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

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very good

689 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 40
Gots: 55 | 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 JohnfromDublin
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 21, 2007
Photo of brendan13
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Thanks Vintage for another fine import that is difficult to acquire at the average corner bar...hehe.

A--deep ruby brown color in align with most dubbels. Very little head at all

S--Like it came from a medicine cabinet to be honest, crazy.

T--Pretty good but not great, I like the quad much more, still has that medicinal deal going on in the taste, almost a little flat.

M--flat and uninspirational

D--This beer just did not do it for me. Not a bad beer in the bigger picture but certainly not something I would ever buy again. Not the kind of Dubbel I was hoping for.

garbercury, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of basica
4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

La Trappe Dubbel (AGED: 1984 VINTAGE) (Rating 10/10) - 6.5 ABV - 5 September 2007

I pondered over whether to give this 9.5 or 10 and in the end gave it a 10. This is a old bottle of La Trappe Dubbel that I got from Wim, my Netherlands beer friend. I had a contemporary La Trappe Dubbel a 3 days ago and that would serve as a good benchmarking for an aged version. This age old beer pours out with a nice dark ruby brown without much of a head to speak of. It has a strong and slightly vinous fragrance; lot's or raisins and some plums; very strong smelling with sweet maple sugars in the nose too; I could really go on sniffing this for a while. The taste punches in with strong dark fruits, mainly plums and some raisins; very well balanced with maple or brown sugar backing to provide hints of sweetness though never too much. Could taste some dark malts towards the finish as well; the finish itself is slightly dry and majorly plummy leaving bag loads of aromatic dark fruits on the nose. The taste reminds me of the Chimay Blue and also the Westmalle Dubbel; it seems like a selective features extract from this 2; at the start it reminds
me of the Westmalle but after a few mouthfuls, I think it is more reminiscent of the Chimay Blue. The after taste was strong plums and raisins and lingers for and fades of into light plums with grapes and a dash of apple concluding the after taste; very very wonderful... Now I shall say that a 9.5 rating is an understatement for this one. The mouth feel is between medium to full body and carbonation was pretty well preserved for a beer this old! Amazing... The beer is not as "flighty" light as the contemporary La Trappe but the extreme smoothness of this beer has never detracted over the years. The main differences between the Vintage aged version of the La Trappe Dubbel and the contemporary Dubbel would be first of all the taste which is very very much stronger
in the aged one; and with an immaculate masterful balance. Next would be the change from a refreshing and "flighty" light beer to something that has "strength" and character yet still so unbelievably smooth to drink. What am I thinking when I pondered over 9.5 and 10... this is a clear
10 and I think I am going to put it at the same level or above the contemporary Chimay Blue. Truly a GREAT beer and if I were to coin the experience in a phrase... "Immensely fruity tasty and sweet; totally complex and immaculately balanced; full of strength and character yet unbelievably smooth". Very nicely aged... Kudoz to the owner who aged it so very well.

basica, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled off tap in Amsterdam, Holland. When traveling I tend to enjoy pairing my beer with the country I'm in.

A cola like appearance - dark brown, lacquered oak like colour. A very "glossy" texture which I first thought to attribute to the condensation on the glass (because the taps were pretty cold) but it turns out was actually just the complexion of the beer. There was head - it did fade - but it really took its time in doing so.

The smell was nothing but appetizing. A modest but well layered blend of spice, yeast, and malts. The alcohol politely left out and an element of roast in its place. It's not overly one thing or another - but again a modest, well layered blend with spices and malts accompanying each other nicely.

A quenching mouthfeel, the malts are dark but not heavy. The flavours too are modest, comprising mostly of lightly roasted malts. The yeast really is what carries the aftertaste but oddly enough stays almost completely clear out of the taste otherwise. Spices seem relegated to the nose. Warming made this even better.

Not a standout beer, then again not a standout Trappist. In any case this was a tasty dubbel and I do feel the Koningshoeven line to be under-appreciated by most people.

biegaman, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of Kulrak
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown with a decent amount of creamy tan head that fades away to a thin layer fairly quickly. Smells yeasty and sweet, hints of raisins and chocolate and a tiny bit of berry. The taste is very similar to the smell, sweet, a little chocolatey, raisiny, some berry and lots of maltiness. The mouthfeel is heavy and slightly fizzy, but mostly creamy. Overall, it's a very drinkable and tasty belgian-style dubbel. I'll be getting this again.

Kulrak, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of dstc
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark ruby color with a light tan head. The head has very good retention and leaves a nice lace behind on the glass.

