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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,157 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,157
Hads: 2,457
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 172
Gots: 347 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
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 Rudgers73
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one into my Duvel tulip glass. Nice eruption of fizzy head that settles into a creamy tan 1/4" thick layer on top of the dark brown beer. The nose is rather floral not showing much sign of sweetness, but it is still very much a complex aroma. The first taste is a quick burst of alcohol flavor and a slight bitter ending. I am drinking this at room temperature. After a few more sips it turns into a very warming beer. Not the sweet and rich flavor of several of the dubbels I've had before, but more of a subtle complexity. The mouthfeel is slightly handicapped by the alcohol taste. This is a very odd beer, very mellow yet bold. Very drinkable although it's no good on the wallet. Overall, this beer wasn't as great as I thought it would be. I will have to try a tripel of theirs, I have read that it is much more impressive. (840 characters)

Photo of scbrew
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a light beige head. Has a nice sweet plum/raisin aroma. The spiced fruity flavor is coupled with wonderful abbey yeast compliments you would expect from this brewery. The body was very smooth and went down far too easy. Left me wanting another. (266 characters)

Photo of Long813
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated: 22/12/11, 1 16037
From: The Beer Temple

G: Chimay Chalice

A: Dark ruby red body with one finger of off white head. Dissipates to a thin ring rather quickly. Typical dubbel characteristics.

S: Funky yeast is prominate here, following dark fruits and some spices. The yeast is much stronger than other types I've had. I

T: Following the aromas, yeast is up front with figs following. There is also hints of various spices in the end.

M: Medium bodied and high carbonation. Frothy texture and sticky bitter aftertaste.

D: Good beer, it's a little to much funk for me, but it's an interesting experience. (616 characters)

Photo of bamadog
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been walking by this one for a few years now, so I figured I should pick one up and give it a shot. Review is from notes taken on 8/2/2011 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a relatively dark coppery color with some nice ruby highlights; starts with a big 2 and 1/2 finger, dusty tan head with decent retention; body is dark, but fairly clear and it shows quick and slight carbonation bubbling up;

Smell: Not especially potent, but there are some nice dark fruits with a hint of citrus in there; some rich caramel notes as well; not too bad, but I do wish it was a bit stronger.

Taste: Definite presence of some Belgian Candi sugars right away, with a backing of dark, spicy fruits (raisins and figs); bit of a bitter and metallic presence along with some warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: I feel the carbonation is a bit strong and it comes across sharp; body is a little lighter than I expected, and if it were thicker it may help tame the over abundant carbonation; a thin, dry coating is left of the roof of the mouth; belly is left warm from the alcohol and I eel that the carbonation helps that along.

Overall: Worth a shot, but I have to wonder if sitting for a couple of years may ease the sharpness of the body, which is easily my least favorite aspect of this beer. (1,304 characters)

Photo of damienblack
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, thin but fizzy head that stands at attention. Slightly earthy, fruity smell, but there isn't a whole lot going on amongst the first 2 senses.

I get a lot of sweet malts backed by belgian sugars, mingling with some darker sensations, like some burnt sugar, licorice. Very yeasty, and the darker sensations give it a bit of a kick. I don't get any of the bubblegum sweetness in the background, no raspberry, none of the fruitiness I'm used to from other dubbles. Seems to be medium bodied, lighter than I would have thought, a lot less dense. Very creamy, and decently coating. I think for me though, it doesn't have that earthy fruitiness I like, the darker flavors come through too strongly. Not dark fruit, but licorice is a good way, or a burnt roastiness you might find more in a stout. Has a slight bitterness to the finish, maybe alcohol burn, maybe roastiness. Not my first trappist, and most likely not my favorite. Still good to try though. (970 characters)

Photo of joeskirkie
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this one sitting around a while. The second of two I got at the Houston St. Whole Foods in New York.

750mL goes into 1 Westmalle chalice. The result, a rich mahogany, damn near opaque. It was a nice looking head while it lasted.

Mmm, a nice cocoa scent, dark cherry, licorice, roasted malts and some yeast to finish. It's very, very nice.

Hmm, the dark fruit presence in this taste is very wine-like, with the expressive carbonation and yeasty finish of a dubbel, and some toffee hints in the midst of it all. You get more malts and sweetness as you go on. It's ok, though not what I was expecting after smelling.

Leaning towards lighter in body and, as mentioned, expressive carbonation. Very drinkable. I can think of other dubbels I would opt for though, if given a choice. (787 characters)

Photo of albern
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was hoping for more from this beer. It certainly looks good. It pours a nice slighly hazy mahogany color with a nice creamy, slighlty foamy off white head. The beer laces like crazy. The nose is very Belgiany with candied sugars, sweet malty caramels, plenty of fruity esters.

