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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
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2,370 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,370
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 151
Gots: 289 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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Ratings: 2,370 | Reviews: 1,148
Photo of aforbes10
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A "fresh" 2007 bottle. Pours (into a Chimay goblet) chocolate brown with a little tan head. kind of looks like unrefined maple syrup with foam on top. Odor is a little weak, although i do get a nice complex mix of fruit, smokey malts and alcohol. Velvety mouthfeel more apparant than the flavor at first. Taste ius woody and yeasty. some smooth chocolate. alcoholic rawness. could use some time to mellow i think. there's a yeasty flavor that's a little overbearing as well and makes me think of homebrews past. There's a 2005 back at the store that i might buy now to compare.

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

Trappist Dubbel...Westmalle brings an incredibly complex, dark, heavily bodied beer to the plate. Pours a deep dark chestnut...if this beer was the sky, one might think a storm could be well on it's way. It has that kind of intensity. A burnt sugar head dissipates into a subtle crown not to far down the cup. Raisin, brown sugar, and subtle hints of coffee dominate the nose. The taste follows the nose beautifully, nuances of anise periodically break through. A smooth, heavy body is complimented by the slightly tart finish that lingers well. Stands so well on it’s own, but can be paired well with any number of flavorful, full bodied cheeses………..Enjoy

Photo of dawg
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my DFH snifter. Nice balsa like head about 500 mils high. Tiny bubbles ascending around the periphery forming a ring of tiny bubbles floating on top of larger bubbles.

Aroma is full of dark fruits, very ripe, and very very sweet.

Tastes perfectly balanced. Sweet, ripe, tart, crisp, warming, walnuts, fruitcake, the whole bit.

Perfectly conditioned. Bubbles tickle the sides of the tungue.

Very drinkable however I only have a single.

Photo of bigreduw64
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium brown color with a good head. The smell was not very strong, the alcohol was what came through to me. The taste was slightly sweet, but I don't taste the alcohol that I smelled. It had a fairly short finish with a bitterness to it. Very little carbonation in this beer and it was almost syrupy. I really enjoyed this one.

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

11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance- Nut brown that matches the label. Off-white nearly tan head. Big on the pour, but disipates to a ring. Little lacing.

Smell- Subtle in its complexity. Nutty and some hints of dark fruit from the yeast. Mostly malty.

Taste- A bit fruity initially followed by nutty tones that are packed with flavor. Hints of phenols, pasted onto a chocolate malt background.

Mouthfeel- A complicated mouthfeel that changes throughout the sip.

Drinkability- Sippable and quaffable- it's good either way.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown brew with a monsterous head that nearly erupted out of the glass on a mundane pour. A slight amount of patchy lacing grips the sides of the glass. Some floating whitish yeast sediment is present.

S - Moderate yeasty notes with a grassy hop character and some faint citrusy to vomit aroma.

T - Mostly a faint dark malty flavor with a hint of brown sugar. Overall, grassy hops dominate the flavor. The aftertaste is all grassy bitterness and malt.

M - Slick, smooth refreshing with a medium body. Nice mouthful.

D - Good, but it isn't great. Not going to have this one again, but it isn't awful. Definitely not worth the American price tag. Better dubbels are readily available. Even Chimay Red is superior to this one.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark and cloudy ruby/amber/brown hue with a very thick, 1-in. creamy off-white/tan head. The head stays thick for quite a while and laces the glass.

Smell: Has a wonderful and addictive aroma predominated by dark fruits, like cherries and plums. There are some malt undertones as well.

Taste: Full of rich, roasted malts and a somewhat bready flavor. The dark fruits pop to the surface every now and then, and there is a slight hint of alcohol in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and relatively heavy-bodied. Very nice feel.

Drinkability: Very drinkable; alcohol taste never gets too strong, and it doesn't knock you out either...

A very enjoyable dubbel! Not my most favorite of Belgian styles, but this is a really good one. If you haven't tried one before, this would be a good choice. And if you like Belgian beers, this is a must!

Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chalice, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch off-white head. It smells like dark fruit, roasted malt and caramel. It tastes sweet at first, and has a slight tart finish. It tastes like dark fruit, brown sugar and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is medium, slick and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. The drinkability is also very good, the alcohol is well hidden and it's pretty easy to drink. Overall I think this is a pretty good Dubbel, I'd buy it again.

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

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a Westmalle chalice. Beautiful appearance, dark opaque chestnut brown with a thick and creamy looking froth. The aroma is sweet and a little malty and the flavor is already well documented by hundreds of reviews. I agree with the majority opinion, this is an awesome dubbel.

Photo of KingG
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Served close to room temp.

Appearance is good. Dark brick color. Decent head materializes. Carbonation makes itself evident.

Smell is good. Very earthy/herbal aroma. Belgian spices and semi-sweet dark fruits.

