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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,147 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,147
Reviews: 1,118
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 122
Gots: 176 | 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 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
Photo of AaronHomoya
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark auburn-brown color with decent head size and good retention.

Great, complex aroma of malt and hops, sweet, roasted, fruity, spicy.

Taste is also wonderful and complex. Starts out with roasted malt, then malty sweetness, hops and a sweet, clean finish.

Mouthfeel is a nice medium body with good, but not too strong carbonation.

A great beer with delicious malt, roasty, hoppy flavor and aroma that is very smooth and easy to drink despite the good strength.

AaronHomoya, May 09, 2006
Photo of ScreamForMe
4/5  rDev -4.1%

ScreamForMe, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of DelMontiac
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

DelMontiac, Jan 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

drh1382, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Mullinger1980
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Mullinger1980, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of Antnyd82
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Antnyd82, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of bigdaddypolite
5/5  rDev +19.9%

bigdaddypolite, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Bouder32
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Bouder32, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of jdkitchi
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

jdkitchi, Aug 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

KindaFondaGoozah, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Fugazme
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served with a pint glass. Not especially excited about the server bringing me that... anyway.

Poured very dark with a tall, white head. The glass had something to do with that. I had to let it dissipate for a bit before smelling. It was ice cold, so letting it sit a few minutes was no biggy.

Smells of raisin and fruit. A touch of alcohol and a lot of malt.

Taste is on target. Thick and juicy... some fig and lots of sweet.
Molasses and sugary.

I'd buy this in a store, but probably not at a bar again as it set me back eight bucks. Worth it once!

Fugazme, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of SuperSpy
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tan, and creamy looking, two-finger head. The color is a dark, cloudy brown.

The aroma has plenty of yeast esters, prunes, and a hint of sweet malt.

A very creamy mouthfeel. It's quite smooth and works very well with the dark fruit flavors that appear upfront. The middle introduces a rustic and yeasty bread flavor that becomes slightly crisp and dry right before the beer becomes somewhat spicy with a warm alcohol flavor and sensation.

A great Trappist beer.

SuperSpy, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of caddybuyer
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a caged and corked 750 into a chalice.

A-First pour is an extremely attractive cherry cola color with a one finger tan head that settles rapidly into nothingness. Great color, but a rather flat looking beer.

S-Sweet licorice malts, caramel and a hint of sourness and alcohol

T-Unexpectedly sour, slightly fruity with licorice malts. Not nearly as tasty as I had hoped. Things get a little more interesting at the bottom of the bottle as the yeast pours in, but the increasingly noticeable metallic aftertaste is also present.

M-Fairly decent, a little lighter that I thought, and slightly light on the carbonation

D-This is fairly drinkable, but there are many other Belgians and Belgian copies that I would rather drink.

I'll try this again to see if I like it better, obviously many do, but this just didn't do it for me. Not that it was bad, I just expected much more.

caddybuyer, May 01, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

greyghost86, May 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

msanborn, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of 99bottles
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.

99bottles, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of jeranbrews
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.

jeranbrews, Nov 04, 2009
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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.

MadCat, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of chickencoop
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.

chickencoop, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of DerBayer
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

DerBayer, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of supermeniscus
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.

supermeniscus, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of BoRaeCho
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

BoRaeCho, Apr 16, 2012
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,147 ratings.