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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,931 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1931
Reviews: 1105
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%


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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Mitchster

Michigan

2.03/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I paid 99 Euro cents for this in Amsterdam:) Just bought a bottle here in 2010 for $5.99. Re-reviewed 8/10 because I'll soon be brewing a westy 12 clone with the Westmalle yeast (Wyeast 3787)

Lightly cloudy dark brown brew forms a HUGE head, despite a very careful pour. When heads are this obnoxious I start subtracting points. Even after the pour, the head continues to rise for a few minutes. The head is airy, with a sea-foam consistency, and is dark beige in color atop medium-sized bubbles. Retention is excellent (there is a delicate espresso crema atop the brew at the bottom of the glass) and lacing is sparse. Carbonation is very strong, forming streamers of bubbles. Aroma is pungent with rotting cherries, Belgian Dark candi sugar syrup, cola, clove, bananas, musk-melon, and eternity for women eau du toilette. Mouthfeel is spritzy and cloying and ends in a wet newspaper oxidized mustiness. Medium body. Taste begins with strong phenols, which become stronger over time, morphing into a menagerie of semi-harsh alcohols. There is a brief glimpse of earthen malts about halfway through. The finish is unpleasant...the odd alcohols are actually bitter in the finish less so than the oxidized bittering hops and there is a ruddy, chemical mouthfeel. There is a lingering buttery sweetness on the gums. The alcohol warms the gullet, but gives me a sick feeling to my stomach. The brew is tolerable after sitting to room temperature, mellowing the carbonation and alcohol, and accentuating the malts. Despite this, the beer is at odds with itself and is not very enjoyable. It's hard to finish this brew.

If I had to sum it up, it tastes like spritzy newspaper soaked in cola and smeared with butter and cherry jam. I love dubbels and have had hundreds of them, but honestly, this is probably one of the worst that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2003 08:49:53 | More by Mitchster
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SteveKay

Illinois

2.29/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I guess I have to get another bottle because I don't see what all the excitement is all about. I got none of the malty yeasty sweet flavor you expect from a dubbel. Actually it was not full flavored at all. I would compare it to a Becks dark. Very disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 22:24:34 | More by SteveKay
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jhu1995

Maryland

2.35/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a chalice and had a nice dark brown, slightly reddish color, with a decent off-white head. Smell was mostly caramel with hints of alcohol. Smell was a sign of trouble ahead. Did not care for the taste at all. Caramel flavor was overpowering and did not mask the alcohol taste. Needs a bit more body and complexity. Felt harsh on the mouth and actually struggled to finish it. I just may not be a fan of dubbels so take this for what it is worth.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2005 10:45:15 | More by jhu1995
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

2.6/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

United Kingdom (England)

2.68/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: dark brown, froffy head that rapidly reduces to a thin layer of white.

Aroma: Subdued but sweet and tempting. Hints of fruit.

Taste: Initially faintly fruity, then predominantly bitter. Perhaps too bitter for me, and slightly metallic.

Mouthfeel: Too much carbonation, make the drink far too actibe and detracts from the taste. Aftertaste is somewhat astringant.

Drinkability: Happy enough to finish the glass, but will not buy it again

My first evidence that not all trappist beers are nectar from God.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 21:38:47 | More by ivanwatling
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ChazMania

California

2.73/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A) poured into a glass, nice malty glug glug thick sound. Deep red hue, small head.
S) Fig, prune and malt.

T) Flavor is bright, crisp with some fig, prune and malt.

M) Palate is thin not a long finish,
D) OK. It would be nice to do back to back with this style.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 05:57:07 | More by ChazMania
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tewaris

Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle, best by 07/12 poured into a Chimay chalice. Pours a dirty amber-brown color with a light brown sugar hued creamy head. Excellent head retention and lacing. Think I poured it too cold... waiting for it to warm up, stealing a sip or two in between.

Not much by the way of aroma here, or my sense of smell is horribly messed up. This particular dubbel seems a lot more hop forward, drier, tannic, and almost oak-y compared to other examples of the style. Only slightly sweet with a spicy yeastiness and brown sugar notes, led by the high carbonation toward a tannic bitter finish. Medium body, intense but clean flavors. Not a fan.

4.5, 3, 2, 4, 3

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 05:09:06 | More by tewaris
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BrownNut

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served cool. Drunk June 2012 with a best-before date of June 2013. Not sure how old that makes it.

A - Cloudy medium brown, three fingers of greasy/soapy-looking cream colored head that dissipates in a few minutes.

S - A light, clean, semi fruity smell with candi and moderate malt. But faint. Smells like it's going to be disappointingly watery like some English mild.

T - In fact, it is disappointingly watery as foretold. Like the smell, the taste is muted and washed out. It's a good taste, but it lacks the hooks to grab onto my tongue and make something of itself. I'm left with a feeling of loss and regret. Maybe there's a little hint of something like pear at the end, just the memory of fresh pear minus the sweetness and most of the flavor. Reading the other reviews here, it's like we had completely different beers. Or maybe mine had all the flavor baked out of it in the oven or something.

