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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,195 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,195
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 128
Gots: 187 | 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 doubleipa
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this many times, but have just gotten around to rate it. I had a cold, so some of the aromas probablydid not come through as strong. Heavy malt with some sweet dough. Also, a good hint of cherry. Creamy head that completely went away. Brown, with some tiny particles. I poured the whole bottle.Good, dubbel, right on style.

doubleipa, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of Redteketed
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown coloured beer, not much of a head.
A very complex noise, contains candy-sugar, raisin and other fruits (can’t quiet describe it), spices and roasted malts.
Initial taste is light bitter-light sweet, with spicy and roasted malts.
Full body, normal carbonation, little dry mouthfeel. Nice spicy, light bitter lasting finish.

Redteketed, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of Redrover
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz heavy brown bottle with clear freshness dating.

The beer pours an opaque brown with a massive chiffon like tan head. Very nice lacing.

Sweet nose of dark fruits & molasses. Reminds me a bit of that old fashioned candy slowpoke.

The taste is sweet, alcoholic and earthy. Molasses again in the taste with some subtle spicing and a finish that almost reminds me of dark rum.

The mouth is a bit astringent and comfortably stocky. I like this one as an evening sipper. I would not session this beer, but always look forward to the next time I have one.

Redrover, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of Jredner
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On par with the much praised Westvleteren. Aroma is full of dark fruits like cherry and date and spicy. A dark brown body supports a huge three finger thick Belgian beauty of a head. Has the taste of spiced bread pudding dipped in choclate liquor and the mouthfeel to match. Very tasty with a long lingering aftertaste.

Jredner, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served after a sushi lunch at about 45° in a Chimay chalice. Freshness date reads 05/04/07.

Appearance- Pours a medium raisiny red color into the glass, where a tight, two-finger head begins to rise. Excellent clarity, and the bubbles are constantly replenished by the steady stream of carbonation. Lacing is minimal at this point.

Smell- Some phenols come out at first, then an underlying sweetness that exhibits some dark fruit (figs, prunes), vanilla, and malts. Huge candi sugar aromas waft out from my glass, nailing this style right on.

Taste- Vanilla and oaky fermented fruit are strong on the palate, with a uniquely dry sweetness that is really fantastic. The malts are big but not overwhelming; the fruit is perfect; and the spiciness is subtle. In the finish, we have a perfectly placed hop dryness and mild bittering, priming the mouth for the next sip. Wonderfully balanced. A nice belly warmth is now manifesting, as I sit way back in my chair and really appreciate this beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Upon entering the mouth, the beer swells with *gusto* and pitter-patters all over the tongue, just short of being overly "crackling". As we go forward and the beer warms, the mouthfeel improves to near perfection. Slippery and mouth filling, this is totally enjoyable. I will be seeking this out again.

P.S. For the last few sips I have swirled in the sediment, and the beer came back for another round of boosted activity in the mouth. Obviously more attention was brought to the yeast, and the beer's body thickened slightly. Great Trappist offering.

yelterdow, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of kgotcher
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a small 330ml bottle.

Murky amber/brown color with a fizzy off white head that fades quickly.

Aroma is raisin and plum, almost brandy like, with a rich malty base. Goes down smooth with medium body and good carbonation. Taste is more grainy malt than I expected, nice fruity balance but a great roasted matly and nut flavor keeps pushing through. Reminds of a brown ale but with a Belgium fruit and yeast flavor.

Overall very enjoyable, much more than expected. Quite drinkable.

kgotcher, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of skynxnex
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz brown, dated 14/07/07 into a goblet. Thick, creamy head forms. The bubbles keep rising adding to it. The color is a wonderful amber brown.

It smells wonderful: with rich malt, hint of alcohol, and a touch of fruit. The taste backs this up. Rich, full. Lightly toasted bread. Hint of hops staying in there to match with the malt.

It's a joy to drink and feel. Very yummy.

skynxnex, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of chakadrum
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This looked absolutely beautiful. A rich brown color with a hint of amber. A thick head on top and good lacing.

S - I don't know what other way to put it than it smelled like a good beer. Not harsh in any way. A subtle sort of smell.

T - Upon the first sip the beer reminded me of some food I consume around the holidays. I'm not sure what it was. Maybe it was a bit yeasty tasting reminding me of fresh baked bread.

M - The mouth felt a little too bubbly and the beer felt too noticable as I moved over my tongue. A little rough feeling.

D - Definately a drinkable beer. Something to be appreciated especially after a long day of programming.

chakadrum, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured nicely with an even tan head. color is black with a tinge of ruby red at the edges of the glass.s

smells of raison, ripe fruit and cinamon seem to dominate.

taste is a interesting mix of flavors. it started off with a raison, dark beglium candi sugar that settled into almost a metalic tangy undertone. at mid glass that undertone faded to a light hop tart that seemed to quickly fade and the final sips at almost full room temp had a light malt presence.

drinkability aside from the tangy metallic taste was good. this is a light bodied easy to drink beer. As far as dubbels go, I am glad to have tried this, but it doesn't move into the ranks of my favorite dubbels.

barleywinebrewer, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of petemoss14
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle.

