La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus)

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BA SCORE
84
good

277 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 14
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-24-2000

This scintillating golden ale boasts a rich, fruity, and fresh aroma. And a light malty and sweet taste. It has a soft bitterness with a friendly aftertaste. A well-balanced blend of complexity and simplicity. La Trappe Blond continues to ferment in the bottle.
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Ratings: 277 | Reviews: 148
Photo of Silke_Neryn
2.81/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A bland and indecisive belgian blonde.

Photo of captaincoffee
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'd like to see the Bros re-review this beer. Tasting it, I don't get much of the flavor profile they describe, and I can't imagine this as a 2.95 rated beer. Pours a nice gold with a big white head and lots of lacing. Bigger than expected yeast notes for a blonde...nice. Good solid flavor profile with more malt than I expected from the style (but of course this is Belgium, so style is more of a suggestion anyway). Really a decent beer, and a nice break for the palate after a lot of quads.

Photo of JaimeLondon
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A couple of days ago I drank Maredsous' BPA and also Cuvée des Trolls' BPA, it's always nice to have the same kind of beer, one after another -it's a nice way to make comparisons.
So...
La Trappe's BPA is not very much out of the expectancies. It has a translucid gold color and a nice never-ending whitey foam.
Smell and taste are really yeasty and malty, I could feel also some honey tones in the taste and some grains after it warmed a bit.
Feel is great as the great belgian beers usually are, really well balanced. This beer has a translucid color but has a nice body nevertheless; carbonation is at good level; bitterness appears better when the beer warms a bit; alcohol is somewhat hidden.
Yeah, that's a nice one.

Photo of flyingpig
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle from Beers of Europe (£2.49):
This one was another great beer from La Trappe, an excellent offering with a very good balance that made it an easy beer to drink with a nice, crisp finish and plenty of carbonation; a good beer and one that I'll not be afraid to pick up again.

Photo of titvs
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18A). Bottle 33 cl - Batch 08:59 K17D14. AROMA: sweet and spicy aroma background with some orange notes. some perfumy and honey-like alcohol aromas. APPEARANCE: intense gold color and translucent but with deposit that may give a very hazy appearance. good moussy white head with good retention and lacing. TASTE: smooth flavours with light notes of sweetness, esters (orange like) and spicy alcohols. medium-low bitterness with a medium-sweet finish. no hop flavours noticeable. PALATE: medium-low body with high carbonation. smooth alcohol warmth. OVERALL: an average exemple of a classic belgian blond ale (altough La Trappe is brewed in the Netherlands).

Photo of BonzoBall
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very nice blond beer / pale ale. Good character and body.

Photo of jonb5
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

330ml bottle, poured into a La Chouffe tulip.

A: Golden, clear, lots of bubbles, two finger rocky head, decent retention.

S: Fruity esters.

T: Esters, fruits, wheat, yeast, more sweet than bitter.

M: Creamy texture, smooth, well carbonated.

O: More or less a clone of Val Dieu blonde or a number of other Belgian blonde ales, it’s nice and has no unique features, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

Photo of endovelico
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Small stubborn head. High effervescence. Golden colour.

S: Medium intensity. Beautiful perfumy aroma of bubblegum, roses, clove and banana. No hop character.

T: Taste is of medium intensity. Strong clove notes upfront but not shadowing of other expected aromatics like banana and bubblegum.

M: Low bitterness. Finishes sweet-ish. Very high carbonation. Soapy texture. Medium to medium full body.

O: An agreeable blonde with a sophisticated aroma but questionable texture and average taste.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap. La Trappe Tasting chalice glass. Bright golden color, clear appearance. White froth, close crown showing modest retention. Aromas of Belgian yeast, pale malts & floral notes, hints of bread, slight citric, alcohol, nectar & hops to the nose. Gentle & crispy upfront displays delicate citric, spiced & brown sugar flavors rounded by fruity touches. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Dense texture, light spicy & sparkling palate. Low hoppiness & phenolic hues in the middle. Sweet/soft bitter finish lingers into the aftertaste. Easy drinkable & refreshing despite of being a real Belgish Blond one.

Photo of FLima
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color with a two finger fluffy head with short retention.
Light aroma of Belgian yeast, bread, cloves, banana and orange peel.
Very balanced flavor, fruity with a mild spicy touch. Notes of banana, citrus, peaches, pear, grapes, wheat and bubble gum. Dry and mildly bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with an effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 6.5% abv is very well hidden.
Very elegant beer, perfectly balance between complexity and drinkability.

