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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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726 Ratings

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Ratings: 726
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 44 | 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 IdleAaron


3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Honey gold, very nice color with a few chunkies floating around.

Smell: Celery, brown sugar and maple, spice (clove?)

Taste: Sweet with a nice clove spice balance.

Mouth Feel: Rich, it coats my mouth nicely.

Drinkability: I like this beer, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 17:20:29 | More by IdleAaron
Photo of AlexLMS


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

Appearance: clear with some floating sediments and a light copper colour. The head is white, very low and delicate with poor retention and some lacing.
Aroma: sweet malts, vinous alcohol, spices, fruits and some cloves.
Taste: complex taste that confirms the aroma with a nice bitter earth presence to balance the sweetness.
Mouthfeel: rich, mouthcoating and warming. Average to high carbonation, high but well disguised alcoholic strength (8%) and a medium to full body.
Finish: lingering slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall: great beer. I personally prefer the La Trappe Dubbel, but this one is highly enjoyable and quite complex.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 10:18:49 | More by AlexLMS
Photo of haz77


3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - An inch of firm off-white head sits atop a clear copper liquid. Head drops to a thin cap. Minimal carbonation.

S - Candi sugar, bananary esters, light medicinal phenols, clove.

T - Takes a second or two for any flavours to arrive. Banana pushes forward in the middle, before medicinal taste and clove appear at the end. Faint flavour of bubblegum in the aftertaste. Alcohol lingers, warming the roof of the mouth and throat.

M - Light/medium body with prickly medium carbonation.

D - Wouldn't be my first choice of tripel but a pretty good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 08:36:40 | More by haz77
Photo of lllarzzz


4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with an orange glow. Very "flat" for a tripel... smooth with little head. Very distint look.

Complex, fruity taste, with a mild hint of clove. The "flat" feel of this beer takes some getting used vs other tripels, but the distinctiveness helps make it addictive. This is a standby beer when I'm staying in Holland.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 22:53:36 | More by lllarzzz
Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

20oz draught
8.0% ABV

I tried this beer on January 17, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto. The beer poured a dark translucent golden brown with a thin tan head. The aroma consisted of sweet malt and vanilla. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was sweet malt, plums, a little caramel, and a little vanilla.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2008 05:55:51 | More by cyrenaica
Photo of GatorBeerNerd


4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear reddish orange color with a small amount of head that quickly disappears.

S: It has a fruity aroma that mixes well with that classic Belgian yeast aroma. It is very pleasing to the nose.

T: It has a lot of spicing that combine to make a very good overall flavor with the fruity hints. There is definitely some alcohol in this one since it has a slight warming effect.

M: It is kind of thin for my preferences, but the spicing and carbonation more than make up for the thinner feel.

D: It has a very clean taste and is very easy to drink. It does have a decent amount of alcohol that would keep it from being a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 23:44:16 | More by GatorBeerNerd
Photo of santa109

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Bières et Compagnie restaurant in Montréal.

A: Poured a goldenish amber (kind of a dark room) with very little head in the La Trappe chalice. Nice color but as with their Quadrupel, I was a bit disappointed with the head.

S: Bread dough and candy sugar. Slight esters from the yeast.

T: Coriander and other spices, a hint of citrus on some sips. Slight after taste of maple taffee, although much tamer than with their quadrupel. Nice mix with the spices.

M: Smooth but with a slighty dry finish at the end. Nice mild carbonation.

D: Alcohol is totally hidden until it warms but even then, it's faint. Very enjoyable as a sipper or with food.

Overall, different than most other trappist trippels because of the spices. Great companion to my mussels. Once again, I'm impressed with La Trappe.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 15:06:47 | More by santa109
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4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Koning's Hoeven chalice. Golden amber w/clear white, rich head. Decent retention and some lacing.
S-Aromas of banana and clove, other spice from the yeasts, and lightly toasted sweet dough. Also, various light esters.
T&M&D-Sweet and doughy upfront giving into layers of fruit (primarily banana) and spices. The malt is present enough to give it some backbone, and there is a nice balance between sweetness, spiciness, and dryness. The body is medium and carbonation is quite strong. Very creamy, smooth, and drinkable. High in alcohol but it doesn't shine through the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 18:04:35 | More by BoitSansSoif
Photo of Traquairlover


4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Clear orange amber with medium of white head consisting of small and medium sized bubbles.

S = Light yeast esters, fresh grains, ripe fruits. Well, balanced.

T = Creamy, sweet fresh bread dough, slight floral tastes, esters very light.

