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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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world-class

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000)
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Photo of paterlodie
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taking a better look in the beercellar I saw that there were still 6 bottles left of Westmalle Dubbel that went over the best before date. Off course I decided to open up 1 and find out how they were aging. Opening it carefully I found out that it had a little gushing but with the glass nearby no problem. For the rest the beer ( best before 21/5/04) was still in a perfect condition. Great hoppy smell and a great taste of candice sugar fermentation, malts and hop. Altogether it came very hamonic. I realy enjoyed drinking it and I wondered how it could be that I didn't drink one earlier, cause it's just a great beer! Probably its because I love their triple so much that I forgot how good the double is.... and am sure the rest of my stock Westmalle double won't last that long.

paterlodie, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of Sammy
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong carbonation and flavour. Residual spice, great lacing in chestnut brown. Sweet and spicy. Cocoa, berries that seem and smell like wine but only a small percentage.Had a bottle after three years and it was a good wine. Great yeast craftmanship.

Sammy, Sep 19, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Freshness dating of 8/19/2005. Bottle lists ABV at 7%. Pours a clouded burnt sienna color with a fluffy, big beige head. Aromas are deep, malty and yeasty. Slight suggestions of husk, spice and sun-dried dark fruit. Head retention is good even in the wide-lipped Westmalle chalice. Initial sip implies a slight anise and husky dark malt in flavor, finishing clean and slightly dry. Further tastes include notes of sweat, yeast, plum skins, and a metallic twang that comes from an active carbonation and coincides well with the evident huskiness. Faint woody esters come into play. Very nice and pleasurable to drink.

crookedhalo, Sep 15, 2004
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.85/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy brown with tones of copper. 1/4 inch creamy tan head with decent lace. Smells lightly fruity.

Taste is also fruity but also metallic. Caramael and nutty. Some molasses and barnyard funk. But the flavors are tame and the mouth is thin. Watery. Not at all what I was expecting. a light metallic and sticky aftertaste. It's not even that tasty. Very disappointed in this one. Enjoyed the tripel, really did not care for the dubbel at all.

ViveLaChouffe, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of SilentSabre
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not bad. Poured a dark reddish brown with a monster fluffy sandy coloured head that stayed for a long time. Plenty of thick, sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. The smell wasn't very impressive. It wasn't terrible, it just didn't seem to me to have a smell worthy of a 4+ rating. A little hoppy. Little raisin like. That's it. Perhaps it's just this particular bottle. The taste, however, was very good indeed. A little bit of cooked apples, a little bit of raisins. Plenty of yeast. (Hey, it's Belgian). Very smooth. Not a ton of carbonation, so it was easy to drink. Over all, pretty damn tasty. Oh yeah, and my bottle says 7.0%abv, not 6.5%. Slight change in recipe, perhaps? New discovery made at the brewery? Just a mistake?

SilentSabre, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of waughbrew
2.6/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big bubbled carbonation quickly sizzles to nothing, leaving a lifeless hazy medium brown with chunks. Uh-oh. Aroma is metallic dull soda that is almost made up for with a cool little yeast funk. Flavor is also soda-like, sweet and vinous. A mix of Bud, a mild rootbeer, and yeast. Finish is rooty and spicy. Big carbonation sizzles on the tongue, harsh with thin body.

Hmm. Interesting, but not impressive. I love their triple even though I don't really care for triples, now I am not impressed by their dubbel although I love dubbels. I am left thinking that either this bottle has had a rough life or other people will worship any monk droppings. I will try this again at a later date and hope for better things.

waughbrew, Aug 23, 2004
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chocolate brown color with a massive invincible head that lasts to the bitter end and gobs and gobs of lace. Theres apples, cinammon, raisins, dark chocolate and passionfruit in the nose. The flavor is remarkably complex (like the smell). Its replete with the fruits detected on the nose as well as berries and an alcohol twang. Its extremely refreshing, my only fault with the taste is that the alcohol is a little strong tasting for its low ABV. Many Belgian brews with much higher ABVs conceal them better than this. Thats a very minor imperfection and this beer is still excellent. Very refreshing, though as far as Dubbels go, Maudite is still the best.

CAMRAhardliner, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of inebrius
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If someone asked you to sum this beer up in one word, what would it be? For me: turtle. You know, those huge gobs of pecan, caramel and chocolate you get at roadside tourist stops and munch on the way to your real destination. Simple, right?. But if you gave me two words, well then, I might say smoked cherries. That wouldn't be enough though, would it? Then I would have to say cedar shavings and cypress knees and forest honey and Spring straw

berries.

inebrius, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of BeerManDan
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured it was a medium dark brown with loads of off white foam. The smell was of roasted malts and hops. The flavor was of toasty toffee/caramel with soft malts and hops. Well balanced and very pleasant to the palate. In the end, this dubbel was darkm full-bodied with hints of toffee.

