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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,242 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,242
Reviews: 1,127
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 134
Gots: 197 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000)
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Photo of BuckyFresh
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a large wine glass. Pours quite dark with a large-bubbled one-finger head. There is a little light finding its way through around the edges of the glass, and the color I can see is a lovely brown/ruby. The head recedes pretty quickly and there is minimal lacing present. I see some carbonation rising up from the bottom and some yeast particles dancing near the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Wonderful molasses aroma with dark fruits, yeast, raisins, and brown sugar giving this beer a smell characteristic of the style. There is just the right amount of alcohol detectable, and the spicy yeast balances well with the malty caramel sweetness. A+ aroma in my book!

Taste: Very smooth flavor with great malt sweetness, caramel, and a touch of chocolate. There isn't much bitterness in the taste itself, but there is a nice biting sensation from the yeast and alcohol. Each sip finishes pretty dry and leaves you wanting more; a nice contrast to the full malty character.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with adequate carbonation. Finishes dry on the palate and is warm throughout from the alcohol. Gets a bit sweeter and fuller as the beer warms.

Drinkability: This beer is pretty easy to drink, and the alcohol and malty sweetness is balanced by the dry finish. Quite refreshing and pleasant.

BuckyFresh, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Dubbel has a body that appears brown, but when held up to the light it is deep ruby color. The tan head is made up of mostly tight, uniform bubbles and is very thick and sticky looking. A constant stream of carbonation bubbles supply the head with good retention, but only a few sticky spots of lacing stay behind.

The aroma has lots of dark, sweet malt with a little bit of peppery phenols and some dark fruits.

The sweet malts lend a toffee flavor, and there are hints of candied sugar, but the flavor of Westmalle dubbel is much more diverse than the aroma. The malts are joined by peppery phenols and a punch of both anise and nutmeg. Hints of dark fruit are also lurking in the background, with currant and dark cherry flavors in the particular. Surprisingly, this beer also has a substantial hop punch in the middle, adding some grassy, spicy noble hop flavor. The aftertaste leaves me with a little bit of anise and the flavor of noble hops.

The mouthfeel is well done on this; there is a ton of carbonation to provide some effervescence, but it still manages to retain the feel of a full bodied beer.

Overall, Westmalle Dubbel is a good beer, with a surprisingly hoppy character to it. I guess it isn't much of a surprise when a trappist brewery puts out a good beer, but it is still very appreciated. Also, this beer drinks like something with half the ABV, and I cannot detect even a hint of the 7%ABV.

Hojaminbag, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured dark cloudy brown into a goblet with an impressive beige head. The head died down a little, but a layer of bubbles remained covering the surface. It looks like there is a medium level of carbonation from the bubbles rising near the edge of the glass.
S: Malty sweetness stands out in the gentle aroma along with some hints of fruits and spices.
T: It has a strikingly complex taste. There's malty chocolate sweetness in the initial taste followed by hints of fruits and spices. Meanwhile, the finish is dry, although this becomes a little sweeter as the beer warms up.
M: The beer feels medium-bodied on the palate and carbonation lends some smoothness.
D: It's relatively easy to drink and the alcohol is completely masked. The beer becomes easier to drink as it warms up.

metter98, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 33 cL bottle dated March 27, 2010 into a St. Bernardus challice.
A: Murky mahogany brown, it poured with a puffy, spritzy tan head that died to a film.
S: Brown sugar, raisin, banana, and cinnamon bread.
T: Heavy cinnamon raisin bread, cranberry vodka alcohol, leafy hops (though less so than Chimay beers), and slightly bitter--more so than the aroma suggests.
M: Thin, frothy, and almost spritzy.
D: I wouldn't want more than 750 mL in a sitting.

ne0m00re, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of JohnL9013
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A truly exceptional brew from Westmalle.

A: This beer pours a dark, dark cloudy amber with an exceptionally large 1/5" head and a literal wall of foam left on the glass with rings. Unbelievable.

S: A very balanced nose full of hops and dark roasted malts. It smells like a tripel. Excellent balance.

T: The taste is oddly biased towards the hops. I did not expect this; this is my first dubbel. It reminds me of American IPA's in terms of the hop presence, but with the exceptional Belgian malt touch and ungodly bottle conditioning. This beer is just nearly perfect in every respect...I can't find any fault with it. Wait for it to warm up, too, it only gets better!

M: High carbonation typical for this style of beer, and very pleasant nonetheless. I find there's an ability to taste Belgian beers like this for longer, even as they warm up, than their American counterparts because it's so clean and flavorful.

D: Watch out, 7%. I finished my small bottle and decided to take a long break!

