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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Ratings: 2,369
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 150
Gots: 288 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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Photo of Intrinsic
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of DavidST
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a goblet, best before date of 5/27/12.

This pours a hazy brownish color with a large light brown head with large bubbles which quickly goes away (which seems to be different than most reviewers here). The smell is nice, very fruity with a hint of caramel. The mouthfeel is nice medium thickness lots of carbonation. The taste is good different than I expected, there is a hint of sweetness, maybe a little bit of fruit and some malts but then it finishes dry and spicy good stuff.

Photo of LazyL
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in my own Westmalle chalice.
A dark cola brown with red highlights and an espresso cstyle thick creamy head. The Belgian yeast is all over the place. Fruity esters, sweet alcohal and warm bread scents, then almost a candy apple smell. The taste is sweet medium roasted malts and warm alcohal notes. There is some spice and a bit of walnut with a touch of bitter smokiness. The mouthfeel is dry with some heavy carbonation. I feel like I should throw on some flip flops and a brown dress. The monks have done themselves proud. This is a good European brew and I feel quite distinguished drinking this aromatic concoction.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 26th June 2005, Best by date: 22.06.06.
Batch 1-131605.

Cap off, and immediately some bubbles formed at the mouth of the bottle (It is a beautiful bottle!).

Poured a lovely red-brown cloudy brew with a one inch tan head.

Releasing lovely smells with a slight rustiness to it.

Taste: complex malty taste with many different sensations on the tongue and lips. Also lots of tang as an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel good, but it is the overall combination that makes this one of my favourite brews. The cloudy appearence, smell, taste make this a "Soup of Life". It's just great!

Incidentally, one of the 2 bottles I drank had a raised relief writing over which the label was applied. Think it's probably an earlier bottle, so I hung on to it! Sad, I know.

Photo of jdubjacket
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep, ruby red with a lot of carbonation. Some lacing but not a whole lot. Smells like brown sugar and dried fruit. Tastes very sweet and malty and finishes very dry. Due to the relatively low ABV, this beer is very drinkable. A very satisfying beer that I will definitely have to pick up more in the future.

Photo of doubleipa
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this many times, but have just gotten around to rate it. I had a cold, so some of the aromas probablydid not come through as strong. Heavy malt with some sweet dough. Also, a good hint of cherry. Creamy head that completely went away. Brown, with some tiny particles. I poured the whole bottle.Good, dubbel, right on style.

Photo of Andy
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tight carbonation, very foamy. slight alcohol nose, slightly spicy and peppery. extremely dry flavor. light hop bitterness in finish. distinct raisiney flavors. Head retention is very strong. Slight dark malt flavor but not bold or overbearing.

Photo of Yimosan
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1PT 9.4 fl oz. bottle / Tulip glass.

A: Dark brown with a quickly fading light beige head. No lacing to speak of.

S: Smell of molasses, raisins, figs, and malt dominate immediately. I also get quite a bit of Sherry as it warms up.

T: Sweet malt and raisins come to mind when I first sipped it; I do get a lot of sweet Sherry and some tartness in the back.

M: Medium bodied with some fizz, not much. In the middle it feels a bit dry, however in the back palate it feels smooth and very inviting.

D: This a very nice drinkable Trapist beer, primarily because of its flavor, but definitely the modest ABV at (7%) makes it somewhat of a sessionable Belgian ale, for this style.

Bake some Virgina ham and I can drink a ton of this guys for the holidays!!

Salud!!

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear deep amber brown and when a slight bit of sediment entered the glass it made slight chunky shimmers in the beer. The head was small and fine bubbled and retreated quickly to the edges of the surface, but lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was deep dark fruits, raisins, prunes and also cherries, like dark dried sweet cherries. Also present were other fruity esters enhanced by alcohol. A slight spice lay in the background and added complexity to the darkened caramel malty aromas.

The flavor was malty with a spicy dark caramel flavor and dark fruits, cherries, prunes and raisins. The alcohol was present in the flavor and let to the cherry flavors and enhanced the spice.

The finish was just dry with a lasting spice and deep caramel flavor long into the aftertaste. The body was medium, but seemed less due to alcohol and carbonation. The alcohol warming was huge and lasting and made you wish for more to put out the fire below.