BeerManDan, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of 99bottles
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful beer with a rich red-brown color crowned with thin tan lace that leaves sticky swirls on the inside of the glass. It has a full nose of sweet malted barley, and of carmel. The taste is divine. Sweet carmel and molasses intertwine with notes of brown sugar, nutmeg, raisin, cherry, prune and sweet bread pudding. This is decadent and satisfying. The mouthfeel is nice because it is not as heavy as you'd expect for all these rich flavors. This makes it easily drinkable, and a wonderful example of a Belgain Dubbel.

99bottles, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of gentlebubbles
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very cool dark brown bottle with "Trappistenbier" imprinted into the neck of the bottle, and "Westmalle Abbey"(?) under the label. Looks scuffed and reused. Date 11/25/05 on the back. Lovely red-brown, cola color under tall, fluffy beige head. Sweet, winey, raisiny, grainy smell. I could go on for a while trying to sort this out.

After such an intro, I am disappointed. I find it too thin-bodied for the raisin and caramel flavors to mask the presence of alcohol. It tastes stronger than its rating, very winey. There's even more raisin in the short-lived finish.

Meh. Not crazy about this.

gentlebubbles, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have waited too long to try this beer. Pours out a reddish brown color with a huge beautiful off white head. The smell is amazing. Soft, sweet, malt with a touch of fruityness. Wow! The taste is not what I expected. Unlike anything I have ever had. Raisins, figs, earthyness, and some citrus coming through. Carbonation is sharp in the beginning then gives way to a big warming feeling at the end. So smooth and so balanced. I am guessing the alcohol notes would mellow out with a bit of aging. Even after some time, the head stays creamy, smooth and fully entacted. One of my new favorite beers. I can't wait to try more trappist ales.

CharlesRiver, Jul 23, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into a chalice. It pours a murky dark brown color with three fingers of fluffly light tan foam. There is lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is very malty, with sweetness of caramelized sugar and fruity esters. A little spicy on the nose too. The taste is also fairly malty and a little sweet, but with a slightly tart and dry finish. It doesn't hide the alcohol well, and it's only 6.5% abv. The mouthfeel is just a little on the light side, especially for the style. The drinkability fairs pretty well though, not too shabby. A fair dubbel.

SheepNutz, Jul 22, 2004
Photo of TinusTime
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark rich brown with a HUGE frothy head that took long enough to subside that one could make a sandwich, clean up and have a smoke before it would be half way down. Smell is rich of Chocolate,Caramel, and Dried fruit. Taste is Rich and full with lite brown sugar notes with some lightly brandied fruit and a touch of breadiness. Drinks smoothly with just a hint of alcohol on the tongue. A definate post dessert. Would go great with a nice rich cigar sitting on the deck with old friends.. A tasty treat, not as good as the triple... but holds its own.

TinusTime, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an awesome pale and Belgian crystal malt scent with a tart, yet fruity Belgian yeast finish. The taste is good. It has a creamy brown ale flavor with a tart, fruity Belgian yeast finish. It goes down easy and finishes creamy and dry. The mouthfeel is exceptional. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. It has aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel; a fine sessions brew.

WesWes, Jul 18, 2004
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first Trappist beer I ever tried when I was in Belgium last year- and so it has a special place in my heart.l But I waited a year and tried some other Dubbels and Belgian Brown ales before I reviewed this puppy. Presentation 11.2 oz bottle. Pours a medium brown, somewhat clear, but that's because I kept the inch (that much?) of yeast sediment from pouring into the glass. Head was a surprising mix of large and small bubbles, off-white/tan, that looked more like a soda pop head than a beer head. Aroma is the best feature of this beer. Bready with a light sweetness, malty, pleasant gentle chocolate. Aroma follows through into flavor; here some pepper also comes through. However, the alcohol isn't hidden as much as I would like, thus negatively affecting the balance (in my humble opinion). Still very good and I will gladly drink more, but would like it toned down a bit. As it warmed, it seemed there was almost some smokiness coming through (I don't think this is quite right, but I can't find a better descriptor). Maybe a bit of aging helps mellow and balance it a bit.

Dukeofearl, Jul 12, 2004
Photo of BierReise
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Best by date 19/08/05 Poured a hazy reddish brown with a thick dense head and looking very inviting. Aroma is both fruity and spicy with a peppery note. Flavor is slightly vinous, malty and notes of burnt sugar. The body is quite effervescent and with a lively carbonation. I was surprised at the vinous characteristics this Dubbel had. Overall a complex one for sure, maybe the most complex I’ve had thus far.

