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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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Reviews: 150
Hads: 290
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 18
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

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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Reviews by BarryNL:
Photo of BarryNL
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber colour with a slight haze. Pours with a fluffy white head which quickly disappears leaving only a slight foaming.

S: Earthy, candy sugar, honey. Typical trappist yeast aromas.

T: Slight honey and pear drop notes. Some breakfast cereal in the aftertaste - little hop detectable. Smooth alcohol notes, but a bit too much CO2 twang and a bit thin.

M: As with the taste, a bit too thin and too bubbly.

D: Light and drinkable.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: Typical La Trappe label design - classy yet understated. Brown glass. Branded pry-off crown cap. Best before: 01-2016. Purchased at a bottle shop in Sofia, Bulgaria, for ~2 lev (~1 euro).

6.5% AV. Reviewed live as a blond ale per the label. Expectations are high given the brewery and its reputation. Served cold into a pilsner glass.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~2 inches wide. Fizzy an somewhat thin. Recedes within about 2 minutes, leaving no lacing on the glass' sides. Okay complexion. Should be creamier, softer-looking, and fuller.

BODY: Clear vibrant golden blond. Lively carbonation bubbles suggest a healthy brew. It's obviously filtered, an has a pleasing overall look. Clean, with no visible yeast.

A solid looking blond, but not a beer that would catch your eye from across the room.

AROMA: Honey, blonde malts, clean fresh barley, subtle (and vague) fruit from the intricate yeast, and complementary floral notes from the mild hop character.

The nuanced fruity notes from the yeast are the highlight here, and elevate this well beyond most beers in the style. Very appealing, with the perceived honey character shining alongside the well-chosen hop varieties.

TASTE: Blond malts form the foundation, never coming off too sweet with the well-attentuated Trappist yeast keeping it in check (and raising the ABV above the norm). The fruitiness of the yeast is fantastic, though I can't identify the specific fruits - maybe apple? Complementary floral hop notes lend additional complexity, though - true to the style - this is not a particularly intricate brew. Critically, it's well-balanced, with just enough sweetness to satisfy and a barely perceptible yet high ABV. Very well put together, with above average depth of flavour for the style.

I find no off-notes. Flavour duration is high for the style. Flavour intensity is average.

TEXTURE: Perfectly medium-bodied, with adequate thickness and weight on the palate - which serves to complement the honey sweetness but also to handle the esters of the ale yeast. Smooth and wet, but I'd stop short of calling it refreshing per se. It's a bit overcarbonated, but I think that will benefit this beer when it's aged.

Not chewy, oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Overall, this mouthfeel accentuates the honey & fruit nicely, playing to the beer's strengths. But with its overcarbonation and absence of refreshing characteristics, the texture fails to elevate the beer as a whole. A more delicate light feel on the palate would be preferable.

OVERALL: This beer showcases the nuances of Trappist yeast quite well, using the simplicity of its style to its advantage; we hear the Trappist yeast more when there's less noise. Its above average ABV is very well disguised, but make no mistake - this is a robust brew you'd want to swig and enjoy, not a canned blond ale for casual chugging. More solid work from La Trappe, though not world-class or game-changing. Definitely a beer I'll be revisiting again and again, and one that sadly gets overlooked in the Trappist arena.

High B- (3.50)

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

An amber pour with slight clouiness and a small white head that slowly fades down to a mere ring. The nose lightly malty with a touch of raw sugar. The taste is semi sweet and slightly bitter and the caramel finish lingers nicely and quite long. The mouthfeel is lively and medium bodies. Overall, there are better blondes and therefore the drinkability isn't ranked very high.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 1 pint 9.4 oz brown Belgian magnum, corked and caged. No freshness date.

Appearance: Clear golden with a killer head that has perhaps one of the best head retentions we have ever seen.

Smell: Corky aromas with a slight sherry alcohol and oxidized aroma.

Taste: Soft malty mouth feel with a lower than normal Trappist ale carbonation. Fruity grape like flavours and a mustiness make up the by products of the yeast and malt. Mild oxidation and cork flavours become obtrusive. A touch of astringency grows greater towards the end from the leafy / oily hops and husky grain. Concludes with a puckering dry astringent flavour.

