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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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718 Ratings
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Ratings: 718
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 44
Gots: 70 | FT: 0
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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 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!

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.

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)

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.

Photo of gunnerman
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, pours an amazing blackish red with a fluffy 2 finger head that leaves some thick heavy lace on the glass. Smell is of yeasty bready and a bit of dried old fruit and also a strong smell ofo alchohol. Taste is very bready and malty with with a strong taste of alchohol and heavy carbonation. After drinking this I felt a bit dissapointed, the look and the smell were pretty awesome, that being about it the taste was a carbonated mess that was not really that good IMO, anyways its nice to drink something from the old land.

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

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a deep brown color with an average tan head the left some lacing on the side of the glass. This review was based off of the last half of the bottle so plenty of yeast floaters suspended in the glass. The smell is sweet, plums, has a hint of grape-wine aroma. The taste is of dark fruit & carob, musty & earthy, some roasted nut qualities to it. The feel is well carbonated, light to moderate body, slightly bitter aftertaste. A pretty crisp and refreshing dubbel with a nice balance, very drinkable.

Photo of weeare138
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark opaque mahogany with a dense, 3 finger beige head. Streams of CO2 rise along the edges of the tulip glass. Thick chunks of lacing are scattered along the outer rims.
Smell is of doughy yeast, cocoa powser, plums, grapes, with notes of black cherries, and brown sugar.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with candied cherries and wood fired, caramelized grain note.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with dryness lingering of cherrywood and plums with a cocoa powder finishing it off. A fine level of carbonation mixes with a warming, bready feel. Nice.

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

Pours a red/brown color, with a tan head that disipates too quickly and leaving a poor lace. Primary smell is wet earth, then you find later the subtleties: cherries, cocoa, licorice and spices. Rough roasted flavour, though the body is lighter than expected and mouth of cocoa, licorice, plums and fruits. Sweet finish.

Photo of bark
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The label says 7.0% ABV.

Colour is deep brown with a tint of wine red. The finger thick foam slowly sinks down to a beige lid, leaving lots of lacing. Although the beer is bottle conditioned, the liquid is almost clear.

The smell is creamy and balanced, very fruity and a bit dry with notes of raisins, apricots, alcohol, some paraffin and a refreshing bitterness.

The taste is strong and complex, yet very balanced: Yeasty fruity notes with some lightly roasted malt. Raisins, plums, bitter oranges are followed by a dry firm bitterness. Medium body. The aftertaste is roasted with notes of coffee, bitter hops, some dried fruits, toffee and hints of alcohol and a growing dry/bitter flavour with lots of malt and some candy sugar.

The carbonation is strong and vivid, just as it should be. Medium sized bubbles. The liquid is a bit thick.

Sort of a demanding beer, the taste is stronger than I have found in most Dubbel ales. Not bad at all, but… there are others that I find better.

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

Poured in a very nice dark copper colour and with a thick, creamy head on top. A big smell of sweet caramel, yeast, fruits and licorice filling the room. The taste was equally good. Bitter sweet, yeasty with a pit of violets in the middle somewhere. Very flowery on the back of the palate. The double is definately better when compared with La Trappe Tripel. Usually it is the other way around.

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

Sampled March 2007
Pours with a brilliantly clear, dark amber, purple-plum color. It is topped by an initially three-finger thick, amber-tinged, tan head. The aroma has a musty, almost woody spiciness to it; notes of clove, a touch of allspice, damp bark, cola nut, and perhaps a touch of wet cardboard.

The beer is fairly sweet, yet has a subtle dusty chocolate note. Quite a bit of fruit is here as well, with predominantly a raisin / fig note that is accentuated a bit by the light malt sweetness. There is a touch of cola character here as well as a more typical clove character and a touch of ginger in the finish. Really though the dark, concentrated fruit note are the dominant flavor here. This brew never approaches sticky though, and is in fact quite light overall and fairly easy drinking.

Not a bad beer, and considering that Dubbels are my least favorite Belgian-type beer, well it is even drinkable

Photo of cjgator3
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2fl oz bottle poured into a goblet. Pours a dark brown color with a large white tan head. The aroma is sweet malt, dark fruits, chocolate, spice and yeast. The taste is sweet and a bit roasty with some spices and a mild hop finish. Overall, this is another stellar belgian dubbel in what is without question one of my favorite styles. Recommended.

