736: La Trappe Dubbel

736 - La Trappe DubbelName: La Trappe Dubbel
Brewery: Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Country of Origin: Netherlands
City & State: Berkel-Enschot, Netherlands
Style: Dubbel
Alcohol Content (ABV): 7%
First Brewed: 1982
Price: $12.99

Tasting Notes
This beer differentiates itself from several Belgian Trappist dubbers by toning down the chocolate and coffee notes. It is sweeter on the palate with slight aromatic notes on the nose.

Ricky’s Thoughts

Did you say sweet? I like sweet! We haven’t done a list beer in FOREVER!!! So today, on my way to the golf course, I decided that we would review a list beer when I got home. I asked Sheryl what she wanted to review, and she didn’t care. Then I asked her if she wanted to review a small bottle or a big bottle. Duh. She said big! We have several beers in the fridge to review, including a few off the wall beers. But we will get to those. I just missed writing reviews from the book.

Speaking of the book… We aren’t really focused on the list right now. We are not sure it is worth finishing since we already know we will never finish the original list. What do you think? Would you keep digging?

Let’s get back to the sweet beer in my glass. Cheers!

In the Glass: It is quite dark in the glass, and has a nice creamy head to it. The beer, at first, provided a nice thick head that I didn’t expect. Then I could smell the sweetness of the malts, and I just wanted me some. I have had a pretty big beer week thanks to Dakine. I was at his place on Friday and did a vertical of all Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout from Cigar City.

I could already smell it. Does it get sweeter as it heats up?

Nose: Holy crap this beer is going to be good. That is just a sugary sweet mess of awesome in my glass. It better taste as good as it smells. I am getting a hint of milk chocolate and a nice burnt sugar sweetness that I hope proves to be a long lasting sweetness on the palate. Man, I can barely control myself. Let’s drink!!!

Flavor: Even ice cold. this beer is incredible. The same sugary sweetness notes that I was smelling are present on the palate, and as you swallow and the beer sits there on your tongue, the sweetness becomes almost drying like an Irish stout. This is a dark dubbel, from previous experience, but is coming from one of the few trappist monasteries in the world. Monks just know how to make good beer!

As the beer sites on my palate, I am getting a nice raisin flavor in the finish, and the aftertaste lasts for a long time. I bet, as this beer heats up, it will change flavor several times. My least favorite part of this beer is the mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel: There is WAY too much carbonation here. If this was a saison, fine. But it’s not. This is a big malt bomb that, in my opinion, should have a nice thick almost milk like mouthfeel. Based on the aroma and the flavor, the mouthfeel is what will keep this beer from a perfect score. The burp is incredible, too. Just a great example of the style and it makes me want to return to Belgium.

Aftertaste: There are a ton of dried fruit and raisin flavors going on here. I don’t want to say fig… But that is what I keep thinking of. I mean, I don’t know what a fig is and/or smells like. So if this is fig, then so be it. I just really like the flavor. It does taste a bit hotter than 7%, but glad that it is low enough that I could finish an entire bottle and still be able to drive home!

Their blonde is also on the list. But there is no way it will be as good as this. Man, that is just a really good beer. Cheers!!!

La Trappe Dubbel – The bottle says: “Since 1884, the monks of Koningshoeven have brewed La Trappe Ales to support themselves. Made with traditional ingredients and age old recipes, La Trappe Ales use the oat modern quality-control methods to produce beer that is the perfect marriage of the old and the new. Fermentation takes place using a type of yeast which is most active between 62 F and 68 F. This type of fermentation is called top fermentation.”

“La Trappe Ales are made from carefully selected malts and hops and fermented with a stain of yeast unique to Koningshoeven. Each of the La Trappe Ales bottles is conditioned for a full, complex flavour and long shelf life.”

“Unlike commercially produced, filtered and pasteurized beer, La Trappe Ales can be aged like fine wine.”

“Taste the Silence”

Rating: 4.5/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

Beer time again! I hope this one is good. It is a Trappist beer, presumably brewed at a Trappist monastery by monks. Monks make good beer. Usually.

The beer is a very dark brown in the glass. It looks kind of thick, and you can’t see through it at all. There’s not much head, either. It doesn’t leave a lot of lace when swirled around in the glass. It smells kind of nutty and fruity at the same time, kind of like a plum or raisin nose to it. Judging from all of this so far, I’m expecting it to be pretty good.

Ricky just confirmed this is a list beer. I don’t think I knew that because we had discussed doing one that wasn’t. But I guess this is. We’ve kind of gotten away from the list beers lately, just because there aren’t a lot left that we can easily get here in Arizona. But I guess this was one of them that we got from somewhere.

Ok, time to taste it. It actually does taste kind of nutty, more that than fruity. I had thought maybe I was just getting the nuttiness from the fact that it was a brown beer and that’s just what I expect most of them to taste like. This one does taste nutty, and a bit carbonated as well. Those are probably the two things I get the most from it. I don’t really get those fruit tones I was smelling in the flavor much at all. This beer is good, but not as good as I was expecting. It needs a little more richness and flavor, in my opinion. It’s lighter than I was expecting. But still good. I like the aftertaste. This is one I might buy again, but honestly, it just really doesn’t have a whole lot to set it apart from other beers.

Rating: 3.5/5

736 bottles of beer on the wall…

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