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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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1,163 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,163
Hads: 2,501
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 15.42%
Wants: 185
Gots: 388 | FT: 2
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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 skypup
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

.33L Bottle poured into a Westmalle Chalice

Dark with a thick, foamy head that lasts a few minutes.

A roasted malt/yeasty smell with hints of chocolate.

Complex taste and mouthfeel. Starts with a creamy chocolate/coffee and ends to a slightly sweet smoked malt aftertaste. Smooth with a thick consistency.
A fantastic beer that should be enjoyed slowly.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%

A – Dark brown even towards the black end of things with some red hints against the light. One finger of beige head that dissipates very quickly and dies to a thin cover with minimal lacing.

S – A heavy hint of candy sugar hit me straight up with some plum, raisin, dates and good boozy yeast smells along with caramel and toffee.

T – An almost cola like front on the first nip. This beer is packed full of flavour. A lot of cherry, raisin, dates, toffee, caramel flavour along with good malt and hoppy back supporting some mild bitterness to balance out the sweet front. As this one went down there was also an abundance of banana and spice. Normally I’m not a big fan of heavy banana but here it was awesome!

MF – Medium fullness with a smooth and creamy with a spicy alcohol nippy feel. Very good!

O – A cracking number and much better than the Rochefort offerings this beer is very pleasing with well-rounded balanced flavour so in all conscience I cannot give this less than 4.5. For me it only loses marks on the appearance as it has rather disappointing head.

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Photo of marcpal
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been wanting to try, picked up a bottle and here we go.

11.2 oz bottle poured gently into a oversized wine glass.

A: Enormous creamy foam that gives this thing the head of a drive-in movie theater. Thick and dark in the brew and the head. Color is a shade short of mahogany and dark crimson. Big bubbles too which I like.

N: Fresh sweetness and malts, than a little more malts. Smells like an EL Fudge cookie would smell if it came straight out of a bakery.

T: Wow, even better than the nose. What a boatload of character this has. Like a spiced rum cake. Fruity, malty with underlying bitterness. Can you get any more balanced in a beer? A sipping pleasure with a detecteable alcohol that is in no way or shape off putting but welcomed. I even get some caramel, vanilla and banana as it completely came to almost room temp.

The alcohol soaked dates that these monks were playing with to modify shows that they sure knew what was going on. This beer is outstanding.

M: Thinner than the taste would lead you to but allows you to put it away with no issue or drowning of the palate.

D: These monks did a phenomenal job. Full of character, not too thick, and one of the few well made in this style that you could drink all night. Winner, winner chicken dinner.

Amazing the flavor that is packed into a dubbel and at this alcohol level. Definitely one that needs and urges you to seek it out. This has the complexity of a terrific triple or even quad.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2oz into a tulip. Best before date of 11/25/05.

Dark amber with a light tan head of almost 2" that stays up for quite a while and falls to a foamy sheet for the rest of the ride. Heavy lacing that coats the inside of the glass.

Yeast and malts make up the most of the aromas. Dark fruits and sugars come through after. Overall it has that mouthwatering combination of classic belgian notes we all know and love.

Malts are first noticed upon tasting. This is followed by a burst of melon and a dry/yeast inspired finish. Outstanding.

This one has a full mouthfeel that is not oily or in any way heavy in the finish. At 7% abv, this is one hell of a drinkable brew.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of pkalix
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

not much head on this one. had it many times, but never entered a rating.
super dark copperish color with a thin layer of fizz on top. smell is all dark fruit and candy. kind of like of complex prune juice.
taste is dark fruit, candied sugar and, to use a term someone else previously used (and is totally on mark), refreshing. refreshing is a great adjective for this. it's easy to drink, not too bitter, not too rich (like Belgians often can be), and very flavorful with raisins and figs (some cherry?).

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Photo of gos42
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Was very happy to have the opportunity to try this dubbel. Had read much about it and jumped at the opportunity.

Poured into a chalice. Was that chocolate or malt teasing my nose? Perhaps a combination of both. Beautiful color, rich red, very little head.

But it was the drinkable statue of this beer that put the smile on my face. Starts with a whiff of malt on the tongue, which quickly teases with alcohol then finishes with a touch of bitterness. Heavenly.

If I have any caution with this beer, it is to be concerned with what food you pair it with. It can be overwhelmed by strong, spicy food to the point where you might miss the complexities of this beer. Take my advice and order simply. Or better yet, enjoy this beer with an open chalice, allowing the aroma to breathe. Take it slow and enjoy it on its own. You'll be glad you did.

