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 adamette
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale clear, clean glass.

A Golden brown, wonderful really. I admired it before I even smelled it. There were hundreds of trails of tiny bubbles coming from bottom of glass.

S Malty goodness, minimal alcohol smell. Very inviting, interesting.

T Great, complex, sweetness, not overly alchoholic. I really great balanced beer taste.

M Full for sure.

D Great for a slightly high ABV. I could have 3 or 4 of these without hesitation.

Notes: I prefer the tripel but this is a GREAT beer!

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After trying and loving the Koningshoeven Tripel I picked up their Dubbel.

I poured it from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet... a fingerish thick head with a deep brown color. The head lingers for a while and dissipates into some creamy swirls on the top of the beer.

A strong with a presence of spice and a little chocolate. The taste is more of the same... tastes 'wild' or 'exotic' for lack of a better term! Feels great in the mouth, and I could wipe out the four-pack of these in no time.

Fantastic beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

09/14/08- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. Didn't see any freshness info on the bottle or label. Poured into my Koningshoeven chalice.

Appearance- Lightly murky deep milk chocolate color. About a 1/2 inch head upon pour which settles at a flat looking cola state in about 15 seconds. Leaves no lace markings to be seen. The color is quite nice though.

Smell- Really rich smelling beer for a modest 7%. Lots of caramel, light dusting of chocolate, some figs and some dates as well.

Taste- Even tastes more rich than expected. Lots of carob powder flavor with a caramel-chocolate dipped fig flavor. Quite interesting and tasty.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation with a fuller than average mouthfeel for a Dubbel.

Drinkability- Right up there with a few of the best that I have had. Not quite up to Westvleteren status or Benedication of RR, but really nice and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle poured into my Orval chalice

Pours a dark amber in color with distinct reddish hues at the edges and a fleeting off-white head. Aroma is subdued, some light malty sweetness, a notable vinous character, namely figs, plums and raisins, and just a touch of spicy phenols. Taste is similar to the aroma but includes a wider range of esters. Figs, plums, raisins, and dark cherries are again present but a slight banana character is also evident. There is just a touch of bitterness here and a noticeable but not hot or solvently alcohol presence. Good, malty backbone. Mouthfeel is good, medium body, medium carbonation, and as mentioned before a slight alcohol presence. Drinkability is pretty good, complex flavors and low alcohol presence despite the 7% ABV (as listed on the bottle). Overall this is an easily drinkable beer this was quite enjoyable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blood orange (when backlit) with Sunkist trim. Multiple bubbles can be seen feeding the underside of a caramel nougat colored crown that resembles meringue and is less than sticky. Other than a few scattered flecks of lace, the glass is untouched.

The nose is brown malty and smells like dried fruit (figs primarily) that has been plumped up with a mineral water soak. There isn't much yeastiness, nor is ther much complexity. Actually, the latter is probably due to the former. So far... not impressed.

Koningshoeven Dubbel is a less than outstanding version. Much less. It looks like the flavor score will come down to average vs. slightly above average. For the second of those to be achieved, the flavor profile will have to improve in the bottom half of the bottle.

There's too much metal, too much bitterness, not enough sweetness, and not enough depth. More malt and a more accomplished yeast strain is what this dubbel needs to be successful. Specific flavors include carob, steely caramel, unripe figs, severely bruised apples and a spent tea leaf bitterness that is out of place. The final pour results in much murkiness and (barely) pulls the flavor score to its final resting place.

The mouthfeel gets the job done, but it isn't anywhere near the usual Belgian excellence. It doesn't have enough creaminess or enough lift to be considered good.

Koningshoeven Quadrupel is one of the finest examples of the style that I've reviewed so far. Unfortunately, both Tilburg's Dutch Brown and Koningshoeven Dubbel fail to impress. If you're curious about the style, start elsewhere. If you love the style, I'd recommend leaving this one on the shelves.

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

A - A giant four finger head rushes up over a murky dark brown brew. Head retention is outstanding, and lots of really nice foamy lace is left on the sides of my snifter.

S - Fresh fruit (big purple ripe grapes on the vine) and cut grass waft over to my nose from arm's length while I poured this one. Let's see what it smells like up close. German chocolate cake, cocoa, coconut, and chocolate breakfast cereal. There are hints of port, and Hershey's kisses.

T - Crazy sweet. This is big time chocolate fudge, with hints of a tangy sour lactic acid that is way off in the distance. Tastes like a chocolate scone with sour cream notes playing a small role. There is a nice, but odd, purple grapey flavor in the finish.

M - Medium bodied and sugary with light amounts of carbonation. What small amount of bubbles there are are prickly and help keep this from getting heavy on the palate.

D - A bit too sugary and under-hopped IMO. The nose is subtly complex, but the flavor is too cloying. This is good stuff. though. A chocolaty desert sipper for sure.

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Photo of EchtBier
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip glass. Had to struggle to get the cork out, but thankfully no accidents.

A - Dark, copperish brown. Very fine bubbles, but not as much head retention as I expected, but I may not have poured it steep enough...

