La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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Reviews by demcorhip:
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to Goldorak for the bottle via CanBif 3. Slightly dar for the style, almost auburn in colour. Was quite clear until some yeast sediment made its way into my Chimay chalice, which was surprising considering this bottle has been sitting for months in my cellar. A nice, tight and almost whipped 2 finger pale tan coloured head formed on the pour, and is displaying some good retention.
This is a nice smelling brew. Some phenolics, hinting at clove rise above the rich body of candi sugar and malts. A rich bready aroma accented by buttery caramel and toffee tempts the nose. Hints of oak and leafy hops round out the inviting aroma.
This is a rich and tasty brew that is well suited to this cool and windy fall day. Todays occasional squalls of showers are hinting at tomorrow's flurries, and such a rich brew is welcome on a day like today. The richness of the candi sugar is apparent with its hints of caramel and toffee and adds depth to the bready malts. The yeast provides a nice touch of clove as well as hinting at red apple and cherry. A hint of woody oak with its touch of vanilla and some aged, leafy hop bitterness round out the taste.
A very nice brew, although it is somewhat darker and leans more towards what i would typically associate with a dubbel based on my limited experience with these fine belgian styles. Somewhere between light and medium bodied, well attenuated with little residual sugar, and a nice balance is reached to make for a nicely warming, smooth, rich and tasty ale.
Very drinkable for a bigger beer, it would be easy enough to knock a few of these back. I like the fact that there is little residual sweetness to interfere with the drinkability, as well as the fact that the phenolics are mild and add depth as opposed to taking over and distracting from the brew. I would certainly enjoy the opportunity to drink this brew again and recommend it to fans of belgian brews.
Serving type: bottle
10-26-2008 19:23:34 | More by demcorhip
More User Reviews:
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
3.94/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: hay/golden, and opaque, with a thick and lasting foam that leaves behind the belgian lace.
S: fruity, yogurt (yeast), vanilla, banana
T: grainy malt, yeasty, mild hop bitterness, and sour tang on side of my tongue.
M: very light and soft
O: a good beer. not as bold as westmalle.
Serving type: bottle
01-04-2014 21:03:18 | More by Takahiro
La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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