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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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2,207 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,207
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 128
Gots: 188 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000)
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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
Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Chimay Chalice with a thick slightly tan head that subsided slowly atop a deep hazy brownish red brew. The aroma was aparant immediatly upon pouring as the fruity esters and dark fruits seemed to jump from the glass. Upon closer inspection a slight malt could be detected along with an alcoholic touch. The taste was very balanced and complex with an initial rush of sweet malt and dark fruit flavors which quickly segued into an effervescent rush of carbonation which seeme do have a bit of hop bitterness in it as well finishing dry and clean. The mouthfeel was excellent as this ale had a delicate creamy texture to it and the effervescent carbonation created a very delicat balance. An excellent trappist ale I would definely include this ale if I were hosting a Belgian Beer tasting as it is approachable and also indicitive of belgian brewing.

RenoZymurgist, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of Stingray5
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dated 8/19/05, this is a fresh one. I liked the little ring around the neck of the bottle. Pours an opaque brown liquid with a billowing, fluffy off white head. Made sure to get as much yeast goodness as possible. Aroma is somewhat sweet with sugar and a little roastiness. Thick, luscious mouthful. Up front it's super smooth, but then the carbonation hits and plays with the tip on the tongue. sweet caramel roasted malt, long lasting slight bitterness with a metallic twang.

ABV is moderate, but I was really felling it even after the first few sips. Very warming, very smooth, extremely enjoyable.

Stingray5, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of bashiba
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very nice creamy brown with a full thick light brown head that lasted a long time.

Smell was a very malty maple sweet odor with some hints of toffee and some yeast that was very pleasant.

Taste was very enjoyable, not as sweet or malty as the scent had indicated but still a hint of toffee flavor also a very nice slight woody malt goodness followed by a very dry earthy hop finish. Very balanced and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is very good with a nice warming and great creaminess along with a pleasant dry finish makes this one a winner.

A very good and drinkable beer.

bashiba, Dec 26, 2004
Photo of deejaydan
2.83/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my favorite. Has a very dry, spicy flavor. Alchol is big and present. Not enough extra stuff going on to mask the Alcohol. Looks nice in the glass, nice head and all, but that's about it as far as postives go. Maybe I just don't like Belgian beers?

deejaydan, Dec 25, 2004
Photo of Citadel82
2.93/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I did not really care for this one. Oh sure it looked decent when first poured into the Westmalle goblet. Nice warm brown, creamy off-white head. But it left no lace in a beer clean glass. smell was yeasty with hints of alcohol and some fruit. Taste was a disappointment. May have turned on me. not sure. It was not sweet like I expect a dubbel to be and was not syrupy in the way of mouth feel. Too dry, and yeasty/doughy with some hints of coffee/cocoa in the finish.

Citadel82, Dec 22, 2004
Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this one on a Sunday afternoon, from a large tulip glass. The color is a deep, mysterious chestnut brown, topped with an astounding, off white head. There’s not so much lacing, as a thick growth of foam trailing down the sides of the glass. The appearance of this brew is exceptional. The aroma is of sweet sugars, toasted malts, yeast, and spice. Taste is grain, ripe fruit, sugar, and malt. Esters and spice and sweetness…at times it seemed almost cola-like, a characteristic that I didn’t really enjoy. Full mouthfeel, with a creamy texture and only moderate carbonation. It’s a fine brew, but somehow not up to expectations.

Suds, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of horndecker
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the first Belgian I ever tasted, about 5 years ago in Antwerp, on tap. It was pretty tasty. I've had it many times in the little brown bottle here in states since then.

The head is wonderful. A big beige active fine froth billows forth, the consistency of the crema on an espresso, but LARGE. Then slowly settles to merely mortal proportions, very rocky, then lots of clumpy lace.

Walnut and tobacco is the color, very pretty, yes. Slightly cloudy, I suppose I managed to get the yeast in there, fine by me.

Nose: The first thing is caramel and limes. Strange but true combination. Toasty malts, coffee and cocoa a little bit. It's not simple or straightforward. Toffee and birch beer bring up the rear as it warms. I guess that's the sugar candy.

The taste is nice big fruit, juicy malt, citrus accents and a somewhat bitter herbal finish after that warm sweet center. That herbal character lingers on the tongue and gets you ready for the next sip.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, a barley milkshake, with that long lingering fuzziness that I love.

I love the bottle with that neat raised ring on the neck and the label design with the interlocked AW. Sometimes you get an older bottle with raised letters "ABD'J * WESTMALLE" in it under the label. I guess they're still in circulation.

A great beer, very drinkable, never disappoints.

horndecker, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of JackStraw22
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer. You really don't have to read any more than that, go get yourself one! It has a dark opaque orange/brown color and a mamouth creamy head. The aroma was quite nice, sweet malty goodness. I smelled some apple and citrus too. The taste is in a word, sweet. Some noticable hops, but the overiding taste, and the one that lingers is one of sweetness. Great beer.

