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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,139 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,139
Reviews: 1,118
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 122
Gots: 175 | FT: 0
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 SixpointJMH
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

i'm really starting to dig the abbey dubbel style more and more. this one pours a cloudy ruby colour with an off-white, moderate sized head that lasts but settles in quite quickly to a thinner head. smells of alcohol, caramel, grapes, cherries, all with a hint of maltiness. the malt is more dominant in the taste along with the caramel, but the other smells are present in taste here as well and present a nice balance which ends with a slightly dry hop finish. this is quite a smooth brew that is creamy but has a bit of a bite from the carbonation at the end. quite enjoyable.

SixpointJMH, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of saltydog
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%

This was a bottle from 1972 (!) Tasted at Kroegske in 2001. Appearance: Reddish brown, light head, very clear. Aroma; Sherryish, malty, some oxidation. Flavor:rich, sherry-ish old ale flavors; rum, dates, etc. Mouthfeel: light bodied, with mild carbonation. Sherryish finish. Pretty unique!

saltydog, Nov 03, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Very dark brown color. Large head, foamy and rich. Aromas are malts, fruity, hint of banana, plums, yeasts and brown sugar. A medium bodied dubbel. Malts are rich and fruity, with chocolate and toffee tones. Yeasty and malty. Nicely balanced. A surprisingly dry dubbel. The dryness balances and highlights the fruity sweetness. Interesting effect. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

beerguy101, Oct 14, 2003
Photo of goz
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours a dark brown, large beige head that mainly lasts and leaves good lacing. Aroma is lightly malty, some dough, banana, and some caramel and honey. Flavor is quite sweet at the start, more fruity in the middle, and ending is dry. Medium-full bodied.

goz, Oct 04, 2003
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%

Sampled at the tap room across from the Abbey.

There is something about being able to sample beer from a goblet on Sunday morning as Mass has just ended.

This beer was quite dry and at first not nearly as complex as I was expecting. The color was solidly amber without much in the way of haze. As it warmed up a bit it began to open up and show what it had to offer. It picked up a hint of sweetness which helped to boost the malt perception. There was a bit of raisin the mouth as well as a finish that was sweet from the alcohol. The aroma too had an alcohol component to it as well as a bit of woodiness. Quite estery tasting without being particularly fruity tasting. There seemed to be some higher alcohols in here as well.

Gueuzedude, Sep 23, 2003
Photo of Admiraldinty
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%

Wow. Pours a deep mahogany with a gigantic frothy tan head. (I used a brandy snifter since I don't have a chalice). Caramel, fruity aroma. The one thing that struck me about the taste of this beer is that it's extremely comforting for some reason. Figgy, fruity taste with understated chocolate tones. The mouthfeel is out of this world. It's just so smooth. While this isn't one to pound down night after night, this beer is just so drinkable. I'm seriously in Heaven drinking this beer. Spectacular.

Admiraldinty, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of mzwolinski
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%

I managed to resist temptation somewhat successfully and age this bottle for about one year before succumbing. Right from the crack of the cap, the beer gives off a pleasant sweet prune-like aroma, undergirded by a distinctively Belgian yeasty maltiness. This dubbel is quite an attractive beer -- deep mahogany in color with a thin, light tan head. The flavor starts off quite sweet, characterized largely by a deep, figgy fruitiness. Combined with the bready body, this gives me the (not unpleasant) impression of Fig Newtons. Toward the end, light chocolatey and toasty notes are noticeable in the background, and the beer finishes with a mild alcohol spiciness. Quite full and body, and luxuriously creamy in mouthfeel. Very, very yummy.

mzwolinski, Aug 15, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

Appearance - Nice, deep cloudy brown color with a decent tan head that shrank rather quickly without a trace.

Smell – Rich malt aroma with some spice and the classic burnt caramel tones.

Taste – Big malt, complimented nicely with banana, some kind of dark fruit (maybe plums, dates, or even tobacco – I like ADR’S, “raisins, grapes, and currents,” comment), and light chocolate undertones. This is a complex, well-balanced brew.

Mouthfeel – Excellent! The carbonation is just right, IMO, and the body is exceptionally smooth. Personally, I think that this is the beer’s strongest quality.

Drinkability – Something this smooth and this complex is awesome. It goes down easy and keeps one entertained.

Comments – I tend to enjoy beers that are smooth yet complex, so this one suited me just fine.

Update – This was the 14th beer that I reviewed on the site so figured it might be worthwhile to re-review in 2004.

I read one review that described it as, “bananas foster” and that hit the nail on the head for me. There are some light alcohol notes and burnt malt, but the chocolate and banana are in perfect harmony with this beer and cannot be ignored. This really is a terrific ale.

I stand by my ratings from the initial taste and didn’t actually change the score of this beer, but I will say after trying over 200 Belgian Ales since the first review it really is one of the best offerings of the style on the market.

