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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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719 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 719
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 44
Gots: 71 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

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Photo of twilight
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Hunter
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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.

Photo of Backer2004
4.4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of Ellbert
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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.

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.

Photo of Sammy
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.

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.

Photo of crookedhalo
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of BarrelBrother
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of kbub6f
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Photo of clvand0
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.46/5  rDev -12%
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).

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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.

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of Brent
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of cbl2
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of foamyhead
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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 :)

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.

Photo of SetarconeX
3.46/5  rDev -12%
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.

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.

La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 719 ratings.