Photo of BeerZack
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this one in the 11.2oz bottle with a cap.
Pours with small brownish head which quickly dissipates to a thin layer of fine bubbles coving most of the reddish-brown brew. Really clear body, but then again, this isn't the cork-finished bottle.
The smell is faintly sugar with some fruity and alcohol undertones as it warms.
Tastes of dried fruit (raisin), sweet malt and yeast balanced by a slightly acidid hop 'impression' on the finish.
Mouthfeel on this baby is great. Beautifully soft bubbles in this one almost hide its high effervesence and make this dubbel a real easy drinker. Not too complex for sure, but a greatly approachable and highly drinkable trappist.

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

Brown 33cl bottle, label different to the one on this review page. Best before May 2009, drank in March 2007. 7% alcohol, not the 6.50% quoted on here.

Poured into my Straffe Hendrik chalice glass, it looks very good.

Dark ruby red, very slight haze from a bit of sediment that got up from the bottom of the bottle. Light brown head which started out full and half an inche thick, but fell away fairly fast to a thin covering.

Yeast and sweet toffe aroma, with caramel and toasted malts.

I love Trappist Dubbels, this isn't as strong in flavour compared to most, but is still good, rich and fairly sweet, yet smooth and refreashing too.

The most watery of the trappist Dubbels by far, but still a lot better than most Abbey beer copies.

Westmalle Dubbel knocks spots off this beer in my eyes, but it is still a very drinkable beer. This was a fairly young beer, I have one more left, I intend to age it and see what it is like in a couple of years time.

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

Pours dark amber with a head that fades quickly. Smells of dried fruit and spice. Tastes of spice, raisens, and yeast in that order and then hops in the after taste. Slightly acidic with a warm alcohol feel but not taste. Carbonation is light but not thin. Well rounded beer. Would definately drink again.

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

Dark amber ..small head drops fast.
Smells very yeasty...fresh bread dough..hints of cider.
Tastes sweet and doughy..a slight sourness hits....banana, clove some bubblegum..hints of port , vanilla and anise.
Slightly dry finish and a raw flour aftertaste.
Medium body...medium carbonation.
All in all , a nice drinkable dubbel.

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

Pours a dark, russet brown with a delicate head that fades to a tight-bubbled, thin layer on top of the beer. Very fruity, caramel-tinged aromas complex with phenols, fruits (apples, figs), and candi sugar. On the palate, very fruity (raisins, apples), fairly sweet for the style, with a wonderful nutty undercurrent that crops up midway through the palate. In spite of all the sweetness, there's a cutting acidity throughout, but it doesn't bring to mind hop bitterness at all... instead it seems a bit chemical in nature. That, and the big carbonation, lighten the mouthfeel somewhat, making it lightly juicy instead of heavy, or maybe on the heavy side of medium. Overall, this is a very enjoyable dubbel, not up to the standards of the best in the style, but very good for the everyday.

Photo of Stephen63
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This came in a ceramic "crock" measuring 500ml. Lovely ruby dark body with caramel like head that started off well but faded quite quickly.

S - More spicy than fruity, rich and complex. Got the senses going all right.

T - Very full flavour, again the spicyness was to the fore but fruit in the background. Alcohol well hidden and hops only apparent as an aftertaste.

M - Pleasant soft carbonation.

D - Even at 7% and 500ml this was easily drinkable. Could have dispatched another without too much trouble. Fine example of a dubbel.

Good to see this back as "authentic trappist product". The last "crock" I had over a year ago did not have the logo. Was too long ago to tell if the beer has changed. However this one is certainly worthy of the name.

Photo of atsprings
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby read color that was just barely not opaque. Good thick head that was diminishing and left spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma was an interesting blend of malts, dried fruits, crisp yeast with some alcohol presence. The taste was very complex. There was an interesting fruitiness that blended well with a great sweetness well balanced by some subdued hops. There was a good yeast bite in the flavor as well. The mouthfeel possessed a great level of carbonation. The alcohol was well hidden, but there was still a slight astringency present, but not too much. Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer, but not something I can have that much of. I would certainly try and find this for special occasions.

