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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,147 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,147
Reviews: 1,118
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 123
Gots: 176 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000)
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Photo of korguy123
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Year old bottle stored at proper cellar temp. Poured into goblet.

Murky brown pour with ruby highlights. Finger and a half light tan head. Lacing is excellent.

Brown sugar, vanilla, dark stone fruits, slight alcohol. There is some bananas and digestive cookies. There is a touch of chocolate and burnt toast.

Burnt toast, slight alcohol, dark stone fruits, brown sugar, vanilla, some dark roasted coffee in the finish.

Light to medium body, carbonation is slightly high.

korguy123, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of Nay
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's amazing how much non-chocolate, non-coffee roasted malt flavors are packed into this beer: Light and dark fig sweetness balanced with just enough hop bitterness and alcohol. Lingering phenolic and bitter finish. Mouthfeel just goes on and on, but carbonation quality a bit prickly, and not smooth nor carbonic, either of which might make the beer a little better.

Very tasty, but not stupendous.

Nay, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of JBogan
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark ruby/brown with a bit of a haze to it. Sturdy off white foam head leaving some but not a lot of lacing, and turning into a thin film which remained.

Roasted malts and some nuts present in the smell, with banana in there also.

Tasted of caramel, malts and maybe a bit of plum to go along with even a hint of bubble gum. Nice and complex, but yet not too "busy".

Mouthfeel was slightly on the thicker end of the scale, and not as sprightly as similar beers I've tried. Still pretty decent and smooth however.

I enjoyed this beer and found it drinkable. It's not quite up to the same level as some other Trappist beers, but it's pretty easy to find and not as expensive as some of those either. This one is certainly worth a try.

JBogan, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of Longstaff
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A semi dark brew with a light brown head that stayed all the way to the bottom. Some banana aromas mixed in with sweet dark malt aromas. Initially this has a sweet dark malty flavor of caramel, and chocolate followed by a prune and banana fruitiness. Ends dry with barely any hop flavor. Not as big flavored as I was expecting but it still left me wanting more.

Longstaff, Oct 08, 2002
Photo of HardTarget
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown bottle, 11.2 fl. oz. listing 7.6% and a best by date of 06/09/06.
Aroma: Dark fruit blended with apple peel, banana and dark red wine. Hints of the “new” smell I get from Rochefort 10, must be a yeast characteristic; I can’t describe it well, but I love it.
Appearance: Very hazy dark brown with a light cover of tan that leaves a sheet of tiny bubbles more than lace. I attribute the haziness to the fact that I only let it sit a day after shipping cross country.
Flavor: Very smooth round and clean. A mild flavor overall, lightly roasted grains, very subtle alcohol, touch of sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Velvety. Smooth and creamy. Carbonated but I don’t feel the bubbles. Nice dry finish with a slight pucker.
Overall Impression: A very well made brew with great drinkability. It has a good flavor, but it’s very subtle and mild. Absolutely wonderful mouthfeel. It has monastic qualities; humble, simple, refined, earnest, and honest. It refreshed my body and soul.
Thanks to Stonecrusher for the trade

HardTarget, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice example of the style. I also love how I can get this for $25 a case in Belgain grocery stores. Dark brown with a nice tan head. The nose has sweet malts and powerfull Belgian yeasts. Taste is well balanced. Medium body suits the style well. Great deal in Belgium over priced in the US.

rye726, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got a chance to pick up a small bottle of this up at Gary's in Wayne over the weekend. This was on my list of "to try" beers and after enjoying it, I can't believe that it took so long for me to to finally have one of these. While it was quite strong and took a while to down, I enjoyed this immensely and would easily have another bottle if given enough time!

Loved the pour to this - with a cloudy plum hue, great lacing, and a head that would put any ice cream float to shame. Not as much sugar in the nose or mouthfeel as I expected but there was tons of plum and fruit to balance out the alcohol quite nicely. This was full without feeling heavy with just a bit of grain to enhance everything else. This had the feeling of cognac or port since the carbonation was low, but the strength of this beer was deceptive, from start to finish.

I could certainly feel the effect of the alcohol when I finished the bottle along with the influence of dark fruit. No spice or lambic-like sourness here, just a wonderfully warm and inviting beer that called for a slow drinking session to enjoy it. No doubt that this deserves to be called one of the classics and a must-try for all who love a well-crafted and enjoyable brew. Highly recommended.

JerzDevl2000, May 01, 2012
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. opaque mahogany color. nice light tan head. great retention and great lacing.

S: wonderful fruity aroma. some figs, pears, plums and some clove.