Taste is excellent. Identical to the smell but sweeter although non-cloying. Flavor isn't huge but perfect for the style. One of the best Dubbels i've tasted.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Velvety smooth on the palate. The beer coates the tongue like a warm comfortable blanket on a cold winter evening. Carbonation is great and not overly done.

Drinkability is off the charts. I can sip this stuff all night if i had to.

Overall: One of the best dubbels i've had and a staple in my fridge.

Photo of cjgator3
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle with the best before date of 7/2/08. Poured into a chalice. Pours a very dark brown with a light tan head that sticks all over the glass. The aroma is a malt-dominated nose with overripe dark fruits, bananas and just a slight touch of chocolate. The taste is much like the aroma in that it is very malty. The full bodied and silky smooth mouthfeel instantly stands out as one of the best assets of the beer. Overall, this is a delicious brew that is recommended.

Photo of elricorico
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks nearly black in the glass, but looking through the edges it is almost a purple brown colour. A thin fizzy tan head form, and faded to a ring around the glass.

The smell is delicious. Red licorice, cherries, bananas and spice. Faintly alcoholic. Very sweet, a smell that keeps me coming back again and again for another sniff.

The taste is again malt dominated. A fruit mix, plums and raisins. A bit of bubblegum. Faintly medicinal or phenolic in the finish, along with a touch of spicy alcohol. Quite good.

Body is a bit thinner than I expect for this style, but it isn't bad. Carbonation is fairly prickly, but not overdone. Perhaps the weak point of this beer, but still not bad.

A nice brew, well put together, and a pleasure to drink.

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich and cloudy mahogany pour, with a creamy two finger head with above average retention.

S: Mellow fig scent with spices and a gentle whiff of malt and a candy sugar-like sweetness.

T: Light spiciness comes forth followed by a hop bitterness that rounds out the flavor quite well. Sweet but relaxed malt taste throughout, makes a presence but doesn't dominate. A yeasty and alcoholic taste in there as well, but both complement nicely.

M: Creamy yet crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish. Complexity abounds in this brew.

D: Definitely worth another go-round for the flavor characterstics.

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

Thanks to goodbyeohio for passing off a pair of these...
Dark rust in color with a few fingers off light beige head...very fluffy and leaves spotty, yet thick lacing.
Pleasant aroma...malty, burnt candy sugar, bready yeast.
Taste is very good...brown sugar, roasted malt, dusty, and slight dried fruit flavor.
More sweet than dry in the finish, but not overly so...carbonation is less than anticipated after the pour.
More than just a sipper, but not a style I'd enjoy all evening.
Still solid and worth picking up any time of year.

Photo of CH3CH2OH
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky, very dark brown with a head that lasts for a few minutes. Some toastiness and raisin in the aroma; no hops. Taste is an enormously satisfying maltiness with some spiciness at the start and tartness in the finish. A medium mothfeel. Taste and mouthfeel are reminiscent of a bock, but the taste has much more complexity. The alcohol is completely subdued; I could drink this all day.

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

Bottle dated 6/12/07.

Amber/brownish with thin 1-finger tan head, poured into a goblet. Very solid dark brown when filled all the way up, as it gets down to the end and there is less liquid you can tell it is a translucent brown with orange-red hue. Very malty and as it warms up a lot more of the yeast character comes through. Hops not detectable. Carbonated pretty generously and seems like alcohol is hidden pretty well.

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

Pours a handsome mahogany brown, nearly opaque with a tiny bit of sediment. Thick 2-finger light brown-tan head that fades slowly leaving outstanding lacing. Very attractive pour. Nose is dominated by yeast and malt; I let it warm but couldn’t coax anything more from it. Mouth is moderately malty with a mild alcohol burn up front, fading to a light flavor of dark fruit, perhaps plums. Finish is dry and mouth-puckering bitter. In the mouth, this beer feels very good; it’s viscous and semi-creamy and quite smooth. Drinkability is good, though the beer feels a bit heavy.

Overall: A solid offering from Westmalle, but not as good as their Tripel. It’s also expensive for a beer of this quality (4.99/ 12 oz.).

Photo of HoustonTX
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel

Poured carefully into Duvel tulip, head was wild and untamed. Had to pour slower than normal to ensure quality. The body is deep rich brown in color. With ruby highlights reaming the edge. Head is off white, rocky, and incredibly frothy.

Smell is right on for the style. Lots of banana, along with a reassuring malt breadiness. This breadiness is amazing, and truly opens your senses. Euphoric and tantalizing on the nasals. Light vanilla with a punch of cream on the edges. Banana pie, yes, it does indeed resemble cooked banana pie.

Taste is quite malty all the way around. It has some harsh residual sugar sweetness, along with some semi-acetone characteristics. The taste on this one is much less refined than I would have expected. Dark walnuts are standing out, producing a weird funky walnut bitterness.
Dark fruit is also present, raisins and dark cherries leave their note, adhering well with their backstage role. It's body is only midway of where it should and at best can only be called mid bodied.

