Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,149
Hads: 2,437
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 168
Gots: 330 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours into the glass a very dark, very dense brown/ruby/black/caramel, topped by an absolute absurd amount of off-white head (four-plus fingers) that persists beyond all reasonable bounds of good decorum. Visibly effervescent.

Smell is candied brown sugar, fruity esters, roasted malt, a bit of sour cherry and apples. Raisins, plums, dates. A touch of banana and clove. Slight metallic twinge (copper?).

Bit of an alcoholic heat on the taste. Vacillates between bitter and sweet, offering hints of brown sugar, roasted/caramel malt. Faint tartness or sourness, and maybe the distant wave of bittering hops (particularly in the aftertaste). Bit of biscuit. Carbonation is high, but surprisingly not intrusive, and the body is nice.

The taste doesn't live up to the smell, but for me that's not an uncommon beer experience. Still, this is a really lovely dubbel, very rich and sweet and savoury and dry and intense. Worth seeking out. (936 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

SRM 17 (dark copper) and clear until yeast enters the Westmalle chalice. A thin beige head is short lived, leaving fine lace in its wake while some yeast is left in suspension.

Rich with sweet malt and dark fruits. Raisin, fig, plum, and cherry notes are elevated by candy sugar. Warmth brings out a light perfume.

Delicate flavors follow the nose. Sweet and bitter flavors oscillate with bitter winning out in a long, modest finish. The notes of subtle, caramelized sugar accentuate the complexity of flavors.

This beer is lush with a satin texture and medium body. Alcohol is as expected, as is the fine, high level of carbonation. It tends to dry out in the finish.

This is a good contemplative beer when one has time after a long, frenetic few days. While excellent on its own, it stands up nicely to a smoked Gouda. (825 characters)

Photo of tyjudd
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orangish brown. The head drops to just cover the beer but is ever present the entire experience. Lacing is moderate throughout. The nose is typical of banana and cloves. But also peppery funk and sweetness. The taste continues the bananas and cloves but also lends to some Tabasco and tea. The dryness also shows itself in the finish. Very drinkable and wonderful. (374 characters)

Photo of mrjez
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: a nice thick dark caramel with a decent bubbly tan head.
The aromas and tastes really came out after about 10 mins of letting it warm up.
S: a nice earthy malt with some fig and dark fruit, some caramel notes.
T: Superbly balanced on the tongue, a pinch of citrus sitting on those flavours mentioned. Alcohol well-hidden.
F: complex from front to back, nicely carbonated, smooth throughout, a little spicy on the end.
O: Simply top notch. I want another! (462 characters)

Photo of ajchocholousek
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl into teku:

Medium pour yields a big light tan fluffy head with some staying power. Pours a dark, dense red-brown color. A little hazy. Like dark earthen clay.

Smell hits the nose with dark fruity malty sweetness. Big notes of plum, fig, raisins, and caramel on the nose balanced out by a little bit of funky earthiness and just a touch of clovey spice.

Taste follows the nose with a bit more citrus right in the front that makes way for notes of deep dark chocolate, plum, fig, and other dark fruit flavors. Plenty of yeasty funk in here, and maybe a touch of peppery leather and wood. Really complex, but well melded. An absolute joy to drink. Finishes dry, preventing it from becoming any where near cloying. Keeps you coming back for more.

Overall, an amazing beer. So many great flavors that all come together to provide a sort of unified experience in this beer. Drinks lighter than it is, remains refreshing, yet provides a big chewiness that reminds you of what a thought-provoking and intriguing beer this. (1,026 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep mahogany color with an inch of off white foam and fair amount of sediment. The nose is incredible, a truly remarkable blend of chocolate and stone fruit with touch of earthy woodiness. The taste is considerably more mellow in the flavor though most of the same notes are there as well as a touch of anise. One thing really surprises me about the taste, and that's the hop presence on the back end. The stated best by date on this is within a month so picking up hop bitterness seems a bit strange to me but it is pretty noticeable. Very smooth feel to this beer. I honestly think this may be better than the tripel. (620 characters)

Photo of Malt_Man
3.47/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served cool from 330ml bottle into Saison Regal glass.

A) Red-tinged dark brown, opaque, with half-inch fizzy white head that dissipates very quickly.

S) Winey malt, not much else. Maybe I have chilled it too much.

