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

very good
396 Reviews
La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Netherlands | website

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.

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Photo of davidperez
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best before

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice, it pours a dark brown of a slightly reddish hue, deep. It forms a two-finger ecru head, sudsy and creamy with some retention. After the head dissipates, a ring of foam remains by the rim of the glass.

The bouquet is enticing.
Dates and figs, caramel, toffee, dough, phenolic medicine-like note, spiciness as in clove and pepper, slight malt toastiness and a slight hint of butter.

An assertive, balanced flavor upfront.
The balance is broken midpalate, at that point sweetness prevails and the notes become more discernable. Cinnamon, clove, a strong phenolic medicine-like note, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, slight fruitiness as in overripe apple, banana, figs and dates.
The finish is medium to long, and there are some slight oxidation notes in the form of nuttiness and cherry. A cozy, tamed sweetness coats your palate.
The carbonation is not as expressive as the average dubbel, though it wasn’t really that much of a problem. Velvety mouthfeel, medium to light body.

Very nice dubbel, I guess the prolonged aging did wonders.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried the La Trappe at the Beer House in Fourways outside of Sandton/Jo'Burg. It poured a hazy dark amber with off white head that left a spotty lace. The scent was sweet Belgian malt. The taste is also very sweet with dark fruit being present. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's good and definitely worth a try

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with a small head of foam that lasts.

Caramel malt, dark fruit, bit of cardboard smell.

Tastes of pitted fruit, yeast, caramel malt and cardboard. Love the dark fruitiness of raisins and plums. Not a fan of cardboard/oxidation.

That being said, I reckon this Dubbel is a good one.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Deep ruby red when held to light, very small bubbles, nice head
S: Bready, sweet malt, yeasty, dry flowers, dark dryed fruit, hints of cloves
T: Tarty sweet malty, toasted, hints of dark fruit, raisiny
F: Smooth, medium carb
O: Solid Dubbel,

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Photo of kitch
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of July 2016, poured into a Chimay goblet glass.

Appearance: It poured a deep dark brown / amber colour with a one finger beige head that dissipated fairly quickly but left nice lacing.

Aroma: Raisins, dried cherry, toasted malts, caramel, toffee and bubblegum.

Taste: Sweet dark stone fruits of plum, prunes, raisin and cherry, grape juice, banana and a light toffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A very nice Dubbel that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", my review and possible re-rating comes after I Have this again.

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Photo of erk0607
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Caramel, dark amber with light beige lacing

Smell: very sweet, maltiness, bubblegummy

Taste: malty, sugary, no specific overtones

Feel: watery, lacks body

Overall: good, not great, but would get again

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Photo of kojevergas
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've already written a full review of this beer; I just haven't typed up my notes. This is maybe my 10th impression of this beer, but I guess the first one I've logged:

Beet sugar. Dark fruits. Plum, dates, prunes. Caramel. Amber malts. Crystal malts, maybe. Treacley caramelized dark fruit.

Medium to full-bodied, with a great overall presence on the palate. Perfect thickness and heft. Near perfect carbonation.

High B (3.75) / GOOD


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Photo of tekstr1der
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very good, though a bit thin. Pours a nice deep mahogany with lasting top of beige foam. Aroma is malty with caramel and candi sweetness. Flavor follows very similarly, but feels like something is missing there, mostly due to the thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Muddy brown mahogany color, with a white foamy head that dissipates quickly.

A: Lots of dark stone fruit, cherry, blackberry, a little bit of toffee, some booze

T: Follows the aroma with a lot stone fruit, toffee, booze and almost no bitterness.

F: Nice and creamy mouthfeel pretty full body, could use a slight bit more carbonation.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, dark fruit, Belgian yeast, caramel, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, dark fruit, grape juice, and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice dark fruit and grape juice characteristcs that I am getting in the taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

33cl bottle

Appearance: dark brown, almost black alike, with very little carbonation. I don't know if it's always like that, or if I got a bad bottle.

Smell: the beer was pretty cold, as the Chimay Red I tried at the same time. But this La Trappe didn't express a lot of aromas. I got some tobacco and caramel, booze and not much else.

Taste: despite not showing much carbonation, the first sip was raw, the alcohol really present and caramel and bitter tobacco alike flavour. I let it warm a bit and it got sweeter, some cocoa presence but still a dry sip. No fruits at all this time. Pretty spicy too.

Mouthfeel: raw alcohol presence, some bitterness, spicy. It had more body than the Chimay Red and it wasn't so creamy. Enjoyable nevertheless.

Overall: I wasn't expecting much of this as I was of the Chimay Red. In this case I wasn't dissapointed, I'd try it again, it's a good beer. The alcohol was pretty raw and I didn't get that many aromas and flavours. Maybe I should try it again a little warmer too.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Belgian style tulip glass from the tap. Dark nutty brown with hints of amber and a dull brown frothy head......inch high that held its form.
Caramel notes are front and center with a nutty toasted malt back. Well balanced belgian style dubble.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip.
Pours hazy dark brown with 2 finger beige head, moderate retention.
Smell - yeasts, caramel, dark fruit esters.
Taste - caramel, banana (isoamyl acetate), dark fruits, rather plain, but still nice.
Medium body and carbonation.

