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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,320 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,320
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 148
Gots: 247 | 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 Mudpuppet
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from a 750 bottle into a Chimay chalice. Pours an mostly brown color with orange-red highlights. Thin 1/8 inch head.

S- Light fruity aromas with hints of dark malts

T- Dark malt flavor with a light yeast in the background. This is actually a somewhat bitter brew but very tasty. Has a somewhat fleeting flavor to it but the bitterness sticks around a bit better.

M- Medium carbonation. The carbonation seems to stick around a bit also on the sides of your tongue making it tingle a bit.

D- Very good beer. The alcohol is somewhat apparent in this beer.

Photo of brantadid
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color into a chalice with a solid three finger mounded cream colored head. Excellent head retention and tons of sticky lacing.

Smelled yeasty with raisins and date notes. Really intense nose that reminded me of wine.

Tasted of raisins and dark dried fruit. Lots of malty sweetness.

Great mouthfeel. Light but rich. Alcohol was totally masked.

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

11.2-oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A = Dark brown, dense, almost impossible to see through, formed a good tan head of foam mixed with medium sized bubbles that quickly resolved into a simple coating of light foam and a few medium sized bubbles on the surface.

S = Definite notes of caramel, ripened fruits, very slight yeastiness and traces of alcohol.

T = Sweet with a backbite of spiciness. Great flavor. Starts with a rich, sweet malty taste of caramel and fresh pumpernickel, then hits on fruity flavors of very ripe sweet tropical fruits and even sharper hints like limes (mostly a matter of bitterness, not strong taste), blends to a spicy mix of flavors, very well balanced. Alcohol is present but not unpleasant, just a good warming presence.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, good mouth coating, soft but full carbonation effects.

D = This is one of the most drinkable dubbels I have tried. Just an excellent and drinkable beer. Drink and enjoy!

Photo of champ103
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A wonderful dark and deep mahogany color. The beer has a great big pale tannish head that leaves good lace.
S: There is something to be desired here. This is not very aromatic at all. Dark fruits and bananas come through if I put my nose in the snifter.
T: Wow, there it is. Whatever this beer lacks in the nose, it more than makes up for it with the flavor. Nice round flavors of plumbs, raisins, and bananas. Lots of dark malt and chocolate as well.
M/D: A great full body that is rich, creamy and soft. The drinkability of this beer is amazing. So smooth and easy to drink.

This is a wonderful beer. Treat yourself to a great Belgium Dubbel.

Photo of jim102864
2.79/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't understand the ratings some of the other BA's have given this brewery and this beer in particular. A total snooze fest best describes my experience.

Yeah, the appearance is chestnut brown with a 2 finger head in my Chimay chalice. Poured from a dark 12 oz bottle. No bottling date. Maybe they're trying to hide something.

There is no aroma. Period. Whatever's in there is so faint it's not worth mentioning.

Taste is malty, slightly peppery. Pleasant enough but still a bore.

I won't recommend this beer to anyone. Highly overated in my humble opinion. I'll revisit it some day but on someone else's ruble.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown with ruby red highlights when backlit. Poured with a inch and a half head that lingered awhile then settled into a layer of foam that was retained to the end. Good thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma of floral hops characteristic of Trappist ales. Primary aroma was backed up by undertones of wood. Taste was more sour than other Chimay but less sour than Orval. It did not land me in the fold right away but the more I drank it the better it tasted. Mouthfeel was kind of sparkly which complimented the taste.

I would happily drink this again but I probably won’t because there are other Belgian Ales that I like better.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml from the Coop for about $4.50... poured into my Kasteel glass.

Dark brown with cherry highlites.... when held to a light, it is a glowing copper/chesnut.. lite tan head doesn't stick around for very long, but leaves nice rings and a little lace.

Dried fruit dominates the nose... Sweet cherries.. raisins and figs. Dark caramel and toasty malts.... complex but I can't pinpoint.

Flavor is sweet cedar and more fruitcake.. Belgian esters .. low but noticeable chocolate no alcohol is evident. Nice viscosity and carbonation.. what I think of when I want a dubbel. Trademarked balance and complexity that is beyond my palate.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark chocolate brown with light ruby hues. Small ring of foam and film after a conservative pour. I might should have poured it a little more swiftly to get some good head going, I have none.

S- Cherries! That is definitely the first and strongest aroma coming from this glass. I also catch some red grapes and plums. I can catch some vanilla very slightly and also a lemon scent there too.

T- Again, Cherries! This is almost like a cherry beer to me. That taste and smell overtakes me on this one. I also sense the same red grapes, red apples and a somewhat lime-like taste. Alcohol is present in the aftertaste.

M- Medium to high on carbonation. The general mouthfeel is nice and pleasant as far as the thickness of the brew goes.