T) Very smooth - light malt flavour, immediately followed by subtle bitterness. Very subtle orange and grapefruit notes. On reflection, the taste is really good right after the swallow, but is quickly overtaken by less pleasant bitter aftertaste. If it could hold on to the initial lighter tastes, this would be a real winner for me.

F) A lot fizzier than it looks. Weight in the mouth reflects the ABV closely.

O) A lot to like in this, but the roasty / bitter aftertaste spoils the intial light spritzy fruit notes for me. (749 characters)

Photo of drmeto
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

S:
-plums,figs,raisins,banana,spices
T:
-Follows the nose with a sweet finish
F:
-alcohol well hidden
-light body
-high carbonation
O:
-Very Good Dubbel (152 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this one. A good looking dark brown ale with malty sweet aroma. Great dark fruits taste along with malts and caramel. There is a burnt essence in both the finish and aroma. There is some alcoholic quality in the taste but it is masked well by the other favors. Full bodied, creamy and quite drinkable. I will definitely get again. (347 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Prune and dark dried fruit on the nose with some spice. Pours clear brown with 1” light tan foam cap that persists and leaves gothic window lace. Palate has big yeast flavors with prune, over ripe fruit, spicy malt, and dark sugars. Medium to medium full body and medium high carbonation. The carbonation tones down the malt and yeast flavors. (345 characters)

Photo of JaimeLondon
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extremely dark brown color and a cream foam that leaves a small lace.
Less yeasty and more hoppy than common trappist ales, has some tones of vanilla and chocolates in the head and some herbal tones in the taste.
Less caramel tones than common belgian dubbels or strong dark ales too. Unfortunately the taste and smell are somewhat neutrals here.
Not very malty in the smell or taste but of a hugh body nevertheless. Bitterness and carbonation are at good level. (463 characters)

Photo of -steve-
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought recently at the LCBO in Ontario based on Beer Connoisseur Mags listing this as one of the best of 2014. Poured it into a chalice shaped glass. The beer is brown with a rich foamy head and some lacing going up the glass. You can smell the alcohol and caramel sweetness.This is a complex, delicious beer that is enhanced as the beer warms in the glass.It's velvety smooth. (377 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO, best before June 26 2016 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a deep, opaque brown colour with some reddish tinges under the light, topped off with slightly more than one finger of creamy, light beige-coloured head. Good retention - the froth remains in place for the better part of ten minutes, slowly seeping away into a lumpy cap and collar, along with some scant sea-spray lace left clinging to the glass. Fruity esters and malts totally dominate the aroma - grape, fig and plum, as well as dates, candy apple, pear, and a bit of banana. There is also a noticeable candi sugar sweetness, some floral qualities and some spicy, phenolic notes. It's one of the better dubbel bouquets that I can recall.

Very tasty, complex stuff, with a unique flavour profile for the style. It starts off tasting quite rich - lightly toasted bready malt flavours, molasses and candi sugar sweetness come through initially, but they are soon displaced by fruity notes of plum, fig, date and red apple. There is a muted hint of banana mid-sip, leading into a bitter appleskin flavour that transmutes into the spicy, phenolic, vaguely floral notes that characterize the finish. Ends with a bit of a peppery, yeasty bite, with lingering flavours of boozy sweetness and spice hanging on into the aftertaste. Dries the palate out quite effectively with each sip. Medium-bodied, with aggressive carbonation levels typical of Belgian abbey-style beers - zippy and assertive, prickling the palate and contributing to the lively, pleasing mouthfeel of this beer.

Final Grade: 4.6, an outstanding A+. Westmalle Dubbel makes for an excellent introduction to this oft-lauded Trappist brewery. This is the first Westmalle product I've had the opportunity to try, and I'm already pining to try more. Its spicy, complex flavours are both enticing and wholly satisfying, making this definitely one of the better dubbels that I have tried over the years. Keeping in mind that this is probably my least-favourite of the major styles of 'abbey beer', I am still convinced that this is one of the best dubbels in the world - and it would be welcome in my glass to celebrate any occasion. (2,190 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernardus glass.

Look: A murky, muddy rusty brown body with visibly rising bubbles sits under a cream colored cap that recedes to a thin film. Watery lacing recedes after each sips.

