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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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382 Reviews
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Reviews: 382
Hads: 768
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 55
Gots: 113 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

La Trappe Dubbel has a deep brown colour and attractive beige froth. The use of caramel malt gives it a gentle aromatic caramelised quality. It has a rich malty flavour with a touch of sweetness. Post-fermenting La Trappe Dubbel is a smooth drink, and yet has some real body and intense flavour to it.
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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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: no head to speak of on a marroon brown murky body. Little lacing.

S: sweet dark fruit, Belgian yeast and toffee.

T: Very bready and yeasty with a strong malt presence for the style. Dark fruits are semisweet with some banana as well.

M: medium body and light carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: very drinkable but bland for the style. A little disappointed in this one.

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Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured dark brown into a snifter glass with lots of creamy brown head. The head died down into a thin layer of foam coating the surface. Very well carbonated.
S: Not very aromatic but the smell is sweet and malty.
T: Like the smell, there is malty sweetness in the taste with hints of caramel and toffee. There are some notes of dark fruits and other spices in the aftertaste. Overall, the taste is not overly complex.
M: Medium body taste with a smooth flavor due to the carbonation. The taste of alcohol is not apparent.
D; Very easy to drink, but I would probably sip one of these in a sitting given the sweetness.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a good dubbel, but not la trappe's best brew. pours a mahogany/cherrywood color into a goblet with a smallish white foamy head. smells like dried cherries, plums, and belgian yeast. flavor is not as sweet as the nose, not at all. in fact its malty without really being sweet to any degree. nice balance too. mouthfeel is medium bodied with effervescent carbonation and a warming finish. Overall a good beer, and very drinkable at 7% abv, but its quality and excitement lag well behind the la trappe quad

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Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Dubbel pours out as a earthy brown color with a cream colored head. The head lasts for a little while. The smell is of dark fruits, earth and yeast. The taste follows up with the same qualities as the smell. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky, not much carbonation but had a good medium body to it. Overall I'm not a huge fan of Dubbels but this one worth trying.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undoubtedly, the best offering from Koningshoeven. Very Trapist worthy. Rusty color with a ligh haze and yeast 'floaties' swirling around. Rocky eggshell colored head sprinkled with spices. Robust malt and musk aromas with belgian famous tartness, earthiness and a little Oud Brune characteristics. Very sweet to taste with dates, grapes, nuts, berries, figs, and perhaps a little syrup and chocolate. A little sticky-sweet in the mouth. The sweetness helps the high carbonation to remain smooth and less alcoholic hot. Remains spicy throughout the finish and aftertaste. A little bite-ey toward the end, mainly due to yeast and husk. Still, tasty stuff.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium off-white foamy head with average retention. Aroma of sugary malt with some Belgian type yeast. Taste is really good with a nice mix between sweet caramel malt and fresh cookie with a touch of Belgian yeast. The mouthfeel is a creamy but also watery and I believe this is the main default of this beer. Body is way too thin for the style.

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Photo of largadeer
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Murky opaque brown with a thick tan head that retains reasonably well.

Smell: Very phenolic, banana, raisins, chocolate syrup. Semi-sweet.

Taste & mouthfeel: Banana and chocolate, berries, dried fruit. Very subtle tartness. Dry coffee finish. Crisp, light-bodied.

Notes: Solid and enjoyable, but probably one of the lesser trappist dubbels.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blood orange (when backlit) with Sunkist trim. Multiple bubbles can be seen feeding the underside of a caramel nougat colored crown that resembles meringue and is less than sticky. Other than a few scattered flecks of lace, the glass is untouched.

The nose is brown malty and smells like dried fruit (figs primarily) that has been plumped up with a mineral water soak. There isn't much yeastiness, nor is ther much complexity. Actually, the latter is probably due to the former. So far... not impressed.

Koningshoeven Dubbel is a less than outstanding version. Much less. It looks like the flavor score will come down to average vs. slightly above average. For the second of those to be achieved, the flavor profile will have to improve in the bottom half of the bottle.

There's too much metal, too much bitterness, not enough sweetness, and not enough depth. More malt and a more accomplished yeast strain is what this dubbel needs to be successful. Specific flavors include carob, steely caramel, unripe figs, severely bruised apples and a spent tea leaf bitterness that is out of place. The final pour results in much murkiness and (barely) pulls the flavor score to its final resting place.

The mouthfeel gets the job done, but it isn't anywhere near the usual Belgian excellence. It doesn't have enough creaminess or enough lift to be considered good.