JohnL9013, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of Long813
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated: 22/12/11, 1 16037
From: The Beer Temple

G: Chimay Chalice

A: Dark ruby red body with one finger of off white head. Dissipates to a thin ring rather quickly. Typical dubbel characteristics.

S: Funky yeast is prominate here, following dark fruits and some spices. The yeast is much stronger than other types I've had. I

T: Following the aromas, yeast is up front with figs following. There is also hints of various spices in the end.

M: Medium bodied and high carbonation. Frothy texture and sticky bitter aftertaste.

D: Good beer, it's a little to much funk for me, but it's an interesting experience.

Long813, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle @ Grovewood Tavern. 11.2oz into a goblet.

Looks great. Cloudy brown beer with some red highlights and a small tan head that sticks around.

Smells wonderful. Caramel base upon which raisins and plums dance. Yeast gives nice impressions of clove and even some chocolate and fruit.

Taste is really good. Aside from Westy 8, this is my favorite dubbel. It has everything I'm looking for...huge malty presence that gives caramel and bread crust impressions, a lively yeast that impresses spices and fruit on the tongue, and a solidly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Lively carbonation and decent body.

Drinkability was also good. This is good for everything a trappist beer ought to be good for.

jampics2, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of thisisxxmyIPA
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Much darker than I would expect for a dubbel, and foamed over when I opened it :(. I won't hold that against this beer. It is a dark tan color with an off white head that diminishes to a film.

S- Caramel malt and fig dominate. Sugary sweetness and barley twang in the background, a bit of alcohol

T- Fig, caramel, and a hefty serving of malt. Dark cherries, and other dark fruits are in the background. Slight bitter taste, barely any alcohol taste. Little bit tart at the end

M- bold, but medium body. Full flavor with a drinkable feel.

D- Extremely drinkable. Full of flavor, but does not weigh you down.

thisisxxmyIPA, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of jgasparine
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served at De Heeren Van Liedekerke, Belgium on 3/21/2010.

A- Poured from the tap with a 3/4" creamy light tan head, which was well-retained and created some beautiful lacing throughout. The body was a clear, mildly carbonated, orange-tinged dark brown. A visual wonder.

S- Smells of stewed malts, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, and rich melanoidins. Overall, a very rich nose which suggests great things to come on the palate...

T- Unfotunately, once on the palate, I got an underwhelming malt profile, which was quickly overtaken midway with a prominent metallic flavor. This metallic flavor dominated the palate through the finish- akin to sucking on a penny- eclipsing any other nuances that were there.

M- A medium body- well-attenuated- with a nice soft carbonation to it. Could stand to have a bit more texture or viscosity.

D- The metallic flavor was overwhelming and killed the drinkability of this beer... I did finish the glass, but did not want to order another one.

jgasparine, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of NightINgale
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl/330ml bottle poured into a Chimay glass...

A - Cloudy dark maroon in colour, with a rich rocky caramel head. Good head retention and some lacing.

S - Roasted malts, floral notes, and a pretty strong fruit profile (apples, banana, cherries, dates, etc.). Slightly acidic and yeasty. Very inviting.

T - Starts you off with some solid roasted bready maltiness, then going into a fruity combination, courtesy of the yeast strain. I was getting cherries, apples, and a bit of banana for the most part. Then you get some mild cinnamon spice and a bit of floral hops. Perhaps one could taste a little chocolate as well. Quite dry in the finish, with some lingering roasty bitterness. Quite complex overall, and definitely smooth.

M - Medium-bodied, a little crisp at first, but overall it is quite smooth. Not too peppery or spicy, but a little acidic. The alcohol is well-masked.

D - Quite good. This has got to be one of the best dubbels I've had, and I think it is a little step above Chimay Red (but I'm probably being subjective). Very balanced beer: not too complicated, yet full-flavoured and interesting.

NightINgale, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of juju7
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of those beers that I wanted to be more excited about but maybe I had my hopes set too high. Pours fine, looks fine, nice chocolate body with a rocky head. Smell is a touch muted, dried fruits and a hint of chocolate. Definitely higher in carbonation than I was expecting but overall a good beer. I think I was hoping for the best dubbel ever, which was probably too much to expect from any producer. Still, thoroughly enjoyed.

juju7, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of bump8628
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown with garnet highlights and a huge matrix of large, tan bubbles that eventually recede to a tight, creamy, pancake-like cap.

Westmalle Dubbel is reminiscent of under-ripe bananas dipped in caramel and toffee and then lightly dusted with cocoa powder, cinnamon, and clove. Earthy bitterness lingers on into the finish more than anticipated, which along with the ultra-dry finish, makes this Dubbel quite different from the American interpretations.

