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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
outstanding

2,370 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,370
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 151
Gots: 289 | 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 thehyperduck
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO, best before June 26 2016 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a deep, opaque brown colour with some reddish tinges under the light, topped off with slightly more than one finger of creamy, light beige-coloured head. Good retention - the froth remains in place for the better part of ten minutes, slowly seeping away into a lumpy cap and collar, along with some scant sea-spray lace left clinging to the glass. Fruity esters and malts totally dominate the aroma - grape, fig and plum, as well as dates, candy apple, pear, and a bit of banana. There is also a noticeable candi sugar sweetness, some floral qualities and some spicy, phenolic notes. It's one of the better dubbel bouquets that I can recall.

Very tasty, complex stuff, with a unique flavour profile for the style. It starts off tasting quite rich - lightly toasted bready malt flavours, molasses and candi sugar sweetness come through initially, but they are soon displaced by fruity notes of plum, fig, date and red apple. There is a muted hint of banana mid-sip, leading into a bitter appleskin flavour that transmutes into the spicy, phenolic, vaguely floral notes that characterize the finish. Ends with a bit of a peppery, yeasty bite, with lingering flavours of boozy sweetness and spice hanging on into the aftertaste. Dries the palate out quite effectively with each sip. Medium-bodied, with aggressive carbonation levels typical of Belgian abbey-style beers - zippy and assertive, prickling the palate and contributing to the lively, pleasing mouthfeel of this beer.

Final Grade: 4.6, an outstanding A+. Westmalle Dubbel makes for an excellent introduction to this oft-lauded Trappist brewery. This is the first Westmalle product I've had the opportunity to try, and I'm already pining to try more. Its spicy, complex flavours are both enticing and wholly satisfying, making this definitely one of the better dubbels that I have tried over the years. Keeping in mind that this is probably my least-favourite of the major styles of 'abbey beer', I am still convinced that this is one of the best dubbels in the world - and it would be welcome in my glass to celebrate any occasion.

Photo of MagyarPuska
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
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 jlandis
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
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 botham
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
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 murillolopes
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky dark mahogany in color.

Aroma of rum soaked oak, sweet fig, toast, candied raisin, brown sugar.

Rum raisin, brown sugar, slight metallic mineral water, toffee on the palate.

Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation, right on for this style and the flavor profiles this beer boasts.

World class Belgian Dubbel, simple as that.

Photo of peabody
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
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 TOMHONE
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
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 polloenfuego
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
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 mithrascruor
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark and cloudy ruby/amber/brown hue with a very thick, 1-in. creamy off-white/tan head. The head stays thick for quite a while and laces the glass.

Smell: Has a wonderful and addictive aroma predominated by dark fruits, like cherries and plums. There are some malt undertones as well.

Taste: Full of rich, roasted malts and a somewhat bready flavor. The dark fruits pop to the surface every now and then, and there is a slight hint of alcohol in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and relatively heavy-bodied. Very nice feel.

Drinkability: Very drinkable; alcohol taste never gets too strong, and it doesn't knock you out either...

A very enjoyable dubbel! Not my most favorite of Belgian styles, but this is a really good one. If you haven't tried one before, this would be a good choice. And if you like Belgian beers, this is a must!

Photo of ccrida
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
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 AaronHomoya
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Ranz
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured in my manly goblet chalice, it created an inch-thick, creamy head floating above playful bubbles on the cup's bottom. Excellent deep brown color. Little lacing to be seen.

S: Like any good trappist, this thing presents layers of complexity: on first sniff, plum, figs, roasted malt, and herbal spice come first; with some warming, a nice dose of banana from the yeast pops up. This is what love smells like.

T: Robust tannins of wood--cherrywood?--fig, and hints of mottled yeast collide into a panoply of subtly. It ends with a nice, dry, and bitter finish.

M: Sikly-smooth mouthfeel helps the flavors shine here. It's an easy one to sip.

O: Just stellar. God blesses this brew.

Photo of lnashsig
4.63/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of JohnL9013
4.63/5  rDev +11%
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 Limpar33
4.63/5  rDev +11%

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

Deep rich brown, like a dark walnut wood. Smooth and subtle bubbling activity through the body of the beer and the full cocoa head.
Mellow malt aroma with hints of plums and alcohol.
Delicious malt flavor balanced with slight hoppiness and the plum hues in the background.
Medium mouthfeel covers the tongue with malt and then drifts away and leaves a lingering after taste of plumb/hops throughout the mouth and nose.
I would enjoying sipping this all night, very drinkable.
I've had this beer several times and refrained from reviewing it because I thought factors other than the beer might be contributing to my enjoyment of it. But it hits me the same way every time. For me, this is a Hall of Fame beer.

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

This pours a surprisingly dark brown with off white big frothy head

Smell is of cherries caramel and some bitter hops

The taste is of the same but wonderfully balanced between sweet and bitter notes - miles better than the triple a definite 5

Mouthfeel is refreshing and nicely carbonated but too prickly almost

Drinkability is HIGH HIGH HIGH

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 coders11
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
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 saltydog
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
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 Ecliptica
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
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 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 BEERchitect
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to have revisited this beer after not having it for quite a while. Typical of all great Trappist beers. A prune-like colored hue with a yeasty murkiness, rocky foamstand, and great lacing. Seriously rich aroma. Full of fruits, candy, spices, and berries. Tastes the same as aroma, even moreso. A terrific blend of ripe-to-bruised fruits of apples, pears, dates, figs, and banannas. Candies of beet sugars, sweet malty, and a bit of a chocolate flavor. Spices up with a vineous-berry flavor, yeast, aged hops, and alcohol. Full and rich in the texture that falls short of thick. Finishes sweet, a bit tacky, and a bit dry. Worthy of the Trappist name. It's a very good beer.

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

I usually judge beer with this much hype with doubt in the back of my mind. Found it on-tap at the Zotte in Amsterdam.

Looks like a very standard strong Belgian. Deep brown with a creamy tan head.

The smell is slightly caramel, a hint of candy and the smell of, how to describe... a homebrew that has too much refined sugar added to it, resulting in extra alcohol. However, it's not a bad smell by any means.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. The taste is almost sweet, but not too sugar sweet or malty, just right. It has a slight chocolate and caramel taste, then ends with the hops making an appearance.

Overall, despite my reservations with hyped beers, I was pleasantly surprised. I actually ordered another at the end of the evening. For a Dubbel, this one ranks at the very top for me. Sets the bar very high for strong ales, without a doubt.

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