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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
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Ratings: 2,372
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 151
Gots: 290 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a decent-sized tan head. The aroma is heavy on the raisins and cherries with some nice brown sugar notes. I also get some yeast notes. The flavor is not as fruit as the aroma. I get some raisins and plum notes, but what is more prevalent is the toffee from the malt. The yeast is also present in the flavor. There is some brown sugar flavor but the beer is fairly dry overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A world classic beer that never disappoints.

Photo of psuKinger
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle "best before 2/3/2012" (roughly 6 months from now... not sure how far out from bottling date Westmalle sets there "best by" date), poured into Chimay chalice.

A: Deep murky brown hue with a huge frothy lightbrown head on top (over a fingers worth, in a wide chalice), with "pancake batter" bubbles in the middle.

S: Yeasty, bready, and hints of caramel sweetness in the nose.

T: Taste follows the nose, but the tones of yeast and bread are more subdued than in the nose. A mellow candied sweetness and distinct notes of caramel are present. Dark fruits are also detectable, but very much in the background and also on the very back end of the flavor profile of this beer.

A nice bitterness on the back end rounds this brew out nicely, and keeps everything in balance.

M: Light and lively, this brew is well-carbonated and creamy in the mouth. It finishes with a good bitter-sweetness.

D/O: Remarkably drinkable. It's balanced, light, bitter-sweet, and enjoyable. I would gladly follow this beer up with another.

Photo of bamadog
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been walking by this one for a few years now, so I figured I should pick one up and give it a shot. Review is from notes taken on 8/2/2011 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a relatively dark coppery color with some nice ruby highlights; starts with a big 2 and 1/2 finger, dusty tan head with decent retention; body is dark, but fairly clear and it shows quick and slight carbonation bubbling up;

Smell: Not especially potent, but there are some nice dark fruits with a hint of citrus in there; some rich caramel notes as well; not too bad, but I do wish it was a bit stronger.

Taste: Definite presence of some Belgian Candi sugars right away, with a backing of dark, spicy fruits (raisins and figs); bit of a bitter and metallic presence along with some warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: I feel the carbonation is a bit strong and it comes across sharp; body is a little lighter than I expected, and if it were thicker it may help tame the over abundant carbonation; a thin, dry coating is left of the roof of the mouth; belly is left warm from the alcohol and I eel that the carbonation helps that along.

Overall: Worth a shot, but I have to wonder if sitting for a couple of years may ease the sharpness of the body, which is easily my least favorite aspect of this beer.

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

How I missed rating this previously I don't know, since it is my favorite home beer, and living 7 miles from the Abbey makes it that much easier.

Pours a rich dark brown with about two fingers of head, which dissipates fairly quickly.

The aroma is a combination of malt and sweet, with raisin standing out from the others.

Taste reflects the smell, with the malt flavor at a great level, not overpowering. The hops are subtle but important, creating a wonderful balance.

Feels fantastic in the mouth, with a low level of carbonation, but great flow feel/viscosity, leaving the tongue wishing it was their longer, but the throat calls out for it.

My favorite regular Belgian beer, and definitely my favorite dubbel.

Photo of axeman9182
3.51/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle with a "best by" date of September 29, 2012. This one was allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Westmalle Dubbel pours a typical dark purple/brown. Ruby red highlights shine through with some exuberance when the beer is held to light. The light tan colored foam maxes out at over four fingers in height, and shows some solid retention. Lacing isn't nearly as widespread as it should be though. The nose doesn't have quite the amount dark fruits than I'd like, and the result is an aroma that's a little too phenol heavy to really appeal to me. The flavor has a similar dark fruit deficiency, but unlike the nose it's at least replaced somewhat by a toffee note. The clove, spicy phenol notes on the back end are intense, and threaten to overwhelm the beer. The mouthfeel at least has the excellence I've come to expect from trappist beers. The body is beguilingly light for a beer with a definite sweetness in its flavor profile. At the same time the carbonation, even at the bottom of the glass, is active enough to give the beer a vibrant energy. Westmalle Dubbel is a solidly brewed beer, I'm just not a huge fan of the fruity ester vs phenols balance in this one.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark copper brown/red tint. Nice 1 inch creamy head with some lacing.

Smell - Floral, apples, rasin, sugars, malts, belgian yeasts. Lemon banana, cherry also come out.

Taste - Starts with a nice cherry and sweet apple taste. Smooth, floral and flavorful. Malts are present along with sugars and spices. Yeast is there and adds some grassy bitterness. Alcohol is masked well, only comes out at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, Has a sweet and sour effect on mouth. Tounge gets the sweetness of apple and sugars, palette gets malts and yeast. Some warmth from the alcohol comes up at the end. Aftertaste is mild and bitter from the yeast.

Overall - Very smooth and easy to drink. The floral fruit flavors really add bold sweetness. Each drink is balanced, sweet with mild yeast in the background. The beer is affordable, widely avaible and a great example of the style. One of the best.

