La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
750 mL bottle from the LCBO; caged and corked. Although I've never reviewed this until now, I have already had it three or four times, and it has always been an enjoyable quaff. But how does this compare to some of the authentic Belgian tripels I've had?
Pours a muddy golden-amber colour, opaque with sediment, and topped with two fingers of pillowy, frothy, pearl white-coloured head. The retention is below average for the style; it wilts away over the next few minutes, leaving a thin, smooth cap behind in its wake, and little in the way of lacing. The aroma definitely leans on the sweet side, with candi sugar, ripe banana, cotton candy, pears comprising its enticing odour.
Yeasty flavour with plenty of fruity notes - red apples, pear, banana, plums, white grapes and apricot all come to mind, as the orchard fruit character is a prominent fixture. The spiciness is mild; a solid bite of clove and allspice comes forward in the finish alongside some flowery hops, lingering into the yeasty aftertaste. Some slight heat from the ethanol becomes more prominent as it warms. Medium-bodied, with heavy carbonation that gives it a spritzy, biting mouthfeel that works well with the spicy finish. An enjoyable sipper, although this bottle is a bit much for one person.
Final Grade: 4.03, just barely eking out an A-. La Trappe Tripel remains one of the most accessible tripels in my area - I have enjoyed it every time I have had it, and there is no doubt in my mind that I will enjoy it many more times in the future. This Dutch tripel is not quite as good as some of its Belgian trappist equivalents, but it's still a fabulous ale that all tripel-lovers should try if given the opportunity.
Serving type: bottle
08-16-2012 19:29:03 | More by thehyperduck
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