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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,157 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 1,157
Hads: 2,460
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 173
Gots: 352 | 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 Dukeofearl
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first Trappist beer I ever tried when I was in Belgium last year- and so it has a special place in my heart.l But I waited a year and tried some other Dubbels and Belgian Brown ales before I reviewed this puppy. Presentation 11.2 oz bottle. Pours a medium brown, somewhat clear, but that's because I kept the inch (that much?) of yeast sediment from pouring into the glass. Head was a surprising mix of large and small bubbles, off-white/tan, that looked more like a soda pop head than a beer head. Aroma is the best feature of this beer. Bready with a light sweetness, malty, pleasant gentle chocolate. Aroma follows through into flavor; here some pepper also comes through. However, the alcohol isn't hidden as much as I would like, thus negatively affecting the balance (in my humble opinion). Still very good and I will gladly drink more, but would like it toned down a bit. As it warmed, it seemed there was almost some smokiness coming through (I don't think this is quite right, but I can't find a better descriptor). Maybe a bit of aging helps mellow and balance it a bit. (1,093 characters)

Photo of BierReise
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Best by date 19/08/05 Poured a hazy reddish brown with a thick dense head and looking very inviting. Aroma is both fruity and spicy with a peppery note. Flavor is slightly vinous, malty and notes of burnt sugar. The body is quite effervescent and with a lively carbonation. I was surprised at the vinous characteristics this Dubbel had. Overall a complex one for sure, maybe the most complex I’ve had thus far. (417 characters)

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

Pours a very sexy brown with a big tan full head. Very smooth with a wonderfully well crafted sweet malt flow over perfect balance. This is a top notch beer with a full flavor profile. All should try this brew. It is a shame that these beers are oh so very hard to find in the states. (284 characters)

Photo of cbl2
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of TripelJ
4.94/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now Quaffing: Westmalle Dubbel

Uniqueness is redefined. A beer that begins its existence in the shadow of its world reknowned big brother has its standards set high before the bottle is even opened. Eager this one is to prove its worthiness. As I crack the top of the signature Westmalle bottle, a volcano erupts reaching for the heavens catching me off guard and making for a sloppy beginning to the pour. Let it be said now, that this, if any was the only flaw I could find with this beer. The final pour resulted in a deep, earthy, reddish-brown body with a lively light beige head that calms quickly, as if to show reassurance in my snifter being its final resting place. The smell dominately sweet, but beyond that nearly indescribable. Imagine smelling every fruit in existence exclusively and all together at the same time--Fruitopia of the Gods. The taste reflects the nose with a symphony of sweetness which is obviously the masterful combination of malts with the trademark belgian touch of sugar and spices. The sweetness is not out of control and there is a hint of yeast and a slight bitterness and crispness to the finish. Mouthfeel is medium in body and very smooth. As far as drinkability goes, I could drink this beer all night with or without food, in a pub or at home, and with a fox or in a box. Praise to Westmalle once again! (1,350 characters)

Photo of frank4sail
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Frothy beige tuick 1/2 inch head. Slight toasted caramel/brown sugar nose. Hazy opeque dark brown look in the goblet. Lasting head and white lace on the goblet. Slight sweet nutty (hazel) taste with a dry tongued slightly sweet burnt caramel finish. Medium to lighter mouth with a lively carbonation feel. Slight touch if blueberry in the finish. (346 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.51/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok second Belgian of the night
simple yet nice bottle and labelling.
poured into the chalice this is a very attractive beer ,dark ,murky brown with a medium sized off white head..that dissappears fast.

The aroma though , while nice, is rather on the subdued side for what I have been led to expect from Belgian ales. a small spiciness some malt but nothing much to speak of
The taste while marginally better than the aromas is weak..but what there is is a good balance of the spiciness and honeyish malts.
Its ok on the palate.
Its rather drinkable..but that fact in itself tells a tale..i found this nice but dull. Maybe I got a bad bottle..but this was not exciting as i expected..or the price suggested! (714 characters)

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

Pours an amber brown with a thick tan head that leaves clouds of lace on the glass.

The fruity bouquet is joined by a touch of malt and a gentle kiss of alcohol. This aromatic stew makes for a delightful olfactory experience.

The taste is balanced and rich with a mild fruit and spice flavor. A touch of alochol cleans the mouth in the finish.

This is pretty thin for such a dark beer. Smooth and mellow with a crisp dry finish.

