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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 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 bluHatter
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark brown/red with lots of fog and debris floating around. Big noisy popping light brown head with some darker brown drops from the final drops of the pour.

S: Dark fruit, berries, yeast. Very nice.

T: Bready hops, mellow malts that quickly dissipate into a savory almost molasses-like character.

M: Surprisingly smooth and light for such a heavy looking beer. Perfect texture and carbonation, with a really light finish. Perfect.

O: Fantastic. Really well rounded, perfectly balanced, and expertly crafted. It's rare to taste something so good.

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

500ml bottle poured into a chalice.

Deep red brown color with a clear texture, appeared tight and thick fluffy tan head that endure for long and leaves plenty of intricate laces all around.

Load of fruity; dark berries, banana, ripe dark fruits and yeasty, caramelized malt come following along with some mild phenolic spice. Dark bread, slight roasted, coffee note also poke to the nose.

Not much sweet as my initial thought but rather lean on balance that nicely assemble caramel malt, ripe dark fruits, some phenolic astringency and spice. Slight to moderate bitterness is there at the end from hop and roasted trait.

The body is medium, a bit syrupy, semi-smooth mouthfeel with soothing carbonation, dry finish.

Almost great but lack of some crisp however it’s leverage by nicely balance aroma and flavor also attractive appearance showcase. Yes, worthy.

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Photo of Douberd
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of 300 ml at home.
Dark amber colour with a two finger brown head, with great retention.Aroma of fruits, banana, citrus. Taste is bitter at first, like a bitter chocolate, at the end bitter-sweet.A bit of caramel there. Thick in body and average carbonation. Overall a really great beer!

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Photo of crnipeter
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark reddish-amber body topped by well-formed dense light-tan head with good retention, that clings to the walls producing stable sheets of lace.
Complex aroma exhibits malty sweetness with toasty qualities, pronounced esters with apple and banana (even bubblegum) being dominant, evident are clove-like phenols and gentle perfumy alcohol.
Flavor is yeasty-fruity (apple) with clove and well-present hop-bitterness that lasts into the moderately dry finish. Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation giving it foamy sensation.
In short: a decent Dubbel with strong apple-banana aroma rather than more common plum&raisin like. (330 ml, BB 11-2013, into tulip.)

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

A pleasing Trappist Dubbel

Presentation: 0,33 cl custom Trappist brown capped bottle. Simple, old fashion and somewhat perfunctory label pivoting around the standard branding of the brew in a somewhat classic insinuation, with cream gold and red tones predominating. Back offers a small note with main characteristics. Shows best by date 11 - 2013 and 7% Alc. by Vol. Served in a La Trappe chalice.

A - Hazy amber/brown pour, with a nice frothy head, moderate retention, fair surface memory and some touches of lacing.

S - Pleasing if soft and a bit subdued nose with small fruity, malty and yeasty notes...

T - …Which luckily expand in the palate with a longer malty sense, nice touches of yeast with pronounced sense of dark fruits and some sour notes over caramel.

M - Medium body with a medium to medium high carbonation providing a rather tingly finish.

O - Nice flow, and well worth picking up depending on the context. A nice Dubbel.

Notes: Maybe the fruity and soft sour touch shines more than what is typically expected of a Trappist Dubbel but this is a pretty pleasing and quality brew within this bracket. Given the rest of the selection in most common spots in Spain, it is rather nice to have this one waiting on the shelve. Not so sure I would reach out for it again in the States but a good one to have around and share.

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Photo of jjkatter
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a La Trappe goblet...

A- beautiful deep brown with a generous tan head. Lots of carbonation. Very good head retention.

S- nice caramel, yeast and barley.

T- Lots-o-barley with lingering warming alcohol. Nicely balanced and plenty of body. As the beer warms in the glass, additional character makes it's way through in the form of spice and apple.

MF- abundant carbonation with a nice dry finish.

O- I say "God bless the Trappist Monks" ( and, no doubt he does). There are better out there, but this one is good, indeed. Well worth the visit.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

La Trappe Dubbel disappointed me a bit. There wasn't much aroma and the flavour was a little one dimensional.

A: Brown colour and a 5 mm head that dies quite fast. 3.5

S: Weak malty smell with some hints of sweetness. 3

T: Roasted malt flavour into a smokey finish. The Belgian candy flavour is there too I think. 3.5

M: Very foamy with lots of tiny bubbles. 4.5

O: 3.5

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Photo of Macca
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a very dark cloudy amber with a generous beige head.

Big whack of Malteser-esque malts on the nose. Some dark fruits and a bit of alcohol.

Dark malts on the palate along with some milk chocolate, molasses sweetness. The dark fruits are there too. Bit of caramel.

Medium bodied.

I always want to like dubbels more but I always get left wanting something more. In this case I think it is a nice soft cheese.