Photo of jrenihan
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep brown, with hints of reddish amber. Off-white head of decent thickness sits atop and has some serious retention. Excellent lacing.

The smell is great: full of Belgian yeast, fig, raisin, plum, brown sugar and a bit of booze. Reminiscent of a port. Very sweet and malty.

Taste is very similar the smell, and just as good. The raisin and plum flavour comes through a little more strongly, and the beer is not as sweet as expected (though certainly has a lot of sweetness to it. A fairly bready flavour. A bit of a kick at the end, in the aftertaste- not really spicy, but a zip is present. Great.

Nicely medium bodied with a subtly carbonation. Bready body feels very nice.

Overall, a fantastic beer. The best dubbel that I have had. A classic.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel pours a beautiful and opaque amber-brown with rich red undertones. The head pours a rich 1/2 inch that rings the edge of the glass nicely. There is a generous amount of lacing. Unfortunately the head vanishes quickly. That is fine. It is time to take a sip of this delicious looking beer.

It is hard to explain the rich array of smells and flavors coming from this ale. My first impression is of a fine cognac. This doesn't smell exactly like a cognac but it does achieve a delicate balance of liquor and dried fruit aromas. The beer does have an immediate liquor smell. The liquor is somewhat unconcealed. The crystal malts are so redolent of a warm winter hearth. I smell fig, smoked tobacco, banana and clove. As the ale warms the esters become present. There is a slight amount of spicy and floral hops to balance this drink out.

I can't easily describe the taste but it is fantastic. First, the water taste hard. I detect some mineral presence. The malts come up behind. They are smoky and the predominant flavor is of cocoa. The hops have a spicy tingle. There is no way of ignoring this ales strong alcohol taste. It is worth braving for this drink is so delicious. It finishes with hints of anise and black licorice. There is a moderate amount of bitterness that clings to my tongue for a about half a minute. After some time It begins to feel like I have been enjoying a nice bar of dark chocolate.

Ultimately, this beer ends with a well balanced blend of chewy and almost leathery malts. The balance tips towards the malt/alcohol side but the hops dash around in the background giving this beer a bright spunky spark. The beer goes down smooth and beckons for another taste. This beer is wonderful in all aspects. The flavors are distinctive and each sip is a pleasure. This would pair very well with desert foods. It is a perfect evening beer.

Photo of SkipWeathers
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - luxurious appearance; served in tulip glass. Dark red-brown with powdery off-white head, yielding clusters of yeast after it dissipates.

S - vinuous; very subtle, not overwhelming

T - cherry primarily; dark fruits, dark chocolate; cola and oak

M - peppery, not overly sweet; I love how the true Belgian ales are not too sweet and in your face

O - A great example of one of my favorite styles; moderate and balanced. Not too high in alcohol, not too sweet or too sour.

Photo of DavidST
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a goblet, best before date of 5/27/12.

This pours a hazy brownish color with a large light brown head with large bubbles which quickly goes away (which seems to be different than most reviewers here). The smell is nice, very fruity with a hint of caramel. The mouthfeel is nice medium thickness lots of carbonation. The taste is good different than I expected, there is a hint of sweetness, maybe a little bit of fruit and some malts but then it finishes dry and spicy good stuff.

Photo of kojevergas
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

33cl brown glass bottle with classic pressure cap served into a La Trappe goblet in Nijmegen, Holland. Reviewed live.

A: 1.5 finger head of nice cream lacing and good thickness. Excellent retention for the relatively high ABV. Overall, the head is soft and delicate. I'd say it's about six minutes. Dark solid brown colour. Nontransparent.

Sm: Cream, nutty hops, and maybe yeast. A very mild strength scent; it's difficult for me broken nose to detect individual distinct notes. All apologies, lads.

T: Lovely cream undertones stay consistent (and welcome) throughout, a wonderful effect. Lightly nutty. Some date fruit notes, but I wouldn't call them esters. I don't get any caramel, as noted in other reviews - or even any caramelized malt. Maybe some figgy touches, but if so they're buried. Exquisite. Brilliantly spectacularly balanced. Some sort of wood is present, but not in the barrel aged sense of that description. Incredibly well built, but not as complex as it ought to be.

Mf: Creamy, smooth, and wet. Perfectly complementary of the flavours in the body.

Dr: Relatively high ABV, very fairly priced, and incredibly easy to drink. It's very commercially available and it's high quality. It's a shame people may try to make counterfeit Westvleteren with the bottles, but the beer isn't to blame. She's certainly worth a go if you like beer.

Photo of RobJTejas
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a nutty brown with a creamy head. Loads of carbonation and heavy lacing

S- sweet fragance of dried fruit like raisin or current with a hint of roasted nuts & caramel.

T- sweet like dates at first then a note of smokey carmel finish.

M- Terrific mouthfeel, very drinkable before during or after a meal.

O- absolutely lovely.

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chimay goblet.

Pours a cloudy hazy brown, with a silky, creamy smooth head that slowly reduces in size.

Smells of dark fruit and caramel.

