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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,141 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,141
Reviews: 1,118
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 122
Gots: 175 | FT: 0
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 danielharper
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor, Fayetteville, TN.

Pours into a snifter with a thick brown body and a thing off-white head that dissipates quickly. "Topping off" the beer renews the head.

Interesting fruity aroma with strong "dark" notes, malty and intriguing with only a hint of Belgian funk. Slight notes of coffee apparent as the beer warms.

Taste is very good, a slight bitterness that seems connected to the coffee aroma, along with the same funkiness as present in the nose and a nice sweet backbone to carry the beer. Very pleasant to drink.

Mouthfeel thick and luxuriating -- slight carbonation gives it a bit of a kick that I wasn't expecting.

Overall, a quite drinkable beer. Very easy to drink for seven percent alcohol.

danielharper, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of markman
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel (bottle dated 06/09/06 = brewed on 06/09/02):

De-freakin-liceous looking in my Westmalle Chalice…the way God meant it. Slightly yeasty nose with a touch of cinnamon and chocolate. Hops are easy, but right up front with a long dark chocolate-malty finish. Thinnish body and, since 1856, very easy drinkin’…drink and learn. And as it sits and warms, it just gets better and better. Niiiice.

Cheers…

markman, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of BeerNutta
2.85/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe I should not have drank the trippel before drinking the dubbel.

A = Nice brown colour. Very cloudy with think foam head that hung around.

S = Wet dog. Smelt of wet dog.

T = Watery thin. Slight malt flavour. Not very tasty. So watery.

M = Just so damn watery. Very dissapointing. Light carbonation.

D = Drink the tripel. Forget this one.

BeerNutta, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of jonnylieberman
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a little bottle into a goblet. Great color that is hard to nail down. Brown, sure, but with enough red and black to keep you looking back. Massive rocky off-white head lingers for a while. Decent lacing.

Smells Like: Malt and prunes, some plum and perhaps a bit of alcohol just to cut the sweet. No hop or spiciness whatsoever, which is fine.

Taste: Fruit everywhere. I get raisins and plums and a bit of toffee. Not overly sweet. Quite flavorful. Warmth from alcohol and the tiniest bit of solvent (fusels? Sulphur?). Yummy is a good descriptor.

Mouthfull: Medium full. Drier than you might expect, but very coating at the same time. Complex and interesting, especially as it warms.

Overall: A very fine beer. The key here is the depth of flavor as it starts doing somersaults down your throat and the lingering tastes on your tongue go through their motions. Not a "wow!," but a very drinkable beer and a classic example of the style.

jonnylieberman, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of tatterdash
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! My 100th review! I have so many others to input from my notes...

Pours an effervescent hazy mahogany, with an indestructably creamy tan head. Aroma of plums and other dark fruits, almost palpable vapours. Taste was a candy sugar sweet at first, with a malty chocolate note in the middle, and a raisiny finish with some roasted and hop character taking a bow at the end. It really coats the tongue and is smooth as silk. This is a wonderful Dubbel, and easily my favourite.

tatterdash, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of Morris729
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky deep garnet color with noticeable trails of yeast and with a mountainous beige head on top that slowly recedes into a thick and rocky lace. Nose is rather sweet with notes of sugar cookies and banana cream pie. Taste begins with sweet malt, ripe banana, dark plums, and brown sugar followed by some dry bready notes and dusty cocoa. Pretty nice dubbel here.

Morris729, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of atigerlife
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle at cellar temperature. Drank from Westmalle goblet.

The appearance is quite beautiful. A rich dark brown. Quite hazy. Good tan head which lasts quite a while.

The smell is sweet, almost toffeeish. Also some malt shines through. It is in the taste that this beer shines as a Dubbel. Very complex. Slightly sweet start, then earthy flavors climb through. Ends with an almost wine or rum twist. Very complex.

The mouthfeel is wonderful. Very smooth with some nice light carbonation. It is certainly a beer I will drink again. A nice beer to sit and ponder life or have with an excellent steak.

atigerlife, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours pretty hazy reddish brown color with an enormous head from even a gentle pour. The head was tan and made up of fluffy dense bubbles. Lots of lacing after drinking.