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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 jmasher85
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overly sweet esters and malt, and the texture is too thin considering how little carbonation is in this one. A rare Trappist that I feel no need to revisit. Banana flavor is too strong for this one and not enough else going on compared to the excellent other options they make.

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Photo of RossR
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dubbels aren't my favorite style but La Trappe was good. Deep brown color and lighter shaded foam. Caramel notes are very present in the taste and the beer had a nice feel to it.

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Photo of dmitrosan
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good beer. With a balanced banana-melon-nutty aroma and burned caramel and banana in taste. The thing that I didn't liked is a little bit rough bitterness in taste.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First thing that struck me was the full nose with tons of clove, banana, and caramel malt tones. A great, fresh smell that really blew me away, but some may consider too much. Taste was not as exceptional, but a good solid dubble. Was a tad too carbonated d for my taste which impacted mouthfeel negatively. Overall, a very nice example of the style. Good monk.

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Photo of drmeto
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-really sweet malt,candi sugar, big banana up front
-bubble gum,cherry,molasses present
-bland finish
-overcarbonated (beer exploded upon opening even though stored correctly)

good, but the Rochefort 6 and Westmalle have a much more pleasant finish and are better overall

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Photo of D_McClain
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Chocolate brown appearance with a creamy head. Aroma is a little soapy at first, then settles down into a modest sour coffee. Alcohol heats the tongue right away - a little too much. Dark chocolate and fermented cherries on the finish.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Poured into a Duvel tulip. The appearance is very much like Coca-Cola, with dark mahogany liquid with hues of Amber and a large tan head on the pour that fades pretty rapidly to a film.

Aroma is classic dubbel - lots of dark fruit, malt, and alcohol. Figs, raisins, hints of cloves, and a nice chewy toffee sweetness.

Flavor follows the nose, but really amps up the complexity. I'm just going to free-associate flavors I think of while swishing this beer in my mouth: mega dark fruit, caramel, toffee, hints of bubble gum, hints of popcorn, cloves, cardamom, banana, milk chocolate, paint, etc. Nice warming finish, with alcohol presence really adding to the flavor. Very complex, with lots of tiny little flavors in there, in the way that only Belgian beers can really pull off.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with lots of carbonation. Semi-milky, but surprisingly watery. Bubbles seem very large, but not particularly prickly. Really easy to drink.

Overall, really nice Dubbel, even if there's not much to distinguish it from the next Dubbel to come along.

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Photo of eskilgh
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

A - Dark copper, slightly hazy. Thick foam.

S - Raisins and chocolate! Other nice aromas of dark fruits as well - figs, plums, dates. Spice notes are there, but restrained and nicely intertwined. Also get some dark bread crust. Alcohol aroma is sweet, warming and integrates beautifully.

T + M - Wonderfully sweet and silky smooth as I sip it. High carbonation balances the sweetness of the beer. Wonderful dry finish ensures that you can drink this for days.

O - An excellently balanced dubbel, which focuses on the malt side of things.

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Photo of titvs
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18B). Bottle 33 cl - Batch 20:05 K27B14. AROMA: sweet caramel base aroma with alcohol spicy notes. APPEARANCE: dark amber color and a bit hazy. average and moussy tanned head with average retention. TASTE: sweet and caramely flavour profile. some spicy notes. medium-low bitterness that lingers into a medium-dry finish. PALATE: medium body with medium-high carbonation. OVERALL: an average trapist dubbel that would benefit from more malt complexity.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Poured into a chalice in Leeuwarden (Netherlands)
A – A deep reddish brown in colour this beer immediately raised a fizzy head like a cola would do and like a cola it died instantly leaving zero cover in the glass and as a result no lace what so ever. There was plenty of busy carbon activity in the glass.

S –A reasonable smell of caramel and burnt toffee from this on with no hop notes at all. Some notes of plum and raisins with light stewed apricot notes and no alcohol aroma at all.

T – Sweet but mild with maybe a slight hint of liquorice up front but this is blown out of the way by plenty of plum and raisin flavour a lot of caramel and the tiniest pinch of bitter hops and a mild note of clove. This beer is reasonably complex but it is quite understated in all areas the only major drawback is the slight medicinal taste of Band-Aids but his is quite pronounced on the back end of the pallet and so the beer has to lose marks for that.

MF – Pretty smooth with a medium body feel to it. I feel it is a little oily with a slight boozy tingle.

O –A pretty mild Dubbel which is not too pronounced in its flavours this beer is still very drinkable but does loose some marks for the Band-Aid pinch in the back.

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