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

BA SCORE
88
very good
867 Ratings
La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Netherlands
latrappe.nl

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
867
Reviews:
407
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
10.69%
 
 
Wants:
70
Gots:
185
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 867 |  Reviews: 407
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: no head to speak of on a marroon brown murky body. Little lacing.

S: sweet dark fruit, Belgian yeast and toffee.

T: Very bready and yeasty with a strong malt presence for the style. Dark fruits are semisweet with some banana as well.

M: medium body and light carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: very drinkable but bland for the style. A little disappointed in this one.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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 GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a good dubbel, but not la trappe's best brew. pours a mahogany/cherrywood color into a goblet with a smallish white foamy head. smells like dried cherries, plums, and belgian yeast. flavor is not as sweet as the nose, not at all. in fact its malty without really being sweet to any degree. nice balance too. mouthfeel is medium bodied with effervescent carbonation and a warming finish. Overall a good beer, and very drinkable at 7% abv, but its quality and excitement lag well behind the la trappe quad

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Dubbel pours out as a earthy brown color with a cream colored head. The head lasts for a little while. The smell is of dark fruits, earth and yeast. The taste follows up with the same qualities as the smell. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky, not much carbonation but had a good medium body to it. Overall I'm not a huge fan of Dubbels but this one worth trying.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured dark brown into a snifter glass with lots of creamy brown head. The head died down into a thin layer of foam coating the surface. Very well carbonated.
S: Not very aromatic but the smell is sweet and malty.
T: Like the smell, there is malty sweetness in the taste with hints of caramel and toffee. There are some notes of dark fruits and other spices in the aftertaste. Overall, the taste is not overly complex.
M: Medium body taste with a smooth flavor due to the carbonation. The taste of alcohol is not apparent.
D; Very easy to drink, but I would probably sip one of these in a sitting given the sweetness.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undoubtedly, the best offering from Koningshoeven. Very Trapist worthy. Rusty color with a ligh haze and yeast 'floaties' swirling around. Rocky eggshell colored head sprinkled with spices. Robust malt and musk aromas with belgian famous tartness, earthiness and a little Oud Brune characteristics. Very sweet to taste with dates, grapes, nuts, berries, figs, and perhaps a little syrup and chocolate. A little sticky-sweet in the mouth. The sweetness helps the high carbonation to remain smooth and less alcoholic hot. Remains spicy throughout the finish and aftertaste. A little bite-ey toward the end, mainly due to yeast and husk. Still, tasty stuff.

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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 dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium off-white foamy head with average retention. Aroma of sugary malt with some Belgian type yeast. Taste is really good with a nice mix between sweet caramel malt and fresh cookie with a touch of Belgian yeast. The mouthfeel is a creamy but also watery and I believe this is the main default of this beer. Body is way too thin for the style.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a deep brown color with a tan, foamy, one-finger head. Not much head retention and no lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit. Also, a sweet smell of malt. There was a little yeast-like aroma, too.

T - The primary taste was a toasty malt. The fruit flavor was slightly understated. It had a bittersweet quality, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. There was a somewhat warm feel from the alcohol.

D - A pretty good dubbel. Not bad considering it is not a true Belgian beer.

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Photo of largadeer
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Murky opaque brown with a thick tan head that retains reasonably well.

Smell: Very phenolic, banana, raisins, chocolate syrup. Semi-sweet.

Taste & mouthfeel: Banana and chocolate, berries, dried fruit. Very subtle tartness. Dry coffee finish. Crisp, light-bodied.

Notes: Solid and enjoyable, but probably one of the lesser trappist dubbels.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, 07/10 printed on the cork. Pours very hazy and cloudy dark ruby red color with a nice 1-2 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, light banana, pepper, floral, clove, brown bread, candi sugar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy esters with malt sweetness. Taste of raisin, apple, pear, caramel, brown sugar, pepper, clove, light banana, floral, herbal, brown bread, candi sugar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, brown sugar, light banana, pepper, clove, brown bread, floral, herbal, and earthy yeast spiciness on the finish for a bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy ester with malt sweetness; with great robustness and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, fairly slick, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Dubbel! Great balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy esters; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy, dark brown body reveals mahogany glints at the base of the goblet. The initially massive head of tan foam drops to a solid half-inch or more and leaves some very nice (but short lived) lace throughout the glass. In the nose some clear alcohol is present, though not bothersome; along with some rich malt, mild chocolate, soft dark fruit, and a dusting of delicate spiciness. It's gently zesty and then lightly creamy in the mouth as its warms; due to the combination of its medium body and very fine and lightly effervescent carbonation breaking out of suspension. The flavor is rich with soft and ripe dark fruit that's livened by a gently peppery spiciness. Sweetish toffee, caramel and chocolate appear in the finish; and the lingering aftertaste is dry with a residual fruity maltiness. Quite nice! This is possibly the shining star of the Koningshoeven line. The fermentation flaws that are more visible in the lighter bodied and more straightforward blonde and the "hotter" tripel are masked here - and even add character to it's peppery spiciness. Worth trying!

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Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Aged 750 ml bottle served in a St. Bernardus snifter.

Pours more-or-less clear, dark ruby-mahogany in color, with a nice fluffy cream colored head. The head initially leaves nice lacing on the glass, but it has poor retention and soon reduces to a thin ring.

Aroma: rich and complex, but gentle aroma of dark fruits and spices, with suggestions of raisins, dates, figs, toffee, brown sugar, banana, flowers, brown bread, cinnamon, chocolate and some earthy yeast. Fantastic aroma!

Taste: rich, dynamic and complex; mildly bitter/sweet with suggestions of raisins, dates, figs, toffee, brown sugar, banana, brown bread, chocolate and some spicy yeast. Lingering notes of dark fruits, chocolate, dark malts and light spicing.

Medium carbonation and medium+ body. Slightly harsh; about as expected with 7% ABV.

Overall: this excellent Dubbel lives up to its reputation. Great balance and complexity Alcohol is partially hidden but with light warming. Exceptionally enjoyable flavor and aroma.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear yet opaque dark brown in color. The beer has a finger tall creamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of malty sweetness - with notes of caramel, toffee, and dark fruits.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer has a lot of malty sweetness including caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. There are some very light hints of spices in the flavor of this beer as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly sticky.

O: The alcohol is very well hidden in this beer but it is still easy to drink - this is a very enjoyable sipping beer.

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La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.93 out of 5 based on 867 ratings.
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