Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
92
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Reviews: 1,149
Hads: 2,437
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 168
Gots: 330 | 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 Goblinmunkey7
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fluffy, bubbly, light-tan head. Starts off aggressive, but the carbonation is too high to hold it all. Head drops to a spotty cap and solid collar after a couple minutes. Some sheets of lacing break apart and leave spotty notches. Dark amber/burgundy. Relatively clear with only a slight haze.

Smell: Candi sugar. Dark fruits in the vein of cherries, plums, and raisins. Sweetness jumps out, but it's nice and mellow. Yeast is restrained yet present. Clove and banana. Bready with some apple skin and grapes. Touches of caramel malts and sweetness. Candied goodness. Complex and mellow.

Taste: Yeast up front. Spicy like pepper with a big fruit layer thrown underneath. Clove drops and never lets go. Some ripe banana and raisins. Lots of raisins. Some crisp apple and caramel sweetness help balance things out. Powdery. Yeast pushes some earthiness as well. Candi sugar adds some much needed sweetness. Dustings of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Dry with a slightly higher than anticipated carbonation. Prickly and almost thin at times, but not quite.

Overall: I had this shortly after I turned 21 and it blew my mind. Drinking it now, it's still pretty tasty. A lot less mindblowing, but well-balanced and nuanced. A touch too carbonated for me in the long run. Flavors are on point though. (1,298 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn’t know that Westmalle had another offering besides their tripel, but I’m glad I found it.

A: Pours half-head and half body – hazy, brownish-red under a pillow of tan bubbles. Slowly, the bubbles settle to a small, creamy layer of beige retention. Lacing sticks out everywhere, chunky and tall.

S: Light, fruity, and beautifully complex; the scents are very forward with raisin and white wine. Oaky alcohol, black cherry, toffee, clove, marshmallow, and candi sugar aromas are all there in a dark, sugary maltiness. Nice esters, cinnamon, and tannic husk come through via the proprietary yeast strain, a full and unique combination of earthy dryness.

T: Belgian flavors abound, with dark flavors of yeast and leafy grains; it starts with bold tobacco, toffee, sweet tea, caramel, maple, and cinnamon-raisin bread, an intricate tone of yeasts. Bitters come forward with grapefruit rind, lime, spicy hops, and clove, rounded out by a bright grape and fig sweetness. It’s dry, with those grassy hops and traces of roasts and burnt sugar; husky and dry. A taste of vinous alcohol and the spice of toasted bread finishes this brew out with a mild, astringent aftertaste.

M: Has a moment or two of biting bubbliness before it goes down, causing the bitterness to come out bigger than the rest. Odd for a dubbel, but not unwelcome; it’s still quite full-feeling.

O: Satisfying and complex, this trappist ended up giving me a memorable experience. It wasn’t an incredibly satisfying palate, but it was nice and well-rounded; I’d buy it again, especially if I could find it really fresh somewhere. (1,613 characters)

Photo of drzauis
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into goblet style glass.

APP- A dark caramel color, poured with a healthy head, dissipated fairly quickly. Very little lacing.

Aroma - Hits strong with deep fruity aroma, leaving way for a chocolaty, sweet smell shortly after.

Taste - Very similar to aroma, big dark fruits leading off, then a thick sweet caramel - malty taste, which coats the mouth. Hints of acidity, but very little in the taste of alcohol.

MF - Light carbonation, medium bodied, but as mentioned coats the palate with an aftertaste of deep roasted caramel malts.

OVR - A very drinkable beer, quite complex, and the alcohol is very well masked. I find the balance between the sweetness of the roasted malts, and the acidity / sour of the fruitiness just a little off. The only reason it scored lower in certain areas. (815 characters)

Photo of donteatpoop
3.41/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice tan head at the top of a dark chocolate brown hazy ale. There was really very little lacing.

Nice bready yeast aroma; figs and prunes.

Dark fruits and grain, a nice blend. The molasses fringe on the taste is present, as is common with the style... But it's still one of my least favorite aspects of dubbels in general.

Smooth enough, a nice creamy mouthfeel.

Overall a pretty good dubbel, typical of the style. Good example of the style, I'm just not generally a fan.... I'd drink this again if someone offered it but I wouldn't seek it out. (552 characters)

Photo of Beelzebeer
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, served in a chimay goblet. Best before May 27, 2012

A - Dark coffee mahogany colour, with 1" dense head. Quickly dissipated, no lacing

S - Brown sugar, dark fruits. All very subtle.

T - Medium-high carbonation off the top, leading into fig, low percentage dark chocolate, a little burnt malt. Mild astringent/sour aftertaste which is not pleasing.

