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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
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2,312 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,312
Reviews: 1,135
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 147
Gots: 242 | 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 damienblack
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, thin but fizzy head that stands at attention. Slightly earthy, fruity smell, but there isn't a whole lot going on amongst the first 2 senses.

I get a lot of sweet malts backed by belgian sugars, mingling with some darker sensations, like some burnt sugar, licorice. Very yeasty, and the darker sensations give it a bit of a kick. I don't get any of the bubblegum sweetness in the background, no raspberry, none of the fruitiness I'm used to from other dubbles. Seems to be medium bodied, lighter than I would have thought, a lot less dense. Very creamy, and decently coating. I think for me though, it doesn't have that earthy fruitiness I like, the darker flavors come through too strongly. Not dark fruit, but licorice is a good way, or a burnt roastiness you might find more in a stout. Has a slight bitterness to the finish, maybe alcohol burn, maybe roastiness. Not my first trappist, and most likely not my favorite. Still good to try though.

Photo of Rchap1
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into...a Nalgene bottle. We were taking it out to the St. Patty's day parade in Chicago, so had to improvise....anywho, on with the review.
A: Nice deep chestnut color, good inch of lighter tan head. Appeared to have a nice bit of carbonation to it as well.
S: Lovely sums it up. Great deep malty smell, definitely picking up the yeast in there as well. Not a ton of hop smell, but still just a little bit on the sweet side.
T: Good up front malt, bit nutty as well. Took a little bit for the hop taste to kick in, with just a hint of alcohol.
M: Nice and strongly carbonated, very full and easy to get down. Considering we were drinking this out of a plastic bottle that had just made a 3 hour jaunt on public transit and foot, it still had just the right amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty easy to put down, but hey, drinking in public is always easier, right? Although it's middle of the road ABV-wise, I'm sure I could put a couple of these down in a sitting.

Photo of cvaypai
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoa, contents erupted up bottle with removal of cap. Spewing head for around 1 minute. Not agitated, shook, etc. Really weird. Poured from bottle to goblet.

Appearance - Root beer like color. Can barely see through up to light. Half inch head, quickly dissipating. Beautiful lacing. Small amounts of sediment seen within.

Smell - Figs, caramel, and wheat evident. Smells of bread and a little bit of alcohol.

Taste - Really clean good taste. The figs come right out, and twiggy almost taste. It's a bit bitter but I like it a lot. Clean finish too.

Mouthfeel - Good mouthfeel, maybe a bit of a bite. Good carbonation.

Drinkibility - Is good, I wouldn't drink tons though, stomach ache for sure.

I like the Tripel more but great beer from Westmalle here.

Photo of wl0307
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB date: 27/05/2010, served lightly chilled in Westmalle's own broad-rimmed chalice.

The aroma is almost the same as my last encounter 3.5 years ago, pretty settled with all lovely estery aroma plus a faint trace of fruit-wine-like sourness. On the palate, the foretaste of light-bodied chocolatey dark malts, candy-sugary notes like Chinese red-bean paste, sweet licorice, is ensued by an utterly pleasant, dry-ish bitterness as of burned-malts, which is in turn chased by a marvellously bitter taste with an aromatic black-cherry-ish and prune-ish fruitiness (with an acute sour edge to it). Some utterly-bitter dried & ground Chinese herbs (with the same level of sweetness as licorice) manage to linger in the very end, complementing the overall herbally-estery theme and integrated maltiness just seamlessly. The mouthfeel is decent and refreshing, medium-bodied, without any sign of alc.. All in all, this one is even better than my last encounter, utterly quaffable mainly due to the dry and bitter palate that suits me as a Bitter drinker only TOO well...

