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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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716 Ratings

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Ratings: 716
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 36
Gots: 41 | 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 pinkano

Czech Republic

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - yellow with orange tones, not pure clean, little bit of haze
S - smell is the best on this beer. It goes with a honey start, then some citrus tones appears with some clove and spiciness.
T - pretty much empty start, following by pretty high carbonation, which uncoils bready and honey tones. Kind of Ale taste too. Alcohol is very well hidden in the body.
M - higher carbonation then usual, low body and nice semi-dry end
D - pretty drinkable, but there are better trappist beers out there

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 07:04:52 | More by pinkano
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 23:33:32 | More by TMoney2591
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3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouted into a La Trappe chalice.

A: Hazy deep peach with active carbonation. A dense cream head slowly settles to a patchwork quilt of foam. Leaves a solid sheet of lace down the glass.

S: A pleasant coriander and clove spiciness dominate. Orange a pear aromas add a nice sweetness. Alcohol adds a very light tingle.

T: Starts out a bit thin. A pale fruit sweetness slowly builds and is then followed by a mild coriander and clove spiciness. The spices linger through the finish. The alcohol is completely masked outside of a light warmth as the beer goes down.

M: The light body is slightly grainy and has vigorous carbonation.

D: This is a nice Tripel. Its only real weakness is its thin flavor out of the gate.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 03:01:17 | More by Rayek
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my La Trappe chalice.

A - Pours quite a dark golden colour that is unusual for a Tripel. Head is white and hangs

S - Plenty of booze and bread, and a little anaseed and honey.

T - Plenty of spice and bread and very boozey.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - Not a bad Tripel but comes nowhere close to the Westmalle.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 15:21:18 | More by eric5bellies
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes out of the bottle a murky copper color with an off white head.

The smell is very bready and nutty with hints of marzipan (almond candy) and some raisin along with grain and cereal.

A strong carbonation bursts onto the palate, delivering some serious liquid bread. Sweet, bready and raisin flavors are the most bold with the usual yeast spice and booze that runs into a residually sweet finish which quickly snaps dry at the very end, leaving nothing but a prickly carbonation feel. More flavors that develop as it warms in the glass are port, brandy, grape, raisin bread, toffee and estery, spicy yeast on the end.

It is medium to full bodied, a bit chewy with lively bubbles.

It is dark for a Tripel and doesn't have as dry of a finish as most do

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 10:12:39 | More by Lldeegan
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4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

La Trappe Tripel has a dark orange colour and an excellent head. The smell is bready with some spiciness. This beer has a maltiness up front that morphs into a caramel flavour with a sour, almost clove-like aftertaste. It has a nice foamy feel to it. This is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 04:17:55 | More by vandemonian
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3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice, I paid twice as much for a karmaliet a couple months back and this is easily twice as good.

Appearance is hazy amber with fastly receding head.

Smell malt honey? Idk but its nice.

Taste was great, abv is well hidden, malt driven flavour, slight honey, I love it.

Mouthfeel, pretty good, carbination was just right, could be just a tad thicker, no real complaints though :)

Drinkability, at the same price as coronas and twice the abv, this'd be a favourite, but apparently its no longer going to be sold where I bought it :( fml. I'll just need to stock up tomoz. :D

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 07:45:29 | More by philphilphil
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Smokeless Joes in Toronto, served in a branded glass. Cloudy pale orange colour with a finger of white head that never really dissipated. Lacing down most of the glass. Smells quite fruity with a lot of the Belgian yeast. Some spices too I think, though I can't put my finger on what they were. Flavour is fairly sweet with a slight hint of bitterness. Overally a very nice tripel.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2010 14:00:22 | More by kwjd
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3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark golden color. I poured into my Affligem chalice and had about one finger of foamy white head. It gave some minor lacing. Smell is malty bread. I tasted some yeast, a loaf of light bread, some citrus, and maybe some honey. Mouthfeel is medium bodied-probably the bread effect. You feel some warmth from the alcohol ever so slightly. Drinkability is fine. I might seek this out again but probably not for a session.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 18:54:51 | More by jhtipton
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3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark caramel color, completely transparent with a thin bubbly light tan colored head

S-notes of doughy bread with a fair bit of alcohol coming through in the nose. hints of peppery phenols with syrupy raw honey playing in as well.

T-the doughy malt and raw honey really stand out in the flavor. the yeast is subdued and mild with the alcohol also playing much less of a role. the peppery spice is light but present towards the back with hints of herbal hops in the finish.

M-medium bodied and syrupy, a little thin in the back but nicely carbonated with a crisp semi dry finish.

