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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
outstanding

2,199 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,199
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 128
Gots: 187 | FT: 1
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 bennetj17
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a rich cloudy brown with a dense, solid head. Plenty of dark sediment at the bottom also. The head dissipated some but left a nice brown layer behind. Smells of grapes, licorice, coffee, and chocolate. Very complex and inviting. The taste is sharp at the start, both sweet and sour, with hints of wine grapes and other fruits. Mild bitterness to follow. It's very bubbly on the palate and light to medium in thickness. Lots of complex flavor to offer, very drinkable, and very delicious.

bennetj17, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of Calico
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a huge, foamy head with some Belgian lace. Quite dark and rather cloudy.

S: Pleasant malty flowery hop nose with a little cherry.

T: Initial taste was cherry with a tiny hint of smoke. Then a fruity note hit, almost like a sour red. Lastly I caught some estery notes I couldn't quite place, and a fruity, lingering finish. Good, complex, very enjoyable.

M: Bright and sparkly, just the right amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for its 7% alcohol content. A good beer to savor with dinner or dessert.

Calico, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of therica
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one went down easy, a lot nicer than most of the darker beers bottled for sale in the USA. I had this one in a beer-restaurant in Leuven Belgium on New Years Day 2006.

Head- a nice interesting taste to it, color off-white to yellowish with large bubbles, dissipating faster than I wanted it to go, because I was enjoying it a bit!

Color- sort of dark amber-brown.

Carbonation- just enough, I don't like over-carbonation and so I found this one very satisfactory.

Taste- interesting-- maybe a bit of an anise or hyssop overtone along with some more subtle tastes that I failed to identify before suddenly finding that I'd sipped all the way through the glass-full, darn....

As far as drinkability, I found this to be a lot more drinkable and smooth, going down and afterwards, as any of the more common darker beers mass-circulated in the USA, such as Beck's or whatever. I think that if you aren't a beer-fanatic and you like those darker beer-brands, you'd like this one a lot better.

therica, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of Absumaster
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, coarse foam
Smell: slight burned, caramel notes, faint ‘Dubbel’ smell
Taste: slight caramel, malt bitter, bitter, slightly alcoholic, tingling of carbonation.
I expect the use of lots of sugar, because of the thin body and the lack of caramel tastes. Aftertaste is almost absent. According to well informed sources, this beer is made from pale malt, 20% dark candy sugar and colorant (E150). Off course, the signature yeast is indispensable.

Absumaster, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of badbeer
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice. Beer poured a dark brown with a nice creamy head. Plenty of carbonation, but not over carbonated. Malty taste with very little hop bitterness, little bit of an alcohol kick at the end. I would love to drink more than one, but with the price and alcohol content this may not be one of my better ideas. Good beer to drink, especially if you find a decent price on it.

badbeer, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a deep brown dense hazy body with a creamy smooth light tan head.

S- The smell is vinous with some notes of alcohol and some dark caramel notes. A very faint cherry and honey note as it warms.

T- The taste is slightly vinous with a bit of a carbonic acid taste at the finish. Notes of dried fruit and honey also come through as it warms in the taste. As it warms the finish becomes very dry with a slight bitterness but not a hop bitterness.

M- This beer has a medium-full body with lots of tiny bubbles in the fizz. There is a slight alcohol kick at the finish.

D- This beer doesn't have the depth in malt that I was hoping for and I was surprised by the alcohol kick. It’s a good beer but I would expect a little more. The date guide on the label is not checked of so I don't know how old this beer is, that might account for the lack of depth?

rhoadsrage, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of TexIndy
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice. Nice dark brown colour with a creamy tan head. Lots of carbonation. The color looked great and the smell was awesome! Had an excellent mouthfeel with the carb. The taste however let me down. It was good overall but had alot of bitter aftertaste. Worth the occasional try but not a favorite. PR 2.75

TexIndy, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of nortmand
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours amber brown, with a sustaining white head with lots of lace.

Oh the smell. A complicated mix of raisins, chocolate and lemons. Also some alcohol here.

Fruitcake roast chocolate flavor. Sweet and malty with an ever so lite noble hop presence.

Nice "Belgian" carbonation and full rich body. I'm very impressed with this beer, Long live Belgium!

nortmand, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of danielharper
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor, Fayetteville, TN.

Pours into a snifter with a thick brown body and a thing off-white head that dissipates quickly. "Topping off" the beer renews the head.

Interesting fruity aroma with strong "dark" notes, malty and intriguing with only a hint of Belgian funk. Slight notes of coffee apparent as the beer warms.

Taste is very good, a slight bitterness that seems connected to the coffee aroma, along with the same funkiness as present in the nose and a nice sweet backbone to carry the beer. Very pleasant to drink.

Mouthfeel thick and luxuriating -- slight carbonation gives it a bit of a kick that I wasn't expecting.

