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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Ratings: 2,357
Reviews: 1,144
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 152
Gots: 274 | 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 nuggetnectar01
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a fluffy two finger head that fades away rather slowly leaving lacing all throughout the glass.

Smells of sweet candy sugar, fruity esters, spices, slight alcohol warmness,brown bread pulled out of the oven.

Slight spicy upfront with a hint of sweetness and finishes off with a tad bit of dryness. Amazing how you can always tell when your drinking a belgian beer.

Medium bodied, smooth and velvet like with right amount of carbonation.

Nice drinkability on this one.

Photo of brendan13
3.32/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a goblet a redish amber colour with a couple of centimetres of light beige head that falls away quite fast.
S - Big dark fruit notes; plum, prune, fig along with a strong toffee aroma and some phenolic touches.
T - Much like the smell but overridden by brusied apple and spicy phenols.
M - Medium bodied, fairly low carbonation.
D - Not horrible but nothing I'll be racing back to.

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

Poured from a caged and corked 750 into a chalice.

A-First pour is an extremely attractive cherry cola color with a one finger tan head that settles rapidly into nothingness. Great color, but a rather flat looking beer.

S-Sweet licorice malts, caramel and a hint of sourness and alcohol

T-Unexpectedly sour, slightly fruity with licorice malts. Not nearly as tasty as I had hoped. Things get a little more interesting at the bottom of the bottle as the yeast pours in, but the increasingly noticeable metallic aftertaste is also present.

M-Fairly decent, a little lighter that I thought, and slightly light on the carbonation

D-This is fairly drinkable, but there are many other Belgians and Belgian copies that I would rather drink.

I'll try this again to see if I like it better, obviously many do, but this just didn't do it for me. Not that it was bad, I just expected much more.

Photo of Cs1987
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark, 1 finger of head in a goblet, which reduced.

Smell - Very strong, quite complex.

Taste - The character is licquorice like and nutty, but overall not quite as strong or enjoyable as other Dubbels I have had.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, not too sticky.

Drinkability - Pretty drinkable for the style.

Overall - Dubbels are usually excellent and hard to fault, but I didn't enjoy this quite as much as I hoped.

Photo of sonicdescent
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased this one from vintage estate in Boardman, OH. Thanks guys!

Pours a very murky red/brown with that classic Belgian head and lace. Bottle was a foamer.

Smells very nice and complex. Floral and bread qualities over some nice malted goodness.

Taste is really great, this is actually probably the closest I have come to the Westy 8. Bread, light clove and booze, fruitiness.

Mouth is unusually NOT dry, very bubbly, and medium in body.

An excellent dubbel.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How have I gone this long without reviewing this beer, and for that matter even having this beer at all.

A: Maybe I need to get a new glass to put this beer in because I can never get my beer to look like the ones in the pictures. Yes this beer does manage a half inch thick of tightly packed head that fades in about a minute into a cap and leaves sparse lacing for a Belgian beer. Good color on this, dark clear cola, a cherry wood varnish until the yeast is added.

S: It's difficult to get a grasp on all that is going on here. Fruity, nutmegy, slightly boozy, yeasty, mixed with a basemently mustiness. Lots going on here and it's all very good even though I can't parse it all out.

T/MF: Boozy beginning light and crisp in a way that only a Belgian beer can. Very light and bubbly on the tongue but also displaying a slight chewiness that really works well for me. Taste is much like the smell but a bit clearer, cinnamon, nutmeg, dusty slightly fruity and herbal yeastiness. A complexity is displayed here that I am not even going to try to break down because that would be a sin.

D: Don't know how I ever went this long without trying this gem before. Light and crisp though it reminds you of its size in a beginning warmth and finish. An excellent beer from one of my favorite beer makers of all time.

Photo of Asgeirr
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Westmalle Dubbel pours a mahogany colour along with a cola-coloured crown of medium height and thin consistency.

Smell: Prominently sweet intermixed with burnt notes, like Swedish must, (or a coke of sorts), a subtle sourness à la apple lurks in the background.

Taste: Sour with a mellow bitterness, burnt malt with an unpleasant bi-flavour in mixture with a caramelly sweetness slightly reminiscent of coke. For a trappist I expected more, since this one feels kind of fad in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Low in carbonation, harsh and medium in body.