D-decent beer, somewhat mild as the dough bread and raw honey seem to dominate and don't allow much else to come through. the phenols are lighter than I would like as well as the yeast presence. tasty but not tops for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 00:57:29 | More by cpetrone84
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3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: clear golden-orange with short lasting 2 finger white head and decent lacing.

Aroma: honey, citrus and floral with gentle ginger hint.

Taste: caramel, Belgian spices and bread malts. slightly metallic with dry finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: not the best tripel i've had but would still enjoy it anytime.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 01:03:16 | More by mexikrainian
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3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light milky head with a lot of activity in it.

S - Upon first sniff, this beer smells great. A small amount of hop accents some malty sweetness under a bed of biscuit and yeast aromas... Quite nice.

T - A bit sweet up front followed by the slightest hop bite and bitterness. Some bready yeast notes, but not much.

M - Medium silky body, with moderate carbonation... a bit of an astringent effect on the tounge.

D - I like it, but in the presence of other triples, I will pass. It reminds me of an over-sweet Chimay Tripel or a less sweet La Fin Du Monde. It's in the pro's but is relegated to the bench on my team.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 20:11:30 | More by DPFRD
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- On the darker side of tripels, with a thin white head, that becomes a web across the top. It's a bit hazy, due to the yeast.
S- Very bready, slightly fruity. A bit of earthiness.
T- Bready, with some spicyness and just a bit of fruitiness in there. A bit of alcohol warmth, particularly as the beer warms. Not as intense of flavors as many tripels, but still a very pleasant arrangement of flavors.
M- Crisp carbonation, and a dry finish. Medium bodied for style.
D- Not as aggressive as some tripels, as far as intensity of flavor. With that in mind though, the beer is quite tasty and more sessionable than many tripels.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 22:43:01 | More by jsprain1
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3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, dark amber color with white foam that settled to coat the glass. The smell was lightly sweet with a touch of sugar and malt and a light fruitiness. The taste was lightly sweet with hops up front. Mildly fruity. Very mild flavor for a tripel. The mouthfeel was lightly sweet but fairly dry overall. Medium body and good carbonation, especially up front. Sweet, malty finish. This was an OK tripel but not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 01:44:38 | More by UncleJimbo
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4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden, light head
S - This is a bouquet of craziness. I'm getting some citrus/grapefruit, orange, banana, cloves, apple, some other fruits. I know there's more going on, and it's hard to pick out everything (or even get it correct). Needless to say, this struck me as very complex, with a lot going on.
T - The taste did not disappoint either, delivering some banana bread flavors, slight hops, and maybe some cloves or spice. It's probably a good thing that it's not as crazy as the nose.
M - A wonderful creaminess in a medium-bodied beer, slight carbonation.
D - Complex, nice mouthfeel, great taste and carbonation. This is a beer for all seasons, and it's up there with some of the more interesting tripels I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 13:36:22 | More by dzni
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3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml 11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy, much darker than most tripels, almost dark orange in color. A thin ½" head builds initially that recedes quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Interesting almost a malty sweetness, similar to a Belgian Barleywine in the nose only with hints of spice.

Taste: Again, unlike other triples, honey sweet up-front (which makes sense for a Tripel); however, not bitter at the finish. A little phenolic too, but has some spiciness. Good, just not in league with other, better, Trappist tripels.

Mouth feel: Gently carbonated, generally smooth but the phenolic characteristics have a negative impact on the smoothness.

Drinkability: Decent beer and reasonably sessionable with a lower ABV than other tripels.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 02:21:49 | More by BobZ
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.9oz brown bottle. 09:26 stamped on back label.
Poured into a Kapittel goblet.
This Trappist Ale from the Netherlands compares well (though differently) to the more popular Belgian Trappist.
The color is a rich copper-hued amber with a dense, but fast-fading off-white head. Some trailing lace clings desperately.
A yeasty aroma reminiscent of a Belgian Trippel pops out at first pour. Husky malty aromas follow. A blend of hop smells vie for attention. The citrusy one wins! A faint whiff of light rum is revealed as it warms.
A very balanced yet meaty malt body carries a wide range of flavors beginning with a big taste of caramel malt, candied sugar, citrusy and resiny hops. Earthy tastes of dried figs and tobacco linger in the background. A light fumy rummy kick is there throughout. All in all a very nice drinkable big-bodied ale. Nice!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 22:35:19 | More by BeerResearcher
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle. Poured into my Chimay Trappist glass. By the way if you don't have yourself one of these glasses you're missing out - they're basically a glass goblet. I took care in the pour to avoid getting a bunch of yeast into the beer, so there's little to no head on this one. Nice carbonation levels, it bubbles like a sparkling champagne or something similar. Kind of a hazy appearance, with a really nice amber color that reminds me of sun tea. Initial impressions of the aroma is that it's much more "beer-y" than I was expecting. I get grain and malt, almost like a basic amber ale. That doesn't last long though. The second sniff hits with you with that classic Belgian estery sweetness. I get green apples and dried apricots in the nose. First taste is rich with an almost velvety mouthfeel. It's a heavy beer, with lots of dark toffee malt sweetness chased by warm fruits. You get a warm rush of alcohol in the finish. This beer shines in the finish. I haven't had a beer with this kind of aftertaste. It's like the opposite of hoppy. There's just this huge brown sugar and roasted cereal finish that's quite delicious. The alcohol level prevents this beer from being anything more than a special occasion, but there's no denying it's doing something right. Very solid example of a Belgian Trippel. I'm impressed.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 22:22:14 | More by eclaycamp
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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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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type - bottle into goblet

