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

La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

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Ratings: 867 |  Reviews: 407
Photo of paulozanello
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous reddish brown color, with fairly transparent with a beige head that lasts for a while leaving average lacing.
Aroma is raisings, dark fruits, caramel and toffee.
Taste is dark fruit, caramel, light chocolate, toffee and butterscotch. Finishes with a burnt note. No hops at all.
Mouthfeel is sort of astringent with moderate to high carbonation. Aftertaste is lasting with nutty, plums and burnt caramel notes.
Overall a great representation of the style. One of the best dubbels out there.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the corked big bottle marked 10:15-K11010. Sampled on April 12, 2011. A dynamic looking ruby red when held to the light and do hold it to the light because out of the light it looks a bit brown with a fluffy, tan head. Aromas of yeast, smoky malts, and dark fruits like plum. The body settles comfortably on the tongue while the head delicately tickles the lips. The flavors abound with moderate malts with a hoppy, alcohol bite at the end. Interesting and engaging.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours tawny ruby with piles of tan foam that fade to film. Soil, cinnamon and strong cold tea on the nose. Raisin, earth, and apple up front, phenol twang, birch beer hops end. Light to medium, lively, slight burn to end.

Burns a tad too much, but otherwise great balance between complexity and drinkability - what makes this style great.

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Photo of LukeK1231
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml "ceramic" bottle into a pint glass (I know wrong glass, severly lacking glassware while studying abroad)

A- Dark ruby red.

S- The aroma was spicy and caramel like with a light-fruit smell in the background.

T, M- The taste was sweet and caramelly and was very enjoyable. It had a smooth finish, although the alcohol came through just a little. (not bad though)

O- Overall a very nice Dubbel and would try again.

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

Poured into a crystal beer mug, the beer is a deep mahogany. A creamy off white head builds and stays for a couple of minutes.
Very inviting look.
Smelling the beer, you will be introduced to sweet malt, honey, caramel, dried fruit like dates, plum, sugar.
The taste up front confirms the sweetness, which was announced earlier. Honey, brown sugar, dark fruits, banana.
In the middle the sweetness turns to more roasted malt flavor, being nicely balanced at the end by some hops, leaving a great bittersweet aftertaste, which asks for more beer.
Very drinkable brew, good carbonation and freshness. I would buy this definitely again.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Gouden Carolus chalice. Best before January 2011.

A: Quite dark, too much so to see through, blood-red in the light. A big creamy head subsides into small white bubbles on the surface.

S: Candy sugars and dried fruit.

T: Banana milkshake! That's what it tastes like. Strong, creamy vanilla flavours as well. Quite pleasant, but one-dimensional, and rather odd for a dubbel. The aftertaste is a bit fruity-dry, but not entirely pleasantly so. Hrm. Strange beer.

M: Thin, but creaminess coats the mouth. Virtually no carbonation, a real drawback.

D: Very sweet, milkshake-sweet, but nice all the same. It disappeared before I realised it.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

We pour a brew somewhere between deep tawny and a glowing amber. A relatively soft pour reveals a beige head, cola-like in appearance, and voraciously bubbling. It recedes at a medium pace, leaving little lacing as it goes. There is a definite haze to the body, but no sediment is noted otherwise. The carbonation appears active. The aroma is bright, showing off bready malts, cold and metallic yeasty scents, and a nice balancing fruitiness, of dark pit fruits and berries. These are contributed to by light esters, while buttery diacetyls swirl through the back of the nose. The taste begins with heavy malts and expertly intertwined medicinal phenols. The middle moves forward with cool, cleaning bubblegum esters, and a light cherry sweetness. As we finish, there is a washing bitterness, of yeast and darker malts, working to further scrape the fruit and phenols from the palate. The aftertaste breathes with a hint of booze, riding upon those bitter notes from the end. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. The feel to the mouth is wet, but not watery. The slight syrupiness to it is satisfying, and the mouth is left ultimately cooled and dried. The abv is standard and the beer drinks with great ease.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the inviting aroma and the complexity to the taste. From the first whiff of the beer you are drawn in, and want to sip it right away. Once you finally do you are met with a straightforward dubbel, with some inherent complexities through the finish of the taste. What was most surprising about this drink was how quenching and cooling it was to sip. The drinker is left refreshed and wanting more.

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Photo of nickhiller
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: mahogany colored, lots of carbonation with bubbles clinging to the sides (hope this isn't because of a dirty glass,) super brief 1/4 inch head.