Koningshoeven Quadrupel is one of the finest examples of the style that I've reviewed so far. Unfortunately, both Tilburg's Dutch Brown and Koningshoeven Dubbel fail to impress. If you're curious about the style, start elsewhere. If you love the style, I'd recommend leaving this one on the shelves.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a deep brown color with a tan, foamy, one-finger head. Not much head retention and no lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit. Also, a sweet smell of malt. There was a little yeast-like aroma, too.

T - The primary taste was a toasty malt. The fruit flavor was slightly understated. It had a bittersweet quality, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. There was a somewhat warm feel from the alcohol.

D - A pretty good dubbel. Not bad considering it is not a true Belgian beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle - $4.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

It's been a good five years since I've last had a La Trappe, so let's see how they're doing these days! I vaguely recall either a 3 of 4-pack with a glass (that later broke). So many misty, watercolored memories!

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish-red, almost antique brick-hued body with a frothy, though somewhat short-lived, light beige head.

Smell: Dark malts and dark fruits tossed around in, appropriately enough, some dark syrup. Notes of dark sliced bread slathered in dark caramel and splashed with a bit of good, clean alcohol.

Taste: Dark, noticeably bready malts with a sweet, hearty brushing of both dark caramel and Dutch stroop. Meager hint of simple chocolate. Fruity mixture of dates, Concord grapes, and figs. Some woody hints along with a spicy dusting of finely ground pepper. A bit of alcohol heat on the semi-sweet, fruity, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Paired well with the 1920 silent film "The Parson's Widow" directed by Carl Th. Dreyer. Still though, it's not exactly the best Belgian Dubbel on the block, as it's beaten out just barely, at least for me, by both the Rochefort 6 and Chimay Red.

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

A hazy, dark brown body reveals mahogany glints at the base of the goblet. The initially massive head of tan foam drops to a solid half-inch or more and leaves some very nice (but short lived) lace throughout the glass. In the nose some clear alcohol is present, though not bothersome; along with some rich malt, mild chocolate, soft dark fruit, and a dusting of delicate spiciness. It's gently zesty and then lightly creamy in the mouth as its warms; due to the combination of its medium body and very fine and lightly effervescent carbonation breaking out of suspension. The flavor is rich with soft and ripe dark fruit that's livened by a gently peppery spiciness. Sweetish toffee, caramel and chocolate appear in the finish; and the lingering aftertaste is dry with a residual fruity maltiness. Quite nice! This is possibly the shining star of the Koningshoeven line. The fermentation flaws that are more visible in the lighter bodied and more straightforward blonde and the "hotter" tripel are masked here - and even add character to it's peppery spiciness. Worth trying!

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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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well lookie here. I found me a "La Trappe" dubbel. My understanding is that the La Trappe is the old label of what is now the Koningshoeven line. Either way...onward!

Pours an extremely dark ruby brown with minimal head after a minute. The nose smells like my mother’s chocolate chip cookies. Touch of cherries. Sugar is there, but that is part of momma’s chocolate chip cookies. Malty subdued flavor that has a caramelized sugar edge to it. Seems to be lacing something. Perhaps this bottle is beyond it’s life. Feel is thin to standard. Not all the way bubbly, but still seems to be missing something. Drinkable I guess. I am wondering if this bottle is too old.

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Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with indiscernible date stamp pours a reddish chestnut with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Great lacing & nice head retention

S: Nice chocolate notes, pus some subdued caramel

T: Caramel, a slight iron flavor & some herbal hops up front. Toasted grain, a kiss of brown sugar & breadyness are there as this warms. Dryness, leather & tobaacco notes follow. Finishes with some roasted grainyness, oaky dryness, treacle, warming booze, caramel, cinamon & a little bit of apple skin ( a little detracting). Really improved as it warmed, except for the weird apple skin thing...

MF: Medium bodied, vinious & very low carbonation

Drank very easy, dubbels are my favorite trappist-style. Having said that, probably middle of the pack for dubbels (still nice to quaff& would happily session on this)

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Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rocky beige head; Light brown color. Reasonably clear.

Very sweet; Lots of brown sugar. Too coy for my nose. Horse blanket smell.

