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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,276 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,276
Reviews: 1,129
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 142
Gots: 214 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000)
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Photo of mcallister
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque burgundy brown, thick fluffy tannish head, with many yeast particles floating about.

Sweet aromas of caramel malt and toffee, even milk chocolate, flowery esters, dark figs, creme de brulee, and although not overly high in alcohol some is noticeable in the nose.

Burn caramel malt flavors, hint of nutmeg, fruity belgian yeast strain, with a spicey character, roasted hazlenut, cinnamon, and once again alcohol shows through with a slight burn in the chest.

Nicely balanced brew but lacks deep complexity.

Photo of instrumentality
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: a very dark, opaque brown with glimmers of red when held up to the light. Two fingers of off-white, bubbly foam that settled to a thin layer of scattered lace swirled in different shades of white and brown.

smell: cherries and burnt wood after the first pour, some banana after a second pour with a thicker head.

taste: cherries, burnt wood, and malt are dominant with some clove and a hint of banana. There's a lot of interesting activity going on in this brew, but while still relatively cool, it seemed to be lacking in body, a little watery with the only real intensity coming from the alcohol.

After letting it warm a bit, the flavor of banana became more prevalent and helped to counter the alcohol taste. However, the taste of cloves, one of my least favorite flavors in beer, also kicked in a bit more.

mouthfeel: a little harsh - heavy carbonation, some alcohol burn, but almost no lingering aftertaste.

drinkability: neither smooth enough to call refreshing, nor heavy enough to call filling, this is a pleasing enough brew that's relatively easy to drink. I'm not anxious to try it again, but I'm tempted to pick one or two up and tuck them away somewhere for a year or so and see what happens.

Photo of hunteraw
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown-tinted garnet, moderate head, no lacing at all. Smells very sweet, definitely some fig aroma here, maybe a little caramel. Taste reminds me a bit of Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot Barleywine. Figs, some date maybe, a bit of alcohol warming. The level of bitterness seemed appropriate. In the mouthfeel department, seems a little undercarbonated to me. A touch syrupy, aftertaste is good. Overall a solid dubbel, but I'm not the biggest fan of the style - too much on the sweet side for my personal tastes. Funny how much it reminded me of Bigfoot, though.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a tall steamed glass the medium dark Chocolate brown liquid is very cloudy. The head is thick, rich and tan, Stands tall and fades slow to a thin lace.

The smell is very striking. A fruity bouquet of plums and pears jump out at you giving way to soft tones of chocolate, malt and coffee. This really sets a nice tone of anticipation.

Taste is quite friendly, lots of rich malt with flavors of fruit, chocolate and caramel. Some nice citrus notes of lemon. The hand crafting shows in every sip.

Mouthfeel is fizzy from a good clean carbonation, very crisp yet a creamy & smooth. The finish coating the mouth, is very satisfying

Drinkability is way high. This is quite a fine brew. Care and quality show the whole way. You could drink this all night if you had the $$$. But at $4 per pop, not the best deal in town. MK

Photo of Drew966
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel pours an opaque dark brown, with a small tan head and little bits of yeast along the bottom of the glass. Banana is noticeable to me in the aroma. I can also smell some alcohol, some other fruity notes are also present. Taste is really interesting, caramel and some fruit like notes, fig like maybe. Really interesting mouthfeel as well. Sparkly and prickly, but not overly so. Excellent beer, recommended.

Photo of Freshie
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark brown, with thick, creamy, root beer float style head. Some visible setiment poured out on the head, and a lot left in the bottle.

Smells of caramel, mocha, and some of the dark fruit esters, like currant, plum or raisin.

Tastes a lot smoother and creamy than other Belgium Dubbels. Less on the fruit and hops, and more focus on the malt characteristics. The spicyness of the hops comes out in the aftertaste.

Very easy to drink, warming, and goes down smooth.

Photo of rustymoore
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, muddy brown with a good sized head and lacing that disperses quickly. The smell is that of dried fruits especially grapes. Strong alcohol notes. Taste is sweet with an effervescent feel. The fruit flavor really shines through. The drinkability is high as this is a great tasting beer with a moderate alcohol content.

