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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,279 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,279
Reviews: 1,129
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 142
Gots: 214 | 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 bosco7
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark tawny brown topped with a pale creamy head.

Raisins, cherry cola, toffee, and earthy hops in the nose. Highly aromatic.

Pretty sweet upfront. I am picking up some unique almond like flavors in this beer. Cherry, raisins, cola and a little toffee in the middle. Finish is roasty, dry and nutty. The sugary flavors are understated similar to that of Maredsous 8. Very appealing.

High attenuation make this highly digestable and refreshing. The mouthfeel is in quite prickly. Haven't had this in a while and I am glad that I chose to revisit the brew.

Photo of ablaze
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark mahogany red, off-white tan head sits on top throughout. Thick and smooth lacing, with good clarity.

Juicy, ripe red apples with a perfumy candied coating. Some faint alcoholic vapors, but very inviting.

Light, leafy prunes, blackberries, more of that candied apple edge. Some sweet caramelly malt. Yeast is downtempo and hops are quite delicate and match up well with the soft Belgian flavour.

Medium to full bodied, incredibly smooth, creamy and somewhat sticky. Carbonation is light, but there.

Ahhh so delicious. A satisfying and complex favourite, the dubbel of choice. Pairs well with a beef and vegetable stew, but great on it's own as it is delicate.

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

12oz bottle. Poured, sadly, into a tumbler at Tapwerks, OKC, OK.

A deep, russet, brown, with red highlights, and an offwhite to tan head which poured at three fingerwidths, and hung around at about a half for the whole drink.

The nose after warming was sweet and boozy - dark fruits (dates, figs and overripe purple grapes) and caramel esters, with some subtle spiciness.

Plenty of residual sugars on the palate. A sweet marriage of caramel malty flavours, with darks fruits and a little earthiness from the yeast. Alcohol grows ever present as it warms, but far from unwelcome. This is beer is like a rich, complex port or sherry.

Mouthfeel is smooth and warming. Quite rich, without being unctuous, but certainly a sipper. A fantastic, complex beer, that begs to be the centre of attention for an evening.

Photo of hwwty4
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. Poured a dark mahogany with ruby tones and a aggressive head. Probably two inches that gradually gave way and left heavy lacing on the glass. Aroma is fruits, sweet malts, raisins and a little alcohol at the end. Taste is mostly the same, but heavy on the fruits. Mouthfeel is medium body with a nice carbonation all the way through the sip. A highly drinkable beer.

Photo of Atron67
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a brownish dark with a red tinge. opaque through the glass but not too much particulate noticable. A tannish head built up and turned really fluffy, fell reasonably slowly, and left thick lacing around the bottle.

S- a little dark fruits, notes of raisins, cherry? some plums nice balance of smooth malts

T- Smooth throughout, starts off with a great maltiness in which the fruit slowly rises up, a great taste of raisins, and plums, some other fruitiness. A great blend and balance of the maltiness and hops.

M- a smooth medium body ale with sharp carbonation that works well for the style, but i did let it flatten a little before drinking at around 60 temp

D- a great dubbel, probably my favorite so far

Photo of Deus1138
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish copper color with a little bit of head. I got a good whiff of the sweetness right after it fell into my goblet. Very aromatic.

Tastes excellent. There are some sweet malts, mostly dark fruit. I then detected a slight hint of banana. There's a good about of carbonation that accompanies the slight spiciness nicely.

I'm especially fond of Quadrupels, but this is a very nice alternative. It's not as sweet as the Quads, so it's a little easier to drink. Not that Quads are hard to drink, it's just this is a little quicker and easier going down. You're not overwhelmed with sweetness and strong flavors to decipher. A Quad is like someone yelling nice things at you, this is someone talking to you in an "indoor voice."

This will become a regular visitor in my fridge.

Photo of phisig137
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep brown on the table, yet a light mahogany when held to the light. Three finger off white head has great retention, and pretty decent lacing.