Aroma: Lots of toffee-like aromatics noticeable through the foam. A hint of roast is also noticeable through the dense head. I can pick out a bit of citrus as the beer settles down a bit.

Taste: The flavor is a complex meld of sweetness, malt, bready yeast, and toffee. The beer starts out with the sweetness ruling the profile, but then fades to let some of the malt complexity shine through. The finish is pretty balanced considering how many sensations you have going on in your mouth. There is a bit of spice noticeable from the alcohol in the finish, along with a subtle warming from the same source.

Opinion: Thus far, I have not been a big fan of Dubbels. I keep trying them because I assume that I will find the right one. This beer is probably one my favorites so far. It isn't too estery, which is my contention with most of the others. I haven't tried that many yet, so I don't have nearly the opinion on Dubbels as Tripels. This is still a mighty fine brew, and one that I am sure I will be drinking again in the future.

SkeeterHawk, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark mahogany, with a light tan head that gushes up to fill the glass. Excellent retention that leaves patchy lacing. The dark fruit aroma is strongest, raisins and plums, coupled with chocolate malt and traces of noble hops. Roasted malt and sharp fruit esters make the flavor both acidic and sweet, but never astringent. A crisp, hoppy aftertaste balances the pronounced malt flavor and dries out the residual sweetness for a clean finish. The complex flavors complimented by a velvetly smooth mouthfeel provide a more than adequate drinkabilty despite the full body and alcoholic strength.

PBRstreetgang, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chocolate brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is a rich, malty blend with candy sugar and some bitter pieces.

Taste is a rich, caramel malt blend. Some darker malts, not too heavily roasted, not as much dark fruit flavor as expected. Initially sweet, unfinished candy sugar elements, though not cloying at all, with some very light hops for bittering. Flavor moves more to the dry later in the glass, more elements come out: earthy, woody, very slight dark fruit (prunes or figs), not anything as sweet as raisins. Complex, rummy, a little butter toffee but mildly hopped.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, soft and luscious. Changes character quite a bit as it warms a little, this one is worth setting out for a few minutes. A very nice dubbel, one of the best I've found. I could drink a few of these.

assurbanipaul, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of hyuga
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very dark burgundy brew with a nice off-white head, a very sticky one, that retains very well.

Dark fruity aroma that's a little on the sweet side. Plum and candi sugar. Certainly vinous too.

Spicy on the tongue, dark fruity but not as sweet as the aroma suggested. There's still some candi sugar present. Hops do their job well, balancing out everything else. Kind of reminds me of a pastry that uses plum or dark berries, but less biting in the fruit department. Slightly bready and woody. It gets more and more dry as it nears the end, finishing dry and dark fruity, sort of bourbonish.

Great mouthfeel from the superb carbonation. Very smooth and a bit creamy.

This is a wonderful beer. I'm glad my first experience with it is a fresh version that I can tell has been handled well. I'll definitely revisit this one. As dubbels go, it's hard to beat something like this.

hyuga, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet. Pours out a deep ruby-tinted brown with a half-inch of solid tannish head. Nose is gorgeous, a sweet, fruity scents with a full malt aroma that reminds me of unboiled wort. Flavor is more of the same: rich dark malt (unusually malty compared to most dubbels), caramalized fruit (raisins, plums) along with lightly spicy, phenolic notes. The finish is somewhat roasty, balancing things out nicely. Full, even bodied, with a neutral texture.

allengarvin, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of Zorro
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deep chocolate brown beer with a decent off white to tan colored head.

The scent of this beer makes it hard to concentrate it is so good. The glass is sitting 3 feet away from me and I can very clearly smell its wonderful odor. First scent is really good cognac and spices with sweet honey drizzled in. Baked brown apples made with fresh ground cinnamon, ginger and cloves caresses your nose. Fainter scents of chocolate cake batter and vanilla are back up scent. Best scent ever they should make a cologne that smells like this.

Taste is either going to disappoint or wow me so which is it? It Wows me. Strong flavor of malt and spice massages your tongue in to paradise. Drier flavor than expected from the scent it is balanced. This is a taste that is elusive to describe; it is blended so well that I can't really pull the flavors apart it just plain tastes good. Fruity without letting any one get identified and spicy with only coriander being identifiable. After taste is delicious chocolate cake.

