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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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92
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Reviews: 1,157
Hads: 2,458
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 172
Gots: 348 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 NA1NSXR
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Kind of a opaque raisin/cider color, plenty of carbonation, light tan fluffy head.

Smell - Flowery hop aromas mixed with some dark fruit, light smell overall though. A slight touch of caramel and roasted elements appear as the temperature rises.

Taste - Quite sweet and syrupy to start with a mild to moderate bitterness in the middle and a slightly malty finish. Slight alcohol in the background.

Mouthfeel - Syrupy and medium consistency. Smooth once carbonation settles down.

Drinkability - Overall its good but I guess its reputation precedes it. In my opinion this is not an exceptional beer. (614 characters)

Photo of mmahut
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber colour with stable head.

S: Bitter strong caramel/sugar aroma.

T: Starts with smooth taste of dark fruits, apple, bananas following with sweet chocolate taste with oranges.

M: Heavy body with medium carbonation, long lasting after taste.

D: One of Belgian classic, very good for dinner. (305 characters)

Photo of ITK4ever
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

New to reviewing, but I had to say this about this beer....WOW!!!! I was given a bottle and now I can't wait to find more. Definitely the best beer I have ever tried and the one thing that I can say to describe this lucious nectar is "BALANCE" (243 characters)

Photo of CNeilP09
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

excellent dub from westmalle.
recently received 100 pt rating from draft magazine.
so i picked up the dubbel and tripel to revisit.
westmalle is a fine beer. not quite sure about the pt rating systems used by wine/spirit/beer magazines. take those ratings with a grain of salt. anyway, good beer though.

fluffy cottonish head. dissolved to a thin cover of bubbles. good carbonation keeps the beer moving. awesome malt flavors prancing around. good caramel and dark chocolate notes. some hoppiness bounces in and out. and good beer to sit and savor.
this beer almost has the viscosity of cool whip. that's the best way i can describe it. it has good body and it's fluffy. it feels like you're swallowing a mouth full of icing or cool whip or something.
anyway, i could certainly stand drinking a few of these in one sitting.

again, a beer to be savoured. (858 characters)

Photo of likestoswallow
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11oz bottle from Bevmo. Poured a dark brown with a bit of red around the edges. Head was khaki in color, ample and slowly faded to about 1/4 inch and held with plenty of lacing. Aroma was complex with walnuts, almonds, raspberries, toast and sweet caramel. The flavor mirrored the aroma, with a bit of hops at the back end. The mouthfeel was smooth, full and satisfying with lively prickly carbonation. The finish was long and smooth with a bit of biter hops lingering. Overall: this is an outstanding brew. Recommended. (520 characters)

Photo of Yimosan
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1PT 9.4 fl oz. bottle / Tulip glass.

A: Dark brown with a quickly fading light beige head. No lacing to speak of.

S: Smell of molasses, raisins, figs, and malt dominate immediately. I also get quite a bit of Sherry as it warms up.

T: Sweet malt and raisins come to mind when I first sipped it; I do get a lot of sweet Sherry and some tartness in the back.

M: Medium bodied with some fizz, not much. In the middle it feels a bit dry, however in the back palate it feels smooth and very inviting.

D: This a very nice drinkable Trapist beer, primarily because of its flavor, but definitely the modest ABV at (7%) makes it somewhat of a sessionable Belgian ale, for this style.

Bake some Virgina ham and I can drink a ton of this guys for the holidays!!

Salud!! (764 characters)

Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque light/burnt orange brown. Small retaining beige head. Effervesence bubbling throughout the entire glass.

S: Sugary sweet.

T: Fruit right off the bat, apple. Then a roasted yeast with a tinge of spicy sweetness, little bit of caramelnuttiness on the followthrough.

M: Sparkly and tingly due to the medium effervesence. The flavors feel soft on the mouth, it's just a tad over tingly on the bubbles for my personal taste.

D: The taste is light enough to make this very drinkable, however, it's more carbonated than my personal preference and that makes it a one-glasser for me. (589 characters)

Photo of beals
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours brown.... very dark... 1/4" white head. Sticky, OK lacing.

S: Boozy, malty. Clean "soapy" (?) hops.

T: Malty with a strong alcohol presence. Light slightly-spicy hops... Saaz perhaps? Not terribly complex.

M: Bitter carbonation. Kills any sense of malty body.

D: Not my favorite... Carbonation kills drinkability.

After a while, I swirled most of the carbonation out, and the character changed.

M2: Smooth, but not much body. Clean finish.

D2: Drinkability improved significantly. (510 characters)

Photo of AlexF
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Plastic cork (technology and environment for the win!). That's already a plus.

This beer is very dark, with brownish earthy accents. It has uUnstoppable lacing and never ending head (small bubbles). Very pretty.

Smells like a typical double. Caramels and ripe dark fruits, with a hint of gingerbread.

The beer itself is actually a LOT less sweet than I expected it to be. It remains quite interesting, because that lack of sweetness let other usually hidden aromas developp. The beer is very grassy, earthy and dry. Hops are also quite present. Even if interesting, this is not my type of double. Still, very good brew. (637 characters)

Photo of lionchow
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours light brown with amber hints.

