La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
Big ole 750 mL caged & corked with cryptic 13:42 over K23K1 on the label...whatever that means!
Pours out with an auburn henna hue allowing some tiny bubbles rising to the surface of a vivid tan cratered headcap that quickly settles.
Some over ripe brown banana aroma dominates the nose with a cocoa hint and raisin.
First swigs: Yeasty prescence initially with a mellow flowing middle of fig and prune. Sweetness is clearly imparted via a pastry flavor. Slightly dry and floury.
Feel is plenty frothy with an endless shushy action on the tongue. Seems to lack a thicker body than I expected for the style.
Last swigs: Tasty yet a tad on the fragile side. Worth trying. Something tells me that this bottle was a little on the old side.
04-14-2006 03:04:31 | More by blitheringidiot
3.78/5 rDev -3.8%
The beer poured into the chalice clear deep brown with an amber hue. The head was off-white, almost tan, and rose tall falling slowly to lace the glass.
The aroma was fruity with dark fruits, raisins most notable followed by a dark caramel and a Belgian yeast spice character. The spice was accentuated by wafts of alcohol and a candy note.
The flavor was somewhat malty with a slight metallic flavor. The malt flavor was dark caramel with a biscuit character. The flavor was not sweet, more dry from the beginning. The flavor was fruity, but only as the metallic dark caramel and biscuity flavors began to fade.
The finish was dry with a lasting biscuity nature and a dark fruit, raisin, character into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a nice carbonation level. The metallic nature of the flavor was what kills this one. Also the flavor was just a bit too dry.
750 ml corked and bailed bottle.
04-07-2006 23:39:58 | More by GCBrewingCo
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
330ml bottle bought from Grape Expectations, Ballyclare...
Poured a deep mahogany brown colour... Creamy tan head poured quite big and faded to a nice thin layer...
Aroma - Toasted caramel maltiness, bready, dark fruits (dates, figs), light aniseed, spicy, brown sugar / treacle sweetness...
Taste Fruity (raisins), light aniseed, chocolate hints, treacle, strong coffee, nice spicy maltiness, light caramel sweetness, noticable alcohol notes, yeasty...
Feel - Quite smooth and dry.. Medium / full bodied.
Overall - A very good beer.... Recommended... Probably could have done with some aging though...
03-27-2006 15:03:36 | More by mdagnew
3.98/5 rDev +1.3%
Pours out a clear rich mahogany color with a fluffy tan head. Nose is sharply phenolic with points of caramel and malt. Spicy, fruity yeast notes are the dominant flavor, with malt taking more of a backseat than I expected. Peppery alcohol is noticible despite the low strength. Soft in the mouth, with a bit of a watery feel to it.
03-24-2006 02:51:36 | More by allengarvin
3.33/5 rDev -15.3%
This is a great transition beer for those not familiar with belgium style beers or have a hesitancy toward them.
The Dubbel pours a deep translucent mohogony and the head is off white almost tan and tightly laced. The lace left behind is symetrical and long lasting.
The nose produces caramel and light toffee, with some eshter and herbal notes. But the latter are only hints.
The mouth is smooth and not overwhelming. The malt, hop, and alcohol balance is great. The finish is medium with a lasting impression of toffee.
03-20-2006 22:27:24 | More by marinobrew
4.28/5 rDev +8.9%
Aroma is fairly sharp and features dark candied fruits, sweet breads and mild spicey notes. Opaque red/brown body holds a two finger thick, creamy tan head. Fore is candy sugar, yeast, spice, sweet bread, bannanas, apple, crusty churros and apple fritter crust. Quite damn flavorful with a very silky/creamy mouthfeel.
02-25-2006 21:06:02 | More by Jredner
4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
Undoubtedly, the best offering from Koningshoeven. Very Trapist worthy. Rusty color with a ligh haze and yeast 'floaties' swirling around. Rocky eggshell colored head sprinkled with spices. Robust malt and musk aromas with belgian famous tartness, earthiness and a little Oud Brune characteristics. Very sweet to taste with dates, grapes, nuts, berries, figs, and perhaps a little syrup and chocolate. A little sticky-sweet in the mouth. The sweetness helps the high carbonation to remain smooth and less alcoholic hot. Remains spicy throughout the finish and aftertaste. A little bite-ey toward the end, mainly due to yeast and husk. Still, tasty stuff.
02-25-2006 19:29:50 | More by BEERchitect
United Kingdom (England)
3.85/5 rDev -2%
Poured medium dark from the bottle, not too lively, though decent head. Smell is a little strange at first, overall mainly sweet, fruity, and spicy, but the yeast comes through too, giving a strange musty hint. Initial taste is the same sweet, though the yeasty hints come through too, almost as though of touch of Stilton cheese in it (Ok...sounds crazy, but that's what I thought!!) The aftertaste leaves a hint of bitterness, so reasonable balance with the sweet fruity start. I enjoyed this, but would probably not want more than two small bottles at any one time.
B'ham UK Feb 2006
02-22-2006 22:10:32 | More by JohnW
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
Pours out a nice deep dark brown with a tan head.Enought light gets through to it to give it a hazy look, but it is overall just dark.
