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 rochefort8
4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review, but I have tried several trappist beers before. I view trappist beers as being the quintessential example of what a good beer should be, and this one is no different. I like sweet beers, and this one certainly is a sweet one.

Look: Pours a dark brown color with off-white 2 finger head. Nice head-retention, but does not match a blue chimay, but good nonetheless.

Smell: Classic belgian yeast, with semi-strong notes of banana. Notes of dark sugar and dates are apparent, but they hide behind the smell of banana. As the beer opens up, the sugar and date smell gets stronger, almost overpowering the banana smell eventually. Slighty boozy smell as well.

Taste: Banana, sugar, dates, prunes and that honey-like belgian yeast taste. Taste is a lot stronger than smell, which gradually dissipates over time.

Feel: Smooth and semi sweet-sticky mouthfeel. Gradually gets very smooth, as the carbonation dissipates - quite nice mouthfeel.

Overall: A good representation of a trappist dubbel-style beer. Comparing it to Westmalle, I find this one to be a lot sweeter and boozy, whereas the Westmalle feels more subdued and less sweet.

I may be biased, but I really like this one. It is a beer that should be sipped and savoured, while taking the time to sense everything it has to offer.

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Photo of Bombelsky
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a snifter. Dark amber, reddish and hazy. Off white, tall frothy head. Diminish fast leaving spare lacing. High malty, bready, chocolate notes with fruity esters. Mostly plums. Bit of spices. Rich medium-high sweet flavor, low bitterness to crack the sweetness. Medium body, oily, sticky. Medium high carbonation. Warm, low dry finish with some alcohol feel.

Tasty beer, but... I would like it not so sweet. Alcohol shows up strongly.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: Opaque date brown with a thin cream colored head. Moderate activity.

Smell: Dark pitted fruit. Dates, prunes, honey, raisins, and sweet breads malts. Sweet and sticky on the nose.

Taste: Caramelized raisins, light molasses, Belgian sugar, dates, light hay funk, and a lightly floral hop.

Feel: Medium-full bodied. Sticky sweet. Coats the palate slowly. Finish is effervescent and dry. Good carbonation.

Overall: A good Trappist dubbel. Not the best of the style as it is a bit cloyingly sweet. Yet it's still a good beer. If the sweetness was dialed back a bit and the funk a little more I'd like it better. Middle of the road.

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Photo of Vixie
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with hints of ruby red around the edges. Forms a good sized tan head with a lot of bubbling overall, the head seems almost alive.

Nice smelling beer. Very fruity, with hints of malt and yeast.

Nice and fruity up front, reminds me a bit of dried fruit like prunes and raisins. Hints of caramel, and brown sugar. Very light bitterness at the end, but it is subtle.

Pretty smooth and solid feel, considering it looks fairly highly carbonated.

Definitely a very nice beer, but a touch below the best of the style. This one is a bit more subtle and laid back, which isn't a bad thing. It invites you to sip it slowly, and I think taking it easy works for this one. Very much worth a try.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a browns sugar body with decent enough tan head
Big treacle aroma with mollassessment
Seaside rock, raspberry, Jamaican cane sugar and slight sour bitter finish
This is better than most quads making it a Dubbel that's doubley good

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Photo of zillarunner
4.88/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an absouletly smooth, feel good, quality beer. Dark, Rich, aromatic. It has an earthy flavor of purnes, dates and raisins. Savour this one slowly.

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Photo of Skaterdude97
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - 3 | hazy brown, almost no head, very little lacing

Smell - 4 | very light presence on the nose, cherries, plums, raisins, caramel, cloves, cinnamon

Taste - 5 | plums, demerara sugar, cherries, grape juice, caramel, cinnamon

Feel - 3.5 | medium-plus body, creamy, low carbonation

Overall - 4.25

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Photo of FBarber
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark opaque slightly red tinged brown. Thick frothy head initially present but slowly dissipates leaving a white slick on the top of the beer.

Smell is a bit boozy with some notes of prunes, dates, and chestnuts. Very earthy aroma overall.

Taste follows the nose with some notes of prunes, dates and dried cherries. Slight nutty undertone reminiscent of pecans and chestnuts with a slight brown sugar sweetness. There is an oak like taste that lingers in the finish and aftertaste.

Feel is light for the style, but very drinkable. Medium carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall an above average dubbed, but certainly a tier below the best.

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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 Dzu
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 0.33l bottle into La Trappe glass.
L: Turbid dark brown with weak foam head.
S: Caramel, dark fruits, sweets.
T: Tart, sweets, plums and raisin, spicy a little bit.
F: Good balanced, medium carbonation and tight body.
O: Impressive dubbel. Worth a try.

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