BierReise, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of scottum
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very sexy brown with a big tan full head. Very smooth with a wonderfully well crafted sweet malt flow over perfect balance. This is a top notch beer with a full flavor profile. All should try this brew. It is a shame that these beers are oh so very hard to find in the states.

scottum, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of cbl2
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:

A slightly cloudy brown, with an intense 1 1/2" tan head that is slow to settle.

Smell:

Candied fruit and scotch prevail with some hoppy undertones.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Smooth and candy sweet, with a scotch like flavor due to the alcohol. Very well balanced. One of the best doubles I've had.

cbl2, Jun 21, 2004
Photo of TripelJ
4.95/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now Quaffing: Westmalle Dubbel

Uniqueness is redefined. A beer that begins its existence in the shadow of its world reknowned big brother has its standards set high before the bottle is even opened. Eager this one is to prove its worthiness. As I crack the top of the signature Westmalle bottle, a volcano erupts reaching for the heavens catching me off guard and making for a sloppy beginning to the pour. Let it be said now, that this, if any was the only flaw I could find with this beer. The final pour resulted in a deep, earthy, reddish-brown body with a lively light beige head that calms quickly, as if to show reassurance in my snifter being its final resting place. The smell dominately sweet, but beyond that nearly indescribable. Imagine smelling every fruit in existence exclusively and all together at the same time--Fruitopia of the Gods. The taste reflects the nose with a symphony of sweetness which is obviously the masterful combination of malts with the trademark belgian touch of sugar and spices. The sweetness is not out of control and there is a hint of yeast and a slight bitterness and crispness to the finish. Mouthfeel is medium in body and very smooth. As far as drinkability goes, I could drink this beer all night with or without food, in a pub or at home, and with a fox or in a box. Praise to Westmalle once again!

TripelJ, Jun 17, 2004
Photo of frank4sail
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Frothy beige tuick 1/2 inch head. Slight toasted caramel/brown sugar nose. Hazy opeque dark brown look in the goblet. Lasting head and white lace on the goblet. Slight sweet nutty (hazel) taste with a dry tongued slightly sweet burnt caramel finish. Medium to lighter mouth with a lively carbonation feel. Slight touch if blueberry in the finish.

frank4sail, Jun 16, 2004
Photo of Reidrover
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok second Belgian of the night
simple yet nice bottle and labelling.
poured into the chalice this is a very attractive beer ,dark ,murky brown with a medium sized off white head..that dissappears fast.

The aroma though , while nice, is rather on the subdued side for what I have been led to expect from Belgian ales. a small spiciness some malt but nothing much to speak of
The taste while marginally better than the aromas is weak..but what there is is a good balance of the spiciness and honeyish malts.
Its ok on the palate.
Its rather drinkable..but that fact in itself tells a tale..i found this nice but dull. Maybe I got a bad bottle..but this was not exciting as i expected..or the price suggested!

Reidrover, Jun 13, 2004
Photo of filabrazilia
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an amber brown with a thick tan head that leaves clouds of lace on the glass.

The fruity bouquet is joined by a touch of malt and a gentle kiss of alcohol. This aromatic stew makes for a delightful olfactory experience.

The taste is balanced and rich with a mild fruit and spice flavor. A touch of alochol cleans the mouth in the finish.

This is pretty thin for such a dark beer. Smooth and mellow with a crisp dry finish.

This is a very good beer that can be enjoyed as a winter warmer. It's versatile enough to be consumed virtually anytime of the year.

filabrazilia, Jun 03, 2004
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a suprise to find a case of this sitting in my local beer store today! I love the tripel (in my top 5), so I grabbed one of these up to try. In the middle of a 750 of Val Dieu brown (an excellent brew in it's own right) I drank this. It is fantastic. Tastes as much like a dark Belgian as a dubbel. Better than the Val Dieu, and better than Chimay Red or Maudite, IMO. Nice dark, fruity taste. Wonderful balance and taste. A little expensive at $4.99 a bottle, but I'll be buying 1 or 2 of these each time I go to that store (and I asked him to get the tripel, also!).

JohnnyDuvel, May 22, 2004
Photo of Mark
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No Advocates, the numbers don't lie, I friggin liked a Belgian!! This beer was a dark amber brown with a big thick head. Chunks of lace clung here and there to the glass. Aroma was strong and yeasty, but lacked the spicy clovy notes that have turned me off to other beers from this country. Taste was very smooth, had a yeasty bite but was not riddled with cloves, bananas and spices. I detected a solid malt base with a yeast presence. Some slight raisiny fruitiness was good. At 7% it has a bite, but not overpowering. I found this very drinkable. Enjoyed this as an after dinner drink, and is a Belgian ale I will be sure to have again. Finally!

Mark, May 17, 2004
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,197 ratings.