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.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.56/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 3/24/2006 (11.2oz bottle):

Pours a dark brown/black colored body, with a white-tan head. Has a nice aroma of molasses, and flowers. Fizziness in the taste, some molasses, slight floralness, and a dry aftertaste, not bitter. Has a warming mouthfeel.

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Photo of dgallina
2.76/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle, dated best-before 12-2005.

Pours dark brown with big pillowy tan head and lots of lacing. Smells almost too sweet; caramel and candi malts on strong alcohol base. Taste and mouth-feel are very poor; a mess of sticky, carbonated, and overwhelmingly boozy bubble-gum that overpowers everything else. No hop-profile or dryness to speak of. An exceedingly inferior dubbel.

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Photo of pinkano
2.76/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - little hazy very dark orange and amber
S - dark fruits - raisins, plums, light rum and syrupy malt
T - I got some perfume and oil taste, maybe badly stored before bought. However dark fruits in the body and winy and little dry end
M - medium to hight carbonation with medium body
D - not much drinkable since the perfume and oil taste, but I can bet other bottles or tap beer will be lot more better

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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.

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Photo of BarryNL
2.87/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well, this beer didn't make a great first impression by fizzing out of the bottle and onto the carpet when opened. Anyway...

A: Typical Dubbel dark brown - very little head considering how obviously over-carbonated it is.

S: Some nice sugary, malty notes hidden there somewhere under the overpowering peardrops aromatics from the yeast.

T: Again, could be some nice subtle flavours if they didn't insist on using a highly phenolic yeast at a too warm temperature (guessing, but unless they're pouring nail varnish in there I think I'm right).

M: Unsurprisingly, mostly bubbles. Luckily no CO2 bite, but a bit too foamy to allow you to really taste it.

D: The peardrop flavour quickly becomes tiring. I would probably switch to something else after one bottle (or after the half I'm left with that's not on the floor).

Unfortunately, I find La Trappe the least impressive of the Trappist beers. Perhaps, unsurprisingly they are also the most commercialised and it's not even clear how involved the monks really are with the brewing anymore - I believe Bavaria do most of the work these days. I think this shows in the beers which don't really live up to the standards set by the other Trappist breweries.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A deep ruby color with one finger of creamy brown head.

S - Dark candied sugars, dark fruits, alcohol and white cake.

T - A lightly sweet malty flavor with a bit of a subtle fig and cherry taste. A touch of alcohol in the flavor as well that makes for a shot-o-vodka like aftertaste.

M - Frothy, medium thickness, slightly refreshing.

D - The alcohol does the most damage here. It is a decent double, but there are much better ones out there.

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Photo of rec
2.89/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The smell is quite odd, not something I'm fond of. I can't put my finger on what exactly it is I'm smelling, but it's certainly not pleasant to my nose.

After the pour the head dissipates quite quickly and struggles to lace the glass. It's not the most appealing Dubbel I've seen, but is far from the worst.

Taste wise, this brew is absolutely dominated by chocolate malts. Hints of fruit are present, distinctly cherry, and thankfully it lends a hand in the balancing process, even if only slightly. It has an aftertaste filled with alcohol warmth and I dare say the taste of tobacco. The more I drink, the less I like it.

It's a very smooth Dubbel, but I do believe it's not heavy enough to warrant such a strong chocolate malt flavour. The upside to its weight is that it may increase session drinkability for those who enjoy it.

It's something worth trying, but not something I'd recommend.

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Photo of Gump
2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trappist Ale

Came in a corked bottle. Once the cork came off the brew was just dying to escape. The first quick pour was very heady, and then promptly settled.
The deep brown color was mildly cloudy.
Aroma was dry, as if it had been sitting in a corked bottle for awhile. Sharp/sweet aroma reminiscent of wine.

Earthy sweet taste in a medium bodied ale made this a memorable drink.

I now read that this Ale is fermented in the bottle.

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Photo of becktone
2.97/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Eye: Dark Brown and opaque. The head is tiny with fairly poor retention and moderately acceptable lacing. I've seen better.

Nose: Three words, picked up in this order: spicy, alcoholic, malty. Something in there reminds me of the aroma of whiskey, jack daniels to be exact...or maybe its just me. Also some sweet notes in there as well.

Tongue: Lots of malty sweetness going on here. I also get a good deal of diacetyl. A little hot at the finish, the presence of alcohol is more felt than tasted. I'm also picking up some caramel closer to the finish. Eh, its alright....

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Really heavily carbonated. I expected something high, but I believe that this is too much; seems to me that the carbonation is scrubbing the tongue before I have a chance to really taste the brew, really gets in the way. I'll finish my glass and enjoy it, but this is a beer I'll not buy again. However, I'd not be opposed to drinking it again, if offered I'd gladly accept, but its not worth the money.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into my Gouden glass...A medium brown, amber in the light. a boring tan head of only about a finger, falls quickly, bad lacing...A really light aroma, plums, sugar and alcohol, not complex enough for me...The taste is really boring, a watered down cherry coke, dark fruits, and alcohol...An amazingly light feel.

This is just lacking all respects.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 750ml bottle into chalice glass. Golden orange colour with a foamy white head. Malty aroma with notes of spices, fruits and alcohol. The flavour is malts, spices, alcohol and some fruitiness with a bitter finish. Medium-bodied and smooth mouthfeel. Pretty decent dubbel but not the best.

