Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
outstanding

2,422 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,422
Reviews: 1,159
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 163
Gots: 326 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
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 Admiraldinty
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Pours a deep mahogany with a gigantic frothy tan head. (I used a brandy snifter since I don't have a chalice). Caramel, fruity aroma. The one thing that struck me about the taste of this beer is that it's extremely comforting for some reason. Figgy, fruity taste with understated chocolate tones. The mouthfeel is out of this world. It's just so smooth. While this isn't one to pound down night after night, this beer is just so drinkable. I'm seriously in Heaven drinking this beer. Spectacular.

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel. 2009

Appearance:
Dark, rich brown. Dark ruby red under light. Three finger head settles down to one. Beautiful clumpy tan head.

Aroma:
Caramel and fruity esters

Taste:
Goes down smooth and creamy. Sweet malts with caramel flavor are delicious. Date and banana fruit flavors. Finishes slightly dry with moderate spiciness.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Extremely drinkable. It's so smooth and creamy. A little on the sweet side, but it pulls it off.

Photo of Kinsman
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderfully dark reddish/brown body sits like a shy kid in the corner, refraining from any attention underneath the massive and menacing head. This head yell's to me "hear I am! look at me! I won't stop growing"

Aroma is spicy, full of nutmeg and cloves and complimented by a nice malty caramel sweetness with a bit of dark fruit mixed in.

Wow, what a wonderful mix of flavors. This beer features a nice offering of sweet fruity and yeasty spice flavors which a slightly off-set by and ever-so light hop flavor. Very deep and complex, but it all works out so well.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy but with this much flavor, it works out well. Overall, this beer is one of the best representations of this style. Truly a classic Dubbel.

Photo of anarchia
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thick & frothy white head sits on top of a dark red/brown beer that is almost opaque. Nice lacing on the glass. I smell white wine, citrus, raisin bread, some cinnamon. Flavor is out of this world: caramel, grapes, more of that raisin bread, brown sugar with a perfectly balanced but slightly chocolatey-bitter finish--a lot going on! The carbonation is really nice on the tongue. Slight warming from the alcohol. Exceptional.

Photo of MattyG85
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Best before date is 27/07//12.

Appearance: Pours a dark and cloudy brown with a hint of amber. A little bit of sediment and lots of bubbles. Big four finger off white head which slowly fades into a thin layer. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Rich aroma of fruits. Sweet bready caramel malts with some Belgian yeast and clove spice. Big smell of dark fruits. Hints of alcohol soaked raisins, plums, prunes, and dark grape juices. Also a hint of banana and a good amount of candied sugar. Hop presence is very subtle. A very juicy smell.

Taste: Like the smell leads, a big fruity taste with some good spice. Starts with some Belgian yeast and spicy cloves. Rich taste of dark fruits with notes of raisins, plums, grapes, prunes, and a little banana. Moderate amount of candied sugar and a subtle presence of earthy hops towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Very juicy and slick. Fairly sweet but finishes dry. Very smooth.

Overall: A great authentic Belgian Dubbel. Great fruity taste with a nice spicy kick.

Photo of watermelonman
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured to a nice dark brown and ruby with a huge head. The head diminished quickly and didn't leave much lace.

The smell is nice, containing candy sugars and hints of alcohol. Its only weakness is that it's a little too weak. The taste is quite good. Flavors bring malt behind more candy sugar. Alcohol is barely detectable. The mouthfeel is fairly full while the drinkability is outstanding.

Photo of bowersdm
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33cL bottle poured into a pilsner

A - dark brown, lots of head (it foamed right out of the bottle after opening)

S - malt, yeast, fruit, spices

T - malt, fruit, spices, yeast, hops, and a little hint of alcohol

M - pretty good, a tad on the carbonated side

D - very good beer that is very easy drinking for a moderately high ABV

Photo of Gavage
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark burgandy / brown color with a 3" thick head. The head receded to the surface in a few minutes. The aroma was great as caramel, yeast, bread, and light fruit were leaping from the glass. The flavor was also great as the what was sensed by the nose was matched by the tongue with the addition of raisins and plums.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a dry finish. The caramel and bread tones last long on the tongue after swallowing. The alcohol not noticebale at all. This is an exceptional drinking dubbel.

Photo of MisterClean
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

At homebrewing meeting, part of style of the month.

A - Poured a fairly solid brown color, with 1 finger of capuccino head, which dissipated fast, and leaves little to no lacing.

S - Toffeee, Caramel, Dark Belgian sugars, with bread, and spicy hops.

T - Same as the smell, but with some added coriander. Wonderful beer.

M - Full mouthfeel and well balanced between the subtle spiciness of the hops and the malt flavors.

