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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
outstanding

2,370 Ratings
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world-class

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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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Ratings: 2,370 | Reviews: 1,148
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 Luigi
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a cloudy rich brown color with a three finger light tan fluffy head. The retention leaves lacing rings all around the glass.

The aroma is sweet and sour. Full of ripe fruit. Hints of red grapes and hints of caramel.

The flavor is full of caramel and ripe fruit. hints of grapes, caramel, toffee, and even some chocolate. The alcohol brings in some sweetness as well. Hop bitterness is mild, reminds me of sour citrus fruit. The bitterness even lingers a bit on the tongue, but very mild.

Creamy mouth feel and a little slick on the palate. Finishes semi dry, lightly carbonated, and is very easy to drink.

Hands down one of my favorite Trappist Dubbel ales.

Photo of thedeen123
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

33cL bottle poured into Westmalle chalice

A: deep rich reddish brown, minimal head

S: there's a hint of alcohol soon followed by aromas of fruits, getting excited now

T: bubbly, alcohol is well hidden by the melange of fruits, pleasantly bitter aftertaste

D: absolutely amazing, but strong, definitely a keeper, worth the trouble to find

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.67/5  rDev +12%
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 Bitzy
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer in its 11.2 ounce bottle at Gaslight Brewery and Restaurant. I had always wanted to try the westmalle trappist beers and it was a no brainer to finally try it last night. From the first sip, I was drawn by its complexities.
A- Nice brownish red color with limited head. Poured into a westmalle glass (this bar has the right glass for every beer they serve)

S- some caramel notes mixed in with nice dried fruits such as cherries and plum and a good yeast backing.

T- the smell and more. The roastyness surrounded the tantalizing fruit esters. At times their was hints of alcohol and yeast, but they did not get in the way of how great this beer is.

M- Very drinkable. This one is worth taking slow medium size sips because you'll want to enjoy it for as long as possible.

D- Awesome! Could have a couple in a sitting.

Photo of Offa
4.67/5  rDev +12%
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
4.67/5  rDev +12%
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 cosmicevan
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from notes taken at the time of tasting.
A - Poured a deep purpleish brown with an explosive collar that soured above the lip of the tulip. There was a frothy white head with super clingy lacing.
S - Dark fruits, alcohol, more DSDA than a dubbel. Plum, grape, alc, sugar.
T - Perfectly balanced dubbel nothing too much in any direction. The alc is well hidden.
M - Smooth and even. On the money. Cooling aftertaste. If anything, maybe a bit too rich and filling?
D - Easiest dubble I've ever had. Smooth and perfect.

Photo of LVituri
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Esta é uma das grandes representantes do estilo dubbel, e mais um respeitado rótulo trapista. Eu só conheci dois rótulo Westmalle, mas os dois mostraram representar cervejas de qualidade suprema, que com que certeza posicionam a cervejaria como um dos grandes nomes do mundo.

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

If ever there was a colure before “Let There Be Light” this is it, Westmalle Trappist Ale pours that dark. Head of light tan very fine foam goes to over two fingers before settling down to a fine cap of foam with moderate lacing. The carbonation does not rise to the top and replenish the head, it can’t, the liquid is too viscous and traps the gas within, only to be released when the ale washes over the tongue. Pretty neat trick, I would say.

Raisin and prune with just a touch of fig and allspice to the nose. Raisin and prune with just a touch of fig, and allspice to the palate as well as bittersweet dark chocolate. The 7.00% ABV is completely veiled within this delicious brew.

If I take up consuming Westmalle Trappist Ale on a regular basis, I’m going to have to get a second job…

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

Tremendous Dubbel. Westmalle has hit two homers, with Tripel and now the Dubbel. I'm embarrassed not to have tried them before this weekend. This will be one to stock in the future, without question.

Two pouring attempts into the Ommegang Tenth Anniversary glass yielded head, three fingers thick of bone-white froth, capping a cloudy, brown-berry body, and expertly lacing the glass--masterful. The smell is sweet with grape, pear and orange, with a slight pine hint after another pass. The taste is incredibly smooth, sweet with plenty of sugar, the fruits above with the addition of cherry, followed by a spicy aftertaste that I wished to get more while imbibing.