Drinkability: A tad too anonymous - for a trappist - but satisfyingly delivering in all the sensory inputs , yet I cannot stop to wish to expect more!

Photo of scootny
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A deep brown with a thick and rich tan head. Cloudy as I like to swirl in the yeast and the attendant floaties. Not much carbonation. A decent amount of lace.

Smell is mild but delicious. Caramel malt and toffee. Dark fruitiness underneath. A banana tinged facet. Belgian yeast esters.

Taste is caramel and cocoa powder. A light alcoholic edge that melds into a light hop finish. Dry and a touch of graham and fusel notes. Dark figs runs through it and a bit of rum raisin as well. A nice dark breadiness and light banana support. Feel is velvety in carbonation and medium in weight. An overall creaminess in it's caress of the mouth and tongue. Refreshingly light for the style.

Drinkability is a highlight here. This stuff is as quaffable a dubbel as you can find. I'm sorry I only have a 330 ml bottle.

A subtley exceptional brew. Each sip reveals a new shade to enjoy. The ease with which you go through the glass is scary.

Photo of jizdepski
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into a pint glass. appears an opaque molasses brown, with tan head and better retention than expected. smells of clove, chocolate, dark sweet fruits and roasted malts. taste is great. not too heavy on the yeast bitterness, not too much carbonation, has chocolatey and banana flavors going on. alcohol barely noticeable. finishes sweet and medicinal, with a tingling clove taste at the end. very creamy for a dubbel, feels very full in the mouth, and again carbonation levels spot on. the drinkability on this one is through the roof. very smooth. the flavors combine extremely well and it goes down like a knife through butter. excellent trappist dubbel.

Photo of berkey
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dense, dark brown body. Surprised at how little light penetrates it. Pours with a large frothy off-white head in a Duvel tulip. Head slowly dies, but not completely. Lightly carbonated. Leaves clumpy and spotty lacing.

Smell: Familiar yeast and dark malty smell typical of the style. Something sweet and berry or even cherry-like in there that I don't remember picking up in other Dubbels. Very pleasant. Faint signs of alcohol also struggle through.

Taste: Follows pretty faithfully on the nose for the most part. Reminds me a bit of the Koningschoven but with a little less overall balance. The hint of berry, while still there, isn't as present as I expected it would be from the aroma. Something slightly vegetal on the back end that reminds me of the Westmalle Trippel. As it warms things start to balance out a little more.

Drinkabilty: Very drinkable at 7% but I was ready to move on to something else when I finished the bottle. While I enjoyed I think I'll stick to the Tripel when I drink Westmalle and look to other options for my Trappist Dubbels.

Photo of jeffsala
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a Westmalle Goblet. It has a brown with reddish tones in appearance with a small head after the pour.

S - High Malt and a hint of cherries.

T - Complex flavor. Semi-Sweet with a dry finish. Carmel and cherries are what I sense.

M - Medium carbonation. Very Smooth and you like is more and more as you drink it.

D - I am not going to say it's a session beer at 7%, but it's highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

I love this beer it's has become may favorite dubbel.

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

A - Poured a dark mahogany with a white head that settled down to a whisp. No lacing.

S - Strong smell of caramel & dark fruits.

T - Slightly tart finish. Alcohol warmth.

M - High carbonation. Thin and dry. Smooth.

D - Drinkable. Even with the 7% it's a good drinker.

Photo of midnite2sixman
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one in a bottle from Butch's in Holland, Michigan.
Poured into a goblet, super light foamy head with some nice lacing. Pours a dark dirty brown, almost looks like a cola.

Raisins, plums, brown sugar on the nose.

Taste is belgian sweet, like a dutch babelaar, brown sugar, molasses, minor notes of citrus lie within, but definitely get the caramelized candy flavor.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, as it should be, with a nice sweet finish.

Drinkability is obviously high on this one, this is one of the better Belgian Dubs out there. SLAINTE.

Photo of steelerguy
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark mahogany with an epic just off-white head, somewhat rocky in the middle but very frothy on top and where the head meets the beer. Amber tones around the outside of the glass, quite attractive. Lasting head, lots of lace, great looking beer.

