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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,274 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,274
Reviews: 1,128
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 142
Gots: 214 | FT: 2
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 Vancer
3.03/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Holy moly, has this been in a hot warehouse too long? A big ol’ disappointment – the best part was the pour (frothy chestnut brown with a lacey ivory ring).

I had to sniff like a dog to get some weak malty Belgium candy cane. Taste was almost dead, dry and harsh. A small malt kick in the finish salvaged the brew from falling below average. Fuzzy and thin, I can’t believe this is the <standard> Westmalle.

I must travel to Belgium for a fresh sample.

Photo of kenito799
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. Best before 5/16/08

Opaque chestnut brown color with pleasant brownish head, little lacing.

Not much complexity in the aroma, malty, nice.

Mouthfell is good and creamy with lots of soft carbonation. Taste is certainly very good, solidly delicious dark ale. The main impression is perfect balance between malt, hop, alcohol, no element intrudes on any other. My first taste of Westmalle, I guess I was hoping for something a bit more interesting--I guess mainly because of the price, I feel like there are lots of other ales out there as enjoyable as this.

Photo of mcnut
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the Rathskellar in Indianapolis.

Appearance: Dark, with barely a lacing of head in the glass.

smell: very sweet smelling, Lots of bananas upfront, and dates.

taste: started with a sweet fruity taste met with a then complex mash of chocolate, and a dry taste of alchohol

mouthfeel: varied, started out smooth, but became grainy from the yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

drinkability: at 7% abv, you wouldn't know there is alchohol in it. I would have had several if it hadn't been for the drive home.

Photo of rarevos
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Chimay goblet. Served at room temperature.

A: Really huge, fluffy tan head on top of an inviting-looking dark, ruby-red beer. Head has great longevity.

S: Sweet malt, cherries, grapes, hint of chocolate.

T/M: Dry red wine grapeness up front, followed by a pronounced dried cherry flavor mixed with some figs, sweet malt, and a bit of dark chocolate. Finish has a light dryness and a subtle bitterness before a medicinal warming sort of washes over you. A really well-balanced Dubbel.

D: One of my all-time favorites. Just a remarkably flavorful, warming, comforting beer, especially on a cold/chilly day.

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

A- Pours 1"-1 1/4" tanish head. Fades slow leaving a nice looking lacing. Brownish mahogony dark color.
S-Plums, cheeries, darker fruits all fill the nose with hint of alcohol coming through with a sweetish candy smell also.
T- Cherry, and plum flavor come through (seems to fade the more you drink though). Maybe a little warmth from alcohol. Light sugar sweetness also.
M-Medium carbonation and a thinner body.
D-Was pretty good but don't think I'd be buying this again unless the price went down.

Photo of klewis
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

7/14/07 freshness date

A: Pours dark brown with a massive foamy head. Good sustain and lacing.

S: Phenolic with some fruity aromas

T: Quite tart with a some brief fruit flavors that are quickly covered up by phenols. Slight alcoholic character in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with fine, active carbonation.

D: It's nice to finally have this one. It's pretty good, but the strong phenolic taste makes this one a bit less drinkable for me than its contemporaries.

Photo of surfmanjim
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish brown into an Achel chalice, with a 2 finger head that quickly dissapted. The aroma was of carmel and cherries with a hint of butterscotch, The taste was complex, with notes of pepper, cherries and carmel. Mouthfeel was light to medium with little carbonation.

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

Dark reddish brown, big pillowy head. Smell is deep and delicious: molasses, fenugreek/syrup, dark fruit, milk chocolate, damp earth.

Tastes of raisins and prunes, berries, molasses, fenugreek, cocoa, a little alcohol and white pepper. Very smooth, creamy carbonation. Head keeps replenishing itself. The sweetness is never cloying. Some grassy, herbal hops in the background. This is very well balanced, rich, and satisfying.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very awesome looking brew here. Nice 3 finger head that never disappates, leaving lacing down the tulip. Almost strange for a dubbel, has a very chocolately(light) taste to it. It is short in my opinion as compared to other dubbels I have had. A good brew, just will not seek it out, many other better dubbels less expensive.

Photo of dfried
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown purple in color, kind of a chestnut, peachy-rose when the light hits it right. Average size beige head. Deep fruity, plum and date aroma, with some yeast and banana, as well as some medicinal phenols. The taste revealed sweeter, fruity flavors like ripe raspberries and blackberries, red grapes, pears, and bananas. This beer really had a feel like drinking wine. A semi-sparkling, dry, and tart mouthfeel, with alcohol that was hardly noticeable except for some belly warming. So easy to drink, an awesome dubbel.

Photo of expatsteve
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank this as part of a trappist ales tasting with Golden2wenty1, and decided to review this again in the context of that tasting.

