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 lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Trappist-embossed brown bottle purchased from Steve's Cool Booze in Kingsford.

Pours a deep ruby-brown colour, quite hazed, but light enough to ensure the red filters through when held to the light. Head fizzles up in a beige-crest to begin with, but settles down to a minimal film of small bubbles. Body looks very light and a little thin, No lacing to speak of. Overall, it's decent, without being particularly captivating.

Nose is pleasant, with rounded Belgian esters providing some banana and dried fruits, and spicy pepper characters giving a rich Christmas pudding note. Some background notes of red wine and oak come through pleasantly as well, making a deeper complexity possible. It's really quite nice.

The taste is slightly thinner, but where this leaves some of the round, sweet characteristics behind, it allows the spicy, phenolic spicy characters to rise up. There's pepper, cinnamon spices on the front, with some boozy, slightly astringent characters towards the end: tannic red wine and slightly charred oak finish up. There's a bitterness towards the back too, but more from the booze and the astringency than any real hop character. It's more like the bitterness that comes from a little too much spice.

Feel is light, but helped along by some of the flavours, which have quite a textural element to them.

Overall, this is very decent stuff. I tend to be quite a fan of dubbels in any case, but I'm happy to say that the La Trappe's Dubbel is the best of their standard range I've yet had (with the Quad to come). Nice stuff.

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Photo of mick303
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass, this produced a rather sizeable tan toffee cream head, with nice retention and excellent lacing with a decent film. Colour is a really dark brown, some visable carbonation.

Smell has apricots and a big malty presence. Sweet buttery caramel, slightly boozey dark fruits. Malts are a bit roast, and predominantly dark with a good deal of sweetness and a bit of spice. Some citrus hops in there too, with a bit of a foresty yeast.

Taste has big dark malt meshed together light florals, some alcohol spice, apple fruitiness. A caramel malty sweetness with some little intricacies. But I was expecting more complexity here. Finish has light coffee note, quite dry and warm, but something is making it feel a bit thin.

Mouthfeel has a moderate carbonation, a lot of malt hiding the alcohol and it is reasonably moderate in body considering this, quite drinkable. Smooth maltiness and quite dry with a spicy alcohol prickle that can be picked up on slightly.

Certainly a nice beer, a straightforward Dubbel. It is nicely drinkable and offers a pretty nice interpretation of this malty Belgian style. It doesn't have many noticeable flaws, but I didn't find much terribly exciting either, just a really well-constructed malty and dry ale that has nice balance. There are Trappist beers that are a lot more interesting, but this is quality beer.

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Photo of jonb5
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle, poured into Leffe chalice. Amber to auburn colour, pale for a Dubbel, one finger ginger tanned head, lots of lacing, opaque. Aroma was dark chocolate, cranberry and molasses. Tasted dark chocolate, cranberry, malt and molasses. Slightly boozy and fairly complex. Body was on the thick side, decent carbonation, smooth. Reminded me of a German Doppelbock, decent cold weather beer, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Radome
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from a 33 cl bottle.

A - Deep amber color with some red. Not quite perfectly clear. Off-white head fades quickly to a thin layer with a deep ring around the glass. Lacing is thick with sheets of tight bubbles that roll around when you move the glass.

S - Aroma is very inviting. Sweet malt, brown sugar, honey, dark fruits, alcohol, fruity yeast notes. No overt hops, although there is a faint herbal note. No "off" aromas.

T - Dominated by malt. Bready, nutty, graham cracker malt with dark fruits. A bit of noble hops in the background and enough hops bitterness to give some backbone. Alcohol is evident but not in-your-face.

M - Medium body. Some hops bitterness that combines with carbonation bite. Both help cut through what could otherwise have been a cloying, mouthcoating sweetness at the end of the swallow.

O - A very good example of the style. Dominated by malt and yeast-produced fruitiness. Hops bitterness and alcohol help keep it from becoming too cloyingly sweet.

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

A- Clear, dark mahogany brown. Big fizzy head that faded fast with decent lacing on the glass.

S- Roasty malt with vanilla and brown sugar notes. Some mild fruity esters are in the background.

T- Rich malt, sweet but not cloying. Banana and a little caramel leading to a neutral finish.

M- Despite the carbonation, it has a soft and well rounded feel. Medium body and very smooth.

O- This paired well with some beef buorguignon. A good example of the style.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a ruby red with a touch of brown and a thin tan head and lace. The aroma is of cherries, dark chocolate, a hint of brandy and some yeasty hay. The flavor is complex leading off with mildly sour cherries followed by dark choclolate, and wood notes with just a hint of smoke. It's mouthfeel is medium and smooth. Koningshoeven La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven/Dominus) is an excellent brew, well balanced, drinkable, and what the style should be. Highly recommended!

