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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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Ratings: 808
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 44
Gots: 75 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-30-2002

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Photo of Jeffo
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a thicker looking 1 finger white head that quickly fades to a decent film. Colour is a deep dark orange, perhaps a burnt orange or tawny, with next to no carbonation. Some film remains to the end but leaves minimal lace down the glass.

SMELL: A mild nose of toasted malt and biscuit. A touch of caramel malt and some spiciness as well. A touch of alcohol in the back. Pleasant, but the nose is generally a bit weak unfortunately.

TASTE: Toasted and sweet caramel up front with some sweet red apple as well. This soon gives way to some spiciness and yeast, finishing off with a touch of alcohol. Mild and short aftertaste of sweet malt, alcohol, leaving a little bite at the end. A mild tripel, comparatively speaking, but enjoyable non-the-less.

PALATE: Medium body with medium carbonation. Goes down creamy smooth with no bite and finishes somewhat dry on the palate. Decent here.

OVERALL: A relatively mild tripel, but certainly an enjoyable brew on its own. Quite drinkable for the strength as well. There are cetainly better tiples out there, but this one is a decent choice. More interesting than their dubbel, this is one I'd pick up again.

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

Pours a clear amber, leaning towards gold. A bubbly white head that fades away fairly quickly... must have been some oils in the glass.

Very fruity nose. I was expecting alot of alcohol and a good whiff of yeast, but instead it has an english orange/strawberry character with some light caramel notes. Interesting.

Rum soaked fruit up front... let's say apricots. Alcohol is certainly there, but plays a supporting role, this won't knock you over. A pleasantly soft yeastiness. Strong burnt caramel flavours in the finish and after-taste.

Lively carbonation up front followed by a quenching juiciness.

Interesting for the style, easy, er, easier drinking than any other tripel I've ever had.

Photo of albern
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice Tripel, a shade darker than most of the style, but this is a fine beer. It pours a slightly hazy, very coppery slightly orange color with a nice foamy white head, lacing, good retention, and boy is this carbonated. The nose on the beer is a delight. There are slightly alcohol soaked caramel aromas, some spices, pepper, bready malts, some florals in the orange rind family, and a bit of Belgian yeastiness.

The taste is quite complex. Lots of caramels in this beer, a nice slightly boozy floral mix, some liqueur like rind flavors, maybe a touch of orange in there as well. The beer has a slightly different feel and taste with each sip. There is a slightly sour note or two in the beer that complements some of the alcohol soaked fruitiness. The beer is smooth but it does have a tiny bit of a prickly mouthfeel and is well carbonated so this is a sipping type beer; add in the 8% ABV, and this beer is definitely one to drink slowly and savor. Well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

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 Haybeerman
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of DarbyOGill
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice golden color, nice strong white head, slight turbidity.

Smell: Strong citruses smell at first then a strong alcohol smell.

Taste: Pretty normal for a Trappist, doesn't blow me away, but still really good. Strong citrus taste and a alcohol and slight grainy finish.

Mouthfeel: I really like the mouthfeel in this beer and is probably my favorite part.

Drinkability: It is damn good, I'm not sure how many I could drink, but would definitely grab another after my first.

Photo of Derek
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Light yellow from the bottle, slightly hazy light copper in the glass. Off-white head is two fingers tall and kind of frothy with medium-sized bubbles on top. Pretty poor retention, though, disappearing immediately to a thin halo while leaving some nice lacing.

A: Light fruits like bruised bananas and apples are most prominent. Underneath, there's some soft malt, spices, yeast, and a little alcohol. It's very fruity, but not nearly as pronounced as it should be.

T: Sweet sugar cookie-like caramel malt is sufficient in holding up the big fruit profile. Bruised bananas, pink apples, and pears are definitely present with a very, very mellow clove-dominant spiciness for a tripel. Belgian yeast flavor is quite nice on the finish. Don't get me wrong, this tastes good and the flavors meld well together, but where in the hell is the spiciness that I look for in a tripel?

M & D: Medium-full body, silky smooth, slightly chewy, but the carbonation is way off. It's way too low, and provides very little in the way of bubbles that would have brought it to life. Drinkability is average. It goes down rather easily, but the carbonation is a hinderance in this department as far as I'm concerned.

Notes: Koningshoeven has made a mellow, easy-drinking tripel that was worthy of the price. But, the aforementioned lack of spice and carbonation were a real bummer. I'm thinking that maybe I just got a bad bottle, but what is there definitely warrants a re-try. So, when I do I will update accordingly. Stay tuned

Photo of juju7
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice deep copper colour with a decent 2 finger head that died a little too quick. Toffe malt, burnt orange and sweet fruits on the nose. Slightly awkward hotness in the mouth but a great long finish with sweet biscuits and butterscotch. A decent tripel and at only $4 a bottle it is easily the best tripel on a budget around these parts.

