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 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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Photo of tlery
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

A - Raisin color with a nice creamy head that retains well.
S - Medicinal and kind of mentholated, herbal, some prune and a hint of candy sweetness.
T - Spicy with notes of clove, rum raisin, and dates. As it warms, some chocolate and vanilla.
M - Rich and creamy, but with a smooth finish.
O - Another great offering from La Trappe. I'd like to keep a bottle or two around during the colder months.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml Bottle from The House Of Trembling Madness (York):
Mahogany brown with a 0.5cm head that's a fine & bubbly bordering on creamy. Retention is okay but the head slowly reduces in size over the first couple of minutes, leaving a fine lacing across the surface.

Sweet & complex with some dark & ripe fruits featuring plum, dates & cherries with a little raisin & sugar. Rich with some caramel malts & touches of hops too.

Quite sweet with ripe, dark fruits; the plum & dates are here again. Rich with some spice coming through & nice malts plus good hops too. Some caramel & grapes round things off with a faint hint of alcohol as well.

Light medium in body with lively carbonation& a sweet feel that has spicy areas & a dry, smooth finish that almost seems creamy & goes down well.

Great stuff from La Trappe, a very sweet beer that was balanced out with some good spice & touches of malts which prevented the beer from seeming sickeningly sweet. A very good offering and one I'd pick up again.

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Photo of seedyone
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

05/01/14 On tap. Really nice and toasty flavor, nothing sweet on the caramelized side, just a solid, well balanced brew. Leave all expectations behind & try this. If nothing else you'll have a true point of reference as to what is good & bad. If you find fault, be prepared to defend your opinion, if you like it...well..just enjoy it like I did.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pours dark amber with tall, long-lasting, foamy off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, caramel, ripe cherries, apples and yeast. Body is full, creamy and spicy. Spicy yeast, caramel malt, bread crust, plums, raisins, brown sugar fill the mouth. Finish is long, spicy, semi-sweet. Extremely, delicious brew.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap in a snifter at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: dark amber hue with a moderate haze and a thick head of creamy dark-ivory foam. Very attractive indeed.

Smell: rich dark-fruit aromas of plum, raisin and date, along with an enticingly musty tobacco aroma. Definitely something I want more of.

Taste: not quite as rich as the aroma, but quite good indeed. Dark fruits are a bit more subdued, but in exchange we get a delicious toffee character. A little biscuity, but overall very damn tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and creaminess. Great.

Overall: dubbel isn't necessarily my style, but La Trappe might be my favorite dubbel among them.

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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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3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. La Trappe Chalice glass. Dark brown color, cloudy appearance. Light beige foam & creamy crown shows fairly good retention. Dark fruit, slight phenolic, sweet & caramel malt, spiced aromas & lemon hints. Gentle tart & fruity flavors at first followed by toasted maltiness & chocolate hues. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily texture. Spicy & peppery palate. Tartiness is enhaced by carbonation but, finally, toasted malts overwhelm it. Very low hoppiness. Kind alcohol heat & sweet fruits into the finish. Delicious, complex, well balanced & nice spot of the Style.

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Photo of Jetulio
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml. bottle poured into a Goblet glass

Appearance... Black beer with head colour beige of 1.5 finger aprox

Aroma... malt, yeast and fruits. malty aroma predominance

Taste... Prune and raisin notes and hop , touch of bitterness too.

Mouthfeel... medium/full body and soft carbonation

Overall... a very recomendable trappist ale, hops are present in a light style.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: medium dark brown, full tan head, no persistent lacing
S: alcohol, warm, caramel, earth
T: a tinge of bitterness, strong malt, caramel, sweet without being the dominant sense
M: medium-bodied, smooth
O: Rich malt and wood, excellent balance. Strong choice for a medium-bodied brown dubbel.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dubbel pours a dark brown color, with a large fluffy lacing tan head. There is a nice deep oakey and earthy, and almost wine like aroma that is warm. The taste is dark and deep, with strong fruity ester flavors, good solid malt base. A little flat feel, but full flavors. Overall a rich and enjoyable dubbel.

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

Got it in Hungary.

A - Oak ruby color,brown foam,lasting few seconds,living one millimeter of it in the glass.

S - Dark fruits,grape,dark malt and lots of spices.

T/M - Taste is even stronger then smell,with similar aromas. Bitter sweet finish,medium warm. Low carbonation.

O - Classic Trappist style. High quality,real king of the beers.

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Photo of Huffs
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 25 oz corked bottle (first plastic cork i've seen with beer). Nice frothy head developed which was tan in color and lasted a short time, very bubbly. Appearance was a cloudy, honey/amber color close to brown. Aroma had hints of caramel, spice and some floral notes. Taste had a strong caramel / toffee note with hints of malt and spice. Mouthfeel was creamy with a sweet caramel aftertaste.

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

A: Dark brown caramel with high carbonation and a one finger caramel head, with low rentention.

S: Has a earthy smell with some sweetness notes and some toasted malts that resemble caramel.

T: A light woody flavour, dry wine and toasted malts that bring a softly coffee flavour. The high carbonation does not disturb the flavour and only make the beer more refreshing.

M: The high carbonation make a spicy feel, that cover the dry feel common in Dubbel style with in this case make the beer more refreshing and drinkable in hot days particulaly.

O: A different dubbel, less bitter than Westmalle Dubbel and other dubbels, but still a great beer. La Trappe dubbel is different from its sisters because it not resembles to wine like other which makes that dubbel quite unique. To me La Trappe Dubbel is another must have beer.

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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 FLima
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brown color with a two finger head with low retention.
Aroma of prunes, malt, Belgian yeast, raisins, brown sugar and notes of pears.
It brings a very interesting sensation, spicy, refreshing and tingling-effervescent. Complex and flavorful, taste of earthy hops, Belgian yeast, oak, brown sugar and condiments. Also full of fruity notes, raisins, bananas, oxidized apples and alike. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Medium body with a good carbonation.
Great beer.

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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 joaopmgoncalves
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Copper-like brown body with a somewhat yellowy beige head. Low on carbonation. Tiny head with some thickness.
S: Belgian yeast, raisins, raspberries and blackberries. The hops are very hidden and I could only feel them in the back of the aroma, there's some sweetness in it.
T: Dynamically rich with the same things that were referenced in the smell plus some figs I couldn't notice on the smell.
M: With somewhat of a mild bitterness while in mouth, once you sip you get a sweet taste in your mouth. Like many other trappist beers, this one does not dry your mouth. It's almost made to drink it slowly. It's a kind of beer that's not easy to see it fade away.
O: I've had this beer lots of times. But it's just the second dubbel I've had. The other one was Maredsous 8 and that one was pretty neat as well. I really like trappist beers and this one is a good start into this kind of beer.

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La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.93 out of 5 based on 855 ratings.
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