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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)

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Netherlands | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

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Photo of mikeg67
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pours dark amber with tall, long-lasting, foamy off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, caramel, ripe cherries, apples and yeast. Body is full, creamy and spicy. Spicy yeast, caramel malt, bread crust, plums, raisins, brown sugar fill the mouth. Finish is long, spicy, semi-sweet. Extremely, delicious brew.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap in a snifter at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: dark amber hue with a moderate haze and a thick head of creamy dark-ivory foam. Very attractive indeed.

Smell: rich dark-fruit aromas of plum, raisin and date, along with an enticingly musty tobacco aroma. Definitely something I want more of.

Taste: not quite as rich as the aroma, but quite good indeed. Dark fruits are a bit more subdued, but in exchange we get a delicious toffee character. A little biscuity, but overall very damn tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and creaminess. Great.

Overall: dubbel isn't necessarily my style, but La Trappe might be my favorite dubbel among them.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.14/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden-amber-brown with a tiny wisp of bubbly head that almost immediately settles to a messy ring around the glass. Terrible retention; no lacing.

Musky and fruity. Cherries, spicy phenols, leather, wood, licorice.

Dark and sweet. A rich, vaguely winey flavor up front, yields to dark fruit, a little alcohol sourness, wood, and a mysteriously quick, dry finish.

Thin and bubbly. Light-medium bodied with a dry, aromatic finish.

Meh dubbel.
I felt like this one was just a little less 'big' than I would have liked. Terrible looking, it is saved by a pretty pleasant nose that is very spicy and woodsy. Taste-wise it is obviously a European dubbel and I feel like it has a very nice yeasty character; but it is pretty light and definitely nothing earth-shattering.
Won't have again; have a Westmalle or some Rochefort instead ; )

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3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. La Trappe Chalice glass. Dark brown color, cloudy appearance. Light beige foam & creamy crown shows fairly good retention. Dark fruit, slight phenolic, sweet & caramel malt, spiced aromas & lemon hints. Gentle tart & fruity flavors at first followed by toasted maltiness & chocolate hues. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily texture. Spicy & peppery palate. Tartiness is enhaced by carbonation but, finally, toasted malts overwhelm it. Very low hoppiness. Kind alcohol heat & sweet fruits into the finish. Delicious, complex, well balanced & nice spot of the Style.

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Photo of Jetulio
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml. bottle poured into a Goblet glass

Appearance... Black beer with head colour beige of 1.5 finger aprox

Aroma... malt, yeast and fruits. malty aroma predominance

Taste... Prune and raisin notes and hop , touch of bitterness too.

Mouthfeel... medium/full body and soft carbonation

Overall... a very recomendable trappist ale, hops are present in a light style.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: medium dark brown, full tan head, no persistent lacing
S: alcohol, warm, caramel, earth
T: a tinge of bitterness, strong malt, caramel, sweet without being the dominant sense
M: medium-bodied, smooth
O: Rich malt and wood, excellent balance. Strong choice for a medium-bodied brown dubbel.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dubbel pours a dark brown color, with a large fluffy lacing tan head. There is a nice deep oakey and earthy, and almost wine like aroma that is warm. The taste is dark and deep, with strong fruity ester flavors, good solid malt base. A little flat feel, but full flavors. Overall a rich and enjoyable dubbel.

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Photo of djura
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got it in Hungary.

A - Oak ruby color,brown foam,lasting few seconds,living one millimeter of it in the glass.

S - Dark fruits,grape,dark malt and lots of spices.

T/M - Taste is even stronger then smell,with similar aromas. Bitter sweet finish,medium warm. Low carbonation.

O - Classic Trappist style. High quality,real king of the beers.

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Photo of Huffs
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 25 oz corked bottle (first plastic cork i've seen with beer). Nice frothy head developed which was tan in color and lasted a short time, very bubbly. Appearance was a cloudy, honey/amber color close to brown. Aroma had hints of caramel, spice and some floral notes. Taste had a strong caramel / toffee note with hints of malt and spice. Mouthfeel was creamy with a sweet caramel aftertaste.

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

A: Dark brown caramel with high carbonation and a one finger caramel head, with low rentention.

S: Has a earthy smell with some sweetness notes and some toasted malts that resemble caramel.

T: A light woody flavour, dry wine and toasted malts that bring a softly coffee flavour. The high carbonation does not disturb the flavour and only make the beer more refreshing.

M: The high carbonation make a spicy feel, that cover the dry feel common in Dubbel style with in this case make the beer more refreshing and drinkable in hot days particulaly.

