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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,060 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,060
Reviews: 1,113
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 112
Gots: 150 | 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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99bottles

Pennsylvania

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

This is a beautiful beer with a rich red-brown color crowned with thin tan lace that leaves sticky swirls on the inside of the glass. It has a full nose of sweet malted barley, and of carmel. The taste is divine. Sweet carmel and molasses intertwine with notes of brown sugar, nutmeg, raisin, cherry, prune and sweet bread pudding. This is decadent and satisfying. The mouthfeel is nice because it is not as heavy as you'd expect for all these rich flavors. This makes it easily drinkable, and a wonderful example of a Belgain Dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 18:42:52 | More by 99bottles
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DerBayer

Germany

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This pours a surprisingly dark brown with off white big frothy head

Smell is of cherries caramel and some bitter hops

The taste is of the same but wonderfully balanced between sweet and bitter notes - miles better than the triple a definite 5

Mouthfeel is refreshing and nicely carbonated but too prickly almost

Drinkability is HIGH HIGH HIGH

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 09:36:56 | More by DerBayer
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n2pux

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-05-2014 17:49:32 | More by n2pux
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chickencoop

California

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big deep dark amber pour, not much on top, head was prettty thin, but still appealing. Smell was a massive caramel, malty sweetness. On to the taste, and well, very malty sweetness as the nose, but a nice dry fizziness to finish it off. At first I was not that impressed, but that was based on the hype, but as I drank a few more sips, it warms up to you and the fizziness on the end cleans the pallate and your ready for more. A true classic, amesome to pair with cheese.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 05:47:26 | More by chickencoop
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BoRaeCho

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-16-2012 00:41:34 | More by BoRaeCho
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crnipeter

Slovenia

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330 ml, BB date reads 12. November 2010, into 180 ml Chimay chalice. Up until today I've been waiting to open this one to enjoy the benefits of maturation. Pours effervescent, deep reddish coppery body with good clarity, topped by medium, beige dense head with good retention that gradually sets to a stable cloth. Nice lacing on the walls.
The nose is low maltiness dominated by fruity esters of plum, apple and raisins, light phenolic spiciness and apparent perfumy qualities probably originating from higher alcohols. Occasionally some extra sweetness emerges enhancing the perception of malt. The flavor is surprisingly unsweet, lacking prominent malt perception, estery with fruity tartness of plum, apple and raisins, light bitterness with moderately dry finish and some yeastiness. Light to medium bodied with rather high carbonation. A year of cellaring hasn't taken away much of the tartness (without diminishing the fruitiness) as I hoped for and which was the case with some previously tasted bottles.

In short: a rather dry, tart and estery dubbel with attractive reddish depth.

Update 12-28-2010:
This bottle has been aged a year over the declared best before date (18.December 2009).
A gusher, although once poured exhibits less effervescence than a year younger bottle tasted previous evening. Pour into baby-Chimay chalice (180 ml) gives birth to a deep amber-coppery clear body with some haze, overlain by beige head that completely dissipates in a short time. The aroma is rich and complex yet discrete malty sweetness with faint chocolaty notes, hint of caramel and light toastiness, abundant fruity esters of ripened plum and raisins, port-wine reminiscent qualities, some spicy phenolics and apparent higher alcohol-derived perfuminess. The flavor is complex malty sweetness with light toasty notes, plums & raisins lacking the prominent, almost berry-like tartness of a young Westmalle, light bitterness, some phenolic spiciness and yeasty notes. The malty sensation persists into the semi-dry finish. Nearly medium bodied with rather flat carbonation.
A year past its declared BB date, the Westmalle Dubbel is mainly distinguished from his above reviewed younger brother by more pronounced sweetness enhancing the malt-perception, absence of fruity tartness and poorly sustained head with less carbonated body. The scores for this one are 3, 4.5, 4, 2.5, 4 = 3,75

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 01:49:19 | More by crnipeter
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doppelmeup

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Nice, inch high foamy, tan head and nice lacing throughout.

Typical Belgian ale aroma; flowers, yeast, alcohol, sort of like a sourdough bread.

Tasted breadlike, yeasty, some malt, alcohol.

Smooth, somewhat syrupy, nice clean finish.

Very good beer, but I don't think I could drink a lot of them in a row.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 15:43:08 | More by doppelmeup
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erz316

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - an opaque brown, which lets in little to no light, giving the appearance of being very thick. The head i a nice light beige colour, that retains nicely on the walls of my chalice.

S - smells of boozy fruit, like a fruitcake, and some hint of the malts.

T - the top notes are the fruity elements and malt, which eventually give way to the alcohol.

M - it is a large form carbonation, which is why the head dissipates quickly, which renders a thicker feeling of fluidity; this, however, does not compromise the taste or drink-ability.

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(a re-review, considering I finally got the chalice! I'm not expecting my review to change that much)

33ml bottle poured into my westmalle chalice, which I have been looking for.

A - the bottle pours perfectly to the mark in the glass with head making a perfect mark, right where it should be and the liquid being at the indicated ,33l mark. the colour is a dark brown, opaque, with some ruby hues coming in from the bottom. the head is thick and fluffy and a light tan/ off white color.

