Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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4.15
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 -steve-
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought recently at the LCBO in Ontario based on Beer Connoisseur Mags listing this as one of the best of 2014. Poured it into a chalice shaped glass. The beer is brown with a rich foamy head and some lacing going up the glass. You can smell the alcohol and caramel sweetness.This is a complex, delicious beer that is enhanced as the beer warms in the glass.It's velvety smooth.

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Photo of Cburnette23
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a Newcastle 'Werewolf' Tulip - which, by the way, these tear-drop shaped tulip glasses I firmly believe are the ab-so-LUTE best way to drink Belgian and Trappist beers, especially the fruit-noted subtle quads and the lighter-bodied and very subtle dubbels. they bring everything down to a singular point, meaning all those beautiful bright flavors and scents rise up brilliantly and perfectly, via the trademark 'Belgian' bright-active, cheerful, and classy (as well as celebratory) carbonation to meet it's beholder in a manner that can not come close to equal when repeated from some other random glassware.

Seeing as I decided upon this over the higher-rated tripel offered by the same monastary-brewers (and by the way - I LOVE my tripels...) and also a smokier, coffee/chocolate Belgian dark from Kasteel ('Winter') I have high hopes for this beauty. I couldn't decide against the more pronounced prunes and fig accents I had heard reported, as it will push an otherwise great beer to the realm of absolute LEGEND - 'hall of fame' by my own personal experience. That intangible, unforgettable combination of just the right body, just the right spritzy dance upon the tongue of fig, prune and subtle hues of deep flavor, and just the right ABV to slam the door on a unique and incomparable experience. That my friends is what it's all about, and that's why I went with this one over the others. It's that unforgettable 'WOW!!!' that has many of us 'chasing' our great lust, bottle-by-bottle for the same original spark that can't be compared to any other. After you have it, you never forget, and you're infected with a passion to have it again and again and again....

Now for the faithful verdict. Will it hold its own with another absolute favorite of mine - the Trappiste Rochfort 10 Belgian Quad Ale? Or will it fall short by way of some unforeseen imbalance in... 'THE FORCE'? Well - strap into the Millennium Falcon, because we're about to kick this baby into hyper-drive, Chewy.

So, how about the Westmalle Dubbel? Does it add up, to the standard of the famed Belgian Trappist ales, in my
opinion the finest beers anywhere in the world (that I am aware of, at least, although I know there are
many more than I could ever comprehend). The answer to that is of course relative and subjective. Let me just begin by saying that the only negative I can find with a beer like this, is that there just isn't enough. No, it's not that one serving won't satisfy - it will most certainly accomplish that. It's just that you want two more of these puppies to stash for later
and revisit the way you would a dear old friend, because parting is just such sweet sorrow.

Anyway, first the pour. A lovely amber/copper color greets you, and as you sniff the head the fruit scents rise to meet you with depth and mystery. The head is a sandy tan color, perhaps one of the finest heads I have seen (easily, in fact) a full three fingers and tight, beautiful bubbles. The head remains for awhile before slightly receding to half it's size and
a moderate lacing on the glass. The color is nothing amazing, perhaps a dark, polished mahogany color toward the bottom and much darker (nearly black, very dark) in the center toward the body of the glass.

The taste is pleasant and subtle, not overwhelming. This I find good, as it gives you SPACE to relax and ENJOY
the drink, rather than be flooded with a 'niche' flavor as with so many other beers, whether they be hoppy, coffee,
chocolate or so on. This is a balanced beer, with plenty to offer, but enjoyable at the leisure of the drinker. The fruit is definitely there and the thing you notice right away. It has a light, citrus and yeast impression that I get from it, a rather light texture and body to the beer.

Much bright figgy goodness happening on the palette, with bright prunes certainly making an appearance, a bit of bitter dryness to the drink as well that seems to be characteristic of this one. Hints of raisin and PRONOUNCED fig with a yeast backdrop. Dry, balanced, well-carbonated, and a nice ABV. These are the high points of this one. Not outstanding flavor really, but nothing not to like. Lots of subtlety and simplicity to keep things interesting. All in all I'd say another winner, and a fantastic example of a dubbel. Drink this one slowly and sip, that's for sure. The dryness of this one brings to bear ONE word if you expect to enjoy this - sophistication. This is all about the essence. It actually brings a serenity and contemplative peace if enjoyed correctly.

That's because it's so dry and unimposing, yet so incredibly balanced and subtly tart (with definite fig) at the same time. Great if you like to sketch or paint or enjoy nature from your deck I suppose. Maybe wouldn't do as well at a social event out on the town or during a sporting event. Unless it's golf or something, perhaps.

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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 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 JAStheAce
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - dark mahogany brown with about an inch of foamy head which quickly went away

S - sweet, chocolatey, caramel, nougat, butterscotch, toffee

T - Chocolate very rich and malty. Fruity aftertaste and I can't really get more specific then that but not citrus fruits. Concludes with a nice dry finish

M - medium mouthfeel

D - A delicious brew and the moderate abv% could make this to a session beer if you are feeling so inclined. I know I'd be down.

Overall, a gem of a beer and I expect nothing less from the Trappists

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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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Photo of Duke
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(From a champagne goblet)

Appearance: Westmalle Dubbel pours a lovely mahogany-burgundy colour with a cloudiness that renders it almost completely opaque. I didn't see much head, but what was there dissipated quickly, leaving the thin cap of light white bubbles on top.

Smell: The scents are fruity, very fig-like with some red grapes in there, and some cherry at the back, and they're all admirably bold. There's a bit of yeast in the nose too.

Taste: Slightly bitter hoppy beginnings before the fruits take over. I'm getting a bit of that yeast too, but the big thing for me is the grape, and the beer tastes winey, but there's a bit of caramel in there too. All the flavours in this beer are big - nothing hides.

Mouthfeel: This is a medium body with a bold fizz. That well-carbonated finish is arguably a little too much.

Overall: The smell and flavour of the Westmalle Dubbel leave me wanting more and more, but dubbels are easy to come by here in Vancouver so there's a lot of competition for it. I'd usually pick a dubbel with a less aggressive fizz.

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Photo of tyjudd
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orangish brown. The head drops to just cover the beer but is ever present the entire experience. Lacing is moderate throughout. The nose is typical of banana and cloves. But also peppery funk and sweetness. The taste continues the bananas and cloves but also lends to some Tabasco and tea. The dryness also shows itself in the finish. Very drinkable and wonderful.

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Photo of stodbrew
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the glass a beautiful dark brown/deep red color. Nice, thick tan head that dissipated somewhat quickly.

Aroma is dark fruit: plums raisins, etc. Slightly spicy, too. I'm not getting any banana that has been talked about. A little bit of roast malt, as well.

Flavor is nice and malty up front, moving to spicy in the middle and finishing with a malty, dark fruit flavor. Aftertaste in a mixture of plum and a slight roastiness.

Nice, fully mouthfeel. This bottle is highly carbonated, prickly on the tongue.

Overall, I'd have to say that this is a great beer, and one that I'm really enjoying. Gonna have to get some more.

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Photo of scbrew
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a light beige head. Has a nice sweet plum/raisin aroma. The spiced fruity flavor is coupled with wonderful abbey yeast compliments you would expect from this brewery. The body was very smooth and went down far too easy. Left me wanting another.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,679 ratings.
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