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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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very good

740 Ratings

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Ratings: 740
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 39
Gots: 48 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

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 Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

03-20-2009 22:35:40 | More by Derek
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

06-05-2011 20:09:03 | More by liamt07
Photo of Gusler


3.93/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

10-09-2003 08:18:53 | More by Gusler
Photo of rolltide8425


4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-13-2012 03:30:29 | More by rolltide8425
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4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured from a 750ml bomber. I've had this many times before, but somehow I've never rated it yet.

Hazy golden color, with sticky spit-like head. Really good aroma, very unique I think. I wouldn't say it was a tripel if I didn't see it written on the bottle. The flavor is less sweet than most tripels I've had. That doesn't matter, it's still a damn good beer.

I always like this beer, and I'd recommend it to anyone.

12-04-2005 14:35:21 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of dirtylou


3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

750ml bottle passed around at the malt house

surprised to see this is dutch

appearance: served in a chalice, deep orange body with a minimal beige ring

smell: overly sweet for the tripel style, yeasty, banana, lightly spiced, thick malt

taste: I did not really care for this tripel - a bit too syrupy and lacking of a real punch. The sweetness levels really muddy this one up - moderate alcohol warming

mouthfeel: too sweet

drinkability: just ok

05-25-2009 17:51:26 | More by dirtylou
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 18/1/12

A golden orange with some sediment and lots of bubbles, a nice two finger head has great retention but only leaves a few spots of lace

S apple, pear, banana, caramel and some gum, there's a fair bit of yeast and booze is well concealed

T taste is similar but its a little harder too pick out the individual flavors, its good but not great, flavors a little more tropical with some overripe pineapple and some candied fruit

M thick for the color with almost too much carbonation but just enough, yeasty candied fruit aftertaste

O a good beer all-around, not mind blowing but solid in all areas

I thought I'd reviewed this one before but apparently not, not the best Trappist ale out there but certainly nothing to be ashamed of

01-19-2012 07:46:15 | More by wordemupg
Photo of bark


3.78/5  rDev -4.1%

The colour is deep gold with a tint of brown; the finger thick head sinks quickly into a thick off white lid with a fizzing sound. The liquid is clear, although there is some yeast at the bottom or the bottle.

The smell is sweet and yeasty. I found some light bitter-dry notes as well as some fruits (red apples, apricots). Quite average for the style, I say.

The taste is mild and creamy at first, but it develops into a more exciting one with warming alcohol, candied apples, and some flowery notes, In the background, there are some balancing discreet bitter-dry hops. Big body. The long aftertaste got fading alcohol, toffee, candy sugar, earthy notes of roast beef and some herbs.

The carbonation is quite strong; lots of small almost sharp bubbles. The liquid is a bit thick and very creamy.

A fine tripel.

07-24-2007 21:20:15 | More by bark
Photo of flagmantho


4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden color with thick eggshell head. Plenty of evident effervescence.

Smell: nice, sweet malt with a hint of wheatiness. A little subtle, however.

Taste: malt is sweet up front but rather dry in the finish; I quite like that. There is just the right amount of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Koningshoeven Tripel's ace in the hole, in my opinion. Medium body with huge carbonation create an extreme creaminess; its dryness renders it ephemeral, leaving me wanting the next sip. This is perfect for me.

Drinkability: I tend to like tripels, and this is no exception. Flavor is nice, rather middle-of-the-road, but the feel is out of this world so I'll gladly finish this bottle and wish I had another around.

11-19-2009 05:35:03 | More by flagmantho
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brown color and a thick, murky texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A very enticing aroma of malt, caramel, fruit, and yeast.

T: Tasted of caramel (a lot of it), light fruit (apples), malt and some yeast. Much sweeter than I expected, but a very tasty beer nonetheless.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a well made, slightly different, very likable version of a tripel.

10-28-2011 13:14:41 | More by avalon07
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -20.6%

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Translucent medium amber/orange colour with one finger of bubbly white head.

