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

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867 Ratings
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 DelMontiac
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 11.2 oz. bottle poured into a thinwalled goblet creating a short-lived creamy tan two-finger head atop a murky red-brown body. No lacing noted.

Aroma: Rum-raison bread and a lovely sweet pipe tobacco smell. Very nice.

Flavor: Not as good as the smell. Cinnamon, carmel, and raison. A bit of dry wine on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, but seems a bit watery on the finish, therefore lacking good carbonation.

Drinkability: An easy drinker, but I think this would be better with a hard or smokey cheese rather than all by itself.

Overall: Not the best Dubbel I've had by a long shot. I would buy it again if it were at a discount price, but I'd buy some nice cheese to go with it of course.

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Photo of impending
3.02/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml into a tulip. Pours a deep dark mahogany, when an inch remains it is a gorgeous reddish golden bronze. Medium sized bubbles produced a medium head that was short lived, unexceptional lacing.

The dark caramel malts are obvious in the aroma. Phenols of cloves round out the scent. Some aromas have a quality of weight, this is heavy.

Mostly typical dubbel taste but the phenols are strong in the flavor as well and the alcohol while not strong is surprisingly obvious. The aftertaste has a slight metallic echo.

As a trappist brew I'm always biased in favor but the blessings of the monks are not enough to raise this beyond upper mediocrity.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= The pour is a nice hazy brown color with a huge brown head on it that holds nice retention and excellent lacing.

S= The first thing I notice is a significant amount of sweet candy cherries in it. There's a bit of a Belgian yeast spiciness to it as well. Super sweet malts in it. There is also a little bit of that dark fruit note but not much.

T= The taste is really nice. Great sweet cherries that are sort of blended with some sweet malts. The dark fruits don't really ever make an appearance in it. Loads of sweet toffee in it as well as some caramel to it. Very candy like.

M= Good for a dubbel. High carbonation that tickles the tongue. Sometimes I wish they would make these a little less carbonated but it's to style.

D= Great dubbel. I don't find myself diggin dubbels as much as I like this one. Really a winner.

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

Note: The bottle design is different, and the ABV is 7% rather than 6.5. I suspect this is a newer version.

A- Dark chestnut with notes of cherry when exposed to light. Thick. Impressive carbonation and head. Pretty good lacing as well.

S- Caramel, grape/raisin aromas somewhere in between a red and a white wine, some belgian spices and yeast, fruitiness, dark malts, and syrup. Good smell, but a little faint.

T- Sweet apple and pear notes in the beginning, and then spice and yeast gain a little bit of ground. Caramel plays a part in a very non-intrusive way as it just adds a constant little hint that it's there. Background of raisin and figs. Perhaps prunes. I like how this one isn't all too sweet. Perhaps they avoided that by using some of the less sweet fruits. Some chocolate is apparent as the drink warms up. I didn't notice any when it was cold.

M- Medium body that feels light. Fairly creamy and good carbonation that makes it seem larger than it is. Sticky finish.

D- A very nice Dubbel, and not overwhelmingly sweet. I found it had a very good balance to it. Very drinkable at a medium to slow pace. Has a warming effect on the stomach which gets a bit coarse if you drink it to fast. A good example of the style, but it really didn't excite me much. Would drink it again though.

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Photo of mexikrainian
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a Piraat tulip.

Appearance: chocolate amber with tan head and scant lacing.

Aroma: caramel, malts, brown sugar and belgian yeasts.

Taste: subtle sweetness, dark fruit, caramel malt and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: medium body with light carbonation.

Overall impression: classic dubbel but not overly exciting. watered down and lacking appropriate carbonation.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

La Trappe Dubbel

Appearance: Dark brown, medium head that dissipates, and great lacing.

Smell: Raisins, dates, brown sugar, and apple.

Taste: Raisins, dates, other dark fruits, and good malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

It's a very nice Belgian. Smooth and good flavor. The flavor seems to drop off, leaving very little aftertaste. There is a syrup-like coating felt after drinking.

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Photo of catrone
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown beer with a thick, persistent head.
The smell is sweet and very fruity, mainly grape, similar to sweet wine.
The taste is very round and fruity with a faint alcoholic note that doesn't overwhelm the sweetness at all and lasts long after you sip it.

The aftertaste is sweet too, with the alcoholic note now more noticeable

Definitely one of my favourite belgian.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Koningshoeven Chalice a ruby black with a one finger white head. No lacing and little retention. The scent is strong of carmeled raisins and grapefruit. The taste is a malt bomb, with more raisin flavors and a little hop bite at the end. The mouthfeel give a little bit of dryness.

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Photo of philphilphil
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First dubbel. It was good. Bottle throthed so much I had a 4 inch puddle around the bottle. As another BA put it, I don't own a chalice because i don't play world of warcraft.
Appearance was good head in an unusual tan colour, and a cloudly brown body, like muscat (the fortified australian version.)
Smell was something i could not explain, good, not amazing, but my beer smell vocab needs expanding.
Taste, sweet in a good way, not bad at all.
Mouthfeel was thick and creamy, very nice.
Drinkability, good, with a suprisingly lowish price.
Overall this beer is a succes, will definately buy again.

