La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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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
3.6/5 rDev -8.4%
This dubbel pours out a murky amber brown color with a 1" head that recedes to a spotty beige cap that lasts as long as the beer does. Very little lacing.
The aroma is fruity with some brown sugar and spice notes.
The first few sips were filled with a bright fruit flavor, reminiscent of dark cherries. As the beer warmed some banana and pear flavor became evident. There is just a little spiciness in the fruity finish. The beer is only lightly carbonated and has a soft pleasing mouthfeel.
This is a nice dubbel, very user friendly. Not as complex as some but very enjoyable and drinkable.
06-18-2005 21:19:54 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.5/5 rDev +14.5%
I like this beer even more than the blonde. It pours a slightly cloudy dark caramel color with a little bit of tan head that doesn't linger for too long.
Smells very fruity, lots of dark, ripe fruits. Almost smells like candy. Tastes lovely. Almost a wine taste, cherry and grape flavors, and hints of chocolate. Sweet but not too sweet. No bad aftertastes. The taste would probably be well complimented and highlited by a bowl of berries- I'd opt for raspberries or strawberries, but cherries would probably go well too. And dipping them in chocolate certainly wouldn't hurt.
Mouthfeel is chewy, not watery, and pleasant. I could and would be content with drinking only this all night. A really well-rounded beer on the whole.
06-17-2005 03:10:24 | More by scooter231
2.85/5 rDev -27.5%
Dark brown in hue, impressive, plus there is a ruby influence as well. The liquid is lovely to look at. A beige head formed and at the apex the foam was one finger in height. Head retention was fair, it quickly faded to a soapy cap, naked in spots then there was nothing on top. There was no subsequent lacing what a shame. I loved the liquid but there is nothing else worth a damn about the appearance. Yawn.
The nose is very lackluster. It says nothing that convinces me this is a) Belgian or b) a Dubbel. All I detect is apples, some dark fruits, and some sweet and supple maltiness (very difficult to detect). There is a kiss of alcohol at the back. This nose lacks potency and articulation. It is not inviting it seems to be trying though. Unlike, say, Chimay, what I do smell I like but I dont smell nearly enough of it. This is sadly average.
The palate is very average I dont like Dubbels that are gimpy like this (or any kind of beer for that matter). Where is the malty goodness? Where is the yeasty depth? Sure there are dark fruits (like plums, dates, and grapes) and red apples, even some figs. And sure there is some tasty and slightly sweet maltiness. It is like alcoholic cake but there isnt nearly enough of it. It is too clean and too insignificant. It is very monotonous. The palate is very damn average.
Light in body, moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is too thin and watery, especially for the style. To say the mouthfeel is below average would be an understatement. Pathetic.
Drinkable? Like water. Beer shouldnt be so. I cant recommend anything to pair this with, food-wise. I say dont drink it. I purchased my 750ml on sale in Parkville, MO for $3.00. I wouldnt buy it again for half that. Skip.
06-06-2005 20:15:55 | More by bditty187
3.78/5 rDev -3.8%
Poured into a chalice with a rich, very natural malted grain brown color. Cloudy to the point of being an opaque murkiness. A tan head forms and fizzles out pretty quickly. Nothing much is left after that.
The nose has some fruits and spices to it. It's doesn't jump out at me. Rich brown bread and cinnamon notes mingled with prune and dried fig.
The taste is rainsiny, full of fruit both dried and fresh. Banana, mango, dates.. lots of dates. It's not as big as a Belgian ale in terms of body and flavor. But on the other hand I do want a beer that is a bit tamer than a Belgian, and wilder and more interesting than an English brown. This is the happy middle ground. Lots of flavor, but not overpowering.
I'm actually very happy with this ale. It works well after dinner and with the very reasonable price ($6) I will definitely be going back for more. Thanks to Nick at Bauer Wine for help with this selection and the wonderful chalice.
