La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
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
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2014 21:26:01 | More by endovelico
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
La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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