S - Caramel, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, brown sugar.

T - Caramel, cloves, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, spice and some noticeable alcohol. Somewhat plain.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - A decent tripel but I found this one somewhat plain and lacking complexity.

08-24-2011 01:38:09 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-13-2014 20:41:19 | More by KAF
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-21-2012 04:52:01 | More by Hopheadjeffery
Photo of Dogbrick


4/5  rDev +1.5%

This beer is a mostly clear orange-amber color with a medium thick off-white head that dissipates slowly. Thin spotty rings of lacing. The aroma contains yeast, malt, sour fruit and light spices. Medium-bodied with a nice spice/yeast character. Flavors of tart fruit, candi sugar, peppery spices and yeast are all present. The finish is fruity and yeasty and leaves a mild herbal hops aftertaste. This beer is enjoyable from start to finish.

03-14-2008 20:33:49 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Evil_Pidde


3.9/5  rDev -1%

A: This Trappist beer pours golden (maybe a hint of red) with a fantastic thick even white head with small bubbles. The head sure takes it's time before it dissipates, but when it does it leaves a nice crater and beautiful lacings. No sediment like in belgian trappist beers...

S: Not as strong smell as in other trappist beers. You find some dry hops, some malt, some floral notes, a bit citrus and a little yeast in this spicy smell.

T: That's more like it - a much better complexety than in the smell. Here you find malt and some sweetness, the hops make it bitter. Then there is spices and a little alcohol. The aftertaste was a bit shorter than I expected.

M: Dry and bitter, medium bodied and creamy.

D: This is actually a pretty nice beer, but sadly it got some stiff competion in the style. If you compare it to other trappist beers it's not close, but if you havn't had a tripel or a trappist beer - buy this one.

07-30-2009 18:03:07 | More by Evil_Pidde
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

Nice opaque deep golden darkened yellow color, a lighter peachy tone that has lots of little floaty things suspended in its haze. Small whitish head thats loose and fluffy and fades pretty fast and lace is in drippy strings and spots. Smell is a subdued mellow mix of very dulled melons and lemon with some yeasty grab and a nice spicyness and alcoholic warmth over lays. Taste is quite quenchingly yummy and mellowing. Nice mild citrus of dullish lemon, melons, and dried orange and apricot all have a certain impressionable mix and lightly souring tartness kick thats mostly upfront. Hops add to the boost some, then it begins to fade some as it reaches farther past midway. Just after midway it mellows out with some spicyness and lingering lightly into the finish with some malty chewyness and more dulled citrus mix. Solid medium body feel with some creamyness at first, picking up a small surge on its way to a mellowing smooth and lightly chewy sweet finish. Not overly complex but very enjoyable, a nice drinkable thickness and lush feeling as it begins to warm after half a glass or so. Makes for a nice relaxing glass full of delight.

09-26-2003 01:59:49 | More by tavernjef
Photo of DefenCorps


4/5  rDev +1.5%

25.4oz bottle split with my buddy. Into my Chimay glass

A: Clear amber colored pour with a gorgeous white head that recedes to a disk. Definitely the darkest tripel i've had.

S: Spicy with pepper and clove, floral with a hint of rose and a hint of bubblegum

T: Starts off moderately spicy with the pepper but and some yeast character with some floral notes. Could use a little more complexity on the palate. Finishes dry.

M: Well carbonated, pleasing dry finish

D: Enjoyable. Glad I got to try it but at the price, the St. B tripel is where my $$ will go

Notes: This reminded me of a cross between a tripel and a saison due to the balance of spices.

09-06-2008 02:30:41 | More by DefenCorps

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-03-2013 21:24:39 | More by WOLFGANG
Photo of stcules


2.9/5  rDev -26.4%

Light amber color. A lot of a beautiful, creamy, lacy head.
In the smell, malt, honey, white flowers. And fruitiness: peach and melon.
The taste is malty/fruity, with again melon, and honey notes. Again peach, tropicla fruit.
The alcohol is detectable, but not too much. A bit too many fruity, sweet and sugary.
And with too many "heavyness" for a tripel.

