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

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

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217 Ratings

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-24-2000)
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3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 10:20:50 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 15:24:38 | More by FLima
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4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 15:34:22 | More by RaphaelSC
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3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 06:08:50 | More by lacqueredmouse
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3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 19:59:08 | More by sfprint
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3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 22:43:24 | More by Douberd
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3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.  

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 00:49:56 | More by corby112
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4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 07:36:48 | More by SmashPants
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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2012 22:11:56 | More by rarbring
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3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 09:34:30 | More by doktorhops
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Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 13:06:46 | More by tbeckett
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3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 19:39:21 | More by jhtipton
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4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into an Orval goblet.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 06:22:41 | More by Everydayoff
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4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 08:32:44 | More by jjkatter
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3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 07:27:06 | More by Macca
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4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 03:40:28 | More by megahurts4
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4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 10:32:20 | More by vandemonian
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3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours clear golden with a really large off-white fluffy head - looks a bit like whipped cream. Slow dissipation leaves decent lacings.

S: Spicy and yeasty. Fruits; citrus, bananas and greep apples. Some malt, not that sweet.

T: Yeast, spices and a light sourness. Lots of fruits, some bitter hops. Dry rather than sweet, malt. Even some wheat.

M: Long sour and bitter aftertaste. Body is kind of light and carbonation modest.

O: For beeing a Trappist beer, not very exciting. But for a standard Belgian Pale Ale, not too shabby.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 14:11:58 | More by Sunnanek
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3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 250ml Trappe goblet at the Falstaff in Paris.

It's not every day you get to have Trappist beer on tap. I had never seen Koningshoeven's trademark glass prior to drinking this and it really is one that is suitable for a king. Nevertheless, blonds tend to be modest, subtle beers and this one definitely retained a traditional look for what I imagine Belgian-style blond ales to look like. It contains a brightly-tinged golden color with very little carbonation, to my disappointment. Has a very clear look and immediately figured that it is probably a filtered brew. Nevertheless, despite a small ring at the top of the glass and a humble appearance, it still manages to be eye candy.

The aroma immediately consists of honey drenched, biscuit-like flavor with a sharp dab of sugar cane (or candy sugar). With a strong enough swirl, the aroma reveals itself to be pleasant on the nose with slight sweet and hoppy smells, medicated herbs and maybe even a little bit of clove. Some apricots and lemons. I actually enjoy simple aromas in beers that contain these subtleties due to the fact that you have to force your senses to attempt to find more than the initial, grainy smell. Still, if it weren't for the sugar and yeast, it would most definitely be very similar to lighter, less complex beers that are readily available in many places.

The taste is actually not as flavorful or inviting as the aroma, but it still manages to hold up on its own terms. For instance, it holds the benefit of being a ridiculously easy beer to drink. It has a light malty feel with instances of bitterness and sweetness that tingle the term, but do not more than provide a slightly flavorful experience. To me, the taste is nothing that blew me away, but there's really nothing to complain about in drinking it. However, it might have been even more interesting and full-bodied if it were cloudier and less filtered. For that matter, it's not really a beer to rave about in my book.

The subtleties of the flavors hold themselves to be good in the long run, but sadly, the watery mouthfeel of the beer and lack of any notable warming effects make it a flavor that is successful for what it is but not one that fully stands out from others in its style. I'm glad this doesn't have high alcohol like other similarly made brews I've had over the past weeks. It could almost be sessionable due to its style, but then it wouldn't be what it is.

A decent blond ale that is good on tap, but not really a Trappist recipe that stands out like others. I hope to try other beers from this brewery in the future, and with luck, even find them on tap. I have this feeling that this beer is better on tap as it brings out a more desired sweetness, but I definitely wouldn't revisit it any time soon – especially if the bottled versions aren't bottle conditioned. Worth a try, as it still manages to be a modest beer for what it is.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 00:20:42 | More by magictacosinus
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Tried immediately following the Orval (same style). In retrospect, should have done them in the opposite order.

Pour shows an orange-gold hazy ale with white head that didn't retain very well. Nice colour, but lacking a bit on the overall impression. Carbonation looks nice.

