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La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)

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very good

655 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 655
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 36
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001)
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Reviews by BarryNL:
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2.88/5  rDev -26.7%

Well, this beer didn't make a great first impression by fizzing out of the bottle and onto the carpet when opened. Anyway...

A: Typical Dubbel dark brown - very little head considering how obviously over-carbonated it is.

S: Some nice sugary, malty notes hidden there somewhere under the overpowering peardrops aromatics from the yeast.

T: Again, could be some nice subtle flavours if they didn't insist on using a highly phenolic yeast at a too warm temperature (guessing, but unless they're pouring nail varnish in there I think I'm right).

M: Unsurprisingly, mostly bubbles. Luckily no CO2 bite, but a bit too foamy to allow you to really taste it.

D: The peardrop flavour quickly becomes tiring. I would probably switch to something else after one bottle (or after the half I'm left with that's not on the floor).

Unfortunately, I find La Trappe the least impressive of the Trappist beers. Perhaps, unsurprisingly they are also the most commercialised and it's not even clear how involved the monks really are with the brewing anymore - I believe Bavaria do most of the work these days. I think this shows in the beers which don't really live up to the standards set by the other Trappist breweries.

03-07-2009 21:58:12 | More by BarryNL
More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

A brown pour with a medium but rich tan head. The nose is sweet with toffee and dark, un sweetened chocolate. The taste starts somewhat bitter and then expands into malty and chocolately treat. Hints of cocoa and spice. A smooth and lively mouthfeel with a dry finish. I like the fact that this Dubbell was not as sweet as some others. The flavors here were more subtle and toned down. A decent beer althought it was not a classic.

12-31-2003 13:42:46 | More by Popsinc
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

10-10-2012 01:28:27 | More by beerhunter13
Photo of ricke


4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

Serving date: 2009-02-11. Served in snifter.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with a logo and the word "trappist" molded into the glass. Interesting to note that there are two different freshness dates on the bottle. One is on the label (best before end of March 2011) and one is on an extra label (best before end of 2011) added by the Swedish importers. A rather significant difference between the two dates, but I think this one will be great quite some time after 2011, so it's really no big deal.

Appearance: Dark ruby color, going towards dark brown. A small 1,5 cm tan head that looks rather creamy settles just a little to quickly. It leaves minimal lacings.

Smell: Sweet malts and general spicy aromas, but most of all a delightful smell of fresh fruits. Some faint notes of chocolate as well.

Taste: Some phenols, but in no way sharp or harsh, up front. Then some spices coupled with sweet and a bit vinous malts and fruits (definitely cherries, and perhaps fresh figs). Milk chocolate (that becomes more prominent towards the end) adds more sweetness. In the middle it gets a little tart. In the slightly dry finish there are warmth from the alcohol, herbal flavors, faint malts and just a tad of bitterness. Overall, the hop character of this one is really restrained. Very well balanced flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Rather smooth and calm, despite plenty of carbonation. Slightly chewy.

Drinkability: This is a great, slightly vinous, beer. It's very complex, but most of all it's so well balanced. Very pleasant mix of sweetness (mostly from fruits) and spices, phenols and tartness.

NOTE: ABV is 7% according to the bottle.

02-11-2009 22:05:44 | More by ricke
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-01-2014 13:57:01 | More by Doomcifer
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-09-2013 04:38:31 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Presentation: 11.2 oz slender euro style brown bottle with raised glass above the label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Dark leather brown in colour with a thin light tan lace that sticks around for a while.

Smell: Wildly phenolic with a medicinal aroma, slight tartness with hints of lemon rind.

Taste: Medium bodied with a rounded crisp and smooth mouth feel. Spicy peppery clovish palate from the alcohol and yeast which is enhanced by the carbonation. Light tartness and a hint of chocolate add to the complexities, the spiciness tingles the tongue right into the finish and the alcohol warms the mouth a bit. Hops are very subdued and don’t even make a fuss to appear. As this beer warms up a little more of the malted grain and chocolate flavour becomes more apparent.

Notes: A prime example of the style, flavours meld together perfectly with out becoming confusing or vague. A semi sharp cheddar would make a ideal pairing.

07-21-2002 11:50:09 | More by Jason
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Part of an inexpensive, gift box that included four bottles and a nice goblet for $11.95. The dubbel pours a hazed, tawny peach body with a small beige head that quickly falls into a film and collar. Attractive lace sheets the goblet.
Aroma begins with a hint of chocolate, but clove and allspice quickly take over. Dark fruits of prunes and raisins are also noted, as well as a mild earthy yeastiness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with effervescent carbonation.
Taste is complex, with a dry beginning that highlights clove and allspice, and an alcohol warmth. Dark fruits soon emerge to lend a pleasing balance, and there is an earthy yeastiness that is present, but not prominent.
Overall, a decent dubbel but there are many that are much better.

11-21-2004 23:44:31 | More by merlin48
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

Small bottle from a gift set box, which included the nice glass I'm sampling from.No freshness indication. Pours pretty clear, light-medium chocolate amber, with a roasted garlic colored head, leaving stringy lacing. Nose is distinctly of cola, also some vanilla and fruits mixed in. Fairly light bodied for a double, moderate carbonation. Sweet brew with notes of caramel, smoky raisins, gingerbread cookies and Belgian yeasty goodness. Nice easy drinking Dubbel.

