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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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very good

642 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 642
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 36
Gots: 36 | 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 goodbyeohio


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 18:31:12 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2005 22:25:09 | More by Backer2004
Photo of Ellbert


4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2005 04:01:45 | More by Ellbert
Photo of mntlover


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2004 19:23:36 | More by mntlover
Photo of connecticutpoet


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2004 04:31:34 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of merlin48


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2004 23:44:31 | More by merlin48
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 04:52:05 | More by Sammy
Photo of taez555


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2004 08:35:24 | More by taez555
Photo of crookedhalo


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2004 08:27:00 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of BarrelBrother


4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2004 03:14:09 | More by BarrelBrother
Photo of kbub6f

New York

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2004 00:12:21 | More by kbub6f
Photo of kmpitz2


3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice deep brown color, letting a bit of light through. The head is nothing but a covering over top of the beer. The nose is all sweet malts, none of the fig/rasin character I expect. Hmm...The flavor is the same...Lacking and weak. The flavor is thin and not what I want from this kind of beer. Mouthfeel is also a bit thin for my liking as well. Overall, this one is left me wanting a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2004 21:54:18 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of clvand0


3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with no head at all. No lacing either. Has a slightly fruity aroma with a lot of malty goodness and sweet. The flavor is all malts. I wouldn't really call this a good dubbel, but it's an ok beer - nice malt character. Doesn't have the fruit or yeast character that it should. A decent beer, but not great for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2004 00:50:35 | More by clvand0
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


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

Not a headknocker, but pleasant enough. Cream colored head itself has nice, spicy, candy taste. Nice brown beer with orange highlights, shows bubbles drifting up as sediment settles down. Taste brings out oranges, raisins, a bit of wine and light spiciness, on a well-warmed, rather that roasted, malt base. Comes off like a fresh barley wine. May not be the very best of its kind, but darn close, and its alcohol warmth makes a nice way to break a Lenten abstinence of over a month (and circumstances kept me away from home where I had a store of actual Trappist ales to enjoy on Easter. This was a good substitute).

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 15:54:35 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


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

I had this before a Chimay Red (this was better), followed by a Westmalle (which is better than both). Nice, dark fruity flavor. Definitely on the sweet side, but not too much so. Medium to full body, creamy and smooth. One of the better dubbel's I've had. Not up there with the Westy or the Westmalle, but very good. This just showed up in a local store (in four packs). I will certainly buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2004 04:31:16 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of nogoodreason


3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep opaque brown with a red hue. Head is fluffy and eggshell colored. Retention isn't great, but the lacing is beautiful.

Smell: Good, malty smell with traces of alcohol apparent, somewhat earthy with a little bit of grain smell. More alcohol towards the end.

Taste: Rich, with some good yeasty aspects... it's complex, and the flavors are sublte so nothing is jumping out at me. Then there's a bit of toffee, a little bit of cocoa, a lot of rich bready tastes. The first couple of finishes have a mild musty character that's a little unpleasant. As the bottle warms, the finish becomes rich and bready... like pumpernickel, with a good bit of toffee. Again a hint of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and fairly light... carbonation is light but present, makes this feel quite nice. Not drying or astringent.

A good, solid Dubbel. Not quite up there with the Westmalle and definitely not in the same league as the Westvleteren, but still an enjoyable brew. I will definitely purchase this again. I'm anxious to try their Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2004 14:20:03 | More by nogoodreason
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour was a murky copper red with a one finger head that quickly dissapated to a thick white/beige lace on top of the beer.

The smell was heavy in apricots and dates with just a hint of figs and hop spice. I really enjoyed the way the smells mixed with each other in this beer.

The drink started very thin with just a hint of flavor. The flavors picked up in the middle with a kick of fruit, apricots and figs, mixed with a slight hop spice. The finish was a lingering fruit taste. The flavors really never melted together in this one the way I expected them to.

All and all a beer that was alot thinner than I expected, but still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2004 03:43:59 | More by coasterfreak75
Photo of Brent


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

Murky and a bit on the pale side of walnut in color. Very fizzy at first, quickly settling to a lace of head. Aroma calls to mind a cherry cola. Flavor profile is remarkably restrained for the style. Mild caramel malt and some gentle fruity notes. Alcohol flavor is evident at the finish, but not too prominent. Interestingly, the aroma became a bit more pronounced as I progressed into the beer, whereas I usually stop noticing it after the first few sips of most beers, the cherry cola character even more distinct. While this beer is quite smooth, it is also a bit tame, even a little watery.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2004 03:31:12 | More by Brent
Photo of cbl2

New York

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Slightly cloudy, brown with no head.


A floral/honey aroma greets the nose, promising a sweet malty sip.


Bursting with fruit character. Some grape/diacetyl flavors dominate. A decent doulbe, though by no means one of the greats.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2004 14:24:11 | More by cbl2
Photo of foamyhead


3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer looks brown, but when you hold it up against the light, you see that has a nice deep red colour. It pours a firm beige head, that holds quite well.
In the nose I sense a sweet, spicy yeasty beer, and a touch of alcohol.
A medium to full-body beer with a soft taste of cream caramel and some bitterness in the end. Overall it is harmonious and has some strength. Nice soft and round beer, that fills my mouth well.
Worth trying again :)

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 18:51:13 | More by foamyhead
Photo of Naerhu


3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is so amazingly average, it is dumbfounding.

Slightly red opaque body with thin off-white head.
Aroma of rubber and pencils.
Yeasty belgian like flavor, no hops to mention. Cheap hershey's chocolate.
Medium to light body.
This so mild and boring I drank a third of the bottle and then forgot about it until the next morning.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2004 11:53:41 | More by Naerhu
Photo of SetarconeX


3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a reddish brown murk. Some mild carbonation, but nothing too terribly heavy, which is really how I like it. The smell is quite sweet, almost candylike in a way. Heavy malt scents behind that.

The taste itself, however, is almost pure malt through and through, but nowhere near as strong as you might think with the scent. If the taste stayed here, I'd give it a four, but it finishes with an odd, slightly metallic sense. As always a metallic taste absolutely kills the mouthfeel.

It's certainly a drinkable beer, but for what I payed for this, I expect a much higher standard of quality. Nix the metallic taste, and this might turn into a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2004 05:12:21 | More by SetarconeX
Photo of GuinnessSmurf


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

Appearance is red-brown color with a halo of head around the inner rim of the glass.

Smell is very fresh - it has some sort of autumn smell (leafy) with fruit notes.

As soon as it hit my tongue, I started salivating madly. The taste is mildly fruity (not over done), with some spices thrown in to guide the tongue into a long long aftertaste. The body of the beer was heavy but made my tongue feel sort of prickly too.

A good drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 19:55:22 | More by GuinnessSmurf
Photo of tjd25


3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Fine, persistent and dense brownish head on an intense opaque dark almost purple body. Medicinal aromas of herbs, citrus (grapefruit), and maybe some coffee. Very smooth mouthfeel, complex but not too heavy. A grapes and wine aspect combined with citrus is overwhelmed by a thick dark chocolate taste, which combines the dark malts and some of the bitterness very dark chocolates have. Enjoyable, but one of these is enough for the day.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2004 22:11:07 | More by tjd25
Photo of Southernbrew


3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark-brown with a moderate head, very nice lacing.

Almost medicine-like aroma with a very light citrus quality.

Medium body, smooth with a perfect amount of carbonation. A bit of spiciness up front moves to a sweetness along with some alcohol and finishes with a bit of tartness.

A very nice dubbel and is something I'd buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2004 02:22:57 | More by Southernbrew
La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.