Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
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2,285 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,285
Reviews: 1,132
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 142
Gots: 218 | FT: 2
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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 ABCJiugui
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into chalice/trappist goblet

A- brownish molasses, chocolate dissolved evenly in water, with clarity/reddish on the edges, hard to see thru/nearly opaque. head is thick, foamy tan, amazing retention throughout drinking, never dissipates below 1 mm, and completely even. Big splotch/blanket lacing in one spot only, doesn't have much other lacing. Still, very pleasant to look at.

S- roasted malty, lightly spicy, scorched sugars

T- Scorched candy sugar, little phenolic/medicinal/herbal, lightly sweet that touches on dried dates but has a drier palate than expected. Has a warming feel to the alcohol.

M- SOFT, and SUPER creamy, satiny smooth. Really a pleasure to drink.

Overall, this was a really enjoyable beer, and something I'd drink again. I could have used a little more kick in the taste, but I also enjoyed the slightly muted flavors where nothing was overpowering. Again, appearance and particularly mouthfeel really were nice.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with some hints of a burgudy color around the edges.

S - Faint spicy aroma with a hint of sweetness. Not as aromatic as other Belgians I have had.

T - Spicy caramel taste. The spice is the dominant taste but the caramal malts provide a sweet balance. Not much bitterness in it.

M/D - Very creamy feel. Light carbonation and highly drinkable.

Not my favorite dubbel, but still a very good Belgian.

Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful dubbel that pours dark chocolate brown. The body is dark and hazy. The head is off white thick and bubbly, that makes for good lacing. Aromatic roasted malts and classic Belgian yeast fills the nose. Also there were light unripe or green banana and caramel notes. It tastes as good as it smells, malty and sweet, with hops being very low key. Molasses and malts, banana and caramel blend together to round out this smooth and silky ale. The body is full with soft carbonation and finishes dry, slightly bitter.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark mahogony brown color with red/amber tint. Creamy bubbly head on top of my glass, lasting through the entire glass.

S- Smell was malty and chocolately- yeasty and spicey, there was also a wine-like quality to the nose.

T- Excellent in the taste department. Raisons, figs, cocoa, candied sugars, yeast, booze- all very well-balanced and smooth.

M- Sleek silky smooth start with a nice pleasurable dry finish. At all times this one was tingly and highly carbonated, just the way I like my dubbels.

D- Great brew. This one was an excellent dubbel and goes highly reccommended.

Photo of mwilbur
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 33 cL bottle into snifter. (Date stamped best by 11/04/09.)
A: Pours a very dark brown--almost opaque--with very thick (2 inch) tan head that very slowly dissipates leaving behind nice lacing.
S: Candy sugar, caramel malt, alcohol esters. Dark and sweet aroma.
T: Caramel, molasses, malt, and hint of candy sugar and EtOH (not as predominant as in the smell). Slight alcohol bite at the end as this warms detracts and distracts a little.
M: Medium-light body with decent feel on the tongue, but doesn't coat and last as well as their tripel.
D: A good, versatile beer to have on it's own or paired with food. Personally I like it on it's own to savor and enjoy. One is very nice, but I would save more for another time.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a dark chocolate brown with a decent head. The aroma was of malts,chocolate and nuts with some fruit notes. The taste was malty,creamy and obviously a hint of chocolate.The mouth feel was a light carbonated,crisp and clean finish. It went down so smooth and dry,yet it was not a dry brew it was just so well balanced. I had heard the hype but I only began to believe it after the beer warmed up and released it's complex character.

Notes: A beer to be savored and since I paid a good amount for the bottle I was in no hurry to finish it off. I suppose that the experience was well worth it and I remember some time after my
brother had one at a pub and it was priced at ten dollars a bottle.
I really liked this beer and I look for it and buy a few bottles for special occasions / events.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From an 11.2 oz brown trappist bottle with meager, simple labels and a best of date by 13/06/09.

The beer pours the same color as the dark brown bottle it came in. A fluffy head billows up immediately after the pour but the tan suds recedes back leaving only a few clusters behind. A fine sediment lightly obscures a fine carbonation.

Smell is warm and malty and there is an estery scent that is reminiscent of red wine rather then beer. It is a scent of grapes, over ripe pears with a splash of alcohol.

