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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,354 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,354
Reviews: 1,144
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 152
Gots: 273 | FT: 2
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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 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.

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

Pours a hazy dark red-brown, two fingers of cream colored dense foam, fades to a thin ring, spray of lace down the glass. Smell: dark brown sugar, brown bread, dates, mildly spicy and grainy. Taste: caramel, cherry, dates, mildly grassy and earthy, buttered brown bread. Very nice. Bottled 2/14, best by 2/16.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After always opting for Westmalle's tripel over anything else by the brewery, I finally popped the cap on their dubbel. The rocky, creamy head lasts awhile, and that's a great start. The color is a nearly-opaque caramel brown with copper tinting.

The aroma is utterly fantastic...and assertive as hell, considering I got a full whiff of it as it was held six inches from my nose. Rum-soaked raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon, plums, concord grapes, cocoa...an array of wonderful smells.

Flavor is slightly sweet, bringing brown sugar, dark fruits and a light cocoa dusting to the palate. The fruity element comes out stronger as it warms. This is one to drink just below room temperature, as the flavors become more pronounced as the chill comes off.

I'm bothered by the thin mouthfeel. The flavors have nothing to ride on for any length of time, it hits the mouth like water, and this isn't helped by the overly-carbonated body. So you get a weird war going on between the tingling and attenuation.

Excellent aroma, the flavors are quite nice too, but the mouthfeel is strange. I'll stick with the tripel. But it's still miles above the norm. Leave it to the monks.

Photo of Redteketed
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown coloured beer, not much of a head.
A very complex noise, contains candy-sugar, raisin and other fruits (can’t quiet describe it), spices and roasted malts.
Initial taste is light bitter-light sweet, with spicy and roasted malts.
Full body, normal carbonation, little dry mouthfeel. Nice spicy, light bitter lasting finish.

Photo of Zraly
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium to deep caramel brown with a tannish head. Looked pretty at first, and then the head took a nose dive.

However, this smooth one delivered in other sensory ways. A wonderful, yeasty, fruity scent danced up through my nose. The first sip was a winner. Smooth, semi-sugar malts with a spicy, dry finish. Mild fruits. Slightly phenolic. A tiny bit of hop bitterness is present. There is even an additional note of cocoa, which is interesting and adds a bit more character to the overall taste experience.

A gem pairing would be with a nice dark chocolate with roasted cocoa beans. Guess what I'm having with mine? *hint hint*

Photo of Premo88
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle (330 ml) poured into chalice
(best by 3/27/15 printed on back label)

L: murky brown, fully opaque, some orange highlights at bottom when held up to light; huge fluffy thick tan head that is sticking and lacing; the foamy collar is fantastic -- classic dubbel look

S: fruity, sour grapes, wine -- again, classic dubbel; lots of sweet grapes

T: follows the nose nicely, more fruity and sweet than yeasty

F: hard not to call it perfect; it might be (might) a slight bit watery, but in a way that only seems to be helping its drinkability; it's not heavier than midweight but solidly constructed with good carbonation

O: it's not the best I've had, but I love dubbels and I love this beer -- you can't go wrong with the authentic Trappists' work. I'm missing some of the yeasty flavor you often get from a good dubbel, but I'm not missing it much. I could drink this anytime anywhere and be 100% happy ... so much good fruity sweetness.

Photo of flyingpig
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle from The Cave, Glasgow (£2.99):
Murky brown with a hazy appearance and a thin, one centimetre tall, light brown head that that turns to a patchy lacing

Rich and complex smell that begins with some dark fruits such as plum, raisin and cherries. There is a strong and sweet caramel malt aroma that follows this along with some sugar, prunes, dates and figs with tiny amount of alcohol.

Strong and sweet dark fruit taste to begin with all the same fruits from the nose making an appearance, particularly the figs, raisins and dates plus some cherries and sugar. There is some toffee malts and a warming, light alcohol taste next with a hint of yeast and some caramel malts.

Sweet & well carbonated, medium body and a rich, complex taste that has a very good balance. There is some nice spice towards the end and the alcohol, hidden for the most part, is only noticeable in places and compliments the drink well with a nice, warming finish to it.

Very complex yet well balanced beer that was quite rich from the get go and dominated by dark fruits and sweet malts throughout. A really nice one that takes a while to open up but once it does there is no looking back.

Photo of kaseydad
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I made a huge mistake of drinking this before it warmed a little and almost had a bitter beer face moment. I highly recommend you let it warm as it gets better when it does.