Pours a dense, earthy brown with a fluffy tan head. Nice lacing.

Fruity aroma -- raisins, apple peel, banana, dates. Some sweet toasty breadiness.

More fruit on the palate. Rasins, figs. Caramel, and chocolate. Turns from fruity, juicy in the middle to quite dry in the finish.

Very smooth on the palate, with fine carbonation. Goes down real easy -- makes me wish I could get my hands on a 750.

The rather abrupt, dry finish is a bit beguiling. In a way it leaves me wanting, which is good and bad. It makes me want to take another sip soon after the last, but can almost be a little unsatisfying (at least the first one) as a sip & savor beer. That said this is a real finely crafted, complex beer that I could see myself settling down and drinking 2 or 3 of, or enjoying with a rich braise.

petemoss14, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/25/05 on label. Pours a bubbly raison brown. Aroma is like a Fig Newten and some raisins. Lots of dark brown particulate matter suspended amongst the aggressive carbonation. Taste is less sweet then most other well known dubbels but less complicated and interesting as well. It’s rather underwhelming but one strong point is the lively carbonation. That in combination with the moderated sweetness makes this one very drinkable.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of Padron4KM
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle. Bottle code 05/04/07.

Pours cloudy, murky garnett, with a thick 1/2 inch lasting head. Lacing coats the glass in a thin sheet.

Dark fruits and banana dominate the aroma, with a little vinous quality in there as well.

flavor is sweet, with fruits like dried apricot coming to mind, a little yeast, and some mild dry hops on the finish.

Padron4KM, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of SupaCelt
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a lovely and ruddy tannish amber. It is capped briefly by a cola type head. Not lacing is left around the rim of the chalice. This is well carbonated as expected and also flocculent with small amounts of decanted yeast.

The nose quickly reminds me of apple skins. Caramel. A sweet syrupy cider smell and some mild yeast character also come through. It seems to have a little black cherry thing transpiring as well. The aroma seems to get more complex each time I sniff. Real nice.

The flavours are dark sweet tones with an alcoholic spice thrown in. Bitter rind like qualities bring up the finish as the dark fruit and singed maltiness drift out. This comes off sort of musty and a might ashy at times, which lend a much welcomed character. Apple still feels relevant to me in the taste. The other aspects, such as a scorchy caramel presence, just make it less apparent in comparison to its bold presence in the nose. Again this thing reveals its complexity. Nothing is muddled. Nothing is wildly over expressed. Great dark textures here.

The mouthfeel comes off light due to the fantastic balance this brew exhibits. It looks quite thick, but it just sails everything by on a fluffy cloud. Very smooth.

The drinkability is superb. This thing is full of different components that all seem to share the spotlight. Nothing is overdone and the balance and mellow nature of this brew are worthy of praise.

SupaCelt, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from Sainsburys..

Poured a dark mahogany red colour... Creamy tan head poured quite big and faded to a nice thin layer...

Aroma - Malty, bready, dark fruits, aniseed, spicy, peppery, brown sugar, chocolate hints...

Taste – Fruity (prunes, raisins), light aniseed, chocolate hints, treacle, nice maltiness, light caramel notes, spicy...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry.. Medium / full bodied.

Overall - A very good beer.... Recommended... Probably could have done with some aging though...

mdagnew, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of EStreet20
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fl ounces brown glass bottle poured into a Westmalle chalice.

A - A deep reddish brown with a medium sized foamy off white head that dissipates a bit quickly but leaves some nice lace on the glass along with a nice protective foam layer atop the beer.

S - A whole lot of fruit up front. Also a bit of a chocolatey smell in there with some spice. Definitely a chocolate covered cherry smell if I;m not mistaken. Other than that some nice hints of spice in the aroma.

T - A very nice flavor led by a bit of a fruity rush that quickly subsides to some dark bread tastes. A bit of spiciness leads the way to an extremely dry finish. A nice flavor overall.

M - A very crisp carbonation that dances on the tongue. Pretty good, but I'd prefer something a little more chewy with these flavors. Still very good overall.

D - Definitely an interesting scope of flavors that keep a drinker interested. I like this one a lot.

EStreet20, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel 330ml brown bottle.

Pours into the glass a deep hazy brown with two fingers of frothy head and spotty lace.
Smells of sweet, dark candied fruits, dried plum with a hint of molasses.
Taste is quite pleasant, caramel and roasted malts with the slightest trace of alcohol.
I would call this medium bodied and a well done dubbel.

I could drink this again, easily. I will recommend this one to friends.

EvilKeith, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of KroMagnon
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer has a lovely head, rocky, light tan, with a nice brown beer that is slightly cloudy. The aroma is nice, too, with a light bubble-gum ester and some other fruity aromas, along with a slight malty note and a light, almost raisin quality. I think I'd like those last two to be a little more prominent. The flavor is great - full, fruity, somewhat malty sweet and a little toasty. The alcohol is present but not overpowering, and the body / mouthfeel is kind of spritzy, which is fine for style. Delicious!