The taste is just too coarse and prickly for my preference. I was hoping for a slightly smoother beer, but alas no. The yeasts really add a harshness that takes away the candied sugars, and Belgiany malts that I was looking forward to. The slighly burnt, coarse, prickly, banana and the slightly boozy pineapple flavors just don't blend all that well. The beer has a harsh cardamon spiciness that doesnt' play nice either. Where's the nice caramel malts, where's the candied sugars, where's the star anise? The beer settles in a bit as it warms and that helps. I'm still a bit disappointed with this beer. (885 characters)

Photo of wajacobs
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I foud the Westmalle dubbel to be abit atypical for a dubbel. A noticable roasty-ness dominates the taste, the plumy-ness that I typically love was undetectable and the body seemed a little thin. While the Westmalle dubbel didn't really met my preconceived expectations of a dubbel it was still a very enjoyable beer. (317 characters)

Photo of geetlord
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear amber with a small head and mild lacing.
The aroma had distinct hazelnut touches allong with the usual malts
the flavor was rather tart and interestingly smokey with a slightly bitter finish. the mouthfeel was decently balanced . overall this was not a bad beer, but as a dubbel I didnt feel that it stood out particularly much in any way. (366 characters)

Photo of gentlebubbles
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of Andreji
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

to sum up my position here, a priori, If I were to choose between the two westmalles, this wouldn't be my pick.

It is a very good beer however. brought to me directly from Belgium by friends, it gave it even a more sentimental feel to it.

The pour, dark caramel/toffee coloured, with a thick white/tan head that, evidently yeasty, stays longer than expected and certainly leaves lots of lacing, dense lacing. The smell, nice and wheaty with some aged feel to it, is very suggestive about the taste

...or so I thought. The taste is a milder version of the Tripel which, sadly enough, leaves great blends of wheaty/malty tastes aside, on the background of an overwhelming alcoholy feel that, as for my perspective, really lets the experience a bit down when analyzing it thoroughly- if possibly in more than one bottle alone.

Nevertheless, a nice brew worth buying. (877 characters)

Photo of Wildman
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark red color and formed an off white thick foamy head that left circular lace when it finally subsided. A medium amount of carbonation and some sediment present. An aroma of malt and fruit with a trace of bread/yeast. A flavor of malt, and some fruit, but the presence of the alcohol overpowers it. The finish is light for the style and sprite. Not as good as the tripel they make. (402 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is dated best before 14/02/14.

A: Pours a very dark reddish-brown. Huge effervescent and fluffy light brown head. Fades slowly with top notch head retention. Only the slightest tufts of lacing left behind, however.

S: Very fruity - mostly dark fruits. Raisin and grape seem prominent along with the banana. Lots of sweet caramel to back it up.

T: Again, very fruity up front. Banana is stronger here than in the aroma. Other miscellaneous dark fruits join the fray - slightly tart in fact. Caramel in the middle with some stronger earthy spiciness kicking in shortly afterwards. Grassy in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, a little thin but not bad.

O: Not a bad dubbel. Somewhat thin though and the fruitiness is borderline sour. All depends if that sort of thing is your bag. For me - meh. (803 characters)

Photo of Shadman
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this baby today and had to get right @ it.

Dark, but when held up to some light more of a dirty orange, like if someone poured cola into a glass of orange juice. Loads of carbonation and a tan head that receeds to a ring that stays forever.

not much initially aroma-wise, but as the beer warms some sweet rich maltiness really flows up to the nostrils.

Tast was complex to say the least. Lot's of stuff going on. Maltiness certainly up front, but a hard to discribe bitterness. Spiceness from the yeast very apparent towards the middle and lots of raisiny sweetness @ the end.

Mouthfeel was full, but the carbonation doesn't do much for me until it settled down a bit.

I liked it, but I can't see having more than 2 in a sitting. (740 characters)

Photo of BlindPig
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours 1"-1 1/4" tanish head. Fades slow leaving a nice looking lacing. Brownish mahogony dark color.
S-Plums, cheeries, darker fruits all fill the nose with hint of alcohol coming through with a sweetish candy smell also.
T- Cherry, and plum flavor come through (seems to fade the more you drink though). Maybe a little warmth from alcohol. Light sugar sweetness also.
M-Medium carbonation and a thinner body.
D-Was pretty good but don't think I'd be buying this again unless the price went down. (503 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

CO2 bubbles stream to the surface of this crimson colored brew at a very rapid pace. The body of this beer is topped of with a gigantic mousse-like light brown head. The retention is excellent. There are nice aromas of chocolate, yeast, must, chalk and candy. The flavors are a little bready, chalky and dry. Alcohol presence is really kept in check. Some bubblegum makes an appearance as well. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated. And the body is light-medium. This is enjoyable. (476 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color, topped by a thin, fine head. Little, if any, lacing-action. Candy-sugar and dark-fruit dominate the nose.
Fairly smooth tongue, but could be a bit fuller, imo. Has tastes of raisins and black currants, some of the candy-sugar....finishes a quite a bit on the bitter and dry side. Was aroused a bit by the nose, but felt the flavor didn't quite follow through. I feel the dry, bitter end overshadowed the fruity, sweet start, in a negative manner.

overall: 3.7
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

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Photo of SirSketch
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Densely packed tan head. Clear mahogany colored beer.

