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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,273 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,273
Reviews: 1,128
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 141
Gots: 213 | 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 drummermattie02
3/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/red color with a thick frothy head and lacing. Smells thick and malty in the nose with some hints of raisin/currant. Taste is somewhat thick and malty with raisin flavors upfront and a spicy aftertaste. Smooth and bready as well. Aftertaste is somewhat dry as well. A second sip confirms much of the same.

Definitely a dubbel and the second Trappist ale I've had.

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

330ml bottle poured into tulip oct27 2010

A murky dark reddish brown with a big loose tan head that hangs around for quite a while leaving a few big patches of lace

S a little banana, yeast, dark fruit, some spice,and a little sweetness

T what I smell but with brown sugar, rye bread and some caramel and raisin, pretty nice tasting brew has a little licorice as it warms

M foams up in the mouth but it seems to thicken it up quite a bit

D a solid well rounded that's fairly complex and I could have a few without getting board or walking sideways

I was a little surprised I've never reviewed this one because I've had it several times before and will be having it again

Photo of Gusler
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour a murky brown color with modest sized dark beige head that is frothy in its texture and the resultant lace a fine velum like sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is lightly tinted with banana, slightly sour, hints of malt. Front is malt laden, and somewhat sweet with the top fair to middling in its feel on the palate. Finish has a prickly acidity and the hops pleasing and delightfully spicy in their bite, the aftertaste is desert bone dry and long lasting, a long favorite and one that has a permanent home in my DBF!

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

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a Westmalle chalice. Beautiful appearance, dark opaque chestnut brown with a thick and creamy looking froth. The aroma is sweet and a little malty and the flavor is already well documented by hundreds of reviews. I agree with the majority opinion, this is an awesome dubbel.

Photo of THECPJ
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark murky brown with a 1 finger off white head

smell: raisons, dark fruits, caramel, malts

taste: dark fruits, caramel, malty

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this is an excellent representation of a dubbel. I just wish I could get into them. I think it's the dark fruits that I'm not a fan of but this was a great beer.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought locally!

This pours a cloudy dark brown with some orange hues and a +2 finger head of foam.

The smell is fruity and spicy and malty. Overall, it's on the sweet side but nice.

The taste is fruity, I get both sweet and bitter/tart notes. Light caramel malt sweetness here as well with some light spicing and a finish that is very dry. Makes me want to take another sip.

Mouthfeel just creeps into medium territory while the carbonation is quite brisk. Also, head retention and lacing are top notch.

Drinkability? It's an enjoyable session with the 1 bottle but now that I can buy it here in Casper, I'll be revisiting it often. A solid Belgian Dubbel.

Photo of bark
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The colour is brown with a tint of gold. The liquid is clear. The finger thick head is beige. Lots of lacing occurs.

The smell is light and smooth. Red berries, some Belgian yeast.

The taste is somewhat sour-sweet with distinct notes of red berries. Some alcohol. Medium body. Red wine gums and raspberry candy in the smooth aftertaste as well as nuts and almonds. Warming alcohol in the finish.

The carbonation is strong, almost sharp. The bubbles are small. The liquid is rather light.

A smooth and pleasant dubbel.

Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown opaque appearance with a substantial head that lasted a decent amount of time.

The smell was somewhat subdued, but in a good way. It never overwhelmed. Spices and an almost nutty quality emerged most prominently.

The taste was solid. Belgian yeast, a nutty quality and some indeterminate spices gave it a sharp taste.

This was a decently carbonated beer with a subtle mouthfeel.

This is a drinkable beer if you're into dubbels. While admittedly I didn't care as much for it as others of this style, it's still an excellent beer all around.

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

A - Crazy head. Peaky foam that claws at the sides of the glass. Deep chocolate amber color.

S - Soft sweet malt. Mellow orange rind. Molasses.

T - Sweet booze up front. Rolling malt. Surprising but pleasant cedar bitterness adds a very nice balance. A touch of dark dried fruit and some dark roast notes in the finish.

M - Medium body with a smooth flavor profile. Finishes semi-sweet.

D - Nice flavor balance. A touch boozy.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This Trappist-beer pours dark brown - almost black, with a powerful, thick light-brown head, that stays for a really long time. Since all Trappist-beers are bottled conditioned there is a lot of cloudiness to this great looking beer.

S: The complexity is awesome, there is (roasted) malt, bitter hops and fruit (apples). This smells great!

T: The first thing that hits my tongue is a taste of roasted rye bread. But there is also obvious sweetness, a hint of bitterness, after a little while the taste of the malt turns into chocolate. There is also fruity flavours: green apples and a bit of raisins.
The aftertaste is still sweet, but turns drier as time goes by. In the end there is some hops.
This is a complex beer that tastes fantastic.

