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La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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387 Reviews
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Reviews: 387
Hads: 792
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 62
Gots: 133 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Netherlands | 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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Reviews: 387 | Hads: 792
Photo of SilentSabre
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, reddish amber with almost no head. A thin haze of a head floated on top of the surface for some time. The smell of this stuff is positively amazing. Very sweet and rich. Instantly reminded me of bananas, although there is another "sweet" smell present there that I am unable to put my finger on. The taste is very good. It's quite sweet and quite a bit malty as well. There is very little carbonation present in this, which makes for an easy drinking beer with a great mouth feel and wonderful drinkability. I don't think this would be a session beer, but I could most certainly drink perhaps 3 of these, and even then, not quickly back to back like you would something like Miller Lite.
I would definately buy this again.

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Photo of ToolHead
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle, served in Westmalle chalice.
Pours a deep reddish-brown. Decent head that rapidly fades. The aroma is full of pleasant fruitiness (banana, kiwi?). Taste-wise it's well rounded, again w/ banana up front, and a soft, pleasant maltiness. Nice mouthfeel and very good drinkability.
A fine dubbel, better than most I've tried.

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Photo of erica
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was supposed to be my beer for the evening but I didn't even get half of the 750!!... oh well, what I did have I liked, so I guess I'm happy. The dubbel was pretty good, yes. A dark brown colour, very nice. It smelled fruity and spicy, almost like wine a bit. I knew I'd love it when I'd taste it... and so I tasted it and it was lovely. Tasted very much like a deep red wine, with yeasty flavors in there too, so I could tell it just wasnt wine in a beer bottle.. No, it wasnt really that much like wine, but I know what's what came to my mind first thing. Very fruity, very flavorful, and strong, you could feel the alcohol, but it wasn't overpowering. Mouthfeel, good, maybe a bit thin actually... drinkability good, because like I said the alcohol wasnt overpowering, and though it was fruity, it wasn't too sweet.

Definitely a nice one!

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Photo of francisweizen
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice dark brown colour with ruby red highlights. The aromas are of berries, other exotic fruits, slight spicy alcohol, light belgian candy sugar, yeast, malts, and hops. The taste is a nice blend of the above, and this brew really leans towards the fruitier, sweeter side of the spectrum. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it gets the job done and the drinkability is nice.

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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.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deeply clouded hazelnut brown color with a tall light tan frothy thick head. Fades slowly to a skim and a thick firm ring around the edge, some drippy lace with some sticking in small ink blot patches. Smell is somewhat darkly fruity with plum and dark cherry; caramel floating in and quite a nice spicy clove on top. Some alcohol pokes through upon bigger whiffs and swirling. Taste is mild, lightly roasty hints up front, with creamy caramel locked in battle with crisp dark fruit notes and citrusy hops with some yeasty spicyness. Nice smooth and clean mouthfeel thats close to medium bodied with a light carbonation. Across the palate this is a bit short lived, and not strong at all, quite mellowing and mild. A nice drinker, but could use a bit of a boost.

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

Koningshoeven Dubbel:
This is very nice. Poured a dark mahogany with some cloudiness. Head was less than a finger and quickly faded leaving nothing but a sparce glass ring.
Lots of lively carbonation in this medium/full body.
Nose was of fruit mash.
Taste started to the malts but not overpowering and was balanced out nicely with a hoppy back. The mash theme continued through to the taste with some evidence of chocolate and nuts as well.
My compliments.

Review of La Trappe:
I have never consumed a brew such as this before, the smell and taste is of licorice(sp?) Full bodied, very dark and sweet. Lingering after taste....Glad that I met this brew, but do not think I could handle two in a row.....

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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 Gump
2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trappist Ale

Came in a corked bottle. Once the cork came off the brew was just dying to escape. The first quick pour was very heady, and then promptly settled.
The deep brown color was mildly cloudy.
Aroma was dry, as if it had been sitting in a corked bottle for awhile. Sharp/sweet aroma reminiscent of wine.

Earthy sweet taste in a medium bodied ale made this a memorable drink.