S: iron, heaps of malt, pure malt, dried dark fruit.

T: it tastes almost exactly like a cross between a Malta and a Dr. Pepper, prunes, Juicy Juice, only with a mildly bitter finish.

M: full bodied, steady carbonation, sickly sweet on the tongue but finishes dry.

D: very drinkable, the Dr. Pepper flavor takes a little getting used to, but once I adjusted to the maltfest. A good malty (malty, malty) beer, I feel like I just drank a vitamin shake.

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

Served into a branded snifter at the Cheeky Monk, La Trappe Dubbel is a chestnut brown color with good clarity. The head settles fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma is sweet and malty with a nice Belgian yeast character. Some dark fruits and mulling spice comes through.

The flavor is just about perfect for the style with a nice mild sweetness that supports a broad spectrum of subtle nuances. There is the usual dark/dried fruit like raisins and figs. Over that comes some mild clove from the yeast.

Mouthfeel is smooth and perfectly carbonated. The alcohol is barely noticible.

Overall a very solid dubbel and one that is probably just a little better on tap.

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Photo of pinkano
2.76/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - little hazy very dark orange and amber
S - dark fruits - raisins, plums, light rum and syrupy malt
T - I got some perfume and oil taste, maybe badly stored before bought. However dark fruits in the body and winy and little dry end
M - medium to hight carbonation with medium body
D - not much drinkable since the perfume and oil taste, but I can bet other bottles or tap beer will be lot more better

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Photo of 77ships
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Impressive, atypical blood/ruby red, the head retains quite well.

S: Raisins, prunes and caramel.

T: Redcurrant berries, liquorish and syrup. Slightly bitter with moderate sweetness, that clearly wasn't the result of added sugars.

M: Smooth, somehow the alcohol seems more noticeable here than it did with the La Trappe Quadrupel that I tried.

D: The added sweetness, increased sweetness and the taste of redcurrant berries made this beer something distinct as opposed to a lesser version of the Quadrupel. Very refreshing and bit of a summer beer even if it is a serious beer altogether.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 750ml bottle into chalice glass. Golden orange colour with a foamy white head. Malty aroma with notes of spices, fruits and alcohol. The flavour is malts, spices, alcohol and some fruitiness with a bitter finish. Medium-bodied and smooth mouthfeel. Pretty decent dubbel but not the best.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice chestnut color with about an average foamy head. The head itself is rather dense just not very tall. Nicely carbonated.
Foam fades but the carbonation always keeps a wispy ring floating on top.
Iget a rich malt aroma topped by cnadied sugar.
Rich and malty tasting with candied sugar yeast and fruitty essence, maybe candied plumes. Alcohol taste is bold and in your face. Luckily the ABV's are at a more moderate level for this light weight.
A medium to full bodied beer with a drier finish. Good for Christmas

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Photo of CHickman
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours opaque brown in color with a foamy 2 finger tan head that dissipated quickly; lacing didn't last long either and slid down the glass fast.

Smells like sweet malt, yeast, wheat bread, syrup, caramel, rum, and other spices, but has an overall sweet aroma.

Tastes of brown sugar, yeast, sweet malt, grains, wheat bread, coriander, spices, syrup, caramel, rum, raisin, plum or slight sour apple, maybe some licorice and/or cinnamon. Pretty sweet flavor overall, and almost too sweet; there are some sweet complex tastes like the brown sugar and syrup, but the balance is not there to make this worth drinking more than one in a session. The alcohol peeks through, giving off some heat like a rum or bourbon.

Mouthfeel is smooth with very little carbonation and a medium body that's almost chewy.

Drinkability was low as this beer was just too sweet for me.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brown color. Head bubbly but falls fast.
S: Dried fruits, like prunes. Toasty malt.
T: Same prune-like fruitiness. Chocolate. Caramel. Finishes a bit too sweet for the style (and my liking).
M: A bit flat, so no creamy carbonation I like in my Belgians.
O: I like the fruity and chocolaty flavors. However, a bit too sweet to be very drinkable (see Westmalle) and not complex enough to make for a good Strong Dark (see Maudite, Chimay Blue).

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark red with a bubbly light brown head. You can tell this is full bodied before taking a sip.

Aromas of alcohol distract from otherwise pleasant smells of fruit and coffee.

Dark fruits and semisweet chocolate. Faint hint of espresso. Black pepper and wood flavors add to the complexity.

Very nice. It's a heavy beer, but there's enough carbonation to cut through it making it easier to drink.

