Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle

Style: Belgian Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 1,267 | Ratings: 2,867
Photo of gudthing
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby chocolate colur with a long lasting head. It will drop eventually to 0.5cm - be patient :).

Smell are some dark notes with some sweetness from caramel. Not getting too much though.

Very easy drinking, not as sweet as i expected. The dark berries are prominent in flavour. It is extremely well balanced with the caramel sweetness.

Very enjoyable, could drink all day!

hb 3

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

L- A towering head appears on a not quite careful enough initial pour. After allowing the head to recede a bit I tried a more gentle pour and had marginally more success. Either way the head is a towering 3 inches of tan foam which recedes (eventually) to a thin ring leaving many spots of lacing. The beer is that classic deep purple to brown and allows no light through.
S- The nose is that wonderful dark fruit reminiscent of ripe plum and raisins. There is a bit of a musty aspect like a old seldom visited corridor or room.
T- Dark fruit flavors are present, but less sweet than the nose might suggest. Just the faintest hint of alcohol in the aftertaste lets you know that this beer has some heft.
F- If not obvious from the pour, there is ample prickly carbonation. This lightens the mouthfeel to the lowside of medium. This is probably the lightest drinking dubbel that I've had.
O- This is very good, but probably not the best of the dubbel's I've had. I liked St Bernardus slightly better, but you can't go wrong with this beer.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a massive head that slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Dark fruit, Belgian yeast, fermented candi sugar, and a touch of caramel sweetness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the Belgian yeast, dark fruits, and a light caramel sweetness. Goes into more yeasty tones including some phenols. Finishes with lingering yeast notes and dark fruit

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. On the frothy side

O: A classic and well-known Trappist brew for a reason. Nice to sip on but still very easy to drink. Definitely worth trying

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Photo of DoubleABaird
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Deep chestnut color with garnet highlights. Light tan head with fine bubble texture and great retention. Good clarity even though beer is very dark.

Bread crust malt followed by yeast aromas. Slight oxidation, but the bottle is likely a long-time shelf resident at the store of purchase.

Dark fruit, like raisin and prune, followed by a slight hop bitterness with noble hop flavors. Spicy yeast phenols with a slight clove-like flavor, and a slight apple ester.

Medium-bodied. Delicious. No stringency or creaminess. Some alcoholic warmth.

Really nice and a classic for a reason. A fresh bottle would have been nice but this beer still holds up very well.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 fluid ounce bottle into glass. Best by date is '13/01/18', bottled on date is '05 05704'.
Body is dark brown, but ruby/garnet when presented to light. One finger beige head settles to thin ring and scattered islands. Scattered sheets of lacing.
Smell of Belgian yeast, sweet and dark fruit, plum and currant.
Taste profile is dry, sweet plum, molasses, cherry, some clove spice, sour grape, and woody.
Mouth feel is very pleasing, medium but well carbonated.
Such a well done beer, showing confident, experienced brewing.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brouwerij Westmalle Trappist Dubbel, 7% ABV. Pours dark brown with a two finger off-white head. Nose is yeasty, fruity, and toasty, taste follows with a burnt toast flavor, and a slight bitter close. Mouthfeel is OK, overall excellent. Tonight I drank 2/3 of the beers this brewery produces!

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a Chimay goblet.

A: Body is brown to coppery with relative haziness. Head is beige with a one finger thickness. No lacing but amazingly good retention.
S: Aroma is very strong on belgian yeast, cocoa, malts roastiness and fruity with some blackberries on top. Very dark but very lively.
T: Taste begins with a very sweet touch, almost liquorice like, having the fruity and roastiness blended very well together. In the end of the sip, the roastiness appears again to let a slight bitterness shine through. Brilliant.
M: Body is low. Carbonation is good. Alcohol is noticeable, way more than expected.
O: This Dubbel is great. Should have it more often.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Deep garnet color with good clarity. Beige head settles to a thin cap shortly. Thin ring of lacing.

S: Full-on fruit cake. Sweet, sticky, sugary fruit cake. Plum, redfruits, brandy. Yeasty. Expressive spice-like aromas of cinnamon and clove. Intoxicating.

T: Sweet and sticky at the front. Molasses, fruit cake, hints of raspberry ganache. Then it dries effortlessly. Dusty yeast and spices take hold. Clove and hints of cinnamon. Faint alcohol. Earthy hops are barely noticeable. Lingering malt and spice finish with suggestions of cocoa powder.

