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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,198 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,198
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000)
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Photo of HardTarget
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown bottle, 11.2 fl. oz. listing 7.6% and a best by date of 06/09/06.
Aroma: Dark fruit blended with apple peel, banana and dark red wine. Hints of the “new” smell I get from Rochefort 10, must be a yeast characteristic; I can’t describe it well, but I love it.
Appearance: Very hazy dark brown with a light cover of tan that leaves a sheet of tiny bubbles more than lace. I attribute the haziness to the fact that I only let it sit a day after shipping cross country.
Flavor: Very smooth round and clean. A mild flavor overall, lightly roasted grains, very subtle alcohol, touch of sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Velvety. Smooth and creamy. Carbonated but I don’t feel the bubbles. Nice dry finish with a slight pucker.
Overall Impression: A very well made brew with great drinkability. It has a good flavor, but it’s very subtle and mild. Absolutely wonderful mouthfeel. It has monastic qualities; humble, simple, refined, earnest, and honest. It refreshed my body and soul.
Thanks to Stonecrusher for the trade

HardTarget, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of ITK4ever
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

New to reviewing, but I had to say this about this beer....WOW!!!! I was given a bottle and now I can't wait to find more. Definitely the best beer I have ever tried and the one thing that I can say to describe this lucious nectar is "BALANCE"

ITK4ever, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of cooter
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml, pours ruddy brown with a swiftly dissipating (possibly due to the pint glass?) head, which has varied-size bubbles of very light tan. Scent is lightly alcoholic, phenolic perhaps? Raspberry--no! Blackberry! Smooth malty esthery taste all over. Generally light; I look forward to the tripel for more intensity. Nice but not the best.

cooter, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of guinnessman
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour with a creamy tan head, looks enticing. Presents itself with a dark red huge.
Aroma of cranberries, a hint of chocolate, some fruity undertones, bubble gum, and a nice floral bouquet. There is a very fruity taste at first, then a bit of chocolate, and a rather harsh alcohol finish.
I was not displeased with this double. I was; however, caught off guard by the excessive alcohol taste. But after a few sips from my westmalle chalice I quite enjoyed this brew.

guinnessman, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. The beer poured a dark brown color with a finger of tan head. The nose was molasses sweet wtih some grape rind and fig characters with a slight sugary sweetness. The flavor was figgy, slightly souring on the finish and a little light on the flavor for me. The feel was moderate and bubbly. The flavor and the nose were really nice. I will definately have to visit this one again.

kmpitz2, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2oz into a tulip. Best before date of 11/25/05.

Dark amber with a light tan head of almost 2" that stays up for quite a while and falls to a foamy sheet for the rest of the ride. Heavy lacing that coats the inside of the glass.

Yeast and malts make up the most of the aromas. Dark fruits and sugars come through after. Overall it has that mouthwatering combination of classic belgian notes we all know and love.

Malts are first noticed upon tasting. This is followed by a burst of melon and a dry/yeast inspired finish. Outstanding.

This one has a full mouthfeel that is not oily or in any way heavy in the finish. At 7% abv, this is one hell of a drinkable brew.

Highly recommended.

ypsifly, Apr 04, 2005
Photo of Tballz420
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a murky dark-brown color, big tan head on top leaves behind some lace. Sweet malts on nose, as well as some dark fruits. Sweet caramel malt front, candies, fruits, alcohol spiciness, some bittering effects from the hops. Mouth is full and round. Beer is sweet and delicious.

Tballz420, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of stodbrew
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the glass a beautiful dark brown/deep red color. Nice, thick tan head that dissipated somewhat quickly.

Aroma is dark fruit: plums raisins, etc. Slightly spicy, too. I'm not getting any banana that has been talked about. A little bit of roast malt, as well.

Flavor is nice and malty up front, moving to spicy in the middle and finishing with a malty, dark fruit flavor. Aftertaste in a mixture of plum and a slight roastiness.

Nice, fully mouthfeel. This bottle is highly carbonated, prickly on the tongue.