M - Light bodied with some tingly carbonation.

O - Very disappointing. I had saved this towards the end of a huge haul with the other special Belgians, thinking it would be a special Belgian, but it's not. It's unattractive and faint. The best you could say about it is that it's kind of light and refreshing if you're ever in the mood for something innocuous that doesn't really get you involved or bogged down, like if you're meeting someone for a drink but don't really want to and just want to drink up and get out. But you're left wanting after each sip, wanting flavor and richness and body. It's hard to believe it's 7%. I'd have guessed 3.5%. If I'd never heard of this beer, I'd rate it average. I thought I had heard it was really good so it's extra disappointing. That's not extra points off, just context. It's not offensive, just weak. I feel kind of robbed, given what it could have been. Will not buy again and if you offered me this at a party I might abashedly ask if you had anything else.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 02:50:48 | More by BrownNut
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smakawhat

Maryland

2.78/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a chalice. Bottle to be consumed before May 27th 2012 so off we go!

A dark red to brown/black walnut is immersed throughout the chalice for the body, as the head produces a very foamy and large bubbled brown caramel color. Head really doesn't stick around much, but leaves a good size crawling collar

Interestingly light aromatic of whipped cococa/chocolate, light sense of roasted malts, Belgian candi, some slight sweet cherries, almost a sensation of smelling a good creamy Black Forest cake. Real nice I must admit.

Taste is very light bodied and a bit wet, bringing a real noticeable carbon dioxide and gaseous finish. Much of the notes on the nose are not even distinguishable on the palate at all. A large taste of just ordinary club soda, not bringing any of the scents picked up on the nose.

Overall I am wishing I could say more about how this tastes, but it tastes like drink club soda and nothing else. Pretty darn disappointing cause the nose is fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 21:48:48 | More by smakawhat
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deejaydan

Michigan

2.83/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my favorite. Has a very dry, spicy flavor. Alchol is big and present. Not enough extra stuff going on to mask the Alcohol. Looks nice in the glass, nice head and all, but that's about it as far as postives go. Maybe I just don't like Belgian beers?

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2004 02:36:05 | More by deejaydan
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Crosling

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Burgundy. Deep, complex nose of mixed berries, cherries, chocolate, caramel and mixed nuts. Slightly cloying, deep fruity flavor with notes of plums, cherries and other dark fruits. This is lacking flavor beyond the sweet dark fruitiness but more so, this is lacking depth and body. I want a richer, more complex malt flavor in a dubbel

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 14:04:31 | More by Crosling
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Have this bottle left over from a Westmalle gift pack, that also came along with their Tripel and a stunning chalice.

Pours out a very deep opaque brown, tall fluffy cinnamon head that retains and retains.

Fruity with a light, zesty aroma, some chewy fig malts, some yeast. Light mandarin in the background, or almost pomelo-like. Then green apple slices.... This really unravels as it warms. The warm spice really comes out as it reaches room temp.

However this doesn't really do much for me in the flavour dep't. Subdued up front, and under the radar the rest of the time. A small warming alcohol surfaces near the finish and carries through to the aftertaste, but that is more of a texture than a flavour. Light spicy malt, but far, far off into the background. A kind of woody, nutty aftertaste to it after a long while. Almost as if this has been watered down somewhat.

Speaking of that, the mouthfeel is fairly thin as well, not much oomph or backbone behind it.

Perhaps this might be an off bottle of the stuff, but barring that it isn't really my cup of tea in the dubbel dep't, so much more out there with flavour to offer to be had instead.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 22:05:16 | More by IronDjinn
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jim102864

Connecticut

2.83/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't understand the ratings some of the other BA's have given this brewery and this beer in particular. A total snooze fest best describes my experience.

Yeah, the appearance is chestnut brown with a 2 finger head in my Chimay chalice. Poured from a dark 12 oz bottle. No bottling date. Maybe they're trying to hide something.

There is no aroma. Period. Whatever's in there is so faint it's not worth mentioning.

Taste is malty, slightly peppery. Pleasant enough but still a bore.

I won't recommend this beer to anyone. Highly overated in my humble opinion. I'll revisit it some day but on someone else's ruble.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 19:28:10 | More by jim102864
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

2.85/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Australia

2.85/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe I should not have drank the trippel before drinking the dubbel.

A = Nice brown colour. Very cloudy with think foam head that hung around.

S = Wet dog. Smelt of wet dog.

T = Watery thin. Slight malt flavour. Not very tasty. So watery.

M = Just so damn watery. Very dissapointing. Light carbonation.

D = Drink the tripel. Forget this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 00:25:41 | More by BeerNutta
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BMoney575

Michigan

2.9/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on 5-12-09
Best before 3-27-10

Pours a completely cloudy red/brown color, with a foamy off-white head that leaves behind bog-time lacing.

Smell is thick fruitiness and a good amount of booze. Actually quite complex, with notes of grape, clove, and a slight lemon.

Taste is surprisingly bland, with sharp bitterness and tart alcohol. Seems off, but I don't think so. The malt is in there, but in the end it's very harsh and not at all enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is extremely foamy, all carbonation and nothing else.