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Photo of ablaze
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark mahogany red, off-white tan head sits on top throughout. Thick and smooth lacing, with good clarity.

Juicy, ripe red apples with a perfumy candied coating. Some faint alcoholic vapors, but very inviting.

Light, leafy prunes, blackberries, more of that candied apple edge. Some sweet caramelly malt. Yeast is downtempo and hops are quite delicate and match up well with the soft Belgian flavour.

Medium to full bodied, incredibly smooth, creamy and somewhat sticky. Carbonation is light, but there.

Ahhh so delicious. A satisfying and complex favourite, the dubbel of choice. Pairs well with a beef and vegetable stew, but great on it's own as it is delicate.

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Photo of Skidz
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a foggy and dirty orange-brown and sits a deep murky chocolate brown with a tremendous tan head blanketing the beer with a solid two inches of cover. Fades to a thick layer of skim, leaving some good lacings.

Aroma is jam-packed with dark, malty goodness. Tropical fruits dance around giving of hints of starfruit, mango and kiwi. Dusty floors spackle the sides of your nasal cavity with dry yeasty aromas that beg to be tamed. Lightly spicy and peppery, with just a few hints of dry, brown grass.

Flavor is overwhelmingly malty at first taste. Bold and fruity, completely laced with sweet and lucious Gala apples and Bosc pears. Kiwi juice flavor that could turn your teeth, and the eyes of your neighbors, completely green. Sugary caramel melts on the tongue with roasty and dark engjlish toffee swelling up on the inside. Alcohol warms from all sides and is accompanied by a nice peppery spiciness. Dry, doughy yeast presence sticks to the back of the mouth. Finish is mildly bittered with fresh greens and plenty more bright, fruit flavors.

Lively in the mouth and smooth behind the crisp carbonation. Let it wind down to reveal a lovely, silky mouth balanced with the alcoholic spiciness drying the tongue.

Hightly enjoyable, simply fantastic. Complex flavors keep your mouth interested, no way to put this down thinking you've got it completely figured out.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I managed to resist temptation somewhat successfully and age this bottle for about one year before succumbing. Right from the crack of the cap, the beer gives off a pleasant sweet prune-like aroma, undergirded by a distinctively Belgian yeasty maltiness. This dubbel is quite an attractive beer -- deep mahogany in color with a thin, light tan head. The flavor starts off quite sweet, characterized largely by a deep, figgy fruitiness. Combined with the bready body, this gives me the (not unpleasant) impression of Fig Newtons. Toward the end, light chocolatey and toasty notes are noticeable in the background, and the beer finishes with a mild alcohol spiciness. Quite full and body, and luxuriously creamy in mouthfeel. Very, very yummy.

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Photo of Toddzillamz
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been harassed for years for turning my nose to dubbels. Don't ask me why. They just didn't sit right with me. Always seemed like the shitty little brother to my lovely quads. Not the juicy quads on these foreign girls that raid my nest, but the herculian brew we all raise a glass to. Those spectacular beverages that push the double digit mark on the ABV scale. For the second time in my life, I have been proven wrong. Avoiding dubbels meant that I was avoiding Westmalle Dubbel, and this beer happens to be one of the most finely tuned brews on God's green earth. The perfect balance. Exceptional taste and mouthfeel. Reminds me of the breasts I had in my mouth this past weekend. This, in turn, reminded me of the third time in my life I had been proven wrong. Right after discovering this special beer, I was approached my a loose-lipped Dutch girl at a hostel I was spending the night in. During conversation, breast size was brought up, and my friend guessed that she was a b-cup. I laughed at the notion that she was a b, since that chest was going nowhere but inward, so leaned closer for further inspection. With the Westmalle Dubbel in one hand, I used my free mitt to size up the specimen. He was right, b-cup. I then finished my Westmalle, and convinced her to fetch more beers. I then went to sleep. She could not trick me into sleeping with her. Since that night, I have realized that when guessing bra size, the b-cup is the go-to cup size. That guess will win you more battles than you lose. There is also such a go-to when it comes to world class beers. This is Westmalle Dubbel. It may not be the people's champ, like the over-hyped c-cup, but it is always the go-to when you need something to bring home. I am now a Dubbel man, and Westmalle is my girl.

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Photo of techdiver
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, dense brown with modest head that dissipated quickly.