RoyalT, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of StevieW
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

Small brown bottle. Neck stamped 'trappist" Cool beans. An agressive pour yeilds a glug glug glug exit from the bottle, and an murky brown color, with a fluffy bubbly biege head that settled to a thin covering very quickly. Lots of candied fruits on the smell, carmelized like the bottom of bananas foster. Super smooth taste, more candied fruit, carmel and bananas. Rum soaked cherries. Little hints of spices, cinammon, etc. Very good, flavor soaked yeasty belgian goodness. Hints of bitterness on the finish, just ever so dry. Very smooth and drinkable. A real treat. This one came compliments of the BelgianBum !

StevieW, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of ADR
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%

A good one to rate right after the New Belgium Abbey...best before May 05, 2004...

Opaque cinnamon brown, big head of fine carbonation and dark yeasty patches. String and punctuation mark laces. Slight red wine aroma, mixed with a semi-sweet chocolate and yeastiness. Quite complex and less sweet than many Dubbels -- raisins, grapes, and currants are noticeable and subside into a smoother maltiness to finish. Nice yeasty mustiness lingers past the swallow. Fruit is astringent (i.e. not peach or pear like) and this one is as dry a brew as I've had in this style. A really fine example with great variety, and a different and impressive take on the style.

Source: Liquid Solutions

ADR, Jul 20, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Originally sampled on 8 March 2003 at Pizza Port's Belgian beer fest. I am writing this review from my notes. This is a dark brown beer with a lot of fizz in the head. The aroma is full of chocked fruit with notes of chocolate & brown sugar. All in all an enjoyable trappist.

jcalabre, Jun 27, 2003
Photo of Jon
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a ruby-brown color with a huge beige head. Excellent head retention leads to excellent lacing down the glass. Nose includes hints of sweet malt, spices and chocolate. Notes of the sweet malt, very subdued hops, yeast and raisins introduce themselves to the palate. This is a very well balanced dubbel, perhaps the best I've tried so far. The alcohol is definitely there, but hard to pinpoint. Definitely worth seeking out.

Jon, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of daledeee
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Nice distinct bottle. Pours a beautiful dark brown and a nice tan head. The head goes away. Not much lace. Some vanilla and malt in the nose. Good carbonation malt, chocolate, hint of fruit. More hops than a lot of Belgians. The finish is different and overall the beer comes off as a little watery. Musky, hoppy. This is very good beer.

daledeee, Jun 06, 2003
Photo of drewbage
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

(Bottle 11.2oz Brown Bottle with collar)

Beer pours deep leather brown with rubyish highlights and a low tan head that remains despite the alcohol.

Aroma is dense with chocolate covered cherries and plums. Cinnamon spices mingle with the alcohol to finish.

The flavor mirrors the aroma with dried cherry and chocolate and some leather tones in the fore palate. The beer quickly transitions into cinnamon and clovey spices. The beer finishes with a brown sugar smack and a warming glow of alcohol in the throat.

drewbage, May 28, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
2.03/5  rDev -51.3%

I paid 99 Euro cents for this in Amsterdam:) Just bought a bottle here in 2010 for $5.99. Re-reviewed 8/10 because I'll soon be brewing a westy 12 clone with the Westmalle yeast (Wyeast 3787)

Lightly cloudy dark brown brew forms a HUGE head, despite a very careful pour. When heads are this obnoxious I start subtracting points. Even after the pour, the head continues to rise for a few minutes. The head is airy, with a sea-foam consistency, and is dark beige in color atop medium-sized bubbles. Retention is excellent (there is a delicate espresso crema atop the brew at the bottom of the glass) and lacing is sparse. Carbonation is very strong, forming streamers of bubbles. Aroma is pungent with rotting cherries, Belgian Dark candi sugar syrup, cola, clove, bananas, musk-melon, and eternity for women eau du toilette. Mouthfeel is spritzy and cloying and ends in a wet newspaper oxidized mustiness. Medium body. Taste begins with strong phenols, which become stronger over time, morphing into a menagerie of semi-harsh alcohols. There is a brief glimpse of earthen malts about halfway through. The finish is unpleasant...the odd alcohols are actually bitter in the finish less so than the oxidized bittering hops and there is a ruddy, chemical mouthfeel. There is a lingering buttery sweetness on the gums. The alcohol warms the gullet, but gives me a sick feeling to my stomach. The brew is tolerable after sitting to room temperature, mellowing the carbonation and alcohol, and accentuating the malts. Despite this, the beer is at odds with itself and is not very enjoyable. It's hard to finish this brew.

If I had to sum it up, it tastes like spritzy newspaper soaked in cola and smeared with butter and cherry jam. I love dubbels and have had hundreds of them, but honestly, this is probably one of the worst that I've had.

Mitchster, May 04, 2003
Photo of Naerhu
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Appearance - opaque brown light brown head
Aroma - lush leafy brown bread sweat aroma.
Taste - rich chocolate cake intensity. Dried fruits. Brown sugar
Mouthfeel - Luscious and rich. Makes me glad I was born.
Drinkability - Give me more and more and more.

