Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,149
Hads: 2,437
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 168
Gots: 330 | 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 Blindpigbiz
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Style/abv: Trappist dubbel/7%

Smell: pears, 65% dark chocolate, pralines, and subtle piney notes

Taste: ripe barley pears, tart plums, pure cacao, walnuts, almonds, and malty-bitterness; despite the malt, it is impeccably bright and clean along with an effervescent body

Pairs well with street tacos, dark meats, and ice cream, especially pralines and cream ice cream; it's a damn good dubbel (395 characters)

Photo of TastyAdventure
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark red-brown. A 1 1/2 finger head. I am not a fan of soap-bubble type heads.

S - FIGS. sweet figs. Brown sugar. would be a 5 if there were some more complexities

T - Smooth. Figs. Sweet. honeysuckle. Something empty in the middle that seems more like a session beer than a flavorful Dubbel. Nonetheless, very tasty. Tiny dryness in the back.

M - Slick. Low-medium carb. a little too slick.

O - a little underwhelmed. Especially for the price, but it is an import... This would be my "cheap session beer" if I lived in belgium and it was indeed cheap... Unfortunately it is not, at least here in the States. (616 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle from The Cave, Glasgow (£2.99):
Murky brown with a hazy appearance and a thin, one centimetre tall, light brown head that that turns to a patchy lacing

Rich and complex smell that begins with some dark fruits such as plum, raisin and cherries. There is a strong and sweet caramel malt aroma that follows this along with some sugar, prunes, dates and figs with tiny amount of alcohol.

Strong and sweet dark fruit taste to begin with all the same fruits from the nose making an appearance, particularly the figs, raisins and dates plus some cherries and sugar. There is some toffee malts and a warming, light alcohol taste next with a hint of yeast and some caramel malts.

Sweet & well carbonated, medium body and a rich, complex taste that has a very good balance. There is some nice spice towards the end and the alcohol, hidden for the most part, is only noticeable in places and compliments the drink well with a nice, warming finish to it.

Very complex yet well balanced beer that was quite rich from the get go and dominated by dark fruits and sweet malts throughout. A really nice one that takes a while to open up but once it does there is no looking back. (1,180 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a murky brown with a little orange and two fingers of light tan head that lasts a while and leaves some great lacing.

Smell. Sweet ripe plums and light fruits, brown sugar, and some fruity belgian yeast.

Taste. Brown sugar, plums and apples, some light earthy bitterness, caramel and some smooth malts.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with fairly strong and fairly soft carbonation.

Overall. A quality beer but maybe bot quite on par with other trappist offerings. (477 characters)

Photo of RaphaelSC
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark amber body, with thick caramel head.

S: Dry fruits, caramel and woody.

T: Bitter hops, smooth fruit flavors and a woody cognac in the end, carbonatation is good and the alcohol is well hide.

M: bitter and dry, but not overwhelmingly bitter and dry, which make its a very drinkable beer after all, as a matter of fact it is a standard Dubbel and shows how the style should be.

O: If you search for a real complex beer try a trippel or a quadruppel, but if you look for a really good beer even if it is simple a Westmalle Dubbel will serve enough. (564 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. My half served in a Westy chalice.

Deep scarlet Brown hue. Cloudy. Densely woven tan head forms a slather of foam on the surface. Seeing some light lacing.

Obvious red fruitiness amidst phenolic yeast esters and herbally medicinal aromas. Plum, currant, raisin, toffee, brown bread, bruised cherry, and creamy malts. Semi-sweet nose. Delightful.

Mostly dark fruits; the list reads 'plum, raisin, cherry, tart apple, and grape'. Bitter in the front with some almost astringent medicinal phenols and booze spiciness. Has a creamy malty middle and a soft finish. Evidence of hops all throughout, with the herbal notes and with the bitterness.

Soft and supple. Carbonation reaches a little further, but we're in great shape with that fuller-than-medium body. Nice and hefty.