Photo of mjc410
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour into my now venerable (despite never having held the actual nectar) Westvleteren glass raises a short light tan head that dissipates quickly, falling to slight surface lacing and a thick glass ring. The body is a deep, dark brown, which is practically opaque at its core. Red highlights abound, too. The nose, which I expected to be full of berry and fruit scents like the Ommegang I had a few days ago, is actually quite muted in that regard. Rather, it speaks of rich caramel, with toasted notes. It seems fairly straightforward. The taste has more of a fruit flavor, but in a light and toasty way, with a subtle caramel aftertaste. A bit sour, but only just. The mouth is medium, lighter than many dubbels, with a high but fine carbonation. A nice, mellow, and very approachable dubbel. Perhap not worth the cost (> $4/btl), but tasty nonetheless.

Photo of willjansen
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Labelled "La Trappe Dubbel" (as found in Australia) and listed as 7% ABV on the label - Best before 10-2008

Appearance: Dark ruby red, nice one finger head upon pouring which quickly dissapates to a tiny ring of lace around the edges, light to medium carbonation.

Smell: Sweet, molasses, rummy figs/raisins/bananas, portends maltiness and alcoholic notes - average for the dubbel style

Taste: Sweet maltiness, complex mixture of raisins, banana, clove, with a hint of roasted malts, candy sugar - certainly malt dominated, but this is to be expected of the style. Nuttiness comes through as it warms and the alcohol becomes more apparent when breathing through the nose.

Mouthfeel: Exceptional mouthfeel throughout - excellent mix of carbonation, creaminess and a smooth finish

Drinkability: Great dubbel - could sip on this one all night. In my opinion, it rightfully has a place as one of the exclusive trappist brews - lekker

Photo of rec
2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The smell is quite odd, not something I'm fond of. I can't put my finger on what exactly it is I'm smelling, but it's certainly not pleasant to my nose.

After the pour the head dissipates quite quickly and struggles to lace the glass. It's not the most appealing Dubbel I've seen, but is far from the worst.

Taste wise, this brew is absolutely dominated by chocolate malts. Hints of fruit are present, distinctly cherry, and thankfully it lends a hand in the balancing process, even if only slightly. It has an aftertaste filled with alcohol warmth and I dare say the taste of tobacco. The more I drink, the less I like it.

It's a very smooth Dubbel, but I do believe it's not heavy enough to warrant such a strong chocolate malt flavour. The upside to its weight is that it may increase session drinkability for those who enjoy it.

It's something worth trying, but not something I'd recommend.

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

From the 750 ml bottle, no date, marked in stamped ink “14:55” and “K21H3.”

Decants with a pop; into the cervoise, even a gentle pour yields a copious milk-chocolate head. Deep mahogany/cherry color, relatively transparent though dark and with numerous tiny bubbles. 2-finger head dissipates at a moderate pace leaving medium lace and a thin cap. Nose is primarily malt with some faint plums/cherries. Taste of dark, semi-sweet fruit with a good moderate malt backbone. No alcohol evident, and a mildly bitter finish. Mouth is viscous and semi-creamy with mild carbonation. Drinkability is excellent; this is a nicely unassuming and moderate, easy-going brew. 6.5% ABV makes it enjoyable in quantity.

Overall: A good, malty, semi-fruity dubbel. Recommended.

Photo of Absumaster
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a beautiful dark brown, burgundy color with a massive head with tiny bubbles.

Smell is dominated by the dark malts, especially chocolate or black malt. The roast smell is present, but not sharp or anything.

Taste is also roasted or burned of the dark malts. The typical La Trappe yeast gives the beer a flowery and fruity taste. This complements the beer in a nice way.
Mouthfeel is too thin, and getting further in the glass it even starts to become thinner. I actually start to believe this has been colored with a caramel colorant, and no caramel malt has been used. Drinkability is pretty much OK, for a 6,5% beer it drinks away quite easily.

Not their best beer, but a decent dubbel.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A deep ruby color with one finger of creamy brown head.

S - Dark candied sugars, dark fruits, alcohol and white cake.

T - A lightly sweet malty flavor with a bit of a subtle fig and cherry taste. A touch of alcohol in the flavor as well that makes for a shot-o-vodka like aftertaste.

M - Frothy, medium thickness, slightly refreshing.

D - The alcohol does the most damage here. It is a decent double, but there are much better ones out there.

La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 718 ratings.