1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

Not Rated.
Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,274 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,274
Reviews: 1,128
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 142
Gots: 214 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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)
View: Beers (4) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Westmalle Trappist Dubbel Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,274 | Reviews: 1,128 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky dark brown with some ruby edges. Creamy off-white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Caramel dark malt, plums, grapes, nuts.

Taste: Dark malt backbone, raisins and plums provide a nice darker fruity flavor. Grapes add a nice lightness. There is a nuttiness in the finish, with some chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Full carbonation. Mild dry finish.

Drinkability: This is very easy to drink. A damn good dubbel.

Photo of jackndan
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westmalle trappist Double: From a very cool old bottle, with Westmalle embossed in the side. Cloudy brownish beer that leaves a huge head. The aroma was sweet, with hints of the huge malts to come. The taste was a very pleasant malty taste, with chocolate/molasses overlying a biscuity base. Very nice warmth makes this a great beer for a cold night decking out the tree.

Photo of Gmann
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown color with an average off-white head, not much lacing. The smell is of roasted malt, some dark cherry, a bit metallic, not particularly strong. The taste is of plum, sour cherries, a nice roasted malt backbone. The feel is moderated and fizzy, perhaps a bit too carbonated. Despite the carbonation, this is a damn drinkable dubbel, not too sweet or bitter, hides the alcohol, and goes down nice and easy. One of the better dubbels that I have had.

Photo of mjaskula
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a dark brownish red with a thick tan head that thins but never goes away completely.

Smells of dark fruits, sweetness and a bit of alcohol. The taste is deliciously sweet and malty. A bit of alcohol, spiciness and dark fruits round out the flavor. The carbonation is pleasant and the finish is a tiny bit dry. I wish I had a second bottle.

Photo of rdub
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the stubby brown bottle into my generic, yet favorite, snifter. Brown/black color and one finger head which dissipated yet stayed with at least a thin layer to the end. Nice lacing.

Aroma was malts and dates with a bit of plum in the mix. Not getting much hop action.

Taste was delicious but not quite as "belgian" as other beligians i've had. Still fantastic though.

Mouthfeel was nice, drinkability was relatively easy. Light and refreshing as far as Dubbel's go.

Photo of SpruceFish
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is like the quintessential beer of this style in my opinion

The Westmalle Dubbel pours with with a dark red burgundy color with a nice off white head. the nose opens up with your typical Belgian aroma dark fruits like dried plums and figs with the typical Belgian yeast. The taste is a bit more subtle the fruits are a bit on the wayside and the yeast is a bit more prominent. This is a very tasty beer the mouth feel and carb is right on i could probably put down a few of these

Photo of WalrusJockey
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into Chimay chalice.

Appearance- thick, pillow head is tan with flecks, a little like french vanilla ice cream. Beer is cloudy, rich, deep orangish brown.

Smell- sweet and fruity. Pears and white grapes are the dominant aroma, along with spice and oranges.

Taste- warm spice flavors go hand-in-hand with layers rich, malt sweetness, passing from sugary to chocolaty. Swallow is a very high amount of spice and alcohol (almost like Cool Mint Listerine, in a weird way), into a chocolate malt flavor, and back into a lingering spiced chocolate aftertaste. Fruit flavors are noticeable throughout, though no where near as dominant as they were in the nose.

Mouthfeel- very creamy. Carbonation is brusque, but balances the smooth, creamy texture, and lightens the heavy, sweet flavors.

Drinkability- normally when I do these reviews, I finish about a quarter of my beer, then go enjoy the rest away from the computer. The Westmalle is already half way gone. It isn't an every-day beer, at least for me, but it is very enjoyable, and I am already looking forward to my next one before this one is done.

Photo of juju7
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of those beers that I wanted to be more excited about but maybe I had my hopes set too high. Pours fine, looks fine, nice chocolate body with a rocky head. Smell is a touch muted, dried fruits and a hint of chocolate. Definitely higher in carbonation than I was expecting but overall a good beer. I think I was hoping for the best dubbel ever, which was probably too much to expect from any producer. Still, thoroughly enjoyed.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I forgot I picked up a bottle of Westmalle Dubbel several months ago (a year?) and just found it today in my basement. What a great find! The beer pours a cloudy dark bronze color with a few particles of yeast suspended near the bottom. A creamy off white head forms on top and slowly dissolves back to the beer leaving several spots of lace behind. A fruity aroma with notes of plum and raisin mixed with some sweet caramel malt and alcohol floats above the beer.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate with a mild fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is a wonderful combination of caramel malt, chocolate, coffee, raisins, plum and a little bit of pepper. It finishes with a mild alcohol dryness and a hint of hoppy bitterness. Once gone, some of the chocolate and fruity flavors linger on the palate.

