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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel

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Reviews: 1,163
Hads: 2,499
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 15.42%
Wants: 184
Gots: 385 | FT: 2
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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 Wasu
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L dark brown with thick head, quickly gone
S caramel, prune, spicy, alcohol is hidden well from smelling
T sweet after taste, warming, very balance
Mouthfeel creamy and smooth
Overall love it. Will be back for more

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- This one pours a muddied brown color due to yeast hazing with reddish undertones, and perhaps a slight brushing of orange...the head is off white, and starts out about two to three fingers thick but it does very quickly dissipate into a thick-ish layer over the liquid....lacing is modest as well, with small patches of foam clinging to the glass and the carbonation is too hard to say what is going on, but what I can see appears to be slow and mellow. Not bad at all look wise!

S- I get deep fruit aromas along with mellow caramel/toffee The fruit is of banana, dark cherry, raisin, plums and perhaps some fig. There is a mild bready yeast, and just a pinch of spice....sweet almost nutty finish. Overall, this is milder on the nostrils than I would have initially expected but nice all the same.

T- The flavors follow the aromas closely and overall everything is mild and unassuming. The alcohol is noted and not hidden as well as I'd like. Black cherry and hints of bananas are the fruit flavors that show up the most, with muted caramel, or cooked brown sugar rounding everything out. Finishes slightly nutty and just a hint of hop usage is detected....again, the flavors are all there, but a little subdued....

M/O- This is the best area of the beer in my opinion.....creamy smooth carbonation and a light-medium body. This is easy enough to drink and while its fine overall, I think the overall reviews on this one are overstated. Its a simple brew that I don't believe quite lives up to the style....I probably won't be buying this anytime soon again, but I still think it's worth a try to anyone wanting a decent beer!

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with plenty of goodness floating around. Nice light brown creamy head that stayed around the whole beer and left good lacing. The taste is slightly sweet, yeasty, raisin, plums and caramel. Really quite enjoyable.

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Photo of twage04
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best dubbel I've had. Yeast is subtle but it works, much better than the triple at least. Carbonation is high like most Belgians, but not distracting. Some good fig and raisin action but not as much as a good quad or dark strong ale. Taste is also a little sweet, maybe almost soda like. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: 3.75 S: 4.5 T: 4.5 F: 4 O: 4.5
Look: A tan frothy head that quickly dissipated, which might had to do with the bottle overflowing. The body was a dark cloudy brown.

Smell: The nose was malt with caramelized sugar and spices. Notes of dark fruit were also detected, such as plum and raisin.

Taste: It tasted much like the nose, which consisted of the above flavors. There was a slight tartness and bitterness as well.

Feel: Creamy, foamy, and medium bodied.

Overall Impression: This is the second Westmalle Dubbel to foam out of the bottle on me. Luckily, I was able to save much more beer than the first one. Nevertheless, this Dubbel is quite good.

Update 11/4/15. I changed my previous score.

L: Poured into a Chimay chalice. Dark creamy brown body with a tan head that quickly disappeared.

S: Rich sweet caramel and dark fruits, such plum and raisin, are present. Dark toasty malts are included and a slight sugary bubblegum aroma as well.

T: The taste mirrors the smell, but there is a bit of tartness and spiciness near the end.

F: Highly carbonated, smooth, and medium bodied.

O: Much more impressive than the last time I had it. I didn't appreciate it as much before as I had little experience in my first rating.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours dark, mahogny colored with a hughe, three finger high, brownbeige, head.

Nose: Brown sugar, dark syrup, hazelnut, fudge, caramel, dark bread, raisin, plum, marzipan, dark fruit, cherries and caramel malt. It's a very beatiful nose!
Taste: Nuts, a hint of roasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, coffee, alcohol, biscuit, hops and burned sugar. The taste isnt really up to the quality of the nose.
Body: Medium to full body. High carbonation. A bitter aftertaste.

A great double!

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Westmalle Trappist Ale Dubbel

Been eyeing this guy down for a while at his low price point per bomber. The Germans may suck, but the Belgians usually do it right. So let us see what we get.

Look -Pours the deepest ruby I have ever seen with a large off white head that sticks around for a long long year...yeah something Rolling Stones like. Lacing is all over.4.25.

Smell - Yep, willing to place money on a well balanced slow drinker. Dark fruits and figs. Fruits come in the way of dark cherries. The ever present sweetness is notable and nearly certain to carry over into the flavor as is typical of the type . 3.5.

