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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,145 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,145
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 allengarvin
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet. Pours out a deep ruby-tinted brown with a half-inch of solid tannish head. Nose is gorgeous, a sweet, fruity scents with a full malt aroma that reminds me of unboiled wort. Flavor is more of the same: rich dark malt (unusually malty compared to most dubbels), caramalized fruit (raisins, plums) along with lightly spicy, phenolic notes. The finish is somewhat roasty, balancing things out nicely. Full, even bodied, with a neutral texture.

allengarvin, Sep 30, 2005
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 armock
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of dark fruit figs sweet malt

T - Much like the smell but better has a very nice taste to it

M - This is a medium bodied beer with a higher level of carbonation

D - This is a very easy to drink Belgain I greatly enjoyed this brew worth trying

armock, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of snogglethorpe
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attractive darkish brown with a thick and persistent head the size of a planet. Smells basically kind of yeasty.

Taste is initially unassuming, but after a bit one notices how perfectly balanced it is. A belgian yeast taste is clear, but not excessive. There are hints of dark fruits, enough to give it a somewhat fruity character, but it's not sweet, indeed, it's kind of dry, with a very slightly tart finish, and a hint of woodiness (barrel aging?) and bitterness (hops? I dunno). It gets more and more interesting as you drink (and the beer warms, probably).

The mouthfeel is very slightly thick, but still refreshing; the carbonation is clearly enough to give it that massive head, but it doesn't taste sparkly.

After my first sip I thought "is that it?" (it is kind of famous after all), but as I drank, I began to notice interesting flavors, and I was soon thinking "oh yeah..." All the while, it remained refreshing and went down super easy.

A very nice and subtle beer. Deserves the high rating I think.

snogglethorpe, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of PartyBear
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep reddish brown in colour, with a giant head. Mild carbonation.

S - The initial aroma is quite chocolatey and malty. There are also fruity elements, possible banana and mango.

T - The chocolatey malt aromas come through in the first flavours. It has a certain light toffee flavour later, which makes way for a dry finish that is best characterised by banana flavours.

M - Not as heavy as some dubbels but still provides a substantial body with a slightly oily feel.

D - One of the best dubbels available in my opinion. It is a rightfully world renowned beer, and when you try it, you see why.

PartyBear, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of markaberrant
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in 12oz tulip.

Appearance is an effervescent hazy ruby colour. Head is tan and plentiful. Lacing is apparent.

Smells of munich malt, raisins, and spicy yeast/hops. To be honest, it is not generating a whole lot of anticipation.

Taste is full and complex. Amazing malt sweetness and dark fruitiness up front, which turns to a dry spicy finish with a bit of hop flavour. Almost perfect.

Carbonation is lively in the mouth (though creamy), making it very refreshing and dangerously drinkable.

I could easily down several of these before noticing how much alcohol is in there.

I find this beer to be very smooth and not overly spicy - which I think suits a darker belgian beer... it allows you to appreciate the malt. The only knock is I that I find the aroma lacking. Spectacular, and very well crafted... as a homebrewer, I would love to brew something this good.

markaberrant, May 11, 2007
Photo of jampics2
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle @ Grovewood Tavern. 11.2oz into a goblet.

Looks great. Cloudy brown beer with some red highlights and a small tan head that sticks around.

Smells wonderful. Caramel base upon which raisins and plums dance. Yeast gives nice impressions of clove and even some chocolate and fruit.

Taste is really good. Aside from Westy 8, this is my favorite dubbel. It has everything I'm looking for...huge malty presence that gives caramel and bread crust impressions, a lively yeast that impresses spices and fruit on the tongue, and a solidly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Lively carbonation and decent body.

Drinkability was also good. This is good for everything a trappist beer ought to be good for.

jampics2, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of danieelol
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours with a very frothy head. Seems like the head of a light lager rather than a dubbel, and is rather impermanent. 3.5

S: When the head is big, the smell is pure raspberries and some bread (yeast). It really smells like a fruit beer or kriek with the prominence of the raspberries and blueberries etc. Also some caramel, treacle and bread and butter pudding. Very complex and delicious nose. 5

T: Bread which is met with some dry ethanol. Also some berries and custard from the nose but no sweetness. 4

M: Very light and highly carbonated. 3.5

O: Easily the most enjoyable dubbel I've had to date. The berry and custard flavours are really juicy and vibrant. 4.5

danieelol, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of rrheisler
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this beer as a thank you from a shoe fitting. 750 mL bottle poured into my favorite glass...

A: A deep, dark brew pours forth from the bottle, lacing the glass with a fine layer of carbonation as it pours. A solid, off-white, half-inch head forms once the pour is done. Not stunning, but above average.

