Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel

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Brouwerij Westmalle

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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Photo of SenorBiggles
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of happyface
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of thirstywoodfin1
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bobv
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Originally rated 4.25 two and a half years ago.
Moderate pour yields a one inch light tan head over a dark brown, slightly reddish body with very nice lacing. Nose of dark fruit, chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel. As it warms the black cherry fades a bit and aroma of banana appears. Taste follows with a complexity surpassing the nose. Creamy feel finishing a little like caramel, raisin, prunes and booze in a good way. Overall, a Dubbel for most Dubbels to aspire to. World class!

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Photo of Wonka
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml

The pour is a rusty, brown tea color with some haze from the yeast. The rich and ample head lives well within the glass. Sturdy lace adds to the perceived elegance. The nose is vinous and caramel with a touch of sweet tea and slight alcohol. This product bowls me over in the taste department. I’m literally ‘dubbel-ed over’ with its quality. Its fruity (prune and grapes), a bit spicy, with some earthen tones and a solid body that ends clean, dry and crisp with slight alcohol and malts. This is smoother than Barry White.

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Photo of Dzu
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 0.33l bottle into trappist goblet.
L: Turbid dark brown with medium short living white foam head.
S: Baked dark bread, caramel, red wine.
T: Complex taste with notes of plums, raisin. A little bit sweet and weak bitterness. Interesting long-lasting aftertaste.
F: Medium carbonation, not boozy, tight body.
O: Great balanced dubbel. Definately one of the best I've had!

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Photo of Calico
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a huge, foamy head with some Belgian lace. Quite dark and rather cloudy.

S: Pleasant malty flowery hop nose with a little cherry.

T: Initial taste was cherry with a tiny hint of smoke. Then a fruity note hit, almost like a sour red. Lastly I caught some estery notes I couldn't quite place, and a fruity, lingering finish. Good, complex, very enjoyable.

M: Bright and sparkly, just the right amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for its 7% alcohol content. A good beer to savor with dinner or dessert.

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Photo of russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BBD of Nov 06

Pours a slightly turbid deep red/brown with a 1" tan colored head. Slight lacing & good filmy heady retention

S: choclate & a hint of alcohol& then breadyness/shortbread as it warms. I also get a little oakyness

T: Chocolate & little iron up front. Then I catch some earthy hops & hunts of licorice. Oakyness & alcohol as it warms. Finishes dry & fruitty with winey/acidic notes

MF: Medium bodied, slightly prickly & good balance

Drinks pretty easy, by far my favorite style of trappist/abbey ales. This would go great with roast beef or stew IMO, or any thing a burgundy type wine would pair with. Well worth the $ 3.70 for 11.2 ozs. superb version of the style

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Photo of mcnut
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the Rathskellar in Indianapolis.

Appearance: Dark, with barely a lacing of head in the glass.

smell: very sweet smelling, Lots of bananas upfront, and dates.

taste: started with a sweet fruity taste met with a then complex mash of chocolate, and a dry taste of alchohol

mouthfeel: varied, started out smooth, but became grainy from the yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

drinkability: at 7% abv, you wouldn't know there is alchohol in it. I would have had several if it hadn't been for the drive home.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very deep maroon with very bright highlights. Almost gelatinous it so thick. Small white head ebbs quickly but excellent carbonation is evident. Oodles of yeasties despite very careful pour.
Aroma is complex malts, raisins, figs, orange peel, coriander and spicy yeastiness. Flavor is so very Belgian, so very Trappist. Sweet malts, with toffee most dominant, loads of dark fruit, loads of spice, lightly bitter back end.
Mouthfeel is truly excellent, balance and variety is a treat for the palate.
Truly amazing beer, really sets the standards for dubbels to follow.

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Photo of cbutova
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how I missed reviewing this one over the years but there is always a good time for a Westmalle Dubbel!

A- Poured into a stemware tulip with a dark brown body. A light tan head forms to a massive size with a foamy texture. Retention is good but it eventually ends up as a bubbly ring with a big cloud in the middle of the beer. Just a few small spots of lace.

S- The glass helps capture a strong yet balanced aroma. Yeast forward with some notes of malts. Belgian spice forward with some slightly phenolic dark fruit and brown nutty malts to balance.

T- I wouldn't call the flavor abrasive but it has that edge that I love in stronger, yeasty Belgian ales. Like the aroma, the flavor is yeasty with dark fruits, raisins, figs, apple, spice and some phenolic qualities. Nutty malts, molasses and brown sugary hints make up a bulk of the remaining flavor. Very slight clove and banana quality.

MF- Carbonation has a nice bite to it at first but goes down rather smoothly in the end. The feel overall is creamy with a nice warmth from the alcohol.

With warmth and each sip, this one just opens up so nicely which I find is the case with great beers. Amazing example of the style and what I look for from a strong yeast Belgian beer. Has that nice edge but doesn't kill you with spice, esters and alcohol.

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Photo of MerkinMan
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown and cloudy. Head starts strong, and then settles to a nice 1/4 inch.

S: Plum and raisin notes. No immediate detection of alcohol scents. Toffee notes too.

