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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

267 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 14
Gots: 28 | 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

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Ratings: 267 | Reviews: 148
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
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.

More User Reviews:
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 bditty187
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. A slighty hazy copper color with an average off white head that left some spotty lacing on the side. The smell is almost non-existent. Disappointing for a trappist. The taste is similar to that of fizzy apple juice, not much in the way of Belgian spiciness/funkiness. The feel is light and crisp but not watery, finishes very dry for the style. A decent drinker but not any better than Leffe. Worth a try but won't seek out again.

Photo of hotstuff
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fruity aroma.This beer poured a big, creamy long lasting head.This beer left a good lacing on the sides of my glass.The body was cloudy with an amber hue.The nose of this beer was fruity.I found this beer to have a smooth, sweet and fruity taste to it.It didn't taste bitter or have an overwhelmig aftertaste to it.I would drink this brew again.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours vibrant gold with a large creamy head.
Nose shows doughy yeast, cloves, some spicy noble hops and banana esters. Very light and refreshing.
These aromas a mirrored in the flavours, with cloves and banana up first before some slightly hot alcohol and plenty of light sweet malt show through.
Light body with carbonation that could be higher.
This is remarkably similar to a hefe. Really refreshing.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep golden/orangey color ale with a huge foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of floral malt with candy-like sweetness, which is very enjoyable and reminiscent of the other beer from this brewery. Taste is also dominated by the candy-like sweetness and big malt. This beer does the same thing that Christophel did for me for Pilsner if you see what I mean.

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

Photo of Regenpak
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer, poured from its criminal 30cl eurobottle, creates about 2 cm of head. Mostly small bubbles but some large ones. This slowly disappears into a thin, persistent layer with still some large bubbles still in it. It wants to be cold, served from the fridge it's at its best. The color is a nice clear amber, with lots of bubbles rising. Strangely enough these fail to make an impression in my mouth. There is not much smell, nor taste. It slightly resembles Weizenbier. The relatively low ABV (6.5%) makes the alcohol almost unnoticable. In its style a nice, unassuming beer.

Photo of RuudJH
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good pale ale from La Trappe. La Trappe has rather a lot of decent brews, without any of them being exceptional.

Dark golden ale , creamy head, modest carbonation

Smell is fresh, hops, herbs, grass and pine.
Taste is rather malty and bready. Cloves. Some fruits, also banana.
Bittersweet to dry. Medium bodied. Spicy finish.

As said, this is good ale. It's not demanding, but also not complex.
Just easy drinkable.

Photo of scooter231
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a cloudy golden color with a little bit of white head that disappates fairly quickly, with a tiny bit remaining around the edges of the glass.

Smells fruity, sweet. What really hit me was the taste- there was something about the aftertaste that kept teasing me, but I couldn't put me finger on it- finally it struck- bananas. I'm not the biggest banana fan in the world, but it works really well in this beer. It's almost a bananas foster smell- not too sweet or overwhelming, but rather a lovely finishing touch to it.

Mouth feel is nice, a liiiittle watery. Very drinkable. An overall tasty beer.

Photo of rallison
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a La Trappe labeled 33cl bottle.

Pours a cloudy golden color with a 1 finger white head that ends up dissipating (admittedly, this was poured a bit too cold, so that may be why). Smell is of Beglian yeast and a touch of wheat.

Taste is nice. Belgian yeast, wheat-y hops, well-spiced. Coriander and orange peel sort of flavors.

Mouthfeel is slightly sharp, with a medium body for the style. Drinkability is very good.

Recommended. A nice Belgian blond.

Photo of Kulrak
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orangish gold color with a minimum of bubbly head that fades away rather quickly. Smells very floral and yeasty and sweet, not bad at all. Tastes very sweet as well, some fruitiness. a little passionfruit, a little apple/pear as well. The mouthfeel is very heavy, and also tingly on the tongue. Finishes very dry. Overall, it's a very drinkable belgian. Not the best belgian blond I've had, but not the worst either.

Photo of tatterdash
4.44/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in the stylish Koningshoeven chalice. Pours orange with an off-white head that laces well, rather effervescent. Aroma was fantastic, light fruits, floral, if a woman smelled like this I'd be all over her, very "girly", they should bottle this an sell it as perfume. Taste was very caramelly like the Koningshoeven Tripel, with a light hoppy finish. Mouthfeel was rather light and carbonated, but not unpleasently so. Mmmm... very nice... I could smell and drink this all night...

...

I really need a girlfriend...

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upon pouring from the bottle a golden amber color with a nice modest sized head that is bright white in color, creamy in texture and the residual lace a diaphanous sheet to cover the glass. Nose is citrus crisp with nice malt sweetness, lightly floral, refreshing and pleasing to the senses, start is malt laden, somewhat sweet, top middling in feel. The acidic finish is astringent, the hops bountiful but not overpowering, droughty slightly tart aftertaste last long after the swallow. A quite nice “Blond”, as this is not a favorite style with me, but this one does hit the spot.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.7/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown 330ml bottle, with a completelty different label to the picutre shown, best before May 2009, drank March 2007.

Poured into my 'Forbidden Fruit' chalice glass, just to make it feel at home! It hissed as it fell into the glass and the head just vanished, it wasn't at home at all, was it?

Orange, tangarine in colour, not a true blond, even though that is what it says on the label, terracotta is the nearest colour for me. No head at all, hence the low score.

Very poor on the aroma front too, a bit of yeast with a hint of barley and hops.

Nothing to excite here either, bog standard, fizzy with a pleasant alcohol kick, but no flavours to talk about, toffee apples at a push.

A slight alcohol aftertaste, with citrus fruits arriving later, but still poor for a Trappist beer.

Sadly, I have to report this is the worst Trappist beer I have ever had, and I've had almost them all. I have another which I will stash away, but this is not what I wanted, or expected.

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La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
84 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.