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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,140 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,140
Reviews: 1,118
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 122
Gots: 175 | FT: 0
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 mglaser37
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Head: This beer has a cream colored head with a medium hold

Color: Beer has a nice dark cider/amber color

Aroma: It has a roasty/chocolate smell with very faint hoppy scent.

Taste: It has a rich, umami flavor/spice..sweet & bitter beer. Very tasy.

Mouth-feel: Has a creamy, smooth mouthfeel...very nice. Medium carbination...easy to drink.

mglaser37, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of kangasmaa
5/5  rDev +19.9%

kangasmaa, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of JCCalabria
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

JCCalabria, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of cbw1978
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%

12 oz. bottle into a goblet, served around 55 degrees. Probably shoulda poured it colder.

Appearance - Instant gusher, pure head spilling on the table. When I got the pour going, I saw a very pretty burnt orange / amber translucent pour, and a light tan head rising to about 1", with a few tiny brown sediment specks in places. Very pretty. Head disappeared after a several minutes & sips - leaving some spotty lacing in places around the goblet.

Smell - Yeasty sweet, with a hint of cloves and bananas. Not too much in the way of malt.

Taste - A little bland at first. Fruity notes emerged - a tartness on the front of my tongue, and then bananas with the swallow. But the underlying taste was pretty unremarkable.

Mouthfeel - Pleasant fuzz on the tip of the tongue to accompany the tartness. A medium-body in the rest of my mouth, and a smooth swallow.

Drinkability - I have to say that I was expecting a little more, especially for the price tag. I will try again, this time controlling the experiment by chilling the beer a little bit more. Hopefully this changes its character a little bit.

cbw1978, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of manderson952
5/5  rDev +19.9%

manderson952, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of Patou
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Overall, this double is very agreable, easy to drink. Aroma of caramel malt, raisins and banana. Brown color, medium body, lively carbonation and bitter finish. This beer is medium sweet and bitter, well balanced with notes of banana and something that makes me think of almond-flavoured liqueur.

Patou, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of stevenpiers
4/5  rDev -4.1%

stevenpiers, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of Bobbar
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Bobbar, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Telosman
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

Telosman, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of SkittleBrau82
4.38/5  rDev +5%

Less carbonation than I expected. The cork only flew a couple of feet (didn't even punch a hole in the ceiling tile).
Pours very dark with a small lacey tan head. Subtle deep fruity aromas. Smooth strong toasted, caramel maltiness dominates flavor with a very complex dark fruit profile (some spice and plum) arising in the aftertaste.
Damn good Dubbel!

SkittleBrau82, May 21, 2008
Photo of smchasta
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%

I usually judge beer with this much hype with doubt in the back of my mind. Found it on-tap at the Zotte in Amsterdam.

Looks like a very standard strong Belgian. Deep brown with a creamy tan head.

The smell is slightly caramel, a hint of candy and the smell of, how to describe... a homebrew that has too much refined sugar added to it, resulting in extra alcohol. However, it's not a bad smell by any means.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. The taste is almost sweet, but not too sugar sweet or malty, just right. It has a slight chocolate and caramel taste, then ends with the hops making an appearance.

Overall, despite my reservations with hyped beers, I was pleasantly surprised. I actually ordered another at the end of the evening. For a Dubbel, this one ranks at the very top for me. Sets the bar very high for strong ales, without a doubt.

smchasta, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of drzauis
3.23/5  rDev -22.5%

Poured from bottle into goblet style glass.

APP- A dark caramel color, poured with a healthy head, dissipated fairly quickly. Very little lacing.

Aroma - Hits strong with deep fruity aroma, leaving way for a chocolaty, sweet smell shortly after.

Taste - Very similar to aroma, big dark fruits leading off, then a thick sweet caramel - malty taste, which coats the mouth. Hints of acidity, but very little in the taste of alcohol.

MF - Light carbonation, medium bodied, but as mentioned coats the palate with an aftertaste of deep roasted caramel malts.

OVR - A very drinkable beer, quite complex, and the alcohol is very well masked. I find the balance between the sweetness of the roasted malts, and the acidity / sour of the fruitiness just a little off. The only reason it scored lower in certain areas.

drzauis, May 25, 2012
Photo of amk786
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

I tried this beer a week ago over all a great beer, had a malty and hoppy feel taste and smell. Slightly bitter, with a smell of Omami, had a medium hold on the glass, the texture and taste was creamy with a hint of coco and dried fruits. I would recommend this beer to anyone who a beer that is not to bitter or sweet rather perfectly balanced. Have fun.

amk786, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of delnoche
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2009
33cl bottle poured into a Westmalle Trappist glass. Pours dark brown with ample tan frothy head. Beautiful yummy looking beer. Smells malty and sweet. Flavour is like nuts or raisins, kind of sweet and bitter. Palate is smooth with light carbonation. Doesn't taste as alcoholic as a lot of Belgian dubbels... especially for a Trappist. Very drinkable beer.

delnoche, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of Pisstank52
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%

This is a very drinkable Trappist and I enjoyed it very much. Excellent head and lacing. Aroma reminded me of a warm summer day laying in a field of summer flowers. Fresh and pure and thanking God your alive. It has spirt and lets you know your not drinking some light beer of ordinary taste. It will awaking your tastebuds and make you feel like the warm sun is shinning on you. Can't say enough about it , just try it and see.

