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

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Ratings: 729
Reviews: 377
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 47
Gots: 77 | FT: 0
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Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

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Photo of BarryNL
2.87/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well, this beer didn't make a great first impression by fizzing out of the bottle and onto the carpet when opened. Anyway...

A: Typical Dubbel dark brown - very little head considering how obviously over-carbonated it is.

S: Some nice sugary, malty notes hidden there somewhere under the overpowering peardrops aromatics from the yeast.

T: Again, could be some nice subtle flavours if they didn't insist on using a highly phenolic yeast at a too warm temperature (guessing, but unless they're pouring nail varnish in there I think I'm right).

M: Unsurprisingly, mostly bubbles. Luckily no CO2 bite, but a bit too foamy to allow you to really taste it.

D: The peardrop flavour quickly becomes tiring. I would probably switch to something else after one bottle (or after the half I'm left with that's not on the floor).

Unfortunately, I find La Trappe the least impressive of the Trappist beers. Perhaps, unsurprisingly they are also the most commercialised and it's not even clear how involved the monks really are with the brewing anymore - I believe Bavaria do most of the work these days. I think this shows in the beers which don't really live up to the standards set by the other Trappist breweries.

Photo of bobsy
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My tongue, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy claim.
Glorious to some.
To taste this Koningshoeven,
In the bar as it is in Belgium.
Give us this sip our daily dubbel.
And forgive us our indulgences,
As we forgive those who indulge with us.
And lead us not into the drunkenness,
But deliver us from the gutter.
For thine is the dubbel,
The tripel, and the quad,
For hour after hour.

Excellent... they have the correct glass. Its wide brim encompasses a frothy tan coloured head, resplendent on an oaken body. Lots of lacing drapes the sides in floor to ceiling sheets. The aroma makes me tingle - candied sugar, spicy yeast, and alcohol soaked dark fruits. Its how a Christmas cake would be if I was allowed to get rid of all the crap I hate. Lifting the chalice to my lips I feel as if the heavens have opened and rained riches upon me. Everything about this dubbel is luxurious - from its sweet raisin notes, via milk chocolate and phenolic spiciness to its long, drawn out finish. The balance is sublime, and the drink neither improves nor deteriorates as it sits in front of me. Instead, it sheds and dons new layers of complexity. At first the raisins and dark fruit are more apparent, but as the clock advances the spicy yeastiness comes to the fore and the warming alcohol makes its presence felt. The body adds to the sense of richness, with its chewy, full feel and restrained carbonation. The sun was indeed shining on the holy fathers when they brewed this masterpiece.

Sin & Redemption said the sign over the door. What sin is this beer redeeming, I wonder?

Somewhat later I had it in its bottled form, and still enjoyed it, but without the same feeling of rapture. I guess it was just one of those magical moments. Scores adjusted down slightly.

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

Serving date: 2009-02-11. Served in snifter.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with a logo and the word "trappist" molded into the glass. Interesting to note that there are two different freshness dates on the bottle. One is on the label (best before end of March 2011) and one is on an extra label (best before end of 2011) added by the Swedish importers. A rather significant difference between the two dates, but I think this one will be great quite some time after 2011, so it's really no big deal.

Appearance: Dark ruby color, going towards dark brown. A small 1,5 cm tan head that looks rather creamy settles just a little to quickly. It leaves minimal lacings.

Smell: Sweet malts and general spicy aromas, but most of all a delightful smell of fresh fruits. Some faint notes of chocolate as well.

Taste: Some phenols, but in no way sharp or harsh, up front. Then some spices coupled with sweet and a bit vinous malts and fruits (definitely cherries, and perhaps fresh figs). Milk chocolate (that becomes more prominent towards the end) adds more sweetness. In the middle it gets a little tart. In the slightly dry finish there are warmth from the alcohol, herbal flavors, faint malts and just a tad of bitterness. Overall, the hop character of this one is really restrained. Very well balanced flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Rather smooth and calm, despite plenty of carbonation. Slightly chewy.

Drinkability: This is a great, slightly vinous, beer. It's very complex, but most of all it's so well balanced. Very pleasant mix of sweetness (mostly from fruits) and spices, phenols and tartness.

NOTE: ABV is 7% according to the bottle.

Photo of droomyster
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany with a tall brown head with decent retention. Smell is surprisingly faint for its style, but still good: dark fruits like cherries and plums, other assorted sweet malts. Taste is spot on the money: molassesey malts with complex fruitiness, burnt sugar, cloves and spices; hops are very restrained. Medium body is finely made; very drinkable and delicious. Highly recommended.

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle that I won at the Brick Store Beer Advocate gathering in a raffle. Split it with my friend pouring it into a St Bernardus goblet glass.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a frothy foamy tan head that settles quickly to a haze of bubbles. Sheets of lacing cling to the side with each sip.

S: Dark fruit aromas dominate the nose. I don't know if its raisins, figs or what but it smells nice.

T: Smoked malt flavor surprised me in the initial sip. I don't really pick up the fruit I picked up in the aroma. After taste is kind of a mess to me. It is bitter and tart and doesn't match the rest of the flavor profile.

