Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
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Ratings: 2,283
Reviews: 1,130
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 142
Gots: 216 | 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 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.

Photo of hunteraw
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown-tinted garnet, moderate head, no lacing at all. Smells very sweet, definitely some fig aroma here, maybe a little caramel. Taste reminds me a bit of Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot Barleywine. Figs, some date maybe, a bit of alcohol warming. The level of bitterness seemed appropriate. In the mouthfeel department, seems a little undercarbonated to me. A touch syrupy, aftertaste is good. Overall a solid dubbel, but I'm not the biggest fan of the style - too much on the sweet side for my personal tastes. Funny how much it reminded me of Bigfoot, though.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a tall steamed glass the medium dark Chocolate brown liquid is very cloudy. The head is thick, rich and tan, Stands tall and fades slow to a thin lace.

The smell is very striking. A fruity bouquet of plums and pears jump out at you giving way to soft tones of chocolate, malt and coffee. This really sets a nice tone of anticipation.

Taste is quite friendly, lots of rich malt with flavors of fruit, chocolate and caramel. Some nice citrus notes of lemon. The hand crafting shows in every sip.

Mouthfeel is fizzy from a good clean carbonation, very crisp yet a creamy & smooth. The finish coating the mouth, is very satisfying

Drinkability is way high. This is quite a fine brew. Care and quality show the whole way. You could drink this all night if you had the $$$. But at $4 per pop, not the best deal in town. MK

Photo of Drew966
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel pours an opaque dark brown, with a small tan head and little bits of yeast along the bottom of the glass. Banana is noticeable to me in the aroma. I can also smell some alcohol, some other fruity notes are also present. Taste is really interesting, caramel and some fruit like notes, fig like maybe. Really interesting mouthfeel as well. Sparkly and prickly, but not overly so. Excellent beer, recommended.

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

Pours a rich dark brown, with thick, creamy, root beer float style head. Some visible setiment poured out on the head, and a lot left in the bottle.

Smells of caramel, mocha, and some of the dark fruit esters, like currant, plum or raisin.

Tastes a lot smoother and creamy than other Belgium Dubbels. Less on the fruit and hops, and more focus on the malt characteristics. The spicyness of the hops comes out in the aftertaste.

Very easy to drink, warming, and goes down smooth.

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

Pours a cloudy, muddy brown with a good sized head and lacing that disperses quickly. The smell is that of dried fruits especially grapes. Strong alcohol notes. Taste is sweet with an effervescent feel. The fruit flavor really shines through. The drinkability is high as this is a great tasting beer with a moderate alcohol content.

Photo of Lagaffe74
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a nice dark - reddish color with a nice foamy brown head, which dissipates slowly. Nice aromas of malt, fruits - melon - and bubblegum are present. This beer has a nice level of acidity. It is a pleasure to drink! Wonderful to sip on. Highly recommended!

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

Sampled on-tap at Het Elfde Gebod in Antwerp, Belgium.

This dubbel poured a dark brown color with red highlights with creamy, light brown foam that slowly settled but coated the glass. The smell was malty with notes of dark caramel and a light hint of sweetness. The taste was malty with notes of vinous fruitiness. There was a moderate hop bitterness as well as a touch of alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium-full body and good carbonation. Overall this beer had a light feeling on the tongue, and was lightly warming. A nice beer to savor slowly.

Photo of bort11
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The design on the label is simple and straitforward. The Trappist logo featured in the center. I like the raised lettring on the bottle that says "Trappist Bier" around the neck.

poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Nice solid ruddy brown color. Only a little bit of light comes through around the edges. Good tan head about a finger thick. Receded to a light lace. Towards the end the lace is completely gone.

Smell is very strong and tart. Sweet and fruity, but dry. It's like a dark red wine, like a merlot. Taste follows up strongly. Very dry and earthy. It does leave a warm alcohol aftertaste on the tongue. Medium body and carbonation.

This is very good, but I wouldn't want to do more than one at a time. The merlot flavors would make this an excellent beer for dinner.

Photo of jabocu
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany and amber with a two finger cap that dissipated to a 1/4 inch cap. Nice head retention. Aroma is yeast and sourdough right off. Fruit esters of pear, green apple and raisins. Bubblegum in the background. Alcohol is light in the nose. A slight vinous quality. Flavor is raisin and fig. Dissapointingly no pear that I can find in flavor. Sour grain and yeast. Mild bitterness and a earthy undertone. Mouthfeel is med carbonation, med body, and finishes mildly dry. Good beer!

