Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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3.58/5 rDev -14.1%
The colour is brown with a tint of gold. The liquid is clear. The finger thick head is beige. Lots of lacing occurs.
The smell is light and smooth. Red berries, some Belgian yeast.
The taste is somewhat sour-sweet with distinct notes of red berries. Some alcohol. Medium body. Red wine gums and raspberry candy in the smooth aftertaste as well as nuts and almonds. Warming alcohol in the finish.
The carbonation is strong, almost sharp. The bubbles are small. The liquid is rather light.
A smooth and pleasant dubbel.
12-25-2011 10:43:25 | More by bark
3.95/5 rDev -5.3%
Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark brown/orange amber. Healthy light brown head and slight lacing. Sweet malt aroma. Mild sweet malt flavor fades to dryer almost coffee taste. Slight dark fruits and dry spiciness. A pleasant taste, but subdued. Not as noteworthy as the tripel.
08-01-2012 22:35:02 | More by LiquidAmber
3.05/5 rDev -26.9%
I drank from a bottle into a chalice in Brussels at Delirium Cafe.
It pours brown with a decent white head and above average lacing.
It smells like malt and coffee with a hint of spice.
It tastes ok, but I like this one less than the Dubblel but better than the quad. Which is very strange because this is the opposite of the way I like the other Trappistes. Overall a very so-so beer.
07-11-2009 17:49:16 | More by jrallen34
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.
Appearance: rich, deep hazy brown; tawny around the edges with two fingers of tan head which seem to dissipate rather rapidly. A good-lookin' beer, to be sure.
Smell: rich dubbel aromas of figs, cherries, plums and dates. There's also a mustiness to the aroma which I must say I rather like.
Taste: boom! There's a reason I went out to buy Belgians this evening. Sweet, lustrous malt flavor with hints of the aromas listed above, but nothing is overpowering. There's also a little bit of chocolate in there which is working for me. Capital.
Mouthfeel: silky and creamy in texture. Body is medium in density but the overall feel is quite nice.
Drinkability: I'm finding myself liking dubbels more and more. This one is extremely quaffable and I might get myself into trouble tonight.
Looking on the back, I see two dates: 9/19/2007 and 9/19/2009. I'm guessing that these are the bottled-on and best-by dates? Not sure, but if that's the case then we're getting up on 10 months past its best date. It's still a damn good beer, though!
07-07-2010 03:07:26 | More by flagmantho
3.88/5 rDev -7%
This pours a cloudy dark brown with some orange hues and a +2 finger head of foam.
The smell is fruity and spicy and malty. Overall, it's on the sweet side but nice.
The taste is fruity, I get both sweet and bitter/tart notes. Light caramel malt sweetness here as well with some light spicing and a finish that is very dry. Makes me want to take another sip.
Mouthfeel just creeps into medium territory while the carbonation is quite brisk. Also, head retention and lacing are top notch.
Drinkability? It's an enjoyable session with the 1 bottle but now that I can buy it here in Casper, I'll be revisiting it often. A solid Belgian Dubbel.
05-29-2009 22:39:33 | More by Bitterbill
4.13/5 rDev -1%
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.
02-01-2008 20:07:26 | More by avalon07
3.78/5 rDev -9.4%
Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jan 9th, 2004: This brew is a dark brown color with a thick foamy light beige head. Very thin lacing. It has an aroma of fruit, malt and toffee. Medium-bodied and rather smooth with lively carbonation. The flavor consists of fruit (plum was very noticeable), malt, and nuts. The flavors did not seem to play very well together though. The finish has a nice dark fruit character to it though. This beer is decent but I have had better Dubbels.
01-15-2004 03:12:23 | More by Dogbrick
4.38/5 rDev +5%
Served in a chalice, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch off-white head. It smells like dark fruit, roasted malt and caramel. It tastes sweet at first, and has a slight tart finish. It tastes like dark fruit, brown sugar and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is medium, slick and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. The drinkability is also very good, the alcohol is well hidden and it's pretty easy to drink. Overall I think this is a pretty good Dubbel, I'd buy it again.