M - Full bodied, but not too thick. Clings to the mouth.

Because I really enjoy dark Belgians of all kinds, I feel the bottle I had must have been past it's prime, as it's very close to the best-before date on the bottle. I've never had it before now, but will give it another go if the opportunity arises. (668 characters)

Photo of jonb5
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, poured into Leffe chalice. Dark brown, thick, one and a half finger head, reasonable retention. Smelled pleasant phenol but not much else. Tasted roasted Maris Otter style malts and phenol. Bitter aftertaste with a hint of citrus hop at the very end. Mouthfull was coarse, not what I expected. Overall I was slightly disapointed, not as complex as I would have liked, would probably benefit from aging. (416 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Best before date is 27/07//12.

Appearance: Pours a dark and cloudy brown with a hint of amber. A little bit of sediment and lots of bubbles. Big four finger off white head which slowly fades into a thin layer. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Rich aroma of fruits. Sweet bready caramel malts with some Belgian yeast and clove spice. Big smell of dark fruits. Hints of alcohol soaked raisins, plums, prunes, and dark grape juices. Also a hint of banana and a good amount of candied sugar. Hop presence is very subtle. A very juicy smell.

Taste: Like the smell leads, a big fruity taste with some good spice. Starts with some Belgian yeast and spicy cloves. Rich taste of dark fruits with notes of raisins, plums, grapes, prunes, and a little banana. Moderate amount of candied sugar and a subtle presence of earthy hops towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Very juicy and slick. Fairly sweet but finishes dry. Very smooth.

Overall: A great authentic Belgian Dubbel. Great fruity taste with a nice spicy kick. (1,125 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 23/08/13

A: Pours a very cloudy dark mahogany to brown in color. The beer has a finger tall soapy dark beige head that reduces to a thin film covering a large patch of the center of the surface of the beer and a much thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: The beer has a sweet smell, there is a definite malt presence along with spices and some dark fruit (plums).

T: The beer starts with an almost chocolate-like flavor and then you move into the malty sweetness. There are hints of spices as well as some dark fruit sweetness (plum). The beer gets a little sweeter as it warms. The flavors are quite complex.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and quite enjoyable. The alcohol is very well hidden and there is a nice complexity to the flavors. Definitely one to get again. (909 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best buy 5/18/2012.

11.2oz served into a Chimay chalice.

A - Garnet brown body with a 1.5 inch khaki head that never dies. Good spots of lacing.

S - Cooked plantains, brown sugar, raisin bread, molasses, coconut alcohol.

T - Caramelized brown sugar, plums, has a mushroom earthiness, sugary dates, some spiced bread, alcohol lingers, light strawberry bubblegum flavors, faint coconut on the edges. Brown bread crust comes back around the finish.

M - Moderate carbonation, thin medium bodied.

This is a complex brew that has many layers of flavors but lacks a "good home feel" that I like out of Dubbels. Still very good. (627 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got a chance to pick up a small bottle of this up at Gary's in Wayne over the weekend. This was on my list of "to try" beers and after enjoying it, I can't believe that it took so long for me to to finally have one of these. While it was quite strong and took a while to down, I enjoyed this immensely and would easily have another bottle if given enough time!

Loved the pour to this - with a cloudy plum hue, great lacing, and a head that would put any ice cream float to shame. Not as much sugar in the nose or mouthfeel as I expected but there was tons of plum and fruit to balance out the alcohol quite nicely. This was full without feeling heavy with just a bit of grain to enhance everything else. This had the feeling of cognac or port since the carbonation was low, but the strength of this beer was deceptive, from start to finish.

I could certainly feel the effect of the alcohol when I finished the bottle along with the influence of dark fruit. No spice or lambic-like sourness here, just a wonderfully warm and inviting beer that called for a slow drinking session to enjoy it. No doubt that this deserves to be called one of the classics and a must-try for all who love a well-crafted and enjoyable brew. Highly recommended. (1,252 characters)

Photo of Luigi
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a cloudy rich brown color with a three finger light tan fluffy head. The retention leaves lacing rings all around the glass.

The aroma is sweet and sour. Full of ripe fruit. Hints of red grapes and hints of caramel.

The flavor is full of caramel and ripe fruit. hints of grapes, caramel, toffee, and even some chocolate. The alcohol brings in some sweetness as well. Hop bitterness is mild, reminds me of sour citrus fruit. The bitterness even lingers a bit on the tongue, but very mild.

Creamy mouth feel and a little slick on the palate. Finishes semi dry, lightly carbonated, and is very easy to drink.

