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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,193 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,193
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 128
Gots: 186 | 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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

jduprey007, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

MsRif, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Axic10
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours brown with a decent amount of head that is retained rather nicely. This leads to some amazing lacing.

Smell: Sweet apple, candied fruits, some spice, and belgian yeast.

Taste: Toffee, malty, some spices and candied fruits. Great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and somewhat creamy.

Drinkability: It's been well over two years since I've enjoyed a Westmalle, but as I was shopping at Whole Foods for Super Bowl food, I spotted this guy sitting there and decided to have one. Great idea as I can see this becoming a regular in my fridge. Such a great balanced beer.

Axic10, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of celticfutblclub
4/5  rDev -4.1%

celticfutblclub, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of byronic
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

byronic, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark mahogony brown color with red/amber tint. Creamy bubbly head on top of my glass, lasting through the entire glass.

S- Smell was malty and chocolately- yeasty and spicey, there was also a wine-like quality to the nose.

T- Excellent in the taste department. Raisons, figs, cocoa, candied sugars, yeast, booze- all very well-balanced and smooth.

M- Sleek silky smooth start with a nice pleasurable dry finish. At all times this one was tingly and highly carbonated, just the way I like my dubbels.

D- Great brew. This one was an excellent dubbel and goes highly reccommended.

DavidSeanNJ, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of BobZ
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle.

Appearance: Rich dark brown, but not as dark as other Belgian Quads. Good head and lacing.

Smell: Great richness for a Dubbel with some spice in the nose.

Taste: Unique, to say the least, starts sweet then ends with a really nice level of hoppy bitterness, really an amazing flavor profile again, unique among Trappistes ales and very, very, good.

Mouth feel: Good carbonation, extremely smooth and well balanced.

Drinkability: Could drink this one all night, in fact one of the best Dubbels I've had.

Pricey, in fact very pricey, but definitely worth a try.

BobZ, May 15, 2010
Photo of squack
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

squack, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of donteatpoop
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.

donteatpoop, May 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

mikehillman, May 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

whallgren, Jun 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Joshgonzales79, Dec 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

cjac, Sep 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

PintOHops, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

cletusdog, Jan 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

rogerthegill, Jan 30, 2012
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

ChrisinRI, Jun 15, 2014
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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

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

Beerdudenumberone, Apr 01, 2013
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
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,193 ratings.