Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Ratings: 2,281
Reviews: 1,129
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 142
Gots: 216 | 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 MagyarPuska
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy reddish brown, mostly brown, with light only making its way through close to the edges of the glass, which looks more maroon than brown. Anyways, the head is thick on the bad boy and sits at two fingers. The lacing is intense on the glass, which I like to see. Looking forward to tasting this I almost skipped the aroma section.

Smell: Smells of yeast, bread, sugar, malt, nuttiness, all out goodness.

Taste: Remember that all out goodness I smelled? Well it's in the taste too. Tastes of malt, yeast, cream, fruits (apples) and is quite forgiving in the sense of alcohol, but you will notice it after the initial flavors move along.

Mouthfeel: Very full and creamy feel with the perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Amazing. Not too heavy to prohibit one or two of these if you deem that necessary. Quite enjoyable and very smooth.

Notes: Quite an enjoyable Belgian ale overall. Probably the best Dubbel I have ever had.

Photo of polloenfuego
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle bottled on 7/11/12 into a Westmalle chalice.

A: pours a dark brown with a decent two finger head. The head breaks somewhat quickly leaving a lovely amount of lacing behind.

S: Yeast and dark fruits come through on the nose. There is caramel and some chocolate, but the dark fruits dominate.

T: The taste is perhaps the best I have experienced in a dubbel. Wow, there is a world of flavor here...those fruits on the nose come bursting forth on the palate. The Belgian yeast, is fantastic. There are notes of chocolate and caramel that subtlety come in as the beer finishes on your palate.

M: medium body but fairly high carbonation.

O: I have a winner, I am bowled over by this dubbel. I will set all others by this example. It really impressed me. I can only hope that others enjoy this as much as I have.

Photo of MisterClean
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

At homebrewing meeting, part of style of the month.

A - Poured a fairly solid brown color, with 1 finger of capuccino head, which dissipated fast, and leaves little to no lacing.

S - Toffeee, Caramel, Dark Belgian sugars, with bread, and spicy hops.

T - Same as the smell, but with some added coriander. Wonderful beer.

M - Full mouthfeel and well balanced between the subtle spiciness of the hops and the malt flavors.

D - A very good beer indeed.

Photo of dfried
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown purple in color, kind of a chestnut, peachy-rose when the light hits it right. Average size beige head. Deep fruity, plum and date aroma, with some yeast and banana, as well as some medicinal phenols. The taste revealed sweeter, fruity flavors like ripe raspberries and blackberries, red grapes, pears, and bananas. This beer really had a feel like drinking wine. A semi-sparkling, dry, and tart mouthfeel, with alcohol that was hardly noticeable except for some belly warming. So easy to drink, an awesome dubbel.

Photo of ccrida
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Realized I'm coming up on 300 reviews, so I figured I'd out bust out some of my special stock, and what better place then the Westmalle Dubbel?

Poured from a 330ml bottle (two in a row in fact) into my 70s era Westmalle chalice, the dubbel is a dark garnet with a small but tight, long lasting tan head that leaves thick sheets of lace.

The aroma is soft and fruity, dusty trappist yeast and a bit of grape, masterfully understated and delicious. Of course it sweetens as it warms, but only gets more luscious and alluring.

There's no two ways about it, this has got to be my favorite dubbel. The original too, IIRC, and a benchmark of the style, and for good reason. I love how soft and easy drinking it is, yet complex and satisfying at the same time. All about the yeast here, spicy with dark fruit, with dry caramel malt and light phenols, with very little indication of the ABV. Still, this is generally my least favorite belgian style, and as well executed as this is, I just can't give it a 5.

The mouthfeel is exceptional, and has a crisp creaminess and a light body.

Drinkablity is supreme. Damn this is a great beer, why don't I always have a case of these laying around the house? Oh yeah, I'm a huge beer pig!

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very good. Reminds me of bourbon whiskey

A- Opaque black-cherry color in the center with translucent red-grape color edges. Nice looking thick, creamy, off-white head. Yeast sediment

S- Smells like a mix of grape juice and bourbon whiskey. Molasses sweetness and grape tang.

T- Tastes the same way as it smells but the beer characteristics really become noticeable. Lots of high quality malt with tasty yeast and perhaps a pinch of hops.

