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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,247 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,247
Reviews: 1,128
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 135
Gots: 199 | FT: 2
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 Intrinsic
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty brown colour with a very fine grained head. Not much lacing, but very nice looking. The smell is so incredibly clean. I get notes of grass, cherry, bread and a hint of citrus. The taste is very refined. Quite complex, with a noticeable level of alcohol and lots of malts balanced out very well with a mildly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is relatively dry, with very frothy carbonation. My goodness. This beer is wonderful.

Intrinsic, May 29, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown color with a nice, thick one finger tan head on top. Very nice retention with rather foamy lacing left on the glass.

S: Lots of dark fruits - figs, plums, and raisins dominate the aroma. It is on the sweet side with some caramelized malt and a little molasses.

T: A bit maltier in flavor than aroma, with a lot of bread, caramel, and a bit of toffee which blend nicely with the dark fruits that are present (plum, figs, and a bit of cherry).

M: Medium bodied, very crisp and smooth with medium carbonation.

O: A very nice beer. Still just scratching the surface in terms of Dubbels, but I look forward to trying some more soon. Will be interesting to see how this one stacks up to Chimay, Rochefort, etc.

mdaschaf, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of ElGordo
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 330ml bottle into my Liefman's goblet. Body is a pretty dark brown with garnet highlights, topped by an inch of creamy, khaki-colored head that holds its own. Aroma of dark, sweet, bready malt, dark fruit, some banana esters, and a touch of astringency. Palate is lightly malty up front, with some strong peppery notes. A sweetness somewhere between maple and molasses builds towards the back of the mouth, along with notes of plum and dark cherries. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, very nice. Goes down easy for a darker Belgian. A very tasty and refined ale.

ElGordo, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of scottg
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a goblet glass.

Poured a light brown with a reddish hue and a small creamy head with nice lacing. Strong aroma of liquid yeast and fruit, cherry?. A sour fruit and caramel flavor up front with a smooth hoppy finish. Well carbonated, cleanses the mouth, would pair great with cheese. Easy drinking beer.

scottg, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of irishkyle21
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with an off white head, decent retention and lacing. Has a murky brownish color.

Smells great, licorice, a bit of molasses, apples and other fruits, spices and caramel/chocolate malt.

The taste starts of nice and malty (caramel, chocolate). Then becomes spicy, dark fruits and just a bit of mustiness. This is my first beer from Westmalle but it will most definitely not be my last.

irishkyle21, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of neonbrown82
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was rather average for a trappist Dubbel, I thought. The appearance was quite nice with a dark body, impermeable to the light, and a thick frothy off-white head typical of a trappist ale.

The smell was what really disappointed me the most. Usually with trappist ales, the bouquet is absolutely breathtaking. This was rather bland, however, smelling only like a sweet malt dulled by yeast. The taste made up for the (lack of) aroma though, providing a sweet malty burst of flavor. The alcohol, though not too high in ABV, is well hidden but can be slightly detected upon the finish.

I probably won't buy any Westmalle again, even though I quite enjoyed this and the tripel. I simply feel that there are much better products on the market for the money, whether they are authentic trappist products or not. This should not discourage you from trying it anyway, though if you are seeking out information on the trappist ales, you are likely going to try seek them all out regardless. Happy hunting to you!

neonbrown82, Feb 08, 2005
Photo of TheSarge
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westmalle Dubbel produces a massive amount of light tan and rocky head. The body is very dark, ruby red, with a good amount of sediment at the bottom of the glass. The head retention lasts all the way through the 33cl serving, and lacing sticks nicely to the walls of the glass.

This was much more aromatic than expected. It erupts with a slight metallic hops presence, and has a sweet raison bread tone to it as well. I detect overripe grapes cinnamon and other sweet spices.

This tasted more herbal upfront than expected with brisk bitterness, candied sugar is here too. Definitely overripe dark fruits and some cooked veggies are in the taste too.

Mouthfeel is coarse, chewy, and a warm finish follows through.

Overall, this brew was a bit bitterer than I expected. It's decently well rounded with no dominant flavor to overpower the whole beer.

TheSarge, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of packetknife
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark cherry brown body with a tan head that faded but laced. A bit of sediment that looks like coffee grinds even. A stronge and somewhat surprising baker's chocolate on the nose, the ABV came through too but not nearly as strong as some other trappists I've had. Very pleasant on the nose. A mix of black cherry, bits of chocolate, cane sugar, and a very light sensation of lemon zest on the tongue. No acidity to speak of but a creamy and thick feeling with a slight oily aftertaste/feel. Very drinkable for the alcohol.

packetknife, Jun 25, 2005
Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an awesome pale and Belgian crystal malt scent with a tart, yet fruity Belgian yeast finish. The taste is good. It has a creamy brown ale flavor with a tart, fruity Belgian yeast finish. It goes down easy and finishes creamy and dry. The mouthfeel is exceptional. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. It has aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel; a fine sessions brew.

