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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

751 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 751
Reviews: 435
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 40
Gots: 50 | 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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Photo of Sammy
4.53/5  rDev +15%
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.

Sammy, Oct 10, 2004
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +1.5%

zestar, Yesterday at 11:09 AM
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours golden brown with a nice sized head that slowly dissipated into a thin layer of bubbles. A moderate level of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a considerate amount of sweetness in the malt, much like you would expect from a dubbel. A bit of alcohol is evident in the back of the nose.
T: The flavors are rather complex; the taste starts out malty and sweet like the aroma and then transitions into fruity and slightly hoppy flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: The alcohol is very well hidden and it's relatively easy to drink. I would drink this again because it tastes like a hybrid between a dubbel and a tripel and I like both of these styles.

metter98, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper-tinged honey color with a huge head that delivers lots of Dutch lace

Smell: Toffee and candi sugar are joined by various light fruit elements (banana and pear)

Taste: Opens with the toffee and candi sugar, with light fruit and peppery spice arriving by mid-palate; some alcohol is discernable after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very approachable tripel that strikes a lot of the right notes

brentk56, Nov 06, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich pumpkin orange with a generous amount of swirling yeast and abundant carbonation. The khaki colored crown doesn't display the usual Belgian ale magnificence, nor is it tacky enough to grace the glass with much lace. The appearance, sorry to say, is disappointing.

The nose, while better than average, is no barn-burner either. This ale smells a fraction darker than the average tripel, which (along with the color) makes me think the brewers added a fair amount of caramel malt. Sacrilege! Less earthiness and more yeast spiciness would have helped.

Koningshoeven Tripel is of roughly the same quality as Koningshoeven Dubbel. In other words, it's a serviceable Belgian ale that isn't in the same area code as the style's best. The underlying caramel maltiness just doesn't work in the context of a tripel.

More hop flavor and bitterness would have helped, as would a more prominent yeastiness. The fruity esters are more akin to apricots and peaches than apples and pears, and clove notes are difficult to appreciate. Sorry, there isn't much complexity here. Maybe the 750 ml bottles are tastier than these 330 ml bottles.

The body/mouthfeel has the appropriate amount of heft thanks to what turns out to be too many sugars. Unfortunately, there aren't enough bubbles onboard to lighten the load and inject any sort of smooth creaminess. At least the beer is consistently (merely) above average.

Since none of their offerings qualify as a miss, Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven seems to be a 'bulls's eye or outer ring' sort of brewery. Quadrupel and Bockbier are definitely the former. Dubbel and Tripel are the latter. There are too many superior versions out there for me to recommend this one.

BuckeyeNation, May 25, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a nice light brown head with good retention. Aroma of candy with sweet malt is totally irresistible. Taste is also dominated with this sweet malt presence with a subtle mix of spice in the background. Alcohol is very well hidden but body is definitely too thin, which seems to be a characteristic of this brewery.

Phyl21ca, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good Trappist without paying the high prices. This beer pours a darker amber or brown than most Tripples. Has the ordinary carbonation and persistent head. Smells caramelly, spicy, fruity, nutty, and alcoholic. Tastes much the same with adding plumbs, dates, almonds, along with malty caramels, toffee, and malt. Medium to full body that hides behind tingly carbonation. Bubbles play on the palate and accentuate the alcohol. finishes dry and mildy sweet and fruity. The better of the beers by La Trappe. Well balanced and presented.

BEERchitect, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -23.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

GRG1313, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +1.5%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1.5%

jaydoc, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a hazy golden color with a thin white head on top. The lacing was a little sticky but nothing too crazy really. The smell of the beer was sweet smelling with a little bit of fruit and spice on the nose. The taste of the beer also has a decent sweet flavor in the beginning. The spices come through in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth with a moderate carbonation. The brew is drinkable and medium bodied. Overall this brew was pretty good.

Knapp85, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not a real impressive pour here kind of hazy deep orange with almost no head to speak of,the aroma is somewhat winey and spicey with some light apple notes.Tjhid one hefty triple here very rich tasting some deep wine noted and very yeasty tasting with some sharp spiciness.One of the harshest triples I hav had in quite awhile although thats not a total bad thing.

oberon, Dec 12, 2003
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a clear orange Solo cup.

Thanks to Matt for sharing this bottle!

My final new beer of New Year's Eve (though the clock struck midnight a while ago, so "Eve" might be a misnomer). It pours a cloudy golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises banana, clove, pepper, Belgian yeast, and lemon zest. The taste holds notes of wheat, clove, pepper, Belgian yeast, and orange peel. The body is a strong medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid tripel, but not as strong as other similar offerings. Hard for me to explain, frankly, but suffice it to say that, though it is indeed pretty good, it's not quite near the top of the heap.

TMoney2591, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden-colored, slightly hazy. Pours with a 2-inch head, though that falls over time into more of a ring.

The nose has lemon, spice, yeast and bready malts.

