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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
outstanding

2,315 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,315
Reviews: 1,135
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 148
Gots: 242 | 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 sweemzander
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Best before 04/08/2011.

(A)- Pours a hazy dark brown/red/gray color that produced a giant fluffy orange-ish tan colored head. Solid retention behind it. Left 'crown' shaped lacing behind making the foam look like, well, a crown! Cool

(S)- Wow, a big dark red fruit freshness and ripeness up front. Full on raspberry, cassis, grape, plum, and strawberry. Ample earthy clay and yeast in the background with a touch of vanilla-like creaminess. I am loving the big fruits in this.

(T)- Pretty close to the smell. Great ripe fruits with an earthy clay and yeast combo. Finishes very dry with a light straw/hay/ wheat-like spice.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Great fruits that actually creates a nice acidity to tie in with the dry earthy yeast and funk. Actually is quite refreshing too. Smooth and actually a tad light for the style/what I was expecting, but I welcome it. It may not be rich, but it has a delicate complexity to it.

(D)- A wonderful Dubbel full of great flavors. Smooth and a fantastic drinker for anytime of the year. This is a dubbel I could see being in my fridge all the time; easily available and not overpriced for what you get. A great trappist beer.

Photo of moulefrite
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rage of activity here. Intense carbonation produces a volcanic like oooze of foam as it rests in glass awaiting tasting. The head is stiff and alive-it has taken on a soft serve ice cream appearance, and it seems I will have to lick my way to the beer. Aromatics are difficult to peg through the mountain of thick foam. Some warm malty banana, raisinet, creamy dark chocolate, blue cheese-quite fruity. The mouthfeel is crisp, dry, rather complex, full bodied, and quite creamy. Malty flavors and fruity dark chocolate flavors dominate. Much like eating a very fine dark chocolate with a raspberry filling. Bitter chocolate, dusty malt notes and a very fine champagne like bubble make for a charming and memorable finish. I'll try this one again fer sure.

Photo of pburland23
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had Westmalle on tap in Belgium several years ago, but am trying and reviewing a bottled version.

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

Pours a deep, dark reddish-brown color with a subtle off-white head with good retention. Leaves a pleasing amount of lacing.

The smell is all Belgium. Malty and spicy. The taste follows suit. I'm picking up some fruity flavors...apricots and pears as well as some spices...cloves maybe? Regardless, this beer tastes great. It's well balanced and the carbonation holds through the serving producing an enjoyable drinking experience.

At 7% abv, you can definitely enjoy a few of these in a sitting. All in all, an exceptional world class beer that can drank and enjoyed over and over again.

Photo of stewart124
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish brown in color with a slightly off-white head. Nice head at first that dwindles down to a nice lace.

Dark caramel in color with fruity notes.

Nice mouthfeel that starts out sweet and ends up dry. Loads of caramel and grape characters with tons of fruit a nice toffee note. Floral characters to go with the overall "Belgian" character. Little to no hops to speak of. Rich maltiness and some phenols in the finish. The lingering characters are bold bready characters and toffee.

Overall this is just an amazing beer. Very drinkable throughout. I'd love to try this on tap.

Photo of Mistofminn
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like the Trippel that I reviewed at the same time, this single was purchased at Surdyk's mainly by fate. I happened to see the flashing LED advertisement board and stopped in and purchased a single for $4.44

Poured from an 11 oz brown bottle with raised glass. Poured into a Weizen glass (curse myself for not having the proper glassware!). Deep brown color with a very creamy tan head with excellent retention. Leaves an impressive lace pattern on the glass.

Aroma is caramel malts and a grassy tone I wasn't expecting. Very complex but very appealing.

Very smooth and creamy! Caramel malts with fruit (apple?) tones very present. Spices and and earthy flavors come into play. Faint floral hops kick in towards the end and it finishes a bit dry, but the alcohol is very well masked.

Very good beer. I have to say both the Dubbel and the Tripel exceeded my already lofty expectations. I will definitely be returning to Surdyk's before the sale is over to pick up more.

