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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
outstanding

2,372 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,372
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 151
Gots: 290 | 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 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.

Photo of hwwty4
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. Poured a dark mahogany with ruby tones and a aggressive head. Probably two inches that gradually gave way and left heavy lacing on the glass. Aroma is fruits, sweet malts, raisins and a little alcohol at the end. Taste is mostly the same, but heavy on the fruits. Mouthfeel is medium body with a nice carbonation all the way through the sip. A highly drinkable beer.

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

Pours into my goblet a dark mahogany color with a creamy thick tan colored head. The head dies down to leave a slim layer of foamy head. Smell is of belgian candied sugar and some yeastynes... Taste is dark malt, dried fruit, a little cocoa, and doughy yeast. A slight alcohol warming presence makes this a very rich drink. One of my top belgian darks, great trappist ale.

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

This one went down easy, a lot nicer than most of the darker beers bottled for sale in the USA. I had this one in a beer-restaurant in Leuven Belgium on New Years Day 2006.

Head- a nice interesting taste to it, color off-white to yellowish with large bubbles, dissipating faster than I wanted it to go, because I was enjoying it a bit!

Color- sort of dark amber-brown.

Carbonation- just enough, I don't like over-carbonation and so I found this one very satisfactory.

Taste- interesting-- maybe a bit of an anise or hyssop overtone along with some more subtle tastes that I failed to identify before suddenly finding that I'd sipped all the way through the glass-full, darn....

As far as drinkability, I found this to be a lot more drinkable and smooth, going down and afterwards, as any of the more common darker beers mass-circulated in the USA, such as Beck's or whatever. I think that if you aren't a beer-fanatic and you like those darker beer-brands, you'd like this one a lot better.

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

12 oz bottle purchased 6 months ago.

Deep brown color with a slight mahogany note. Nice big fluffy tan head that sticks around to leave trails of lacing. Smell is very malty. Caramel, with a light chocolate note. Also some faint dark fruit, cherries and figs. As it warms a faint alcohol smell comes through too but it is very pleasant. Taste is a well balanced maltyness with enough other flavors to keep it interesting. Again, a light cocoa note and some dark fruits. Just a little bit thin on the mouthfeel but I'm not thinking that is a bad thing. This would be the Trappist I would turn to when I'm not in the mood for the high alcohol and big taste of some of the big boys. Finishes very smooth with no aftertaste. I really enjoyed this one. Will definately get it again.

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

Poured a dark, nutty brown into a chalice with at least three fingers of tan root beer float head. Somewhat mild aroma of sweet, biscuity caramel, raisin, and clove.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Taste mirrors the aroma with toffee and bread up front followed by raisin. dark fruit, and gentle spice.

Extremely solid dubbel, although for the price I'd usually pick a Rochefort 8 instead.

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

Poured into an official Westmalle chalice.

A: Pours a near solid dark brown, with nice red highlights. A slow pour provides about 2 fingers of light creamy tan head. The head does die down, but leaves a few millimeters covering the surface. It's quite a nice looking beer.

S: Sweet, with hints of spices and a bit of alcohol warmth.

T: Some sweetness, leading to a bit of fruity bitterness, hints of green apple. The taste is relatively subdued, but complex.

M: Very carbonated, relatively full bodied, slightly sticky, with a small hint of dryness on the finish.

D: Drinks very smoothly, though maybe slightly too much carbonation.

Quite a good beer, which I'll likely have again in the future, but I didn't enjoy it as much as Westmalle's tripel.

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

The beer has a lovely head, rocky, light tan, with a nice brown beer that is slightly cloudy. The aroma is nice, too, with a light bubble-gum ester and some other fruity aromas, along with a slight malty note and a light, almost raisin quality. I think I'd like those last two to be a little more prominent. The flavor is great - full, fruity, somewhat malty sweet and a little toasty. The alcohol is present but not overpowering, and the body / mouthfeel is kind of spritzy, which is fine for style. Delicious!

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

A beautiful pour, copious head, deep chestnut color. Subtle nose of malts, some alcohol. Great lacing on the way down.

First taste was good, and I was actually surprised at the level of bitterness in this brew. Dubbels I've had in the past have been much more malt-forward and sweeter, I guess it just depends on the brewer. Nevertheless, this is a tasty beer. Definite hop presence, with a tart characteristic. A lot of coffee flavors afterwards, full roast. Smooth mouthfeel, fine carbonation. No strong alcohol taste, though it's 7%.