A solid Dubbel, with it's share of positives to offer. Along with another fair share of negatives in the mix as well. It's good, but their Trippel is much better.

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

Poured out a is a solid dark brown color, mostly opaque, with a light brown head. The nose offers fruity esters (banana) with undertones of yeast. The taste on the other hand counters with roasted chocolate malt, raisins, and a subtle bitterness of floral hops and bittersweet chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth, almost a bit on the watery side.

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

Pours dark brown with an off white head which dissipates to a patchy film and a ring around the glass. Aroma is malts, carmel and fruits. Taste matches aroma. Medium bodied, leaves a slight alcohol burn in my throat. This is good, but for the price there are much better dubbels available.

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

This is a very nice beer. It has all of the maltyness with just the right amout of hops. All of this blends into a delicious product where one aspect of the product does not overpower any other. Dark red brown colour, creamy head. Aroma of plums and yeast. A good beer.

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a dark and slightly hazy mahogany/ruby color. The head is about three to four fingers at pour and is fairly soapy and rocky. It dissipates in a very rocky and random pattern and eventually settles at a thin layer of lace atop the brew. Decent lacing is left as you drink.

Smell - Some slight herbal and floral hops up front with a mild hint of fig, dates, plum, etc. A coppery and pudding-like malt aroma is behind this with some peppery and clove spiciness as well. Some earthy grain aromas are also present throughout the nose. Mild alcohol is detectable.

Taste - Burnt sugar, brown sugar, molasses, and some caramel come off right away and balance with a slight sourness from the hops. Also, moderate and strengthening herbal and floral notes come in just after the aforementioned. More earthy grain and only slight dark ripe fruit flavors compliment a dark bready malt character (tastes slightly burnt as well). The aftertaste has mild fruitiness but mainly a strong and bready malt character with slight earthiness.

Mouthfeel - Excellent carbonation for this style and body. It is medium-bodied and quite smooth on the palate. Slick in the mouth and dries up quickly after you swallow.

Drinkability - Medium strength of flavor and little alcohol presence make this stuff pretty easy to drink.

A good dubbel, tasted a lot like Chimay's dubbel: Chimay Premiere. Has some very pleasant and rich malt flavors and a nice burnt sugar sweetness to it. Recommended.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I forgot I picked up a bottle of Westmalle Dubbel several months ago (a year?) and just found it today in my basement. What a great find! The beer pours a cloudy dark bronze color with a few particles of yeast suspended near the bottom. A creamy off white head forms on top and slowly dissolves back to the beer leaving several spots of lace behind. A fruity aroma with notes of plum and raisin mixed with some sweet caramel malt and alcohol floats above the beer.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate with a mild fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is a wonderful combination of caramel malt, chocolate, coffee, raisins, plum and a little bit of pepper. It finishes with a mild alcohol dryness and a hint of hoppy bitterness. Once gone, some of the chocolate and fruity flavors linger on the palate.

This is one tasty brew. All the flavors blend well together and the 7% alcohol is hidden very well. It's definitely a good beer to age since I have no idea when I bought this bottle.

Photo of HarleyQuilter
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just picked up a small bottle at Hy-Vee. Actually thought I saw La Chouffe, but was mistaken, so this was what I bought.
Pours nice with a semi-cloudy dark amber color, not much lace, but lots of smell! I read some reviews on the Hy-Vee, directed toward the fact that they keep their Belgiums on the top shelf close to the lights, but I don't get any stale skunky taste from this one.
Smells and tastes as if there is a slight Bock taste, smooth, semi-sweet, some chocolate, but doesn't bother hiding the 7% ABV as indicated on the bottle. I think I could drink more of these, but at the price....I dunno.
Mouth feel is comparable to other Belgiums I've had, so it doesn't dissapoint. Reminds me ALOT of a good bock, I can't get past that.
As stated before, I could drink more of these. Nice beer! Recommend trying this one!!

Photo of Beeryce
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am reviewing this beer from notes I took while sampling it at Belgian Beer Café. It was served from the tap in a 250ml goblet.

The small slightly creamy head was a mixture of large and fine bubbles that dissipated quickly leaving behind only a film that produced almost no lacing. The color was a clear dark amber, almost brown with very little carbonation which seemed to suit the beer. The nose was faint but complex and good with a caramel maltiness that became more sweet and pronounced with time and temp.

The taste started out sweet then faded to a dry maltiness that was balanced but prominent. Overall the taste was of roasted caramely maltiness and a little smoky. The mouthfeel was an exquisite dry powdery texture that I fully enjoyed.

This beer is exceptionally drinkable and I would defiantly have this in my kegerator if I had the money to spend. This is a very good beer and a must try in my opinion as it is probably a great example of the Trappist Dubbel style.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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