This is an absolute delight, easy to have a few of these were it not for the cost, and they're well worth cellaring despite, or because of, the drinkability. Outstanding Dubbel. Grab a few.

Photo of interzen
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a Troubadour tulip glass

Look: Dark, opaque brown with some ruby hints if held up to the light. Very thick and frothy khaki/tan head. Plenty of lacing as the head recedes.

Smell: The merest hint of alcohol but mostly dark malts, yeast and some fruit. Quite a 'dark' sweet smell with pronounced spice candy notes on agitation.

Taste: Very malt-forward with sweet, candy flavours. The maltiness continues through to the finish along with some yeastiness. Hop bitterness is notable by its absence, as is any significant spiciness.

Feel: Quite a thick, heavy mouthfeel but not at all overbearing. Little carbonation and, for something that's 7% ABV, very little booziness. Dangerously easy drinking.

Overall: Once again, Westmalle hits the bullseye - generally speaking, I prefer their Trippel but this is a stunningly drinkable dubbel even if it seems to be lacking in the spice department. Stunningly smooth and well worth a punt.

Photo of TheDoctor
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A:
Pours a murky dark brown that almost looks greenish in the right light and when pouring. It has a gorgeous tan head that is super active. Excellent retention; beautiful lacing. Nearly perfect.

S:
The smell is really kept together well and smells earthy and yeasty. Wine, cloves, hard water, hearty brown bread.

T:
Wow. Really round earth-sweet flavor with lots of dark fruit and hearty bread flavors present. Extremely well-balanced and 'whole' flavor. Delicious.

M:
Full-bodied and creamy with a nice tickle of carbonation. No lingering taste and a nice almost-booze-tinged finish.

O:
Really fabulous beer.
Looks as good as a beer can. Really non-beer aromas in the nose and a delicious, complete taste make this beer one of the greats. I have been burned by dubbels in the past, but this one is one of the best beers I have ever had. I believe Westmalle was the first brewery to brew a Dubbel as such, but I may be mistaken. It would account for how spectacular this beer is.
WILL have again; worth searching for.

Photo of thisisxxmyIPA
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Much darker than I would expect for a dubbel, and foamed over when I opened it :(. I won't hold that against this beer. It is a dark tan color with an off white head that diminishes to a film.

S- Caramel malt and fig dominate. Sugary sweetness and barley twang in the background, a bit of alcohol

T- Fig, caramel, and a hefty serving of malt. Dark cherries, and other dark fruits are in the background. Slight bitter taste, barely any alcohol taste. Little bit tart at the end

M- bold, but medium body. Full flavor with a drinkable feel.

D- Extremely drinkable. Full of flavor, but does not weigh you down.

Photo of smb
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ADR
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good one to rate right after the New Belgium Abbey...best before May 05, 2004...

Opaque cinnamon brown, big head of fine carbonation and dark yeasty patches. String and punctuation mark laces. Slight red wine aroma, mixed with a semi-sweet chocolate and yeastiness. Quite complex and less sweet than many Dubbels -- raisins, grapes, and currants are noticeable and subside into a smoother maltiness to finish. Nice yeasty mustiness lingers past the swallow. Fruit is astringent (i.e. not peach or pear like) and this one is as dry a brew as I've had in this style. A really fine example with great variety, and a different and impressive take on the style.

Source: Liquid Solutions

Photo of Wasatch
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated 05/04/07

A - Pours a dark ruby red/amber, lots of carbonation, nice tan foamy head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet malts, raisins, and prunes.

T - The taste is fabulous, tangy, slightly bitter, sweet, a touch of caramel, very complex.

M - Medium body, well rounded with a carbonated feel.

D - Very drinkable. This is my frist Westmalle, very tasty brew indeed, will definitely buy again, highly recommended.

Photo of Labeorphile
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 9 bottle into a pint glass. Beautiful 1 finger head that sticks around with great lacing. Cloudy as expected with good deep coloring.