* Tasting Date: 11/11/05
BB date: 20/04/07
4 A: in a large tulip-shaped wine glass it pours dark and deep brownish colour, with a ruby hint against light; the beige-hued beer head comes quite thick and foamy, with very good retention as well, leaving very fine lace along the way. The fine carbonation flows constantly.
4.5 S: deeply candyish malty, liquorice, slightly-burned brown sugar, treacle, hints of exotic Chinese red-bean paste, dried dates and sweetened plum juice. Overall the nose is softly malty and perfumy, very complex whereas remaining "floating" or refreshing~~
4 T: a mouthful of creamy-textured candy sugar and caramel-like maltiness upfront is ensued by a flat tart-sweet fruitiness (like dried plums plus preserved dates) with a hint of molasses, leading to an predominantly malty but also slightly tangy and dryish aftertaste, without too much influence of the sugary touch, making this beer quite lighter-than-expected and pretty approachable.
4 M&4 D: pretty soft on the palate, though the taste always comes with a faintly touch of alcohol. Overall this is a medium-textured ale with semi-rich flavour and little unwanted sugary and sticky aftertaste. Very easy to drink, though I think the complexity of the flavour is not as great as the nose. A solid brew all the same.

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

Served in a Chimay glass at 10°C (~50°F)

A: Dark, almost entirely black liquid. Quite clear, reddish coppery around the edges of the glass. Tan head which stays fluffy for a long time.

S: Yeast, raisins, plums. Surprisingly estery and yeasty.

T: Yeasty taste, again very estery. It's very fruity, reminding me of raspberries, strawberries or even lingonberries. It's a bit tart, but not unpleasantly tart. It's sweet and sour at the same time - in a good way.

M: Thick and full, but not VERY full. I'd expect it to be fuller and thicker actually. Fluffy and creamy on the palate, smooth on the throat. I'd like it even more if it was more roasty or chocolatey than berryish and fruity.

D: Surprisingly drinkable for a trappist. I'd probably drink it at a higher temperature next time, I think maybe 15C (60F). The recommended 45-50 is too cold IMHO.

Conclusion: Black beer with a fluffy, tan head. Raisins, plums and estery yeast aromas are prominent in the nose. Fruity, berry-like flavor with a nice balance of sweet and sour. Would go great with fruit salad, dates or raisins, meat dishes served with berry jelly or just as an aperitif. All in all - a good beer

Photo of thirdeye11
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 75cl Westmalle bottle into an unbranded wine-style glass.

A: This beer is extremely dark, lets no light through, has no head, but does coat my glass with some nice lacing.

S: This beer smells wonderful. A little bit bready like a pumpernickel, sweet maltiness in the nost, and the yeast character comes through a bit also. Really enjoying the smell of this one. Maybe reminds me of gingerbread as well in a small way.

T: A very good dubbel, this beer tastes perfectly balanced between sweet and bitter, and has a nice yeast character. Not like drinking liquid bread either, which I think for the darkness of this beer is a good thing.

M: Maybe a little bit undercarbonated, but I think I was glad at the same time it wasn't more so. This beer had a really nice thickness to it that coated my mouth. I was really enjoying that aspect of it.

D: Pretty high for a beer this dark; I probably could have had 2 or 3 if I wasn't on my 4th beer already.

I would definitely seek this beer out again, and preferred it to the Westmalle Tripel by a mile. I don't think it is the absolutely best dubbel I have ever had, but it is definitely one of the 2 or 3 best. Highly recommended for the style, and really any beer drinker in general that likes a nicely balanced beer, that tends toward the sweet malts as opposed to bitterness.

Photo of slk22
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a turbid reddish/brown color with a huge tan/brown head. Aroma was full of sweet malt, something like sugarcane, with yeast and cherry present as well. Taste is a bready malt, sweetened with flavors of cherry and raspberry. Alcohol is slightly noticeable on the finish with little to no aftertaste. Carbonation is high, tickling the tongue, with a full-medium body. I would like to have another, and could handle it at 7% ABV, but can't afford it at $6-7/bottle.

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

I am a very lucky man. Was able to get a 2 year old bottle.

Pours a nice cloudy brown with good head retention followed with decent lacing.

Aromas of caramel, cherries, raisins and other assorted dark fruits.

One of the first things I noticed right off the bat was the carbonation at the front of the mouth. Mellowed out into sweet malts with a nice dash of cherries and fruity ester followed by a dry and spice finish with a good residual flavor.