Photo of RaphaelSC
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this beer in a tulip and in the recommended temperature.

A: It pours a gold milky yellow, with a two finger white head that when dissipates leave a lacing on the glass.

S: A faint fruit smell, nice but a bit too faint to me.

T: Follows the nose, a fruity softly taste, that is followed up by the bitter of the hops in a perfect equilibrium with its malts.

M: Refreshing and spicy, the bitterness in the end is durable as to make you to want another sip.

O: It is a complex beer, but would work perfectly as a session beer with its refreshing and light flavours, but carrying all complexity expected from a Trappist.

It worth the try!

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria.

Pours a bright and clear golden blonde colour like you want. Head is a little disappointingly flat after the initial flurry of activity, lasting only as a bubbly inconsistent ring around parts of the edge. Minimal lace. Body is firm but fluid. Overall, it looks pretty decent, but perhaps not up to the standard of the great trappist blondes.

Nose is round and slightly deep, again without the richness and complexity of the best examples. Slight sweatiness, some banana, dark fruity esters and a slight phenolic bite. The sweetness is dominant, perhaps to the detriment of some of the more subtle complexities. It still smells like a decent Belgian blonde, but I guess you have to compare this to a higher bar than many other styles.

Taste is similar. Rounded chewy sweetness, more ripe banana esters, slight plasticky phenolic bite towards the back. There's a lingering sweetness to the finish, which isn't altogether unpleasant: clinging toffee characters stick around after the sharper notes drop out. It's not bad, but it seems a bit like it's just checking the boxes.

Feel is quite disappointing. Really rather aggressive carbonation means the feel and the flavours don't integrate but exist as separate entities.

Overall, pretty decent. But there are so many examples better than this, and some examples that are significantly better. Overall, I was a bit underwhelmed.

Photo of sfprint
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: just a bit of carbonation, semi opaque, rich but light honey in color,. no head.
S: dense, syrupy, semi sweet, honey but yeasty, apricoty. mint?
T: Apricot, not particularly sweet.
M: smooth, very light on carbonation, not so interesting
O: It's nice but fairly plain.

Photo of Douberd
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, poured into a tulip glass. ABV 6,5%

Deep orange golden colour, with tiny bit of activity in the glass.. Big white and thick head of three fingers that is going down without any lacing left behind. Very good retention though.
Very nice aroma with sugars, bubblegum and lots of fruity notes.
Also lots of fruits on the taste, making it somewhat sweet. A slighty metallic aftertaste, along with the bubblegum and some bitterness on the finish.
Thin to medium body, carbonation above average and just a bit dry on the palate.
Very good, refreshing beer and easily drinkable.

Photo of corby112
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting cap/ring.  Splotchy lace left behind. Visible carbonation bubbling up.  

Slightly earthy aroma with floral, grassy hops followed by pale malt and light fruit notes.  Hints of bread, biscuit, apple and pear.

Medium bodied with delicate carbonation.  Really crisp with a spicy, floral hop bite up front that lingers over the pale malts and estery yeast notes into a slightly dry finish.  Bready/biscuity with some apple, pear, raisin and grape.  Subtle spice presence.  Well balanced, light, refreshing and easy to drink.  

Photo of SmashPants
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: embossed 330mL brown bottle, very stylish label.

Appearance: slightly hazy amber with fantastic thick head with amazing retention and lacing.

Aroma: sweet malts, caramel, aromatic floral hops, hint of citrus.

Taste: wonderfully balanced, fruits, the floral hops, malt caramels and breads. Just lovely.

Aftertaste: all flavours linger nicely and last a decent while.

Mouthfeel: medium to heavy body, moderate carbonation. Quite nice.

Overall: such a nice drinking Belgian ale. Top marks.

Photo of rarbring
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy dark brass brew, an off-white head with good lacing and good curtains.

Butter and orange, some spices.

Bread and brown sugar, bitter orange marmalade with peel, spices.

Medium high carbonation, small foamy bubbles, smooth and oily,

Simple but attractive and rewarding.

Photo of doktorhops
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Who doesn't love a Trappist ale? Well probably a great proportion of the world's population, but they're idiots (am I right?). Belgium is the epicentre of great brewing and this all comes down to its large population of Trappist monks. Let's face it; these monks know beer... and the holy trinity, and these monks produce some of the best beers that are out there... and in their spare time worship God... Actually I'm starting to think God may be a brewer.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a beer chalice.

