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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
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2,199 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,199
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 128
Gots: 187 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
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 willjschmidt
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into the appropriate Westmalle chalice.

A: Dark amber brown with a thin light tan head. Color turns to a deep and dark red when held up to a light.

S: Dark fruits such as figs and raisins along with malts as well as cola.

T: A very smooth, rich and creamy malty taste. The fruit flavors come across in the taste but change from dark fruits to something more tropical.

M: Excellent soft mouthfeel, nice carbonation and medium-bodied.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. It goes down smooth and crisp and with nice flavors. It would pair well with rich sauces, BBQ, or a nice chocolate desert.

willjschmidt, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark amber and cherry color that was slightly foggy with an irregular film of creamy oak.

Smells of creamy honey and bready yeast with a sweet concord grape, a light creamed corn and little birch bark dryness at the end. A slight bit of alcohol creeps in here too.

This one tastes of a nice balance of dry birch bark and dry leaves with a wholesome wheat and oat. From the grainy malt comes some under-ripe strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and a hint of brown sugar.

This one feels light and easy with a small bubbled carbonation. It’s also quite dry.

A quite solid representation of the style. A pleasure for the senses.

DarkerTheBetter, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of techdiver
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, dense brown with modest head that dissipated quickly.

Nose of molasses and malt.

Taste is well balanced malt, toffee and caramel. Totally enjoyable with mild hop character.

Mouthfeel is medium with pleasant carbonation.

Very drinkable. Smooth and expressive.

techdiver, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a chalice, pours a dark, coffee bean brown, lightening to an dark amber. The head starts off about an inch or so, thins to thick foam, thick and smooth, the lacing falling in sheets. The aroma is like most Trappists I have, on the faint side, but delightful. The belgian spices are real nice, but toffee and caramel play key roles here, its a malty show and I like it.

And while I like the aroma, the taste is fantastic. Delicious fruits, toffees and caramels, the alcohol warms everything, the mouth is medium, but the high carbonation makes it feel lighter, which I've never really liked, but is part of the style. In all, its one of the beers that got me so hooked on Belgians, dubbels particularly. Simply a classic.

objectivemonkey, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of ChazMania
2.73/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A) poured into a glass, nice malty glug glug thick sound. Deep red hue, small head.
S) Fig, prune and malt.

T) Flavor is bright, crisp with some fig, prune and malt.

M) Palate is thin not a long finish,
D) OK. It would be nice to do back to back with this style.

ChazMania, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of dmbfrat420beers
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark hazy brown, almost burgundy. Light tan head of small bubbles. Big at first, dissipates to a nice opaque cover. Aroma is yeasty and bready with notes of raison and alcohol. Like whole wheat bread, slightly bitter with a lingering raisony sweetness, slightly metallic. There are more complexities I can’t put my finger on, but still somewhat dissapointing for a style generally characterized by rich and deep flavors. Sharp carbonation bite. Medium bodied and dissapointingly ‘water-downed’ for a dubbel. More drinkable than many Dubbels, but comes at the expense of good body and strong flavor. A decent beer, but not as good as the Westmalle Tripel.

dmbfrat420beers, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small bottle, 16/05/08 dating on the rear label. Pours cloudy, mahogony, with a long lasting medium tan head, plenty of sticky lacing. Allowed to warm for about 30 mins. Nose of raisins, figs, cola. Seems pretty highly carbonated on the tongue. Flavor notes of more raisins, figs, more cola, and some rum also picked up. Drying and slightly chalky in the finish. Tasty and complex brew, but kind of expensive, (over $4 for the 11.2 ouncer) A nice treat, but other choices abound and I'm not sure how often I'll go for this one in the future.

Billolick, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of Gmann
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown color with an average off-white head, not much lacing. The smell is of roasted malt, some dark cherry, a bit metallic, not particularly strong. The taste is of plum, sour cherries, a nice roasted malt backbone. The feel is moderated and fizzy, perhaps a bit too carbonated. Despite the carbonation, this is a damn drinkable dubbel, not too sweet or bitter, hides the alcohol, and goes down nice and easy. One of the better dubbels that I have had.

Gmann, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of SaltyLime
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice brew. It didn't feel like 7% Alc. Tasted great with my salty chex mix and would like to try it next time with a nice chocolate cake or something sweet. There WILL be a next time.

Appearance - dark honey brown in color with a soft frothy head that dissipated quickly.
Smell - strong mouth watering aroma, smelled a little toasty, sweet like syrup and had a slight red wine familarity.
Taste - delicious. strong malty and cocoa-like flavors up front without the strong alcohol aftertastes, hops were detectable and well balanced with the other flavors.
Mouthfeel - a little tingly from the carbonation, but not distracting. smoother and lighter than expected, provided a warmth to my tastebuds that craved the next sip.
Drinkability - excellent. soft feel, no harsh flavors or bitterness.

SaltyLime, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a tan, one-finger head. It left very nice lace.

S - It smelled of clove, spice, dried fruits and malt.

