Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
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2,285 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,285
Reviews: 1,132
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 142
Gots: 218 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000)
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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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.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fluffy, bubbly, light-tan head. Starts off aggressive, but the carbonation is too high to hold it all. Head drops to a spotty cap and solid collar after a couple minutes. Some sheets of lacing break apart and leave spotty notches. Dark amber/burgundy. Relatively clear with only a slight haze.

Smell: Candi sugar. Dark fruits in the vein of cherries, plums, and raisins. Sweetness jumps out, but it's nice and mellow. Yeast is restrained yet present. Clove and banana. Bready with some apple skin and grapes. Touches of caramel malts and sweetness. Candied goodness. Complex and mellow.

Taste: Yeast up front. Spicy like pepper with a big fruit layer thrown underneath. Clove drops and never lets go. Some ripe banana and raisins. Lots of raisins. Some crisp apple and caramel sweetness help balance things out. Powdery. Yeast pushes some earthiness as well. Candi sugar adds some much needed sweetness. Dustings of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Dry with a slightly higher than anticipated carbonation. Prickly and almost thin at times, but not quite.

Overall: I had this shortly after I turned 21 and it blew my mind. Drinking it now, it's still pretty tasty. A lot less mindblowing, but well-balanced and nuanced. A touch too carbonated for me in the long run. Flavors are on point though.

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3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn’t know that Westmalle had another offering besides their tripel, but I’m glad I found it.

A: Pours half-head and half body – hazy, brownish-red under a pillow of tan bubbles. Slowly, the bubbles settle to a small, creamy layer of beige retention. Lacing sticks out everywhere, chunky and tall.

S: Light, fruity, and beautifully complex; the scents are very forward with raisin and white wine. Oaky alcohol, black cherry, toffee, clove, marshmallow, and candi sugar aromas are all there in a dark, sugary maltiness. Nice esters, cinnamon, and tannic husk come through via the proprietary yeast strain, a full and unique combination of earthy dryness.

T: Belgian flavors abound, with dark flavors of yeast and leafy grains; it starts with bold tobacco, toffee, sweet tea, caramel, maple, and cinnamon-raisin bread, an intricate tone of yeasts. Bitters come forward with grapefruit rind, lime, spicy hops, and clove, rounded out by a bright grape and fig sweetness. It’s dry, with those grassy hops and traces of roasts and burnt sugar; husky and dry. A taste of vinous alcohol and the spice of toasted bread finishes this brew out with a mild, astringent aftertaste.

M: Has a moment or two of biting bubbliness before it goes down, causing the bitterness to come out bigger than the rest. Odd for a dubbel, but not unwelcome; it’s still quite full-feeling.

O: Satisfying and complex, this trappist ended up giving me a memorable experience. It wasn’t an incredibly satisfying palate, but it was nice and well-rounded; I’d buy it again, especially if I could find it really fresh somewhere.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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Photo of drzauis
3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into goblet style glass.

APP- A dark caramel color, poured with a healthy head, dissipated fairly quickly. Very little lacing.

Aroma - Hits strong with deep fruity aroma, leaving way for a chocolaty, sweet smell shortly after.

Taste - Very similar to aroma, big dark fruits leading off, then a thick sweet caramel - malty taste, which coats the mouth. Hints of acidity, but very little in the taste of alcohol.

MF - Light carbonation, medium bodied, but as mentioned coats the palate with an aftertaste of deep roasted caramel malts.

OVR - A very drinkable beer, quite complex, and the alcohol is very well masked. I find the balance between the sweetness of the roasted malts, and the acidity / sour of the fruitiness just a little off. The only reason it scored lower in certain areas.

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3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice tan head at the top of a dark chocolate brown hazy ale. There was really very little lacing.

Nice bready yeast aroma; figs and prunes.

Dark fruits and grain, a nice blend. The molasses fringe on the taste is present, as is common with the style... But it's still one of my least favorite aspects of dubbels in general.

Smooth enough, a nice creamy mouthfeel.

Overall a pretty good dubbel, typical of the style. Good example of the style, I'm just not generally a fan.... I'd drink this again if someone offered it but I wouldn't seek it out.

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3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, served in a chimay goblet. Best before May 27, 2012

A - Dark coffee mahogany colour, with 1" dense head. Quickly dissipated, no lacing

S - Brown sugar, dark fruits. All very subtle.

T - Medium-high carbonation off the top, leading into fig, low percentage dark chocolate, a little burnt malt. Mild astringent/sour aftertaste which is not pleasing.

M - Full bodied, but not too thick. Clings to the mouth.

Because I really enjoy dark Belgians of all kinds, I feel the bottle I had must have been past it's prime, as it's very close to the best-before date on the bottle. I've never had it before now, but will give it another go if the opportunity arises.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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