O: A different dubbel, less bitter than Westmalle Dubbel and other dubbels, but still a great beer. La Trappe dubbel is different from its sisters because it not resembles to wine like other which makes that dubbel quite unique. To me La Trappe Dubbel is another must have beer.

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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 FLima
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brown color with a two finger head with low retention.
Aroma of prunes, malt, Belgian yeast, raisins, brown sugar and notes of pears.
It brings a very interesting sensation, spicy, refreshing and tingling-effervescent. Complex and flavorful, taste of earthy hops, Belgian yeast, oak, brown sugar and condiments. Also full of fruity notes, raisins, bananas, oxidized apples and alike. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Medium body with a good carbonation.
Great beer.

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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 joaopmgoncalves
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Copper-like brown body with a somewhat yellowy beige head. Low on carbonation. Tiny head with some thickness.
S: Belgian yeast, raisins, raspberries and blackberries. The hops are very hidden and I could only feel them in the back of the aroma, there's some sweetness in it.
T: Dynamically rich with the same things that were referenced in the smell plus some figs I couldn't notice on the smell.
M: With somewhat of a mild bitterness while in mouth, once you sip you get a sweet taste in your mouth. Like many other trappist beers, this one does not dry your mouth. It's almost made to drink it slowly. It's a kind of beer that's not easy to see it fade away.
O: I've had this beer lots of times. But it's just the second dubbel I've had. The other one was Maredsous 8 and that one was pretty neat as well. I really like trappist beers and this one is a good start into this kind of beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Trappist-embossed brown bottle purchased from Steve's Cool Booze in Kingsford.

Pours a deep ruby-brown colour, quite hazed, but light enough to ensure the red filters through when held to the light. Head fizzles up in a beige-crest to begin with, but settles down to a minimal film of small bubbles. Body looks very light and a little thin, No lacing to speak of. Overall, it's decent, without being particularly captivating.

Nose is pleasant, with rounded Belgian esters providing some banana and dried fruits, and spicy pepper characters giving a rich Christmas pudding note. Some background notes of red wine and oak come through pleasantly as well, making a deeper complexity possible. It's really quite nice.

The taste is slightly thinner, but where this leaves some of the round, sweet characteristics behind, it allows the spicy, phenolic spicy characters to rise up. There's pepper, cinnamon spices on the front, with some boozy, slightly astringent characters towards the end: tannic red wine and slightly charred oak finish up. There's a bitterness towards the back too, but more from the booze and the astringency than any real hop character. It's more like the bitterness that comes from a little too much spice.

Feel is light, but helped along by some of the flavours, which have quite a textural element to them.

Overall, this is very decent stuff. I tend to be quite a fan of dubbels in any case, but I'm happy to say that the La Trappe's Dubbel is the best of their standard range I've yet had (with the Quad to come). Nice stuff.

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Photo of mick303
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass, this produced a rather sizeable tan toffee cream head, with nice retention and excellent lacing with a decent film. Colour is a really dark brown, some visable carbonation.

Smell has apricots and a big malty presence. Sweet buttery caramel, slightly boozey dark fruits. Malts are a bit roast, and predominantly dark with a good deal of sweetness and a bit of spice. Some citrus hops in there too, with a bit of a foresty yeast.

Taste has big dark malt meshed together light florals, some alcohol spice, apple fruitiness. A caramel malty sweetness with some little intricacies. But I was expecting more complexity here. Finish has light coffee note, quite dry and warm, but something is making it feel a bit thin.

Mouthfeel has a moderate carbonation, a lot of malt hiding the alcohol and it is reasonably moderate in body considering this, quite drinkable. Smooth maltiness and quite dry with a spicy alcohol prickle that can be picked up on slightly.

Certainly a nice beer, a straightforward Dubbel. It is nicely drinkable and offers a pretty nice interpretation of this malty Belgian style. It doesn't have many noticeable flaws, but I didn't find much terribly exciting either, just a really well-constructed malty and dry ale that has nice balance. There are Trappist beers that are a lot more interesting, but this is quality beer.

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Photo of jonb5
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle, poured into Leffe chalice. Amber to auburn colour, pale for a Dubbel, one finger ginger tanned head, lots of lacing, opaque. Aroma was dark chocolate, cranberry and molasses. Tasted dark chocolate, cranberry, malt and molasses. Slightly boozy and fairly complex. Body was on the thick side, decent carbonation, smooth. Reminded me of a German Doppelbock, decent cold weather beer, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Radome
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from a 33 cl bottle.