Aroma: Bready malts, tart apple, other fruits such as white grapes, subtle spices such as cinnamon.

Taste: A base of rich, doughy malt lies underneath an array of tart fruit notes of apple, cherry, and grape. Quite a bit of cinnamon spiciness comes through in the middle to end. A more chocolate kind of note emerges in the finish as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Dry and carbonated.

Overall: A lovely sipper that would be perfect for Christmas drinking in my opinion. Lots of fruits and spices. (697 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Very dark brown/mahogany in color with a slight red hue. Pours a two finger white/slightly tan colored head.

Aroma- Plums, chocolate, and a little bit of spicy/herbal hops.

Taste- Lots of dark fruits in this plums and dark cherry flavors, and even some chocolate malt sweetness in there as well. In the finish there's a ton of malty dryness and a little bit of hop spice, almost like a spiced dark cherry flavor.

Feel- Medium to high carbonation, medium body, creamy texture, and incredibly dry in the finish.

Overall- Really like this dubbel as it has great dark fruit flavors and an interesting spicy hop profile in the finish. Only complaint is the finish, which can be overbearingly dry. Other than that its a great beer. (749 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $3.00 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a nice high head that films out in a couple of minutes. Film lasts forever though! Very dark brown and unfiltered

S- Lots of fig and caramel notes.

T- Very good. Nice malt. No heat at all. fruity good with all the fig. Spicey with a blend of cinnamon and pepper. Almost like there is a hint of raisins in here.

M- Creamy good. Touch dry. No heat at all.

O- A great dubbel overall. Very enjoyable. Nearly as good as a Chimay. Will buy again.

Food Pairing

This wonderful little dubbel went well with..... Sloppy Joe's! Nice tomato based, ground beef goodness accentuated this wonderful Figgie beer

Enjoy (724 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle from the lcbo, poured slightly chilled into a tulip. Produced a large off-white frothy head. Quite a dark ruby colour, dark brown with reddish hints. Quite dark, great retention and lacing.

S - Notes of rich xmas fruitcake, dried cherries/apricots/dates, grapes, fresh pears, poached in brandy maybe! Yeast adds an estery floral spicy overtones. Earthy coffee perhaps, this has a real plethora of character, caramelly fruit with floral and phenolic spice expressions.

T - Firm, with graham bready/biscuity notes and also grapes. Caramel malts, but clean and not overly aggressive or sweet, into it are blended dried fruits, cinnamon, candi sugar notes, a mild hay/dry earthy spice. Sweet pears, robust maltiness and an expressive yeast character, lending an expressive earthy spiciness to it. Each drink appears to show new elements and it changes as well.

M - Quite firm with maltiness upfront, assertive carbonation, some sweetness but balanced by the carbonation, coating and satisfying body, with a crisp yeasty finish with come lingering dry caramel and spices.

A bubbly and buoyant Dubbel, the yeast really manages to cut a unifying line throughout this beer to deliver a highly complex and refreshingly tasty Trappist ale. Not overly weighted in any one flavour group, it is simultaneously rich and playful between the groups of floral, spicy, fruity, and malty notes. Delicious beer and a real treat, one of the top belgians available. (1,462 characters)

Photo of Cramshawbar
2.75/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The poor sister of Chimay, St. Bernardus and even Rochefort, Westmalle Trappist Dubbel is a tolerable trappist beer, although clearly overrated.
Heavy on the banana bread flavour and dryer than most in this style, this is a beer you reach for when you are out of all other trappist beer. Still, I am happy that the LCBO is carrying it for a limited time here in Toronto. (371 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle of Westmalle Trappist Dubbel, not seen in thes eparts for quite some time. Picked up a pair of bottles for $3.45 CDN each. Best before June 18, 2016. Served fairly cold into a wine glass.

Appearance - A very hazy beer is poured in the shade of the darkest mahogany. Small half finger of tan head is poured with a short retention time. A small ring of foam rests at the edges and enjoys a longer visit.

Smell - complex even at colder temperatures, some fig and lots of raisin, caramel and butterscotch and a health dose of chocolate to top it all off. Really appetizing.

Taste - dark and fruity with the aforementioned pears, plums, figs and raisin, with a dose of cacao on the finish. Alcoholic and spicy to finish. Yum!