All in all a delightful Trappist ale.

bump8628, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of TheHammer
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into my Chimay chalice, boasts nice deep but cloudy brown color with a nice thumb of head. Didn't lace very much, but retained masterfully throughout the whole beer. Another thing of note is the bottom of the bottle was full a viscous brown yeast, which to me comes off as a good sign.

Smell: This beer needs to be left to warm, no question about it as only the barest scents of fruits and yeast are present at the beginning. However once it has warmed up yeasty pear and raisin notes dominate the experience with a light chocolate undertone.

Taste: A yeasty malt taste starts the beer off with a bit of disappointment, but soon it turns to a nice sweeter toffee and fruit taste. Notes of pears, berries, dates and plums that then end with a more chocolaty end that has a odd bit of acidic lemon, which seems a bit out of place.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is this beer is wondrous, and the sweet fruity malt aftertaste makes it's presence known and then swiftly departs, which is a bit of a disappointment. Nice crisp feeling if left in the mouth, and really it's only downside is how brief the aftertaste is.

Drinkability: Well, it's like drinking champagne, which is nice but it doesn't exactly leave for easy drinking. Refreshing and flavorful, but causing a little bit of a stir in the stomach. Still high points for an all around nice beer.

Final Thoughts: This beer was far superior to their Tripel that is for certain, and if you are looking for a nice treat, this is worth a pickup. Pretty much everything I'd expect from a Trappist beer, well brewed but has it's own kind of simplicity.

TheHammer, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of Stunner97
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- dark brown and cloudy in color very murky with little to no light shining through, big thick billowing tan foamy head, Very nice classic dubbel appearance

Smell- very nice malty and sweet smell, there is something on the nose thats nice cant quit pull exactly what it is yet, almost smell of apples, brown sugar, reminds me maybe of the smell of and apple cider, molasses,

Taste- starts a little bit sweet up front with more of that apple and brown sugar, but quickly fades off to what is a nice long lingering dry finish, alot more dry hop to the finish then I would have thought of the nose, balance is nice between sweet and dry,

Mouthfeel- Light crisp and refreshing with a good level of carbonation, and a definite drying finish

Drinkability- definitely high drinkable and I appreciate greatly about this beer is the fact they are able to make this a very nice flavorful dubbel while still maintaining its alcohol at 7 percent which is actually still manageable and doesnt knock you to hard like some can, the balance also also of dryness with sweetness to start make you really looking forward to your next sip, , If i had to say the overally most surprising part of this beer it would be its pronounced dryness, a very solid example of a trappist

Stunner97, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of BeerGodz
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Brown/copper color, cloudy, fluffy head with good retention & excellent lacing

Smell: Apple, raisin, Belgian yeast, leather

Taste: Up front: Dark fruit, caramel. Finish: Candi sugar, malt, spices - there is so much going on here

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation, and super smooth

Drinkability: Goes down reeeal easy

Overall Impression: An authentic Dubbel brewed in Belgium. Outstanding beer!!! Let's just say it's a Famous Trappist Ale for a very good reason.

BeerGodz, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

shared a fresh bottle with squaremile. this is my second time tasting it, but my first time reviewing it. had this after a westvleteren 12 and 8, and it stands remarkably well against the two.

appearance - 2 finger head, brown ale/copper color

smell - raisin, apple, dates

taste - apple and dark fruit, very complex

mouthfeel - smooth and easy finish

drinkability - easy to drink, enjoyable

djbreezy, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of stevefinny
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.33L Bottle

Appearance: Poured in Duvel Tulip Glass. Thick, creamy head almost 2 fingers thick. Seems to be molded into place.

Smell: Tart apples, candy sugar, caramel, dates, and slight coffee notes with brown sugar.

Taste: Creamy coffee. Chocolate. Dates. Pretty much everything i could smell was there in the taste. There's a dryness that lingers at the end.

Mouthfeel: Starts out extremely smooth than this dryness in your mouth that you can't quench so you have to keep drinking. Which is not a bad thing.

Drinkability: I could definitely drink this regularly. Great example Dubbel. It hides tha 7%abv really well.

stevefinny, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, amber color. 1 1/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of yeast, slight citrus (plum), slight hops, and sweet malt. Fits the style of a Dubbel. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, slight hop, slight sweet malt, slight grain, and slight citrus. Overall, a little more dry than I'm used too, but otherwise a good dubbel.

