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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,163
Hads: 2,499
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 15.42%
Wants: 182
Gots: 385 | 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 kevo237
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle. A gnarly head developed that took a while to settle into a still large head that was fluffy. A lot of aroma from this beer. Mostly a sweet smell. Some fruits and bready scents.

Taste was spicy with a hint of fruits like raspberries. Caramel sweetness on the end. There were different flavors developing constantly and it combined with great a mouthfeel. Highly drinkable. Very impressed.

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Photo of dvb
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my third time drinking Westmalle Trappist Dubbel.

A - This murky reddish-brown Trappist Dubbel pours with a huge, meringue-like head that leaves lots of scattered, tan lacing and collapses very slowly. Very appealing. There's some serious yeast sediment present in the second pour and I'm OK with that.

S - Dessert in a bottle. Very sweet smelling.

T - You may not like your first sip. Or your second. I can't explain it, but my taste buds had to adjust to this. The taste is not as sweet as the smell. The taste improves tremendously as I work my way through the second pour.

M - A bit astringent, which seems to accentuate the hops. It's just subtle enough that it is soon overcome by the excellent overall flavor of this Belgian ale.

D - I just finished my first and I want another, if that tells you anything. But at $7 a bottle, I only bought one. :-(

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Photo of Newsman
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best dubbel I ever had, courtesy Bar Jan Breydel in the NH Brugge Hotel. (Decent enough bar with a typical selection, great munchies, and a really excellent hotel, FYI.)

Poured into the appropriate goblet, appears nice and brown, head that settles down fairly quickly. The head eventually goes away, but I didn't really miss it.

Smell was lovely, hints of dark fruits, licorice, a bit of bread.

Taste had all of those hints in a nice warm package, plus others that seem to play around as the beer warms up. Very complex, but not disconcerting at all. Quite the contrary...it's like you find some new things to taste as you go. No overpowering alcohol, but it's in the mix as you go.

Mouthfeel was also very nice, very velvety and easy to drink. Overall, I could drink this all night, but at 7% ABV, that's probably not smart. Goes well with simple fare -- had mine with mild cheese and a spicy mustard, which was perfect. Great after dinner too, I'd bet.

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Photo of jamiejohnson
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an expensive pour, but it's beer done right. Westmalle comes through with an extremely complex Dubbel. It's what I've come to expect from the Belgian Trappists. In this tasty tug-of-war, one subtle flavor will be the victor of a sip, another flavor will capture the next, and so on. Those monks sure know their craft. Two of these make me want to jump on a plane and spend next month's rent on a Belgian beer tour - anyone care to join me?

Spent the rent
On a Dubbel.
Wife calls Antwerp
I'm in trouble.

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Photo of gos42
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Was very happy to have the opportunity to try this dubbel. Had read much about it and jumped at the opportunity.

Poured into a chalice. Was that chocolate or malt teasing my nose? Perhaps a combination of both. Beautiful color, rich red, very little head.

But it was the drinkable statue of this beer that put the smile on my face. Starts with a whiff of malt on the tongue, which quickly teases with alcohol then finishes with a touch of bitterness. Heavenly.

If I have any caution with this beer, it is to be concerned with what food you pair it with. It can be overwhelmed by strong, spicy food to the point where you might miss the complexities of this beer. Take my advice and order simply. Or better yet, enjoy this beer with an open chalice, allowing the aroma to breathe. Take it slow and enjoy it on its own. You'll be glad you did.

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Photo of BacklitAvenger
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A brownish orange color, the beer is caped by a voluptuous head that is supported by moderately heavy carbonation. The head is a sandy tan color and leaves tracings down the walls of the glass.

Aroma - A general maltiness with slight overtones of fruit and slight undertones of spice.