Taste is very smooth and starts with a candied dark fruit flavor. A slightly caramelized malt with a red wine aftertaste. There is also a light drying of the pallet after each sip. Not a hint of hops. Very nice for this style.

This is a good sipping brew. Like a red wine it tastes like it will pair well with fine cheeses and a meat dish. Its also good to enjoy slowly and savor by itself.

Photo of Ecliptica
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured a nice opaque amber color with a beautiful, creamy head that kept its lacing. I must have poured this a lot better than some of my fellow reviewers, because I didn't have the full head that everyone is talking about, but rather an absolutely perfect quarter inch head or so.

The smell is rather difficult to describe, but it is nonetheless pleasant. I'm not a wine expert, but it literally smelled like generic wine. I could discern some fig, wild berries, toffee, malt, chocolate, and of course, alcohol and I'm sure there is plenty of other fruit in it. The smell is tremendous and is only a sign of more good things to come.

The initial taste wasn't nearly as good as it was once it warmed. I've noted before that my refrigerator is quite cold (due to my roommates), but the flavors became quite vibrant and stately once the brew reached closer to room temperature. Absolutely delicious. The blend of fruit, spices, alcohol, and tannin made it almost taste like it smelled - like wine(!)

Mouthfeel was perhaps the weakest (if there is a weakest) part of this brew. I felt as though there was a bit too much carbonation that kept the beer from reaching its true potential until it warmed up. Once warm, however, the brew went down entirely too smooth for a beer with 7% abv.

And that leads to drinkability. Again, for a 7% abv beer, this is almost entirely too drinkable. I'm a bit upset I only bought the single because I can't wait to have another one and to let my friends try this as well. The monks are certainly doing something right, one of the better beers I've had in a long time.

Photo of drumrboy22
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Westmalle chalice. Beer was a deep amber color with a thin, creamy, off-white head. Moderate carbonation and lacing.

Aroma was caramel, raisins, candi sugar and malt.

Taste was spicy and sweet with flavors of apple, caramel, bread and raisins.

A nice sipper that really opens up as it warms. Very easy drinking.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle>Chimay Goblet (best before 8/22/09)

This is a vibrant, crimson and ruby-amber color with a rushing stream of bubbles that creates this big, fat and fluffy, 2" lively and bubbly, dark cream colored head that dissipates in moderate fashion and leaves plenty of sticky lacing and a fine foam cover.

This is a very musty and earthy scent....wheat 'n grains, roasted toffee, earthy, grasssy hop scent way down.

a semi-bitter, herbal and earthy hop and yeast flavor pops out first, then the mildly sweet malt hits, but the malt complexity seems a bit low. There's a decent oak'ed and cinnemon edge in the malt but it's not sweet enough for my liking. As the brew warms up to room temp a fruity current comes through featuring raspberies and wild blackberries and a slightly sharp heat follows. The balnce seems a bit off with the herbal, earthy effects stepping all over the malt charecter. Very clean and crisp but a bit thin for the style.

This is medium to full bodied but really crisp and a very lively party on the palate. finishes soft and smooth.

This one feels a bit "green" and adds a bit too much bitter earthy notes. I still dig this style.

Photo of MrIncognito
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a large wine glass.

A - extremely dark mahogony. When first poured, actually looked pitch black, NO light came through. Nice fluffy tan/brown head. Stuck around for a long time and became clumpy, then down to a nice lace on top.

S - Roasted, sweet malt with hints of brown sugar and a slight hint of dark fruit, maybe figs. Alcohol comes through as the beer warms.

T - Very much like the smell. A pleasant mix of malitness with sweet dark fruit and bitterness. The bitterness lingers after the beer is swallowed but is not too intense. Just leaves you wanting another sip. The taste changes as the beer warms. I think it becomes more and more pleasant. So many complex tastes throughout the beer experience it's hard for me to catch them all.

M - Smooth mouthfeel with nice bubbles that tickle the tongue. Slides down the throat.

This is a really great beer. The alcohol isn't all that noticable except for the warm feeling it leaves in your belly. A great winter sipper and a perfect example of the style. Not nearly as sweet as the St. Bernardus Prior 8.