12-31-2006 01:51:35 | More by bluejacket74
4.03/5 rDev -3.4%
Pours a deep brown color with a light tan head. In the aroma, dark fruits and a small note of alcohol. In the taste, dark fruits, a small caramel like presence, and just a note of alcohol.. A small bite and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry and lightly sticky caramel in the aftertaste. Almost quad like, caramel is sticky sweet, and a nice coffee note, very nice.
11-03-2011 14:30:26 | More by OWSLEY069
4.28/5 rDev +2.6%
Has a best buy stamp of 19/09/09. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a fine-bubbled tan foam. Not much in the way of head retention or lacing surprisingly.
Nose is dark fruits galore with a backing of caramel and cocoa maltiness. There is some bread dough in there as well. Smells good and tasty.
Taste leans toward the fruity end of the spectrum with lots of strawberries, bing cherries and blackberries. Malts are light and airy with some burnt toast and caramel flavors...really not very sweet at all. Minor complaint is that it is not very creamy and even feels a bit thin. This one goes down way too easy though, the alcohol is barely even detectable. It's like a Belgian session beer! Very Good.
10-31-2009 16:56:11 | More by twiggamortis420
5/5 rDev +19.9%
A: This Trappist-beer pours dark brown - almost black, with a powerful, thick light-brown head, that stays for a really long time. Since all Trappist-beers are bottled conditioned there is a lot of cloudiness to this great looking beer.
S: The complexity is awesome, there is (roasted) malt, bitter hops and fruit (apples). This smells great!
T: The first thing that hits my tongue is a taste of roasted rye bread. But there is also obvious sweetness, a hint of bitterness, after a little while the taste of the malt turns into chocolate. There is also fruity flavours: green apples and a bit of raisins.
The aftertaste is still sweet, but turns drier as time goes by. In the end there is some hops.
This is a complex beer that tastes fantastic.
M: Rich and a bit viscous, a little like syrup.
D: This must be one of the best beers ever. I'm thinking about joining the monastery that produces such a fantastic beer ;-). This one you must try.
07-09-2009 08:05:21 | More by Evil_Pidde
4.13/5 rDev -1%
Dark sludgy brown with rusty, tawny reddish edges, great cap of fluffy firm tan foam ever so tall and present, creepingly settling to an ever present murky skim and finely stitched lace sticks. Aroma is intially soft and ripe of fruits giving a blend of mango, grapes, passion, and pear skins. A nice earthy dusting of dry yeast and bread crusts settles across the top after a bit with ever so present gleams of candied sugars. Taste is plump and a bit overcarbonated which gets in the way for me with every sip, as soon as I begin to get something out of it taste wise, the carbonation wipes it away far to quickly. A bit too sharp for my tastes. Perhaps an aged bottle of a year or more would help as this was bottled 2004. What is there for tastes are some dullish fruity malts in a darker realm of plum, raisin, and dry figs, mixing a bit inbetween some pear and cherry pieces. Slight cocoa and a firm earthy yeasty dryness with just a pinch of spice and walnut skin dryness finish it out. Very nice finish. Body is full with a bit much on the carbonation scale which has a scratchy/chalky-like coat on the way down which sorta blends into the complex drying qualities in the finish after awhile, which I actually liked, so that made up for some of my dissatisfaction in the carbonation dept.. Overall, this is one to come back too, with age, I think this might round or smooth out and be one fun and fine ale to behold.
04-23-2004 19:46:14 | More by tavernjef
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
Comes out of the bottle a dark, hazy, chocolaty brown with a fairly thick beige head. (Be careful - it foams like all-get-out!) Strong aroma has a fruity overtone and an appreciable malty component with hints of caramel. Satisfying flavor is malty with a strong apple/pear tone and hints of caramel and smoke, and a hoppy undertone. Finish is subtly bitter and has a touch of sweetness. Smooth texture helps it slide down the pipes pleasantly.
01-17-2009 00:20:53 | More by Cyberkedi
4/5 rDev -4.1%
Pours a cloudy brown color, with a small but dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves thick lacing on the glass as it recedes.
