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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,047 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,047
Reviews: 1,113
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 111
Gots: 145 | FT: 0
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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Vixie

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, remind me of the color of a cola. Forms a large cream colored head that stays around for a bit.

The smell is very fruity. Not quite sure exactly, but seems to be raisins and plums. I am picking up some malt and yeast as well. Although a touch hard to place for me, has a nice smell.

Fruity and spicy work for this one. Raisin, plum, maybe some fig as well. Almost immediately you are hit with a peppery spice, and under it all is the taste of Belgian candy sugar. Nicely complex, and blends together well.

Goes down very smooth, but the spiciness gives it a nice kick.

This has all the elements of why I love Belgian beer. It's fruity and spicy, and has that nice candy sugar flavor I have come to like. It does seem more like a cold weather beer, but one I would happily try any time of year.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 01:27:50 | More by Vixie
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bnes09

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark leather brown. Massive cream colored head towers over the brew and creates a creamy blanket on the glass. Excellent retention and some bubbles against the side of the glass.

Dark and complex aroma. Dates and figs. Toffee. Some smooth yeast in the mix.

Taste follows suit. Most prominent flavor is dark fruits: dates, figs and black currants. Sweet toffee and molasses. Hint of roasted almonds. Mild earthy hop bitterness, just enough to reach the threshold of flavor. Complex flavor with more roasted character than most dubbels.

Consistency is surprisingly light. Moderate level of carbonation. Semi-coarse texture allows flavors to linger.

Good stuff. A complex, flavorful treat.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 02:22:43 | More by bnes09
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cooler4life

Quebec (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated best before 2/3/12

A - Autumn brown color, has a reddish tint when held to the light. Color really is fantastic. White, one finger head that dissipates rather quickly. This beer is right in the middle between clear and cloudy. Some carbonation is present. Moderate amount of lacing that does not stick to the glass.

S - Classic. Brown sugar, caramel, dark fruit, fig, plum, malt.

T - Complex. Malty, plum, chocolate. Second wave is a grapey fruitiness that eventually turns into a bitter twang toward the end.

M - Stimulating in a good way. Moderate carbonation, light to moderate stickiness in the palate. The 7% ABV is hidden by a delicate balance of richness and crispness.

O - It's like fine art that you can take out of the fridge and enjoy. I look forward to more of these in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 22:08:55 | More by cooler4life
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GLM0011

Alabama

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

LLove this beer. Underappreciated. Slow drinker like your suppose to drink beer. For the mature drinker. Classic dubbel with dryness like champagne. Goes well with cheese pastries my wife makes. Expensive even if you can find a deal. Three is usually all I can drink. This is not for the chugger. Dont leave in your freezer more than an hour or you have a slushy,which still tastes awesome. Ive discovered that if you wait till you get close to the expiration date on the back it becomes sweeter. One of my favorite beers to enjoy. Please try with patience.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 18:13:02 | More by GLM0011
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Mar02x

Netherlands

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer many times before but just didn't review it before.

A - A beautiful dark brown beer with, if you hold it against the light, beautiful shades of red. The head is white/beige and invites you to take a sip.

S - An inviting and complex scent of figs, caramelized malt, brown sugar and dark fruit.

T - Nice complex pallet, nutty, brown sugar, cherries and figs.

M - I find the aftertaste of the beer rather salty. After the moderate carbonation, the beer is a bit sticky in the mouth, I just happen to like it.

O - A beautiful complex beer that can easily be enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 18:50:36 | More by Mar02x
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip. best before 2/3/12.

a - pours a murky, deep mahogany shade and forms a massive, tan, foamy head the second it hits the glass. after calming to a thin cap, head is easily revived by swirling the beer around. leaves a few puffs of lacing in my glass.

s - musty and leathery, brown sugar, nutty malt, notes of cola.

t - surprisingly light in the flavor department. i'm getting mostly carmel malt with prominent spice and a light bitter twinge on the back of the tongue. finishes clean and dry. honestly, i'm a bit disappointed.

m - a little on the thin side with far too much carbonation. feels just like a coke or pepsi in the mouth.

