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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
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2,319 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,319
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 148
Gots: 247 | 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 Goblinmunkey7
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of SkipWeathers
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - luxurious appearance; served in tulip glass. Dark red-brown with powdery off-white head, yielding clusters of yeast after it dissipates.

S - vinuous; very subtle, not overwhelming

T - cherry primarily; dark fruits, dark chocolate; cola and oak

M - peppery, not overly sweet; I love how the true Belgian ales are not too sweet and in your face

O - A great example of one of my favorite styles; moderate and balanced. Not too high in alcohol, not too sweet or too sour.

Photo of BacklitAvenger
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A brownish orange color, the beer is caped by a voluptuous head that is supported by moderately heavy carbonation. The head is a sandy tan color and leaves tracings down the walls of the glass.

Aroma - A general maltiness with slight overtones of fruit and slight undertones of spice.

Flavor - This dubbel has more clove character than the other examples of the style I've tried. It begins with a malty but not sweet toasty flavor. It's not chocolate by any means but is darker than the usual munich or 2 row maltiness. On top of that is ripened fruit dominated by raisin and figs and dates. The spices are cloves and a peppery flavor. The yeast tastes slightly earthy.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is really light for the style I think. It is dry and light, and the high carbonation is of a slightly spritzy type. These characteristics don't detract from the beer, merely defining it as different from its other dubbel siblings.

Drinkability - Obviously not super high from the alcohol, the drinkability is aided by the dry, light nature of the mouthfeel. The dryness leads you to drink more and in larger quantities at any one time.

Definitely a worthy trappist dubbel for sure.

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.

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.

Photo of snogglethorpe
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attractive darkish brown with a thick and persistent head the size of a planet. Smells basically kind of yeasty.

Taste is initially unassuming, but after a bit one notices how perfectly balanced it is. A belgian yeast taste is clear, but not excessive. There are hints of dark fruits, enough to give it a somewhat fruity character, but it's not sweet, indeed, it's kind of dry, with a very slightly tart finish, and a hint of woodiness (barrel aging?) and bitterness (hops? I dunno). It gets more and more interesting as you drink (and the beer warms, probably).

The mouthfeel is very slightly thick, but still refreshing; the carbonation is clearly enough to give it that massive head, but it doesn't taste sparkly.

After my first sip I thought "is that it?" (it is kind of famous after all), but as I drank, I began to notice interesting flavors, and I was soon thinking "oh yeah..." All the while, it remained refreshing and went down super easy.

A very nice and subtle beer. Deserves the high rating I think.

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.

Photo of kmacphail
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of markaberrant
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in 12oz tulip.

Appearance is an effervescent hazy ruby colour. Head is tan and plentiful. Lacing is apparent.

Smells of munich malt, raisins, and spicy yeast/hops. To be honest, it is not generating a whole lot of anticipation.

Taste is full and complex. Amazing malt sweetness and dark fruitiness up front, which turns to a dry spicy finish with a bit of hop flavour. Almost perfect.

Carbonation is lively in the mouth (though creamy), making it very refreshing and dangerously drinkable.

I could easily down several of these before noticing how much alcohol is in there.

I find this beer to be very smooth and not overly spicy - which I think suits a darker belgian beer... it allows you to appreciate the malt. The only knock is I that I find the aroma lacking. Spectacular, and very well crafted... as a homebrewer, I would love to brew something this good.

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.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet.

Appearance: Pours a deep, earthy brown with shades of ruby showing through when held to light. A 1.5 finger, fluffy, khaki-colored head sits atop. Awesome head retention, and some surprisingly good lacing. I can tell from above that the head is being nourished with some pretty strong, consistent carbonation - looks cool.

Smell: Grapes, figs, spices, clove, rising dough, bananas, and a little bit of orange. Fruity, floral, complex, and still pleasantly mellow.

Taste: Grapes, figs, spiced bread, clove, and peppery alcohol. Maybe a bit of banana in there as well. Not as sweet/fruity as the smell led on, which comes as a bit of a disappointment. Still very good.

Mouthfeel: Generously carbonated and pretty spicy. Gives the mouth a work-out. Medium in body. Leaves the mouth a little dry and tingly. Also, some light warming in the chest.

Drinkability: A great representation for the style. I was a little underwhelmed by the taste, but all things considered I could (and would) have another one or two of these.

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.

Photo of AlexRea
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery dark orange that takes on a blood orange hue when backlit. Multiple, active streams of bubbles hurry upward to a fabulous looking head that's toasted khaki in color, has a majestic nature and resembles a desert rock formation that has been smoothed and shaped by millennia of unceasing wind that... sorry, where was I? I'm disappointed that there isn't more lace. A few vertical fingers of thin, sudsy foam is about it.