The beer has a pleasant fruity and malty smell to it. Kind of a sweet and spicy smell to it as well.

The taste has a nice malt flavor to it, more so as the beer gets warmer in the glass. It's fresh and crisp with a nice clean finish.

Medium bodied and very smooth in the mouth with nice carbonation.

A very good Trappist Dubble from Koningshoeven. This is a beer I can't wait to enjoy again.

dstc, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a color that is reminiscent of a mix between a ruby and an amethyst. Head is thinnish, with pock marks on the top. Smell is a pleasant mix of dried fruit, hints of spicy phenols, brown sugar, and toasted malts. Flavor starts off with brown sugar and molasses which is then followed by some weak (thankfully) phenols then followed by toasty malts, dried figs, and grassy hop. Mouthfeel is slightly more than moderate in weight, with some stickiness on the tongue. Carbonation is effervescent. Solid dubbel all-around.

goochpunch, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a deep brown color with a tan, foamy, one-finger head. Not much head retention and no lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit. Also, a sweet smell of malt. There was a little yeast-like aroma, too.

T - The primary taste was a toasty malt. The fruit flavor was slightly understated. It had a bittersweet quality, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. There was a somewhat warm feel from the alcohol.

D - A pretty good dubbel. Not bad considering it is not a true Belgian beer.

zeff80, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of cypressbob
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, served slightly chilled in a Peeterman Artois goblet

Pours with a rich deep mahogany body, slightly cloudy. Rich copper tones when held up to the light. Bubbly tan head forms about an inch thick then settles to a reasonable tight whisp of head. Some small tan bubbles of lacing

Smell, sugary molasses and burnt sugars, rich walnuts and roasted chestnuts. Some fragrant and spicy dried fruit, raisins and rum soaked plums. Little bit of a soapy character on the nose too (this definitely wasn't from the glass), some spicy fresh malt on the finish

Taste, crisp and crunchy bready malt. Bread and butter pudding, fresh hot cross buns, bittering hops and some slightly chalky sweetness on the finish. Slighly sour syrupy malt extract and a hint of dextrin, a few subtle tannins floating around in there too. Thick and spicy dried fruit and mixed spice, a few metallic notes also

A very drinkable dubbel from the Dutch trappists. This is a much more rounded and balanced beer than their Quad, very drinkable and could even be considered somewhat of a sessionable belgian dark.

cypressbob, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of neonbrown82
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best dubbels I've had in quite some time. I haven't even been in the belgian mood recently, so this is quite a refreshing change. The beer pours to a dark brownish amber color. Thick creamy tan head. Decent lacing with great retention. Just a little tad bit of a haze.

The beer smells like bubblegum with a bit of caramel malt and some other dark specialty malts. Light hops in the background. Smells wonderful.

The taste is just as good as the nose. The taste is dominated by esters, predominantly bubblegum. Plenty of caramel malt with a hint of biscuit. Very light roast. A bit of candi sugar, but not so much that it tastes cloying. Light hops in the finish, but very little bitterness. Great for the style. No alcohol detected.

The body is medium to full. Plenty of crisp carbonation. Probably more than I would care for in the style. Easy to drink, especially for a belgian style. Glad to finally have these trappist beers in the state of Iowa.

neonbrown82, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of Padron4KM
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle corked and caged. Factory date code stamped on back label.

Deep red brown, with a thick creamy tan head.

Aroma is malty, plum, fig, light rum, a touch of yeast.

Flavor is a bit yeasty, with some dry earthiness, and light fruitiness.

Finish is short and medium dry.

ABV, listed at 7% on the bottle, is well hidden.

Padron4KM, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of morebeergood
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mil corked bottle that I bought in Amsterdam in January 2006. It's been aging in my beer cellar, and it was time to drink it this past Friday 6/29/07. Poured it into two La Trappe chalices (also purchased in AMS) for my wife and me. Smelled like a nice dubbel upon pouring, but I was a bit somewhat disappointed at the lack of huge head. It was there, but kinda small and faded fast. Appearance was good enough, a nice dark brown color. The flavor though was amazing. It tasted like a nice blend of cherry and fig. Drinking this beer brought back memories of all the good brews I drank in Holland. This is a great example of a dubbel.

morebeergood, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle corked and caged. Poured into a chalice this jumps up to a large foamy tan head. Retention is decent, always a solid cover with each pull. Brown body.

