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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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very good

658 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 37
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001)
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Photo of SaltyLime
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%

Appearance - clear pour with a bourbon whiskey color

Smell - definite raisin smell, medicinal

Taste - light flavors, missing the "pow!" of a Trappist Dubbel, couldn't grasp the hop profile

Mouthfeel - lighter than expected, smooth carbonation,

Drinkability - not a bad brew, just didn't impress me, it was kind of ordinary

SaltyLime, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%

This poured a dark and hazy mahogany with very little tan head. It smelled very strange, like roasted orange and malt. The flavor was just as strange, like oak and honey with some malt and hops, fairly sweet but only slightly bitter. It was watery with lots of carbonation, and had a mild and sugary aftertaste. Overall this was a very strange drink, but it was enjoyable.

Pencible, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of baos
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%

Corked bottle into Falstaff goblet.

A: Very dark amber but one can see though it when held to the light. 3 finer head that dissipates to a nice collar and a thin sheen.

S: It smells strongly of oak. Kind of like a low caliber chardonnay. Maybe a hint of rum in there as well. Deep and dark sugars.

T: Dark fruits. Flavor grows on you as glass empties. At first I got a huge oak flavor almost oak sap flavor maybe a hint of pine in there as well. This mellows a bit into a spicy kind of tannic flavor grape skins and stems. Leave the mouth ultra dry almost wood-smoked. I think I'll have to develop a taste for this one. Very interesting though.

M: The high point of this brew. Medium to full bodied with a nice almost creamy feel. Fills the mouth nicely.

D: Very peculiar the final aftertaste is interesting as well very woody.

baos, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of alysmith4
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%

Tried this beer at a cool spot in town. It was a nice example of the Dubbel style, although this category is not my favorite.

It had a nice reddish, brown color, with a minimal head. The smell was good, but not great. Smelled like syrup and raisins, niether one of my favorite flavors. Taste was about the same.. syrupy, raisiny, with a touch of apples a caramel. This beer was pretty good, I'd try it again.

alysmith4, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.38/5  rDev -14%

Had this on tap somewhere in Amsterdam.. probably at t'Arendnest.
-Pours dark ruby, tall white head, dissipates relatively quickly.
-Malty sweet nose
-Very sweet, yet subtle. lots of raisins, decent hop bitterness rounds out the finish.
-Average mouthfeel
-With all of that said, this was probably my least favorite of all the trappist beers.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of botham
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%

1 pint 9 oz growler poured into a goblet. pours chestnet brown with brilliant garnet highlights and a single finger of light tan head.

aroma is yeasty, with fruit notes of apple, pear, and a bit of banana. overall a sweet aroma, but not overly so. caramel malts are also present, though ancillary to the fruit.

taste is more of the same, with a smooth profile and a subtle caramel malt that adds to the fruit nicely. very well proportioned dubbel.

mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamy texture and a smooth finish. CO2 provides a mild bite, but nothing too harsh. alcohol is only present upon a bit of warming.

drinkability is great. this beer advocate can finish off a 1 pint 9 oz growler in one sitting and love every sip, which is more than can be said for most brews. cheers!

botham, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of Onslow
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%

a dark brown..low-medium head...good good lacing...slight chocolate-yeast smell...nice flavours, and quite bitter for a dubbee...kind of unique and complex...went well with kaas (cheese). has a tad alcohol in taste, but very nice...

one of the worlds nicer more mellow dubbels!!

Onslow, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

a - hazy dark brown with a very nice looking 2 finger creamy tan head. If the hazy color that is characteristic of belgian beers ever becomes appetizing to my senses I might bump this up to a 4.5 :)

s - dark fruit, spicy, strong flavors.

t - sweet, dark fruits, plum, raisin up frontl. spicy hoppy middle. a fairly clean finish with the malts and dark fruit flavors hanging on.

m - not too carbonated, medium body

d - A great tasting dubbel. I enjoyed this much more than the chimay red. It has more fruit and sweetness along with some good spicy flavors to balance it out.

thirtysixbelow, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of Shaw
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%

Pours almost opaque, with just a bit of light to show its deep, deep ruby color. It has a massive tan head that turns into a couple of inches of foam.

It smells of solvent alcohol, like rum, with raisin aromas.

The taste is light, with cherry and raisin notes. I just wish the flavors were a bit stronger.

The body is a bit watery.

There are better Dubbels out there.

Shaw, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%

My second beer from Koningshoeven, and from what I understand, this brewery once sported the authentic Trappist Logo, but after commercializing their brewing process, were stripped of that accolade... nevertheless, this is still a world-class Dubbel... a great representation of the style with a wonderful dark brown, ruby-red appearance with an impressive foamy, frothy head... smell is full of dried fruit, figs, and malts... taste strongly complements the aroma, with thick malts, heavy toffee, slight vanilla, rum, brandy, and nut flavors that is ultra-rich, thick, and creamy... certainly a top-notch brew... demands respect and is one of the better Dubbels out there... good mouthfeel and pretty easy drinkability... very malty and rich... definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of Mudpuppet
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%

A- This was poured from a 750ml bottle into a Ommegang chalice. Poured a bright ruby with a 1/8 inch head. This was a fairly clear brew with small bubbles running up to the surface.

