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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
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Ratings: 2,352
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 152
Gots: 272 | 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 giblet
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another yummy one!!! i am loving the Belgian Trappist beers!!! pours into my glass beautifully. about 1/2" head settles to 1/4". and stays throughout. strong smooth carbonation with nice lacing. wonderfull rich smell. light caramel chocolate but not strong. very well balanced and nice smooth finish..i am gettin thirsty typing bout this one.

very drinkable. about $4 for a 11.5oz bottle...? hell yeah! i would buy it everyday if i could find and afford it!

suckem up and movem out!

giblet

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

On sale at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO for $2.99.

Very slow pour into a 0.4 liter goblet yields a three-inch tan frothy head over hazy dark amber body with plenty of carbonation. Head fades to a foamy thick lid. Pretty beer.

Smell is yeasty malty chocolatey, with pepper. Nice and rich, though not as pronounced an aroma as its bigger brother the Tripel.

Taste is spicey-yeasty up front, then malty and espresso-chodolatey, then a nice dry finish. Spot on for a Dubbel. Alcohol is evident.

Mouthfeel is rounded out well by the ample, long-lasting carbonation.

Drinkability is good.

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

Thanks once again to Vintage beer and wine in Boardman, Oh. for the great selection, which allowed me to purchase this beer.

I have to preface this review by saying that in recent weeks I have been drinking a bunch of the St. Bernardus beers along with Rochefort, so needless to say, my bar has been set very, very high. Anyone who tells you that Belgian monks do not brew the best beer hands down are simply kidding themselves and trying to fool you...

A--This poured with a generous three finger head that was pushing four in my Corsendonk glass. Nice brown color, the typical hue of a belgian dubbel.

S--This really is a great smelling beer. Fruity and aromatic, it has a smell of figs/cherries/plums, very nice.

T--This is a very tasty beer. I think I may have goofed and served it a bit too warm but it still has a nice flavor, not to be confused with St. Bern ABT or Roch 10, but still outstanding. A bit watery to the palate and the alcohol lingers a bit more than some of the other monk classics.

D--very good beer no doubt. However, I honestly would never pass over the abt12, prior 8, rochefort 10 or 8 if I had the choice. This is a belgian worth trying though, I think I am just spoiled.

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

330 ml bottle into a Chimay goblet

A: Rich looking dark brown body. 1" cream head that fell slowly to a large ring covering most of the body. Left little lacing.

S: Smelled largely of caramel malt. Slightly spicy, with alcohol and dark fruit present as well. Seems to differ somewhat from sniff to sniff.

T: Taste like the nose. Malty goodness throughout, yeast in the finish & just a touch of spice and alcohol - but not so much they interfere with my enjoyment.

M: Medium body, properly carbonated (as opposed to the Chimay Red consumed just earlier. Dry finish.

D: As the Chimay Red, very drinkable. The alcohol is more noticable here, but not enough to keep me from having a 2nd or 3rd (if only I'd have bought more).

Photo of BeerBob
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If ever there was a colure before “Let There Be Light” this is it, Westmalle Trappist Ale pours that dark. Head of light tan very fine foam goes to over two fingers before settling down to a fine cap of foam with moderate lacing. The carbonation does not rise to the top and replenish the head, it can’t, the liquid is too viscous and traps the gas within, only to be released when the ale washes over the tongue. Pretty neat trick, I would say.

Raisin and prune with just a touch of fig and allspice to the nose. Raisin and prune with just a touch of fig, and allspice to the palate as well as bittersweet dark chocolate. The 7.00% ABV is completely veiled within this delicious brew.

If I take up consuming Westmalle Trappist Ale on a regular basis, I’m going to have to get a second job…

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

a - poured a three-fingers thick toffee-colored and fizzy head that into a tulip glass. the body was a deep mahogany with red and purple highlights. the head left a nice ring that was easily agitated and dissipated very quickly.
s - hints of grapes, dark fruits, caramel and semi-sweet chocolate.
t - raisins, bananas and a spicey finish.
m - very clean on the tongue and dry towards the finish.
d - nicely done, this is so easy to drink and has a lot of depth to it.

Photo of colebenoit
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this last night, and although it wasn't the first time, it was while brewing and thus it seemed that much more inspiring so I figured I'd review it.

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice, this beer poured a wonderful crimson/brown colour with fairly good clarity and a nice finger of fluffy off tan head. As impressive as it looked it what came next thats a real winner, smell. The aroma on this beer is such that you almost don't even want to drink the beer, instead just inhale the aroma deeply allnight. Almost. Huge aroma of chocolate, dark malts, dark fruits (figs come to mind), sweet bread, and a mild hint of clover.