05-21-2005 03:17:11 | More by MrSeth
3.85/5 rDev -2%
Pours a deep dark copper with a generous fluffy tan head. Smells of brown sugar, caramel dark fruit (raisins and plums) with a slight alcohol nose and a bit of sour smell. Tastes much like it smells, dark fruit and malty sweetness. Low hop bitterness, noticable alcohol, slightly sweet finish. Mouthfeel is full and carbonation medium. A very good dubbel, not as good as their blonde, but still good.
04-21-2005 20:55:07 | More by beertastegood
3.88/5 rDev -1.3%
Bomber from Downtown Liquors in Somerville, MA. Shout out to ma beer distro homies wit aaalll dem Belgians. All five Trappists which are shipped to the USA are there--which brings me to confusion. It says "Konings hoeven - Dubbel - Trappist ale"...but it doesn't seem to be a real Trappist. Send me a beer mail if you know what's up with that.
Corked bomber (1 pint, 9.4 fl oz). Pours a ruddy ruby with large-bubbled green and orange-hued head. Not as persistent there as I'd like, but it rejuvenates well. I enjoyed it with Bel Gioioso fontina cheese.
Scents of fruit and alcohol. Tastes generally fruity. Substantially malty, with a chunky texture, and banana and kiwi notes. Smooth and tart. Aftertaste of berries. Raspberry in front. Esthers abound. The malt finishes smoothly, without dryness or cloying. Scent strong but not well-definable or identifiable. Overall very nice.
04-12-2005 03:09:26 | More by cooter
4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
Hit one to the gap in left-center with this one on 4/7/2005. 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bomber poured twice in an Allagash snifter.
Really just a skein of head that quickly peters out to a desultory wash with some volcanic action erupting from time to time in the middle. Magenta hue with touches of brown and claret, difficult to see through though I know there are things happening in there. Realy raising and tons of fermented dates on nose with some freshly tilled earthiness and pumpernickel. Very meaty malt to taste, with some salty black walnuts, craisins, blackberry jam, and a bit of roasted pepper all swirling around. Quite tasty.
04-08-2005 17:43:36 | More by Truh
4/5 rDev +1.8%
Nice hazy burgandy color with a loose tan head. Decent amount of lacing. Very vinous aroma. Lots of purple grapes and alcohol along with an acidic punch that burns my nose a little. Flavors have more grape notes to them. There's a citric tart underneath along with some yeasty spicyness. Hops come towards the finish with a good dose of acidic. Long dry, lingering finish. Body is thinner when cold and thicker when warmer. Flavors come together and work really well when this beer warms up a bit. A solid beer all around.
04-08-2005 01:42:29 | More by granger10
4.15/5 rDev +5.6%
This is a really fine beer.
Pours a nice cloudy reddish-brown with a tan head that leaves spotty lace.
Smell is malty, fruity and with a hint of smoke hiding in the background.
Taste is just as good as the smell with the same fruit, malt and very light smoke flavors.
Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy, full-bodied with a light effervescence.
Drinkability: very high. A wonderfully made brew with great balance and good complexity, like all the others I've had from this brewery.
02-07-2005 21:38:15 | More by PorterLambic
3.93/5 rDev 0%
Pours a dark ruby caramel red with a thin head that leaves a little bit of lacing, but still manages to look pretty good. The smell is fainly peppery, with that unmikeable belgian caramel scent. The taste is standard: caramel, sour fruit, and what seems like a slight note of coriander. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. I would have preferred something a little bit more, well, more round.
An okay dubbel, but there are better options out there. I got this one as part of a gift pack and don't think I'll be returning to it soon.
02-03-2005 17:39:25 | More by twilight
3.4/5 rDev -13.5%
Beer is a dark russet tint, with a coffeewithcream colored head atop. Heavy carbonation, minimal lacing. Has the look of a rich, quality brew.
Hit of alcohol in the nose from the moment of the first pour. After that, notes of prune, raisin, malt, and light spice.
Smoother than I expected on the palate. The alcohol in the nose is minimized on the tongue, hidden beneath flavors of prune and raisin. Indeed, this tastes so much like prune juince to me it's a little distracting. Warming from the alcohol and a bit of smokiness in the aftertaste. Soft and buttery mouthfeel.