Photo of Lagaffe74
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a nice dark - reddish color with a nice foamy brown head, which dissipates slowly. Nice aromas of malt, fruits - melon - and bubblegum are present. This beer has a nice level of acidity. It is a pleasure to drink! Wonderful to sip on. Highly recommended!

Photo of Admiraldinty
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Pours a deep mahogany with a gigantic frothy tan head. (I used a brandy snifter since I don't have a chalice). Caramel, fruity aroma. The one thing that struck me about the taste of this beer is that it's extremely comforting for some reason. Figgy, fruity taste with understated chocolate tones. The mouthfeel is out of this world. It's just so smooth. While this isn't one to pound down night after night, this beer is just so drinkable. I'm seriously in Heaven drinking this beer. Spectacular.

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel. 2009

Appearance:
Dark, rich brown. Dark ruby red under light. Three finger head settles down to one. Beautiful clumpy tan head.

Aroma:
Caramel and fruity esters

Taste:
Goes down smooth and creamy. Sweet malts with caramel flavor are delicious. Date and banana fruit flavors. Finishes slightly dry with moderate spiciness.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Extremely drinkable. It's so smooth and creamy. A little on the sweet side, but it pulls it off.

Photo of Kinsman
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderfully dark reddish/brown body sits like a shy kid in the corner, refraining from any attention underneath the massive and menacing head. This head yell's to me "hear I am! look at me! I won't stop growing"

Aroma is spicy, full of nutmeg and cloves and complimented by a nice malty caramel sweetness with a bit of dark fruit mixed in.

Wow, what a wonderful mix of flavors. This beer features a nice offering of sweet fruity and yeasty spice flavors which a slightly off-set by and ever-so light hop flavor. Very deep and complex, but it all works out so well.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy but with this much flavor, it works out well. Overall, this beer is one of the best representations of this style. Truly a classic Dubbel.

Photo of alostplot
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of anarchia
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thick & frothy white head sits on top of a dark red/brown beer that is almost opaque. Nice lacing on the glass. I smell white wine, citrus, raisin bread, some cinnamon. Flavor is out of this world: caramel, grapes, more of that raisin bread, brown sugar with a perfectly balanced but slightly chocolatey-bitter finish--a lot going on! The carbonation is really nice on the tongue. Slight warming from the alcohol. Exceptional.

Photo of williapb
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of MattyG85
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Best before date is 27/07//12.

Appearance: Pours a dark and cloudy brown with a hint of amber. A little bit of sediment and lots of bubbles. Big four finger off white head which slowly fades into a thin layer. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Rich aroma of fruits. Sweet bready caramel malts with some Belgian yeast and clove spice. Big smell of dark fruits. Hints of alcohol soaked raisins, plums, prunes, and dark grape juices. Also a hint of banana and a good amount of candied sugar. Hop presence is very subtle. A very juicy smell.

Taste: Like the smell leads, a big fruity taste with some good spice. Starts with some Belgian yeast and spicy cloves. Rich taste of dark fruits with notes of raisins, plums, grapes, prunes, and a little banana. Moderate amount of candied sugar and a subtle presence of earthy hops towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Very juicy and slick. Fairly sweet but finishes dry. Very smooth.

Overall: A great authentic Belgian Dubbel. Great fruity taste with a nice spicy kick.

Photo of watermelonman
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured to a nice dark brown and ruby with a huge head. The head diminished quickly and didn't leave much lace.

The smell is nice, containing candy sugars and hints of alcohol. Its only weakness is that it's a little too weak. The taste is quite good. Flavors bring malt behind more candy sugar. Alcohol is barely detectable. The mouthfeel is fairly full while the drinkability is outstanding.

Photo of bowersdm
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33cL bottle poured into a pilsner

A - dark brown, lots of head (it foamed right out of the bottle after opening)

S - malt, yeast, fruit, spices

T - malt, fruit, spices, yeast, hops, and a little hint of alcohol

M - pretty good, a tad on the carbonated side

D - very good beer that is very easy drinking for a moderately high ABV

Photo of Gavage
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark burgandy / brown color with a 3" thick head. The head receded to the surface in a few minutes. The aroma was great as caramel, yeast, bread, and light fruit were leaping from the glass. The flavor was also great as the what was sensed by the nose was matched by the tongue with the addition of raisins and plums.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a dry finish. The caramel and bread tones last long on the tongue after swallowing. The alcohol not noticebale at all. This is an exceptional drinking dubbel.

