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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,114 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,114
Reviews: 1,116
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 120
Gots: 168 | 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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markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

Served in 12oz tulip.

Appearance is an effervescent hazy ruby colour. Head is tan and plentiful. Lacing is apparent.

Smells of munich malt, raisins, and spicy yeast/hops. To be honest, it is not generating a whole lot of anticipation.

Taste is full and complex. Amazing malt sweetness and dark fruitiness up front, which turns to a dry spicy finish with a bit of hop flavour. Almost perfect.

Carbonation is lively in the mouth (though creamy), making it very refreshing and dangerously drinkable.

I could easily down several of these before noticing how much alcohol is in there.

I find this beer to be very smooth and not overly spicy - which I think suits a darker belgian beer... it allows you to appreciate the malt. The only knock is I that I find the aroma lacking. Spectacular, and very well crafted... as a homebrewer, I would love to brew something this good.

05-11-2007 00:06:48 | More by markaberrant
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vhmf1978

Brazil

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-05-2013 02:54:55 | More by vhmf1978
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drumrboy22

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Westmalle chalice. Beer was a deep amber color with a thin, creamy, off-white head. Moderate carbonation and lacing.

Aroma was caramel, raisins, candi sugar and malt.

Taste was spicy and sweet with flavors of apple, caramel, bread and raisins.

A nice sipper that really opens up as it warms. Very easy drinking.

03-29-2008 03:12:48 | More by drumrboy22
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DioS

Georgia

4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-28-2012 19:53:42 | More by DioS
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devilben02

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -10.6%

Pours a dense, milk-chocolate brown color with a thinner head than I expected for a Trappist. The dry, champagne sweet aroma doesn't seem to have much of the dark fruit character I'd expect from the style and actually gives a hint of the moderate alcohol content. The taste is much truer to style, with flavors of raisins, sweet (rather than tart) cherries, and a caramel sweetness. The effervescence that seems common among Trappist beers mutes some of the flavor, but at the same time invigorates the liquid, helping it slip over the tongue with a silky drinkability. Overall, not my favorite Dubbel, but it is still unique and interesting.

05-05-2010 18:13:15 | More by devilben02
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2neardead

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-20-2012 00:10:45 | More by 2neardead
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BeerBob

Nebraska

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%

If ever there was a colure before “Let There Be Light” this is it, Westmalle Trappist Ale pours that dark. Head of light tan very fine foam goes to over two fingers before settling down to a fine cap of foam with moderate lacing. The carbonation does not rise to the top and replenish the head, it can’t, the liquid is too viscous and traps the gas within, only to be released when the ale washes over the tongue. Pretty neat trick, I would say.

Raisin and prune with just a touch of fig and allspice to the nose. Raisin and prune with just a touch of fig, and allspice to the palate as well as bittersweet dark chocolate. The 7.00% ABV is completely veiled within this delicious brew.

If I take up consuming Westmalle Trappist Ale on a regular basis, I’m going to have to get a second job…

07-27-2007 05:37:39 | More by BeerBob
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gr0g

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

Composite review based on older notes from a 330ml bottle and a 750ml bottle consumed on 12/31/2012.

Pours a mahogany color with a but of haziness. A Good sized tan head that never completely fades, leaving a fair amount of lacing as it recedes to a sticky film. Aroma is of sweet, dark fruit dipped in liquory caramel. Some yeast undertones too. Fruity esters from across the spectrum. Caramel apple, white grape, and raisin.

First taste impression is that it's more dry, tart than expected. While I would like just a bit more residual sweetness, this is a 7% dubbel, not a quad, so it's entirely appropriate. Lots of caramel malt flavor; also raisin, tart apple. Near the bottom of the 750, more chalky yeast and a smoother mouthfeel. A great pairing with some good ol' American BBQ. Alcohol doesn't intrude at all, and carbonation is vigorous and sudsy while remaining nicely complimentary to the flavor.

Westmalle Dubbel is another Trappist gem. It must be tried if you even remotely favor Belgian ales.

