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.
Netherlands | website

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 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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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 Tballz420
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one comes out looking good. Its a dark brown with almost a touch of purple in there. Big tan head that sticks all over the place. Its got a malty smell, with a touch of alcohol detected. There are quite a lot of flavors going on in this beer. Some malty sweetness, with some lemon notes, plum as well perhaps. Some well balanced hops hidden in there carefully. Slight alcohol taste as well. This is my first beer of this kind so i have a hard time comparing it, but this is quite a sweet drink in my opinion.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this 750 ml brown wine bottle with a cork and cage at a big Moscow grocery store. The label is quite different from what is pictured - La Trappe in big letters in the middle. Ingredients include sugar cane. Best before date is May 2005. I opened mine on 8/30/03.

Beautiful deep cherry red verging on mahogony under a big, thick contoured tan head that lingers well and leaves sheets of lace. Outstanding presentation. The nose is mild and fruity, with more cherry than anything else. The mouth is slightly tingly and heavy with fruit. The taste is certainly good - nice, complex mix of flavors, from cherry to vanilla to caramel to malt. What's missing here is hops. The finish is fruity, the aftertaste is fruity. Maybe true to the style, but I want a bit of a bite. Still, I'd never turn down an offer to enjoy this brew again!

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Photo of HardTarget
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Large corked 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. brown bottle that looked different than the picture; titled La Trappe (American Label?) Short history, no best by date. Had trouble with the cork.
Aroma: A rum soaked raisin/plum nose. Strong bouquet. Some oak and alcohol smells too.
Appearance: A burgundy color with a creamy tan head that started strong, but retreated to a small cloud in the center of my goblet. A light carbonation persisted deep into the beer.
Flavor: True to trappist style (although they aren’t one of the 6 true Trappist, thus the “abbey”) this drink will sustain you through a fast, and inspire prayers of thanks. The balance is well on the malt side, but the sweet is ephemeral yielding to a dry, fruity, floral aftertaste. No hop bittering was noted, but a slightly metallic taste at the end detracted from an overall great beer.
Mouthfeel: Light given the style, but creamy and smooth. I experienced an alcohol/carbonation prickle at first touch that lasted through the beer.
Overall Impression: A well-made beer with a couple of flaws. The metallic taste in the finish detracted from the experience. Also, needs a little body to fit the style IMO. Drinkability is good, it’s not filling and the dry finish invites another taste.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a murky dark amber to mahogany in color, forming a whipped light tan head atop medium-sized bubbles. Carbonation is mild to moderate for the style. Retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is of sticky sweet amber malts with hints of apples, rum, raisins and dates, a touch of bready yeast, a distant alcohol, vanilla, and walnut. Mouthfeel is bright with a medium body. Taste begins with a bright carbonation followed by a warming touch of very smooth and round dates and yellow raisins. The hops are minimal, only contributing to a bit of balancing bitterness in the finish. The finish is wet with notes of rum, a hint of copper, caramel, a nice toastiness, and a slick, crisp mouthfeel. Alcohol is mildly perceptable by a hint of astringency, but is otherwise unobtrusive. Body is somewhat watery for a beer of this style, but that's a plus in my book, as these beers are typical too overcarbonated for my liking. Warming to room temp, the brew becomes smoother and the complex sugars begin to emerge.

A quality trappist dubbel, much better than Chimay and Westmalle in my book. Complex, yet smooth and sophisticated. Easy to drink, too!

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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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La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.
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