Slightly soured cherry taste. Less sweet on the tongue. Rich sugary body. Good carbonation. Too sweet for my tastes, but one can tell it is well made.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, 07/10 printed on the cork. Pours very hazy and cloudy dark ruby red color with a nice 1-2 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, light banana, pepper, floral, clove, brown bread, candi sugar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy esters with malt sweetness. Taste of raisin, apple, pear, caramel, brown sugar, pepper, clove, light banana, floral, herbal, brown bread, candi sugar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, brown sugar, light banana, pepper, clove, brown bread, floral, herbal, and earthy yeast spiciness on the finish for a bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy ester with malt sweetness; with great robustness and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, fairly slick, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Dubbel! Great balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy esters; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An old favorite, and, dagnabbit, I always stick by my first loves...
Deep cherry red color, creeping into a purple, and a great, creamy, long-lasting head. The aroma is thick, full and rich with fruit, fresh and uplifting, citrusy, soft, and vinous (meaning:grapey, grapey, grapey). Lively alcoholic notes, but,still thoroughly mellow. Texture is also delicious, and smooth, and, well, this is not too complex, actually juuuust right. Extraordinarily drinkable. This is deep, rich, full, utterly delicious, with a long and lovely finish. Small bitterness, huge, sweet, malt component. Spicy, and smooth, and, well, not dazzling, but dependably delightful.

here's my take on the Koningshoven bottling, from some time in '02:
Appearance: deep, dark brown, with a smallish head. Looks good for a dubbel, but I've seen better.
Aroma: just right for style, a lovely, sweet, rich, chocolatey, fruity melange of deliciousness. Toasty, tasty, hoppy, and loaded with mouth-filling maltiness.
Very smooth and drinkable. A fairly nice dubbel, probably a notch or so below the LaTrappe bottlings. But having recently sampled the higher tier of dubbels (westveletern & such), the bar has been raised for my palate. A more affordable version of a very satisfying style of ale.
Their new slogan is a tickle, too: "Taste the Silence." Sure, I'll be doing that just after I dance to the architecture!

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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.

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

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear yet opaque dark brown in color. The beer has a finger tall creamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of malty sweetness - with notes of caramel, toffee, and dark fruits.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer has a lot of malty sweetness including caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. There are some very light hints of spices in the flavor of this beer as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly sticky.

O: The alcohol is very well hidden in this beer but it is still easy to drink - this is a very enjoyable sipping beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

09/14/08- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. Didn't see any freshness info on the bottle or label. Poured into my Koningshoeven chalice.

Appearance- Lightly murky deep milk chocolate color. About a 1/2 inch head upon pour which settles at a flat looking cola state in about 15 seconds. Leaves no lace markings to be seen. The color is quite nice though.

Smell- Really rich smelling beer for a modest 7%. Lots of caramel, light dusting of chocolate, some figs and some dates as well.

Taste- Even tastes more rich than expected. Lots of carob powder flavor with a caramel-chocolate dipped fig flavor. Quite interesting and tasty.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation with a fuller than average mouthfeel for a Dubbel.

Drinkability- Right up there with a few of the best that I have had. Not quite up to Westvleteren status or Benedication of RR, but really nice and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This produced a light, medium-tan head on the pour, but with low retention. The nose was extremely sweet and sugary. The color was a slightly hazy light-brown. The mouthfeel was medium with a sugary sweetness on the tongue. The finish was still equally sweet. It strikes me that this might have been a young bottle, as I have had this beer age and it really becomes much less sweet. I still recommend it.

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

The beer poured a dark brown color with a thin head. There was a sweet malt aroma that aroused the senses. The beer had moderate body with good carbonation. The taste was of sweet malts with hints of chocolate that came through during the swallow. The malt lingers on the tongue for a bit, but dissolves quickly. The alcohol was not very noticeable. This dubbel is worth seeking out.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled March 2007
Pours with a brilliantly clear, dark amber, purple-plum color. It is topped by an initially three-finger thick, amber-tinged, tan head. The aroma has a musty, almost woody spiciness to it; notes of clove, a touch of allspice, damp bark, cola nut, and perhaps a touch of wet cardboard.

The beer is fairly sweet, yet has a subtle dusty chocolate note. Quite a bit of fruit is here as well, with predominantly a raisin / fig note that is accentuated a bit by the light malt sweetness. There is a touch of cola character here as well as a more typical clove character and a touch of ginger in the finish. Really though the dark, concentrated fruit note are the dominant flavor here. This brew never approaches sticky though, and is in fact quite light overall and fairly easy drinking.

Not a bad beer, and considering that Dubbels are my least favorite Belgian-type beer, well it is even drinkable

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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.

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La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.