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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

756 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 756
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 40
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-30-2002)
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

ng85, Feb 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

WilstonOreo, Jun 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

bunbury, Nov 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

broodog, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

AmericanGothic, Jun 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

sixsatana, Oct 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

tonyf55, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Erwin_Sakkers, Sep 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Peyton5410, Mar 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

gcgarcia, Apr 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

pkenkman, May 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

oesarth, Jan 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

BJSmit, Jan 27, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

trevorjn06, Jun 30, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Skidz, May 27, 2004
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4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Derek, Mar 20, 2009
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4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

lifeboyq, Mar 31, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

AlFromBayShore, Mar 12, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

ChopperSmith, Feb 05, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Clear orange amber with medium of white head consisting of small and medium sized bubbles.

S = Light yeast esters, fresh grains, ripe fruits. Well, balanced.

T = Creamy, sweet fresh bread dough, slight floral tastes, esters very light.

M = Mdeium bodied, great mouthcoating, pefect fizz of carbonation.

D = This is a tasty, wonderful beer to drink. Highly recommend it.

Traquairlover, Apr 13, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a darker redish-orange with a fruity nose. Mmm smells good and tastes just as good. Grape flavor with a little bit of alcohol and hops hit you up front followed by caramel and pear flavors towards the end. A very tastey beer that I would not mind drinking lots of. Easier to drink than similar beers but still a beer that you will want to sip and take in the flavor, especially with the higher alcohol content. I could drink a lot of this easily. I am quite liquored up now and have moved onto my congnac, but this is quite good. I wouldn't mind buying a bottle or two again.

dren, Feb 01, 2006
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4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 cl bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a clear orange/golden with a nice lacing from an offwhite head.

Smell is of bananas, bread, and yeast. Different than other tripels.

Taste is distinct. Extremely smooth taste that is hard to describe. Bready yet sweet. Curious. Eventually I found some apple.

Mouthfeel is very good with solid carbonation making it creamy.

Very drinkable tripel. Excellent beer.

aubuc1, Oct 16, 2008
La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 756 ratings.