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Photo of stevoj
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Trappist beer...’nuff said. taste of dried fruits, some sourish aroma, small beige oil slick head. Just wonderful. La Trappe has a solid lineup across all of their beers.

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Photo of atlason
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into tulip glass.

A: Dark copper, head is generous and frothing but doesn't live very long and leaves almost no lacing.

S: Belgian candi syrup and yeast character set the tone here. Very true to style. No hops on the nose.

T: Excellent balance of hops, yeast spicyness, residual sugar and carbonic acid makes this a compelling and complex drink. What a winner.

M: Good balance of relatively high carbonation with somewhat low carbonation gives this a rich yet fresh feel.

O: This is a top notch Dubbel, right up there with Westmalle and Ommegang and way beyond most others.

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

Poured from the bottle into a De Struise glass. Freshness date is 12-2013.

It appears brown/red with a tan head that dissipates slowly. You can see the little bubbles constantly coming to the top to keep a little head around.

I pick up mostly malt and alcohol with a little dark fruitiness and chocolate in the nose.

As you drink some lacing is left in the direction of the pour to your mouth. The beer is smooth with a medium body, malts, a slight spiciness, and slight sweetness. Picked up the alcohol more towards the end of the glass.

Overall a good dubbel, but nothing outstanding for me. I dug the carbonation level.

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Photo of RodneyFarva
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on-tap, poured into a chalice at El Lupulo Ferroz.

one-finger head, slowly dissipates, good head retention. deep brown, mahogany color

dark fruit, overripe plums, some malts on the nose

more dark fruits, cherries and plums, some spices such as cloves, a sweetness which perhaps becoming cloying over time

fairly thick mouthfeel, finishes with some creaminess.

a solid dubbel, but a bit cloyingly sweet. better widely available options.

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Photo of avalon07
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a thick, murky texture. Lots of chunky sediment. There was an off white, foamy, long-lasting head. Aside from the fact that there was no lacing, this was a great-looking beer.

S: A pleasantly warm aroma of yeast, some fruit, malt and spices.

T: Tasted of fruit (apples), some yeast, malt, and a hint of spices (cloves, etc.). This is a nicely complex flavor that gets better as it goes along.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solid, easy to drink beer. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of mattboyer182
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown to maroon in color. A light brown head that fizzles out very quickly.

S - smell is rather vague. Alcohol is present and and definitely a strong malt.

T - taste is really good. Lots of dark fruits. Raisons and plums. Alcohol is warming at the end.

M - medium bodied and heavily carbonated.

O - I love Trappist ales. Good dubbel

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass from a bottle. Freshness date is listed as "October 2013."

What a beautiful looking beer that this is! Poured a phenomenally gigantic head with creamy appearance of milk shakes. It has a notably darkened, reddish color that you only really find in the most best dubbels. Nice carbonation, fun lacing all around the glass - a nearly perfect looking beer in many respects.

The first aromas that hit are immediate sweetened malty flavors, although what follows is quite memorable. Peppermint, clove, red licorice, candied fruits... However, the amount of tingling spiciness completely cancels out all of the hyper-sweet aromas, which makes it quite balanced and quite awesome to whiff from time to time.

When it comes to the taste and mouthfeel, however, I'm having trouble placing it where I would typically label a "dubbel." It definitely is one, no doubt, but not as thick as others I've had in the style. It's got the characteristics of dark ales, but not nearly as roasted. It holds fruity flavors such as red apples, and contains less sugar in the taste overall. Caramel flavors hit pretty amazingly as it warmed up. Nutty flavors come in from time to time. The hoppiness in this beer is excellent, and gives a spicy sensation. More watery than expected, but still an easy drink to have. However, by the end, it retained a syrupy flavor. The alcohol hides itself well at first, but eventually displays its warming power as time passes.

A very interesting brew - definitely different from other dubbels I've had and contains a different yeasty taste from other Trappist ales. However, it is quite reminiscent to Rochefort 6, if that gives me any idea what it tastes like - spicy, malty, slightly boozy, yet not too thick or sweet in character. Definitely recommended!

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours deep copper with a massive thick and creamy pale brown head that sure takes it's time to set; into decent lacings.

S: Lots of dark dried fruit, for example cherries (a bit sour and dry). Sweet malt, some caramell. Some yeast and a faint spicyness.

T: Dark sweet malts, and lots of dark dried fruits; cherries, figs, plums. But also some fresh fruit; ripe red apples and oranges. Slightly sour. Yeast.

M: Aftertaste lingers for some time holding a sour sweet bitterness. Body is full and carbonation is moderate.

O: A Dubbel is always a Dubbel; nice - especially if brewed by Trappist-monks.

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Photo of karait95
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark reddish color some dark amber color is also seem, the carbonation is abundant making a big head that dissipates slowly leaving behind not many traces, a permanent layer is feed by it.

