Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Ratings: 2,285
Reviews: 1,132
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 142
Gots: 219 | 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 jwc215
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Westmalle chalice:

Pours brown with a thin, cream-colored head that soon becomes a spotted lace.

The smell is of caramel and raisin, with hints of chocolate. It's fairly mild, but pleasant.

The taste is of sweet, dark, dried fruits, caramel and a touch of toasted grain. It's malty, but not overly sweet. As it warms, more fruitiness appears (apples and a slice of citrus, mixed with dark fruits), along with a touch of cocoa. The alcohol is noticeable (esp. at the start and finish), but generally in a non-interfering way. The malty sweetness is also present, but restrained - largely by the fruit and grain.

The feel is creamy and smooth. Goes down very (too?) easily.

I want to go to Belgium. NOW. If this is this good here (after being in the bottle who knows how long - no freshness date), I can just imagine what it is like fresh over there...Would love to pair it with some fresh Belgian chocolate.

Photo of allergictomacros
2.95/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy (I know this from the pour-ing), extremely dark, opaque brown. Head is huge, dense and creamy.

S - Intense fruit. Plums and raisins come to mind. Also some banana-like notes, and a touch of raspberry.

T - Hmm Strange. Initial impression is no taste at all. Then a mild bitterness creeps in. Fruitiness follows with an earthy touch. Aftertaste is a mild, lingering bitterness.

M - Dry in the finish. Light bodied and a touch overcarbonated.

D - Hmm. I was a bit disappointed with the taste. The initial no-taste was a bit of a shocker - I've never had anything like that before, and the overall lightness of the brew wasn't expected.

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy, super dark chocalte amber. Phenomenal head never goes away.

Smell: Very tempting mix of caramel and lavender, with very spicy undertones.

Taste: Complex as hell. Sweet and port-like. Caramel, lavender, plum with a little anise on the finish. Floral notes come in as it warms. Incredible.

Mouthfeel: Really creamy. This is a very rich beer that has better legs than most cabernets. On that same note, it did get a little sticky after the swallow.

Drinkability: Great brew, phenomenal with dessert. Offers many surprises as she warms up.

Photo of stouty1
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is sweet! I am keeping this for my own homebrews! NIce suttleness with decoration but not too outlandish.

Poured a ruby red with a small caramel head. Nice swirling effect as the head reforms thick and clingy. Smells of chocolate with deep roasted malt. Some hints of fruit, citrus I think. Taste is chocolatey malt with anice bitterness. Warming as it goes down. Very well hidden alcohol level, but I think I would enjoy a little more feeling. Thin mouthfeel goes down easy. I wish I had more than one of these. Looks like another trip to Ohio!

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with ruby-red highlights with several fingers of light tan head and a good bit of lacing. Smells sweet, fruity and somewhat piney. Tastes fruity, kind of pruny. Some roasted notes. Medium body. A little bitter. Tasty, but not my favorite dubbel. A solid beer though.

Photo of sabrills70
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle with drink before date of 5/4/07. Pours a deep chestnut brown with a crisp sounding 2 finger head with good longevity and lace. Wonderful aromas of sweet malts, dried dark fruit, brown sugar, buttery, nutty and sherry. full bodied taste but yet somehow still subtle. Again big malts mixed with all the above smells. Alcohol hidden well. Smooth and creamy with a nice subtle hop bitterness in the aftertaste. A very very nice dubbel and one to easily get a bit intoxicated.

Photo of Viggo
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy reddish brown, nie thick tan head forms, settles down into a nice layer, great lacing, great retention. Smell is sweet, berries, yeast, caramel, almost a burnt currant kind of aroma, real nice though. Taste is sweet, very fruity, some citrus, yeast, little bit of booze, pretty weak compared to the smell for me though. Mouthfeel is thin bodied with high carbonation, finishes dry, very attenuated.

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

Dark chestnut, a little hazy, with reddish highlights and a fine, light brown head. Bready and fruity aroma, some raisin, malt, and mild chocolate. Raisin and plum flavours to start, mild bitterness, then it finishes sweet and bready with a hint of alcohol warmth. Great texture, well-integrated and generous carbonation, medium bodied. This is very nice, sweeter than I expected, but not cloying at all. I'll definitely be picking more of this up.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After always opting for Westmalle's tripel over anything else by the brewery, I finally popped the cap on their dubbel. The rocky, creamy head lasts awhile, and that's a great start. The color is a nearly-opaque caramel brown with copper tinting.