S: The faint smell of tobacco begins the experience, as dates follow behind. Caramel fills in the notes as the beer begins to warm a touch.

T: This is where things shine a bit. First comes a bit of candy-esque sweetness; milk chocolate is probably the closest. It then melts into a bit of caramel, before switching gears a bit. A touch of bitter tobacco comes to the fore, before finishing quite clean and dry, with a touch of warmth from the alcohol. It's a fair bit of a journey with every step, with the chocolate and caramel fighting for attention, whereas the other flavors mentioned are more willing to hide behind and play as accompaniment.

M: A bit on the thinner side, with a fine bit of carbonation. I think a touch thicker would have pleased my palate more, but would have been a bit off for the style.

O: A delicious Trappist Dubbel, worth every second to savor. Took the better part of an hour to work my way through this one, and I am left wondering where that hour went. A great journey.

rrheisler, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery dark orange that takes on a blood orange hue when backlit. Multiple, active streams of bubbles hurry upward to a fabulous looking head that's toasted khaki in color, has a majestic nature and resembles a desert rock formation that has been smoothed and shaped by millennia of unceasing wind that... sorry, where was I? I'm disappointed that there isn't more lace. A few vertical fingers of thin, sudsy foam is about it.

The nose is malt-dominant, but lacks other distinguishing characteristics. I can appreciate dark fruit (overripe, bruised apples and pears) and a little mild spiciness. It isn't very deep, complex or aromatic. While above average is an easy call, it's a disappointment for such a well-regarded beer.

We're back on track. Westmalle Trappist Dubbel seems a little light in the flavor and mouthfeel departments, but then I'm still trying to get my mouth and my brain around the style. The flavor profile favors dark caramel-toffee more than chocolate or cocoa. It's still fruity (now figs and raisins) and is spicy (cinnamon and nutmeg). While alcohol is noted, it's part of the beer's DNA and is essential to making the flavor as appealing as it is.

The finish is the best part of the entire mouthful. It's there that the various members of the flavor profile separate, come into stark relief and are better able to be appreciated. I love the fact that the beer is getting better and better as the ounces pass. I'm finding new and varied flavor combinations as it warms. Dubbel is so damned composed and so Old World complex that I've been won over in spite of myself.

The mouthfeel is a perfect match for the flavor. By that I mean that it feels light on first blush, but is actually substantive. At bottom, it's medium in heft with a wispy silkiness and active carbonation. Like the flavor, the mouthfeel has grown on me over the course of the bottle.

Westmalle Dubbel oozes quality. Patience and focus is required to plump the depths of its beer soul, but the effort will be rewarded. This is a more than worthy member of the canon of great Belgian dubbels.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of orangemoustache
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with some red highlights and a puffy tan head that leaves lots of thick even lacing.The smell is tangy with red wine aromas.Tastes of malts,over ripened dark fruits and a hint of watered down prune,spices(cinnamon),the yeast was not as dominant as I had expected,I was very pleased with the abundance and subtlety of flavors.The body and mouthfeel are soft and frothy.A stellar Dubbel!

orangemoustache, May 15, 2008
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!

themind, Mar 16, 2013
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

Blindpigbiz, May 20, 2013
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.

Jonada, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Ozzylizard
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle best by 28/01/15 at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of dates and yeast phenolics
Head average (4 cm), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing OK – partial rings of small to large bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of dates and dark malts, slightly sweet, with faint alcohol aftertaste. No hops, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

A very good dubbel.

Ozzylizard, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of BC65
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

BC65, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle for $7 at the Steelgarden in Bethlehem, served in a goblet. I've been reading about Belgians lately, so this really hit the spot. It was almost wine-like for it's relatively thin body, bitter spices and smooth (but hardly sweet) fruit. There was a rummy raisin-grape character up front with a peppery, and surprisingly bitter finish. The middle of the flavor was light, with almost a sort of strawberries and cream taste. Very interesting, very tasty. An absolute classic.

tempest, Oct 30, 2010
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 kirkpjr
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a fairly dark brown with mahogany and mocha hues - lots of floaters here as well. A full 3 fingers of tan head. Spotted lacing develops.

S: Tons of dark fruits here - ripe cherries, figs, and raisins. Also a strong presence of apples here. Sweet malts and a spicy Belgian yeast finish off the nose.

T: Not as pungent as the smell. Ripe, dark fruits in the front with a drying Belgian yeast in the back. Sweet malts and fruits dominate the taste - coming out more as the beer warms.

M: Moderate to high carbonation. Medium body.

