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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
outstanding

2,351 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,351
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 152
Gots: 271 | 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 GratefulBeerGuy
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle>Chimay Goblet (best before 8/22/09)

This is a vibrant, crimson and ruby-amber color with a rushing stream of bubbles that creates this big, fat and fluffy, 2" lively and bubbly, dark cream colored head that dissipates in moderate fashion and leaves plenty of sticky lacing and a fine foam cover.

This is a very musty and earthy scent....wheat 'n grains, roasted toffee, earthy, grasssy hop scent way down.

a semi-bitter, herbal and earthy hop and yeast flavor pops out first, then the mildly sweet malt hits, but the malt complexity seems a bit low. There's a decent oak'ed and cinnemon edge in the malt but it's not sweet enough for my liking. As the brew warms up to room temp a fruity current comes through featuring raspberies and wild blackberries and a slightly sharp heat follows. The balnce seems a bit off with the herbal, earthy effects stepping all over the malt charecter. Very clean and crisp but a bit thin for the style.

This is medium to full bodied but really crisp and a very lively party on the palate. finishes soft and smooth.

This one feels a bit "green" and adds a bit too much bitter earthy notes. I still dig this style.

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

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a large wine glass.

A - extremely dark mahogony. When first poured, actually looked pitch black, NO light came through. Nice fluffy tan/brown head. Stuck around for a long time and became clumpy, then down to a nice lace on top.

S - Roasted, sweet malt with hints of brown sugar and a slight hint of dark fruit, maybe figs. Alcohol comes through as the beer warms.

T - Very much like the smell. A pleasant mix of malitness with sweet dark fruit and bitterness. The bitterness lingers after the beer is swallowed but is not too intense. Just leaves you wanting another sip. The taste changes as the beer warms. I think it becomes more and more pleasant. So many complex tastes throughout the beer experience it's hard for me to catch them all.

M - Smooth mouthfeel with nice bubbles that tickle the tongue. Slides down the throat.

This is a really great beer. The alcohol isn't all that noticable except for the warm feeling it leaves in your belly. A great winter sipper and a perfect example of the style. Not nearly as sweet as the St. Bernardus Prior 8.

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

A - Poured a brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of dark fruit figs sweet malt

T - Much like the smell but better has a very nice taste to it

M - This is a medium bodied beer with a higher level of carbonation

D - This is a very easy to drink Belgain I greatly enjoyed this brew worth trying

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this in Las Vegas and was very excited to have found any sort of true Belgian beer. Hopefully it survived the trip home!

A: Poured a rich brown with, with an thick heavy off white head that settled down to about half an inch. Fairly cloudy and looks very delicious.

S: Sweet fruit smells, similar to cider, bready smells as well. Interesting smell to say the least.

T: There are many flavors going on here. Cider flavors of apple, sweet malts, and spicy yeast flavors all come to mind. The sour flavor stays on the palate after each drink and there is a nice dryness to the beer.

M: Nice carbonation, nice dryness at the end. Somewhat slick in the mouth though, and smooth, goes down very easy.

D&N: Pretty drinkable for a beer, but I think this is a one at a time beer to be appreciated. Very enjoyable and complex. I wish I could get more stuff like this back home.

Photo of dnichols
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I received this brew from my good beer buddy (and BA member) imacoug. I poured the 330 ml capped bottle into a chalice. I am a big fan of the breweries tripel and choose this brew for my 300th BA review.

A: It poured a deep, ruddy brown body with a robust, sticky two finger caramel head ath slowly receded and left a spotty teicky lacing.

S: It presented a smooth full dark malt aroma that was sweet (caramel) and spicy.

T: It hit the tongue with a sweet, caramel and dark bready malt flavor. There was a tangy, sharp flavor of raisins accented by the zip of aggressive carbonation. It is a nice complex and well balanced dubbel.

M: It is robustly carbonated with a medium mouth feel and well balanced flavors. The creamy smoothness feels nice in the mouth and there is a clean finish.

D: This is a powerfully good dubbel. It is smooth, well balanced and full of flavor. It is a real joy to drink.

Photo of bkilpatr
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Westvleteren glass. 03/09/08. Freshness date of 19/06/09 on the bottle.

Pours a dark reddish-brown with almost two fingers of light tan head. Aroma is dark fruits, especially raisin and fig. Also yeast and bread.

Taste is everything the smell is, and a little more. Raisin, fig, dates, caramel, and yeast. Slight sourness to it, but also sweet at the same time. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.

This is medium bodied, medium-high carbonation. Very smooth. Could drink a lot of this. A very good Trappist beer.

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

11.2 oz bottle

the room is quite dimly lit, and the pour looks very dark brown. Held to the light though, it comes alive. A few lines of fine bubbles break up what is otherwise a bright, clear liquid of beautiful dark orange/ruby color. The head very quickly recedes to a quarter inch of creamy light tan foam and decides to stick around. Lacing is spotty.

I find the nose a bit underwhelming here. Nothing wrong with it, just not quite up to par with some other aspects of the brew. Orchard fruit,a little plum, and a bit of a vague tart aspect. Nice depth, could just use a bit more oomph. Alcohol barely shows, and only when the beer is well warmed and I really inhale deeply.