WesWes, Jul 18, 2004
Photo of CA_Infidel2o9
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz to a Tulip

A- deep murky brown, 1" fluffy khaki head

S- roasty, nutty malts, caramel, toffee, citrus, grape, apple, earthy, spices

T- caramel, toffee, belgian yeast, citrus, grape, green apple tartness, slit nutty malts

M- almost creamy, crisp carbonation, apple tartness tingles and curls the tongue

O- A very enjoyable brew. Its dark, roasty, nutty, and caramel, mixed with light citrus, fruits and crisp carbonation. It's very unique and very enjoyable.

CA_Infidel2o9, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of changeup45
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color topped with a nice thick foamy tanish head. Aroma is nice and fresh consisting of dark fruits, yeast and a touch of wine. The mouthfeel is creamy, slightly tart and relatively full and rich. The flavor here is some sugary dark fruits with yeast and a touch of roasted malts. Not crazy flavorful but they all blend together quite nicely. The finish is somewhat mellow and clean. This beer is extremely smooth and easy drinking. Another excellent one from the Monks.

changeup45, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark copper to light bronze body that seems occluded and yeasty. The finely packed foam head is a lovely ivory tone and laces quite beautifully. The nose is loaded with caramel malts, spiciness, and fruit sense; very nicely aromatic.

Flavors of caramel, light chocolate, fruity esters, and yeast sprites. Plenty of nice, coarse complexity. Smooth full body and crisp edges at the finish. Wonderfully drinkable and enjoyable.

AtLagerHeads, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of petemoss14
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle.

Pours a dense, earthy brown with a fluffy tan head. Nice lacing.

Fruity aroma -- raisins, apple peel, banana, dates. Some sweet toasty breadiness.

More fruit on the palate. Rasins, figs. Caramel, and chocolate. Turns from fruity, juicy in the middle to quite dry in the finish.

Very smooth on the palate, with fine carbonation. Goes down real easy -- makes me wish I could get my hands on a 750.

The rather abrupt, dry finish is a bit beguiling. In a way it leaves me wanting, which is good and bad. It makes me want to take another sip soon after the last, but can almost be a little unsatisfying (at least the first one) as a sip & savor beer. That said this is a real finely crafted, complex beer that I could see myself settling down and drinking 2 or 3 of, or enjoying with a rich braise.

petemoss14, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of midnite2sixman
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one in a bottle from Butch's in Holland, Michigan.
Poured into a goblet, super light foamy head with some nice lacing. Pours a dark dirty brown, almost looks like a cola.

Raisins, plums, brown sugar on the nose.

Taste is belgian sweet, like a dutch babelaar, brown sugar, molasses, minor notes of citrus lie within, but definitely get the caramelized candy flavor.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, as it should be, with a nice sweet finish.

Drinkability is obviously high on this one, this is one of the better Belgian Dubs out there. SLAINTE.

midnite2sixman, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of Phocion
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked a couple bottles up tonight after work, putting the other one in the cellar for a while.

Poured into my Westmalle goblet, reddish-brown color and an huge, attractive head that tried to escape the bottle before I even began pouring. The head dissipated rather quickly, and after I finished the beer, the glass looked almost spotless.

I was expecting a little stronger smell from some of the other reviews, but maybe it's just my nose. Slight sweet smell, and a little malty as well.

The first taste was spicy and malty. After a couple swallows, it started tasting much more complex. I started picking up the raisin and a few other fruits I couldn't quite place. It remained very dry throughout, and the alcohol taste was definite, but nowhere near overbearing.

Mouthfeel was very dry. Fairly drinkable, but dry.

I've had better, but I'd definitely recommend this beer. Not sure how many I'll pick up at $5 a bottle though, but I just hope I save my other bottle long enough to find out how much better it gets with age.

Phocion, May 20, 2006
Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy auburn color with a big tan head that displays good persistance but leaves far less lacing than expected

Smell: Dried dark fruit, caramel, leather and candi sugar; as it warms it takes on a dark cherry aroma

Taste: Lots of dried fruit - predominately maraschino cherries and dates and a bit of prune, with a distinct hoppy cinnamon and sour balsa wood complement by mid-palate; after the swallow the flavors blend but are slightly astringent on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body; quite a bit of carbonation

Drinkability: Well-structured beer; complex and satisfying; would be better with a more complete finish

brentk56, Nov 07, 2004
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chocolate brown color with a massive invincible head that lasts to the bitter end and gobs and gobs of lace. Theres apples, cinammon, raisins, dark chocolate and passionfruit in the nose. The flavor is remarkably complex (like the smell). Its replete with the fruits detected on the nose as well as berries and an alcohol twang. Its extremely refreshing, my only fault with the taste is that the alcohol is a little strong tasting for its low ABV. Many Belgian brews with much higher ABVs conceal them better than this. Thats a very minor imperfection and this beer is still excellent. Very refreshing, though as far as Dubbels go, Maudite is still the best.

