Westmalle Trappist Dubbel
Brouwerij Westmalle

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Style:
Dubbel
Ranked #3
ABV:
7%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,743
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 10%
Reviews:
1,297
Ratings:
2,954
From:
Brouwerij Westmalle
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  240
Gots
  598
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Notes: Westmalle Dubbel (7%) is a dark red-brown beer with a rich, complex taste thanks to re-fermentation in the bottle. You pick up touches of caramel, malt and fruity esters reminiscent of ripe banana. The beer pearls beneath a covering of dense, cream-coloured froth. A lovely lace pattern forms on the inside of the glass once emptied. The long, dry finish of this balanced, mild Trappist beer will stay with you.
Trappist or Dubbel?

In 1865 the monks of Westmalle started brewing a dark Trappist beer in addition to their table beer. They adjusted the recipe in 1926, doubling the amounts of raw ingredients to produce a new, stronger beer. Dubbel is a logical name for this doubled beer, though it is more often simply called ‘Trappist’. To this day, the 1926 recipe is the basis for Westmalle Dubbel.
Westmalle Dubbel: bottle and tap

We are all familiar with Westmalle Dubbel in 33 cl bottles. But around 150 carefully selected Belgian cafés and restaurants serve this beer on tap from barrels containing 20, 30 and 50 litres. In the barrel, this living beer evolves differently to emerge with a slightly sweeter taste.

Westmalle Dubbel can also be purchased in 75 cl bottles. The beer matures in a different way in a larger bottle to produce a noticeably milder finish.
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle. Brown with reddish tinges. Big off-white head. Smells of dark fruits, a little booze, some brown bread, and yeast verging on bubble gum. Tastes fruity, a little bready, yeast that again hints at bubble gum. Dries out leaving a little earthy bitterness. Dryness makes it very drinkable. High carbonation. Excellent.

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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark mahogany to the point of being opaque. 1 plus fingers width of tan head dissipates slowly. Aroma is caramel and Belgium yeast estery banana. Moderate to high phenolic spice and some fusel ethanol. Taste is very malty. Caramel is prominent, quite spice heavy to balance with white pepper and a hint of clove. Very mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a big carbonation and average drinkability. Dubbels are far from my favorite Belgium style but this is obviously an excellent example of the style (one of the originators). Definitely worth the occasional revisit and quite enjoyable.


4.25/4.25/4/4.25/4.25

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nasty15108 from New York

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Poured from a 1pt 9oz bottle into a tulip glass. Poured a ruby red brown, almost iced tea color with a thick bubbly brown head.

S - The aroma of dark cherries and fig dominates. Yeast and slight whiff of alcohol esters also present on the nose.

T - For me it was black Cherry and sourdough bread. Well balanced and delicious.

F - Medium mouth, but definitely coated the mouth well and hung around for a bit.

O - Trying this ale, you appreciate the overall Outstanding Score it receives on BA. An absolute amazing example of this style of a Belgian Dubbel.

Mar 25, 2021
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runefish from England

4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracking beer, drinking out a 33cl bottle, the Head is lasting. Caramel smell and taste strong sweet and slightly wheat smell, feel smooth. This bottle - drinking in UK - feels and tastes as good as the stuff I have had in Belgium, aftertaste is bitter and powerful.

Mar 23, 2021
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Anders91 from California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: dark brown “almost like a quad” with lots of carbonation and a thick cream head

Smell: yeast, malt, a little bit of raisin

Taste: dark fruit, malt, yeast, bread

Feel: very bubbly

Jan 31, 2021
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, it pours a slightly cloudy brown color with a small, short lasting head. In the nose, malt, yeast, and caramel (not in a bad way). In the mouth, it is similar - malt, yeast, dark fruits predominating. Yum

Nov 16, 2020
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SimplySinister from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Restrained pour into a goblet producing a cloudy brown unfiltered looking brew with a quickly dissipating one finger head. Highly carbonated. Minimal lacing.

S - Malt, caramel, yeast, bread.

T - Malt, caramel, yeast, bread, honey. It doesn't seem overly complex.

M - Thin, dry, clean. This is a very easy drinking Trappist.

D - Honestly, I'm not unsatisfied but not overly impressed either. Out of the Trappist beers I have had the pleasure of tasting, this offering seems to differ in taste and body. It's a decent beer.

Oct 21, 2020
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r-m-kaylor from New York

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was the third beer I had during my first visit to Brussels...(The first was a Leffe Blonde and the second was a St. Bernardus Tripel...but I digress)...Great Dubbel with the characteristic Westmalle yeast strain - i really enjoy the yeast forward beers brewed in Belgium!

