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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,323 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,323
Reviews: 1,137
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 149
Gots: 251 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of NeutroMan
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of keithmurray
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into my chalice

Smells of brown sugar, molasses, tobacco and leather

Appearance is dark brown with a slight tan head, bits of sediment floating around

taste is of raisins, plums brown sugar and malts

this beer has a good amount of carbonation, you can detect a bit of the alcohol (it does check in at over 7%abv). Overall a good drinking beer, nice for a cool night indoors. I would def. revisit.

Photo of taospowder
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of NeedBeerHere
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out dark brown/ really dark brown with a three finger beige head with nice retention and some nice lacing. Smell is dark fruits, some dark malts, and just that smell of a blegian dubbel. Taste is much the same as the nose. Really no difference except maybe a tiny bit of sweetness and Belgian candy sugar. Mouthfeel is a little thick as one would like it and it great; Overall one of the greatest Belgium beers. Just really nice.

Photo of warnerry
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 2/3/12

A - Pours a deep mahogany with some suspended material and almost two fingers of tan head. Head has outstanding retention and leaves rings of lacing.

S - Caramel, candi sugar and dark fruit aromas, with raisin, fig and maybe a bit of cherry. Also has a decent bread aroma.

T - Starts off a bit sweet, with caramel, fruit and candi sugar, but a yeast spiciness soon takes over. Some bread malt near the finish and another shot of spiciness on the finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel with lively carbonation and a dry spicy finish.

O - Very good overall. Not too sweet with a nice bread and spice presence.

Photo of secondtooth
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, almost burgundy, with impressive head. Thick and detailed lace, too. Very nice. I get some sediment, as well, but no points lost for that.

Nose is fruity and yeasty, with hints of sour berries. Quite appealing.

Taste is fruity and yeasty (dark fruit, berries), and even a tad sour. A little funky and musty, too. Superb, and wish these were more widely available and a little more inexpensive. As it is, a treat!

Photo of Jon
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby-brown color with a huge beige head. Excellent head retention leads to excellent lacing down the glass. Nose includes hints of sweet malt, spices and chocolate. Notes of the sweet malt, very subdued hops, yeast and raisins introduce themselves to the palate. This is a very well balanced dubbel, perhaps the best I've tried so far. The alcohol is definitely there, but hard to pinpoint. Definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of kreeper
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poored with a good frothy headand had some nice sweet aromas. Flavors of banana and sweet malt were good and made this beer enjoyable. Had some yeast hints on the body of this beer which was nice and rich. This beer overall was a good dubbel and would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

300th review on BA so why not make it a classic.

Look: Dark brown with red traces throughout the beer. 1/2 inch slightly off white head and great retention

Smell: Very fruity nose with dark and light fruits lots of apricot apple peaches raisin and figs.

Taste: Similar to the nose in the fact that it is a bit fruity on the palate with a fair amount of sweetness to it. Very complex flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium body and lots of carbonation

Overall: Just a classic beer that will always be a go to beer for me.

Photo of manitouman84
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep brown with garnet hi lights. A big foamy head like merange and appears to be nicely carbonated.
Sweet malt with a nice fruitiness about it.
Sweet malt taste like the aroma, with candied sugar, plums and dates. I'm not picking up much in way of hops. Bitter at end with a dry finish.
Body wise I thought it felt a little thin around the edges but I'm not overly concerned.
A very good tasting beer that gains in flavor as it warms. Nice lacing from the always present head.
Cellar worthy
I deem this beer good to the last drop.
Drink well my friends.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type and glass: 11.2 oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Pours brown, almost crimson, with a cram colored head that retains quite well. Lacing is excellent.

S: Smell is very malt forward, with caramel, some spice, and dried fruits. Hops are more prominent in this brew than other Dubbels.

T: Slightly fruity taste with spice, toasted bread, and toffee. Candi sugar is also present. The finish is dry and very clean, with floral, spicy hop tones.

M: A medium bodied brew, but ever so slightly thin for this style. Flavors are intense, and the finish is long.

D: A very good Dubbel. Rich in flavor, yet has the body to make it very palatable.

