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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,236 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,236
Reviews: 1,127
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 134
Gots: 194 | 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 wagenvolks
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle into a large wine glass.

Pours a cloudy amber-oaken body with some fervent bubblings beneath a decently thick, slow-to-recede tan head. No lacing, but the apperance is classy. Wafts of grape, apple, fig & plum abound, with some sweet caramel malts and an almost graham cracker note.

Taste is a decently complex dubbel, with a fruity body and an almost harsh alcohol presence. A dry, smooth, and semi-creamy mouthfeel meets the mouth up front and a hoppy, alcoholic bite finishes. Overall, this is a good, complex, and tasty dubbel, as expected from the Westmalle family. Can't wait to try the triple...

wagenvolks, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best Before 02/08/08

When held to the light, this beer is the color of a dark ruby stone with active carbonation stemming from the center of the base of my PBR goblet. Head is full, tan, and made up of mostly uniform bubbles. Leaves some spots of lace, but it is minimal. Smells of honey, dried fruits, apples, pears, orange zest, grape juice, a little chocolate, and some faint floral hops. Flavor starts off with a bit of yeast character and some spicy notes mixed in with orange oil and a variety of fruits very close to what I found in the aroma. I pick up some toastiness and a bit of roast malt flavor as well as a little cocoa powder. Overall this has a sweetness to it, but dries up in the finish along with the coming of floral and earthy hops and a soft bitterness that seems to come from a mix of the hops and kilned grains. Mouthfeel has solid body to it, but it is far from cumbersome. It weighs on the tongue just enough to let it know it's there. Carbonation gives the flavors some life but is not harsh or intrusive. This is probably the best dubbel I have ever had for my money. Westmalle is definitely 2 for 2 with this and the tripel.

goochpunch, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of Reed415
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark amber color with a pretty impressive head

S - Dominated by malt and fruity citrus notes

T - Tons of fruit, citrus, caramel malt, some alcohol warmth

M - Medium body, Moderate carbonation, very smooth

D - Very nice smooth fruity beer, that is not overwhelming

Reed415, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of dstc
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark cloudy ruby brown color with a small off-white head. Head falls slowly to nothing leaving no lace on the glass.

Smells nice and malty with a sweetness to it. Lovely.

Tastes fantastic. Wow this is a good beer. Nice strong, bold malt flavor, a bit roasted. Sweet, nutty and mildly fruity.

Full bodied and smooth in the mouth with little carbonation and a nice alcohol burn.

Very drinkable. I would love to end every day with one of these. This is an exceptional beer. Try it if you haven't already done so.

dstc, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of brdc
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a reddish hue, it has a nice tan head that dissipates quickly but leaves a very nice lacing.
The aroma is nice and malty, sweetish mostly of burnt sugars, but also a surprisingly strong fruity hoppiness that faded quickly, though.
Smooth and creamy, it is incredibly complex and changing. It started hoppier and certainly more bitter than I expected for a dubbel, but it slowly sweetens both on your tongue and on your glass as it warms up.
Still not my favorite dubbel, but certainly a very good one.

Taste: Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Lovely sweet malts with caramel and cholocate flavours. Underlining fruit flavours of date and banana. Hits a dry point in the middle and become crisp for a moment. A slight coarseness, from the yeast, follows in the form of a moderately spicy characteristic that mixes with a prickly alcohol presence. Bitterness is thin, with faint floral flavours. Finishes slightly dry with some residual spiciness, sweetness and alcohol on the breath. Warming.

Notes: This is just an overall amazing beer. One of the most famous of the Trappist beers, Westmalle Double can be found on tap at many Beglian establishments. 6.5% abv.

brdc, May 21, 2007
Photo of karengarys
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours dark dark clear ruby leaving a foamy caramel colored ring around the glass - the foam does not stick to the glass.

Smells sweet and fruity.

Tastes... ...smooth... ...at first watery but - no - there is a lot going on here... "beer". yep. "beer". but so much more, what is it. And so mellow. It is like champaign in a beer bottle and beer flavors. Hmm... The bottle is almost 2/3 gone, and I still cannot nail a single flavor for no single flavor stands out. You'll have to read the other reviews to see what others noticed - I am just picking out a very smooth balance of flavors - the hops are present but not real bitter - the malt is present but not overpowering - there are spices all over, and other flavors both sweet and bitter, but it is very well balanced. My original rating on taste was 3.5 - that is what it appears to be at first glance, but as I sit with it I'm realizing how much more it is to it than initially meets the eye.

extra note: the alcohol is hidden completely.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy. That too started at a 4, but I'm going to 4.5. There is a wateryness that is noticeable at first glance, but again, as you sit with it the real character becomes apparent.