12-31-2012 21:36:25 | More by gr0g
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rcatalano

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-06-2013 18:08:01 | More by rcatalano
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John_Beeryman

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-21-2014 14:16:02 | More by John_Beeryman
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juju7

Australia

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

One of those beers that I wanted to be more excited about but maybe I had my hopes set too high. Pours fine, looks fine, nice chocolate body with a rocky head. Smell is a touch muted, dried fruits and a hint of chocolate. Definitely higher in carbonation than I was expecting but overall a good beer. I think I was hoping for the best dubbel ever, which was probably too much to expect from any producer. Still, thoroughly enjoyed.

03-22-2010 14:01:23 | More by juju7
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hotsudge

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-18-2013 01:52:32 | More by hotsudge
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Kingcurio

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-03-2013 03:27:07 | More by Kingcurio
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BeerNemesis

New York

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel. 2009

Appearance:
Dark, rich brown. Dark ruby red under light. Three finger head settles down to one. Beautiful clumpy tan head.

Aroma:
Caramel and fruity esters

Taste:
Goes down smooth and creamy. Sweet malts with caramel flavor are delicious. Date and banana fruit flavors. Finishes slightly dry with moderate spiciness.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Extremely drinkable. It's so smooth and creamy. A little on the sweet side, but it pulls it off.

02-09-2010 03:47:41 | More by BeerNemesis
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MJR

Missouri

4/5  rDev -4.1%

Appearance: Pours a reddish-mahogany color with a fairly hazy body. A thick tan head starts strong and shrinks to a solid cap.

Smell: Spicy and fruity with plums, dates, raisons, and a faint nutty smell. There's a touch of breadiness, as well as alcohol.

Taste: The flavor's extremely complex with lots of dark fruits and a touch of alcohol. There's a strong nutty flavor along with a breadiness. Perhaps a bit of banana too? The flavor profile reads just like the aroma... A good brew.

Mouthfeel: Has a rich and creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. Finishes dry and crisp.

Drinkability: Pretty good. I could drink a few of these without a problem.

This one's about average for a Trappist brew, which means it's above-average when compared to most others...

02-17-2003 22:50:48 | More by MJR
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GRUUMSH

Belgium

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-28-2012 13:04:36 | More by GRUUMSH
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caverog

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-30-2012 03:45:55 | More by caverog
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Jerseyislandbeer

Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

03-04-2014 20:29:48 | More by Jerseyislandbeer
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wvbrewcrew

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

06-10-2014 22:33:29 | More by wvbrewcrew
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Phocion

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

Just picked a couple bottles up tonight after work, putting the other one in the cellar for a while.

Poured into my Westmalle goblet, reddish-brown color and an huge, attractive head that tried to escape the bottle before I even began pouring. The head dissipated rather quickly, and after I finished the beer, the glass looked almost spotless.

I was expecting a little stronger smell from some of the other reviews, but maybe it's just my nose. Slight sweet smell, and a little malty as well.

The first taste was spicy and malty. After a couple swallows, it started tasting much more complex. I started picking up the raisin and a few other fruits I couldn't quite place. It remained very dry throughout, and the alcohol taste was definite, but nowhere near overbearing.

Mouthfeel was very dry. Fairly drinkable, but dry.

I've had better, but I'd definitely recommend this beer. Not sure how many I'll pick up at $5 a bottle though, but I just hope I save my other bottle long enough to find out how much better it gets with age.

05-20-2006 05:08:38 | More by Phocion
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ejw127

Nevada

2.5/5  rDev -40%

12-03-2011 22:28:07 | More by ejw127
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jdubjacket

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep, ruby red with a lot of carbonation. Some lacing but not a whole lot. Smells like brown sugar and dried fruit. Tastes very sweet and malty and finishes very dry. Due to the relatively low ABV, this beer is very drinkable. A very satisfying beer that I will definitely have to pick up more in the future.

05-13-2008 02:27:00 | More by jdubjacket
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weerezboy

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

03-14-2013 02:33:02 | More by weerezboy
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-06-2014 03:01:32 | More by bulldogg915
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berkshire413

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-01-2014 00:32:21 | More by berkshire413
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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