T - It was fairly spicy at first sip. It also had a good malt flavor with clove, yeast and dried fruit.

M - It was fairly soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A very good beer. The complex flavors are outstanding.

zeff80, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of kelticblood
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Splendid appearance! Massive thick off-white head about two fingers thick. The color is a dark brown and actually the color of the bottle. Sediment left on the bottom of the bottle. Head gives no indication of receding in anyway after about 5 minutes. When it finally recedes it gave way to moderate lacing. Strong bitter Phenolic aroma. I would of like to see more malt notes in the aroma. Mouthfeel is a bit flat in the carbonation area. ABV is well-hidden and it goes down smooth. Has the same kind of mouthfeel a Guinness might deliver in the area of texture. Aftertaste is very bitter with strong phenols. Has a watery rolling texture that is easy on the mouth. Would like to see more malt character in the taste. Bitterness is a bit overpowering. It doesnt offend too much and is quite drinkable. Not too impressed here. I prefer the Westmalle Tripel anyday. I bought this at Spirit Haus In Amherst,Mass for $5.35/bottle. Very pricey for an 11.2FL OZ bottle.

kelticblood, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of brewcrew76
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rusty color with a few fingers of beige bubbly head that leaves a small ring of lacing.

S - Malt, candy sugar, bready yeast, dark fruits of prunes, figs and raisins.

T - Malty with a grape soda type taste, dark fruits with a spicy lemon like finish.

M - Sweet up front with a dry finish. Sharp carbonation that creates a party in the stomach.

D - A nice Dubbel that could use a little less carbonation.

brewcrew76, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of pootz
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle from LCBO...properly labeled with all the neccessary warnings.

Pours a dark clouded brown ale into my Westmalle chalace with a proper 2 finger off-white cap..cap reduces to a proper mat and laces well.

Aroma is intoxicating...chocolate, figs, smokey-vanilla bean sweetness and a musty under tone.

Silken mouthfeel, creamy-cocoa character...best mouth feel and palate of any beer I've tasted!

Starts with a warm shower of deeply toasted malts and coffee-cocoa tones which become balanced with some tame but assertive hop bearing...mid palate the mix gets more complex, there are a number of flavor decernments but the one that stands out is that of a chocolate covered smoked apple...finishes wet with more flavors arriving late;earthy dates, toffee-earthiness and smokey fruits...add to this a dangerous drinkability and inherent smoothness and we have one of the world's best beers.

There is little I can say compared to the accolades this beer has had from proper critics....all I know is that I wish I had a consatant access to it...if I did I may lose my love of German dunkler bocks.

pootz, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of liquidnoise
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the first trappist beer I've tried. Had it today.

Poured out dark, with an unusual brown head. I could see the yeast swimming around at the bottom of my glass as I chose not to filter it.

The smell was the only thing less than magnificant. It didn't really have much of a smell. But the faint smell was fruity and very appealing.

It tasted like fruit and maybe some chocolate thrown in the mix. Nothing low quality about this one.

The mouthfeel wasn't too watery, wasn't too heavy. It was just perfect.

This is definately a premium beer for the connoisseur, appropriate to be enjoyed with a gourmet meal or on a special occasion.

liquidnoise, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

100th beer Ive tried and reviewed.Heres to 100 more.Poured into the proper Westalle Trappist chalice.

Brownish/red body with a off white head.Bubbles streaming to the top.

Candy sugar and some dark fruits hit my nose.

Fruity taste,it almost taste like juice.It taste very lively.Malt hits ya at the end of the sip.

Carbonation is really good and not overly aggressive.The alcohol is warming and soothing.Like drinking a really good Vick vaper rub.In a good way though.

Im glad I tried this stuff and I will seek it out again in the future for a special occasion.God im glad the monks like to make bier.

MmmIPA, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of MAB
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! See reviews for Chimay (blue cap) and apply them here. World class. Delicious.

It looked so nice in a glass that I wanted to just stare at it. Reddish brown, loads of carbonation, brownish head. (Too much head in my glass, but I think that was the glass' fault, not the beer...). Available in a gift pack with a "Westmalle" Chalice. I think I'm going back for one.

Lovely, complex flavoring. Chocolate and spices. Hops and the fire of the alcohol. Slightly sour (the pleasant kind of sour) on the aftertaste.

Well worth seeking out. As a side note, It went extremely well with a lemon tart that I was eating (which brought out the sweetness of the beer).

MAB, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of roblowther
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost black brown with a thin, creamy but quickly gone head that doesn't leave much lacing. It smells of chocolate and dark cherries. Nice but simpler than I would have thought. The taste is fantastic. Smooth cocoa up front, sweet and sour fruit, then a crisp aftertaste that tastes of baking spices. It reminds me of fresh baked bread. The mouthfeel is silky but surpisingly thin for its pedigree and color. Drinkability is great. The balanced flavor makes the aftertaste leave you wanting more of the original taste and vice-versa. This one doesn't stand up to the tripel but it is simple only by the standards of its off-the-charts trappist cousins. A beer not to be missed.

roblowther, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of browner
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great Dubbel with the classic aroma of caramel, malts and beautiful yeast overtones. Classic Belgian pour and color. Taste lingers a bit but leaves you wanting more. Hard to find a better value in a Dubbel A real winner which is readily available in our area. Life is good.

browner, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent beer. A great head to start with but fades a little too quickly. Initial retention is good.

