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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
outstanding

2,235 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,235
Reviews: 1,127
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 134
Gots: 194 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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 erikm25
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice medium brown with extra rich dark red tint that becomes visible when held up to the light. This is the color of what a deep brown and crimson liquid candy would look like. Head is a nice tan color. Full lacing and retention.

S: Dark caramel, brown sugar, and roasted malts. A fruit presence was apparent and cinnamon spices abundant.

T: Raisin and grape type tastes were definitely present. These dark fruits balanced against chocolate and caramel richness.

M: Medium to full body but with a crisp and clean finish.

D: Highly drinkable.

erikm25, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of sholland119
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly murky ruby red with a thin tan head.

Smell is of dark fruits and alcohol.

Taste is oddly boozy with some caramel sweetness. Almost unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is a little thin.

A disappointing one and done for me. I do enjoy my Belgian dubbels but not this one.

HV

sholland119, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 11 oz bottle in to a goblet.

pours a dark brown with some ruby and somewhat thin head.

smell is of yeasty mellow grape juice. great smell

bright carbonation leads a fruity light malt flavor.

nice full mouthfeel and very nice beer to drink.

aubuc1, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of TheBishop
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It took me more then a year to get this beer (and the Tripel) here in central Montana, finally got the local distributor to deliver. Maybe other places one can go out to the local store and get one, but not here. So here we go.

My first one that I tried, foamed out over my counter, ended up with about 5 ounces of drinkable beer (clearly mishandled). The second one however poured perfectly into my Chalice.

Good head, fairly dark, in appearance not that spectacular but good. Smell was exceptional. Taste was nothing else I have tasted, smooth but complex. Nothing short of incredible, worth the wait. I would give up sex to drink this beer.

TheBishop, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of marcpal
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been wanting to try, picked up a bottle and here we go.

11.2 oz bottle poured gently into a oversized wine glass.

A: Enormous creamy foam that gives this thing the head of a drive-in movie theater. Thick and dark in the brew and the head. Color is a shade short of mahogany and dark crimson. Big bubbles too which I like.

N: Fresh sweetness and malts, than a little more malts. Smells like an EL Fudge cookie would smell if it came straight out of a bakery.

T: Wow, even better than the nose. What a boatload of character this has. Like a spiced rum cake. Fruity, malty with underlying bitterness. Can you get any more balanced in a beer? A sipping pleasure with a detecteable alcohol that is in no way or shape off putting but welcomed. I even get some caramel, vanilla and banana as it completely came to almost room temp.

The alcohol soaked dates that these monks were playing with to modify shows that they sure knew what was going on. This beer is outstanding.

M: Thinner than the taste would lead you to but allows you to put it away with no issue or drowning of the palate.

D: These monks did a phenomenal job. Full of character, not too thick, and one of the few well made in this style that you could drink all night. Winner, winner chicken dinner.

Amazing the flavor that is packed into a dubbel and at this alcohol level. Definitely one that needs and urges you to seek it out. This has the complexity of a terrific triple or even quad.

marcpal, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of Quej
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown, with soapy tan head, no light passes through and only a bit of carbonation is visible.
S - Very sweet and fruity, with some taosty malt notes that bring some cocoa flavours through. A little boozy and yeasty.
T - Quite sweet, sour and yeasty. Not as sweet as many other dubbels. Much more bitter and pleasant. The fruitiness is accompanied by an assertive sourness and dryness which keeps the fruits in check. Well balanced beer.
M - Quite bubbly, very refreshing and cleansing. Medium bodied.
D - Great for a dubbel, hiides its alcohol content very well.