To me, the carbonation seemed to be a little too much, but that was easy to get through. Good medium body.

Alcohol was masked well. I really enjoyed this brew very much and would keep an eye out for another aged bottle.

Photo of joerodiii
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Translucent brown with hints of amber.

S - Figs, raisins, slight alcohol

T - Alcohol noticeable, a little bitter for me...kind of reminds me of Westvleteren's bitterness. Less yeast characteristics than other Trappistes or even other Dubbels in general. Dry, but the residual flavors of the dark belgian sugars are de.finitely there.

m - just as it should be thin from complete attenuation and highly carbonated

D - Very drinkable even though it's not my favorite of its style

Photo of JonMich13
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Poured dark brownish red. Finger and a half of head, minimal lacing.

S = Has a simple pleasant sweet/malty aroma. Not very complex.

T = Carbonation hits quick. Not much complexity of flavors fill in behind the initial carbonation shock. The word that comes to mind is "empty". Some hints of malt and maybe a grape-like fruity taste with some bitterness fill in toward the end.

M = A little heavy on the carbonation, but overall not a bad mouthfeel. Finished pretty dry.

D = Pretty drinkable. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Photo of snaotheus
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark reddish brown, slightly translucent, strong carbonation, medium head, little or no lacing.

Smells musty, with a little cherry, a little cough syrup hint.

Taste is sweet and sour, more of the cherry, maybe a tannic bitterness rather than a hoppy bitterness.

Feels nice, although carbonation is a bit much.

I could drink a couple pints of this in a night if I was determined, but I'd prefer not to.

Photo of tr4nc3d
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at "The Anchor". I have been wanting to try Westmalle for the longest time now. Finally I get to try it after someone tells me they have it at "The Anchor".

So I get this poured into a new belgium snifter. Pours a dark brown color with an off white head that stays for awhile. Some lacing is left behind.

Smell is of dark chocolate, malts, toffee, caramel.

Taste is of caramel, dark candy sugar, mildy sweet, roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is smooth and tasty.

I thought this was a good beer and glad I finally got to try it. I will definately say this is drinkable.

Photo of goblet
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour it out in a nice goblet

A, dark deep reddish brown color with a thin off white head this is a good start the hue is attractive ,no lace .

S,dark rich malt some sweet fruit plum and berrys ,raisin and fine hops .complex ,it`s freshing to the nose .

T, full of sweet malt,along with yeast, hops and fruits it`s nice .slight bitterness spicey and creamy .

M, a pleasent malt on the palate .sweetness the yeast stands out, smooth yet dry after taste .

D,i can drink this often and i do when ever i can get my hands on it,nothing here you would get tired of .

Photo of jjazz
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very malty nose and flavor. Dryness on the palate is nicely foiled by sweet malty flavors. Notes of raisin and subtle bubblegum. Very clean character, with maltiness masking other (yeast derived) flavors. Pretty one dimensional.

A well crafted beer, but not my favorite trappist. Too malty for a dubbel in my opinion, and not interesting or complex enough.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours very dark, with a substantial tan head.

Strong aromas of dark fruits, brown sugar, and malt.

Strong flavors of dark malt, prunes, raisins, and hoppy bitterness. A little ginger too. Good balance of sweet with dry hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full but light, with moderate carbonation.

This is one of the world's great beers. The taste is marvelous and at 7% ABV, one can afford a few.

Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Chester Beer distributor. Pours a dark murky almost purple color. Two finger head, retention is not that good but excellent lacing. Peppery aroma. Somewhat sweet tasting with sharp notes, not sure how to describe again a taste of pepper. Smooth finish. Syrupy mouthfeel.

Photo of biegaman
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A deep, rustic tone of scarlet red that turns ablaze when held into the light where it comes to much more closely resemble ruby; there is both great depth and radiance in the colour. The most creamy of mousses slowly deflates and will consolidate into a pudgy but firm mold of gluey foam. How elegant - I'm content just to look at the thing!

