dark chocolate and spices, a bit of citrus, very bready.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Light citric/fruity sweetness, roasty and slightly nutty. Very dry and hoppy in the finish, a bit herbal. Medium-bodied, perhaps on the lighter side of the scale, but with a slight creaminess.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for the style. One of the best dubbels out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 01:12:46 | More by largadeer
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mwilbur

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 33 cL bottle into snifter. (Date stamped best by 11/04/09.)
A: Pours a very dark brown--almost opaque--with very thick (2 inch) tan head that very slowly dissipates leaving behind nice lacing.
S: Candy sugar, caramel malt, alcohol esters. Dark and sweet aroma.
T: Caramel, molasses, malt, and hint of candy sugar and EtOH (not as predominant as in the smell). Slight alcohol bite at the end as this warms detracts and distracts a little.
M: Medium-light body with decent feel on the tongue, but doesn't coat and last as well as their tripel.
D: A good, versatile beer to have on it's own or paired with food. Personally I like it on it's own to savor and enjoy. One is very nice, but I would save more for another time.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 01:29:01 | More by mwilbur
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hiikeeba

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours up an opaque brown with a dense off white head.

S - Faint dried fruit aroma, some sweetness

T - sweet malt mid palate, leaves dried fruit flavor in the finish

M - Full bodied with a carbonation tingle on the tip of my tongue

D - Easy drinking beer for the strength. Wish I would have bought more.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 02:41:44 | More by hiikeeba
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Erix

Vermont

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle in chalice.
Appearance: Quite a dark beer. Somewhat rocky head that dissipated a little faster than I expected. Too dark to accurately check clarity, but it does seem a little opaque. Some lacing on glass.
Smell: Scent of sour apples, and some alcohol. No hops noticable to my American-micro spoiled nose.
Taste: Not nearly as much sour apple as I expected from the smell, but it is still there as a baseline, accompanied by a hint of pineapple. Smooth sweet malt balances this flavor out almost as an afterthought. Quite full in flavor, with a slightly woody undertone. Alcohol is there, but more as a bite than a flavor. It is really growing on me as it warms and more flavors become apparent. I keep wanting to say I detect vanilla flavors, but if so, they are rather subtle. There is definitely a lot there that I can't put my finger on.
Mouthfeel: Sharp and biting at first sip, with rather high carbonation. Body is rather full, and finishes smooth despite astringent alcohol on the tongue.
Drinkability: Pretty good, but despite its relatively low alcohol content, I want to drink this slowly. I don't think I would want more than one of these in a sitting. Just too strong in flavor for that, but I will definitely try this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2004 03:48:19 | More by Erix
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BWH3

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westmalle Dubbel
33cL bottle served in goblet at 50 F

Appearance: Just nearly perfect. A touch more head retention is all it needs. The body of the beer is that amazingly rich date color with a light beige crown atop. The carbonation is moderate high and right on. No red hues at the edges when held to light which is perfect. (4.5)

Smell: Big time, raisin aroma of special B spiced with the peppery aromas of the yeast phenols. The hops add a mineral note but play a minor role. The scent is big and rich without any coffee, chocolate or caramel notes. Instead the dried fruit of prunes and cherries tantalizes. (4.5)

Taste: Exactly the same as the aroma with a bit more spice and a good peppering of the throat and lips. The richness of the dark fruits is incredible but the beer is fairly one dimensional. (4.0)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. I enjoy it but could be lighter for the style. Carbonation is just right. (4.0)

Drinkability: A classic Belgian Ale that deserves a chance to be in any fans catalog. I am debating which is the better choice to reach for -- Westmalle Dubbel or the Tripel. I really enjoyed this one, but I think the St. Bernardus Dubbels are more complex and worthier of my praise and devotion. (4.0)

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 13:23:29 | More by BWH3
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one courtesy of TheHammer. Bottle to Chimay chalice (also thanks to Marky ;))

Pours a very deep garnet red with 2.5 fingers of thick and creamy off-white head that leaves sheets of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. Very attractive.

Fresh sweet apple, sour grapes, cherries, candied fruit, yeast, and a hint of alcohol in the nose.

Cherries, sour grapes, candied malt, crisp and clean sweet apple, hints of yeast, and a slightly acidic character in the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy but crisp and clean, ending dry. The 7% ABV is well concealed. Like the other Dubbel's I've had, this one's a great drinker.