11.2 ounce bottle. Label says Alc. 7% Vol and has a date of 27/03/03 on it. The label is different than that pictured. Not the most complex of the trappist dubbels. More alcoholic than most, yet still maintaining a nice complexity of flavors. A nice dubbel, but not the best.

Photo of cetherid
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass.

A.

A very murky dark brown with a huge amount of head. mainly because I had this in my bag while I traveled and drank within 15 min. Beer practically flowed outta the bottle when I cracked it open.

S.

your typical dark fruits. some brown sugar and subtle alcohol smell as well. very good.

T.

some sweet malts. the dark fruits aren't very prevalent in the taste for me but a little sweetness is in there which is nice. a slight bitterness as well. There is a nice yeast taste in there as well. not the best trappist beer I've had, but still good.

M.

about medium bodied. I would prefer something a little thicker. a huge amount of carbonation. very smooth going down with a little creaminess in there.

D.

easily accessible by me and a good tasting beer. I would definitely try more of these in the future, with different glasses, temperatures, etc. alcohol high but not TOO high. I've tasted better and would opt for something like a Rochefort, but this is still a great beer.

Photo of Glory
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aah ! Trappist beers... the secrets and the cult behind every bottle...I heard Monks are the ones making the beer for their own consumption and for the community...Come on, really ? There's just no way Cistercian Monks are responsable for the massive production of Westmalle beers. The word on the street is that laities (professional Brewers) are the ones making the beer under monks supervision so they can reach production needs. I mean Westmalle is so big in Belgium, you can find it easier than Leffe ! Still is a good beer though.

So here I am again back from work and drinking beer and tonight I chose Westmalle. Poured in a trappist chalice glasse with a good healthy looking 1 centimeter head, this is a dark brown beer. A few bubbles rushing to the head and alot of sendiments du to the bottle fermentation.
This beer smells delicious. I get dried prunes and figs, notes of caramel and cardamom.

Before having a sip I think you should let it rest in the glasse for a few minutes and let some of the carbonation disband, this will help you appreciate the taste rather then having it hidden by to much carbonation.
This Westmalle dubbel is quite sweet at first but then you get the roasted grain bitterness that kicks in just right, my bottle has a good year of aging so I get a sort of rusty metalic taste on the tip of the tongue.
This is a good beer but not my favorite Trappistenbier.

Cheers lads

WS

Photo of MayonakaStout
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duke
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(From a champagne goblet)

Appearance: Westmalle Dubbel pours a lovely mahogany-burgundy colour with a cloudiness that renders it almost completely opaque. I didn't see much head, but what was there dissipated quickly, leaving the thin cap of light white bubbles on top.

Smell: The scents are fruity, very fig-like with some red grapes in there, and some cherry at the back, and they're all admirably bold. There's a bit of yeast in the nose too.

Taste: Slightly bitter hoppy beginnings before the fruits take over. I'm getting a bit of that yeast too, but the big thing for me is the grape, and the beer tastes winey, but there's a bit of caramel in there too. All the flavours in this beer are big - nothing hides.

Mouthfeel: This is a medium body with a bold fizz. That well-carbonated finish is arguably a little too much.

Overall: The smell and flavour of the Westmalle Dubbel leave me wanting more and more, but dubbels are easy to come by here in Vancouver so there's a lot of competition for it. I'd usually pick a dubbel with a less aggressive fizz.

Photo of jcattey
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of nuggetnectar01
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a fluffy two finger head that fades away rather slowly leaving lacing all throughout the glass.

Smells of sweet candy sugar, fruity esters, spices, slight alcohol warmness,brown bread pulled out of the oven.

Slight spicy upfront with a hint of sweetness and finishes off with a tad bit of dryness. Amazing how you can always tell when your drinking a belgian beer.

Medium bodied, smooth and velvet like with right amount of carbonation.

Nice drinkability on this one.

Photo of chossboss
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mackeyse
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Forgot where I bought this from but it is a 11.2oz bottle.

Poured into my chimay goblet. Pours a very dark brown with a very nice looking head that is very light tan in color. Looks nice in the glass.

Smell gets a low score since I can't smell anything. I don't have a cold and I'm pretty sure my sense of smell is working fine. Don't know why I can't smell anything.

