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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

729 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 729
Reviews: 377
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 48
Gots: 77 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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.

Photo of scooter231
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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.

Photo of MrSeth
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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.

Photo of cooter
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Truh
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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.

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.

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.

La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 729 ratings.