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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
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2,348 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,348
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 151
Gots: 269 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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Photo of MayonakaStout
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duke
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(From a champagne goblet)

Appearance: Westmalle Dubbel pours a lovely mahogany-burgundy colour with a cloudiness that renders it almost completely opaque. I didn't see much head, but what was there dissipated quickly, leaving the thin cap of light white bubbles on top.

Smell: The scents are fruity, very fig-like with some red grapes in there, and some cherry at the back, and they're all admirably bold. There's a bit of yeast in the nose too.

Taste: Slightly bitter hoppy beginnings before the fruits take over. I'm getting a bit of that yeast too, but the big thing for me is the grape, and the beer tastes winey, but there's a bit of caramel in there too. All the flavours in this beer are big - nothing hides.

Mouthfeel: This is a medium body with a bold fizz. That well-carbonated finish is arguably a little too much.

Overall: The smell and flavour of the Westmalle Dubbel leave me wanting more and more, but dubbels are easy to come by here in Vancouver so there's a lot of competition for it. I'd usually pick a dubbel with a less aggressive fizz.

Photo of jcattey
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of nuggetnectar01
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a fluffy two finger head that fades away rather slowly leaving lacing all throughout the glass.

Smells of sweet candy sugar, fruity esters, spices, slight alcohol warmness,brown bread pulled out of the oven.

Slight spicy upfront with a hint of sweetness and finishes off with a tad bit of dryness. Amazing how you can always tell when your drinking a belgian beer.

Medium bodied, smooth and velvet like with right amount of carbonation.

Nice drinkability on this one.

Photo of chossboss
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mackeyse
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Forgot where I bought this from but it is a 11.2oz bottle.

Poured into my chimay goblet. Pours a very dark brown with a very nice looking head that is very light tan in color. Looks nice in the glass.

Smell gets a low score since I can't smell anything. I don't have a cold and I'm pretty sure my sense of smell is working fine. Don't know why I can't smell anything.

Taste is great. An awesome double. Not quite as good as my favorite double (Rochefort 6) but still very good. A spicy flavour that reminds me a little of abt 12 but with the malt character of a rochefort 6. Toffee and spices dominate the palate. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is great with good carbonation and smoothness of a good trapist beer.

Drinkability is high and I could suck back a fee of these no problem in one sitting.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque brown with a nice off white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. I can see the yeast in the head.

Smells like sugary fruit.

Can taste dark fruit, apple, and alcohol all rounded out by a hint of spiciness.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, but I like the amount of carbonation present.

This is highly drinkable.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: center-pour into a tulip glass produced brown body with fat tan froth head; draped some lace; good head retention; left some dark yeast behind in the bottom of the bottle

S: malty, sweet and hearty; some spice like clove; mild yeast aromas amid the malts

T: brown bread malts, smooth, creamy; little spices' flavor the brew with some tingles

M: medium-weight, medium carbonation; slightly chewy; mild chalk on the back-end

O: how the dubbel is done - of course, on-point for the style, classy enough brew for the novice or adept - a good baseline for evaluating other dubbels.

Photo of largadeer
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Faintly transparent chestnut with an enduring cap of foam.

Smell: Dark chocolate and spices, a bit of citrus, very bready.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Light citric/fruity sweetness, roasty and slightly nutty. Very dry and hoppy in the finish, a bit herbal. Medium-bodied, perhaps on the lighter side of the scale, but with a slight creaminess.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for the style. One of the best dubbels out there.

Photo of ludachris
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one courtesy of TheHammer. Bottle to Chimay chalice (also thanks to Marky ;))

Pours a very deep garnet red with 2.5 fingers of thick and creamy off-white head that leaves sheets of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. Very attractive.

Fresh sweet apple, sour grapes, cherries, candied fruit, yeast, and a hint of alcohol in the nose.

Cherries, sour grapes, candied malt, crisp and clean sweet apple, hints of yeast, and a slightly acidic character in the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy but crisp and clean, ending dry. The 7% ABV is well concealed. Like the other Dubbel's I've had, this one's a great drinker.

It seems that the more I drink Belgian's, the more I fall in love with them, and this one keeps me going down the same path. In comparison to the Chimay Red I recently had, this interpretation seems musty with a greater emphasis being placed on the sour aspects of the beer. Still, the sourness is excellently balanced with the sweet candied/fruity notes of the beer, and that's one of the things that makes this brew so great.