The warming feel from the alcohol and spectrum of flavors hurt drinkability a bit, but overall a pleasant brew.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from my La Trappe chalice.

A - Pours a redish copper colour with an off white head that dies quickly.

S - Bits of malt and dark fruits.

T - Too boozy for me and not hidden well enough. A little dark fruit but not much else.

M - Fullish carbonation with a medium body.

D - A little one dimensional likme other La Trappe beers.

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

Poured from bottle into goblet. Nice fizz and small 1/4" head that clears out quickly. Nice dark amber color with red hue/glow when held up to a light source, hazy with floaties.

Very delicious sweet and fruity bouquet - very inviting. Sweet malty taste to match, booze is masked very nicely by nicely balanced flavors.

Medium bodied - not heavy - so you can definitely enjoy a lot of this. Strong carbonation bite with each mouthful too.

Very nice - worth a try.

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

11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into a Weihenstephaner Vitus Chalice.

Appearance: Very nice reddish-brown, with a small (1/4" to 1/2") head and decent lacing.

Smell: Very nice, and frankly surprisingly complex, malty, with hints of dark fruit.

Taste: Good, like the quad the alcohol is not really masked but does add some nice warmth. Again, malt is present, dark fruit, but not very deep or complex. Just some good flavors with warmth from the alcohol.

Mouth feel: Well carbonated, not really creamy, decent but not great.

Drinkability: Good flavorful beer. Lower ABV (than a quad or tripel) makes it easy to down a few.

A really solid dubbel, but for the price there are better to be had (Achel Bruin is far better).

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Photo of jrallen34
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into my Gouden glass...A medium brown, amber in the light. a boring tan head of only about a finger, falls quickly, bad lacing...A really light aroma, plums, sugar and alcohol, not complex enough for me...The taste is really boring, a watered down cherry coke, dark fruits, and alcohol...An amazingly light feel.

This is just lacking all respects.

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

The bottle is similar to the tripel label and not like what the picture shows here. It also states 7.0 ABV not 6.5. But, let's not get wrapped up in petty details. It pours a wonderful deep amber brown color with approx 1 inch of head and some mild lacing. Smell is wonderful, the banana bread laced with rum jumps out of my chalice and punches me lightly.Taste is sweet, fruity, bready, some cherry and banana taste, and the alcohol is somewhat present. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Almost like eating a banana nut bran muffin laced with rum. Drinkability is fine; I will hunt these down again. Cheers.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle, $7.99. My bottle says 7% abv, this website says 6.5%. No date I can find.

Appearance: This is a very dark ruby red, almost brown. Clear. Pours with a nice head, but has too brief retention. Not much lacing either. I have to grade it down for the suboptimal head and lacing-- cmon, its a Trappist.

Smell: Dark and tart fruit. Cherry is slightly medicinal. Raisins and some apple. A little caramel and toast. Good, but not the most exciting dubbel.

Taste: Raisin and cherry, sweet and a little tart. There's a little bitterness which I think is from alcohol more than hops. There's just a little yeasty flavor-- more would probably make this more flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth feeling, the right amount of body for this beer. Despite the sorry head, the carbonation is well done.

Drinkability: Its a very easy drinking beer. Good, but not the most complex or interesting.

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Photo of sfprint
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very beautiful, deep, syrupy red. One of the most beautiful colors of a beer I've seen. Much smooth carbonation with good retention. Slow lacing

S: sweet fruity alcohol, fruity yeast, creamy. Too much alcohol. cherry cream soda.

T: Bready, alcohol is not so pronounced, fresh, black cherry, though slightly bland. creamy. Good, almost a 4.

M: Mild and soft carbonation.

D: It's a fine beer, good but not great. I would drink it but wouldn't seek it out.

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

I'm not really into Dubbels, but this one rather satisfied me. It has that typical La trappe sweet dark malty caramel toffee taste I like. You can find it in the quadrupel (oak aged) as well. But you have to like it... Went down really well, fresh and warmed up, would drink this again for sure!

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Photo of kwjd
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Smokeless Joe's in Toronto in branded glassware. Pours a mahogany brown with a finger or two of off-white head. Nice lacing in the glass. Smells of strong brown sugar and candied cherries. I cannot overstate how sugary this smelled. Flavour is incredibly sweet. My friend wasn't a huge fan of the style so I basically had 2 glasses of this in a row. I enjoyeded it, but prefer a bit less of the sweetness.

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La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 78.1% out of 100 with 867 ratings
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