Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,282 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,282
Reviews: 1,130
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 142
Gots: 215 | 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)
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Photo of Sammy
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong carbonation and flavour. Residual spice, great lacing in chestnut brown. Sweet and spicy. Cocoa, berries that seem and smell like wine but only a small percentage.Had a bottle after three years and it was a good wine. Great yeast craftmanship.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 5/18/12.

Pours a slightly murky dark brown with a 3 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a craggy cap. A nice pattern of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of bready malt, dark fruits (especially grapes), and sweet candi sugar. Taste is of slight candi sugar and dark fruits (plum, prune, grape, raisin) up front with a bready malt aftertaste. There is a slight earthy bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a very crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a fantastic dubbel and one of the best Trappist beers I have tried so far.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a few reddish highlights. Off white head and good lacing. Smell is dark plums and raisins with a good amount of caramel and dark sugars. Taste is a bit less unrefined, with the yeast characteristics not coming through nearly as much. More of a bready-type flavor. Mouthfeel is fairly full and rich. Drinkability is okay; not nearly as impressive as their tripel.

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured dark cloudy brown into a goblet with an impressive beige head. The head died down a little, but a layer of bubbles remained covering the surface. It looks like there is a medium level of carbonation from the bubbles rising near the edge of the glass.
S: Malty sweetness stands out in the gentle aroma along with some hints of fruits and spices.
T: It has a strikingly complex taste. There's malty chocolate sweetness in the initial taste followed by hints of fruits and spices. Meanwhile, the finish is dry, although this becomes a little sweeter as the beer warms up.
M: The beer feels medium-bodied on the palate and carbonation lends some smoothness.
D: It's relatively easy to drink and the alcohol is completely masked. The beer becomes easier to drink as it warms up.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy auburn color with a big tan head that displays good persistance but leaves far less lacing than expected

Smell: Dried dark fruit, caramel, leather and candi sugar; as it warms it takes on a dark cherry aroma

Taste: Lots of dried fruit - predominately maraschino cherries and dates and a bit of prune, with a distinct hoppy cinnamon and sour balsa wood complement by mid-palate; after the swallow the flavors blend but are slightly astringent on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body; quite a bit of carbonation

Drinkability: Well-structured beer; complex and satisfying; would be better with a more complete finish

Photo of BEERchitect
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to have revisited this beer after not having it for quite a while. Typical of all great Trappist beers. A prune-like colored hue with a yeasty murkiness, rocky foamstand, and great lacing. Seriously rich aroma. Full of fruits, candy, spices, and berries. Tastes the same as aroma, even moreso. A terrific blend of ripe-to-bruised fruits of apples, pears, dates, figs, and banannas. Candies of beet sugars, sweet malty, and a bit of a chocolate flavor. Spices up with a vineous-berry flavor, yeast, aged hops, and alcohol. Full and rich in the texture that falls short of thick. Finishes sweet, a bit tacky, and a bit dry. Worthy of the Trappist name. It's a very good beer.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle – Poured a red/brown quite opaque brew with a huge head with standard retention. Great carbonation with strong body. Aroma is very spicy with no alcohol noticeable. Taste is great with the usual Belgian style mix of malts and hops with some added roastiness to that one. The spice mix is a bit stronger then expected but overall very enjoyable. Overall, this is a good beer but I was expecting something greater from this well known Trappist.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single finger head with no real retention with some lacing. Cloudy maroon body. Nice sweet cherry and strawberry with yeast esters. More dark fruit in the flavor. Mostly raisin and cherry. Belgian yeast and mild spice. Medium body and high carbonation. I like how the aroma is more than a generic dark fruit aroma with individual flavors noted.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery dark orange that takes on a blood orange hue when backlit. Multiple, active streams of bubbles hurry upward to a fabulous looking head that's toasted khaki in color, has a majestic nature and resembles a desert rock formation that has been smoothed and shaped by millennia of unceasing wind that... sorry, where was I? I'm disappointed that there isn't more lace. A few vertical fingers of thin, sudsy foam is about it.

