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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,372 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,372
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 151
Gots: 291 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a clear very dark brown, nearly opaque. Topped by a huge billowy off-white head that keeps growing thanks to the abundant carbonation. Some of the best head retention I have every seen.

Aroma has lots of dark fruit such as figs and cherries layered on top of wood. Hints of pipe tobacco along with wet grass and hay. A little bit of light cocoa underneath.

The flavor really has tons going on. Like in the aroma, dark fruit predominantly up front consisting largely of cherries and figs. A decent woody note is present along with a little bit of must although it nicely compliments the other flavors. Grass comes in next along with a moderate, cleansing bitterness. The beer finishes dry on the palate with bitterness lingering long after all other flavors depart.

Overall, a truly complex and amazing beer. There is really so much going on here and the flavors change as the beer warms. One of the classics.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured in my manly goblet chalice, it created an inch-thick, creamy head floating above playful bubbles on the cup's bottom. Excellent deep brown color. Little lacing to be seen.

S: Like any good trappist, this thing presents layers of complexity: on first sniff, plum, figs, roasted malt, and herbal spice come first; with some warming, a nice dose of banana from the yeast pops up. This is what love smells like.

T: Robust tannins of wood--cherrywood?--fig, and hints of mottled yeast collide into a panoply of subtly. It ends with a nice, dry, and bitter finish.

M: Sikly-smooth mouthfeel helps the flavors shine here. It's an easy one to sip.

O: Just stellar. God blesses this brew.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Best Buy 7/27/12

Appearance. It poured a dark brown/amber with a large tan head. It had very little lacing.

Smell. it smells fairly sweet with some malt and spice(clove) coming through. It smells delicious.

Taste. It does not taste as sweet as it smells. The sweet dark fruit flavor gives way very quickly to some smoky malt with some earthy flavors. and some alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel. It has medium body with a creamy finsh

Overall. I think my expectations were to high or the best buy date is accurate as it tasted like its best days are behind it. I will try again as I want to taste what I can smell.

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A: Mahogany. Decent lace and leaves nice foam head.

Smell: Caramel and plum/raisin. Hints of spice

Taste: Very nice profile. Typical for Trappist style dubbel.

Mouthfeel: Good overall balance.

Overall: Very nice Friday night dinner beer. Very good rating.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in an Orval glass. Color is dark, mahogany brown with a large beige head that disappers quickly. Slightly cloudy even though I kept the yeast in the bottle.

Smell is sweet, some yeast, bananas. Then some malts, burnt sugar and maybe even some coffee.

Taste is also sweet, like brown sugar. There's some sourness, more bananas, cherries, and some green apples. Very nice and fruity without being heavy at all. But there's also a hint of some unripe fruit, in the finish there's some bitterness and sourness, which slowly gives way again to the initial sweetness. It gets better when it's warmed up a little, the sweetness takes over from the sourness and there's some roasted malts there.

Mouth is medium, with a nice carbonation that tickles the tongue, feels great.

Overall this is a nice and very drinkable beer, but the taste is slightly unbalanced and a bit to sour to become a favourite.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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