Tastes of malts and sugary flavours, with some intermingled spices and a vague fruitiness. At the end it becomes dry with some hops coming through giving it a fruity bitterness, as well as alcohol giving a warming characteristic.

Overall an excellent beer, though heavier, darker and more of a winter/cold weather beer than the tripel.

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

Got this one from the local grocery shop.
Look: pours a nice dark brown color with a thick light brown-white head.
Smell: Sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, spicy hops
Taste: dark fruits, yeast, sweet malts and caramel, with a spicy hoppy finish.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation with a medium body
Overall: A nice beer, very easy to drink. Never lets you down

Photo of kevo237
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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

750mL bottle (bottled 16/06/10; best before 16/06/12) poured into a Duvel tulip.

Mahogany color with a dense, creamy light tan head.

Smell of spice, dark fruit, caramel malt.

Taste follows nose: spice, dates, figs, candi sugar, caramel malt. Luxurious, tingly mouthfeel. Really easy to drink this.

This is one of the better examples of the style, which isn't my favorite but I'm gaining a new appreciation for it.

Photo of scbrew
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a light beige head. Has a nice sweet plum/raisin aroma. The spiced fruity flavor is coupled with wonderful abbey yeast compliments you would expect from this brewery. The body was very smooth and went down far too easy. Left me wanting another.

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 danieelol
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours with a very frothy head. Seems like the head of a light lager rather than a dubbel, and is rather impermanent. 3.5

S: When the head is big, the smell is pure raspberries and some bread (yeast). It really smells like a fruit beer or kriek with the prominence of the raspberries and blueberries etc. Also some caramel, treacle and bread and butter pudding. Very complex and delicious nose. 5

T: Bread which is met with some dry ethanol. Also some berries and custard from the nose but no sweetness. 4

M: Very light and highly carbonated. 3.5

O: Easily the most enjoyable dubbel I've had to date. The berry and custard flavours are really juicy and vibrant. 4.5

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No goblet available, I poured this one into an oversize wine glass.
Marked "Best before 27/07/12"
A. My pour got me two fingers of light, foamy looking head. The body was a very nice looking brown, about a shade darker than dark chestnut. Head dissipated down to a thick ring and a light overall frosting.

S. Light caramel and sweet malt were my first takes. Searching deeper I found dark fruit and bananas.

T. Taste followed the nose, but did one better. I got mild hops between the malt and the dark fruit, with some nice spices on the end.

M. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, this beer glides on down. Tasty and refreshing, the spices on the end build to a very nice taste that stays with you.

Photo of AdamBear
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-dark cherry brown with a consistent thin cream colored head

S-smells like a wet dog with some nice belgian sugars. strong scent.

T-comes in with good caramelized belgian sugars that aren't powerful, but are nice and smooth, much like pumpernickel. there's a crisp after-taste of caramelized belgian sugars. its all very subtle.

M-medium carbonation with a crisp finish

O-overall this is a subtle but impressive dubbel. it'll satisfy any craving for a good belgian. i enjoyed this all the way through. It tastes better every time I get it.

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

The beer is chestnut brown with a red nuance, slightly hazy with lots of small bubbles, a beige head that leaves som lacing.

The smell is in the sour milk area, with lots of sweet dried fruits, raisins, and yeast. Dried grass and brown bread.

Sweet raisins and brown sugar upfront, complemented with sour fruits and bitter seeds.

Rather high carbonation, a rich body and a dry finish.

In all good, especially with a ripe goat cheese and bread. This was sampled and compared with the bottle, more smell and taste.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into snifter glass. Pours dark brown beer with big and beige head. Aroma is full, plums, raisins, some redcurrants and syrup sweetness; overally aroma is full and fruitfull, pleasant. Almost full-bodied, smooth and nice to drink. Lot of dark fruits also in the flavor, plums and raisins. Flavor is not very sweet, but balanced and quite dry and long aftertaste. Medium bodied and sticky mouthfeel. Decent carbonation throughout. Dry caramel malt finish. Pleasant dubbel.

Photo of jethrodium
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle. Pours a light cola brown with a very big very light tan head that sticks around for a long time and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is raisin, plum, some light licorice, some spicy yeast, and very light alcohol. The initial taste is raisin and plum. This then goes into some very light molasses with some spicy yeast on the finish. No alcohol in the taste. Pretty dry overall. Light body. Medium carbonation. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of jslot38
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

94 degrees outside in DC today, so a Belgian Dubbel, why not?

11.2oz bottle, best before 9/12, poured into my Gulden Draak tulip.

Appearance: Colour is a deep mahogany, showing no transparency. Some amber on the edges, with a pillowy off white head.

Smell: Nose is primarily bread and grains with a a touch of nuts and raisins.

Taste: A bit more dark fruit and candy sugar in the taste than in the nose. Still holds onto the malts heavily. Figs, raisins, nuts, and sugary sweetness all present. A bit of yeast flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Strong and crisp carbonation, a bit abrasive.

Overall: This is a strong example for the style, and balances the candy sugar and fruits with the malt backbone very well.

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