D - A very good beer indeed.

Photo of chanokokoro
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Westmalle Trappist branded chalice

Pours a deep, dark amber with lighter amber highlights. Fluffy, cream-colored one and half finger head. Candi sugar and a hint of almond on the nose. Complex flavors of caramel, chocolate, nutty grains, raisin, and date. Mild spice throughout. Drying from midpalate through the finish, crisp carbonation balances the syrupy medium body lightening it a bit. A fantastic representation of the style, a landmark brew.

Photo of dfried
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown purple in color, kind of a chestnut, peachy-rose when the light hits it right. Average size beige head. Deep fruity, plum and date aroma, with some yeast and banana, as well as some medicinal phenols. The taste revealed sweeter, fruity flavors like ripe raspberries and blackberries, red grapes, pears, and bananas. This beer really had a feel like drinking wine. A semi-sparkling, dry, and tart mouthfeel, with alcohol that was hardly noticeable except for some belly warming. So easy to drink, an awesome dubbel.

Photo of spointon
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been onto Belgian ales for 6 months and of course had been seeking out the Westmalle offerings. This dubbel is the first Westmalle I have had and it was outstanding. There was a high amount of carbonation (as there should be) and the color of this beer is something to write home about. It is hard to describe the color - sort of a reddish brown carmel malty color - very beautiful. The aromas coming off tis ale are very malty, slightly sweet, and intense. Of course you can smell the alcohol, but that's only natural for this style. As for taste, it is unquestionably great, but I can't help but compare it to Chimay Blue. The hardest thing is to call whether or not I like it better than the Chimay Blue. Chimay is a bit more intense in the flavors, but the Westmalle dubbel is more smooth. In any event it does not disappoint!

Photo of biegaman
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A deep, rustic tone of scarlet red that turns ablaze when held into the light where it comes to much more closely resemble ruby; there is both great depth and radiance in the colour. The most creamy of mousses slowly deflates and will consolidate into a pudgy but firm mold of gluey foam. How elegant - I'm content just to look at the thing!

You know you're in for something delicious. The smell is grounded in dark, lightly toasted malts and earthy, finely chopped hops. It has a near herbal, almost cilantro like quality that underlines the dynamically effervescent yeast. Notes of raisin and plum, doused in brown sugar and nutmeg, are sure to peek one's curiosity enough to rush the first sip.

Crisp, hard husks of rye and barley exist along side their cracked, kilned, and boiled counterparts. The flavour may resemble a yeasty, fresh loaf of our daily bread but it also bears some similarity to a caramel coated cake that might be served as dessert. The taste of hops - green, lightly spicy noble varieties - is surprisingly present and contributes plenty.

The esters and phenols of the yeast are almost untypically restrained in this particular offering. That said, I've had the beer enough times to notice subtle hints of cinnamon and clove as well as fruity, over-ripe taste of dates, raisins and prunes. The beer is so rich with such a diverse cast of flavours that you will never loose interest in what you're drinking.

Sweetness and bitterness duel in a passionate dance. The beer balances rich maltiness with bitter hops and a phenolic yeast. The alcohol is scarcely noticed and plays absolutely no roll in effecting drinkability. This beer is quenching, hearty, and a wonderful accompaniment to stews, wild rices, or game meats - pair this with food! It is one beer to always have on hand.

Regardless of whatever level of appreciation I had for beer, the Westmalle Dubbel (and Tripel for that matter) has always impressed me. Before I could even understand why it was I liked it, I've always appreciated it for its wonderful appearance, rich flavour and delectable drinkability. Sure enough, the more beers I try the more I appreciate it - Westmalle Dubbel is a beer I'd recommend to everyone.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark cloudy brown pour topped with a khaki tight merringue head cap and planty of bubbles and yeasty chunks.

Relaxed aromatic vanilla scents.

Smooth almond and vanilla ice cream. Butterpecan pie, like dessert. Nutty profile. Banana & kiwi palate. Caramelized sugar lingering aftertaste.

Smooth feel. Soft, sudsy carbonatyion. Sweet dessert like style.

Last swigs: Here is the brown suar pastry like delicate offering.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Photo of BarryNL
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is deep brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. There is the slight cloudiness you expect from a bottle conditioned ale, though the yeast seems to clump nicely in the bottom of the bottle and so doesn't find its way into the glass if you're careful. The head is tight and long, long lasting with a tendancy to lacing.

The smell is perhaps the weakest point (which is just nitpicking) of this beer, it's hoppy and musty/yeasty with a touch of the high carbonation giving a slight CO2 twang to the nose.