Oct 18, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2oz or 330ml bottle from the corna sto'

Dark purplish look, brown head. Smells light, kinda like rum raisin bread. The taste here trancends beer - that's how good it is. Simply one of the best beverages you can impart to your lips. More like chocolate milk or a cream soda - so easy to drink and enjoy that it's downright dangerous. It's overly carbonated, my only complaint

There's nothing to be said, simply one of the best

Oct 12, 2020
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faraday326 from California

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with some decent haze. The smell is classic, with heavy cherry, very nice tartness and some spice. The taste has lots of the bready/yeastiness you'd expect but with a bunch of oakiness and less sweetness than other similar ones. It has a nice hint of spice throughout.

Aug 16, 2020
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BelgianHops from Belgium

4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The best double in the world. Malt, fresh yeast, caramel, ester, spices and herbs give this beauty such a well balanced body. Smooth, delicate and crisp. Bravo.

Aug 13, 2020
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Brown with some dark mahogany highlights with a large fluffy tan head that dissipates quickly leaving behind a thin cap.
S - Bready yeast and spices along with sweet phenols, dried dark fruits, raisins, caramel and malt
T - Bready Belgian yeast and malt up front and throughout along with sweet esters, spices, dried dark fruits - raisins, plums, dates, figs, caramel, herbal and earth notes.
F - Light to Medium bodied with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O - A solid Dubble with all the right flavors profiles, there are just a few others that do it better in the category.

Jul 25, 2020
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Bacon-Flavor-23 from Canada (BC)

4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oh good Lord. I've been looking for this one for a while now, Trappist beers are not readily available across BC. What is there to say ? I purchased this beer along with it's Tripel sister and a St.Bernardus ABT 12. I brought my treasure back home and proceeded to teach all of my roommates about Trappist beers, everyone had to know what I had found. I sat down and prepared myself: this is going to be intense. I have no expectations, so it's impossible to be disappointed. The moment of truth: the pour. Thick caramel/red with almost no carbonation, I don't know how long it aged in the bottle but that was a good sign for me. I can smell the malt from all the way over here. Some kind of powerful alcohol smell hits me in the face like a truck. Holy Dubbel Beer, Batman! The flavor! Oh the humanity! I have been waiting a long time to taste this. Instantly, malt, caramel, grain, all at once, some dark chocolate in there, some kind of red fruit, and the taste left in my mouth reminds me of afternoons with my dad at the local Tobacconist. Dang boy. That was intense. I think I converted my wife to Belgian beers as well because she's been asking for more.
All in all, an amazing beer. There's a love and a passion that's palatable in these kind of beers, beers that have been made by people who truly love their craft.
Cheers my dudes.

Jul 03, 2020
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just1cho from California

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 11.2oz bottle*

This beer poured a dark purple/brown with a pillowy tan head which was about a finger thick. This had a moderate retention to it which led to a satisfying drinking experience.

Mostly malt forward, I found that the aroma consisted of sweet malts and caramel upfront. These sweet aromas were followed by some esters like pears and some dark fruit like: pears, plums, plum wine which were coupled with a bit of spicy peppery phenols.

This beer had a sweet caramel taste upfront which then evolved into flavors of dark fruits ranging from cherries, raisins, and plums. This then finished with a pleasant taste of toast coupled with a peppery spiciness. I'm not sure how old this beer is, but I assume kind of on the older side since I tasted a lot more dark fruit than I anticipated.

I felt like the alcohol taste on this was very low to mildly perceived. This also felt medium-bodied and had a high amount of carbonation to it all adding to its overall drink-ability. The toast aftertaste was pleasant but not overwhelming or long lingering.

Jun 02, 2020
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James94 from England

3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark amber red colour, some lacing, one finger head
S: Stewed apples, malts, oakiness
T: Roasted malts, oakiness, slight caramel, alcohol
F: Somewhat overcarbonated, medium-bodied

O: 3.9

Jun 01, 2020
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misteil from Ireland

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: two finger off white somewhat creamy head with very good retention and lots of lacing, beer is a deep dark brown in colour, tiny bubbles can be seen rising at great speeds from the up from the bottom of the glass.

smell: not the most fragrant beer for the style but it still sure smells good, lots of malt flavour, some roasted smokey smells, a lot of sweetness, toffee, plum, banana, clove, vanilla, a touch of pear maybe, a hint of some more tart fruit flavours, definitely a bitterness to it, smells quite inviting.

taste: lovely, all those malt flavours explode at first along with the rush of carbonation, they’re smokey, oaky, nutty, then a sweetness takes over that’s rather fruity, some orange and lemon there, lime, banana but also darker fruits, mainly plum, some fig too, for me the finish is the best though, a real smokey and herbal and floral aftertaste after a nice hit of bitterness, somewhat reminiscent of a peaty whiskey, it’s very nice indeed.

feel: medium bodied, highly carbonated, has a champagne like dryness to it along with a nice warming of the back of the throat, quite drinkable although it’s alcohol is not hidden.

overall: although it is perhaps the mildest trappist ale i’ve ever had, it’s certainly a very nice one, a great beer.