Overall, a quite drinkable beer. Very easy to drink for seven percent alcohol.

danielharper, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of markman
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel (bottle dated 06/09/06 = brewed on 06/09/02):

De-freakin-liceous looking in my Westmalle Chalice…the way God meant it. Slightly yeasty nose with a touch of cinnamon and chocolate. Hops are easy, but right up front with a long dark chocolate-malty finish. Thinnish body and, since 1856, very easy drinkin’…drink and learn. And as it sits and warms, it just gets better and better. Niiiice.

Cheers…

markman, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of BeerNutta
2.85/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe I should not have drank the trippel before drinking the dubbel.

A = Nice brown colour. Very cloudy with think foam head that hung around.

S = Wet dog. Smelt of wet dog.

T = Watery thin. Slight malt flavour. Not very tasty. So watery.

M = Just so damn watery. Very dissapointing. Light carbonation.

D = Drink the tripel. Forget this one.

BeerNutta, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of jonnylieberman
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a little bottle into a goblet. Great color that is hard to nail down. Brown, sure, but with enough red and black to keep you looking back. Massive rocky off-white head lingers for a while. Decent lacing.

Smells Like: Malt and prunes, some plum and perhaps a bit of alcohol just to cut the sweet. No hop or spiciness whatsoever, which is fine.

Taste: Fruit everywhere. I get raisins and plums and a bit of toffee. Not overly sweet. Quite flavorful. Warmth from alcohol and the tiniest bit of solvent (fusels? Sulphur?). Yummy is a good descriptor.

Mouthfull: Medium full. Drier than you might expect, but very coating at the same time. Complex and interesting, especially as it warms.

Overall: A very fine beer. The key here is the depth of flavor as it starts doing somersaults down your throat and the lingering tastes on your tongue go through their motions. Not a "wow!," but a very drinkable beer and a classic example of the style.

jonnylieberman, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of tatterdash
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! My 100th review! I have so many others to input from my notes...

Pours an effervescent hazy mahogany, with an indestructably creamy tan head. Aroma of plums and other dark fruits, almost palpable vapours. Taste was a candy sugar sweet at first, with a malty chocolate note in the middle, and a raisiny finish with some roasted and hop character taking a bow at the end. It really coats the tongue and is smooth as silk. This is a wonderful Dubbel, and easily my favourite.

tatterdash, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of Morris729
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky deep garnet color with noticeable trails of yeast and with a mountainous beige head on top that slowly recedes into a thick and rocky lace. Nose is rather sweet with notes of sugar cookies and banana cream pie. Taste begins with sweet malt, ripe banana, dark plums, and brown sugar followed by some dry bready notes and dusty cocoa. Pretty nice dubbel here.

Morris729, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of atigerlife
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle at cellar temperature. Drank from Westmalle goblet.

The appearance is quite beautiful. A rich dark brown. Quite hazy. Good tan head which lasts quite a while.

The smell is sweet, almost toffeeish. Also some malt shines through. It is in the taste that this beer shines as a Dubbel. Very complex. Slightly sweet start, then earthy flavors climb through. Ends with an almost wine or rum twist. Very complex.

The mouthfeel is wonderful. Very smooth with some nice light carbonation. It is certainly a beer I will drink again. A nice beer to sit and ponder life or have with an excellent steak.

atigerlife, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours pretty hazy reddish brown color with an enormous head from even a gentle pour. The head was tan and made up of fluffy dense bubbles. Lots of lacing after drinking.

Aroma: Lots of toffee-like aromatics noticeable through the foam. A hint of roast is also noticeable through the dense head. I can pick out a bit of citrus as the beer settles down a bit.

Taste: The flavor is a complex meld of sweetness, malt, bready yeast, and toffee. The beer starts out with the sweetness ruling the profile, but then fades to let some of the malt complexity shine through. The finish is pretty balanced considering how many sensations you have going on in your mouth. There is a bit of spice noticeable from the alcohol in the finish, along with a subtle warming from the same source.

Opinion: Thus far, I have not been a big fan of Dubbels. I keep trying them because I assume that I will find the right one. This beer is probably one my favorites so far. It isn't too estery, which is my contention with most of the others. I haven't tried that many yet, so I don't have nearly the opinion on Dubbels as Tripels. This is still a mighty fine brew, and one that I am sure I will be drinking again in the future.

SkeeterHawk, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark mahogany, with a light tan head that gushes up to fill the glass. Excellent retention that leaves patchy lacing. The dark fruit aroma is strongest, raisins and plums, coupled with chocolate malt and traces of noble hops. Roasted malt and sharp fruit esters make the flavor both acidic and sweet, but never astringent. A crisp, hoppy aftertaste balances the pronounced malt flavor and dries out the residual sweetness for a clean finish. The complex flavors complimented by a velvetly smooth mouthfeel provide a more than adequate drinkabilty despite the full body and alcoholic strength.

PBRstreetgang, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chocolate brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is a rich, malty blend with candy sugar and some bitter pieces.