Hands down one of my favorite Trappist Dubbel ales. (674 characters)

Photo of tony223366
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It looks like a murky chestnut color. Head is tan and three fingers. Retention is decent. Lacing is already apparent. Definitely a good looking beer.

S: I'm a little stuffy but I can still get some really rich dark fruits. There's some breadiness that's apparent too. It's more bread than grain. Like booze or cognac soaked figs or raisins or something.

T: Well the finish is amazing for 7%. Like amazing. There's something off in the front end that I can't put my finger on. It's just a hair in front of the dark fruits and caramel. I think it's actually something along the lines of grain. Well that quickly turns into an amazing array of dark fruits and rich cognac. That turns into this boozy caramel finish that's just so rich and delicious.

M: Medium to light mouthfeel that's smooth and delicious.

O: This is a classic for a good reason. In this case it's more than the sum of its parts. It's rich and decadent. Extremely pleasant to be sipped slowly at the end of the night. (991 characters)

Photo of lnashsig
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

#BOTG number 19! Yes, yes, I have NEVER had this beer somehow. My belgian self-education must happen at some point, right?

Poured from bottle slowly into my Chimay chalice. Pours a murky dark brown translucent color, some dark orange/brown hues appear as the light hits the bottom of the glass. A nice rich fluffy off white/tan head fills the glass, and stays around for awhile, covering the sides of the glass with thick lace and leaving a creamy 1 finger of head when its done receding. Beautiful looking beer. Smell- dark fruits like raisins, some aged cherries, brown sugar. Not all that much going on with the aroma. Taste- WOW. cognac, cherries, brown sugar, raisins. This is an incredibly creamy and rich ale, perfectly carbonated and a perfect example of the style. My night has been much improved having had this ale tonight. The yeast Westmalle uses is legendary and deservedly so. Amazing. (902 characters)

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

11.2 Oz poured into a goblet

A- Finger and a half of and off white head, under it sits a dark dark brown that is hazy, nothing gets through here. Ridiculous lacing and head retention.

S- Definitely Belgian, the belgian yeast smell is most dominant. Very sugary sweet and caramel sweet. A lot of dark fruits in here like figs, prunes and raisins. An excellent smelling dubbel.

T- A bitter sweet punch of dark fruits up front. A lot of those figs coming through as well as raisins. A lightly flavored malt profile, pretty breaddy with some wheat and rye characteristics. Caramel and candy sugar in here. Flavor is different with every sip but lacks power.

M- A unique frothy, foamy mouth feel. Its silky smooth and goes down pretty well. Leaves the mouth with a nice aftertaste and a refreshing feel.

O- I have not had too many dubbel's before, but this one is superb. Will be buying more Westmalle for sure. (911 characters)

Photo of kcinlober
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark ruby color but no opacity. huge, brown head with extensive lacing

aroma: citrus, fruit, bready and a hint of yeast

mouthfeel: slightly sour, a little bitter, easy to drink. again with a little citrus but as opposed to the aroma, this is definitely stronger on the yeast end (292 characters)

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

A-pours a dark ruby with three fingers worth of a rocky creamy head

S-rich malt, light molasses, caramel, and a decent amount of fruits like bananas and plums

T-taste matches the smell and exceeds it. Rich malt gives a good breadlike backbone, caramel and toffee, some dark fruit and raisins

M-medium body, very good amount of carbonation, leaves a bit of a raisin taste in the mouth

Overall an amazing beer. A truly great dubbel. (434 characters)

Photo of julian89
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank on 3/15/2012
Poured from bottle into Chimay sniffer.

Appearance: An amber brown color, quarter inch head, no lacing. Center base carbonation leaves a continuous head in the center of the glass.

Smell: Clear light smell of sugar, plum, and raisins.

Mouthfeel: Cool, frothy, and excellent carbonation. Smooth on the palate.

Taste: Good, no big alcohol taste like the triple. Very strong raisin and sweet sugar aftertaste.

Overall: Excellent dark belgian dubel. Will return. (484 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated 27/05/12 and poured into a chalice.
Finger of off light brown head and a deep deep reddish brown body.
Alcohol, sweet caramel, and dark fruit aromas.
Lots of the sweetness and dark fruits in the taste. Bitter and spicy.
Medium bodied with prickly carbonation.
The 33cl bottle is not big enough. I want to drink this all night. (333 characters)

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

Pours a cloudy rich brown with a red tinge. Great foamy tan head with good retention. Rich aroma with emphasis on the malt. Sweet caramel malt with some darker roasts and a fruity ester. Taste is the highlight here, orgy comes to mind. Rich caramel and darker malt, chocolate and nutty. Fruity esters also play a big role, date and raisin, entertaining to the last drop. Mouthfeel is very smooth, hint of alcohol. Overall a fantastic beer. Make sure you serve this at the right temp and you won't be disappointed. (513 characters)

Photo of Duke
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(From a champagne goblet)

Appearance: Westmalle Dubbel pours a lovely mahogany-burgundy colour with a cloudiness that renders it almost completely opaque. I didn't see much head, but what was there dissipated quickly, leaving the thin cap of light white bubbles on top.

