Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
outstanding

2,423 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,423
Reviews: 1,159
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 163
Gots: 326 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Westmalle Dubbel has a thick, fizzy, beige head, and a dark, red-brown appearance, with lots of bubbles and nice lacing left behind. The appearance is not too hazy, until one swishes the bottom contents and pours in the sediment. The aroma is rich, fruity, candy-like, malty, and winy. The taste is sweet, fruity, herby, and somewhat bitter. Dark fruits abound with this. Mouthfeel is medium and not really thick, and Westmalle Dubbel finishes mostly dry, fruity, and even refreshing. The drinkability is pretty easy with this one. Overall, this is an outstanding beer.

RJT

Photo of Jonada
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle. Best before 5th of July, 2014. Served in a tulip glass

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown with 2 fingers of a light tan head with good retention. Body is murky.

Smell: Dark fruit (raisin in particular), candi sugar, red apple, with some slight spicy belgian yeast character.

Taste: Same as the nose with dark fruits and apple. There's a toasty breadiness as well (like a bread crust). More apple and apple skin in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Carbonation is high but still maintains a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: This is an excellent dubbel. Every bit as good as Westy 8, yet cheaper and easier to get.

Photo of Gryphon69
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very nice dark brown with a reddish hue

S- Malts and fruits; raisin, plum, slight cherry and some spice

T- Much like the smell, nice balance of the malts and the sweetness isn't overpowering and I don't get much spice

M- light/medium body with low carbonation, little fizzy bubbels

O- Nice balance of fruits,malts without being abnoxious, probably to sweet for me personally to have more than 1 in a sitting, but one I will have again.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy brown color with some red highlights shinning through. Upon pouring there is a one finger creamy colored head that fades over a moderate level of time to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is of roasted malt and some darker fruit smells. The darker fruits are of a plum, raisin and cherry aroma giving a moderately sweet dimension to the smell. When mixed with a yeasty and slightly bready aroma the mix of smells produces a rather nice dubbel aroma.

Taste- The taste begins with a dry roasted malt flavor and a brown bread taste. There are some dark fruit flavors, but these are on the drier side only adding the fruit flavor without the sweetness. Some light yeastiness and a more bitter citrus flavor begin developing more toward the middle to the end of the taste. In the end with a little bit of a roasted/smoky flavor coming to the tongue, one is left with a dry roasted and dark fruit flavor to linger on the tongue with just a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly above average side consisting of lots of tiny carbonation bubbles. The combination of carbonation and thickness are nice for the drier flavors creating a very crisp feel overall.

Overall – It has a nice flavor profile, but is a little drier then what I was expecting for a dubbel. If you are looking for a crisp Belgian style with some good fruit flavors and nice roasted malt taste, then this is a good go too, but if you want something slightly more on the sweeter side then this is not what you want. It is certainly good and something to try if you are in the mood for something drier.

Photo of freneticamnesic
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large tulip glass.

A - Dark brown, thick tan head

S - Roasted malts

T - Dark roast malts, sweet toffee and dark coffee, finishing with woody/smokey hops

M -Medium to light body, decent carbonation

O - Overall quite nice, though I think I've had more complex, well-crafted dubbels. Certainly a beer I would drink again though, any day.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Chestnut body with a medium cream head, long lasting; effervescent

Aroma: Malty; fruity; spicy

Taste: Slightly bitter; hints of chocolate in the mid; dry finish

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber body with reddish hues. Slightly off-white head with medium retention. Lacing is present but minimal.

S - Deep, toasty aroma of malts. Complex undertones of chocolate and caramel. Fruity esters are mild, with hints of cherry and raisins. Alcohol presence is faint, but noticable.

T - Complex malts greet the palate but finish is surprisingly dry with minimal bitterness; balance surprisingly not completely skewed towards malt. Dried fruitiness and phenols complimentary to one another, with raisiny character being most predominant. Noble hop flavor is subdued.

M - Medium-full body with lots of carbonation. Slight warming of alcohol present.

O - A great example of a matly, complex, strong Belgian dubbel.