Quej, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of changeup45
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color topped with a nice thick foamy tanish head. Aroma is nice and fresh consisting of dark fruits, yeast and a touch of wine. The mouthfeel is creamy, slightly tart and relatively full and rich. The flavor here is some sugary dark fruits with yeast and a touch of roasted malts. Not crazy flavorful but they all blend together quite nicely. The finish is somewhat mellow and clean. This beer is extremely smooth and easy drinking. Another excellent one from the Monks.

changeup45, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown with a two-finger tan head. Carbonation keeps up throughout the life of the beer. Head sticks around the whole time, diminishing slightly. When I take a sip the head dips into the beer and comes back with what looks like cocoa powder on it. Great looking beverage.

Smell is good. Lots of dark fruits with a good sugary smell. Somewhat of a bready smell as well.

Tastes great. Very fruity and sweet. No alcohol taste whatsoever, and the aftertaste is just a light fruity taste that goes away quickly making me drink another sip.

Mouthfeel is good. Thickness is great, the carbonation is huge, but it is a Belgian. I definitely let it get too cold, it smooths out as it warms.

This is a very drinkable beer. Flavors all work very well together,

Overall it's a classic Dubbel...give it a shot if you haven't already.

glid02, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of kuykendall
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance= Dark reddish Brown, with about three fingers of creamy head.

Smell= simple light malt smell.

Taste= A complex. There is alcohol at the front, but it soon gives way to a caramel and sweet flavor. As the beer warms up it becomes even more layer, with indicators of fennel and sesame seed, barley, and maybe a touch of oakiness.

Mouth feel= It tingles while it sits on the tongue.

Drink ability= I like this beer a lot, but I'm kind of a Trappist groupie.

kuykendall, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a single 11.2 fl oz bottle from BevMo...

Dark brown mahogany. Incredible frothy head of white tan color. Nice lacing. This is a really good looking beer.

My first dubbel. Don't know what the hell it smells like. Nice scent, though.

Dark flavor. What does that mean? I don't know. Thick even. Actually turned out to be a great compliment to my fried eggs and whole wheat toast breakfast. Taste of grapes and alcohol. Wine. Brown wine. Sour. Bitter. Sting of alcohol at the end of every bite.

Feel is good. Drinkability is a little less for me. It it has to be bitter, it better be because of hops (in my opinion), and this one is bitter for some other reason.

Overall: decent stuff for sure but not my true calling.

PatronWizard, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of LittleCreature
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.5
Poured a thick, foamy two fingers of caramel coloured head into my Westmalle goblet that took a long time to reduce and settle at one finger. The colour is a deep, dark brown that looks ruby red when held to the light (this also reveals a little fine sediment).

Smell - 4.5
A very enticing aroma, semi-sweet, malty and musky. I can detect golden syrup, buttery shortbread, baking spongecake and raisins.

Taste - 4.5
The everlasting head is surprisingly bitter, but the beer beneath it is very nice indeed. The alcohol is noticeable, but not too bad for 7%ABV and the overall flavour is not as sweet as the smell indicated. Very malty and almost savoury with flavours of rye toast, burnt fruitcake, mixed spice and a little dark chocolate. Moderately bitter in the finish, tastes like there are more hops than typical for the style.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
A moderate level of fine carbonation and relatively light weight in the mouth help this beer go down very smoothly (and rather quickly!).

Drinkability - 4.0
I could go a second in a sitting, and maybe a third! I will be getting this again - it is the best example of the style I have tried. The bitter finish may reduce drinkability for some.

OVERALL - 4.45
What is it with monks and beer? I am yet to taste a trappiste brew that is anything below excellent, and this beer is certainly no exception. At 7%ABV it has as much complexity as some BSDAs and Quads, and is substantially cheaper at the same time. Worth seeking out - this is a special beer.

LittleCreature, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking for this for a long time, and finally found it. It poured a muddy dark mahogany with lots of tan head. It smelled like very potent but light yeast, balanced with bitter chocolate malt. It tasted like citrus hops and tons of yeast mixed with earthy semi-sweet chocolate malt. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a lasting yeasty aftertaste. Overall this had a fairly intricate flavor, but wasn't as clean or delicious as I hoped.

