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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

663 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 663
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 38
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001)
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Photo of marc77
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep chestnut brown in hue w/ light haze. Initially thick light tan head settles into a thin, clinging layer. Decent lace is left. Bubblegum laced sweetness upfront in aroma, along with smooth, mellow chocolate and raisiny fruitiness. Notes of dark caramel and clove become more pronounced as the beer breathes. Refined, but appetizing aromawise. Flavorwise, the malt profile is dominated by clean, dark caramel notes from both dark crystal malt and candi sugar. Chocolate malt and bready notes provide secondary contrast and some depth to malt character. Yeast contributions are a milder extension of the aroma, being comprised of light bubblegum esters and clove phenol. Fairly light in body, but agreeably smooth and lightly dextrinous in mouthfeel. Hop bitterness is light, but residual sugars / dextrins remain low, so overall balance is only slightly skewed towards malt sweetness. Finishes relatively clean, with only a hint of yeast derived nuttiness. Not the most complex dubbel, but rich enough in character and light enough on the palate for excellent drinkability. I would not mind drinking several of these. La Trappe Dubbel is reminescent of an English Brown / Dubbel hybrid. This is the 11.2 oz bottle.

marc77, Dec 11, 2002
Photo of mzwolinski
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown, ruby in color with a creamy thin head. Dominant aroma is malty with a deep raisin-like fruitiness. There is also a certian tartness to the smell, perhaps a bit of lemon. Flavor is of a crisp, slightly roasty toffee. Good malty body with an extremely well-balanced finish -- just slightly dry. Slightly sweet aftertaste. Medium-full bodied and creamy. Very pleasant indeed.

mzwolinski, Nov 06, 2002
Photo of ADR
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep chestnut appearance with a big and dark foamed milk-like head. Slight candy to the nose, some prune aromas, along with a peat-like impression. Organic "composty" flavors and something else that leans toward phenolic. Dark and changing with elements of roasts, raisins, and deep cling peaches. Just a spritz of hops. Good flavors, carbonation works well in this beer. Nice beer from the trappists "across the border". "Doubles" are rapidly becoming my favorite Belgian-style brews.

ADR, Sep 25, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a murky looking brown color. It pours a fizzy champagne-like beige head. Fruit, caramel, figs and dates on the nose. Taste is heavy on the figs and dates. Some minor molasses tones mixed in as well as phenolic content, slight alcohol and just a tinge of vanilla. Body is light to medium. Nice little Trappist ale here.

Bighuge, Aug 29, 2002
Photo of cokes
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gleaming glass of scarlet-brown fluid. Huge, fluffy tan head explodes upwards and sticks around.
Nose is bombarded with toffee, rum soaked-raisins, bread and clove.
Taste is not quite as complex as the smell would indicate, but pleasing nonetheless. Lively, peppery yeast mingles with the clove. Fruitiness leans toward prune, with a hefty companion of grape. A touch of carmel. Ghosty chocolate hues linger in the finish. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.
Light to medium bodied. Spritzy, but not as charged up as some. Carbonation is perfect. Only complaint is the slightly thin mouth.
A solid dubbel that could be consumed in quantity.

cokes, Aug 19, 2002
Photo of inebrius
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge nose of bananas and phenols. Malt sweetness in abundance, but quelled by a hearty dose of bittering hops. The wonderful earthiness one comes to expect from beers of this quality is here in abundance and my taste buds are happy now. I like Mulder's description of this beer, how it will haunt you. Seems rather fitting actually. Quality!

inebrius, Aug 15, 2002
Photo of budgood1
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

murky and dark in color...a huge tan head that sticks. fruit aroma...lots of apple overtones. a layered and complex taste of candied fruits and flavorful malts. minimal hopping. the mouthfeel was a bit lacking for a brew of this sort, but i didn't mind. a welcome but slight alcohol burn in the end leaves the mouth tingling in delight. divine.

budgood1, Jul 27, 2002
Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz slender euro style brown bottle with raised glass above the label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Dark leather brown in colour with a thin light tan lace that sticks around for a while.

Smell: Wildly phenolic with a medicinal aroma, slight tartness with hints of lemon rind.

Taste: Medium bodied with a rounded crisp and smooth mouth feel. Spicy peppery clovish palate from the alcohol and yeast which is enhanced by the carbonation. Light tartness and a hint of chocolate add to the complexities, the spiciness tingles the tongue right into the finish and the alcohol warms the mouth a bit. Hops are very subdued and don’t even make a fuss to appear. As this beer warms up a little more of the malted grain and chocolate flavour becomes more apparent.

Notes: A prime example of the style, flavours meld together perfectly with out becoming confusing or vague. A semi sharp cheddar would make a ideal pairing.

Jason, Jul 21, 2002
Photo of Wildman
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice dark reddish color and formed a nice off white head that left some lace. Some cirtrus, spice and hops aroma to it. Finish seems to have some sweet elements to it. Seemed to have a light to medium body to it. Some spice elements and malt. Couldn't detect any alcohol, which I prefer.

Wildman, Jun 20, 2002
Photo of AaronRed
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark tan with a creamy head. What I loved about this beer, was its smoothness. I could not get over how subtle the hops and yeast combine with a medium bodies malty thinkness. Sort of a caramel flavor, with a hint of sharpness that keeps it from being boring. I had this with a meat suace and pasta, and it was great.

AaronRed, May 12, 2002
Photo of aracauna
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first foray into the world of Belgian and Trappist ales. It was a wonderful experience. Medium-dark reddish brown in color, the Dubbel has a nice fruity complexity in smell and taste that I had been previously unfamiliar with. It was also missing the spiciness of the alcohol and unusual yeast flavor present in many belgian ales. The only reason it took me so long to rate it was because the bar had it listed as simply La Trappe Trappist Ale. Just recently found out from the bar's website that it was the dubbel.

aracauna, Apr 22, 2002
Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, but maybe a bit sweet and cloying sometimes, still, very well made trapiste beer, pretty good, but theres better examples of the style out there.

rastaman, Feb 17, 2002
Photo of John
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dubbel with fruity, sweet, mild spice and faint alcoholic undertones. A good changeup.

John, Nov 08, 2001
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La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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