Appearance: Cloudy plum mahogany color. Big 1/2 inch head, with nice thick stiky lacing. Medium viscosity.

Aroma: Initial breadiness, with some grassy metallic hops. Subdued fruits - raisins, dried plums, sour cherries and molasses.

Taste: Licorice, yeast, dried plums and earthy tones. Full body with great balance. Honey, brown sugar, sour cherries and apricots undertow over the course of a glass.

Mouthfeel: A little heavy, but still smooth and rich. Low constant carbonation.

Drinkability: An awesome dubbel, one that could probably be considered the standard for the style. Amazing balance and development, with awesome malts and a refreshing bitterness. Fantastic.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours amber with a slight brown head, but it goes away quick. smells great, a slight fruit smell to it maybe. tastes good, but its drinkability is really awesome for as it is 7.0% the alcohol is there but it doesn't attack you like some other higher ABV beers do. mouthfeel is good, doesn't feel too thick, but not to thin either. one of the few stronger beers that i could see myself drinking more than just at dinner.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Round 1 of the 9-Round Trappapooza/Trappaganza '06 with expatsteve.

Pour: typical dubbel-esque murky mahogany/burgundy under an inch of khaki foam with nice retention. A few bits of yeast settled at the bottom.

Nose: dark fruits up front - black cherry and currant - with black licorice hops, molasses and a malty grain finish.

Taste: licorice hops and booze up front followed by notes of spicy yeast, dark/tropical fruits, sweet malt, and a dry plum wine finish. Great balance and depth of flavor.

Feel: light, dry body, yeasty grit, micro-carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: this is to dubbels as Tripel Karmeliet is to tripels - complex, balanced and totally drinkable.

Photo of peabody
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out into a goblet and the initial tan to brown foam came up two fingers then quickly dissapated.
The first smell is carmel malt and fruit. Slight alcohol aroma at the very end.
The taste yeilds slight hops with a malty dark sweet flavor that soon goes to a mild fruit like pear or apple. the hops come through last leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is clean and leaves a thin film on the back of the tounge.
Drinkability is great. Great beer.

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

This beer poured a clear amber with a small head and mild lacing.
The aroma had distinct hazelnut touches allong with the usual malts
the flavor was rather tart and interestingly smokey with a slightly bitter finish. the mouthfeel was decently balanced . overall this was not a bad beer, but as a dubbel I didnt feel that it stood out particularly much in any way.

Photo of pweis909
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL Bottle, dated 06/12/07

Redidsh brown, clear, with a thick rocky head, and some sediment in the bottle, this beer smell emits aromas of fruit (plum), bread (yeast), and alcohol. No hop aromas. Malt and an alcoholic warming come through with the taste. The malt reminds me of that used in some European pilsners. The finish is dryish, and the mouth feel is thin and crisp, likely because of the fermentation of some sort of non-malt sugar.

The 7% alcohol and $6 per bottle will limit my consumption of this one, but it is very tasty

Photo of msubulldog25
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter from the 330ml bottle:

A: a deep borwn with ruby red hilights. Huge frothy ten head with an abundance of large carbonation bubbles.

S: Bursting with a sweet perfume-like aroma of stonefruit (apricot, cherry) and raisins. Sweet and malty with a trace of alcohol.

T: Terrific rich sweetness, caramel, malt, and a subtle spiciness. Some of the cherry fruitiness creeps in and there's a nice alcohol finish. Complex and full.

M: A comfortable carbonation level. Mothfeel is a little tingly and effervescent, but still pretty smooth.

D: A wonderful warm beer, easy to drink with a hearty dinner or rich dessert. Be sure to enjoy from a snifter or similar glassware to get the full aroma/flavor spectrum.

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

At Cafe l'Hooischys (I don't know how to say it, either) in Amsterdam.
Pours a mahogany brown, clear as a bell, with an off-white head that starts out thick but thins out and sticks to the side of the glass. Smells a bit complex. Caramel, toffee, not much alcohol evident. Sharp and clean, nice smell.
Taste is lighter than I expected. So smooth. Very smooth. The malt blends into the hops. Wait, is that hop bitterness? I think so!
Mouthfeel is medium, approachable with great carbonation. Drinkability? If there's any room in your belly, you will want to drink this!

Photo of SethB2
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

A - Looks pretty good. Dirt brown color with a decent head and a slight amount of lacing.

S - Ok. Smells like a belgian yeast, but a tad subdued. Alcohol, melons, and spices dominate.

T - Good. Unlike many Dubbels, I can actually descern a bit of hop bitterness at the starts. After that, the fruitiness takes hold and sends it down without a problem.

M - A bit over carbonated in my opinion. The prickliness of the bubbles detract from what is a good flavor.

