Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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outstanding

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Reviews: 1,150
Hads: 2,440
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 169
Gots: 331 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 mcintire78
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

A: Poured into a Straffe Hendrik tulip glass and came out a hazy amber to brown color and created a sizable head--say two to three inches. Strong lacing.

S: A strong smell of sweet fruits.

M: A thick but not overwhelming feel in the mouth.

T: Significant carbonation. Medium to heavy bodies. A sweet fruity finish.

D: The alcohol is very well masked--any limit on drinkability is because of the relative body of the drink. (434 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours from the bottle a cloudy ruby color and maintains a nice head well into drink, plus the foam lacing on the glass. Has a nice, sweet, fruit aroma. Tastes as good as it smells (if not better). Not quite as spiced as some other dubbels, but very enjoyable all the same. (272 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Westmalle, a true classic when it comes to Belgian beer... For a beverage so close to my heart I'm amazed that I'm just getting around to singing its praises with a proper review. It's beautiful color is a deep auburn, like fine furniture. The carbonation is rather high, but an off- white head reminiscent of soda fades away to near nothingness quickly.

The scents coming in are my nose's absolute delight. Sweet candied apples, plums, dates, figs, molasses, nuts, and toffee form a vibrant melange. After a healthy swig, a burst of tart fruit flavor washes in. The silky, moderate mouthfeel immediately coats the palate, and some quality of pepper, spice, and alcohol evokes a slight tingling. A very bready base reveals itself after a moment, and the finish has a surprising dash of bitterness.

As no single one of the numerous great qualities is overbearing or out of balance with the others, it's easy to fathom Westmalle's excellent reputation. The body and alcohol content of it is also quite manageable, so this is a Belgian that can be enjoyed on easy-drinking occasions. Recommended for any lover of great beer, and a great place to start in the world of Trappist or Belgian beer in general. (1,205 characters)

Photo of logicalparadox
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint snifter. Color is a deep, hazy brown, with a thick creamy head that sticks around for a while. Nice lacing.

S: Smells like Belgium! Raisins, dried plums and dark stone fruits, and syrupy. A hint of molasses.

T: Malty bread pudding in a glass with prunes, raisins, and a hint of bourbon to accent the doughy grains and malty backbone. This is a great sticky, but delicious beer!

M: Creamy, chewy, and with a nice pickle from the head and alcohol.

O: A great dubbel. Dark, but not roasty, chewy, yet creamy, all-in-all reminding me of a dark, sweet, bread with dried fruits baked in. (629 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%

A – Dark brown even towards the black end of things with some red hints against the light. One finger of beige head that dissipates very quickly and dies to a thin cover with minimal lacing.

S – A heavy hint of candy sugar hit me straight up with some plum, raisin, dates and good boozy yeast smells along with caramel and toffee.

T – An almost cola like front on the first nip. This beer is packed full of flavour. A lot of cherry, raisin, dates, toffee, caramel flavour along with good malt and hoppy back supporting some mild bitterness to balance out the sweet front. As this one went down there was also an abundance of banana and spice. Normally I’m not a big fan of heavy banana but here it was awesome!

MF – Medium fullness with a smooth and creamy with a spicy alcohol nippy feel. Very good!

O – A cracking number and much better than the Rochefort offerings this beer is very pleasing with well-rounded balanced flavour so in all conscience I cannot give this less than 4.5. For me it only loses marks on the appearance as it has rather disappointing head. (1,084 characters)

Photo of BonzoBall
3/5  rDev -27.5%

I had this on draft in the village it was made in and it was fantastic / delicious. BUT this review is based on the bottle I had in Brighton and it was average, a little bitter and had an unpleasant burnt after taste. (217 characters)

Photo of lionchow
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours light brown with amber hints.

Aroma of candi sugar and light alcohol. Mild hay and orangey citus notes.

Flavor is full of rich earthy hay malt. Tons of candi sugar flavor and nice fruit as well. Lingering bitterness and alcohol light burn, spice and herbs.

Well rounded, complex, really beautiful. (311 characters)

Photo of Nightwing
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured from bottle. First impression of aroma is green apple with hints of vanilla and banana. Pours a dark brown with tan head. Medium bitter taste. Medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation, with a bitter finish. Very nice Dubbel. (241 characters)

Photo of ENogueira
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

11.2 oz bottle dated 4/11/15, poured in a chalice. Pours a dark brown in color. Head didn't retain for very long. Carbonation is on the above average side. The smell first struck me as cinnamon, perhaps raisins as well. Taste reminds me of a Cherry Coke with a very full body, creamy and malty. Very interesting taste for a beer. The sweetness really lingers in the aftertaste, and it is very pleasant. I really enjoyed this beer. (439 characters)

Photo of JLSIV
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into Westmalle chalice….nice compact bubbles head one finger initially, down to constant 2mm layer of super small creamy bubbles. excellent carbonation, Very brown almost cola like color

Aroma is very mild, I sensed some dark fruit (prune/raisin with a hint of cherry. Malty aroma in background

Taste was among the best I've had…cherry up front, almost sweet malty mid, finishing with just a slight alcohol warmth. very true to the Dubbel style.

Mouthfeel is lively carbonation with a rich full finish, some dryness, no discernible hoppinnes , very smooth and mellow. Pleasant to drink.

Overall this is an outstanding example. Will definitely look for and drink again. A great bottle conditioned belgian ale, that imports well. (757 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle best by 28/01/15 at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of dates and yeast phenolics
Head average (4 cm), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing OK – partial rings of small to large bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of dates and dark malts, slightly sweet, with faint alcohol aftertaste. No hops, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

A very good dubbel. (428 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown appearance. Good head and lacing.

