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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,157 Reviews
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Reviews: 1,157
Hads: 2,460
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 173
Gots: 353 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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Reviews: 1,157 | Hads: 2,460
Photo of RedDiamond
3.08/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks like I get to be a party pooper on this one, but not everything brewed by trappist monks in Belgium is worthy of high praise. The Dubbel starts out teaming with a volatile effervescence. A tall tan head on a ruddy brown body yields a delicate aroma of lager-like malts and garden herbs. Of course, this brew is otherwise not remotely lager-like.

The taste is frail and simplistic, not the complex tapestry of exotica I frequently anticipate from the monks. The flavor never reaches any dominant culminations of the customary brewing dimensions. There are no great overtures to sweetness, bitterness, citrus, or spice. The finish is actually somewhat drab.

I drank this beer within the posted freshness date and noted no telltale signs of spoilage. I can only conclude that on the whole this is a rather ho-hum brew from the good brothers at Westmalle whose reputation for excellence is not upheld by this rather uninspired twice-fermented ale. (960 characters)

Photo of Dubber55
3.1/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a murky brown with some orange highlights. 1 finger cream colored head.

I immediatly smell clove, nutmeg, banana. There are also some dark fruits and some raisins.

The taste seems pretty spicy. I am getting mostly bready and caramelly malts along with a lot of clove, nutmeg, banana, gingerbread. Seems to have a dry finish with a lot of clove.

Mouthfeel is thin with some medium to high carbonation

The alcohol is nicely hidden but, the spiciness and the breadiness make me not want to drink more than a few ounces. I can think of a few dubbels I would rather drink instead. (585 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.12/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a dark murky brown with a tan fizzy head that was fully diminishing and had poor lacing. The aroma was heavy of roasted malts and molasses, light resin hops and a moderate scent of a horse blanket yeast. It tasted slightly malty and extremely bitter at first and ended with a bitter acidic flavor that layed in the back of your throat. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a fizzy carbonation. Overall an OK brew, but nothing special. (494 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.13/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Gotta say I'm disappointed here.
Pours an attactive reddish-amber. Large, puffy tan head that settled slowly. Pebble-like sediment into the glass. Gravel black floaters.
Fruity aroma of apples, figs, and prunes. Carmel sweetness also . Alcohol is noted.(strange, as it doesn't show up in the taste).
Taste seem muted, and uninspired. Fruitiness is here, with apple, tart grape and ever-so-slight banana. Carmel is present, but the malt body is somewhat thin. I keep getting strange impressions of a vienna lager....and not a particularly good one. Very faint chocolate hues.
Thin, boring body. Lacking of any heft, or any spirtz. Dull, blunt, lifeless. Thickens as it sits, but never attains anything noteworthy.
Maybe this is too young (bb: 13/05/04). Nevertheless, I just don't see the flavors here to hold out much prospect. (848 characters)

Photo of Douberd
3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark colour, with minimal bubbles surfacing. Medium head, brownish coloured, stays for a reasonable amount of time.
Aroma is of fruits and chocolate.
Bitter taste, medium thick body. Bitterness stays in your mouth. Quite carbonated. Overall not bad, quite average. (269 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
3.16/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this expensive beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. I thought I was going to like this because I have heard so may great things about it. It had a fine bubbly head ans was a rich mohoganny color but was cloudy. The beer semmed to be very very carbonated. The beer had a nice creamy head and bad ass lacing but was very strong in the alcohol taste. I will not buy again but thats just my opinion. (403 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.17/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had lofty expectations of this brew and I have to say I am unimpressed.

A-Dark brown, small tan head.

S-Light aroma of figs and fruit (apples, plums and pears)....not great but not bad on the nose.

T-Apples and pears, figs, raisins and a little alcohol spiciness...not a malty as expected.

M-Feels thin and watery....light side of medium bodied...low carbonation.

D-I wouldn't complain if someone bought me one of these but I much prefer the Westmalle Trippel (466 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, sweet fruits (applesauce and fig), some cola-like notes. Flavor of bitter hops initially with lots of malt and sweet fruits, even some soda-like notes. Hmm, not what I expected from the #2 dubbel in the world. The flavor is bland and the palate a touch heavy. I would have liked more fruity notes or spices....oh well. (397 characters)

Photo of Crotor
3.21/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a ruby tinged black with an ample, tan pillow of a head.

Smella a bit of chocolate, and there's a hint of pitted fruit, and some alcohol. Decent, but not as nuanced as I'd like...

The taste is respectfully fruity - along the lines of plum, perhaps - and perhaps ever so slightly charred. There are some phenols in the back, and very noticable alcohol. Ultimately, it tastes too dry for my liking - these flavors would be greatly improved with some more malt to back them...

The body is a bit thin, and the apparent alcohol negatively affects the mouthfeel & drinkability. Overall, a decent but underwhelming brew. (628 characters)

Photo of McDiddyPop
3.21/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz brown bottle. 'Westmalle' engraved around the neck. Pretty badass looking. Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

It should be noted that this one foamed up when I opened it, leading me to believe it became contaminated before bottling. I hope for the best.