M: Medium bodied. A thick malt body tries to press down, but the expressive carbonation lifts it away before it can settle.

O: along with Chimay Rouge, this is the paragon of the style. One need not look any further in their quest for world's best dubbel.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange brown with moderate foamy tan head. Smells sweet, like ripe fruit. Taste is surprisingly a bit sour-bitter, cherries & raisins with a cereal-like finish. Overall a bit weak. Feel is thin. Overall a bit disappointing.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a goblet.

Hazy ruby brown in color, the pour quickly builds up very thick fluffy khaki head that everlastingly withstands until the last sip and gradually leaves plenty of sticky and refined lacing patch and spot on the glass-side. Superb showcase.

Well mellow aroma, fruity ester from yeast of ripe banana, prune, dried-raisin, grape, dark cherry, currant, and a little hint of clove as well as sweet fruit cake, caramel, bread, molasses, candy sugar, and bitter chocolate from malt. Also, there is a suggestion of earthy hop.

The taste is led by its fruity ester of ripe banana, prune, dried-raisin, grape, dark cherry, currant, and subtle clove spice like the aroma. Malt reveals just a little bit thereafter with obvious notes of caramel, fruit cake, bread, molasses, candy sugar, and bitter roasted chocolate. Hop is woody and earthy that only lends a quick flash at the end.

Medium body with velvety yet silky smooth mouthfeel from its moderate carbonation, the feeling is well-rounded with nice crispness and good liveliness touch. Finish is pleasantly dry.

The master of brewing art from the old world, this is purely class and this is truly art. Alcohol is completely concealed underneath its greatness.

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Photo of saboliver
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark appearance with a complementary tan head. Rich aroma, with raisins and dried fruit, sweet with a hint of spiciness. On sipping, the taste and feel are fairly sweet and smooth, but lighter and a little lighter than I anticipated at first. There are some grain flavours in there and a little bit of sourness. There is some fizz on the tongue followed by froth, on the edge of my personal taste but not too much for me and reasonable for the style. Neither the smell nor the flavour were as punchy as I had hoped, but it was still very nice. I wonder if the temperature was correct. It had been taken out of the fridge about three-quarters of an hour before serving.

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Photo of DutchGermanguy
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really nice beer. A nice dark colour and the flavours are really balanced.
The taste is grainy with fruity/sweet hint to it. Although it does not taste hoppy bitter, the beer is not too sweet.
The power of this beer is its good balance.
If you ever can, drink this beer

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Photo of srv33
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Part of a Dubbel taste off, including this, Rochefort 6, and Chimay Red.

Appearance: Darkest pour of the three. An unremarkable dark brown. Large head whilst pouring that quickly dissipated to a thick collar but not much else. Medium to fine bubbles.

Aroma: Definitely the most different aroma of the three. I get scents of tart cherry right away, along with fig, clove, spices, and other berries.

Mouthfeel: Neither thick or thin, very fine carbonation that is stated but not prominent. A bit sharp but clean. Most moderate of three, not as muted and creamy as the rochefort, yet not as heavily carbonated as the Chimay Red.

Taste: Sour berries to start, prominent spices and an herbal astringent quality. A well balanced sweetness, and a full body. This is the quintessential Dubbel.

Overall: This was a hard taste test. All three shone in their own ways which made judging hard. In terms of accuracy to the style, the Westmalle wins. In terms of all the other markers of the style, the Westmalle has the slight edge, closely followed by the Rochefort, and then the Chimay.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Temperature is everything with the Westmalle Dubbel, it really needs to be served 'not chilled'. If you must store it in the cooler, leave it a good 5 minutes before pouring, otherwise it will be just too flat and bitter.

Appearance on pouring is a delightfully deep and full chestnut body. Leave a while, let the sediment sink and the head dissipate into a thin filmy caramel top, which should stay with you for the duration of quaffing.

Scent is a little scant to be honest, and the taste is a light malt with a twist of caramel rounded with a slightly bitter bite.

Feel is a bit of a let down, it does feel a little watery compared to it's great appearance, and a touch artificial.

The 7% abv is spot on for a dubbel.

Overall, it's another pretty good brew, nothing spectacular, but great for a winters night boofing session by the fire.....the tripel is better!

