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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,057 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,057
Reviews: 1,113
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 112
Gots: 149 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Damian

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Drank from an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle at The Squealing Pig, Boston, MA

Poured a dark brown/black with ruby highlights when held to the light. A thin, foamy, caramel-colored head developed and lasted for most of the drink. There was no lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was surprisingly faint. Subtle notes of a powdery, Belgian yeastiness were detectable along with a slight mustiness.

The taste was dark and rich, yet a bit more dry than a typical Belgian dubbel. Dark malts and Belgian yeast came through up front, along with a slight metallic tinge. Strong notes of burnt raisins, prunes, currants, spices and a deep, oaky quality appeared as the beer moved along the palate. The finish was moderately hoppy and dry with a slight alcohol kick.

The mouthfeel was disappointing thin and excessively fizzy. All I could feel on my tongue was light, airy froth.

I was somewhat disappointed with this dubbel. Aside from the faint aroma and thin mouthfeel, it lacked both complexity and smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 17:18:50 | More by Damian
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matt7215

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle from the LCBO

Pours deep amber with a somewhat fizzy tan head. Very nice looking but a lck of head retention lost it some points.

Aromas are very typical of the style but smaller and more subtle then some of the better examples. I like the aroma I just wish it was bigger.

The flavour is similar to the aroma. Everything that should be there in a good dubble is but I find this somehow lacking.

The mouthfeel is a little rough and one thing I really like about dubbles is the soft subtle complexity but this one is rough and brash.

This is a nice brew but I think it will do better with some time in the cellar. Ill review in a year.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 18:04:43 | More by matt7215
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WetCoaster

California

3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A deep carmelly red/brown with a big-ass foamy, frothy, sticky off-white head. A hurricane of fine carbonation is billowing up from the Duvel "D". Leaves a root beer-esque curtain of foam on the glass wall. That's about as good as it gets in my book.

Smell: OK, after blowing my sinuses out of my head, I now detect a tart, fruity ambrosial stew with the usual clove and pepper yeast.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A bit of a disappointment -- dry and mild. Pleasant enough; it's fruity up front, spicy and bready mid, and finishes peppery in the finish -- with some numbing clove -- but it's not the life-changer I'd hoped for. Mouthfeel is OK, thin and crisp, no more, no less.

Drinkability: It's five times the price of New Belgium's version, which I think blows it away. You tell me.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2005 03:54:27 | More by WetCoaster
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 2/16/2006 (330mL bottle):

Pours a dark brown/black colored body, with a medium sized tan head, that is lasting. Has an aroma of some malts, molasses, perfume, and flowers. A taste of malts, perfume, and alcohol. An aftertaste of perfume & alcohol. Very Belgiany.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 05:46:06 | More by jujubeast6000
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best buy 5/18/2012.

11.2oz served into a Chimay chalice.

A - Garnet brown body with a 1.5 inch khaki head that never dies. Good spots of lacing.

S - Cooked plantains, brown sugar, raisin bread, molasses, coconut alcohol.

T - Caramelized brown sugar, plums, has a mushroom earthiness, sugary dates, some spiced bread, alcohol lingers, light strawberry bubblegum flavors, faint coconut on the edges. Brown bread crust comes back around the finish.

M - Moderate carbonation, thin medium bodied.

This is a complex brew that has many layers of flavors but lacks a "good home feel" that I like out of Dubbels. Still very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 20:05:31 | More by StaveHooks
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

05-25-2013 15:17:35 | More by Janeinma
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a caged and corked 750 into a chalice.

A-First pour is an extremely attractive cherry cola color with a one finger tan head that settles rapidly into nothingness. Great color, but a rather flat looking beer.

S-Sweet licorice malts, caramel and a hint of sourness and alcohol

T-Unexpectedly sour, slightly fruity with licorice malts. Not nearly as tasty as I had hoped. Things get a little more interesting at the bottom of the bottle as the yeast pours in, but the increasingly noticeable metallic aftertaste is also present.

M-Fairly decent, a little lighter that I thought, and slightly light on the carbonation

D-This is fairly drinkable, but there are many other Belgians and Belgian copies that I would rather drink.

I'll try this again to see if I like it better, obviously many do, but this just didn't do it for me. Not that it was bad, I just expected much more.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 00:41:55 | More by caddybuyer
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mxmcmillan

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

12-30-2011 16:37:01 | More by mxmcmillan
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
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).

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2004 02:12:16 | More by bditty187
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rickrumsey

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

02-04-2014 03:03:47 | More by rickrumsey
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crosenkrantz

Switzerland

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

03-14-2013 13:50:51 | More by crosenkrantz
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cyrushire

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

03-03-2013 03:03:02 | More by cyrushire
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HiPpYcHoP

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

10-10-2012 17:11:13 | More by HiPpYcHoP
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lillieja


3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

11-11-2012 03:17:51 | More by lillieja
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marc77

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2002 17:27:30 | More by marc77
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jjkatter

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

12-28-2011 09:46:36 | More by jjkatter
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-05-2012 08:06:37 | More by ygtbsm94
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TheFightingMongooses

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

02-26-2014 02:03:11 | More by TheFightingMongooses
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NotACommunist

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

07-14-2013 06:58:21 | More by NotACommunist
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crhea89

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

10-11-2013 06:37:27 | More by crhea89
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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

03-10-2013 07:51:46 | More by drewone
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

04-25-2012 00:06:00 | More by jaidenjb
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 15:36:33 | More by CuriousMonk
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RollTide05

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

02-27-2012 15:38:35 | More by RollTide05
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 06:10:14 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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