1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

Not Rated.
Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,238 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,238
Reviews: 1,127
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 134
Gots: 195 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Westmalle Trappist Dubbel Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,238 | Reviews: 1,127 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 2/3/12

A - Pours a deep mahogany with some suspended material and almost two fingers of tan head. Head has outstanding retention and leaves rings of lacing.

S - Caramel, candi sugar and dark fruit aromas, with raisin, fig and maybe a bit of cherry. Also has a decent bread aroma.

T - Starts off a bit sweet, with caramel, fruit and candi sugar, but a yeast spiciness soon takes over. Some bread malt near the finish and another shot of spiciness on the finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel with lively carbonation and a dry spicy finish.

O - Very good overall. Not too sweet with a nice bread and spice presence.

warnerry, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of dugly2ugly
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

dugly2ugly, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of speakorspasm
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

speakorspasm, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Goldmund1
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Goldmund1, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Edwaka01
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Chimay goblet.

A - Deep, dark, mysterious burgundy. 1 finger head, fades fast, leaves thin layer on top, cinnamon like dusting from my inability to hold back 100% of yeast.

S - Toffee, Caramel, licorice root, cinnamon, tons of yeast.

T - Candi sugar, TONS of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, yeastiness again.

M - Medium bodied with a slight coating effect.

O - So far the hype of the Trappists has not done the beers favor in my opinion. They are all great, but I'm always expecting more going in. Still a fantastic beer.

Edwaka01, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of WeissBoy
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

WeissBoy, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of Nay
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's amazing how much non-chocolate, non-coffee roasted malt flavors are packed into this beer: Light and dark fig sweetness balanced with just enough hop bitterness and alcohol. Lingering phenolic and bitter finish. Mouthfeel just goes on and on, but carbonation quality a bit prickly, and not smooth nor carbonic, either of which might make the beer a little better.

Very tasty, but not stupendous.

Nay, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of javiernano
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

javiernano, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of bladman
5/5  rDev +19.9%

bladman, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of rydev24
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

rydev24, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of SURFBUGG
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

SURFBUGG, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of bluesfan1181
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a goblet.

A - Has a dark brown, ruby red color with an eggshell color 2 finger head. Lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom.

S - Dark fruits and cherries with yeasty, bread notes. Some fig, cloves, and toffee detected. Alcohol is in there too.

T - A slight hop bitterness on the front, The middle is all plum, raisins, cherries, figs, and yeast. Blends together beautifully. The back has a slight alcohol burn with a red wine dryness.

M - Medium mouthfeel, that is very creamy. Carbonation is very good due to bottle conditioning.

Overall, a trappist monastery in Belgium shines again. This is one of my new favorites for the style. Second behind Rochefort 8 for me. Haven't had Westy 8 to compare so this is second in my book.

bluesfan1181, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Tumble
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Tumble, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Peyton5410
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Peyton5410, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

.33L bottle served in a Belgian snifter. BB dated 28 Jan. 2015 - but i didn't want to wait any longer. This was my favorite beer for a while, during and following a visit to Belgium. I haven't had it for a few years except one small tasting, so let's see how it holds up.

Appearance: dark brown with a variable density light brown head. Good retention and lacing. Some sediment remained in the bottle even after extracting every last drop of liquid.

Smell: Dark bread with a load of raisins, dates, ripe bananas and generic dried dark fruits. Hints of pears, dried plums and spices. Light alcohol esters.

Taste: Similar to aroma profile but stronger, with more plum, and less sweet. This 7% ale drinks like 3-4%. Rich, bitter-sweet (leaning clearly towards bitter), and lasting flavor. Bordering 4.5

Feel: Smooth, medium-full body; medium carbonation that seems just right.

Overall: Excellent! World class for style. Unfortunately not cheap in the U.S. A great sipper: engaging, flavorful, interesting and easy to drink. The look, smell, flavor and feel all seem just right for each other. Highly recommended!

chinchill, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of RollTide05
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

RollTide05, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of dalecooper
4/5  rDev -4.1%

dalecooper, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of dr_sanch
4/5  rDev -4.1%

dr_sanch, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of CBPAS
4/5  rDev -4.1%

CBPAS, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of acevenom
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy reddish brown with a tan head that retains well. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is sweet and of chocolate and maybe a bit of fig. The first sip feels creamy. I pick up flavors of roasted malts, sugar and fig. The finish is a bit dry and there's a mild spiciness to it. The flavor profile is well balanced. It's not too sweet. It's not too dry. The carbonation is definitely present, but it's not overwhelming. This hides its alcohol content very well and the mouthfeel is medium. Overall, this is an excellent beer.

acevenom, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of bdbd
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

bdbd, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of ChanceK
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

ChanceK, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of bmur112
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

bmur112, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of rodney45
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found in Bowery Wholefoods NYC. Best before 23/8/13. Poured into my snifter, because i wanted to.

A: Hazy russet or ruby brown with a tan colored head that lingers throughout the duration, but leaves little lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, barley, espresso, apple and plum.

T: First notes are of sour and bitter raisins or dates. Secondary profile is a creamy belgian or munich malt. Tertiary expressions of coriander, nobel hop bitterness, and cinnamon. Dry sour cocoa finish.

M: Medium to Medium Heavy body with little carbonation. Not much alcohol taste.

O: Possibly sour from either light or heat exposure. Unfortunately thats the major taste profile I get initially, and its a turn off, even though the secondary and finishing notes are so strong. Im going to rate this well regardless of its sourness because it was in fact still good. Not great, not perfect, not up to par with its older brother westmalle triple. This beer's age and improper storage may have led to the bottle's accelerating decline. These usually have a great cellaring history. Well, regardless, I would still recommend.

rodney45, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev -4.1%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,238 ratings.