03-31-2007 16:28:43 | More by stcules
Photo of dgilks


2.98/5  rDev -24.4%

Pours clear golden colour with a tiny head dissipating quickly to nothing. Certainly not the best looking Tripel I've ever seen.

Quite an alcohol hit on the nose followed by decent clove and a small amount of banana. On the whole, lacking a bit in complexity and depth.

Again fairly dull on the palate. Light notes of clove, apple and banana. Poorly integrated alcohol with a fair heat. A touch of caramel. Overall, a lackluster Tripel which doesn't stand up to its other Trappist counterparts.

Light to medium body with very, very prickly carbonation. The carbonation is just slightly too high and ends up being uncomfortable rather than helping the flavours.

A dull, straightforward Trappist Tripel which fails to impress. This lacks overall depth and character with a couple of obvious problems.

09-18-2009 11:00:58 | More by dgilks
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -5.1%

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $7

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber colour with a smaller size fizzy/frothy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, honey, apples

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, breads/grains mixed with some clove/coriander and banana. There is also some apples juice and a bit of a honey sweetness. It ends with a malty honey sweet aftertaste.

Overall - Not as good as I was expecting but still pretty decent. Just doesn't have as many floral and fruity notes as some other triples have. Kind of like a triple and a duble mixed in some ways.

07-21-2013 00:38:21 | More by spinrsx
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-06-2012 20:08:06 | More by RBorsato
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3.9/5  rDev -1%

A: Slightly hazy amber/orange color. Poured a 2 finger off white head with good retention. Lacing washed down teh glass in fingers.

S: Light tropical fruits and fairly spicy. As it warmed, more of an orange character.

T: Lots of yeast flavors, raisins and sweet fruits. Balancing bitter in the dry finish. Some alcohol.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation leaves a bit of a bite.

D: ABV alone will limit drinkability. Full flavor and carbonation take that a bit further.

04-04-2009 01:30:34 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of laituegonflable


2.45/5  rDev -37.8%

Pours a standard golden colour with slightly orange tinge. Off-white head is generous when poured, retains its generosity well. Magnanimous head it be, indeed. Lacing is decent, but not as thick or sticky as I'd expect from a Tripel. Good-looking beer, certainly not great.

A strong Belgian nose, quite a lot of citrus peel on that, with orange and dried mandarin. Surprisingly hoppy for the style, has a very distinct floral hop aroma, gives it an organic, earthy note, and there is little deep syrupy malt or toffee. Not bad, but really quite off-style.

Taste is similarly earthy, and oh my God, the hops dominate - WTF? This is completely off-style and what's more, they completely overwhelm the malt, which doesn't seem to lift its game to compensate for the bitterness. This has quite a chardonnay character throughout the palate, certainly woody, with oak and pine characters. Malt is only present at the very front and is then completely blown away by that stringy, organic hop bitterness which blares its horn loudly without adding much character or complexity to the palate.

Alcohol, too, is very very obvious on the mid-to-back palate and it gives this a very stinging, harsh mouthfeel. This flagrant, unbalanced brew is not very drinkable at all, and what's more it has nothing of the flavours of a Tripel. I may have gotten a bad batch, but this is a real disappointment.

05-25-2009 23:14:27 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1%

From notes.

A - Poured a slightly hazy medium copper. Good carbonation and a one finger soapy white head. Good lace and a cap of head retention.

S - Bread, fruits like pear, apple, and orange.

T - Nice fruity notes with no alcohol. Nice citrus melded with a little bit of spice. Sorta hard to describe, mostly fruit, spice, and a little yeast with fruit definately winning over. Lighter fruits are what come to mind.

M - Really smooth with medium carbonation and a full body. Sweet finish.

O/D - Really nice. Not too sweet. A solid Tripel with not much complexity, but great flavour.

08-13-2011 17:57:41 | More by tbeckett
La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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