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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

808 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 808
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 44
Gots: 76 | 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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 750 ml bottle. There is a batch code on the label but no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a tulip/snifter. The color is cloudy orange/amber. Three fingers of eggshell-colored head dissipated quickly to leave a thin, bubbly lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: It smells like a boozy, tangy hefeweizen. There are a lot of nice fruit scents, mostly banana, apple, orange, pear, lemon, and grapefruit. It is yeasty and spicy, too, and there is a nice caramel presence.

Taste: It basically mirrors the smell, but the fruit is much sharper. The banana, apple, and orange are most prominent, but there is also some play from the lemon and pear. The yeast is also there, but the spice is not as noticeable. Neither is the alcohol, though there is a very light hint. Everything is balanced by subtle caramel. Overall, it is very smooth.

Drinkability: Impressive. It is nothing orgasmic — I can definitely “Taste the Silence” — but it is impressive.

Photo of jimctin
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ThinkAgain
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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

This pours a cloudy dark golden/orange colour with a thick white head.

Sweet bready aroma with a touch of caramel.

Herbal yeasty notes on the palate. Some sweetness. A citrusy twang in there.

High carbonation.

As always with tripels I am underwhelmed. I'm sure it's me and not the beer. Would like to try it with food.

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.

Photo of Squelch
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: No lacing. Straw colored. Minimal off white head.

Smell: Best part of this beer. Complex banana aromas dominate. Yeasty as well.

Taste: Complex but underwhelming. Nothing stands out. Not harsh. No hops. Slight lemony and banana flavors.

Mouthfeel: Slightly bubbly due to the carbonation. Full bodied. A sipper. Slight heat at the back of the throat.

Overall: A nice example of the style, but not my absolute favorite.

Photo of bryehn
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of boudreaux
5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

Cork and cage bottle into a short rocks glass.

A: Lighter amber color with distinct copper/orange tones. Only very slightly cloudy but that doesn't detract. Fizzy white head pours big and settles out nicely.

S: You get a little spiciness over a metallic note. Some fruit comes through as well. Some floral notes.

T: Very tasty. Has all of the hallmark qualities of a tripel from the trappist yeast to the mixed fruits. Spice is controlled and leans further to the cardamom or light clove end. Definitely a citrusy coriander tinge.

M: Highly carbonated. Very refreshing.

D: Oh yes. This is now my mother's favorite beer and that makes me very happy. To think she used to drink Blue Moon as her Belgian of choice...

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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of bostonryan
5/5  rDev +26.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Vylo
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep orange-brown.

Smells enticing bit of an orangey cirtus hint.

Taste is incredible. Very complex, very drinkable, simply amazing.

Mouthfeel is also top notch, perfect carbonation that adds to the experience.

Overall this is one of the best beers I have tried, and definitely a champion amongst tripels. Pick it up. Don't hesitate to try the dubbel and quad versions either (quad especially).

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Foddz
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light hazy caramel colour with a good 2-3 fingers of head consisting of largish bubbles. Head recedes to a lumpy mass of smaller bubbles and eventually just a thin film over the top of the beer. More can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. Plenty of thick lacing around the rim of the glass.

S: Sweet fruity and floral notes. Bananas, pears, apple blossoms, and sweet caramel malts.

T: Initial presentation is sweet caramel and malt. Fruitiness presents more towards the middle. Apples, bananas and pears predominate. Pears especially in the tail end. Hops gives a pleasant floral bitterness. A little bit of alcohol pervades throughout.

M: Pleasantly smooth and substantial. Excellent carbonation. Dryness present by not overbearing. A little bit of alcoholic harshness, but not Encourages savouring the taste and to take another sip once you're done!

O: A tasty tripel. Not the greatest I've sampled, but it has its merits.

D: I find tripels go straight to my head so I couldn't have more than one of these in a sitting.

Photo of kelvarnsen
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Agent1
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only existing Trappist monastery producing beer not in Belgium and but one of only seven still remaining in the world. The history behind this beer and its mother operations is astounding. I hope to one day get my hands on something other than the Tripel and Quad. Let's go!

Appearance - First of all, I love this glass. I am pouring into my official La Trappe chalice. A stunning orange/ amber. The carbonation is nice a steady. Not a lot of head here (it dissipates astonishingly quick), but it stays fairly consistent as it bubbles up lightly from the bottom. Great color. The head tends to ring the edges of the glass. A nice beige/ white. Lightly creamy.

Smell - Lots of sugars and honey jump out at first. Very light floral accents. Also, a faint woodsy aroma (most likely from the coriander). A nice spice on the nose. Fig and berries as well. Maybe a tiny bit of toffee coming through, too. Very nice.

Taste - Smooth and complex. Vanilla, raisin, caramel, butter, apple, dried fruits, flowers and other delicate earthy ingredients. Quite sweet, but overall, very balanced. The coriander really pulls everything together. A deliciously bitter finish that helps counteract the candy sugars. Impressive and complex.

Mouthfeel - Quite buttery and again, very smooth. This manages to stimulate all parts of the mouth, proving that this beer is worthy of the "Authentic Trappist" name. An excellent mouth feel.

Overall - Balanced and savory. A complex beer that denotes a sense of power and intensity. At the same time, subtle and unique. The vanilla and honey attributes really stand out in this beer. If you serve it warmer versus straight out of the fridge then perhaps you will agree. A beautiful Tripel and easily one of my favorites.

Enjoy!

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 808 ratings.