Pisstank52, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of WHYB
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Aroma: Sweet malty, some caramel, slight alcohol.

Appearance: Dark amber color, creamy Tan head

Flavor: Malty upfront, (compliments the color), sweetness is more pronunced but a balanced bitterness is noted as well . A dry
bitterness in the finish

Mouth feel
Medium-Full, creaminess and a dryness

WHYB, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Makkara
4.13/5  rDev -1%

Bought a 0.75 liter bottle of this brew, as my first trappist and was surprised in a good way.

Appearance is a hazy brown, and very (I mean very) foamy, definitely good to look at. Aroma of malts and wood mostly to my nose. Taste is very long-lasting, with dark fruits at first, ending with wood and dry notes. Mouth feel is not light but not heavy carbonation either, falls in between. The aroma is not as complex and nice as the taste, so don't let the first impression fool you. Definitely worth trying, glad I did.

Makkara, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of ProblyAboutBeer
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%

Foam was retained well. When eaten with cheese and spicy mustard, flavor was experienced more subtly. Immediately, one tastes lightly-roasted coffee, but the flavor guides the drinker through hoppy bitterness into a chocolatey-smooth finish. Aftertaste is roasted barley, of a strong chocolate origin.

I usually prefer their Tripel to this one, but if you match it with a meal the Dubbel can compliment food nicely.

ProblyAboutBeer, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Jtohen
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Jtohen, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Westler
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Westler, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Embers
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%

Purchased one week ago, bottle has a buy by date of 4/4/09. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle at approximately 50-55 degrees F. into a pint glass. Coloring was a very pretty dark reddish brown, very very little head and what little there was dissipated quickly, consequently very little lacing. Quite a lot of carbonation, lots of small bubbles racing rapidly toward the surface. Nice malty aroma and I was eagerly anticipating a full body/heavy ale. Good initial malt flavor but the mouth feel was not at all what I'd been expecting from it's aroma. Fairly thin/light mouth feel, somewhat dry finish with a faint sweetness remaining on the center of my tongue, possibly a very faint citrus note. All in all it's flavor was good, it is a drinkable enough ale just not as heavy as I like and definitely not something I'd likely pay as much for as I did this time.

Embers, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of thedeen123
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%

33cL bottle poured into Westmalle chalice

A: deep rich reddish brown, minimal head

S: there's a hint of alcohol soon followed by aromas of fruits, getting excited now

T: bubbly, alcohol is well hidden by the melange of fruits, pleasantly bitter aftertaste

D: absolutely amazing, but strong, definitely a keeper, worth the trouble to find

thedeen123, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of coders11
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%

Apperance - A nice dark brown with quite a bit of frothy head that fades to a tiny white layer.

Aroma - Subtle malts and sweetness with quite a sour smell in this example

Taste - Almost a sour bitterness offset nicely by sugary notes. Complex malt character is present as well for a great balance.

Mouthfeel - Thick yet smooth to the point I notice it disappearing faster than anticipated. Fairly light carbonation. Aftertaste is sweet and somewhat syrupy.

Drinkability - As a huge dubbel fan, this is one of my favorites and i could drink this guy all day. That being said, it may be a tad too sweet for more than a single bomber in one sitting.

coders11, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Mitro
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

A- Burnt amber, lying underneath a hefty and rich bronze head. After a short while, the head mellows, but is nicely retained. Beautiful lacing.

S- Cassis, apple, pear, molasses, a slight spiciness, and a faint bubblegum sweetness.

T- Begins with a mix of fruity tart and burnt brown sugar, which is balanced by full-on Belgian yeastiness. Finish is dry and bitter.

M- The perfect level of carbonation, in my opinion: definitely present, but not oppressive. The bitterness of the beer lingers in the back corners of the mouth. I tend to drink beers slowly, and after about 10-15 minutes, the carbonation has significantly softened. I suppose this is to be expected.

D- Highly drinkable. It's not a heavy beer, and the bitterness does not close my stomach. I could definitely go for another.

Mitro, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of shaunbz
4/5  rDev -4.1%

shaunbz, Jan 11, 2012
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,140 ratings.