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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: 291
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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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 BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fair, but I expect more from Trappist Breweries. has good spicy ann citrusy tones in the aroma and flavor. Light malty sweetness/ perhapse some honey added for a soft character. Alcohols hinge on fusal, but remain sweet. A hint of graininess / huskiness show up in the finish where the hop bitterness should be. Otherwise a good beer, though there are far better Belgian Pale Ales out there.

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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.

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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 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 feloniousmonk
3.07/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The label says Koningshoeven, but the bottle has the raised "La Trappe" logo, still. I've been told it's a new recipe, for some reason or another.
Clear golden in color, with a full, frothy, white head. Nose is subtle, but still fruity, spicy, notes of butter, bubblegum, and bananas. More fruits come through later, primarily peach, apricot, citrus. Good hops on the sweet palate, but they lay low afterwards. An oily, slick feeling takes over. Malt feels insufficient, texture is far too thin, and watery, body is slight. Overall, a disappointment. This was never my favorite style of the La Trappes, but that one was never this bad. I could taste test them, as there are still some La Trappes hanging around, but that would mean buying another bottle of this!

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

330ml bottle, no best before or production date found, at least 6 months in age.
Pours with an airy off white head. A clear but dark body, an unattractive hazed bronze colour. A simple aroma - yeast and Belgian malts. Some suggestion of spice and a slight cider like component. The alcohol, though not outright is suggested in both aroma and flavour. The mouthfeel is damp and quenching. A heavy malt base with very low bitterness. The flavour mimics the aroma - Belgian style yeast and bready malt bill. Distant hints of fruits (peach, apricot) and a little bubblegum taste as well as slight zesty note that last in the aftertaste. This is simple and quite forgettable in all regards, but it quickly grew on me...

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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.

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Photo of wl0307
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BB 12/08, served lightly chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl glass.

A: dark reddish amber hue, not blond at all! Coming with an off-white creamy head that settles to a thin cap, on top of semi-lively tiny fizziness.
S: pretty sour-sweet prune-y and burned sugary, at first quite like what happens to an expired English bottled bitter... After the beer settles, the aroma shows syrupy sweet grains, boiled sweet potatoes, sugar-cane juice, buttery fudge, grassy hops, and random fruit-esters on top of (much) milder notes of tangerine-ish citrusness. Overall, the balance gears towards the rich and thickly sugary side, thus not terribly pleasant to me.
T: just like the nose, the foretaste gives out a very thick presence of burned-sugary and candy-ish malts, followed by a lightly spicy bite of yeasts, fig jam, estery flavour of Chinese green-bean paste, with fat-prune-ish and milder citric fruitiness lingering in the end. Semi-dry in the finish along with the sweet grainy edge that simply refuses to budge even until the last second of tasting.
M&D: very light in carbonation, medium-bodied, slightly weird in flavour and not very drinkable due to the sickly-sugary sweetness that disturbs the balance. My previous notes of the On-Tap version seems to be much better, and the only thing I can think of blaming for this bottle is perhaps the expiry-date issue. I don't mind trying the bottled version again.

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Photo of corby112
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.  

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a straw yellow colour with a bright white head. Translucent. Head retention is below average and there is no lacing.

The aromas are of banana and bubble gum. Some apple and other fruity phenols are also present. A ouch of booze as well. not bad aromas but they lack punch.

The flavours again are heavy on the fruit. The bubble gum from the nose is plenty evident with the banana also featuring. A touch of pineapple of the front of the palate and plenty of sweetness. It isn't bad but lack interest and complexity.

Medium body with a fairly dry finish. Carbonation is not overbearing and is at a level suited to the style.

This is a drinkable beer but it lacks the punchy flavours and complexity of many Belgian and Trappist beers diminishing its appeal.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle, poured into Watou chalices. Decent enough appearance, clear golden yellow with an oily ring of foam.

The smell is distinctive, the same aroma as the other limbs of La Trappe's family tree, probably closest to their Tripel. I like it.

The flavor is almost really good. But the alcohol flavor peeks out of the clouds too often for my tastes, and there's another solventy taste in there too, a flavor like liquid paper smells (not good). This keeps the flavor rating lower than the Tripel.

I recommend to skip this in favor of the Tripel.

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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.

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Photo of tbeckett
2.82/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RomanW70 for the opportunity to try this one. Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a cloudy amber from a caged/corked bottle. Off-white head left behind some light, sticky lacing during the tasting. Scents of green apple, pear and alcohol. Taste consistent with nose but flavor profile, combined with mouthfeel, made this brew seem closer to a lightly carbonated aperitif/cordial, than a beer. Mildly effervescent mouthfeel fell somewhere between light- and medium-bodied. Finish was more dry than sweet. Drinkability is fair, but this one is not for everyday consumption; well worth a try though, in my opinion.

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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.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed peach color with a wipy off-white head and subdued carbonation up the middle. Prominent yeasty spicy phenol aromas. Nice spicy and fruity flavors; nicely balanced and smooth; a bit smoother than it smells. Light-medium bodied with a light creaminess.

Fairly nice and fairly priced...

($4.99 / 25.4 oz. tall brown wine-like bottle, corked, and caged)

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Photo of FLima
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a clear golden orange color with a one-finger creamy white head. The aroma is rather large. Orange peel, citrus fruits, grapes. The taste is similar to the aroma. The mouthfeel is slightly lighter than medium bodied, dry, and smooth. Overall, this is a very drinkable brew.

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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.

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