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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,195 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,195
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 128
Gots: 187 | 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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Photo of Phocion
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Phocion, May 20, 2006
Photo of DioS
4/5  rDev -4.1%

DioS, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of 2neardead
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

2neardead, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Svendozen
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Svendozen, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of WckdVbz
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

WckdVbz, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of BeerBob
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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…

BeerBob, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of bulldogg915
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of petewheeler
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

petewheeler, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of juju7
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

juju7, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BeerNemesis, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of MJR
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

MJR, Feb 17, 2003
Photo of Quafftastic
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Quafftastic, Oct 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

MisledTitan, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of wvbrewcrew
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

wvbrewcrew, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of bigbeerfan
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

bigbeerfan, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of TheDoctor
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A:
Pours a murky dark brown that almost looks greenish in the right light and when pouring. It has a gorgeous tan head that is super active. Excellent retention; beautiful lacing. Nearly perfect.

S:
The smell is really kept together well and smells earthy and yeasty. Wine, cloves, hard water, hearty brown bread.

T:
Wow. Really round earth-sweet flavor with lots of dark fruit and hearty bread flavors present. Extremely well-balanced and 'whole' flavor. Delicious.

M:
Full-bodied and creamy with a nice tickle of carbonation. No lingering taste and a nice almost-booze-tinged finish.

O:
Really fabulous beer.
Looks as good as a beer can. Really non-beer aromas in the nose and a delicious, complete taste make this beer one of the greats. I have been burned by dubbels in the past, but this one is one of the best beers I have ever had. I believe Westmalle was the first brewery to brew a Dubbel as such, but I may be mistaken. It would account for how spectacular this beer is.
WILL have again; worth searching for.

TheDoctor, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of ejw127
2.5/5  rDev -40%

ejw127, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Liberatiscioli
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Liberatiscioli, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of jdubjacket
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jdubjacket, May 13, 2008
Photo of weerezboy
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

weerezboy, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of berkshire413
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

berkshire413, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of MooseBoose
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

MooseBoose, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Marius, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of hoegaardenhero
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: murky brown/dark amber; frothy off-white head with light lace

s: strong dry grain; plums; light alcohol; sweeter tangy fruits

t: dry grain; light alcohol; darker fruits; spiced rum

m: a little overcarbed and a little light in body in my opinion

d: a good grainy dubbel; i think that this beer may have been a little misstored because i have had it before and remember it having a lot more fruity flavors

hoegaardenhero, Jul 07, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

mcrawford, May 02, 2014
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,195 ratings.