Taste has similiar elements as the aroma, although on the body the chocolate/malt flavour is huge and dominating with a nice sweet center holding it all together. The fruits appear subtley in the finish and it cuts through with just enough hops to cut the sweetness and a nice smack of alcohol that dries and warms the palate. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel is nice, although perhaps a little too carbonated, but its got a great overall silky texture to it. As for drinkability, for the style and ABV its extremely quaffable and I could probably go through gallons of it, expecially when it tastes and smells so damn good. One of the best dubbels out there.

Photo of Damian
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Drank from an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle at The Squealing Pig, Boston, MA

Poured a dark brown/black with ruby highlights when held to the light. A thin, foamy, caramel-colored head developed and lasted for most of the drink. There was no lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was surprisingly faint. Subtle notes of a powdery, Belgian yeastiness were detectable along with a slight mustiness.

The taste was dark and rich, yet a bit more dry than a typical Belgian dubbel. Dark malts and Belgian yeast came through up front, along with a slight metallic tinge. Strong notes of burnt raisins, prunes, currants, spices and a deep, oaky quality appeared as the beer moved along the palate. The finish was moderately hoppy and dry with a slight alcohol kick.

The mouthfeel was disappointing thin and excessively fizzy. All I could feel on my tongue was light, airy froth.

I was somewhat disappointed with this dubbel. Aside from the faint aroma and thin mouthfeel, it lacked both complexity and smoothness.

Photo of
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Hazy, dark brown/orange color. Meidum sized, creamy, light tan head. Nice lacing as I drank.

Aroma screams "MALT". Then, some grass and floral notes come through. Earthy and a hint of chocolate.

Taste is well balanced, but, despite the aroma, comes across as more bitter than sweet. Phenolic. Touch of caramel. Grassy bitterness at finish and lingering into the aftertaste.

Medium in body. Very "tingly" carbonation, more than expected based on pour. Dry.

Very enjoyable. More bitter than I usually expect from a Belgian.

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

My first dubbel in quite a while, I'm always drawn to the tripels since they are always highly spoken of. This beer pours a deep brown with a nice head that has some decent retention. Some mild fruitiness in an aroma that is mostly dark chocolate and caramel. Mouthfeel is a little creamy with a slightly astringent taste that is well balanced, slightly sweet with a mild dry finish. A well-crafted and easy drinking beer I won't mind having again.

Photo of TPSReports
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pour a dark chocolate brown from the bottle into my chalice. it has a nice inviting light brown/tan head that sticks around to give you a full nose of the aroma.

The nose on this baby is big, really big. Coffee, floral, spicy.

The taste surprises me, not sure why. It is very stoutish in flavor, with a bit more hops and floralish flavors. Oh, don't forget the toffee and chocolate overtones. I only had one, and I think that was the right number. You don't notice the alcohol.

It tingles the tongue with mild carbonation, and has a pleasant coaty action that sticks with you and warms into a floral hoppiness.

I will buy this beer again, but it's not in my top ten.

Cheers.

Photo of IPAcraig
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am having this beer whilst brewing beer, a Belgian Blond. The last time I had a Westmalle Dubbel was at the Duvel Bar in Stockholm, Sweden. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my de garre glass. One of the 21 beers I picked up in Belgium.

A - A gorgeuos beer, a very deep brown with a massive two finger creamy head. good lacing.

S - Nice and malty, with hints of fig and a bit of semi fruity Belgian yeast.

T - A solid Dubbel, but I was expecting a bit more in the taste department after the smell. Very creamy, sweet, and malty. A bit of fruit is noticeable as well; perhaps grape? As it warms, a bit of alcohol shines through as well.

M - Lots of carbonation, but slightly sticky on the tounge and a little grainy.

D - Another terrific belgian brew, not exceptional, but pretty darn close. If it starts appearing in Tallahassee, I will certainly line up to buy a few more.

Photo of BarryNL
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is deep brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. There is the slight cloudiness you expect from a bottle conditioned ale, though the yeast seems to clump nicely in the bottom of the bottle and so doesn't find its way into the glass if you're careful. The head is tight and long, long lasting with a tendancy to lacing.

The smell is perhaps the weakest point (which is just nitpicking) of this beer, it's hoppy and musty/yeasty with a touch of the high carbonation giving a slight CO2 twang to the nose.

The taste is - wonderful. Not especially complex, but perfectly balanced; each mouthful is a journey which begins with the malt, progresses to bitterness and ends with a pleasant yeasty aftertaste.