Pencible, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet glass (actually a Westmalle glass now that I think about it) and received a chestnut brown colored brew with one-finger head that stuck around and left some lacings. Picked up some fruit notes and slight hops in the smell, along with some sweet malts like caramel.
Medium-bodied, this beer goes down smooth, almost creamy but not thick creamy, while giving the drinker a sweet ride (pardon the pun). The chocolate (barely detected) and caramel pack a punch and are even almost sticky in the mouth,
Like any Belgian there is fruit to be tasted, and this had the taste of bananas and oranges.
A good mix of clove and pepper in there, as the spices are noticeable on the edges but do not overpower the malts/fruits or wreck the tastebuds. Nice dryness on the backbite as it has a warming sensation to boot. Just a solid Trappist Ale and any real beer drinker has already tried this, so no need for me to recommend it.

clayrock81, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown. Poured with a one inch tan head that held throughout. Good medium lace all the way down. A very pretty drink.

S: Roasted malts. Nutty. Not its best attribute as the malt was over everything else.

T: Roasted sweet toffee malt. Warming spicy flavor that really grew on me. I wanted to sink into every drink.

M: Full bodied. Carbonation provided a really nice balance. Coats the mouth with spicy flavors.

D: I could drink a few and it would take me along time as its a very good beer to savor.

Haybeerman, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of jeonseh
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a bottle that had a drink by Aug 2 2008 date and poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - first off this is what a dubbel should look like. Dark and deep ruby port color with a nice finger and half of dirty creme colored head that was big and puffy. That was one head that stuck around and left some beautiful lacing down the sides.

S - Smells a bit like brown sugar coated dates or French toast with raisin bread. There is also a hint of the alcohol which is surprising given that this has about 3 years of age on it. A bit of some of the red wine and port phenols also appear.

T - Malty and bready on my first sip with just a slight hint of the brown sugar. As the beer goes on, get a bit of grape, both red and yellow grape flavors seem to emerge which give the beer a contrasting flavor profile. The green, dry grape flavor really emerges in the end as it carries on the tongue. Also taste a bit like a brandied christmas pudding filled with dates and honey. Also, the beer is a bit hot for only 7% and given the age, I found it surprising I could taste the alcohol as much as I did. As it warms up, find the alcohol to be a bit dominating and actually give the beer a pecuilar taste that I can't quite but my finger on.

MF - The mouthfeel is full and creamy with a decent amount of carbonation. The after feeling is slightly dry and astringent due to the greener grape flavors, alcohol and carbonation that sit on the tongue.

D - Overall one of the best beers to look at but not to taste. This seems to be an average dubbel as I have had some that were both more complex and tastier. A little more age may due well for this beer to calm down some of the alcohol, but who knows. Overall, it is easy to drink but in terms of a dubbel I'd much rather have a Pere Jacques or Chimay Red. I have to say they blew me away with their tripel but the dubbel not so much.

jeonseh, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of JustinBathurst
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark ruby red with a barely controlled tan head despite a careful pour. The carbonation was initially off the hook, which worried me. But it seemed fine. Nice lacing.

Smells of cherry, straw, red licorice, and metal pipes.

Mouthfeel is slick with average carbonation (despite the initial craziness).

Taste is black pepper spicy, roasted malt, copper bitter, and grainy malts. I couldn't detect the higher abv.

Pretty good.

JustinBathurst, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of deg
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I poured the beer into a chalice. A very nice head, color like honey. However, I could only smell cherries. No malt, no hops. The beer had a light body, no caramel, but a nice cherry taste with a little of hop bitterness. The beer went down nice and smooth and I didn't notice the alcohol. While I liked the beer, this wasn't my favorite of the Trappist dubbels. The flavoring that I look for when I drink a dubbel just wasn't there.

deg, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of MinorThreat
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle

A-Deep mahogany with a slight ruby sparkle. Nice thick mocha head with decent retention and good lacing

S-Belgian yeast, banana, straw an earthy richness and slight alcohol scent

T-Very nice. A ton going on in this one. Malt backbone caramel/brown sugar, roasted apples, banana, medicinal herbs.

