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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
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2,322 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,322
Reviews: 1,137
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 149
Gots: 249 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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

Westmalle, Looks like it made it's way into the LCBO today since I haven't seen one of these since last Christmas. Anyways here this one goes.

This poured a beautiful dark brown, leaving a nice tan cloud on the top of the glass. Smell contains a bouquet of dried fruit and berries, prunes and figs. Quite nice. This is reflected in the flavors in this brew as well, slight aroma of dried fruit with a bitterness that subsides to a clean finish. Quite refreshing and abundantly carbonated. And for something with as high an ABV as this it is quite well hidden and therefore quite easy to drink.

Not the first Belgian Trappist ale I've had, not the first Dubbel either. This ranks as a good one and certainly worth a try.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of jgasparine
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served at De Heeren Van Liedekerke, Belgium on 3/21/2010.

A- Poured from the tap with a 3/4" creamy light tan head, which was well-retained and created some beautiful lacing throughout. The body was a clear, mildly carbonated, orange-tinged dark brown. A visual wonder.

S- Smells of stewed malts, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, and rich melanoidins. Overall, a very rich nose which suggests great things to come on the palate...

T- Unfotunately, once on the palate, I got an underwhelming malt profile, which was quickly overtaken midway with a prominent metallic flavor. This metallic flavor dominated the palate through the finish- akin to sucking on a penny- eclipsing any other nuances that were there.

M- A medium body- well-attenuated- with a nice soft carbonation to it. Could stand to have a bit more texture or viscosity.

D- The metallic flavor was overwhelming and killed the drinkability of this beer... I did finish the glass, but did not want to order another one.

Photo of dragonWhale
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

best by 7/16/10 bottle from the great store of belgian finds in Homer.

It is a lovely late afternoon in Homer, the rain is gone, the sun is here, and we are drinking ciders and Belgian beers. Shared with a couple new good friends..

A dark brown pour with solid carbonation, a bit murky. Spicy esters alight from the glass, mingle with the summer air. They caught in my mustache and remain there nestling all the night.

It is slightly sweet. Angelically so, very balanced malt that does not tip over the edge. Slight esters/phenols, vinous, slightly spicy. So delightful. My mouth is baffled.

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. Best before end 4/15/10.

A: Opaque reddish brown. Nice big Belgian head.

S: Lots and lots of dark fruits. Kind of like walking through the produce section of the grocery store.

T: A pleasant and complex mix of dark fruitiness and piercing bitterness. Finishes rather dry.

M: Smooth and medium-bodied. A lot of carbonation.

D: I'm not that much into dubbels, but this is definitely one of the better ones. Good for anyone jonesing for the fruity esters of a Belgian dark ale but not really in the mood for the knockout blow of a quad.

Photo of ParkbrauFan
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BigRedN
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #300. Went with something a little special, my first Trappist beer.

Appearance: I just realized that I do not have a chalice so I poured the beer from the 11.2 fl oz bottle into a large red wine glass. The beer is a hazy brown. My pour produces a thick tan head, near two inches in height. Head slowly fades to a solid color, leaves some lacing.

Smell: Malty, dark fruit aromas (plum, dark cherry, and other berry scents), touch earthy. Overall I am a little let down by the scent. I did notice a date on the back label, which I assume is a best by date, of 12/06/07. I assume it to mean this beer is nearing its best life, but I would think it would have a little lift left in it.

Taste: Nice maltyness to this one, the dark fruits jump out. A little spiciness with minimal bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full in body. Naturally carbonated with a smooth finish. There is a little alcohol heat when I swallow the beer.

Drinkability: A very good beer, although my expectations may have been a bit high as I was expecting something better than good. A decent beer to try especially if one wants to start into trappist ales. A good solid beer and relatively inexpensive, my small bottle was $3.49 or $3.99, I can't remember exactly.

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

Poured a dark, deep brown with ruby highlights and a speckled beige head. Some sediment in the head as well. Aroma is not very prevalant, but is somewhat sweet.