M: Rich and a bit viscous, a little like syrup.

D: This must be one of the best beers ever. I'm thinking about joining the monastery that produces such a fantastic beer ;-). This one you must try.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jrallen34
3.05/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I drank from a bottle into a chalice in Brussels at Delirium Cafe.

It pours brown with a decent white head and above average lacing.

It smells like malt and coffee with a hint of spice.

It tastes ok, but I like this one less than the Dubblel but better than the quad. Which is very strange because this is the opposite of the way I like the other Trappistes. Overall a very so-so beer.

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

Realized I'm coming up on 300 reviews, so I figured I'd out bust out some of my special stock, and what better place then the Westmalle Dubbel?

Poured from a 330ml bottle (two in a row in fact) into my 70s era Westmalle chalice, the dubbel is a dark garnet with a small but tight, long lasting tan head that leaves thick sheets of lace.

The aroma is soft and fruity, dusty trappist yeast and a bit of grape, masterfully understated and delicious. Of course it sweetens as it warms, but only gets more luscious and alluring.

There's no two ways about it, this has got to be my favorite dubbel. The original too, IIRC, and a benchmark of the style, and for good reason. I love how soft and easy drinking it is, yet complex and satisfying at the same time. All about the yeast here, spicy with dark fruit, with dry caramel malt and light phenols, with very little indication of the ABV. Still, this is generally my least favorite belgian style, and as well executed as this is, I just can't give it a 5.

The mouthfeel is exceptional, and has a crisp creaminess and a light body.

Drinkablity is supreme. Damn this is a great beer, why don't I always have a case of these laying around the house? Oh yeah, I'm a huge beer pig!

Photo of GraduatedCashew
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Pours a cloudy brown color, with a small but dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves thick lacing on the glass as it recedes.

The aromas begin with toasted biscuity maltiness with emerging notes of dark fruits, caramel and brown sugar. As it warms the spices from the Belgian yeast become more predominant.

The tastes begin with malty and complex flavors of caramel, dark candied/caramelized brown sugar and dark prunes and fig fruit. Once again the spices from the Belgian yeast emerge as it warms. There is a mild but complimentary hops presence that provides a good balance which I didn't notice in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is dry and yet slightly chewy from the doughy yeast and bready malts.

Overall this is another classic example of a Belgian dubbel. Not my favorite or the best example from Belgiam if you want my opinion, but tasty, not too filling and readily available. Not as good as the tripel but close.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown. Poured with a one inch tan head that held throughout. Good medium lace all the way down. A very pretty drink.

S: Roasted malts. Nutty. Not its best attribute as the malt was over everything else.

T: Roasted sweet toffee malt. Warming spicy flavor that really grew on me. I wanted to sink into every drink.

M: Full bodied. Carbonation provided a really nice balance. Coats the mouth with spicy flavors.

D: I could drink a few and it would take me along time as its a very good beer to savor.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chalice, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch off-white head. It smells like dark fruit, roasted malt and caramel. It tastes sweet at first, and has a slight tart finish. It tastes like dark fruit, brown sugar and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is medium, slick and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. The drinkability is also very good, the alcohol is well hidden and it's pretty easy to drink. Overall I think this is a pretty good Dubbel, I'd buy it again.

Photo of kscaldef
2.5/5  rDev -40%

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

11.2oz Bottle

Appearance - Brown colour with a very large size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, yeast, dark fruits, nuts, corn/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, nuts and some raisins. There is also some grapes and a bit of a woodiness. It ends with a dark fruit slightly spicy aftertaste.

Overall - I think I expected a little more from this one. It has tremendous balance and is very drinkable but it doesn't have much of a wow factor. Still worth a try though.

Photo of ZEB89
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a best buy stamp of 19/09/09. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a fine-bubbled tan foam. Not much in the way of head retention or lacing surprisingly.

Nose is dark fruits galore with a backing of caramel and cocoa maltiness. There is some bread dough in there as well. Smells good and tasty.

Taste leans toward the fruity end of the spectrum with lots of strawberries, bing cherries and blackberries. Malts are light and airy with some burnt toast and caramel flavors...really not very sweet at all. Minor complaint is that it is not very creamy and even feels a bit thin. This one goes down way too easy though, the alcohol is barely even detectable. It's like a Belgian session beer! Very Good.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jan 9th, 2004: This brew is a dark brown color with a thick foamy light beige head. Very thin lacing. It has an aroma of fruit, malt and toffee. Medium-bodied and rather smooth with lively carbonation. The flavor consists of fruit (plum was very noticeable), malt, and nuts. The flavors did not seem to play very well together though. The finish has a nice dark fruit character to it though. This beer is decent but I have had better Dubbels.

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,273 ratings.