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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
outstanding

2,247 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,247
Reviews: 1,128
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 135
Gots: 199 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000)
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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.

seaoflament, Dec 05, 2007
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!!

HarleyQuilter, Nov 04, 2006
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.

adamette, Oct 17, 2008
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.

sevenarts, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of vande
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%

vande, Aug 24, 2014
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 ...

Lothore, Mar 29, 2014
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!

maleman, Jun 30, 2009
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

takemetothelion, Feb 13, 2013
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.

Phillyphilms, May 26, 2010
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.

carln26, May 08, 2005
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.

JLeege, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of sulldaddy
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking at room temp in a snifter. This was leftover from our Thanksgiving meal and I have to say this went well with the premeal goodies. The beer pours chestnut with some cherry red highlights. Slight haziness to the pour. A soft fluffy off white head foams up 2 cm and exhibits tight latticework all around. Aroma is nicemix of floral hops, fruity peaches berries, and plums, also some toffee comes through. A bit of peppery alcohol as well.
First sip reveals average body and fine yet prickly carbonation. Flavor is complex and starts fruity sweet with berry and cherry flavors mixing with biscuity yeast, almost like a scone. SOme tart astringent flavors as well which make me pucker just a bit. I get peppery spicincess and a drying finish allowing a white grape flavor to come through. A very interesting brew that is not overwhelming. Could be a good crossover brew??

sulldaddy, Dec 01, 2004
Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into two separate glasses, shared with wife.

Appearance - Small caramel head with. Very dark, cloudy brown body. No particulate sediment; perhaps the bottle was agitated?

Smell - Overripe dark fruit. Sweet overripe bananas. Slightly corn mealy. Somewhat alcoholic.

Taste - Sharp alcoholic bite with sweetness up front. Slight bittersweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation. Medium-full body.

Overall Drinkability - The whole is better than the sum of the parts. I really like this beer. But it's a Trappist, so is that really so surprising?

ZenAgnostic, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of bruachan
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

evidently this one was stored a little warm...messy!

saved enough, though, to pull of a well anticipated and delicious review

it's quite a dark brown color--almost opaque, really. the head above is a little darker than most, as well (not quite an RIS brown-sugar colored affair). lacing is good and head retention OK

airy, floral hops begin the aromatic experience and actually preempt the malt contribution, which follows in quite subtle fashion. warm, nutty.

sweet, spicy, cola, breadcrusty. with a nutty finish. some vinous character dovetails with the spice and cola. hop flavors evince themselves. i wish the mouthfeel were just barely more substantial, as i could use something else to hold onto--this might be quite the complex brew if flavors had something more robust as a spine. interestingly, the malt characters and spice seem almost yeast-independent; as the yeast contribution is quite nominal and well below the level expected of a belgian dubbel. flavors aside, not a yeasty brew

bruachan, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of Zraly
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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*

Zraly, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of Cylinsier
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11 oz.

Pours a deep opaque chocolate brown with a medium tan head with decent retention.

Smells of rich brown sugar malts, plums and mild citrusy grain.

Tests of slightly bitter malt grain with a tinge of fruity sweetness.

Feels thick with soft pillowy carbonation throughout.

The taste wasn't what I was expecting on this one. Less rich than other dubbels I've had. Overall a fantastic beer but not my favorite dark trappist. Worth seeking out though.

Cylinsier, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of SkipWeathers
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - luxurious appearance; served in tulip glass. Dark red-brown with powdery off-white head, yielding clusters of yeast after it dissipates.

S - vinuous; very subtle, not overwhelming

T - cherry primarily; dark fruits, dark chocolate; cola and oak

M - peppery, not overly sweet; I love how the true Belgian ales are not too sweet and in your face

O - A great example of one of my favorite styles; moderate and balanced. Not too high in alcohol, not too sweet or too sour.

SkipWeathers, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of jeranbrews
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Great frothy marshmallow-like head even after resting in the fridge overnight. Dark but still noticeably cloudy. Yeast floaters settle to the bottom and even make there way up into the head. Speckling the top of the wheat colored head with tiny black pepper or nutmeg flakes. Good lacing, and fizzy carbonation remained even until the very last mouthful.

S - Right after my friend popped the top there was a noticible malt smell from a distance. The initial alcohol smell was a bit strong for a 7%. A mild yeast / hop sourness comes to the top but also some spices, bananas, and dates. And the best part is that fresh yeast, living beer smell. Yumm.