This is one tasty brew. All the flavors blend well together and the 7% alcohol is hidden very well. It's definitely a good beer to age since I have no idea when I bought this bottle.

Photo of sadie23
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle into a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Brown with a beige creamy head. Fine bubbles. Larger than expected head.

S: Clean, almost soapy (not in a bad way). Prunes.

T: Fruity like the smell, prunes and raisins, and with molasses.

M: Bubbly with a little bit dry finish.

D: Balanced. Easy to drink. I would have another.

Photo of garymuchow
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a huge dark head. Nice mixed aroma initially of a sweet alcohol and fruit (plum, prune quality) with a little berry thrown in. How nice it that? Almost a smoky quality to the grain. The alcohol fades in time leaving only the malty fruit.
A very cloudy dark amber of browns and deeper red. Head settles slowly.
Flavor is less bright and bold than the aroma. Malt character holds more grainy quality, but still holds the prune like fruit flavor. Alcohol noticeable, but not overpowering. Hops balance the sweetness and offer little bitterness.
Such a fine carbonation that adds softness without interfering with a nice smoothness of a rather lightly bodied brew.
Boy does this go down easily. The aroma never stops. Tasty.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours very dark, with a substantial tan head.

Strong aromas of dark fruits, brown sugar, and malt.

Strong flavors of dark malt, prunes, raisins, and hoppy bitterness. A little ginger too. Good balance of sweet with dry hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full but light, with moderate carbonation.

This is one of the world's great beers. The taste is marvelous and at 7% ABV, one can afford a few.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany red with a consistent one finger tan creamy head that just stays in place without subsiding in any way. The carbonation level is incredibly active with tiny bubbles, this looks really good! Using a tulip glass.

Smells of candied malt, bananas, brown sugar, mild amounts of alcohol, bready, cocoa, and some vanilla. The aroma is delicate, it's not as aggressive as I would have thought.

Taste is dark fruits, mainly raisins and plums. Dark candied sugar malt and bittersweet cocoa; pretty much what I picked up in the nose. Just when the sweetness coats the tongue, the hops finish with just the right amount of bitterness before the alcohol settles in and gives it a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is superbly smooth and has a thin medium body.

Westmalle Dubbel is very well balanced as is most Belgian beers I've had, drinkability runs high and the moderate ABV level allows you to have two or three without fatiguing the tastebuds. Very well brewed for the style.

Photo of gfreed
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at La Morte Subite, Brussels. Long-lasting head, tan and bubbly and thick, floating leisurely atop a pool of mahogany beer with light traces of bubbles. Aroma of mushrooms, bread; plenty of malt up front in the taste and smoothness that satisfied. Some light flavors of chocolate and bread. Had the weight of a great dubbel. A must-have if you visit this bar.

Photo of BacklitAvenger
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A brownish orange color, the beer is caped by a voluptuous head that is supported by moderately heavy carbonation. The head is a sandy tan color and leaves tracings down the walls of the glass.

Aroma - A general maltiness with slight overtones of fruit and slight undertones of spice.

Flavor - This dubbel has more clove character than the other examples of the style I've tried. It begins with a malty but not sweet toasty flavor. It's not chocolate by any means but is darker than the usual munich or 2 row maltiness. On top of that is ripened fruit dominated by raisin and figs and dates. The spices are cloves and a peppery flavor. The yeast tastes slightly earthy.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is really light for the style I think. It is dry and light, and the high carbonation is of a slightly spritzy type. These characteristics don't detract from the beer, merely defining it as different from its other dubbel siblings.

Drinkability - Obviously not super high from the alcohol, the drinkability is aided by the dry, light nature of the mouthfeel. The dryness leads you to drink more and in larger quantities at any one time.

Definitely a worthy trappist dubbel for sure.

Photo of Snamnoum
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - murky dark brown in color. Two and a half frothy inches of beige head. Good retention and with substantial lace.

Smell - fruit, booze, and plenty of yeast.

Taste - big dried fruit up front and a hell of a lot of alcohol. Biscuity malt and bready yeast. Bananas. A touch of hop and bittersweet chocolate at the finish. Damn Good and perfect for a cold November day.

Mouthfeel - chewy/creamy, medium to heavy bodied with plenty of good carbonation.

Drinkability - pretty drinkable for the style. Not my favorite style but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Well worth my purchase.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark hazy chestnut, solid one finger head.

S- Spicy yeasy character and lots of dried fruit intrwined with malt sweetness.

T- Rich caramel malts offset by a spicy yeast character dominate at first. At midpoint more fruity character makes itself evident especially currants which makes for a nice transition in to the vinous finish.

