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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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821 Ratings

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Ratings: 821
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 45
Gots: 83 | 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 tronester
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with a medium white head. Smell is of fruity esters and alcohol. Taste is sweet malt, a hint of caramel sugar in the middle, and a hint of bitterness from hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. Drinkability is good, though for such a light bodied beer, you can taste alcohol. A good example of a Trappist Tripel, but IMO for the money there are better options. Still worth trying for lovers of the style.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of deg
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer was a little darker than I expected for a Tripel. I could smell malt and a little something else that I couldn't quite identify. There was a nice spicy character to the beer, not spicy like cayenne pepper spicy, more like black pepper. The beer had a light feel that the carbonation kept interesting. Easy to drink, no alcohol burning, maybe a little too easy to drink.

Photo of Asgeirr
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: La Trappe Tripel pours a darker shade of orange-to-golden colour accompanied by a short, cream white crown which under the duration of two minutes gradually dissolves into a top of sporadic bubbles, whereas plenty of carbonation is visible.

Smell: Fruity, notes of peach and hints of fresh citrus, not all that strong though...

Taste: A mild maltiness, a fresh character of the aforementioned peach comes forth pretty clear, the aftertaste consist of mostly bread-like and acrid notes.

Mouthfeel: Alert carbonation kicks it up a notch and brings a fresh touch. Medium-to-light in body, smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Nice, however, quite simple and somewhat mellow for a tripel, yet very balanced and thus ever so pleasurable in the experience!

Photo of HopBacchus
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle at Delerium a bar in Belgium with 2004 different craft beers on the menu. Delerium is certified by the Guinness book of world records as having the largest selection of beer.

The knowledgeable bartender poured the bottle into a custom chalice designed specifically for this beer.

A: Poured a darkish orange with a massive head which slowly disappeared as i sipped. Lacing was very impressive though not outstanding.

S: Pretty good not particularly powerful lots of vanilla and lemon

T: Absolutely fantastic for an 8% beer no taste of alcohol at all very smooth delicious malts overpower the taste buds. aftertaste of vanilla

M: Extremely smooth medium to full body with medium and soft carbonation went down very smoothly

Overall i think it embodies everything that a good tripel should be strong, drinkable and malty this was a good beer that i highly recommend

Photo of lamarr04
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just bought seven 330 ml bottles that were just past their best before date.

Served at close to room temperature in a deletrium tremens snifter.

A: Pours a hazy dark orange with a massive fluffy off-white head. Leaves tons of lacing down the glass.

S: Smell is pretty subdued. Lots of yeast, sweet vanilla, and a hint of citrus.

T: Taste is super smooth. No hint of alcohol at all. Don't know if its the aging but taste is mostly malty goodness, with hints of spice and a gentle kick of bitterness at the end.

M: Again, mouthfeel is smooth. Medium body with light to medium carbonation and a lingering mouthfeel.

D: Extremely mellow, I am assuming because of the aging. I quite like the mellowness and think it makes for a very drinkable tripel.

Photo of laituegonflable
2.48/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich pumpkin orange with a generous amount of swirling yeast and abundant carbonation. The khaki colored crown doesn't display the usual Belgian ale magnificence, nor is it tacky enough to grace the glass with much lace. The appearance, sorry to say, is disappointing.

The nose, while better than average, is no barn-burner either. This ale smells a fraction darker than the average tripel, which (along with the color) makes me think the brewers added a fair amount of caramel malt. Sacrilege! Less earthiness and more yeast spiciness would have helped.

Koningshoeven Tripel is of roughly the same quality as Koningshoeven Dubbel. In other words, it's a serviceable Belgian ale that isn't in the same area code as the style's best. The underlying caramel maltiness just doesn't work in the context of a tripel.

More hop flavor and bitterness would have helped, as would a more prominent yeastiness. The fruity esters are more akin to apricots and peaches than apples and pears, and clove notes are difficult to appreciate. Sorry, there isn't much complexity here. Maybe the 750 ml bottles are tastier than these 330 ml bottles.

The body/mouthfeel has the appropriate amount of heft thanks to what turns out to be too many sugars. Unfortunately, there aren't enough bubbles onboard to lighten the load and inject any sort of smooth creaminess. At least the beer is consistently (merely) above average.

Since none of their offerings qualify as a miss, Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven seems to be a 'bulls's eye or outer ring' sort of brewery. Quadrupel and Bockbier are definitely the former. Dubbel and Tripel are the latter. There are too many superior versions out there for me to recommend this one.

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

My 1st Cork n' Cage bottle - 750ml bottle into my wishful chalices and my stew pot. Cooking with beer, then drinking more beer, hot time. --- On a more serious note the review shall follow shortly

Appearance- A mild gusher with a satisfying pop and bust of aroma in the whole room. The cork has 20/07 in printed on it and a best by date of 12-09. The head pours about an inch and a half. The body is a real nice and deep orange. Some nice lacing and more importantly a fine stream of carbonation.
Smell- A solid body of all things grain and baked bread. (Why did I choose this one to cook with and not just drink). The nose has a slight roast to it like a multigrain bakery with a touch of caramel malt sweetness.
Taste and Mouthfeel- A smooth deep malt body with some yeast and a front pronounced sweetness. The ABV only warms the mouth and is well placed. The carbonation seems lessened to a reasonable level after the gushing.

Well worth it. Drink don't cook with this beer, lesson learned.

Photo of SleepyMonk
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle poured into a La Trappe chalice glass.

Small one fingers worth of head and only a very smal amount of lacing.

Color is somewhere between honey and tea.

Not a huge smell to the nose but what does waft across the nose is dark fruits combined with freshly baked sourdough.

Starts of smooth in the mouth but quickly moves into crisp territory. Fruit flavors and herbal spices are subdued and well hidden behind a great thick malt taste. Alcohol is subdued and doesn't interfere with the taste.

The malty flavor is a highlight for me with this one, however, this offering doesn't seem to sit well or comparable within Tripel style.

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

lLa Trappe triple is a very soft, amber colour beer, very clear with a whole lot of bubbles, and a 1 cm creamy head that is very nice too.
No real extreme smells or flavours, but pleasantly fruity on the nose. The taste is rather much syrup, allmost as if it's been sweetened with orange or some other citrus.
The hop is very balanced, and the aftertaste is very soft also.
I haven't come across the quad of this particular trappist, but I would welcome an opportunity to try it... This trappist, allthough it's actually not bad at all, could use a touch more wild flavours, but it's probably the best option of this brewery, when in fact you're after all the trapists all on itself.

Photo of Parrotshake
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours quite dark for a tripel, a burnt amber rather than the more usual paler golden colour. Monstrous head which rather quickly recedes to a more manageable finger or so.

Rather weak nose of lightly toasted malt and white wine. Hint of peppery spice.

About the same, taste-wise, with alcohol slighty more at the forefront than a lot of tripels. Less fruit than most too, but some red apple notes. The coriander listed on the bottle isn't really noticeable, but there is some vague spice. Finishes sweet, then bitter. Not ultra-complex, but quite nice. Lovely creamy mouthfeel.
* Now that I've let it sit a while without having another sip, I'm getting a little toffee lingering in the finish as well.

Drinkability is quite high. Though the alcohol is evident in the flavor profile, there's no heat to it. A restrained and mellow Tripel, and really cheap too. A proper Trappist beer that's only 20c more expensive than some of the worst domestic adjunct lagers? I don't love it, but I can see myself buying more.

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.

La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.