S - Nothing but malt, and lots of it. Maybe a hint of fruit.

T - Sweet malts with a hint of banana. On some sips I thought I detected a little musty taste. Some alcohol taste, but not overly so.

M - Starts thick and smooth, ends dry.

D - I don't find this as complex/interesting as other beers in this style. This is probably middle of the road, but for the price I was hoping for more (can't blame the brewer for the exchange rate and shipping costs).

Label showed 7% abv

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Photo of JustinBathurst
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured dark ruby with 2.5 cm dark tan head.

Aroma is "holy banana smell" with an addition of water pipes. Which worked for me, to tell the truth.

The mouthfeel is slick with lower than average carbonation.

The taste is banana, toffee, cookie dough, with a touch of high alcohol warming. The aftertaste is strong with unsweetened cocoa and grapefruit.


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Photo of gonzo46and2
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark red to brown with a massive pillowy head.

Smell: Brown Sugar, Peach, Apple, Clove, Raisin, Fig, and a bit more.

Taste: Flavor blends the aromas and alchohol with a very even taste.

Mouthfeel: Thin mouthfeel with sparkling carbonation.

Drinkability: I'd drink it every day if it was affordable.

***First beer of the night... hard act to follow....

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Photo of Cs1987
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very dark browny-red, 1 finger of head in a goblet.

Smell - Strong, quite reminiscent of Christmas pudding.

Taste - Great balance of fruit, spice and sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, good carbonation.

Drinkability - About what I would have expected, considering the ABV.

Overall - A little bit like a lighter version of the Quadrupel. Very good overall.

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

A- Beautiful deep garnet with a nice beige head that rises a couple inches despite my rinsing the glass beforehand.

S- Raisins and other dark fruits, along with cocoa and a metallic aroma.

T- Dark fruits and dark breads are the main flavors at play here. These flavors are backed by a mineral-like flavor and a touch of earthy bitterness. The beer finishes dry with a grapey fruitiness and just a twinge of bitterness.

M- Kind of thin in body but with a nice, high level of carbonation.

D- Not bad at all. I'll have no problem polishing off this 750 ml bottle.

Very good beer. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. It's a well-made, no frills Dubbel, crafted expertly by Trappist monks... I guess. That's how I like to think of it, anyway. I'm not overly familiar with this style of beer, so I don't really know how this one stacks up with other Dubbels. It's not big on complexity, but it's got a great flavor and is, overall, a solid beer. I suggest picking it up, especially for fans of the style. Recommended.

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

This produced a light, medium-tan head on the pour, but with low retention. The nose was extremely sweet and sugary. The color was a slightly hazy light-brown. The mouthfeel was medium with a sugary sweetness on the tongue. The finish was still equally sweet. It strikes me that this might have been a young bottle, as I have had this beer age and it really becomes much less sweet. I still recommend it.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Of all the Trappist breweries, this is the one that I came to learn about latest. Poured in to my Westmalle chalice a dark ruby red complexion, with a strong, buttery white heading with substantial retention. Aroma is lovely, made up with vinous fruits such as plum, raisin, strawberry, fig and date. Bits of earth and spice lurk in the corners of the nose. Taste is complex in every sense of the word. More of the same fruit, earth and spice, which has the ability to almost lift the palate up while inside. After letting it swish around the mouth a bit, and after swallowing, there is a slight numbing sensation as the flavors and alcohol marry in the finish. Body is medium, and despite being a beer to sip and savor, is beautiful in its drinkability. As i sat with this beer over the course of an hour, I listened to the monks singing on the Weihenstephaner tour section of the website. Although that brewery is German, and this beer Belgian, I truly felt like I was tasting a bit of history. I would go so far as to say the atmosphere was a bit haunting. A delicate, complex Trappist beer that I cannot say enough about.

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Photo of madvoice
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep red brown colour with a frothy head that didn't last all that long. Smells very sweet and malt/caramelly. Taste sweet/caramel with a slight bitter aftertaste. Quite light on the carbonation and has a very solid mouthfeel. Quite tasty :)

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

Had this at Chaucer's Pub in London, Ontario. 6.50% abv.

Rich winey brownish purple body under a very substantial fizzy tannish head.

Vinous aromatic characteristics, some alcohol, cherry, spice.

Palate is well balanced, still vinous, more cherry. Mouthfeel is a bit fizzy for my taste. Ripe fruit. Quite good. I can't compare this to the Trip or the Quad but I'd get it again.

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Photo of SkittleBrau82
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown, thick but short-lasting head.

S- Strong malty smell, but not much else.

T- Malty, but drier than expected with a slight fruity aftertaste (plum/cherry).

M- Light in body for a dubbel.

Very drinkable and enjoyable beer, but I wouldn't seek this one out again any time soon (taste isn't worth the price tag).

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Head pulls a vanishing act, murky amber colored. Mostly brown colored; Looks good

Smell: This beer's worst quality, not a bad smell just really non-existant. With a lack of a head diminishes the smell. With several sniffs I get slight fruits maybe apple. Maybe spices?