Notes: Gets better around cellar temp. as suggested on the back label (50-55*F). Not a bad brew but more of an acquired taste. The astringent / slight oxidized character seems to take over mostly. Oddly this brew is filtered and there is no form of secondary fermentation in the bottle which is totally associated with this style of beer hence the formation of oxidation and corkiness in the beers character.

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Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of merlin48
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle from the four bottle gift pack that included a nicely embossed, gold rimmed, chalice. This "blond" pours a slightly hazed, apricot orange body with an immense, rocky, offwhite head that has excellent retention and leaves lots of sticky, patch lace.
Aroma is odd for the style, with caramel malt up front. Banana and orange lend a sugary fruity character, and there is a mild hint of floral hops.
Mouthfeel is medium full, with active, effervescent carbonation.
Taste begins fruity sweet, with banana and orange, followed by caramel and a mild earthy yeast note. Some floral hops add a welcome bitterness. Spices are understated, and add a background of coriander and white pepper. Finish is even, slightly bitter.
Very enjoyable to sip. I like this one better than the dubbel or tripel.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle from a gift set box, which included the nice glass I'm sampling from.No freshness indication. Pours clear (until the final yeasty pour) light honey golden amber, raising a regal almost white head, slowly dissolving to a spotty foam, moderate stringy and spotty lacing left on the glass. Nose is of cloves,ripe fruits. Very pleasant BPA, notes of more cloves, vanilla, light brandy, maybe bubble gum, Belgian yeastyness. Fine everyday type Belgian. Love the style, great when you want something Belgian, but dont to be knocked on your behind after one beer. Well worth a try.

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Photo of vinivini
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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

Re-named Koningshoeven Blond in the US, different importer...11.2 oz bottle as part of a variety pack...

Hazy peach color, minimal head in a La Trappe chalice. Laces downward in drips. Sweet smells, "circus peanut candy" banana-like aromas. Flavors follow the smell, senses of estery notes, a bit of cinnamon spiciness in the only slightly dominant malt. Medium-high carbonation -- light, but not fizzy, mouthfeel. I liked the hopping in this one, not a lot of flavor but a good amount of hot bitter sense to balance the brew. Nice beer, puts brews like Leffe Blonde in a back seat. Not a favorite in the overall world of beerdom, but a drinkable rendition of style.

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Photo of Keegan
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of TheBrk
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of RickyS
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tomblerone
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.08/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of cokes
2.76/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smoggy gold with ample and enduring bone-colored suds.
Aromatics of apple sauce, bananas coated with sour cream and a 400 ton Clovezilla.
Rides into the mouth with a sweet fruitiness hinting at apricot, but staying away from a precise fruit and closer to raw sugar. Pale malts provide base. Overripe bananas enter next and linger. Cloves hammer down almost obnoxiously. Perfumed chemicals and plastics are noted late. It ends lightly floral with a plastic and clove phenol-drenched bitterness. Seems more alcoholic than it is.
Medium bodied, fluffy. Denser than it probably should be, which results in each sip becoming more of a chore than the one before.
A flawed brew. Not suitable, by any means, for a session, and not even enjoyable by itself.

Is this different somehow than the "old" La Trappe Blond? Seems quite a bit worse than the alter-ego, from what I recall.

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Photo of Sammy
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another stellar product from this brewery. Great aroma from yeast. Fruity peach and secondary citrus taste, easy drink. Good 1st or 2nd beer. A great pale. Hoppy too. Honey malt and nice malt and yeast aftertaste. Opaque orange, alcohol creeps up on you.

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Photo of mchen
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Koningshoeven means "King's Garden's", and represents the name of the location of the La Trappe monastery. The Koningshoeven brand is secondary to the La Trappe beers (and seemingly of lesser quality).

Carefully poured, this blonde delivers a clear amber body with yellow-gold highlights. It's a little bit darker than might be expected; but its frothy off-white head holds rather well and leaves some nice lace before settling to a creamy 1/4" head. A sweetish, candy and honey-like malt resides in the nose - very mead-like in a way. It's not complex, but it is clean and nice. The body is medium/light; and it's gently zesty on the tongue before warming to become just lightly creamy with a very fine, median carbonation. The semi-rich honeyish malt dominates the flavor throughout, balanced by a solid bitterness and a light wash of alcohol; and it finishes dry with a mild note of fruity malt that lingers in the mouth. A nice beer that's straightforward and enjoyable although the alcoholtends to come forward a bit too much at times.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of pastramionrye7
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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.

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La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
84 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.