T - Initially tangy, spicy, and pungent. It 'settles' to arrangement of spices, bananas. nutmeg, and liquid malts. The after taste was disappointingly sour and lasted about 2 min. A little longer than it was welcome.

M - Smooth medium strong body and healthy carbonation. Coats the mouth a little on its way down and deposits little yeasty bits. And yummy yeasty burps.

D - Smooth, refreshing, a meal by itself, but overly sour at the end. By no means disappointing. There were more complex smells and flavors than I listed here, but the alcohol and fusil oils mask their true names.

jeranbrews, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark ruby brown color with one finger off white head.

Scent of ripe dark fruits, sugars, yeast, and somewhat earthy malts. Alcohol is almost unnoticeable. Packs a punch, but is not too strong, very balanced.

Taste of ripe fruits, raspberries and plums, sugars, and some slightly earthy malts flatten the sweetness a bit giving it a nice balance. Finishes dry with some fruit and yeast.

Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat stinging.

Damn good beer, I suggest picking this one up if it is available to you.

paco1029384756, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of korguy123
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Year old bottle stored at proper cellar temp. Poured into goblet.

Murky brown pour with ruby highlights. Finger and a half light tan head. Lacing is excellent.

Brown sugar, vanilla, dark stone fruits, slight alcohol. There is some bananas and digestive cookies. There is a touch of chocolate and burnt toast.

Burnt toast, slight alcohol, dark stone fruits, brown sugar, vanilla, some dark roasted coffee in the finish.

Light to medium body, carbonation is slightly high.

korguy123, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of Nay
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's amazing how much non-chocolate, non-coffee roasted malt flavors are packed into this beer: Light and dark fig sweetness balanced with just enough hop bitterness and alcohol. Lingering phenolic and bitter finish. Mouthfeel just goes on and on, but carbonation quality a bit prickly, and not smooth nor carbonic, either of which might make the beer a little better.

Very tasty, but not stupendous.

Nay, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of JBogan
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark ruby/brown with a bit of a haze to it. Sturdy off white foam head leaving some but not a lot of lacing, and turning into a thin film which remained.

Roasted malts and some nuts present in the smell, with banana in there also.

Tasted of caramel, malts and maybe a bit of plum to go along with even a hint of bubble gum. Nice and complex, but yet not too "busy".

Mouthfeel was slightly on the thicker end of the scale, and not as sprightly as similar beers I've tried. Still pretty decent and smooth however.

I enjoyed this beer and found it drinkable. It's not quite up to the same level as some other Trappist beers, but it's pretty easy to find and not as expensive as some of those either. This one is certainly worth a try.

JBogan, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of Longstaff
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A semi dark brew with a light brown head that stayed all the way to the bottom. Some banana aromas mixed in with sweet dark malt aromas. Initially this has a sweet dark malty flavor of caramel, and chocolate followed by a prune and banana fruitiness. Ends dry with barely any hop flavor. Not as big flavored as I was expecting but it still left me wanting more.

Longstaff, Oct 08, 2002
Photo of HardTarget
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown bottle, 11.2 fl. oz. listing 7.6% and a best by date of 06/09/06.
Aroma: Dark fruit blended with apple peel, banana and dark red wine. Hints of the “new” smell I get from Rochefort 10, must be a yeast characteristic; I can’t describe it well, but I love it.
Appearance: Very hazy dark brown with a light cover of tan that leaves a sheet of tiny bubbles more than lace. I attribute the haziness to the fact that I only let it sit a day after shipping cross country.
Flavor: Very smooth round and clean. A mild flavor overall, lightly roasted grains, very subtle alcohol, touch of sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Velvety. Smooth and creamy. Carbonated but I don’t feel the bubbles. Nice dry finish with a slight pucker.
Overall Impression: A very well made brew with great drinkability. It has a good flavor, but it’s very subtle and mild. Absolutely wonderful mouthfeel. It has monastic qualities; humble, simple, refined, earnest, and honest. It refreshed my body and soul.
Thanks to Stonecrusher for the trade

HardTarget, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice example of the style. I also love how I can get this for $25 a case in Belgain grocery stores. Dark brown with a nice tan head. The nose has sweet malts and powerfull Belgian yeasts. Taste is well balanced. Medium body suits the style well. Great deal in Belgium over priced in the US.

rye726, Nov 07, 2008
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,247 ratings.