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

La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus)

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217 Ratings

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

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)
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Photo of janubio


3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle. Yellow copper colour, big head that fades in a little while. Smell of spices, clove, some fruit, honey (is there a roasted background?)
Body is not as strong as I thought, in the mouth is just as the smell: spices, clove, fruty, honey and some bread. Good beer, but I expected to be more complex.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 20:51:27 | More by janubio
Photo of eric5bellies


3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip glass

A - Pours a copper golden colur with a large white head that disappears quickly.

S - Aromas of bread and spice dominant.

T - Tastes of cloves and booze are the most dominat flavours. A little one dimensional.

M - Light to medium body with full carbonation.

D - Probabbly my least favourite trappist beer this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 15:08:18 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of jikvig


3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful, clear golden colour. A a bright white head about 7cm high.

On the nose, malt, but not a very good maltaroma. Freshly cut gras, maybe a hint of orange.

In the mouth, vibrant and foamy. A long and good aftertaste with maltflavour dominating, in this case a good maltflavour.
It´s light and spot on for it´s style.

It is however, alittle bit boring. I would have expected more aromas and flavours, in more layers.
If you want this "style" of Trappistbeer that´s lighter, Westmalles trappist (dubbel or tripel) is more complex.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 17:59:42 | More by jikvig
Photo of Brabander


3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this beer after a tour we had in the brewery. A very nice tour along the brewery with some beers during the tour. The blond was served in a small La trappe glass.

Taste is very smooth. Soft, non edgy liqiud. It was a hot day and the La trappe blond was just OK with some hints of fruit.

Berkel Enschot in the south of Holland where the monastery is is a good place to visit.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2010 22:10:11 | More by Brabander
Photo of RuudJH


3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 10:00:35 | More by RuudJH
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle poured into a Chimay Goblet.

A- 1 finger white fluffy head, reducing quickly to leave very faint crown. Lacing is minimal. Lively carbonation coming up from the etching. Body is a cloudy caramel orange cloudy hue.

S- Yeasty, cloves, light spice

T- Cloves in the forefront with the alcohol evident in the finish. Im not getting much else otherwise in the flavour profile to be honest.

M- Spritzy carbonation yet a bit sticky

D- Doesnt look the part neither smells or tastes it to be honest. Didnt enjoy this one really boring with no character/flavour/complexity. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 21:31:56 | More by seanyfo
Photo of xylophonica


3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into it's own La Trappe signature glass.

A - Rich, golden amber. Little head but good yeast patterns forming on top.

S - You can definitely smell the alcohol in this one (seems to be common with beers from this brewery). Mild hoppy and yeast aromas leading to a spicy, somewhat honey smell. Can also detect some wood & herbal scents here.

T - Sweet, soothing & smooth. Slight honey/mead aftertaste but not overpowering. Herbal flavours hide quietly in the background.

M - Lightly hopped and with a bit of spice.

D - The honey flavour is there in a soothing context. I'm not really a fan of honey as a flavour in general but here it works well. Really thinking about buying a box of this next pay day. Eminently drinkable but not sure how this would stand up after half a dozen...

This is easily my favourite of the La Trappe primary four. A delight to drink and the soothing honey flavour grows on you very quickly - something you could genuinely expect Trappist monks to enjoy as one of their lighter beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 12:13:19 | More by xylophonica
Photo of eduardolinhalis


3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Hazy orange color with a small bubbled white head. Some lacings
S: Sweet malt is a must. Nice earthy yeasts and some honey
T: Very nice sweet malt taste. Honey. Earthy yeasts. Dry in overall. Some bubble gum taste can also be felt. Light bitter "hoppy" end
M: Medium body and carbonation
D: High. Despite to its medium ABV, this is a quite drinkable beer.

Good quality Trappist beer. Not a Rochefort or a Westvleteren but even though, worthy.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 13:53:08 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of DaveJanssen


3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a 330 mL 2 ways, brought back from belgium. Reviewed 9/26/2009. Poured into Chouffe tulips.

Ar: Dry crackery malt with light biscuit, pils malt, light honey sweetness, sweet floral nectar, smells like a floral pils, perfumy, delicate fruitiness

Ap: Gold, fine yeast haze, white fluffy head, good retention

F: Sweet pils malt, STRONG BUBBLEGUM, fruity and floral, tropical fruit, juicyfruit, dry crisp end with light hop presence, seems simple but nice, herbal hop at end, honey and nectar, *doughy, *subtle spice, *very clean

M: high smooth carbonation, clean end, refreshing, light body, *balanced, *sweeter as it warms

O: clean and refreshing but i would prefer a wit or saison, no flaws but not my style, tastes better than smell, good mix of complexity and simplicity

*= ideas from fellow taster

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 07:50:18 | More by DaveJanssen
Photo of crnipeter


3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Re-rated 05-17-2011.
Pours hazed, deep golden body capped by stable, mid-sized white head that leaves some lacing on the walls with each swirl and forms stable cloth as it sets.
Aroma is pale malt sweetnes with suggary notes, honeyish alcohol and peachy, citrusy esters. Aromatics include also banana and bubble gum. Flavor is pale malt sweetness with slight alcohol warmth and mild spiciness towards the medium-dry finish. Esters add a tinge of citrus-like fruitiness to the overall sweet flavor. Medium-light bodied and quite smooth, with moderate carbonation. (330 ml, freshness date August 2012, into tulip.)

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 23:03:36 | More by crnipeter
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3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Trappe goblet

A-- Poured a yellowish pale gold straw color. Not a cloudy as others are. Very thin white head that disappeared after pouring. Very few bubbles in the head and on the glass.

