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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

806 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 806
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 43
Gots: 75 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-30-2002

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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.

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.

Photo of smcolw
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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of kojevergas
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
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

Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Gavage
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.

Photo of superspak
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.

Photo of Billolick
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.

Photo of corby112
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
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.

Photo of tempest
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.

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of wl0307
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!

Photo of Stinkypuss
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.

Photo of smakawhat
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.

Photo of Zorro
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.

Photo of jdhilt
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.

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of biegaman
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.

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 750ml into a tulip.

Pours a copper red, with a huge four finger off-white head. Massive carbonation, not unlike most other bottle conditioned Belgians. Fluffy and somewhat sticky/dense walls of lace. Nose is mildly yeast, green apple, raw pear. Some bruised banana phenolics. Quite dry, not showing alot of sweetness. Taste is a caramelly-green apple, pear again and some yeastiness. Some fusel alcohol along with a peppery spice in the midmouth., which continues into the finish. Mild dryness and some stickiness. High carbonation and with a lot more caramel-like malt body than most other tripels I've had. Warming and nice overall, but something I'm more accustomed to having in the cooler months, although not completely inappropriate for the heat here now.

La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 806 ratings.