Aroma of candi sugar and light alcohol. Mild hay and orangey citus notes.

Flavor is full of rich earthy hay malt. Tons of candi sugar flavor and nice fruit as well. Lingering bitterness and alcohol light burn, spice and herbs.

Well rounded, complex, really beautiful. (311 characters)

Photo of jizdepski
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into a pint glass. appears an opaque molasses brown, with tan head and better retention than expected. smells of clove, chocolate, dark sweet fruits and roasted malts. taste is great. not too heavy on the yeast bitterness, not too much carbonation, has chocolatey and banana flavors going on. alcohol barely noticeable. finishes sweet and medicinal, with a tingling clove taste at the end. very creamy for a dubbel, feels very full in the mouth, and again carbonation levels spot on. the drinkability on this one is through the roof. very smooth. the flavors combine extremely well and it goes down like a knife through butter. excellent trappist dubbel. (661 characters)

Photo of arturorg
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle to a Westmalle chalice.

Appearance: brown cola color, cream head that stays for awhile, visible carbonation, leaving liquidy spiderweb lace.

Aroma: raisins, licorice, brown sugar, little alcohol, cola, malts.

Taste: Alcohol, malts, brown sugar, raisins.

Palate: feels little watery, not much of a lingering flavor.

As personal preference, from trappist beers I like better Chimay for its spiciness.

But then again it's a good beer, for me in this kind it's not the best and I'm in the hunt for the Westvleteren so it might go down another notch in the trappist war if there's any. (605 characters)

Photo of niklas0770
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A dark brown hazy liquid with a massive head wich slowly fades to leave some very nice lacing. This beer looks mysteriously inviting to me...

The first thing that hits my nose is a crispy tone of wet grass, then citrus and yeast. Hay, and caramel malts comes to my mind as well.

The taste is even more crispy that the smell suggested. The citrus and grass comes first, along with some apples and bitterness of lemon peel. Then comes the heavier tastes; roasted malts, yeast, figs.

A very well balanced beer. Big bubbles as one would expect, very smooth and warm feeling. Calmness...

After drinking almost nothing but american IPAs for the last year this was the perfect reminder why belgians were the ones who got me into craft beer. (739 characters)

Photo of AdamMY
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a remarkable beer, darker than I would normally expect a Dubbel to be, but with a lot to show for it. I guess let me talk about where I took off points, The appearance was a bit too cloudy for what I've come to expect. While the smell was good but slightly muted.

But the taste is wonderful with cocao and coffee notes, but not nearly as over bearing as Stouts and Porters usually are with those flavors. With an amazingly creamy mouth feel, and no off notes anywhere in my experience with the beer. Absolutely wonderful. (530 characters)

Photo of Nightwing
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured from bottle. First impression of aroma is green apple with hints of vanilla and banana. Pours a dark brown with tan head. Medium bitter taste. Medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation, with a bitter finish. Very nice Dubbel. (241 characters)

Photo of SpruceFish
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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 (486 characters)

Photo of slk22
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a turbid reddish/brown color with a huge tan/brown head. Aroma was full of sweet malt, something like sugarcane, with yeast and cherry present as well. Taste is a bready malt, sweetened with flavors of cherry and raspberry. Alcohol is slightly noticeable on the finish with little to no aftertaste. Carbonation is high, tickling the tongue, with a full-medium body. I would like to have another, and could handle it at 7% ABV, but can't afford it at $6-7/bottle. (469 characters)

Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber body with reddish hues. Slightly off-white head with medium retention. Lacing is present but minimal.

S - Deep, toasty aroma of malts. Complex undertones of chocolate and caramel. Fruity esters are mild, with hints of cherry and raisins. Alcohol presence is faint, but noticable.

T - Complex malts greet the palate but finish is surprisingly dry with minimal bitterness; balance surprisingly not completely skewed towards malt. Dried fruitiness and phenols complimentary to one another, with raisiny character being most predominant. Noble hop flavor is subdued.

M - Medium-full body with lots of carbonation. Slight warming of alcohol present.

O - A great example of a matly, complex, strong Belgian dubbel. (736 characters)

Photo of Glory
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aah ! Trappist beers... the secrets and the cult behind every bottle...I heard Monks are the ones making the beer for their own consumption and for the community...Come on, really ? There's just no way Cistercian Monks are responsable for the massive production of Westmalle beers. The word on the street is that laities (professional Brewers) are the ones making the beer under monks supervision so they can reach production needs. I mean Westmalle is so big in Belgium, you can find it easier than Leffe ! Still is a good beer though.

So here I am again back from work and drinking beer and tonight I chose Westmalle. Poured in a trappist chalice glasse with a good healthy looking 1 centimeter head, this is a dark brown beer. A few bubbles rushing to the head and alot of sendiments du to the bottle fermentation.
This beer smells delicious. I get dried prunes and figs, notes of caramel and cardamom.

