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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

722 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 722
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 37
Gots: 43 | 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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Gueuzedude

Arizona

2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The mushroom cork on this beast was a pain to remove, it broke off as I was trying to remove it and I had to push the half inch nub down into the beer to get anything into my glass. A dark Tripel, this beer pours with a fairly clear, reddish hue and is topped by a frothy, barely half-finger thick, amber tinged tan head. The aroma is a mix of malt and fruit: notes of raisins and apples round out the fruit component, while caramelized malt sugars and lightly browned bread crust are on the malt side. The aroma is fairly dull though, I was expecting a bit more character here.

The taste is lightly sweet, and pretty light on the palate as well. It is not very heavy at all, especially for a brew of this strength. The flavors are a bit dull; notes of apple cider, raisins and some flabby malt are noticeable. This is probably showing some age as it seems to have picked up the beginnings of wet cardboard. Some spicy notes round out the finish with notes of clove, ginger and perhaps something like allspice giving this a complexity boost. Just not a very great beer; I expected quite a bit more complexity here, even with the light notes of age.

Purchased: Park Lane Liquors, Lancaster CA

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2007 04:32:22 | More by Gueuzedude
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-26-2011 16:40:36 | More by Rochefort10nh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mild head given the style--dies to a single layer of bubbles. Does leave some ring lace. Dark gold color and reasonably clear

Floral (lavender?) and citrusy. Grains of paradise, clove spice to the nose.

Smooth and slightly peppery. Notable alcohol in the background, particularly in the swallow. Spritzy yet full bodied. I note hop in the finish, which is great in a Trippel.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 20:18:07 | More by smcolw
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color with a thin head that contained some large bubbles. The head lasted through half the drink. The aroma contains elements of malt, fruit (apples ?), and grass. The taste was dominated by malt as some fruits and bitterness lagged behind.

Smooth on the tongue. Slight dryness experienced after swallowing. The malt flavor lasts for a minute or so too. Definitely drinkable. The alcohol level is not very noticable compared to other Belgian Tripels.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 12:58:30 | More by Gavage
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kojevergas

Texas

2.88/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a La Trappe goblet in Belfort, France. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a wonderfully cream head of marvellous thickness and great retention. Colour is a cloudy copper-gold.

Sm: Nice cream alongside musty orange/citrus peel. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Orange peel, wonderful citrus notes, artificial cream, full barley, and a pleasant hoppy climax combining the best of the citrusy notes. Well balanced and decently built, but largely unremarkable. Certainly not unique.

Mf: The main flaw is it's too wet. It's also somewhat sharp, with a bite that might suggest overcarbonation - perhaps having this on draught wasn't the best serving type choice. That said, it's nicely smooth, and the mouthfeel overall is partly complementary of the flavours.

Dr: The high ABV is somewhat concealed, and she drinks easy. It's of pretty good quality. It's priced too highly in France, but I'd try it again preferably out of a bottle, or in Belgium or Holland.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2011 20:51:29 | More by kojevergas
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 09:45:34 | More by corby112
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

330ml bottle purchased from Steve's Cool Booze in Kensington.

Pours a rather deeper hue than I expected: an amber-golden colour, that looks rather dense and syrupy. Head fizzes up quite a lot on the first pouring, but then settles back to an inauspicious film across the top. Body looks fluid, but also retaining some of the thickness initially perceived. Overall, it looks like a decent beer, but a pretty average tripel.

Nose is dusty and slightly savoury. Some green sprouting wheat characters, and a hint of dusky spice, like pepper mixed with earth. There's a noticeable booziness as well, and a suggestion of oxidation. I note the best before date is 05-2013: so it's still within that range, but towards the back end. Overall, I'm not particularly impressed.

Taste is dank and limp, with a metallic character rising on the mid palate, and a old sherry oxidised bitterness on the finish. Some spice and booze are noticeable, especially when the beer is allowed to evaporate on the tongue, but otherwise it feels flat, and rather uninteresting.

Feel is overly fizzy, despite the perception that it has burnt itself out quickly. It is light, however, belying the appearance of thickness. Some boozy heat is also present.

Overall, I'm not a big fan. This has really darkened, dampened and flattened with time, and I'm far from being enthusiastic. Indeed, this tastes a little like a mediocre homebrewer attempting a strong Belgian golden without much success. Very average indeed.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 06:13:32 | More by lacqueredmouse
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good and quite a nice drinking beer, but it doesn't have the magic that the best belgians possess. The taste centers around the candi sugar sweetness with no grain-like flavors apparent and occasional hints of cream and vanilla. Still pretty tasty and no alcohol flavor to slow you down.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 02:40:52 | More by tempest
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 11/2009, served lightly-chilled in Tripel Karmeliet's branded long-stemmed, tulip-shaped goblet.