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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.

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Photo of impending
3.02/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml into a tulip. Pours a deep dark mahogany, when an inch remains it is a gorgeous reddish golden bronze. Medium sized bubbles produced a medium head that was short lived, unexceptional lacing.

The dark caramel malts are obvious in the aroma. Phenols of cloves round out the scent. Some aromas have a quality of weight, this is heavy.

Mostly typical dubbel taste but the phenols are strong in the flavor as well and the alcohol while not strong is surprisingly obvious. The aftertaste has a slight metallic echo.

As a trappist brew I'm always biased in favor but the blessings of the monks are not enough to raise this beyond upper mediocrity.

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Photo of alysmith4
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this beer at a cool spot in town. It was a nice example of the Dubbel style, although this category is not my favorite.

It had a nice reddish, brown color, with a minimal head. The smell was good, but not great. Smelled like syrup and raisins, niether one of my favorite flavors. Taste was about the same.. syrupy, raisiny, with a touch of apples a caramel. This beer was pretty good, I'd try it again.

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Photo of SaltyLime
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - clear pour with a bourbon whiskey color

Smell - definite raisin smell, medicinal

Taste - light flavors, missing the "pow!" of a Trappist Dubbel, couldn't grasp the hop profile

Mouthfeel - lighter than expected, smooth carbonation,

Drinkability - not a bad brew, just didn't impress me, it was kind of ordinary

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Photo of Absumaster
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a beautiful dark brown, burgundy color with a massive head with tiny bubbles.

Smell is dominated by the dark malts, especially chocolate or black malt. The roast smell is present, but not sharp or anything.

Taste is also roasted or burned of the dark malts. The typical La Trappe yeast gives the beer a flowery and fruity taste. This complements the beer in a nice way.
Mouthfeel is too thin, and getting further in the glass it even starts to become thinner. I actually start to believe this has been colored with a caramel colorant, and no caramel malt has been used. Drinkability is pretty much OK, for a 6,5% beer it drinks away quite easily.

Not their best beer, but a decent dubbel.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.14/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden-amber-brown with a tiny wisp of bubbly head that almost immediately settles to a messy ring around the glass. Terrible retention; no lacing.

Musky and fruity. Cherries, spicy phenols, leather, wood, licorice.

Dark and sweet. A rich, vaguely winey flavor up front, yields to dark fruit, a little alcohol sourness, wood, and a mysteriously quick, dry finish.

Thin and bubbly. Light-medium bodied with a dry, aromatic finish.

Meh dubbel.
I felt like this one was just a little less 'big' than I would have liked. Terrible looking, it is saved by a pretty pleasant nose that is very spicy and woodsy. Taste-wise it is obviously a European dubbel and I feel like it has a very nice yeasty character; but it is pretty light and definitely nothing earth-shattering.
Won't have again; have a Westmalle or some Rochefort instead ; )

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Photo of Derek
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml corked bottle: 16:09 K18B2

This has been cellared for over a year and it has lost its carbonation.

A: Reddish-brown, absolutely no head.

S: Strong fortified wine aroma (most like a sherry), plenty of grapes with a light spicing.

T: Sherry-like flavour as well. More grape-like than dark fruit. Alcohol seems stronger than it is. Light spicing with hints of brown sugar.

M: Moderate body is completely flat; some acidity (almost like the tannins in a red wine).

D: It's alright, but it'd be better with some carbonation.

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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.

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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 PapaEugene
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I really enjoy the Quad and the Isidor of the only Dutch Trappist brewery, two world class beers imho. So that's why I decided to give the dubbel another go, since the first time I had tasted it left me slightly dissapointed.

A: Great brown/red color with a nice foamy head that dissapeared in seconds.

S: Roasted malts, caramel, hint of dark fruits and the strange scent of a damp basement.

T: Pleasant hoppy bitterness,roasted malts,caramel and just very lightly dark fruits. There's a rather (imo) unpleasant aftertaste which is best decribed as a woody bitterness which takes the general taste completely out of balance.

M: Medium/high carbonation and a body which is too thin for the style.

D: This was my last attempt. In the future I will focus on their quad and the Isidor (if they keep producing it).

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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 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.

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Photo of garbercury
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Vintage for another fine import that is difficult to acquire at the average corner bar...hehe.

A--deep ruby brown color in align with most dubbels. Very little head at all

S--Like it came from a medicine cabinet to be honest, crazy.

T--Pretty good but not great, I like the quad much more, still has that medicinal deal going on in the taste, almost a little flat.

M--flat and uninspirational

D--This beer just did not do it for me. Not a bad beer in the bigger picture but certainly not something I would ever buy again. Not the kind of Dubbel I was hoping for.

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Photo of marinobrew
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a great transition beer for those not familiar with belgium style beers or have a hesitancy toward them.
The Dubbel pours a deep translucent mohogony and the head is off white almost tan and tightly laced. The lace left behind is symetrical and long lasting.
The nose produces caramel and light toffee, with some eshter and herbal notes. But the latter are only hints.
The mouth is smooth and not overwhelming. The malt, hop, and alcohol balance is great. The finish is medium with a lasting impression of toffee.

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