La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)

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89
very good

848 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 848
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 51
Gots: 117 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Netherlands

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-30-2002

La Trappe Tripel’s aroma is slightly malty and estery. Despite its full, rich flavour, this out-of-the-ordinary ale still has a light and dry aftertaste with a touch of bitter finesse.
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Photo of Vylo
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep orange-brown.

Smells enticing bit of an orangey cirtus hint.

Taste is incredible. Very complex, very drinkable, simply amazing.

Mouthfeel is also top notch, perfect carbonation that adds to the experience.

Overall this is one of the best beers I have tried, and definitely a champion amongst tripels. Pick it up. Don't hesitate to try the dubbel and quad versions either (quad especially).

Photo of AGRIPINO
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very good balance between taste and smooth

Photo of neobassman
4.92/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Strong estery banana smell on first opening, but the smell evolved in a more complex, fruity, slightly nutty aroma accompanied by a generous blonde head. The pour was medium-to-honey color with modest cloudiness. The taste was exquisite. Fruity, floral, malty and complex, with banana nuts, and peaches. There is a lot going on with this taste, and all of it good in my opinion. subtle aftertaste with almost no hops to note. full, round, though not creamy mouthfeel. flavors evolved as the serving warmed but never got harsh or unbalanced. Could not taste the alcohol in this 8% ABV. I think this may become my favorite Tripel, more complex, more malty than St. Bernardus which I like very much.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

to me, the perfectest beer in production today.

appearance is beautiful.. from the 750ml it pours a picturesque amber with steady carbonation and a substantial head which leaves an intricate, thick lacing on the glass which is almost as fun to watch as the beer is to drink.

aroma is buttery yeast and has trappist written all over it, no matter what the official rules say. malts and heavy banana dominate the scent.

taste.. what can i say? crisp and refreshing at the perfect temperature. subtle fruit flavor with malt and bready yeast adding to the experience. spices noted include vanilla and nutmeg... absolutely no bitter aftertaste and totally smooth through the finish.

i'm saving the all 5 review for something that doesn't exist yet (it was almost benevolence from cbc).. but this is darn close.

the beer that introduced me to tripels and continues to be a beer closet staple

Photo of iSip
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

La Trappe Tripel, 750ml bottle: Fantastic! I am a big fan of Belgian style tripels, and the La Trappe is a worthy find. Not much of a head forms on this brew compared to most tripels, which tend to produce a washer load of suds. The La Trappe is cloudy, and has a straw yellow color, with a hint of red if held up to the light. There is an aroma, but it is subtle. So far, not outstanding, but take a sip. The La Trappe is clean and crisp, very champagne like at the start, and staying light and flavorful to the end. This is a great tripel for newcomers and beer advocates alike.

Photo of ElGordo
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

As far as I know, this was one of the last bottles of this beer sold in the United States after the brewery closed some time ago. Presented in a 750ml bottle with wire-caged champagne cork. Pours a brilliant golden amber with a huge off-white creamy head. Big aroma of banana and apricot that hits from several feet away. Closer sniffing reveals clove, and a hint off-key mustiness that makes me think I may have let this one sit just a little too long. Beautiful carbonation - the tiny champagne bubbles just keep on coming. Buttery, creamy body is as close to perfection as I can imagine. Palate holds light, sweet fruit, brown sugar, bubble gum, and a hint of amaretto. Nice, sweet finish, with very little aftertaste. An absolutely amazing beer, I'm sad to see this one go.

Photo of freneticamnesic
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A -Copper gold, thick, slow dissipating white head

S - Citrus and light roasted malts

T - Citrus, fruity esters, hints of roasted nuts, coriander, with a dry hoppy finish

M - medium bodied with moderate carbonation, dry finish

O - Overall one of my favourite tripels. I love the balance between the malty roasted nut flavours and the fruity flavours.

Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%

The nose is big fruit, some earthiness, and ripe large pitted fruit over dark sugars.
the beer pours copper tinted amber with a 2” off-white moussey foam cap that slowly recedes but rouses easily and produces Belgian window lace.
Big fruit flavors such as peach, grape and a hint of sherry supported by a light earthiness drive the palate, this is a yeast driven beer with balance towards the yeast driven fruit flavors more than the malt. The malt comes across like a light biscuit one might spread with a fruity marmalade with a light bitterness from the fruit rind. It shows up as a very light caramel in the aftertaste.
In this very creamy beer the carbonation is a little above average and the body is just a hair below.