It pours a deep mahogany with ruby hues around the edges. Nearly black in the center, when held up to the light it reveals decent clarity with moderate haze from a sturdy pour. A one finger head quickly disipates into a small cap with a few scattered bits of lace. The smell is lacking. Very faint grain, with a hint of sweetness. Apples, maybe? The taste leaves a lot to be desired. It barely fills my mouth. Very dry with a sweet/tartness on the back of the tongue. I have to smack my lips after each sip, because it almost completely dries my mouth out.

I will definitely give this one another chance, but as for my first look I was anything but impressed. Hopefully round two brings me a bottle with no added contaminants. (987 characters)

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured nicely with an even tan head. color is black with a tinge of ruby red at the edges of the glass.s

smells of raison, ripe fruit and cinamon seem to dominate.

taste is a interesting mix of flavors. it started off with a raison, dark beglium candi sugar that settled into almost a metalic tangy undertone. at mid glass that undertone faded to a light hop tart that seemed to quickly fade and the final sips at almost full room temp had a light malt presence.

drinkability aside from the tangy metallic taste was good. this is a light bodied easy to drink beer. As far as dubbels go, I am glad to have tried this, but it doesn't move into the ranks of my favorite dubbels. (684 characters)

Photo of moderndrunkard
3.26/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured straight from the tap at Erasmus in Bruges and enjoyed with roasted rabitt in beer sauce...but that's another review...

Pours a very appealing dark, cloudy body with a medium-bodied caramel head. There's a light head retention but the foam seems to stick to the glass for a long time.

Faint aromas exhibiting a light sweetness with a light alcohol nose.

I taste medium carbonation, a very slight initial fruitiness. Tastes...like...pear! Yeah, that's it. These pear-like flavors yield very nicely to a hop bitterness that lingers just long enough for my liking. A beer this color, I would have expected something different. Namely, something heavier and maltier. But all I'm tasting here seems to be light and bitter. (I'm sure the malts would come around if the beer was a couple degrees warmer)

I kinda feel like there's something wrong with my tastebuds because I was expecting something much different. But we all still have a lot to learn, don't we...?

Overall, good carbonation, not too thcik or too thin, pretty drinkable, but I'm not feeling another one. (1,086 characters)

Photo of Jonte
3.27/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33 cl bottle poured into a tulip shaped pint glas.

Cloudy beer with a brown/dark red color. Off-white head that is large at first but mostly diminishing. Good lacing.

Smells good. Sweet malts and yeast, dried fruit, raisins, figs, plums. A bit of caramel/toffee as well.

The taste is not quite as good as the smell. Very fruity at first, then a more sour yeasty taste and some toffee/cocoa. Alcohol and some hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Medium body and lively carbonation. A bit dry.

Interesting, but not really my type of beer. (536 characters)

Photo of jabocu
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany and amber with a two finger cap that dissipated to a 1/4 inch cap. Nice head retention. Aroma is yeast and sourdough right off. Fruit esters of pear, green apple and raisins. Bubblegum in the background. Alcohol is light in the nose. A slight vinous quality. Flavor is raisin and fig. Dissapointingly no pear that I can find in flavor. Sour grain and yeast. Mild bitterness and a earthy undertone. Mouthfeel is med carbonation, med body, and finishes mildly dry. Good beer! (495 characters)

Photo of jonb5
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, poured into Leffe chalice. Dark brown, thick, one and a half finger head, reasonable retention. Smelled pleasant phenol but not much else. Tasted roasted Maris Otter style malts and phenol. Bitter aftertaste with a hint of citrus hop at the very end. Mouthfull was coarse, not what I expected. Overall I was slightly disapointed, not as complex as I would have liked, would probably benefit from aging. (416 characters)

Photo of drzauis
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into goblet style glass.

APP- A dark caramel color, poured with a healthy head, dissipated fairly quickly. Very little lacing.

Aroma - Hits strong with deep fruity aroma, leaving way for a chocolaty, sweet smell shortly after.

Taste - Very similar to aroma, big dark fruits leading off, then a thick sweet caramel - malty taste, which coats the mouth. Hints of acidity, but very little in the taste of alcohol.

MF - Light carbonation, medium bodied, but as mentioned coats the palate with an aftertaste of deep roasted caramel malts.

OVR - A very drinkable beer, quite complex, and the alcohol is very well masked. I find the balance between the sweetness of the roasted malts, and the acidity / sour of the fruitiness just a little off. The only reason it scored lower in certain areas. (815 characters)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown brew with a monsterous head that nearly erupted out of the glass on a mundane pour. A slight amount of patchy lacing grips the sides of the glass. Some floating whitish yeast sediment is present.

S - Moderate yeasty notes with a grassy hop character and some faint citrusy to vomit aroma.