This is a very good beer you have to sit back and think about to really enjoy. You probably could pour it to your macro loving friends and get away with it because it is not screaming with over-the-top flavors and smells. But - those who think about what they are consuming will really appreciate this great brew. I think I need to keep this in mind for the next new years eve party - since I serve beer, not champaign, this would be a good celebration beverage for the beer lovers in my neighborhood.

karengarys, May 21, 2007
Photo of sessycuban
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours a dark body with a very noticeable head . The head retains well until you're done with the beer. Very nice lacing.

S - I'm getting mixed with dark fruits. I like the combination but it's a bit difficult to separate the aromas.

T - I'm picking up a light citrus flavor, but not overpoweringly zesty. This ale is well pull together, and the citrus tops off an otherwise perfect beer.

M - I like the syruppy taste minus the viscosity. I could swish it around in my mouth if I wanted to.

D - This is definitely a premiere ale. While it is produced year round, I think it's hard to find a good pairing for this beer because it's so well put together. As is such, I feel like I need to save this beer for a special occasion even though it's readily available.

sessycuban, May 15, 2007
Photo of seanyfo
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a leffe chalice


A - Dark ruby red, with a thick creamy 2 finger tan head. Good retention producing lots of lace.

S - I agree with the previous reviewer. Lots of Munich malts here.I also get some nice sweet tones, caramel and almonds.

T- Very sweet, lots of toffee and nutty qualities, thick and syrupy. I expected the sweetness just to overpower everything, but it turned out nicely balanced, sweetness converting to a nice smooth alcoholic kick in the finish leaving a sublte sweetness on the palate. Very nice!

M - Creamy mouthfeel, sticky and syrupy.

D-Not one for everyday, but a nice sipper when the mood takes. im really starting to come around to dark belgian ales. I always imagined something overpoweringly complex and bitter, but the few i have tried have been rich warm and characterful. This is no exception. A fine beer i will enjoy on the odd occasion so i dont sicken myself of it.

seanyfo, May 14, 2007
Photo of markaberrant
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in 12oz tulip.

Appearance is an effervescent hazy ruby colour. Head is tan and plentiful. Lacing is apparent.

Smells of munich malt, raisins, and spicy yeast/hops. To be honest, it is not generating a whole lot of anticipation.

Taste is full and complex. Amazing malt sweetness and dark fruitiness up front, which turns to a dry spicy finish with a bit of hop flavour. Almost perfect.

Carbonation is lively in the mouth (though creamy), making it very refreshing and dangerously drinkable.

I could easily down several of these before noticing how much alcohol is in there.

I find this beer to be very smooth and not overly spicy - which I think suits a darker belgian beer... it allows you to appreciate the malt. The only knock is I that I find the aroma lacking. Spectacular, and very well crafted... as a homebrewer, I would love to brew something this good.

markaberrant, May 11, 2007
Photo of Stephen63
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured an excellent dark body with a perfect head which kept strongly to the end of the glass.

S - Caramel/treacle aroma mixed with dark fruits. Hops evident though not dominant.

T - Bitterness to the fore in an agreeable way. Citrus like character also detected.

M - Great, light carbonation, delicious.

D - More of an "ale" feel than some of the trappists as the sweetness was not too heavy. Would have no difficulty dispatching two or three of these. Great stuff.

Stephen63, May 04, 2007
Photo of hammer09
3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium to dark brown. Well carbonated as evidenced by a dense, 3/4" head. Smell is malty, but not overly so with a slight belgian yeast aroma. Other than that, I couldn't detect any other aromatic characteristics. Taste is malty and sweet, but as with smell, there isn't much else going on for flavor here; maybe this was an old bottle (it was the last one on the shelf at my local beer store). Mouthfeel is above average with a warming effect on the palate. Drinkability is fine, although I'm dissappointed that two of this beer's key characteristics were on the average side. I expected more from a dubbel. However, I would give this beer another try.

hammer09, May 03, 2007
Photo of scott
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick iced tea and minimal carbonation.
Smells good - like sweet tea.
Drinks like a soft drink or a mixed beverage.
Easy to drink and with a clean finish.
I'd rather run around with Racer 5 that I had an hour ago, if I was drinking beer to run around with in my hand.

scott, May 03, 2007
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
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,236 ratings.