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 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 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 DrunkMcDermott
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a headknocker, but pleasant enough. Cream colored head itself has nice, spicy, candy taste. Nice brown beer with orange highlights, shows bubbles drifting up as sediment settles down. Taste brings out oranges, raisins, a bit of wine and light spiciness, on a well-warmed, rather that roasted, malt base. Comes off like a fresh barley wine. May not be the very best of its kind, but darn close, and its alcohol warmth makes a nice way to break a Lenten abstinence of over a month (and circumstances kept me away from home where I had a store of actual Trappist ales to enjoy on Easter. This was a good substitute).

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

I had this before a Chimay Red (this was better), followed by a Westmalle (which is better than both). Nice, dark fruity flavor. Definitely on the sweet side, but not too much so. Medium to full body, creamy and smooth. One of the better dubbel's I've had. Not up there with the Westy or the Westmalle, but very good. This just showed up in a local store (in four packs). I will certainly buy it again.

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Photo of nogoodreason
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep opaque brown with a red hue. Head is fluffy and eggshell colored. Retention isn't great, but the lacing is beautiful.

Smell: Good, malty smell with traces of alcohol apparent, somewhat earthy with a little bit of grain smell. More alcohol towards the end.

Taste: Rich, with some good yeasty aspects... it's complex, and the flavors are sublte so nothing is jumping out at me. Then there's a bit of toffee, a little bit of cocoa, a lot of rich bready tastes. The first couple of finishes have a mild musty character that's a little unpleasant. As the bottle warms, the finish becomes rich and bready... like pumpernickel, with a good bit of toffee. Again a hint of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and fairly light... carbonation is light but present, makes this feel quite nice. Not drying or astringent.

A good, solid Dubbel. Not quite up there with the Westmalle and definitely not in the same league as the Westvleteren, but still an enjoyable brew. I will definitely purchase this again. I'm anxious to try their Tripel.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour was a murky copper red with a one finger head that quickly dissapated to a thick white/beige lace on top of the beer.

The smell was heavy in apricots and dates with just a hint of figs and hop spice. I really enjoyed the way the smells mixed with each other in this beer.

The drink started very thin with just a hint of flavor. The flavors picked up in the middle with a kick of fruit, apricots and figs, mixed with a slight hop spice. The finish was a lingering fruit taste. The flavors really never melted together in this one the way I expected them to.

All and all a beer that was alot thinner than I expected, but still worth a try.

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Photo of Brent
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky and a bit on the pale side of walnut in color. Very fizzy at first, quickly settling to a lace of head. Aroma calls to mind a cherry cola. Flavor profile is remarkably restrained for the style. Mild caramel malt and some gentle fruity notes. Alcohol flavor is evident at the finish, but not too prominent. Interestingly, the aroma became a bit more pronounced as I progressed into the beer, whereas I usually stop noticing it after the first few sips of most beers, the cherry cola character even more distinct. While this beer is quite smooth, it is also a bit tame, even a little watery.

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Photo of cbl2
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Slightly cloudy, brown with no head.


A floral/honey aroma greets the nose, promising a sweet malty sip.


Bursting with fruit character. Some grape/diacetyl flavors dominate. A decent doulbe, though by no means one of the greats.

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Photo of foamyhead
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer looks brown, but when you hold it up against the light, you see that has a nice deep red colour. It pours a firm beige head, that holds quite well.
In the nose I sense a sweet, spicy yeasty beer, and a touch of alcohol.
A medium to full-body beer with a soft taste of cream caramel and some bitterness in the end. Overall it is harmonious and has some strength. Nice soft and round beer, that fills my mouth well.
Worth trying again :)

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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 SetarconeX
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a reddish brown murk. Some mild carbonation, but nothing too terribly heavy, which is really how I like it. The smell is quite sweet, almost candylike in a way. Heavy malt scents behind that.

The taste itself, however, is almost pure malt through and through, but nowhere near as strong as you might think with the scent. If the taste stayed here, I'd give it a four, but it finishes with an odd, slightly metallic sense. As always a metallic taste absolutely kills the mouthfeel.

It's certainly a drinkable beer, but for what I payed for this, I expect a much higher standard of quality. Nix the metallic taste, and this might turn into a great beer.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is red-brown color with a halo of head around the inner rim of the glass.

Smell is very fresh - it has some sort of autumn smell (leafy) with fruit notes.

As soon as it hit my tongue, I started salivating madly. The taste is mildly fruity (not over done), with some spices thrown in to guide the tongue into a long long aftertaste. The body of the beer was heavy but made my tongue feel sort of prickly too.

A good drinking experience.

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Photo of tjd25
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Fine, persistent and dense brownish head on an intense opaque dark almost purple body. Medicinal aromas of herbs, citrus (grapefruit), and maybe some coffee. Very smooth mouthfeel, complex but not too heavy. A grapes and wine aspect combined with citrus is overwhelmed by a thick dark chocolate taste, which combines the dark malts and some of the bitterness very dark chocolates have. Enjoyable, but one of these is enough for the day.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark-brown with a moderate head, very nice lacing.

Almost medicine-like aroma with a very light citrus quality.

Medium body, smooth with a perfect amount of carbonation. A bit of spiciness up front moves to a sweetness along with some alcohol and finishes with a bit of tartness.

A very nice dubbel and is something I'd buy again.