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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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Photo of pkalix
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- tall bottle, poured into the famed duvel chalice, minimal head but a beautiful deep brown with slight lightening to ruby around the bottom. the head is very unimpressive compared to others in the class, but tilting the chalice reveals a layer of miscroscopic bubbles which is really nice. dewey and spotty lacing remains down the sides.
S- dark fruity but nothing really strong.
T- definitely dark fruit with a slight tang. not really bitter, but i may not be ready for these today, i think. seems a little more rich than i'm willing to go today. and i remember others being less forward and a bit smoother.
M- medium weight, lighter than the flavor.
O- just cant get past the tangy, dark fruity flavor i'm getting. it's not a bad brew, and i'm really looking forward to trying others, especially the tripel, but it's not striking out as a 'classic' to me.

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

Brown with a good amount of ruby colouring coming through, just over one finger of tan head, great retention and plenty of lace. Smell is yeaty with a bit of spice in the mix as well, clove being the most noteable, dark fruits, alcohol and touches of brown sugar. Taste has lots of dark fruits, raisins and plum, lots of fruity esters, clove throughout, spices and possibly corriander every so often, a little alcohol heat in the finish. Light carbonation, creamy and medium bodied, light feel at points though. A solid dubbel but by no means is this a world beater, just a quality beer that I would welcome again anytime.

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

A: Beautiful deep reddish brown/mahogany color. Relatively thin layer of head that has a moderately long retention, and leaves smattering of head throughout the time that I was drinking it.

S: Molasses and candied dark fruits are there, as well as some yeast and spice. When I first smelled it I didn't think that there was much there, but as it warmed up more and more complexity started coming through on the nose.

T: No lack of flavor here. Lots of dark fruits, Belgian yeast, molasses. The yeast brings a nice biscuity flavor, and there is a bit of spice to brighten it a bit. Lots of sweetness, but it isn't overwhelming.

M: Not as heavy as the flavors would seem to suggest. medium body, slightly sticky with a relatively low amount of carbonation.

O: A little darker and heavier than I have come to expect from Dubbels, but that's not a bad thing. The flavors are good and well balanced, the alcohol is enough that you know it's there, but it's subtle. Good showing all around.


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Photo of RickS95
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful looking brunette. Pours a dark mahogany brown. Not black, but enough that you won't lose sleep. The head is a finger and a half of fluffy, foamy light brown bubbles.

The malts take center stage in the nose, particularly the caramel malts. In addition, it's got a nice floral scent as well. Some toffee notes and even though the alcohol is only moderate, it's present too.

Like in the nose, the malts are the dominant players on the tongue. Again, the caramel malts are the star, showing up in scenes from the beginning til the curtain drops. A slight peppery taste helps ease some of the burnt sugar, as do the hops in the swallow.

It's smooth, it's sweet, it's got some spice, the heat from the alcohol is just enough to let you know it's there. Medium bodied, it finishes only slightly less sweet than it starts, but it's somewhat dry in the finish.

I've had the quad and the tripel before this dubbel. The quad is world class, the tripel is not very good, and this dubbel is every bit as good as the quad. This is one of the best beers I've had. It's easy to drink, I wish I had more than just one.

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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 bluHatter
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark brown/red with lots of fog and debris floating around. Big noisy popping light brown head with some darker brown drops from the final drops of the pour.

S: Dark fruit, berries, yeast. Very nice.

T: Bready hops, mellow malts that quickly dissipate into a savory almost molasses-like character.

M: Surprisingly smooth and light for such a heavy looking beer. Perfect texture and carbonation, with a really light finish. Perfect.

O: Fantastic. Really well rounded, perfectly balanced, and expertly crafted. It's rare to taste something so good.

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

500ml bottle poured into a chalice.

Deep red brown color with a clear texture, appeared tight and thick fluffy tan head that endure for long and leaves plenty of intricate laces all around.

Load of fruity; dark berries, banana, ripe dark fruits and yeasty, caramelized malt come following along with some mild phenolic spice. Dark bread, slight roasted, coffee note also poke to the nose.

Not much sweet as my initial thought but rather lean on balance that nicely assemble caramel malt, ripe dark fruits, some phenolic astringency and spice. Slight to moderate bitterness is there at the end from hop and roasted trait.

The body is medium, a bit syrupy, semi-smooth mouthfeel with soothing carbonation, dry finish.

Almost great but lack of some crisp however it’s leverage by nicely balance aroma and flavor also attractive appearance showcase. Yes, worthy.

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Photo of Douberd
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of 300 ml at home.
Dark amber colour with a two finger brown head, with great retention.Aroma of fruits, banana, citrus. Taste is bitter at first, like a bitter chocolate, at the end bitter-sweet.A bit of caramel there. Thick in body and average carbonation. Overall a really great beer!

