Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,150
Hads: 2,442
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 170
Gots: 331 | 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 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)

Photo of clvand0
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown color with a nice fluffy head and leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma was yeasty with fruits and caramel. The flavor was quite sweet and filled with caramel tones. I had higher expectations for this. It's a great beer, but it can't hold ground against others in the same category. (329 characters)

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

We finally can get this again in the US. The last time I had this was on tap in London. Anyway. This one is a nice dark brown color with a dense tan head. Smell is dense and of bready malts and fruity esters mixed with some yeast and sugar. Taste is incredibly smooth with touches of vanilla, chocolate, and great Belgian yeasts. Amazing. One of my favorite beers. Goes great with moules and frites. (399 characters)

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

It pours a hazy ruby brown, a soft chocolate color. A swift two fingers of white head slips away almost instantly. Brussels lacing graces the sides of the glass as it drains.

A toasted malt note takes first watch in the aroma, then stands next to a distant chocolate impression. A light berry undercurrent holds hands with a yeasty doughiness at the finish.

On first sip, a roasted malt grain character makes the initial assertion, complete with a baked-crust biscuit presence. A gentle, somewhat vague fruit note builds in the middle along with a distant yeast tartness and a mild current of spice. The sturdy malt backbone surfaces again toward the end, along with a mellow cooked grain earthiness that carries through to the finish.

Medium bodied, the maltiness lends an almost tangibly chewy texture which slides away slowly after coating well.

The flavor here is a simple smooth blend of basic tasty elements. The malt goes through a progression of flavor phases, and they end up leaving a very good impression overall. At the same time, and in a smaller way, the simplicity doesn't do a lot to make it stand out. Drinking it is easy enough, and certainly not disappointing, yet I'm just okay with the idea of having another, not all moony faced and ga-ga. In a nutshell, I'm not floored, but there's nothing that puts a true black mark on its permanent record, so let's face it, it's not bad at all. (1,420 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Carlsbad Pizza Port 12 Hour Belgian Beer Festival. Had a cloudy brownish color and a creamy light tan head which left behind spidery lacing. The nose was sweet mainly; of raisins and plums, caramel, bready malt, and a slight spiciness.
The taste was sweet throughout, with little counterbalancing hops. Lots of candy sugar, caramel, overripe plums and raisin flavors up front. A decent yeasty malt backbone. A mild herbal hops finish. Just a touch of spice but nothing to impact the heavy fruitiness that’s prevalent from start to finish. The feel was medium-bodied and creamy.
Westmalle’s dubbel is a nice brew that’s pretty easy to drink but the rather heavy sweetness wouldn’t have me drinking much more than one before I’d feel kinda full. All in all, a good beer but I expected a bit more balance. (824 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark burgandy / brown color with a 3" thick head. The head receded to the surface in a few minutes. The aroma was great as caramel, yeast, bread, and light fruit were leaping from the glass. The flavor was also great as the what was sensed by the nose was matched by the tongue with the addition of raisins and plums.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a dry finish. The caramel and bread tones last long on the tongue after swallowing. The alcohol not noticebale at all. This is an exceptional drinking dubbel. (522 characters)

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

On-tap at Lucky Baldwin's Belgian Festival. It's a somewhat murky brown with traces of red. Ripe fruit is present in the smell and taste. Althought it's a very nice beer, my expectations were a bit elevated and the taste didn't quite come through like expected. Everything works nicely together, but it's not a world-beater. (324 characters)

Photo of cypressbob
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330m brown bottle, with raised glass stamped "westmalle" around the neck.

Upon opening, the beer froths out of the bottle in a volcanic like action, pouring a dark bodied beer with an amber head which last for several minutes.

Medium carbonation levels, carmelly taste with a light malty sweetness and warmth. Strong fruity esters of banana and dried fruits. Very drinkable.

Smooth, malty flavour with a nice alcohol kick.

One of the first beers to really turn me to the dark side (ie. dark belgians) All in all, one of my favourite beers, an almost flawless performance


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Update 11 March 2004

Just to add, i've had many of these beers since then and they've all been up to scratch, amazing brews

I've increased my review slightly for this reason


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Update June 29th 2004

Still a fantastic beer, after rochefort 10, st bernardus 12 and abbaye des rocs, it still impresses and holds its own



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Update 12th July 2004

A bit blander than I recall, lack or flavour and aroma, too fizzy and not as smooth (1,054 characters)

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
92 out of 100 based on 1,150 ratings.