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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,162 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,162
Reviews: 1,123
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 125
Gots: 179 | FT: 1
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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Photo of HoustonTX
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel

Poured carefully into Duvel tulip, head was wild and untamed. Had to pour slower than normal to ensure quality. The body is deep rich brown in color. With ruby highlights reaming the edge. Head is off white, rocky, and incredibly frothy.

Smell is right on for the style. Lots of banana, along with a reassuring malt breadiness. This breadiness is amazing, and truly opens your senses. Euphoric and tantalizing on the nasals. Light vanilla with a punch of cream on the edges. Banana pie, yes, it does indeed resemble cooked banana pie.

Taste is quite malty all the way around. It has some harsh residual sugar sweetness, along with some semi-acetone characteristics. The taste on this one is much less refined than I would have expected. Dark walnuts are standing out, producing a weird funky walnut bitterness.
Dark fruit is also present, raisins and dark cherries leave their note, adhering well with their backstage role. It's body is only midway of where it should and at best can only be called mid bodied.

A solid Dubbel, with it's share of positives to offer. Along with another fair share of negatives in the mix as well. It's good, but their Trippel is much better.

HoustonTX, Nov 14, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

bkwhoppa66, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Alex5
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Alex5, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of Seaba
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Seaba, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of jordanimal
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

jordanimal, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a suprise to find a case of this sitting in my local beer store today! I love the tripel (in my top 5), so I grabbed one of these up to try. In the middle of a 750 of Val Dieu brown (an excellent brew in it's own right) I drank this. It is fantastic. Tastes as much like a dark Belgian as a dubbel. Better than the Val Dieu, and better than Chimay Red or Maudite, IMO. Nice dark, fruity taste. Wonderful balance and taste. A little expensive at $4.99 a bottle, but I'll be buying 1 or 2 of these each time I go to that store (and I asked him to get the tripel, also!).

JohnnyDuvel, May 22, 2004
Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a dfh snifter.

A: pours a nice murky nutty brown with a finger of tanned head... Receeda quickly, not much lacing.

S: a nice toasty nutty grain w/ a sweet touch of darkfruit and some apple likeness.

T: follows Suit, alot of the toastyness ingot in the aroma takes a back seat to the sweet rasin and brown sugar like dark fruit along with the apple/pear notes... Tasty.

M: creamy with a crisp aggressive carbonation.

O: very tasty and delicious... Really love the weatmalles, both this and the tripel are delicious.

PeterIngemi, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of drewbage
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Bottle 11.2oz Brown Bottle with collar)

Beer pours deep leather brown with rubyish highlights and a low tan head that remains despite the alcohol.

Aroma is dense with chocolate covered cherries and plums. Cinnamon spices mingle with the alcohol to finish.

The flavor mirrors the aroma with dried cherry and chocolate and some leather tones in the fore palate. The beer quickly transitions into cinnamon and clovey spices. The beer finishes with a brown sugar smack and a warming glow of alcohol in the throat.

drewbage, May 28, 2003
Photo of Long813
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated: 22/12/11, 1 16037
From: The Beer Temple

G: Chimay Chalice

A: Dark ruby red body with one finger of off white head. Dissipates to a thin ring rather quickly. Typical dubbel characteristics.

S: Funky yeast is prominate here, following dark fruits and some spices. The yeast is much stronger than other types I've had. I

T: Following the aromas, yeast is up front with figs following. There is also hints of various spices in the end.

M: Medium bodied and high carbonation. Frothy texture and sticky bitter aftertaste.

D: Good beer, it's a little to much funk for me, but it's an interesting experience.

Long813, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of vickersspitfire
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, this beer has a dark earth brown color to it with some fermentation floating around with the carbonation, and its all topped off with a nice thick head that slowly dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles surrounded by some really great lacing. The aroma is very complex, brown sugar, plums, figs and raisins all come up, apple and wine smells also come through. Slightly bitter overall, the flavors is just as complex, the hops are present as you swallow, mild grapefruit zest, dark fruits and some raisin are all mixed in. It has a medium-to-full body and is filled with carbonation. Overall, this is a very good beer and I’ll be drinking this one more often.

vickersspitfire, Jan 01, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown. Way too carbonated, head was just everywhere it seemed. Once that settled, its not a bad tasting beer actually. Tastes of dark fruits and its not that sweet at all. I would consider this again if in a pinch, but not in a rush to go after it. Very easy to drink, don't notice the 7% at all. Not a bad beer.

WeedKing4, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of Padron4KM
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle. Bottle code 05/04/07.

Pours cloudy, murky garnett, with a thick 1/2 inch lasting head. Lacing coats the glass in a thin sheet.

Dark fruits and banana dominate the aroma, with a little vinous quality in there as well.

flavor is sweet, with fruits like dried apricot coming to mind, a little yeast, and some mild dry hops on the finish.

Padron4KM, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of Avagadro
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: upon popping the cap, a torrent of foam rushes out of the bottle. Lucky I had my goblet handy to minimize the beer lost to my sink. I poured this brew about 10 minutes before I actually started it, and I am impressed by how well the billowing head has held up. this brew is essentially opaque. Some light makes it through the glass, but its hard to tell what color the light is.

S: sweet caramel, prunes, and vanilla make it through the massive head.

T: very creamy, with plenty of vanilla, raisins, and rum. There is a lot going on here, you really just have tp try it for yourself.

M: full body, and shockingly creamy. This brew is extremely smooth of the mouth. Even the huge amount of carbonation can't wash away the creaminess.

D: I have tp admit, this brew isn't as gopd as some of the other Trappists. Even so, it is a brew that is made with a lot of care, and is very delicious. Definitely a must have.

Avagadro, May 02, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

boudreaux, Feb 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Beerdudenumberone, Apr 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

jsnoek, Nov 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Xandrose, Oct 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Taste of Belgium event at Celtic Bayou in Redmond, WA... Poured a cloudy brown with quite a bit of head. Candy sugar and cloveyness come across in the nose. Same flavors are present in the mouth as well where a nice medium bodied beer goes down quite easily. Other flavors include some fruit and a slight spicy twang.

jreitman, Feb 09, 2003
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

AMCPhD, Nov 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Shawnspl, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of janubio
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very creamy head, with a nice toasted-brown colour. Colour is dark opaque brown. Aroma of dry fruits, raisins, chololate and spices, pepper maybe? I think a notice some coriander too. Mouth is of a somewhat harsh, but nice taste of caramel, spices, aniseed. Chocolate and port wine too.

janubio, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of mintjellie
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich brown in colour, and hazy with yeast held in suspension. Topped by well-retained beige head that leaves a pretty lace as it slowly subsides. Malty, fruity aroma vaguely reminiscent of banana bread. Theres plum and cherry to go with that banana, along with caramel and a hint of chocolate. Inititial dark bread flavour is overtaken by fruity notes of raisin, apple, and fig. Very ripe and jammy tasting. It finishes with a hit of warm alcohol and a musty bitterness. The flavour and aroma both get a bit boozier as the beer warms. Medium bodied with fine, tingling carbonation. Doesn't feel heavy while still feeling substantial. Easy drinking, flavourful, and subtle; I was left wanting more after finishing this fairly potent ale.

mintjellie, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of Mar02x
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.

Mar02x, Oct 20, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Steve_Oldrati, Jan 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

roblund, Nov 23, 2012
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,162 ratings.