There's a big mouthfeel - high carbonation can turn the beer to foam if you roll it around your mouth too much,

Drinkability - well, if I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life I wouldn't mind it being this one.

Overall, this is my favourite Belgian beer - I'm always tempted to try and homebrew a clone myself, but I doubt I could do it justice.

Photo of loren01
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown color, huge head depite conservative pour, slight lace down the glass
S: Metallic, ETOH, dark fruit and buttery
T: Earthy, sweet dark fruitiness, ETOH and buttered popcorn taste
M: High amount of carbonation, medium bodied
D: Fairly complex beer, would get this again, very drinkable.

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

Appearance: Faintly transparent chestnut with an enduring cap of foam.

Smell: Dark chocolate and spices, a bit of citrus, very bready.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Light citric/fruity sweetness, roasty and slightly nutty. Very dry and hoppy in the finish, a bit herbal. Medium-bodied, perhaps on the lighter side of the scale, but with a slight creaminess.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for the style. One of the best dubbels out there.

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

Bottle may have been disturbed by the cashier at Wine Gallery as he dropped it into my bag (honest mistake, no biggie) because the carbonation came up really quickly into the neck as I opened it.

Not having a suitable tulip, I used a red wine glass and this dubbel poured to a deep dark amber with a nice frothy head on top that left islands of lace on the glass.

Smells off of this beer are kind of indistinct to me. Some very faint chocolate and coffee aromas, but this damned city living has ruined my sense of smell, I'm afraid.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated (too much?) but this could be the fault of the above mentioned bottle disturbance. Raisins, prunes and dark rye bread seem to dominate. Nothing terribly hoppy here and the alcohol profile is well-defined and not hiding behind any other flavors. This dubbel does not fool around. You taste all of its 7% ABV.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle into a large wine glass.

Pours a cloudy amber-oaken body with some fervent bubblings beneath a decently thick, slow-to-recede tan head. No lacing, but the apperance is classy. Wafts of grape, apple, fig & plum abound, with some sweet caramel malts and an almost graham cracker note.

Taste is a decently complex dubbel, with a fruity body and an almost harsh alcohol presence. A dry, smooth, and semi-creamy mouthfeel meets the mouth up front and a hoppy, alcoholic bite finishes. Overall, this is a good, complex, and tasty dubbel, as expected from the Westmalle family. Can't wait to try the triple...

Photo of goochpunch
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best Before 02/08/08

When held to the light, this beer is the color of a dark ruby stone with active carbonation stemming from the center of the base of my PBR goblet. Head is full, tan, and made up of mostly uniform bubbles. Leaves some spots of lace, but it is minimal. Smells of honey, dried fruits, apples, pears, orange zest, grape juice, a little chocolate, and some faint floral hops. Flavor starts off with a bit of yeast character and some spicy notes mixed in with orange oil and a variety of fruits very close to what I found in the aroma. I pick up some toastiness and a bit of roast malt flavor as well as a little cocoa powder. Overall this has a sweetness to it, but dries up in the finish along with the coming of floral and earthy hops and a soft bitterness that seems to come from a mix of the hops and kilned grains. Mouthfeel has solid body to it, but it is far from cumbersome. It weighs on the tongue just enough to let it know it's there. Carbonation gives the flavors some life but is not harsh or intrusive. This is probably the best dubbel I have ever had for my money. Westmalle is definitely 2 for 2 with this and the tripel.

Photo of Reed415
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark amber color with a pretty impressive head

S - Dominated by malt and fruity citrus notes

T - Tons of fruit, citrus, caramel malt, some alcohol warmth

M - Medium body, Moderate carbonation, very smooth

D - Very nice smooth fruity beer, that is not overwhelming

Photo of dstc
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark cloudy ruby brown color with a small off-white head. Head falls slowly to nothing leaving no lace on the glass.

Smells nice and malty with a sweetness to it. Lovely.

Tastes fantastic. Wow this is a good beer. Nice strong, bold malt flavor, a bit roasted. Sweet, nutty and mildly fruity.

Full bodied and smooth in the mouth with little carbonation and a nice alcohol burn.

Very drinkable. I would love to end every day with one of these. This is an exceptional beer. Try it if you haven't already done so.

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

Dark brown with a reddish hue, it has a nice tan head that dissipates quickly but leaves a very nice lacing.
The aroma is nice and malty, sweetish mostly of burnt sugars, but also a surprisingly strong fruity hoppiness that faded quickly, though.
Smooth and creamy, it is incredibly complex and changing. It started hoppier and certainly more bitter than I expected for a dubbel, but it slowly sweetens both on your tongue and on your glass as it warms up.
Still not my favorite dubbel, but certainly a very good one.

