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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,197 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,197
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 128
Gots: 186 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 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
Photo of Erix
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle in chalice.
Appearance: Quite a dark beer. Somewhat rocky head that dissipated a little faster than I expected. Too dark to accurately check clarity, but it does seem a little opaque. Some lacing on glass.
Smell: Scent of sour apples, and some alcohol. No hops noticable to my American-micro spoiled nose.
Taste: Not nearly as much sour apple as I expected from the smell, but it is still there as a baseline, accompanied by a hint of pineapple. Smooth sweet malt balances this flavor out almost as an afterthought. Quite full in flavor, with a slightly woody undertone. Alcohol is there, but more as a bite than a flavor. It is really growing on me as it warms and more flavors become apparent. I keep wanting to say I detect vanilla flavors, but if so, they are rather subtle. There is definitely a lot there that I can't put my finger on.
Mouthfeel: Sharp and biting at first sip, with rather high carbonation. Body is rather full, and finishes smooth despite astringent alcohol on the tongue.
Drinkability: Pretty good, but despite its relatively low alcohol content, I want to drink this slowly. I don't think I would want more than one of these in a sitting. Just too strong in flavor for that, but I will definitely try this again.

Erix, Nov 11, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear deep amber brown and when a slight bit of sediment entered the glass it made slight chunky shimmers in the beer. The head was small and fine bubbled and retreated quickly to the edges of the surface, but lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was deep dark fruits, raisins, prunes and also cherries, like dark dried sweet cherries. Also present were other fruity esters enhanced by alcohol. A slight spice lay in the background and added complexity to the darkened caramel malty aromas.

The flavor was malty with a spicy dark caramel flavor and dark fruits, cherries, prunes and raisins. The alcohol was present in the flavor and let to the cherry flavors and enhanced the spice.

The finish was just dry with a lasting spice and deep caramel flavor long into the aftertaste. The body was medium, but seemed less due to alcohol and carbonation. The alcohol warming was huge and lasting and made you wish for more to put out the fire below.

11.2 ounce bottle. Label says Alc. 7% Vol and has a date of 27/03/03 on it. The label is different than that pictured. Not the most complex of the trappist dubbels. More alcoholic than most, yet still maintaining a nice complexity of flavors. A nice dubbel, but not the best.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 07, 2004
Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy auburn color with a big tan head that displays good persistance but leaves far less lacing than expected

Smell: Dried dark fruit, caramel, leather and candi sugar; as it warms it takes on a dark cherry aroma

Taste: Lots of dried fruit - predominately maraschino cherries and dates and a bit of prune, with a distinct hoppy cinnamon and sour balsa wood complement by mid-palate; after the swallow the flavors blend but are slightly astringent on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body; quite a bit of carbonation

Drinkability: Well-structured beer; complex and satisfying; would be better with a more complete finish

brentk56, Nov 07, 2004
Photo of skybluewater
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky cherry-brown color. Very odd foamy head that recedes and leaves some lacing. Smell is fruity, almost winey, with a bit of cherry. Cherries pop up again in the taste, along with hints of shaved chocolate and clove. Alcohol is apparent, but not obtrusive

Overall, a darn good dubbel here. I'm definitely going to revisit this one in the near future, although the price, while not too high, isn't exactly cheap either...

skybluewater, Oct 23, 2004
Photo of counselor
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

deep dark red brown beer with a nice full white head. full, horsey, barnyard yeast aromas dominate with some sweet malty notes in the back. Good rich mouthfeel with excellent carbonation. The tastes are at different times citrusy, breadlike and spicey with apricot and grape flavors. Finishes clean and dry well balanced. A beer I will enjoy again

counselor, Oct 23, 2004
Photo of ybnorml
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep garnet /ruby colored body with a big tan head. The aroma is sweet dried fruit with some fig and a light underpining of spiceyness. There is a distinct chocolate characteristic at the start of the taste followed by a fizzy burst of carbonation at the back of the tongue and then there is the light fig sweetness on the finish. Quite enjoyable.

ybnorml, Oct 22, 2004
Photo of rousee
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber-molasses. No head, no lace but very complex smell.
My nose is saying champagne-like effervescence, fruity -chewy- caramel type nose. Another fine beer. I am glad that I have not reviewed any beers that were shitty.

Taste is malty-chewy and syrupy but with a dry finish. Only the good expensive beers are able to do this. This is another of the good ones. Oooh --I should buy more than one next time.

rousee, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of rajendra82
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark muddy red color and tall beige colored head made this an attractive looking beer. The aroma was spicy and malty with notes of cocoa, cinnamon, and plums. The taste was sweet and fruity with cherries, apples, and pears. The mouthfeel was thin and hollow and was clearly the weakest point of this beer. Very light and drinkable for a 7% ABV ale, but not the best Dubbel I’ve had.

rajendra82, Oct 15, 2004
Photo of bditty187
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in hue with a tawny-ruby influence, I could see a few chunks of yeast floating in the liquid, oops! Still I’d say the beer is largely clear. The head is off-white in color, almost beige, at the apex the head reached one finger in height and it quickly faded to a half finger cap, this remained for the entire consumption. Impressive. Subsequent lacing was splotchy and it clung poorly. Still this is a good-looking beer, largely because the head held like cement. The nose is very enjoyable, the potency isn’t as loud as I’d like but I’m picky. The aromas included a fantastic malty base, rich and chocolately like a cookie. Nutty. Toffee. If this was all the bouquet offered I’d be happy. But I’m elated because there is a hell of a lot of fruity aromas! Including cherries, dates, raisins, grapes (yes, there is a difference between raisins and grapes), apples infused with figs, coriander and brandy. Nice! As a whole, the nose is a malty harvest! The palate doesn’t live up the nose. It’s not close really. The bouquet told me, “big, malty backbone… rich, flavorful.” It was not. I found the malt to be thin and not that flavorful. Sure, it is good but not that yummy. The alcohol is a little too naked as well; this hurts the fruity qualities, which is a shame. I can find some nuttiness, bitter chocolate that is not very rich. There is some astringency that is vague and aimless, it can’t find a partner to dance with. Clovey. Fruitiness is a mix of bananas with a very weak kiss of grapes and apples. On the whole the palate is good but nothing more, it lacks pizzazz for one thing but the weakness of the malt is really disappointing. For a Dubbel it is average, decent. The mouthfeel is too thin. Again more malt please. Medium-light in body with zesty carbonation, the bubbles feel small but active. This aspect of this beer is satisfactory. I don’t really care for the tacky aftertaste. Sure this beer is drinkable; I found it quite pleasant and enjoyable. I have to mention a bottle in Omaha runs $5.00. With that in mind, it is not *that* drinkable! I can buy a six-pack of New Belgium’s (much tastier) Dubbel for $6.50. It is a no-brainer as to what beer I’d select in the future. Bottom line, it is a good beer but nothing special and nothing I think I will seek out again (unless it is much cheaper at John’s in Iowa City).

bditty187, Oct 14, 2004
Photo of Trentonator
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany, the head is nice and lacy, sticks around a good long while. Smell is exquisite, scents of currant, anise and chocolate, truly a decadent whiff. Taste is awesome, both full and spicy, creamy mouthfeel. An overall excellent beer.

Trentonator, Oct 07, 2004
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,197 ratings.