The first, and one of the best. A premier trappist ale that can work as an introduction or as a expert-level representation of traditional Belgian ales. (942 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Completely opaque, dark, lovely. Surprisingly high head (~3 fingers) from a gentle pour. Beautiful lacing on the side of the glass. Head fades relatively quickly.

S - Not overpowering or forward. A little alcohol through the nose, fruits (but not citrus). Sweet. *Update* As the beer warms, more of the fruit smell comes through; definitely prunes and dates.

T - Complex. The alcohol present in the smell is not at all noticeable in the flavor. Dark fruit, prunes and/or raisins, malty, and sweet. Each sip gives me some other flavor coming forward, but it's all very balanced. Not at all hoppy or bright until the finish (back of the tongue and throat, not back of the bottle). What bitterness there is, is quite different from the bitterness of a PA (think coffee, not pine). Very smooth; smoothest dubbel I've ever tried.

M - Maybe the best overall mouthfeel of any beer I've had. Thick but not syrupy, coating the mouth; lingering taste but no poor aftertaste; just enough carbonation to tingle your mouth, but not so much that you can't leave it in there a while without the flavor degrading. Absolutely lovely.

O - I don't quite favor this over Westmalle's tripel, but that's based on the flavor profile, not the quality. This beer is fantastic, and easily my (new) favorite dubbel.

Bottled October 13, 2011 => aged a year and a half.

Spiegelau tulip. (1,370 characters)

Photo of Roman5150
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Tulip glass

*Also had on tap at Het Beste Biertje in Málaga, Spain. Sweeter with less pronounced dark fruits and more carbonation. Almost prefer bottle better, but both are very good.

Very dark, with a very small short lasting off white head.

Smells sweet, hints of raisin, dark fruits, figs, prunes. Great smell on this beer.

Tastes so smooth and refreshing. This is one of my favorite Trappist Dubbels i've had. Abosultely no taste of alcohol whatsoever, this is a wonderfully intricate, complex, beer, but also one of the easiest drinking beers i've ever had. The taste is exactly how it smells, dark fruits and sweet figs (reminds me a lot like Chimay). This tastes even more amazing once it warms up.

You can't go wrong with this, I would say this would be a good starting point for anyone wishing to get into trappist beers, and don't want to start with a heavy quad and need something more accessible, but not lacking in the complexity and flavor dept. I will be buying this again and again, as it's a lot cheaper than it's Rochefort cousins. Like I say with every trappist beer I try, I alwasy have high expectations, and they never fail to dissapoint. It's not just hype, it's quality craftsmanship; monks make damn good beer. (1,254 characters)

Photo of Patou
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall, this double is very agreable, easy to drink. Aroma of caramel malt, raisins and banana. Brown color, medium body, lively carbonation and bitter finish. This beer is medium sweet and bitter, well balanced with notes of banana and something that makes me think of almond-flavoured liqueur. (296 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark and deep purple color. Light tan head, which is constant and lasting.

Smell: Dark fruits and hints of Belgian sugar. The dark fruits dominate the nose.

Taste: Dark fruits with hops and Belgian sugar. The hops dominate the other two flavors and are a bit bitter. The sugars and dark fruit are pretty subdued.

Mouthfeel: Biting carbonation and surprisingly smooth. Not bad.

Overall:
Decent. I might get it again. I'm not too crazy about the hops dominating the other flavors. (494 characters)

Photo of themind
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quality Trappist period! poured a nice full head with a slight aroma. The mouth feel and carbonation to me are spot on for this style of beer. The taste is fluid and consistent....very enjoyable. This beer is very drinkable! really you could down a large quantity of this stuff.