T: Many flavors, but balanced out better than other dubbels (first sip). Definite vanilla and cherry flavors with other dark fruits like raisins and plums. Yeast flavors lay like a nice rug across the mouth providin mild peppery notes (nice!). This is what I want my dubbels to be. As it warms, the cherry character deepens and a leathery notion develops.

MF: Very effervescent and velvety. Yeast is very much alive in this one.

D: Highly recommended. Flavors and body are just right on this one, and it may rival my favorite dubbel.

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Photo of S7R4nG3
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After sampling Rochefort's #8 I was happily granted an evening with a Westmalle Dubbel and having acquired a taste for the great Trappist ales, I can say I was not disappointed!

A: Very nice cloudy dark chocolate brown color with a nice minimal creamy head that still managed to retain nice lacing as I progressed.

S: Excellent aroma complementing each other with nice dark, rich fruity tartness with malty sweet caramel and chocolate that I wish I could scent my house with!!

T: Very complex flavors starting with the nice caramel/dark chocolate sweetness with some tart dark fruit flavors progressing into a mild hoppy bitter character providing excellent depth while not overbearing.

M: As with all Trappist ales, the mouthfeel is perfect in my opinion, with that syrupy smoothness that coats well and the nice bubbly carbonation keeping everything light without imparting any harsh flavors.

So far, this Westmalle and the Rochefort #8 are the two best Dubbels that I have sampled so far. I hope one day to give each of the Trappist dubbels a try but until then, this still remains one of my most favorite beers!

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Photo of superspak
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled 1/09/2011. Pours hazy and cloudy dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some spotty lacing clings to the glass as well; with plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom creating a creamier head than on the pour. Aromas of huge raisin, caramel, molasses, prunes, biscuit, roasted nuts, light chocolate, and yeast spices. Big malty aromas here with good strength and balance. Taste of big caramel, molasses, pepper, chocolate, roasted nut, biscuit, dark fruit, and spicy yeast. Lingering notes of biscuit, caramel, chocolate, pepper, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Nice malty flavor with no cloying, and less spiciness than I was expecting from the yeast. Medium bodied with lively carbonation; with a fairly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. Drinks incredibly easily with the high carbonation as well. Alcohol is essentially non existent with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Dubbel style as I would have expected. Great balance of flavors and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of JeremyBrews
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dense, light-chocolate. Huge, pearly brown head. Great lacing.

S- Chocolate, banana, and yeast aromas.

T- Chocolate, banana, and some espresso. Distinct, rich yeast flavor mixes with toffee to play the last few measures in this symphony masterpiece.

M- Creamy and thick, with head also playing a nice supporting role. Good carbonation.

D- A very complex beer with a uniquely delicious, creamy yeast flavor that stands out stronger than the hop or malt flavors, while simultaneously contributing as the dominant factor that gives this brew a lot of personality. This drink, very literally, turns me on!

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Photo of homebrew311
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle on sale for 3.99. This is my first time having this beer. Poured into Chimay chalice. Bottle says to enjoy by 08, looks like the liquor store did about two years of aging for me

A: Pours a deep mahogany with hues of brown and purple, 1 finger head on pour, settles to a thin dense head, leaves lacing

S: notes of red grapes, some wine like notes, some candi sugar- but not nearly as sweet smelling as some Belgians, lots of fruitiness on the nose with some spicy highlights, smells to be well balanced

T: the grapes notes are up front but dry out very quickly, again - reminiscent of a dry red wine, some yeasty notes on the finish, the ABV is well integrated into the brew. Over all a very nice balance, slightly on the dry side, but I like the fact that it doesn't have a lingering sweetness on the palate

MF: silky smooth, medium body, medium to high carbonation

D: this is an excellent Belgian Dubbel, lots of fruity notes alone with characteristics similar to a dry red wine. Lots going on here while being greatly balanced. I may have to head back to the store and clear them out as this beer seems to age well.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle from the Wine Exchange, on to the beer:

That's a nice dark ruby brown with orange hues the beer appears as. It has a pleasing aroma of assorted dark fruits with a little bit of cocoa. The taste, while not in your face, is very mellow and refreshing. Tastes just like the aroma, then add in a little bit of esters and pinch of peppery yeast. Very nicely balanced with the alcohol in disguise. Yep, another quality Trappist beer.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Tulip glass

*Also had on tap at Het Beste Biertje in Málaga, Spain. Sweeter with less pronounced dark fruits and more carbonation. Almost prefer bottle better, but both are very good.

Very dark, with a very small short lasting off white head.

Smells sweet, hints of raisin, dark fruits, figs, prunes. Great smell on this beer.

Tastes so smooth and refreshing. This is one of my favorite Trappist Dubbels i've had. Abosultely no taste of alcohol whatsoever, this is a wonderfully intricate, complex, beer, but also one of the easiest drinking beers i've ever had. The taste is exactly how it smells, dark fruits and sweet figs (reminds me a lot like Chimay). This tastes even more amazing once it warms up.