Aroma has lots of dark fruits and caramel. Flavor is the same with a hint of spiciness. Gets even better as it warms and you can really pick out the fruits on the front end with caramel finish on the back.

Mouth feel was great and full. I've had this before with a bad pour and it seemed overly carbonated, but this time it was perfectly balanced. A great beer that is the pinnacle of the style.

Photo of jnelson54
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The prune juice brown color with fine belgian lace surrounding a tall glass. Nose is slightly malty with hints of fruits and dark sugar. A range of malt flavor from sweet to slightly sour that gives way to a balanced a spicy hop finish. Truly well crafted. Great for those mild fall days.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a suprise to find a case of this sitting in my local beer store today! I love the tripel (in my top 5), so I grabbed one of these up to try. In the middle of a 750 of Val Dieu brown (an excellent brew in it's own right) I drank this. It is fantastic. Tastes as much like a dark Belgian as a dubbel. Better than the Val Dieu, and better than Chimay Red or Maudite, IMO. Nice dark, fruity taste. Wonderful balance and taste. A little expensive at $4.99 a bottle, but I'll be buying 1 or 2 of these each time I go to that store (and I asked him to get the tripel, also!).

Photo of chaduvel
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We finally can get this again in the US. The last time I had this was on tap in London. Anyway. This one is a nice dark brown color with a dense tan head. Smell is dense and of bready malts and fruity esters mixed with some yeast and sugar. Taste is incredibly smooth with touches of vanilla, chocolate, and great Belgian yeasts. Amazing. One of my favorite beers. Goes great with moules and frites.

Photo of KingG
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Served close to room temp.

Appearance is good. Dark brick color. Decent head materializes. Carbonation makes itself evident.

Smell is good. Very earthy/herbal aroma. Belgian spices and semi-sweet dark fruits.

Taste is excellent. Identical to the smell but sweeter although non-cloying. Flavor isn't huge but perfect for the style. One of the best Dubbels i've tasted.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Velvety smooth on the palate. The beer coates the tongue like a warm comfortable blanket on a cold winter evening. Carbonation is great and not overly done.

Drinkability is off the charts. I can sip this stuff all night if i had to.

Overall: One of the best dubbels i've had and a staple in my fridge.

Photo of Naerhu
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - opaque brown light brown head
Aroma - lush leafy brown bread sweat aroma.
Taste - rich chocolate cake intensity. Dried fruits. Brown sugar
Mouthfeel - Luscious and rich. Makes me glad I was born.
Drinkability - Give me more and more and more.

Photo of Converge
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz goblet.

A - Pours a very nice deep ruby-mahogany hue, with a big fluffy head of creamy foam. The head settles to a dense creamy cap that leaves sticky chunks of lace down the glass. Looks excellent.

S - Smells excellent. Sweet cola syrup and candi sugar with raisins, figs and dried plums. Some cherry and cranberry notes as well, which I really enjoy. The yeast is very prominent, with spicy and bready notes abound. Deep, complex and fruity, exactly what I like in a good dubbel. Just a touch of rich boozy sweetness, but in the best kind of way.

T - Opens up with lots of bready malt and spicy yeast notes. Lots of sweetness coming from the candi sugar. Some cola syrup and molasses as well. Finishes with lots of fruitiness, but more cherry and cranberry than I'm used to. Figs and raisins are still clearly pronounced, as well as a great plum character. Earthy hops linger ever so slightly with subtle notes of sweet alcohol, dark chocolate, and some caramelized sugar. The balance between the flavors here is remarkable. Every piece of this flavor profile comes together as a seamless, complex, and drinkable treat. I could go on about the flavors of this beer all day.

M - Smooth and creamy, with a fine carbonation the compliments the body perfectly. Bittering aftertaste is minimal but present. Very good.

D - Worlds apart from the Westmalle Tripel, which was one of the most disappointing tripels I've ever tried. This one the other hand, after many dubbels, quads, and BSDAs, still stands out as a remarkable beer. A truly classic Trappist beer that should stand as a benchmark for what this style should be; deep, rich, and complex.

Photo of Dentist666
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%

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