S- Lots of malty goodness in here. Sweet caramel, complex sugars, deep fruitiness, and and overall "round" aroma that is just great.

F- Big time fruity esters from the yeast absolutely dominate the flavor. While there is great malt complexity here, the yeast really shines. Loads of dark fruit, notably plums are present, and make for a great overall flavor profile. While a bit sweet up front, the beer is well balanced, and finishes relatively dry.

M- creamy, smooth, and enjoyable. Not cloying at all.

D- quite good.

Overall, a damn fine brew, and one worth seeking out. Its nice to see a brewer still brew a traditional dubbel, without blurring that line between dubbel and Quad. This seems to be a very traditional dubbel, with great malt complexity, but not overly sweet. Mild and restrained in its magnificence perhaps. That being said, I would love to see what the brothers at Westmalle could do with a Quad....

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

Not that it counts for anything, but I think this is a classically beautiful bottle. Label shows a 7% ABV, not 6.5%.

Into the goblet poured a beautiful opaque red with floating yeast visible, which I like. A small head formed then dropped to a thin 1/4 " head which hung around quite a while.
Smell was sweet, malty slightly sour with dark fruit all over, hints of citrus, hops and vanilla. Great complexity.
Taste was good maltiness, sour, hops (more than in the nose), dark fruits soaked in alcohol with hints of peat and oak. It was a bit more...astringent than I expected, but no hoppy bitterness.
A medium body and a decent effervescence starting at the tip of the tongue then moving back. Hop note blooms in th aftertaste then drops to balance with the malty vanilla and wood notes.
A "must drink" beer.

Photo of joeskirkie
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this one sitting around a while. The second of two I got at the Houston St. Whole Foods in New York.

750mL goes into 1 Westmalle chalice. The result, a rich mahogany, damn near opaque. It was a nice looking head while it lasted.

Mmm, a nice cocoa scent, dark cherry, licorice, roasted malts and some yeast to finish. It's very, very nice.

Hmm, the dark fruit presence in this taste is very wine-like, with the expressive carbonation and yeasty finish of a dubbel, and some toffee hints in the midst of it all. You get more malts and sweetness as you go on. It's ok, though not what I was expecting after smelling.

Leaning towards lighter in body and, as mentioned, expressive carbonation. Very drinkable. I can think of other dubbels I would opt for though, if given a choice.

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

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 1999.

Appearance : mahogany color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : malty aroma, fruty nose and vinous.
Taste and mouthfeel : slight taste of malt, chocolate, with a good presence in the mouth and a subtle taste of alcohol.
Drinkability : a very good Trappist beer (relatively dry). drink at 12 to 14 degrees.

Review translated from french 11-19-2008.

Photo of lowbrau68
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours russet brown, opaque, even when held directly up to a light, with amber tones around the edge. The head is tan and fluffy, about 1/8'' at the end.

Smell - Fruity and slightly spicy, with hints of raisin and plum and some rum-like aroma.

Taste - Matches the aroma closely - raisiny with some plum and spiciness and caramel notes. This beer is sweet in the middle and has a surprisingly clean finish w/moderately lingering bitterness. Mouth feel is light to moderate in my opinion and this is a drinkable beer given its complexity and a decent kick at 7% ETOH.

Overall this is an enjoyable, complex beer that makes me want to try more in this style and experiment matching w/food.

Photo of likestoswallow
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11oz bottle from Bevmo. Poured a dark brown with a bit of red around the edges. Head was khaki in color, ample and slowly faded to about 1/4 inch and held with plenty of lacing. Aroma was complex with walnuts, almonds, raspberries, toast and sweet caramel. The flavor mirrored the aroma, with a bit of hops at the back end. The mouthfeel was smooth, full and satisfying with lively prickly carbonation. The finish was long and smooth with a bit of biter hops lingering. Overall: this is an outstanding brew. Recommended.