M- Great feeling. Thick without being syrupy. Gentle carbonation doesn't get in the way

D- Sooo drinkable. The price is the limit on this beer

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark cloudy brown pour topped with a khaki tight merringue head cap and planty of bubbles and yeasty chunks.

Relaxed aromatic vanilla scents.

Smooth almond and vanilla ice cream. Butterpecan pie, like dessert. Nutty profile. Banana & kiwi palate. Caramelized sugar lingering aftertaste.

Smooth feel. Soft, sudsy carbonatyion. Sweet dessert like style.

Last swigs: Here is the brown suar pastry like delicate offering.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Photo of botham
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a westmalle goblet. pours a hazy chocolate brown with a finger of tan head that is soapy in character.

aroma is very malty and yeasty at first, containing caramel and chocolate malts, with a decent ale yeast character, giving the aroma a fruity base. notes of floral yeast, caramel, and a touch of roasted malts give the aroma complexity, while remaining bold overall.

taste is of caramel malts up front, with notes of floral and fruity yeasts, pale malts, and a slight vinous feel to the base. finishes with a touch of apple and sourness, only to bring out mild hops in the aftertaste. very well proportioned and balanced. good concentration as well.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a creamy texture and a decent CO2 presence. could have been a bit thicker for the boldness of the flavors.

drinkability is good. the beer is not filling, nor has a high alcoholic presence. this brew is a solid example of a dubbel, and a great brew all around. cheers!

Photo of BarryNL
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is deep brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. There is the slight cloudiness you expect from a bottle conditioned ale, though the yeast seems to clump nicely in the bottom of the bottle and so doesn't find its way into the glass if you're careful. The head is tight and long, long lasting with a tendancy to lacing.

The smell is perhaps the weakest point (which is just nitpicking) of this beer, it's hoppy and musty/yeasty with a touch of the high carbonation giving a slight CO2 twang to the nose.

The taste is - wonderful. Not especially complex, but perfectly balanced; each mouthful is a journey which begins with the malt, progresses to bitterness and ends with a pleasant yeasty aftertaste.

There's a big mouthfeel - high carbonation can turn the beer to foam if you roll it around your mouth too much,

Drinkability - well, if I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life I wouldn't mind it being this one.

Overall, this is my favourite Belgian beer - I'm always tempted to try and homebrew a clone myself, but I doubt I could do it justice.

Photo of TOMHONE
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Much much better tasting than the ordinary less dark version. This beer is very rich and even better tasting than it's appearance would suggest. As usual, with me anyway, the first taste wasn't very gratifying but the second and every thereafter were very good tasting with that full taste ever present. The more you drink the more gratifying is its taste.

Photo of JohnL9013
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A truly exceptional brew from Westmalle.

A: This beer pours a dark, dark cloudy amber with an exceptionally large 1/5" head and a literal wall of foam left on the glass with rings. Unbelievable.

S: A very balanced nose full of hops and dark roasted malts. It smells like a tripel. Excellent balance.

T: The taste is oddly biased towards the hops. I did not expect this; this is my first dubbel. It reminds me of American IPA's in terms of the hop presence, but with the exceptional Belgian malt touch and ungodly bottle conditioning. This beer is just nearly perfect in every respect...I can't find any fault with it. Wait for it to warm up, too, it only gets better!

M: High carbonation typical for this style of beer, and very pleasant nonetheless. I find there's an ability to taste Belgian beers like this for longer, even as they warm up, than their American counterparts because it's so clean and flavorful.

D: Watch out, 7%. I finished my small bottle and decided to take a long break!

Photo of peabody
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out into a goblet and the initial tan to brown foam came up two fingers then quickly dissapated.
The first smell is carmel malt and fruit. Slight alcohol aroma at the very end.
The taste yeilds slight hops with a malty dark sweet flavor that soon goes to a mild fruit like pear or apple. the hops come through last leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is clean and leaves a thin film on the back of the tounge.
Drinkability is great. Great beer.

Photo of coders11
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance - A nice dark brown with quite a bit of frothy head that fades to a tiny white layer.

Aroma - Subtle malts and sweetness with quite a sour smell in this example

Taste - Almost a sour bitterness offset nicely by sugary notes. Complex malt character is present as well for a great balance.

Mouthfeel - Thick yet smooth to the point I notice it disappearing faster than anticipated. Fairly light carbonation. Aftertaste is sweet and somewhat syrupy.