The nose is malt-dominant, but lacks other distinguishing characteristics. I can appreciate dark fruit (overripe, bruised apples and pears) and a little mild spiciness. It isn't very deep, complex or aromatic. While above average is an easy call, it's a disappointment for such a well-regarded beer.

We're back on track. Westmalle Trappist Dubbel seems a little light in the flavor and mouthfeel departments, but then I'm still trying to get my mouth and my brain around the style. The flavor profile favors dark caramel-toffee more than chocolate or cocoa. It's still fruity (now figs and raisins) and is spicy (cinnamon and nutmeg). While alcohol is noted, it's part of the beer's DNA and is essential to making the flavor as appealing as it is.

The finish is the best part of the entire mouthful. It's there that the various members of the flavor profile separate, come into stark relief and are better able to be appreciated. I love the fact that the beer is getting better and better as the ounces pass. I'm finding new and varied flavor combinations as it warms. Dubbel is so damned composed and so Old World complex that I've been won over in spite of myself.

The mouthfeel is a perfect match for the flavor. By that I mean that it feels light on first blush, but is actually substantive. At bottom, it's medium in heft with a wispy silkiness and active carbonation. Like the flavor, the mouthfeel has grown on me over the course of the bottle.

Westmalle Dubbel oozes quality. Patience and focus is required to plump the depths of its beer soul, but the effort will be rewarded. This is a more than worthy member of the canon of great Belgian dubbels.

Photo of orangemoustache
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with some red highlights and a puffy tan head that leaves lots of thick even lacing.The smell is tangy with red wine aromas.Tastes of malts,over ripened dark fruits and a hint of watered down prune,spices(cinnamon),the yeast was not as dominant as I had expected,I was very pleased with the abundance and subtlety of flavors.The body and mouthfeel are soft and frothy.A stellar Dubbel!

Photo of adamette
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a clean, clear glass. Let me start my praising the bottle itself. Not exactly like the one that I see pictured above, mine is a brown bottle with a dark brown, even deep red or maroon label oriented as in a diamond shape (not the normal horizontal pictured above). My bottle retained the necklace proclaiming "TRAPPISTENBIER" Apprent freshness date of 23/01/10.

A Unopened this beer has one of the best presentations in my memory. Through direct light I can see the beer within complete with sediment floating around. Upon pouring it there is a very generous light brown head which I let settle since I could not pour the whole bottle without risking head overflow. There was excellent lacing on the glass as the head reduced in size. In the glass the appearance of this beer continues to impress with a ruby brown body again with that sediment visible in the body. Really, great appearance.

S There is that familiar trappist grainy maltiness with singificant sweetness. I get sweet grapes which are transient in a wonderfully inviting fruitty smell.

T Malty sweet now with hops. I do not taste that transient grape smell but a whole lot of grains (and barley?). Alcohol is not strong but that is just fine.

M Full for sure but a lot of smoothness I suppose thanks to the malts and grains.

D Good but this is an expensive bottle at something like $5.99 apiece. Price/availability drives down the drinkability in a practical sense but if you had a bucket of them then it is good for sure.

Notes: This was the last in a large group of bottles that I picked up at McNalty's Bier Markt in Cleveland, Ohio a while back. Since then I have found many of those same beers on sale in local stores and some at lower prices. The Bier Markt is awesome for having so many of these available (whatever the price!) every day.

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.

Photo of timtim
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of skybluewater
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky cherry-brown color. Very odd foamy head that recedes and leaves some lacing. Smell is fruity, almost winey, with a bit of cherry. Cherries pop up again in the taste, along with hints of shaved chocolate and clove. Alcohol is apparent, but not obtrusive

Overall, a darn good dubbel here. I'm definitely going to revisit this one in the near future, although the price, while not too high, isn't exactly cheap either...

Photo of badbeer
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice. Beer poured a dark brown with a nice creamy head. Plenty of carbonation, but not over carbonated. Malty taste with very little hop bitterness, little bit of an alcohol kick at the end. I would love to drink more than one, but with the price and alcohol content this may not be one of my better ideas. Good beer to drink, especially if you find a decent price on it.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky dark brown with some ruby edges. Creamy off-white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Caramel dark malt, plums, grapes, nuts.

Taste: Dark malt backbone, raisins and plums provide a nice darker fruity flavor. Grapes add a nice lightness. There is a nuttiness in the finish, with some chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Full carbonation. Mild dry finish.

Drinkability: This is very easy to drink. A damn good dubbel.

Photo of informaticsDoc
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of BC65
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

Photo of jackndan
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westmalle trappist Double: From a very cool old bottle, with Westmalle embossed in the side. Cloudy brownish beer that leaves a huge head. The aroma was sweet, with hints of the huge malts to come. The taste was a very pleasant malty taste, with chocolate/molasses overlying a biscuity base. Very nice warmth makes this a great beer for a cold night decking out the tree.

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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