Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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2,424 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,424
Reviews: 1,160
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 164
Gots: 326 | 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 puboflyons
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 12, 2013.

The pour is brown with ruby red hues glistening in the glass as well as a silky, tan head that fades to a ring but lingers on.

The aromas are fine and enticing with sweet malts, Belgian sugars, yeast, molasses, and dark fruit akin to prunes or plums

The body falls into the medium range on the whole but there is a level of fizzy carbonation on my tongue.

In some respects this reminds me of the putrid sweetness of a barleywine with loads of sweet barley malts at first followed by a pungent, potent bitter hop finish. It burns a little on the end but not in a bad way. This is quite a beer.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Gusler
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour a murky brown color with modest sized dark beige head that is frothy in its texture and the resultant lace a fine velum like sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is lightly tinted with banana, slightly sour, hints of malt. Front is malt laden, and somewhat sweet with the top fair to middling in its feel on the palate. Finish has a prickly acidity and the hops pleasing and delightfully spicy in their bite, the aftertaste is desert bone dry and long lasting, a long favorite and one that has a permanent home in my DBF!

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

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.

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

11.2oz Bottle

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.

Photo of jrallen34
3.05/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of THECPJ
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark murky brown with a 1 finger off white head

smell: raisons, dark fruits, caramel, malts

taste: dark fruits, caramel, malty

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this is an excellent representation of a dubbel. I just wish I could get into them. I think it's the dark fruits that I'm not a fan of but this was a great beer.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ccrida
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Realized I'm coming up on 300 reviews, so I figured I'd out bust out some of my special stock, and what better place then the Westmalle Dubbel?

Poured from a 330ml bottle (two in a row in fact) into my 70s era Westmalle chalice, the dubbel is a dark garnet with a small but tight, long lasting tan head that leaves thick sheets of lace.

The aroma is soft and fruity, dusty trappist yeast and a bit of grape, masterfully understated and delicious. Of course it sweetens as it warms, but only gets more luscious and alluring.

There's no two ways about it, this has got to be my favorite dubbel. The original too, IIRC, and a benchmark of the style, and for good reason. I love how soft and easy drinking it is, yet complex and satisfying at the same time. All about the yeast here, spicy with dark fruit, with dry caramel malt and light phenols, with very little indication of the ABV. Still, this is generally my least favorite belgian style, and as well executed as this is, I just can't give it a 5.

The mouthfeel is exceptional, and has a crisp creaminess and a light body.

Drinkablity is supreme. Damn this is a great beer, why don't I always have a case of these laying around the house? Oh yeah, I'm a huge beer pig!

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of clayrock81
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet glass (actually a Westmalle glass now that I think about it) and received a chestnut brown colored brew with one-finger head that stuck around and left some lacings. Picked up some fruit notes and slight hops in the smell, along with some sweet malts like caramel.
Medium-bodied, this beer goes down smooth, almost creamy but not thick creamy, while giving the drinker a sweet ride (pardon the pun). The chocolate (barely detected) and caramel pack a punch and are even almost sticky in the mouth,
Like any Belgian there is fruit to be tasted, and this had the taste of bananas and oranges.
A good mix of clove and pepper in there, as the spices are noticeable on the edges but do not overpower the malts/fruits or wreck the tastebuds. Nice dryness on the backbite as it has a warming sensation to boot. Just a solid Trappist Ale and any real beer drinker has already tried this, so no need for me to recommend it.

Photo of barnzy78
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, dated 07/11/09
Pours deep brown with a foamy beige head, decent retention and falls to a foam atop the ale. Not much for lacing on the glass, and the ale does have quite a bit of particulate matter floating about. Aromas are dark fruit, malty, Belgian yeast, faint booze, brown sugar. Tastes are sweet, malty, brown sugar, ripe dark fruit, plum, raisin, cinnamon, apple, banana. Mouth-feel is creamy and smooth, on the thinner side of medium. Finishes spicy with the alcohol somewhat hot, but warming as it goes down. Overall, excellent example of the style, exceptional quality, and even though this one was 3 years old, it's still in great condition. I love that about Belgian ales.

Photo of tbeckett
3.36/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a restaurant in Amsterdam. From notes.

A - Poured with a bit of a reddish or dark red body with a one finger beige head. Hazy. No visible carbonation. Good ring of lacing left and a thick film of retention.

S - Yeast, mild brown sugar, and that's about it. There was a little bit of a dark fruit hint there but it was quite faint.

T - A little bit of spice, dark fruit, yeast, and a sweet kick. There was a less rich sort of dark fruit element that wasn't as delicious as other Belgian beers.

M - Medium body and mild carbonation. Sweet, dry finish. Seemed a little light.