S - Caramel malt mostly with some dark fruit smell, slightly sweet, but overall kind of muted.

T - A lot of the smell, caramel malt, raisins, and a tart cherry flavor. A little more bitterness in the finish than I was expecting but I like hops. No very complex, but pleasant and refreshing with the cherry tang, a little bite from the carbonation, and some cleansing hop bitterness.

M - Dry, crisp beer that is quite refreshing for a 7%. The carbonation is high on this one and you will notice it.

D - Has a little punch at 7% but you could drink quite a few of these without it becoming overwhelming.

Photo of mjaskula
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a dark brownish red with a thick tan head that thins but never goes away completely.

Smells of dark fruits, sweetness and a bit of alcohol. The taste is deliciously sweet and malty. A bit of alcohol, spiciness and dark fruits round out the flavor. The carbonation is pleasant and the finish is a tiny bit dry. I wish I had a second bottle.

Photo of bonkers
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 330 ml bottle into my SA pint glass. What a pretty beer, deep caramel in color with a big fluffy, white head that stays around forever. The aroma is heavy on dark fruit notes-plums and raisins. The flavor follows, and is slightly sweet. The beer is medium bodied, well carbonated and goes down smmooth.

Photo of Nowhereman529
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a light brown color from the bottle leaving about 2 fingers worth of head that dissipated in a few minutes to a nice bit of lacing around the rim of the glass.
S: Very fruity with hints of malt, yeast and just a little bit of alcohol. Fruit smells are summery, maybe berries or cherry.
T: This dubbel tastes of raisins, malt and just a faint hint of red wine. A very interesting mix that really works well on the palate.
M: Mouthfeel is medium in body and modest in carbonation. Really this is a pretty good example of what a dubbel should feel like going down.
D: This is an exceptionally drinkable beer. In fact, it's likely in the top three that I've every had the pleasure of trying. Very recommended!

Photo of Jeffo
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at my local bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a Westmalle chalice.

APPEARANCE: Beautiful. Pours a thick looking 1+ finger off white head that is thick, fluffy and persistent. Medium carbonation evident. Colour is dark brown, perhaps bistre, with shades of burnt umber around the edges. A thick cap remains the whole way and leaves some very healthy lacing down the glass. I can't imagine it getting better than this.

SMELL: A strong scent of dark fruits, raisins and plumbs perhaps, with some sweet caramel malt and some brown sugar as well. Somewhat yeasty with a slight bit of bread in the background. Quite a strong enticing nose.

TASTE: Sweet caramel malt initially, with some brown sugar and dark fruits, like raisins and plumbs, as well. Some cedar wood and a bread undertone is mind but long lasting in the aftertaste. A noticeable yeast presence underlines the whole experience. Alcohol not noticeable at all.

PALATE: Medium-thick body and creamy smooth on the palate. Medium to low carbonation evident, goes down very smooth with no bite and finishes rather dry on the palate. Very nice here.

OVERALL: I've had plenty of Belgian dubbels, and this is one of the best ones out there. A great example of the dubbel style. Very enjoyable and drinkable; something I would definitely get again and would recommend picking up.

Photo of david131
3.36/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A deep, slightly murky red with a nice leathery brown aspect. The off-white head is creamy and settles to a nice covering with massive lacing.

S-Sweet caramel, slightly fruity, some bubblegum, and some floral notes. Very subtle and not all that aromatic.

T- Sweet, but slightly bitter- but not in a hop sense. Slightly metallic with some nice grape flavors. There isn't a lot of depth to the flavor, and it really isn't all that interesting.

M- A slight metallic tinge, but the carbonation level is nice and is kind of creamy overall.

D- A decent beer but it is just an average example of the style.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a goblet. Opaque brownish copper color with a light tan head that leaves fine Belgian lacing. Aroma is hearty with sweet bready malts, heaps of fleshy fruit, raisins, and peppery alcohol. Flavor contains a toffee maltiness as a basis for all the light and dark fruits and spices to accent. Medium-full body with very fine carbonation. At first it's overcarbonated but with a little time it settles down. A very good dubbel.

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
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
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
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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