Excellent flavor despite this not being my favorite style. Ample ripe fruitiness - maybe even a bit of bubblegum - well defined by the crisp feel and ample carbonation. Vague light spiciness that I didn't notice in the aroma. Light fruit and carmelized sugars linger on my palate. Body is medium and smooth, and alcohol is nonexistent.

Very drinkable. Most seem to like it fresh, but I can't recall a bad experience with this beer. Nicely done, and recommended.

Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a small glass.

A: Dark, mahogany with light brown highlights, with a tan rocky head that does not dissipate. Laces as it drains.

S: yeast, caramel, raisin, toasted bread; dried fruit is in the background.

T: A very smooth, delicate flavor, but very flavorful at the same time. The caramel and toasted bread flavor is the most dominant, with a touch of raisin/fig; the belgian yeast character imparts a slight tartness to the beer and accents the dried fruit flavor. Enough bitterness to balance the sweetness but hop flavor is not really detected.

M: Somewhat on the light side and definitely effervescent. The light feel complements the delicate nature of this beer.

D: An excellent drinker. Westmalle dubbel is a fine example of the delicate and easy-going nature of the Trappist beers, which somehow manage to have this characteristic while still being packed with flavor. It is almost too difficult to describe this in words.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle with 07/03/09 over 07/03/07 stamped on the label. Poured into a goblet, it was a medium brown color with some red highlights. A small head that dissipated quickly. It had a faint aroma of fruit (I think banana) and caramel. The taste was similarly muted, but there was some nice bitterness at the end. This was a pretty good beer, but I was expecting a little bit more than I got.

Photo of BeerLover729
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Head is small and fades quickly to persistent lacing.

S: Whoa. Light banana esters, cloves, phenols are all present.

T: Spicy, dry beer with phenolic roundness and astringent bitterness. Slight creaminess is detectable and good.

M: Light, crisp, bubbly. Fizzy carbonation.

D: Mild astringent flavor is not distinctly pleasurable, but dry easy drinking 7% abv beer.

Notes: Not as good as I expected but I think it had to do with how the bottle was kept plus was a great beer none the less.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany/cherry/railroad tie color. Thin head with minimal lacing. Little visible carbonation.

Not a huge aroma here - expecting a little more. A little malt - some of that (positive) "horse blanket" feel on the nose.

At first very shallow and disappointing, but as it warms and circulates the sweet malt rears its head. Almost a Czech pilsener bitterness on the aftertaste initially - not a bad thing but not what's expected. More malt shows up to balance bitterness and alcohol.

Carbonation is more prevalent on the mouth than via vision. Smooth - almost like a dark German lager or maybe a lighter Dopplebock in mouth feel?

Easily drinkable but not really what's expected. Interesting stuff.

Photo of timtim
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reddish brown with an off white head that faded pretty quikly and left minimal lace. smelled wonderful. roasty, caramelly, green raisiny, dried fruity, figgy, plummy... on and on... not overboard though. just nice and subtle and enjoyable. taste was very similar to nose. complex, but not overdone. great medium body and very very drinkable. surprised to see ommegang on the list. this one is miles ahead.

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

Very malty aroma with roasty and raisiny overtones, slight caramel and a whiff of alcohol. Very dark brown with a frothy, mostly lasting tan head and lots of fine carbonation apparent in the glass. Complex flavor of malt, raisin, slight sourness and mixture of hop and burnt roast bitterness. Aftertaste is mainly of bitterness, sourness and alcohol. Medium carbonation, medium-light body with a fairly quick finish but a lingering aftertaste.

Photo of ROMER79
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is truly a beer given to us by the the beer gods. I had it for the first time last night an I could not believe how good this beer was. It pours a red/brown color with a tan two finger head. From the first smell you can gather what kind of treat your in for. It smells so sweet so fresh that you would think that it was just bottled. The taste is a wild ride between grapes, berries, brown sugar, and a little bitterness for an after note. My palate was jumping for joy when I took my first sip. It is an easy beer to drink and it would sum up and warm day with its refreshing feel. Very easy to drink and I will be certain to enjoy a few more of these this spring and summer. Not to forget I had this from a bottle, but it was poured into its proper Westmalle Glass imported from Belgium.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, brown body strewn with fine yeast particles and topped by a full, foamy, off-white head.

Smell: Quite fruity with strong notes of plums and dried bananas. Hint of chocolate. Spicy yeast character. Malts are less prominent.

Taste: Dry, slightly bready dark malts with a restrained sweetess. No more than a touch of chocolate. Light spice. More bananas and less plums in the flavor. Mild hop bitterness. Dry finish with a tangy fruitiness and lingering yeast note.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid, though somewhat subtle Trappist ale.