I now read that this Ale is fermented in the bottle.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one comes out looking good. Its a dark brown with almost a touch of purple in there. Big tan head that sticks all over the place. Its got a malty smell, with a touch of alcohol detected. There are quite a lot of flavors going on in this beer. Some malty sweetness, with some lemon notes, plum as well perhaps. Some well balanced hops hidden in there carefully. Slight alcohol taste as well. This is my first beer of this kind so i have a hard time comparing it, but this is quite a sweet drink in my opinion.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this 750 ml brown wine bottle with a cork and cage at a big Moscow grocery store. The label is quite different from what is pictured - La Trappe in big letters in the middle. Ingredients include sugar cane. Best before date is May 2005. I opened mine on 8/30/03.

Beautiful deep cherry red verging on mahogony under a big, thick contoured tan head that lingers well and leaves sheets of lace. Outstanding presentation. The nose is mild and fruity, with more cherry than anything else. The mouth is slightly tingly and heavy with fruit. The taste is certainly good - nice, complex mix of flavors, from cherry to vanilla to caramel to malt. What's missing here is hops. The finish is fruity, the aftertaste is fruity. Maybe true to the style, but I want a bit of a bite. Still, I'd never turn down an offer to enjoy this brew again!

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Photo of HardTarget
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Large corked 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. brown bottle that looked different than the picture; titled La Trappe (American Label?) Short history, no best by date. Had trouble with the cork.
Aroma: A rum soaked raisin/plum nose. Strong bouquet. Some oak and alcohol smells too.
Appearance: A burgundy color with a creamy tan head that started strong, but retreated to a small cloud in the center of my goblet. A light carbonation persisted deep into the beer.
Flavor: True to trappist style (although they aren’t one of the 6 true Trappist, thus the “abbey”) this drink will sustain you through a fast, and inspire prayers of thanks. The balance is well on the malt side, but the sweet is ephemeral yielding to a dry, fruity, floral aftertaste. No hop bittering was noted, but a slightly metallic taste at the end detracted from an overall great beer.
Mouthfeel: Light given the style, but creamy and smooth. I experienced an alcohol/carbonation prickle at first touch that lasted through the beer.
Overall Impression: A well-made beer with a couple of flaws. The metallic taste in the finish detracted from the experience. Also, needs a little body to fit the style IMO. Drinkability is good, it’s not filling and the dry finish invites another taste.

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

Pours out to a murky dark amber to mahogany in color, forming a whipped light tan head atop medium-sized bubbles. Carbonation is mild to moderate for the style. Retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is of sticky sweet amber malts with hints of apples, rum, raisins and dates, a touch of bready yeast, a distant alcohol, vanilla, and walnut. Mouthfeel is bright with a medium body. Taste begins with a bright carbonation followed by a warming touch of very smooth and round dates and yellow raisins. The hops are minimal, only contributing to a bit of balancing bitterness in the finish. The finish is wet with notes of rum, a hint of copper, caramel, a nice toastiness, and a slick, crisp mouthfeel. Alcohol is mildly perceptable by a hint of astringency, but is otherwise unobtrusive. Body is somewhat watery for a beer of this style, but that's a plus in my book, as these beers are typical too overcarbonated for my liking. Warming to room temp, the brew becomes smoother and the complex sugars begin to emerge.

A quality trappist dubbel, much better than Chimay and Westmalle in my book. Complex, yet smooth and sophisticated. Easy to drink, too!

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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 Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap review from 31AUG04...
I tried a nice glass of this on tap at the Cafe in de Wildeman in Amsterdam. In a proper glass, I might add.... It is deep chestnut with ruby glimmers in color, with a bubbly tan head which thins quickly. Despite that, A-1 lacing lines the sides of the glass. The aroma tempts you with candy-like notes and dark fruitiness. Flows smoothly in the mouth, though it is a touch under medium body-wise. Semi-sweet flavors lead off, with more candy hints. Fruity presence is strong, slightly tropical, with a very dry finish. Nice bier, and well presented. Prosit!!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

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Bottle review from 21JUL03...
The pour produced a bier with a very dark brown color, with some glimmers of ruby and garnet thrown in. Quite opaque, though, with a creamy tan head consisting of very fine bubbles. Lacework is attractive as well. Aroma indicated some fruit, more of the tropical variety, and some sweetness from candi sugar perhaps? Also, it seemed to smell "dry", if that's possible. Body was a tad under medium, and it had a real foamy/bubbly feel on the tongue. Flavor has a bit of sugary sweetness, though not much, along with more tropical fruit. Finish is quite dry, along with a lingering bitterness. A bit dismayed at the lack of complexity here. A decent bier, but not one I'd seek out. (4.5/4.0/3.5/3.5/3.5 - 3.80)


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Photo of frank4sail
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sweet yeast nose. Dark burnt orange color witha 1/4 inch light brown head that has some rather large air bubbles. This settles into a rather slight sheen after a few moments. Big sweet malt, sour plum, chewy cooked caramel flavor. Full, faintly smooth, lively moth with lots of bubble action on the tongue. As the brew warms in the glass it becomes richer and smoother. This is quite a sweet rich brew and IMHO too much so. A little more balence would make it more drinkable for me.