A small thin layer of foam is present throughout the experience. A carmal dark brown appearance.

A complex aroma with hints of plum, raisins and pineapple stand out.

A nice creamy taste with hints of pear on each sip. Majorly dry finish! For me it's a sipping beer but an ejoyable experience.

Again, just let it warm a little to get the max enjoyment. Very good beer!

Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very carefully into a goblet, still produces a large, billowy beige head on top of a mahogany body. Nice Belgian aroma of vanilla, prunes, bananas, coriander, and allspice. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, and silky. Taste begins with a spicy, earthiness. Plenty of dark fruits like raisins and figs are in a constant battle with the yeasty woodiness, and spice array. Sheets of Belgian lace are all over the goblet. Alcohol is concealed very well. Seems overly carbonated for a Belgian Dubbel, or maybe it's my imagination. Very nicely balanced, otherwise, and another fine, smooth, satiny, Belgian dubbel ale that is ideal on a cold winter evening.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A voluminous, foamy tan head bubbles furiously up when this cloudy, chestnut-brown (with a touch of mauve) brew is poured. There's quite a bit of suspended sediment, as well, and the head doesn't seem anxious to dissipate.

The aroma has a nice, approachable complexity to it, with notes of vanilla, caramel, bready yeast, and various fruits, as well as a faint metallic character.

Creamy and smooth in the mouth, with a hint of wine-like sweetness, slick alcohol, more breadiness, figs, dates, raisins, bananas, and a touch of peppery-clovey spiciness. As it warms, a nutty character is faintly detectible, too.

This Dubbel is very enjoyable, but after having the Tripel, I expected a bit more depth and some bold flavors. A tad understated, but still a nice quaff.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, orange-red. Large bubbly tan head. Thick, sticky lacings.

Candied fruit on the nose, like caramel apples.

Fruity malt is certainly there in the form of dates and other sugary produce, but the yeast really takes over. A very dry beer from the moment it touches your tongue. Leaves a lingering light hoppiness, slightly woody.

Packs a flavourful punch but isn't a heavy beer. It is smooth drinking, goes down easy.

So hard to review these classic beers... not that I'm complaining.

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.

Photo of Filosoof
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This classic beer has been misunderstood very often.

Ofcourse it is one of the best dubbels, but it is certainly not sweet and the standard mention of caramel doesn't fit to this beer.

L: very good, chessnut brown, medium lasting top;
S: creamy, touch of non sweet banana, toast/bread, bubblegum (?);
T: quite quickly stopping taste, in line with the smell, but less strong; dry finish;
M: creamy, perfect CO2;
O: somewhat clean, straight forward beer, but very drinkable and inviting beer. I like the non sweetness! Classic.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml from the Coop for about $4.50... poured into my Kasteel glass.

Dark brown with cherry highlites.... when held to a light, it is a glowing copper/chesnut.. lite tan head doesn't stick around for very long, but leaves nice rings and a little lace.

Dried fruit dominates the nose... Sweet cherries.. raisins and figs. Dark caramel and toasty malts.... complex but I can't pinpoint.

Flavor is sweet cedar and more fruitcake.. Belgian esters .. low but noticeable chocolate no alcohol is evident. Nice viscosity and carbonation.. what I think of when I want a dubbel. Trademarked balance and complexity that is beyond my palate.

Photo of berkey
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dense, dark brown body. Surprised at how little light penetrates it. Pours with a large frothy off-white head in a Duvel tulip. Head slowly dies, but not completely. Lightly carbonated. Leaves clumpy and spotty lacing.

Smell: Familiar yeast and dark malty smell typical of the style. Something sweet and berry or even cherry-like in there that I don't remember picking up in other Dubbels. Very pleasant. Faint signs of alcohol also struggle through.

Taste: Follows pretty faithfully on the nose for the most part. Reminds me a bit of the Koningschoven but with a little less overall balance. The hint of berry, while still there, isn't as present as I expected it would be from the aroma. Something slightly vegetal on the back end that reminds me of the Westmalle Trippel. As it warms things start to balance out a little more.

Drinkabilty: Very drinkable at 7% but I was ready to move on to something else when I finished the bottle. While I enjoyed I think I'll stick to the Tripel when I drink Westmalle and look to other options for my Trappist Dubbels.