Photo of Phocion
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked a couple bottles up tonight after work, putting the other one in the cellar for a while.

Poured into my Westmalle goblet, reddish-brown color and an huge, attractive head that tried to escape the bottle before I even began pouring. The head dissipated rather quickly, and after I finished the beer, the glass looked almost spotless.

I was expecting a little stronger smell from some of the other reviews, but maybe it's just my nose. Slight sweet smell, and a little malty as well.

The first taste was spicy and malty. After a couple swallows, it started tasting much more complex. I started picking up the raisin and a few other fruits I couldn't quite place. It remained very dry throughout, and the alcohol taste was definite, but nowhere near overbearing.

Mouthfeel was very dry. Fairly drinkable, but dry.

I've had better, but I'd definitely recommend this beer. Not sure how many I'll pick up at $5 a bottle though, but I just hope I save my other bottle long enough to find out how much better it gets with age.

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

Dark auburn-brown color with decent head size and good retention.

Great, complex aroma of malt and hops, sweet, roasted, fruity, spicy.

Taste is also wonderful and complex. Starts out with roasted malt, then malty sweetness, hops and a sweet, clean finish.

Mouthfeel is a nice medium body with good, but not too strong carbonation.

A great beer with delicious malt, roasty, hoppy flavor and aroma that is very smooth and easy to drink despite the good strength.

Photo of ken3c
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark red with a big head. Hard to keep it in the glass even with a gentle pour. The large head dwindles to a ring of foam after about a minute. No lacing.

The first aroma is a powerfull sensation of cola. The smell of raisons creep in shortly afterwards.

The taste is also raison cola but very dry. I expected some more complex tastes.

Mouthfeel is thin and dry. Very dry.

There isn't anything to prevent me from wanting another but not much to induce me either.

Photo of beertastegood
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, deep garnet color into a tulip glass, with a huge meringue-like head . Carbonation is obviously high, and head retention is fabulous. Aromas of raisins, cherries, brown sugar and slight alcohol, along with some spicy notes from the yeast - pepper and cinnamon to my nose.

Taste: Spice...and not much else at first. Huge spicy burst up front followed by a sweet caramel-like maltiness. This fades as the hops make their presence known with an herbal bitterness that, in my opinion, clashes a bit with the rest of the beer. Complexity is not as high as I would have expected from a Trappist dubbel, and especially one so highly regarded as Westmalle.

Mouthfeel: lots o' carbonation, as expected...light body and an overall dry mouthfeel. Like a good Belgian abbey beer should be.

Drinkability: The characteristic spiciness of Belgians does not sit well with me for more than two beers, and this one is no exception.

Not a bad beer, certainly a quality Belgian-style abbey ale, but it fails to live up to the Westmalle hype.

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

Dated 05/04/07

A - Pours a dark ruby red/amber, lots of carbonation, nice tan foamy head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet malts, raisins, and prunes.

T - The taste is fabulous, tangy, slightly bitter, sweet, a touch of caramel, very complex.

M - Medium body, well rounded with a carbonated feel.

D - Very drinkable. This is my frist Westmalle, very tasty brew indeed, will definitely buy again, highly recommended.

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into my Rochefort glass. Poured a dark brown almost amber with a small quickly dissipating tan head that leaves nice lacing the whole time. Smells malty sweet with definite fruity notes. Tastes of a slight spice with a nice warming sensation, malty with just a hint of fruitiness. A nicely carbonated mouth-feel, a medium body. This is a very drinkable dubbel, I will definitely get more.

Photo of longarm
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Explosive, tan head sits atop a clear base with reddish tones. Nice looking beer.

Aroma mostly fruits, including grapes, peaches, cherries and strawberries. A slight earthy aspect present as well. Certainly a strength.

Rather dry with a slight bit of alcohol. Very earthy, but none of the fruit flavors perceived on the nose appear on the palate. Wonderful hop aftertaste at the finish. Generally less complex than I anticipated but also well balanced.

Decent mouthfeel if a little on the thin side. Fairly easy to drink, but also a little underwhelming.

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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