Smells interesting. There is a very deep heavy malty sweetness that is the smell. I get a little alcohol. I think its a little grainy smelling. A slight cherry liquour and chocolate smell too.
taste is good. Initially i get salty though. deep roasted malts, just a touch leathery which i dont really like. But the malty flavor is quite nice. aftertaste has a good amount of a sweet chocolate taste filled with alcohol.
Mouthfeel is good. Lots of carbonation for this dubbel. Good balance.
Overall a good cheap dubbel. I could get this and not think twice when i have that craving for a dubble and dont have much money/or variety.
02-02-2006 04:40:33 | More by acrawf6
4/5 rDev +1.8%
La Trappe dubbel was one of my christmas eve beers in Madrid.
This beer was pretty good although I was expecting a bit more, considering my previous experience in the summer with the tripel by koningshoeven.
The pour is dark although not as opaque as I expected. the head is very light, even having poured it in the actual la trappe glass. it was very subtle, but creamy. the beer seemed a bit more dusty than consistent.
The smell is very discrete but still reveals a strong sense of alcohol, flirting out among that typical malt sensation belgian (or belgian alikes) have.
The taste is also a bit weak although full of red fruit flavours, and strong feel of alcohol comes through as well while still tasting it. barely bitter, more abundant in sweet flavours however a bit disappointing in the end, considering it lacks a bit of strength on them.
The beer, however, is quite good.
01-16-2006 01:54:11 | More by Andreji
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
11.2 oz bottle: This one pours a cloudy, opaque mahogany brown color. There was almost no head on it, and it died off immediately. The aroma is quite nice. Many fruity scents in there, notably raisins, plums, and some others. The taste is quite good also. It is a tad sweet, and mainly consists of brown sugar, some caramel, a hint of alcohol, bananas and bit of yeastiness and breadiness. A full rich flavor. A very nice dubbel.
01-08-2006 21:12:32 | More by Boto
4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
Small bottle from a gift set box, which included the nice glass I'm sampling from.No freshness indication. Pours pretty clear, light-medium chocolate amber, with a roasted garlic colored head, leaving stringy lacing. Nose is distinctly of cola, also some vanilla and fruits mixed in. Fairly light bodied for a double, moderate carbonation. Sweet brew with notes of caramel, smoky raisins, gingerbread cookies and Belgian yeasty goodness. Nice easy drinking Dubbel.
12-31-2005 19:33:36 | More by Billolick
3.93/5 rDev 0%
Poured out kind of disappointingly...murky red-brown color, slight amounts of light sneaking in around the edges, but no substantive head, just a thin half-inch of quickly-passing foam.
Smell is sweet with a candied sugar scent, but it's rounded out nicely by some dark fruits, most notably plum and figs, and a light whiff of chocolate maltiness in there, too. Slight licorice notes in the nose as well.
Flavor is pretty workmanlike for a dubble: fairly sweet and sugary, with heavy fruit notes (again, I get lots of plum, peach, cherry, and light strawberry), and just a little hint of hot alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is kind of creamy and dries out on the end, but just a little.
Overall: This one's okay: not really in that top echelon of Belgian dubbels, but also not too expensive. A nice enough stab at it.
12-17-2005 04:35:07 | More by whartontallboy
3.5/5 rDev -10.9%
Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium off-white foamy head with average retention. Aroma of sugary malt with some Belgian type yeast. Taste is really good with a nice mix between sweet caramel malt and fresh cookie with a touch of Belgian yeast. The mouthfeel is a creamy but also watery and I believe this is the main default of this beer. Body is way too thin for the style.
11-21-2005 19:42:11 | More by Phyl21ca
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
Light cola brown pour, nice and cloudy, with a sizable wheat colored head that retains moderately and leaves a few bits of scattered lace.
Aroma is sweet and malty, brimming with plum, raisin, and apple. There's a drying tartness with just a touch of funky Belgian yeast.
Flavor is malty and fruity upfront, with lots of apple and dark plum. It has just a hint of tart yeast and dry minerality. Finish is light and fruity, with a dry dose of peppery hops.
Body is between light and medium, a tad too thin. Texture is light and fluffy, and very quaffable.
11-04-2005 23:43:42 | More by AlexJ
4/5 rDev +1.8%
Appearance: A deep ruby to leather brown pour with a slightly tan/biege head. Very bubbly and sudsy looking.
Smell: A musty blend of spices, raisins, and a touch of alcohol. Dates, figs, and raisins keep popping up in my mind.
Taste: Brown sugar, carmel, maple sugar, oats, and cream. Just a little bit of alcohol in the finish which is percieved as a peppery spicyness. If it gets much sweeter I would think it would start tasting like a dopplebock.
Mouthfeel: A delicate balance of carbonation and a bit creamy to slippery.
Drinkability: A fine dubbel. I've had trouble getting into Belgian style beers but this style clearly does the trick for me. I would imagine this going down fine as the months get colder. Strongly recommended.