Initially it's rather dry on the tongue, with spicy, peppery citrus flavors. Malt comes out more as it warms, giving it a tropical fruit character. Nice balance between sweet and dry notes; it's not overly syrupy. Medium-bodied with well-hidden alcohol. A solid tripel.

largadeer, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes from early Feb.

A - Poured out a cloudy, dark amber color with a good deal of sediment at the bottom of the glass. It had a white, one-finger head that left some descent lacing.

S - It smelled of yeast, citrus and clove. The also was a dried fruit aroma...plum maybe.

T - It tasted of yeast, clove, wheat and citrus. There were also plum and raisin flavors.

M -It was smooth with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a nice tripel. I really enjoy their beers.

zeff80, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz Koningshoeven chalice, at Smokeless Joe, in Toronto's so-called Entertainment District.

This beer appears a hazy, medium orange amber hue, with one finger of foamy, bubbly off-white head, one somewhat restrained in its effervescence, which leaves some random streaks of Caribbean island lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of grainy, mildly caramelized pale malt, earthy applesauce, zingy coriander, musty field honey, herbal, leafy hops, and a certain edgy booze warming. The taste is more semi-sweet grainy pale malt, a white plum and red grape fruitiness, a hint of banana pudding, black pepper, subtle coriander, a middling yeastiness, weak earthy, leafy hops, and a very understated alcohol astringency, especially for the style, in my experience.

The carbonation is average, if a bit frothy at times, the body a sturdy medium weight, with a certain fleshy fruit consistency in its overall smoothness. It finishes well off-dry, the sweetness of the malt, fruit esters, and weirdly subdued, but duly present alcohol warming more than a match for anything championing the flip side.

A rather pleasant version of a Tripel, one whose typical (to me, at least) heat kind of puts me off at hello. Not here, as the 16-proof liquor is well-sublimated, and the other flavours do well by their Trappist heritage. Worthy of investigating further, beyond the clutches of a dimly-lit, cramped (if indeed 'smokeless') basement pub, away from the after-show diatribes being spouted way too loudly from the table behind me.

biboergosum, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, deep marmalade body is topped by a creamy head of off-white foam. The retention is excellent, and it maintains a creamy 1/2" surface covering throughout the entire goblet; and leaves short walls of lace that drop with the level of the beer (but don't stick!). The aroma displays a clean, lightly honeyish malt that's accentuated by a light fruitiness and gently floral background hops. In the mouth it's creamy and smooth with a very fine, restrained, natural carbonation and solidly medium body. Delicate, sweetish malt dominates the flavor, but gives a burst of light fruit at the swallow. It finishes surprisingly dry considering the candyish malt, with a low-key bitterness and some grassy hop flavor becoming evident. It's exceptionally well balanced and quite enjoyable, though it lacks a little bit of complexity. Still, it's well worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Jul 22, 2003
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz slender euro style brown bottle with raised glass above the label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Lightly reddish amber with a patchy Brussels lace, this samples was a tad hazy due to the sediment that was not well settled, this is not a bad thing.

Smell: Bready sweet with hints of nutty yeast and fresh baked bread, mildly phenolic.

Taste: Smooth mouth feel and a crisp carbonation that hold together its medium build. Mild phenolic (peppery and herbal) but not as distinctive as other tripels, raw characters of wild honey and grape like fruity yeast are marks for the complex flavours. Hops are indistinct though still help to balance, alcohol is well formed and not interfering to throw things out of kilter. As the alcohol warms a mild twang from the earthy yeast and the beer dries more and more towards the finish.

Notes: More of a laid back tripel resting at 8% abv and with a milder character than others, still a very respectable brew. A perfect accompaniment with a goat cheese spread and whole wheat crackers.

Jason, Jul 21, 2002
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed amber brown with a tan head. Nose is the typical Belgian yeast with a touch of sweetness, but seems to be pretty weak. Flavor is smooth with a sweet start. On the end I got a bit of a metallic edge, which I can’t say I appreciated too much. Feel is standard. Typical stuff. It’s definitely drinkable. I consider this more of the type of brew that neither tries to stand out far ahead of the crowd or is too immature to be crap. Smooth and even. It’s a balanced brew. It won’t blow your socks off, but it is even enough to keep you satisfied.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

nickfl, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.43/5  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.

feloniousmonk, Mar 30, 2003
Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a La Trappe coupe glass. Overall this beer was too heavy and too dark for me to consider it a tripel. It was heavy on the bubble gum esters and since all of their beers seem to be this way I will begin to assume they do no temperature control on their fermentations. Still, it was drinkable and I finished the bottle. I will likely have additional beers from this brewery but I will no repeat this one.

Beer is dark amber almost brown and hazy with an aggressive tan head of small and medium bubbles, no retention, no lacing, moderate carbonation in the glass.

Aroma is sweet, bubble gum esters.

Beer is medium in body and quite sweet, the finish is a little heavy, overall it is just too sweet and not try enough for my tastes. Not a bad beer but too much esters and malt for my tastes.

drabmuh, Mar 08, 2013
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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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