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

Review #300. Went with something a little special, my first Trappist beer.

Appearance: I just realized that I do not have a chalice so I poured the beer from the 11.2 fl oz bottle into a large red wine glass. The beer is a hazy brown. My pour produces a thick tan head, near two inches in height. Head slowly fades to a solid color, leaves some lacing.

Smell: Malty, dark fruit aromas (plum, dark cherry, and other berry scents), touch earthy. Overall I am a little let down by the scent. I did notice a date on the back label, which I assume is a best by date, of 12/06/07. I assume it to mean this beer is nearing its best life, but I would think it would have a little lift left in it.

Taste: Nice maltyness to this one, the dark fruits jump out. A little spiciness with minimal bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full in body. Naturally carbonated with a smooth finish. There is a little alcohol heat when I swallow the beer.

Drinkability: A very good beer, although my expectations may have been a bit high as I was expecting something better than good. A decent beer to try especially if one wants to start into trappist ales. A good solid beer and relatively inexpensive, my small bottle was $3.49 or $3.99, I can't remember exactly.

Photo of chefscott79
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow...my new favorite dubbel

appearance:nice dark color not too much brussels lace..and It did seem to improve with warming in the glass....losing some of the carbonation

smell:lots of dark stone fruit smells and not allot of estery smells

taste:wow great dark malt flavors with notes of cherry? and other dark stone fruits

mouthfeel...a bit too much carbonation at first then it mellowed and got silky as hell

drinkablity:I could drink this all day

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

picked this up for about $6 at the local package store. It was everything I expected it to be, but just a bit expensive for my current income. I'd gladly pay $2 a bottle all day for this, but I don't know if I'll ever pay that much for such a mid-range beer again.

Photo of ccrida
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Realized I'm coming up on 300 reviews, so I figured I'd out bust out some of my special stock, and what better place then the Westmalle Dubbel?

Poured from a 330ml bottle (two in a row in fact) into my 70s era Westmalle chalice, the dubbel is a dark garnet with a small but tight, long lasting tan head that leaves thick sheets of lace.

The aroma is soft and fruity, dusty trappist yeast and a bit of grape, masterfully understated and delicious. Of course it sweetens as it warms, but only gets more luscious and alluring.

There's no two ways about it, this has got to be my favorite dubbel. The original too, IIRC, and a benchmark of the style, and for good reason. I love how soft and easy drinking it is, yet complex and satisfying at the same time. All about the yeast here, spicy with dark fruit, with dry caramel malt and light phenols, with very little indication of the ABV. Still, this is generally my least favorite belgian style, and as well executed as this is, I just can't give it a 5.

The mouthfeel is exceptional, and has a crisp creaminess and a light body.

Drinkablity is supreme. Damn this is a great beer, why don't I always have a case of these laying around the house? Oh yeah, I'm a huge beer pig!

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

12 oz. bottle marked 07/02/08, I have no idea how old it is. Appearance is a dark-reddish brown with a small head that sticks around pretty well but is not more than a centimeter high. The smell of this beer reminded me of grapes and red wine and me anticipate the taste even though I don’t drink wine…. The taste is delicious but doesn’t quite match up with the smell but that is ok. It is also thick and hard to describe. It’s dark and fruity but not really spicy at all, maybe some nuttiness. Good bubbly carbonation and very easy to drink, this is a nice beer. Both beers I have had so far from Westmalle have been delicious but I enjoyed this more than the tripel and I wish I had bought more than one.

Photo of Jonte
3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33 cl bottle poured into a tulip shaped pint glas.

Cloudy beer with a brown/dark red color. Off-white head that is large at first but mostly diminishing. Good lacing.

Smells good. Sweet malts and yeast, dried fruit, raisins, figs, plums. A bit of caramel/toffee as well.

The taste is not quite as good as the smell. Very fruity at first, then a more sour yeasty taste and some toffee/cocoa. Alcohol and some hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Medium body and lively carbonation. A bit dry.