Flavor - This dubbel has more clove character than the other examples of the style I've tried. It begins with a malty but not sweet toasty flavor. It's not chocolate by any means but is darker than the usual munich or 2 row maltiness. On top of that is ripened fruit dominated by raisin and figs and dates. The spices are cloves and a peppery flavor. The yeast tastes slightly earthy.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is really light for the style I think. It is dry and light, and the high carbonation is of a slightly spritzy type. These characteristics don't detract from the beer, merely defining it as different from its other dubbel siblings.

Drinkability - Obviously not super high from the alcohol, the drinkability is aided by the dry, light nature of the mouthfeel. The dryness leads you to drink more and in larger quantities at any one time.

Definitely a worthy trappist dubbel for sure.

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Photo of Jef59
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, thick amber with a thick beige head. The head dissipated quickly, but I'll blame that on the fact that I poured it into a snifter and not a goblet. Nice threads of lacing stick to the glass.

The nose is of rich chocolate and nuts with an overtone of sweet alcohol.

Wow! There is a lot going on in this. Sweet malts and phenols accompanied by apricots, bananas, and a hint of hoppiness. Some spiciness can also be noted. Then Bang! A bold aftertaste of malts, chocolate, and nuts.

It drinks with a nice velvety smooth texture. Very drinkable in the beginning but gets pretty heavy on the stomach towards the end. A really good dubbel. God bless the monks at Westmalle Abby!

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Photo of skynxnex
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz brown, dated 14/07/07 into a goblet. Thick, creamy head forms. The bubbles keep rising adding to it. The color is a wonderful amber brown.

It smells wonderful: with rich malt, hint of alcohol, and a touch of fruit. The taste backs this up. Rich, full. Lightly toasted bread. Hint of hops staying in there to match with the malt.

It's a joy to drink and feel. Very yummy.

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Photo of Erix
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle in chalice.
Appearance: Quite a dark beer. Somewhat rocky head that dissipated a little faster than I expected. Too dark to accurately check clarity, but it does seem a little opaque. Some lacing on glass.
Smell: Scent of sour apples, and some alcohol. No hops noticable to my American-micro spoiled nose.
Taste: Not nearly as much sour apple as I expected from the smell, but it is still there as a baseline, accompanied by a hint of pineapple. Smooth sweet malt balances this flavor out almost as an afterthought. Quite full in flavor, with a slightly woody undertone. Alcohol is there, but more as a bite than a flavor. It is really growing on me as it warms and more flavors become apparent. I keep wanting to say I detect vanilla flavors, but if so, they are rather subtle. There is definitely a lot there that I can't put my finger on.
Mouthfeel: Sharp and biting at first sip, with rather high carbonation. Body is rather full, and finishes smooth despite astringent alcohol on the tongue.
Drinkability: Pretty good, but despite its relatively low alcohol content, I want to drink this slowly. I don't think I would want more than one of these in a sitting. Just too strong in flavor for that, but I will definitely try this again.

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Photo of kevd193213
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Dark brown-maroon color with a nice frothy off-white head that stays throughout the life of the pour. Great lacing. Aroma of raisins, plum and malt. Mouthfeel is slightly thin and watered down. Taste of malt, caramel, yeast and plum with a great velvety finish.

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Photo of yapi
3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one fresh on-tap, wasn't that impressed. Maybe a bit too soft for me, or too fresh, no pronounced flavors or aromas to me, not remarkable. Will pass final judgement when I get one from a bottle. I've noticed I like bottles more than tap at the moment...

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Photo of ajchocholousek
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl into teku:

Medium pour yields a big light tan fluffy head with some staying power. Pours a dark, dense red-brown color. A little hazy. Like dark earthen clay.

Smell hits the nose with dark fruity malty sweetness. Big notes of plum, fig, raisins, and caramel on the nose balanced out by a little bit of funky earthiness and just a touch of clovey spice.

Taste follows the nose with a bit more citrus right in the front that makes way for notes of deep dark chocolate, plum, fig, and other dark fruit flavors. Plenty of yeasty funk in here, and maybe a touch of peppery leather and wood. Really complex, but well melded. An absolute joy to drink. Finishes dry, preventing it from becoming any where near cloying. Keeps you coming back for more.

