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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

663 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 663
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 38
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

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

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.

mattcrill, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of davidchollar
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

not bad.

davidchollar, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of BeerBeing
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

BeerBeing, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of dgallina
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

dgallina, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TurdFurgison, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of nomad
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

nomad, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of beerceller99
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

beerceller99, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ypsifly, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of andjusticeforale
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

andjusticeforale, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ommegangpbr, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of scooter231
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

scooter231, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of bditty187
2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 don’t smell nearly enough of it. This is sadly average.

The palate is very average… I don’t 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 isn’t 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 shouldn’t be so. I can’t recommend anything to pair this with, food-wise. I say don’t drink it. I purchased my 750ml on sale in Parkville, MO for $3.00. I wouldn’t buy it again for half that. Skip.

bditty187, Jun 06, 2005
Photo of MrSeth
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

MrSeth, May 21, 2005
Photo of beertastegood
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

beertastegood, Apr 21, 2005
Photo of cooter
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

cooter, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of Truh
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Truh, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of granger10
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

granger10, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of PorterLambic
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

PorterLambic, Feb 07, 2005
Photo of twilight
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

twilight, Feb 03, 2005
Photo of Hunter
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Hunter, Jan 28, 2005
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.

goodbyeohio, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of Backer2004
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.

Backer2004, Jan 15, 2005
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.

Ellbert, Jan 12, 2005
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.

mntlover, Nov 26, 2004
La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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