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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)

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
La Trappe Dubbel has a deep brown colour and attractive beige froth. The use of caramel malt gives it a gentle aromatic caramelised quality. It has a rich malty flavour with a touch of sweetness. Post-fermenting La Trappe Dubbel is a smooth drink, and yet has some real body and intense flavour to it.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

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3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Available at a local supermarket at a very good price, I will b getting used to drinking this.

A - Dark brown with a small creamy head that thinned out quickly to remain a film for the remainder of the beer.

S - Dark fruits roasted malt and brown sugar, some sour cherry coming through as well.

T - Begins with raisins figs and dates along with some toasted malt. Then a bit of booze warms you up and finishes off with a slight coffee bitterness. Nice but overall, a lack of depth.

M&D - Pretty nice carbonization but I would have liked it a bit softer and smoother. Fizzed up a little bit in my mouth.

While a very nice beer, there are plenty of better ones that are pretty easy to get.

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Photo of MrDell
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown. Huge hit of bananas on the nose also smells a little chocolaty. One finger head that dissappears fairly quickly. Taste starts off with the yeast flavour, followed by milk chocolate and bananas, finishes with sweet liquorice. I really enjoyed this dubbel, my only complaint would be that it would benefit from a little more body. Otherwise, Ive had mixed opinions on beers from La Trappe - love the quad, found the both the blond and the tripel to be sub-par and the bock is not my thing. Will definitely be having this one again though.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A brown pour with a medium but rich tan head. The nose is sweet with toffee and dark, un sweetened chocolate. The taste starts somewhat bitter and then expands into malty and chocolately treat. Hints of cocoa and spice. A smooth and lively mouthfeel with a dry finish. I like the fact that this Dubbell was not as sweet as some others. The flavors here were more subtle and toned down. A decent beer althought it was not a classic.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ricke
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-02-11. Served in snifter.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with a logo and the word "trappist" molded into the glass. Interesting to note that there are two different freshness dates on the bottle. One is on the label (best before end of March 2011) and one is on an extra label (best before end of 2011) added by the Swedish importers. A rather significant difference between the two dates, but I think this one will be great quite some time after 2011, so it's really no big deal.

Appearance: Dark ruby color, going towards dark brown. A small 1,5 cm tan head that looks rather creamy settles just a little to quickly. It leaves minimal lacings.

Smell: Sweet malts and general spicy aromas, but most of all a delightful smell of fresh fruits. Some faint notes of chocolate as well.

Taste: Some phenols, but in no way sharp or harsh, up front. Then some spices coupled with sweet and a bit vinous malts and fruits (definitely cherries, and perhaps fresh figs). Milk chocolate (that becomes more prominent towards the end) adds more sweetness. In the middle it gets a little tart. In the slightly dry finish there are warmth from the alcohol, herbal flavors, faint malts and just a tad of bitterness. Overall, the hop character of this one is really restrained. Very well balanced flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Rather smooth and calm, despite plenty of carbonation. Slightly chewy.

Drinkability: This is a great, slightly vinous, beer. It's very complex, but most of all it's so well balanced. Very pleasant mix of sweetness (mostly from fruits) and spices, phenols and tartness.

NOTE: ABV is 7% according to the bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small bottle from a gift set box, which included the nice glass I'm sampling from.No freshness indication. Pours pretty clear, light-medium chocolate amber, with a roasted garlic colored head, leaving stringy lacing. Nose is distinctly of cola, also some vanilla and fruits mixed in. Fairly light bodied for a double, moderate carbonation. Sweet brew with notes of caramel, smoky raisins, gingerbread cookies and Belgian yeasty goodness. Nice easy drinking Dubbel.

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draught at Kickoffs in Waterloo. Great to see some Trappists on tap in town!

A - Dark cherry-mahogany, leaves a off-white head that lingers throughout.

S - Great nose of malts and dark fruits (for me, I get a strong taste of grapes).

T - Lovely balance of malts and fruits to produce a great sipper. No trace of the alcohol whatsoever. Grapes and honey are predominant as well.

M - Smooth and slick, well-carbonated.

D - Like a fine wine, La Trappe Dubbel is well worth savouring. A great find on tap - certainly one I'll go for again. Great stuff.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of innominat
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of magictrokini
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Mahogany pour with the remnants of a tan head. Malt, yeast, dates, and fruits in the nose. Velvety mouthfeel. Earthy and yeasty, with a sweet malt, plums, and some banana esters. Could have been better on a colder day given its weight.

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Photo of jiffymon
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of wattoclone
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of fionn13
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Danielfalcao
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dantheman4162
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick creamy head, doesn't last very long. Very dark body, hard to see through --> dark red/brown not a strong scent. Light fresh taste, light bodied. No aftertaste "wet", smooth, fruity taste, but not the strong flavor typical of trappist brews. "Taste the silence" -- very appropriate motto.

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

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of whoneeds8
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Koningshoeven Chalice a ruby black with a one finger white head. No lacing and little retention. The scent is strong of carmeled raisins and grapefruit. The taste is a malt bomb, with more raisin flavors and a little hop bite at the end. The mouthfeel give a little bit of dryness.

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Photo of ivanwatling
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, dark brown turning to red when held to sunlight. Thick head that hangs around for a good time considering it's a bottled beer.

Aroma: Only a slight aroma, combining a wheat beer type aroma with a faint metallic tang.

Taste: Well balanced betwen sweetness and moderate bitterness at the back of the pallete. Slight metallic tang.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant aftertaste with a moderate amount of fizz. Maybe a wee bit heavy aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very high alcohol content means this is never going to be drink to enjoy for a whole evening. Probably would go best with a meal, taken slowly and savoured. Creates a pleasant warming sensation in the stomach.

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La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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