S - dark fruity esters make an immediate presence, that is to say fruits like raisin, fig, plumb, and most anything that becomes really sweet when you dry it. behind the esters are the hints of alcohol, these combine to make the classic scent of a good dubbel.

T - the taste is a sweet malt & alcohol to put it in simple terms. the alcohol is far from overbearing, and blends quite nicely with the sweets. the sweets can be described as being a subtle malty sweetness that is far reaching over the palate, nothing that stick out really noticeably. but what is most noticeable for sweetness is the finish, which has a hint of counterfeit sweetness, what I mean is something like maraschino cherries; not actual sugar taste, but sweet nonetheless. the after taste is like that of banannas (a slight sweet) and apples, perhaps macintosh or red delicious; I would really emphasize the apples, particularly the red delicious. this is a great tasting beer, and I think having it out of the proper glass is only adding the the aura of good-beer-ness

MF&D - I could drink this all night long, if I wouldnt become atrociously huge, that is. the feel is perfect in my world: there is ample carbonation, while the viscosity is thick enought to make the carbonation just right. however, in my opninion for the dubbel, the mf and the d can rarely be paired up exactly, for they conflict. the dubbel requires a thick bubbly beer, which makes it harder to have in larger quantities (which is how I guage drinkability: : "could I have this all night long?"). either way this is a great beer that would take a lifetime to get bored with.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 23:24:01 | More by erz316
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased this one from vintage estate in Boardman, OH. Thanks guys!

Pours a very murky red/brown with that classic Belgian head and lace. Bottle was a foamer.

Smells very nice and complex. Floral and bread qualities over some nice malted goodness.

Taste is really great, this is actually probably the closest I have come to the Westy 8. Bread, light clove and booze, fruitiness.

Mouth is unusually NOT dry, very bubbly, and medium in body.

An excellent dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 02:05:06 | More by sonicdescent
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shagal

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-19-2012 03:31:31 | More by shagal
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julian

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well this is my first review, and my first Dubbel so I honestly have no baseline for reviewing. Nevertheless, I will try to be as unbiased as possible and stay within the style guidelines for the benefit of others.

A: It pours a nice opaque dark brown color with slight orange hues. Head is frothy and thick at first but quickly dissipates leaving spotty lacing with a tiered like effect. Carbonation is not immediately apparent probably due to the darkness of this beer.

S: I'm still developing my ability to detect aromas, but there is a definite roasty, malty quality that immediately hits me. I detect some faint nutty aromas as well as a complex melody of "dark" fruits that I can't quite pinpoint yet. I'd like to say there are spicy smells but the maltiness overpowers it.

T: From what I know about the style I think this hits the nail on the head. The malty taste dominates my palette. There is a faint fruity taste of perhaps plum and fig with a roasty and slightly chocolately undertone. Carbonation is average and honestly is perfect for this beer.

M: This is a really nice beer. It is perfectly carbonated and rolls off the tongue with ease. It's a medium bodied beer and as I write this and drink it I am loving it more. This beer just has to be tasted!

D: Some have said this doesn't lend well to drinkability, but given this was from a 9.4fl oz bottle, it only gets better after each drink. There's just over 2 glasses worth (american pints) in this bottle and this is a great beer. It goes down very smooth. Not as smooth as a stout or porter but given it's level of carbonation, and the nice balance of malty sweetness it is dead on. I would not hesitate to buy this again. I will definitely be exploring this style further.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 02:51:00 | More by julian
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MadCat

New Jersey

4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Brown with voluminous whitish brown head, takes its time to dissipate, and leaves tons of lacing

Smell: Bready, earthy, malty, fruity, with hints of citrus and oak

Taste: Bready, earthy, malty, fruity, good sweetness here. Some spice and plum, no hints of the abv.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full body, medium carbonation

Overall: Excellent. I think I might like this even more than Chimay Grande Réserve. Would absolutely love to have this on a regular basis, unfortunately it isn't too common and isn't cheap either. One of my top beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 01:32:56 | More by MadCat
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supermeniscus

Netherlands

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Freshness date indicated this was bottled just over a year ago. Served almost straight from Fridge.

A. Poured carefully into my Westmalle Chalice. Resulted in small ring of lace but no head at all. Strange, considering other reviews i have read. Colour is dark like Cola with bubbles rising up.

S. Very sweet 'Dubbel' smell
T. Lots of yeast and sweetness upfront, with more distiguishable flavours as it warms up

M. Mouthfeel is very very good. Heavily carbonated but silky like its Tripel sister.
O. I haven't tried the Dubbel in about 5 years so i didn't know what to expect. The drinkability is better than i remember, but maybe that is also its downfall, as there is nothing too complex in the taste and is the reason i do not grab one of these very often.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 22:16:56 | More by supermeniscus
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MisledTitan

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-10-2012 23:55:56 | More by MisledTitan
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Rohkey

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-30-2013 17:46:46 | More by Rohkey
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jeranbrews

Oklahoma

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Great frothy marshmallow-like head even after resting in the fridge overnight. Dark but still noticeably cloudy. Yeast floaters settle to the bottom and even make there way up into the head. Speckling the top of the wheat colored head with tiny black pepper or nutmeg flakes. Good lacing, and fizzy carbonation remained even until the very last mouthful.