Photo of gdrydenc
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown pour with two fingers of light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. There is a lot of carbonation, pouring it into a glass causes quite a bit of foam. The beer looks a dark brown, reddish nearly maroon in the light.

S - Belgian smelling, with hints of fruit. Very little or no smell of alcohol, which isn't surprising at 7% ABV. The fruits are very particular. Maybe some bananas, apricots, or something I can't place.

T - Delicious taste. As it's cold, the flavors are not very exposed. This beer really develops as time goes on. As it warms up, the flavors really begin to be exposed though. The Belgian flavors begin to expose themselves.

M - The mouthfeel at the beginning of the beer is very carbonated, but as the beer warms, the head dissipates and the mouthfeel becomes less aggressive and the carbonation bubbles become smaller.

D - Drinkability is this beer's forte. With only 7% ABV, I could see myself knocking back several of these. However, at $7/bottle I couldn't see drinking more than one at a time.

Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown opaque appearance with a substantial head that lasted a decent amount of time.

The smell was somewhat subdued, but in a good way. It never overwhelmed. Spices and an almost nutty quality emerged most prominently.

The taste was solid. Belgian yeast, a nutty quality and some indeterminate spices gave it a sharp taste.

This was a decently carbonated beer with a subtle mouthfeel.

This is a drinkable beer if you're into dubbels. While admittedly I didn't care as much for it as others of this style, it's still an excellent beer all around.

Photo of DogFood11
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is inviting, Big frothy tan head nice deep rich color. It looks like it will be a meal of a beer. Brown body and not much lace.

Tastes like caramel/malty but very complex with some lively esters. Touch of tobacco in the nose. Some dark fruits but once again I come back to a tobacco batch that is earthy. For a rich beer like this its very drinkable because it finishes light. Heavy in the middle and a light cleansing finish that invites more gobblage.

the only con for me was the carbonation was a bit biting in the middle, but hardly a complaint. highly reccomended.

Photo of hwwty4
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. Poured a dark mahogany with ruby tones and a aggressive head. Probably two inches that gradually gave way and left heavy lacing on the glass. Aroma is fruits, sweet malts, raisins and a little alcohol at the end. Taste is mostly the same, but heavy on the fruits. Mouthfeel is medium body with a nice carbonation all the way through the sip. A highly drinkable beer.

Photo of genog
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my goblet a dark mahogany color with a creamy thick tan colored head. The head dies down to leave a slim layer of foamy head. Smell is of belgian candied sugar and some yeastynes... Taste is dark malt, dried fruit, a little cocoa, and doughy yeast. A slight alcohol warming presence makes this a very rich drink. One of my top belgian darks, great trappist ale.

Photo of therica
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one went down easy, a lot nicer than most of the darker beers bottled for sale in the USA. I had this one in a beer-restaurant in Leuven Belgium on New Years Day 2006.

Head- a nice interesting taste to it, color off-white to yellowish with large bubbles, dissipating faster than I wanted it to go, because I was enjoying it a bit!

Color- sort of dark amber-brown.

Carbonation- just enough, I don't like over-carbonation and so I found this one very satisfactory.

Taste- interesting-- maybe a bit of an anise or hyssop overtone along with some more subtle tastes that I failed to identify before suddenly finding that I'd sipped all the way through the glass-full, darn....

As far as drinkability, I found this to be a lot more drinkable and smooth, going down and afterwards, as any of the more common darker beers mass-circulated in the USA, such as Beck's or whatever. I think that if you aren't a beer-fanatic and you like those darker beer-brands, you'd like this one a lot better.

Photo of beermanbrian
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased 6 months ago.

Deep brown color with a slight mahogany note. Nice big fluffy tan head that sticks around to leave trails of lacing. Smell is very malty. Caramel, with a light chocolate note. Also some faint dark fruit, cherries and figs. As it warms a faint alcohol smell comes through too but it is very pleasant. Taste is a well balanced maltyness with enough other flavors to keep it interesting. Again, a light cocoa note and some dark fruits. Just a little bit thin on the mouthfeel but I'm not thinking that is a bad thing. This would be the Trappist I would turn to when I'm not in the mood for the high alcohol and big taste of some of the big boys. Finishes very smooth with no aftertaste. I really enjoyed this one. Will definately get it again.

