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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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Ratings: 718
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 44
Gots: 70 | 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 cyrenaica
4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml draught
6.5% ABV

I tried this beer on May 9, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario on tap. The beer was a beautiful dark brown with some plum coloured hints and a thin, rocky, tan coloured head. The aroma was sweet malt, with some yeasty tones, as well as chocolate and cherry hints. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, mildly carbonated, and slightly creamy. The flavour was caramel malt, some other fruit flavours like cherries and plum, and a little hoppish bitterness to round it out. I loved this beer.

Photo of AlexLMS
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: opaque and deep brown colour. The head is deep tan, moderately large, rich and moussy. Good retention and beautiful lacing.
Aroma: complex aroma. Mixture of sweet malts, earth hops, spices and port wine.
Taste: toasted sweet malts, bitter hops, port wine, coffee and some chocolate notes.
Mouthfeel: unctuous and creamy, moderately low carbonation, nice high alcoholic strength and a full body.
Finish: lingering coffee/chocolate finish.

Overall: great beer. Very well balanced and very complex with a strong personality. Wonderful example of the style and a must have.

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

Koningshoeven is one of the Trappist Breweries, so you can be assured of a certain critical level of quality and respectability. It certainly brings that, as well as an intangible pleasantness and cerevisial happiness. It's a quiet Trappist, but that's a point in its favor as far as I'm concerned.

Served in its own goblet.
Caramelly brown -- quite pretty to look at.
Pleasantly sweet -- never cloying, just the right amount of sweetness for a Dubbel.
At 6.5% ABV, it's not so rigorous on the gullet, although I've never tried multiple servings in one go.

To sum it all up, a quote from the Missus: "It's like a hug in a bottle."

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

11.2 oz bottle with an ABV of 7% on the label. This beer is a very dark brown with maybe some red tints with a lingering tan head. The smell is very fruity, chocolates, and also vinegar. The taste is malty and fruity but it smells better than it tastes. If you like dubbels, this delivers.

Photo of BeerLover729
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Mousy brown dubbel with white frothy three finger head.

S: Subdued caramel malty aroma.

T: Smooth malty brew with creamy finish and pleasant residual sweetness. Almost lagerish in character, with little to no phenols or esters or any other yeast bi-products.

M: Light medium body with soft but appropriate carbonation.

D: Smooth easy drinking beer with enough going on to keep me interested for more than just the first one or two.

Notes: A terrific Trappist treat. Mine's from 2008 and the bottle is different then the picture shown. It's still delicious though.

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

11.2 oz. bottle served at 45 degrees F.

Muddy garnet brown. Tall, two fingers of whipped, rocky-ish, bright khaki head lasts forever. Great lacing. Nose of raisins, brown sugar, plums, ripe bananas, roasted marshmallows, leather, faint vegetal hops, and yeast. I could smell this all evening. Complex with big aromatics.

Toasted malt and caramel up front. Esters and dark banana bread follow and blend with raisin and date sweetness. Yeasty. Caramelized brown sugar. Mild herbal, woody bitterness joins the toasted sweet fruit malt in the finish. Nice. Medium-full body with a smooth feel. I'm quite impressed with this dubbel! Even a bit surprised.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Clear, deep garnet, with orange tinted tan foamy head, decent retention, some very slight amount of lacing.

S = Alcohol is a little too prevalent or I would have given this an even higher score. Very light yeasty esters are in the first wave of the smell but under them are strong assertive smells of roasted grains with various winter spices, like a spiced bread fresh out of the oven. Some sharp sour notes in there, too, though. Nice balance of pleasing smells.

T = Frothed cream, toasted rye bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, light phenolic taste of yeast. Very good but maybe just a touch too sour in the finish.

M = Medium bodied, good mouthcoating, frothy, creamy feel. Wish it had been just a little heavier bodied though, it came off as just slightly too watery though the pronounced tastes in part made up for it..

D = Good drinkability. Not the best Trappist Dubbel, but it's not like any of them are bad. This would be a very good beer to drink while sitting back and watching it snow on a Winter's day

Photo of Reanimator
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Ridiculously large, foamy head diminishes later into a thick lacing. Pours a deep hazy brown with burnt orange hues.

S: Crisp and fruity with a lot of underlying sweetness and some alcohol. I felt that this beer smelled even better than it tasted.

T: Very sweet, mouthwateringly so, with a bit of a bitter finish. Not sure of the hop profile here since the beer is so sweet. Slightly alcoholic finish as well but nowhere near as noticeable as in the Quad.

M: Bit thin on the mouthfeel for as sweet as it was, carbonation felt great though.

D: Not a whole lot to offer aside from sweetness. I'm probably won't be seeking this out in the future, but I definitely wouldn't complain if this were the only brew available.

Photo of GJ40
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a chalice.

Deep brown color with a 1/4" head that clears quickly. Smells like candy and molasses with a touch of alcohol. Sweet taste with a very strong flavor of molasses. It's much sweeter than I expected but very smooth and with no off flavors.

A good beer but not one I'd get often.

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

Appearance: Murky opaque brown with a thick tan head that retains reasonably well.

Smell: Very phenolic, banana, raisins, chocolate syrup. Semi-sweet.

Taste & mouthfeel: Banana and chocolate, berries, dried fruit. Very subtle tartness. Dry coffee finish. Crisp, light-bodied.

Notes: Solid and enjoyable, but probably one of the lesser trappist dubbels.

Photo of SaltyLime
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Pencible
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of baos
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of alysmith4
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of botham
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Onslow
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!!

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

Photo of Shaw
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dsa7783
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of Mudpuppet
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bensiff
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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