Smell has mild maltiness but moreso I catch sparks of vanilla and banana against cloves and citrus. Nice.

Taste comes off initially with citrus, fading to malty dominance with some sweetness and green apple. The bitter is there, but I feel like I almost have to look for it, and then I get this metallic feel that comes into play and feels distracting.

Carbonation is perfect, I think, and it feels good. It's a good beer overall, and mostly pleasant, but I'm not keen on the metallic bit. Liked the Orval better.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 21:18:48 | More by nokes
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3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found this in Mexico for a little less than $1 USD, so figured I would grab it.

A: Pours a slightly hazy..well blonde color, with a foamy 1.5 finger head with moderate retention and decent lacing.

S: Not a whole lot going on in the nose. Some light fruits, mostly banana and some apple, lightly spices, and some grainy malt.

T: On the sweet side, light fruits and spices again, the yeast comes through a bit. Got a little bit of floral hops and a slight funk as well.

M: Medium bodied, maybe a touch thin, with good carbonation.

O: Probably my least favorite Trappist beer thus far. Nothing about it really impressed me, but it wasn't bad. For the price, I have no problem with it, but would probably opt for something else though.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 16:38:26 | More by mdaschaf
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3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a very pale beer, clear yellow color with not too carbonated, with a medium head dissipates medium speed leaving almost not layer on top of the beer, the body is medium is good enough,

S: It is a fruity or floral aroma it is actually a combination of both, some citrus it is faint not to strong, it is also malty with this characteristic smell of Belgian beers, it is nice not simple, complex but understandable.

T: Even so this one is barley beer as good Belgium you can feel something like wheat, it is a nice flavor

M: It is a pleasant sensation, maybe could be a little more complex because of some bitterness that doesn't exists it good and follows the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 02:39:42 | More by karait95
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3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from .33cl bottle into snifter glass. Pours a mild hazy light orange body with some sediments and a medium lasting fluffy white head. Aroma is citrus, spice, grapefruit, yeast and mild sweet grapes. Lightly sweet flavors, low bitterness and a distinct yeasty flavor. Earthy notes and picking up a little "cork" flavor throughout - not too pleasant for me. This gives a mild citrus and hay finish with a lasting orange and almost pepper-spicy aftertaste. Body is medium, medium carbonation and has a oily to sticky mouthfeeling.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 15:18:03 | More by CuriousMonk
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3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of deep orange, with hues closer to gold around the edges. It sustains a beautiful white head of two fingers. This is composed of bubbles varying in size, producing an ultimately creamy look. It disappears at a somewhat quick pace, leaving little lacing as it goes. There is a haze to the brew, but no outright sediment is noted. Carbonation looks to be active. The aroma includes cool malts, clovey phenols, and a hint of citrus, all wrapped in a cloak of soft and sweet banana esters. There are also flashes of bittering wheat and vanilla, somewhere back in the distance. The taste begins with creamy malts, with some additional bittering grain, of barley or wheat. There is a citrus bite at the very tip of the tongue. As we move through to the middle malts continue to dominate, but they begin to contrast with some sweetness lent by the bubblegum esters. The transition from middle to end is marked by warm apple spice, phenols, and a tinny yeast flavoring. The aftertaste breathes a touch metallic, but is predominantly malty and slightly tart, of lemon. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to high. The feel to each sip is with a great deal of creaminess, with the mouth left coated, and wet. The abv is standard and the beer drinks with ease.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its aroma. We found, here, inclusions of wheat and sweetening esters, which helped raise it from a standard, or dull beer, in this category. The taste, however, did fall a bit flat. It began nicely, but by the end of the sip, and even more so by the end of the glass, the taste became metallic and capable of overwhelming the palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 21:14:52 | More by TheBrewo
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Czech Republic

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - very nice hazy gold, however the head is absent after couple moments
S - full mouth of fruits - bananas, citruses with malt
T - bananas, citruses are mixed with pineapples and vanilla. Refreshing and nice.
M - medium body with medium carbonation
D - pretty fresh and very easy going down the throat.. be careful about the higher ABV

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 20:41:03 | More by pinkano
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La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
84 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.