JackStraw22, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured to a nice dark brown and ruby with a huge head. The head diminished quickly and didn't leave much lace.

The smell is nice, containing candy sugars and hints of alcohol. Its only weakness is that it's a little too weak. The taste is quite good. Flavors bring malt behind more candy sugar. Alcohol is barely detectable. The mouthfeel is fairly full while the drinkability is outstanding.

watermelonman, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of ghurux86
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

this one's pretty good and smooth for the ABV. according to my bottle it is 7% ABV.
ok as far as appearance goes it is a murky brown and the head is amazing. i had to stop pouring to prevent it from overflowing out of my new Quintine snifter glass. the lacing is pretty thick as well, the best i've seen next to orval trappist ale.
it smells pretty good too. malt, chocolate, raisins.
it tastes good and it is really smooth but there is a bit of a medicine taste. that's what takes away from the taste for my review. it's not bad but it's noticable.
the mouthfeel is great. not very carbonated and it is nice and smooth feeling.
as far as drinkability goes, it is above average but not the greatest the medicinal character takes away from the drinkability just as it does the taste.
overall, it's very good and worth a try.

ghurux86, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of koolk
3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudly brown beer with a very foamy whitish head. Heavy carbonation keeps this head afloat for sometime.

Intresting nose of citrus and malts, kind of like gin mixed with beer. Its not the most complex of duppels, and if anything it is a little boring. Some cola and grains come through with warmth.

Palate is pretty uninspiring, with simple flavours that are rather short (no length what-so-ever). The over heavy carbonation is detrimental and spoils what could be a much better beer.

Not a bad drink, still quality, but not something I'll be searching for again.

koolk, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of bigbubba
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a dark mahogany color with a large, persistent, light tan head. There was a lot of dark sediment at the bottom of the bottle. It has a great spicy, yeasty smell. The flavor is fruity and spicy. Good, but I was expecting better. The mouthfeel is a little thin for my taste. Drinkability is not great.

bigbubba, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of Globetrotter
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can get this in Moscow, but only in a gift set along with a bottle of trippel and a logo glass for upwards of $50.00. Therefore, I grabbed it when I saw it at One Stop Liquors in Johnson City, Tennessee. Dark brown 330ml bottle with a purple label. No ingredient info. Best before 8/19/05, I opened it on 12/5/04.

Pours a cloudy, impenetrable ruby under a one finger tan head that fades slowly (but does fade) to thick film, leaving a bit of lace. Fairly distinct caramel and plum nose, quite pleasant. Very prickly and fairly light in the mouth. Nice, subtle brew, with a bit of sweetness from both the fruit and the malt. A bit like carbonated grape juice, but with enough malt to give it some backbone. There are hops here, too, even deeper in the background, lending just an echo to the taste as the liquid goes down. The aftertaste is ever so slightly bitter, with a more ample dose of fruity sweetness. Very pleasant, perhaps even classy product.

Globetrotter, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of stjarnflikka
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, brown beer. There is a thick brown foam that rapidly dissipates, leaving a nice lacing.

Smell is richly fruity. There are clear citric traces, and a lemon "sourness" in it. Traces of alcohol and malt. It really reminds me of a white wine and i think its superb.

Taste is also fruity, basically grapes and apple. There is a caramell-sweetness to it, that goes very well together with the carbonation, alcohol and yeasty traces. Some bitterness in the aftertaste.

This is a really good and musty beer, very fruity and delicious. Worth every penny hehe ;)

stjarnflikka, Dec 01, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking at room temp in a snifter. This was leftover from our Thanksgiving meal and I have to say this went well with the premeal goodies. The beer pours chestnut with some cherry red highlights. Slight haziness to the pour. A soft fluffy off white head foams up 2 cm and exhibits tight latticework all around. Aroma is nicemix of floral hops, fruity peaches berries, and plums, also some toffee comes through. A bit of peppery alcohol as well.
First sip reveals average body and fine yet prickly carbonation. Flavor is complex and starts fruity sweet with berry and cherry flavors mixing with biscuity yeast, almost like a scone. SOme tart astringent flavors as well which make me pucker just a bit. I get peppery spicincess and a drying finish allowing a white grape flavor to come through. A very interesting brew that is not overwhelming. Could be a good crossover brew??

sulldaddy, Dec 01, 2004
Photo of Troyone
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Westmalle Dubbel was purchased in a 11.2 oz. bottle that states 7% alc. vol. and does have an expiration date. This is a dark burgundy brown, cloudy, with a head that sticks to the sides. Has a licorice caramel smell.
The taste is malty and has a crisp cabonation.The after taste has a refreshness of the locorice caramel flavor.
Mouthfeel is not real syrupy with even carbonation throughout.
The drinkability is good for this type of beverage.

Troyone, Nov 28, 2004
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
91 out of 100 based on 2,207 ratings.