T: nice and mellow. flavors of fig, plum and clove mostly. great palate for a dubbel.

M: clean and crisp for the style. great carbonation level. medium to full bodied.

D: great dubbel...as with almost all trappist beers, give it a shot and you won't be disappointed.

paulthebeerguru, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of timtim
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reddish brown with an off white head that faded pretty quikly and left minimal lace. smelled wonderful. roasty, caramelly, green raisiny, dried fruity, figgy, plummy... on and on... not overboard though. just nice and subtle and enjoyable. taste was very similar to nose. complex, but not overdone. great medium body and very very drinkable. surprised to see ommegang on the list. this one is miles ahead.

timtim, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of doerickson
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown coloring with a fine, persistent off-white head. Very, very sweet smelling; raisin/date and dark fruit sweetness are all over the nose. Light-to-medium body; active carbonation. Taste is nowhere near as syrupy and cloyingly sweet as the smell leads you to expect; I find this to be a positive thing. That said, the flavor is primarily more on the sweet side, although it's surprisingly well balanced. A world-class dubbel.

doerickson, Nov 16, 2002
Photo of udubdawg
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle

the room is quite dimly lit, and the pour looks very dark brown. Held to the light though, it comes alive. A few lines of fine bubbles break up what is otherwise a bright, clear liquid of beautiful dark orange/ruby color. The head very quickly recedes to a quarter inch of creamy light tan foam and decides to stick around. Lacing is spotty.

I find the nose a bit underwhelming here. Nothing wrong with it, just not quite up to par with some other aspects of the brew. Orchard fruit,a little plum, and a bit of a vague tart aspect. Nice depth, could just use a bit more oomph. Alcohol barely shows, and only when the beer is well warmed and I really inhale deeply.

Excellent flavor despite this not being my favorite style. Ample ripe fruitiness - maybe even a bit of bubblegum - well defined by the crisp feel and ample carbonation. Vague light spiciness that I didn't notice in the aroma. Light fruit and carmelized sugars linger on my palate. Body is medium and smooth, and alcohol is nonexistent.

Very drinkable. Most seem to like it fresh, but I can't recall a bad experience with this beer. Nicely done, and recommended.

udubdawg, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of sevenarts
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Reddish brown, amber. Modest off-white head. No lacing.

S: Sugary sweet, fruity, a bit of spice.

T/M: Rich sugar up front, lots of dark fruits, apple, some almost cidery elements. Some spice around the edges. Warming booze and a hint of burn at the end. Tingly mouthfeel.

O: A great, subtle but flavorful Belgian.

sevenarts, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of vande
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%

vande, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Lothore
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown, orangey hue with a thick, chunky head that lingers.

S- Plum, raisin, fig, brown sugar.

T- Plum and raisin up front with a yeasty finish. Slight bitterness.

M- Thin-medium bodied and very effervescent.

D- This is a great brew. I think if it were a little thicker and had less carbonation it would have scored even higher for me. I'm sure the carbonation fades with time. Will stick a couple bottles in the cellar and forget about them for 5 years ...

Lothore, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown color with a nice, thick one finger tan head on top. Very nice retention with rather foamy lacing left on the glass.

S: Lots of dark fruits - figs, plums, and raisins dominate the aroma. It is on the sweet side with some caramelized malt and a little molasses.

T: A bit maltier in flavor than aroma, with a lot of bread, caramel, and a bit of toffee which blend nicely with the dark fruits that are present (plum, figs, and a bit of cherry).

M: Medium bodied, very crisp and smooth with medium carbonation.

O: A very nice beer. Still just scratching the surface in terms of Dubbels, but I look forward to trying some more soon. Will be interesting to see how this one stacks up to Chimay, Rochefort, etc.

mdaschaf, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of ElGordo
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 330ml bottle into my Liefman's goblet. Body is a pretty dark brown with garnet highlights, topped by an inch of creamy, khaki-colored head that holds its own. Aroma of dark, sweet, bready malt, dark fruit, some banana esters, and a touch of astringency. Palate is lightly malty up front, with some strong peppery notes. A sweetness somewhere between maple and molasses builds towards the back of the mouth, along with notes of plum and dark cherries. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, very nice. Goes down easy for a darker Belgian. A very tasty and refined ale.

ElGordo, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of scottg
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a goblet glass.

Poured a light brown with a reddish hue and a small creamy head with nice lacing. Strong aroma of liquid yeast and fruit, cherry?. A sour fruit and caramel flavor up front with a smooth hoppy finish. Well carbonated, cleanses the mouth, would pair great with cheese. Easy drinking beer.

scottg, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of irishkyle21
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with an off white head, decent retention and lacing. Has a murky brownish color.