A - Pours a deep amber, with minimal head, and thick lacing.

S - Belgian candi & yeast, pears, apricots, caramel. Hints of dark fruit

T - Sweet, juicy pears and hints of caramel & dark fruit, w/belgian candi/yeast character.

M - Medium bodied, light carbonation. Very smooth.

D - Not being too heavy, and minimal alcohol presence in the flavor makes for one very drinkable Tripel!

This is a very nice, mellow Tripel. A little sweeter and smoother than some others I've had. If you like this, try the Quad from this brewery too!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 10:00:00 | More by Flightoficarus
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3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good partly cloudy transparent amber hue with a non lacing fizzy white head. Smells sugary with ripe banana untertones. Very fruity taste blanketing any alcohol. A little spicy aftertaste that become predominate as it warms. Oily slick feel. A decent Trappist. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 05:50:42 | More by JordanEllwanger
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this one at the abbey during a visit to the brewery. If you are in Holland and the wheater is good this is place to see. Nice scenery and a nive tour.

For a triple this is rather good one. It is not the best there is but i think it's the better one in the La Trappe range.

Poured in a small glass the beer showed nice. Carbonation is hard to see in such a small glass but there was some.

Citrus notes and a yeasty taste. Not bad at all!

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2010 20:15:27 | More by Brabander
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3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a hazy copper color with some golden highlights that appeared when held up to light. The one finger of beige head quickly faded to a thin skim and then a collar. I observed a good amount of rising carbonation and the lacing was fine. The aroma was light for a triple (?!), sugary malts, vanilla, caramel and some molasses. The flavors were a pleasant yet understated blend of caramel, sugars, spices, vanilla, nuts and a grip of alcohol heat that led to the dry finish. Clearly punchy yet perhaps not as well-defined as many of its counterparts. The mouthfeel was foamy, the body medium and the carbonation medium as well. If one is to try one of the great Trappists I wouldn't recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 01:34:20 | More by thekevlarkid
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2.45/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle, corked and caged.

The cork is a real struggle to get out and then it releases with barely a pop.

Served cool into a globe glass, La Trappe Tripel is completely flat. It looks like apple cider.

Aroma is actually pretty similar to an apple juice as well.

Flavor is a little better but still not even a half-way decent Belgian tripel. It's sweet with green apple and a little spicy/sour but nothing special.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but completely flat. No carbonation.

I have a pretty good feeling that this was just a bad bottle but it simply isn't worth buying another to find out. At nearly $10 a bottle, it's a total disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 01:50:28 | More by GilGarp
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4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a light abmer/dark golden color with about 2 inches of off-white head that settles to a thin layer of foam after a minute.

Aroma is fairly light, some light and bready malts, sweet and with a hint of caramel thought not really a caramel malt smell. There is a nice Belgian yeast aroma, hints of banana, some clove and spice and a little bit of mineral smell. The beer is still cold so I'll let it warm a bit.... there is some fruit, very light fruit and some honey coming through now.

Taste follows the nose with light and sweet malt, a unique caramel taste (perhaps from the brew kettle) a nice yeast presence and some fruit, including banana. The hop bitterness is very well balanced, it's there, I know it is because this beer is not cloyingly sweet, but it is restrained and takes a back seat. This beer is quite smooth and the alcohol is well hidden. The finish fairly light, but includes grainy malt flavors, a delicate sweetness (some honey) and a bit of yeast character.

Mouthfeel is medium/thick with higher than average carbonation.

Drinkability is very good with this brew, I find myself drinking it very quickly and having to put it down. Overall this I very good beer with nice malt and yeast complexities. I very much enjoyed drinking it and would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 04:52:33 | More by trevorjn06
La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.