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 UncleJimbo
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at Het Elfde Gebod in Antwerp, Belgium.

This dubbel poured a dark brown color with red highlights with creamy, light brown foam that slowly settled but coated the glass. The smell was malty with notes of dark caramel and a light hint of sweetness. The taste was malty with notes of vinous fruitiness. There was a moderate hop bitterness as well as a touch of alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium-full body and good carbonation. Overall this beer had a light feeling on the tongue, and was lightly warming. A nice beer to savor slowly.

Photo of bort11
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The design on the label is simple and straitforward. The Trappist logo featured in the center. I like the raised lettring on the bottle that says "Trappist Bier" around the neck.

poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Nice solid ruddy brown color. Only a little bit of light comes through around the edges. Good tan head about a finger thick. Receded to a light lace. Towards the end the lace is completely gone.

Smell is very strong and tart. Sweet and fruity, but dry. It's like a dark red wine, like a merlot. Taste follows up strongly. Very dry and earthy. It does leave a warm alcohol aftertaste on the tongue. Medium body and carbonation.

This is very good, but I wouldn't want to do more than one at a time. The merlot flavors would make this an excellent beer for dinner.

Photo of jabocu
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
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!

Photo of Phocion
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked a couple bottles up tonight after work, putting the other one in the cellar for a while.

Poured into my Westmalle goblet, reddish-brown color and an huge, attractive head that tried to escape the bottle before I even began pouring. The head dissipated rather quickly, and after I finished the beer, the glass looked almost spotless.

I was expecting a little stronger smell from some of the other reviews, but maybe it's just my nose. Slight sweet smell, and a little malty as well.

The first taste was spicy and malty. After a couple swallows, it started tasting much more complex. I started picking up the raisin and a few other fruits I couldn't quite place. It remained very dry throughout, and the alcohol taste was definite, but nowhere near overbearing.

Mouthfeel was very dry. Fairly drinkable, but dry.

I've had better, but I'd definitely recommend this beer. Not sure how many I'll pick up at $5 a bottle though, but I just hope I save my other bottle long enough to find out how much better it gets with age.

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 ken3c
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark red with a big head. Hard to keep it in the glass even with a gentle pour. The large head dwindles to a ring of foam after about a minute. No lacing.

The first aroma is a powerfull sensation of cola. The smell of raisons creep in shortly afterwards.

The taste is also raison cola but very dry. I expected some more complex tastes.

Mouthfeel is thin and dry. Very dry.

There isn't anything to prevent me from wanting another but not much to induce me either.

Photo of beertastegood
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, deep garnet color into a tulip glass, with a huge meringue-like head . Carbonation is obviously high, and head retention is fabulous. Aromas of raisins, cherries, brown sugar and slight alcohol, along with some spicy notes from the yeast - pepper and cinnamon to my nose.

Taste: Spice...and not much else at first. Huge spicy burst up front followed by a sweet caramel-like maltiness. This fades as the hops make their presence known with an herbal bitterness that, in my opinion, clashes a bit with the rest of the beer. Complexity is not as high as I would have expected from a Trappist dubbel, and especially one so highly regarded as Westmalle.

Mouthfeel: lots o' carbonation, as expected...light body and an overall dry mouthfeel. Like a good Belgian abbey beer should be.

Drinkability: The characteristic spiciness of Belgians does not sit well with me for more than two beers, and this one is no exception.

Not a bad beer, certainly a quality Belgian-style abbey ale, but it fails to live up to the Westmalle hype.

Photo of Wasatch
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
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 kamiller
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into my Rochefort glass. Poured a dark brown almost amber with a small quickly dissipating tan head that leaves nice lacing the whole time. Smells malty sweet with definite fruity notes. Tastes of a slight spice with a nice warming sensation, malty with just a hint of fruitiness. A nicely carbonated mouth-feel, a medium body. This is a very drinkable dubbel, I will definitely get more.

Photo of longarm
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Explosive, tan head sits atop a clear base with reddish tones. Nice looking beer.

