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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,207 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,207
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 128
Gots: 188 | 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 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
Photo of Orrshow
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a murky brown with a little redness to it. There is a fair amount of nice fluffy head on top.

Smell – Strong of brown sugar with suggestions of yeast, dark fruits, phenols, and alcohol.

Taste – Fairly similar to the small but weaker. I really smell sugars, raisins and plums. There is some alcohol flavor as well. Sweet malty flavor is the overall impression.

Mouthfeel – Silky and creamy with a little tingle from the carbonation.

Drinkability – Easy beer to down. No complaints here.

Overall a nice Dubbel. Not among the best beers I’ve tasted but surely pleasant.

Orrshow, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice chestnut brown with some red highlights. Good head with nice retention and fantastic lacing. The smell is of clean yeast aromas, dark fruit, and sweet malt. Dry, but noticeable. Some light chocolate on the finish. The taste is wonderful- very dry, with a light creaminess up front, some drying bitterness in the middle and the development of fruit flavors as the taste goes on: dates, prunes, and apples. Sweet malt is also noticeable, as well as some chocolate at the end. Very little alcohol is noticeable.The mouthfeel is one of the most interesting aspects of this beer. It is extraordinarily creamy- it almost seems to float on the tongue. I'm unsure of whether I really like this or if it ends up giving the beer too light of a feel. I think ultimately it probably increases the drinkability score and decreases the mouthfeel score. This beer is a classic- very drinkable, surprisingly refreshing for a trappist ale. A real winner, and one which I hope will be brewed for many years.

Georgiabeer, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of Byeast
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: opaque , dusty , dark brown with some ruby edges , and a creamy offwhite head.

Smell: Really nice fruity tones like plum , grape , berries etc, are mixed in with very unique dark malt , slight nut , reminds me of some kind of fruit chews , shark bites , gushers maybe?

Taste: Deliciously complex malt profile , darker fruity flavors of grape and plum , just a touch of phenols , hint of nutty flavor , some sweet malt and faint chocolate , bit of an herbal and earthy quality , soft bitterness provides a perfect balance , awsome lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: soft and full carbonation , lightly dry finish.

Drinkability: The aroma on this Monk crafted brew is amazing. Iv'e yet to smell a beer like this one. Delicous and complex flavors that are on the fruitier side. An exellent Trappist Dubbel. And the ABV is masked light that of some evil.

Byeast, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of jeffaz02t
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with light brown 1 1/2 inch head.

S: Malts, dates, plums, slight hop scent. (i cannot believe somebody said vomit in another review...!!!)

T: I taste some cherry in this... Then I taste the malts and a little hop profile in there. It goes a little dry towards the end, then gets a little sweet. I do not find the alcohol to be overbearing like others do. Pretty damn good.

M: Velvet. Wonderful.

D: Cannot wait to get more next month. If I would have known it ws this good I would have gotten a full case. Very great beer!

jeffaz02t, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of aforbes10
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A "fresh" 2007 bottle. Pours (into a Chimay goblet) chocolate brown with a little tan head. kind of looks like unrefined maple syrup with foam on top. Odor is a little weak, although i do get a nice complex mix of fruit, smokey malts and alcohol. Velvety mouthfeel more apparant than the flavor at first. Taste ius woody and yeasty. some smooth chocolate. alcoholic rawness. could use some time to mellow i think. there's a yeasty flavor that's a little overbearing as well and makes me think of homebrews past. There's a 2005 back at the store that i might buy now to compare.

aforbes10, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of Greenfloyd
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trappist Dubbel...Westmalle brings an incredibly complex, dark, heavily bodied beer to the plate. Pours a deep dark chestnut...if this beer was the sky, one might think a storm could be well on it's way. It has that kind of intensity. A burnt sugar head dissipates into a subtle crown not to far down the cup. Raisin, brown sugar, and subtle hints of coffee dominate the nose. The taste follows the nose beautifully, nuances of anise periodically break through. A smooth, heavy body is complimented by the slightly tart finish that lingers well. Stands so well on it’s own, but can be paired well with any number of flavorful, full bodied cheeses………..Enjoy

Greenfloyd, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of dawg
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my DFH snifter. Nice balsa like head about 500 mils high. Tiny bubbles ascending around the periphery forming a ring of tiny bubbles floating on top of larger bubbles.

Aroma is full of dark fruits, very ripe, and very very sweet.

Tastes perfectly balanced. Sweet, ripe, tart, crisp, warming, walnuts, fruitcake, the whole bit.

Perfectly conditioned. Bubbles tickle the sides of the tungue.

Very drinkable however I only have a single.

dawg, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of bigreduw64
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium brown color with a good head. The smell was not very strong, the alcohol was what came through to me. The taste was slightly sweet, but I don't taste the alcohol that I smelled. It had a fairly short finish with a bitterness to it. Very little carbonation in this beer and it was almost syrupy. I really enjoyed this one.

bigreduw64, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of lpayette
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance- Nut brown that matches the label. Off-white nearly tan head. Big on the pour, but disipates to a ring. Little lacing.