Overall, I'd have to say that this is a great beer, and one that I'm really enjoying. Gonna have to get some more.

stodbrew, Mar 30, 2005
Photo of foamer
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a garnet red into the Westmalle chalice with a cream-coloured head that diminishes to bubbles along the surface. Little yeasty bits floating about as well. Dark fruits and alcohol in the nose. Nice and complex taste. Dark fruits with some definite nutty hints coming in before going back to the dark fruit and finishing with a gentle warming alcohol finish. Nice mouthfeel and rather drinkable. I approached this one cautiously (after having sampled an off Tripel) but this was very tasty and will be buying this again (along with giving the Tripel another go). Very nice.

foamer, Mar 27, 2005
Photo of Hex92
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a thin head that died quickly. The smell of alcohol was very strong. Reddish color with decent mouthfeel. It could maybe use a few more bubbles. Good flavor. I need to take a bee tasting classs casue I can't tell ya what the heck the flavors are. Definitely a good representation of a dubbel. I would buy this again.

Hex92, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of woemad
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz/330ml bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $5.45. Been saving it for a while, and after a particularly hard day, it's time to drink it.

Poured a very dark brown, with a huge, creamy tan head. The head subsided somewhat quickly, but left a pleasing foamy cap. The lace was less than I expected.

Initially, this was a bit too cold, so all I initally smelled was sweet maltiness. Once it warmed up a bit, there was a distinct nutiness, dark fruits such as raisins, vanilla, and a slight bit of spiciness. There was also a tiny bit of earthy wheat scent.

When it had warmed up a bit, this was fairly complex tasting, though I'd still prefer a St.Bernardus 8 or 12. Failing that, this is pretty nice! The dark fruit flavor hits first, wrapped in a nutty vanilla cloak. A mild, brown sugary sweetness that never gets out of hand then comes in, and it finishes with a slight wheaty taste. Yum!

This about right in the mouthfeel department, at least compared to other dubbels I've had in the past. No complaints here.

This went down pretty easy, but there's just enough dark fruity bitterness to keep me from saying it went down like candy. A novice craft beer drinker might find it too bitter for them, but that's not saying much. For me, it's just fine. Made a nice beer for christening my St.Bernardus goblet, too, since I can't find any St.B's around here at the moment.

woemad, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle. The beer pours into my Achel chalice a ruddy, chestnut brown. A mighty dome of craggy, wheat-hued head holds it's ground for a long time, gradually settling into a thin cap, lacing all the way down.

Aromas of creamy malts, raisens, dates, yeasty bread, and vineous grapey must tantilize my senses. There is an underlying sense of barnyard funkiness that I find immeasurably appealing.

Initially sweet tasting with dark, ripe fruits, malty creaminess, and sweet, yeast bread. Clove and cinnamon spice from the yeast further the complexity. There's a bit of banana and bubble-gum in here too. Alcohol is smooth and undetectable.

Body is medium and thirst quenching, easy carbonation, creamy texture. Finish with some dry, oaky sherry notes and spicy hops. A delightful dubbel in every respect. A benchmark of the style!

AlexJ, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of arizcards
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 330ml bottle for 4.75 a few weeks ago at the Papago Brewing Company.

Appearance is dark brown and poured a fine 3 finger head. Not leaving much lacing behind. The nose is so very interesting, primarily detecting the sweet fruits with perhaps a hint of vanilla. Taste is of sweet wonderful malts and finishes with a ever so subtle dry hop and hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is very smooth and full and pleasantly lively on the palate. Overall drinkability is near perfect, easy to take in all the complexities it has to offer!

arizcards, Mar 19, 2005
Photo of Shiredave
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best before date on bottle : 10 / 07.

The color is dark amber with a light tan colored head that kicks up easily when the ( Westmalle) chalice is swirled. Head receeds quickly to a whispy film leaving small spatters of lace.

Sweet, subtle malt aromas of chocolate and dark candy sugar, ripe melon and raisins along side some faint phenolic yeast notes and a hint of alcohol that all blend perfectly - wonderfully clean and subdued. Not at all pungent or cloying.

Rich fruity flavors of cherrys and figs and dark candy sugar flood the mouth. Smooth, medium bodied with soft carbonation, absolutely delicious grain flavors of sugar glazed brown bread crust balanced by an earthy hop spiciness in the background. Alcohol lingers even further back in the shadows, adding to the lush complexty of taste sensations.

Balance, balance balance. Predominantly a malty beer, the balance is still exceptional, with just enough bittering hop stepping forward in the finish to be pleasingly dry, just enough alcohol to be mildly warming and exceedingly drinkable.
Those Belgian Monk guys sure know what they're doin!

2-22-08 - Vintage review.
7-20-06 best before date.