One of the classic Dubbels. Fantastic dry drink.

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

Appearance: Pours with substantial fizzy head that takes ages to resolve. This brew itself is mahogany in color.
Smell: Fruity with a pleasant malt presence. A tad of sugary sweetness as well.
Taste: Sweet and fruity upon first taste, but not cloying; can also detect some roasted malts. Mild alcohol warmth midway through the taste. Smooth throughout.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth.
Drinkability: Very drinkable per taste profile and ABV.

Overall- Wonderfully mild but tasty dubbel. Another great Belgian creation.

Photo of doerickson
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown coloring with a fine, persistent off-white head. Very, very sweet smelling; raisin/date and dark fruit sweetness are all over the nose. Light-to-medium body; active carbonation. Taste is nowhere near as syrupy and cloyingly sweet as the smell leads you to expect; I find this to be a positive thing. That said, the flavor is primarily more on the sweet side, although it's surprisingly well balanced. A world-class dubbel.

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

Poured from a bottle into an Ommegang chalice.

Appearance: A deep, rich-looking brown body with ruby highlights, a healthy one-finger head with decent retention. Thick carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet, toasty malt, some candy sugar, and some light, fruity esters from the yeast - granny smith apple skins, green grapes. Very pungent.

Taste: Very interesting, and a definite "progression beer." It starts off very sweet on the tip of the tongue - sweet, dark malts, some light bitter chocolate, and those tart, apple skin esters. As the sip progresses and warms in your mouth, the sweetness becomes more complex and fades a little - there's a dry, powdery yeast presence here, a mild noble hop bitterness, and a few pleasant, grassy and spicy notes. Very earthy and dry in the finish, with a warming and smooth alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Oh so Belgian. Very soft and smooth, with a huge, exploding "pillowy" feel - it practically melts in your mouth, but sort of in reverse, if that makes any sense. Excellent.

Drinkability: Very nice. This beer isn't as sweet as you'd imagine from the look of it, but it's not too bitter or tart either - very well balanced. It's only 7% abv, and there's nothing harsh of offensive about it all - just a really good, balanced, drinkable beer.

The original dubbel. Or, rather, from the maker of the original dubbel, so you have to assume it was probably pretty close, recipe-wise, to the original dubbel. One of the best dubbels, too - nothing bad here, and some of it is plain outstanding. Recommended.

Photo of babaracas
4.13/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After always opting for Westmalle's tripel over anything else by the brewery, I finally popped the cap on their dubbel. The rocky, creamy head lasts awhile, and that's a great start. The color is a nearly-opaque caramel brown with copper tinting.

The aroma is utterly fantastic...and assertive as hell, considering I got a full whiff of it as it was held six inches from my nose. Rum-soaked raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon, plums, concord grapes, cocoa...an array of wonderful smells.

Flavor is slightly sweet, bringing brown sugar, dark fruits and a light cocoa dusting to the palate. The fruity element comes out stronger as it warms. This is one to drink just below room temperature, as the flavors become more pronounced as the chill comes off.

I'm bothered by the thin mouthfeel. The flavors have nothing to ride on for any length of time, it hits the mouth like water, and this isn't helped by the overly-carbonated body. So you get a weird war going on between the tingling and attenuation.

Excellent aroma, the flavors are quite nice too, but the mouthfeel is strange. I'll stick with the tripel. But it's still miles above the norm. Leave it to the monks.

Photo of Redteketed
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown coloured beer, not much of a head.
A very complex noise, contains candy-sugar, raisin and other fruits (can’t quiet describe it), spices and roasted malts.
Initial taste is light bitter-light sweet, with spicy and roasted malts.
Full body, normal carbonation, little dry mouthfeel. Nice spicy, light bitter lasting finish.

Photo of Zraly
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium to deep caramel brown with a tannish head. Looked pretty at first, and then the head took a nose dive.

However, this smooth one delivered in other sensory ways. A wonderful, yeasty, fruity scent danced up through my nose. The first sip was a winner. Smooth, semi-sugar malts with a spicy, dry finish. Mild fruits. Slightly phenolic. A tiny bit of hop bitterness is present. There is even an additional note of cocoa, which is interesting and adds a bit more character to the overall taste experience.