S - Smells sweet with a very distinctive, spicy yeast character. Caramel, toffee and a little bubblegum.

T - Very clean, bready malt influence. A slight woody taste. Less subtle than the other trappists, but much more approachable.

M/D - Medium bodied, but a clean, balanced finish. It's actually a challenge to savor the beer because it is so drinkable. (415 characters)

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with maroon highlights. Head is large, creamy, and toffee-colored. Nice lacing, excellent head retention.

S: Toffee, caramel, dark fruit, some spice, smooth vanilla, and light cocoa. Interesting aroma, could be a bit stronger.

T&M: A faint and dry toffee-like malt is upfront, with a slight dark fruitiness and an ample amount of spice. Some metallic flavor on the finish. Not quite as rich or full a dubbel as I'm accustomed to. Body is medium with a zesty, spicy carbonation that's a little bit heavy and lacks the smoothness I associate with Belgians.

D: Metallic flavor makes it a bit tough to put down, but the flavor and body are both on the lighter side. (686 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a bottle that had a drink by Aug 2 2008 date and poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - first off this is what a dubbel should look like. Dark and deep ruby port color with a nice finger and half of dirty creme colored head that was big and puffy. That was one head that stuck around and left some beautiful lacing down the sides.

S - Smells a bit like brown sugar coated dates or French toast with raisin bread. There is also a hint of the alcohol which is surprising given that this has about 3 years of age on it. A bit of some of the red wine and port phenols also appear.

T - Malty and bready on my first sip with just a slight hint of the brown sugar. As the beer goes on, get a bit of grape, both red and yellow grape flavors seem to emerge which give the beer a contrasting flavor profile. The green, dry grape flavor really emerges in the end as it carries on the tongue. Also taste a bit like a brandied christmas pudding filled with dates and honey. Also, the beer is a bit hot for only 7% and given the age, I found it surprising I could taste the alcohol as much as I did. As it warms up, find the alcohol to be a bit dominating and actually give the beer a pecuilar taste that I can't quite but my finger on.

MF - The mouthfeel is full and creamy with a decent amount of carbonation. The after feeling is slightly dry and astringent due to the greener grape flavors, alcohol and carbonation that sit on the tongue.

D - Overall one of the best beers to look at but not to taste. This seems to be an average dubbel as I have had some that were both more complex and tastier. A little more age may due well for this beer to calm down some of the alcohol, but who knows. Overall, it is easy to drink but in terms of a dubbel I'd much rather have a Pere Jacques or Chimay Red. I have to say they blew me away with their tripel but the dubbel not so much. (1,862 characters)

Photo of loren01
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown color, huge head depite conservative pour, slight lace down the glass
S: Metallic, ETOH, dark fruit and buttery
T: Earthy, sweet dark fruitiness, ETOH and buttered popcorn taste
M: High amount of carbonation, medium bodied
D: Fairly complex beer, would get this again, very drinkable. (309 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown color with a nice fluffy head and leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma was yeasty with fruits and caramel. The flavor was quite sweet and filled with caramel tones. I had higher expectations for this. It's a great beer, but it can't hold ground against others in the same category. (329 characters)

Photo of Asgeirr
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Westmalle Dubbel pours a mahogany colour along with a cola-coloured crown of medium height and thin consistency.

Smell: Prominently sweet intermixed with burnt notes, like Swedish must, (or a coke of sorts), a subtle sourness à la apple lurks in the background.

Taste: Sour with a mellow bitterness, burnt malt with an unpleasant bi-flavour in mixture with a caramelly sweetness slightly reminiscent of coke. For a trappist I expected more, since this one feels kind of fad in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Low in carbonation, harsh and medium in body.

Drinkability: A tad too anonymous - for a trappist - but satisfyingly delivering in all the sensory inputs , yet I cannot stop to wish to expect more! (713 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark ruby brown, with a full of-white head with great retention, some lacing.

S: Brown sugar, cola, wet paper, port wine.

T: Dark sugar, raisins are the major malt characteristics. Definitely a metallic edge, copper, with some vinous character.

M: Medium-bodied, light carbonation, metallic, can be watery.

D: A tasty beer, but I think the tripel is much better, especially with the price. The standard bearer for this style, a well made ale for sure, any Trappist fan should try it out. (520 characters)

Photo of guinnessman
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour with a creamy tan head, looks enticing. Presents itself with a dark red huge.
Aroma of cranberries, a hint of chocolate, some fruity undertones, bubble gum, and a nice floral bouquet. There is a very fruity taste at first, then a bit of chocolate, and a rather harsh alcohol finish.
I was not displeased with this double. I was; however, caught off guard by the excessive alcohol taste. But after a few sips from my westmalle chalice I quite enjoyed this brew. (470 characters)

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
92 out of 100 based on 1,157 ratings.