Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,422 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,422
Reviews: 1,159
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 163
Gots: 326 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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Ratings: 2,422 | Reviews: 1,159
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, sweet fruits (applesauce and fig), some cola-like notes. Flavor of bitter hops initially with lots of malt and sweet fruits, even some soda-like notes. Hmm, not what I expected from the #2 dubbel in the world. The flavor is bland and the palate a touch heavy. I would have liked more fruity notes or spices....oh well.

Photo of ZAP
3.17/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had lofty expectations of this brew and I have to say I am unimpressed.

A-Dark brown, small tan head.

S-Light aroma of figs and fruit (apples, plums and pears)....not great but not bad on the nose.

T-Apples and pears, figs, raisins and a little alcohol spiciness...not a malty as expected.

M-Feels thin and watery....light side of medium bodied...low carbonation.

D-I wouldn't complain if someone bought me one of these but I much prefer the Westmalle Trippel

Photo of Minkybut
3.16/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this expensive beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. I thought I was going to like this because I have heard so may great things about it. It had a fine bubbly head ans was a rich mohoganny color but was cloudy. The beer semmed to be very very carbonated. The beer had a nice creamy head and bad ass lacing but was very strong in the alcohol taste. I will not buy again but thats just my opinion.

Photo of Douberd
3.15/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark colour, with minimal bubbles surfacing. Medium head, brownish coloured, stays for a reasonable amount of time.
Aroma is of fruits and chocolate.
Bitter taste, medium thick body. Bitterness stays in your mouth. Quite carbonated. Overall not bad, quite average.

Photo of cokes
3.13/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Gotta say I'm disappointed here.
Pours an attactive reddish-amber. Large, puffy tan head that settled slowly. Pebble-like sediment into the glass. Gravel black floaters.
Fruity aroma of apples, figs, and prunes. Carmel sweetness also . Alcohol is noted.(strange, as it doesn't show up in the taste).
Taste seem muted, and uninspired. Fruitiness is here, with apple, tart grape and ever-so-slight banana. Carmel is present, but the malt body is somewhat thin. I keep getting strange impressions of a vienna lager....and not a particularly good one. Very faint chocolate hues.
Thin, boring body. Lacking of any heft, or any spirtz. Dull, blunt, lifeless. Thickens as it sits, but never attains anything noteworthy.
Maybe this is too young (bb: 13/05/04). Nevertheless, I just don't see the flavors here to hold out much prospect.

Photo of KajII
3.12/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a dark murky brown with a tan fizzy head that was fully diminishing and had poor lacing. The aroma was heavy of roasted malts and molasses, light resin hops and a moderate scent of a horse blanket yeast. It tasted slightly malty and extremely bitter at first and ended with a bitter acidic flavor that layed in the back of your throat. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a fizzy carbonation. Overall an OK brew, but nothing special.

Photo of Dubber55
3.1/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a murky brown with some orange highlights. 1 finger cream colored head.

I immediatly smell clove, nutmeg, banana. There are also some dark fruits and some raisins.

The taste seems pretty spicy. I am getting mostly bready and caramelly malts along with a lot of clove, nutmeg, banana, gingerbread. Seems to have a dry finish with a lot of clove.

Mouthfeel is thin with some medium to high carbonation

The alcohol is nicely hidden but, the spiciness and the breadiness make me not want to drink more than a few ounces. I can think of a few dubbels I would rather drink instead.

Photo of Kraken
3.08/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 2/10/09. Best by 3/10

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into an oversized wine goblet. Firm pour evokes a 1/4 inch of white head, fair amount of lace. Color is a nice semi-opaque woody brown.

Nose- a slight sourness with some substantial caramel notes. Wet rotting wood.

Palate- Sour woodiness. Plenty of moderately sweet caramel notes. Coco. More sour woodiness in the finish. Finishes moderately dry.

Mouth- Dry and slightly tart.

Drinkability- Decent, but not the best dubble I've had.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.08/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks like I get to be a party pooper on this one, but not everything brewed by trappist monks in Belgium is worthy of high praise. The Dubbel starts out teaming with a volatile effervescence. A tall tan head on a ruddy brown body yields a delicate aroma of lager-like malts and garden herbs. Of course, this brew is otherwise not remotely lager-like.