M = Mdeium bodied, great mouthcoating, pefect fizz of carbonation.

D = This is a tasty, wonderful beer to drink. Highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 14:17:41 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of tyboxr


4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy tinted brown. colored head leaves rings of lacing.

spices such as coriander, clove with a dash of yeast.aromatics from the candy sugars dominated by the spices and sweet sugars. Beneath the yeast creates some aroma of apples with some orange peal hidden in the background.

alcohol is present, but far from overbearing. The interplay of the fruit and spices iseems to change with each sip

Mouthfeel typical Belgian tripel

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 17:54:58 | More by tyboxr
Photo of Hojaminbag


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

It took me forever to get the cork off of this 750 ml bottle. I don't know if that is a common problem, but even with a cork screw I had difficulties.

A dark amber color with lots of fluffy off-white head that leaves only a slight amount of lacing.

Yeasty smell with some spices and lots of ripe fruit.

Taste is much more balanced than the smell. The fruit is present, but the taste is dominated by a peppery yeasty/spicy flavor. Slight alcohol flavor also.

Good mouthfeel, and very good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 00:57:33 | More by Hojaminbag
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New York

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

This tripel pours a cloudy copper tinted brown into my Chimay chalice. Ecru colored head leaves rings of lacing.

Smells of various spices such as coriander and clove with a dash of yeast. Plenty of aromatics from the candy sugars as well. The nose is mostly dominated by the spices and sweet sugars. Beneath the yeast creates some aroma of apples with some orange peal hidden in the background.

Tastes reveal less sweetness, which is somewhat tempered by the alcohol, which is present, but far from overbearing. The interplay of the fruit and spices is interesting and seems to change with each sip. As it warms close to room temperature the alcohol becomes a little more apparent.

Mouthfeel is like the typical Belgian tripel with the candy sugar providing the unearthly feel. Not the first tripel I'd reach for, but one worth a try. Worked well with pesto and shrimp pasta.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 17:25:55 | More by Jmamay22
Photo of Pencible


3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy beige with only a little white head. It smelled like most other triples - honey wheat and apricot. It tasted much the same, with hints of ginger and some citrus hops bitterness. It was smooth and oily with very little carbonation, and had a mild but lasting aftertaste. Overall this was a typical beer for its style; nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 22:42:23 | More by Pencible
Photo of mfhlucky13


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

A: Dark honey gold with three fingers of head that settled to a cream colored cap. Nice clinging lace.

S: Yeast, sweet fruit & malt backed by the promise of it's warming alcohol.

T: Sweet malt followed by honey and ripening fruit. I can almost make out over-ripened Bartlet pears.

M: Crisp and bubbly with a smooth finish.

D: Easy and clean, just remember it's a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 17:36:24 | More by mfhlucky13
Photo of usmittymc


4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pt 9.4 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet

A: Poured a hazy amber orange with a fluffy white head that faded away rather quickly. Moderate lacing throughout.

S: Subtle vanilla and mild fruity aromas. Very faint nose to this beer.

T: As the beer warms a light sweetness presents itself just prior to a significant alcohol presence towards the finish

M: Very silky feel to this beer. The carbonation adds a liveliness to the mouthfeel.

D: A very pleasurable beer. A good tripel. THe alcohol presence is noticable, so it doesn't sneak up on you.

NOTE: My wife, a BMC die-hard, loved this beer. A true surprise for me and a possible convert for us.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 00:29:43 | More by usmittymc
Photo of Dogbrick


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

750 ml bottle under the Koningshoeven label; purchased at Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa in February 2008 ($11.99?) and consumed in early March.

I haven't had a tripel in a while, and it really is one of my favorite styles. I have to say I was not disappointed. First off, this beer had the toughest cork to pull that I can remember- I got my day's exercise just getting the cork out. But that's neither here nor there.

Pours a pretty, clear orange with a nice foamy head and a decent long-lasting carbonation in my Westmalle goblet.

Aroma is of sweet fruit, oranges, bananas, maybe pineapple, and a slight tangy/tart note (clove?).

Flavor follows through, but as is common with the style, is much more tart/astringent at the end, and with some noticeable spicy/black pepper notes. Pretty good example of the style.

