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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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742 Ratings

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Ratings: 742
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 39
Gots: 49 | 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 tyboxr


4.18/5  rDev +6.1%

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

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


4.13/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

04-02-2008 00:57:33 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of Jmamay22

New York

3.9/5  rDev -1%

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.

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


3.35/5  rDev -15%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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


4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev -1%

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.

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


3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

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!

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


4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

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


4.15/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%

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...

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


4.13/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

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


3.33/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

01-13-2008 17:23:15 | More by Mudpuppet
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%

The color is dark golden and almost orange. The beer pours with an inch of foam which dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is fruity sweetness with a mixture of yeast and citrus. The beer slides across the palate with noticeable carbonation and medium body. The taste is sweet and fruity with accents of peach. The finish is again fruity; the dryness of alcohol also comes through.

01-07-2008 23:55:15 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of Natural510


3.7/5  rDev -6.1%

This trappist ale pours a moderate head....carbonation not nearly as pronounced as Chimay or other corked Belgians I've encountered. The color is golden with visible yeast presence (note I did not once turn the bottle to its side).
The smell is decidedly yeasty with some citrus.
The flavor is, again, very yeasty with some orange overtones and a slightly bitter aftertaste. No maltiness to note, this brew seems to be all about yeast & hops.
The lack of carbonation does not create much of a mouthful, only the yeast is visibly tingling.
Drinkability? Well, it feels like I'm drinking an unbaked loaf of sourdough bread....not exactly my beer preference. I will definitely buy Chimay and other trappist beers before I purchase this variety of Koningshoeven.

01-07-2008 02:13:00 | More by Natural510
Photo of LittleCreature


3.9/5  rDev -1%

Appearance - 4.0
Poured two fingers of cream coloured head that rapidly all-but disappeared. Blood orange in colour, looks highly carbonated with good clarity.

Smell - 3.5
A sweet smell that is lacking in power for the style. Aromas of baked bread, rockmelon and peach, vaguely spicy with noticeable alcohol.

Taste - 4.0
Rather easy drinking and mellow for a tripel. Smooth, fruit and honey sweetness upfront, finishes quite alcoholic and slightly bitter and dry. Aftertaste is warm and sweet.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Quite heavy, almost syrupy in the mouth, with carbonation that starts lively and finishes near-flat. Very smooth though.

Drinkability - 4.0
For the style this is an easy drinker, but not as interesting as some. Greater alcohol presence than is desirable.

This is the first tripel I ever tried, and at first it was too much for me. Now I see this as a rather mellow tripel which makes me realise how far my tasted have evolved. About average for a Belgian, which makes it pretty good for a beer in general. Good value too as it is clearly the cheapest tripel available in Australia.

01-04-2008 05:53:05 | More by LittleCreature
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.78/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours a slightly hazed amber brown with a tan head. Nose is the typical Belgian yeast with a touch of sweetness, but seems to be pretty weak. Flavor is smooth with a sweet start. On the end I got a bit of a metallic edge, which I can’t say I appreciated too much. Feel is standard. Typical stuff. It’s definitely drinkable. I consider this more of the type of brew that neither tries to stand out far ahead of the crowd or is too immature to be crap. Smooth and even. It’s a balanced brew. It won’t blow your socks off, but it is even enough to keep you satisfied.

12-30-2007 20:57:28 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of JohnGalt1


4.15/5  rDev +5.3%

330ml from the cellar.. I think I picked this one up at the Coop for about $5.. shared with Brenda.. mine from a Kasteel tulip.. looking at spring seed catalogs.

Good 1.5" creamy head... good pour delivered a crystal clear lite orange brews with alot of lacing.

Aroma is a perfect mix of Belgian sugar and yeasts.. above average fruitiness.. white peaches and apricots... Nice.

Belgian pale malts with a pronounced lightly sweet citrus.. black plums and green apples... lingering complexity that I am not geared to verbalize... Nice creamy viscosity.. abundant carbonation that isn't overdone.. I want another sip.

A very good if not world class triple that I am very glad made its way to Boise.

12-28-2007 10:21:25 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of rodenbach99

Quebec (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%

bouteille de 11.2oz.

bière blonde ambrée assez foncé et trouble, la mousse blanche est très diffuse et disparait rapidement, nez sucré, malté, épicé, assez invitant. bouche piquante, épicée, petit goût d'alcool, bonne bière de type tripel, mais moins bonne que la maredsous 10.

12-26-2007 02:04:22 | More by rodenbach99
Photo of ntillemans


4.13/5  rDev +4.8%

A - I liked the appearance of this one alot. It had two fingers of head and a deep grapefruit color.

S - The smell was pretty much what I expected for a tripel...a typical tripel.

T - It was a little more bitter than I expected. But it had a robust, complex taste. A nice leathery sweetness.

M - Medium bodied.

D - I could have kept drinking this one. If I'd had another bottle of it onhand, I'd have stuck with this one for an extended flight.

12-24-2007 02:18:35 | More by ntillemans
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

On tap at BeerBistro. Pours a clear golden, thin white head forms, very big bubbles, thin ring sticks to the sides of the glass, some lace spots are left. Smell is sweet, honey, yeast, some citrus, fruits, apricot, some alcohol, nice. Taste is apples, yeast, caramel, some wheat, sugary, alcohol, some floral, spicy bitterness in the finish, quite nice. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Nice example of a tripel, solid bitterness compared to most, very smooth, nicely done.

12-22-2007 20:32:52 | More by Viggo
Photo of botham

New York

4.58/5  rDev +16.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a brilliant amber color with a finger of tight white head. no lacings.

aroma is of munich and caramel malts, with a base of fruit yeast. apricot and apple notes are present from the yeast, roundings out the profile. yeast gets a bit stronger with a bit of warming.

taste is sweet and malty, with the same yeasty presence from the aroma. apple and apricot are here as well. caramel malts are present alongside the yeast, finishing semi-dry with lingering apple and yeast.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a silky mouthfeel and a bit of CO2 and no alcohol present.

drinkability is good. no alcohol is present, with a smooth mouthfeel and well proportioned aroma and taste. a refreshing belgian. cheers!

12-18-2007 23:19:33 | More by botham
La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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