A - Deep amber color with some red. Not quite perfectly clear. Off-white head fades quickly to a thin layer with a deep ring around the glass. Lacing is thick with sheets of tight bubbles that roll around when you move the glass.

S - Aroma is very inviting. Sweet malt, brown sugar, honey, dark fruits, alcohol, fruity yeast notes. No overt hops, although there is a faint herbal note. No "off" aromas.

T - Dominated by malt. Bready, nutty, graham cracker malt with dark fruits. A bit of noble hops in the background and enough hops bitterness to give some backbone. Alcohol is evident but not in-your-face.

M - Medium body. Some hops bitterness that combines with carbonation bite. Both help cut through what could otherwise have been a cloying, mouthcoating sweetness at the end of the swallow.

O - A very good example of the style. Dominated by malt and yeast-produced fruitiness. Hops bitterness and alcohol help keep it from becoming too cloyingly sweet.

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Photo of mschind
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear, dark mahogany brown. Big fizzy head that faded fast with decent lacing on the glass.

S- Roasty malt with vanilla and brown sugar notes. Some mild fruity esters are in the background.

T- Rich malt, sweet but not cloying. Banana and a little caramel leading to a neutral finish.

M- Despite the carbonation, it has a soft and well rounded feel. Medium body and very smooth.

O- This paired well with some beef buorguignon. A good example of the style.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

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

A- tall bottle, poured into the famed duvel chalice, minimal head but a beautiful deep brown with slight lightening to ruby around the bottom. the head is very unimpressive compared to others in the class, but tilting the chalice reveals a layer of miscroscopic bubbles which is really nice. dewey and spotty lacing remains down the sides.
S- dark fruity but nothing really strong.
T- definitely dark fruit with a slight tang. not really bitter, but i may not be ready for these today, i think. seems a little more rich than i'm willing to go today. and i remember others being less forward and a bit smoother.
M- medium weight, lighter than the flavor.
O- just cant get past the tangy, dark fruity flavor i'm getting. it's not a bad brew, and i'm really looking forward to trying others, especially the tripel, but it's not striking out as a 'classic' to me.

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Photo of peensteen
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown with a good amount of ruby colouring coming through, just over one finger of tan head, great retention and plenty of lace. Smell is yeaty with a bit of spice in the mix as well, clove being the most noteable, dark fruits, alcohol and touches of brown sugar. Taste has lots of dark fruits, raisins and plum, lots of fruity esters, clove throughout, spices and possibly corriander every so often, a little alcohol heat in the finish. Light carbonation, creamy and medium bodied, light feel at points though. A solid dubbel but by no means is this a world beater, just a quality beer that I would welcome again anytime.

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

A: Beautiful deep reddish brown/mahogany color. Relatively thin layer of head that has a moderately long retention, and leaves smattering of head throughout the time that I was drinking it.

S: Molasses and candied dark fruits are there, as well as some yeast and spice. When I first smelled it I didn't think that there was much there, but as it warmed up more and more complexity started coming through on the nose.

T: No lack of flavor here. Lots of dark fruits, Belgian yeast, molasses. The yeast brings a nice biscuity flavor, and there is a bit of spice to brighten it a bit. Lots of sweetness, but it isn't overwhelming.

M: Not as heavy as the flavors would seem to suggest. medium body, slightly sticky with a relatively low amount of carbonation.

O: A little darker and heavier than I have come to expect from Dubbels, but that's not a bad thing. The flavors are good and well balanced, the alcohol is enough that you know it's there, but it's subtle. Good showing all around.


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Photo of RickS95
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful looking brunette. Pours a dark mahogany brown. Not black, but enough that you won't lose sleep. The head is a finger and a half of fluffy, foamy light brown bubbles.

The malts take center stage in the nose, particularly the caramel malts. In addition, it's got a nice floral scent as well. Some toffee notes and even though the alcohol is only moderate, it's present too.

Like in the nose, the malts are the dominant players on the tongue. Again, the caramel malts are the star, showing up in scenes from the beginning til the curtain drops. A slight peppery taste helps ease some of the burnt sugar, as do the hops in the swallow.

It's smooth, it's sweet, it's got some spice, the heat from the alcohol is just enough to let you know it's there. Medium bodied, it finishes only slightly less sweet than it starts, but it's somewhat dry in the finish.

I've had the quad and the tripel before this dubbel. The quad is world class, the tripel is not very good, and this dubbel is every bit as good as the quad. This is one of the best beers I've had. It's easy to drink, I wish I had more than just one.

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La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.