La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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Reviews by midworken:
3.48/5 rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Poured a thick, root beer colored head. Cloudy body was a svelte dark tan.
Felt the spice was quite apparent which concealed the underlying aromas. A soury/alcholohic aroma was also there that reminded me of smell of rotting vegetables. Despite of this, the aroma was better than average.
Taste upfront was of caramel and vanilla, then the spices kick in about halfway. Taste lingers well will the spices and vanilla at the end. Also a note of sourness and astringency at the end as well. Alcohol didn't present itself in the taste.
Mouthfeel was very syrupy and I wish there would be more brightness to the body.
Drinkability - OK and probably a bit above average. With the fierce competition in this style - beers ranging from true to the style and its history to beers that try to reinvent the Tripel - it is hard to say this is any more than a good beer. It doesn't represent the style nor does it push the boundaries.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2011 02:29:47 | More by midworken
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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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