Photo of rosebud
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Love this beer, have to get it everytime I'm in PA. Great aroma and taste ... gets better as it warms and a gentle spicy/fruit taste invades your palatte. Especially nice on a cold day or evening.

Photo of corby112
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a golden amber wih a thin foamy white head. Fruity aroma consisting of cherries, apple, honey, innamon and alcohol. Sweet tasting with hints of cheries, honey, apple, pear, maltiness and alcohol. A nice balance of sweetness, maltiness and alcohol with a slighlty bitter finish.

Photo of botham
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a brilliant amber color with a finger of tight white head. no lacings.

aroma is of munich and caramel malts, with a base of fruit yeast. apricot and apple notes are present from the yeast, roundings out the profile. yeast gets a bit stronger with a bit of warming.

taste is sweet and malty, with the same yeasty presence from the aroma. apple and apricot are here as well. caramel malts are present alongside the yeast, finishing semi-dry with lingering apple and yeast.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a silky mouthfeel and a bit of CO2 and no alcohol present.

drinkability is good. no alcohol is present, with a smooth mouthfeel and well proportioned aroma and taste. a refreshing belgian. cheers!

Photo of adamette
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into clear Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale glass from 12 oz. bottle which was purchased at McNaulty's Bier Markt in Cleveland, Ohio.

A Before I even open the bottle I note some visual characteristics...particles floating in the body of the beer. After opening and pouring the beer I do not see what I thought were particles. Perhaps it was simply the bubbles floating around? Body is an nice orange brown with very little head which dissapears in about 45 seconds.

S Nose is the familiar sweet, malty citrus of a tripel. I love the smell that I am describing and this beer did not dissapoint. I do smell the alcohol but it is not overwhelming.

T Wonderful malty, plump goodness and the alcohol is hidden VERY well indeed. This is a great tasting beer. Not necessarily less filling though. Very pleasing sweet aftertaste which lingers. Since the taste is so good this is a welcome aftertaste.

M Moderate to full but a clean finishing mouth feel.

D Really excellent for a high alcohol, trappist ale which are almost always excellent but they tend to be ones that I can only have one at a time. This one I could have 2 to 3 of them without any problem because it tastes so good and the alcohol is hidden very well indeed.

Notes: Really high on my list of beers but also high on my list for Trappist Ales.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a healthy head, fizzy and airy, fed by many bubbles. Color is rusty amber/orange, and now that the head has settled (but is still very much present) it looks creamy and smooth. Leaves an abundant coating of lace. This is how I want the tripel in my glass to look. Perfect.

Aroma packs in a variety of spices--nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, allspice--a bit of grainy bread, something I can only describe as dried leaves (earthy, dusty, subtle) and some mild fruitiness, but just the succulence of fruit and not so much the sweetness. A little bit of tobacco leaf too.

Flavor mixes rum-soaked cherries, pie spices, pipe tobacco and butterscotch with ample warming from the alcohol. Although the alcohol isn't cloyingly up-front or so powerful as to be unwelcome, it definitely feels like more than 8%. Flavor achieves a rare balance of aggressiveness, balance and complexity. You'll find new things with every sip. Delicious.

Big and boisterous in the mouth, it doesn't let you forget it's there, probably due to the ample carbonation. At the warmer temperature I like to drink this it achieves a balance of bubbly activity and a round smoothness. The finish is ultimately pretty dry, with an alcohol-soaked green-apple aftertaste.

Based on my 7 or 8 experiences with this tripel, it's best served with only a slight chill on. Its unique take on the style stands apart from the Belgian Trappists, yet it's completely worthy of standing in their company. Wonderful stuff.

Photo of Sammy
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Chewy yummy fruity citrus yeast distilled from one of the greatest breweries. A bit sour and satisfying. Yeasty and orange and apples aroma.
Hazy white with an orange tint. Mid-sip coriander spice. Almost as good as the quad. Medium wheat grain and creme mouthfeel.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle (11.2 oz.) into Chimay goblet.

Cloudy caramel color body with a light head in the goblet. A nice aroma, had me eager to drink up.

A very strong initial taste, and I was immediately hooked. I could drink this beer all night long.

This has quickly become one of my favorite locally available tripels.

