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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,249 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,249
Reviews: 1,128
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 135
Gots: 201 | FT: 2
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of sbanacho
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

sbanacho, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of 1fastz28
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours amber with a slight brown head, but it goes away quick. smells great, a slight fruit smell to it maybe. tastes good, but its drinkability is really awesome for as it is 7.0% the alcohol is there but it doesn't attack you like some other higher ABV beers do. mouthfeel is good, doesn't feel too thick, but not to thin either. one of the few stronger beers that i could see myself drinking more than just at dinner.

1fastz28, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of ludachris
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one courtesy of TheHammer. Bottle to Chimay chalice (also thanks to Marky ;))

Pours a very deep garnet red with 2.5 fingers of thick and creamy off-white head that leaves sheets of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. Very attractive.

Fresh sweet apple, sour grapes, cherries, candied fruit, yeast, and a hint of alcohol in the nose.

Cherries, sour grapes, candied malt, crisp and clean sweet apple, hints of yeast, and a slightly acidic character in the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy but crisp and clean, ending dry. The 7% ABV is well concealed. Like the other Dubbel's I've had, this one's a great drinker.

It seems that the more I drink Belgian's, the more I fall in love with them, and this one keeps me going down the same path. In comparison to the Chimay Red I recently had, this interpretation seems musty with a greater emphasis being placed on the sour aspects of the beer. Still, the sourness is excellently balanced with the sweet candied/fruity notes of the beer, and that's one of the things that makes this brew so great.

ludachris, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of Supergenious
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Supergenious, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of cubedbee
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 11.2 oz bottle with a 11/25/05 best by date into a tulip. Pours a deep dark brown with tinges of purple and a mammoth beige head. Moderate amount of lacing. Aroma is of bubblegum, plums, apples, hay, and of musty yeast. Taste is very sweet and malty, reminded me of cherry flavored gum, with a bit of spiciness towards the finish. Alcohol is more evident than it needs to be for 7%. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and effervescent--it hardly feels like your drinking anything. Not a bad beer my any stretch, but for the high price of a Trappist, I have to say this is one of the few I tried that just isn't worth it.

cubedbee, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of gfreed
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at La Morte Subite, Brussels. Long-lasting head, tan and bubbly and thick, floating leisurely atop a pool of mahogany beer with light traces of bubbles. Aroma of mushrooms, bread; plenty of malt up front in the taste and smoothness that satisfied. Some light flavors of chocolate and bread. Had the weight of a great dubbel. A must-have if you visit this bar.

gfreed, Nov 16, 2009
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4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost black brown with a thin, creamy but quickly gone head that doesn't leave much lacing. It smells of chocolate and dark cherries. Nice but simpler than I would have thought. The taste is fantastic. Smooth cocoa up front, sweet and sour fruit, then a crisp aftertaste that tastes of baking spices. It reminds me of fresh baked bread. The mouthfeel is silky but surpisingly thin for its pedigree and color. Drinkability is great. The balanced flavor makes the aftertaste leave you wanting more of the original taste and vice-versa. This one doesn't stand up to the tripel but it is simple only by the standards of its off-the-charts trappist cousins. A beer not to be missed.

roblowther, Feb 16, 2007
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4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle with drink before date of 5/4/07. Pours a deep chestnut brown with a crisp sounding 2 finger head with good longevity and lace. Wonderful aromas of sweet malts, dried dark fruit, brown sugar, buttery, nutty and sherry. full bodied taste but yet somehow still subtle. Again big malts mixed with all the above smells. Alcohol hidden well. Smooth and creamy with a nice subtle hop bitterness in the aftertaste. A very very nice dubbel and one to easily get a bit intoxicated.

sabrills70, Sep 29, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

SGToliver, Nov 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

davesway10, May 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

dugly2ugly, Mar 10, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber-molasses. No head, no lace but very complex smell.
My nose is saying champagne-like effervescence, fruity -chewy- caramel type nose. Another fine beer. I am glad that I have not reviewed any beers that were shitty.

Taste is malty-chewy and syrupy but with a dry finish. Only the good expensive beers are able to do this. This is another of the good ones. Oooh --I should buy more than one next time.

rousee, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of inebrius
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If someone asked you to sum this beer up in one word, what would it be? For me: turtle. You know, those huge gobs of pecan, caramel and chocolate you get at roadside tourist stops and munch on the way to your real destination. Simple, right?. But if you gave me two words, well then, I might say smoked cherries. That wouldn't be enough though, would it? Then I would have to say cedar shavings and cypress knees and forest honey and Spring straw

berries.

inebrius, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of Rudgers73
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one into my Duvel tulip glass. Nice eruption of fizzy head that settles into a creamy tan 1/4" thick layer on top of the dark brown beer. The nose is rather floral not showing much sign of sweetness, but it is still very much a complex aroma. The first taste is a quick burst of alcohol flavor and a slight bitter ending. I am drinking this at room temperature. After a few more sips it turns into a very warming beer. Not the sweet and rich flavor of several of the dubbels I've had before, but more of a subtle complexity. The mouthfeel is slightly handicapped by the alcohol taste. This is a very odd beer, very mellow yet bold. Very drinkable although it's no good on the wallet. Overall, this beer wasn't as great as I thought it would be. I will have to try a tripel of theirs, I have read that it is much more impressive.

Rudgers73, Jan 26, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

tenacioustomato, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Douberd
3.13/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark colour, with minimal bubbles surfacing. Medium head, brownish coloured, stays for a reasonable amount of time.
Aroma is of fruits and chocolate.
Bitter taste, medium thick body. Bitterness stays in your mouth. Quite carbonated. Overall not bad, quite average.

Douberd, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of a0lbudman
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
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

a0lbudman, May 10, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark hazy chestnut, solid one finger head.

S- Spicy yeasy character and lots of dried fruit intrwined with malt sweetness.

T- Rich caramel malts offset by a spicy yeast character dominate at first. At midpoint more fruity character makes itself evident especially currants which makes for a nice transition in to the vinous finish.

M- Rich yet fizzy.

D- No fight here.

A great Dubbel, but it kinda lacks that wow factor.

Pauly2X, Jan 01, 2009
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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
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

squack, Mar 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

od_sf, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of CFHMagnet
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No goblet available, I poured this one into an oversize wine glass.
Marked "Best before 27/07/12"
A. My pour got me two fingers of light, foamy looking head. The body was a very nice looking brown, about a shade darker than dark chestnut. Head dissipated down to a thick ring and a light overall frosting.

S. Light caramel and sweet malt were my first takes. Searching deeper I found dark fruit and bananas.

T. Taste followed the nose, but did one better. I got mild hops between the malt and the dark fruit, with some nice spices on the end.

M. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, this beer glides on down. Tasty and refreshing, the spices on the end build to a very nice taste that stays with you.

CFHMagnet, Jun 13, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

TexAggie011, Jan 11, 2012
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,249 ratings.