Nose of molasses and malt.

Taste is well balanced malt, toffee and caramel. Totally enjoyable with mild hop character.

Mouthfeel is medium with pleasant carbonation.

Very drinkable. Smooth and expressive.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Two fingers of beige bubbly head over deep reddish brown body.

S: Aromas are loaded: the malt profile is sweet, fruity, and toasty biscuit. Alcohol solvency is present as well. Deeper pulls are overripe stone fruits, hints of anise. Some vanilla pulling through.

T: Flavors are bitter, fruity, subtle toasted malt flavor. Bitter and drying finish. A little reminiscent of a well-balanced brown ale, only a touch sweeter. Swirled and poured last few sips, and emboldened flavors reveal more herbs. There's the faintest hint of carob. Warmth brings out the comforting Belgian yeast notes, emphasis on bitter clove. Can't taste that heat that I smell.

M: Medium and chewy. Dry and bitter. Evenly carbonated.

D: Trappists do it better.

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Photo of deebo
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle review.
A-Thick creamy frothy tan head that does not linger. Clear with a ruddy brown/amber color.

S-Sweet malts (raisin) and yeasty goodness.

T-Awesome rich sweet malt taste, yeasty-sweet roll like, rum raisin with no alcohol bite.

M-Quick finish making this extremely drinkable, just a slight hint of alcohol at the end. A bit creamy.

D-Way too good.

O-Anyone looking to make a dubbel-this would be a good one to try to mimic-fantastic beer. Great taste, mouthfeel and drinkability. Love this one-my favorite of the style. Loved the price and availability in Belgium too-wish I could have brought cases of this stuff home with me.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Prune and dark dried fruit on the nose with some spice. Pours clear brown with 1” light tan foam cap that persists and leaves gothic window lace. Palate has big yeast flavors with prune, over ripe fruit, spicy malt, and dark sugars. Medium to medium full body and medium high carbonation. The carbonation tones down the malt and yeast flavors.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Easily one of my favorite dubbels from what may be the most underrated trappist brewery IMO. Pours a nice brown color with red highlights and good white head. Smell is of spice and dark fruits. Taste has a toooonnnn of dark fruit flavors in it that come out strong up front. some spice and more fruit through the middle. Clean crisp mouthfeel but could be a little better. Drinkability is extremely high. Wonderful beer, from the brewery that makes one of my top 5 tripels as well.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The aroma caught me the second I popped the cap. Rich, malty, inviting. Surprisingly carbonation leading into a creamy texture. Butterscotch, bread, and a little bit of yeasty funk. Spicy hops linger in a slightly bitter finish.

Outstanding. Go get it!

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Photo of Yooperduder
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a standard pub glass.

Poured very nicely, effervescent without filling the glass with foam. Head settles down nicely with that classic belgian lace on the sides.

S - Currants, raisins and grandmas old fashioned rum fruitcake. That first smell is priceless.

A - Mahogany brown, can barely see through the glass. Crisp head, small bubbles.

T - Smooth and dry, finishes with a touch of dried fruit. Crisp and light for a darker beer.

M - Slightly effervescent, enough to let you know it is there without being overpowering and slowing you down. You *could* drink it fast if you wanted... but why would you want to?

D - Smooth, flavorful without being precocious, a hard beer to surpass.

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Photo of ENogueira
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

11.2 oz bottle dated 4/11/15, poured in a chalice. Pours a dark brown in color. Head didn't retain for very long. Carbonation is on the above average side. The smell first struck me as cinnamon, perhaps raisins as well. Taste reminds me of a Cherry Coke with a very full body, creamy and malty. Very interesting taste for a beer. The sweetness really lingers in the aftertaste, and it is very pleasant. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of jeffsala
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a Westmalle Goblet. It has a brown with reddish tones in appearance with a small head after the pour.

S - High Malt and a hint of cherries.

T - Complex flavor. Semi-Sweet with a dry finish. Carmel and cherries are what I sense.

M - Medium carbonation. Very Smooth and you like is more and more as you drink it.

D - I am not going to say it's a session beer at 7%, but it's highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

I love this beer it's has become may favorite dubbel.

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Photo of Pisstank52
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a very drinkable Trappist and I enjoyed it very much. Excellent head and lacing. Aroma reminded me of a warm summer day laying in a field of summer flowers. Fresh and pure and thanking God your alive. It has spirt and lets you know your not drinking some light beer of ordinary taste. It will awaking your tastebuds and make you feel like the warm sun is shinning on you. Can't say enough about it , just try it and see.

