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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
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2,347 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,347
Reviews: 1,142
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 151
Gots: 268 | 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 Haybeerman
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of jeonseh
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of JustinBathurst
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of deg
3.49/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of MinorThreat
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
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

Photo of Squelch
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Photo of Halcyondays
3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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.

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

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.

Photo of AlexLMS
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of far333
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle dated 09/05/08 which I believe would be May 9th in most of the world.

It's a deep dark brown color with very fine head and little lacing.

Aroma is rich with malt and yeast. It's so nice on the nose that I spend quite some time smelling it before I even go to taste.

The taste is equally complex with roasted malt and chocolate with raisins in the finish. Very interesting and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is somewhat lacking in that it seems thin and rather lightly carbonated with more burn than a 7% beer should have.

Overall it's another great Belgian Trappist beer.

Photo of ZAP
3.17/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had lofty expectations of this brew and I have to say I am unimpressed.

A-Dark brown, small tan head.

S-Light aroma of figs and fruit (apples, plums and pears)....not great but not bad on the nose.

T-Apples and pears, figs, raisins and a little alcohol spiciness...not a malty as expected.

M-Feels thin and watery....light side of medium bodied...low carbonation.

D-I wouldn't complain if someone bought me one of these but I much prefer the Westmalle Trippel

Photo of BullCityB
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice, this Dubbel is a very deep red with a thick, slightly tan head.

The aroma is less fruity than many Dubbels I've had. The balance is nice, not all fruit, definitely some spice, and a little alcohol. None of the individual elements are really in control here.

The flavor and aroma are very similar. There's a nice fruitiness up front, not as intense as in some BSDAs, but still very noticeable. There's a slight sourness, in addition to the almost plumlike fruit, followed by a nice dash of spice and alcohol that slightly drys out the finish. The middle has a touch of caramel, which is a very nice addition. The flavor on the whole is quite complex and multifaceted.

The beer is solidly of medium body, but the dry spicy finish makes it drink as though it is slightly lighter. A little more head retention would have lent it more creaminess and probably boosted this up to a higher plane.

So far, so good with Westmalle. Both their Dubbel and the Tripel I had two nights ago have been top shelf beers. These monks know their craft exceptionally well.

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

750ml bottle poured into a chalice; bottled on date of 7/3/07

Pours a muddy, deep brown with a small off-white head that disappeared rather quickly.

Sweet toasted malt, candied sugar, and fruity esters (mainly apples.) The smell really jumps out of the glass and really grabs you.

This is where its at. A near perfect example of the style. Sweetness from the fruits on the front and back end, and in the middle comes the yeast and bitterness of the hops. The hops are bittering and a bit on the spicy/grassy side. Very subtle, but a nice element.

Very smooth. Soft and pillowy. Perfect.

Well balanced and at 7%, it's an easy go.

Photo of BDIMike
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice dark black opaque color. Good brown copper color when held up to the light. There is a nice thick, tan head as well with great retention.
Good nutty malt smell to this dubbel. A tad bit of the plum type of sweetness as well.
Taste is a strong nutty malt taste. There is the slight chocolate plum taste at the end, but not very strong.
Mouthfeel is very chewy and flaky. Very thin, not the general smoothness that I prefer either.
Drinkability is okay as well. Not as good as I expected out of this beer. The taste is fairly bland and the mouthfeel is one of the oddest I have ever felt.

Photo of beeragent
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice from a bottle. The beer pours a slightly hazy dark ruby, forming a 1/2 inch tan head with slight lacing. The aroma is a combination of dark fruit aromas, along with some sugar sweetness and a noticeable amount of alcohol. The taste starts with light sweet maltiness leading into dark fruit flavors and ending with a slight alcohol presence. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Full flavor, medium body, and not too high alcohol lead to a very drinkable dubble. Overall, not bad at all. I can see why this gets such great reviews. I'm not sure if this is the best dubble I've had, but its definitly near the top.

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

Poured from a bottle into an Ommegang chalice.

Appearance: A deep, rich-looking brown body with ruby highlights, a healthy one-finger head with decent retention. Thick carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet, toasty malt, some candy sugar, and some light, fruity esters from the yeast - granny smith apple skins, green grapes. Very pungent.

Taste: Very interesting, and a definite "progression beer." It starts off very sweet on the tip of the tongue - sweet, dark malts, some light bitter chocolate, and those tart, apple skin esters. As the sip progresses and warms in your mouth, the sweetness becomes more complex and fades a little - there's a dry, powdery yeast presence here, a mild noble hop bitterness, and a few pleasant, grassy and spicy notes. Very earthy and dry in the finish, with a warming and smooth alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Oh so Belgian. Very soft and smooth, with a huge, exploding "pillowy" feel - it practically melts in your mouth, but sort of in reverse, if that makes any sense. Excellent.

Drinkability: Very nice. This beer isn't as sweet as you'd imagine from the look of it, but it's not too bitter or tart either - very well balanced. It's only 7% abv, and there's nothing harsh of offensive about it all - just a really good, balanced, drinkable beer.