Taste is a rich, caramel malt blend. Some darker malts, not too heavily roasted, not as much dark fruit flavor as expected. Initially sweet, unfinished candy sugar elements, though not cloying at all, with some very light hops for bittering. Flavor moves more to the dry later in the glass, more elements come out: earthy, woody, very slight dark fruit (prunes or figs), not anything as sweet as raisins. Complex, rummy, a little butter toffee but mildly hopped.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, soft and luscious. Changes character quite a bit as it warms a little, this one is worth setting out for a few minutes. A very nice dubbel, one of the best I've found. I could drink a few of these.

assurbanipaul, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of hyuga
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very dark burgundy brew with a nice off-white head, a very sticky one, that retains very well.

Dark fruity aroma that's a little on the sweet side. Plum and candi sugar. Certainly vinous too.

Spicy on the tongue, dark fruity but not as sweet as the aroma suggested. There's still some candi sugar present. Hops do their job well, balancing out everything else. Kind of reminds me of a pastry that uses plum or dark berries, but less biting in the fruit department. Slightly bready and woody. It gets more and more dry as it nears the end, finishing dry and dark fruity, sort of bourbonish.

Great mouthfeel from the superb carbonation. Very smooth and a bit creamy.

This is a wonderful beer. I'm glad my first experience with it is a fresh version that I can tell has been handled well. I'll definitely revisit this one. As dubbels go, it's hard to beat something like this.

hyuga, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet. Pours out a deep ruby-tinted brown with a half-inch of solid tannish head. Nose is gorgeous, a sweet, fruity scents with a full malt aroma that reminds me of unboiled wort. Flavor is more of the same: rich dark malt (unusually malty compared to most dubbels), caramalized fruit (raisins, plums) along with lightly spicy, phenolic notes. The finish is somewhat roasty, balancing things out nicely. Full, even bodied, with a neutral texture.

allengarvin, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of Zorro
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deep chocolate brown beer with a decent off white to tan colored head.

The scent of this beer makes it hard to concentrate it is so good. The glass is sitting 3 feet away from me and I can very clearly smell its wonderful odor. First scent is really good cognac and spices with sweet honey drizzled in. Baked brown apples made with fresh ground cinnamon, ginger and cloves caresses your nose. Fainter scents of chocolate cake batter and vanilla are back up scent. Best scent ever they should make a cologne that smells like this.

Taste is either going to disappoint or wow me so which is it? It Wows me. Strong flavor of malt and spice massages your tongue in to paradise. Drier flavor than expected from the scent it is balanced. This is a taste that is elusive to describe; it is blended so well that I can't really pull the flavors apart it just plain tastes good. Fruity without letting any one get identified and spicy with only coriander being identifiable. After taste is delicious chocolate cake.

Mouthfeel is creamy.

Drinkability is simply some of the best stuff on Earth! I am going to go drink the sediment in the bottom of the bottle, and I am not joking about that!

Zorro, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of jhu1995
2.35/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a chalice and had a nice dark brown, slightly reddish color, with a decent off-white head. Smell was mostly caramel with hints of alcohol. Smell was a sign of trouble ahead. Did not care for the taste at all. Caramel flavor was overpowering and did not mask the alcohol taste. Needs a bit more body and complexity. Felt harsh on the mouth and actually struggled to finish it. I just may not be a fan of dubbels so take this for what it is worth.

jhu1995, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of matdot
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date on bottle: 31/01/06

Poured in a pint glass (cause that's all I have atm). Poured a dark hazelnut color with a tight two finger head. Finished with yeast in the head, which doesn't bother me.

Smell was figs and heavy malts.

Taste was heavy but the ABV was hidden well. Hints of prunes were throughout the first few sips, than subtled down once reaching towards room temp.

Mouthfeel left a bitter feel in the back of the throat, well played.

Overall a phenomenal beer.

matdot, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of mattcrill
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ABV, brewed date, and serving temperature all listed on the bottle.

Appearance: A cloudy iced tea colored pour with a tight and perfect two finger head.

Smell: Figs, raisins, yeast, and dark bread notes. Delicious!

Taste: Alcohol, rum soaked raisins, figs, toffee, grapes, and a slight astringency on the back of the palate (not a bad thing...helps leave a long, lingering finish).

Mouthfeel: Medium to full and crispness noted due to the carbonation.

Drinkability: The alcohol punch is not hidden well. This inhibits the drinkability a tad and this is one to savor. Nicely done.

mattcrill, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of Fish113d
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a bottle and poured into a tulip glass, it pours a rich dark brown color with 3 cm of tan spongy head; very condensed head w/ decent retention.

Lots of brown malty aromas with some nut and oak on the nose. Some grains come through as well of oatmeal and some slight spice (cinammon) and maybe even some grapes.

Taste is very tart and rich. Lots of yeast flavor along with some fruit (grapes) on my palate w/ a very grainy finish. Aftertaste is a bit of sour grapes. Decent.

Carbonation twangs my tongue up front but then becomes a bit creamy before almost evaporating into a fizzy soft drink feeling.

Decent belgian; not as tasty as I hoped but rather easy to drink.

Fish113d, Sep 13, 2005
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,199 ratings.