It seems that the more I drink Belgian's, the more I fall in love with them, and this one keeps me going down the same path. In comparison to the Chimay Red I recently had, this interpretation seems musty with a greater emphasis being placed on the sour aspects of the beer. Still, the sourness is excellently balanced with the sweet candied/fruity notes of the beer, and that's one of the things that makes this brew so great.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 02:52:27 | More by ludachris
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Redteketed

Netherlands

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 23/08/13

A: Pours a very cloudy dark mahogany to brown in color. The beer has a finger tall soapy dark beige head that reduces to a thin film covering a large patch of the center of the surface of the beer and a much thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: The beer has a sweet smell, there is a definite malt presence along with spices and some dark fruit (plums).

T: The beer starts with an almost chocolate-like flavor and then you move into the malty sweetness. There are hints of spices as well as some dark fruit sweetness (plum). The beer gets a little sweeter as it warms. The flavors are quite complex.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and quite enjoyable. The alcohol is very well hidden and there is a nice complexity to the flavors. Definitely one to get again.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 02:25:30 | More by dbrauneis
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gdrydenc

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown pour with two fingers of light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. There is a lot of carbonation, pouring it into a glass causes quite a bit of foam. The beer looks a dark brown, reddish nearly maroon in the light.

S - Belgian smelling, with hints of fruit. Very little or no smell of alcohol, which isn't surprising at 7% ABV. The fruits are very particular. Maybe some bananas, apricots, or something I can't place.

T - Delicious taste. As it's cold, the flavors are not very exposed. This beer really develops as time goes on. As it warms up, the flavors really begin to be exposed though. The Belgian flavors begin to expose themselves.

M - The mouthfeel at the beginning of the beer is very carbonated, but as the beer warms, the head dissipates and the mouthfeel becomes less aggressive and the carbonation bubbles become smaller.

D - Drinkability is this beer's forte. With only 7% ABV, I could see myself knocking back several of these. However, at $7/bottle I couldn't see drinking more than one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 23:49:27 | More by gdrydenc
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown opaque appearance with a substantial head that lasted a decent amount of time.

The smell was somewhat subdued, but in a good way. It never overwhelmed. Spices and an almost nutty quality emerged most prominently.

The taste was solid. Belgian yeast, a nutty quality and some indeterminate spices gave it a sharp taste.

This was a decently carbonated beer with a subtle mouthfeel.

This is a drinkable beer if you're into dubbels. While admittedly I didn't care as much for it as others of this style, it's still an excellent beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 20:07:26 | More by avalon07
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Mudpuppet

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from a 750 bottle into a Chimay chalice. Pours an mostly brown color with orange-red highlights. Thin 1/8 inch head.

S- Light fruity aromas with hints of dark malts

T- Dark malt flavor with a light yeast in the background. This is actually a somewhat bitter brew but very tasty. Has a somewhat fleeting flavor to it but the bitterness sticks around a bit better.

M- Medium carbonation. The carbonation seems to stick around a bit also on the sides of your tongue making it tingle a bit.

D- Very good beer. The alcohol is somewhat apparent in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 15:04:01 | More by Mudpuppet
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DogFood11

California

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is inviting, Big frothy tan head nice deep rich color. It looks like it will be a meal of a beer. Brown body and not much lace.

Tastes like caramel/malty but very complex with some lively esters. Touch of tobacco in the nose. Some dark fruits but once again I come back to a tobacco batch that is earthy. For a rich beer like this its very drinkable because it finishes light. Heavy in the middle and a light cleansing finish that invites more gobblage.

the only con for me was the carbonation was a bit biting in the middle, but hardly a complaint. highly reccomended.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 02:48:24 | More by DogFood11
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Matthew

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my goblet a ruby brownish color with a nice fluffy whipped cream looking head, tons of sticky lacing around the glass.
Very nice sweet bready malt aromas. There is a sweet caramel overtone that covers the fruity esters that are best characterized as being date and fig like. Brown sugar and moist raisin like aromas pull through a bit more as the beer warms.
Smooth sweet flavors of carmalized sugar and similar fruity flavors to the ones noticed in the nose. There is a almost nutty overtone throughout this beer that overlaps with the malty sweetness and the fruity tones. Nice and smooth.
Medium to full bodied, smooth on the palate medium to low levels of fine carbonation.
This is a nice drinkable dubbel. Flavorful and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 02:02:57 | More by Matthew
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,045 ratings.