T - Mostly a faint dark malty flavor with a hint of brown sugar. Overall, grassy hops dominate the flavor. The aftertaste is all grassy bitterness and malt.

M - Slick, smooth refreshing with a medium body. Nice mouthful.

D - Good, but it isn't great. Not going to have this one again, but it isn't awful. Definitely not worth the American price tag. Better dubbels are readily available. Even Chimay Red is superior to this one. (739 characters)

Photo of hammer09
3.31/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium to dark brown. Well carbonated as evidenced by a dense, 3/4" head. Smell is malty, but not overly so with a slight belgian yeast aroma. Other than that, I couldn't detect any other aromatic characteristics. Taste is malty and sweet, but as with smell, there isn't much else going on for flavor here; maybe this was an old bottle (it was the last one on the shelf at my local beer store). Mouthfeel is above average with a warming effect on the palate. Drinkability is fine, although I'm dissappointed that two of this beer's key characteristics were on the average side. I expected more from a dubbel. However, I would give this beer another try. (662 characters)

Photo of brendan13
3.32/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a goblet a redish amber colour with a couple of centimetres of light beige head that falls away quite fast.
S - Big dark fruit notes; plum, prune, fig along with a strong toffee aroma and some phenolic touches.
T - Much like the smell but overridden by brusied apple and spicy phenols.
M - Medium bodied, fairly low carbonation.
D - Not horrible but nothing I'll be racing back to. (397 characters)

Photo of koolk
3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudly brown beer with a very foamy whitish head. Heavy carbonation keeps this head afloat for sometime.

Intresting nose of citrus and malts, kind of like gin mixed with beer. Its not the most complex of duppels, and if anything it is a little boring. Some cola and grains come through with warmth.

Palate is pretty uninspiring, with simple flavours that are rather short (no length what-so-ever). The over heavy carbonation is detrimental and spoils what could be a much better beer.

Not a bad drink, still quality, but not something I'll be searching for again. (573 characters)

Photo of divineaudio
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip. best before 2/3/12.

a - pours a murky, deep mahogany shade and forms a massive, tan, foamy head the second it hits the glass. after calming to a thin cap, head is easily revived by swirling the beer around. leaves a few puffs of lacing in my glass.

s - musty and leathery, brown sugar, nutty malt, notes of cola.

t - surprisingly light in the flavor department. i'm getting mostly carmel malt with prominent spice and a light bitter twinge on the back of the tongue. finishes clean and dry. honestly, i'm a bit disappointed.

m - a little on the thin side with far too much carbonation. feels just like a coke or pepsi in the mouth.

o - not a bad beer, but for almost $6 a bottle i was expecting much more. seems to be lacking the richness and fuller body typical of the style. maybe i just got a bad batch, but i doubt i would buy this again. (868 characters)

Photo of SteveS1
3.36/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle to a glass-

Look: Pours dark cloudy amber, tall fizzy head

Smell: Sweet and malty, but hops are present

Taste: Some complex malts... caramely aftertaste, bitterness lingers.

Feel: A touch of carbonation, fairly light

Drink: Decent flavor, though the bitter aftertaste carries a bit of alcohol. Very drinkable nonetheless. I literally drank the whole bottle trying to pin down the flavors, hence the sparse description. (440 characters)

Photo of yapi
3.36/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one fresh on-tap, wasn't that impressed. Maybe a bit too soft for me, or too fresh, no pronounced flavors or aromas to me, not remarkable. Will pass final judgement when I get one from a bottle. I've noticed I like bottles more than tap at the moment... (262 characters)

Photo of david131
3.36/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A deep, slightly murky red with a nice leathery brown aspect. The off-white head is creamy and settles to a nice covering with massive lacing.

S-Sweet caramel, slightly fruity, some bubblegum, and some floral notes. Very subtle and not all that aromatic.

T- Sweet, but slightly bitter- but not in a hop sense. Slightly metallic with some nice grape flavors. There isn't a lot of depth to the flavor, and it really isn't all that interesting.

M- A slight metallic tinge, but the carbonation level is nice and is kind of creamy overall.

D- A decent beer but it is just an average example of the style. (606 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.36/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a restaurant in Amsterdam. From notes.

A - Poured with a bit of a reddish or dark red body with a one finger beige head. Hazy. No visible carbonation. Good ring of lacing left and a thick film of retention.

S - Yeast, mild brown sugar, and that's about it. There was a little bit of a dark fruit hint there but it was quite faint.

T - A little bit of spice, dark fruit, yeast, and a sweet kick. There was a less rich sort of dark fruit element that wasn't as delicious as other Belgian beers.

M - Medium body and mild carbonation. Sweet, dry finish. Seemed a little light.

O/D - Basic Dubble IMO. Not spectacular but a nice gateway to Belgian styles I suppose. Obviously the beer lost something on draught compared to the bottle, but it was still alright. (770 characters)

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
92 out of 100 based on 1,157 ratings.