Naerhu, Apr 30, 2003
Photo of GreenCard
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%

Appearance: dark reddish-brown in color, reasonable clarity, pours a thick (but large-bubbled) tannish head which settles to a creamier layer in a little over a minute, head becomes a "vicar's collar" soon after, some temporary lacing

Aroma: raisiny/figgy, sweet, rummy

Flavor: very intriguing... what struck me at first as a highly phenolic taste in the forefront, I realize is the taste of rum-soaked figs; subtle hop flavor comes in as phenol/figs fade away, some malty/toasty sweetness, rather quick flavor progression with a noticeable hop bitterness balancing out what would have been a sweet finish; it's a flavor that keeps calling you back for more, to chase down exactly what it is your tasting (to me: sweetened and carbonated rum in which figs have been soaked)

Mouthfeel: highly carbonated (bubbles multiply and expand in your mouth), lots of alcoholic warmth, fairly light body for a dubbel

GreenCard, Apr 11, 2003
Photo of ChrisBowers
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%

It's a runoff between the Westie and the St. Bernardus Abt 12 in my book, but I think the Westie eeks out ahead. It is perfectly balanced, with subtle fruit tones in the bouquet. Unlike Corsendonk's wine-like aftertaste, the Westmalle leaves you savoring its complexity and wanting more. Be sure to air it out, as it gains more character just below cellar temp. Also, be sure to serve it in the proper glassware... presentation and aroma are everything with a beer this good. Definately a cost-wise alternative to Abbaye des Rocs' offerings.

ChrisBowers, Apr 11, 2003
Photo of ellman
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

The Pour: Pours a deep brown with a red huewith a full tan head.

The Smell: Fruity and alcohol was my first indication, followed by nutts and rasins

The Taste: the the wonderful aromas came through in the taste. and they hide the alcohol well.

The Mouthfeel: A well body beer

I could drink a few of these maybe not in one setting thou.

ellman, Apr 03, 2003
Photo of Sigmund
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

ABV was 7% (bottle bought in Finland). This beer pours with an enormous lasting head, cloudy brown colour. Lovely aroma of oak, leather and spices. Well balanced spicy flavour, slightly bitter finish. Aftertaste could have lasted a bit longer, but this is still a thoroughly well made beer.

Sigmund, Mar 24, 2003
Photo of MJR
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Appearance: Pours a reddish-mahogany color with a fairly hazy body. A thick tan head starts strong and shrinks to a solid cap.

Smell: Spicy and fruity with plums, dates, raisons, and a faint nutty smell. There's a touch of breadiness, as well as alcohol.

Taste: The flavor's extremely complex with lots of dark fruits and a touch of alcohol. There's a strong nutty flavor along with a breadiness. Perhaps a bit of banana too? The flavor profile reads just like the aroma... A good brew.

Mouthfeel: Has a rich and creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. Finishes dry and crisp.

Drinkability: Pretty good. I could drink a few of these without a problem.

This one's about average for a Trappist brew, which means it's above-average when compared to most others...

MJR, Feb 17, 2003
Photo of Rocko
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

To begin with my bottle had an abv of 7%, not the 6.5% it says in the title. Anyways...this beer was recommended to me so I gave it a shot. I'm very happy I did because I liked it alot.

Darkbrown/red color with a light brown growing head, the head faded quickly though. Rich pleasant smell of caramel and fruit.

Initially quite modest taste but after a few sips it grows on you. Fruity bready taste with touches of raisin and roasted nuts. It also had a slight hint of citrus in it together with a medium bitterness.

I was very pleased with this brew, I recommend it to everyone who haven't tried it. I will most definately buy it again! :))

Rocko, Feb 15, 2003
Photo of jreitman
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Had at the Taste of Belgium event at Celtic Bayou in Redmond, WA... Poured a cloudy brown with quite a bit of head. Candy sugar and cloveyness come across in the nose. Same flavors are present in the mouth as well where a nice medium bodied beer goes down quite easily. Other flavors include some fruit and a slight spicy twang.

jreitman, Feb 09, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%

Burgundy in color with an off-white head. Excellent lacing when sipped down. Has many complex aromas and flavors. The aroma is of sweet candi sugar, fruity banana esters, and somewhat raisin-like. Flavors are sweet, herbal, spicy, and fruity. It is medium-full in body, with a light carbonation. Overall, another excellent Belgian beer. I will definitely drink this one again.

BeerBuilder, Jan 22, 2003
Photo of OatmattStout
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%

This beer poored with a good frothy headand had some nice sweet aromas. Flavors of banana and sweet malt were good and made this beer enjoyable. Had some yeast hints on the body of this beer which was nice and rich. This beer overall was a good dubbel and would drink it again.

OatmattStout, Jan 18, 2003
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,139 ratings.