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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
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2,351 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,351
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 152
Gots: 270 | 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 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.

Photo of daythree16
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark burgundy with a cream colored head.

The smell is very earthy and fruity and almost smells like grape juice. The taste is similar with a lot of dark fruit notes like grapes and figs.

The mouthfeel is very smooth but carbonated almost like a champagne. I would definitely have another.

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

Poured a dark, deep brown with ruby highlights and a speckled beige head. Some sediment in the head as well. Aroma is not very prevalant, but is somewhat sweet.

Dark fruits and sweet molasses bring out the flavor, along with a hint of Belgian spices and red wine. It is a dubbel, to be sure, and is sufficiently complex and fulfilling. I didn't get that special feeling like I have with some other trappists, but that doesn't make this any less of a solid, enjoyable beer.

Photo of SkittleBrau82
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Less carbonation than I expected. The cork only flew a couple of feet (didn't even punch a hole in the ceiling tile).
Pours very dark with a small lacey tan head. Subtle deep fruity aromas. Smooth strong toasted, caramel maltiness dominates flavor with a very complex dark fruit profile (some spice and plum) arising in the aftertaste.
Damn good Dubbel!

Photo of BretSikkink
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blood red-orange color, some highlighting. Dark tan head, bounces up quite high in the glass and retains for days. Lacing is minimal.

Aromas of sweet caramel malt, dark fruits, and a clove-like spicing. A bit weaker than I remembered in power, but the subtleties are nice.

More sweet malt-driven action in the flavor; toffee, caramel, fig, dark spices. Fusel alcohol presence is noticed but blends nicely with the spicing and is not a hindrance.

The mouthfeel is thick and viscous, but is whisked nicely off the tongue by the wonderful carbonation. Finish is a bit hot but quite complex and lovely.

Remarkable quality..seems to ooze gentility and patience. Get after it.

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

Pours dark with some red highlights and a puffy tan head that leaves lots of thick even lacing.The smell is tangy with red wine aromas.Tastes of malts,over ripened dark fruits and a hint of watered down prune,spices(cinnamon),the yeast was not as dominant as I had expected,I was very pleased with the abundance and subtlety of flavors.The body and mouthfeel are soft and frothy.A stellar Dubbel!

Photo of jdubjacket
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep, ruby red with a lot of carbonation. Some lacing but not a whole lot. Smells like brown sugar and dried fruit. Tastes very sweet and malty and finishes very dry. Due to the relatively low ABV, this beer is very drinkable. A very satisfying beer that I will definitely have to pick up more in the future.

Photo of Offa
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is so far my favourite dubbel and for me is a benchmark for how I judge this style.

Dark, dark red, it has a huge, light-tan head that shrinks slowly and leaves some lace.

The aroma is rich, dark malt, caramel, toast, yeasty bread dough, and fruit with hints of alcohol - port, especially. It is reminiscent of English barleywine.

The taste is first sweet and malty, with spicey fruit and toast with smooth, warming alcohol - rather like amn English barleywine. It becomes more bitter with spiciness with more caramel, prunes and cherries, balancing the sweetness. Although rich and complex, it is unusually smooth and easy to drink.

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

thanks again chefscott79.

a - I love the appearance of this beer. very cloudy golden caramel color.

s - smells of lightly burnt sugar and dates. some light fruity notes, apple core as well.

t - the taste is great. black cherry, dates. finishes woody and jammy.

m - carbonation is moderate, i was worried because it had a fake cork and it didn't 'pop' when i opened it.

d - i've heard that this is an excellent example of a dubble. i greatly enjoyed it and could drink this anytime.

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

Found this baby today and had to get right @ it.

Dark, but when held up to some light more of a dirty orange, like if someone poured cola into a glass of orange juice. Loads of carbonation and a tan head that receeds to a ring that stays forever.

not much initially aroma-wise, but as the beer warms some sweet rich maltiness really flows up to the nostrils.

Tast was complex to say the least. Lot's of stuff going on. Maltiness certainly up front, but a hard to discribe bitterness. Spiceness from the yeast very apparent towards the middle and lots of raisiny sweetness @ the end.

Mouthfeel was full, but the carbonation doesn't do much for me until it settled down a bit.

I liked it, but I can't see having more than 2 in a sitting.

Photo of scottg
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a goblet glass.

Poured a light brown with a reddish hue and a small creamy head with nice lacing. Strong aroma of liquid yeast and fruit, cherry?. A sour fruit and caramel flavor up front with a smooth hoppy finish. Well carbonated, cleanses the mouth, would pair great with cheese. Easy drinking beer.

Photo of JBogan
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark ruby/brown with a bit of a haze to it. Sturdy off white foam head leaving some but not a lot of lacing, and turning into a thin film which remained.

Roasted malts and some nuts present in the smell, with banana in there also.

Tasted of caramel, malts and maybe a bit of plum to go along with even a hint of bubble gum. Nice and complex, but yet not too "busy".

Mouthfeel was slightly on the thicker end of the scale, and not as sprightly as similar beers I've tried. Still pretty decent and smooth however.

I enjoyed this beer and found it drinkable. It's not quite up to the same level as some other Trappist beers, but it's pretty easy to find and not as expensive as some of those either. This one is certainly worth a try.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short but dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, spices, Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and complex with flavors of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, spices and Belgian yeast. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a beer that will hold your interest and your taste buds for a long time making it a good beer to drink for an evening.

Photo of ABCJiugui
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
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
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
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
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
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
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
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
3.88/5  rDev -7%
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.

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,351 ratings.