10-11-2005 19:23:14 | More by mattcrill
3.45/5 rDev -12.2%
looks dark maroon with a great beige head and lots of lacing
smells strong and sweet. reminicent of caramel and fruits a little ripe
tastes good. really similar to the few others i've tried of this style. thick and caramelly with a sharp clean after taste.
09-30-2005 16:36:57 | More by davidchollar
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
Presentation: 750ml brown glass semi-custom bottle, corked and caged, multicolored on black label
Appearance: dark brown with medium off-white head, good sticky lacing
Smell: malt, lemon, caramel, spiciness, minor alcohol
Taste: medium body, smooth mouth feel, spicy clove, strong yeast, chocolate and some alcohol
Notes: one fine dubbel
09-26-2005 01:56:23 | More by BeerBeing
2.73/5 rDev -30.5%
750ml bottle, dated best-before 12-2005.
Pours dark brown with big pillowy tan head and lots of lacing. Smells almost too sweet; caramel and candi malts on strong alcohol base. Taste and mouth-feel are very poor; a mess of sticky, carbonated, and overwhelmingly boozy bubble-gum that overpowers everything else. No hop-profile or dryness to speak of. An exceedingly inferior dubbel.
09-18-2005 20:07:31 | More by dgallina
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
Presentation: Drank from an 11.2 oz bottle, poured into Watou brewery chalice.
Appearance: A dark browny orange color. Sticky head clinging to my glass.
Smell: Grassy and fruity. Definitive Dubbel smell for me.
Taste: There's something untamed here. It's a delicious example of a dubbel.
Notes: I've had this beer maybe 5 or 6 times, and the taste has been pretty consistent. I'll drink this again and again.
07-19-2005 00:01:46 | More by TurdFurgison
3.65/5 rDev -7.1%
From a classy bottle desigin, this beer is a deep ruby color with a head struggling to stay aloft. Ends up looking a little limp in the glass.
Smell is a small rummy scent over a smoothly aromatic malt foundation that screams "Belgian." A cotton-soft and demurely sweet dark fruitiness is here and there.
Tastes like a raisin, pure and simple. That descriptor is oft employed for the style but never has it fit so succinctly. Unfortunately little other characterisitics shine through as the malt is serene in other areas, with a barely bready undertone before the raisin flavor and small amounts of toasty-roasty roughness in the finish. Fairly sweet with few yeast inflections besides a baseline fruitiness of darker types. I expected a few more Belgian-like peculiarities.
Carbonation was fairly low and the mouthfeel was moderate and clean with just a hint of girth. Drinkability was through the roof because while it lacked much in the way of overall complexity it greatly made up in appreciable simplicity of flavor and ease of quaffing. Nary a bite of alcohol or other obnoxious faults. Pure and simple.
07-17-2005 18:19:42 | More by nomad
4.22/5 rDev +7.4%
33 cl. bottle. Pours a clear garnet hue with a thick tan head. Sweet, maple syrup, vanilla almond smell. Medium bodied with decent carbonation.
Taste is rich, malty with dates, figs, and maple syrup. Alcohol taste is in the background. Hop flavor is absent.
A great dubble here.
07-12-2005 15:33:42 | More by beerceller99
4.18/5 rDev +6.4%
Poured from an undated 11.2oz into a chalice. K22K4 15:17 ink jetted on the back label.
Dark brown with a one finger head of light tan that falls to a thick ring that is veiled with thin foam and medium sized bubbles. Decent lace.
Has a nice nose of cloves/bannanas/yeast paired with a light whiff of brown sugar. There's a little green apple tang underneath. Suggestions of cookie dough.
The taste is not as strong as the nose, but it follows along the same lines. Belgian yeast flavors with brown sugar and a good dose of bitter hops that make a nice transition into a slightly tangy, but overall dry finish.
The mouthfeel is full enough without going to far, but suffers a bit from too much tingle. Quite drinkable, even if it's $2.99+ a single.
07-12-2005 04:39:18 | More by ypsifly
3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
I had a few of these before a show less than one week ago. I bought a four-pack for $9.99 american and figured right off that these wouldn't be as special as chimay, rochefort, etc.
I was immediately hit by the familiar yeast and alcohol esters smell of a trappist. I smelled bananas and deep fruit. This beer had a medium bodied consistent taste, start to finish. There was average complexity and a pleasing aftertaste of wheat and bread and some alcohol.
For me, this was not as impressive as some of the other trappist of abbey specialty dubbels, but this would be a beer to keep semi-chilled, and bring out at you house if you friends over for a casual dinner. Perhaps this would be excellent at a pub with fries and a giant burger.
07-05-2005 13:42:42 | More by andjusticeforale
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
From an 11.2 ounce bottle, pours a cloudy, deep brown color; almost ruby red. Lots of banana bread flavors to be found with some bitterness reminding me of tea or citrus bitterness. There's also that bitterness one finds in unsweetened or barely sweetened chocolate. Dark fruit flavors, most notabley cherry and prune. The alcohol is well balanced and used here.
Pretty complex.. perhaps not especially complex for a dubbel but this offers quite a bit.
I can't wait to try this in the 750 mL corked and caged version.
06-26-2005 02:50:58 | More by ommegangpbr
La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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