Huge 3 in. tan head over a clear garnet brown beer. Slow, tiny carb bubbles rise from the etched "D" in the Duvel glass. Slumps to volcano of dense, sticky foam with sheets of lace. *4.5

Aromas are sweet and phenolic - smokey alcohol notes behind burnt chocolate and cooked figs. Not as rich and fruity as a fresher bottle.
*3.5

Flavors are all but washed away - somewhat watery light fruity notes are in the background - not up front as in a younger bottle. Faint chocolate notes and a firm and tasty grassy hop flavor dominates with a pastey oxidized sharpness. Warm, mildly alcoholic bitter finish. *4

Body is remarkably light - certainly less than medium bodied with a quaffability not found in a richer, more full bodied fresh bottle.
* 3.5

Overall, still a very nice beer with excellent drinkability and delicious hoppy finish. less complex and fruity than newer examples but still a great beer - just a little less so. My lesson learned is dont age this one ( only 7%) too much longer than the bottle date suggests.
*4.5

Overal I think this scores a 4.0.

Shiredave, Mar 14, 2005
Photo of Sixpoint
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised. Normally, I like dubbels but this one did not impress me that much.

The beer poured a murky brown color with a nice, mousselike head that lingered for a short while.

The aroma was biscuity and somewhat sour, with plenty of shades of fruity esters. No hops present.

The taste was dry; perhaps because of the Brett character in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and moderately carbonated.

Not a dubbel I would seek out, but a nice beer nonetheless.

Sixpoint, Mar 10, 2005
Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a very deep copper, with a light tan head, that lasts for the duration it was in my glass.
the aroma is malt, some dark dried fruit like dates, yeast, malt, slight sweetness, hint of alochol..
the flavor is malt, some sweetness, dates, alochol, spice.
the mouth feel is not to thin, but not thick, it easy drinking and doesn't fill you up.
very good dubbel.

plaztikjezuz, Feb 23, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark cloudy brown pour topped with a khaki tight merringue head cap and planty of bubbles and yeasty chunks.

Relaxed aromatic vanilla scents.

Smooth almond and vanilla ice cream. Butterpecan pie, like dessert. Nutty profile. Banana & kiwi palate. Caramelized sugar lingering aftertaste.

Smooth feel. Soft, sudsy carbonatyion. Sweet dessert like style.

Last swigs: Here is the brown suar pastry like delicate offering.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A voluminous, foamy tan head bubbles furiously up when this cloudy, chestnut-brown (with a touch of mauve) brew is poured. There's quite a bit of suspended sediment, as well, and the head doesn't seem anxious to dissipate.

The aroma has a nice, approachable complexity to it, with notes of vanilla, caramel, bready yeast, and various fruits, as well as a faint metallic character.

Creamy and smooth in the mouth, with a hint of wine-like sweetness, slick alcohol, more breadiness, figs, dates, raisins, bananas, and a touch of peppery-clovey spiciness. As it warms, a nutty character is faintly detectible, too.

This Dubbel is very enjoyable, but after having the Tripel, I expected a bit more depth and some bold flavors. A tad understated, but still a nice quaff.

RockyTopHeel, Feb 10, 2005
Photo of hero27
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep, chestnut brown color with a good-sized frothy off-white head. Retention is better than average and leaves sheets of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Complex fragrant aroma of fruits..figs, dates, cherries seem to be the most up-front smells. Obvious malts are present..caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate are the usual suspects.

Taste: Buttery sweetness, spices & phenols are present but very well done..not overdone like many others. Dark fruit flavors of raisins, prunes, and figs. Molasses and roasted nut flavors come through near the finish.. Complex and intriguing.. I wouldn't be surprised if someone could pick up a new flavor with every sip.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Deliciously smooth & creamy mouthfeel. I don't think one can fully appreciate these beers without having them fresh in Belgium, but I suppose the bottles will have to do for now.

Drinkability: Not cheap and relatively hard to find in this area, but it has good drinkability and if it weren't so damn pricey, I'd drink this a lot more often. Great Belgian offering

hero27, Feb 09, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was rather average for a trappist Dubbel, I thought. The appearance was quite nice with a dark body, impermeable to the light, and a thick frothy off-white head typical of a trappist ale.

