La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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5/5 rDev +27.2%
Appearance: Dark red to brown with a massive pillowy head.
Smell: Brown Sugar, Peach, Apple, Clove, Raisin, Fig, and a bit more.
Taste: Flavor blends the aromas and alchohol with a very even taste.
Mouthfeel: Thin mouthfeel with sparkling carbonation.
Drinkability: I'd drink it every day if it was affordable.
***First beer of the night... hard act to follow....
07-15-2008 04:00:49 | More by gonzo46and2
4.9/5 rDev +24.7%
La Trappe Dubbel (AGED: 1984 VINTAGE) (Rating 10/10) - 6.5 ABV - 5 September 2007
I pondered over whether to give this 9.5 or 10 and in the end gave it a 10. This is a old bottle of La Trappe Dubbel that I got from Wim, my Netherlands beer friend. I had a contemporary La Trappe Dubbel a 3 days ago and that would serve as a good benchmarking for an aged version. This age old beer pours out with a nice dark ruby brown without much of a head to speak of. It has a strong and slightly vinous fragrance; lot's or raisins and some plums; very strong smelling with sweet maple sugars in the nose too; I could really go on sniffing this for a while. The taste punches in with strong dark fruits, mainly plums and some raisins; very well balanced with maple or brown sugar backing to provide hints of sweetness though never too much. Could taste some dark malts towards the finish as well; the finish itself is slightly dry and majorly plummy leaving bag loads of aromatic dark fruits on the nose. The taste reminds me of the Chimay Blue and also the Westmalle Dubbel; it seems like a selective features extract from this 2; at the start it reminds
me of the Westmalle but after a few mouthfuls, I think it is more reminiscent of the Chimay Blue. The after taste was strong plums and raisins and lingers for and fades of into light plums with grapes and a dash of apple concluding the after taste; very very wonderful... Now I shall say that a 9.5 rating is an understatement for this one. The mouth feel is between medium to full body and carbonation was pretty well preserved for a beer this old! Amazing... The beer is not as "flighty" light as the contemporary La Trappe but the extreme smoothness of this beer has never detracted over the years. The main differences between the Vintage aged version of the La Trappe Dubbel and the contemporary Dubbel would be first of all the taste which is very very much stronger
in the aged one; and with an immaculate masterful balance. Next would be the change from a refreshing and "flighty" light beer to something that has "strength" and character yet still so unbelievably smooth to drink. What am I thinking when I pondered over 9.5 and 10... this is a clear
10 and I think I am going to put it at the same level or above the contemporary Chimay Blue. Truly a GREAT beer and if I were to coin the experience in a phrase... "Immensely fruity tasty and sweet; totally complex and immaculately balanced; full of strength and character yet unbelievably smooth". Very nicely aged... Kudoz to the owner who aged it so very well.
09-04-2007 19:05:16 | More by basica
4.8/5 rDev +22.1%
This beer pours a ruby red with a touch of brown and a thin tan head and lace. The aroma is of cherries, dark chocolate, a hint of brandy and some yeasty hay. The flavor is complex leading off with mildly sour cherries followed by dark choclolate, and wood notes with just a hint of smoke. It's mouthfeel is medium and smooth. Koningshoeven La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven/Dominus) is an excellent brew, well balanced, drinkable, and what the style should be. Highly recommended!
10-12-2012 03:23:34 | More by B967ierhunter177
4.8/5 rDev +22.1%
Was lucky enough to find one of the last kegs in the states at the Taphouse in Bellevue, WA. This beer was damn near a religious experience for me. I am a very big fan of dubbels and this is everything I could have wanted. Poured a hazy dark brown with a nice thick layer of light brown head. Aromas were that of belgian yeast and candi sugar. Fruitiness and sweetness are most prevalent in the mouth with nice apple and pear undertones. Mouthfeel was spot on and the flavors were so well balanced that I could have had two or three (if it weren't for the alcohol level). It really is a shame that this beer will not be available any longer. I know Taphouse is going to be seeing a lot of my money till the last of the kegs is tapped.
02-12-2003 22:16:34 | More by jreitman
4.78/5 rDev +21.6%
I tried this beer on May 9, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario on tap. The beer was a beautiful dark brown with some plum coloured hints and a thin, rocky, tan coloured head. The aroma was sweet malt, with some yeasty tones, as well as chocolate and cherry hints. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, mildly carbonated, and slightly creamy. The flavour was caramel malt, some other fruit flavours like cherries and plum, and a little hoppish bitterness to round it out. I loved this beer.
05-12-2008 05:51:36 | More by cyrenaica
4.75/5 rDev +20.9%
Poured this, not all at once, into a small Ommegang chalice...almost like a flute glass. The color was opaque and looked like historic, unpolished mahogany...or, an orangy brown to put it more simply. A creamy chestnut-colored head dissipated after a bit, but actually never went away. It stayed throughout the entire time I drank it with satisfactory lacing.
Aroma consisted of fruits...mainly fig, apple, and slight banana.
VERY well balanced, which is definitely its strongpoint. I felt that the taste of fig developed even better as I drank this.
Feels very smooth on the tongue, and a slightly fizzy. But not over carbonated at all.
The strength to this beer is perfect...and on the easy side for Belgian brews. With it's great balance, this is very drinkable. In fact, it's not just "drinkable" - it makes you want to drink it. At least that was the case with me.
I highly recommend this beer, especially to people looking to get into Trappist ales...or to have around as a beer for those guests you have over who can be impressed by more artisan beers and just need someone to show them the way.
03-16-2009 02:12:38 | More by jbertsch
4.68/5 rDev +19.1%
A: Dark brown/red with lots of fog and debris floating around. Big noisy popping light brown head with some darker brown drops from the final drops of the pour.
S: Dark fruit, berries, yeast. Very nice.
T: Bready hops, mellow malts that quickly dissipate into a savory almost molasses-like character.
M: Surprisingly smooth and light for such a heavy looking beer. Perfect texture and carbonation, with a really light finish. Perfect.
O: Fantastic. Really well rounded, perfectly balanced, and expertly crafted. It's rare to taste something so good.
03-16-2012 01:23:49 | More by bluHatter
4.63/5 rDev +17.8%
Dark brown, ruby in color with a creamy thin head. Dominant aroma is malty with a deep raisin-like fruitiness. There is also a certian tartness to the smell, perhaps a bit of lemon. Flavor is of a crisp, slightly roasty toffee. Good malty body with an extremely well-balanced finish -- just slightly dry. Slightly sweet aftertaste. Medium-full bodied and creamy. Very pleasant indeed.
11-06-2002 09:59:33 | More by mzwolinski
La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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