La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven/Dominus)

Additional notes 04/16/24 (pictured)

750 mL corked and caged bottle from a recent Colorado trip. Increasingly hard to find this is many parts of the USA.

There’s a yellow/orange hue to the head, and the usual, relatively unattractive color on the Dubbel body.

Carbonation on this is adequate but also wispy and a little thin. In my experience it has always been that way with this beer. Dubbels aren’t usually my bag, but this has always been an exception. Big rounded mouthfeel, and a really sherry-like, rich Madeira note about the beer. Small elements of bubble gum, and a partly dry finish. Some alcohol in the back-end too. Nicely balanced with sweet and dry coming together throughout the beer.

Great example of a style that I generally don’t get too excited about. Delicious and still going strong after all these years.


Original notes 04/21/05

This drinks bigger than it’s ABV, with a distinct alcohol presence and lots of dark fruit in the nose and in the initial tastes.

Dark brown pour with a scant head, but a substantial looking beer. I was quite surpised by the level of carbonation – really quite aggressive.

Solid malt backbone, but the finish was a little on the dry side for my liking. Good fruits all the way through with a full mouthfeel. Lots of ripe, bursting type fruits are present which adds to the palate sensation.

Solid example, nice “Belgian” (Dutch), and excellent value in the four-pack sampler with glass.

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04/21/2005
Style:
Dubbel
Format:
bottle
ABV: 7.0 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4
Overall: 4
Total: 4
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