Photo of bump8628
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown with garnet highlights and a huge matrix of large, tan bubbles that eventually recede to a tight, creamy, pancake-like cap.

Westmalle Dubbel is reminiscent of under-ripe bananas dipped in caramel and toffee and then lightly dusted with cocoa powder, cinnamon, and clove. Earthy bitterness lingers on into the finish more than anticipated, which along with the ultra-dry finish, makes this Dubbel quite different from the American interpretations.

All in all a delightful Trappist ale.

Photo of rvdoorn
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from the local grocery shop.
Look: pours a nice dark brown color with a thick light brown-white head.
Smell: Sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, spicy hops
Taste: dark fruits, yeast, sweet malts and caramel, with a spicy hoppy finish.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation with a medium body
Overall: A nice beer, very easy to drink. Never lets you down

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated 27/05/12 and poured into a chalice.
Finger of off light brown head and a deep deep reddish brown body.
Alcohol, sweet caramel, and dark fruit aromas.
Lots of the sweetness and dark fruits in the taste. Bitter and spicy.
Medium bodied with prickly carbonation.
The 33cl bottle is not big enough. I want to drink this all night.

Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque light/burnt orange brown. Small retaining beige head. Effervesence bubbling throughout the entire glass.

S: Sugary sweet.

T: Fruit right off the bat, apple. Then a roasted yeast with a tinge of spicy sweetness, little bit of caramelnuttiness on the followthrough.

M: Sparkly and tingly due to the medium effervesence. The flavors feel soft on the mouth, it's just a tad over tingly on the bubbles for my personal taste.

D: The taste is light enough to make this very drinkable, however, it's more carbonated than my personal preference and that makes it a one-glasser for me.

Photo of SilentSabre
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
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?

Photo of JackStraw22
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer. You really don't have to read any more than that, go get yourself one! It has a dark opaque orange/brown color and a mamouth creamy head. The aroma was quite nice, sweet malty goodness. I smelled some apple and citrus too. The taste is in a word, sweet. Some noticable hops, but the overiding taste, and the one that lingers is one of sweetness. Great beer.

Photo of oggg
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from the 330ml bottle. Date 19/08/05 on the back label.

Poured into my red wine glass with a boldly cascading tan head that grew to 3 inches with a nice pour. It subsided with crackles and pops to a thick creamy luxurious delicate layer over the beer. The beer is ruby tinted deep brown.

The mild aroma is of generic fruit, raisin, cinnamon, and a soft spiciness (the hops?).

As I sip away at this lovely brew, it tries to defy my attempts to put it down on paper. It's so ephemeral and subtle and different. Where to start? It begins with thick and chewy, loud and plain chocolate. It's fairly sweet to start, but a dryness crescendos into a bitterness that isn't quite hop bitterness nor burnt astringency. The dryness is tailed by warming alcohol, but then it fades to leave a syrupy coating in the mouth. This is earthy with generic fruity esters, maybe of melon. As I sip on, the bitterness lingers a little bit longer and cuts down on the syrupy finish. Carbonation level is on the mild side, which is perfect (the Belgian bottles I've been trying have been on the high side).

These Belgian ales are all so different. The dubbel and trippel classifications don't even tell you that much. Just be ready to sit and sip and enjoy. This one is definitely a winner.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchasing this beer I knew good things were to come. I wanted everything to be correct before enjoying ie. temperature, glassware, timing...ect. I got the temperature down, suitable glassware, and I knew that everything was perfect, the stars were aligned. I put my first crack into the year old seal and foam started going everywhere. I was in shock and, as fate would have it, standing over a carpet, therefore the bottle neck went into the mouth. It's a laughable setback, one that I'll surely remember.
BB 03/02/11

Appearance:
The beer poured a perfect 1 inch light tan head that stuck around for approximately 5 minutes. A dense 1cm head was constant after that, the beer is clearly well carbonated. I observe fine particulate matter floating around the depths of a deep brown ale. The beer gives off a cola brown held up to the light, lacing is observable. The beer breaths life into my evening, it's makes me quite anxious for what's to come!

