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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,141 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,141
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000)
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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 HoneyLamb
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a single 12 ounce bottle from Michiana Minimart on 1-23-2014 for $4.49. Taste tested on 1-26-2014. Bottle had a "Best before end:" date of 15/06/13. Medium hard pour resulted in two fingers in the tulip glass. Appearance and smell were definitely above average. Taste and mouthfeel were excellent. Aftertaste held well and was also excellent. I would definitely recommend this Dubbel

HoneyLamb, Jan 27, 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 23, 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
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a chalice; bottled on date of 7/3/07

Pours a muddy, deep brown with a small off-white head that disappeared rather quickly.

Sweet toasted malt, candied sugar, and fruity esters (mainly apples.) The smell really jumps out of the glass and really grabs you.

This is where its at. A near perfect example of the style. Sweetness from the fruits on the front and back end, and in the middle comes the yeast and bitterness of the hops. The hops are bittering and a bit on the spicy/grassy side. Very subtle, but a nice element.

Very smooth. Soft and pillowy. Perfect.

Well balanced and at 7%, it's an easy go.

ColForbinBC, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of xgrigorix
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown bottle, 33 cl size. Best by date (not that it matters) printed on back label.

Burgandy in colour, topped by a fluffy beige head. Thin lines of carbonation move swiftly to the surface.

Burnt sugar aromas lead off, followed by plums, raisins, & dates. Very interesting & inviting nose.

Loads of fruit here, along with a hint of chocolate. Quite tasty. Soft, medium bodied, intense carbonation.

xgrigorix, Apr 26, 2004
Photo of keithmurray
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

keithmurray, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of browna71
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a dark red-chestnut brown, two fingers of thick cream colored head that dissipated into a thin bubbly layer.

S- nutty, caramel malts, toffee. Smell is on the sweeter side for a dubbel

T- balanced malt and nutty flavors, very subtle toffee. Not as sweet as the smell would lead you to believe

M- well carbonated, but still provides a pleasant smooth mouthfeel, moderate body

D- very drinkable beer, one of my personal favorite dubbels. Well balanced, no overwhelming flavors, could definitely drink a few of these in one setting.

browna71, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of kmacphail
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled a bottle from a mixed Trappist box purchased from cave online.

The beer poured a dark brown colour with a thick and lively head, this settled eventually to a 2mm film.

The nose was mainly malts with a variety of burnt fruit, chocolate and a touch of banana. This continued through to the taste, initially giving a slightly bitter hit with a smooth sweet roasted caramel aftertaste.

A full bodied beer that wad very smooth on the mouth. I am going to give it only 3.5 for drinkability as at 7% this is not an all night beer. One of the better Trappist beers I have tried.

kmacphail, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of oldhippie247
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours chocolately brown with a soft off-white/light tan head.

Nose is relatively faint when poured in the Westmalle chalice, but occasional wisps of chocolately malts and dried fruits do appear. I was expecting a little more on the nose.

Chocolate and dried fruit follow through on the palate with a nice medium, but round mouthfeel. Carbonation is less active and fine than the Tripel, which I feel is more appropriate. Nice lingering malt-driven finish.

Overall a very well-balanced beer that should please any Belgian beer fan.

oldhippie247, Jan 17, 2010
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,141 ratings.