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La Trappe Dubbel (248 of 1001)

Rating: 4.15

My second La Trappe beer and one that I actually picked up prior to their Witte Trappist that I have already reviewed, having tried that one over the Christmas holidays. I grabbed their Dubbel back in October whilst down in York for the weekend and for one reason or another I ended up forgetting about it, other beers were begging to be drunk first but now it is time. This one is only the four beer from the Netherlands that I have tried from the 1001 beers book so this one is long overdue. It’s also been a while since I’ve had a Trappist beer, with de Koningshoeven being one of the only such breweries found outside of Belgium although it did briefly lose the right to display the International Association of Trappists badge on their bottles after teaming up with the Dutch based Bavaria brewery but have since regained that right.
La Trappe Dubbel

Appearance (4/5): Dark mahogany brown in colour with a thin, half centimetre tall head that is a fine and bubbly looking one that borders on creamy. Retention is okay but the head slowly reduces in size over the first couple of minutes, leaving a fine lacing across the surface that falls just short of turning patchy.
Aroma (8/10): Quite sweet initially and you get the impression immediately that this is going to be a fairly complex on nose with some dark and ripe following the sweetness. There is some plum, dates and cherries with a little raisin and some sugar coming through as well. The beer is quite rich on the nose with some faint caramel malts and touches of hops but the sweetness and fruits are the most pronounced.
Taste (9/10): Much like the aroma initially with the same sweetness and ripe, dark fruits coming through; the plum and dates are both present in the taste as well. The taste was rich with some spice coming through and the malts seem a little stronger in the taste, as do the hops although both are far from being strong. Some caramel and grapes round things off with a faint hint of alcohol but the taste matched the aroma well and was definitely a good one.
Palate (4/5): Light medium in body with good carbonation that gives the beer a lively feel and the beer is definitely a sweet one that has spicy areas too and a dry, smooth finish that almost seems creamy and goes down well.

Overall (17/20): Great stuff from La Trappe here, a very sweet beer to begin with but this was balanced out with some good spice and touches of malts which prevented the beer from seeming sickeningly sweet. The beer had some nice touches of alcohol as well without coming across too strong and the beer felt quite creamy in places too; all in all a very good offering and one I’d pick up again.

Brewed In: Berkel-Enschot, Netherlands
Brewery: Brouwerij de Koningshoeven
First Brewed: 1982
Type: Dubbel
Abv: 7.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: The House Of Trembling Madness (York)
Price: £2.99 (approx.)

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  1. April 17, 2015 at 19:53

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