Smells great, licorice, a bit of molasses, apples and other fruits, spices and caramel/chocolate malt.

The taste starts of nice and malty (caramel, chocolate). Then becomes spicy, dark fruits and just a bit of mustiness. This is my first beer from Westmalle but it will most definitely not be my last.

irishkyle21, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of neonbrown82
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was rather average for a trappist Dubbel, I thought. The appearance was quite nice with a dark body, impermeable to the light, and a thick frothy off-white head typical of a trappist ale.

The smell was what really disappointed me the most. Usually with trappist ales, the bouquet is absolutely breathtaking. This was rather bland, however, smelling only like a sweet malt dulled by yeast. The taste made up for the (lack of) aroma though, providing a sweet malty burst of flavor. The alcohol, though not too high in ABV, is well hidden but can be slightly detected upon the finish.

I probably won't buy any Westmalle again, even though I quite enjoyed this and the tripel. I simply feel that there are much better products on the market for the money, whether they are authentic trappist products or not. This should not discourage you from trying it anyway, though if you are seeking out information on the trappist ales, you are likely going to try seek them all out regardless. Happy hunting to you!

neonbrown82, Feb 08, 2005
Photo of TheSarge
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westmalle Dubbel produces a massive amount of light tan and rocky head. The body is very dark, ruby red, with a good amount of sediment at the bottom of the glass. The head retention lasts all the way through the 33cl serving, and lacing sticks nicely to the walls of the glass.

This was much more aromatic than expected. It erupts with a slight metallic hops presence, and has a sweet raison bread tone to it as well. I detect overripe grapes cinnamon and other sweet spices.

This tasted more herbal upfront than expected with brisk bitterness, candied sugar is here too. Definitely overripe dark fruits and some cooked veggies are in the taste too.

Mouthfeel is coarse, chewy, and a warm finish follows through.

Overall, this brew was a bit bitterer than I expected. It's decently well rounded with no dominant flavor to overpower the whole beer.

TheSarge, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of packetknife
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark cherry brown body with a tan head that faded but laced. A bit of sediment that looks like coffee grinds even. A stronge and somewhat surprising baker's chocolate on the nose, the ABV came through too but not nearly as strong as some other trappists I've had. Very pleasant on the nose. A mix of black cherry, bits of chocolate, cane sugar, and a very light sensation of lemon zest on the tongue. No acidity to speak of but a creamy and thick feeling with a slight oily aftertaste/feel. Very drinkable for the alcohol.

packetknife, Jun 25, 2005
Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an awesome pale and Belgian crystal malt scent with a tart, yet fruity Belgian yeast finish. The taste is good. It has a creamy brown ale flavor with a tart, fruity Belgian yeast finish. It goes down easy and finishes creamy and dry. The mouthfeel is exceptional. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. It has aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel; a fine sessions brew.

WesWes, Jul 18, 2004
Photo of CA_Infidel2o9
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz to a Tulip

A- deep murky brown, 1" fluffy khaki head

S- roasty, nutty malts, caramel, toffee, citrus, grape, apple, earthy, spices

T- caramel, toffee, belgian yeast, citrus, grape, green apple tartness, slit nutty malts

M- almost creamy, crisp carbonation, apple tartness tingles and curls the tongue

O- A very enjoyable brew. Its dark, roasty, nutty, and caramel, mixed with light citrus, fruits and crisp carbonation. It's very unique and very enjoyable.

CA_Infidel2o9, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of changeup45
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color topped with a nice thick foamy tanish head. Aroma is nice and fresh consisting of dark fruits, yeast and a touch of wine. The mouthfeel is creamy, slightly tart and relatively full and rich. The flavor here is some sugary dark fruits with yeast and a touch of roasted malts. Not crazy flavorful but they all blend together quite nicely. The finish is somewhat mellow and clean. This beer is extremely smooth and easy drinking. Another excellent one from the Monks.

changeup45, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark copper to light bronze body that seems occluded and yeasty. The finely packed foam head is a lovely ivory tone and laces quite beautifully. The nose is loaded with caramel malts, spiciness, and fruit sense; very nicely aromatic.

Flavors of caramel, light chocolate, fruity esters, and yeast sprites. Plenty of nice, coarse complexity. Smooth full body and crisp edges at the finish. Wonderfully drinkable and enjoyable.

AtLagerHeads, Jan 10, 2004
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,147 ratings.