Photo of dsa7783
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle's Tripel was an outstanding depiction of the style, and their amazing Dubbel fails to dissapoint as well, being an excellent representation of this classic genre... 11.2 oz bottle copped from Total Wine and More in Union, this Trappist Ale pours a mahogany brown hue with a decent frothy and foamy head that soon dissipated, leaving a fair amount of lacing... smell was very thick and rich, replete with dehydrated fruits, caramel, and malts... taste strongly complemented the aroma, with figs, prune, dark sugars, candies, rich malts, caramel, and slight vanilla... really enjoyed this beer... goes down smooth, crisp, and clean, without any alcohol detected and a wonderful combination of intricate, rich flavors that linger on the tongue right after the first sip... an excellent dubbel, truly worthy of great praise... Westmalle did exceptionally well with this one... Nice, creamy mouthfeel with very good drinkbility for a 7% ABV... good stuff... Definitely recommended...

Photo of BMan1113VR
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good stuff. Aroma is equal mix piney hops and molasses malts with some fruit as well. Pours an extremely dark red tinged brown with a large creamy kakhi head that lasts pretty well. Some of the best lacing I have seen so far. Taste is okay but somewhat watery for a 7% Trappist Dubbel. A bit dry and over carbonated for the style. That said, this beer is worth getting again.

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

A - Pours a medium to dark brown color. In the right light there is also a red hue. Got a little more than a half inch of head that dissipated prettty quick. Lacing was good.

S - Several aroma come out of this one. I'll list them in the order they were received: Caramel, brown sugar, bread, and what seemed to be grape.

T - This is mostly a sweet beer. Flavors that really stand out are caramel and a grape-like fruitiness. In the background there are hints of nuts and toasted notes.

M - This one was medium bodied with good carbonation. There was also a slight sour feeling in there as well.

D - Very drinkable. I could enjoy a couple of these in a sitting. Recommended.

Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - hazy dark chocolate color. I'm not sure if this beer has been on the shelf for a long time or not because I got almost no head.

s - kind of sweet and maybe malty but the smell was very weak and hard to distinguish.

t - phew, I was beginning to get worried. A little sweetness with some dark fruits, caramel, and spicy flavors. Some bitterness at the end, but still goes down surprisingly smooth. Clean finish with a very very mild hoppy aftertaste.

m - very smooth with medium carbonation

d - I started off worried about this one after pouring it and giving it a good smell. Nothing too impressive until it actually hit my tongue. There was almost no head which might be because it had been sitting on the shelf at my local beer store for who knows how long. The taste was excellent though.

Photo of jellycabbage
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was very happy to find the Belgian-owned Delhaize grocery store here in Cologne, which stocks a few Belgian beers for a very reasonable price (this 12 oz bottle literally rang up for less than an kiosk espresso). One can only drink so much kölsch in Cologne.

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. This beer is very dark in color. The head has medium sized bubbles and a tannish hue. Yeast collects in the bottom of the glass.

The smell is not bold at all. It smells of malts and yeast with a hint of sweetness. It tastes like a delicious dark bread, hints of carmel and chocolate (though not as heavy as a typical porter) and a touch of bitterness. It is extremely smooth, with a great creamy mouth feel. There is hardly any aftertaste or an real warming effect as you swallow.

A solid dubble, which I am happy that I can enjoy so frequently.

Photo of GJ40
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a chalice. It had a deep brown color with a small creamy head (that didn't last too long). It had a subtle but sweet, malty aroma and a distinctly Belgian flavor that lingered for quite some time. I enjoyed this one and I will certainly try it again.

Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown opaque appearance with a substantial head that lasted a decent amount of time.

The smell was somewhat subdued, but in a good way. It never overwhelmed. Spices and an almost nutty quality emerged most prominently.

The taste was solid. Belgian yeast, a nutty quality and some indeterminate spices gave it a sharp taste.

This was a decently carbonated beer with a subtle mouthfeel.

This is a drinkable beer if you're into dubbels. While admittedly I didn't care as much for it as others of this style, it's still an excellent beer all around.

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

Training my tongue in prep for the Westy 8. This is by no means a training beer, this is a main event in its own right. Pours a brown just on the dark side of hazel with a massive head. Smells vinous, with hints of coriander and nutmeg. Tastes of raisins, brown bread, fermented grape, apple, a slow hop march with a strawberry sweetness trailing behind. Mouthfeel is bubbly, well carbonated and a smooth, clean finish. Dry like a champagne. Quite drinkable - nothing too extreme but solid and well balanced.

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

Easily one of my favorite dubbels from what may be the most underrated trappist brewery IMO. Pours a nice brown color with red highlights and good white head. Smell is of spice and dark fruits. Taste has a toooonnnn of dark fruit flavors in it that come out strong up front. some spice and more fruit through the middle. Clean crisp mouthfeel but could be a little better. Drinkability is extremely high. Wonderful beer, from the brewery that makes one of my top 5 tripels as well.

Photo of tronester
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with a HUGE tan head. Smells of yeast and toasted grain. Taste reminds me somewhat of a dopplebock with a rich malty character, but also a Belgian yeasty taste. Has a good amount of bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel is full, smooth carbonation. Pretty drinkable, at 7 percent alcohol it has a bit of a kick to it.

Went well with some Wisconsin Havarti Cheese.

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