Mouthfeel - Very well carbonated and finishes a bit drier than some dubbels. Surprisingly a very light body, almost impossibly light all things considered (the ABV, the aroma, the taste etc.)

Overall - A wonderful dubbel that's right up there with St. Bernardus Pater 6 as the best I've ever tried. Just pure awesomeness. (1,064 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into snifter. "best before: 26/06/16", poured on january 29, 2015

a: a really beautiful opaque ruby with a finger of light brown or dark tan head

s: really vibrant maraschino cherry, black cherry, raisin, and date up front, followed by rich brown sugar. mild spicy banana-y yeast presence under all the dark fruit and malt notes. KO aroma

t: follows the nose. in the front is an explosion of brown sugar and all the aforementioned dark fruits. mid-palate carries the brown sugar and adds notes of fresh dark bread. a light-to-moderate herbal, leafy bitterness closes the tasting, with malt flavours lingering shyly

m: excellent medium-bodied and easy-going with medium-to-high carbonation

o: what an incredible beer. such massive aromas and flavours. the carbonation could be toned down a notch, but it's not like it's offensive the way it is (868 characters)

Photo of LordofthePings
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark red/amber with a white head.
S: Belgian
T: One of the best examples of the style. Dried fruit, sweet, belgian esters. A perfect blend into one clean smooth beer.
M: High carbonation but easy to drink.
O: I can't believe I put off trying this beer for years based on a previous disappointment by the same dubbel style. A new 'go-to' for me when I'm craving a belgian. Dark sweet and full of esters and dried fruit. Will buy this one again and again. (486 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark red-brown, two fingers of cream colored dense foam, fades to a thin ring, spray of lace down the glass. Smell: dark brown sugar, brown bread, dates, mildly spicy and grainy. Taste: caramel, cherry, dates, mildly grassy and earthy, buttered brown bread. Very nice. Bottled 2/14, best by 2/16. (309 characters)

Photo of interzen
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a Troubadour tulip glass

Look: Dark, opaque brown with some ruby hints if held up to the light. Very thick and frothy khaki/tan head. Plenty of lacing as the head recedes.

Smell: The merest hint of alcohol but mostly dark malts, yeast and some fruit. Quite a 'dark' sweet smell with pronounced spice candy notes on agitation.

Taste: Very malt-forward with sweet, candy flavours. The maltiness continues through to the finish along with some yeastiness. Hop bitterness is notable by its absence, as is any significant spiciness.

Feel: Quite a thick, heavy mouthfeel but not at all overbearing. Little carbonation and, for something that's 7% ABV, very little booziness. Dangerously easy drinking.

Overall: Once again, Westmalle hits the bullseye - generally speaking, I prefer their Trippel but this is a stunningly drinkable dubbel even if it seems to be lacking in the spice department. Stunningly smooth and well worth a punt. (958 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip.

From the pour a massive, thick and frothy head forms. It's a foamy oatmeal color and leaves sheets of lace in its wake as it recedes. The body is a dark amber that's almost entirely opaque. 4.5

Sweet pungent dates, heavy sweet malt. Raisins. Syrupy candy aromas. Molasses. 4.25

There are similarities between this brew and Malta Goya. Robust molasses, sweet caramel malt, and some bread and toast flavors. Malt expresses itself in a number of forms with this beer. Syrupy sweetness, very candy-like, lingers on the finish, along with a yeasty pepperiness. 4.25

I appreciate how smooth this beer is. It's no small feat to make a beer like this seem almost devoid of alcohol heat, but Westmalle did it. In lieu of that you get a colorful carbonation feel throughout before a long, dry finish. The medium body is somewhat disguised by the bubbly feel. A bit of spice makes an appearance close to the finish. 4.25

It's delicious. I feel I should have postponed this beer a few days and cracked it on Thanksgiving with some turkey, as it would have paired well. I'll probably have to cop another. Boo hoo. (1,153 characters)

Photo of mcintire78
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

A: Poured into a Straffe Hendrik tulip glass and came out a hazy amber to brown color and created a sizable head--say two to three inches. Strong lacing.

S: A strong smell of sweet fruits.

M: A thick but not overwhelming feel in the mouth.

T: Significant carbonation. Medium to heavy bodies. A sweet fruity finish.

D: The alcohol is very well masked--any limit on drinkability is because of the relative body of the drink. (434 characters)

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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