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Photo of SpongeHop
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - dark brown with ruby red shine, slightly hazy; solid off-white to beige creamy head
S & T - light bready malts, pleasant bitters with slightly earthy hoppiness, hint of dark candisugar, lightly sour prunes
F - medium body, nicely drinkable

O - the quintessential dubbel, as far as I'm concerned. It's the archetype for a reason. Still my favorite dubbel out of all the trappists.

I do recommend this one.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a dark brown color with some hazy ruby edges, not much lacing, but what there is clings sporadicly around the edges. The head lasts oh, probably about a good minute. The smell had some glazed apples - coming through kinda sugary, cinnamon - perhaps. I like the nice spice that allocates itself fairly nicely to the aroma. The taste was mainly sweet but still there’s a nice spice to the flavoring. The aftertaste - uh...well, there isn’t any aftertaste - ok, well, no worries. I got a quick dry finish. On the palate, it sits about a light to medium, sessionability - hmmm....not quite. I can tell it wants to be, but for the most part, in my opinion, it seems to sit closer to the medium aspect. Carbonation seems to be a tad sharper than most Dubbels I’ve had, but still worthy of being construed as a Dubbel. Overall, in my opinion, this is a pretty good Dubbel well worthy of having again despite having a harsher carbonation than most.

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Photo of thommo_nk
4.79/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

330mL bottle poured into a straight glass. Dark red in colour, off-white thick three finger head. Medium to heavy carbonation. Smells and tastes of caramel and dark fruit (prunes?).

Classy beer, need to try the tripel.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Brown body 3 finger brown-white head.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Dark fruits, earthy spices, and brown sugar.

Feel: Medium-light body, high carbonation. The alcohol is hidden well. Dry, with only a suggestion of sweetness.

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Photo of eberesford
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown, thin head with little or no lacing. Aroma toffee, dried fruit (prune). Flavour wonderfully balanced - almost burnt toffee, caramel, raisin, prune with just enough bitterness and toast to balance. The body is rich without being overly heavy. Great mouth feel.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Stone Brewing Goblet. Best before November 4th 2018.

L: Cloudy brown with a red hue. Finger width khaki head. Good retention.

S: Fig, brown sugar, caramel.

T: Wonderful flavors of rich toffee and caramel melded with dried dark fruits like figs and apricots, sweetened by some brown sugar like notes. Tasty.

F: Medium-full body, crsip Belgian carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

O: Another outstanding Trappist style beer. Just wonderful flavors.

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Photo of JstCallum
3.44/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 4

I came across this beer whilst looking for some new ones to try. I must say the minimal traditional bottle was very attractive. Pours a very dark Coca-Cola look, Nice foamy head. Initially, I get fruit base but very alcoholic take. Nice beer but couldn't drink all the time.

If you like vape pairing I have paired this With Buddha Dew 1. The fruit base of buddha dew really brings out the hops in this beer.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy brown with a creamy head and nice lacing. Aroma is warm, inviting, and complex with candied cherries, raisins, dates, molasses, and oak coming to mind. Taste generally follows the nose and is a bit sweet, but there is an unexpected sharp bitterness that strikes high in the palate. Medium-bodied and a bit creamy, with an uber-smooth finish. Overall: Extremely enjoyable.

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

Dark brown ,decent head,medium carbonation. The only way I can describe it is it smelled like spicey banana bread. Taste followed aroma with added malt and a mild bitter hoppy finish. A really well made beer that calls to be enjoyed slowly

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: creamy three finger head (becomes rocky and grows), deep nut/cola brown color, annoyingly good head retention (I had forgotten how delicate the art of pouring a trappist beer was, consider me reminded), very prominent lacing

S: pleasant malty aroma up front with a dry characteristic; a bit nutty, but not overly so; some fairly subtle cherry/dark fruit tones; I wish the smell was stronger

T: malty, bready and fruity up front, subtle but not overwhelming hint of bitterness and some nutty tones as well, a subtle suggestion (not overt) of chocolate, a bit savory but not overly so.

M: a tad oily but crisp and dry

O: to me this is far better than the tripel, unlike with the tripel, I don't prefer the St. Bernardus version but I don't think this one is better either, rather it offers something distinctly different and they are both good in their own way, not a revelation of course, but a damn fine beer

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Photo of ordybill
4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a chalice at the World of Beer in Savannah, GA. The appearance is a dark mahogany brown color with a small off white head. The aroma is full of fruit and chocolate. The taste is matches the nose to a "T". An excellent beer.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 2,867 ratings