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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,318 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,318
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 brewskifan55
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Opaque chocolate/amber with a tan two finger head that sits pretty for a while. Excellent lacing. Bits of fermentation float around.

S: Dark fruits, raisins, dates, bready malts.

T: Divine. Sweet. Malty. Pungent. Cloves. Caramel and Belgian yeast compliment the taste. A cherry finish. So good.

M: Thick. Excellent, frothy carbonation.

O: One of the better dubbels available. Smooth, rich and tasty. Bless those monks.

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

Received this beer as a thank you from a shoe fitting. 750 mL bottle poured into my favorite glass...

A: A deep, dark brew pours forth from the bottle, lacing the glass with a fine layer of carbonation as it pours. A solid, off-white, half-inch head forms once the pour is done. Not stunning, but above average.

S: The faint smell of tobacco begins the experience, as dates follow behind. Caramel fills in the notes as the beer begins to warm a touch.

T: This is where things shine a bit. First comes a bit of candy-esque sweetness; milk chocolate is probably the closest. It then melts into a bit of caramel, before switching gears a bit. A touch of bitter tobacco comes to the fore, before finishing quite clean and dry, with a touch of warmth from the alcohol. It's a fair bit of a journey with every step, with the chocolate and caramel fighting for attention, whereas the other flavors mentioned are more willing to hide behind and play as accompaniment.

M: A bit on the thinner side, with a fine bit of carbonation. I think a touch thicker would have pleased my palate more, but would have been a bit off for the style.

O: A delicious Trappist Dubbel, worth every second to savor. Took the better part of an hour to work my way through this one, and I am left wondering where that hour went. A great journey.

Photo of chinchill
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

.33L bottle served in a Belgian snifter. BB dated 28 Jan. 2015 - but i didn't want to wait any longer. This was my favorite beer for a while, during and following a visit to Belgium. I haven't had it for a few years except one small tasting, so let's see how it holds up.

Appearance: dark brown with a variable density light brown head. Good retention and lacing. Some sediment remained in the bottle even after extracting every last drop of liquid.

Smell: Dark bread with a load of raisins, dates, ripe bananas and generic dried dark fruits. Hints of pears, dried plums and spices. Light alcohol esters.

Taste: Similar to aroma profile but stronger, with more plum, and less sweet. This 7% ale drinks like 3-4%. Rich, bitter-sweet (leaning clearly towards bitter), and lasting flavor. Bordering 4.5

Feel: Smooth, medium-full body; medium carbonation that seems just right.

Overall: Excellent! World class for style. Unfortunately not cheap in the U.S. A great sipper: engaging, flavorful, interesting and easy to drink. The look, smell, flavor and feel all seem just right for each other. Highly recommended!

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jellycabbage
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was very happy to find the Belgian-owned Delhaize grocery store here in Cologne, which stocks a few Belgian beers for a very reasonable price (this 12 oz bottle literally rang up for less than an kiosk espresso). One can only drink so much kölsch in Cologne.

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. This beer is very dark in color. The head has medium sized bubbles and a tannish hue. Yeast collects in the bottom of the glass.

The smell is not bold at all. It smells of malts and yeast with a hint of sweetness. It tastes like a delicious dark bread, hints of carmel and chocolate (though not as heavy as a typical porter) and a touch of bitterness. It is extremely smooth, with a great creamy mouth feel. There is hardly any aftertaste or an real warming effect as you swallow.

A solid dubble, which I am happy that I can enjoy so frequently.

Photo of themind
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quality Trappist period! poured a nice full head with a slight aroma. The mouth feel and carbonation to me are spot on for this style of beer. The taste is fluid and consistent....very enjoyable. This beer is very drinkable! really you could down a large quantity of this stuff.

Bottom Line: A must try brew!

Photo of Drazzamatazz
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I've been reading The Brewmaster's Table lately so I figured I'd take Garrett's advice and have this beer with my dinner of cassoulet.

Poured into a Chimay Chalice.

A: A hazy garnet that a Mag-lite barely cut through. Puffy Cumulus head with very sporadic bubble formation; tiny pearls mixed together with boulders. Started off with three fingers depth, and although it got beaten back it was sticking around to the very end.

S: Dried plums and raisins. Somewhat musty smelling. Although boozey at first, quickly brought on a nutty bread aroma.

T: Very subtle throughout. Definite sweetness, mainly of dried fruits and honey, but also a crisp dryness. This too much going on here for me to try and explain all the flavors. Changes every sip, makes you want to just keep digging around for more.

M: Very surprisingly full in body, same could be said for carbonation, almost borders on soda water. Just enough alcohol to clear your palate for the next sip.