You know you're in for something delicious. The smell is grounded in dark, lightly toasted malts and earthy, finely chopped hops. It has a near herbal, almost cilantro like quality that underlines the dynamically effervescent yeast. Notes of raisin and plum, doused in brown sugar and nutmeg, are sure to peek one's curiosity enough to rush the first sip.

Crisp, hard husks of rye and barley exist along side their cracked, kilned, and boiled counterparts. The flavour may resemble a yeasty, fresh loaf of our daily bread but it also bears some similarity to a caramel coated cake that might be served as dessert. The taste of hops - green, lightly spicy noble varieties - is surprisingly present and contributes plenty.

The esters and phenols of the yeast are almost untypically restrained in this particular offering. That said, I've had the beer enough times to notice subtle hints of cinnamon and clove as well as fruity, over-ripe taste of dates, raisins and prunes. The beer is so rich with such a diverse cast of flavours that you will never loose interest in what you're drinking.

Sweetness and bitterness duel in a passionate dance. The beer balances rich maltiness with bitter hops and a phenolic yeast. The alcohol is scarcely noticed and plays absolutely no roll in effecting drinkability. This beer is quenching, hearty, and a wonderful accompaniment to stews, wild rices, or game meats - pair this with food! It is one beer to always have on hand.

Regardless of whatever level of appreciation I had for beer, the Westmalle Dubbel (and Tripel for that matter) has always impressed me. Before I could even understand why it was I liked it, I've always appreciated it for its wonderful appearance, rich flavour and delectable drinkability. Sure enough, the more beers I try the more I appreciate it - Westmalle Dubbel is a beer I'd recommend to everyone.

Photo of ricke
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving date: 2009-02-19. Served in tulip.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with the trappist collar around the neck. Freshness date (best before 2010-11-12) and glassware recommendations printed on the label.

Appearance: A very deep ruby color. It looks fantastic when held to a light. Develops a huge, 3 finger light brown head that sticks around for a good while. Some lacings and plenty of foam linger on.

Smell: Lovely smell of fresh fruit. Some yeast aromas, going towards the smell of banana, as well. Plenty of sweet notes from malts and chocolate.

Taste: Plenty of sweet malts and fruit - mostly redcurrants and banana. Then, a tarter fruitiness - like red apples just a little unripe, or just apple peel - appears. A gentle spiciness and soothing chocolate flavors round things off. The finish has a very mild bitterness and a restrained hop character, is somewhat spicy and slightly tart (but by no means sours). The alcohol is warming.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Plenty of carbonation. Slightly coarse and crisp, but still rather smooth.

Drinkability: The fruit character in this one is just amazing, great balance between sweetness and tartness - very refreshing. Truly complex and well balanced. Perhaps, I would have liked just a little more bite in the finish.

Photo of cbw1978
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a goblet, served around 55 degrees. Probably shoulda poured it colder.

Appearance - Instant gusher, pure head spilling on the table. When I got the pour going, I saw a very pretty burnt orange / amber translucent pour, and a light tan head rising to about 1", with a few tiny brown sediment specks in places. Very pretty. Head disappeared after a several minutes & sips - leaving some spotty lacing in places around the goblet.

Smell - Yeasty sweet, with a hint of cloves and bananas. Not too much in the way of malt.

Taste - A little bland at first. Fruity notes emerged - a tartness on the front of my tongue, and then bananas with the swallow. But the underlying taste was pretty unremarkable.

Mouthfeel - Pleasant fuzz on the tip of the tongue to accompany the tartness. A medium-body in the rest of my mouth, and a smooth swallow.

Drinkability - I have to say that I was expecting a little more, especially for the price tag. I will try again, this time controlling the experiment by chilling the beer a little bit more. Hopefully this changes its character a little bit.

Photo of boynabubble
4.93/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a deep dark brown with a lively, off white, three finger head. Takes some time to dissipate, lacing clings to the side as the glass nears empty.

S-Lively and complex. Warm chocolate, toffee, butterscotch, malts, phenols and raisins. Pipe tobacco. The smell is really something amazing, I find myself taking in the aroma before every sip.