You can't go wrong with this, I would say this would be a good starting point for anyone wishing to get into trappist beers, and don't want to start with a heavy quad and need something more accessible, but not lacking in the complexity and flavor dept. I will be buying this again and again, as it's a lot cheaper than it's Rochefort cousins. Like I say with every trappist beer I try, I alwasy have high expectations, and they never fail to dissapoint. It's not just hype, it's quality craftsmanship; monks make damn good beer.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours amber with a slight brown head, but it goes away quick. smells great, a slight fruit smell to it maybe. tastes good, but its drinkability is really awesome for as it is 7.0% the alcohol is there but it doesn't attack you like some other higher ABV beers do. mouthfeel is good, doesn't feel too thick, but not to thin either. one of the few stronger beers that i could see myself drinking more than just at dinner.

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Photo of arizcards
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 330ml bottle for 4.75 a few weeks ago at the Papago Brewing Company.

Appearance is dark brown and poured a fine 3 finger head. Not leaving much lacing behind. The nose is so very interesting, primarily detecting the sweet fruits with perhaps a hint of vanilla. Taste is of sweet wonderful malts and finishes with a ever so subtle dry hop and hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is very smooth and full and pleasantly lively on the palate. Overall drinkability is near perfect, easy to take in all the complexities it has to offer!

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Photo of loobear
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Light carmel colored head with medium retention. Mahogany body that is completely opaque.

S - Sweet, intense dark fruits, cherries and ripe banana. Smells amazing.

T - Not nearly as intense in both taste and alcohol as the Tripel, but still really complex and enjoyable.

M - Perfect balance. Nothing is overpowering or underwhelming. Lots of carbonation, alcohol and flavor. Very satisfying.

O - I will seek this beer out again in the future. Wont find it in my neck of the woods, unfortunately.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served after a sushi lunch at about 45° in a Chimay chalice. Freshness date reads 05/04/07.

Appearance- Pours a medium raisiny red color into the glass, where a tight, two-finger head begins to rise. Excellent clarity, and the bubbles are constantly replenished by the steady stream of carbonation. Lacing is minimal at this point.

Smell- Some phenols come out at first, then an underlying sweetness that exhibits some dark fruit (figs, prunes), vanilla, and malts. Huge candi sugar aromas waft out from my glass, nailing this style right on.

Taste- Vanilla and oaky fermented fruit are strong on the palate, with a uniquely dry sweetness that is really fantastic. The malts are big but not overwhelming; the fruit is perfect; and the spiciness is subtle. In the finish, we have a perfectly placed hop dryness and mild bittering, priming the mouth for the next sip. Wonderfully balanced. A nice belly warmth is now manifesting, as I sit way back in my chair and really appreciate this beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Upon entering the mouth, the beer swells with *gusto* and pitter-patters all over the tongue, just short of being overly "crackling". As we go forward and the beer warms, the mouthfeel improves to near perfection. Slippery and mouth filling, this is totally enjoyable. I will be seeking this out again.

P.S. For the last few sips I have swirled in the sediment, and the beer came back for another round of boosted activity in the mouth. Obviously more attention was brought to the yeast, and the beer's body thickened slightly. Great Trappist offering.

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Photo of MVotter
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Westmalle Trappist Dubbel pours into a chalice a cloudy tea-brown color with a thin tan head.

The aroma is brown sugar, black licorice, malts, and molasses.

The taste has the same delicious characteristics as the aroma ... molasses, roasted, sweet-malts, black licorice, brown sugar.

The mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation, very pleasant.

The Trappist Dubbel is an extremely drinkable brew which looks, smells and tastes delicious. It is by no means a heavy brew with regard to alcohol or gravity.


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Photo of wvsabbath
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark copper brown/red tint. Nice 1 inch creamy head with some lacing.

Smell - Floral, apples, rasin, sugars, malts, belgian yeasts. Lemon banana, cherry also come out.

Taste - Starts with a nice cherry and sweet apple taste. Smooth, floral and flavorful. Malts are present along with sugars and spices. Yeast is there and adds some grassy bitterness. Alcohol is masked well, only comes out at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, Has a sweet and sour effect on mouth. Tounge gets the sweetness of apple and sugars, palette gets malts and yeast. Some warmth from the alcohol comes up at the end. Aftertaste is mild and bitter from the yeast.

Overall - Very smooth and easy to drink. The floral fruit flavors really add bold sweetness. Each drink is balanced, sweet with mild yeast in the background. The beer is affordable, widely avaible and a great example of the style. One of the best.

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Photo of Cresant
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this 11.2 oz. brown bottle dated 25/10/07 into a Westmalle chalice. Opaque reddish brown body looked a bit like prune juice. A finger of off white head faded completely (after some time).

Smelled mild. Sweet dried fruits. Raisins, prunes. Subtle.

Taste was very balanced. Figgy. Minor tartness counters the fruity sweetness. Wonderfully balanced, understated; not "too much" of any characteristic. Well hidden alcohol. Complex but not a challenge to drink.

Lively hops wake up the tongue, however, the texture is smooth, medium bodied and highly drinkable. Very nice. I will seek this one out again.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 2,788 ratings