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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

824 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 824
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 46
Gots: 87 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

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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Ratings: 824 | Reviews: 449
Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A sparkling copper kettle colour; I generally prefer my tripels to look a little more yellowish and have a lot less bronze but I can't say La Trappe Tripel doesn't have a lovely complexion, especially when held to the light. Besides, I'm far more concerned with its loose crowning and complete lack of foam. Where's my creamy, rocky white head? Looking from above there is absolutely no obstruction from my eyes spotting bottom - there definitely should be.

The slogan on the bottle reads "taste the silence" - I think I may be smelling it instead. It has the aroma of a tripel, but nothing close to a fantastic one. The scent is of ripened orchard fruit and bruised banana accented with musky hops, but I wouldn't say it's tangy, or fruity, or floral and worst of all: it's certainly not soothing.

What I felt really failed to set the aroma in motion was a real presence of spice, otherwise common in all the great Belgian tripels. Fortunately this has been better addressed in the taste. I wouldn't say it's generous enough to like it to pepper or clove outright, but it's yeasty and adds significant spiciness to give this beer a much needed breath of life.

A long cast of fruity esters set in alongside it as well. This includes faint, lightly acidic hints of lemon and orange, as well as a more prominent pear taste and full-bodied green apple flavour. A sprinkling of green, pungent hops adds a fairly pronounced bitterness to what is otherwise a very light body. Although it's 8% is slightly lower than standard for the style, the soothing warming sensation normally experienced is disproportionately off.

I was happy to have a 750ml sample size of Koningshoeven's Tripel for a couple reasons. For one, I noticed the beer to reveal slightly more later on in the course than it had initially led on. And secondly because it's enjoyable. These things being said, it looked nothing like it should; it smelt nowhere near as good you'd hope; and it was half as pleasant to drink as its Belgian counterparts. Style purists beware... this won't be topping your list.

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

Pours a rust color with a meringue like off-white head. It's not very big for a Tripel, but lasts forever and leaves a good amount of lace on the glass. The aroma is of pears, lemon, candi sugar and doughy malts. The first sip is replete with stewed fruit and lemon drops. Pears appear again and spicey belgium yeast esters are readily apparent. Green apples and a bit of hot alcohol lay in the back. The mouthfeel is medium and very smoothly carbonated. The finish is sweetish with a citrusy twang.

This is a very nice Tripel, complex and full of fruit flavor.

Photo of Hophead101
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

drank on 6.4.08 at home. poured from bottle into wide mouth chalice glass.

great pour - nice head, white and bubbly. head dissipated quickly to nothing. nice opaque copper color, a good bit of sediment floating around. sweet malty smell, a bit floral undertones, but more fruity - not a whole lot of smell happening.

taste was definitely malty. soft on the mouth, invisible alcohol taste. well balanced, quite a nice beer. expected a little more due to hype. it does get much better as it warms up, but nothing standing out saying 'wow'.

Photo of brdc
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large corked and caged bottle, loud "pop", poured into a goblet.

Very nice looking, glowing orange with a dense, creamy, forever lasting white head that goes all the way down with beer, and I am sipping. Lacing coats the sides of the glass with every sip.
Sweet, fruity aroma, lots of candy and fruits, honey.
Medium bodied, nice gentle carbonation, sweetish, candy-like, and lots of sweet fruits.
It still manges to finish somewhat dry.
Very enjoyable, a bit too sweet to have the full bottle by yourself.

Photo of aubuc1
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 cl bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a clear orange/golden with a nice lacing from an offwhite head.

Smell is of bananas, bread, and yeast. Different than other tripels.

Taste is distinct. Extremely smooth taste that is hard to describe. Bready yet sweet. Curious. Eventually I found some apple.

Mouthfeel is very good with solid carbonation making it creamy.

Very drinkable tripel. Excellent beer.

Photo of midnite2sixman
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite Trippels. In the glass it has the color of a dark pumpkin.

The smell is floral and citrus with that classic trappist twist.

It tastes tangy but smooth and decadent.

The mouthfeel is tingly followed by a sweet aftertaste.

If you like Trappist Trippels, you'd be a fool not to try this one.

*Side note: I had this beer with an apple pie like dessert. Perfect complement to the sweet sugary apples.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle (11.2 oz.) into Chimay goblet.

Cloudy caramel color body with a light head in the goblet. A nice aroma, had me eager to drink up.

A very strong initial taste, and I was immediately hooked. I could drink this beer all night long.

This has quickly become one of my favorite locally available tripels.

Photo of adamette
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into clear Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale glass from 12 oz. bottle which was purchased at McNaulty's Bier Markt in Cleveland, Ohio.