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Photo of crnipeter
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark reddish-amber body topped by well-formed dense light-tan head with good retention, that clings to the walls producing stable sheets of lace.
Complex aroma exhibits malty sweetness with toasty qualities, pronounced esters with apple and banana (even bubblegum) being dominant, evident are clove-like phenols and gentle perfumy alcohol.
Flavor is yeasty-fruity (apple) with clove and well-present hop-bitterness that lasts into the moderately dry finish. Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation giving it foamy sensation.
In short: a decent Dubbel with strong apple-banana aroma rather than more common plum&raisin like. (330 ml, BB 11-2013, into tulip.)

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

A pleasing Trappist Dubbel

Presentation: 0,33 cl custom Trappist brown capped bottle. Simple, old fashion and somewhat perfunctory label pivoting around the standard branding of the brew in a somewhat classic insinuation, with cream gold and red tones predominating. Back offers a small note with main characteristics. Shows best by date 11 - 2013 and 7% Alc. by Vol. Served in a La Trappe chalice.

A - Hazy amber/brown pour, with a nice frothy head, moderate retention, fair surface memory and some touches of lacing.

S - Pleasing if soft and a bit subdued nose with small fruity, malty and yeasty notes...

T - …Which luckily expand in the palate with a longer malty sense, nice touches of yeast with pronounced sense of dark fruits and some sour notes over caramel.

M - Medium body with a medium to medium high carbonation providing a rather tingly finish.

O - Nice flow, and well worth picking up depending on the context. A nice Dubbel.

Notes: Maybe the fruity and soft sour touch shines more than what is typically expected of a Trappist Dubbel but this is a pretty pleasing and quality brew within this bracket. Given the rest of the selection in most common spots in Spain, it is rather nice to have this one waiting on the shelve. Not so sure I would reach out for it again in the States but a good one to have around and share.

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Photo of jjkatter
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a La Trappe goblet...

A- beautiful deep brown with a generous tan head. Lots of carbonation. Very good head retention.

S- nice caramel, yeast and barley.

T- Lots-o-barley with lingering warming alcohol. Nicely balanced and plenty of body. As the beer warms in the glass, additional character makes it's way through in the form of spice and apple.

MF- abundant carbonation with a nice dry finish.

O- I say "God bless the Trappist Monks" ( and, no doubt he does). There are better out there, but this one is good, indeed. Well worth the visit.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

La Trappe Dubbel disappointed me a bit. There wasn't much aroma and the flavour was a little one dimensional.

A: Brown colour and a 5 mm head that dies quite fast. 3.5

S: Weak malty smell with some hints of sweetness. 3

T: Roasted malt flavour into a smokey finish. The Belgian candy flavour is there too I think. 3.5

M: Very foamy with lots of tiny bubbles. 4.5

O: 3.5

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Photo of Macca
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a very dark cloudy amber with a generous beige head.

Big whack of Malteser-esque malts on the nose. Some dark fruits and a bit of alcohol.

Dark malts on the palate along with some milk chocolate, molasses sweetness. The dark fruits are there too. Bit of caramel.

Medium bodied.

I always want to like dubbels more but I always get left wanting something more. In this case I think it is a nice soft cheese.

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Photo of stevoj
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Trappist beer...’nuff said. taste of dried fruits, some sourish aroma, small beige oil slick head. Just wonderful. La Trappe has a solid lineup across all of their beers.

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Photo of atlason
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into tulip glass.

A: Dark copper, head is generous and frothing but doesn't live very long and leaves almost no lacing.

S: Belgian candi syrup and yeast character set the tone here. Very true to style. No hops on the nose.

T: Excellent balance of hops, yeast spicyness, residual sugar and carbonic acid makes this a compelling and complex drink. What a winner.

M: Good balance of relatively high carbonation with somewhat low carbonation gives this a rich yet fresh feel.

O: This is a top notch Dubbel, right up there with Westmalle and Ommegang and way beyond most others.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a De Struise glass. Freshness date is 12-2013.

It appears brown/red with a tan head that dissipates slowly. You can see the little bubbles constantly coming to the top to keep a little head around.

I pick up mostly malt and alcohol with a little dark fruitiness and chocolate in the nose.

As you drink some lacing is left in the direction of the pour to your mouth. The beer is smooth with a medium body, malts, a slight spiciness, and slight sweetness. Picked up the alcohol more towards the end of the glass.

Overall a good dubbel, but nothing outstanding for me. I dug the carbonation level.

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Photo of RodneyFarva
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on-tap, poured into a chalice at El Lupulo Ferroz.

one-finger head, slowly dissipates, good head retention. deep brown, mahogany color

dark fruit, overripe plums, some malts on the nose

more dark fruits, cherries and plums, some spices such as cloves, a sweetness which perhaps becoming cloying over time

fairly thick mouthfeel, finishes with some creaminess.

a solid dubbel, but a bit cloyingly sweet. better widely available options.

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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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