Drinkability is poor, see taste + mouthfeel.

Overall, a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 22:31:05 | More by BMoney575
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Citadel82

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I did not really care for this one. Oh sure it looked decent when first poured into the Westmalle goblet. Nice warm brown, creamy off-white head. But it left no lace in a beer clean glass. smell was yeasty with hints of alcohol and some fruit. Taste was a disappointment. May have turned on me. not sure. It was not sweet like I expect a dubbel to be and was not syrupy in the way of mouth feel. Too dry, and yeasty/doughy with some hints of coffee/cocoa in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2004 02:54:04 | More by Citadel82
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy (I know this from the pour-ing), extremely dark, opaque brown. Head is huge, dense and creamy.

S - Intense fruit. Plums and raisins come to mind. Also some banana-like notes, and a touch of raspberry.

T - Hmm Strange. Initial impression is no taste at all. Then a mild bitterness creeps in. Fruitiness follows with an earthy touch. Aftertaste is a mild, lingering bitterness.

M - Dry in the finish. Light bodied and a touch overcarbonated.

D - Hmm. I was a bit disappointed with the taste. The initial no-taste was a bit of a shocker - I've never had anything like that before, and the overall lightness of the brew wasn't expected.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 03:01:32 | More by allergictomacros
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Chestnut body with a medium cream head, long lasting; effervescent

Aroma: Malty; fruity; spicy

Taste: Slightly bitter; hints of chocolate in the mid; dry finish

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 23:15:22 | More by IchLiebeBier
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Vancer

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Holy moly, has this been in a hot warehouse too long? A big ol’ disappointment – the best part was the pour (frothy chestnut brown with a lacey ivory ring).

I had to sniff like a dog to get some weak malty Belgium candy cane. Taste was almost dead, dry and harsh. A small malt kick in the finish salvaged the brew from falling below average. Fuzzy and thin, I can’t believe this is the <standard> Westmalle.

I must travel to Belgium for a fresh sample.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 12:30:34 | More by Vancer
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Brent

Kentucky

3.05/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The packaging may have set me up to expect too much. Raised embossed bottle, with paper label overlay probably to meet export label standards - the hallmarks of a quality imported Belgian ale. I suppose I've come to expect all Belgian Trappists to be really good beers, so this was a letdown when it came in at a bit above average. The flavor was rather blunt and simple - not much in the way of spicyness or depth of the malt and yeast interplay. Some rough, dark orchard fruit and a bit of caramel to the malt. Sharply fizzy, with good head retention.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2004 14:49:32 | More by Brent
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.05/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks like I get to be a party pooper on this one, but not everything brewed by trappist monks in Belgium is worthy of high praise. The Dubbel starts out teaming with a volatile effervescence. A tall tan head on a ruddy brown body yields a delicate aroma of lager-like malts and garden herbs. Of course, this brew is otherwise not remotely lager-like.

The taste is frail and simplistic, not the complex tapestry of exotica I frequently anticipate from the monks. The flavor never reaches any dominant culminations of the customary brewing dimensions. There are no great overtures to sweetness, bitterness, citrus, or spice. The finish is actually somewhat drab.

I drank this beer within the posted freshness date and noted no telltale signs of spoilage. I can only conclude that on the whole this is a rather ho-hum brew from the good brothers at Westmalle whose reputation for excellence is not upheld by this rather uninspired twice-fermented ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2004 03:44:34 | More by RedDiamond
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I drank from a bottle into a chalice in Brussels at Delirium Cafe.

It pours brown with a decent white head and above average lacing.

It smells like malt and coffee with a hint of spice.

It tastes ok, but I like this one less than the Dubblel but better than the quad. Which is very strange because this is the opposite of the way I like the other Trappistes. Overall a very so-so beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 17:49:16 | More by jrallen34
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Dubber55

New York

3.05/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a murky brown with some orange highlights. 1 finger cream colored head.

I immediatly smell clove, nutmeg, banana. There are also some dark fruits and some raisins.

The taste seems pretty spicy. I am getting mostly bready and caramelly malts along with a lot of clove, nutmeg, banana, gingerbread. Seems to have a dry finish with a lot of clove.

Mouthfeel is thin with some medium to high carbonation

The alcohol is nicely hidden but, the spiciness and the breadiness make me not want to drink more than a few ounces. I can think of a few dubbels I would rather drink instead.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 23:03:13 | More by Dubber55
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Kraken

Maryland

3.08/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 2/10/09. Best by 3/10

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into an oversized wine goblet. Firm pour evokes a 1/4 inch of white head, fair amount of lace. Color is a nice semi-opaque woody brown.

Nose- a slight sourness with some substantial caramel notes. Wet rotting wood.

Palate- Sour woodiness. Plenty of moderately sweet caramel notes. Coco. More sour woodiness in the finish. Finishes moderately dry.

Mouth- Dry and slightly tart.

Drinkability- Decent, but not the best dubble I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 01:21:57 | More by Kraken
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