The taste is - wonderful. Not especially complex, but perfectly balanced; each mouthful is a journey which begins with the malt, progresses to bitterness and ends with a pleasant yeasty aftertaste.

There's a big mouthfeel - high carbonation can turn the beer to foam if you roll it around your mouth too much,

Drinkability - well, if I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life I wouldn't mind it being this one.

Overall, this is my favourite Belgian beer - I'm always tempted to try and homebrew a clone myself, but I doubt I could do it justice.

Photo of champ103
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A wonderful dark and deep mahogany color. The beer has a great big pale tannish head that leaves good lace.
S: There is something to be desired here. This is not very aromatic at all. Dark fruits and bananas come through if I put my nose in the snifter.
T: Wow, there it is. Whatever this beer lacks in the nose, it more than makes up for it with the flavor. Nice round flavors of plumbs, raisins, and bananas. Lots of dark malt and chocolate as well.
M/D: A great full body that is rich, creamy and soft. The drinkability of this beer is amazing. So smooth and easy to drink.

This is a wonderful beer. Treat yourself to a great Belgium Dubbel.

Photo of Henrich
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Rich brown to burnt orange, especially when held to the light. 2 inches of fluffy, tab foam, which lingers, eventually settling, yet never disappearing. Looks great in the chalice.
Smell: Sweet! Like effervescent brown sugar and plums. Absolutely fantastic!
Taste: Starts quite similar to the smell, then yields to a more complex malty flavor, which ends with a slight hoppy, yet delicious bitterness. This blew me away.
Mouth-Feel: Thick, almost syrupy. This lingers on the tongue for quite some time. It feels heavy.
Overall: This is in my top 10. This is the third time I've had this and it has been incredible each time. Obviously it is pricy, but then again it is not something I'd drink just any day.

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well since Azzurri looks like pure hell in the first half of the European Championships 2012, Im drinking. alot.

Very murky brown with a tan colored head. Loads of bubbles feeding what is a decent head. Just like Rochefort 8, loads of boozy cherries, but even more in this one. Just as much prunes and figs as well. I like how this smells.

More grains than Rochefort, but not as much as Westvleteren.This is much more slick than the others, with a nice prune and cherry sweetness. Carbonation really makes the flavors pop and disappear. Finishes exceptionally clean and smooth.

Photo of hagbergl
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a couple 330 mL bottles of the venerable Westmalle Dubbel at the Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA on Sunday for the Patriots game. Glad I'm finally getting around to reviewing this beer–it's one of my all-time favorites. I decanted the bottle into my trusty Dogfish Head snifter. Review is from notes.

Appearance (5/5): Westmalle Dubbel's appearance is textbook Belgian Abbey Ale...this is the blueprint: dark chocolate brown brown with deep red highlights, opaque with some yeast particles hanging in suspension, and topped with a luxuriant two-finger head of pillowy, light tan foam. Its head of foam retains exceptionally well and reduces gradually to a 1/8" tall ring of foam. Beautiful.

Smell (5/5): One word: pungent. An incredibly fruity character, reminiscent to booze-soaked raisins or blackberries, rises from the glass. This strong–though not sugary sweet–fruitiness is no doubt imparted by the Westmalle brewery's extraordinary proprietary yeast (it flexes even more in Westmalle's Tripel ale). There's some light booze in the scent, and some woody characteristics as well.

Taste (4.5/5): Westmalle Dubbel is, as one can easily guess from the aroma, a very fruity and rich tasting beer. Some dark bready notes come on in the foretaste before blooming into dark fruit flavors of blackberry, raisin, and ripe plums. Complex and refined. Strongly yeasty, a little woody, and none of the alcohol hinted at in the smell to be found. The taste is rich without over-the-top.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Westmalle Dubbel is smooth and quite drinkable for a dark Belgian Abbey-style ale. It is also quite dry in the finish, something out of the ordinary for a beer of its style and something that I found to be nice (others have found this characteristic a little off-putting; I guess I'm a sucker for dry finishers). I must criticize Westmalle Dubbel's lack of body, however. It should, in my humble opinion, be a little fuller. This is a huge knock on the beer, overall, but a slightly fuller body would certainly give it a better mouthfeel.

Overall (4.5/5): Westmalle Dubbel is one extremely tasty beer. It packs a ton of great yeasty, fruity flavor into a relatively low ABV package (for the style). Despite being a bit flawed, it's one of the classics of the beer world, and it is a special occasion whenever it's in the glass you're holding. Superb!