D: A planned on making a bit of a night of drinking, but I'm so happy here I'm going to stop now. Complex without being in your face, I have to say this deserves all the hype it might get. Alcohol content is low enough that I felt like I was in control throughout, unlike some balls-to-the-wall extreme brews that knock you back and drag you along.

Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Style/abv: Trappist dubbel/7%

Smell: pears, 65% dark chocolate, pralines, and subtle piney notes

Taste: ripe barley pears, tart plums, pure cacao, walnuts, almonds, and malty-bitterness; despite the malt, it is impeccably bright and clean along with an effervescent body

Pairs well with street tacos, dark meats, and ice cream, especially pralines and cream ice cream; it's a damn good dubbel

Photo of Jonada
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle. Best before 5th of July, 2014. Served in a tulip glass

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown with 2 fingers of a light tan head with good retention. Body is murky.

Smell: Dark fruit (raisin in particular), candi sugar, red apple, with some slight spicy belgian yeast character.

Taste: Same as the nose with dark fruits and apple. There's a toasty breadiness as well (like a bread crust). More apple and apple skin in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Carbonation is high but still maintains a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: This is an excellent dubbel. Every bit as good as Westy 8, yet cheaper and easier to get.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle best by 28/01/15 at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of dates and yeast phenolics
Head average (4 cm), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing OK – partial rings of small to large bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of dates and dark malts, slightly sweet, with faint alcohol aftertaste. No hops, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

A very good dubbel.

Photo of far333
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a crystal goblet. Pours a deep chestunt color with a light brown frothy head that rises up and settles back down quickly.

Inviting aroma of brown sugar and raisin, some cocoa and fig, accented with toffee and ripe fruit.

Flavor of sharp espresso accented with cocoa and currant, some pepper spice, smoke and leather. Also notes of molasses, fig, and caramel punctuated with raisin and oak. Lots of flavors moving in and out.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, moderate carbonation, but manages to finish bubbly and tingly. Very drinkable, really good beer.

Photo of stouty1
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is sweet! I am keeping this for my own homebrews! NIce suttleness with decoration but not too outlandish.

Poured a ruby red with a small caramel head. Nice swirling effect as the head reforms thick and clingy. Smells of chocolate with deep roasted malt. Some hints of fruit, citrus I think. Taste is chocolatey malt with anice bitterness. Warming as it goes down. Very well hidden alcohol level, but I think I would enjoy a little more feeling. Thin mouthfeel goes down easy. I wish I had more than one of these. Looks like another trip to Ohio!

Photo of kirkpjr
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a fairly dark brown with mahogany and mocha hues - lots of floaters here as well. A full 3 fingers of tan head. Spotted lacing develops.

S: Tons of dark fruits here - ripe cherries, figs, and raisins. Also a strong presence of apples here. Sweet malts and a spicy Belgian yeast finish off the nose.

T: Not as pungent as the smell. Ripe, dark fruits in the front with a drying Belgian yeast in the back. Sweet malts and fruits dominate the taste - coming out more as the beer warms.

M: Moderate to high carbonation. Medium body.

D: Very pleasant dubbel. Starting to delve more into this style.

Photo of SebD
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice dark mahogany color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of dark fruit (plums, grapes, raisins), yeast, caramel and some spiciness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet fruity character giving out notes of grapes, raisins and plums, nice spiciness, some Beligian yeast and some caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of beeragent
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice from a bottle. The beer pours a slightly hazy dark ruby, forming a 1/2 inch tan head with slight lacing. The aroma is a combination of dark fruit aromas, along with some sugar sweetness and a noticeable amount of alcohol. The taste starts with light sweet maltiness leading into dark fruit flavors and ending with a slight alcohol presence. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Full flavor, medium body, and not too high alcohol lead to a very drinkable dubble. Overall, not bad at all. I can see why this gets such great reviews. I'm not sure if this is the best dubble I've had, but its definitly near the top.

Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown and surprisingly opaque. I don't think it's sediment either, this is just a very dark beer. Big two finger head that seems to retain forever, and tons of tiny bubbles coming up to support it.

S: Sweet sharp smell which reminds of apple cider and white wine. Plenty of alcohol and spicy pepper.

T: Big bready taste with some hints of sweetness with a tiny bit of grape/currant, though not as pronounced as the smell. Middle is spicy, followed by a slightly bitter finish. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter mxed with some funk and yeast.

MF: Very bubbly, as the head would suggest. Really good bite between the carbonation and spice. Not as thick as it's appearance would suggest. Alcohol feel is there with some warming, but not prominent. Very dry finish.

D: Very drinkable. Better than Chimay's, IMO. The flavor is good but not overly complex, but all the factors combine to make this an extremely good beer.

Photo of xgrigorix
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown bottle, 33 cl size. Best by date (not that it matters) printed on back label.