Taste is great. An awesome double. Not quite as good as my favorite double (Rochefort 6) but still very good. A spicy flavour that reminds me a little of abt 12 but with the malt character of a rochefort 6. Toffee and spices dominate the palate. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is great with good carbonation and smoothness of a good trapist beer.

Drinkability is high and I could suck back a fee of these no problem in one sitting.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque brown with a nice off white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. I can see the yeast in the head.

Smells like sugary fruit.

Can taste dark fruit, apple, and alcohol all rounded out by a hint of spiciness.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, but I like the amount of carbonation present.

This is highly drinkable.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: center-pour into a tulip glass produced brown body with fat tan froth head; draped some lace; good head retention; left some dark yeast behind in the bottom of the bottle

S: malty, sweet and hearty; some spice like clove; mild yeast aromas amid the malts

T: brown bread malts, smooth, creamy; little spices' flavor the brew with some tingles

M: medium-weight, medium carbonation; slightly chewy; mild chalk on the back-end

O: how the dubbel is done - of course, on-point for the style, classy enough brew for the novice or adept - a good baseline for evaluating other dubbels.

Photo of largadeer
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Faintly transparent chestnut with an enduring cap of foam.

Smell: Dark chocolate and spices, a bit of citrus, very bready.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Light citric/fruity sweetness, roasty and slightly nutty. Very dry and hoppy in the finish, a bit herbal. Medium-bodied, perhaps on the lighter side of the scale, but with a slight creaminess.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for the style. One of the best dubbels out there.

Photo of ludachris
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one courtesy of TheHammer. Bottle to Chimay chalice (also thanks to Marky ;))

Pours a very deep garnet red with 2.5 fingers of thick and creamy off-white head that leaves sheets of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. Very attractive.

Fresh sweet apple, sour grapes, cherries, candied fruit, yeast, and a hint of alcohol in the nose.

Cherries, sour grapes, candied malt, crisp and clean sweet apple, hints of yeast, and a slightly acidic character in the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy but crisp and clean, ending dry. The 7% ABV is well concealed. Like the other Dubbel's I've had, this one's a great drinker.

It seems that the more I drink Belgian's, the more I fall in love with them, and this one keeps me going down the same path. In comparison to the Chimay Red I recently had, this interpretation seems musty with a greater emphasis being placed on the sour aspects of the beer. Still, the sourness is excellently balanced with the sweet candied/fruity notes of the beer, and that's one of the things that makes this brew so great.

Photo of gdrydenc
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown pour with two fingers of light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. There is a lot of carbonation, pouring it into a glass causes quite a bit of foam. The beer looks a dark brown, reddish nearly maroon in the light.

S - Belgian smelling, with hints of fruit. Very little or no smell of alcohol, which isn't surprising at 7% ABV. The fruits are very particular. Maybe some bananas, apricots, or something I can't place.

T - Delicious taste. As it's cold, the flavors are not very exposed. This beer really develops as time goes on. As it warms up, the flavors really begin to be exposed though. The Belgian flavors begin to expose themselves.

M - The mouthfeel at the beginning of the beer is very carbonated, but as the beer warms, the head dissipates and the mouthfeel becomes less aggressive and the carbonation bubbles become smaller.

D - Drinkability is this beer's forte. With only 7% ABV, I could see myself knocking back several of these. However, at $7/bottle I couldn't see drinking more than one at a time.

Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown opaque appearance with a substantial head that lasted a decent amount of time.

The smell was somewhat subdued, but in a good way. It never overwhelmed. Spices and an almost nutty quality emerged most prominently.

The taste was solid. Belgian yeast, a nutty quality and some indeterminate spices gave it a sharp taste.

This was a decently carbonated beer with a subtle mouthfeel.

This is a drinkable beer if you're into dubbels. While admittedly I didn't care as much for it as others of this style, it's still an excellent beer all around.

Photo of DogFood11
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is inviting, Big frothy tan head nice deep rich color. It looks like it will be a meal of a beer. Brown body and not much lace.

Tastes like caramel/malty but very complex with some lively esters. Touch of tobacco in the nose. Some dark fruits but once again I come back to a tobacco batch that is earthy. For a rich beer like this its very drinkable because it finishes light. Heavy in the middle and a light cleansing finish that invites more gobblage.

the only con for me was the carbonation was a bit biting in the middle, but hardly a complaint. highly reccomended.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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