A: maybe the darkest Tripel I've recently come across, the colour is dark reddish amber, very elegant, topped with a 1.5cm off-white froth that lasts pretty well on top of constant streams of fine carbonation. Looking very decent.
S: very aromatic - suggesting fig jam, fat red prunes' sweet flesh, red apples, sweet black tea, overripe exotic fruits' stinky-sweetness, a little coriander hints, plus a light whiff of alc. Aromatic-estery yet a balance is also reached on the nose.
T: the lightly effervescent foretaste is almost like an English barley wine, featuring richly fruity malts (overripe apples & plums as well as crystal malts are everywhere) with a restrained spicy edge; slowly turning herbally sweet and minerally chewy to pair with a moderate bitter edge of the decent body of hops. A little reminder of the added candy-sugar is provided in the form of the "burned sugar-cane"-ish aroma and its condensed sweetness, but only just, while equally lingering in the end is a slightly woody-malty touch that a semi-sweet sherry seems to be the only proper benchmark.
M&D: the carbonation is so fine but also mildly spritzy to contribute to a refreshing palate, while the body remains moderate throughout the drink, never for a second falling thin. Overall, this "Tripel" is pleasantly spicy-malty, quite balanced, not so estery and dry as many classic Belgian Tripels but more in line with a good-bodied fruity barley wine. Regardless of any "strictly-defined" characters for a Tripel, I have to say this is an enjoyable drink all the same!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 19:58:30 | More by wl0307
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Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 11.2 ouncer I tried said "Koningshoevan Tripel", the label is otherwise identical to the one shown in the photo, maybe some new labeling going on...anyway this tasty treat poured an amber cloudy color, white head, a fair amount of yeasty sediment in the bottle. Leaves not much lace, nose is nutty and yeasty. Rounded body, nice clove notes,spicy and and more nutty flavors. Pleasant tripel, went well with a few nuts and some bread and cheese.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 03:30:37 | More by Billolick
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-finger head that leaves a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation. Medium bodied. Nose is alcohol, starts with some harshness of alcohol, finish is on the sour side not what I was expecting with a triple, their dubbel and quadrupel are better. 750ml bottle for $6.99 from Hoosick St. Discount Bev, Troy, NY.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2004 23:38:30 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ML corked and caged bottle, the cork required significant effort to extract.

The color of orange marmalade, this is distinctly orange amber in color. Decent off white head.

Smell is strongly of Banana at first and then shifts to woody and roses. Strong rose scent and a hint of orange this beer is most floral scented. Slight chocolate and brown sugar aromas but this very floral.

The taste starts out slightly sweet and spicy in the mouth, brown sugar and allspice at the start. Dries out and becomes woody and spicy fairly soon. Rose and orange are in the flavor and this remains a quite flowery beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

An interesting beer and an unusual one, the strong flavor and scent of roses dominates this beer. Don't think I will seek this one out again though; the Quadruple is a better beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 05:05:29 | More by Zorro
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Koningshoeven tripel

Appears a ruby amber color with minimal head. A few bits of yeast and lots of active carbonation are visible through the mostly clear liquid. Smells of butterscotch liquor, a little like a barley wine. The taste is full of roasted malt, unique yeast profile, almost like English ale character. Quad like in flavor almost. Big alcohol, nice twinge of lemony hop bitterness, and malt body full of character, roasted, peaty, and lightly sweet. Delicate balance for a powerful ale. Medium bodied and a drying finish. Trappist but not like your standard Belgian, and why should it be, it's Dutch. Classic.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 06:21:03 | More by Stinkypuss
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A sparkling copper kettle colour; I generally prefer my tripels to look a little more yellowish and have a lot less bronze but I can't say La Trappe Tripel doesn't have a lovely complexion, especially when held to the light. Besides, I'm far more concerned with its loose crowning and complete lack of foam. Where's my creamy, rocky white head? Looking from above there is absolutely no obstruction from my eyes spotting bottom - there definitely should be.

The slogan on the bottle reads "taste the silence" - I think I may be smelling it instead. It has the aroma of a tripel, but nothing close to a fantastic one. The scent is of ripened orchard fruit and bruised banana accented with musky hops, but I wouldn't say it's tangy, or fruity, or floral and worst of all: it's certainly not soothing.

What I felt really failed to set the aroma in motion was a real presence of spice, otherwise common in all the great Belgian tripels. Fortunately this has been better addressed in the taste. I wouldn't say it's generous enough to like it to pepper or clove outright, but it's yeasty and adds significant spiciness to give this beer a much needed breath of life.

A long cast of fruity esters set in alongside it as well. This includes faint, lightly acidic hints of lemon and orange, as well as a more prominent pear taste and full-bodied green apple flavour. A sprinkling of green, pungent hops adds a fairly pronounced bitterness to what is otherwise a very light body. Although it's 8% is slightly lower than standard for the style, the soothing warming sensation normally experienced is disproportionately off.