M-Fairly sharp/crisp. Lots of CO2

D-Smells great, tasty, well hidden ABV, not a session brew for sure but highly drinkable

MinorThreat, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of Squelch
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours opaque dark brown with a billowy tan head that lingers. Very fine bubbles of carbonation.

Smell: Smells of typical belgian strong ale, lots of candy sugar present. No hop aroma.

Taste: Complex. Deep rich roasted flavors balance the sugary sweetness of the candy sugars. Mild bitterness. Very very nice

Mouthfeel: Carbination dominates with a slight astringency or sourness that balances out the sweerness well. Alcoholic warmth is strong in the finish. Medium to thin body. I expected a chewy thick beer but this is nice.

Drinkability: Excellent. I usually don't like Belgian dubbles but this is VERY nice

Squelch, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark ruby brown, with a full of-white head with great retention, some lacing.

S: Brown sugar, cola, wet paper, port wine.

T: Dark sugar, raisins are the major malt characteristics. Definitely a metallic edge, copper, with some vinous character.

M: Medium-bodied, light carbonation, metallic, can be watery.

D: A tasty beer, but I think the tripel is much better, especially with the price. The standard bearer for this style, a well made ale for sure, any Trappist fan should try it out.

Halcyondays, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dark brown/mahogany with a one and a half finger tan head that dissipates to a thin coating. A good swirl gives it a one finger head again though.

Aroma of dark fruit, funky belgian yeast, and spice.

Flavors of dark fruit - particularly black cherries, spice, and the regular yeasty flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium, high carbonation level as most Belgians typically are.

I thought that this was pretty good, but not really exceptional. Certainly not as good as the Gulden Draak that I tried earlier.

roadhouse, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of hoegaardenhero
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: murky brown/dark amber; frothy off-white head with light lace

s: strong dry grain; plums; light alcohol; sweeter tangy fruits

t: dry grain; light alcohol; darker fruits; spiced rum

m: a little overcarbed and a little light in body in my opinion

d: a good grainy dubbel; i think that this beer may have been a little misstored because i have had it before and remember it having a lot more fruity flavors

hoegaardenhero, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of jamiejohnson
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an expensive pour, but it's beer done right. Westmalle comes through with an extremely complex Dubbel. It's what I've come to expect from the Belgian Trappists. In this tasty tug-of-war, one subtle flavor will be the victor of a sip, another flavor will capture the next, and so on. Those monks sure know their craft. Two of these make me want to jump on a plane and spend next month's rent on a Belgian beer tour - anyone care to join me?

Spent the rent
On a Dubbel.
Wife calls Antwerp
I'm in trouble.

jamiejohnson, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of AlexLMS
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: very dark brown colour. Opaque due to the dark appearance. The head is light brown, moderate in size and rich. Good retention and nice lacing.
Aroma: sweet malts, molasses, red fruits and port wine.
Taste: bitter coffee beans, red fruits, port wine, spices and some chocolate notes.
Mouthfeel: kind of dry, medium to low carbonation, not very high and well disguised alcoholic strength. Full body.
Finish: lingering bitter spicy aftertaste.

Overall: very complex and spicy dubbel. Pleasant and highly recommended.

AlexLMS, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of far333
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a crystal goblet. Pours a deep chestunt color with a light brown frothy head that rises up and settles back down quickly.

Inviting aroma of brown sugar and raisin, some cocoa and fig, accented with toffee and ripe fruit.

Flavor of sharp espresso accented with cocoa and currant, some pepper spice, smoke and leather. Also notes of molasses, fig, and caramel punctuated with raisin and oak. Lots of flavors moving in and out.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, moderate carbonation, but manages to finish bubbly and tingly. Very drinkable, really good beer.

far333, Jun 29, 2008
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,235 ratings.