A Before I even open the bottle I note some visual characteristics...particles floating in the body of the beer. After opening and pouring the beer I do not see what I thought were particles. Perhaps it was simply the bubbles floating around? Body is an nice orange brown with very little head which dissapears in about 45 seconds.

S Nose is the familiar sweet, malty citrus of a tripel. I love the smell that I am describing and this beer did not dissapoint. I do smell the alcohol but it is not overwhelming.

T Wonderful malty, plump goodness and the alcohol is hidden VERY well indeed. This is a great tasting beer. Not necessarily less filling though. Very pleasing sweet aftertaste which lingers. Since the taste is so good this is a welcome aftertaste.

M Moderate to full but a clean finishing mouth feel.

D Really excellent for a high alcohol, trappist ale which are almost always excellent but they tend to be ones that I can only have one at a time. This one I could have 2 to 3 of them without any problem because it tastes so good and the alcohol is hidden very well indeed.

Notes: Really high on my list of beers but also high on my list for Trappist Ales.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.57/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very little off-gas from the cork when opened, and there is little head. Bummer, some gas escaped. The beer itself is a pretty cloudy caramel color with a small ring of bubbles seeking the surface around the edge of the beer where it meets the glass. There are some bubbles rising, but no head to speak of.

Aroma: I get mostly sweet malts with some oxidation and some dark fruits in the background. I don't pick up any hops in the aroma, and as the beer warms up it is smelling more like caramel and more like a dubbel than a tripel.

Taste: The flavor is pretty lame for this style, and I am sure that is from the lack of carbonation. The mouthfeel is really suffering from the missing carbonation, and the papery oxidative flavors are a bit too much for this beer. I am sure that a fresher example would be better as I have really liked other beers to come from this brewery.

Opinion: Unfortunately this beer has suffered the test of time. The oxidation and lack of carbonation are really destroying this beer. I would certainly try it again as this is normally a good brewery, but I doubt I will even finish my glass, let alone the bottle.

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz. brown bottle into a goblet.

Pours a deep, rich amber-brown tint with a thick caramel-colored head.

Notes of cherries, toffee and spicy clove in the nose.

Nice thick body with flavors of dark fruits, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla and yeasty spice. Finishes long and syrupy-sweet.

Goes down nicely, with a subtle complexity that isn't overwhelming. The alcohol content prevents downing too many, but being more of a sipping beer, it's not really something to quaff anyway.

Overall, a fairly nice trappist ale, but nothing extraordinary.

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

25.4oz bottle split with my buddy. Into my Chimay glass

A: Clear amber colored pour with a gorgeous white head that recedes to a disk. Definitely the darkest tripel i've had.

S: Spicy with pepper and clove, floral with a hint of rose and a hint of bubblegum

T: Starts off moderately spicy with the pepper but and some yeast character with some floral notes. Could use a little more complexity on the palate. Finishes dry.

M: Well carbonated, pleasing dry finish

D: Enjoyable. Glad I got to try it but at the price, the St. B tripel is where my $$ will go

Notes: This reminded me of a cross between a tripel and a saison due to the balance of spices.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A big honeycomb four finger head rises above a red-rust translucent brew that looks like it is hazed over by particulate yeast. The honey-hued head looks pretty as it slowly settles down to one finger and leaves big sheets of foamy lace on the glass.

S - This nose is more gentle than I expected. Soft warm honey and Kellogs Corn Flakes on the nose. This has some caramel notes, and reminds me of the way a good confectioner's shop smells. Vanilla is there too. This is very subtle, but complex and well composed.

T - Warm vanilla and honey. This puts the word "gooey" in my mind. This tastes like those vanilla taffy things that come wrapped in a blue wrapper twisted at the ends, and those caramel/vanilla swirled gooey candies. Some creamy toffee notes are there at the finish.

M - Medium bodied and sugary syrupy sweet. Thankfully, a bristling carbonation is there to save this from sinking in a mire of sugary goo. The sweet and slick finish is slightly off-putting to me. I could use more hop action here.

D - Not bad save for the extreme sweetness. This is like eating honey from the comb. This has potential as a dessert beer, but it's not what I would call highly drinkable. Sort of disappointing for a Trappist beer.

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

two pours. and each one poured nicely. nice carbonation. nice smell of citrus. good taste not as much for a triple as i expected but it was still quite yummy. this is another that makes me wonder what is lost in moving it half way around the world. i would like to try this closer to the source and i would think it would be great.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

Photo of Cs1987
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Deep red, 1 finger of head in a goblet, reduced.

Smell - Fairly strong and fruity.

Taste - Disappointingly weak and quite alcoholic.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation, but surprisingly watery.

Drinkability - A challenge.

Overall - My least favourite Tripel out of the ones I have tried.

Photo of Antilochus
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at the Alex P. Keaton in London, Ontario. Served in a generic tulip.