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Photo of Doiv
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a 500ml corked ceramic bottle. Beautiful Dark brown colour with a creamy tan head that is thick and lasts forever. Leaves a good lacing.
Very distinct aroma of cake mix and a maly and fruity raisin mix - reminds me greatly of freshly baked scones. Probably enriched by the storage method.
The taste is ashy, slightly dry, and gente on the palate. The moutfeel is sufficiently heavy to provide a well needed kick, and the beer as a whole is very refreshing. Goes down a treat and the drinkability is good.

A top Dutch Trappist beer, well worth its price.

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Photo of necoadam
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark brownish-red with a nice head, but left no lacing on the glass. Smell was quite subdued. But there were some notes of some dark fruits. Perhaps a touch of peach in there as well. Taste was quite bold. Very full bodied with lots of character in this beer. Finished clean with some fruit aftertaste. A touch of spice is in there as well, but not much. A nice dubbel. This is a good full body to it, unlike some other dubbel's out on the market now.

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Photo of BierReise
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle that has the Koningshoeven label yet embossed with LaTrappe.Poured a reddish brown and clear with a thick head that reduces quickly to a thin film that is dense and creamy looking. Fruity aroma with big notes of cherry coming through. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with a crisp carbonated edge. Nice sweet fruity flavor with cherries again and slightly spicy, possible herb flavor as well. Overall one of the best Dubbels I've had in awhile. Quite a nice flavor.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, reddish amber with almost no head. A thin haze of a head floated on top of the surface for some time. The smell of this stuff is positively amazing. Very sweet and rich. Instantly reminded me of bananas, although there is another "sweet" smell present there that I am unable to put my finger on. The taste is very good. It's quite sweet and quite a bit malty as well. There is very little carbonation present in this, which makes for an easy drinking beer with a great mouth feel and wonderful drinkability. I don't think this would be a session beer, but I could most certainly drink perhaps 3 of these, and even then, not quickly back to back like you would something like Miller Lite.
I would definately buy this again.

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Photo of ToolHead
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle, served in Westmalle chalice.
Pours a deep reddish-brown. Decent head that rapidly fades. The aroma is full of pleasant fruitiness (banana, kiwi?). Taste-wise it's well rounded, again w/ banana up front, and a soft, pleasant maltiness. Nice mouthfeel and very good drinkability.
A fine dubbel, better than most I've tried.

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Photo of erica
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was supposed to be my beer for the evening but I didn't even get half of the 750!!... oh well, what I did have I liked, so I guess I'm happy. The dubbel was pretty good, yes. A dark brown colour, very nice. It smelled fruity and spicy, almost like wine a bit. I knew I'd love it when I'd taste it... and so I tasted it and it was lovely. Tasted very much like a deep red wine, with yeasty flavors in there too, so I could tell it just wasnt wine in a beer bottle.. No, it wasnt really that much like wine, but I know what's what came to my mind first thing. Very fruity, very flavorful, and strong, you could feel the alcohol, but it wasn't overpowering. Mouthfeel, good, maybe a bit thin actually... drinkability good, because like I said the alcohol wasnt overpowering, and though it was fruity, it wasn't too sweet.

Definitely a nice one!

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

This was a nice dark brown colour with ruby red highlights. The aromas are of berries, other exotic fruits, slight spicy alcohol, light belgian candy sugar, yeast, malts, and hops. The taste is a nice blend of the above, and this brew really leans towards the fruitier, sweeter side of the spectrum. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it gets the job done and the drinkability is nice.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A brown pour with a medium but rich tan head. The nose is sweet with toffee and dark, un sweetened chocolate. The taste starts somewhat bitter and then expands into malty and chocolately treat. Hints of cocoa and spice. A smooth and lively mouthfeel with a dry finish. I like the fact that this Dubbell was not as sweet as some others. The flavors here were more subtle and toned down. A decent beer althought it was not a classic.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deeply clouded hazelnut brown color with a tall light tan frothy thick head. Fades slowly to a skim and a thick firm ring around the edge, some drippy lace with some sticking in small ink blot patches. Smell is somewhat darkly fruity with plum and dark cherry; caramel floating in and quite a nice spicy clove on top. Some alcohol pokes through upon bigger whiffs and swirling. Taste is mild, lightly roasty hints up front, with creamy caramel locked in battle with crisp dark fruit notes and citrusy hops with some yeasty spicyness. Nice smooth and clean mouthfeel thats close to medium bodied with a light carbonation. Across the palate this is a bit short lived, and not strong at all, quite mellowing and mild. A nice drinker, but could use a bit of a boost.

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Photo of Shiloh
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Koningshoeven Dubbel:
This is very nice. Poured a dark mahogany with some cloudiness. Head was less than a finger and quickly faded leaving nothing but a sparce glass ring.
Lots of lively carbonation in this medium/full body.
Nose was of fruit mash.
Taste started to the malts but not overpowering and was balanced out nicely with a hoppy back. The mash theme continued through to the taste with some evidence of chocolate and nuts as well.
My compliments.

Review of La Trappe:
I have never consumed a brew such as this before, the smell and taste is of licorice(sp?) Full bodied, very dark and sweet. Lingering after taste....Glad that I met this brew, but do not think I could handle two in a row.....

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

The beer poured a dark brown color with a thin head. There was a sweet malt aroma that aroused the senses. The beer had moderate body with good carbonation. The taste was of sweet malts with hints of chocolate that came through during the swallow. The malt lingers on the tongue for a bit, but dissolves quickly. The alcohol was not very noticeable. This dubbel is worth seeking out.

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La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.93 out of 5 based on 847 ratings.
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