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

The Pour: Pours a hazt dark brown/red small tan head that disappeared to nothing quickly.

The Smell: A sweet smell of malt and oak

The Taste: This beer tasted a lot like it smelled. malty sweatness with a citrusy frowery overtone.

The Mouthfeel: a well balanced beer full bodied.

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

This beer pours a very slightly hazy dark brownish red color with a clingy tan head. The mouthfeel is rounded while thinner than expected. The smell is sweet roasted malt and slightly citrusy. The taste is oaky with a sweet malty middle and a somewhat cedary finish. A nice smooth beer with a pleasant hoppy finish.

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Photo of Bruiser81
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came out the bottle a very dark ruby-brownish color. The head exploded at first then settled down to just a thin sheet. The lacing was decent. The aroma is very fruity and flowery, with a nice malty sweetness to it. This brew tasted like it smelled, with the sweet malt up front. It was followed by a lite fruitiness and it was all topped off with a little bit of hops bitterness. The mouthfeel was a little thin and felt too carbonated but it was bad. I would drink this brew again, however I do think they charge too much. Overall this beer has good balance and is fairly easy to drink.

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

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.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer is brown, amber, and red all at the same time. The light head dissipated very quickly. Halfway through the beer, a small patch floating in the center of the goblet (from the brewery, by the way) was all that remained. No lace at all.

Smell: Very fruity with an overtone of spice. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: This beer was very smooth and as full as I expected from the style.

Taste: I've had this beer before, but I do not remember it being this wonderful. I did drink it at a proper temperature this time, so maybe that is the key. This brew had a nice fruitiness to it, topped off with a full, round spiciness that completely filled the mouth. I think it might have been cloves. Not sure, but I know that I liked it. A little bit of an alcohol hit and some warming afterwards as well.

Damn, this was good. A huge, round, complete flavor. I could almost taste this one in my cheeks. I think that in my review of the blond, I said that it was my favorite of this brewery's beer. I was mistaken.

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Photo of Bunnyhop
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very slightly hazy, dark brownish-red Tappist Ale (Dubbel) with a clingy tan head. I smell raisins and fig along with a roastedness. The flavors were in a distinct order in my mouth, first raisins and fig, followed by pepper, then malt, with a hoppy finish. It has a rounded body with a moderate mouthfeel. Although this Trappist Ale is a product of Holland, it definitely has a Belgian influence, and I like Belgian beers. Brewery De Konigshoeven is the only Trappist brewery outside Belgium.

(source: Habersham Discount Beverage; Savannah, GA)

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

Cloudy reddish-brown in color, huge sticky foamy head, leaves a clingy lacing in my glass, a lot of floaties. Malty fruity yeasty bubblegum aromas, fruity caremel apple banana flavors, medium-full body with a creamy mouthfeel, finishes sugary sweet, a good solid dubbel.

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Photo of Gusler
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours beautiful plum color with the head purposeful in size and a semi creamy texture, the lace fine sheets to coat the glass. Nose has a sweet aroma of malt with hints of caramel and some light hints of fusel alcohol, and quite a treat to the senses. Mostly malt at the start, ambrosial, with the top middling in feel, finish is expertly hopped, empathetic in its acidity, quite dry long lasting aftertaste and one excellent brew that alas I sample rarely these days. A side note, I think this is second only to the triple in its quality and appeal to this humble old beer swiller.

Notes of Dominus Dubbel which is the same beer:
The beer pours a nice deep brown, prosperous head, affluent lace, both depreciate quickly. Nose has grape like tones, malt, hints of chocolate, sweet. Start is sweet, the top light, the finish is tart, minimal carbonation, pleasantly hopped, the aftertaste malt dry with a touch of alcohol bitterness. Quite a decent drinking beer, and well worth the sample.

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La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.