Taste: Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Lovely sweet malts with caramel and cholocate flavours. Underlining fruit flavours of date and banana. Hits a dry point in the middle and become crisp for a moment. A slight coarseness, from the yeast, follows in the form of a moderately spicy characteristic that mixes with a prickly alcohol presence. Bitterness is thin, with faint floral flavours. Finishes slightly dry with some residual spiciness, sweetness and alcohol on the breath. Warming.

Notes: This is just an overall amazing beer. One of the most famous of the Trappist beers, Westmalle Double can be found on tap at many Beglian establishments. 6.5% abv.

Photo of karengarys
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours dark dark clear ruby leaving a foamy caramel colored ring around the glass - the foam does not stick to the glass.

Smells sweet and fruity.

Tastes... ...smooth... ...at first watery but - no - there is a lot going on here... "beer". yep. "beer". but so much more, what is it. And so mellow. It is like champaign in a beer bottle and beer flavors. Hmm... The bottle is almost 2/3 gone, and I still cannot nail a single flavor for no single flavor stands out. You'll have to read the other reviews to see what others noticed - I am just picking out a very smooth balance of flavors - the hops are present but not real bitter - the malt is present but not overpowering - there are spices all over, and other flavors both sweet and bitter, but it is very well balanced. My original rating on taste was 3.5 - that is what it appears to be at first glance, but as I sit with it I'm realizing how much more it is to it than initially meets the eye.

extra note: the alcohol is hidden completely.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy. That too started at a 4, but I'm going to 4.5. There is a wateryness that is noticeable at first glance, but again, as you sit with it the real character becomes apparent.

This is a very good beer you have to sit back and think about to really enjoy. You probably could pour it to your macro loving friends and get away with it because it is not screaming with over-the-top flavors and smells. But - those who think about what they are consuming will really appreciate this great brew. I think I need to keep this in mind for the next new years eve party - since I serve beer, not champaign, this would be a good celebration beverage for the beer lovers in my neighborhood.

Photo of sessycuban
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours a dark body with a very noticeable head . The head retains well until you're done with the beer. Very nice lacing.

S - I'm getting mixed with dark fruits. I like the combination but it's a bit difficult to separate the aromas.

T - I'm picking up a light citrus flavor, but not overpoweringly zesty. This ale is well pull together, and the citrus tops off an otherwise perfect beer.

M - I like the syruppy taste minus the viscosity. I could swish it around in my mouth if I wanted to.

D - This is definitely a premiere ale. While it is produced year round, I think it's hard to find a good pairing for this beer because it's so well put together. As is such, I feel like I need to save this beer for a special occasion even though it's readily available.

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

33cl bottle poured into a leffe chalice


A - Dark ruby red, with a thick creamy 2 finger tan head. Good retention producing lots of lace.

S - I agree with the previous reviewer. Lots of Munich malts here.I also get some nice sweet tones, caramel and almonds.

T- Very sweet, lots of toffee and nutty qualities, thick and syrupy. I expected the sweetness just to overpower everything, but it turned out nicely balanced, sweetness converting to a nice smooth alcoholic kick in the finish leaving a sublte sweetness on the palate. Very nice!

M - Creamy mouthfeel, sticky and syrupy.

D-Not one for everyday, but a nice sipper when the mood takes. im really starting to come around to dark belgian ales. I always imagined something overpoweringly complex and bitter, but the few i have tried have been rich warm and characterful. This is no exception. A fine beer i will enjoy on the odd occasion so i dont sicken myself of it.

Photo of markaberrant
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in 12oz tulip.

Appearance is an effervescent hazy ruby colour. Head is tan and plentiful. Lacing is apparent.

Smells of munich malt, raisins, and spicy yeast/hops. To be honest, it is not generating a whole lot of anticipation.

Taste is full and complex. Amazing malt sweetness and dark fruitiness up front, which turns to a dry spicy finish with a bit of hop flavour. Almost perfect.

Carbonation is lively in the mouth (though creamy), making it very refreshing and dangerously drinkable.

I could easily down several of these before noticing how much alcohol is in there.

I find this beer to be very smooth and not overly spicy - which I think suits a darker belgian beer... it allows you to appreciate the malt. The only knock is I that I find the aroma lacking. Spectacular, and very well crafted... as a homebrewer, I would love to brew something this good.

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,352 ratings.