May 29, 2020
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OrdinaryManDrinks from England

3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Belgian-style beers are my favourites since a visit to the country a couple of years ago. So this was a taker when it showed up on the shelf. The color is a dark amber, smell and taste reminded me of toasted caramel. The taste is a bit too dark for me, I like it more fruity and refreshing. Still a very good beer, like most Belgians it has a substantial feel to it that I like a lot.

May 28, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another Trappist Ale that I can check off my list, go me! I finally found this ale yesterday and am giving it a try right now. It is a great dubbel, I think. Well deserving of the #3 ranking in the style. The flavor is strong without being overbearing and I really like the aroma. The ABV is well-hidden and does not come to your attention while drinking. Highly recommended!

May 24, 2020
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Pivopijak from Washington

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

draught
Medium bubbled ivory colored head. Very dark auburn color. Malted, caramelized banana with some clove in the aroma. Medium heavy bodied. Thick malt with some allspice/ clove in the taste, without sweetness and has a tiny bit of tartness but finishes with a smooth malty spice note.

Apr 02, 2020
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MNAle from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is sweet bread, plums and raisins, spice.

Color is dark brown from the front, murky ruby red with a back light. 1/3 inch tan head from a careful pour into the chalice, thick, creamy, uneven top, excellent retention. Thick sheets of lacing on the opposite side. Upward showers of bubbles.

Taste is somewhat bitter in the beginning, and this remains in the background throughout. Dark fruits, raisins, mild spiciness. The taste is fairly complex, with the interplay of fruit, spice, and a dry bitterness that borders on astringency. The bitterness is more like bitter coffee (albeit with no coffee taste) rather than bitter hops. The finish is surprisingly toward dry, given the sweetness of the aroma.

Feel is smooth and a bit thin.

Overall, a very good traditional dubbel.

Jan 07, 2020
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sjrider from California

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle - dark opaque mahogany/brown color with short frothy khaki head leaving quite a bit of frosty/bubbly lacing. Nose is dark stone fruit ,sweet malt and yeast. Taste follows with some banana , candy sugar and hints of spice. Finishes on the dry side.

Dec 25, 2019
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Vyacheslav from Canada (ON)

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

One of the smoothest and most balanced Belgian beers I've tried.
Not too sweet but hints at dark chocolate, without the bitter aftertaste, like someone said before the aftertaste is actually one of the best I've ever tried, almost like you did eat expensive dark chocolate without actually eating it.
Feels great and looks classy.
Something you could drink at a restaurant instead of wine.

Oct 02, 2019
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retry4z from California

4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Moderate high malt aroma of rich caramel, chocolate, and toast. Moderate fruity esters of plums and dried cherries. Low clove spice. Soft perfume alcohol. Low floral-herbal hop aroma.

Dark amber with moderate haze and an off-white head that dissipates quickly and has medium-sized bubbles. No lace.

Rich and sweet malty aroma with medium high burnt sugar, caramel, chocolate, and toast flavor. Moderate esters of plums and raisins. Medium low spicy phenolic clove and pepper, perfume character. Low hop bitterness. Malt is most prominent in the balance, with esters following next. Finishes dry. Bitterness is too high, making the malt not as pleasant.

Medium full body with moderately high carbonation. Light alcoholic warmth. Smooth. The carbonation contributes to a lightly prickly sensation.

Overall a malty, deep-amber, moderately-strong beer with a complex malt, ester, and phenolic characters. Has a complex yeast character. The carbonation is a little light, and can be increased by adding more malt and using a different, highly-attenuating yeast.

Sep 29, 2019
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Lanas from Greece

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the most serious beers i have drink in my life.. All here is good and very balance..
First of all this beer is really strong.. The alcohol is very noticeable but not over exceed.. That make your taste more complete with a lot of explosion.. Also the taste remind you beer.. Not coffe or something different.. It taste like a real beer.. And the after taste is amazing too..
Overall this beer has anything i want.. Nothing can be annoying here. It is strong, delicious with insane explosion and taste like a beer in the end..

Sep 13, 2019
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: opaque; cola brown with crimson highlights if held to the light; 1 finger finely pored light brown head that receded to a skim cap; very nice lacing;

S: oddly, the aroma reminded me of the bubblegum you got with Topps baseball cards;

T: up front, I got mostly marachino cherry; in the middle, it's back to Topps bubblegum; on the finish, it reverts back to marachino cherry; the beer is sweet throughout, but not cloying;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbvonation: lightly dry finish;

O: a flavor profile unlike any beer I've ever tasted; I expected a much dryer finish than I got;

Sep 01, 2019
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 2954 ratings