La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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Reviews by BuckeyeSlim:
2.95/5 rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
750ml bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.
A - Very dense 2.5 finger of off-white foam that lasts forever. Apricot orange and cloudy. Held to a light, sunset orange and moderately opaque.
S - Bready malts, toffee, hints of banana/clove, bubblegum, and citrus. Very pleasant nose.
T - Alcohol is pronounced; it's almost astringent and a tad sour. Lightly toasted malts, caramel, toffee notes with a hint of butterscotch as it warms. There's also a touch of spice in the background. Given how much I enjoyed the nose of this, the taste is a letdown.
M - Noticeably thinner than expected. Not much carbonation given the dense head. Decent structure, but not much body or finish.
O - Perhaps this bottle is off, but not so much that it's clear it is, especially since this is my first bottle from this brewery. The alcohol is too forward and disconnected, so it gets in the way of enjoying the flavors. There are definitely much better Trappist tripels. I might give this one another try should I run across it on tap, but it's not a selection I'll seek out.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2011 23:19:10 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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4.4/5 rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
750ml corked and caged poured into a chalice glass. Cheers to my buddy Woody for the beer. It pours a medium brown gold color with a quickly dissipating head. Smells of bread dough and honey. The taste is bready with a quick whack of cinnamon. Does cinnamon come in whacks? There is also a slight earthy flavor, with a really nice aftertaste that just makes you want to have another sip. It is a straightforward tripel, not like the Westmalle, but very refreshing. The mouthfeel is spot on, tingly and buttery. Overall, I like this beer quite a bit. It is very good in a very simple way. I've been called worse, so I imagine the monks would be OK with that description.
Serving type: bottle
03-20-2014 00:26:22 | More by roblowther
3.71/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Moderate hand. Label reveals K1 OF 13.
A: Hazy, honey-colored body with 3 fingers of off-white head. Fair retention. Light lacing. Becomes fairly flat appearing by the bottom of the glass.
S: Relatively earthy Belgian yeast with light spice. Namely coriander, clove. Apple and pear with more subdued fruit notes than your average tripel. Light grass, straw. Notable noble hop presence. Honey, candi sugar. Slight booze.
T: Earthy, yeast, lightly sweet up front. Transitions to a surprisingly assertive European hop bitterness and semi-dry finish. Some sugar, peach lingers on the aftertaste with a certain booziness. Touch of licorice.
M: Moderate carbonation with moderate to fullish body. Less effervescent than the typical tripel and a bit more heft.
O: Somewhat unique in the world of Belgian tripels. Not quite up to par with the best in class IMO, but brings its own character to the party. A bit heavier, hoppier and earthier take on the style.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2014 23:04:45 | More by fourstringer
3.76/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Had on tap at Craft Beer Market in Calgary. Served in an authentic La Trappe goblet, very nice. A rather unique color, a clear brownish yellow that somehow manages to fall right between my conceptualizations of "light" and "dark", almost a translucent butterscotch hue. Aroma was sweet, fruity, floral, and moderately spicy, some of those classic Belgian esters and phenols are certainly present but are less aggressive than with many other tripels. I get some caramel, yogurt, baked pear, sweet citrus fruit, peach, plum, banana, and clove elements, on the nose and the palate. The malts are pound cake sweet and the hops (or yeast?) yield some floral chamomile and tobacco notes. Semi-aggressive carbonation and the alcohol does peak through near the end of the experience. More smooth, more mellow, and less boozy than other tripels I've tried and I appreciate the subtlety and near-creamy mouthfeel, although thankfully you won't forgot you're drinking a Belgian style ale.
Serving type: on-tap
01-28-2014 02:47:13 | More by CalgaryFMC
La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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