A gem pairing would be with a nice dark chocolate with roasted cocoa beans. Guess what I'm having with mine? *hint hint*

Photo of Premo88
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle (330 ml) poured into chalice
(best by 3/27/15 printed on back label)

L: murky brown, fully opaque, some orange highlights at bottom when held up to light; huge fluffy thick tan head that is sticking and lacing; the foamy collar is fantastic -- classic dubbel look

S: fruity, sour grapes, wine -- again, classic dubbel; lots of sweet grapes

T: follows the nose nicely, more fruity and sweet than yeasty

F: hard not to call it perfect; it might be (might) a slight bit watery, but in a way that only seems to be helping its drinkability; it's not heavier than midweight but solidly constructed with good carbonation

O: it's not the best I've had, but I love dubbels and I love this beer -- you can't go wrong with the authentic Trappists' work. I'm missing some of the yeasty flavor you often get from a good dubbel, but I'm not missing it much. I could drink this anytime anywhere and be 100% happy ... so much good fruity sweetness.

Photo of flyingpig
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle from The Cave, Glasgow (£2.99):
Murky brown with a hazy appearance and a thin, one centimetre tall, light brown head that that turns to a patchy lacing

Rich and complex smell that begins with some dark fruits such as plum, raisin and cherries. There is a strong and sweet caramel malt aroma that follows this along with some sugar, prunes, dates and figs with tiny amount of alcohol.

Strong and sweet dark fruit taste to begin with all the same fruits from the nose making an appearance, particularly the figs, raisins and dates plus some cherries and sugar. There is some toffee malts and a warming, light alcohol taste next with a hint of yeast and some caramel malts.

Sweet & well carbonated, medium body and a rich, complex taste that has a very good balance. There is some nice spice towards the end and the alcohol, hidden for the most part, is only noticeable in places and compliments the drink well with a nice, warming finish to it.

Very complex yet well balanced beer that was quite rich from the get go and dominated by dark fruits and sweet malts throughout. A really nice one that takes a while to open up but once it does there is no looking back.

Photo of kaseydad
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I made a huge mistake of drinking this before it warmed a little and almost had a bitter beer face moment. I highly recommend you let it warm as it gets better when it does.

A small thin layer of foam is present throughout the experience. A carmal dark brown appearance.

A complex aroma with hints of plum, raisins and pineapple stand out.

A nice creamy taste with hints of pear on each sip. Majorly dry finish! For me it's a sipping beer but an ejoyable experience.

Again, just let it warm a little to get the max enjoyment. Very good beer!

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very carefully into a goblet, still produces a large, billowy beige head on top of a mahogany body. Nice Belgian aroma of vanilla, prunes, bananas, coriander, and allspice. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, and silky. Taste begins with a spicy, earthiness. Plenty of dark fruits like raisins and figs are in a constant battle with the yeasty woodiness, and spice array. Sheets of Belgian lace are all over the goblet. Alcohol is concealed very well. Seems overly carbonated for a Belgian Dubbel, or maybe it's my imagination. Very nicely balanced, otherwise, and another fine, smooth, satiny, Belgian dubbel ale that is ideal on a cold winter evening.

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

A voluminous, foamy tan head bubbles furiously up when this cloudy, chestnut-brown (with a touch of mauve) brew is poured. There's quite a bit of suspended sediment, as well, and the head doesn't seem anxious to dissipate.

The aroma has a nice, approachable complexity to it, with notes of vanilla, caramel, bready yeast, and various fruits, as well as a faint metallic character.

Creamy and smooth in the mouth, with a hint of wine-like sweetness, slick alcohol, more breadiness, figs, dates, raisins, bananas, and a touch of peppery-clovey spiciness. As it warms, a nutty character is faintly detectible, too.

This Dubbel is very enjoyable, but after having the Tripel, I expected a bit more depth and some bold flavors. A tad understated, but still a nice quaff.

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

Pours a very dark, orange-red. Large bubbly tan head. Thick, sticky lacings.

Candied fruit on the nose, like caramel apples.

Fruity malt is certainly there in the form of dates and other sugary produce, but the yeast really takes over. A very dry beer from the moment it touches your tongue. Leaves a lingering light hoppiness, slightly woody.

Packs a flavourful punch but isn't a heavy beer. It is smooth drinking, goes down easy.

So hard to review these classic beers... not that I'm complaining.

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.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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