Smell: The scents are fruity, very fig-like with some red grapes in there, and some cherry at the back, and they're all admirably bold. There's a bit of yeast in the nose too.

Taste: Slightly bitter hoppy beginnings before the fruits take over. I'm getting a bit of that yeast too, but the big thing for me is the grape, and the beer tastes winey, but there's a bit of caramel in there too. All the flavours in this beer are big - nothing hides.

Mouthfeel: This is a medium body with a bold fizz. That well-carbonated finish is arguably a little too much.

Overall: The smell and flavour of the Westmalle Dubbel leave me wanting more and more, but dubbels are easy to come by here in Vancouver so there's a lot of competition for it. I'd usually pick a dubbel with a less aggressive fizz. (1,062 characters)

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

Best by 2/3/12

A - Pours a deep mahogany with some suspended material and almost two fingers of tan head. Head has outstanding retention and leaves rings of lacing.

S - Caramel, candi sugar and dark fruit aromas, with raisin, fig and maybe a bit of cherry. Also has a decent bread aroma.

T - Starts off a bit sweet, with caramel, fruit and candi sugar, but a yeast spiciness soon takes over. Some bread malt near the finish and another shot of spiciness on the finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel with lively carbonation and a dry spicy finish.

O - Very good overall. Not too sweet with a nice bread and spice presence. (618 characters)

Photo of Edwaka01
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Chimay goblet.

A - Deep, dark, mysterious burgundy. 1 finger head, fades fast, leaves thin layer on top, cinnamon like dusting from my inability to hold back 100% of yeast.

S - Toffee, Caramel, licorice root, cinnamon, tons of yeast.

T - Candi sugar, TONS of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, yeastiness again.

M - Medium bodied with a slight coating effect.

O - So far the hype of the Trappists has not done the beers favor in my opinion. They are all great, but I'm always expecting more going in. Still a fantastic beer. (538 characters)

Photo of Nay
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's amazing how much non-chocolate, non-coffee roasted malt flavors are packed into this beer: Light and dark fig sweetness balanced with just enough hop bitterness and alcohol. Lingering phenolic and bitter finish. Mouthfeel just goes on and on, but carbonation quality a bit prickly, and not smooth nor carbonic, either of which might make the beer a little better.

Very tasty, but not stupendous. (402 characters)

Photo of bluesfan1181
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a goblet.

A - Has a dark brown, ruby red color with an eggshell color 2 finger head. Lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom.

S - Dark fruits and cherries with yeasty, bread notes. Some fig, cloves, and toffee detected. Alcohol is in there too.

T - A slight hop bitterness on the front, The middle is all plum, raisins, cherries, figs, and yeast. Blends together beautifully. The back has a slight alcohol burn with a red wine dryness.

M - Medium mouthfeel, that is very creamy. Carbonation is very good due to bottle conditioning.

Overall, a trappist monastery in Belgium shines again. This is one of my new favorites for the style. Second behind Rochefort 8 for me. Haven't had Westy 8 to compare so this is second in my book. (768 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

.33L bottle served in a Belgian snifter. BB dated 28 Jan. 2015 - but i didn't want to wait any longer. This was my favorite beer for a while, during and following a visit to Belgium. I haven't had it for a few years except one small tasting, so let's see how it holds up.

Appearance: dark brown with a variable density light brown head. Good retention and lacing. Some sediment remained in the bottle even after extracting every last drop of liquid.

Smell: Dark bread with a load of raisins, dates, ripe bananas and generic dried dark fruits. Hints of pears, dried plums and spices. Light alcohol esters.

Taste: Similar to aroma profile but stronger, with more plum, and less sweet. This 7% ale drinks like 3-4%. Rich, bitter-sweet (leaning clearly towards bitter), and lasting flavor. Bordering 4.5

Feel: Smooth, medium-full body; medium carbonation that seems just right.

Overall: Excellent! World class for style. Unfortunately not cheap in the U.S. A great sipper: engaging, flavorful, interesting and easy to drink. The look, smell, flavor and feel all seem just right for each other. Highly recommended! (1,117 characters)

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
92 out of 100 based on 1,149 ratings.