Smell is nice and malty with some banana phenol on the nose.

Taste is malty, with a nice alcohol presence. Could be more complexity in the beer and a little more belgian funkiness.

Mouthfeel is a little too thin, but the beer clings fairly well. THe mouthfeel in this beer somehow hinders its drinkability. However, this is one solid brew.

jasonjlewis, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of Matthew
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my goblet a ruby brownish color with a nice fluffy whipped cream looking head, tons of sticky lacing around the glass.
Very nice sweet bready malt aromas. There is a sweet caramel overtone that covers the fruity esters that are best characterized as being date and fig like. Brown sugar and moist raisin like aromas pull through a bit more as the beer warms.
Smooth sweet flavors of carmalized sugar and similar fruity flavors to the ones noticed in the nose. There is a almost nutty overtone throughout this beer that overlaps with the malty sweetness and the fruity tones. Nice and smooth.
Medium to full bodied, smooth on the palate medium to low levels of fine carbonation.
This is a nice drinkable dubbel. Flavorful and smooth.

Matthew, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Lovely garnet color with some brown highlights. Very creamy two finger head with excellent retention. Leaves very delicate lace around the glass.

S: Aromas of plums, prunes, figs, cola, and chocolate covered cherries.

T: Toasted malt, and dark fruit (see above), smooth chocolate, berry, nuts, with a lemon-y hop finish.

M: Smooth and creamy. Carbonation is quite low helping this beauty just slide down your throat. It affixes itself to the tongue, allowing the finish to evolve.

D: Extremely drinkable. An exercise in subtlety and nuance. So easy to enjoy!

GbVDave, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into snifter.

Deep ruby color that is nearly opaque. A thick tan head foams to about one finger, then slowly settles to a thick cap. Stringy lacing.

Sugary fruit aromas with a little bit of spice.

Grape like fruit flavors stand out with the malt base. A little bit of delicate cream enters in the middle, before the flavor begins to vanish. Very little bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is filled with lingering fruit flavor and grain.

A nice little Trappist Dubbel, with plenty of fruit flavor to enjoy. Recommended.

BeerSox, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of garymuchow
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a huge dark head. Nice mixed aroma initially of a sweet alcohol and fruit (plum, prune quality) with a little berry thrown in. How nice it that? Almost a smoky quality to the grain. The alcohol fades in time leaving only the malty fruit.
A very cloudy dark amber of browns and deeper red. Head settles slowly.
Flavor is less bright and bold than the aroma. Malt character holds more grainy quality, but still holds the prune like fruit flavor. Alcohol noticeable, but not overpowering. Hops balance the sweetness and offer little bitterness.
Such a fine carbonation that adds softness without interfering with a nice smoothness of a rather lightly bodied brew.
Boy does this go down easily. The aroma never stops. Tasty.

garymuchow, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of IronDjinn
2.83/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Have this bottle left over from a Westmalle gift pack, that also came along with their Tripel and a stunning chalice.

Pours out a very deep opaque brown, tall fluffy cinnamon head that retains and retains.

Fruity with a light, zesty aroma, some chewy fig malts, some yeast. Light mandarin in the background, or almost pomelo-like. Then green apple slices.... This really unravels as it warms. The warm spice really comes out as it reaches room temp.

However this doesn't really do much for me in the flavour dep't. Subdued up front, and under the radar the rest of the time. A small warming alcohol surfaces near the finish and carries through to the aftertaste, but that is more of a texture than a flavour. Light spicy malt, but far, far off into the background. A kind of woody, nutty aftertaste to it after a long while. Almost as if this has been watered down somewhat.

Speaking of that, the mouthfeel is fairly thin as well, not much oomph or backbone behind it.

Perhaps this might be an off bottle of the stuff, but barring that it isn't really my cup of tea in the dubbel dep't, so much more out there with flavour to offer to be had instead.

IronDjinn, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one into my Duvel tulip glass. Nice eruption of fizzy head that settles into a creamy tan 1/4" thick layer on top of the dark brown beer. The nose is rather floral not showing much sign of sweetness, but it is still very much a complex aroma. The first taste is a quick burst of alcohol flavor and a slight bitter ending. I am drinking this at room temperature. After a few more sips it turns into a very warming beer. Not the sweet and rich flavor of several of the dubbels I've had before, but more of a subtle complexity. The mouthfeel is slightly handicapped by the alcohol taste. This is a very odd beer, very mellow yet bold. Very drinkable although it's no good on the wallet. Overall, this beer wasn't as great as I thought it would be. I will have to try a tripel of theirs, I have read that it is much more impressive.

Rudgers73, Jan 26, 2007
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,199 ratings.