Mouthfeel is creamy.

Drinkability is simply some of the best stuff on Earth! I am going to go drink the sediment in the bottom of the bottle, and I am not joking about that!

Zorro, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of jhu1995
2.35/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a chalice and had a nice dark brown, slightly reddish color, with a decent off-white head. Smell was mostly caramel with hints of alcohol. Smell was a sign of trouble ahead. Did not care for the taste at all. Caramel flavor was overpowering and did not mask the alcohol taste. Needs a bit more body and complexity. Felt harsh on the mouth and actually struggled to finish it. I just may not be a fan of dubbels so take this for what it is worth.

jhu1995, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of matdot
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date on bottle: 31/01/06

Poured in a pint glass (cause that's all I have atm). Poured a dark hazelnut color with a tight two finger head. Finished with yeast in the head, which doesn't bother me.

Smell was figs and heavy malts.

Taste was heavy but the ABV was hidden well. Hints of prunes were throughout the first few sips, than subtled down once reaching towards room temp.

Mouthfeel left a bitter feel in the back of the throat, well played.

Overall a phenomenal beer.

matdot, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of mattcrill
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ABV, brewed date, and serving temperature all listed on the bottle.

Appearance: A cloudy iced tea colored pour with a tight and perfect two finger head.

Smell: Figs, raisins, yeast, and dark bread notes. Delicious!

Taste: Alcohol, rum soaked raisins, figs, toffee, grapes, and a slight astringency on the back of the palate (not a bad thing...helps leave a long, lingering finish).

Mouthfeel: Medium to full and crispness noted due to the carbonation.

Drinkability: The alcohol punch is not hidden well. This inhibits the drinkability a tad and this is one to savor. Nicely done.

mattcrill, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of Fish113d
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a bottle and poured into a tulip glass, it pours a rich dark brown color with 3 cm of tan spongy head; very condensed head w/ decent retention.

Lots of brown malty aromas with some nut and oak on the nose. Some grains come through as well of oatmeal and some slight spice (cinammon) and maybe even some grapes.

Taste is very tart and rich. Lots of yeast flavor along with some fruit (grapes) on my palate w/ a very grainy finish. Aftertaste is a bit of sour grapes. Decent.

Carbonation twangs my tongue up front but then becomes a bit creamy before almost evaporating into a fizzy soft drink feeling.

Decent belgian; not as tasty as I hoped but rather easy to drink.

Fish113d, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of Fugazme
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served with a pint glass. Not especially excited about the server bringing me that... anyway.

Poured very dark with a tall, white head. The glass had something to do with that. I had to let it dissipate for a bit before smelling. It was ice cold, so letting it sit a few minutes was no biggy.

Smells of raisin and fruit. A touch of alcohol and a lot of malt.

Taste is on target. Thick and juicy... some fig and lots of sweet.
Molasses and sugary.

I'd buy this in a store, but probably not at a bar again as it set me back eight bucks. Worth it once!

Fugazme, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery dark orange that takes on a blood orange hue when backlit. Multiple, active streams of bubbles hurry upward to a fabulous looking head that's toasted khaki in color, has a majestic nature and resembles a desert rock formation that has been smoothed and shaped by millennia of unceasing wind that... sorry, where was I? I'm disappointed that there isn't more lace. A few vertical fingers of thin, sudsy foam is about it.

The nose is malt-dominant, but lacks other distinguishing characteristics. I can appreciate dark fruit (overripe, bruised apples and pears) and a little mild spiciness. It isn't very deep, complex or aromatic. While above average is an easy call, it's a disappointment for such a well-regarded beer.

We're back on track. Westmalle Trappist Dubbel seems a little light in the flavor and mouthfeel departments, but then I'm still trying to get my mouth and my brain around the style. The flavor profile favors dark caramel-toffee more than chocolate or cocoa. It's still fruity (now figs and raisins) and is spicy (cinnamon and nutmeg). While alcohol is noted, it's part of the beer's DNA and is essential to making the flavor as appealing as it is.