Before having a sip I think you should let it rest in the glasse for a few minutes and let some of the carbonation disband, this will help you appreciate the taste rather then having it hidden by to much carbonation.
This Westmalle dubbel is quite sweet at first but then you get the roasted grain bitterness that kicks in just right, my bottle has a good year of aging so I get a sort of rusty metalic taste on the tip of the tongue.
This is a good beer but not my favorite Trappistenbier.

Cheers lads

WS (1,415 characters)

Photo of ENogueira
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

11.2 oz bottle dated 4/11/15, poured in a chalice. Pours a dark brown in color. Head didn't retain for very long. Carbonation is on the above average side. The smell first struck me as cinnamon, perhaps raisins as well. Taste reminds me of a Cherry Coke with a very full body, creamy and malty. Very interesting taste for a beer. The sweetness really lingers in the aftertaste, and it is very pleasant. I really enjoyed this beer. (439 characters)

Photo of kevo237
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle. A gnarly head developed that took a while to settle into a still large head that was fluffy. A lot of aroma from this beer. Mostly a sweet smell. Some fruits and bready scents.

Taste was spicy with a hint of fruits like raspberries. Caramel sweetness on the end. There were different flavors developing constantly and it combined with great a mouthfeel. Highly drinkable. Very impressed. (409 characters)

Photo of dvb
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my third time drinking Westmalle Trappist Dubbel.

A - This murky reddish-brown Trappist Dubbel pours with a huge, meringue-like head that leaves lots of scattered, tan lacing and collapses very slowly. Very appealing. There's some serious yeast sediment present in the second pour and I'm OK with that.

S - Dessert in a bottle. Very sweet smelling.

T - You may not like your first sip. Or your second. I can't explain it, but my taste buds had to adjust to this. The taste is not as sweet as the smell. The taste improves tremendously as I work my way through the second pour.

M - A bit astringent, which seems to accentuate the hops. It's just subtle enough that it is soon overcome by the excellent overall flavor of this Belgian ale.

D - I just finished my first and I want another, if that tells you anything. But at $7 a bottle, I only bought one. :-( (869 characters)

Photo of kylesobrien
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with orange-red hue when held to light; rocky and dense, thick head with plenty of lace around the glass. Head is a light shade of maple cream color.

Smell: A bit spicy -- some clove fragrance, toffee, with rummy notes. A faint yeasty aroma, almost like fresh dark bread. The scent is far more intense as the ale warms to drinking temperature and thoroughly pleasant.

Taste: Very malty, subtly warming; a touch more bitterness than I was expecting, but this produces a very nice crisp finish. Flavors of brown sugar, toffee, slight suggestion of caramelized fruits. The malt character is intriguing. I have heard malt bills for Belgian dubbels are not often as complicated as it would seem, but the grainy taste is complex enough that it's hard to believe there are only two or three malts in this brew. I cannot taste the alcohol at all, short of the aforementioned slight warming sensation, in spite of the 7% ABV. Wonderfully balanced overall.

Mouthfeel: Very, very smooth. Almost creamy. Carbonation is very fine, and not at all intense. Medium body. Not heavy at all.

Drinkability: This is really, really drinkable. The first time I enjoyed this beer, I thought it was an awesome choice for a winter night by the fire. Now it's July, and the beer is just as delicious. Very smooth, and keeps the palate guessing until the last drop.

Overall, this is one of the most balanced, tasty beers I've had the pleasure to enjoy. It's definitely one of my favorite dubbels, and one I'd recommend to anyone looking for a nice beer to sip slowly on a quiet evening. (1,595 characters)

Photo of Newsman
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best dubbel I ever had, courtesy Bar Jan Breydel in the NH Brugge Hotel. (Decent enough bar with a typical selection, great munchies, and a really excellent hotel, FYI.)

Poured into the appropriate goblet, appears nice and brown, head that settles down fairly quickly. The head eventually goes away, but I didn't really miss it.

Smell was lovely, hints of dark fruits, licorice, a bit of bread.

Taste had all of those hints in a nice warm package, plus others that seem to play around as the beer warms up. Very complex, but not disconcerting at all. Quite the contrary...it's like you find some new things to taste as you go. No overpowering alcohol, but it's in the mix as you go.

Mouthfeel was also very nice, very velvety and easy to drink. Overall, I could drink this all night, but at 7% ABV, that's probably not smart. Goes well with simple fare -- had mine with mild cheese and a spicy mustard, which was perfect. Great after dinner too, I'd bet. (972 characters)

Photo of jamiejohnson
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an expensive pour, but it's beer done right. Westmalle comes through with an extremely complex Dubbel. It's what I've come to expect from the Belgian Trappists. In this tasty tug-of-war, one subtle flavor will be the victor of a sip, another flavor will capture the next, and so on. Those monks sure know their craft. Two of these make me want to jump on a plane and spend next month's rent on a Belgian beer tour - anyone care to join me?

Spent the rent
On a Dubbel.
Wife calls Antwerp
I'm in trouble. (511 characters)

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
92 out of 100 based on 1,157 ratings.