CAMRAhardliner, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of phisig137
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep brown on the table, yet a light mahogany when held to the light. Three finger off white head has great retention, and pretty decent lacing.

S- Lots of malty goodness in here. Sweet caramel, complex sugars, deep fruitiness, and and overall "round" aroma that is just great.

F- Big time fruity esters from the yeast absolutely dominate the flavor. While there is great malt complexity here, the yeast really shines. Loads of dark fruit, notably plums are present, and make for a great overall flavor profile. While a bit sweet up front, the beer is well balanced, and finishes relatively dry.

M- creamy, smooth, and enjoyable. Not cloying at all.

D- quite good.

Overall, a damn fine brew, and one worth seeking out. Its nice to see a brewer still brew a traditional dubbel, without blurring that line between dubbel and Quad. This seems to be a very traditional dubbel, with great malt complexity, but not overly sweet. Mild and restrained in its magnificence perhaps. That being said, I would love to see what the brothers at Westmalle could do with a Quad....

phisig137, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of DrJay
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark chestnut, a little hazy, with reddish highlights and a fine, light brown head. Bready and fruity aroma, some raisin, malt, and mild chocolate. Raisin and plum flavours to start, mild bitterness, then it finishes sweet and bready with a hint of alcohol warmth. Great texture, well-integrated and generous carbonation, medium bodied. This is very nice, sweeter than I expected, but not cloying at all. I'll definitely be picking more of this up.

DrJay, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of brew3crew
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-maroonish in color with a tan head that sticks around
S-strong belgian smell of yeast. Maybe some sugar? Can't quite pick up much else
T-sweet malt and caramel. A treat.
M-medium bodied and crisp and clean.
D-very drinkable. Done with me taste in no time.

brew3crew, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of jethrodium
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle. Pours a light cola brown with a very big very light tan head that sticks around for a long time and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is raisin, plum, some light licorice, some spicy yeast, and very light alcohol. The initial taste is raisin and plum. This then goes into some very light molasses with some spicy yeast on the finish. No alcohol in the taste. Pretty dry overall. Light body. Medium carbonation. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

jethrodium, May 31, 2011
Photo of Avagadro
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: upon popping the cap, a torrent of foam rushes out of the bottle. Lucky I had my goblet handy to minimize the beer lost to my sink. I poured this brew about 10 minutes before I actually started it, and I am impressed by how well the billowing head has held up. this brew is essentially opaque. Some light makes it through the glass, but its hard to tell what color the light is.

S: sweet caramel, prunes, and vanilla make it through the massive head.

T: very creamy, with plenty of vanilla, raisins, and rum. There is a lot going on here, you really just have tp try it for yourself.

M: full body, and shockingly creamy. This brew is extremely smooth of the mouth. Even the huge amount of carbonation can't wash away the creaminess.

D: I have tp admit, this brew isn't as gopd as some of the other Trappists. Even so, it is a brew that is made with a lot of care, and is very delicious. Definitely a must have.

Avagadro, May 02, 2010
Photo of RodneyFarva
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a snifter

pours a fluffy two finger head which quickly dissipates to almost nothing. beer is a beautiful deep mahogany color.

aromas of fruits - plums, raisins, and cherries - as well as a strong malt presence. some alcohol presence at the end.

taste matched the aroma, only a bit of spiciness at the end. mouthfeel was the strong point here for me - perfectly carbonated, not too thick, but still with body.

overall, very enjoyable, it definitely stands up even more considering its price and availability.

RodneyFarva, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of Carmack
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

Carmack, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet.

Appearance: Pours a deep, earthy brown with shades of ruby showing through when held to light. A 1.5 finger, fluffy, khaki-colored head sits atop. Awesome head retention, and some surprisingly good lacing. I can tell from above that the head is being nourished with some pretty strong, consistent carbonation - looks cool.

Smell: Grapes, figs, spices, clove, rising dough, bananas, and a little bit of orange. Fruity, floral, complex, and still pleasantly mellow.

Taste: Grapes, figs, spiced bread, clove, and peppery alcohol. Maybe a bit of banana in there as well. Not as sweet/fruity as the smell led on, which comes as a bit of a disappointment. Still very good.

Mouthfeel: Generously carbonated and pretty spicy. Gives the mouth a work-out. Medium in body. Leaves the mouth a little dry and tingly. Also, some light warming in the chest.

Drinkability: A great representation for the style. I was a little underwhelmed by the taste, but all things considered I could (and would) have another one or two of these.

ThreeWiseMen, Jan 27, 2009
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,247 ratings.