Photo of MisterClean
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
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 chanokokoro
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Westmalle Trappist branded chalice

Pours a deep, dark amber with lighter amber highlights. Fluffy, cream-colored one and half finger head. Candi sugar and a hint of almond on the nose. Complex flavors of caramel, chocolate, nutty grains, raisin, and date. Mild spice throughout. Drying from midpalate through the finish, crisp carbonation balances the syrupy medium body lightening it a bit. A fantastic representation of the style, a landmark brew.

Photo of dfried
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
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 spointon
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been onto Belgian ales for 6 months and of course had been seeking out the Westmalle offerings. This dubbel is the first Westmalle I have had and it was outstanding. There was a high amount of carbonation (as there should be) and the color of this beer is something to write home about. It is hard to describe the color - sort of a reddish brown carmel malty color - very beautiful. The aromas coming off tis ale are very malty, slightly sweet, and intense. Of course you can smell the alcohol, but that's only natural for this style. As for taste, it is unquestionably great, but I can't help but compare it to Chimay Blue. The hardest thing is to call whether or not I like it better than the Chimay Blue. Chimay is a bit more intense in the flavors, but the Westmalle dubbel is more smooth. In any event it does not disappoint!

Photo of biegaman
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A deep, rustic tone of scarlet red that turns ablaze when held into the light where it comes to much more closely resemble ruby; there is both great depth and radiance in the colour. The most creamy of mousses slowly deflates and will consolidate into a pudgy but firm mold of gluey foam. How elegant - I'm content just to look at the thing!

You know you're in for something delicious. The smell is grounded in dark, lightly toasted malts and earthy, finely chopped hops. It has a near herbal, almost cilantro like quality that underlines the dynamically effervescent yeast. Notes of raisin and plum, doused in brown sugar and nutmeg, are sure to peek one's curiosity enough to rush the first sip.

Crisp, hard husks of rye and barley exist along side their cracked, kilned, and boiled counterparts. The flavour may resemble a yeasty, fresh loaf of our daily bread but it also bears some similarity to a caramel coated cake that might be served as dessert. The taste of hops - green, lightly spicy noble varieties - is surprisingly present and contributes plenty.

The esters and phenols of the yeast are almost untypically restrained in this particular offering. That said, I've had the beer enough times to notice subtle hints of cinnamon and clove as well as fruity, over-ripe taste of dates, raisins and prunes. The beer is so rich with such a diverse cast of flavours that you will never loose interest in what you're drinking.

Sweetness and bitterness duel in a passionate dance. The beer balances rich maltiness with bitter hops and a phenolic yeast. The alcohol is scarcely noticed and plays absolutely no roll in effecting drinkability. This beer is quenching, hearty, and a wonderful accompaniment to stews, wild rices, or game meats - pair this with food! It is one beer to always have on hand.

Regardless of whatever level of appreciation I had for beer, the Westmalle Dubbel (and Tripel for that matter) has always impressed me. Before I could even understand why it was I liked it, I've always appreciated it for its wonderful appearance, rich flavour and delectable drinkability. Sure enough, the more beers I try the more I appreciate it - Westmalle Dubbel is a beer I'd recommend to everyone.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
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 BarryNL
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
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 champ103
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Henrich
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Rich brown to burnt orange, especially when held to the light. 2 inches of fluffy, tab foam, which lingers, eventually settling, yet never disappearing. Looks great in the chalice.
Smell: Sweet! Like effervescent brown sugar and plums. Absolutely fantastic!
Taste: Starts quite similar to the smell, then yields to a more complex malty flavor, which ends with a slight hoppy, yet delicious bitterness. This blew me away.
Mouth-Feel: Thick, almost syrupy. This lingers on the tongue for quite some time. It feels heavy.
Overall: This is in my top 10. This is the third time I've had this and it has been incredible each time. Obviously it is pricy, but then again it is not something I'd drink just any day.

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,315 ratings.