Photo of Trentonator
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany, the head is nice and lacy, sticks around a good long while. Smell is exquisite, scents of currant, anise and chocolate, truly a decadent whiff. Taste is awesome, both full and spicy, creamy mouthfeel. An overall excellent beer.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO, best before June 26 2016 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a deep, opaque brown colour with some reddish tinges under the light, topped off with slightly more than one finger of creamy, light beige-coloured head. Good retention - the froth remains in place for the better part of ten minutes, slowly seeping away into a lumpy cap and collar, along with some scant sea-spray lace left clinging to the glass. Fruity esters and malts totally dominate the aroma - grape, fig and plum, as well as dates, candy apple, pear, and a bit of banana. There is also a noticeable candi sugar sweetness, some floral qualities and some spicy, phenolic notes. It's one of the better dubbel bouquets that I can recall.

Very tasty, complex stuff, with a unique flavour profile for the style. It starts off tasting quite rich - lightly toasted bready malt flavours, molasses and candi sugar sweetness come through initially, but they are soon displaced by fruity notes of plum, fig, date and red apple. There is a muted hint of banana mid-sip, leading into a bitter appleskin flavour that transmutes into the spicy, phenolic, vaguely floral notes that characterize the finish. Ends with a bit of a peppery, yeasty bite, with lingering flavours of boozy sweetness and spice hanging on into the aftertaste. Dries the palate out quite effectively with each sip. Medium-bodied, with aggressive carbonation levels typical of Belgian abbey-style beers - zippy and assertive, prickling the palate and contributing to the lively, pleasing mouthfeel of this beer.

Final Grade: 4.6, an outstanding A+. Westmalle Dubbel makes for an excellent introduction to this oft-lauded Trappist brewery. This is the first Westmalle product I've had the opportunity to try, and I'm already pining to try more. Its spicy, complex flavours are both enticing and wholly satisfying, making this definitely one of the better dubbels that I have tried over the years. Keeping in mind that this is probably my least-favourite of the major styles of 'abbey beer', I am still convinced that this is one of the best dubbels in the world - and it would be welcome in my glass to celebrate any occasion.

Photo of MagyarPuska
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy reddish brown, mostly brown, with light only making its way through close to the edges of the glass, which looks more maroon than brown. Anyways, the head is thick on the bad boy and sits at two fingers. The lacing is intense on the glass, which I like to see. Looking forward to tasting this I almost skipped the aroma section.

Smell: Smells of yeast, bread, sugar, malt, nuttiness, all out goodness.

Taste: Remember that all out goodness I smelled? Well it's in the taste too. Tastes of malt, yeast, cream, fruits (apples) and is quite forgiving in the sense of alcohol, but you will notice it after the initial flavors move along.

Mouthfeel: Very full and creamy feel with the perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Amazing. Not too heavy to prohibit one or two of these if you deem that necessary. Quite enjoyable and very smooth.

Notes: Quite an enjoyable Belgian ale overall. Probably the best Dubbel I have ever had.

Photo of jlandis
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a beautiful dark amber in color with a 2 finger tan head that slowly fades to a small ring. The aroma is a lot simpler than I would have expected. There is dark fruit (cherries, plum), sweet malt and a bit of spice. Having had overly sweet and pungent dubbles recently this one really goes in a different direction. The flavor is very dry with a strong bready character. There are some spices here and there along with an unexpected tartness. I can pick up some cherries, apples, and plumbs in the flavor. The body is solid with subtle carbonation.

This is nothing at all what I thought it would be. This is such a breath of fresh air to go back to the basics to realize what makes a classic dubbel. The dry finish keeps me coming back for sip after sip. I'll be sure to pick up more of these in the future.

Photo of botham
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a westmalle goblet. pours a hazy chocolate brown with a finger of tan head that is soapy in character.

aroma is very malty and yeasty at first, containing caramel and chocolate malts, with a decent ale yeast character, giving the aroma a fruity base. notes of floral yeast, caramel, and a touch of roasted malts give the aroma complexity, while remaining bold overall.

taste is of caramel malts up front, with notes of floral and fruity yeasts, pale malts, and a slight vinous feel to the base. finishes with a touch of apple and sourness, only to bring out mild hops in the aftertaste. very well proportioned and balanced. good concentration as well.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a creamy texture and a decent CO2 presence. could have been a bit thicker for the boldness of the flavors.

drinkability is good. the beer is not filling, nor has a high alcoholic presence. this brew is a solid example of a dubbel, and a great brew all around. cheers!

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky dark mahogany in color.

Aroma of rum soaked oak, sweet fig, toast, candied raisin, brown sugar.

Rum raisin, brown sugar, slight metallic mineral water, toffee on the palate.

Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation, right on for this style and the flavor profiles this beer boasts.

World class Belgian Dubbel, simple as that.

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,422 ratings.