KroMagnon, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of GreenWBush
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A huge whoosh of the handsome cap and we're off. This beer fills my snifter with foam, which will eventually settle to a clingy sea-foam lace atop the dirty brown liquid. Amazing cling.

The nose is rather non-descript with hints of walnuts, booze, and pears. Bready yeast flavors remain dominant, swimming along with darkened malts and detectable alcohol. Spicy prickles into the nose.

The taste is citric, hoppy, and slightly tart. Mild after-breezes of candi sugar and intermingled alcohol. Almost saison-esque in its sharp carbonation and high drinkability/refreshment on the palate. Slight wisps of socks muddy up the picture and knock down the flavor a notch.

The mouthfeel again sort of annoys me. Very high for this style, and almost reminscent to the citric-acid bite of a coca-cola. Unexpected, and rather out of place, but adds to the perception of refreshment. A trappist lawnmower beer?

Drinkablility is very high. This 11.2 ounce bottle disappeared very quickly. I did make the huge mistake of drinking the chunky black (eek!) sediment in the bottom...

GreenWBush, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Orval chalice.

Dark brownish copper with a small fizzy layer of tan bubbles. A layer of hazy yeast coated the bottom of the bottle, requiring a careful pour.

The smell was a surprisingly cider like. Banana and yeast as well.

Tasted of muled cider made from sour apples. A bit spicy. Yeasty with bitter hops in the finish. No hint of alcohol until you exhale.

Mouthfeel is chewy. Carbonation in this bottle faded quick. Not much bite.

Drinkability was good. Not as strong as a quadruple. Nor as sweet. A very drinkable beer.

Ieatlambfries, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - uncapped, I *just* got this over the glass the moment before its champagne-like action bubbled up and over the lip of the bottle. A clear but dark garnet color at first, it clouds up considerably, chunks up actually, with the bottom pour. The head is three to four fingers, and fades to a thin covering with a dark cinnamon-like corona about a third of the way inside the rim.

Aroma - mild cocoa and grain sniff. Honestly, a rather disappointing nose.

Taste - malt base shows some light chocolate and some underlying alcohol, and not much else. Some minor balancing hops don't quite do the trick. It ends with a cocoa taste, slightly boozy but mellow.

Mouthfeel - a litle weightier than average, medium carbonation.

Drinkability - not the most memorable dubbel but certainly drinkable. I can handle several of these as long as the budget can.

brewdlyhooked13, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Nice, inch high foamy, tan head and nice lacing throughout.

Typical Belgian ale aroma; flowers, yeast, alcohol, sort of like a sourdough bread.

Tasted breadlike, yeasty, some malt, alcohol.

Smooth, somewhat syrupy, nice clean finish.

Very good beer, but I don't think I could drink a lot of them in a row.

doppelmeup, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a rich cloudy brown with a dense, solid head. Plenty of dark sediment at the bottom also. The head dissipated some but left a nice brown layer behind. Smells of grapes, licorice, coffee, and chocolate. Very complex and inviting. The taste is sharp at the start, both sweet and sour, with hints of wine grapes and other fruits. Mild bitterness to follow. It's very bubbly on the palate and light to medium in thickness. Lots of complex flavor to offer, very drinkable, and very delicious.

bennetj17, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of Calico
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a huge, foamy head with some Belgian lace. Quite dark and rather cloudy.

S: Pleasant malty flowery hop nose with a little cherry.

T: Initial taste was cherry with a tiny hint of smoke. Then a fruity note hit, almost like a sour red. Lastly I caught some estery notes I couldn't quite place, and a fruity, lingering finish. Good, complex, very enjoyable.

M: Bright and sparkly, just the right amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for its 7% alcohol content. A good beer to savor with dinner or dessert.

Calico, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of therica
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one went down easy, a lot nicer than most of the darker beers bottled for sale in the USA. I had this one in a beer-restaurant in Leuven Belgium on New Years Day 2006.

Head- a nice interesting taste to it, color off-white to yellowish with large bubbles, dissipating faster than I wanted it to go, because I was enjoying it a bit!

Color- sort of dark amber-brown.

Carbonation- just enough, I don't like over-carbonation and so I found this one very satisfactory.

Taste- interesting-- maybe a bit of an anise or hyssop overtone along with some more subtle tastes that I failed to identify before suddenly finding that I'd sipped all the way through the glass-full, darn....

As far as drinkability, I found this to be a lot more drinkable and smooth, going down and afterwards, as any of the more common darker beers mass-circulated in the USA, such as Beck's or whatever. I think that if you aren't a beer-fanatic and you like those darker beer-brands, you'd like this one a lot better.

therica, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of Absumaster
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, coarse foam
Smell: slight burned, caramel notes, faint ‘Dubbel’ smell
Taste: slight caramel, malt bitter, bitter, slightly alcoholic, tingling of carbonation.
I expect the use of lots of sugar, because of the thin body and the lack of caramel tastes. Aftertaste is almost absent. According to well informed sources, this beer is made from pale malt, 20% dark candy sugar and colorant (E150). Off course, the signature yeast is indispensable.

Absumaster, Dec 21, 2005
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,195 ratings.