The smell was what really disappointed me the most. Usually with trappist ales, the bouquet is absolutely breathtaking. This was rather bland, however, smelling only like a sweet malt dulled by yeast. The taste made up for the (lack of) aroma though, providing a sweet malty burst of flavor. The alcohol, though not too high in ABV, is well hidden but can be slightly detected upon the finish.

I probably won't buy any Westmalle again, even though I quite enjoyed this and the tripel. I simply feel that there are much better products on the market for the money, whether they are authentic trappist products or not. This should not discourage you from trying it anyway, though if you are seeking out information on the trappist ales, you are likely going to try seek them all out regardless. Happy hunting to you!

neonbrown82, Feb 08, 2005
Photo of Skidz
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a foggy and dirty orange-brown and sits a deep murky chocolate brown with a tremendous tan head blanketing the beer with a solid two inches of cover. Fades to a thick layer of skim, leaving some good lacings.

Aroma is jam-packed with dark, malty goodness. Tropical fruits dance around giving of hints of starfruit, mango and kiwi. Dusty floors spackle the sides of your nasal cavity with dry yeasty aromas that beg to be tamed. Lightly spicy and peppery, with just a few hints of dry, brown grass.

Flavor is overwhelmingly malty at first taste. Bold and fruity, completely laced with sweet and lucious Gala apples and Bosc pears. Kiwi juice flavor that could turn your teeth, and the eyes of your neighbors, completely green. Sugary caramel melts on the tongue with roasty and dark engjlish toffee swelling up on the inside. Alcohol warms from all sides and is accompanied by a nice peppery spiciness. Dry, doughy yeast presence sticks to the back of the mouth. Finish is mildly bittered with fresh greens and plenty more bright, fruit flavors.

Lively in the mouth and smooth behind the crisp carbonation. Let it wind down to reveal a lovely, silky mouth balanced with the alcoholic spiciness drying the tongue.

Hightly enjoyable, simply fantastic. Complex flavors keep your mouth interested, no way to put this down thinking you've got it completely figured out.

Skidz, Feb 05, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer I can't even break down into categories. What makes this beer so special to me is that everything works together so brilliantly. The deep brown color capped with a nice tan head, the taste and smell of apples and bananas, it's all here. This is a fabulous beer, and I think it's one of the best trappist beers available. Highly, highly drinkable.

santoslhalper, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of Crotor
3.18/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a ruby tinged black with an ample, tan pillow of a head.

Smella a bit of chocolate, and there's a hint of pitted fruit, and some alcohol. Decent, but not as nuanced as I'd like...

The taste is respectfully fruity - along the lines of plum, perhaps - and perhaps ever so slightly charred. There are some phenols in the back, and very noticable alcohol. Ultimately, it tastes too dry for my liking - these flavors would be greatly improved with some more malt to back them...

The body is a bit thin, and the apparent alcohol negatively affects the mouthfeel & drinkability. Overall, a decent but underwhelming brew.

Crotor, Jan 19, 2005
Photo of Wonka
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml
25/11/05

The pour is a rusty, brown tea color with some haze from the yeast. The rich and ample head lives well within the glass. Sturdy lace adds to the perceived elegance. The nose is vinous and caramel with a touch of sweet tea and slight alcohol. This product bowls me over in the taste department. I’m literally ‘dubbel-ed over’ with its quality. Its fruity (prune and grapes), a bit spicy, with some earthen tones and a solid body that ends clean, dry and crisp with slight alcohol and malts. This is smoother than Barry White.

Wonka, Jan 16, 2005
Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very nice looking beer. Nice voluminous head when swirled. Doesn't leave much lacing. Nice bright mahogany color. Definately some big chunks of yeast from a not too careful pour.

Very nice nose. Nice raisin notes. Special B malt? Maybe get some candy sugar in there too. Get some subdued fruitiness. Otherwise very clean. No phenolics or higher alcohols or other spiceyness.

Good clean flavor, nothing special. Get some nice dark candy sugar and caramel malt like flavors. The finish is too clean. I want a Dubbel to linger for a second. My perception of this beer is that its a bit too dry. Actually has a harsh finish. Not very nice about halfway through.

Nice mouthfeel. Very spritzy...little too spritzy for the viscosity of the beer, it could be a bit thicker and sweeter...then the high carbonation would be ideal I think.

Doesn't really have enough to keep me interested and this harshness in the finish is discouraging.

cerevisiaephilus, Jan 13, 2005
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,198 ratings.