S-- Bread smell right off the bat. Fairly sweet and a hint of apricot and grape in this. Much thinner smell than I would have thought

T-- Mostly sweet bread. Not as yeasty as others but it is there. A little more fruit driven and really no hops to speak of.

M-- Creamy and reasonably carbonated. What is good is that the taste lingers for a while. The yeast taste becomes stronger the longer in your mouth. Coats my teeth in a way like tannins do with wine. Not a lot of sugar in the taste.

D-- Strength is the mouthfeel. Quite nice how the taste lingers. Smell is faint but mouthfeel makes up for that. Very sessionable at 6.5% and cost wise it is quite reasonable. A 4 pack in Australia is almost half of what a 4 pack of others like it. Very much worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 11:20:19 | More by mulder1010
Photo of Dentist666

Russian Federation

4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unfiltered amber not very liquid ale with outstanding trappist aroma (malt, apricots, milk toffee, smth citrus)
Almost absent head
Taste is rather complex - fruits & yeast with strong malt ending, a hint of hop, middle carbonation, noble & refreshing beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 13:26:24 | More by Dentist666
Photo of Nickls

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 18:08:59 | More by Nickls
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 07:02:48 | More by CrazyDavros
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New York

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Koningshoeven glass.

A - Amber color with small head that dissipates immediately.

S - Malts with hints of fruit and wheat.

T - Very sweet with oranges and apricots hints.

M - Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D - Good drinkability, just as expected of this blond beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 15:05:09 | More by taigor
Photo of weissbierdrinker


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a crisp white head that fades leaving almost no lacing.

Smell is faint of wheat, citrus, and yeast.

Taste is on par with Leffe blonde I hate to say it but I think I prefer Leffe to this, just seems like Leffe has a bit more flavor, kick. This has more citrus notes, and is much dryer.

A good beer and worth a try but it's not divine.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 22:28:03 | More by weissbierdrinker
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United Kingdom (England)

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Pours a brownish gold with a thin cream head, surprisingly dark for a "blond"

S - The main smells I picked up where sweet malts and oranges, fairly pleasant.

T - The taste was pretty much the same as the smell, but with a bit more depth. Malt and fruit (orange, apricot, citrus)

M&D - very easy to drink, where did the alcohol go... a good crisp feeling in the mouth too.

Overall a decent beer although it didn't feel like a blonde beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 10:18:38 | More by Fizzlybear
Photo of thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Darker than I was expecting, almost an amber. Very light head that was gone within a minute.

S - Sweet, musty, grapes, yeast and wheat hint of bubblegum.

T - Sweet and fruity but still a bit of mustiness (not a bad thing) Bubblegum yeast and wheat flavors all their as well. Nothing overly complex but still nice.

M&D - Light to medium body with a nice mellow carbonation. I found this very easy to drink and light on the palette. It went very well with the salad and fish we had for dinner.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 21:30:16 | More by thepeter
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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it looks like a cloudy wheat beer, when first poured head is big but almost shinks to nothing.

smell is that of sweet malt slight bitterness. yeasty smelling. fruity, bubblegum

taste malty, slight hops. Minutely spicy, slight bubblegum present in the aftertaste. its yeasty flavoured and fruity. crisp and clean light ale, if it was very hot weather and you want a refreshing cold beer, but you dont like cheap larger, and you may want a bit more of a flavourfull beer this ones for you.

mouthfeel not much head, silky smooth, good carbonation.

drinkability it goes down well

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 21:20:06 | More by isjohnder
Photo of dgilks


3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 06:58:07 | More by dgilks
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3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into a pair of basic snifters. Shared with brothercannon. The ale appears a hazed muted straw yellow color with about an inch of fluffy, fading off white head. Nose and flavor consist of grassy biter hops, light candi sugar, fruity, sweet buttery candy, slightly spicy yeast. Decent mouthfeel, about medium, and the ale is amply carbonated as well. Their quad is quite good, this one, not so much.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 02:43:08 | More by ClockworkOrange
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3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arguably the weakest brand of the Trappist group, it isn't necessarily a bad beer by any stretch, just a little unispired when compared to it's colleagues. This beer fulfills it's label promise of being a trappist blonde. A good bright orange with a healthy head. A sweet yeasty and familiar nose. Follows on palate with a sticky (not-too)sweet, slightly warming mouth-feel. A little awkward in the finish but still very drinkable. A decent beer that is just unfortunately out of it's league with the other trappists.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 09:55:41 | More by juju7
Photo of LittleCreature


3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.0
An inch of foamy white head over a dark gold body with lots of tiny particles.

Smell - 3.0
Not a lot of oomph for a 6.5% Belgian, but pleasant none the less. Mildly spicy, biscuity malt, candy sweet, a bit boozy.

Taste - 3.5
Bready, almost cake-like malt, slight nectarine, candy cane sweetness, light spice and just enough hops for balance. Tasty enough, and light enough to want a few more.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Fine, smooth carbonation with warming alcohol.

Drinkability - 4.5
Despite the 6.5% ABV, it is quite sessionable, I could easily drink it all night.

OVERALL - 3.65
Not as good as La Trappe Dubbel, but still worth trying. I would choose this over a Leffe Blond due to its lower level of sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 12:09:40 | More by LittleCreature
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3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 4/19/2007 (33cL bottle, BB May2009):

Pours a golden clear yellow, slightly fizzy. Good sized head, diminishing, foamy. Sweet floral aroma, some dark fruit, typical Belgian ale aroma. Thick syrupy initial taste, light taste, fizzy & slightly bitter aftertaste, with some fruit sweetness on the end. Very floral taste. Decent, but a little plainish.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 03:40:43 | More by jujubeast6000
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United Kingdom (England)

3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 19:06:34 | More by wl0307
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