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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,163
Hads: 2,504
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 15.42%
Wants: 186
Gots: 388 | FT: 2
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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 thehyperduck
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO, best before June 26 2016 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a deep, opaque brown colour with some reddish tinges under the light, topped off with slightly more than one finger of creamy, light beige-coloured head. Good retention - the froth remains in place for the better part of ten minutes, slowly seeping away into a lumpy cap and collar, along with some scant sea-spray lace left clinging to the glass. Fruity esters and malts totally dominate the aroma - grape, fig and plum, as well as dates, candy apple, pear, and a bit of banana. There is also a noticeable candi sugar sweetness, some floral qualities and some spicy, phenolic notes. It's one of the better dubbel bouquets that I can recall.

Very tasty, complex stuff, with a unique flavour profile for the style. It starts off tasting quite rich - lightly toasted bready malt flavours, molasses and candi sugar sweetness come through initially, but they are soon displaced by fruity notes of plum, fig, date and red apple. There is a muted hint of banana mid-sip, leading into a bitter appleskin flavour that transmutes into the spicy, phenolic, vaguely floral notes that characterize the finish. Ends with a bit of a peppery, yeasty bite, with lingering flavours of boozy sweetness and spice hanging on into the aftertaste. Dries the palate out quite effectively with each sip. Medium-bodied, with aggressive carbonation levels typical of Belgian abbey-style beers - zippy and assertive, prickling the palate and contributing to the lively, pleasing mouthfeel of this beer.

Final Grade: 4.6, an outstanding A+. Westmalle Dubbel makes for an excellent introduction to this oft-lauded Trappist brewery. This is the first Westmalle product I've had the opportunity to try, and I'm already pining to try more. Its spicy, complex flavours are both enticing and wholly satisfying, making this definitely one of the better dubbels that I have tried over the years. Keeping in mind that this is probably my least-favourite of the major styles of 'abbey beer', I am still convinced that this is one of the best dubbels in the world - and it would be welcome in my glass to celebrate any occasion.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernardus glass.

Look: A murky, muddy rusty brown body with visibly rising bubbles sits under a cream colored cap that recedes to a thin film. Watery lacing recedes after each sips.

Aroma: Bready malts, tart apple, other fruits such as white grapes, subtle spices such as cinnamon.

Taste: A base of rich, doughy malt lies underneath an array of tart fruit notes of apple, cherry, and grape. Quite a bit of cinnamon spiciness comes through in the middle to end. A more chocolate kind of note emerges in the finish as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Dry and carbonated.

Overall: A lovely sipper that would be perfect for Christmas drinking in my opinion. Lots of fruits and spices.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Very dark brown/mahogany in color with a slight red hue. Pours a two finger white/slightly tan colored head.

Aroma- Plums, chocolate, and a little bit of spicy/herbal hops.

Taste- Lots of dark fruits in this plums and dark cherry flavors, and even some chocolate malt sweetness in there as well. In the finish there's a ton of malty dryness and a little bit of hop spice, almost like a spiced dark cherry flavor.

Feel- Medium to high carbonation, medium body, creamy texture, and incredibly dry in the finish.

Overall- Really like this dubbel as it has great dark fruit flavors and an interesting spicy hop profile in the finish. Only complaint is the finish, which can be overbearingly dry. Other than that its a great beer.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $3.00 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a nice high head that films out in a couple of minutes. Film lasts forever though! Very dark brown and unfiltered

S- Lots of fig and caramel notes.

T- Very good. Nice malt. No heat at all. fruity good with all the fig. Spicey with a blend of cinnamon and pepper. Almost like there is a hint of raisins in here.

M- Creamy good. Touch dry. No heat at all.

O- A great dubbel overall. Very enjoyable. Nearly as good as a Chimay. Will buy again.

Food Pairing

This wonderful little dubbel went well with..... Sloppy Joe's! Nice tomato based, ground beef goodness accentuated this wonderful Figgie beer


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Photo of mick303
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle from the lcbo, poured slightly chilled into a tulip. Produced a large off-white frothy head. Quite a dark ruby colour, dark brown with reddish hints. Quite dark, great retention and lacing.

S - Notes of rich xmas fruitcake, dried cherries/apricots/dates, grapes, fresh pears, poached in brandy maybe! Yeast adds an estery floral spicy overtones. Earthy coffee perhaps, this has a real plethora of character, caramelly fruit with floral and phenolic spice expressions.

T - Firm, with graham bready/biscuity notes and also grapes. Caramel malts, but clean and not overly aggressive or sweet, into it are blended dried fruits, cinnamon, candi sugar notes, a mild hay/dry earthy spice. Sweet pears, robust maltiness and an expressive yeast character, lending an expressive earthy spiciness to it. Each drink appears to show new elements and it changes as well.

M - Quite firm with maltiness upfront, assertive carbonation, some sweetness but balanced by the carbonation, coating and satisfying body, with a crisp yeasty finish with come lingering dry caramel and spices.