M: Smooth and creamy with a medium body. Just a slight bit of in mouth carbonation to make it has some character.

D: The odd after taste makes this a bit of a slow go for me.

Photo of TommyW
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark browish ruby body with a tan head that fades to a ring.

S- Dark fruits and some small sweetness, also some notes of yeast and a slight tartness.

T- There is a nice level of spiciness throughout the taste. Some dark fruit/dark sugar flavors come in at first. Then a slight tart flavor and some gentle bitterness come in. Notes of alcohol come in towards the end and make a dry finish.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Not much else to say.

D- The beer is pretty balanced overall; I found this made it very drinkable for me.

Overall, this is the first dubbel I've tried, so I have nothing to compare it to. I have to say I really enjoyed this one, but that could mean I just like this style of beer.

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

[Eyes] Redbrown color, light carbonatiom, some yeast in liquid. good head!

[Nouse] the aroma: brown sugar, banana and fruits. Smells amazing!.

[Mouth] Full and goood taste!!!. In deep i found yeast, vanilla? gentile bitterness and alcohol notes. Good belgian dubbel beer

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.56/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 3/24/2006 (11.2oz bottle):

Pours a dark brown/black colored body, with a white-tan head. Has a nice aroma of molasses, and flowers. Fizziness in the taste, some molasses, slight floralness, and a dry aftertaste, not bitter. Has a warming mouthfeel.

Photo of colts9016
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep rich deep brown close to black, with a nice reddish hue. There was a two finger head but it disappeared as quick as it came. There is some cloudiness and little bit of lacing on the glass.

Nose: nice roasted malt, sweet bread yeast, phenolic, a hint of dark fruit, and a hint of dark sugar candy. ( crystal malt. ) Kinda a slight hint of alcohol and esters

Taste: Roasted Malt dark sugar candy (borderline brunt sugar). Thin body not very full or medium. Notes of ester, sweet bread, and a citrus.

Overall: To me I feel that this beer miss the mark for a dubbel. The mouthfeel is flat with an astringent finish. I was hopping something more but I was dissapointed

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

Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Mahogany pour with the remnants of a tan head. Malt, yeast, dates, and fruits in the nose. Velvety mouthfeel. Earthy and yeasty, with a sweet malt, plums, and some banana esters. Could have been better on a colder day given its weight.

Photo of stulowitz
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very well carbonated. Head off-white and fizzy and dissipates quickly to nothing.

Sm - Liquorice, molasses, dates and some strange metallic thing.

T - Sweet with taste of dark fruits like dates and figs with a slight roastyness to it. Burnt caramel and slight bitter finish.

M - Highly carbonated but still has a surprisingly big body to it.

D - Almost cloyingly sweet, but paired well with a good meal will probably benefit this beer.

Photo of corby112
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark ruby/ brown with a bthin beige head that quickly dissolves into a lacing that lasts throughout. Aroma of dark berries, roasted malt, yeast and alcohol. High carbonation up front that loses its intensity as the beer wamrs up. Sweet hints of raisin, plum, grape, black cherries and malty chocolate/caramel with a slightly dry finish..

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

Poured from the bottle a cloudy dark rust brown with a thin beige head.

Aroma is sweet with banana, clove, yeast, and a big juicy green apple.

The taste is sweet and dry with green apple, banana, bubble gum, and malt at the finish.

Lighter bodied, sweet and dry, with moderate carbonation.

Easy to drink but nearly too sweet.

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mahogany color with a tan head that lasted awhile.

Smells like banana, nut bread, malty, sweet.

Nice yeast flavor at first, dark fruits, with a little sweet bitterness in the end that stays in your mouth.

Smooth with light cabornation.

Decent Dubbel with an ok amount of alochol gives this a good drinkability.

Photo of aubuc1
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle in to a goblet.

Pours a brown ruby with a tan somewhat thin head.

Smell is grape/bannana, malt and yeast.

Sharp, sour and sweet initial taste is backed by a smooth malt. Some spicy hops present also.

Great mouthfeel and carbonation are very forward in the initial taste.

Nice beer that is a little hoppier than other dubbels, less fruity.

Photo of marcpal
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is the last of the Trappists for me to try- as always, these monks sure know what they are doing. Well constructed.

11.2 oz bottle poured into oversized wine glass.

A: Dark brown thick color that didnt really come out in the feel of the beer. Puffy meringue toffee colored head, looks good.

S: Figgy, nutty and malty. No real hops in the nose but tons of sweetness.

T: Dark fruits. This is the most fig flavor I have come across in a beer and I love figs. Terrific. There is some bitterness which is also pleasant and really round out the flavor of this. Something like cashews in spices as well that add complexity for a mild dubbel.

M: The weakest part of the beer, a bit thin. Bubbly and almost sparkling, interesting take for the style.

D: Very much so. For a dubbel of relatively low abv, packs in a ton of flavors and taste that many higher abvs lack. This has me eager to try out some other beers from these guys.

Photo of Gish
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Head fades quickly, leaving just a bit of foam on the surface. There is no lacing to be seen. The beer is a pleasant dark brown color. A big smell of alcohol soaked fruit hits the nose, a bit like a red wine.