Drinkability - As a huge dubbel fan, this is one of my favorites and i could drink this guy all day. That being said, it may be a tad too sweet for more than a single bomber in one sitting.

Photo of jizdepski
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into a pint glass. appears an opaque molasses brown, with tan head and better retention than expected. smells of clove, chocolate, dark sweet fruits and roasted malts. taste is great. not too heavy on the yeast bitterness, not too much carbonation, has chocolatey and banana flavors going on. alcohol barely noticeable. finishes sweet and medicinal, with a tingling clove taste at the end. very creamy for a dubbel, feels very full in the mouth, and again carbonation levels spot on. the drinkability on this one is through the roof. very smooth. the flavors combine extremely well and it goes down like a knife through butter. excellent trappist dubbel.

Photo of saltydog
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a bottle from 1972 (!) Tasted at Kroegske in 2001. Appearance: Reddish brown, light head, very clear. Aroma; Sherryish, malty, some oxidation. Flavor:rich, sherry-ish old ale flavors; rum, dates, etc. Mouthfeel: light bodied, with mild carbonation. Sherryish finish. Pretty unique!

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice, a Duppel in a class of its own. Clear to murky brown body with a light tan head, great retention and lacing. Smell and taste are a mix of dark fermented fruits, sugars, and München style malts, boiled in corn syrup with alcohol to thin it all out.
Very complex and heavy in the mouth but with a smooth, warm finish. Some remaining tartness and hops coat the palate. Hard to describe this one...just a master of the style and worth a try.

Photo of champ103
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A wonderful dark and deep mahogany color. The beer has a great big pale tannish head that leaves good lace.
S: There is something to be desired here. This is not very aromatic at all. Dark fruits and bananas come through if I put my nose in the snifter.
T: Wow, there it is. Whatever this beer lacks in the nose, it more than makes up for it with the flavor. Nice round flavors of plumbs, raisins, and bananas. Lots of dark malt and chocolate as well.
M/D: A great full body that is rich, creamy and soft. The drinkability of this beer is amazing. So smooth and easy to drink.

This is a wonderful beer. Treat yourself to a great Belgium Dubbel.

Photo of RaphaelSC
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark amber body, with thick caramel head.

S: Dry fruits, caramel and woody.

T: Bitter hops, smooth fruit flavors and a woody cognac in the end, carbonatation is good and the alcohol is well hide.

M: bitter and dry, but not overwhelmingly bitter and dry, which make its a very drinkable beer after all, as a matter of fact it is a standard Dubbel and shows how the style should be.

O: If you search for a real complex beer try a trippel or a quadruppel, but if you look for a really good beer even if it is simple a Westmalle Dubbel will serve enough.

Photo of EvilGnome6
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a very dark, hazy amber with a generous tan head that holds very firmly. A constant stream of bubbles can be seen rushing up the side of the glass. Leaves generous lacing on the glass as you drink it down.

S: Malty sweet and fruity. A hint of raisin and dates covered in caramel. It's very subtle and delicate with a gently earthiness underlying the other scents.

T: The first sip is surprisingly bold considering the delicate aroma. A sharp twang is the first flavor the hits the palate. It's difficult to describe. It's not unpleasant in any way, just surprising. The sharpness quickly fades into a pleasant blend of malt and dark fruits. Rum raisin, figs and a gentle touch of coffee. The hop presence is understated and judiciously applied to let the malty, fruity flavors shine through.

M: This is difficult to describe. It's a touch on the dry side but has just enough body to let the flavors linger for several minutes. Quite remarkable, really. I can't imagine the mouthfeel being any better. Exceptional.

D: Supremely drinkable. I could easily gulp this one down or sip it slowly. This beer will let you have it any way you want it. I could easily drink several of these in a row and I'm sure I would only regret it the morning after.

Overall: World class Belgian Dubbel. Somewhat different than others in the style and could possibly benefit from just a touch more complexity. In spite of that, it is supremely balanced and immensely drinkable. Would definitely buy again.

Photo of jlandis
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a beautiful dark amber in color with a 2 finger tan head that slowly fades to a small ring. The aroma is a lot simpler than I would have expected. There is dark fruit (cherries, plum), sweet malt and a bit of spice. Having had overly sweet and pungent dubbles recently this one really goes in a different direction. The flavor is very dry with a strong bready character. There are some spices here and there along with an unexpected tartness. I can pick up some cherries, apples, and plumbs in the flavor. The body is solid with subtle carbonation.