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

750mL brown glass cork & cage bottle. Back label stamped "10:56 / K30 J8" whatever that means.

Poured into my Koningshoeven glass to celebrate the US releasing of the "Le Trappe" labels.

Appearance: Cherry cola/mahogany with thin off-white head. Clear.

Nose: Boozy dried leathery fruit. Some faint creamy yeast notes. More like a quad than a dubbel. Not as much fruity yeast as I would expect (a good thing in my book).

Palate: Wide open and fat but snaps medium-bodied with alcohol sharpness and some faint hops. Dried figs and prunes a-plenty. Black patent leather comes to mind. Long leathery finish. Not much carbonation to speak of.

Notes: Think I might like this better than the Quad and am going to lay some down for aging. Don't usually like Dubbels, but this doesn't strike me as a great example of a Dubbel which in this case results in a higher rating.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with one-finger tan head that leaves lace down glass on top of a yeasty, orangeish smell with citric hop notes along with some sugary sweet malt and there are offshoots of sour and tropical fruit like grape, pear and apple. A little less sweet than I like but good carbonation leads to a crisp, light-to-medium body that's smooth with citric and grapefruit fruit flavors along with a little bit of sour and tropical splash. Balances with bready, caramel malts plus hints of cocoa and roasted along with mild ABV so the beer is both fruit and sweet flavored and it all has chance to shine. As I sip there is a lil bit more of sticky syrupy sweetness in the malts and a touch more dryness in the finish.

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Photo of cbak999
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to preface this with the fact that I don't particularly like Belgian style beers...but I like this one. No head at all on draft. Great amber color. Not much aroma..but real great taste. What aroma there is, is sweet and spicey. Taste is great....not too sweet. Perfect. I will seel this one out again for sure. The monks know what they are doing.

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

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer has a dense warm brown body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles gliding up the side. There is a bubbly creamy light tan head that last for the full beer.
S- The caramel malt sweetness has notes of raisins and some darker fruit esters. There is a light clove note and warms with a touch of chocolate and a toasted malt note.
T- The slightly woody quality is well blended with specialty malt flavors and some raisins and dried fruit complexity. There is a soft spice note and a nice alcohol heat in the finish. The rich and complex malt lingers with a faint green hint in the finish and some dried cherry flavors come through as the beer warms.
M- There is a medium-full mouthfeel with a full fizz and a very soft alcohol heat present.
D- This is a great balanced and complex malt forward beer that has everything in balance. There are some oxidative notes that get in the way a bit but still this very drinkable.

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Photo of
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an 11.2 ounce bottle into a Chimay chalice. Great reddish brown color. Nice head but it disappears within a few seconds. Lacing is nonexistent. This is my least favorite of the Trappist Ales. Good but not great. Plenty of sweetness and caramel.

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

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours something of an amber brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is the prototypical Belgian dubbel (at least in the good ones), showing brown sugar, sweet ice tea and cola in what smells as if it will be a fairly sweet beer. On the palate, this is about as good as it gets in a Belgian dubbel. While on the sweet side, I just love the sweet lemon ice tea, brown sugar, cola, caramel and spice. The combination together is just terrific. Mouthfeel is sweet, rich, smooth and just mouthfilling. Despite the sweetness, drinkability is still very high. There's nothing heavy or tiring on the palate, and no hint of alcohol.

The dubbel style is not among my favorites when it comes to Belgian ales, but this beer is the exception to the general rule. Maybe it's the cola and ice tea that balances the sweetness so well, but whatever... this is just a very fine beer.

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Photo of Ghenna
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml purchased at Total Wines in Roseville CA.

So, my first impression is that it is hard as shit to get to. Typical cork and cage stopper, non-typical amount of strength needed to get this bottle to give me its important contents. Seriously- I'm a bit of a gym rat and had nearly resigned myself to cutting the bastard cork off, pushing the remainder in, and running the beer through a sieve to drink it. Perseverance got me through though, and I've got to say that my initial impression is that it was just about not worth it.

Pours a strong tea colored brown with a quickly dissipating head. Smells malty, spicy, and it has a little undercurrent of alcohol. Initial taste is of, I guess I would call it fruit. Not the dark prune/raisin of a porter, but what I can only describe as a lighter fruit. I can't think of a fruit that would describe this, but I'll simply call it 'light finish fruit'. Aftertaste is a very solid burned sugar/caramel flavor. Taste and beer lingers for a short bit, though not so long as to detract from the experience.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet from a 750 ml bottle.

A - Pours a very nice dark amber with some brownish and reddish hues. Very quick and fleeting head with a nice off white color. Doesn't last very long though.

S - Very nice bready malt with great dark fruit smells. Great phenols and spices present. Some figs and prunes and grapes in the nose.

T - Starts of with mild sweetness that is slightly fruity and then the bready malt flavors come in as well. Great phenols and very nice yeast. Very traditional dubbel flavor which is not a bad thing.