The taste lives up the smell quite well. A bit of yeast hits the tongue followed by a moderately sweet dark fruit flavor. A touch of bitterness and a dose of malts are in the aftertaste.

This beer has fairly lively carbonation that adds a good bite. Extremely drinkable for 7%, I'm very glad to finally have tried a trappist ale!

Photo of MmmIPA
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up ceause im a sucker for trappist beers and it was a good price.Im pairing it with some three year old chedder chesse.Chimay chalice

pours a brilliant brown,very murky color body with a soft white head that looks just as nice as the body.awesome patch left in my chalice.

notes of wood and fruit.

Taste like wood,oxidation,small amount of raisin.

mouthful is very pleasent.I think this is bottle conditioned and you can tell.Very delicate.

Nice beer and one worth trying and pair it with some chedder cheese for some extra excitrment.

Photo of adamette
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale clear, clean glass.

A Golden brown, wonderful really. I admired it before I even smelled it. There were hundreds of trails of tiny bubbles coming from bottom of glass.

S Malty goodness, minimal alcohol smell. Very inviting, interesting.

T Great, complex, sweetness, not overly alchoholic. I really great balanced beer taste.

M Full for sure.

D Great for a slightly high ABV. I could have 3 or 4 of these without hesitation.

Notes: I prefer the tripel but this is a GREAT beer!

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

After trying and loving the Koningshoeven Tripel I picked up their Dubbel.

I poured it from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet... a fingerish thick head with a deep brown color. The head lingers for a while and dissipates into some creamy swirls on the top of the beer.

A strong with a presence of spice and a little chocolate. The taste is more of the same... tastes 'wild' or 'exotic' for lack of a better term! Feels great in the mouth, and I could wipe out the four-pack of these in no time.

Fantastic beer.

Photo of GClarkage
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

09/14/08- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. Didn't see any freshness info on the bottle or label. Poured into my Koningshoeven chalice.

Appearance- Lightly murky deep milk chocolate color. About a 1/2 inch head upon pour which settles at a flat looking cola state in about 15 seconds. Leaves no lace markings to be seen. The color is quite nice though.

Smell- Really rich smelling beer for a modest 7%. Lots of caramel, light dusting of chocolate, some figs and some dates as well.

Taste- Even tastes more rich than expected. Lots of carob powder flavor with a caramel-chocolate dipped fig flavor. Quite interesting and tasty.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation with a fuller than average mouthfeel for a Dubbel.

Drinkability- Right up there with a few of the best that I have had. Not quite up to Westvleteren status or Benedication of RR, but really nice and definitely worth a try.

Photo of mnj21655
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle poured into my Orval chalice

Pours a dark amber in color with distinct reddish hues at the edges and a fleeting off-white head. Aroma is subdued, some light malty sweetness, a notable vinous character, namely figs, plums and raisins, and just a touch of spicy phenols. Taste is similar to the aroma but includes a wider range of esters. Figs, plums, raisins, and dark cherries are again present but a slight banana character is also evident. There is just a touch of bitterness here and a noticeable but not hot or solvently alcohol presence. Good, malty backbone. Mouthfeel is good, medium body, medium carbonation, and as mentioned before a slight alcohol presence. Drinkability is pretty good, complex flavors and low alcohol presence despite the 7% ABV (as listed on the bottle). Overall this is an easily drinkable beer this was quite enjoyable.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A giant four finger head rushes up over a murky dark brown brew. Head retention is outstanding, and lots of really nice foamy lace is left on the sides of my snifter.

S - Fresh fruit (big purple ripe grapes on the vine) and cut grass waft over to my nose from arm's length while I poured this one. Let's see what it smells like up close. German chocolate cake, cocoa, coconut, and chocolate breakfast cereal. There are hints of port, and Hershey's kisses.

T - Crazy sweet. This is big time chocolate fudge, with hints of a tangy sour lactic acid that is way off in the distance. Tastes like a chocolate scone with sour cream notes playing a small role. There is a nice, but odd, purple grapey flavor in the finish.

M - Medium bodied and sugary with light amounts of carbonation. What small amount of bubbles there are are prickly and help keep this from getting heavy on the palate.

D - A bit too sugary and under-hopped IMO. The nose is subtly complex, but the flavor is too cloying. This is good stuff. though. A chocolaty desert sipper for sure.

Photo of EchtBier
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip glass. Had to struggle to get the cork out, but thankfully no accidents.

A - Dark, copperish brown. Very fine bubbles, but not as much head retention as I expected, but I may not have poured it steep enough...

S - Nothing but malt, and lots of it. Maybe a hint of fruit.

T - Sweet malts with a hint of banana. On some sips I thought I detected a little musty taste. Some alcohol taste, but not overly so.

M - Starts thick and smooth, ends dry.

D - I don't find this as complex/interesting as other beers in this style. This is probably middle of the road, but for the price I was hoping for more (can't blame the brewer for the exchange rate and shipping costs).

Label showed 7% abv

La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 729 ratings.