This is a very good beer that can be enjoyed as a winter warmer. It's versatile enough to be consumed virtually anytime of the year. (573 characters)

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a suprise to find a case of this sitting in my local beer store today! I love the tripel (in my top 5), so I grabbed one of these up to try. In the middle of a 750 of Val Dieu brown (an excellent brew in it's own right) I drank this. It is fantastic. Tastes as much like a dark Belgian as a dubbel. Better than the Val Dieu, and better than Chimay Red or Maudite, IMO. Nice dark, fruity taste. Wonderful balance and taste. A little expensive at $4.99 a bottle, but I'll be buying 1 or 2 of these each time I go to that store (and I asked him to get the tripel, also!). (573 characters)

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

No Advocates, the numbers don't lie, I friggin liked a Belgian!! This beer was a dark amber brown with a big thick head. Chunks of lace clung here and there to the glass. Aroma was strong and yeasty, but lacked the spicy clovy notes that have turned me off to other beers from this country. Taste was very smooth, had a yeasty bite but was not riddled with cloves, bananas and spices. I detected a solid malt base with a yeast presence. Some slight raisiny fruitiness was good. At 7% it has a bite, but not overpowering. I found this very drinkable. Enjoyed this as an after dinner drink, and is a Belgian ale I will be sure to have again. Finally! (648 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 330 mL bottle, into a snifter. The color was a very dark amber-brown, with a slight beige head. The smell is a plum sweetness with a good yeastiness. The taste is a plum-ish sweet taste with some estery hints, with a good yeastiness. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, this is one that I could have several of.

Though not quite as good as the tripel, this is still a damn good beer nonetheless. A nice plum sweetness makes this a beer that I'll certainly be having in the future. (504 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

CO2 bubbles stream to the surface of this crimson colored brew at a very rapid pace. The body of this beer is topped of with a gigantic mousse-like light brown head. The retention is excellent. There are nice aromas of chocolate, yeast, must, chalk and candy. The flavors are a little bready, chalky and dry. Alcohol presence is really kept in check. Some bubblegum makes an appearance as well. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated. And the body is light-medium. This is enjoyable. (476 characters)

Photo of LuckySevens82
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.
Pours a deep burgandy, almost brown, with a thick, rocky, tan head. Lacing is very nice. Not quite as carbonated as the tripple, but still very nice.
Smell is caramel, bready malts, and fruit (plums and figs mostly). There is some alcohol in the nose, but it is very muted.
Very smooth with a nice alcohol heat in the finish. Looking at this beer makes you feel warmer and tasting it is no different. Caramel, chocolate, dates, raisisns and plums all accentuate the amazing flavor of this beer. There is some hop bitterness, but it, much like the alcohol in the aroma is muted.
A fine dubble. One of my favorites actually. Will have again. (659 characters)

Photo of putnam
4.97/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The tower of doughy foam on this beer is an outrage! It stands more than 8 times taller than the depth of the brown liquid underneath. As it slowly succumbs to gravity I note little flecks of brown on the pearlescent, irregular surface.
The aromas are of concentrated, very ripe fig, plum and wild berries joined by nutmeg, toffee and malt. The flavors are bold and stately, with a glycerin-packed texture that reveals hints of seasoned wood, brandy, grape skins and currants. Balanced to perfection between boozy, brandied fruits and finely milled, papery tannins. (566 characters)

Photo of xgrigorix
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown bottle, 33 cl size. Best by date (not that it matters) printed on back label.

Burgandy in colour, topped by a fluffy beige head. Thin lines of carbonation move swiftly to the surface.

Burnt sugar aromas lead off, followed by plums, raisins, & dates. Very interesting & inviting nose.

Loads of fruit here, along with a hint of chocolate. Quite tasty. Soft, medium bodied, intense carbonation. (406 characters)

Photo of rkhaze
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky light chestnut with a medium sized, quickly disappating tan head. Smells of malt and lots of fruit. Raisins, plums and bananas all macerated in rum and brown sugar. Of course there was that lightly tart Belgian yeast as well.
Tastes of sweet earthy malt. Fruit, spices, some nuts and a date like sweetness. Kinda a cross between a bready rum soaked fruitcake and a lightly sweet bananas foster. Finishes with a tartness that reminded me of green apples. Although there were a lot of flavors here, they all seemed a bit subdued. Not as intense as other Trappist ales. Good in it's subtlety.
Medium bodied with a rich mouthfeel and lots of carbonation.
Alcohol is hidden well and the not so much "in your face" flavors lead to outstanding drinkability. (767 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (1,424 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker shade of brown with a nice fluffy/sticky head you can tell this well made by the pour alone.Anyways I get a deep brown sugar aroma a red wine hint almost like a port wine.Taste of spiced cake and raisins,very rich tasting.A little harsh in the mouth though wasnt as smooth and creamy as expected.Aroma and flavor wise a real top notch brew but in drinkability and mouthfeel it lacks in my opinion. (412 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a huge light brown, five finger-head leaving just traces of lace, pour slowly. Deep ruby color. Good carbonation. Medium bodied. Starts malty and sweet, finishes with a good mix of hops and malt but a slightly hoppy aftertaste. My 100th Belgian and not a bad one in the bunch. The ABV is 7.0%. $5.39 for a 330ml bottle. (325 characters)