M & D - Nice fluffy feel and great drinkability with the relative lower ABV.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper ruby with a large tan head that quickly fades to a thin creamy covering.
Nose can only be described as spicy fruitcake: cinnamon, figs, candi sugar, brandy and sultanas are all apparent.
Similarly rich, sweet, malty flavours with christmas spices adding a little complexity. Alcohol is just noticeable as in the aroma.
Body is surprisingly light for the flavours, the carbonation is unsuitably high.

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Photo of xylophonica
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 50cl crock into a tulip.

A - A ruby red so deep it looks virtually violet. Nice head which recedes fairly quickly but does add a creamy aroma while it's around (wish it had stayed longer!)

S - As soon as I popped the cork on this one I got a massive whiff of lovely sweet chocolate. In the glass it's more cherry but with a bit of a fizzy carbonation aroma. Touch of malt/yeast/bread in there as well.

T - Dark and sweet. Drinks largely like it smells. Not an overly dark beer (despite its physical colour) with a good sense of carbonated cherry & malt to coat the mouth.

M - There's a slight creaminess retained from the non-existent head. Fairly smooth with a noticeable but not overpowering bitterness. Slightly sharp but pleasant.

D - Doesn't have the massive phenolic hit of some of the other La Trappe beers. Goes down a treat - easy to drink all day.

After Chimay red this is probably my favourite double. Actually a type of beer I haven't been overly fond of in the past but with this and the Chimay I'm starting to love this style.

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

Rocky beige head; Light brown color. Reasonably clear.

Very sweet; Lots of brown sugar. Too coy for my nose. Horse blanket smell.

Slightly soured cherry taste. Less sweet on the tongue. Rich sugary body. Good carbonation. Too sweet for my tastes, but one can tell it is well made.

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

Complex fruity esters are felt on the nose, this course provides a mish-mash of different flavors of fruit where there cue mostly red and black fruits. The palate is quite heady, with a body busy in toasted malt that is quickly boosted by a good spicy bitterness in the finish. The body is initially soft, almost like water, but it becomes more complex very quickly. Very similar to the St. Bernardus Prior but perhaps more focused on the malty-fruity red fruit typically on the exotic fruits of his cousin beer.

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

A - Dark cherry oak color with a fairly large, bubbly, foamy, off-white head. Decent retention that settles into a thin layer of lace with thicker patches near the edges.

S - Strong dark fruit with a very vinous smell with grape, plum and fig being strongest. Some molasses and dark malt also comes out. Faint medicinal smell as well. Has a bit of a sweet, syrupy aroma overall.

T - Dark, sweet and toasted bready malt with some caramel and molasses and carob taste. Mid sip, some of the dark fruit comes out, with it being somewhat vinous and a lot of figs with some plum. Some spice comes out along with the dark fruit, particularly pepper but some clove and cinnamon. Hints of chocolate. Slight mineral taste near the finish and some alcohol taste.

M - Medium body with a bit above carbonation. Pretty creamy, but a touch watery as well.

D - A very drinkable beer with a nice balance of malty/bread taste and dark/vinous fruit. Not overly powerful on the palate, but has a nice lingering taste.

Notes: ABV = 7.0%. Best before 10/2011. A nice Dubbel that is very well balanced. A bit more on the vinous side of dark fruit flavors and has a bit more of a mineral than I expected. Overall a solid enjoyable beer that I would happily drink again.

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Photo of elvisnj
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from big Belgian bottle into Sam Adams beer glass.

Nice big cream color head stays around for a while. Really nice mahogany color under this big ass head. The beer is looking good. Nose is light but all Belgian yeast and banana. Its like they combined a Dutch yeast with a Belgian yeast and the Belgian won out (just barely).

Taste is citrusy with no hint of the banana that was present in the nose. I get cherry and dark grapes along with slight malty sweetness. Slight spice hint on the back of the tongue. Clean finish.

Carbonation is decent up front, but as I savor this it dissipates to almost nothing.

This is a damn good example of a Dubbel. It could have used a bit more carb but it did not damage the overall beer. Thumbs up on this one.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into chimay chalice.

Explosioned of foam after uncapping bottle.

A- Very dark mahogany brown with ruby notes, 2 finger creamy head fading fast to a faint crown. Lacing is low to average.

S- Biscuit, cakey malts, faint nut and raisin. All aromas very subtle.

T- Fruity malt esters are in there but dumbed down. A caramel malt with plum note and the cake like malts, finish is dry, slightly thin. No hop notes. Malt is the focus but subdued. Aloohol levels are low but warm, well hidden.

M- Moderate carbonation and body.

D- Its a fine easy drinking dubbel, i just feel the whole beer is subdued from the aesthetics to the flavour/aroma experience. Certainly smooth drinking with a nice flavour profile if you look hard enough for it, but thats the problem.

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Photo of soju6
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was served in a La Trappe Chalice at a cafe/pub in Amsterdam.

It had a deep amber color with a decent head. The smell was sweet and fruity. The taste was sweetness and finished with a bitterness. It has a medium body that went down easy with no real hint of alcohol. Enjoyable brew to finish the day with.

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La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.93 out of 5 based on 867 ratings.
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