D: Very pleasant dubbel. Starting to delve more into this style.

kirkpjr, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of SebD
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice dark mahogany color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of dark fruit (plums, grapes, raisins), yeast, caramel and some spiciness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet fruity character giving out notes of grapes, raisins and plums, nice spiciness, some Beligian yeast and some caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

SebD, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of manitouman84
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a 2 finger tan head and a beautiful amber mahogany translucent body. As I understand it the monks centrifuge their beer before re-pitching and bottling, makes for a wonderful presentation!

Lovely nobel hop aroma with estery fruit notes. Many flavors present, bubblegum, clove, and a very slight pineapple tartness, with a dry caramel finish. Light phenolics and heavy carbonation give an exuberant mouth feel to the beer as expected with a true trappist style dubbel.

manitouman84, May 17, 2011
Photo of NeutroMan
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, corked and caged

Pours a hazy dark ruby/brownish color. Minimal tan head dissipated quickly.

Lots of sweet/caramel malt aroma, almost too sweet. Fruity esters of plum, cherry, and figs. Sweetness is a little more muted in the flavor, as spicy phenols feature prominently, along with banana and yeast. Noticeable alcohol warmth. Medium-full bodied; dry finish.

Overall, this is an extremely well-made Dubbel and should be the model for all others in its category.

NeutroMan, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Drazzamatazz
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I've been reading The Brewmaster's Table lately so I figured I'd take Garrett's advice and have this beer with my dinner of cassoulet.

Poured into a Chimay Chalice.

A: A hazy garnet that a Mag-lite barely cut through. Puffy Cumulus head with very sporadic bubble formation; tiny pearls mixed together with boulders. Started off with three fingers depth, and although it got beaten back it was sticking around to the very end.

S: Dried plums and raisins. Somewhat musty smelling. Although boozey at first, quickly brought on a nutty bread aroma.

T: Very subtle throughout. Definite sweetness, mainly of dried fruits and honey, but also a crisp dryness. This too much going on here for me to try and explain all the flavors. Changes every sip, makes you want to just keep digging around for more.

M: Very surprisingly full in body, same could be said for carbonation, almost borders on soda water. Just enough alcohol to clear your palate for the next sip.

D: A planned on making a bit of a night of drinking, but I'm so happy here I'm going to stop now. Complex without being in your face, I have to say this deserves all the hype it might get. Alcohol content is low enough that I felt like I was in control throughout, unlike some balls-to-the-wall extreme brews that knock you back and drag you along.

Drazzamatazz, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fluffy, bubbly, light-tan head. Starts off aggressive, but the carbonation is too high to hold it all. Head drops to a spotty cap and solid collar after a couple minutes. Some sheets of lacing break apart and leave spotty notches. Dark amber/burgundy. Relatively clear with only a slight haze.

Smell: Candi sugar. Dark fruits in the vein of cherries, plums, and raisins. Sweetness jumps out, but it's nice and mellow. Yeast is restrained yet present. Clove and banana. Bready with some apple skin and grapes. Touches of caramel malts and sweetness. Candied goodness. Complex and mellow.

Taste: Yeast up front. Spicy like pepper with a big fruit layer thrown underneath. Clove drops and never lets go. Some ripe banana and raisins. Lots of raisins. Some crisp apple and caramel sweetness help balance things out. Powdery. Yeast pushes some earthiness as well. Candi sugar adds some much needed sweetness. Dustings of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Dry with a slightly higher than anticipated carbonation. Prickly and almost thin at times, but not quite.

Overall: I had this shortly after I turned 21 and it blew my mind. Drinking it now, it's still pretty tasty. A lot less mindblowing, but well-balanced and nuanced. A touch too carbonated for me in the long run. Flavors are on point though.

Goblinmunkey7, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown and surprisingly opaque. I don't think it's sediment either, this is just a very dark beer. Big two finger head that seems to retain forever, and tons of tiny bubbles coming up to support it.

S: Sweet sharp smell which reminds of apple cider and white wine. Plenty of alcohol and spicy pepper.

T: Big bready taste with some hints of sweetness with a tiny bit of grape/currant, though not as pronounced as the smell. Middle is spicy, followed by a slightly bitter finish. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter mxed with some funk and yeast.

MF: Very bubbly, as the head would suggest. Really good bite between the carbonation and spice. Not as thick as it's appearance would suggest. Alcohol feel is there with some warming, but not prominent. Very dry finish.

D: Very drinkable. Better than Chimay's, IMO. The flavor is good but not overly complex, but all the factors combine to make this an extremely good beer.

rxdrewthejew, Jan 18, 2008
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,145 ratings.