The aroma is utterly fantastic...and assertive as hell, considering I got a full whiff of it as it was held six inches from my nose. Rum-soaked raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon, plums, concord grapes, cocoa...an array of wonderful smells.

Flavor is slightly sweet, bringing brown sugar, dark fruits and a light cocoa dusting to the palate. The fruity element comes out stronger as it warms. This is one to drink just below room temperature, as the flavors become more pronounced as the chill comes off.

I'm bothered by the thin mouthfeel. The flavors have nothing to ride on for any length of time, it hits the mouth like water, and this isn't helped by the overly-carbonated body. So you get a weird war going on between the tingling and attenuation.

Excellent aroma, the flavors are quite nice too, but the mouthfeel is strange. I'll stick with the tripel. But it's still miles above the norm. Leave it to the monks.

Photo of Cresant
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this 11.2 oz. brown bottle dated 25/10/07 into a Westmalle chalice. Opaque reddish brown body looked a bit like prune juice. A finger of off white head faded completely (after some time).

Smelled mild. Sweet dried fruits. Raisins, prunes. Subtle.

Taste was very balanced. Figgy. Minor tartness counters the fruity sweetness. Wonderfully balanced, understated; not "too much" of any characteristic. Well hidden alcohol. Complex but not a challenge to drink.

Lively hops wake up the tongue, however, the texture is smooth, medium bodied and highly drinkable. Very nice. I will seek this one out again.

Photo of funkengruven
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westmalle, Looks like it made it's way into the LCBO today since I haven't seen one of these since last Christmas. Anyways here this one goes.

This poured a beautiful dark brown, leaving a nice tan cloud on the top of the glass. Smell contains a bouquet of dried fruit and berries, prunes and figs. Quite nice. This is reflected in the flavors in this brew as well, slight aroma of dried fruit with a bitterness that subsides to a clean finish. Quite refreshing and abundantly carbonated. And for something with as high an ABV as this it is quite well hidden and therefore quite easy to drink.

Not the first Belgian Trappist ale I've had, not the first Dubbel either. This ranks as a good one and certainly worth a try.

Photo of Vancer
3.03/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Holy moly, has this been in a hot warehouse too long? A big ol’ disappointment – the best part was the pour (frothy chestnut brown with a lacey ivory ring).

I had to sniff like a dog to get some weak malty Belgium candy cane. Taste was almost dead, dry and harsh. A small malt kick in the finish salvaged the brew from falling below average. Fuzzy and thin, I can’t believe this is the <standard> Westmalle.

I must travel to Belgium for a fresh sample.

Photo of kenito799
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. Best before 5/16/08

Opaque chestnut brown color with pleasant brownish head, little lacing.

Not much complexity in the aroma, malty, nice.

Mouthfell is good and creamy with lots of soft carbonation. Taste is certainly very good, solidly delicious dark ale. The main impression is perfect balance between malt, hop, alcohol, no element intrudes on any other. My first taste of Westmalle, I guess I was hoping for something a bit more interesting--I guess mainly because of the price, I feel like there are lots of other ales out there as enjoyable as this.

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

Had this beer at the Rathskellar in Indianapolis.

Appearance: Dark, with barely a lacing of head in the glass.

smell: very sweet smelling, Lots of bananas upfront, and dates.

taste: started with a sweet fruity taste met with a then complex mash of chocolate, and a dry taste of alchohol

mouthfeel: varied, started out smooth, but became grainy from the yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

drinkability: at 7% abv, you wouldn't know there is alchohol in it. I would have had several if it hadn't been for the drive home.

Photo of rarevos
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Chimay goblet. Served at room temperature.

A: Really huge, fluffy tan head on top of an inviting-looking dark, ruby-red beer. Head has great longevity.

S: Sweet malt, cherries, grapes, hint of chocolate.

T/M: Dry red wine grapeness up front, followed by a pronounced dried cherry flavor mixed with some figs, sweet malt, and a bit of dark chocolate. Finish has a light dryness and a subtle bitterness before a medicinal warming sort of washes over you. A really well-balanced Dubbel.

D: One of my all-time favorites. Just a remarkably flavorful, warming, comforting beer, especially on a cold/chilly day.

