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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

738 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 738
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 48
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

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Ratings: 738 | Reviews: 380
Reviews by botham:
Photo of botham
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 9 oz growler poured into a goblet. pours chestnet brown with brilliant garnet highlights and a single finger of light tan head.

aroma is yeasty, with fruit notes of apple, pear, and a bit of banana. overall a sweet aroma, but not overly so. caramel malts are also present, though ancillary to the fruit.

taste is more of the same, with a smooth profile and a subtle caramel malt that adds to the fruit nicely. very well proportioned dubbel.

mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamy texture and a smooth finish. CO2 provides a mild bite, but nothing too harsh. alcohol is only present upon a bit of warming.

drinkability is great. this beer advocate can finish off a 1 pint 9 oz growler in one sitting and love every sip, which is more than can be said for most brews. cheers!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ricke
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of magictrokini
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Dantheman4162
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ivanwatling
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ADR
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, but maybe a bit sweet and cloying sometimes, still, very well made trapiste beer, pretty good, but theres better examples of the style out there.

Photo of JohnW
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured medium dark from the bottle, not too lively, though decent head. Smell is a little strange at first, overall mainly sweet, fruity, and spicy, but the yeast comes through too, giving a strange musty hint. Initial taste is the same sweet, though the yeasty hints come through too, almost as though of touch of Stilton cheese in it (Ok...sounds crazy, but that's what I thought!!) The aftertaste leaves a hint of bitterness, so reasonable balance with the sweet fruity start. I enjoyed this, but would probably not want more than two small bottles at any one time.

John W
B'ham UK Feb 2006

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer has a dense warm brown body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles gliding up the side. There is a bubbly creamy light tan head that last for the full beer.
S- The caramel malt sweetness has notes of raisins and some darker fruit esters. There is a light clove note and warms with a touch of chocolate and a toasted malt note.
T- The slightly woody quality is well blended with specialty malt flavors and some raisins and dried fruit complexity. There is a soft spice note and a nice alcohol heat in the finish. The rich and complex malt lingers with a faint green hint in the finish and some dried cherry flavors come through as the beer warms.
M- There is a medium-full mouthfeel with a full fizz and a very soft alcohol heat present.
D- This is a great balanced and complex malt forward beer that has everything in balance. There are some oxidative notes that get in the way a bit but still this very drinkable.

Photo of EchtBier
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip glass. Had to struggle to get the cork out, but thankfully no accidents.

A - Dark, copperish brown. Very fine bubbles, but not as much head retention as I expected, but I may not have poured it steep enough...

S - Nothing but malt, and lots of it. Maybe a hint of fruit.

T - Sweet malts with a hint of banana. On some sips I thought I detected a little musty taste. Some alcohol taste, but not overly so.

M - Starts thick and smooth, ends dry.

D - I don't find this as complex/interesting as other beers in this style. This is probably middle of the road, but for the price I was hoping for more (can't blame the brewer for the exchange rate and shipping costs).

Label showed 7% abv

Photo of Hammarby
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber, with a tan head with bright yellow tones. Never seen anything like it.
S: Dark berries, dried fruits, figs, fudge, overtone of alcohol, hint of caramel.
T: Alcoholic sting, caramel, bitterness, hint of charcoal, dried fruits, pear.
M: Medium body, moderate carboration.
D: Definately drinkable. Aroma and taste works beautifully together and deepens each others qualities. A beautiful beer and very tasty.

Photo of SetarconeX
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a reddish brown murk. Some mild carbonation, but nothing too terribly heavy, which is really how I like it. The smell is quite sweet, almost candylike in a way. Heavy malt scents behind that.

The taste itself, however, is almost pure malt through and through, but nowhere near as strong as you might think with the scent. If the taste stayed here, I'd give it a four, but it finishes with an odd, slightly metallic sense. As always a metallic taste absolutely kills the mouthfeel.

It's certainly a drinkable beer, but for what I payed for this, I expect a much higher standard of quality. Nix the metallic taste, and this might turn into a great beer.

Photo of jmz62565
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark reddish brown with a smallish head. The smell is one of roasted malt or grains and some dark fruits. The taste, like the smell, is dark fruit and roasted malt or grains. The m/f is light and the flavors mix well. Not a bad beer, although a higher alcohol content would give it a needed bite, still this is a very drinkable beer that should not be missed.

Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a branded snifter at the Cheeky Monk, La Trappe Dubbel is a chestnut brown color with good clarity. The head settles fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma is sweet and malty with a nice Belgian yeast character. Some dark fruits and mulling spice comes through.

The flavor is just about perfect for the style with a nice mild sweetness that supports a broad spectrum of subtle nuances. There is the usual dark/dried fruit like raisins and figs. Over that comes some mild clove from the yeast.

Mouthfeel is smooth and perfectly carbonated. The alcohol is barely noticible.

Overall a very solid dubbel and one that is probably just a little better on tap.

Photo of cokes
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gleaming glass of scarlet-brown fluid. Huge, fluffy tan head explodes upwards and sticks around.
Nose is bombarded with toffee, rum soaked-raisins, bread and clove.
Taste is not quite as complex as the smell would indicate, but pleasing nonetheless. Lively, peppery yeast mingles with the clove. Fruitiness leans toward prune, with a hefty companion of grape. A touch of carmel. Ghosty chocolate hues linger in the finish. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.
Light to medium bodied. Spritzy, but not as charged up as some. Carbonation is perfect. Only complaint is the slightly thin mouth.
A solid dubbel that could be consumed in quantity.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotten for a song at Premier Gourmet, made a great sharing with a business associate. While not as tasty as complex as the quad and trippel, it was tod rink slowly form like a fine wine. Strong alcohol and quality yeast aroma. Winish red-auburn colour. Initial head and retained thin lace. Moderate malt, with raspberry mid-sip.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A giant four finger head rushes up over a murky dark brown brew. Head retention is outstanding, and lots of really nice foamy lace is left on the sides of my snifter.

S - Fresh fruit (big purple ripe grapes on the vine) and cut grass waft over to my nose from arm's length while I poured this one. Let's see what it smells like up close. German chocolate cake, cocoa, coconut, and chocolate breakfast cereal. There are hints of port, and Hershey's kisses.

T - Crazy sweet. This is big time chocolate fudge, with hints of a tangy sour lactic acid that is way off in the distance. Tastes like a chocolate scone with sour cream notes playing a small role. There is a nice, but odd, purple grapey flavor in the finish.

M - Medium bodied and sugary with light amounts of carbonation. What small amount of bubbles there are are prickly and help keep this from getting heavy on the palate.

D - A bit too sugary and under-hopped IMO. The nose is subtly complex, but the flavor is too cloying. This is good stuff. though. A chocolaty desert sipper for sure.

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La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 738 ratings.