Overall, an amazing beer. So many great flavors that all come together to provide a sort of unified experience in this beer. Drinks lighter than it is, remains refreshing, yet provides a big chewiness that reminds you of what a thought-provoking and intriguing beer this.

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Photo of babayaga
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Served at 45F & allowed to warm up a bit.

Appearance is dark brown/red - mahogany is really the best descriptor. Huge 3-finger tan head, dissipates slowly. Medium bubble size. Clear with a swish of yeast. Could've poured it better were it not for the huge head.

Aroma is raisin, light alcohol, banana as it warms up.

Healthy/lively carbonation, as expected, but not sharp on the tongue.

Flavor is date, lightly bitter. Cassis perhaps. Smells sweeter than it tastes (I love that). Very slight tang at the finish.

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Photo of dmbfrat420beers
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark hazy brown, almost burgundy. Light tan head of small bubbles. Big at first, dissipates to a nice opaque cover. Aroma is yeasty and bready with notes of raison and alcohol. Like whole wheat bread, slightly bitter with a lingering raisony sweetness, slightly metallic. There are more complexities I can’t put my finger on, but still somewhat dissapointing for a style generally characterized by rich and deep flavors. Sharp carbonation bite. Medium bodied and dissapointingly ‘water-downed’ for a dubbel. More drinkable than many Dubbels, but comes at the expense of good body and strong flavor. A decent beer, but not as good as the Westmalle Tripel.

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Photo of Nay
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's amazing how much non-chocolate, non-coffee roasted malt flavors are packed into this beer: Light and dark fig sweetness balanced with just enough hop bitterness and alcohol. Lingering phenolic and bitter finish. Mouthfeel just goes on and on, but carbonation quality a bit prickly, and not smooth nor carbonic, either of which might make the beer a little better.

Very tasty, but not stupendous.

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Photo of takemetothelion
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decided to review beer today. westmalle ale dubbel, usually would have gone for something with higher abv but this caught my eye and i liked the color of it. and i liked that its from Belgium.

Very dark with hints of ruby. minimal light passing through. a small head but it actually lasts. only a fingers worth. lovin the dark ale though.
Great strong smells coming up fruit obviously, but strong raisin maybe slight orange and chocolate...cherry for sure. taste is amazing brandy taste with the cherry, slight bitter, very little alcohol taste. tastes prettty traditional belgian. Big fan of the MF once the carbonation dies down and it warms up a little bit. Very complex with some spicing, full but light at the same time. Again wish the alcohol content was much higher but the drinkability of this one is special.
Overall I would get again, but probably not very often. Great beer though

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Photo of ABCJiugui
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into chalice/trappist goblet

A- brownish molasses, chocolate dissolved evenly in water, with clarity/reddish on the edges, hard to see thru/nearly opaque. head is thick, foamy tan, amazing retention throughout drinking, never dissipates below 1 mm, and completely even. Big splotch/blanket lacing in one spot only, doesn't have much other lacing. Still, very pleasant to look at.

S- roasted malty, lightly spicy, scorched sugars

T- Scorched candy sugar, little phenolic/medicinal/herbal, lightly sweet that touches on dried dates but has a drier palate than expected. Has a warming feel to the alcohol.

M- SOFT, and SUPER creamy, satiny smooth. Really a pleasure to drink.

Overall, this was a really enjoyable beer, and something I'd drink again. I could have used a little more kick in the taste, but I also enjoyed the slightly muted flavors where nothing was overpowering. Again, appearance and particularly mouthfeel really were nice.

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Photo of nanertak
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours 2 finger head, cloudy amberish brown. Very long head retention. Red around the edges if backlit.

Smell - honey, dried fruits reminiscent of prunes or raisins, clove and allspice, some alcohol boozyness and malt.