Nicely drinkable, the creamy mouthfeel and rich full mouth make this one a real pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 02:06:47 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of paulthebeerguru


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

Konings Hoeven Tripel
11.2oz. brown bottle

Poured into a snifter. This tripel pours an amber color with more of an orange hue. Bright white head, with nice retention of about a quarter of an inch, which leads to nice lacing. Aromas of bananas, clove, nutmeg, honey and high alcohol esters. Taste is rather similar to the aromas but with some others thrown in there, bananas, raisins, clove and nutmeg are the leads. No hoppy characteristics at all. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean, very mellow as well, with a mild carbonation level. I prefer other tripels but this is very nice, and drinkable. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 22:46:21 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of Onslow


3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

me bottle said Koningshoeven Tripel so i think this is right.. Pours a brown almost amber colour..nice respectable head, great lacing .. Smells tart, like a port wine - syrup wine mix. has ample body. quite sweet. has some (good bitter) fruitiness in the taste (plums). Not bad really, not as "tripel" or "trappist" as some others but a fine beeer indeed. warms u up alittle!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 14:20:03 | More by Onslow
Photo of gmfessen


4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy, golden yellow-orange color with a huge effervescent head that crackles like rice krispies. The smell is not overwhelming, but is fruity, spicy, phenolic and there is a hint of alcohol. The taste is smooth, well balanced between the fruity malty sweetness and the bitterness of spice and alcohol. Excellent! The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a creamy, non-dense carbonation. Drinks like a light beer, very drinkable. Wish that I had a few more of these lying around.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 02:29:42 | More by gmfessen
Photo of rjimlad


4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm possible one of the few who doesn't get the Belgian thing. I drink them often enough but they just don't put the wind in my sails. A friend brought some around so I wasn't expecting to be overly excited but this one just seemed so well balanced and drinkable. The beautiful orange/copper appearance and spicy aroma were good omens and to my surprise, the taste was not as massive as I expected for 8% ABV. The malt is pronounced but not dominant and there was a nice spiciness from the coriander and banana cake notes. The alcohol is well disguised so there's not the booziness you often get with big beers. As a result, this has a champagne body and mouthfeel with a spice and malt dimension. Very impressed.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 12:53:08 | More by rjimlad
Photo of zeff80


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

Reviewed from notes from early Feb.

A - Poured out a cloudy, dark amber color with a good deal of sediment at the bottom of the glass. It had a white, one-finger head that left some descent lacing.

S - It smelled of yeast, citrus and clove. The also was a dried fruit aroma...plum maybe.

T - It tasted of yeast, clove, wheat and citrus. There were also plum and raisin flavors.

M -It was smooth with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a nice tripel. I really enjoy their beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 03:13:36 | More by zeff80
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An absolute amazing trappist-trippel... Koningshoeven did amazingly well with this one... terffific dark-brown, mahogany appearance depicted a prune-colored hue with strong molasses, fig, and a prune aroma... Amazing rich, and creamy caramel taste boasting candied dark, brown sugars, vanilla, honey, and an amazing conglomeration of thick, unforgettable flavors... a very different take on the usual triple - especially due to the hefty combination of ultra-rich, super-thick flavors that really hit home... one of the better tripels that I have ever sampled... all of this brewery's beers are top-notch, and their triple is certainly an above-and-beyond rendition of the style, one of the best I've come across... excellent stuff... Good, rich, creamy mouthfeel with relatively easy drinkability, even for an 8% ABV... Definitely recommended... As a side-note, this is an exteremley malty triple... almost akin to a dubbel to the tremendous amount of malts used in its production... very rich and sugar-laden with a noticeable sugar-sweet flavor...

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 23:32:32 | More by dsa7783
Photo of Gehrig


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

Koningshoeven Tripel pours two full fingers of white head on a copper body. The smell is underwhelming, unfortunately, though it emits some fruit and mild yeast aromas. The taste is far better, and redeeming after the disappointing smell. Lots of fruit--orange, cherry, apple and apricot--good yeast, and a dash of spice make this delectable. The mouthfeel is good, balanced between moderately carbonated and a tad syrupy smooth, making this all in all a very good Tripel well worth buying. I'd like to see this a little bolder in smell and in flavor in general, but it's hard to complain about what is clearly a quality tripel.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 19:34:30 | More by Gehrig
Photo of Mudpuppet


3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a 750ml into a Ommegang chalice. Pours a orange-reddish with big bubbles rising to the surface. This is very clear with little head.

S- Yeasty, plastic almost. Not the most appealing aromas.

T- Very bready and yeasty with lots of malts. Bitter in the middle of the aftertaste.

M- High carbonation maybe a bit too high for this.

D- This is a heavy brew but I enjoy it. I could certainly have a few glasses of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 17:23:15 | More by Mudpuppet
La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 726 ratings.