Photo of tviz33
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 mL bottle in to a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours an enormous light tan head over top of a brown body which seems quite dark for the style.

S- Dark fruits and just a little Belgian spice.

T- Same as the nose but more dark fruit and less Belgian yeast flavor. Even a little smokiness comes through. Not as sweet as some others I've had.

M- Medium to full bodied with a good carbonation tickle.

O- A very pleasant brew overall. I'm glad I picked one up, but the price is a bit steep.

Photo of spoony
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle into a chalice.

A-A normal pour produces a standard-looking dark brown brew with a hint of clarity towards the edge of the glass. The short tan-grey head drops pretty quickly into a collar. Average for the style.

S-The smell is comprised of brown sugar, dark sweet fruit, raisins, and a hint of black pepper. Again, average to above average, but nothing spectacular or noteworthy here.

T-The taste follows the smell pretty closely. I get fruity, solvent-like alcohol and the aforementioned, brown sugar, dark and dried fruits, and mild spices. The taste is not as complex as some dubbels, but the flavors are well-integrated with each other.

M-The feel is typical for a Belgian, lower levels of carbonation, with a softer feel and medium body.

O-Along with the other Westmalle offerings, this brew is pretty easily obtainable across Belgium, including at my hotel restaurant, which is were I had a bottle for dessert one night last week. This is undoubtedly a good beer, with decent looks and above-average smell and taste, but there is nothing here that stands out and makes me say, "Wow, I can't wait to drink that again."

Photo of TokyoCO
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle bought in Tokyo. Poured into a goblet.

A: Dark amber color, slightly lighter on the bottom. Many suspended particles. Bubbly head that sticks around.

S: Dark fruits, figs, apple, cherry. Sweet malts are also present.

T: Bitter fruits/ slight citrus in the start, sweeter and darker fruits develop and the figs are present in the aftertaste along with a slight hint of alcohol.

M: Fizzy but also quite heavy.

O: This is a really good sipper. The dark fruits are amazing!

Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Style/abv: Trappist dubbel/7%

Smell: pears, 65% dark chocolate, pralines, and subtle piney notes

Taste: ripe barley pears, tart plums, pure cacao, walnuts, almonds, and malty-bitterness; despite the malt, it is impeccably bright and clean along with an effervescent body

Pairs well with street tacos, dark meats, and ice cream, especially pralines and cream ice cream; it's a damn good dubbel

Photo of TastyAdventure
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark red-brown. A 1 1/2 finger head. I am not a fan of soap-bubble type heads.

S - FIGS. sweet figs. Brown sugar. would be a 5 if there were some more complexities

T - Smooth. Figs. Sweet. honeysuckle. Something empty in the middle that seems more like a session beer than a flavorful Dubbel. Nonetheless, very tasty. Tiny dryness in the back.

M - Slick. Low-medium carb. a little too slick.

O - a little underwhelmed. Especially for the price, but it is an import... This would be my "cheap session beer" if I lived in belgium and it was indeed cheap... Unfortunately it is not, at least here in the States.

Photo of flyingpig
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle from The Cave, Glasgow (£2.99):
Murky brown with a hazy appearance and a thin, one centimetre tall, light brown head that that turns to a patchy lacing

Rich and complex smell that begins with some dark fruits such as plum, raisin and cherries. There is a strong and sweet caramel malt aroma that follows this along with some sugar, prunes, dates and figs with tiny amount of alcohol.

Strong and sweet dark fruit taste to begin with all the same fruits from the nose making an appearance, particularly the figs, raisins and dates plus some cherries and sugar. There is some toffee malts and a warming, light alcohol taste next with a hint of yeast and some caramel malts.

Sweet & well carbonated, medium body and a rich, complex taste that has a very good balance. There is some nice spice towards the end and the alcohol, hidden for the most part, is only noticeable in places and compliments the drink well with a nice, warming finish to it.

Very complex yet well balanced beer that was quite rich from the get go and dominated by dark fruits and sweet malts throughout. A really nice one that takes a while to open up but once it does there is no looking back.

Photo of Rutager
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a murky brown with a little orange and two fingers of light tan head that lasts a while and leaves some great lacing.