S - Right after my friend popped the top there was a noticible malt smell from a distance. The initial alcohol smell was a bit strong for a 7%. A mild yeast / hop sourness comes to the top but also some spices, bananas, and dates. And the best part is that fresh yeast, living beer smell. Yumm.

T - Initially tangy, spicy, and pungent. It 'settles' to arrangement of spices, bananas. nutmeg, and liquid malts. The after taste was disappointingly sour and lasted about 2 min. A little longer than it was welcome.

M - Smooth medium strong body and healthy carbonation. Coats the mouth a little on its way down and deposits little yeasty bits. And yummy yeasty burps.

D - Smooth, refreshing, a meal by itself, but overly sour at the end. By no means disappointing. There were more complex smells and flavors than I listed here, but the alcohol and fusil oils mask their true names.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 14:38:36 | More by jeranbrews
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SetarconeX

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep chestnut color with a decent, lingering, frothy head. Lot of black sediment at the bottom, with black specks floating on the froth. Smells wonderful, plums and malt, with a little burst of herbs and anise.

Tastes equally wonderful, plums and dates in malt, but finishing with an unexpected little burst of hops. Seems to fairly well avoid the metallic tinge that seems to plague these Dubbels.

Quite a nice brew, and I tip my hat to those monks!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 21:22:49 | More by SetarconeX
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JLeege

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance- Dark brown with a large creamy off white head. Great retention and lace.

Smell- Slightly tangy dark fruits, caramel, toffee, slight pepper and yeast.

Taste- Tangy ripe dark fruits, strong raison, caramel & toffee. Nice subtle brown sugar. Slightly spicy, herbal, and peppery toward the finish, due to the Belgian yeast presence.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, with a great linger, ABVs are unnoticed.

Overall- Very good dubbel, definitely will be drinking this again. Nice complex flavor, and the ABVs are hide nicely. This is one of those beers that you just have to try at least once.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 23:57:10 | More by JLeege
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MrDanno96

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost opaque, with a small off white head and a medium amount of lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, spices, and just a little alcohol. I'm never truly impressed by the nose on Dubbels, but this one is good for the style.

T: Pretty much follows the nose: Belgian yeasts, semi-sweet malt, and a little apple. Slight hop bitterness and spicy bite in the finish.

M: Medium body with lots of carbonation. Leaves your mouth tingling.

D: A nice Dubbel, worthy of the Trappist name. I wish there was a little more flavor and aroma, but overall a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 07:44:20 | More by MrDanno96
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lnashsig

Texas

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

#BOTG number 19! Yes, yes, I have NEVER had this beer somehow. My belgian self-education must happen at some point, right?

Poured from bottle slowly into my Chimay chalice. Pours a murky dark brown translucent color, some dark orange/brown hues appear as the light hits the bottom of the glass. A nice rich fluffy off white/tan head fills the glass, and stays around for awhile, covering the sides of the glass with thick lace and leaving a creamy 1 finger of head when its done receding. Beautiful looking beer. Smell- dark fruits like raisins, some aged cherries, brown sugar. Not all that much going on with the aroma. Taste- WOW. cognac, cherries, brown sugar, raisins. This is an incredibly creamy and rich ale, perfectly carbonated and a perfect example of the style. My night has been much improved having had this ale tonight. The yeast Westmalle uses is legendary and deservedly so. Amazing.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 01:51:10 | More by lnashsig
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barbellsNbeers

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

12-05-2012 01:04:13 | More by barbellsNbeers
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tr4nc3d

Kansas

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

Had this at "The Anchor". I have been wanting to try Westmalle for the longest time now. Finally I get to try it after someone tells me they have it at "The Anchor".

So I get this poured into a new belgium snifter. Pours a dark brown color with an off white head that stays for awhile. Some lacing is left behind.

Smell is of dark chocolate, malts, toffee, caramel.

Taste is of caramel, dark candy sugar, mildy sweet, roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is smooth and tasty.

I thought this was a good beer and glad I finally got to try it. I will definately say this is drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 03:07:27 | More by tr4nc3d
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bkilpatr

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Westvleteren glass. 03/09/08. Freshness date of 19/06/09 on the bottle.

Pours a dark reddish-brown with almost two fingers of light tan head. Aroma is dark fruits, especially raisin and fig. Also yeast and bread.

Taste is everything the smell is, and a little more. Raisin, fig, dates, caramel, and yeast. Slight sourness to it, but also sweet at the same time. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.

This is medium bodied, medium-high carbonation. Very smooth. Could drink a lot of this. A very good Trappist beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 04:43:07 | More by bkilpatr
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Travlr

District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muddy chestnut brown with medium tan head, good persistence and lacing. Sweet honey aroma with notes of raisins and dark fruit, well balanced. Full mouth with complex spiciness, malt and dates. Alcohol shows through more than most. Slightly bittersweet finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 17:26:56 | More by Travlr
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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-08-2012 05:34:30 | More by WeissBoy
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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