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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
outstanding

2,353 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,353
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 152
Gots: 273 | 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 kmacphail
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled a bottle from a mixed Trappist box purchased from cave online.

The beer poured a dark brown colour with a thick and lively head, this settled eventually to a 2mm film.

The nose was mainly malts with a variety of burnt fruit, chocolate and a touch of banana. This continued through to the taste, initially giving a slightly bitter hit with a smooth sweet roasted caramel aftertaste.

A full bodied beer that wad very smooth on the mouth. I am going to give it only 3.5 for drinkability as at 7% this is not an all night beer. One of the better Trappist beers I have tried.

Photo of markaberrant
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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 JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got a chance to pick up a small bottle of this up at Gary's in Wayne over the weekend. This was on my list of "to try" beers and after enjoying it, I can't believe that it took so long for me to to finally have one of these. While it was quite strong and took a while to down, I enjoyed this immensely and would easily have another bottle if given enough time!

Loved the pour to this - with a cloudy plum hue, great lacing, and a head that would put any ice cream float to shame. Not as much sugar in the nose or mouthfeel as I expected but there was tons of plum and fruit to balance out the alcohol quite nicely. This was full without feeling heavy with just a bit of grain to enhance everything else. This had the feeling of cognac or port since the carbonation was low, but the strength of this beer was deceptive, from start to finish.

I could certainly feel the effect of the alcohol when I finished the bottle along with the influence of dark fruit. No spice or lambic-like sourness here, just a wonderfully warm and inviting beer that called for a slow drinking session to enjoy it. No doubt that this deserves to be called one of the classics and a must-try for all who love a well-crafted and enjoyable brew. Highly recommended.

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

A: snifter. opaque mahogany color. nice light tan head. great retention and great lacing.

S: wonderful fruity aroma. some figs, pears, plums and some clove.

T: nice and mellow. flavors of fig, plum and clove mostly. great palate for a dubbel.

M: clean and crisp for the style. great carbonation level. medium to full bodied.

D: great dubbel...as with almost all trappist beers, give it a shot and you won't be disappointed.

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

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

Coppery dark orange that takes on a blood orange hue when backlit. Multiple, active streams of bubbles hurry upward to a fabulous looking head that's toasted khaki in color, has a majestic nature and resembles a desert rock formation that has been smoothed and shaped by millennia of unceasing wind that... sorry, where was I? I'm disappointed that there isn't more lace. A few vertical fingers of thin, sudsy foam is about it.

The nose is malt-dominant, but lacks other distinguishing characteristics. I can appreciate dark fruit (overripe, bruised apples and pears) and a little mild spiciness. It isn't very deep, complex or aromatic. While above average is an easy call, it's a disappointment for such a well-regarded beer.

We're back on track. Westmalle Trappist Dubbel seems a little light in the flavor and mouthfeel departments, but then I'm still trying to get my mouth and my brain around the style. The flavor profile favors dark caramel-toffee more than chocolate or cocoa. It's still fruity (now figs and raisins) and is spicy (cinnamon and nutmeg). While alcohol is noted, it's part of the beer's DNA and is essential to making the flavor as appealing as it is.

The finish is the best part of the entire mouthful. It's there that the various members of the flavor profile separate, come into stark relief and are better able to be appreciated. I love the fact that the beer is getting better and better as the ounces pass. I'm finding new and varied flavor combinations as it warms. Dubbel is so damned composed and so Old World complex that I've been won over in spite of myself.

The mouthfeel is a perfect match for the flavor. By that I mean that it feels light on first blush, but is actually substantive. At bottom, it's medium in heft with a wispy silkiness and active carbonation. Like the flavor, the mouthfeel has grown on me over the course of the bottle.

Westmalle Dubbel oozes quality. Patience and focus is required to plump the depths of its beer soul, but the effort will be rewarded. This is a more than worthy member of the canon of great Belgian dubbels.

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

Pours dark with some red highlights and a puffy tan head that leaves lots of thick even lacing.The smell is tangy with red wine aromas.Tastes of malts,over ripened dark fruits and a hint of watered down prune,spices(cinnamon),the yeast was not as dominant as I had expected,I was very pleased with the abundance and subtlety of flavors.The body and mouthfeel are soft and frothy.A stellar Dubbel!

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

11.2 oz bottle

the room is quite dimly lit, and the pour looks very dark brown. Held to the light though, it comes alive. A few lines of fine bubbles break up what is otherwise a bright, clear liquid of beautiful dark orange/ruby color. The head very quickly recedes to a quarter inch of creamy light tan foam and decides to stick around. Lacing is spotty.

I find the nose a bit underwhelming here. Nothing wrong with it, just not quite up to par with some other aspects of the brew. Orchard fruit,a little plum, and a bit of a vague tart aspect. Nice depth, could just use a bit more oomph. Alcohol barely shows, and only when the beer is well warmed and I really inhale deeply.

Excellent flavor despite this not being my favorite style. Ample ripe fruitiness - maybe even a bit of bubblegum - well defined by the crisp feel and ample carbonation. Vague light spiciness that I didn't notice in the aroma. Light fruit and carmelized sugars linger on my palate. Body is medium and smooth, and alcohol is nonexistent.

Very drinkable. Most seem to like it fresh, but I can't recall a bad experience with this beer. Nicely done, and recommended.

Photo of timtim
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reddish brown with an off white head that faded pretty quikly and left minimal lace. smelled wonderful. roasty, caramelly, green raisiny, dried fruity, figgy, plummy... on and on... not overboard though. just nice and subtle and enjoyable. taste was very similar to nose. complex, but not overdone. great medium body and very very drinkable. surprised to see ommegang on the list. this one is miles ahead.

Photo of skybluewater
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky cherry-brown color. Very odd foamy head that recedes and leaves some lacing. Smell is fruity, almost winey, with a bit of cherry. Cherries pop up again in the taste, along with hints of shaved chocolate and clove. Alcohol is apparent, but not obtrusive

Overall, a darn good dubbel here. I'm definitely going to revisit this one in the near future, although the price, while not too high, isn't exactly cheap either...

Photo of badbeer
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice. Beer poured a dark brown with a nice creamy head. Plenty of carbonation, but not over carbonated. Malty taste with very little hop bitterness, little bit of an alcohol kick at the end. I would love to drink more than one, but with the price and alcohol content this may not be one of my better ideas. Good beer to drink, especially if you find a decent price on it.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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 informaticsDoc
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of BC65
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle for $7 at the Steelgarden in Bethlehem, served in a goblet. I've been reading about Belgians lately, so this really hit the spot. It was almost wine-like for it's relatively thin body, bitter spices and smooth (but hardly sweet) fruit. There was a rummy raisin-grape character up front with a peppery, and surprisingly bitter finish. The middle of the flavor was light, with almost a sort of strawberries and cream taste. Very interesting, very tasty. An absolute classic.

Photo of jackndan
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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 bashiba
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very nice creamy brown with a full thick light brown head that lasted a long time.

Smell was a very malty maple sweet odor with some hints of toffee and some yeast that was very pleasant.

Taste was very enjoyable, not as sweet or malty as the scent had indicated but still a hint of toffee flavor also a very nice slight woody malt goodness followed by a very dry earthy hop finish. Very balanced and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is very good with a nice warming and great creaminess along with a pleasant dry finish makes this one a winner.

A very good and drinkable beer.

Photo of maleman
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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 mjaskula
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Nazzz
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of rdub
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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 WalrusJockey
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,353 ratings.