The finish is the best part of the entire mouthful. It's there that the various members of the flavor profile separate, come into stark relief and are better able to be appreciated. I love the fact that the beer is getting better and better as the ounces pass. I'm finding new and varied flavor combinations as it warms. Dubbel is so damned composed and so Old World complex that I've been won over in spite of myself.

The mouthfeel is a perfect match for the flavor. By that I mean that it feels light on first blush, but is actually substantive. At bottom, it's medium in heft with a wispy silkiness and active carbonation. Like the flavor, the mouthfeel has grown on me over the course of the bottle.

Westmalle Dubbel oozes quality. Patience and focus is required to plump the depths of its beer soul, but the effort will be rewarded. This is a more than worthy member of the canon of great Belgian dubbels.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mohogany in appearance; light tan head; some retention, very little lace.

Malt-fruity aroma with some spicyness from the Belgian yeast.

Belgian yeast products are up front (spicy), floral hops come up next (particularly when it's fresh), and there's a variety of malty flavours in the background. Tastes of cloves, molases, raisins, plums, toast, slightly burnt caramel, with a bit of chocolate and cider. Bitter-sweet aftertaste with slightly warming alcohol.

Light to moderate mouthfeel that defines this style (really well-attenuated). Moderately high carbonation.

Very approachable. Drinkability only suffers because there is so much flavour!

Derek, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of mntlover
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown with lighter brown showing thru around the edges a nice tan head falls slowly to foam cap very little lace left.

Aroma is very nice rich malt molasses and caramel inter mingle dark fruit plums and raisins with light hints of alcohol. Very nice and inviting.

Taste is good but a little of a let down when compared to the smell. Malty caramel and molasses roll thru the mouth imparting mellow sweetness. Carbonation builds and as it mellows fruit comes out mixed with grassy hay like hop hints and earthy yeast flavors. Overall a decent dubbel.

Mouthfeel is medium nice body some chalky earthy like texture at the end.

Drinkability is good a nice enough dubbel, the smell is wonderful and the flavor doesn't quite live up the the expectations set by the nose on this one.

mntlover, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of RedHaze
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pured a dark brown color, with a very thick foamy head. Had a really good dark fruity (raisin/plum), matly, sugar and a little alcohol smell. Was expecting more from the taste after how good it smelled, but it was still pretty good. Had a very nice creamy mouthfeel. Worth trying atleast once.

RedHaze, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lovely brown brew with a fluffy white head that fades to a foam that never fades away. Not much in the way of lacing. Smells pretty good but other dubbels have had more striking aromas, in my experience, for the style.
Has a solid dubbel taste with the dark fruit profile and is very enjoyable from start to finish. Light to medium-light in mouthfeel.
I have to say that I was anticipating a little bit better or a little bit more after having loved Westmalle's tripel. I generally prefer dubbels to tripels but the Westmalle tripel is a much better brew relative to style and I feel is better overall.
Still!
This is good.

ommegangpbr, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a murky reddish dark brown with a 2 finger beige head that drops after a moment. Little bits of spotty lacing has some trouble sticking. Lots of yeast in the bottom of the glass.
Smell is of bready, candy sugar with a hint of raisins and warming alcohol.
Taste is of fresh baked bread with lots of raisins and candy sugar and dark brown sugar. A nice, yeasty sensation sticks to the roof of the mouth, dropping towards the back.
Mouthfeel is good. Slightly overcarbonated but still decent. Fizzy and filling in the mouth, the sweet maltiness and breadiness touch and tickle the inside of the cheeks.
Drinkability is good as well. There is some noticable alchohol but this is a rare treat that will get the job done of fulfilling the craving for a dubbel.

weeare138, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of kbub6f
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An inch of bubbly, tan, sticky head caps a nice, dark brown beer with red edges. Holy smokes! What a complex nose: sweet, malty, yeasty, bubblegum, bready goodness. Delicious before I've even tasted it. The front is a buttery, spicy, yeast-o-rama. Fruity in the middle, with bubblegum, vanilla icing and dark caramel. Yeasty, bready, fruity finish. The aftertaste is slightly woody with alcohol... quite red wine-like. Absolutely delicious: sweet (but not cloying) bubblegum, malty, yeasty, vanilla icing. Wow again.

kbub6f, Jul 19, 2005
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,141 ratings.