I was happy to have a 750ml sample size of Koningshoeven's Tripel for a couple reasons. For one, I noticed the beer to reveal slightly more later on in the course than it had initially led on. And secondly because it's enjoyable. These things being said, it looked nothing like it should; it smelt nowhere near as good you'd hope; and it was half as pleasant to drink as its Belgian counterparts. Style purists beware... this won't be topping your list.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 03:40:29 | More by biegaman
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled 11/30/2010. Pours fairly hazy golden orange color with a fairly dense 2 finger white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big lemon, pepper, pear, apricot, grape, candi sugar, biscuit, honey, and yeast spices. Very nice and well balanced aromas, with good strength and complexity. Taste of big lemon, grape, pepper, pear, apricot, clove, candi sugar, bread, coriander, banana, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of grape, pear, lemon, coriander, pepper, clove, and big yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great balanced flavor profile of sweetness with spicy character; and no cloying sweetness at all. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick and prickly mouthfeel as expected for the style. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all on the finish. Very smooth to drink but is still definitely better to sip on. Overall this is definitely a great Tripel. Great flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth and highly enjoyable to sip on.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 03:37:55 | More by superspak
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-30-2011 22:18:46 | More by brandoman63
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BeerBistro. Pours a clear golden, thin white head forms, very big bubbles, thin ring sticks to the sides of the glass, some lace spots are left. Smell is sweet, honey, yeast, some citrus, fruits, apricot, some alcohol, nice. Taste is apples, yeast, caramel, some wheat, sugary, alcohol, some floral, spicy bitterness in the finish, quite nice. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Nice example of a tripel, solid bitterness compared to most, very smooth, nicely done.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2007 20:32:52 | More by Viggo
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

What a gorgeous body color on this, red hued and a red bronze orange body, slightly cloudy. White head foamy doesnt stick around much settling down to a foamy collar.

Nose is fruity. Pear, and peachy. Spritzy malt and yeast powdery. Strong pear sweetness seems to dominate. Very nice.

Tightly carbonated slightly, dense sweet malts on the palate. Lush sweet pear juices, and a hint of alcohol heat. A huge rushing fruit pear palate coming off. Larger gulps bring a quick peppery aftertaste. Fantastic tasting.

Overall another solid tripel, just wish it hand everything else on the beer enjoyment scale to really dig it.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 01:34:29 | More by smakawhat
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-07-2014 00:32:04 | More by Latarnik
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer has an amber color and is topped with a dense, rocky off-white head. Phenolic, sour, yeasty, fruity aroma. Taste includes alcohol, sour notes and yeast. There almost seems to be a stinging solvent-like characteristic also. A little off to me. Some banana esters are present. The body is about medium and drinkability is not that great. If I'm looking for a Belgian beer to drink, I'll bypass this one the next time.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2002 19:32:27 | More by Bighuge
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml from the cellar.. I think I picked this one up at the Coop for about $5.. shared with Brenda.. mine from a Kasteel tulip.. looking at spring seed catalogs.

Good 1.5" creamy head... good pour delivered a crystal clear lite orange brews with alot of lacing.

Aroma is a perfect mix of Belgian sugar and yeasts.. above average fruitiness.. white peaches and apricots... Nice.

Belgian pale malts with a pronounced lightly sweet citrus.. black plums and green apples... lingering complexity that I am not geared to verbalize... Nice creamy viscosity.. abundant carbonation that isn't overdone.. I want another sip.

A very good if not world class triple that I am very glad made its way to Boise.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 10:21:25 | More by JohnGalt1
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glid02

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a dark golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet and syrupy pears with good amounts of candi sugar and hints of light malts.

Tastes good. Sweet light malts with hints of biscuit-like flavors kick things off. Shortly thereafter syrupy pear flavors come into play and sweeten until midway through the sip. The ending is crisp and on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is a solid tripel with a nice malt base. Not as crisp or flavorful as the best of the style but still worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 02:37:09 | More by glid02
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Gusler

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A foggy orange color at the start with a large off white head that is creamy in consistency after decomposition the lace formed is a thick and clinging sheet. The aroma of pineapple mixed with a banana like tone greets the nose, crisp and fresh, sweet with the start malt heavy and slightly tart; middle is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is striking in its hop spiciness, the acidity biting, tart aftertaste that is also dry and long lasting. Having sampled four La Trappe beers, this one ranks number two right after the double my favorite.

Notes of Dominus Triple which is the same beer:
Nice somewhat hazy golden orange color, competently sized off white head, with oodles of fine lace. Ripe fruit aroma’s like pineapple, and over ripe banana dominate the nose with malt tones underlying it all. Start is ambrosial, reedy top, slightly tart, middling carbonation with a masterful hop spicy bite, the aftertaste dry and also a lingering tartness through the drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2003 08:18:53 | More by Gusler
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

05-03-2013 00:41:15 | More by PEIhop
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 22:35:40 | More by Derek
La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 722 ratings.