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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,279 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,279
Reviews: 1,129
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 142
Gots: 214 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000)
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Photo of grandq
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Training my tongue in prep for the Westy 8. This is by no means a training beer, this is a main event in its own right. Pours a brown just on the dark side of hazel with a massive head. Smells vinous, with hints of coriander and nutmeg. Tastes of raisins, brown bread, fermented grape, apple, a slow hop march with a strawberry sweetness trailing behind. Mouthfeel is bubbly, well carbonated and a smooth, clean finish. Dry like a champagne. Quite drinkable - nothing too extreme but solid and well balanced.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Easily one of my favorite dubbels from what may be the most underrated trappist brewery IMO. Pours a nice brown color with red highlights and good white head. Smell is of spice and dark fruits. Taste has a toooonnnn of dark fruit flavors in it that come out strong up front. some spice and more fruit through the middle. Clean crisp mouthfeel but could be a little better. Drinkability is extremely high. Wonderful beer, from the brewery that makes one of my top 5 tripels as well.

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

Pours a dark reddish brown with a HUGE tan head. Smells of yeast and toasted grain. Taste reminds me somewhat of a dopplebock with a rich malty character, but also a Belgian yeasty taste. Has a good amount of bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel is full, smooth carbonation. Pretty drinkable, at 7 percent alcohol it has a bit of a kick to it.

Went well with some Wisconsin Havarti Cheese.

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

A: Dark brown and surprisingly opaque. I don't think it's sediment either, this is just a very dark beer. Big two finger head that seems to retain forever, and tons of tiny bubbles coming up to support it.

S: Sweet sharp smell which reminds of apple cider and white wine. Plenty of alcohol and spicy pepper.

T: Big bready taste with some hints of sweetness with a tiny bit of grape/currant, though not as pronounced as the smell. Middle is spicy, followed by a slightly bitter finish. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter mxed with some funk and yeast.

MF: Very bubbly, as the head would suggest. Really good bite between the carbonation and spice. Not as thick as it's appearance would suggest. Alcohol feel is there with some warming, but not prominent. Very dry finish.

D: Very drinkable. Better than Chimay's, IMO. The flavor is good but not overly complex, but all the factors combine to make this an extremely good beer.

Photo of n0315
4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice foamy head and a great sweet smell. Pours a dark amber with a tan head. First taste is just...WOW. Where have you been all my life? fruity with a nice long bitter finish but nothing overpowering. Great balance. Motuhfeel if soft, not too think, but not too thin. Goes down smooth, this is a beer I could dirnk a lot of. Drank it too fast to be honest. Amazing.

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

Best by Date of 10/01/2009 makes this beer a little over 2 years old.

Pours an appealing brown with rich ruby highlights. Head is a subdued white. Aroma is a gentle mix of bready malts and fruity yeast esters.

The initial taste reminds me of a delicious artisan bread. A little tingle on the tip of my tongue, a hint of tart apples fades into a crisp, earthy, slightly spicy finish. Still plenty of carbonation to keep the mouth feel on the light side, but I liked it. Overall, very tasty. I'd like to try a fresher sample.

Photo of joekfsu
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a murky, non-translucent brown with a massive tan head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma of dark fruit, mostly raisin, some yeast and alcohol. Initial flavor of apple and grape with more dark fruits coming in later. Light body, moderate carbonation, slight alcohol presence, and some lacing. Ok beer, worth a try.

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

Tremendous Dubbel. Westmalle has hit two homers, with Tripel and now the Dubbel. I'm embarrassed not to have tried them before this weekend. This will be one to stock in the future, without question.

Two pouring attempts into the Ommegang Tenth Anniversary glass yielded head, three fingers thick of bone-white froth, capping a cloudy, brown-berry body, and expertly lacing the glass--masterful. The smell is sweet with grape, pear and orange, with a slight pine hint after another pass. The taste is incredibly smooth, sweet with plenty of sugar, the fruits above with the addition of cherry, followed by a spicy aftertaste that I wished to get more while imbibing.

This is an absolute delight, easy to have a few of these were it not for the cost, and they're well worth cellaring despite, or because of, the drinkability. Outstanding Dubbel. Grab a few.

Photo of ndekke39
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had a bottle of this in the cellar for about a year now. I just read about this beer in the BA magazine, and decided that it was time to drink it. The bottle has an October 25, 2007 date, so hopefully I'm not too late!

Decanted into a white wine glass, it pours a cloudy, light ruby color with a foamy white head. Great retention. Lots of lacing on the glass. Enticing.

Even with the glass sitting a couple feet away from me, I can catch whiffs of apples, some toasted malts, and the alcohol. When I put my nose into it, I get apple cider, cherries and other tart fruit, alcohol, yeast. Overall, a warm, toasted quality.

