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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,278 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,278
Reviews: 1,129
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 142
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 roblund
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of MystikCelt
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of TheDoctor
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A:
Pours a murky dark brown that almost looks greenish in the right light and when pouring. It has a gorgeous tan head that is super active. Excellent retention; beautiful lacing. Nearly perfect.

S:
The smell is really kept together well and smells earthy and yeasty. Wine, cloves, hard water, hearty brown bread.

T:
Wow. Really round earth-sweet flavor with lots of dark fruit and hearty bread flavors present. Extremely well-balanced and 'whole' flavor. Delicious.

M:
Full-bodied and creamy with a nice tickle of carbonation. No lingering taste and a nice almost-booze-tinged finish.

O:
Really fabulous beer.
Looks as good as a beer can. Really non-beer aromas in the nose and a delicious, complete taste make this beer one of the greats. I have been burned by dubbels in the past, but this one is one of the best beers I have ever had. I believe Westmalle was the first brewery to brew a Dubbel as such, but I may be mistaken. It would account for how spectacular this beer is.
WILL have again; worth searching for.

Photo of sjstraub
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of pweis909
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL Bottle, dated 06/12/07

Redidsh brown, clear, with a thick rocky head, and some sediment in the bottle, this beer smell emits aromas of fruit (plum), bread (yeast), and alcohol. No hop aromas. Malt and an alcoholic warming come through with the taste. The malt reminds me of that used in some European pilsners. The finish is dryish, and the mouth feel is thin and crisp, likely because of the fermentation of some sort of non-malt sugar.

The 7% alcohol and $6 per bottle will limit my consumption of this one, but it is very tasty

Photo of SupaCelt
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a lovely and ruddy tannish amber. It is capped briefly by a cola type head. Not lacing is left around the rim of the chalice. This is well carbonated as expected and also flocculent with small amounts of decanted yeast.

The nose quickly reminds me of apple skins. Caramel. A sweet syrupy cider smell and some mild yeast character also come through. It seems to have a little black cherry thing transpiring as well. The aroma seems to get more complex each time I sniff. Real nice.

The flavours are dark sweet tones with an alcoholic spice thrown in. Bitter rind like qualities bring up the finish as the dark fruit and singed maltiness drift out. This comes off sort of musty and a might ashy at times, which lend a much welcomed character. Apple still feels relevant to me in the taste. The other aspects, such as a scorchy caramel presence, just make it less apparent in comparison to its bold presence in the nose. Again this thing reveals its complexity. Nothing is muddled. Nothing is wildly over expressed. Great dark textures here.

The mouthfeel comes off light due to the fantastic balance this brew exhibits. It looks quite thick, but it just sails everything by on a fluffy cloud. Very smooth.

The drinkability is superb. This thing is full of different components that all seem to share the spotlight. Nothing is overdone and the balance and mellow nature of this brew are worthy of praise.

Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a very deep copper, with a light tan head, that lasts for the duration it was in my glass.
the aroma is malt, some dark dried fruit like dates, yeast, malt, slight sweetness, hint of alochol..
the flavor is malt, some sweetness, dates, alochol, spice.
the mouth feel is not to thin, but not thick, it easy drinking and doesn't fill you up.
very good dubbel.

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

At Cafe l'Hooischys (I don't know how to say it, either) in Amsterdam.
Pours a mahogany brown, clear as a bell, with an off-white head that starts out thick but thins out and sticks to the side of the glass. Smells a bit complex. Caramel, toffee, not much alcohol evident. Sharp and clean, nice smell.
Taste is lighter than I expected. So smooth. Very smooth. The malt blends into the hops. Wait, is that hop bitterness? I think so!
Mouthfeel is medium, approachable with great carbonation. Drinkability? If there's any room in your belly, you will want to drink this!

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

Now this shit is good. A nice dark reddish mahogany colour with a thick off-white head that sticks around.

Very complex aroma, caramel, dried fruit, raisins, grapes and a hint of alcohol.

A nice mouthwatering beer, very rich, caramely, fruity and a strong alcohol taste.