Taste - Rememer the balance we spoke of? Well it isn't quite there. Loads of over ripe black cherries on the forefront and ..well that's about the extent of things. Bit of dates in the background for a decent measure. 3.5.

Feel - Body is hugeeee with a heavy carbonation level to boot. Not much else to say about it. 3.5.

Overall - Reminded me of a slightly more well balanced Rugbrød. Not much here. Guess it simply is not my style eh. Wouldn't buy another $8 bomber. 3.5.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A fantastic dubbel and a benchmark for the style. Brown sugar, hint of molasses, candy, dark fruit, and a medium body with a touch of alcohol heat. I don't think this is as good per the style as their Tripel, but definitely try this one if you want to see what a Dubbel is like.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On overall excellent Trappist beer, and much better, more dynamic flavor than it's Trippel counterpart, which is unusual. Not the best Trappist, but better than many similar beers I've had. Pours dark brown with tons of head that just lets loose the fury of that wonderful, multi-dimensional smell. A nice, semi-sweet apple cider smell with some apricots and peaches with toffee and burnt sugar. The taste is similar, with a hint of smokiness. Sweet from fruit, savory like a rich brisket, and a bit bitter like burnt toffee. There's a slightly gritty, muddy texture to the beer that is just a bit off-putting, but nothing to worry about.

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Photo of mjurney
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep mahogany color, murky. Lively carbonated. Thick beige head.

Mixture of tropical and dark fruit, deep bready malt, caramel.

Mix fruit, bananas, apples, plums, dates, raisin. Creamy malts, caramel, a little milk chocolate. Hop bitterness towards the end. Finish is tart, semi-dry. Body is full, crewy, creamy, a little warmth, easy drinking.

It's an excellent beer!

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 08/03/2015 in a Westmalle chalice, bottle states 01/09/2011. Vintage bottle, approx 4.5 years past best by date and 6.5 years after bottling date.

Absolutely fantastic!

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Photo of Dennis-King
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Of all the Belgium beers I have tried I would say this is probably my favourite. Even on a recent trip to brugge I tried the much heralded Westvleteren 12 and preferred this beer. There are some superb beers in Belgium but this is one hits the spot.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours into the glass a very dark, very dense brown/ruby/black/caramel, topped by an absolute absurd amount of off-white head (four-plus fingers) that persists beyond all reasonable bounds of good decorum. Visibly effervescent.

Smell is candied brown sugar, fruity esters, roasted malt, a bit of sour cherry and apples. Raisins, plums, dates. A touch of banana and clove. Slight metallic twinge (copper?).

Bit of an alcoholic heat on the taste. Vacillates between bitter and sweet, offering hints of brown sugar, roasted/caramel malt. Faint tartness or sourness, and maybe the distant wave of bittering hops (particularly in the aftertaste). Bit of biscuit. Carbonation is high, but surprisingly not intrusive, and the body is nice.

The taste doesn't live up to the smell, but for me that's not an uncommon beer experience. Still, this is a really lovely dubbel, very rich and sweet and savoury and dry and intense. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

SRM 17 (dark copper) and clear until yeast enters the Westmalle chalice. A thin beige head is short lived, leaving fine lace in its wake while some yeast is left in suspension.

Rich with sweet malt and dark fruits. Raisin, fig, plum, and cherry notes are elevated by candy sugar. Warmth brings out a light perfume.

Delicate flavors follow the nose. Sweet and bitter flavors oscillate with bitter winning out in a long, modest finish. The notes of subtle, caramelized sugar accentuate the complexity of flavors.

This beer is lush with a satin texture and medium body. Alcohol is as expected, as is the fine, high level of carbonation. It tends to dry out in the finish.

This is a good contemplative beer when one has time after a long, frenetic few days. While excellent on its own, it stands up nicely to a smoked Gouda.

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Photo of tyjudd
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orangish brown. The head drops to just cover the beer but is ever present the entire experience. Lacing is moderate throughout. The nose is typical of banana and cloves. But also peppery funk and sweetness. The taste continues the bananas and cloves but also lends to some Tabasco and tea. The dryness also shows itself in the finish. Very drinkable and wonderful.