Photo of BarryNL
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Beautiful amber/orange, slightly hazy tripel. Pours with a big fluffy tight head which lasts very well. A more or less textbook example of a Trappist tripel.

S: Sweet and slightly spicy - has hints of the peardrop aroma that seem to characterise this Abbey's beers but more subtle than some of the others, especially the Quadrupel. The spice is possibly coriander and has a slightly orangey character.

T: Has the yeasty Trappist character, but as with their other beers a bit over dominated by the peardrop flavour which is presumably a trait of the yeast used. I think these beers would probably improve by a colder fermentation to push the ester/phenolic character further into the background - in these beers it's just too over-the-top.

M: Fluffy and silky - typical Belgian beer mouthfeel. Highly carbonated but no unpleasant bite.

D: Not all that drinkable - the peardrop character is too overpowering. More than one and I think it would become annoying. A nice beer to try, but not one to repeat too often.

Photo of ricke
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Servingdate: 2009-02-24. Served in snifter.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with freshness date on the label (best before end of 2010).

Appearance: Pours a brownish amber color with a lightly yellow shaded 1 cm head that settles after a while but leaves some decent lacings. First pour is clear, but a rather aggressive second pour with more or less all of the yeast going into the glass makes the beer rather cloudy.

Smell: Lots of fruity aromas - most are on the sweet side, but some are slightly tart. Grainy malts, a general candy-like smell and some light phenols. The alcohol lurks in the background.

Taste: Resembles to a large extent the smell. Plenty of vinous fruits (ripe apples, redcurrants), white bread, caramel malts, a touch of honey, some spices, candy and restrained yeast. It goes a little tart in the middle. A rather noticeable taste of alcohol. The gently bitter finish contains more malt, a taste of white pepper, a twang from the alcohol, and leaves a slightly dry sensation in the mouth. I must say, although the alcohol isn't completely overpowering, it's still rather prominent and sometimes overshadows the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit too light if you'd ask me. Moderate carbonation with gentle bubbles.

Drinkability: This is a good beer, but not great, and considering the expectations that one generally have on Trappist beers, I keep finding myself thinking that it's just ok. It is surprisingly restrained for a Belgian Tripel, and not as complex as many other comparable Trappists. It's simply just not that interesting. Also, considering it's generally restrained character, it tastes slightly to much of alcohol. I'm not saying that it gets boozy - it just lacks some big flavors to back up the alcohol. However, in the end it is still a good tasting beer and I would like especially like to mention the composition of the sweeter components in it since I found them very pleasant.

Photo of bowersdm
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into my St. Bernardus goblet.

A - honey color with a hint of a head. if i was to estimate, it would only be 2mm high.

S - apples, cherries, honey-like sweetness, spices, grass, earth, alcohol.

T - honey, raisins, apples, cherries, and spices lead into a spicy, grassy, earth hop finish with notes of lemon and oranges. the beer had a dry finish and the grassy, earthy, lemony taste seemed to dominate.

M - on par for a tripel.

D - it's pretty good. it's not my favorite tripel, but i'll drink it.

Photo of spointon
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice glass.

A= This ale surprised me by being less golden and more light amber in color with a bit of sediment in suspension. The head rose over an inch and then slowly settled to a thin cap.

S= Lots of bakery malty sweetness as well as fruity esters, yeasty funk, and a touch of alcohol. Simple yet very pleasant.

T= As in the smell, bready malts dominate the front end with fruity esters and herbal phenolics coming on next. The yeast gave this one a slightly earthy note with a very faint punch of tartness. Finish was dry and peppery and showed just moderate alcohol.

MF= Medium bodied with a nice spritzy effervescent mouthfeel.

D= A good tripel here. This one is darker and more earthy and spicy than many others, but I liked it a lot. Very drinkable and I will have it again for sure.

Photo of Jablonski
2.37/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Chimay glass.

A: Pours quite dark with an average sized head; there are large chunks of yeast at the bottom of the bottle and lots of it. I usually don't mind the yeast, but the chunks just make this beer look unappetizing.

S: Smells like concentrated apple juice; it smells way to sweet and strong.

T&M: Where did the sweet smell go? The beer tastes of apple juice for a millisecond when it hits my tongue. Instantly the sweetness goes away to almost nothing except a light honey-alcohol taste. What remains is a slightly oxidized aftertaste. There just isn't much to this tripel, nor does it seem like one.

D: I just don't enjoy the beer that much nor to I see a scenario where I would buy this beer again. There are much better tripels out there, and the aftertaste doesn't warrant another beer.

Photo of rollinrob83
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Golden Brown with light cloudiness. high carbonation gives a large, light head that recedes into a thick froth that lasted to the end.

S) Light aroma that is a combination of banana and clove

T) Strong sweet clove taste that eventually gives way to a strong aftertaste

M) Very smooth feel with a good balance of carbonation

D) Extremely drinkable and would definitely have another but don't feel I could drink it all the time, but absolutely worth trying.