Brownish amber hazy body under a decent offwhite cap (odd, I know). Sweet, fruity aroma with generous booze. Palate has more fruit and sweetness, butterscotch, rather easy to quaff and mouthcoating palate. Don't appreciate this one as much on tap but a unique experience.

Decent stuff overall.

Photo of happygnome
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a darker golden color with about an eigth inch of head that dissapears slowly leaving a thick layer of lace on top of the beer thickest around the center of the beer thinning out towards the edge of the glass but there is a thick (equal thickness to the center) ring of lace around the outer most edge of the glass
s: deffinate candy sugar, dark fruits, hints bannana as well as alcohol
t: candy sugar, hints of bannana, dark fruits, hints of the warmth alcohol provides
m: medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, this is a fantastic brew, i got it in a make your own 6er at Dennis brothers in Cottage Grove, Mn im glad i did

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

Pours a hazed, deep amber color with a one inch frothy off white head. Decent retention but no real lacing.

Aroma is ok. Definitely shows some of that typical Belgian fruit, yeast, and spice qualities. A little boozy too, pretty nice though.

Taste is ok. Really boozy, but still good. Alcohol soaked fruit, pale malt, spice and yeast all show up.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and nicely carbonated with very fine bubbles.

Drinkability is moderate. Flavor is nice and makes for a great experience. Alcohol is very apparent and could stand to be toned down or masked better. But it doesn't inhibit the experience too much.

Photo of roadhouse
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle with Koningshoeven labeling into a tulip glass.

Appears a cloudy dark orange, basically brown color. Definitely the darkest tripel I have ever seen. One and a half finger off-white head leaaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is sweet and fruity with a hint of peppery phenols.

Taste starts out sweet and stays that way throughout with a bit of dark fruit. Some peppery spice towards the end along with a touch of noble hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, but very smooth drinking.

I didn't even know about this trappist brewery and the bottle was only 3 bucks so I thought I'd give it a shot. Different from many tripels but a really tasty brew worth the money.

Photo of janubio
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Nice amber orange colour, with a good white head that disipates too fast, leaving just a ring.
Smell of oranges, plums, some subtle vanilla and medicinal or phenolics notes. Yeast and sulphurs too.
Sweet flavour though with some rough tones of yeast.
Taste of candy, citrus notes, banana and peaches. Not so strong body.

Photo of JBogan
2.81/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy copper with no head or lacing. We're off to a bland start.

Smelled of burnt wood and pear. Actually a little nicer than it sounds.

Tasted much as it smelled. Not really complex, and not like any other Trappist brew I've ever had. A bit on the weak side and not in the same league as the top Trappists.

I was surprised at how bad the mouthfeel was on this. Very thin and watery, and with almost no carbonation. Really poor in my opinion.

I really can't say this was a drinkable beer. It's not a good representative of Trappist beer. I was expecting a bit more...a lot more actually. Perhaps I had a bad bottle, or maybe it needed to age a while. Whatever the case, maybe I'll go back to this one day and try it again, but from this first impression it was a big letdown.

Photo of froghop
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pourchased at puget sound wine cellar in port orchard, washington.

pours a cloudy orangish with a small creamy egg-shell head, great lacing.

smell is faint, sweet fruit (pear and apricot), some spice, touch of citrus, some yeast.

taste is smooth fruit, some spice, touch of caramel.

overall a nice brew.

Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ML corked and caged bottle, the cork required significant effort to extract.

The color of orange marmalade, this is distinctly orange amber in color. Decent off white head.

Smell is strongly of Banana at first and then shifts to woody and roses. Strong rose scent and a hint of orange this beer is most floral scented. Slight chocolate and brown sugar aromas but this very floral.

The taste starts out slightly sweet and spicy in the mouth, brown sugar and allspice at the start. Dries out and becomes woody and spicy fairly soon. Rose and orange are in the flavor and this remains a quite flowery beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

An interesting beer and an unusual one, the strong flavor and scent of roses dominates this beer. Don't think I will seek this one out again though; the Quadruple is a better beer.

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

Poured from the great-looking, corked-and-caged 1/2 liter porcelain bottle and into my tulip, the appearance is near perfection. Glowing amber with a large, long-lasting head.

An obviously complex and delicious smell is immediately abundant. I'm having a hard time focusing on identifying specifics before giving in to the desire to sip. Strawberry cake and champagne ... There seems to be an excellent overall balance and zero trace of alcohol.

No surprises in the taste. Perfectly balanced, nice feel, easy to drink. La trappe dubbel and quad were some of my first ever reviews here. And while this purchase was not a disappointment, I just think some other tripels made much more of an impression on me than this one. Fun to get the fancy bottle ...

Photo of IdleAaron
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of AlexLMS
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.