Taste - complex. Dried fruit again up front, fades to a persistent dry bitterness/tartness. Detectable alcohol warmth. After warming, noticeable banana and yeast hints.

Mouthfeel - very high carbonation, made it quite zippy on the tongue. Seems to increase the tartness, which fades as the beer warms and the carbonation settles out.

Drinkability - Great sipper, one of those beers that really demands your attention to enjoy. Not a casual beer. Drink above 55 degrees in my opinion, and pay attention to the subtleties as it warms to near room temperature. You'll be glad you did.

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Photo of ivanwatling
2.72/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: dark brown, froffy head that rapidly reduces to a thin layer of white.

Aroma: Subdued but sweet and tempting. Hints of fruit.

Taste: Initially faintly fruity, then predominantly bitter. Perhaps too bitter for me, and slightly metallic.

Mouthfeel: Too much carbonation, make the drink far too actibe and detracts from the taste. Aftertaste is somewhat astringant.

Drinkability: Happy enough to finish the glass, but will not buy it again

My first evidence that not all trappist beers are nectar from God.

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Photo of elvisnj
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml 25Oz Belgian bottle poured into my Duvel Chalice.

Nice deep brown.

Good head and lacing.

Nose is hard to detect but when I do find it, its classic Belgian.

Taste is sweet sweet but then takes the palate on a ride. It has some hops but not alot. Malts are the winner here. Bready, molasses, dark fruits and some slight spice. It finishes slightly bitter but mostly clean.

Mouth feel is medium to rich. Carbonation is just right. This is a very smooth beer. I read it was a fine example of the style and it surely was.

I could sip this at all times, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

A great Dubbel. Those Trappist monks are just brilliant.

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Photo of guinnessman
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour with a creamy tan head, looks enticing. Presents itself with a dark red huge.
Aroma of cranberries, a hint of chocolate, some fruity undertones, bubble gum, and a nice floral bouquet. There is a very fruity taste at first, then a bit of chocolate, and a rather harsh alcohol finish.
I was not displeased with this double. I was; however, caught off guard by the excessive alcohol taste. But after a few sips from my westmalle chalice I quite enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of petemoss14
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle.

Pours a dense, earthy brown with a fluffy tan head. Nice lacing.

Fruity aroma -- raisins, apple peel, banana, dates. Some sweet toasty breadiness.

More fruit on the palate. Rasins, figs. Caramel, and chocolate. Turns from fruity, juicy in the middle to quite dry in the finish.

Very smooth on the palate, with fine carbonation. Goes down real easy -- makes me wish I could get my hands on a 750.

The rather abrupt, dry finish is a bit beguiling. In a way it leaves me wanting, which is good and bad. It makes me want to take another sip soon after the last, but can almost be a little unsatisfying (at least the first one) as a sip & savor beer. That said this is a real finely crafted, complex beer that I could see myself settling down and drinking 2 or 3 of, or enjoying with a rich braise.

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Photo of Lagaffe74
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a nice dark - reddish color with a nice foamy brown head, which dissipates slowly. Nice aromas of malt, fruits - melon - and bubblegum are present. This beer has a nice level of acidity. It is a pleasure to drink! Wonderful to sip on. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Bassetdawg
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz brown bottle from Kappy’s, poured into a 16 oz. shaker

Appearance: Nut brown color, with some red tones. A rich cream colored two finger head with good retention, and no lacing.

Aroma: caramel with a bit of fruit

Taste and Mouthfeel: Taste starts with dark fruits and caramel, then has a mild hop aftertaste. Nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is an incredibly smooth and enjoyable beer. It is one of the finest Dubbels I have had – really world class.

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Photo of jjazz
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very malty nose and flavor. Dryness on the palate is nicely foiled by sweet malty flavors. Notes of raisin and subtle bubblegum. Very clean character, with maltiness masking other (yeast derived) flavors. Pretty one dimensional.

A well crafted beer, but not my favorite trappist. Too malty for a dubbel in my opinion, and not interesting or complex enough.

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