Velvety smooth

Photo of Honus1
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of macesq
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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

Dark brown purple in color, kind of a chestnut, peachy-rose when the light hits it right. Average size beige head. Deep fruity, plum and date aroma, with some yeast and banana, as well as some medicinal phenols. The taste revealed sweeter, fruity flavors like ripe raspberries and blackberries, red grapes, pears, and bananas. This beer really had a feel like drinking wine. A semi-sparkling, dry, and tart mouthfeel, with alcohol that was hardly noticeable except for some belly warming. So easy to drink, an awesome dubbel.

Photo of PatronWizard
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a single 11.2 fl oz bottle from BevMo...

Dark brown mahogany. Incredible frothy head of white tan color. Nice lacing. This is a really good looking beer.

My first dubbel. Don't know what the hell it smells like. Nice scent, though.

Dark flavor. What does that mean? I don't know. Thick even. Actually turned out to be a great compliment to my fried eggs and whole wheat toast breakfast. Taste of grapes and alcohol. Wine. Brown wine. Sour. Bitter. Sting of alcohol at the end of every bite.

Feel is good. Drinkability is a little less for me. It it has to be bitter, it better be because of hops (in my opinion), and this one is bitter for some other reason.

Overall: decent stuff for sure but not my true calling.

Photo of Leftofthedial
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Paid $5.49 for an 11.2oz bottle from BevMo in San Jose, CA. Poured into a chalice to review.

Nice looking on the pour leaving just over an inch of frothy off white head that sticks around like no other. There is some dark sediment that slowly pools in the center of the frothy head similar to if someone sprinkled a pinch of cinnamon on top of it. Quite carbonated visually but certainly not a gusher. Deep fig colored brown. Opaque, thick sheets of lacing glaze the rim of the chalice.

Complex aroma of a wide array of fruit, light Belgian spice and mild yeast tones. Fruit profile contains hints of raisin, fig, melon and apple. A very pleasant, yet almost indistinguishable nose due to its complexity. Quite nice.

The taste is a nice blend of dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, mild breadiness and Belgian spice.

World class mouthfeel. Thick and silky with a medium body. Velvety smoothness characteristic of only a handful of the best Belgians. Clean finish keeps me wanting to drink more.

Photo of gr0g
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Composite review based on older notes from a 330ml bottle and a 750ml bottle consumed on 12/31/2012.

Pours a mahogany color with a but of haziness. A Good sized tan head that never completely fades, leaving a fair amount of lacing as it recedes to a sticky film. Aroma is of sweet, dark fruit dipped in liquory caramel. Some yeast undertones too. Fruity esters from across the spectrum. Caramel apple, white grape, and raisin.

First taste impression is that it's more dry, tart than expected. While I would like just a bit more residual sweetness, this is a 7% dubbel, not a quad, so it's entirely appropriate. Lots of caramel malt flavor; also raisin, tart apple. Near the bottom of the 750, more chalky yeast and a smoother mouthfeel. A great pairing with some good ol' American BBQ. Alcohol doesn't intrude at all, and carbonation is vigorous and sudsy while remaining nicely complimentary to the flavor.

Westmalle Dubbel is another Trappist gem. It must be tried if you even remotely favor Belgian ales.

Photo of Leschber
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Beerzebub
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish brown, big pillowy head. Smell is deep and delicious: molasses, fenugreek/syrup, dark fruit, milk chocolate, damp earth.

Tastes of raisins and prunes, berries, molasses, fenugreek, cocoa, a little alcohol and white pepper. Very smooth, creamy carbonation. Head keeps replenishing itself. The sweetness is never cloying. Some grassy, herbal hops in the background. This is very well balanced, rich, and satisfying.

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

Pours into my goblet a dark mahogany color with a creamy thick tan colored head. The head dies down to leave a slim layer of foamy head. Smell is of belgian candied sugar and some yeastynes... Taste is dark malt, dried fruit, a little cocoa, and doughy yeast. A slight alcohol warming presence makes this a very rich drink. One of my top belgian darks, great trappist ale.

Photo of cfadams17
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of petewheeler
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Jon
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby-brown color with a huge beige head. Excellent head retention leads to excellent lacing down the glass. Nose includes hints of sweet malt, spices and chocolate. Notes of the sweet malt, very subdued hops, yeast and raisins introduce themselves to the palate. This is a very well balanced dubbel, perhaps the best I've tried so far. The alcohol is definitely there, but hard to pinpoint. Definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of MooseBoose
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,278 ratings.