O/D - Basic Dubble IMO. Not spectacular but a nice gateway to Belgian styles I suppose. Obviously the beer lost something on draught compared to the bottle, but it was still alright.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle served in my Maudite tulip. 14/07/11 indicated on the back label. Pours a hazy plum with a two-inch, frothy, cream-colored head. Head eventually collapses into a solid quarter in cap with thick swaths of lacing coating the sides of the glass as the brew recedes and with each tilt of the glass. Nose is fairly subdued - malt, spice, a faint suggestion of prunes and some phenols. Taste follows nose, but extremely watered down. There's also a slightly bready quality and some herbal bitterness that lightly lingers between quaffs. I have to say that I was expecting more. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a fairly assertive carbonation. While I really enjoyed the tripel, I have to say that the dubbel left a lot to be desired. A bit disappointing and not worth the $6.99 pricetag. A fairly lackluster dubbel in my opinion.

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

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.
Again yeast.
Average body.

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 Brenden
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a beautiful fiery almost violet-red, flaming bright though dark in color and otherwise transparent. A rocky off-white head develops, managing just over a finger's height and dropping pretty chunky lacing in very good quantity.
The aroma is deep and rich, sweet with added Belgian sugars as well as a caramel aspect to the malts and lots of dark fruits. Also brought out a an almost thickly bready notes with a spicy aspect, almost like some rye in there.
The flavor is the aroma amped up with added complexity and overall one of the most delicious beers I've ever tasted. This is where Trappist ales earn their reputation (the feel is unique, too). All kinds of ripe and overripe dark fruits dance on the tongue, sweet with just a little tartness and a hint of sour to balance the sugars. Along with that is overripe soft white fruits flesh. Balance that out with some earthiness and put in all on a strong malt foundation with caramel and bread and add spiciness and true Belgian yeast character, and you've got one of the best in the world.
The feel stops short of sweet, spices and the very light hops character balancing it expertly. A little dryness is pulled out of the medium, almost full body. Almost the whole of every sip is creamy smooth, flowing on the tongue like velvet as spiciness and alcohol play into the finish.

Photo of ZAP
3.17/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Dogbrick
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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

750ml bottle poured into a chalice; bottled on date of 7/3/07

Pours a muddy, deep brown with a small off-white head that disappeared rather quickly.

Sweet toasted malt, candied sugar, and fruity esters (mainly apples.) The smell really jumps out of the glass and really grabs you.

This is where its at. A near perfect example of the style. Sweetness from the fruits on the front and back end, and in the middle comes the yeast and bitterness of the hops. The hops are bittering and a bit on the spicy/grassy side. Very subtle, but a nice element.

Very smooth. Soft and pillowy. Perfect.

Well balanced and at 7%, it's an easy go.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of tavernjef
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Best before 04/08/2011.

(A)- Pours a hazy dark brown/red/gray color that produced a giant fluffy orange-ish tan colored head. Solid retention behind it. Left 'crown' shaped lacing behind making the foam look like, well, a crown! Cool

(S)- Wow, a big dark red fruit freshness and ripeness up front. Full on raspberry, cassis, grape, plum, and strawberry. Ample earthy clay and yeast in the background with a touch of vanilla-like creaminess. I am loving the big fruits in this.

(T)- Pretty close to the smell. Great ripe fruits with an earthy clay and yeast combo. Finishes very dry with a light straw/hay/ wheat-like spice.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Great fruits that actually creates a nice acidity to tie in with the dry earthy yeast and funk. Actually is quite refreshing too. Smooth and actually a tad light for the style/what I was expecting, but I welcome it. It may not be rich, but it has a delicate complexity to it.

(D)- A wonderful Dubbel full of great flavors. Smooth and a fantastic drinker for anytime of the year. This is a dubbel I could see being in my fridge all the time; easily available and not overpriced for what you get. A great trappist beer.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy brown color with some red highlights shinning through. Upon pouring there is a one finger creamy colored head that fades over a moderate level of time to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is of roasted malt and some darker fruit smells. The darker fruits are of a plum, raisin and cherry aroma giving a moderately sweet dimension to the smell. When mixed with a yeasty and slightly bready aroma the mix of smells produces a rather nice dubbel aroma.

Taste- The taste begins with a dry roasted malt flavor and a brown bread taste. There are some dark fruit flavors, but these are on the drier side only adding the fruit flavor without the sweetness. Some light yeastiness and a more bitter citrus flavor begin developing more toward the middle to the end of the taste. In the end with a little bit of a roasted/smoky flavor coming to the tongue, one is left with a dry roasted and dark fruit flavor to linger on the tongue with just a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly above average side consisting of lots of tiny carbonation bubbles. The combination of carbonation and thickness are nice for the drier flavors creating a very crisp feel overall.

Overall – It has a nice flavor profile, but is a little drier then what I was expecting for a dubbel. If you are looking for a crisp Belgian style with some good fruit flavors and nice roasted malt taste, then this is a good go too, but if you want something slightly more on the sweeter side then this is not what you want. It is certainly good and something to try if you are in the mood for something drier.

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,424 ratings.