This is nothing at all what I thought it would be. This is such a breath of fresh air to go back to the basics to realize what makes a classic dubbel. The dry finish keeps me coming back for sip after sip. I'll be sure to pick up more of these in the future.

Photo of AaronHomoya
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark auburn-brown color with decent head size and good retention.

Great, complex aroma of malt and hops, sweet, roasted, fruity, spicy.

Taste is also wonderful and complex. Starts out with roasted malt, then malty sweetness, hops and a sweet, clean finish.

Mouthfeel is a nice medium body with good, but not too strong carbonation.

A great beer with delicious malt, roasty, hoppy flavor and aroma that is very smooth and easy to drink despite the good strength.

Photo of Offa
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is so far my favourite dubbel and for me is a benchmark for how I judge this style.

Dark, dark red, it has a huge, light-tan head that shrinks slowly and leaves some lace.

The aroma is rich, dark malt, caramel, toast, yeasty bread dough, and fruit with hints of alcohol - port, especially. It is reminiscent of English barleywine.

The taste is first sweet and malty, with spicey fruit and toast with smooth, warming alcohol - rather like amn English barleywine. It becomes more bitter with spiciness with more caramel, prunes and cherries, balancing the sweetness. Although rich and complex, it is unusually smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of BFrost
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving: Center-poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a large snifter glass.

This beer pours a beautiful, dark chocolate brown color with a dense, foamy tan head which has excellent retention.

Aromas of caramel/toffee and fruit are very prevalent with the initial pour. As head slowly (and I mean slowly) fades, you cannot help but to keep your nose in it, further picking up the aroma of caramel, dates, and berries with some malt, but not as much as one would expect from a Trappist.

Still sniffing all the way up until it touches the tongue, one may taste the aromas described above, but also with a proper, mild bitterness. It feels smooth as it enters the mouth onto the tongue, then gently bites you in the back as you swallow.

The drinkabilty is superb, for it gets better and better with every sip and as it gradually warms, further enhancing the flavor. "Trappist" should be its own group on the food pyramid. Despite the cost and trouble to find it in the states, I wouldn't mind having one every day.

Photo of Ecliptica
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured a nice opaque amber color with a beautiful, creamy head that kept its lacing. I must have poured this a lot better than some of my fellow reviewers, because I didn't have the full head that everyone is talking about, but rather an absolutely perfect quarter inch head or so.

The smell is rather difficult to describe, but it is nonetheless pleasant. I'm not a wine expert, but it literally smelled like generic wine. I could discern some fig, wild berries, toffee, malt, chocolate, and of course, alcohol and I'm sure there is plenty of other fruit in it. The smell is tremendous and is only a sign of more good things to come.

The initial taste wasn't nearly as good as it was once it warmed. I've noted before that my refrigerator is quite cold (due to my roommates), but the flavors became quite vibrant and stately once the brew reached closer to room temperature. Absolutely delicious. The blend of fruit, spices, alcohol, and tannin made it almost taste like it smelled - like wine(!)

Mouthfeel was perhaps the weakest (if there is a weakest) part of this brew. I felt as though there was a bit too much carbonation that kept the beer from reaching its true potential until it warmed up. Once warm, however, the brew went down entirely too smooth for a beer with 7% abv.

And that leads to drinkability. Again, for a 7% abv beer, this is almost entirely too drinkable. I'm a bit upset I only bought the single because I can't wait to have another one and to let my friends try this as well. The monks are certainly doing something right, one of the better beers I've had in a long time.

Photo of lnashsig
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

#BOTG number 19! Yes, yes, I have NEVER had this beer somehow. My belgian self-education must happen at some point, right?

Poured from bottle slowly into my Chimay chalice. Pours a murky dark brown translucent color, some dark orange/brown hues appear as the light hits the bottom of the glass. A nice rich fluffy off white/tan head fills the glass, and stays around for awhile, covering the sides of the glass with thick lace and leaving a creamy 1 finger of head when its done receding. Beautiful looking beer. Smell- dark fruits like raisins, some aged cherries, brown sugar. Not all that much going on with the aroma. Taste- WOW. cognac, cherries, brown sugar, raisins. This is an incredibly creamy and rich ale, perfectly carbonated and a perfect example of the style. My night has been much improved having had this ale tonight. The yeast Westmalle uses is legendary and deservedly so. Amazing.

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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