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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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4.18/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,222
Reviews:
1,234
Ratings:
2,759
pDev:
10.29%
Bros Score:
4.33
 
 
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Ratings: 2,759 |  Reviews: 1,234
Photo of mishi_d
3.52/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Raziel313
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JstCallum
3.44/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 4

I came across this beer whilst looking for some new ones to try. I must say the minimal traditional bottle was very attractive. Pours a very dark Coca-Cola look, Nice foamy head. Initially, I get fruit base but very alcoholic take. Nice beer but couldn't drink all the time.

If you like vape pairing I have paired this With Buddha Dew 1. The fruit base of buddha dew really brings out the hops in this beer.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy brown with a creamy head and nice lacing. Aroma is warm, inviting, and complex with candied cherries, raisins, dates, molasses, and oak coming to mind. Taste generally follows the nose and is a bit sweet, but there is an unexpected sharp bitterness that strikes high in the palate. Medium-bodied and a bit creamy, with an uber-smooth finish. Overall: Extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown ,decent head,medium carbonation. The only way I can describe it is it smelled like spicey banana bread. Taste followed aroma with added malt and a mild bitter hoppy finish. A really well made beer that calls to be enjoyed slowly

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: creamy three finger head (becomes rocky and grows), deep nut/cola brown color, annoyingly good head retention (I had forgotten how delicate the art of pouring a trappist beer was, consider me reminded), very prominent lacing

S: pleasant malty aroma up front with a dry characteristic; a bit nutty, but not overly so; some fairly subtle cherry/dark fruit tones; I wish the smell was stronger

T: malty, bready and fruity up front, subtle but not overwhelming hint of bitterness and some nutty tones as well, a subtle suggestion (not overt) of chocolate, a bit savory but not overly so.

M: a tad oily but crisp and dry

O: to me this is far better than the tripel, unlike with the tripel, I don't prefer the St. Bernardus version but I don't think this one is better either, rather it offers something distinctly different and they are both good in their own way, not a revelation of course, but a damn fine beer

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Photo of kotzbauerm
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joshautry
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of adodds
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of morrowd3
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of siebevl
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a chalice at the World of Beer in Savannah, GA. The appearance is a dark mahogany brown color with a small off white head. The aroma is full of fruit and chocolate. The taste is matches the nose to a "T". An excellent beer.

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Photo of wiescins
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Waveoff
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jcubz
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrewh995
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark dark ruby which only shows in the light with a huge white head. Smells of grapes, chocolate, wine, other dark fruity esters. Tastes similar with maybe a little breadiness. Mouthfeel is creamy and very carbonated but surprisingly light bodied. Overall delicious beer, not my favorite style, but objectively it's a masterpiece.

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Photo of Casey_L
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(11.2 oz bottle, batch 6 001499, best before end 19/05/18... poured into a teku)

L: deep burgundy liquid with a heavy haze... frothy, rocky, khaki-colored foam builds to a good two-finger height, then settles into a thin, uneven cap

S: prune, raisin, (all)spice, tobacco... dark-vinous, perfumy esters, and maybe a hint of black licorice and light molasses... pure ethanol not readily apparent... the overall smell is moderately potent and implies a dense maltiness

T: thread of burnt dark candi sugar up the middle with a brandy-like, though dry fruitiness enveloping... moderate bitter/burnt flavor with subtle metallic and peppery notes lingering in the aftertaste... the malt and more complex sugars do gradually emerge and assert themselves, rounding out it's muddy taste... dumping the yeast slug in is a big plus

F: medium-light body - dense, but slightly attenuated, with little residual viscosity through the finish... soft warmth emanates in back of throat after each sip... carbonation seems relatively lively, lifting the sugars off the tongue, giving the beer a surprising dryness... with the slug in, this edges towards elixir

O: actually quite lovely how dry (and horizontal) it is, making it very much doable with some roasted game meat and oily root veg perhaps... this is something I might buy once every couple years, but it's always been consistently satisfying

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Photo of djura
3.37/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Found it here in Serbia, bottle 0,33l

A - Caramel reddish color. Two finger foam from bottle fermentation. Also huge carbonation from same reason. Bubbles just going up.
S - Sweet dark fruits, can't smell anything more...
T/M - Bitter, highly bitter aftertaste. Also lots of malt and some fruits. Medium carbonation.

O - Not my favourite style, so i can't be objective. Quality is there, it is trappist, but the taste is not my favourite.

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Photo of yaron73
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from Supermarket in Brussels.

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Photo of Macamah
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaxOhle
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Holderness
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aged to basically the BB date, 4.30.17

L -- Even with a gentle pour, this produces a big three-finger off-white head. 1,000 lumens passed through the glass reveals a lovely ruby-hued brew with an intense effervescence. Decent retention and minimal lacing.
S -- Predominantly caramel malts and fruity yeast esters. Hint of chocolate
T -- Wonderfully nuanced and layered sweet malts, fried dough, milk chocolate, clove, anise, and bananas. This is an immensely intricate brew, my descriptors just scratch the surface
F -- The finish is watery, but otherwise the flavor balances are on-point
O -- At $7/16oz bottle, this is definitely not a beer I'll be buying again soon. Buy it for a taste of history

87/100

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 2,759 ratings
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