Aroma is of raisins, plums, fruitcake and syrup.

The taste is sweet with a complex mix of cherry cola, black grapes and treacle. There is a slight medicinal flavour here... in a good way. There's also a hint of spice in the finish.

The mouthfeel is superb. Very carbonated and palate cleansing making it easy to drink this beer.

Overall this is a very tasty and enjoyable Belgian beer that is rich and complex with a moderately high alcohol content. Very good drinking to be had here.

My mark out of a hundred would be 90. (572 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle. Pours dark amber with tall, long-lasting, foamy off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, caramel and dark fruits. Body is full and smooth. Spicy yeast, caramel malt, bread crust, plums, raisins, brown sugar fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy, sweet and complex. Delicious brew. (314 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased and drank at Victoire in Rochester, NY.

Pours a medium dark brown, with a quarter inch head, and not much lacing. There is a ton of floating sediment.

Smells like toasted bread, some rye, some brown sugar, caramel, and spicing.

The taste is similar. Very bready malt flavor, a bit of spiciness reminiscent of rye or black pepper, some caramel, and brown sugar. This is much less sweeter and full bodied than I expected, honestly.

Slightly thinner body than I'm used to with dubbels, a tiny bit watery. I'm really surprised to report that, honestly. Crisp, smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation.

This was good, but my expectations for it were a little high, unfortunately. (689 characters)

Photo of Intrinsic
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty brown colour with a very fine grained head. Not much lacing, but very nice looking. The smell is so incredibly clean. I get notes of grass, cherry, bread and a hint of citrus. The taste is very refined. Quite complex, with a noticeable level of alcohol and lots of malts balanced out very well with a mildly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is relatively dry, with very frothy carbonation. My goodness. This beer is wonderful. (436 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Hazy dark brown with a large tan head that gives you a good lace
S-Spices light pepper, banana sweetness, roasted malts and caramel
T-sweet roasted caramel at first with a spice background that gives you a nice hop bitterness in the aftertaste, then finishes with a warming and great balance of all the flavors
M- full carbonation
O-The balance makes this one of the best I have had this year, I always enjoy dubbels (418 characters)

Photo of Takahiro
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dark brown, with a tanned foam
S: roasted malts, bread, yeast, vanilla
T: very smooth maltiness, sour tang like yogurt, caramel sweetness, alcohol sweetness, hop bitterness shines towards the end
M: silky smooth, and finishes very dry
O: very nice dubbel (257 characters)

Photo of JTuomi
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle (19/09/15) into a goblet. Amber brown, one finger tan head that settles slowly leaving a thin foam that stays. Lively carbonation and some sediments.
Smells of sweet dark malts and dark fruit. Smooth taste of toasted malts, candy sugar and dark fruits, plums and raisins. Sweet but not sugary. A dry finish that leaves a lingering sweet aftertaste of toasted bready malts and fruitiness with a hint of chocolate. No taste of alcohol. Medium-full body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Easily drinkable and very enjoyable. A really good dubbel, my favourite this far. (580 characters)

Photo of illpass78
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a big wine glass because I didn't have a chalice. Yeah, I know.

Appearance: Pours a dark, cloudy reddish brown with a big creamy head that sticks around forever. Good amount of lacing, too. Cool looking beer.

Aroma: There's a lot going on in the smell. Smells of dark fruits, raisins, dates, figs, toast, some mild spiciness, a little floral character, and maltiness.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, and it's complex, creamy and delicious. Really a terrific beer. The dark fruits dominate and the finish is appealingly bitter. Alcohol is muted in the nose and on the palate.

Mouthfeel: It's a fun beer to drink; creamy and smooth, with a big sturdy body.

Overall: A terrific, classic beer. It's pretty close to perfect in my opinion. (771 characters)

Photo of jneiswender
4.84/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours is very cloudy brown body and a nice tan head

The smell is of orange marmalade and Clay

The taste is smooth chalky earthy with some nice malt and fruit

Very will carbonated and somewhat full

A wonderful beer well-crafted and keeping with its style very enjoyable for flavor yet thirst quenching (315 characters)

Photo of BradC
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a thick head that falls but leaves a thin head throughout the glass.

Smells of raisins, fruity and floral.

Taste is raisins, light rum and a crisp finish.

Lots of carbonation and a crisp finish, thin body makes this pretty drinkable despite the 7% abv.

Overall, first Trappist dubbel and a very good one! (340 characters)

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of Lothore
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown, orangey hue with a thick, chunky head that lingers.

S- Plum, raisin, fig, brown sugar.

T- Plum and raisin up front with a yeasty finish. Slight bitterness.

M- Thin-medium bodied and very effervescent.

D- This is a great brew. I think if it were a little thicker and had less carbonation it would have scored even higher for me. I'm sure the carbonation fades with time. Will stick a couple bottles in the cellar and forget about them for 5 years ... (469 characters)

Photo of Henrich
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (719 characters)

Photo of HoneyLamb
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a single 12 ounce bottle from Michiana Minimart on 1-23-2014 for $4.49. Taste tested on 1-26-2014. Bottle had a "Best before end:" date of 15/06/13. Medium hard pour resulted in two fingers in the tulip glass. Appearance and smell were definitely above average. Taste and mouthfeel were excellent. Aftertaste held well and was also excellent. I would definitely recommend this Dubbel (393 characters)

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
92 out of 100 based on 1,150 ratings.