D - Good. Nice Belgian Dubbel.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a reddish brown color with thick, foamy off-white head that lingers through most of the glass, plenty of floating yeast, and good lacing. yeast. Aroma is a mixture of hints of fruit and chocolate. Tasty, fruity flavor throughout the glass, and has a good, long finish that actrually is that of a malty sweetness..

Photo of Zraly
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium to deep caramel brown with a tannish head. Looked pretty at first, and then the head took a nose dive.

However, this smooth one delivered in other sensory ways. A wonderful, yeasty, fruity scent danced up through my nose. The first sip was a winner. Smooth, semi-sugar malts with a spicy, dry finish. Mild fruits. Slightly phenolic. A tiny bit of hop bitterness is present. There is even an additional note of cocoa, which is interesting and adds a bit more character to the overall taste experience.

A gem pairing would be with a nice dark chocolate with roasted cocoa beans. Guess what I'm having with mine? *hint hint*

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

Note: i review beers to keep track of what i've tried, to expand my vocabulary and train my palate... not for points. however, i admit i am a little excited to earn my mug, just as most BAs must be. I'm not positive, but i think this review will bump me up a notch to the next level of beerdom. so i decided to get one i've been looking forward to but putting off for a while. LOVED the trappist tripel, so i'm pretty sure the dubbel won't disappoint. one little catch, the particular bottle i got has a best by date of last month. i got a discount on the beer, i don't think the freshness will affect it too much, hope not anyway.

pours out of the attractive bottle into the tulip, a very nice appearance that puts a smile on my face. solid, dark brown color with hints of maroon, about the same as the bottle and label. dense, fat beige head, nice retention and lacing. the smell is awesome. i did a double take. it's been a little while since i had a trappist, other than chimay. my first thought is bubble gum. it's a great big, obviously fruity, malt bomb. reminds me of rochefort 10, (which i've only had one bottle of, but made such an impression on me that i clearly remember it months later). it's a very sweet smell, but one of great character and complexity that makes me very thirsty.

the taste, like the smell is near perfection. i can't believe i didn't take advantage of the store and get more bottles for even more of a discount, which i probably could have done if i was persistent. this superb dubbel has a glorious velvety mouthfeel, a full-body taste, a crisp and just-bitter-enough finish. it has everything, and at an abv of 7% it isn't as toxic as most quadrupels, which to me makes it more drinkable. i could have a few of these.

i have come a long way since my first review of a dubbel, which is embarrasing but i keep it as a reminder. this is a great style of beer that was a bit of an aquired taste for me.
highly recommended!

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

12 oz bottle purchased 6 months ago.

Deep brown color with a slight mahogany note. Nice big fluffy tan head that sticks around to leave trails of lacing. Smell is very malty. Caramel, with a light chocolate note. Also some faint dark fruit, cherries and figs. As it warms a faint alcohol smell comes through too but it is very pleasant. Taste is a well balanced maltyness with enough other flavors to keep it interesting. Again, a light cocoa note and some dark fruits. Just a little bit thin on the mouthfeel but I'm not thinking that is a bad thing. This would be the Trappist I would turn to when I'm not in the mood for the high alcohol and big taste of some of the big boys. Finishes very smooth with no aftertaste. I really enjoyed this one. Will definately get it again.

Photo of mcallister
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque burgundy brown, thick fluffy tannish head, with many yeast particles floating about.

Sweet aromas of caramel malt and toffee, even milk chocolate, flowery esters, dark figs, creme de brulee, and although not overly high in alcohol some is noticeable in the nose.

Burn caramel malt flavors, hint of nutmeg, fruity belgian yeast strain, with a spicey character, roasted hazlenut, cinnamon, and once again alcohol shows through with a slight burn in the chest.

Nicely balanced brew but lacks deep complexity.

Photo of instrumentality
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: a very dark, opaque brown with glimmers of red when held up to the light. Two fingers of off-white, bubbly foam that settled to a thin layer of scattered lace swirled in different shades of white and brown.

smell: cherries and burnt wood after the first pour, some banana after a second pour with a thicker head.

taste: cherries, burnt wood, and malt are dominant with some clove and a hint of banana. There's a lot of interesting activity going on in this brew, but while still relatively cool, it seemed to be lacking in body, a little watery with the only real intensity coming from the alcohol.

After letting it warm a bit, the flavor of banana became more prevalent and helped to counter the alcohol taste. However, the taste of cloves, one of my least favorite flavors in beer, also kicked in a bit more.

mouthfeel: a little harsh - heavy carbonation, some alcohol burn, but almost no lingering aftertaste.

drinkability: neither smooth enough to call refreshing, nor heavy enough to call filling, this is a pleasing enough brew that's relatively easy to drink. I'm not anxious to try it again, but I'm tempted to pick one or two up and tuck them away somewhere for a year or so and see what happens.

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,274 ratings.