Interesting, but not really my type of beer.

Photo of BucBasil
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a goblet from a very classy bottle that confirms that this is in fact "Trappistenbier" along a raised strip along the upper middle of the bottle. Great presentation. Pours a cloudy, dark brown with a great 2 finger, off-white head. Lacing is almost perfect, lining the walls of the goblet with a wallpaper of foam, lining where I took each great sip.

Smell: Smelling this beer was one of those great "beer moments" where it's just you and the beer, and nothing else seems to matter. I can't tell you how great this beer smells. I can only try to describe it... Clean, perfect aroma of grapes, plums, apples sweet malts... it's all there for your olfactory glands to absorb and enjoy. \

Taste: Enters the mouth with a nice full, fruity character, giving way to a very clean, slightly hoppy note and finishing nicely with hints of sweet malt and perhaps more of the dark fruits revealed in the nose. Mouthfeel is a weaker part of this beer, being slightly more prickly than I would have liked, but still very enjoyable. Nothing too detracting.

Notes: My iTunes is on random right now, but what comes up as I finish this glass of Westmalle Dubbel? Coldplay's "God Put a Smile Upon your Face." I can't think of a better song to describe this beer.

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

Pours a dark clowdy brown with a thick tan head that sticks around for a minute or two.

Smells of toasted rolls, dark malts, caramel and some dark fruits.

Tastes slightly sweet and malty up front with a fairly thin middle and a slightly sour dry finish. A little nut and chocolate in there as well. This beer was strong up front but didn't wow me in the middle. I wasn't as impressed with this brew as I thought I was going to be.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Goes down easily.

Easy to drink but I wouldn't put down the money for one again. Their tripel is far better.

Photo of botham
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a westmalle goblet. pours a hazy chocolate brown with a finger of tan head that is soapy in character.

aroma is very malty and yeasty at first, containing caramel and chocolate malts, with a decent ale yeast character, giving the aroma a fruity base. notes of floral yeast, caramel, and a touch of roasted malts give the aroma complexity, while remaining bold overall.

taste is of caramel malts up front, with notes of floral and fruity yeasts, pale malts, and a slight vinous feel to the base. finishes with a touch of apple and sourness, only to bring out mild hops in the aftertaste. very well proportioned and balanced. good concentration as well.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a creamy texture and a decent CO2 presence. could have been a bit thicker for the boldness of the flavors.

drinkability is good. the beer is not filling, nor has a high alcoholic presence. this brew is a solid example of a dubbel, and a great brew all around. cheers!

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

Appearance: Murky dark brown with some ruby edges. Creamy off-white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Caramel dark malt, plums, grapes, nuts.

Taste: Dark malt backbone, raisins and plums provide a nice darker fruity flavor. Grapes add a nice lightness. There is a nuttiness in the finish, with some chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Full carbonation. Mild dry finish.

Drinkability: This is very easy to drink. A damn good dubbel.

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

Pours very dark ruby to brown depending on angle/light. Head is nice tan to white and retains well.

Nose is fresh bready/yeasty/estery.

On the palate the carbonation greatly stands out with an off, malt extract like component towards the finish. Good malt, brown sugar, and dessert like qualities but I'm concerned about the finish.

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

Pours into my goblet a dark mahogany color with a creamy thick tan colored head. The head dies down to leave a slim layer of foamy head. Smell is of belgian candied sugar and some yeastynes... Taste is dark malt, dried fruit, a little cocoa, and doughy yeast. A slight alcohol warming presence makes this a very rich drink. One of my top belgian darks, great trappist ale.

Photo of jnelson54
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The prune juice brown color with fine belgian lace surrounding a tall glass. Nose is slightly malty with hints of fruits and dark sugar. A range of malt flavor from sweet to slightly sour that gives way to a balanced a spicy hop finish. Truly well crafted. Great for those mild fall days.

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