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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

708 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 708
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 41
Gots: 62 | 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 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.

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

The Koningshoeven dubbel to me poured beautifully, a light lace on top, even though I poured it a little too softly attempting to keep the yeast at the bottom of the bottle(to no avail). Aroma is hugely bananna, with a touch of malt and spice in the back to even it out. Taste is nice, sharp and balanced, no one flavor really jumps out and smacks you in the back of the head, but the slight fruitiness, subtle malt and the sharpness of the alchohol blend beautifully in this textbook example of a dubbel.

Photo of GreenCard
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 500ml earthenware bottle...

Appearance: deep ruby-brown, good clarity, thick layer of creamy foam that turns a bit rocky as it collapses, good head retention, lace

Aroma: redolent of over-ripe bananas, clove, cinnamon, rum-raisins, prunes

Flavor: dark malt sweetness with a rusty, toasty undercurrent; hint of cork; brown sugar, raisins, clove, distant vegetal hops; finishes semi-sweet with a malt-loaf aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, zippy carbonation, soft texture

Other comments: The cork was nearly impossible to remove, but once I got it open, I found a gorgeous-looking, heavenly-smelling, humble dubbel that is quite pleasing to drink, despite it being somewhat bland.

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

Pours a deep reddy brown, good carbonation. Tight beige head.
Smells like a banana cake with caramel icing.
Flavours of banana, toast, caramel, dates, raisins. Yeast extract ('Vegemite'), rich malt.
Big mouth filling effervescence, long medium sweetness.
A bit cloying for my tastes.

Photo of haz77
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep reddish-brown, with a foamy tan head. This drops to a rocky fingers-worth after a minute or so. Low carbonation.

S - Dark fruit, rum, some solvent, yeast, a little tobacco.

T - Dark fruits at first, which sweeten and are joined by dark sugar in the middle. Rum note comes out towards the finish. Aftertaste has some alcohol warmth and lingering phenols.

M - Medium body with sharp carbonation, which verges on being too harsh at times, but is enjoyable nonetheless.

D - An above average offering, which is certainly worth trying.

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

This beer poured a dark amber with a thick head. It had an aroma of hops and malts.
The beer was very pleasantly carbonated which greatly enhanced the flavor. I tasted some hops, malts, yeasts, and grains as well as distinct overtones of alcohol from start to finish. I very much liked this beer overall.

Photo of RBorsato
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Labelled as "Koningshoeven Dubbel Trappist Ale"

Mahogany brown with a low light brown film and ringed head. Raisins stand out with a light, but not distracting almost plastic-like aroma. Raisins dominate the flavors with touches of dark candi sugar sweetness. Medium bodied; maybe leans a bit light but a solid Dubbel.

($5.99 / 25.4 oz. tall straight brown wine-like bottle, corked, and caged)

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

Poured very dark with a nice red hue and a big three finger light brown head, good lacing. Smells of cloves and spicy apples and malt. Tastes of cloves and hops with a mild bitter almost toasty finish. Very silky mouthfeel and quite drinkable. I picked up a four pack of these and really enjoyed every one of them.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown cloudy color with a cream colored head that lasted for about a minute. The smell is very malty. The taste is malty with a hint of nut. The mouthfeel is full and has a carbonation bite when swirled around the tongue. This is a delightful beer which I find very drinkable.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a clear deep dark reddish garnet color. There was a half inch of fluffy off white bubbles. There are tons of bubbles rising to maintain the head, and it lasts pretty much to the last sip. There is some attractive lacing left on the glass after dinking.

Aroma: My initial impression was of dark caramel and fruit. In fact, this reminds me of a candy apple with the red apple notes to compliment the sweet caramel. There is a dry bready impression that hints of biscuits.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma in that you get rich dark caramel and fruity flavors all at once. Along with the apples, I get dates in the flavor to go with the biscuits that I got in the aroma. There is some slight acidity that I would guess is derived from the dark malts, but this isn't distracting. There is some spice becoming more noticeable as it warms. The finish is balanced toward the malt the entire time until the finish. There is a slight warming on the back of the throat that appears late in the finish.

Opinion: This is a very nice beer. The flavor seems oddly "hollow" to me, and I am not sure what makes me say that except that it may be that the mouthfeel is so neutral that it glides over your palate, and you have to almost struggle to notice it. This isn't bad, but it gives it a watery impression. The entire experience with this beer was refreshing and clean. A nice beer, and one that I am sure I will drink again.

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

Dark copper in color with moderate head and lacing until finished. Picked up malt, esters (melons & roses?), maybe ginger and a whiff of alcohol in the smell. Taste was very malty, with little hops if any. Some type of spice was present as well, maybe ginger or coriander. Mouthfeel was slick with little carbonation. Overall, a nice sipper, reminded me of Chimay blue.

La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
89 out of 100 based on 708 ratings.