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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,273 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,273
Reviews: 1,128
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 141
Gots: 212 | FT: 2
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 Bierman9
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
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 BamaBeerBuff
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle>Chimay Goblet (best before 8/22/09)

This is a vibrant, crimson and ruby-amber color with a rushing stream of bubbles that creates this big, fat and fluffy, 2" lively and bubbly, dark cream colored head that dissipates in moderate fashion and leaves plenty of sticky lacing and a fine foam cover.

This is a very musty and earthy scent....wheat 'n grains, roasted toffee, earthy, grasssy hop scent way down.

a semi-bitter, herbal and earthy hop and yeast flavor pops out first, then the mildly sweet malt hits, but the malt complexity seems a bit low. There's a decent oak'ed and cinnemon edge in the malt but it's not sweet enough for my liking. As the brew warms up to room temp a fruity current comes through featuring raspberies and wild blackberries and a slightly sharp heat follows. The balnce seems a bit off with the herbal, earthy effects stepping all over the malt charecter. Very clean and crisp but a bit thin for the style.

This is medium to full bodied but really crisp and a very lively party on the palate. finishes soft and smooth.

This one feels a bit "green" and adds a bit too much bitter earthy notes. I still dig this style.

Photo of HalfFull
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml. bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a deep mahogany with some red/brown highlights, and with a creamy inch of off white head. Reduces to a surface cap and yields a lot of lacing. Good looking Dubbel.

Bit odd on the nose, not sure if typical or not as this is a first for me. Mostly yeast and alcohol with some dark fruit in back and largely held back by the small gas carbonation. After the carbonation settles the 'off' scents head for the hills leaving a rich and enticing nose. Still, a bit metallic in nature.

Taste follows with some dark cherry and plum. The carbonation on the swallows purges the tongue briefly, then there is a brief return of chocolate, hazelnut and plum. Carbonation is a bit high on the mouthfeel until the beer settles down. Flavor, like the smell, improves with some exposure. But then a few more minutes and the carbonation is a bit too low. Side by side with Chimay Red, it looks better, but it ain't really about the looks(in this case!).

Photo of gentlebubbles
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of Asgeirr
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
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!

Photo of haz77
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep chestnut colour with a firm couple of inches of light tan head. Very little carbonation to be seen. Head slowly drops to a finger thick cap over over minute or so.

S - Much more restrained than I was expecting and a little disappointing. Dark fruits, molasses, leather, tobacco, some alcohol spice.

T - This is more like it. Mild clove flavour leads to the middle before the dark fruit appears. Sweetness of the dark fruits swells from the middle onwards. Finish is lightly dry with a slight bitter chocolate edge.

M - Medium/full body, very creamy and smooth. Sharp carbonation at first, which quickly becomes softer.

D - Incredibly easy to drink. The taste/mouthfeel make up for the muted smell.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of Jesstyr
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a Chimay chalice at The Ginger Man in Norwalk.

A: Dark brown with a thick tan head that remained all the way to the end.

S: Caramel, but nothing spectacular like other doubles such as Grimbergen or even Ommegang.

T: Caramel and chocolate, but not overwhelming, and without any fruity notes that I have come to expect from St. Bernardus or other monastery beers. A tinge of bitterness. The truth is a decent dubbel just tastes better than the average beer.

M: Very full, with a tinge of carbonation and a little dry.

D: Lacks the overwhelming flavor that keeps you coming back, but still very enjoyable.

Photo of bark
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The colour is brown with a tint of gold. The liquid is clear. The finger thick head is beige. Lots of lacing occurs.

The smell is light and smooth. Red berries, some Belgian yeast.

The taste is somewhat sour-sweet with distinct notes of red berries. Some alcohol. Medium body. Red wine gums and raspberry candy in the smooth aftertaste as well as nuts and almonds. Warming alcohol in the finish.

The carbonation is strong, almost sharp. The bubbles are small. The liquid is rather light.

A smooth and pleasant dubbel.

Photo of guinnessman
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of randjuke
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle gives dark brown color with thick lasting off-white head. Nice aroma of dark fruits and yeast. Taste matches aroma with dark fruits, malts, yeast, spice - a bit sharper than I am used to with dubbels. Finish mildly bitter, thin mouthfeel. Overall just a step above OK.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the tap room across from the Abbey.

There is something about being able to sample beer from a goblet on Sunday morning as Mass has just ended.

This beer was quite dry and at first not nearly as complex as I was expecting. The color was solidly amber without much in the way of haze. As it warmed up a bit it began to open up and show what it had to offer. It picked up a hint of sweetness which helped to boost the malt perception. There was a bit of raisin the mouth as well as a finish that was sweet from the alcohol. The aroma too had an alcohol component to it as well as a bit of woodiness. Quite estery tasting without being particularly fruity tasting. There seemed to be some higher alcohols in here as well.

Photo of klewis
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

7/14/07 freshness date

A: Pours dark brown with a massive foamy head. Good sustain and lacing.

S: Phenolic with some fruity aromas

T: Quite tart with a some brief fruit flavors that are quickly covered up by phenols. Slight alcoholic character in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with fine, active carbonation.

D: It's nice to finally have this one. It's pretty good, but the strong phenolic taste makes this one a bit less drinkable for me than its contemporaries.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet glass.

Look - a dark red color, maybe clear, maybe murky, with about two fingers worth of tan colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - very dark smelling..warm, toasty, and a bit grape-like.

Taste and Mouthfeel - malty tasting. Just as in the smell, it's a bit toasty and has a bit of a hint of grapes. There's a slight bitterness in the middle, but mellows out in the finish. Texture is pretty well balanced.