Photo of BrewMan82
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber/orange. Nice 3 finger off-white head. Aroma is grapey and alcohol, without much detectable malt or hop character. This one is very highly carbonated - went crazy in my mouth - very light and fizzy on the tongue. Tasted fruity and sugary, with an alcohol tinge. Finished smooth and easy - took me more than a few minutes to drink this to try and unravel the flavors.

*this is one of my first belgian brews - excuse my lack of experience in this area. (469 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.08/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks like I get to be a party pooper on this one, but not everything brewed by trappist monks in Belgium is worthy of high praise. The Dubbel starts out teaming with a volatile effervescence. A tall tan head on a ruddy brown body yields a delicate aroma of lager-like malts and garden herbs. Of course, this brew is otherwise not remotely lager-like.

The taste is frail and simplistic, not the complex tapestry of exotica I frequently anticipate from the monks. The flavor never reaches any dominant culminations of the customary brewing dimensions. There are no great overtures to sweetness, bitterness, citrus, or spice. The finish is actually somewhat drab.

I drank this beer within the posted freshness date and noted no telltale signs of spoilage. I can only conclude that on the whole this is a rather ho-hum brew from the good brothers at Westmalle whose reputation for excellence is not upheld by this rather uninspired twice-fermented ale. (960 characters)

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

Sampled from the 330ml bottle. Date 19/08/05 on the back label.

Poured into my red wine glass with a boldly cascading tan head that grew to 3 inches with a nice pour. It subsided with crackles and pops to a thick creamy luxurious delicate layer over the beer. The beer is ruby tinted deep brown.

The mild aroma is of generic fruit, raisin, cinnamon, and a soft spiciness (the hops?).

As I sip away at this lovely brew, it tries to defy my attempts to put it down on paper. It's so ephemeral and subtle and different. Where to start? It begins with thick and chewy, loud and plain chocolate. It's fairly sweet to start, but a dryness crescendos into a bitterness that isn't quite hop bitterness nor burnt astringency. The dryness is tailed by warming alcohol, but then it fades to leave a syrupy coating in the mouth. This is earthy with generic fruity esters, maybe of melon. As I sip on, the bitterness lingers a little bit longer and cuts down on the syrupy finish. Carbonation level is on the mild side, which is perfect (the Belgian bottles I've been trying have been on the high side).

These Belgian ales are all so different. The dubbel and trippel classifications don't even tell you that much. Just be ready to sit and sip and enjoy. This one is definitely a winner. (1,287 characters)

Photo of taez555
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a huge frothy beige head with a translucent reddish brown body.

The nose was a mix of phenols, sugar, brown sugar, raisons, plums, chocolate, earth, grass, very light alcohol and soft fruit. There was an overall sweetness to it, but simply a classic dark belgian aroma.

The taste starts soft and very mellow. Medium bodied, smooth and rather creamy. It continues with a more pronounced bitterness. It’s in your face but perfectly mellowed at the same time. Tastes of brown sugar, wheat, rich malt, phenols, soft caramel, chocolate, earth, cork, wood and some grass. There’s no pronounced alcohol to this beer, but it really sneaks up on you quickly after a few minutes.

Really a superb dubbel. This is simply the blue print by which all other dubbels are based. I could drink this all day long. (823 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.06/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The packaging may have set me up to expect too much. Raised embossed bottle, with paper label overlay probably to meet export label standards - the hallmarks of a quality imported Belgian ale. I suppose I've come to expect all Belgian Trappists to be really good beers, so this was a letdown when it came in at a bit above average. The flavor was rather blunt and simple - not much in the way of spicyness or depth of the malt and yeast interplay. Some rough, dark orchard fruit and a bit of caramel to the malt. Sharply fizzy, with good head retention. (553 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle – Poured a red/brown quite opaque brew with a huge head with standard retention. Great carbonation with strong body. Aroma is very spicy with no alcohol noticeable. Taste is great with the usual Belgian style mix of malts and hops with some added roastiness to that one. The spice mix is a bit stronger then expected but overall very enjoyable. Overall, this is a good beer but I was expecting something greater from this well known Trappist. (450 characters)

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