Dark fruits and sweet molasses bring out the flavor, along with a hint of Belgian spices and red wine. It is a dubbel, to be sure, and is sufficiently complex and fulfilling. I didn't get that special feeling like I have with some other trappists, but that doesn't make this any less of a solid, enjoyable beer.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Stunner97
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- dark brown and cloudy in color very murky with little to no light shining through, big thick billowing tan foamy head, Very nice classic dubbel appearance

Smell- very nice malty and sweet smell, there is something on the nose thats nice cant quit pull exactly what it is yet, almost smell of apples, brown sugar, reminds me maybe of the smell of and apple cider, molasses,

Taste- starts a little bit sweet up front with more of that apple and brown sugar, but quickly fades off to what is a nice long lingering dry finish, alot more dry hop to the finish then I would have thought of the nose, balance is nice between sweet and dry,

Mouthfeel- Light crisp and refreshing with a good level of carbonation, and a definite drying finish

Drinkability- definitely high drinkable and I appreciate greatly about this beer is the fact they are able to make this a very nice flavorful dubbel while still maintaining its alcohol at 7 percent which is actually still manageable and doesnt knock you to hard like some can, the balance also also of dryness with sweetness to start make you really looking forward to your next sip, , If i had to say the overally most surprising part of this beer it would be its pronounced dryness, a very solid example of a trappist

Photo of Dentist666
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of IPAFrankieH
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Served in a chalice. Beer poured a dark brown with a nice creamy head. Plenty of carbonation, but not over carbonated. Malty taste with very little hop bitterness, little bit of an alcohol kick at the end. I would love to drink more than one, but with the price and alcohol content this may not be one of my better ideas. Good beer to drink, especially if you find a decent price on it.

Photo of DWolf
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of MMAJYK
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark chocolate brown with light ruby hues. Small ring of foam and film after a conservative pour. I might should have poured it a little more swiftly to get some good head going, I have none.

S- Cherries! That is definitely the first and strongest aroma coming from this glass. I also catch some red grapes and plums. I can catch some vanilla very slightly and also a lemon scent there too.

T- Again, Cherries! This is almost like a cherry beer to me. That taste and smell overtakes me on this one. I also sense the same red grapes, red apples and a somewhat lime-like taste. Alcohol is present in the aftertaste.

M- Medium to high on carbonation. The general mouthfeel is nice and pleasant as far as the thickness of the brew goes.

D- A little too sweet to me. Not an overly drinkable beer because of the sweetness and richness.

Overall- Very good and enriched tastes and smells. However, that made it one dimensional to me. The overall taste and smell was cherries. If it added more complexity than this, I would be a bigger fan. This one didn't do that for me, but all in all was a nice offering.

Photo of ne0m00re
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 33 cL bottle dated March 27, 2010 into a St. Bernardus challice.
A: Murky mahogany brown, it poured with a puffy, spritzy tan head that died to a film.
S: Brown sugar, raisin, banana, and cinnamon bread.
T: Heavy cinnamon raisin bread, cranberry vodka alcohol, leafy hops (though less so than Chimay beers), and slightly bitter--more so than the aroma suggests.
M: Thin, frothy, and almost spritzy.
D: I wouldn't want more than 750 mL in a sitting.

Photo of divineaudio
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of a0lbudman
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Hazy dark brown with a large tan head that gives you a good lace
S-Spices light pepper, banana sweetness, roasted malts and caramel
T-sweet roasted caramel at first with a spice background that gives you a nice hop bitterness in the aftertaste, then finishes with a warming and great balance of all the flavors
M- full carbonation
O-The balance makes this one of the best I have had this year, I always enjoy dubbels

Photo of nortmand
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours amber brown, with a sustaining white head with lots of lace.

Oh the smell. A complicated mix of raisins, chocolate and lemons. Also some alcohol here.

Fruitcake roast chocolate flavor. Sweet and malty with an ever so lite noble hop presence.

Nice "Belgian" carbonation and full rich body. I'm very impressed with this beer, Long live Belgium!

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,322 ratings.