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Photo of liquidnoise
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the first trappist beer I've tried. Had it today.

Poured out dark, with an unusual brown head. I could see the yeast swimming around at the bottom of my glass as I chose not to filter it.

The smell was the only thing less than magnificant. It didn't really have much of a smell. But the faint smell was fruity and very appealing.

It tasted like fruit and maybe some chocolate thrown in the mix. Nothing low quality about this one.

The mouthfeel wasn't too watery, wasn't too heavy. It was just perfect.

This is definately a premium beer for the connoisseur, appropriate to be enjoyed with a gourmet meal or on a special occasion.

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Photo of joesc230
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this tasty Trappist on tap in Brussels and also get it bottled in NJ. In either case, it is one of my favorite beers. From the taste to the appearance, I love this beer. Smooth and very drinkable, not very strong but not weak either (the perfect medium). Highly recommended!

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Photo of Shiredave
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best before date on bottle : 10 / 07.

The color is dark amber with a light tan colored head that kicks up easily when the ( Westmalle) chalice is swirled. Head receeds quickly to a whispy film leaving small spatters of lace.

Sweet, subtle malt aromas of chocolate and dark candy sugar, ripe melon and raisins along side some faint phenolic yeast notes and a hint of alcohol that all blend perfectly - wonderfully clean and subdued. Not at all pungent or cloying.

Rich fruity flavors of cherrys and figs and dark candy sugar flood the mouth. Smooth, medium bodied with soft carbonation, absolutely delicious grain flavors of sugar glazed brown bread crust balanced by an earthy hop spiciness in the background. Alcohol lingers even further back in the shadows, adding to the lush complexty of taste sensations.

Balance, balance balance. Predominantly a malty beer, the balance is still exceptional, with just enough bittering hop stepping forward in the finish to be pleasingly dry, just enough alcohol to be mildly warming and exceedingly drinkable.
Those Belgian Monk guys sure know what they're doin!

2-22-08 - Vintage review.
7-20-06 best before date.

Huge 3 in. tan head over a clear garnet brown beer. Slow, tiny carb bubbles rise from the etched "D" in the Duvel glass. Slumps to volcano of dense, sticky foam with sheets of lace. *4.5

Aromas are sweet and phenolic - smokey alcohol notes behind burnt chocolate and cooked figs. Not as rich and fruity as a fresher bottle.

Flavors are all but washed away - somewhat watery light fruity notes are in the background - not up front as in a younger bottle. Faint chocolate notes and a firm and tasty grassy hop flavor dominates with a pastey oxidized sharpness. Warm, mildly alcoholic bitter finish. *4

Body is remarkably light - certainly less than medium bodied with a quaffability not found in a richer, more full bodied fresh bottle.
* 3.5

Overall, still a very nice beer with excellent drinkability and delicious hoppy finish. less complex and fruity than newer examples but still a great beer - just a little less so. My lesson learned is dont age this one ( only 7%) too much longer than the bottle date suggests.

Overal I think this scores a 4.0.

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Photo of mjurney
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep mahogany color, murky. Lively carbonated. Thick beige head.

Mixture of tropical and dark fruit, deep bready malt, caramel.

Mix fruit, bananas, apples, plums, dates, raisin. Creamy malts, caramel, a little milk chocolate. Hop bitterness towards the end. Finish is tart, semi-dry. Body is full, crewy, creamy, a little warmth, easy drinking.

It's an excellent beer!

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Photo of AlexJ
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle. The beer pours into my Achel chalice a ruddy, chestnut brown. A mighty dome of craggy, wheat-hued head holds it's ground for a long time, gradually settling into a thin cap, lacing all the way down.

Aromas of creamy malts, raisens, dates, yeasty bread, and vineous grapey must tantilize my senses. There is an underlying sense of barnyard funkiness that I find immeasurably appealing.

Initially sweet tasting with dark, ripe fruits, malty creaminess, and sweet, yeast bread. Clove and cinnamon spice from the yeast further the complexity. There's a bit of banana and bubble-gum in here too. Alcohol is smooth and undetectable.

Body is medium and thirst quenching, easy carbonation, creamy texture. Finish with some dry, oaky sherry notes and spicy hops. A delightful dubbel in every respect. A benchmark of the style!

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 1,163 ratings.