Smell. Sweet ripe plums and light fruits, brown sugar, and some fruity belgian yeast.

Taste. Brown sugar, plums and apples, some light earthy bitterness, caramel and some smooth malts.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with fairly strong and fairly soft carbonation.

Overall. A quality beer but maybe bot quite on par with other trappist offerings.

Photo of RaphaelSC
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark amber body, with thick caramel head.

S: Dry fruits, caramel and woody.

T: Bitter hops, smooth fruit flavors and a woody cognac in the end, carbonatation is good and the alcohol is well hide.

M: bitter and dry, but not overwhelmingly bitter and dry, which make its a very drinkable beer after all, as a matter of fact it is a standard Dubbel and shows how the style should be.

O: If you search for a real complex beer try a trippel or a quadruppel, but if you look for a really good beer even if it is simple a Westmalle Dubbel will serve enough.

Photo of thecheapies
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. My half served in a Westy chalice.

Deep scarlet Brown hue. Cloudy. Densely woven tan head forms a slather of foam on the surface. Seeing some light lacing.

Obvious red fruitiness amidst phenolic yeast esters and herbally medicinal aromas. Plum, currant, raisin, toffee, brown bread, bruised cherry, and creamy malts. Semi-sweet nose. Delightful.

Mostly dark fruits; the list reads 'plum, raisin, cherry, tart apple, and grape'. Bitter in the front with some almost astringent medicinal phenols and booze spiciness. Has a creamy malty middle and a soft finish. Evidence of hops all throughout, with the herbal notes and with the bitterness.

Soft and supple. Carbonation reaches a little further, but we're in great shape with that fuller-than-medium body. Nice and hefty.

The first, and one of the best. A premier trappist ale that can work as an introduction or as a expert-level representation of traditional Belgian ales.

Photo of Roguer
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Completely opaque, dark, lovely. Surprisingly high head (~3 fingers) from a gentle pour. Beautiful lacing on the side of the glass. Head fades relatively quickly.

S - Not overpowering or forward. A little alcohol through the nose, fruits (but not citrus). Sweet. *Update* As the beer warms, more of the fruit smell comes through; definitely prunes and dates.

T - Complex. The alcohol present in the smell is not at all noticeable in the flavor. Dark fruit, prunes and/or raisins, malty, and sweet. Each sip gives me some other flavor coming forward, but it's all very balanced. Not at all hoppy or bright until the finish (back of the tongue and throat, not back of the bottle). What bitterness there is, is quite different from the bitterness of a PA (think coffee, not pine). Very smooth; smoothest dubbel I've ever tried.

M - Maybe the best overall mouthfeel of any beer I've had. Thick but not syrupy, coating the mouth; lingering taste but no poor aftertaste; just enough carbonation to tingle your mouth, but not so much that you can't leave it in there a while without the flavor degrading. Absolutely lovely.

O - I don't quite favor this over Westmalle's tripel, but that's based on the flavor profile, not the quality. This beer is fantastic, and easily my (new) favorite dubbel.

Bottled October 13, 2011 => aged a year and a half.

Spiegelau tulip.

Photo of Roman5150
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Tulip glass

*Also had on tap at Het Beste Biertje in Málaga, Spain. Sweeter with less pronounced dark fruits and more carbonation. Almost prefer bottle better, but both are very good.

Very dark, with a very small short lasting off white head.

Smells sweet, hints of raisin, dark fruits, figs, prunes. Great smell on this beer.

Tastes so smooth and refreshing. This is one of my favorite Trappist Dubbels i've had. Abosultely no taste of alcohol whatsoever, this is a wonderfully intricate, complex, beer, but also one of the easiest drinking beers i've ever had. The taste is exactly how it smells, dark fruits and sweet figs (reminds me a lot like Chimay). This tastes even more amazing once it warms up.