Bottom Line: A must try brew! (309 characters)

Photo of abijen
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on bottle.
I like the appearance of this beer. Brown - black color with a little bit red into it.
The head looks a bit tan and frothy.
This beer smells, in my opinion, like nuts, dark chocolate and a little burn smell.
I tasted a litte bitterness which persist to the finish. The finish duration is average. (323 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Best by 05/03/2013
Glass: St. Bernardus chalice

Westmalle's dubbel is a pleasantly sweet, toffee and candi sugar-like beer with mild grape and phenolic notes from a Belgian yeast influence, all tempered with European hops for bitterness. The aroma and flavor, though weren't as bold as I expected from such a highly-ranked dubbel; I would have appreciated richer toffee and candi-sugar flavors, with perhaps some raisin and prune esters to add a bit more complexity.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of slightly burnt beige foam, which fades in about two minutes to a thin cap atop the beer, thicker around the perimeter. Lacing is present, though not astounding, a modest scattering of small dots and thin lines adorn the insides of the glass. Body is a dark garnet color, with light bringing out brighter, though still deep, warm browns and reds. Carbonation is not visible through the semi-hazy body,

Aroma of mild toffee, amber Belgian candi sugar, slight grape esters and spicy phenolics. The scents were not as strong or pronounced as I was hoping, nor as complex.

Tasting opens with a front palate of mild Belgian candi sugar sweetness mixed with that from toffee-like malt choices. This goes on to a mid-palate of stronger toffee and amber Belgian candi sugar sweetness, slight grape ester, and a noticeable bitterness. Back of palate finds continued toffee and amber Belgian candi sugar flavors with a fairly strong, clean bitterness, spicy phenolic flavors, and slight ethanol. Aftertaste is somewhat like sweetened iced tea, with the lingering toffee and candi sugar sweetness joined to fairly strong bitterness and light phenolics

Beer is medium-light to medium in body, with medium-low levels of carbonation that work well for its weight. The result is a mouthfeel primarily smooth, with slight foaminess, which flows across the palate quite easily. Closes quite dry with a medium amount of stickiness lingering on the palate. (1,972 characters)

Photo of TOMHONE
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of JRed
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep purplish brown with fluffy khaki head that lasts. Aroma of cookie, caramel, grape cola, herbal notes. Tastes evolves over time: cola, grape, caramel, cookie, herbal notes, mild earth, banana, some grass and veggie aftertaste. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Creamy and bubbly and dry. The beer evolves as its sipped. A beautiful legendary beer that is still the quintessential Dubbel. A real old world treat. It's our duty to keep buying this beer. (458 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Westmalle-Trappist Dubbel @ 7.0% , served from a 330 ml bottle purchased for $4

A-pour is a cloudy dark brown with a small fine off white head that is leaving a fine lace film along the goblet

S-dark fruits (plum , prunes , raisins , cherries) dominate

T-sweet dark fruit start , spicyness follows

MF-good carbonation , medium full bodied , smooth on the palate

Ov-good beer , extremly well crafted

sampled alongside Trappist Rochefort 6 , Chimay-Premiere Red and other Belgian beers recently

prost LampertLand (517 characters)

Photo of artdob
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark ruby brown pour with an incredible tan rich head. I just want to look at it. The lacing is rich and thick.

Ok, well, even though the beer appears to be posing for the camera, drink it we shall.

The nose is stewed fruits. Very rich. Prunes, raisins, cherries - wonderful.

The palate bursts with the same fruitiness as on the nose, followed quickly with bread like tones. A mild roastiness comes in for the finish.

Great things are happening here. (458 characters)

Photo of ProblyAboutBeer
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Foam was retained well. When eaten with cheese and spicy mustard, flavor was experienced more subtly. Immediately, one tastes lightly-roasted coffee, but the flavor guides the drinker through hoppy bitterness into a chocolatey-smooth finish. Aftertaste is roasted barley, of a strong chocolate origin.

I usually prefer their Tripel to this one, but if you match it with a meal the Dubbel can compliment food nicely. (416 characters)

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

Decided to review beer today. westmalle ale dubbel, usually would have gone for something with higher abv but this caught my eye and i liked the color of it. and i liked that its from Belgium.

