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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,148 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,148
Reviews: 1,119
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 123
Gots: 176 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

HiPpYcHoP, Oct 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

lillieja, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of marc77
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Persistent beige head sits atop a ruddy, lightly hazy brown brew. Loose lace is left. The aroma is dominated by milk chocolate and dark caramel sweetness complemented by surprisingly light banana fruity esters. Slight sour apple tartness eeks into the end of the aroma. Flavorwise, nutty malt and prune like fruitiness quickly yield to dark, raisiny Special B and mellow chocolate malt. Sweetness is akin to diluted molasses and is well controlled, not overbearing, but is somewhat one dimensional. Light on the palate all around, smooth in mouthfeel and highly drinkable. Mild banana ester reemerge in the otherwise neutral and slightly watery finish. Westmalle's Double is surprisingly understated and shy in malt and yeast character, but is nonethless very well balanced and highly drinkable.

marc77, Oct 13, 2002
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

jjkatter, Dec 28, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

TheFightingMongooses, Feb 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

NotACommunist, Jul 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

crhea89, Oct 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

drewone, Mar 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

jaidenjb, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into snifter glass. Pours dark brown beer with big and beige head. Aroma is full, plums, raisins, some redcurrants and syrup sweetness; overally aroma is full and fruitfull, pleasant. Almost full-bodied, smooth and nice to drink. Lot of dark fruits also in the flavor, plums and raisins. Flavor is not very sweet, but balanced and quite dry and long aftertaste. Medium bodied and sticky mouthfeel. Decent carbonation throughout. Dry caramel malt finish. Pleasant dubbel.

CuriousMonk, Jun 05, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

RollTide05, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - uncapped, I *just* got this over the glass the moment before its champagne-like action bubbled up and over the lip of the bottle. A clear but dark garnet color at first, it clouds up considerably, chunks up actually, with the bottom pour. The head is three to four fingers, and fades to a thin covering with a dark cinnamon-like corona about a third of the way inside the rim.

Aroma - mild cocoa and grain sniff. Honestly, a rather disappointing nose.

Taste - malt base shows some light chocolate and some underlying alcohol, and not much else. Some minor balancing hops don't quite do the trick. It ends with a cocoa taste, slightly boozy but mellow.

Mouthfeel - a litle weightier than average, medium carbonation.

Drinkability - not the most memorable dubbel but certainly drinkable. I can handle several of these as long as the budget can.

brewdlyhooked13, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of crnipeter
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330 ml, BB date reads 12. November 2010, into 180 ml Chimay chalice. Up until today I've been waiting to open this one to enjoy the benefits of maturation. Pours effervescent, deep reddish coppery body with good clarity, topped by medium, beige dense head with good retention that gradually sets to a stable cloth. Nice lacing on the walls.
The nose is low maltiness dominated by fruity esters of plum, apple and raisins, light phenolic spiciness and apparent perfumy qualities probably originating from higher alcohols. Occasionally some extra sweetness emerges enhancing the perception of malt. The flavor is surprisingly unsweet, lacking prominent malt perception, estery with fruity tartness of plum, apple and raisins, light bitterness with moderately dry finish and some yeastiness. Light to medium bodied with rather high carbonation. A year of cellaring hasn't taken away much of the tartness (without diminishing the fruitiness) as I hoped for and which was the case with some previously tasted bottles.

In short: a rather dry, tart and estery dubbel with attractive reddish depth.

Update 12-28-2010:
This bottle has been aged a year over the declared best before date (18.December 2009).
A gusher, although once poured exhibits less effervescence than a year younger bottle tasted previous evening. Pour into baby-Chimay chalice (180 ml) gives birth to a deep amber-coppery clear body with some haze, overlain by beige head that completely dissipates in a short time. The aroma is rich and complex yet discrete malty sweetness with faint chocolaty notes, hint of caramel and light toastiness, abundant fruity esters of ripened plum and raisins, port-wine reminiscent qualities, some spicy phenolics and apparent higher alcohol-derived perfuminess. The flavor is complex malty sweetness with light toasty notes, plums & raisins lacking the prominent, almost berry-like tartness of a young Westmalle, light bitterness, some phenolic spiciness and yeasty notes. The malty sensation persists into the semi-dry finish. Nearly medium bodied with rather flat carbonation.
A year past its declared BB date, the Westmalle Dubbel is mainly distinguished from his above reviewed younger brother by more pronounced sweetness enhancing the malt-perception, absence of fruity tartness and poorly sustained head with less carbonated body. The scores for this one are 3, 4.5, 4, 2.5, 4 = 3,75

crnipeter, Dec 27, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

ken3c, May 06, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Nat1975, May 26, 2014
Photo of bort11
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The design on the label is simple and straitforward. The Trappist logo featured in the center. I like the raised lettring on the bottle that says "Trappist Bier" around the neck.

poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Nice solid ruddy brown color. Only a little bit of light comes through around the edges. Good tan head about a finger thick. Receded to a light lace. Towards the end the lace is completely gone.

Smell is very strong and tart. Sweet and fruity, but dry. It's like a dark red wine, like a merlot. Taste follows up strongly. Very dry and earthy. It does leave a warm alcohol aftertaste on the tongue. Medium body and carbonation.

This is very good, but I wouldn't want to do more than one at a time. The merlot flavors would make this an excellent beer for dinner.

bort11, May 26, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,148 ratings.