Photo of mwilbur
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 33 cL bottle into snifter. (Date stamped best by 11/04/09.)
A: Pours a very dark brown--almost opaque--with very thick (2 inch) tan head that very slowly dissipates leaving behind nice lacing.
S: Candy sugar, caramel malt, alcohol esters. Dark and sweet aroma.
T: Caramel, molasses, malt, and hint of candy sugar and EtOH (not as predominant as in the smell). Slight alcohol bite at the end as this warms detracts and distracts a little.
M: Medium-light body with decent feel on the tongue, but doesn't coat and last as well as their tripel.
D: A good, versatile beer to have on it's own or paired with food. Personally I like it on it's own to savor and enjoy. One is very nice, but I would save more for another time.

Photo of carln26
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured from a bottle into a tulip glass deep brown in color , slightly hazy with mild copper/orange highlights. It was topped by a tan head composed of dense bubbles. The nose has a great yeast/dough character backed by the malt in the form of caramel, and an earthy finish. The flavor has the same caramel malt, and the earthy tones are even more enhanced. Towards the finish, some characteristics of wine come in with some cabernet and black cherry. The mouth feel is smooth up front, but a sharp finish as some citrus hop kicks in. Dubbel has become one of my favorite styles, and I enjoy this beer very much.

Photo of BWH3
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westmalle Dubbel
33cL bottle served in goblet at 50 F

Appearance: Just nearly perfect. A touch more head retention is all it needs. The body of the beer is that amazingly rich date color with a light beige crown atop. The carbonation is moderate high and right on. No red hues at the edges when held to light which is perfect. (4.5)

Smell: Big time, raisin aroma of special B spiced with the peppery aromas of the yeast phenols. The hops add a mineral note but play a minor role. The scent is big and rich without any coffee, chocolate or caramel notes. Instead the dried fruit of prunes and cherries tantalizes. (4.5)

Taste: Exactly the same as the aroma with a bit more spice and a good peppering of the throat and lips. The richness of the dark fruits is incredible but the beer is fairly one dimensional. (4.0)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. I enjoy it but could be lighter for the style. Carbonation is just right. (4.0)

Drinkability: A classic Belgian Ale that deserves a chance to be in any fans catalog. I am debating which is the better choice to reach for -- Westmalle Dubbel or the Tripel. I really enjoyed this one, but I think the St. Bernardus Dubbels are more complex and worthier of my praise and devotion. (4.0)

Photo of Matthew
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my goblet a ruby brownish color with a nice fluffy whipped cream looking head, tons of sticky lacing around the glass.
Very nice sweet bready malt aromas. There is a sweet caramel overtone that covers the fruity esters that are best characterized as being date and fig like. Brown sugar and moist raisin like aromas pull through a bit more as the beer warms.
Smooth sweet flavors of carmalized sugar and similar fruity flavors to the ones noticed in the nose. There is a almost nutty overtone throughout this beer that overlaps with the malty sweetness and the fruity tones. Nice and smooth.
Medium to full bodied, smooth on the palate medium to low levels of fine carbonation.
This is a nice drinkable dubbel. Flavorful and smooth.

Photo of bruachan
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

evidently this one was stored a little warm...messy!

saved enough, though, to pull of a well anticipated and delicious review

it's quite a dark brown color--almost opaque, really. the head above is a little darker than most, as well (not quite an RIS brown-sugar colored affair). lacing is good and head retention OK

airy, floral hops begin the aromatic experience and actually preempt the malt contribution, which follows in quite subtle fashion. warm, nutty.

sweet, spicy, cola, breadcrusty. with a nutty finish. some vinous character dovetails with the spice and cola. hop flavors evince themselves. i wish the mouthfeel were just barely more substantial, as i could use something else to hold onto--this might be quite the complex brew if flavors had something more robust as a spine. interestingly, the malt characters and spice seem almost yeast-independent; as the yeast contribution is quite nominal and well below the level expected of a belgian dubbel. flavors aside, not a yeasty brew

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A lovely reddish-amber hue, with a touch of haze. The head is thick and light tan, with good retention and lace that clings a long time on the walls of the glass.

S: Fruity esters are most noticeable. There's faint spicy hops, and just a touch of breadiness.

T: Sweet and fruity is the first and strongest flavor. Some caramel. sweetness eventually yields to mild tartness, but not citrusy. Hops bitterness and spice do make a late appearance, lingering on the tongue until the next sip.

M: Crisp, with medium carbonation. A dry, astringent finish with the faintest alcohol burn is noticeable.

O: My first Dubbel, and I am not disappointed.

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,354 ratings.