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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,144 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,144
Reviews: 1,118
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 122
Gots: 175 | 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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Photo of goz
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, large beige head that mainly lasts and leaves good lacing. Aroma is lightly malty, some dough, banana, and some caramel and honey. Flavor is quite sweet at the start, more fruity in the middle, and ending is dry. Medium-full bodied.

goz, Oct 04, 2003
Photo of justforrazors
3/5  rDev -28.1%

justforrazors, May 10, 2013
Photo of petewheeler
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

petewheeler, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of trappistlover
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(11.2oz bottle) Pours dark brown-dark mahogany when held up to the light with a khaki head. Aroma has candied sugar, dark fruit, and sherry-like notes. Taste is a sweet malt backbone with a little sour and some hops on the end. Thin bodied with a creamy texture. Finish is a bit dry, but smooth. Some effervesence. Not the best trappist beer out there, but still a very nice beer

trappistlover, May 03, 2011
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 MisledTitan
4/5  rDev -4.1%

MisledTitan, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of mjc410
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour into my Westy chalice raises a cola-bubbled one finger head that dissipates very quickly to a thin layer, and eventually to a glass ring. The lacing is quite sticky at the beer's previous level. The body is a murky brown with ruby highlights. The nose is mildly alcoholic, peppery, caramely, darkly fruity, and, well, that's all I can pick up. The taste is mild (I think my cold is affecting my taste more than I thought), but a bit spicy and sweet. Still, this seems to have balance, I just wish I could say more. The mouth is a little light, with pretty active carbonation. I think I'll drink liquor and cheaper beer until I'm sure that I'm rid of this cold. Definitely scheduled for a re-visit!

mjc410, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of hiikeeba
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours up an opaque brown with a dense off white head.

S - Faint dried fruit aroma, some sweetness

T - sweet malt mid palate, leaves dried fruit flavor in the finish

M - Full bodied with a carbonation tingle on the tip of my tongue

D - Easy drinking beer for the strength. Wish I would have bought more.

hiikeeba, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of jhhollier
4/5  rDev -4.1%

jhhollier, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of PartyBear
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep reddish brown in colour, with a giant head. Mild carbonation.

S - The initial aroma is quite chocolatey and malty. There are also fruity elements, possible banana and mango.

T - The chocolatey malt aromas come through in the first flavours. It has a certain light toffee flavour later, which makes way for a dry finish that is best characterised by banana flavours.

M - Not as heavy as some dubbels but still provides a substantial body with a slightly oily feel.

D - One of the best dubbels available in my opinion. It is a rightfully world renowned beer, and when you try it, you see why.

PartyBear, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of Harkrank
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Harkrank, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Liberatiscioli
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Liberatiscioli, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of moulefrite
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rage of activity here. Intense carbonation produces a volcanic like oooze of foam as it rests in glass awaiting tasting. The head is stiff and alive-it has taken on a soft serve ice cream appearance, and it seems I will have to lick my way to the beer. Aromatics are difficult to peg through the mountain of thick foam. Some warm malty banana, raisinet, creamy dark chocolate, blue cheese-quite fruity. The mouthfeel is crisp, dry, rather complex, full bodied, and quite creamy. Malty flavors and fruity dark chocolate flavors dominate. Much like eating a very fine dark chocolate with a raspberry filling. Bitter chocolate, dusty malt notes and a very fine champagne like bubble make for a charming and memorable finish. I'll try this one again fer sure.

moulefrite, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of Seanstoppable
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring into a chalice results in a black ale with red highlights, accompanied by a copious amount of long lasting head.

Smells dry. Scents include raisins, and maybe a bit of caramel or molasses.

Nice bit of sweetness, with hints of chocolate and caramel. A deeper, slight alcoholic flavor is present in the back, but I can't really place it. Very smooth, with little to no bitterness. Above average carbonation. Overall dry finish with little to no aftertaste.

Fairly easy to drink overall, but the dryness makes me want to sip it slowly and enjoy the flavors, rather than knocking back a few.

Seanstoppable, May 07, 2010
Photo of mcrawford
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

mcrawford, May 02, 2014
Photo of WckdVbz
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

WckdVbz, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Orval chalice.

Dark brownish copper with a small fizzy layer of tan bubbles. A layer of hazy yeast coated the bottom of the bottle, requiring a careful pour.

The smell was a surprisingly cider like. Banana and yeast as well.

Tasted of muled cider made from sour apples. A bit spicy. Yeasty with bitter hops in the finish. No hint of alcohol until you exhale.

Mouthfeel is chewy. Carbonation in this bottle faded quick. Not much bite.

Drinkability was good. Not as strong as a quadruple. Nor as sweet. A very drinkable beer.

Ieatlambfries, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of bshiban
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

bshiban, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of Svendozen
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Svendozen, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice, a Duppel in a class of its own. Clear to murky brown body with a light tan head, great retention and lacing. Smell and taste are a mix of dark fermented fruits, sugars, and München style malts, boiled in corn syrup with alcohol to thin it all out.
Very complex and heavy in the mouth but with a smooth, warm finish. Some remaining tartness and hops coat the palate. Hard to describe this one...just a master of the style and worth a try.

Sachsenfreude, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Marius, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of GratefulEdd
4/5  rDev -4.1%

GratefulEdd, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of WiserBud
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

WiserBud, May 08, 2014
Photo of TinusTime
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark rich brown with a HUGE frothy head that took long enough to subside that one could make a sandwich, clean up and have a smoke before it would be half way down. Smell is rich of Chocolate,Caramel, and Dried fruit. Taste is Rich and full with lite brown sugar notes with some lightly brandied fruit and a touch of breadiness. Drinks smoothly with just a hint of alcohol on the tongue. A definate post dessert. Would go great with a nice rich cigar sitting on the deck with old friends.. A tasty treat, not as good as the triple... but holds its own.

TinusTime, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of rkhaze
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky light chestnut with a medium sized, quickly disappating tan head. Smells of malt and lots of fruit. Raisins, plums and bananas all macerated in rum and brown sugar. Of course there was that lightly tart Belgian yeast as well.
Tastes of sweet earthy malt. Fruit, spices, some nuts and a date like sweetness. Kinda a cross between a bready rum soaked fruitcake and a lightly sweet bananas foster. Finishes with a tartness that reminded me of green apples. Although there were a lot of flavors here, they all seemed a bit subdued. Not as intense as other Trappist ales. Good in it's subtlety.
Medium bodied with a rich mouthfeel and lots of carbonation.
Alcohol is hidden well and the not so much "in your face" flavors lead to outstanding drinkability.

rkhaze, Apr 26, 2004
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,144 ratings.