M- Rich yet fizzy.

D- No fight here.

A great Dubbel, but it kinda lacks that wow factor.

Photo of allengarvin
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet. Pours out a deep ruby-tinted brown with a half-inch of solid tannish head. Nose is gorgeous, a sweet, fruity scents with a full malt aroma that reminds me of unboiled wort. Flavor is more of the same: rich dark malt (unusually malty compared to most dubbels), caramalized fruit (raisins, plums) along with lightly spicy, phenolic notes. The finish is somewhat roasty, balancing things out nicely. Full, even bodied, with a neutral texture.

Photo of cbl2
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:

A slightly cloudy brown, with an intense 1 1/2" tan head that is slow to settle.

Smell:

Candied fruit and scotch prevail with some hoppy undertones.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Smooth and candy sweet, with a scotch like flavor due to the alcohol. Very well balanced. One of the best doubles I've had.

Photo of armock
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of dark fruit figs sweet malt

T - Much like the smell but better has a very nice taste to it

M - This is a medium bodied beer with a higher level of carbonation

D - This is a very easy to drink Belgain I greatly enjoyed this brew worth trying

Photo of snogglethorpe
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attractive darkish brown with a thick and persistent head the size of a planet. Smells basically kind of yeasty.

Taste is initially unassuming, but after a bit one notices how perfectly balanced it is. A belgian yeast taste is clear, but not excessive. There are hints of dark fruits, enough to give it a somewhat fruity character, but it's not sweet, indeed, it's kind of dry, with a very slightly tart finish, and a hint of woodiness (barrel aging?) and bitterness (hops? I dunno). It gets more and more interesting as you drink (and the beer warms, probably).

The mouthfeel is very slightly thick, but still refreshing; the carbonation is clearly enough to give it that massive head, but it doesn't taste sparkly.

After my first sip I thought "is that it?" (it is kind of famous after all), but as I drank, I began to notice interesting flavors, and I was soon thinking "oh yeah..." All the while, it remained refreshing and went down super easy.

A very nice and subtle beer. Deserves the high rating I think.

Photo of PartyBear
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep reddish brown in colour, with a giant head. Mild carbonation.

S - The initial aroma is quite chocolatey and malty. There are also fruity elements, possible banana and mango.

T - The chocolatey malt aromas come through in the first flavours. It has a certain light toffee flavour later, which makes way for a dry finish that is best characterised by banana flavours.

M - Not as heavy as some dubbels but still provides a substantial body with a slightly oily feel.

D - One of the best dubbels available in my opinion. It is a rightfully world renowned beer, and when you try it, you see why.

Photo of markaberrant
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in 12oz tulip.

Appearance is an effervescent hazy ruby colour. Head is tan and plentiful. Lacing is apparent.

Smells of munich malt, raisins, and spicy yeast/hops. To be honest, it is not generating a whole lot of anticipation.

Taste is full and complex. Amazing malt sweetness and dark fruitiness up front, which turns to a dry spicy finish with a bit of hop flavour. Almost perfect.

Carbonation is lively in the mouth (though creamy), making it very refreshing and dangerously drinkable.

I could easily down several of these before noticing how much alcohol is in there.

I find this beer to be very smooth and not overly spicy - which I think suits a darker belgian beer... it allows you to appreciate the malt. The only knock is I that I find the aroma lacking. Spectacular, and very well crafted... as a homebrewer, I would love to brew something this good.

Photo of jampics2
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle @ Grovewood Tavern. 11.2oz into a goblet.

Looks great. Cloudy brown beer with some red highlights and a small tan head that sticks around.

Smells wonderful. Caramel base upon which raisins and plums dance. Yeast gives nice impressions of clove and even some chocolate and fruit.

Taste is really good. Aside from Westy 8, this is my favorite dubbel. It has everything I'm looking for...huge malty presence that gives caramel and bread crust impressions, a lively yeast that impresses spices and fruit on the tongue, and a solidly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Lively carbonation and decent body.

Drinkability was also good. This is good for everything a trappist beer ought to be good for.

Photo of danieelol
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours with a very frothy head. Seems like the head of a light lager rather than a dubbel, and is rather impermanent. 3.5

S: When the head is big, the smell is pure raspberries and some bread (yeast). It really smells like a fruit beer or kriek with the prominence of the raspberries and blueberries etc. Also some caramel, treacle and bread and butter pudding. Very complex and delicious nose. 5

T: Bread which is met with some dry ethanol. Also some berries and custard from the nose but no sweetness. 4

M: Very light and highly carbonated. 3.5

O: Easily the most enjoyable dubbel I've had to date. The berry and custard flavours are really juicy and vibrant. 4.5

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