Funny how you can turn your back on a style over time and when you revisit it you ask yourself "why has it taken this long". For the most part I found it to be a dumbed down version of the Belgian Strong Dark Ale. All I know right now is this has an identity all its own, or it could be the hot weather. In any case, this is a world class brew. First pull I was thinking this was a medium bodied brew with some light caramel throughout. Dark fruits may be more evident as it warmed but they helped this along from the get go. Carbonation is very fine. It sharpens it up a bit without becoming annoying. Silky body. Some younger fruits mix in to give this a bit of balance and a ghostly tartness.

Notes: Loved it. The smoothness, restrained malt dominance, and the slightly spiced backside make this a can't miss.

DogFood11, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my notes 6/6/2007 pours one-finger light tan head that fades quickly to a ring leaving a good lace. Deep mahogany color. Caramel nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is a nutty brown and some caramel. On-tap for €2.40 ($3.29) for a 250ml chalice from Corner House Cafe Amsterdam, NL.

jdhilt, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice, the beer pours a chestnut brown color with a half-inch tan head. Head retention is low, but the lacing is good. It smells like dark fruit, bananas, caramel and brown sugar. The taste is the same as it smells, except there's some spicyness in the taste. Body is medium, with a decent amount of carbonation. However, it seems a little watery at times. Drinkability is good, it's easy to drink, smooth and a bit dry. I think it's a decent Dubbel, I'd buy it again.

bluejacket74, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of kenito799
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Cola-brown, massive rocky tan head rises and slowly recedes, leaving some lacing here and there.

Pleasant sweet aroma with a touch of banana fruitiness, and some spicy root beer notes.

Crisp carbonation helps keep this brew very drinkable. The malt is brown sugar sweet but there are some caramel and roasted flavors. Subtle cloves. The sweetness is well-balanced by some bitterness in the finish conveyed by roasted malt and subtle hops. Drinkability enhanced by the crispness, mildly bitter finish, and relatively low ABV.

A very nice Dubbel. Would gladly drink this again.

kenito799, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of scottoale
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste the Silence - so the new label says. Poured from the 750ml. corked brown bottle into a 0.25l.RC Koningshoeven chalice, a dark chesnut brown with orange-red highlights. The wide rimmed chalice yielded a 1/4" of off-white foam that settled to a dimplely island in less than a minute. The carbonation seems a bit on the mild side as the cork took some persuasion, but did give a decent pop when it finally gave way.

A sweet, earthy nose to this dubbel, fruitiness of figs, plums, raisens, banana (bubblegum) and some spicy yeast as well. A truly nice aroma, even more so, as it warms.

It tastes as it smells, with a subtleness throughout. Well balanced with a pleasant sweet, fruity lingering finish. A good medium-full body with a listed (on the bottle) 7%ABV, that is very easy to drink and a good representation of the style. Another solid Trappist that's always a treat!

scottoale, May 28, 2007
Photo of IPAcraig
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at some in Amsterdam at some cafe/nar ion the Leidesplein (sp?).

This was a solid dark brown beer with a light creamy brown head that faded quickly.

Huge smell of yeast. Hints of sweetness and crystal malt shine trough at end and give a nice balance.

This reminds me of a malty scottish ale with more of the yeast taste present. Very malty and sweet, thin a bit roasty at the end.

A very drinkable double. Enjoyable, ill have another please.

IPAcraig, May 21, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with indiscernible date stamp pours a reddish chestnut with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Great lacing & nice head retention

S: Nice chocolate notes, pus some subdued caramel

T: Caramel, a slight iron flavor & some herbal hops up front. Toasted grain, a kiss of brown sugar & breadyness are there as this warms. Dryness, leather & tobaacco notes follow. Finishes with some roasted grainyness, oaky dryness, treacle, warming booze, caramel, cinamon & a little bit of apple skin ( a little detracting). Really improved as it warmed, except for the weird apple skin thing...

MF: Medium bodied, vinious & very low carbonation

Drank very easy, dubbels are my favorite trappist-style. Having said that, probably middle of the pack for dubbels (still nice to quaff& would happily session on this)

russpowell, May 16, 2007
Photo of Hammarby
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber, with a tan head with bright yellow tones. Never seen anything like it.
S: Dark berries, dried fruits, figs, fudge, overtone of alcohol, hint of caramel.
T: Alcoholic sting, caramel, bitterness, hint of charcoal, dried fruits, pear.
M: Medium body, moderate carboration.
D: Definately drinkable. Aroma and taste works beautifully together and deepens each others qualities. A beautiful beer and very tasty.

Hammarby, May 04, 2007
La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
89 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.