S- Acetyl, with an almost superglue type aroma. Also notes of tropical fruits.

T- Yeast! Lots of it. Bready and a coppery metallic. Reminds me of a quad without the heavy malts.

M- Low carbonation. Microscopic bubbles in your mouth.

D- The nose and the beer taste could not be more different. Interesting brew but not my favorite.

Mudpuppet, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
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 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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of bensiff
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

After fighting the champaign cork and eventually pulling out the waiters key when no one was looking I managed to remove the insistent cork. The dubbel poured into my goblet with a dense head of natural carbonation provided by the bottle conditioning. The thick tan foam lingers minutes after the pour. The nose is not nearly as appealing as the appearance with overt sweetness as though the yeast did not attenuate well. After that is the note of old yeast and the distinct leathery note of wild yeast; finishing with fig, spice, and maybe a hint of black cherry and raisin. The nose deceives the taste. The body is full and nicely carbonated, the under attenuation I worried about is not an issue. Wild yeast provide a dominate leather taste and leave their characteristic sour note on the tongue. Not the best Trappist of this style, but certainly an enjoyable experience worth trying and maybe revisiting.

bensiff, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

330 ml from the Coop for about $4.50.. poured into a Kasteel glass.

Nice lite tan head floats atop a chesnut colored brew... clear amber/red highlites.. descent lacing.

Smell is carmal stewed dark fruits.. lite yeast spiciness and very mild chocolate notes as it warms... could be some hops in there, but I am not picking them up nor are they needed.

Nice medium body and clinging viscosity without any cloying sweetness. Good malts and dark caramel flavors are actually lifted by the medium sweetness... toasted malts merge into Belgian spicy .... and then a lingering dark fruit hangs on for dear life.

A fantastic dubbel and one that I buy everytime I want a taste of a real dubbel... more complex than my tongue and brain can describe..but not too far out there for a relative novice to savor.

JohnGalt1, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of Pegasus
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

Appearance: Murky deep amber in color, with a very small off-white head, really just a scattering of islets in a mahogany-tinted sea. The lacing is rather thin, but coats the glass walls quite well.

Aroma: Strong notes of dark caramel, earth, dark fruit, and phenolic alcohol combine in a complex array of aromas that are, nonetheless, beguiling.

Taste: Opens with strong notes of molasses, phenolic alcohol, and dark fruit, as well as a mild, but omnipresent clove note. As the taste progresses, bitter chocolate and earthy notes dominate. Finishes with a mild earthiness and moderate herbal hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and very drinkable, not the most stellar of the Trappist Dubbels, but certainly not bad.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom brown glass 11.2 ounce longneck bottle with a La Trappe logo, served in an Orval goblet.

Pegasus, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of rodenbach99
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

bouteille brune de 11,2oz, bue dans un verre La trappe

belle bière brune avec léger reflet rouge, très effervescente la mousse brune a disparu très rapidement, nez frais de caramel, de malt, la bouche est ronde, un pointe d'alcool, une touche épicé, rafraichissante et très agréable.

rodenbach99, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of Derek
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%

750 ml corked bottle: 16:09 K18B2

This has been cellared for over a year and it has lost its carbonation.

A: Reddish-brown, absolutely no head.

S: Strong fortified wine aroma (most like a sherry), plenty of grapes with a light spicing.

T: Sherry-like flavour as well. More grape-like than dark fruit. Alcohol seems stronger than it is. Light spicing with hints of brown sugar.

M: Moderate body is completely flat; some acidity (almost like the tannins in a red wine).

D: It's alright, but it'd be better with some carbonation.

Derek, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of brdc
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%

Poured from a large, corked bottle into a goblet.

It is a dark brown beer with crimson highlights, and the beautiful creamy, light brown head eventually comes down to a collar that follows the beer all the way down to the last sip. Nice presentation.
Aroma is not that remarkable initially, but I probably got it a bit too cold. As it warms, that typical candy, bubblegum, sugary malt and fruity aroma starts coming easily out of the glass.
Medium bodied, it is gentle and smooth in the tongue; the taste is rich but not explosive, malty, candy-like, fruity, with a mild spiciness.
Another nice brew from Koningshoeven, if not as remarkable as their quadrupel.

brdc, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of nkwarrior
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