The original dubbel. Or, rather, from the maker of the original dubbel, so you have to assume it was probably pretty close, recipe-wise, to the original dubbel. One of the best dubbels, too - nothing bad here, and some of it is plain outstanding. Recommended.

Photo of Matty1918
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark amber with a nice creamy, fluffy off white head. Nice retention.

Aroma is of sweet toasted malts. Caramel, slight spice and fresh ripe fruit. Very nice aroma lots of character.

Taste has lots of carbonation in it at first. There's some cloves in the front with ripe fruit in there also. You can feel the alcohol..it's slight but it's there. Flavors are complex.

Mouthfeel is creamy with the alcohol being present. It's not overpowering but there.

I'd seek this dubbel out again. Very nice. A good way to end the night.

Photo of CNeilP09
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

excellent dub from westmalle.
recently received 100 pt rating from draft magazine.
so i picked up the dubbel and tripel to revisit.
westmalle is a fine beer. not quite sure about the pt rating systems used by wine/spirit/beer magazines. take those ratings with a grain of salt. anyway, good beer though.

fluffy cottonish head. dissolved to a thin cover of bubbles. good carbonation keeps the beer moving. awesome malt flavors prancing around. good caramel and dark chocolate notes. some hoppiness bounces in and out. and good beer to sit and savor.
this beer almost has the viscosity of cool whip. that's the best way i can describe it. it has good body and it's fluffy. it feels like you're swallowing a mouth full of icing or cool whip or something.
anyway, i could certainly stand drinking a few of these in one sitting.

again, a beer to be savoured.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Forgot where I bought this from but it is a 11.2oz bottle.

Poured into my chimay goblet. Pours a very dark brown with a very nice looking head that is very light tan in color. Looks nice in the glass.

Smell gets a low score since I can't smell anything. I don't have a cold and I'm pretty sure my sense of smell is working fine. Don't know why I can't smell anything.

Taste is great. An awesome double. Not quite as good as my favorite double (Rochefort 6) but still very good. A spicy flavour that reminds me a little of abt 12 but with the malt character of a rochefort 6. Toffee and spices dominate the palate. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is great with good carbonation and smoothness of a good trapist beer.

Drinkability is high and I could suck back a fee of these no problem in one sitting.

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

Well this is my first review, and my first Dubbel so I honestly have no baseline for reviewing. Nevertheless, I will try to be as unbiased as possible and stay within the style guidelines for the benefit of others.

A: It pours a nice opaque dark brown color with slight orange hues. Head is frothy and thick at first but quickly dissipates leaving spotty lacing with a tiered like effect. Carbonation is not immediately apparent probably due to the darkness of this beer.

S: I'm still developing my ability to detect aromas, but there is a definite roasty, malty quality that immediately hits me. I detect some faint nutty aromas as well as a complex melody of "dark" fruits that I can't quite pinpoint yet. I'd like to say there are spicy smells but the maltiness overpowers it.

T: From what I know about the style I think this hits the nail on the head. The malty taste dominates my palette. There is a faint fruity taste of perhaps plum and fig with a roasty and slightly chocolately undertone. Carbonation is average and honestly is perfect for this beer.

M: This is a really nice beer. It is perfectly carbonated and rolls off the tongue with ease. It's a medium bodied beer and as I write this and drink it I am loving it more. This beer just has to be tasted!

D: Some have said this doesn't lend well to drinkability, but given this was from a 9.4fl oz bottle, it only gets better after each drink. There's just over 2 glasses worth (american pints) in this bottle and this is a great beer. It goes down very smooth. Not as smooth as a stout or porter but given it's level of carbonation, and the nice balance of malty sweetness it is dead on. I would not hesitate to buy this again. I will definitely be exploring this style further.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle from the Wine Exchange, on to the beer:

That's a nice dark ruby brown with orange hues the beer appears as. It has a pleasing aroma of assorted dark fruits with a little bit of cocoa. The taste, while not in your face, is very mellow and refreshing. Tastes just like the aroma, then add in a little bit of esters and pinch of peppery yeast. Very nicely balanced with the alcohol in disguise. Yep, another quality Trappist beer.

Photo of haz77
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep chestnut colour with a firm couple of inches of light tan head. Very little carbonation to be seen. Head slowly drops to a finger thick cap over over minute or so.

S - Much more restrained than I was expecting and a little disappointing. Dark fruits, molasses, leather, tobacco, some alcohol spice.

T - This is more like it. Mild clove flavour leads to the middle before the dark fruit appears. Sweetness of the dark fruits swells from the middle onwards. Finish is lightly dry with a slight bitter chocolate edge.

M - Medium/full body, very creamy and smooth. Sharp carbonation at first, which quickly becomes softer.

D - Incredibly easy to drink. The taste/mouthfeel make up for the muted smell.

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,347 ratings.