Photo of BlindPig
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours 1"-1 1/4" tanish head. Fades slow leaving a nice looking lacing. Brownish mahogony dark color.
S-Plums, cheeries, darker fruits all fill the nose with hint of alcohol coming through with a sweetish candy smell also.
T- Cherry, and plum flavor come through (seems to fade the more you drink though). Maybe a little warmth from alcohol. Light sugar sweetness also.
M-Medium carbonation and a thinner body.
D-Was pretty good but don't think I'd be buying this again unless the price went down.

Photo of klewis
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

7/14/07 freshness date

A: Pours dark brown with a massive foamy head. Good sustain and lacing.

S: Phenolic with some fruity aromas

T: Quite tart with a some brief fruit flavors that are quickly covered up by phenols. Slight alcoholic character in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with fine, active carbonation.

D: It's nice to finally have this one. It's pretty good, but the strong phenolic taste makes this one a bit less drinkable for me than its contemporaries.

Photo of surfmanjim
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish brown into an Achel chalice, with a 2 finger head that quickly dissapted. The aroma was of carmel and cherries with a hint of butterscotch, The taste was complex, with notes of pepper, cherries and carmel. Mouthfeel was light to medium with little carbonation.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish brown, big pillowy head. Smell is deep and delicious: molasses, fenugreek/syrup, dark fruit, milk chocolate, damp earth.

Tastes of raisins and prunes, berries, molasses, fenugreek, cocoa, a little alcohol and white pepper. Very smooth, creamy carbonation. Head keeps replenishing itself. The sweetness is never cloying. Some grassy, herbal hops in the background. This is very well balanced, rich, and satisfying.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very awesome looking brew here. Nice 3 finger head that never disappates, leaving lacing down the tulip. Almost strange for a dubbel, has a very chocolately(light) taste to it. It is short in my opinion as compared to other dubbels I have had. A good brew, just will not seek it out, many other better dubbels less expensive.

Photo of dfried
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown purple in color, kind of a chestnut, peachy-rose when the light hits it right. Average size beige head. Deep fruity, plum and date aroma, with some yeast and banana, as well as some medicinal phenols. The taste revealed sweeter, fruity flavors like ripe raspberries and blackberries, red grapes, pears, and bananas. This beer really had a feel like drinking wine. A semi-sparkling, dry, and tart mouthfeel, with alcohol that was hardly noticeable except for some belly warming. So easy to drink, an awesome dubbel.

Photo of expatsteve
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank this as part of a trappist ales tasting with Golden2wenty1, and decided to review this again in the context of that tasting.

Appearance: Cloudy plum mahogany color. Big 1/2 inch head, with nice thick stiky lacing. Medium viscosity.

Aroma: Initial breadiness, with some grassy metallic hops. Subdued fruits - raisins, dried plums, sour cherries and molasses.

Taste: Licorice, yeast, dried plums and earthy tones. Full body with great balance. Honey, brown sugar, sour cherries and apricots undertow over the course of a glass.

Mouthfeel: A little heavy, but still smooth and rich. Low constant carbonation.

Drinkability: An awesome dubbel, one that could probably be considered the standard for the style. Amazing balance and development, with awesome malts and a refreshing bitterness. Fantastic.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours amber with a slight brown head, but it goes away quick. smells great, a slight fruit smell to it maybe. tastes good, but its drinkability is really awesome for as it is 7.0% the alcohol is there but it doesn't attack you like some other higher ABV beers do. mouthfeel is good, doesn't feel too thick, but not to thin either. one of the few stronger beers that i could see myself drinking more than just at dinner.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Round 1 of the 9-Round Trappapooza/Trappaganza '06 with expatsteve.

Pour: typical dubbel-esque murky mahogany/burgundy under an inch of khaki foam with nice retention. A few bits of yeast settled at the bottom.

Nose: dark fruits up front - black cherry and currant - with black licorice hops, molasses and a malty grain finish.

Taste: licorice hops and booze up front followed by notes of spicy yeast, dark/tropical fruits, sweet malt, and a dry plum wine finish. Great balance and depth of flavor.

Feel: light, dry body, yeasty grit, micro-carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: this is to dubbels as Tripel Karmeliet is to tripels - complex, balanced and totally drinkable.

Photo of peabody
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out into a goblet and the initial tan to brown foam came up two fingers then quickly dissapated.
The first smell is carmel malt and fruit. Slight alcohol aroma at the very end.
The taste yeilds slight hops with a malty dark sweet flavor that soon goes to a mild fruit like pear or apple. the hops come through last leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is clean and leaves a thin film on the back of the tounge.
Drinkability is great. Great beer.

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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