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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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91
outstanding

2,207 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,207
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 128
Gots: 188 | 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 cubedbee
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 11.2 oz bottle with a 11/25/05 best by date into a tulip. Pours a deep dark brown with tinges of purple and a mammoth beige head. Moderate amount of lacing. Aroma is of bubblegum, plums, apples, hay, and of musty yeast. Taste is very sweet and malty, reminded me of cherry flavored gum, with a bit of spiciness towards the finish. Alcohol is more evident than it needs to be for 7%. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and effervescent--it hardly feels like your drinking anything. Not a bad beer my any stretch, but for the high price of a Trappist, I have to say this is one of the few I tried that just isn't worth it.

cubedbee, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06/01/05- Purchased at Jackson's Wine and Spirit's in Lafayette, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by 08/05. Poured into my Westmalle chalice.

Appearance- Deep, dark cherry colored pour with a larger bubbled head and average lacing.

Smell- Mostly some sweet fruit aspects. Raisins and plums primarily.

Taste- A bit sweet in the beginning, which then turns to a tad bitter malty flavor. Raisins and plums and maybe prunes plus a tad bit of a roasted flavor. Coffee?

Mouthfeel- Leaves mouth a tad dry with above average carbonation level.

Drinkability- Not a bad beer at all, but I was expecting a bit more. More sweetness and bursting flavors. Still worthy of some praise.

GClarkage, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of BeerFink
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by date of July 18, 2005. I am pretty excited being that today is May 22, 2005...

Cascading from its distinctively shaped Westmalle bottle, this Dubbel sits before me enticing me to learn its secrets. Hazy deep amber brown is its hue, and it is filled with free floating solid matter. Khaki colored head crops up huge and then dies down to a manangeable level. The head is composed of small and distinct tightly knit bubbles. Malty aroma hints at dark fruit and apples below the bread surface. At first, I am taken aback by the huge, crisp carbonation. Concentrating on this ethereal tasting experience, I am confronted by a metric ton of bready malt at the beginning of the taste. Going deeper, sweet toffee and caramel are revealed to me, leading into luscious ripe fruits. Some nuttiness graces my palate, all of this amid streaks of a woody smokiness. Herbal and earthy notes frolic about, setting the stage for some spicy and biting citrous hops that boldy make a stand. Finish is toasty malt mixed with very bitter lemon and orange peel hop glory. There is a pronounced acidity in the finish as well, lending a vinous quality. As stated before, the mouthfeel is very crisp, moving this taste along with brisk carbonation. Fantastically complex, this brew is meant to be sipped and analyzed, not quaffed. As I reflect upon the greatness that is Westmalle I am content with a single glass of this liquid alchemy.

BeerFink, May 23, 2005
Photo of Pegasus
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium amber in color, small, but quite persistent off-white head, hazy, with slight carbonation, and superb lacing.

Aroma: Dark fruit, apple peel, cloves, bananas, hints of vanilla, and vinuous alcohol.

Taste: Profound malt taste, rich and slightly sweet throughout, with hints of spice, and a slight medicinal bitterness at the finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, soft, and very full, with slight carbonation, and a touch dry.

Drinkability/notes: Quite excellent, a very much to style.

Thanks to HardTarget for generously sharing this fine beer.

Pegasus, May 22, 2005
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice... the first use of the chalice, and thanks to GClarkage for the glassware.

The beer had an initial three finger head that was rocky and foamy, and took a while to die down to profuse lacing. It was a clear deep brown with ruby highlights.

Aroma was of dark fruits and red wine. Alcohol was evident.

Taste was of rich earthy malts, dark fruits, flat red wine, a touch of bitterness. Although it was definitely well carbonated, it oddly did not bring that to the tongue.

Mouthfeel was slick and a little oily, coating the tongue well.

A 3.5 for drinkability, because it's good... but not a session beer, and at $4.99 a bottle, I wouldn't get this again for a long while (too many others to try, too).

connecticutpoet, May 18, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, murky, light chocolate brown with a large head. The foam fell to a table after a minute or so, some lace. Smell is dark fruits, and not much else. Not a big nose either. Taste is all bubbly candi and malt up front with some candied yeast following, finish is creamy, slick and carbonic. Medium mouthfeel. Pleasant drink but at $5 per 330ml this is nowhere near a bargain. I'm thinking those boys at Unibroue got something going on that I like better than what the monks are doing and they're doing it a whole lot cheaper.

pentathlete, May 16, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL, bottle conditioned, best before 7/20/06, served slightly chilled in a Chimay chalice. The body is a deep brownish-red and the fluffy, tan head peaks at 1 inch, leaving nice lacing on the glass. Wonderful aroma - figs, plums, cherries, molasses, yeast, bananas, band-aids.... lots of phenols with a candy sweetness. The flavor has all this plus a mild bitterness. Warming with a full body that starts off fairly carbonated, but becomes smooth. Very nice ale - wish it didn't cost $5 a bottle.

mmmbeer, May 13, 2005
Photo of carln26
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured from a bottle into a tulip glass deep brown in color , slightly hazy with mild copper/orange highlights. It was topped by a tan head composed of dense bubbles. The nose has a great yeast/dough character backed by the malt in the form of caramel, and an earthy finish. The flavor has the same caramel malt, and the earthy tones are even more enhanced. Towards the finish, some characteristics of wine come in with some cabernet and black cherry. The mouth feel is smooth up front, but a sharp finish as some citrus hop kicks in. Dubbel has become one of my favorite styles, and I enjoy this beer very much.

carln26, May 08, 2005
Photo of WetCoaster
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A deep carmelly red/brown with a big-ass foamy, frothy, sticky off-white head. A hurricane of fine carbonation is billowing up from the Duvel "D". Leaves a root beer-esque curtain of foam on the glass wall. That's about as good as it gets in my book.

Smell: OK, after blowing my sinuses out of my head, I now detect a tart, fruity ambrosial stew with the usual clove and pepper yeast.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A bit of a disappointment -- dry and mild. Pleasant enough; it's fruity up front, spicy and bready mid, and finishes peppery in the finish -- with some numbing clove -- but it's not the life-changer I'd hoped for. Mouthfeel is OK, thin and crisp, no more, no less.

Drinkability: It's five times the price of New Belgium's version, which I think blows it away. You tell me.

WetCoaster, Apr 28, 2005
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
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
91 out of 100 based on 2,207 ratings.