A: Pours like any other Belgian blond: Large sticky 1 inch white head boldly fronts atop a cloudy straw body. That is one imposing head I must say!

S: It has all the hallmarks of a brut cuvee champagne in it's aroma; dry vinous grapes with a bread yeast and vermouth. This will be one dry glass of beer.

T: The flavour that comes about is much more constrained than the aroma would suggest; it certainly isn't dry and there is a hint of candied sugar with bubblegum and touch of cloves (classic Belgian blond flavours), but it feels a bit watered down for mass-consumption (or for mass-production perhaps?). This one is quite the opposite to the Leffe blond (which I previously reviewed), whereas the Leffe was too bold with flavour, this is too restrained, we need to find a middle path - Trappists take note!

M: Light dense carbonation with a mid to light body.

D: Hiding the alcohol seems to be the name of La Trappe Blond's game... hiding the flavour too unfortunately. It's a good brew let down by a diluted palate that could ultimately be rectified, tout suite La Trappe! Other than that it's an OK beer, could I drink it all night? More so than Leffe, yes. Do I want to drink it all night? No. Try Triple Moine for a blond that kicks ass... or Duvel (of course!).

Food match: Tastes of brassiere food would go well with this.

Photo of tbeckett
2.82/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle from a grocery store in Melbourne.

A - Cloudy dark orange. One finger white head. Decent carbonation. Spot of lace and a film of retention.

S - Orange and yeast. Orange is pretty strong with some candy.

T - Yeast, a little citrus. Kinda boring.

M - Overly carbonated. Medium to full body and a slightly dry finish. Carbonation is a bit much.

O/D - Carbonation makes it hard to taste much. Nott a bad blonde, but nothing really special.

Photo of jhtipton
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into my wine goblet Lots of fluffy white head which stuck around. Appearance is a cloudy yellow. The "cork " is a rubbery cork vice real cork which I presume will prevent spoilage or introduction of air when cellared I guess at 6.5 ABV that you really would not benefit from cellaring.
Not a real pronounced smell to this. Taste is somewhat wheaty spicy and sour pear. Mouthfeel is medium bodied fairly carbonated. Overall a decent strong blonde ale but not my top Trappiste or blonde.

Photo of Everydayoff
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into an Orval goblet.

A:
Slight hazy amber color with rather small foamy white head, short retention, it dissipates to small bubble film covering with slight lacings.

S:
The smell is mingled by sweet malt, caramel, candy sugar, yeast, aromatic floral hop which is also slight herbal, hint of fruity scent.

T:
Simple but delicately balance and very good; fruity ester from yeast, sweetness from caramel malt and candy sugar, vague hop bitterness, some bread note, all these portions blend well together and make truly inviting flavor.

M:
Moderate body, smooth mouth feel with well suit carbonation and fine crispness in its body.

O:
All round balance, it keeps steady character and persistent pace throughout the drinking journey. This is something I can savor all night long. Maybe simple is the best.

Photo of jjkatter
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a La Trappe goblet...

A- medium blond color with white head that quickly disappears to a thin lace. plenty of carbonation.

S- fruity, yeasty aroma. Very pleasant.

T- Mostly yeast dominate (in a good way). Light barley taste with a dry finish. Modest body. Taste not too heavy on the alcohol.

MF- very pleasing to the palate. Well balanced and delicious finish with a pleasurable linger.

O- while this is not my favorite blond, it is a very good example. I would definitely drink this one again.

Photo of Macca
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a bright golden colour with a dense white head. Slightly cloudy.

Not a lot going on aroma wise. A bit of ester characteristics. Bit of spiciness.

Lot more ester characteristics on the palate. Quite a bit of banana.
A bit of sweetness.

Medium bodied.

Quite an easy drinking style but not a lot happening flavour wise.

Photo of megahurts4
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Trappe Blond

Appearance: amber colored, medium-large head, and good lacing.

Smell: yeast and barley.

Taste: barley, yeast, and malts.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall:
This is a good brew. It has plenty of flavor and can be drank in large quantities.

Photo of vandemonian
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

La Trappe Blond is a delicious and high quality blond ale. Lots of interesting Belgian flavours and an amazing mouthfeel.

A: Yellow colour and a 1 cm head that lasts due to good carbonation. 4.5

S: Lemon and yeast and a little sweetness. 4.5

T: Foamy, yeastiness with some spicy clove flavour. Very clean finish. 4

M: So foamy with lots of extremely fine bubbles. 5

O: 4.5

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La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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