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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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BA SCORE
84
good

242 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 14
Gots: 15 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-24-2000)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Nickls:
Photo of Nickls
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(From notes)

Not sure exactly where the head was going on this one, but it was moving fast...held barely at first as pure white, but then disappeared rapidly. Lightly murky marigold color.

Yeasty and a good deal of sweetness; lots of white grapes in the aroma. Quite sweet in the aroma actually and very fruit driven. Missing out on any hops.

Not nearly as sweet in the taste as in the aroma, but still thereabouts. Bit of candied sugar and a very light yeastiness; not very complex and pretty straightforward with the light fruitiness...back to the white grapes, and perhaps a hint of passion fruit. Hops are AWOL, and the MF is very light verging on thin with subdued carbonation, but still syrpupy somehow. Not really great drinking, not as refreshing as hoped and certainly on the sweeter side for the style. Not my favorite from the brewery.

Nickls, Dec 31, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Popsinc, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

beerhunter13, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 24, 2000
Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +7.2%

petewheeler, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of merlin48
4.03/5  rDev +8%
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.

merlin48, Nov 25, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Billolick, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Marius, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +7.2%

innominat, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of ADR
3.85/5  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.

ADR, Dec 19, 2002
Photo of Keegan
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Keegan, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of TheBrk
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

TheBrk, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of Tomblerone
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Tomblerone, May 27, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

mdaschaf, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of cokes
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

cokes, Jul 03, 2003
Photo of Sammy
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Sammy, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of mchen
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

mchen, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jul 24, 2003
Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

dirtylou, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Ciocanelu, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of pastramionrye7
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

pastramionrye7, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of sfprint
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

sfprint, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of bditty187
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, peachy-gold in hue with a suggestion of bronze; the liquid doesn’t have much color depth. Modest animation raced towards the sticky white head. At the apex the foam was two-fingers in height. Head retention was very good as a half finger cap lasted for almost the entire consumption. There was tons of subsequent webby lacing… awesome! This really ends the appearance on a high note. It is eye-candy, even though the liquid is boring to look at.

The nose is like a lightly spiced Granny Smith apple. There are hints of cork. Nondescript maltiness. Silent hops. The finish is yeasty and a bit doughy. I wish I could blame the lack of nose on something like temperature or style of glass but both are proper. The bouquet is not inviting because it doesn’t say nearly enough.

The palate is surprisingly mild; it tastes like alcoholic Sprite with a twist of green apple and a yeasty finish. In other words there is some lemon-line in the mix, the malt is bland, slightly toasty but sweet… it reminds me of a Zima or something. That wasn’t a very nice thing to say, but that is what it tastes like! Besides that the palate isn’t bad. I like it but it is too simple, too straightforward, and not bitter enough. Some hops would really be nice. The alcohol is hidden, the simplicity of the palate and the overall softness of it makes me think it would be tasty with fried fish or even an omelet with smoked cheese.

Medium-light in body, moderate but lively carbonation, the mouthfeel is fitting. Yeoman-like effort.

Sure, this beer is drinkable but equally forgettable. I know this beer will get overlooked in my mental “Belgian Beer Rolodex,” there are much better beers then this one. I probably would’ve passed on this beer but the 750ml was on sale in Parkville, MO for $3.00! Good deal. Worth a try.

bditty187, May 12, 2005
Photo of stpjames
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

stpjames, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of BierMeJohn
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

BierMeJohn, Mar 04, 2013
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La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
84 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.