Smell:
The beer is different than your average Belgian. A different recipe or yeast character created a beer with complexity and a truly unique ale for my olfactory interpretation. I get notes of a raisin fruitiness and yeast culture funkiness. I am now wondering what to expect with the taste, but certain of its drinkability.

Taste:
Super rich and earthy with more intense notes of the raisin, tobacco, fig, and keytone. This beer is excellently balanced with a semi-sweet first sip and slightly dry finish. The beer is thick like a loaf of bread, yet light and airy like a slice cut from that loaf. The bread comes out more as you approach the yeast cloudiness lurking below. I appreciate the subtle changes in flavor as you work your way down, it gives the beer a smooth earthiness characteristic.

Mouthfeel:
The beer feels like a typical Belgian ale, it has richness with adequate funk to keep your senses guessing. I am still guessing as to what I feel in the beer's initial fruit presentation, but a semi-dry finish keeps me coming back for more. Well balanced flavors with a lot of intricacies that make it a definite palate pleaser.

Drinkability:
I have not experienced a beer quite like this, it is different than other dubbels I've had yet possesses recurrent similarities that make it unmistakably Belgian. The beer would pair nicely with a variety of foods because it offers complexity yet balance and therefore would not detract heavily. I liked the beer at a slightly cooler temperature (45-50 degrees Fahrenheit recommended), but I wonder how room temperature would have suited.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into chalice.

Pours a a purplish-brown color, murky, with a thin, fluffy tan head that fades into a thin, creamy cap that lasts the entire beer.

Nose is light dark fruits and brown sugar, with some spicy yeast lending a light, doughy character to the smell. Just a hint of spicy alcohol lends some interesting depth.

Taste is intense - up front, you get a big, yeasty, doughy malt note full of dark fruit and some brown sugar, followed by a sweet, rich lingering dark fruit note that fades into a dry, slightly yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp, lightly scrubbing, with a fluffy mouthfeel and medium body.

Photo of Jetulio
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into a Chalice glass

Appareance: dark hazy brown colour, nearly opaque. beige head (almost two fingers).

Aroma: malty smell with fruit ( figs ) and wood.

Taste: touch of dark fruits sweetnes at the start , then you can taste wood and grass ending with bitterness and dry sensations. Long lasting in mouth.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonaation and body.

Overall: perfect equilibrium. Good trappist beer, long in mouth. Maybe the aroma is not so fine as the later taste, but in mouth is an amazing ale. Classic.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle a dark, hazy, chocolaty brown with a fairly thick beige head. (Be careful - it foams like all-get-out!) Strong aroma has a fruity overtone and an appreciable malty component with hints of caramel. Satisfying flavor is malty with a strong apple/pear tone and hints of caramel and smoke, and a hoppy undertone. Finish is subtly bitter and has a touch of sweetness. Smooth texture helps it slide down the pipes pleasantly.

Photo of Mitro
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Burnt amber, lying underneath a hefty and rich bronze head. After a short while, the head mellows, but is nicely retained. Beautiful lacing.

S- Cassis, apple, pear, molasses, a slight spiciness, and a faint bubblegum sweetness.

T- Begins with a mix of fruity tart and burnt brown sugar, which is balanced by full-on Belgian yeastiness. Finish is dry and bitter.

M- The perfect level of carbonation, in my opinion: definitely present, but not oppressive. The bitterness of the beer lingers in the back corners of the mouth. I tend to drink beers slowly, and after about 10-15 minutes, the carbonation has significantly softened. I suppose this is to be expected.

D- Highly drinkable. It's not a heavy beer, and the bitterness does not close my stomach. I could definitely go for another.

Photo of far333
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a crystal goblet. Pours a deep chestunt color with a light brown frothy head that rises up and settles back down quickly.

Inviting aroma of brown sugar and raisin, some cocoa and fig, accented with toffee and ripe fruit.

Flavor of sharp espresso accented with cocoa and currant, some pepper spice, smoke and leather. Also notes of molasses, fig, and caramel punctuated with raisin and oak. Lots of flavors moving in and out.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, moderate carbonation, but manages to finish bubbly and tingly. Very drinkable, really good beer.

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,323 ratings.