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

A - Poured a brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of dark fruit figs sweet malt

T - Much like the smell but better has a very nice taste to it

M - This is a medium bodied beer with a higher level of carbonation

D - This is a very easy to drink Belgain I greatly enjoyed this brew worth trying

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this in Las Vegas and was very excited to have found any sort of true Belgian beer. Hopefully it survived the trip home!

A: Poured a rich brown with, with an thick heavy off white head that settled down to about half an inch. Fairly cloudy and looks very delicious.

S: Sweet fruit smells, similar to cider, bready smells as well. Interesting smell to say the least.

T: There are many flavors going on here. Cider flavors of apple, sweet malts, and spicy yeast flavors all come to mind. The sour flavor stays on the palate after each drink and there is a nice dryness to the beer.

M: Nice carbonation, nice dryness at the end. Somewhat slick in the mouth though, and smooth, goes down very easy.

D&N: Pretty drinkable for a beer, but I think this is a one at a time beer to be appreciated. Very enjoyable and complex. I wish I could get more stuff like this back home.

Photo of dnichols
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I received this brew from my good beer buddy (and BA member) imacoug. I poured the 330 ml capped bottle into a chalice. I am a big fan of the breweries tripel and choose this brew for my 300th BA review.

A: It poured a deep, ruddy brown body with a robust, sticky two finger caramel head ath slowly receded and left a spotty teicky lacing.

S: It presented a smooth full dark malt aroma that was sweet (caramel) and spicy.

T: It hit the tongue with a sweet, caramel and dark bready malt flavor. There was a tangy, sharp flavor of raisins accented by the zip of aggressive carbonation. It is a nice complex and well balanced dubbel.

M: It is robustly carbonated with a medium mouth feel and well balanced flavors. The creamy smoothness feels nice in the mouth and there is a clean finish.

D: This is a powerfully good dubbel. It is smooth, well balanced and full of flavor. It is a real joy to drink.

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

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Westvleteren glass. 03/09/08. Freshness date of 19/06/09 on the bottle.

Pours a dark reddish-brown with almost two fingers of light tan head. Aroma is dark fruits, especially raisin and fig. Also yeast and bread.

Taste is everything the smell is, and a little more. Raisin, fig, dates, caramel, and yeast. Slight sourness to it, but also sweet at the same time. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.

This is medium bodied, medium-high carbonation. Very smooth. Could drink a lot of this. A very good Trappist beer.

Photo of udubdawg
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle

the room is quite dimly lit, and the pour looks very dark brown. Held to the light though, it comes alive. A few lines of fine bubbles break up what is otherwise a bright, clear liquid of beautiful dark orange/ruby color. The head very quickly recedes to a quarter inch of creamy light tan foam and decides to stick around. Lacing is spotty.

I find the nose a bit underwhelming here. Nothing wrong with it, just not quite up to par with some other aspects of the brew. Orchard fruit,a little plum, and a bit of a vague tart aspect. Nice depth, could just use a bit more oomph. Alcohol barely shows, and only when the beer is well warmed and I really inhale deeply.

Excellent flavor despite this not being my favorite style. Ample ripe fruitiness - maybe even a bit of bubblegum - well defined by the crisp feel and ample carbonation. Vague light spiciness that I didn't notice in the aroma. Light fruit and carmelized sugars linger on my palate. Body is medium and smooth, and alcohol is nonexistent.

Very drinkable. Most seem to like it fresh, but I can't recall a bad experience with this beer. Nicely done, and recommended.

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

Served from a bottle into a small glass.

A: Dark, mahogany with light brown highlights, with a tan rocky head that does not dissipate. Laces as it drains.

S: yeast, caramel, raisin, toasted bread; dried fruit is in the background.

T: A very smooth, delicate flavor, but very flavorful at the same time. The caramel and toasted bread flavor is the most dominant, with a touch of raisin/fig; the belgian yeast character imparts a slight tartness to the beer and accents the dried fruit flavor. Enough bitterness to balance the sweetness but hop flavor is not really detected.

M: Somewhat on the light side and definitely effervescent. The light feel complements the delicate nature of this beer.

D: An excellent drinker. Westmalle dubbel is a fine example of the delicate and easy-going nature of the Trappist beers, which somehow manage to have this characteristic while still being packed with flavor. It is almost too difficult to describe this in words.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle with 07/03/09 over 07/03/07 stamped on the label. Poured into a goblet, it was a medium brown color with some red highlights. A small head that dissipated quickly. It had a faint aroma of fruit (I think banana) and caramel. The taste was similarly muted, but there was some nice bitterness at the end. This was a pretty good beer, but I was expecting a little bit more than I got.