The aromas begin with toasted biscuity maltiness with emerging notes of dark fruits, caramel and brown sugar. As it warms the spices from the Belgian yeast become more predominant.
The tastes begin with malty and complex flavors of caramel, dark candied/caramelized brown sugar and dark prunes and fig fruit. Once again the spices from the Belgian yeast emerge as it warms. There is a mild but complimentary hops presence that provides a good balance which I didn't notice in the aroma.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is dry and yet slightly chewy from the doughy yeast and bready malts.
Overall this is another classic example of a Belgian dubbel. Not my favorite or the best example from Belgiam if you want my opinion, but tasty, not too filling and readily available. Not as good as the tripel but close.
08-27-2012 21:00:02 | More by claspada
4.03/5 rDev -3.4%
A - Crazy head. Peaky foam that claws at the sides of the glass. Deep chocolate amber color.
S - Soft sweet malt. Mellow orange rind. Molasses.
T - Sweet booze up front. Rolling malt. Surprising but pleasant cedar bitterness adds a very nice balance. A touch of dark dried fruit and some dark roast notes in the finish.
M - Medium body with a smooth flavor profile. Finishes semi-sweet.
D - Nice flavor balance. A touch boozy.
01-26-2011 23:25:40 | More by vfgccp
4/5 rDev -4.1%
Brown color, quite dark. Beige, abundant head, creamy on top.
Malty smell, with yeast, bread crust, and notes of red fruit. Intense, pleasant.
In the smell is very similar to the same beer on tap.
A good maltiness in the taste, again bread crust, candy sugar, and red fruit, and plum.
Round mouthfeel, full, malty.
11-24-2008 20:46:10 | More by stcules
3.13/5 rDev -24.9%
I had lofty expectations of this brew and I have to say I am unimpressed.
A-Dark brown, small tan head.
S-Light aroma of figs and fruit (apples, plums and pears)....not great but not bad on the nose.
T-Apples and pears, figs, raisins and a little alcohol spiciness...not a malty as expected.
M-Feels thin and watery....light side of medium bodied...low carbonation.
D-I wouldn't complain if someone bought me one of these but I much prefer the Westmalle Trippel
06-24-2008 04:43:04 | More by ZAP
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
Appearance - Nice, deep cloudy brown color with a decent tan head that shrank rather quickly without a trace.
Smell Rich malt aroma with some spice and the classic burnt caramel tones.
Taste Big malt, complimented nicely with banana, some kind of dark fruit (maybe plums, dates, or even tobacco I like ADRS, raisins, grapes, and currents, comment), and light chocolate undertones. This is a complex, well-balanced brew.
Mouthfeel Excellent! The carbonation is just right, IMO, and the body is exceptionally smooth. Personally, I think that this is the beers strongest quality.
Drinkability Something this smooth and this complex is awesome. It goes down easy and keeps one entertained.
Comments I tend to enjoy beers that are smooth yet complex, so this one suited me just fine.
Update This was the 14th beer that I reviewed on the site so figured it might be worthwhile to re-review in 2004.
I read one review that described it as, bananas foster and that hit the nail on the head for me. There are some light alcohol notes and burnt malt, but the chocolate and banana are in perfect harmony with this beer and cannot be ignored. This really is a terrific ale.
I stand by my ratings from the initial taste and didnt actually change the score of this beer, but I will say after trying over 200 Belgian Ales since the first review it really is one of the best offerings of the style on the market.
08-09-2003 01:41:24 | More by RoyalT
4/5 rDev -4.1%
Appearance - Brown colour with a very large size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.
Smell - Malts, yeast, dark fruits, nuts, corn/grains
Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, nuts and some raisins. There is also some grapes and a bit of a woodiness. It ends with a dark fruit slightly spicy aftertaste.
Overall - I think I expected a little more from this one. It has tremendous balance and is very drinkable but it doesn't have much of a wow factor. Still worth a try though.
01-09-2012 18:15:22 | More by spinrsx
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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