Tone, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of keithmurray
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into my chalice

Smells of brown sugar, molasses, tobacco and leather

Appearance is dark brown with a slight tan head, bits of sediment floating around

taste is of raisins, plums brown sugar and malts

this beer has a good amount of carbonation, you can detect a bit of the alcohol (it does check in at over 7%abv). Overall a good drinking beer, nice for a cool night indoors. I would def. revisit.

keithmurray, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany red with a consistent one finger tan creamy head that just stays in place without subsiding in any way. The carbonation level is incredibly active with tiny bubbles, this looks really good! Using a tulip glass.

Smells of candied malt, bananas, brown sugar, mild amounts of alcohol, bready, cocoa, and some vanilla. The aroma is delicate, it's not as aggressive as I would have thought.

Taste is dark fruits, mainly raisins and plums. Dark candied sugar malt and bittersweet cocoa; pretty much what I picked up in the nose. Just when the sweetness coats the tongue, the hops finish with just the right amount of bitterness before the alcohol settles in and gives it a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is superbly smooth and has a thin medium body.

Westmalle Dubbel is very well balanced as is most Belgian beers I've had, drinkability runs high and the moderate ABV level allows you to have two or three without fatiguing the tastebuds. Very well brewed for the style.

jzeilinger, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of notsobeersmart
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this is my first review bear with me please. pored on 02/17/10 best before 03/02/11

poors a dark caramel color with a lot of head creamy head with very little lacing also some nice little floaty bits that sink and leave a kind of goo in the bottom of your glass. 4.5

the smell is the best thing about this beer it very floral kind of bready and a little sweet and you really cant smell the alcohol at all. 5

a little citric to start fallowed by kind of coffee like taste then ending with a bit of Belgian sweetness that i am very fond of. 4

the mouth feel is a bit lacking for double i think it is a little watery the carbonation is very nice allowing the flavors to almost instantly travel across your mouth tickling the back of your throat at the very end. but over all not as thick as i would like. 3.5

i could have a another but the high abv is a little off putting but over all very nice. 4.5

note: i bought this from a import/organic food store in the us and it was very price like 12 bucks for a 11.2 oz a bottle there are other dubbels i would drink before this for that price but over a very good beer

notsobeersmart, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of boldcity2008
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: poured into a triple goblet glass with a hard pour at 40F, got a little head, and its lacing stuck to the walls and is lasting a long while.
Brown in color with some cloudiness because I poured it yeast and all.

S:plum like grapes, some leather overtones. sweet malt, rock candy
like, no hops, mild alchol hits the nose as it warms up

T: very rich and complex plum flavor, with rock candy sweetness, you get the malt and yeast falvors, little or no hops, but its nice and balanced out. not to sweet but it is a dubbel.

M: creamy, medium body, nice carbonation

D: easy to drink but the abv does sneak up on yea.

boldcity2008, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel. 2009

Appearance:
Dark, rich brown. Dark ruby red under light. Three finger head settles down to one. Beautiful clumpy tan head.

Aroma:
Caramel and fruity esters

Taste:
Goes down smooth and creamy. Sweet malts with caramel flavor are delicious. Date and banana fruit flavors. Finishes slightly dry with moderate spiciness.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Extremely drinkable. It's so smooth and creamy. A little on the sweet side, but it pulls it off.

BeerNemesis, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of Axic10
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours brown with a decent amount of head that is retained rather nicely. This leads to some amazing lacing.

Smell: Sweet apple, candied fruits, some spice, and belgian yeast.

Taste: Toffee, malty, some spices and candied fruits. Great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and somewhat creamy.

Drinkability: It's been well over two years since I've enjoyed a Westmalle, but as I was shopping at Whole Foods for Super Bowl food, I spotted this guy sitting there and decided to have one. Great idea as I can see this becoming a regular in my fridge. Such a great balanced beer.

Axic10, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of grub
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, best before 30/05/08. sampled feb 5/2010.

pours crystal clear deep brown with a big dark tan head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves a thick layer of lace.

aroma is good. nice belgian spice. bit of buttery toffee. raisin, date, and fig. bit of alcohol. whole wheat bread and cracker.

taste is good. belgian spice. date, fig, bit of raisin. light alcohol. buttery toffee. whole wheat bread. cracker. touch of dark chocolate. hint of anise. medium-low bitterness level. maybe a bit of smoke hiding in the background.

mouthfeel is good. slightly under medium body. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. good complexity. i think i'd lean more toward the witkap-pater dubbel i had before this, but mainly because it's a little more fruity whereas this one leans more toward the spicy side. i tend to prefer my dark belgians to be fruity rather than spicy, but that's more of a personal taste and this one is certainly right in line for the style.

grub, Feb 06, 2010
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,242 ratings.