Photo of BeerLover729
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Head is small and fades quickly to persistent lacing.

S: Whoa. Light banana esters, cloves, phenols are all present.

T: Spicy, dry beer with phenolic roundness and astringent bitterness. Slight creaminess is detectable and good.

M: Light, crisp, bubbly. Fizzy carbonation.

D: Mild astringent flavor is not distinctly pleasurable, but dry easy drinking 7% abv beer.

Notes: Not as good as I expected but I think it had to do with how the bottle was kept plus was a great beer none the less.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany/cherry/railroad tie color. Thin head with minimal lacing. Little visible carbonation.

Not a huge aroma here - expecting a little more. A little malt - some of that (positive) "horse blanket" feel on the nose.

At first very shallow and disappointing, but as it warms and circulates the sweet malt rears its head. Almost a Czech pilsener bitterness on the aftertaste initially - not a bad thing but not what's expected. More malt shows up to balance bitterness and alcohol.

Carbonation is more prevalent on the mouth than via vision. Smooth - almost like a dark German lager or maybe a lighter Dopplebock in mouth feel?

Easily drinkable but not really what's expected. Interesting stuff.

Photo of timtim
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reddish brown with an off white head that faded pretty quikly and left minimal lace. smelled wonderful. roasty, caramelly, green raisiny, dried fruity, figgy, plummy... on and on... not overboard though. just nice and subtle and enjoyable. taste was very similar to nose. complex, but not overdone. great medium body and very very drinkable. surprised to see ommegang on the list. this one is miles ahead.

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

Very malty aroma with roasty and raisiny overtones, slight caramel and a whiff of alcohol. Very dark brown with a frothy, mostly lasting tan head and lots of fine carbonation apparent in the glass. Complex flavor of malt, raisin, slight sourness and mixture of hop and burnt roast bitterness. Aftertaste is mainly of bitterness, sourness and alcohol. Medium carbonation, medium-light body with a fairly quick finish but a lingering aftertaste.

Photo of ROMER79
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is truly a beer given to us by the the beer gods. I had it for the first time last night an I could not believe how good this beer was. It pours a red/brown color with a tan two finger head. From the first smell you can gather what kind of treat your in for. It smells so sweet so fresh that you would think that it was just bottled. The taste is a wild ride between grapes, berries, brown sugar, and a little bitterness for an after note. My palate was jumping for joy when I took my first sip. It is an easy beer to drink and it would sum up and warm day with its refreshing feel. Very easy to drink and I will be certain to enjoy a few more of these this spring and summer. Not to forget I had this from a bottle, but it was poured into its proper Westmalle Glass imported from Belgium.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, brown body strewn with fine yeast particles and topped by a full, foamy, off-white head.

Smell: Quite fruity with strong notes of plums and dried bananas. Hint of chocolate. Spicy yeast character. Malts are less prominent.

Taste: Dry, slightly bready dark malts with a restrained sweetess. No more than a touch of chocolate. Light spice. More bananas and less plums in the flavor. Mild hop bitterness. Dry finish with a tangy fruitiness and lingering yeast note.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid, though somewhat subtle Trappist ale.

Photo of dsa7783
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle's Tripel was an outstanding depiction of the style, and their amazing Dubbel fails to dissapoint as well, being an excellent representation of this classic genre... 11.2 oz bottle copped from Total Wine and More in Union, this Trappist Ale pours a mahogany brown hue with a decent frothy and foamy head that soon dissipated, leaving a fair amount of lacing... smell was very thick and rich, replete with dehydrated fruits, caramel, and malts... taste strongly complemented the aroma, with figs, prune, dark sugars, candies, rich malts, caramel, and slight vanilla... really enjoyed this beer... goes down smooth, crisp, and clean, without any alcohol detected and a wonderful combination of intricate, rich flavors that linger on the tongue right after the first sip... an excellent dubbel, truly worthy of great praise... Westmalle did exceptionally well with this one... Nice, creamy mouthfeel with very good drinkbility for a 7% ABV... good stuff... Definitely recommended...

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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