Aroma mostly fruits, including grapes, peaches, cherries and strawberries. A slight earthy aspect present as well. Certainly a strength.

Rather dry with a slight bit of alcohol. Very earthy, but none of the fruit flavors perceived on the nose appear on the palate. Wonderful hop aftertaste at the finish. Generally less complex than I anticipated but also well balanced.

Decent mouthfeel if a little on the thin side. Fairly easy to drink, but also a little underwhelming.

Photo of plaid75
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this beer up last week. Outwardly, an ornate glass bottle and classic label.

Pours a beautiful cloudy amber, almost violet, color. A nice thick head, which levels out to a half an inch which lasts throughout the experience.
Excellent lacing throughout as well.

Very aromatic - scents of raisin and fig.

The flavor mirrors the aroma. Rich raisin and fig flavor with a touch of alcohol at the end, but not bad for the ABV.

The mouthfeel is full and the flavor remains in the mouth.

A very drinkable trappist.

Photo of JMD71
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Huge 3 fingers of tannish head. Very carbonated. There's a nice bubbly texture on the head when poured which draws back after a few minutes leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Rich caramel & malt strong in the aroma. Hints of earthy fruits such as dates, raisins, & prunes. Slight cherry aroma somewhere?

Taste: Like the aroma, the flavor is rich with raisins & dates. Warming with a slight alcohol touch in the finish. Very subtle. Very well balanced. Finishes crisp...

Mouthfeel: Slightly thick & cloying, but not in a bad way. Expected in this style. Very warming, but carbonation lends a criso, clean feeling.

Drinkability: This is VERY drinkable from my point of view! I could live on this. It is well balances between maltiness, fruitiness, & alcohol. Not overpoweringly rich or sweet.

Comments: I truly enjoyed this all the way through the glass. Each sip seemed to be better than the last. By the first true Belgain dubbel I've reviewed, this was everything I had expected.

Photo of Crosling
2.83/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Burgundy. Deep, complex nose of mixed berries, cherries, chocolate, caramel and mixed nuts. Slightly cloying, deep fruity flavor with notes of plums, cherries and other dark fruits. This is lacking flavor beyond the sweet dark fruitiness but more so, this is lacking depth and body. I want a richer, more complex malt flavor in a dubbel

Photo of moderndrunkard
3.28/5  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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
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 cheers2beers
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in my Westmalle chalice:

Appearance: A dark brown liquid with a dark ruby tint throughout when held to the light is noticed, along with a beautiful dark creamed coffee head that stacked up to about three fingers to finally settle at a quarter inch floating on top.It left a minimal amount of laceing behind as well.

Smell: The aromas are just simplely magnificent. A not too overpowering Belgian yeast is present along with some wild cherries/lambic kriek notes,a caramel and syrupy malt, the alcohol lets itself be known as well.

Taste: That lambic kriek flavor mixed with the typical Belgian yeasts and a nice caramel/toffee malt makes this beer a very eligant delight. A hop bitterness is subtle, I think it counter acts the sweetness,that the malts produce, to make this brew superb. There is a strong alcohol finish as well.

Mouthfeel: The feel is one of a kind. High in carbonation,which in my own opinion makes this one of my favorite Begian beers. Medium bodied, slick oily substance that leaves with a nice bubbley finish.

Drinkability: This is definitely my favorite Belgian beer. I have had this beer with many different foods and it always seems to go with everything quite nicely. I look forward to purchasing this one again soon.I f you haven't had this,it's a must try.Thumbs up,Westmalle!!


Cheers2Beers

Photo of SetarconeX
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep chestnut color with a decent, lingering, frothy head. Lot of black sediment at the bottom, with black specks floating on the froth. Smells wonderful, plums and malt, with a little burst of herbs and anise.

Tastes equally wonderful, plums and dates in malt, but finishing with an unexpected little burst of hops. Seems to fairly well avoid the metallic tinge that seems to plague these Dubbels.

Quite a nice brew, and I tip my hat to those monks!

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,276 ratings.