T- This is the good stuff! Definitely a warm, chocolaty alcohol note followed by the hops and finally a sweet malty character. The same flavors from the smell are still present. Chocolate, smooth malts, raisin, coriander, bread, honey, milk and sugar. A long lasting mildly sweet aftertaste lingers on the palate. Everything is balanced and in check here. Nothing seems out of place.

M- Wonderfully clean for such a complex beer. Leaves the tongue tingling.

D- Oh yeah. Definitely a sipping beer though. I find myself wanting to take a swig or two but when all those tastes hit my tongue I can't bring myself to do it. A great beer with which to sit and waste the evening away.

Yes! I finally got the chance to try this amazing beer and it was everything I wanted it to be and more. I really wondered if it would live up to the hype but I found it to surpass what I was expecting. I think a glass of this every week would do a body good.

Photo of MisterClean
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

At homebrewing meeting, part of style of the month.

A - Poured a fairly solid brown color, with 1 finger of capuccino head, which dissipated fast, and leaves little to no lacing.

S - Toffeee, Caramel, Dark Belgian sugars, with bread, and spicy hops.

T - Same as the smell, but with some added coriander. Wonderful beer.

M - Full mouthfeel and well balanced between the subtle spiciness of the hops and the malt flavors.

D - A very good beer indeed.

Photo of yesyouam
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Westmalle Dubbel is a cloudy, dim, dark brown ale with a dense, blotchy, beige head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a fruity aroma, with notes of apple, raisin, banana and clove. It is medium-light bodied; bubbly, with a dry, slightly gritty finish, almost like it was dry hopped. It is a simple flavor that's pretty well bittered. It's a bit sour and a touch sweet, with notes of leather, pepper, hay, juniper and brett. OK, maybe it's not all that simple, but the flavors are very fused. This is a pretty solid Dubbel.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into chalice.

Pours a a purplish-brown color, murky, with a thin, fluffy tan head that fades into a thin, creamy cap that lasts the entire beer.

Nose is light dark fruits and brown sugar, with some spicy yeast lending a light, doughy character to the smell. Just a hint of spicy alcohol lends some interesting depth.

Taste is intense - up front, you get a big, yeasty, doughy malt note full of dark fruit and some brown sugar, followed by a sweet, rich lingering dark fruit note that fades into a dry, slightly yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp, lightly scrubbing, with a fluffy mouthfeel and medium body.

Photo of WalrusJockey
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into Chimay chalice.

Appearance- thick, pillow head is tan with flecks, a little like french vanilla ice cream. Beer is cloudy, rich, deep orangish brown.

Smell- sweet and fruity. Pears and white grapes are the dominant aroma, along with spice and oranges.

Taste- warm spice flavors go hand-in-hand with layers rich, malt sweetness, passing from sugary to chocolaty. Swallow is a very high amount of spice and alcohol (almost like Cool Mint Listerine, in a weird way), into a chocolate malt flavor, and back into a lingering spiced chocolate aftertaste. Fruit flavors are noticeable throughout, though no where near as dominant as they were in the nose.

Mouthfeel- very creamy. Carbonation is brusque, but balances the smooth, creamy texture, and lightens the heavy, sweet flavors.

Drinkability- normally when I do these reviews, I finish about a quarter of my beer, then go enjoy the rest away from the computer. The Westmalle is already half way gone. It isn't an every-day beer, at least for me, but it is very enjoyable, and I am already looking forward to my next one before this one is done.

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

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip. Two finger, off white head with excellent retention. A dark, hazy mahogany. Beautiful.

Smell. Dark fruits, raisins, apricots, molasses and yeast. A lovely bouquet for sure.

Taste. Hearty flavor. Raisin bread, malty molasses with a light, refreshing finish of fruity apricots and yeast. A kiss of booze warms up the whole flavor and ties it all together nicely.

This is truly a rich brew. Medium-bodied with some nice, not overbearing carbonation along with the bready flavor gives it a hearty feel.

Drinkable. One that I could easily session during a cold winter night like tonight. Warming, hearty, tasty. A winner.

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,312 ratings.