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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,274 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,274
Reviews: 1,128
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 142
Gots: 214 | FT: 2
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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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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....

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Carmack
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Photo of seaoflament
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 24/01/08, pretty close to the limit.

I let this one warm up a bit before I poured it.

Pours the color of ripe date fruit flesh with about two inches of foam which quickly recedes to a thin layer.

Sweet Belgian candy with dark malts and dark fruits like dates, figs, and raisins. Spices like cinnamon sticks and nutmeg as well as brown sugar or piloncillo. Freshly baked cinnamon rolls.

Taste is of dark fruits both sweet and a bit of sour notes. Caramel malts, pretty sweet in the taste.

The mouthfeel is creamy and well carbonated.

A pleasure to drink.

Photo of HarleyQuilter
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just picked up a small bottle at Hy-Vee. Actually thought I saw La Chouffe, but was mistaken, so this was what I bought.
Pours nice with a semi-cloudy dark amber color, not much lace, but lots of smell! I read some reviews on the Hy-Vee, directed toward the fact that they keep their Belgiums on the top shelf close to the lights, but I don't get any stale skunky taste from this one.
Smells and tastes as if there is a slight Bock taste, smooth, semi-sweet, some chocolate, but doesn't bother hiding the 7% ABV as indicated on the bottle. I think I could drink more of these, but at the price....I dunno.
Mouth feel is comparable to other Belgiums I've had, so it doesn't dissapoint. Reminds me ALOT of a good bock, I can't get past that.
As stated before, I could drink more of these. Nice beer! Recommend trying this one!!

Photo of adamette
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a clean, clear glass. Let me start my praising the bottle itself. Not exactly like the one that I see pictured above, mine is a brown bottle with a dark brown, even deep red or maroon label oriented as in a diamond shape (not the normal horizontal pictured above). My bottle retained the necklace proclaiming "TRAPPISTENBIER" Apprent freshness date of 23/01/10.

A Unopened this beer has one of the best presentations in my memory. Through direct light I can see the beer within complete with sediment floating around. Upon pouring it there is a very generous light brown head which I let settle since I could not pour the whole bottle without risking head overflow. There was excellent lacing on the glass as the head reduced in size. In the glass the appearance of this beer continues to impress with a ruby brown body again with that sediment visible in the body. Really, great appearance.

S There is that familiar trappist grainy maltiness with singificant sweetness. I get sweet grapes which are transient in a wonderfully inviting fruitty smell.

T Malty sweet now with hops. I do not taste that transient grape smell but a whole lot of grains (and barley?). Alcohol is not strong but that is just fine.

M Full for sure but a lot of smoothness I suppose thanks to the malts and grains.

D Good but this is an expensive bottle at something like $5.99 apiece. Price/availability drives down the drinkability in a practical sense but if you had a bucket of them then it is good for sure.

Notes: This was the last in a large group of bottles that I picked up at McNalty's Bier Markt in Cleveland, Ohio a while back. Since then I have found many of those same beers on sale in local stores and some at lower prices. The Bier Markt is awesome for having so many of these available (whatever the price!) every day.

Photo of sevenarts
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Reddish brown, amber. Modest off-white head. No lacing.

S: Sugary sweet, fruity, a bit of spice.

T/M: Rich sugar up front, lots of dark fruits, apple, some almost cidery elements. Some spice around the edges. Warming booze and a hint of burn at the end. Tingly mouthfeel.

O: A great, subtle but flavorful Belgian.

Photo of vande
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Lothore
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown, orangey hue with a thick, chunky head that lingers.

S- Plum, raisin, fig, brown sugar.

T- Plum and raisin up front with a yeasty finish. Slight bitterness.

M- Thin-medium bodied and very effervescent.

D- This is a great brew. I think if it were a little thicker and had less carbonation it would have scored even higher for me. I'm sure the carbonation fades with time. Will stick a couple bottles in the cellar and forget about them for 5 years ...

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark, deep red-brown body with minor lacing.

S - Smells of dark, sugary fruits like dried dates. Some malty and leafy scents present.

T - A very smooth and crisp dark flavor profile. A dryness akin to tea or tobacco leaves. Some of the sweet chewing tobacco flavors in the flavor also. A touch of roast and spice blends in. Dry wood and a semi chalky presence.

M - Light and very smooth body. A treat on the tongue. Sharp carbonation and a slightly bitter/dry finish.

O - What a great beer. A very complex and flavorful brew that goes down smooth.

Photo of maleman
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - very dark, a little cloudy when held up to the light.

S - a little heavy, hoppy.

T - hint of chocolate, some distant fruit was detected.

M - felt it in the upper back of my mouth...didn't fill it up.

D - could sit around and drink this one all evening!

These Trappists are growing on me!

Photo of takemetothelion
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decided to review beer today. westmalle ale dubbel, usually would have gone for something with higher abv but this caught my eye and i liked the color of it. and i liked that its from Belgium.

Very dark with hints of ruby. minimal light passing through. a small head but it actually lasts. only a fingers worth. lovin the dark ale though.
Great strong smells coming up fruit obviously, but strong raisin maybe slight orange and chocolate...cherry for sure. taste is amazing brandy taste with the cherry, slight bitter, very little alcohol taste. tastes prettty traditional belgian. Big fan of the MF once the carbonation dies down and it warms up a little bit. Very complex with some spicing, full but light at the same time. Again wish the alcohol content was much higher but the drinkability of this one is special.
Overall I would get again, but probably not very often. Great beer though

Photo of Phillyphilms
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark in color, amber with hues of maroon. Pours with a luscious strong head. Bubbles continue to elevate while you drink.

S- Average in smell, a lot less of the fruits and sugars yu get from other Belgium beers.

T- Outstanding. Nice bitter bite up front and very malty. YEast less defined than other Belgiums but that leaves way for the dark fruit and malt to seep in. Very enjoyable.

M- Dry but sticks around for a moment.

D- Very much so. Sadly I only had one bottle or I would have had a second right behind it.

All in all, very well crafted dubbel, and one of my favorites in the style. Looking forward to my next one.

Photo of carln26
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured from a bottle into a tulip glass deep brown in color , slightly hazy with mild copper/orange highlights. It was topped by a tan head composed of dense bubbles. The nose has a great yeast/dough character backed by the malt in the form of caramel, and an earthy finish. The flavor has the same caramel malt, and the earthy tones are even more enhanced. Towards the finish, some characteristics of wine come in with some cabernet and black cherry. The mouth feel is smooth up front, but a sharp finish as some citrus hop kicks in. Dubbel has become one of my favorite styles, and I enjoy this beer very much.

Photo of JLeege
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance- Dark brown with a large creamy off white head. Great retention and lace.

Smell- Slightly tangy dark fruits, caramel, toffee, slight pepper and yeast.

Taste- Tangy ripe dark fruits, strong raison, caramel & toffee. Nice subtle brown sugar. Slightly spicy, herbal, and peppery toward the finish, due to the Belgian yeast presence.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, with a great linger, ABVs are unnoticed.

Overall- Very good dubbel, definitely will be drinking this again. Nice complex flavor, and the ABVs are hide nicely. This is one of those beers that you just have to try at least once.

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,274 ratings.