Certainly a quality brew, and probably a favorite for dubbel fans. For my money though, when it comes to the Trappists I'll always reach for a tripel.
01-28-2005 22:27:05 | More by Hunter
4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
despite being the 'fake' trappist, and being dutch, this ranks up there in my book, and blows away achel and chimay.
from an 11.2 oz bottle, part of a gift pack.
poured into the koningshoeven chalice that came with it, this beer is a lovely substantial brown with a thick head that dissipates into delicate circles resting on a thinner layer of carbonation. smells like malt, yeast and caramel with heavy banana and light spice. also has a crispness
and this crispness is the best thing about the flavor. a classic dubbel that is able to hide the alcohol.. and in my opinion, alc is the big spoiler of trappists. sweet, chocolatey, with lots of carbonation on the tongue.
the problem with this is the drinkability- so high and i only have the one at proper temp.
01-22-2005 18:31:12 | More by goodbyeohio
4.45/5 rDev +13.2%
Okay, mind you this is the first Trappist Ale I've tried and my comparison is obviously limited. However, if others retain the same qualities, I may have found my new favorite style. Great head retention, carbonation and lacing. Appears like cream soda. First tastes of butterscotch followed by light liquid candy on the lips. Enjoyed every sip. Not sure if i could drink more that two in a session. Paid $2.99 for a 12oz bottle.
01-15-2005 22:25:09 | More by Backer2004
4.08/5 rDev +3.8%
Appearance: Dark brown with a offwhite head that doesn't last long but leaves a nice lace.
Smell: Sweet and spicy. I can smell raisin and sweet candy. Spicess add a nice character to the aroma.
Taste: A very complex flavor is in this beer. To start off it is quite big and malty and then you can taste spices. After that it gets a little bitter and then it goes to a nice candy sweetness. Very nice.
Mouthfeel: This is a little thin. I have noticed this with the La Trappe beers. Maybe something to working on.
Overall a good beer. I would buy this again.
01-12-2005 04:01:45 | More by Ellbert
4/5 rDev +1.8%
Brownish brew with tan head that falls to ring of foam. Aromas dark fruits, spices, and candy like chocolate hints some alcohol also in the nose.Taste is good semi sweet malt spices with fruit coming thru raisins plums good mouthfeel aided by burst of carbontation in the middle. Finishes nice creamy lingering sweetness with some spices. No aclohol in the taste but it does warm the body some. Mouthfeel was good solid medium ligth carbonation except for that little burst in the middle. Drinkability is good not the best dubbel but not bad. Thanks to merlin48 for the sample.
11-26-2004 19:23:36 | More by mntlover
3.98/5 rDev +1.3%
This one was a cloudy, rich amber beer without much head. But there was some good lacing, which bode well for the experience.
The aroma was of strong malt with a slight mustiness that was not unpleasant.
The taste was very similar... mostly of strong malt, but a slight mustiness to it as well. It was very warming as it went down.
This was the second beer on La Trappe night... and a good one, as it was a step up from the Enkel.
11-22-2004 04:31:34 | More by connecticutpoet
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
Part of an inexpensive, gift box that included four bottles and a nice goblet for $11.95. The dubbel pours a hazed, tawny peach body with a small beige head that quickly falls into a film and collar. Attractive lace sheets the goblet.
Aroma begins with a hint of chocolate, but clove and allspice quickly take over. Dark fruits of prunes and raisins are also noted, as well as a mild earthy yeastiness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with effervescent carbonation.
Taste is complex, with a dry beginning that highlights clove and allspice, and an alcohol warmth. Dark fruits soon emerge to lend a pleasing balance, and there is an earthy yeastiness that is present, but not prominent.
Overall, a decent dubbel but there are many that are much better.