Photo of grittybrews
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark, nutty brown into a chalice with at least three fingers of tan root beer float head. Somewhat mild aroma of sweet, biscuity caramel, raisin, and clove.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Taste mirrors the aroma with toffee and bread up front followed by raisin. dark fruit, and gentle spice.

Extremely solid dubbel, although for the price I'd usually pick a Rochefort 8 instead.

Photo of seand
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an official Westmalle chalice.

A: Pours a near solid dark brown, with nice red highlights. A slow pour provides about 2 fingers of light creamy tan head. The head does die down, but leaves a few millimeters covering the surface. It's quite a nice looking beer.

S: Sweet, with hints of spices and a bit of alcohol warmth.

T: Some sweetness, leading to a bit of fruity bitterness, hints of green apple. The taste is relatively subdued, but complex.

M: Very carbonated, relatively full bodied, slightly sticky, with a small hint of dryness on the finish.

D: Drinks very smoothly, though maybe slightly too much carbonation.

Quite a good beer, which I'll likely have again in the future, but I didn't enjoy it as much as Westmalle's tripel.

Photo of KroMagnon
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer has a lovely head, rocky, light tan, with a nice brown beer that is slightly cloudy. The aroma is nice, too, with a light bubble-gum ester and some other fruity aromas, along with a slight malty note and a light, almost raisin quality. I think I'd like those last two to be a little more prominent. The flavor is great - full, fruity, somewhat malty sweet and a little toasty. The alcohol is present but not overpowering, and the body / mouthfeel is kind of spritzy, which is fine for style. Delicious!

Photo of dasenebler
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful pour, copious head, deep chestnut color. Subtle nose of malts, some alcohol. Great lacing on the way down.

First taste was good, and I was actually surprised at the level of bitterness in this brew. Dubbels I've had in the past have been much more malt-forward and sweeter, I guess it just depends on the brewer. Nevertheless, this is a tasty beer. Definite hop presence, with a tart characteristic. A lot of coffee flavors afterwards, full roast. Smooth mouthfeel, fine carbonation. No strong alcohol taste, though it's 7%.

One of the classic Dubbels. Fantastic dry drink.

Photo of coalcracker
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with substantial fizzy head that takes ages to resolve. This brew itself is mahogany in color.
Smell: Fruity with a pleasant malt presence. A tad of sugary sweetness as well.
Taste: Sweet and fruity upon first taste, but not cloying; can also detect some roasted malts. Mild alcohol warmth midway through the taste. Smooth throughout.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth.
Drinkability: Very drinkable per taste profile and ABV.

Overall- Wonderfully mild but tasty dubbel. Another great Belgian creation.

Photo of doerickson
4.13/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an Ommegang chalice.

Appearance: A deep, rich-looking brown body with ruby highlights, a healthy one-finger head with decent retention. Thick carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet, toasty malt, some candy sugar, and some light, fruity esters from the yeast - granny smith apple skins, green grapes. Very pungent.

Taste: Very interesting, and a definite "progression beer." It starts off very sweet on the tip of the tongue - sweet, dark malts, some light bitter chocolate, and those tart, apple skin esters. As the sip progresses and warms in your mouth, the sweetness becomes more complex and fades a little - there's a dry, powdery yeast presence here, a mild noble hop bitterness, and a few pleasant, grassy and spicy notes. Very earthy and dry in the finish, with a warming and smooth alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Oh so Belgian. Very soft and smooth, with a huge, exploding "pillowy" feel - it practically melts in your mouth, but sort of in reverse, if that makes any sense. Excellent.

Drinkability: Very nice. This beer isn't as sweet as you'd imagine from the look of it, but it's not too bitter or tart either - very well balanced. It's only 7% abv, and there's nothing harsh of offensive about it all - just a really good, balanced, drinkable beer.

The original dubbel. Or, rather, from the maker of the original dubbel, so you have to assume it was probably pretty close, recipe-wise, to the original dubbel. One of the best dubbels, too - nothing bad here, and some of it is plain outstanding. Recommended.

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,348 ratings.