The taste is frail and simplistic, not the complex tapestry of exotica I frequently anticipate from the monks. The flavor never reaches any dominant culminations of the customary brewing dimensions. There are no great overtures to sweetness, bitterness, citrus, or spice. The finish is actually somewhat drab.

I drank this beer within the posted freshness date and noted no telltale signs of spoilage. I can only conclude that on the whole this is a rather ho-hum brew from the good brothers at Westmalle whose reputation for excellence is not upheld by this rather uninspired twice-fermented ale.

Photo of Brent
3.06/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The packaging may have set me up to expect too much. Raised embossed bottle, with paper label overlay probably to meet export label standards - the hallmarks of a quality imported Belgian ale. I suppose I've come to expect all Belgian Trappists to be really good beers, so this was a letdown when it came in at a bit above average. The flavor was rather blunt and simple - not much in the way of spicyness or depth of the malt and yeast interplay. Some rough, dark orchard fruit and a bit of caramel to the malt. Sharply fizzy, with good head retention.

Photo of jrallen34
3.05/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I drank from a bottle into a chalice in Brussels at Delirium Cafe.

It pours brown with a decent white head and above average lacing.

It smells like malt and coffee with a hint of spice.

It tastes ok, but I like this one less than the Dubblel but better than the quad. Which is very strange because this is the opposite of the way I like the other Trappistes. Overall a very so-so beer.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.03/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy (I know this from the pour-ing), extremely dark, opaque brown. Head is huge, dense and creamy.

S - Intense fruit. Plums and raisins come to mind. Also some banana-like notes, and a touch of raspberry.

T - Hmm Strange. Initial impression is no taste at all. Then a mild bitterness creeps in. Fruitiness follows with an earthy touch. Aftertaste is a mild, lingering bitterness.

M - Dry in the finish. Light bodied and a touch overcarbonated.

D - Hmm. I was a bit disappointed with the taste. The initial no-taste was a bit of a shocker - I've never had anything like that before, and the overall lightness of the brew wasn't expected.

Photo of Vancer
3.01/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Holy moly, has this been in a hot warehouse too long? A big ol’ disappointment – the best part was the pour (frothy chestnut brown with a lacey ivory ring).

I had to sniff like a dog to get some weak malty Belgium candy cane. Taste was almost dead, dry and harsh. A small malt kick in the finish salvaged the brew from falling below average. Fuzzy and thin, I can’t believe this is the <standard> Westmalle.

I must travel to Belgium for a fresh sample.

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 BonzoBall
3/5  rDev -28.1%

I had this on draft in the village it was made in and it was fantastic / delicious. BUT this review is based on the bottle I had in Brighton and it was average, a little bitter and had an unpleasant burnt after taste.

Photo of BMoney575
2.98/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on 5-12-09
Best before 3-27-10

Pours a completely cloudy red/brown color, with a foamy off-white head that leaves behind bog-time lacing.

Smell is thick fruitiness and a good amount of booze. Actually quite complex, with notes of grape, clove, and a slight lemon.

Taste is surprisingly bland, with sharp bitterness and tart alcohol. Seems off, but I don't think so. The malt is in there, but in the end it's very harsh and not at all enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is extremely foamy, all carbonation and nothing else.

Drinkability is poor, see taste + mouthfeel.

Overall, a disappointment.

Photo of smakawhat
2.89/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a chalice. Bottle to be consumed before May 27th 2012 so off we go!

A dark red to brown/black walnut is immersed throughout the chalice for the body, as the head produces a very foamy and large bubbled brown caramel color. Head really doesn't stick around much, but leaves a good size crawling collar

Interestingly light aromatic of whipped cococa/chocolate, light sense of roasted malts, Belgian candi, some slight sweet cherries, almost a sensation of smelling a good creamy Black Forest cake. Real nice I must admit.

Taste is very light bodied and a bit wet, bringing a real noticeable carbon dioxide and gaseous finish. Much of the notes on the nose are not even distinguishable on the palate at all. A large taste of just ordinary club soda, not bringing any of the scents picked up on the nose.