You can't go wrong with this, I would say this would be a good starting point for anyone wishing to get into trappist beers, and don't want to start with a heavy quad and need something more accessible, but not lacking in the complexity and flavor dept. I will be buying this again and again, as it's a lot cheaper than it's Rochefort cousins. Like I say with every trappist beer I try, I alwasy have high expectations, and they never fail to dissapoint. It's not just hype, it's quality craftsmanship; monks make damn good beer.

Photo of Patou
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall, this double is very agreable, easy to drink. Aroma of caramel malt, raisins and banana. Brown color, medium body, lively carbonation and bitter finish. This beer is medium sweet and bitter, well balanced with notes of banana and something that makes me think of almond-flavoured liqueur.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark and deep purple color. Light tan head, which is constant and lasting.

Smell: Dark fruits and hints of Belgian sugar. The dark fruits dominate the nose.

Taste: Dark fruits with hops and Belgian sugar. The hops dominate the other two flavors and are a bit bitter. The sugars and dark fruit are pretty subdued.

Mouthfeel: Biting carbonation and surprisingly smooth. Not bad.

Overall:
Decent. I might get it again. I'm not too crazy about the hops dominating the other flavors.

Photo of themind
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quality Trappist period! poured a nice full head with a slight aroma. The mouth feel and carbonation to me are spot on for this style of beer. The taste is fluid and consistent....very enjoyable. This beer is very drinkable! really you could down a large quantity of this stuff.

Bottom Line: A must try brew!

Photo of abijen
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on bottle.
I like the appearance of this beer. Brown - black color with a little bit red into it.
The head looks a bit tan and frothy.
This beer smells, in my opinion, like nuts, dark chocolate and a little burn smell.
I tasted a litte bitterness which persist to the finish. The finish duration is average.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Best by 05/03/2013
Glass: St. Bernardus chalice

Westmalle's dubbel is a pleasantly sweet, toffee and candi sugar-like beer with mild grape and phenolic notes from a Belgian yeast influence, all tempered with European hops for bitterness. The aroma and flavor, though weren't as bold as I expected from such a highly-ranked dubbel; I would have appreciated richer toffee and candi-sugar flavors, with perhaps some raisin and prune esters to add a bit more complexity.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of slightly burnt beige foam, which fades in about two minutes to a thin cap atop the beer, thicker around the perimeter. Lacing is present, though not astounding, a modest scattering of small dots and thin lines adorn the insides of the glass. Body is a dark garnet color, with light bringing out brighter, though still deep, warm browns and reds. Carbonation is not visible through the semi-hazy body,

Aroma of mild toffee, amber Belgian candi sugar, slight grape esters and spicy phenolics. The scents were not as strong or pronounced as I was hoping, nor as complex.

Tasting opens with a front palate of mild Belgian candi sugar sweetness mixed with that from toffee-like malt choices. This goes on to a mid-palate of stronger toffee and amber Belgian candi sugar sweetness, slight grape ester, and a noticeable bitterness. Back of palate finds continued toffee and amber Belgian candi sugar flavors with a fairly strong, clean bitterness, spicy phenolic flavors, and slight ethanol. Aftertaste is somewhat like sweetened iced tea, with the lingering toffee and candi sugar sweetness joined to fairly strong bitterness and light phenolics

Beer is medium-light to medium in body, with medium-low levels of carbonation that work well for its weight. The result is a mouthfeel primarily smooth, with slight foaminess, which flows across the palate quite easily. Closes quite dry with a medium amount of stickiness lingering on the palate.

Photo of TOMHONE
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Much much better tasting than the ordinary less dark version. This beer is very rich and even better tasting than it's appearance would suggest. As usual, with me anyway, the first taste wasn't very gratifying but the second and every thereafter were very good tasting with that full taste ever present. The more you drink the more gratifying is its taste.

Photo of JRed
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep purplish brown with fluffy khaki head that lasts. Aroma of cookie, caramel, grape cola, herbal notes. Tastes evolves over time: cola, grape, caramel, cookie, herbal notes, mild earth, banana, some grass and veggie aftertaste. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Creamy and bubbly and dry. The beer evolves as its sipped. A beautiful legendary beer that is still the quintessential Dubbel. A real old world treat. It's our duty to keep buying this beer.

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,423 ratings.