o - not a bad beer, but for almost $6 a bottle i was expecting much more. seems to be lacking the richness and fuller body typical of the style. maybe i just got a bad batch, but i doubt i would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 03:28:32 | More by divineaudio
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a nice chocolate brown color with a red highlight to it and a tan colored head. The lacing was light but stuck fairly well to the glass. The aroma is earthy, and slightly sweet. The taste of some earthy malts and dark sweet fruits take over in the mouth. The mouthfeel of this beer is really quite nice, it's very smooth, had a creamy body to it and goes down really easy. Overall this is probably one of my favorite Dubbel's, a style that I'm not overly crazy about but I find this one to be an exception.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 23:41:14 | More by Knapp85
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Filosoof

Netherlands

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This classic beer has been misunderstood very often.

Ofcourse it is one of the best dubbels, but it is certainly not sweet and the standard mention of caramel doesn't fit to this beer.

L: very good, chessnut brown, medium lasting top;
S: creamy, touch of non sweet banana, toast/bread, bubblegum (?);
T: quite quickly stopping taste, in line with the smell, but less strong; dry finish;
M: creamy, perfect CO2;
O: somewhat clean, straight forward beer, but very drinkable and inviting beer. I like the non sweetness! Classic.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 22:59:30 | More by Filosoof
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NeutroMan

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, corked and caged

Pours a hazy dark ruby/brownish color. Minimal tan head dissipated quickly.

Lots of sweet/caramel malt aroma, almost too sweet. Fruity esters of plum, cherry, and figs. Sweetness is a little more muted in the flavor, as spicy phenols feature prominently, along with banana and yeast. Noticeable alcohol warmth. Medium-full bodied; dry finish.

Overall, this is an extremely well-made Dubbel and should be the model for all others in its category.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 22:51:19 | More by NeutroMan
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Krakistophales

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a bit of white head that disappears quickly but has great carbonation

S: Lots of dark fruit, some brown sugar, a bourbon-esque whiskey aroma

T: At first, some dark fruit without the sweetness, then a move into a bitter middle taste, followed by some alcoholic burn towards the end. Unfortunately, the smell is better than the taste.

O: A pretty nice ale, but I would stick with much better belgian offerings. Maybe I'm not a fan of the dubbel style, or maybe this one just isn't for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 00:26:09 | More by Krakistophales
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Graham5161986

British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have waited a looong time to finally get my hands on this beer (we're talking 4+ years). It's older brother Trippel is one of my all-time favourites so I just had to take the time to sit down and give a proper review for this one.

Right when you open the bottle and take a sniff, I picked up the pleasant aroma of ripe stone fruit, especially apricot. Beautiful.

It pours a typical dubbel dark brown with a tan head that exibits bubbles of all sorts of sizes and sticks around for a while but does not leave much in terms of lacing. As the head finally winds down to a film, swirls of dark yeast make this brew look like a very well brewed espresso's crema.

The aroma, again, is full of stone fruit and brown sugary, candy esters. Quite a good hit of bubblegum in there too.

Taste is sweet and complex - I get lots of candied dark fruits and pear with hints of chocolate, tobacco and molasses. I even get some hefe-weizen-esque banana notes. Don't forget some of that classic Belgian spice and a light touch of alcohol - very warming, a great sipper.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, milky and sticky with subtle carbonation and an oily, pleasantly acidic finish.

Overall, a triumph of a beer. So many flavours and aromas to mull over. Not to mention how easy it goes down. This was truly well worth the wait. Believe the hype. Simply delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 01:44:47 | More by Graham5161986
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Pours a dark brown, variably cloudy depending on your pour, with a cap of foamy, off-white head that retains well and laces moderately well. Dark sugars and dark dried fruits in the aroma. Taste is woody, bready, yeasty, with notes of brown sugar, caramel, dried fruits: raisins, figs, and the like. Some banana and spice moments slip in once in a while. Medium-bodied and very nice to drink. Though I prefer its elder sibling, the Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 16:22:53 | More by Rifugium
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet glass.