S: mixed malts with hops aroma, little toasted is present and may be due to some brown caramel sugar.

T: some alcohol tasting is present, but the main flavor are barley malts some hops very vague and dark fruit like prunes are certainly present.

M:nice mouthfeel not to difficult to drink starting mild with some sweetness changing slowly to some medium bitterness.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i love saying "La Trappe". no clue why. koningshoeven bottle, believed to be 2-3 years old. cellared properly.

A- murky plum colored juicy looking body is topped with a thin beige head. once it settles to a thick ring the retention is *nice* and the lace is modest to meager. still a provocative looking brew due to its purpleish hue under incandescent light.

S- bold fruity aroma with a powerful caramel malt punch. cherries, berries, and prunes, raisin, date, fig, banana, ginger and very mild cocoa. some woodsy, nutty, and earthy notes. sandalwood and cedar with a touch of soil, slight perfume, dark cookies, brown sugar, and white grape tartness. dizzang.

T- caramelish and chocolaty flavor, less fruity and much woodsier and earthy than the aroma. some dried fruits such as raisin, date, prune, and fig move in near the finish to compete with the mellow but brisk hop bitterness. as the beer warms, there's some fruity alcohol and a back-lit berry tartness up front, eventually giving way to the cocoa and grainy malt flavors. oak and maple wood dominate the woodsy side of things with grape skin, mineral, and tannins like a shiraz. finishes toasty, malty, lightly hoppy, with a touch of banana peel and apple skin and a peppery spice. booze comes out in the finish also, but isn't a bother thanks to the masking dark flavors.

MF- the zesty bubbles. more like a fleece blanket of bubbles. i can't discern individual bubbles, they just seem to flow over everything and become one. a voltron of bubbles. that being said, the body underneath is full and juicy with an alcohol softness and minor powdery feel.

D- drinks as good as other monkly dubbels although flavor is lacking just a bit for me, even after a couple years, as trappist brews generally break the 4.5 mark in my book. this one is welcome in my chalice any time.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a beautiful dark amber color with a huge bubbled aired beige head. Low retention. Not much lacings left

S: Fruity (Raisins mainly). Caramel, caramel malts and yeasts. Quite biscuity and bit hoppy end

T: Follows the nose. Mild sweet and molasses upfront. Caramel, raisins, caramel malts, yeasts. It finishes with a mild hoppy bitterness

M: Medium body and carbonation. Sweet upfront. A bit molasses sensation. Mild bitter end

O: Good beer.

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Photo of Mako82
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter

A - Dark brown with a reddish hue, tan foamy head that did not last long.

S - Sweet and tart champagne type smell, followed by caramelized malts and yeast.

T - Receive a strong sweet coffee taste right away with a peppery/spicey taste in the background. Sweet coffee taste last well into the aftertaste. Aftertaste was slightly bitter with a hint of alcohol esters.

M - Medium carbonation with a medium body

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

Poured into a snifter.

Poured lightly, this beer yields a finger of thick dark caramel colored head that slowly fades. Body is cloudy (I let it stand for 48 hours before uncapping) and the color of rich caramel.

My first whiff displays dark fruits dripping in caramel and some moderate yeasty phenol notes on the side. A little swirl revives the head and produces strong malty notes, smells as if this beer was brewed with different crystal malts and some dark sugar.

The taste is sweet and sugary thick, with a depth of malts and syrupy flavors. Caramel and strong malts are predominant, with just a touch of yeast bite. No hops are detectable. Alcohol is there but very subtle.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, and this counteracts the sweetness and heavy feel of the beer. I prefer lower carbonation, however the score isn't affected as I know that it is close to spot on for the style.

Conclusion: this is an outstanding Dubbel, and one that I consider a benchmark for the style. Tasty and complex. Certainly worth your money and time.

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Photo of stephens101
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky brown with a small to near non-existent tan, airy froth which surrounds a swirly sea of small aimless bubbles. Vinous aroma up front with a little yeast, dry grain and plums at the end. More grape and grain to the tongue with taffy and plum finishing it off. Noticeably airy but still satisfying and perfectly balanced. Consummately refined and more straight forward than bold. If they served this at communion instead of grape juice I still might be going to church.

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

Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle, cork dated 07/10, into a Duvel tulip. Deep, dark ruby red body, mostly clear, with a big three-finger dark mocha colored head. The head retains fairly well but leaves only a little creamy lacing.

Very fruity aroma featuring mostly sweet, dark, fruits, caramel, toffee, and a hint of lemon at the end. Not much from the yeast characteristics, even as it warms.

Fairly tasty blend that follows the aroma. The sweet raisin, plum, and fig tastes dominate, but there is a decent light spiciness from the yeast. In fact, there might be the slightest note of noble hops at the very end of the flavor.

Medium mouthfeel that is very drinkable. Solid offering.

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