A bubbly and buoyant Dubbel, the yeast really manages to cut a unifying line throughout this beer to deliver a highly complex and refreshingly tasty Trappist ale. Not overly weighted in any one flavour group, it is simultaneously rich and playful between the groups of floral, spicy, fruity, and malty notes. Delicious beer and a real treat, one of the top belgians available.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The poor sister of Chimay, St. Bernardus and even Rochefort, Westmalle Trappist Dubbel is a tolerable trappist beer, although clearly overrated.
Heavy on the banana bread flavour and dryer than most in this style, this is a beer you reach for when you are out of all other trappist beer. Still, I am happy that the LCBO is carrying it for a limited time here in Toronto.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle of Westmalle Trappist Dubbel, not seen in thes eparts for quite some time. Picked up a pair of bottles for $3.45 CDN each. Best before June 18, 2016. Served fairly cold into a wine glass.

Appearance - A very hazy beer is poured in the shade of the darkest mahogany. Small half finger of tan head is poured with a short retention time. A small ring of foam rests at the edges and enjoys a longer visit.

Smell - complex even at colder temperatures, some fig and lots of raisin, caramel and butterscotch and a health dose of chocolate to top it all off. Really appetizing.

Taste - dark and fruity with the aforementioned pears, plums, figs and raisin, with a dose of cacao on the finish. Alcoholic and spicy to finish. Yum!

Mouthfeel - Very well carbonated and finishes a bit drier than some dubbels. Surprisingly a very light body, almost impossibly light all things considered (the ABV, the aroma, the taste etc.)

Overall - A wonderful dubbel that's right up there with St. Bernardus Pater 6 as the best I've ever tried. Just pure awesomeness.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into snifter. "best before: 26/06/16", poured on january 29, 2015

a: a really beautiful opaque ruby with a finger of light brown or dark tan head

s: really vibrant maraschino cherry, black cherry, raisin, and date up front, followed by rich brown sugar. mild spicy banana-y yeast presence under all the dark fruit and malt notes. KO aroma

t: follows the nose. in the front is an explosion of brown sugar and all the aforementioned dark fruits. mid-palate carries the brown sugar and adds notes of fresh dark bread. a light-to-moderate herbal, leafy bitterness closes the tasting, with malt flavours lingering shyly

m: excellent medium-bodied and easy-going with medium-to-high carbonation

o: what an incredible beer. such massive aromas and flavours. the carbonation could be toned down a notch, but it's not like it's offensive the way it is

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Photo of LordofthePings
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark red/amber with a white head.
S: Belgian
T: One of the best examples of the style. Dried fruit, sweet, belgian esters. A perfect blend into one clean smooth beer.
M: High carbonation but easy to drink.
O: I can't believe I put off trying this beer for years based on a previous disappointment by the same dubbel style. A new 'go-to' for me when I'm craving a belgian. Dark sweet and full of esters and dried fruit. Will buy this one again and again.

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Photo of babaracas
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark red-brown, two fingers of cream colored dense foam, fades to a thin ring, spray of lace down the glass. Smell: dark brown sugar, brown bread, dates, mildly spicy and grainy. Taste: caramel, cherry, dates, mildly grassy and earthy, buttered brown bread. Very nice. Bottled 2/14, best by 2/16.

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Photo of interzen
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a Troubadour tulip glass

Look: Dark, opaque brown with some ruby hints if held up to the light. Very thick and frothy khaki/tan head. Plenty of lacing as the head recedes.

Smell: The merest hint of alcohol but mostly dark malts, yeast and some fruit. Quite a 'dark' sweet smell with pronounced spice candy notes on agitation.

Taste: Very malt-forward with sweet, candy flavours. The maltiness continues through to the finish along with some yeastiness. Hop bitterness is notable by its absence, as is any significant spiciness.

Feel: Quite a thick, heavy mouthfeel but not at all overbearing. Little carbonation and, for something that's 7% ABV, very little booziness. Dangerously easy drinking.

Overall: Once again, Westmalle hits the bullseye - generally speaking, I prefer their Trippel but this is a stunningly drinkable dubbel even if it seems to be lacking in the spice department. Stunningly smooth and well worth a punt.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip.

From the pour a massive, thick and frothy head forms. It's a foamy oatmeal color and leaves sheets of lace in its wake as it recedes. The body is a dark amber that's almost entirely opaque. 4.5

Sweet pungent dates, heavy sweet malt. Raisins. Syrupy candy aromas. Molasses. 4.25

There are similarities between this brew and Malta Goya. Robust molasses, sweet caramel malt, and some bread and toast flavors. Malt expresses itself in a number of forms with this beer. Syrupy sweetness, very candy-like, lingers on the finish, along with a yeasty pepperiness. 4.25

I appreciate how smooth this beer is. It's no small feat to make a beer like this seem almost devoid of alcohol heat, but Westmalle did it. In lieu of that you get a colorful carbonation feel throughout before a long, dry finish. The medium body is somewhat disguised by the bubbly feel. A bit of spice makes an appearance close to the finish. 4.25

It's delicious. I feel I should have postponed this beer a few days and cracked it on Thanksgiving with some turkey, as it would have paired well. I'll probably have to cop another. Boo hoo.

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Photo of mcintire78
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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Photo of delta490
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

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Photo of BonzoBall
3/5  rDev -27.7%

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.

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Photo of lionchow
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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Photo of Nightwing
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

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Photo of ENogueira
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

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Photo of JLSIV
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 1,163 ratings.