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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,140 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,140
Reviews: 1,118
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 122
Gots: 175 | 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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Photo of Padron4KM
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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%

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
Photo of vickersspitfire
4.38/5  rDev +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
Photo of boudreaux
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

boudreaux, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of jsnoek
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

jsnoek, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Beerdudenumberone, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Xandrose
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Xandrose, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of jreitman
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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
Photo of Shawnspl
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Shawnspl, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of mintjellie
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

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%

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
Photo of Steve_Oldrati
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Steve_Oldrati, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of bkwhoppa66
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

bkwhoppa66, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of janubio
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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 roblund
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

roblund, Nov 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

AMCPhD, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of pmlondrigan
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

Nice tan head, leaves plenty of lacing. Deep mocha color brown. Raisins, figs, prunes, caramel, roasty malts, and faint spices. The flavor is of dried rich vinous fruits. Not as spicy as I like a dubbel to be, maybe a little too malt forward. I detect a touch of roasted barley or chocolate malt. Clean finish, dry finish. Not cloying which is nice for the style.

pmlondrigan, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of sjstraub
5/5  rDev +19.9%

sjstraub, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of pweis909
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

330 mL Bottle, dated 06/12/07

Redidsh brown, clear, with a thick rocky head, and some sediment in the bottle, this beer smell emits aromas of fruit (plum), bread (yeast), and alcohol. No hop aromas. Malt and an alcoholic warming come through with the taste. The malt reminds me of that used in some European pilsners. The finish is dryish, and the mouth feel is thin and crisp, likely because of the fermentation of some sort of non-malt sugar.

The 7% alcohol and $6 per bottle will limit my consumption of this one, but it is very tasty

pweis909, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of KMcG
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

A: poured with a nice, light tan head of 2 fingers that faded pretty quickly. The color is a dark brown like black tea.

S: The strongest aromas are malty and wheat bready. There is also a light spice of nutmeg and hints of plum or fig. The alcohol is noticeable.

T: Balance of peppery, sweet, and bready malts. Some raisin or dried dark fruit, and parsley are present. There is some slight bitterness at the end as the hops come in on the finish

M: Light to medium body, medium carbonation, and easy drinking

Overall, this is tasty dubbel that's not too heavy and quite drinkable.

KMcG, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of SupaCelt
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

This pours a lovely and ruddy tannish amber. It is capped briefly by a cola type head. Not lacing is left around the rim of the chalice. This is well carbonated as expected and also flocculent with small amounts of decanted yeast.

The nose quickly reminds me of apple skins. Caramel. A sweet syrupy cider smell and some mild yeast character also come through. It seems to have a little black cherry thing transpiring as well. The aroma seems to get more complex each time I sniff. Real nice.

The flavours are dark sweet tones with an alcoholic spice thrown in. Bitter rind like qualities bring up the finish as the dark fruit and singed maltiness drift out. This comes off sort of musty and a might ashy at times, which lend a much welcomed character. Apple still feels relevant to me in the taste. The other aspects, such as a scorchy caramel presence, just make it less apparent in comparison to its bold presence in the nose. Again this thing reveals its complexity. Nothing is muddled. Nothing is wildly over expressed. Great dark textures here.

The mouthfeel comes off light due to the fantastic balance this brew exhibits. It looks quite thick, but it just sails everything by on a fluffy cloud. Very smooth.

The drinkability is superb. This thing is full of different components that all seem to share the spotlight. Nothing is overdone and the balance and mellow nature of this brew are worthy of praise.

SupaCelt, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%

pours a very deep copper, with a light tan head, that lasts for the duration it was in my glass.
the aroma is malt, some dark dried fruit like dates, yeast, malt, slight sweetness, hint of alochol..
the flavor is malt, some sweetness, dates, alochol, spice.
the mouth feel is not to thin, but not thick, it easy drinking and doesn't fill you up.
very good dubbel.

plaztikjezuz, Feb 23, 2005
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%

At Cafe l'Hooischys (I don't know how to say it, either) in Amsterdam.
Pours a mahogany brown, clear as a bell, with an off-white head that starts out thick but thins out and sticks to the side of the glass. Smells a bit complex. Caramel, toffee, not much alcohol evident. Sharp and clean, nice smell.
Taste is lighter than I expected. So smooth. Very smooth. The malt blends into the hops. Wait, is that hop bitterness? I think so!
Mouthfeel is medium, approachable with great carbonation. Drinkability? If there's any room in your belly, you will want to drink this!

DaveFL1976, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of GodOfBeer
4.13/5  rDev -1%

Now this shit is good. A nice dark reddish mahogany colour with a thick off-white head that sticks around.

Very complex aroma, caramel, dried fruit, raisins, grapes and a hint of alcohol.

A nice mouthwatering beer, very rich, caramely, fruity and a strong alcohol taste.

Velvety smooth

GodOfBeer, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of Jeeb
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Jeeb, Sep 16, 2013
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,140 ratings.