Overall I am wishing I could say more about how this tastes, but it tastes like drink club soda and nothing else. Pretty darn disappointing cause the nose is fantastic.

Photo of IronDjinn
2.88/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Have this bottle left over from a Westmalle gift pack, that also came along with their Tripel and a stunning chalice.

Pours out a very deep opaque brown, tall fluffy cinnamon head that retains and retains.

Fruity with a light, zesty aroma, some chewy fig malts, some yeast. Light mandarin in the background, or almost pomelo-like. Then green apple slices.... This really unravels as it warms. The warm spice really comes out as it reaches room temp.

However this doesn't really do much for me in the flavour dep't. Subdued up front, and under the radar the rest of the time. A small warming alcohol surfaces near the finish and carries through to the aftertaste, but that is more of a texture than a flavour. Light spicy malt, but far, far off into the background. A kind of woody, nutty aftertaste to it after a long while. Almost as if this has been watered down somewhat.

Speaking of that, the mouthfeel is fairly thin as well, not much oomph or backbone behind it.

Perhaps this might be an off bottle of the stuff, but barring that it isn't really my cup of tea in the dubbel dep't, so much more out there with flavour to offer to be had instead.

Photo of Citadel82
2.88/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I did not really care for this one. Oh sure it looked decent when first poured into the Westmalle goblet. Nice warm brown, creamy off-white head. But it left no lace in a beer clean glass. smell was yeasty with hints of alcohol and some fruit. Taste was a disappointment. May have turned on me. not sure. It was not sweet like I expect a dubbel to be and was not syrupy in the way of mouth feel. Too dry, and yeasty/doughy with some hints of coffee/cocoa in the finish.

Photo of deejaydan
2.86/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my favorite. Has a very dry, spicy flavor. Alchol is big and present. Not enough extra stuff going on to mask the Alcohol. Looks nice in the glass, nice head and all, but that's about it as far as postives go. Maybe I just don't like Belgian beers?

Photo of Crosling
2.85/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Burgundy. Deep, complex nose of mixed berries, cherries, chocolate, caramel and mixed nuts. Slightly cloying, deep fruity flavor with notes of plums, cherries and other dark fruits. This is lacking flavor beyond the sweet dark fruitiness but more so, this is lacking depth and body. I want a richer, more complex malt flavor in a dubbel

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.

Photo of BeerNutta
2.82/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe I should not have drank the trippel before drinking the dubbel.

A = Nice brown colour. Very cloudy with think foam head that hung around.

S = Wet dog. Smelt of wet dog.

T = Watery thin. Slight malt flavour. Not very tasty. So watery.

M = Just so damn watery. Very dissapointing. Light carbonation.

D = Drink the tripel. Forget this one.

Photo of jim102864
2.79/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't understand the ratings some of the other BA's have given this brewery and this beer in particular. A total snooze fest best describes my experience.

Yeah, the appearance is chestnut brown with a 2 finger head in my Chimay chalice. Poured from a dark 12 oz bottle. No bottling date. Maybe they're trying to hide something.

There is no aroma. Period. Whatever's in there is so faint it's not worth mentioning.

Taste is malty, slightly peppery. Pleasant enough but still a bore.

I won't recommend this beer to anyone. Highly overated in my humble opinion. I'll revisit it some day but on someone else's ruble.

Photo of tewaris
2.79/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle, best by 07/12 poured into a Chimay chalice. Pours a dirty amber-brown color with a light brown sugar hued creamy head. Excellent head retention and lacing. Think I poured it too cold... waiting for it to warm up, stealing a sip or two in between.

Not much by the way of aroma here, or my sense of smell is horribly messed up. This particular dubbel seems a lot more hop forward, drier, tannic, and almost oak-y compared to other examples of the style. Only slightly sweet with a spicy yeastiness and brown sugar notes, led by the high carbonation toward a tannic bitter finish. Medium body, intense but clean flavors. Not a fan.

4.5, 3, 2, 4, 3

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,422 ratings.