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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,347 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,347
Reviews: 1,142
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 151
Gots: 268 | 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 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.

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.

Photo of maleman
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - very dark, a little cloudy when held up to the light.

S - a little heavy, hoppy.

T - hint of chocolate, some distant fruit was detected.

M - felt it in the upper back of my mouth...didn't fill it up.

D - could sit around and drink this one all evening!

These Trappists are growing on me!

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

Poured from a bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a dark brownish red with a thick tan head that thins but never goes away completely.

Smells of dark fruits, sweetness and a bit of alcohol. The taste is deliciously sweet and malty. A bit of alcohol, spiciness and dark fruits round out the flavor. The carbonation is pleasant and the finish is a tiny bit dry. I wish I had a second bottle.

Photo of Nazzz
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Poured from the stubby brown bottle into my generic, yet favorite, snifter. Brown/black color and one finger head which dissipated yet stayed with at least a thin layer to the end. Nice lacing.

Aroma was malts and dates with a bit of plum in the mix. Not getting much hop action.

Taste was delicious but not quite as "belgian" as other beligians i've had. Still fantastic though.

Mouthfeel was nice, drinkability was relatively easy. Light and refreshing as far as Dubbel's go.

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

330ml bottle into Chimay chalice.

Appearance- thick, pillow head is tan with flecks, a little like french vanilla ice cream. Beer is cloudy, rich, deep orangish brown.

Smell- sweet and fruity. Pears and white grapes are the dominant aroma, along with spice and oranges.

Taste- warm spice flavors go hand-in-hand with layers rich, malt sweetness, passing from sugary to chocolaty. Swallow is a very high amount of spice and alcohol (almost like Cool Mint Listerine, in a weird way), into a chocolate malt flavor, and back into a lingering spiced chocolate aftertaste. Fruit flavors are noticeable throughout, though no where near as dominant as they were in the nose.

Mouthfeel- very creamy. Carbonation is brusque, but balances the smooth, creamy texture, and lightens the heavy, sweet flavors.

Drinkability- normally when I do these reviews, I finish about a quarter of my beer, then go enjoy the rest away from the computer. The Westmalle is already half way gone. It isn't an every-day beer, at least for me, but it is very enjoyable, and I am already looking forward to my next one before this one is done.

Photo of juju7
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of those beers that I wanted to be more excited about but maybe I had my hopes set too high. Pours fine, looks fine, nice chocolate body with a rocky head. Smell is a touch muted, dried fruits and a hint of chocolate. Definitely higher in carbonation than I was expecting but overall a good beer. I think I was hoping for the best dubbel ever, which was probably too much to expect from any producer. Still, thoroughly enjoyed.

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

I forgot I picked up a bottle of Westmalle Dubbel several months ago (a year?) and just found it today in my basement. What a great find! The beer pours a cloudy dark bronze color with a few particles of yeast suspended near the bottom. A creamy off white head forms on top and slowly dissolves back to the beer leaving several spots of lace behind. A fruity aroma with notes of plum and raisin mixed with some sweet caramel malt and alcohol floats above the beer.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate with a mild fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is a wonderful combination of caramel malt, chocolate, coffee, raisins, plum and a little bit of pepper. It finishes with a mild alcohol dryness and a hint of hoppy bitterness. Once gone, some of the chocolate and fruity flavors linger on the palate.

This is one tasty brew. All the flavors blend well together and the 7% alcohol is hidden very well. It's definitely a good beer to age since I have no idea when I bought this bottle.

Photo of sadie23
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle into a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Brown with a beige creamy head. Fine bubbles. Larger than expected head.

S: Clean, almost soapy (not in a bad way). Prunes.

T: Fruity like the smell, prunes and raisins, and with molasses.

M: Bubbly with a little bit dry finish.

D: Balanced. Easy to drink. I would have another.

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

11 oz.

Pours a deep opaque chocolate brown with a medium tan head with decent retention.

Smells of rich brown sugar malts, plums and mild citrusy grain.

Tests of slightly bitter malt grain with a tinge of fruity sweetness.

Feels thick with soft pillowy carbonation throughout.

The taste wasn't what I was expecting on this one. Less rich than other dubbels I've had. Overall a fantastic beer but not my favorite dark trappist. Worth seeking out though.

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

Pours a deep mahogany red with a consistent one finger tan creamy head that just stays in place without subsiding in any way. The carbonation level is incredibly active with tiny bubbles, this looks really good! Using a tulip glass.

Smells of candied malt, bananas, brown sugar, mild amounts of alcohol, bready, cocoa, and some vanilla. The aroma is delicate, it's not as aggressive as I would have thought.

Taste is dark fruits, mainly raisins and plums. Dark candied sugar malt and bittersweet cocoa; pretty much what I picked up in the nose. Just when the sweetness coats the tongue, the hops finish with just the right amount of bitterness before the alcohol settles in and gives it a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is superbly smooth and has a thin medium body.

Westmalle Dubbel is very well balanced as is most Belgian beers I've had, drinkability runs high and the moderate ABV level allows you to have two or three without fatiguing the tastebuds. Very well brewed for the style.

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

On tap at La Morte Subite, Brussels. Long-lasting head, tan and bubbly and thick, floating leisurely atop a pool of mahogany beer with light traces of bubbles. Aroma of mushrooms, bread; plenty of malt up front in the taste and smoothness that satisfied. Some light flavors of chocolate and bread. Had the weight of a great dubbel. A must-have if you visit this bar.

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

A - Great frothy marshmallow-like head even after resting in the fridge overnight. Dark but still noticeably cloudy. Yeast floaters settle to the bottom and even make there way up into the head. Speckling the top of the wheat colored head with tiny black pepper or nutmeg flakes. Good lacing, and fizzy carbonation remained even until the very last mouthful.

S - Right after my friend popped the top there was a noticible malt smell from a distance. The initial alcohol smell was a bit strong for a 7%. A mild yeast / hop sourness comes to the top but also some spices, bananas, and dates. And the best part is that fresh yeast, living beer smell. Yumm.

T - Initially tangy, spicy, and pungent. It 'settles' to arrangement of spices, bananas. nutmeg, and liquid malts. The after taste was disappointingly sour and lasted about 2 min. A little longer than it was welcome.

M - Smooth medium strong body and healthy carbonation. Coats the mouth a little on its way down and deposits little yeasty bits. And yummy yeasty burps.

D - Smooth, refreshing, a meal by itself, but overly sour at the end. By no means disappointing. There were more complex smells and flavors than I listed here, but the alcohol and fusil oils mask their true names.

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,347 ratings.