Photo of meatmallet
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: An amber reddish color with a thick white head.

Smell: Bready and sweet. The yeast stands out well but not powerful.

Taste: Very malty with a great alcohol feel. Malty and caramely aftertaste remains but not for long.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Has a slick texture with lively carbonaion. It is a good beer but not as stand out as I was hoping.

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

On a bus trp to Napa

A - Light golden brown with 2.5 fingers head. Took a while to dissipate.

S - Bananas and clove.

T - Banana, clove, belgian candi sugar, and nectarine.

M - Smooth, good mouthfeel, maybe overly sweet.

D - Very good, too good maybe. This is probably one of the sweetest beers I've tried.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this at Novare Res Bier Café earlier this week. It was served in a Koninghoeven challis. A fluffy white finger of head formed atop the brew. It slowly faded and left a lot of spider web lacing. The beer was a light honey gold color and was fairly hazy..

Aroma was earthy, fruity and some nice spice notes.
Flavor was very nice and equally complex. Fresh light fruits along with some interesting spice notes.. One to savor and explore all the components. Like many triples I enjoy I get some peach, nectarine and light cherry. You can taste some like deep malts. Complex hop character that was there but never taking too much of the stage.

Bright yet fairly crisp mouth feel. Loved drinking this.

Photo of TommyW
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Really nice dark gold/amber with an off-white, creamy head that fades to a ring.

S- Sweet malts and some spice, floral notes, and a faint oakey-vanilla.

T- Lots of malt sweetness, some taste of honey and spice and some barely noticeable notes of alcohol.

M- Medium body that kinda coats the mouth, but the higher carbonation makes it pretty crisp overall.

D- I found this one was pretty good. Especially for an 8% beer.

This is the first tripel I've tried, so I don't have a lot to compare to. However, it was a very enjoyable beer; I would recommend trying it.

Photo of endovelico
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes. Poured slightly cool into a Goblet. Best before date: 05-2009.

Appearance: One finger head that eventually colapses into a thin patchy cap. Color is rusty orange. The beer is opaque with some floaties. Perceived effervescence is low. Weak lacing.

Smell: Malty aroma with slight caramel and ripe fruit undertones. Some spices.

Taste: Sweetness from the Malt and possibly other caramel speciality malts. Slight yeast bite/bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to High carbonation. Medium Body. Dry on the palate. Finishes Crisp.

Drinkability: Good balance considering its ABV. The alcohol is well masked.

Overall: A decent tripel, although i have to admit Tripel is far from my favourite style.

Photo of ecoastman
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinkability - An easy drinking beer that goes down very well for an 8% ABV. I'll definitely have another glass to finish the big 750 mL bottle. Dangerous stuff.

Appearance - copper brown and clear. Fine carbonation provides a thin head with low retention. An attractive beer in a chalice glass.

Smell - sweet, mildly yeasty and fruity with light esters.

Taste - Very well balanced and enjoyable but no specific character jumps out. Light fruity flavours (peach?) noted in the middle of the drink. Mild complexity lingers nicely after the low bitter and sweet bread-like finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light body goes down smooth with good carbonation.

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

Pretty much a textbook tripel. Dark gold appearance with a nice foamy white head, which provided some slowly descending lacel before fading to a wispy cap. Complex fruity aroma with a touch of leather and meadow flowers. Great flavour profile - peach and apple provide a fruity background, against which herbs (sage, rosemary, oregano) and spices (pepper, allspice) show up nicely. The finish is slightly dry and clipped, but with a pleasing herbal freshness and mild bite. Well-carbonated as a tripel should be, and with a medium body.

Very solid, as expected, and as I read The Brewmaster's Table, I can't help but think that Garrett was sipping this beer when he wrote his description of a tripel!

Photo of coldmeat23
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Nice golden color, verging on amber. Smallish creamy white head with great retention and great lacing, also.

Citrus fruits, bananas and caramel. Buttered biscuits. Very floral and fruity. Slightly spicey. Yeast and sweet malts. What you'd expect from the style.

Lots of yeast with some spiciness. Light fruit flavors, mostly pears, apples, and peaches. Butterey caramel notes. A touch of oaky vanilla.
Despite all this, I find this Tripel to be almost bland (compared to others) in it's smoothness.

Nice, creamy mouthfeel. Feels as a Tripel should. Lots of tiny little bubbles in the carbonation. Very smooth.

This wouldn't be bad to keep on hand as a 'go-to' beer. Totally easy to drink.

Photo of stulowitz
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice slightly hazy amber with fizzy head that holds.

Sm - Butterscotch and caramel. Faint hint of fruityness.

T - Taste is overwhelmed by butterscotch. Is pretty sweet, not enough bitterness to balance. Nice and warming all the way down.

M - Highly carbonated with medium body.

D - It's an enjoyable beer, when consumed sparingly. The least interesting tripels of the trappist beers.

Photo of corby112
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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