11-21-2004 23:44:31 | More by merlin48
4/5 rDev +1.8%
Gotten for a song at Premier Gourmet, made a great sharing with a business associate. While not as tasty as complex as the quad and trippel, it was tod rink slowly form like a fine wine. Strong alcohol and quality yeast aroma. Winish red-auburn colour. Initial head and retained thin lace. Moderate malt, with raspberry mid-sip.
11-03-2004 04:52:05 | More by Sammy
3.85/5 rDev -2%
Purchased the bottle in Amsterdam Aug 04, sampled in Oct 04
This beer poured a big tan head with a ruby brown body.
The nose was a simple mix of yeast, dark fruits and plums. A decent port type smell.
Medium bodied with a dark, somewhat bitter, fruit that tapers off rather quickly. Plums, raisins, caramel and very dark (although very light) chocolate, yeast, and malt dominate the taste. A very light hop touch with some wheat and yeast. Not overly bitter. It ends very smooth with a little lingering bitterness.
Overall a decent dubbel. Nothing to go crazy about, just a nice run of the mill dubble.
11-02-2004 08:35:24 | More by taez555
4.15/5 rDev +5.6%
La Trappe version. I'd imagine this beer has some age behind it because it's still labeled as La Trappe, and I've sat on it myself for a couple of years. Served lightly chilled. Pours a nice coppery brown with some ruby highlights. Frothy beige head that seemed rather fizzy, like cola carbonation. Good roasted malt aspect to it (slight suggestion of whiskey malt), with some raisiny fruitiness, light fudgy chocolate and woody esters in the nose. Mouthfeel is spritzy, melding well with the robust malt, and an earthiness bordering on woody and spicy. This dubbel is rather remarkable in the sense of it's complexity. Fruity notions like dates, raisins and prune. Never overly sweet or cloying, because a slight vegetal woody astringency in the finish keeps each sip a savory delight. I feel like my heart should be sinking, knowing I'll never have this La Trappe version of Koningshoeven's beer again, but I'm just busy enjoying it. Enjoyable it is.
10-18-2004 08:27:00 | More by crookedhalo
4.28/5 rDev +8.9%
When you pour this brew it is a symphony of differing aromas, and that intrigues you immeadiately! The head floats like a summer cloud as you pour it into a suitable tulip glass to admire it's mahogany hue. What a wild aromatic bonanza! The taste is excellent with a tangy flavor highlighted by a peppery overtone. I love the overally spicy, fruity complexness. Mouthfeel is soft, well rounded and balanced. A great Belgium Dubbel that I will love to taste again and again. Yummm.
09-25-2004 03:14:09 | More by BarrelBrother
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
I saw an ad in the summer SAQ catalog for the four La Trappe beers plus a goblet (they even had a photo with the La Trappe bottles). So I bolted to the store only to find they were the Koningshoeven bottles. Oh well. I tell myself the La Trappe would have been past their prime. And since I've never been able to find the elusive Koningshoeven dubbel, I splurged.
The head on the dubbel is a small, thin layer of foam and sits on a hazy, brown-reddish beer. The nose is a huge bread, alcohol, ink, caramel blend. Not too sweet. Starts fruity and dark. The middle is chewy, nutty, milky. Plenty of rich cream with temperature. The finish is bready with toffee and bubble gum. Nicely bitter. Some grains with temperature. I may be blinded by its relative rarity, but this is definitely a highlight of Koningshoeven for me. Bready, fruity, delicious.
Review of La Trappe:
There's a very small, dark tan, coarse, bubbly head. It sits on a garnet and brown body: cloudy and dark. The beer gives off an aroma of toffee and bread. It's a sweet, chewy smell. Perfect. The front is sweetish and fruity. But there's a bit of a strange, veggie/woody taste. I hope it's not cork. In the middle, it tastes a little thin, with some tanginess and malt. Bitter chocolate and apples appear on the finish.
Unfortunately, the toffee malt and bread from the nose just don't develop. It gets better at temperature: creamier, more syrup. But it still doesn't blow my socks off.
09-21-2004 00:12:21 | More by kbub6f
La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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