12-31-2005 19:33:36 | More by Billolick
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Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

On draught at Kickoffs in Waterloo. Great to see some Trappists on tap in town!

A - Dark cherry-mahogany, leaves a off-white head that lingers throughout.

S - Great nose of malts and dark fruits (for me, I get a strong taste of grapes).

T - Lovely balance of malts and fruits to produce a great sipper. No trace of the alcohol whatsoever. Grapes and honey are predominant as well.

M - Smooth and slick, well-carbonated.

D - Like a fine wine, La Trappe Dubbel is well worth savouring. A great find on tap - certainly one I'll go for again. Great stuff.

10-23-2009 04:58:04 | More by JohnnyBarman
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-23-2012 18:33:29 | More by Marius
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

06-21-2014 19:03:01 | More by innominat
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3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Mahogany pour with the remnants of a tan head. Malt, yeast, dates, and fruits in the nose. Velvety mouthfeel. Earthy and yeasty, with a sweet malt, plums, and some banana esters. Could have been better on a colder day given its weight.

12-05-2008 22:57:51 | More by magictrokini
Photo of jiffymon

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-11-2013 21:48:27 | More by jiffymon
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

03-28-2014 01:08:36 | More by wattoclone
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-06-2012 00:11:03 | More by fionn13
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-16-2011 02:31:04 | More by bpfrush
Photo of Dantheman4162


3.68/5  rDev -6.4%

Thick creamy head, doesn't last very long. Very dark body, hard to see through --> dark red/brown not a strong scent. Light fresh taste, light bodied. No aftertaste "wet", smooth, fruity taste, but not the strong flavor typical of trappist brews. "Taste the silence" -- very appropriate motto.

03-10-2009 04:31:52 | More by Dantheman4162
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-09-2013 14:23:21 | More by Dinkel
Photo of whoneeds8


3.35/5  rDev -14.8%

Poured into a Koningshoeven Chalice a ruby black with a one finger white head. No lacing and little retention. The scent is strong of carmeled raisins and grapefruit. The taste is a malt bomb, with more raisin flavors and a little hop bite at the end. The mouthfeel give a little bit of dryness.

09-11-2010 01:10:51 | More by whoneeds8
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United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, dark brown turning to red when held to sunlight. Thick head that hangs around for a good time considering it's a bottled beer.

Aroma: Only a slight aroma, combining a wheat beer type aroma with a faint metallic tang.

Taste: Well balanced betwen sweetness and moderate bitterness at the back of the pallete. Slight metallic tang.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant aftertaste with a moderate amount of fizz. Maybe a wee bit heavy aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very high alcohol content means this is never going to be drink to enjoy for a whole evening. Probably would go best with a meal, taken slowly and savoured. Creates a pleasant warming sensation in the stomach.

03-28-2010 15:38:01 | More by ivanwatling
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4.43/5  rDev +12.7%

Deep chestnut appearance with a big and dark foamed milk-like head. Slight candy to the nose, some prune aromas, along with a peat-like impression. Organic "composty" flavors and something else that leans toward phenolic. Dark and changing with elements of roasts, raisins, and deep cling peaches. Just a spritz of hops. Good flavors, carbonation works well in this beer. Nice beer from the trappists "across the border". "Doubles" are rapidly becoming my favorite Belgian-style brews.

09-25-2002 07:22:46 | More by ADR
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Aged 750 ml bottle served in a St. Bernardus snifter.

Pours more-or-less clear, dark ruby-mahogany in color, with a nice fluffy cream colored head. The head initially leaves nice lacing on the glass, but it has poor retention and soon reduces to a thin ring.

Aroma: rich and complex, but gentle aroma of dark fruits and spices, with suggestions of raisins, dates, figs, toffee, brown sugar, banana, flowers, brown bread, cinnamon, chocolate and some earthy yeast. Fantastic aroma!

Taste: rich, dynamic and complex; mildly bitter/sweet with suggestions of raisins, dates, figs, toffee, brown sugar, banana, brown bread, chocolate and some spicy yeast. Lingering notes of dark fruits, chocolate, dark malts and light spicing.

Medium carbonation and medium+ body. Slightly harsh; about as expected with 7% ABV.

Overall: this excellent Dubbel lives up to its reputation. Great balance and complexity Alcohol is partially hidden but with light warming. Exceptionally enjoyable flavor and aroma.

05-05-2013 22:42:54 | More by chinchill
Photo of Keegan


4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-02-2012 17:56:00 | More by Keegan
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a dark amber color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of mildly sweet malts with good amounts of pears, green apples, and hints of figs. Also present are slight amounts of brown sugar.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malts with hints of brown sugar and milder hints of toffee are joined by green apples, pears, and figs, in that order. The fruit flavors carry through to a mildly bitter ending that leaves a bit of leafy hop flavors lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a thinner than average thickness with soft and grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass and could have another.

Overall this didn't blow me away but it did serve as a good representation of the style, even if it was a bit on the bitter side. Worth a shot.

11-30-2009 22:39:11 | More by glid02
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La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 655 ratings.