La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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4/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
11-03-2004 04:52:05 | More by Sammy
3.8/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
03-21-2010 19:36:16 | More by metter98
3.4/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
08-29-2008 12:56:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.5/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
11-21-2005 19:42:11 | More by Phyl21ca
4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
02-25-2006 19:29:50 | More by BEERchitect
3.55/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
06-01-2012 23:13:57 | More by kylehay2004
3.98/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
06-19-2009 03:22:35 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.3/5 rDev -16%
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.
05-20-2011 02:35:33 | More by Knapp85
3.93/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-17-2007 15:59:23 | More by zeff80
3.75/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
04-02-2008 01:31:47 | More by largadeer
4.22/5 rDev +7.4%
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!
07-27-2003 17:35:09 | More by NeroFiddled
3.53/5 rDev -10.2%
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 mothers chocolate chip cookies. Touch of cherries. Sugar is there, but that is part of mommas chocolate chip cookies. Malty subdued flavor that has a caramelized sugar edge to it. Seems to be lacing something. Perhaps this bottle is beyond its 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.
12-30-2007 22:08:16 | More by RblWthACoz
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
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
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)
05-16-2007 04:20:09 | More by russpowell
4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
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!
03-06-2003 01:52:11 | More by feloniousmonk
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
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
01-25-2012 19:19:09 | More by StonedTrippin
La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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