La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
3.08/5 rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
330ml bottle purchased from Steve's Cool Booze in Kensington.
Pours a rather deeper hue than I expected: an amber-golden colour, that looks rather dense and syrupy. Head fizzes up quite a lot on the first pouring, but then settles back to an inauspicious film across the top. Body looks fluid, but also retaining some of the thickness initially perceived. Overall, it looks like a decent beer, but a pretty average tripel.
Nose is dusty and slightly savoury. Some green sprouting wheat characters, and a hint of dusky spice, like pepper mixed with earth. There's a noticeable booziness as well, and a suggestion of oxidation. I note the best before date is 05-2013: so it's still within that range, but towards the back end. Overall, I'm not particularly impressed.
Taste is dank and limp, with a metallic character rising on the mid palate, and a old sherry oxidised bitterness on the finish. Some spice and booze are noticeable, especially when the beer is allowed to evaporate on the tongue, but otherwise it feels flat, and rather uninteresting.
Feel is overly fizzy, despite the perception that it has burnt itself out quickly. It is light, however, belying the appearance of thickness. Some boozy heat is also present.
Overall, I'm not a big fan. This has really darkened, dampened and flattened with time, and I'm far from being enthusiastic. Indeed, this tastes a little like a mediocre homebrewer attempting a strong Belgian golden without much success. Very average indeed.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2013 06:13:32 | More by lacqueredmouse
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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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