Tastes are a little disappointing. Blossoms into a balanced malty, dark fruity character. But then it just disappears, with a weak , cardboard aftertaste. Perhaps the beer is past its prime.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly effervescent. A nice foil to the warm, malty flavors.

Overall, pretty drinkable. There's a lot going for this beer. Great aromas and flavors - a beautiful looking beer. But my bottle may be a month or two past its prime. I'll have to try it again!

Photo of Mudpuppet
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from a 750 bottle into a Chimay chalice. Pours an mostly brown color with orange-red highlights. Thin 1/8 inch head.

S- Light fruity aromas with hints of dark malts

T- Dark malt flavor with a light yeast in the background. This is actually a somewhat bitter brew but very tasty. Has a somewhat fleeting flavor to it but the bitterness sticks around a bit better.

M- Medium carbonation. The carbonation seems to stick around a bit also on the sides of your tongue making it tingle a bit.

D- Very good beer. The alcohol is somewhat apparent in this beer.

Photo of brantadid
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color into a chalice with a solid three finger mounded cream colored head. Excellent head retention and tons of sticky lacing.

Smelled yeasty with raisins and date notes. Really intense nose that reminded me of wine.

Tasted of raisins and dark dried fruit. Lots of malty sweetness.

Great mouthfeel. Light but rich. Alcohol was totally masked.

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

11.2-oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A = Dark brown, dense, almost impossible to see through, formed a good tan head of foam mixed with medium sized bubbles that quickly resolved into a simple coating of light foam and a few medium sized bubbles on the surface.

S = Definite notes of caramel, ripened fruits, very slight yeastiness and traces of alcohol.

T = Sweet with a backbite of spiciness. Great flavor. Starts with a rich, sweet malty taste of caramel and fresh pumpernickel, then hits on fruity flavors of very ripe sweet tropical fruits and even sharper hints like limes (mostly a matter of bitterness, not strong taste), blends to a spicy mix of flavors, very well balanced. Alcohol is present but not unpleasant, just a good warming presence.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, good mouth coating, soft but full carbonation effects.

D = This is one of the most drinkable dubbels I have tried. Just an excellent and drinkable beer. Drink and enjoy!

Photo of champ103
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A wonderful dark and deep mahogany color. The beer has a great big pale tannish head that leaves good lace.
S: There is something to be desired here. This is not very aromatic at all. Dark fruits and bananas come through if I put my nose in the snifter.
T: Wow, there it is. Whatever this beer lacks in the nose, it more than makes up for it with the flavor. Nice round flavors of plumbs, raisins, and bananas. Lots of dark malt and chocolate as well.
M/D: A great full body that is rich, creamy and soft. The drinkability of this beer is amazing. So smooth and easy to drink.

This is a wonderful beer. Treat yourself to a great Belgium Dubbel.

Photo of jim102864
2.83/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't understand the ratings some of the other BA's have given this brewery and this beer in particular. A total snooze fest best describes my experience.

Yeah, the appearance is chestnut brown with a 2 finger head in my Chimay chalice. Poured from a dark 12 oz bottle. No bottling date. Maybe they're trying to hide something.

There is no aroma. Period. Whatever's in there is so faint it's not worth mentioning.

Taste is malty, slightly peppery. Pleasant enough but still a bore.

I won't recommend this beer to anyone. Highly overated in my humble opinion. I'll revisit it some day but on someone else's ruble.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown with ruby red highlights when backlit. Poured with a inch and a half head that lingered awhile then settled into a layer of foam that was retained to the end. Good thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma of floral hops characteristic of Trappist ales. Primary aroma was backed up by undertones of wood. Taste was more sour than other Chimay but less sour than Orval. It did not land me in the fold right away but the more I drank it the better it tasted. Mouthfeel was kind of sparkly which complimented the taste.

I would happily drink this again but I probably won’t because there are other Belgian Ales that I like better.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml from the Coop for about $4.50... poured into my Kasteel glass.

Dark brown with cherry highlites.... when held to a light, it is a glowing copper/chesnut.. lite tan head doesn't stick around for very long, but leaves nice rings and a little lace.

Dried fruit dominates the nose... Sweet cherries.. raisins and figs. Dark caramel and toasty malts.... complex but I can't pinpoint.

Flavor is sweet cedar and more fruitcake.. Belgian esters .. low but noticeable chocolate no alcohol is evident. Nice viscosity and carbonation.. what I think of when I want a dubbel. Trademarked balance and complexity that is beyond my palate.

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

A- Dark chocolate brown with light ruby hues. Small ring of foam and film after a conservative pour. I might should have poured it a little more swiftly to get some good head going, I have none.

S- Cherries! That is definitely the first and strongest aroma coming from this glass. I also catch some red grapes and plums. I can catch some vanilla very slightly and also a lemon scent there too.