Burgandy in colour, topped by a fluffy beige head. Thin lines of carbonation move swiftly to the surface.

Burnt sugar aromas lead off, followed by plums, raisins, & dates. Very interesting & inviting nose.

Loads of fruit here, along with a hint of chocolate. Quite tasty. Soft, medium bodied, intense carbonation.

Photo of browna71
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a dark red-chestnut brown, two fingers of thick cream colored head that dissipated into a thin bubbly layer.

S- nutty, caramel malts, toffee. Smell is on the sweeter side for a dubbel

T- balanced malt and nutty flavors, very subtle toffee. Not as sweet as the smell would lead you to believe

M- well carbonated, but still provides a pleasant smooth mouthfeel, moderate body

D- very drinkable beer, one of my personal favorite dubbels. Well balanced, no overwhelming flavors, could definitely drink a few of these in one setting.

Photo of oldhippie247
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours chocolately brown with a soft off-white/light tan head.

Nose is relatively faint when poured in the Westmalle chalice, but occasional wisps of chocolately malts and dried fruits do appear. I was expecting a little more on the nose.

Chocolate and dried fruit follow through on the palate with a nice medium, but round mouthfeel. Carbonation is less active and fine than the Tripel, which I feel is more appropriate. Nice lingering malt-driven finish.

Overall a very well-balanced beer that should please any Belgian beer fan.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. The beer poured a dark brown color with a finger of tan head. The nose was molasses sweet wtih some grape rind and fig characters with a slight sugary sweetness. The flavor was figgy, slightly souring on the finish and a little light on the flavor for me. The feel was moderate and bubbly. The flavor and the nose were really nice. I will definately have to visit this one again.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not that it counts for anything, but I think this is a classically beautiful bottle. Label shows a 7% ABV, not 6.5%.

Into the goblet poured a beautiful opaque red with floating yeast visible, which I like. A small head formed then dropped to a thin 1/4 " head which hung around quite a while.
Smell was sweet, malty slightly sour with dark fruit all over, hints of citrus, hops and vanilla. Great complexity.
Taste was good maltiness, sour, hops (more than in the nose), dark fruits soaked in alcohol with hints of peat and oak. It was a bit more...astringent than I expected, but no hoppy bitterness.
A medium body and a decent effervescence starting at the tip of the tongue then moving back. Hop note blooms in th aftertaste then drops to balance with the malty vanilla and wood notes.
A "must drink" beer.

Photo of brewdub17
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: 12-24-10

Appearance: Cloudy brown, amber body with a clean, dense head atop.

Smell: Sweet, light-lemony/citrus tart notes with a malty balance that is mostly dry.

Taste: Compatible to that of the aroma, the balance from the malty sweetness and the sour flavors come up front well with the dry finish.

Drinkability: Crisp and light with a pleasant balance of flavors. Tartness, semi-sweetness and dryness combine nicely.

Photo of jpiper
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at cellar temp into Westmalle chalice.

Tootsie roll brown with some amber notes and a substantial off-white head which turns to lace.

The smell is apples, apples, apples: green, fresh, and sour. Also, a sweet biscuity yeast is present. Delicious.

First is that green apple, though less sour than on the nose. Then there are sweet malts, and it's complex with an almost nuttiness and yeasty goodness. Very interesting and impeccably balanced. Just a touch of bitterness carries more green apples through the finish. The final finish is bready yeast.

Medium-bodied, dryish, airy, and effervescent. A very nice clean feel.

It is the easiest Trappist to drink. Well, maybe the Westvleteren Blonde, but that's tough to compare given the lack of availability.

An incredible, perfectly balanced, versatile beer. I love this offering from Westmalle.

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Photo of warnerry
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 2/3/12

A - Pours a deep mahogany with some suspended material and almost two fingers of tan head. Head has outstanding retention and leaves rings of lacing.

S - Caramel, candi sugar and dark fruit aromas, with raisin, fig and maybe a bit of cherry. Also has a decent bread aroma.

T - Starts off a bit sweet, with caramel, fruit and candi sugar, but a yeast spiciness soon takes over. Some bread malt near the finish and another shot of spiciness on the finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel with lively carbonation and a dry spicy finish.

O - Very good overall. Not too sweet with a nice bread and spice presence.

Photo of secondtooth
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, almost burgundy, with impressive head. Thick and detailed lace, too. Very nice. I get some sediment, as well, but no points lost for that.

Nose is fruity and yeasty, with hints of sour berries. Quite appealing.

Taste is fruity and yeasty (dark fruit, berries), and even a tad sour. A little funky and musty, too. Superb, and wish these were more widely available and a little more inexpensive. As it is, a treat!

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,318 ratings.