Smell- Subtle in its complexity. Nutty and some hints of dark fruit from the yeast. Mostly malty.

Taste- A bit fruity initially followed by nutty tones that are packed with flavor. Hints of phenols, pasted onto a chocolate malt background.

Mouthfeel- A complicated mouthfeel that changes throughout the sip.

Drinkability- Sippable and quaffable- it's good either way.

lpayette, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown brew with a monsterous head that nearly erupted out of the glass on a mundane pour. A slight amount of patchy lacing grips the sides of the glass. Some floating whitish yeast sediment is present.

S - Moderate yeasty notes with a grassy hop character and some faint citrusy to vomit aroma.

T - Mostly a faint dark malty flavor with a hint of brown sugar. Overall, grassy hops dominate the flavor. The aftertaste is all grassy bitterness and malt.

M - Slick, smooth refreshing with a medium body. Nice mouthful.

D - Good, but it isn't great. Not going to have this one again, but it isn't awful. Definitely not worth the American price tag. Better dubbels are readily available. Even Chimay Red is superior to this one.

mrasskicktastic, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark and cloudy ruby/amber/brown hue with a very thick, 1-in. creamy off-white/tan head. The head stays thick for quite a while and laces the glass.

Smell: Has a wonderful and addictive aroma predominated by dark fruits, like cherries and plums. There are some malt undertones as well.

Taste: Full of rich, roasted malts and a somewhat bready flavor. The dark fruits pop to the surface every now and then, and there is a slight hint of alcohol in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and relatively heavy-bodied. Very nice feel.

Drinkability: Very drinkable; alcohol taste never gets too strong, and it doesn't knock you out either...

A very enjoyable dubbel! Not my most favorite of Belgian styles, but this is a really good one. If you haven't tried one before, this would be a good choice. And if you like Belgian beers, this is a must!

mithrascruor, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of bluejacket74
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chalice, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch off-white head. It smells like dark fruit, roasted malt and caramel. It tastes sweet at first, and has a slight tart finish. It tastes like dark fruit, brown sugar and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is medium, slick and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. The drinkability is also very good, the alcohol is well hidden and it's pretty easy to drink. Overall I think this is a pretty good Dubbel, I'd buy it again.

bluejacket74, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a Westmalle chalice. Beautiful appearance, dark opaque chestnut brown with a thick and creamy looking froth. The aroma is sweet and a little malty and the flavor is already well documented by hundreds of reviews. I agree with the majority opinion, this is an awesome dubbel.

TurdFurgison, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of KingG
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Served close to room temp.

Appearance is good. Dark brick color. Decent head materializes. Carbonation makes itself evident.

Smell is good. Very earthy/herbal aroma. Belgian spices and semi-sweet dark fruits.

Taste is excellent. Identical to the smell but sweeter although non-cloying. Flavor isn't huge but perfect for the style. One of the best Dubbels i've tasted.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Velvety smooth on the palate. The beer coates the tongue like a warm comfortable blanket on a cold winter evening. Carbonation is great and not overly done.

Drinkability is off the charts. I can sip this stuff all night if i had to.

Overall: One of the best dubbels i've had and a staple in my fridge.

KingG, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle with the best before date of 7/2/08. Poured into a chalice. Pours a very dark brown with a light tan head that sticks all over the glass. The aroma is a malt-dominated nose with overripe dark fruits, bananas and just a slight touch of chocolate. The taste is much like the aroma in that it is very malty. The full bodied and silky smooth mouthfeel instantly stands out as one of the best assets of the beer. Overall, this is a delicious brew that is recommended.

cjgator3, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of elricorico
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks nearly black in the glass, but looking through the edges it is almost a purple brown colour. A thin fizzy tan head form, and faded to a ring around the glass.

The smell is delicious. Red licorice, cherries, bananas and spice. Faintly alcoholic. Very sweet, a smell that keeps me coming back again and again for another sniff.

The taste is again malt dominated. A fruit mix, plums and raisins. A bit of bubblegum. Faintly medicinal or phenolic in the finish, along with a touch of spicy alcohol. Quite good.

Body is a bit thinner than I expect for this style, but it isn't bad. Carbonation is fairly prickly, but not overdone. Perhaps the weak point of this beer, but still not bad.

A nice brew, well put together, and a pleasure to drink.

elricorico, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich and cloudy mahogany pour, with a creamy two finger head with above average retention.

S: Mellow fig scent with spices and a gentle whiff of malt and a candy sugar-like sweetness.

T: Light spiciness comes forth followed by a hop bitterness that rounds out the flavor quite well. Sweet but relaxed malt taste throughout, makes a presence but doesn't dominate. A yeasty and alcoholic taste in there as well, but both complement nicely.

M: Creamy yet crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish. Complexity abounds in this brew.

D: Definitely worth another go-round for the flavor characterstics.

CharlieMopps, Dec 07, 2006
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
91 out of 100 based on 2,207 ratings.