Very dark with hints of ruby. minimal light passing through. a small head but it actually lasts. only a fingers worth. lovin the dark ale though.
Great strong smells coming up fruit obviously, but strong raisin maybe slight orange and chocolate...cherry for sure. taste is amazing brandy taste with the cherry, slight bitter, very little alcohol taste. tastes prettty traditional belgian. Big fan of the MF once the carbonation dies down and it warms up a little bit. Very complex with some spicing, full but light at the same time. Again wish the alcohol content was much higher but the drinkability of this one is special.
Overall I would get again, but probably not very often. Great beer though (893 characters)

Photo of HabiMendes
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer, with a beautiful dark brown appearance, and a *powerful* aroma. I was absolute amazed with it. The taste is very good, although I had other Trappist Dubbels that were slightly more delicate. But don't understand me wrong: this is a fantastic beer, full of character, and I really enjoyed it (as seen in the review scores). (338 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A copper colored beer with a light haze. The head is low but persistent, made of light tan, creamy bubbles.

S: A strong raisin aroma with a decent amount of caramel malt aroma. There is a light vinous, wine-like character. There is a light bit of fruitiness, enough to let you know that Belgian yeast is part of the mix but not much in the way of spice; the fruit is a low banana note. No hop aroma. There is a light floral alcohol aroma as well.

T: A complex malty sweetness that part toffee, caramel and raisin with a bit of cocoa. The raisin flavor is moderately-strong with a bit of other dried fruits as well. There is a moderately-light hops bitterness. The balance is about even and the finish is towards the dry with a fruity and malty aftertaste.

M: A soft mouthfeel having a medium-full bodied with moderately-high carbonation and a light alcohol warmth.

O: A complex, malty beer. (898 characters)

Photo of urbanvets
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle14/2/14 bought refrigerated poured into chalice

a - Huge creamy head with good retention throughout dark brownish red

s- Huge malts and caramel with celery, on warming to room temperature more fruits are apparent

t- Malty caramel raisens almonds

overall, much preferred this beer at room temperature, flavors and smells came out. Another sipping beer. Prefer the Rochefort 6 over this but nice Dubbel. (419 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a tight, tiny bubble head. Big ampersand shaped glaze of retention.

Smells like dark fruit, cognac, and cherry cola.

WD has an overarching raisin brandy that is present during the whole experience and is really the highlight of the beer. Toffee with nutmeg spiciness, watery unsweetened cocoa caramel that becomes more prominent as it warms and a long cola fade intermingle at times with the raisin brandy. Course, grainy carbonation which I don't like at all.

Westmalle says this beer will improve for up to for years (mine was bottle 7.14.11) but knowing my palette I'd like a newer bottle. Still, it shows lots of highlights and the sum of those highlights is better than any individual part. (716 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 12, 2013.

The pour is brown with ruby red hues glistening in the glass as well as a silky, tan head that fades to a ring but lingers on.

The aromas are fine and enticing with sweet malts, Belgian sugars, yeast, molasses, and dark fruit akin to prunes or plums

The body falls into the medium range on the whole but there is a level of fizzy carbonation on my tongue.

In some respects this reminds me of the putrid sweetness of a barleywine with loads of sweet barley malts at first followed by a pungent, potent bitter hop finish. It burns a little on the end but not in a bad way. This is quite a beer. (656 characters)

Photo of mscudder
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Into a chalice.

A - Deep ruby brown with a massive tan head. Head contains gorgeous bubbles which leave good lacing after an above average retention.

S - Biscuits, dark fruits and a touch of chocolate and caramel.

T - Big bready malts give a base for this to work off of. Subtle and refined sweetness coats the palette through the swallow. Namely: cherries, caramel, raisins and grapes. Complex and enjoyable.

M - Fluffy medium body with average carbonation.

O - A nice dubbel that could be more bold.The biscuity base limits all that this beer can accomplish. Given this basis, they did a fantastic job. (609 characters)

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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