Photo of SeanChouffe
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This triple pours a respectable full head that diminishes quickly, but leaves a creamy lace that maintains to the end (clinging slightly). Its tones are a rose gold with a hazy translucence. The aroma is of malt and caramel, with a distinctive freshness that hints of melon. An exceptional balance of sweet and bitter with a slightly dry finish. Not overwhelming and not boring.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very peasant coppery brown color with a very lively tan head. The brew is very carbonated and the head last quite a while. The nose is excellent sweet malt with a tinge of spice and very excellent hops.

The mouthfeel is pillowy soft and the flavor is near perfect. A perfect blend of semi-dry maltiness with a super pleasant and non aggressive hoppiness. The after flavor is more of a nutmeg/hops as well. Very good. Very Very Good – nearly a perfect excellent beer.

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750 into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden honey orange with two fingers of billowy, off-white head. Strong retention and lace, vigorous carbonation.

S: Sweet nectar of bubblegum, malt and fruit. Something pleasantly tropical about the aroma.

T: Gentle sweet banana and bubblegum up front slowly dries and turns into a sharp but light, peppery flavor and then casually sweetens a bit on the finish. Languid. Alcohol totally hidden.

M: Light, smooth and billowy in the mouth as it is in the glass. Over the course of the glass, gets even smoother and creamier.

O: Very similar to their quad in the approach to the style-- low complexity, fairly intense flavors and each flavor bright and ringing true. I will certainly buy this again-- quite enjoyable indeed.

Photo of Skidz
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out light yellow and sits an orange-amber in the glass with a nice fluffy white head on top. This just shimmers in the light; a very nice looking brew.

Smells very fruity. Pears, apples and plums all come to mind. Caramel also present along with a slight grassy tinge to it. Just nice and sweet, and very enticing.

Taste is right on, sweet fruits all the way. Grapes and apples with that caramely sweetness bring it all together. Nice bit of yeastiness in the mild bitter finish.

Smooth as silk, light carbonation. A great body; it just floats in the mouth. A delightful treat which is thoroughly enjoyed.

Photo of lifeboyq
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a new belgium tulip a monster creamy frothy head almost the size of mine. This bottle has a year or so of age on it. Color is a dark auburn that reminds me of the depth of the first urine after the worst of hangovers.

Holy drug mule, this beer smells earthy and peculiar as if it has sat in a deep dark dusty cellar to age and taken on some of the flavors. Not a bad thing as it mixes with that sugar and sweet biscuit caramel maltiness as it hits the olfaction.

Interesting... the taste is similar to the nose but deeper. Quite peculiar in its phenols and esters that dominate this beer. Mmmmm. Now this a beer. Highly recommended. One of my personal preferred examples of the style. B+, Blasphemy! I adore its musty peculiarity.

Photo of trevorjn06
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a light abmer/dark golden color with about 2 inches of off-white head that settles to a thin layer of foam after a minute.

Aroma is fairly light, some light and bready malts, sweet and with a hint of caramel thought not really a caramel malt smell. There is a nice Belgian yeast aroma, hints of banana, some clove and spice and a little bit of mineral smell. The beer is still cold so I'll let it warm a bit.... there is some fruit, very light fruit and some honey coming through now.

Taste follows the nose with light and sweet malt, a unique caramel taste (perhaps from the brew kettle) a nice yeast presence and some fruit, including banana. The hop bitterness is very well balanced, it's there, I know it is because this beer is not cloyingly sweet, but it is restrained and takes a back seat. This beer is quite smooth and the alcohol is well hidden. The finish fairly light, but includes grainy malt flavors, a delicate sweetness (some honey) and a bit of yeast character.

Mouthfeel is medium/thick with higher than average carbonation.

Drinkability is very good with this brew, I find myself drinking it very quickly and having to put it down. Overall this I very good beer with nice malt and yeast complexities. I very much enjoyed drinking it and would have it again.

Photo of Derek
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, very little retention/lace.

S: Tropical fruit (pineapple, mangoe, papaya), spicy phenols, toffee, bubble gum.

T: Tropical fruit, toffee, caramel, good bitterness, spicy phenols, slightly bready, alcohol is subtle.

M: Moderate to full body, off-dry finish.