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Photo of mrjez
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: a nice thick dark caramel with a decent bubbly tan head.
The aromas and tastes really came out after about 10 mins of letting it warm up.
S: a nice earthy malt with some fig and dark fruit, some caramel notes.
T: Superbly balanced on the tongue, a pinch of citrus sitting on those flavours mentioned. Alcohol well-hidden.
F: complex from front to back, nicely carbonated, smooth throughout, a little spicy on the end.
O: Simply top notch. I want another!

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Photo of ajchocholousek
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl into teku:

Medium pour yields a big light tan fluffy head with some staying power. Pours a dark, dense red-brown color. A little hazy. Like dark earthen clay.

Smell hits the nose with dark fruity malty sweetness. Big notes of plum, fig, raisins, and caramel on the nose balanced out by a little bit of funky earthiness and just a touch of clovey spice.

Taste follows the nose with a bit more citrus right in the front that makes way for notes of deep dark chocolate, plum, fig, and other dark fruit flavors. Plenty of yeasty funk in here, and maybe a touch of peppery leather and wood. Really complex, but well melded. An absolute joy to drink. Finishes dry, preventing it from becoming any where near cloying. Keeps you coming back for more.

Overall, an amazing beer. So many great flavors that all come together to provide a sort of unified experience in this beer. Drinks lighter than it is, remains refreshing, yet provides a big chewiness that reminds you of what a thought-provoking and intriguing beer this.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep mahogany color with an inch of off white foam and fair amount of sediment. The nose is incredible, a truly remarkable blend of chocolate and stone fruit with touch of earthy woodiness. The taste is considerably more mellow in the flavor though most of the same notes are there as well as a touch of anise. One thing really surprises me about the taste, and that's the hop presence on the back end. The stated best by date on this is within a month so picking up hop bitterness seems a bit strange to me but it is pretty noticeable. Very smooth feel to this beer. I honestly think this may be better than the tripel.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served cool from 330ml bottle into Saison Regal glass.

A) Red-tinged dark brown, opaque, with half-inch fizzy white head that dissipates very quickly.

S) Winey malt, not much else. Maybe I have chilled it too much.

T) Very smooth - light malt flavour, immediately followed by subtle bitterness. Very subtle orange and grapefruit notes. On reflection, the taste is really good right after the swallow, but is quickly overtaken by less pleasant bitter aftertaste. If it could hold on to the initial lighter tastes, this would be a real winner for me.

F) A lot fizzier than it looks. Weight in the mouth reflects the ABV closely.

O) A lot to like in this, but the roasty / bitter aftertaste spoils the intial light spritzy fruit notes for me.

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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy, caramel tan with a large head that hangs around. lots if sediment. nose; caramel and brown sugar. taste; highly carbonated and spritzy - mild bitter hop, brown sugar, fig, biscuit and cola. i'm not getting nearly the "darkness" i was expecting here, and that may have to do with the 12oz singles verses the bomber aging. it's much lighter and a touch more on the raw brown sugar sweet side.

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Photo of drmeto
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-Follows the nose with a sweet finish
-alcohol well hidden
-light body
-high carbonation
-Very Good Dubbel

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Photo of Gajo74
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this one. A good looking dark brown ale with malty sweet aroma. Great dark fruits taste along with malts and caramel. There is a burnt essence in both the finish and aroma. There is some alcoholic quality in the taste but it is masked well by the other favors. Full bodied, creamy and quite drinkable. I will definitely get again.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Prune and dark dried fruit on the nose with some spice. Pours clear brown with 1” light tan foam cap that persists and leaves gothic window lace. Palate has big yeast flavors with prune, over ripe fruit, spicy malt, and dark sugars. Medium to medium full body and medium high carbonation. The carbonation tones down the malt and yeast flavors.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extremely dark brown color and a cream foam that leaves a small lace.
Less yeasty and more hoppy than common trappist ales, has some tones of vanilla and chocolates in the head and some herbal tones in the taste.
Less caramel tones than common belgian dubbels or strong dark ales too. Unfortunately the taste and smell are somewhat neutrals here.
Not very malty in the smell or taste but of a hugh body nevertheless. Bitterness and carbonation are at good level.

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Photo of -steve-
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought recently at the LCBO in Ontario based on Beer Connoisseur Mags listing this as one of the best of 2014. Poured it into a chalice shaped glass. The beer is brown with a rich foamy head and some lacing going up the glass. You can smell the alcohol and caramel sweetness.This is a complex, delicious beer that is enhanced as the beer warms in the glass.It's velvety smooth.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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