D- A little too sweet to me. Not an overly drinkable beer because of the sweetness and richness.

Overall- Very good and enriched tastes and smells. However, that made it one dimensional to me. The overall taste and smell was cherries. If it added more complexity than this, I would be a bigger fan. This one didn't do that for me, but all in all was a nice offering.

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

Deep garnet/flame colours, nearly opaque. A thick and creamy head floats on top, and lasts forever. Thick malt aroma, sour cherries, spice. Toasty biscuit aromas and flavours. Warm and spicy feel, rich and luscious. Sweetness is well balanced by bitterness, with a yeasty aroma on finish.

Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/red color with a thick frothy head and lacing. Smells thick and malty in the nose with some hints of raisin/currant. Taste is somewhat thick and malty with raisin flavors upfront and a spicy aftertaste. Smooth and bready as well. Aftertaste is somewhat dry as well. A second sip confirms much of the same.

Definitely a dubbel and the second Trappist ale I've had.

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

Presentation: 11.2 oz brown bottle from Kappy’s, poured into a 16 oz. shaker

Appearance: Nut brown color, with some red tones. A rich cream colored two finger head with good retention, and no lacing.

Aroma: caramel with a bit of fruit

Taste and Mouthfeel: Taste starts with dark fruits and caramel, then has a mild hop aftertaste. Nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is an incredibly smooth and enjoyable beer. It is one of the finest Dubbels I have had – really world class.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with an off white head, decent retention and lacing. Has a murky brownish color.

Smells great, licorice, a bit of molasses, apples and other fruits, spices and caramel/chocolate malt.

The taste starts of nice and malty (caramel, chocolate). Then becomes spicy, dark fruits and just a bit of mustiness. This is my first beer from Westmalle but it will most definitely not be my last.

Photo of BWH3
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westmalle Dubbel
33cL bottle served in goblet at 50 F

Appearance: Just nearly perfect. A touch more head retention is all it needs. The body of the beer is that amazingly rich date color with a light beige crown atop. The carbonation is moderate high and right on. No red hues at the edges when held to light which is perfect. (4.5)

Smell: Big time, raisin aroma of special B spiced with the peppery aromas of the yeast phenols. The hops add a mineral note but play a minor role. The scent is big and rich without any coffee, chocolate or caramel notes. Instead the dried fruit of prunes and cherries tantalizes. (4.5)

Taste: Exactly the same as the aroma with a bit more spice and a good peppering of the throat and lips. The richness of the dark fruits is incredible but the beer is fairly one dimensional. (4.0)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. I enjoy it but could be lighter for the style. Carbonation is just right. (4.0)

Drinkability: A classic Belgian Ale that deserves a chance to be in any fans catalog. I am debating which is the better choice to reach for -- Westmalle Dubbel or the Tripel. I really enjoyed this one, but I think the St. Bernardus Dubbels are more complex and worthier of my praise and devotion. (4.0)

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

Best by 24/01/08, pretty close to the limit.

I let this one warm up a bit before I poured it.

Pours the color of ripe date fruit flesh with about two inches of foam which quickly recedes to a thin layer.

Sweet Belgian candy with dark malts and dark fruits like dates, figs, and raisins. Spices like cinnamon sticks and nutmeg as well as brown sugar or piloncillo. Freshly baked cinnamon rolls.

Taste is of dark fruits both sweet and a bit of sour notes. Caramel malts, pretty sweet in the taste.

The mouthfeel is creamy and well carbonated.

A pleasure to drink.

Photo of spointon
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been onto Belgian ales for 6 months and of course had been seeking out the Westmalle offerings. This dubbel is the first Westmalle I have had and it was outstanding. There was a high amount of carbonation (as there should be) and the color of this beer is something to write home about. It is hard to describe the color - sort of a reddish brown carmel malty color - very beautiful. The aromas coming off tis ale are very malty, slightly sweet, and intense. Of course you can smell the alcohol, but that's only natural for this style. As for taste, it is unquestionably great, but I can't help but compare it to Chimay Blue. The hardest thing is to call whether or not I like it better than the Chimay Blue. Chimay is a bit more intense in the flavors, but the Westmalle dubbel is more smooth. In any event it does not disappoint!

Photo of Minkybut
3.16/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this expensive beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. I thought I was going to like this because I have heard so may great things about it. It had a fine bubbly head ans was a rich mohoganny color but was cloudy. The beer semmed to be very very carbonated. The beer had a nice creamy head and bad ass lacing but was very strong in the alcohol taste. I will not buy again but thats just my opinion.

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
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
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
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
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
4.42/5  rDev +6%
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
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
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
3.67/5  rDev -12%
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.

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,320 ratings.