Taste: Cinnamon, alcohol, fruit, and malty after taste.

Mouthfeel: Very good, thick carbonated coats the mouth. Yum yum yum yum

Drinkability: If not for the price could drink these all day. Not much going for it, probably wouldn't buy this one again.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the 11.2oz bttle into a tulip glass. The beer is a hazy brown color at first glance, but when held to light is a brilliant red. Head was light tan with moderately good retention.

Smell: Spicy aroma of clove and cinnamon atop dark fruits such as plum and dark berries. A nice, sweet Belgian yeast aroma lies underneath, keeping the whole thing together.

Taste: Nice fruity taste in the start with a somewhat caramelly malt character. Light fruits in the midpalate with a spicy undertone,not unlike spiced apples. Finish is yeasty with a malty note. The tastes in this beer seem good when taken one at a time, but the whole taste just isn't very cohesive.

Overall, this isn't the best dubbel I've had, but it is still pretty satisfying, Good attempt by a pretty good Trappist brewer.

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Photo of cyrenaica
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml draught
6.5% ABV

I tried this beer on May 9, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario on tap. The beer was a beautiful dark brown with some plum coloured hints and a thin, rocky, tan coloured head. The aroma was sweet malt, with some yeasty tones, as well as chocolate and cherry hints. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, mildly carbonated, and slightly creamy. The flavour was caramel malt, some other fruit flavours like cherries and plum, and a little hoppish bitterness to round it out. I loved this beer.

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Photo of AlexLMS
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: opaque and deep brown colour. The head is deep tan, moderately large, rich and moussy. Good retention and beautiful lacing.
Aroma: complex aroma. Mixture of sweet malts, earth hops, spices and port wine.
Taste: toasted sweet malts, bitter hops, port wine, coffee and some chocolate notes.
Mouthfeel: unctuous and creamy, moderately low carbonation, nice high alcoholic strength and a full body.
Finish: lingering coffee/chocolate finish.

Overall: great beer. Very well balanced and very complex with a strong personality. Wonderful example of the style and a must have.

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

Koningshoeven is one of the Trappist Breweries, so you can be assured of a certain critical level of quality and respectability. It certainly brings that, as well as an intangible pleasantness and cerevisial happiness. It's a quiet Trappist, but that's a point in its favor as far as I'm concerned.

Served in its own goblet.
Caramelly brown -- quite pretty to look at.
Pleasantly sweet -- never cloying, just the right amount of sweetness for a Dubbel.
At 6.5% ABV, it's not so rigorous on the gullet, although I've never tried multiple servings in one go.

To sum it all up, a quote from the Missus: "It's like a hug in a bottle."

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle with an ABV of 7% on the label. This beer is a very dark brown with maybe some red tints with a lingering tan head. The smell is very fruity, chocolates, and also vinegar. The taste is malty and fruity but it smells better than it tastes. If you like dubbels, this delivers.

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Photo of BeerLover729
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Mousy brown dubbel with white frothy three finger head.

S: Subdued caramel malty aroma.

T: Smooth malty brew with creamy finish and pleasant residual sweetness. Almost lagerish in character, with little to no phenols or esters or any other yeast bi-products.

M: Light medium body with soft but appropriate carbonation.

D: Smooth easy drinking beer with enough going on to keep me interested for more than just the first one or two.

Notes: A terrific Trappist treat. Mine's from 2008 and the bottle is different then the picture shown. It's still delicious though.

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

11.2 oz. bottle served at 45 degrees F.

Muddy garnet brown. Tall, two fingers of whipped, rocky-ish, bright khaki head lasts forever. Great lacing. Nose of raisins, brown sugar, plums, ripe bananas, roasted marshmallows, leather, faint vegetal hops, and yeast. I could smell this all evening. Complex with big aromatics.

Toasted malt and caramel up front. Esters and dark banana bread follow and blend with raisin and date sweetness. Yeasty. Caramelized brown sugar. Mild herbal, woody bitterness joins the toasted sweet fruit malt in the finish. Nice. Medium-full body with a smooth feel. I'm quite impressed with this dubbel! Even a bit surprised.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Clear, deep garnet, with orange tinted tan foamy head, decent retention, some very slight amount of lacing.

S = Alcohol is a little too prevalent or I would have given this an even higher score. Very light yeasty esters are in the first wave of the smell but under them are strong assertive smells of roasted grains with various winter spices, like a spiced bread fresh out of the oven. Some sharp sour notes in there, too, though. Nice balance of pleasing smells.

T = Frothed cream, toasted rye bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, light phenolic taste of yeast. Very good but maybe just a touch too sour in the finish.

M = Medium bodied, good mouthcoating, frothy, creamy feel. Wish it had been just a little heavier bodied though, it came off as just slightly too watery though the pronounced tastes in part made up for it..

D = Good drinkability. Not the best Trappist Dubbel, but it's not like any of them are bad. This would be a very good beer to drink while sitting back and watching it snow on a Winter's day

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La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.93 out of 5 based on 861 ratings.
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