Look - a dark red color, maybe clear, maybe murky, with about two fingers worth of tan colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - very dark smelling..warm, toasty, and a bit grape-like.

Taste and Mouthfeel - malty tasting. Just as in the smell, it's a bit toasty and has a bit of a hint of grapes. There's a slight bitterness in the middle, but mellows out in the finish. Texture is pretty well balanced.

Overall - pretty interesting and a good brew in general. Worth the try!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 04:04:30 | More by Nerudamann
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eric5bellies

Australia

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

Drank from my Westmalle chalice.

A - Pours a slightly hazy dark Brown Ruby colour and decent size off White head that reduces to a film and laces.

S - Plenty of stewed dark fruits present. Figs and caramelised malts.

T - Up front there are some decent malts, with a little biscuit. The caramel, toffee kicks in before giving way to some stewed dark fruit with cherries and banana being very present.

M - Light to Medium body, with medium carbonation.

O - I'm not generally a Dubbel fan but this is a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 12:26:28 | More by eric5bellies
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JayS2629

Alabama

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy brown color with an aggressive and creamy head, awesome retention and foamy, soap bubble lacing.

The aroma is of dark fruits like plum, cherry, and raisin with strong toffee backbone and rich caramel notes. Some earthy funk and faint grassy notes.

The taste is pleasantly complex with cherries, plums, raisins, and dates intermingled with malty toffee, biscoti, toasted bread, brown sugar, and rich caramels. Faint cocoa notes are accented with spices like clove and black pepper. Earthy mineral notes throughout with faint medicinal phenols and grassy notes.

Smooth and creamy.

Excellent dubble. Complex, medium bodied, and interesting. Easy and enjoyable drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 19:29:38 | More by JayS2629
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown color with a nice, thick one finger tan head on top. Very nice retention with rather foamy lacing left on the glass.

S: Lots of dark fruits - figs, plums, and raisins dominate the aroma. It is on the sweet side with some caramelized malt and a little molasses.

T: A bit maltier in flavor than aroma, with a lot of bread, caramel, and a bit of toffee which blend nicely with the dark fruits that are present (plum, figs, and a bit of cherry).

M: Medium bodied, very crisp and smooth with medium carbonation.

O: A very nice beer. Still just scratching the surface in terms of Dubbels, but I look forward to trying some more soon. Will be interesting to see how this one stacks up to Chimay, Rochefort, etc.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 19:04:42 | More by mdaschaf
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz Westmalle Trappist brown bottle. Poured into a Belgian style chalice, almost identical to the Westmalle chalice.
A - A hazy, unique looking dark brown. A color I cant ever remember seeing in any other brew I've had. Nice, creamy off white to light tan head. Nice lace.
S - Dark fruits. Spicey almost with a peppery smell. Some caramel notes give it a somewhat sweet smell.
T - Lots of dark fruit. Very nice spices along with more dark fruit(s). Maybe some raison in here? Noticable Belgian yeast with a sweet malt flavor.
M- Medium bodied. Just what I would expect from a Trappist dubbel. Medium to good carbonation.
O - A very well crafted trappist dubbel. However I still prefer the Chimay Premiere Red over this. But this still is a class brew. Outside the Rochefort brews, both this and the Chimay are 2 of the best dubbels available and are fairly easy to find in the small populated area I live in. Remember, you can't go wrong with Belgian Trappists. They are brewed with quality in mind, and this one is no different. It goes right in line as another world class trappist.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 17:46:46 | More by BradtheGreat7
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark murky brown with a 1 finger off white head

smell: raisons, dark fruits, caramel, malts

taste: dark fruits, caramel, malty

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this is an excellent representation of a dubbel. I just wish I could get into them. I think it's the dark fruits that I'm not a fan of but this was a great beer.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 16:14:41 | More by THECPJ
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Crittervision

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Kulminator was closing for an hour or some thing so I walked over to Oud Arsenaal. Figured I'd give some thought to the draft dubbel and go back to Kulminator for a bottle from 1992. Consumed 12 August 2011. 

Fresh from the tap at Oud Arsenaal, this pours a flat brown with a thin cream hat. Average lacing. 