I would have to say is my least favorite of the Trappist beers. ( at least so far & I have sample all of the other 6 Trappist brews.) Definitely an oak flavor, great aroma with a hint of bananas. The finish is short and seems to have something missing... almost flat. The head is good that reduces to lacing along the side of the glass. Overall a good beer that will have its place on my shelf, but will have limited appeal.

nkwarrior, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Tasted this from a corked and caged ceramic 500ml bottle on 6th Nov 2007, best by date 11-2008. This beer (now with official "Authentic Trappist Product" mark) is now brewed at 7% ABV.
Poured a very nice dark mahogony body with a light tan coloured one inch head. The head reduced to leave a thin but lasting cover. The body had haze, but not a "murky" brew.
Smelled slightly medicinal, reminded me of a smoky whiskey.
Tasted malty, burnt caramel with an oaky smoky feel. Quite distinctive. It didn't quite live up to its superb presentation.
This is a very individual and worthwhile beer, perhaps it has changed recipe since I tasted it last. I have had this on tap in Netherlands, and don't recall it being as "sharp".

JohnfromDublin, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of becktone
2.95/5  rDev -24.9%

Eye: Dark Brown and opaque. The head is tiny with fairly poor retention and moderately acceptable lacing. I've seen better.

Nose: Three words, picked up in this order: spicy, alcoholic, malty. Something in there reminds me of the aroma of whiskey, jack daniels to be exact...or maybe its just me. Also some sweet notes in there as well.

Tongue: Lots of malty sweetness going on here. I also get a good deal of diacetyl. A little hot at the finish, the presence of alcohol is more felt than tasted. I'm also picking up some caramel closer to the finish. Eh, its alright....

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Really heavily carbonated. I expected something high, but I believe that this is too much; seems to me that the carbonation is scrubbing the tongue before I have a chance to really taste the brew, really gets in the way. I'll finish my glass and enjoy it, but this is a beer I'll not buy again. However, I'd not be opposed to drinking it again, if offered I'd gladly accept, but its not worth the money.

becktone, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of albern
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%

This beer is a genuine treat. It pours an incredibly thick frothy dark head that lasts and lasts. This beer retains about as well as any. The lacing is prodigious and the coloring is dark, cloudy, full of yeasty bits, unfiltered, bottle conditioned. The smell is a bit medicinal, yeasty, and you will get a waft of warming alcohol notes. The taste is pure Belgian. Candied sugars in the fermentation, full bodied, well carbonated, tons of yeasty fizz, caramel malts, sweet malts reminiscent of molasses, and no hop flavors detectable. The mouthfeel is creamy yet a bit watery, and the aftertaste has the warming alcohol notes that you would expect of a beer with a higher ABV. This beer is a genuine treat, it's complex, there are hints of rind and coriander and maybe some allspice. This one is well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

Update February 2011: There is no medicinal aroma in the nose this time, the beer isn't watery at all, and it is just a delight in everyway. I'm adding points on.

albern, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of brendan13
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

A - Poured into Chimay chalice a hazy, dark brown. A couple of centimetres of beige head that dissipates quite quickly.
S - An rich inviting mix of dark fruit, bready maltiness & light spices.
T - A molasses sweetness tends to dominate the taste. The other characteristics from the smell are there but not as noticeable.
M - Quite full bodied with a cloying mouthfeel. Fairly high carbonation.
D - Not something I'd drink all the time but I could see it being a semi-regular purchase for me.

brendan13, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of bashiba
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured a dark brown with ruby highlights and a creamy thick tan head, great retention.

Smell was sweet with hints of brown sugar, molasses, and candi sugar.

Taste had a nice bit of fruity sweetness with a bit of oakyness and tart earthy hops to balance it quite well. Also some noticeable musty yeasty flavors.

Mouthfeel was very creamy and full.

Tasty, complex, and easy to drink, a pretty solid dubbel.

bashiba, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of LittleCreature
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Appearance - 4.0
Poured two fingers of light brown head that reduced steadily. The colour is a deep, dark brown with reddish, peachy colour around the edges,

Smell - 4.0
Malty sweet, roasted malt predominantly, toffee and caramel also evident. Very rich and very good.

Taste - 4.0
Again, quite sweet, but there is plenty of flavour to back it up, roasted malt, toffee, caramel and clove. The 7% ABV is well hiden, tasted more like 5.5% behind all the rich roasted malt. A vague whisper of hops (more would improve the balance).

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Moderate, but lively and light carbonation which is very nice. Moderate to heavy weight in the mouth.

Drinkability - 4.0
For me this is definitely a sipper, it is too sweet to want to drink all night, and perhaps a little too alcoholic.

A very rich, sweet, indulgent and good beer in my opinion. Perhaps a little too much so, to the point that it reduces its drinkability (although drinking the one was certainly no chore!). I wish I had some some strong cheddar cheese to pair with it. Cheaper than most Belgian alternatives, and better than many of them. I will be trying it again.

LittleCreature, Oct 06, 2007
La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.