T- Again, Cherries! This is almost like a cherry beer to me. That taste and smell overtakes me on this one. I also sense the same red grapes, red apples and a somewhat lime-like taste. Alcohol is present in the aftertaste.

M- Medium to high on carbonation. The general mouthfeel is nice and pleasant as far as the thickness of the brew goes.

D- A little too sweet to me. Not an overly drinkable beer because of the sweetness and richness.

Overall- Very good and enriched tastes and smells. However, that made it one dimensional to me. The overall taste and smell was cherries. If it added more complexity than this, I would be a bigger fan. This one didn't do that for me, but all in all was a nice offering.

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

Deep garnet/flame colours, nearly opaque. A thick and creamy head floats on top, and lasts forever. Thick malt aroma, sour cherries, spice. Toasty biscuit aromas and flavours. Warm and spicy feel, rich and luscious. Sweetness is well balanced by bitterness, with a yeasty aroma on finish.

Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/red color with a thick frothy head and lacing. Smells thick and malty in the nose with some hints of raisin/currant. Taste is somewhat thick and malty with raisin flavors upfront and a spicy aftertaste. Smooth and bready as well. Aftertaste is somewhat dry as well. A second sip confirms much of the same.

Definitely a dubbel and the second Trappist ale I've had.

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

Presentation: 11.2 oz brown bottle from Kappy’s, poured into a 16 oz. shaker

Appearance: Nut brown color, with some red tones. A rich cream colored two finger head with good retention, and no lacing.

Aroma: caramel with a bit of fruit

Taste and Mouthfeel: Taste starts with dark fruits and caramel, then has a mild hop aftertaste. Nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is an incredibly smooth and enjoyable beer. It is one of the finest Dubbels I have had – really world class.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with an off white head, decent retention and lacing. Has a murky brownish color.

Smells great, licorice, a bit of molasses, apples and other fruits, spices and caramel/chocolate malt.

The taste starts of nice and malty (caramel, chocolate). Then becomes spicy, dark fruits and just a bit of mustiness. This is my first beer from Westmalle but it will most definitely not be my last.

Photo of BWH3
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westmalle Dubbel
33cL bottle served in goblet at 50 F

Appearance: Just nearly perfect. A touch more head retention is all it needs. The body of the beer is that amazingly rich date color with a light beige crown atop. The carbonation is moderate high and right on. No red hues at the edges when held to light which is perfect. (4.5)

Smell: Big time, raisin aroma of special B spiced with the peppery aromas of the yeast phenols. The hops add a mineral note but play a minor role. The scent is big and rich without any coffee, chocolate or caramel notes. Instead the dried fruit of prunes and cherries tantalizes. (4.5)

Taste: Exactly the same as the aroma with a bit more spice and a good peppering of the throat and lips. The richness of the dark fruits is incredible but the beer is fairly one dimensional. (4.0)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. I enjoy it but could be lighter for the style. Carbonation is just right. (4.0)

Drinkability: A classic Belgian Ale that deserves a chance to be in any fans catalog. I am debating which is the better choice to reach for -- Westmalle Dubbel or the Tripel. I really enjoyed this one, but I think the St. Bernardus Dubbels are more complex and worthier of my praise and devotion. (4.0)

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

Best by 24/01/08, pretty close to the limit.

I let this one warm up a bit before I poured it.

Pours the color of ripe date fruit flesh with about two inches of foam which quickly recedes to a thin layer.

Sweet Belgian candy with dark malts and dark fruits like dates, figs, and raisins. Spices like cinnamon sticks and nutmeg as well as brown sugar or piloncillo. Freshly baked cinnamon rolls.

Taste is of dark fruits both sweet and a bit of sour notes. Caramel malts, pretty sweet in the taste.

The mouthfeel is creamy and well carbonated.

A pleasure to drink.

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

I've been onto Belgian ales for 6 months and of course had been seeking out the Westmalle offerings. This dubbel is the first Westmalle I have had and it was outstanding. There was a high amount of carbonation (as there should be) and the color of this beer is something to write home about. It is hard to describe the color - sort of a reddish brown carmel malty color - very beautiful. The aromas coming off tis ale are very malty, slightly sweet, and intense. Of course you can smell the alcohol, but that's only natural for this style. As for taste, it is unquestionably great, but I can't help but compare it to Chimay Blue. The hardest thing is to call whether or not I like it better than the Chimay Blue. Chimay is a bit more intense in the flavors, but the Westmalle dubbel is more smooth. In any event it does not disappoint!

Photo of Minkybut
3.15/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this expensive beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. I thought I was going to like this because I have heard so may great things about it. It had a fine bubbly head ans was a rich mohoganny color but was cloudy. The beer semmed to be very very carbonated. The beer had a nice creamy head and bad ass lacing but was very strong in the alcohol taste. I will not buy again but thats just my opinion.

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,279 ratings.