A dull smell with undertones of this and that, some thing metallic, teriyaki, diluted caramel macchiato. 

Taste is slightly bitter, massively diluted. It's practically fluffy dark water. The lack of character is remarkable.  

The only thing going for this beer is that it is fluffy and perfectly carbonated. 

However. 

From a bottle with a [best by] date of 06.07.94. Apparently bottled in 1992, this one falls into the glass with evidence of age. Transparent deep brown body with ruby highlights, a quickly falling, light cream head with larger bubbles — existing more from the long fall from bottle to chalice than from carbonation. 

Phew! Rummy raisins, resident pipe smoke in a dark basement, cognac?, sweet liqueur. Simply incredible in thy nose. 

Taste is less overwhelming, but interesting. Watery, a slight hint of tartness, black tea. And every once in a while the tongue finds a crystal of concentrated dark chocolate goodness in the small volume of liquid moving around the mouth. 

Feels thin, and the bubbles are tame — containing semi-spheres of Kulminator atmosphere rather than carbon dioxide. 

Much better aged than on draft. Could stand to be a lot less watery, both in body and flavor. But alas. A fun experience.

Scores are for the bottle. 

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 17:39:17 | More by Crittervision
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a medium brown color with a decent off-white to tan colored head. The smell is rich dark fruits brown sugar and a slightly Belgian yeast smell. The flavor follows suit but is fairly mellow and well blended together bthe carbonation is medium and a medium body to it noverall this is a B+ to A- beer

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 21:47:24 | More by rowingbrewer
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Lee45102

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exactly what a Trappist dubble should taste like. Filling and strong but it has a feel that isn't too heavy.

It's only competitor in its class would be trappistes Rochfort number 8. Both are great beers and for the cost in my area you won't find any better unless you want to up your price.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 05:23:09 | More by Lee45102
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grittybrews

Washington

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark, nutty brown into a chalice with at least three fingers of tan root beer float head. Somewhat mild aroma of sweet, biscuity caramel, raisin, and clove.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Taste mirrors the aroma with toffee and bread up front followed by raisin. dark fruit, and gentle spice.

Extremely solid dubbel, although for the price I'd usually pick a Rochefort 8 instead.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 03:26:22 | More by grittybrews
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JLeege

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance- Dark brown with a large creamy off white head. Great retention and lace.

Smell- Slightly tangy dark fruits, caramel, toffee, slight pepper and yeast.

Taste- Tangy ripe dark fruits, strong raison, caramel & toffee. Nice subtle brown sugar. Slightly spicy, herbal, and peppery toward the finish, due to the Belgian yeast presence.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, with a great linger, ABVs are unnoticed.

Overall- Very good dubbel, definitely will be drinking this again. Nice complex flavor, and the ABVs are hide nicely. This is one of those beers that you just have to try at least once.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 23:57:10 | More by JLeege
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mariposafan

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark red-brown, a little murky. The head is a little loose but holds up very well.

The aroma is pure Belgian - distinctive yeastiness, malt, sweetness and a hint of ripe fruits.

The flavor follows the aroma very closely but it's not quite as sweet, nor does it have quite as much punch as I expected - just a little watery. A little lingering bitterness but nothing untoward.

The one place it falls down a bit for me. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and the carbonation is a little too aggressive. Nothing bad here, but it's not on a par with the flavor.

Very, very nice overall. A bit more body, a little less aggressive carbonation and a little more sweetness and it would have been a 5.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 21:52:33 | More by mariposafan
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a swampy brown amber, and like most quality big Belgians, a mountain of head that retains very well
S - dark fruity yeasty aroma, molasses and grains, with a mineral scent lingering
T - a strong mineral and/or metallic quality is strong up front, then more subtle fruit and herbal qualities arise, some herbal and grassy notes, very unique and tasty
M - big bodied brew that is creamy like rootbeer but does dry out slightly through finish
O - this gets big point for having all the peripheral qualities of a dubbel, BUT bringing in a unique flavour profile that makes it more interesting than the typical offering, I see a repeat purchase in my future

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 04:33:18 | More by joemcgrath27
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,047 ratings.