D: Very drinkable.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A vintage 11.2 oz. bottle, exact year unknown. This is my first tasting of an aged beer, but I didn't do the aging, it was a gift from the distributor's sales rep. "Six or seven years old," he said, "Original recipe, with the x's on it, we were just storing it in the office, and it's probably reached it's peak. Had the dubbel last night, nice and chocolately." So why give it to me? Is he gunning for the title of Coolest Sales Rep Ever?
There's actually a "best by" stamp, but it's hard to read. "08:46 02 04"? Does it have another 10 months to go? I certainly don't care, I'm drinking it now!
Color: murky, peachy orange, with a few brown flecks nestled at the bottle of the glass. Head is white, ample, but short-lived.
Aroma feels arcane and hoary, like something from seven centuries ago, not seven years. Deep with citrus and spice, but mellowed, too. I almost don't want to drink it, and would keep this mysterious and lovely smell in my nose as long as it can last! Most akin to orange candy, glittered with spice.
Taste? Delirious, and a trifle devastating. ABV is kicking a little from the start, but the light, but complex flavor is a bit overwhelming. Hops are in charge, and fandango along the tongue for a turn or two, never really quitting the spotlight. A certain tartness soon overtakes at the end, while sugar and spice continue to cameo.
Sadly, at the very end, my initial excitement has worn off, as has the brews complexities. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and the flavors have died down quite a bit. No doubt, my friend was right, and this bottle is in it's final stages. In my last few swallows, a little extra something reaches the back of the mouth. Is it the yeast? I pour the entire contents of the bottle in, and down it all...fuller, darker, boozier, an excellent end.
That was nice. But not earth-shattering. Maybe that other vintage bottle, the dubbel, will be different?
...
and now, enjoy my take on the relabeled Koningshoven Tripel, from 12 of 02:

Let's see about this...they're no longer "La Trappe", yet they still call it a Trappist on the label. I'm still not sure what's up with this.
Appearance: lovely amber/ orange color, with a generous, buzzing, bubbly head. Aroma: sweet as can be, fantastically sugary. Orange, honey, sweet fruits, (peach, apricot, melon) and more in the nose. Not too sugary, though, rather mellow, actually.
Medium body, with a profusion of hops to delight the tongue. Light carbonation. Lacks in complexity, though.
So, how does it compare to it's predecessor, La Trappe Tripel?
Wouldn't you know it, someone gave me an 8 year old bottle, the original stuff! ...darker color, some brown spots on the foam, aroma more pungent and sour, as well as sweet, and a vast cornucopia of fruits, more citrus and grape, cherries and berries...hops are huger, chocolate flavors show up!...alcohol stronger... more more than your average tripel..let's hear it for cellaring!
Though it's not fair to compare with an aged sample, this newer version does not compare to what I remember from fresher versions.

Photo of AlFromBayShore
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - The color of honey and a head that dissapates rather quickly.

S - Fruity and faint fig. Gathering hints of melon too. A very crisp and clean aroma.

T & M - There is a lot going on here and I'm having difficulty separating out flavors. There is complexity and from this I am picking up some faint honey flavors. The next thing I notice is a warming sensation in the finish. After that is a light carbonation in the mouthfeel. This seems medium bodied yet the flavor is slightly thin but not watery. Now comes some booziness in the middle. There is some cantaloupe and raisin. I am getting that grape flavor like the one from Kedem grape juice.

D - dangerously drinkable. In seven minutes or so, I'm two thirds finished.

I'd buy this again.

Photo of ChopperSmith
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a clear chalice glass.

Appearance: Poured a hazy deep golden color, almost amber. One finger of creamy white foam head that receded slowly and left a little sticky lacing on the sides. Settled to a frothy white cap that lasted to the end.

Smell: Sweet and yeasty with light hops and fruit aroma like pears and green apples. Slight alcohol sweetness as well. Some spice beneath. Really inviting.

Taste: That wonderful sweet, yeasty and fruity flavor that the Trappist Belgian Tripel style is known for. A good hops presence. Slight sourness and light fruits are there too, like light pear and green apple flavors. Good warming and sweetness from the alcohol. Yeast is the right blend of sweet and spicy.

Mouth feel: Slick and creamy with soft carbonation.

Overall: This is the cream of the crop for Belgian Tripels for me, and one of the best examples of the style (in my opinion). I have had this often over the years and it is always consistently fantastic. I'm surprised I hadn't already reviewed this one, since it's easily one of my favorite beers in the world.

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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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