Overall - pretty interesting and a good brew in general. Worth the try!

Photo of mmahut
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber colour with stable head.

S: Bitter strong caramel/sugar aroma.

T: Starts with smooth taste of dark fruits, apple, bananas following with sweet chocolate taste with oranges.

M: Heavy body with medium carbonation, long lasting after taste.

D: One of Belgian classic, very good for dinner.

Photo of rajendra82
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark muddy red color and tall beige colored head made this an attractive looking beer. The aroma was spicy and malty with notes of cocoa, cinnamon, and plums. The taste was sweet and fruity with cherries, apples, and pears. The mouthfeel was thin and hollow and was clearly the weakest point of this beer. Very light and drinkable for a 7% ABV ale, but not the best Dubbel I’ve had.

Photo of BDIMike
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice dark black opaque color. Good brown copper color when held up to the light. There is a nice thick, tan head as well with great retention.
Good nutty malt smell to this dubbel. A tad bit of the plum type of sweetness as well.
Taste is a strong nutty malt taste. There is the slight chocolate plum taste at the end, but not very strong.
Mouthfeel is very chewy and flaky. Very thin, not the general smoothness that I prefer either.
Drinkability is okay as well. Not as good as I expected out of this beer. The taste is fairly bland and the mouthfeel is one of the oddest I have ever felt.

Photo of deg
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I poured the beer into a chalice. A very nice head, color like honey. However, I could only smell cherries. No malt, no hops. The beer had a light body, no caramel, but a nice cherry taste with a little of hop bitterness. The beer went down nice and smooth and I didn't notice the alcohol. While I liked the beer, this wasn't my favorite of the Trappist dubbels. The flavoring that I look for when I drink a dubbel just wasn't there.

Photo of PatronWizard
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a single 11.2 fl oz bottle from BevMo...

Dark brown mahogany. Incredible frothy head of white tan color. Nice lacing. This is a really good looking beer.

My first dubbel. Don't know what the hell it smells like. Nice scent, though.

Dark flavor. What does that mean? I don't know. Thick even. Actually turned out to be a great compliment to my fried eggs and whole wheat toast breakfast. Taste of grapes and alcohol. Wine. Brown wine. Sour. Bitter. Sting of alcohol at the end of every bite.

Feel is good. Drinkability is a little less for me. It it has to be bitter, it better be because of hops (in my opinion), and this one is bitter for some other reason.

Overall: decent stuff for sure but not my true calling.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2012, so it's a little out of date. Picked up on a trip to Belgium in September 2010, and stored in my garage. I hope it has aged OK.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A deep brown with ruby highlights and strong carbonation. Plenty of yeast sediment dives into the glass and clouds the body (that's what I get for leaving it so long). Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam with good retention; this lasts for a while before reducing to a thick surface layer. Aroma of rich, dark malt with notes of brown sugar, caramel, raisins, dried fruit, herbs and stewed leaves. A harsh, dry quality persists in the background, along with a solventy whiff of booze and phenolics.

Tastes of rich, dark malt with a fruity character and a dry finish. Slightly sweet. Notes of dried fruit, raisins, brown sugar, caramel, grain, faint yeast and stewed hops. Rather dry, with an astringent herbal bitterness upon swallowing. A solventy, phenolic character lurks in the background, along with a stale hint of cardboard. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, bordering on spicy, but the body seems a tad insubstantial for the style. Quite astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity malt and stewed leaves.

Hmmm - not sure about this one. Perhaps I let it get too old? The sweet, fruity character that I would expect from a dubbel is present, but seems muted. The stewed hop/cardboard notes, on the other hand, are excessive and taint the flavour. The phenolic/alcohol hints also seem disproportionate. I'm not loving it, but I suspect it's gone stale and/or oxidised. I'll try and re-review when I get my hands on a fresher example.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown with ruby red highlights when backlit. Poured with a inch and a half head that lingered awhile then settled into a layer of foam that was retained to the end. Good thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma of floral hops characteristic of Trappist ales. Primary aroma was backed up by undertones of wood. Taste was more sour than other Chimay but less sour than Orval. It did not land me in the fold right away but the more I drank it the better it tasted. Mouthfeel was kind of sparkly which complimented the taste.

I would happily drink this again but I probably won’t because there are other Belgian Ales that I like better.

Photo of Reidrover
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok second Belgian of the night
simple yet nice bottle and labelling.
poured into the chalice this is a very attractive beer ,dark ,murky brown with a medium sized off white head..that dissappears fast.

The aroma though , while nice, is rather on the subdued side for what I have been led to expect from Belgian ales. a small spiciness some malt but nothing much to speak of
The taste while marginally better than the aromas is weak..but what there is is a good balance of the spiciness and honeyish malts.
Its ok on the palate.
Its rather drinkable..but that fact in itself tells a tale..i found this nice but dull. Maybe I got a bad bottle..but this was not exciting as i expected..or the price suggested!

Photo of vkv822
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a brown, amber red with a very thick, frothy cream colored head.

The aroma is predominately of sweet candi sugar with a pleasant apple finish.

Taste follows the nose, candi sugar for the most part, with some tart apple in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium slightly prickly carbonation

A pleasant dubbel, but nothing particularly stood out to me.

Photo of kevin62
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from a 330ml bottle inte a Westmalle chalice.The appearance was a reddish brown color with a tan head that quicly dissappears.The aromas were malty and slightly sweet and those smell were reflected in the taste as well.This Trappist beer was not as full as some of the other ones and while I personally thought this beer was ok,I do not believe it as good as the other ones like Chimay or Orval.

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,273 ratings.