The nose is malt-dominant, but lacks other distinguishing characteristics. I can appreciate dark fruit (overripe, bruised apples and pears) and a little mild spiciness. It isn't very deep, complex or aromatic. While above average is an easy call, it's a disappointment for such a well-regarded beer.

We're back on track. Westmalle Trappist Dubbel seems a little light in the flavor and mouthfeel departments, but then I'm still trying to get my mouth and my brain around the style. The flavor profile favors dark caramel-toffee more than chocolate or cocoa. It's still fruity (now figs and raisins) and is spicy (cinnamon and nutmeg). While alcohol is noted, it's part of the beer's DNA and is essential to making the flavor as appealing as it is.

The finish is the best part of the entire mouthful. It's there that the various members of the flavor profile separate, come into stark relief and are better able to be appreciated. I love the fact that the beer is getting better and better as the ounces pass. I'm finding new and varied flavor combinations as it warms. Dubbel is so damned composed and so Old World complex that I've been won over in spite of myself.

The mouthfeel is a perfect match for the flavor. By that I mean that it feels light on first blush, but is actually substantive. At bottom, it's medium in heft with a wispy silkiness and active carbonation. Like the flavor, the mouthfeel has grown on me over the course of the bottle.

Westmalle Dubbel oozes quality. Patience and focus is required to plump the depths of its beer soul, but the effort will be rewarded. This is a more than worthy member of the canon of great Belgian dubbels.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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

The pour was perfect, what else can I say. Rich dark brown in color and nearly opaque. Nice reddish notes on the sides and bottom of the glass coming through quite nicely. Huge head of tan that reached a height of at least three inches before settling down over the top into a thin layer maybe a quarter of an inch and staying with us throughout the entire session. This was a perfect dubbel.

The aroma was nearly spot on as well. Rich notes of spice, dark fruit, plums, raisins, mostly in the front as a nice grainy and bread like aroma started to peak through as it really warmed up, along with a light hint of a spiced pear or apple. At the first sip I was in love. I am not normally a fan of the style as it is usually rather plain for me, sitting somewhere between the sessionable and the extreme, but a whole new life was brought forward for me here. Key word in this beer was smooth, it was simply breathtakingly smooth and subtle. Rich notes of raisins and plums, hints of light spice, pears, great yeast notes here. There was just such a smooth, subtle flavor here. I really am at a loss, as I rarely find a beer this drinkable. The long aftertaste was rich with a ripe fruit flavor that left an almost funky note that was only detectable after a few minutes after the sip. Just a wonderful expierence.

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

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a big tan colored head.

S: The nose is good, but not amazing. Some dark fruits in the form of raisins, plums, and figs with plenty of sweet malt notes: molasses, caramel, and toffee.

T: A lot more intensity to the flavor. A great malt character that's bready with excellent but balanced sweetness that provides some molasses, toffee, caramel. The fruits are over-ripe and sweet, mostly cherries, plums, and figs.

M: Medium in body with very ample carbonation, as you would expect for a Belgian ale.

D: Really a delicious and easy to drink beer. One of the better dubbels I've had in awhile.

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a nice chocolate brown color with a red highlight to it and a tan colored head. The lacing was light but stuck fairly well to the glass. The aroma is earthy, and slightly sweet. The taste of some earthy malts and dark sweet fruits take over in the mouth. The mouthfeel of this beer is really quite nice, it's very smooth, had a creamy body to it and goes down really easy. Overall this is probably one of my favorite Dubbel's, a style that I'm not overly crazy about but I find this one to be an exception.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, brown body strewn with fine yeast particles and topped by a full, foamy, off-white head.

Smell: Quite fruity with strong notes of plums and dried bananas. Hint of chocolate. Spicy yeast character. Malts are less prominent.

Taste: Dry, slightly bready dark malts with a restrained sweetess. No more than a touch of chocolate. Light spice. More bananas and less plums in the flavor. Mild hop bitterness. Dry finish with a tangy fruitiness and lingering yeast note.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid, though somewhat subtle Trappist ale.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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