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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

716 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 716
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 35
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

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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Budlum

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle in to a Val Dieu chalice. Presents plenty of head that seems to stay forever and then disappear quickly. (if that makes sense) This one is much darker than I expected. There are plenty of yeast flakes floating around. After looking at the bottle, I may have disturbed too much of the yeast.

Aromas are of candied yams with citrus. This particular bottle produces an almost overwhelming alcohol and clove scent mixed with molasses. There is another pungent odor that I can't figure out.

Sweet flavors are immediate. Over-ripe bananas, yeast, those caramel candies with the cream center and alcohol abound. Every other sip seems to point out the presence of alcohol.

I'm not sure what to take away from this one. It isn't the best smelling beer and it is certainly not a session drink like some lighter tripels. That aside, I'd like to have another if I didn't have to smell it.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 02:09:37 | More by Budlum
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AltBock

Ohio

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

11.2oz bottle with just a simple label with the name of their beer and a drawing of their abbey on the front. The back label had the usual U.S. information, no date, but a code and a time. This is #3 out of #4 from the La Trappe variety pack.

Appearance: When poured into my official La Trappe goblet, the beer was a hazy brown/orange color. I only got a little skim of white foam and that dissipated very fast into few rings and no lace around the glass. If you look closely, you can also see some yeast floating around the glass.

Smell: It was good, but there was much to it. All I could smell was a little bit of citrus fruits and some spicy hops in the background.

Taste: In the front was the different varieties of citrus fruits that I could barely smell, which lead way to some spicyness, and then some sweet malts, and this all ended with a slight taste of yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, sweet aftertaste, and the alcohol was hidden pretty well.

Drinkability: Overall a nice affordable Trappist beer that you might be able to enjoy on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 19:39:29 | More by AltBock
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Brian700

Michigan

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

This beer pours a clear amber color with an awesome white head that sticks around for a while leaving a medium amount of lacing. It laces a little weird. The head seems heavy and it slides back down into the beer instead of staying put on the glass.

The aroma is very yeasty and citrusy. There is a presence of orance, fig, apple, heavily concentrated honey dew mellon. I can also pick up on a small amount of clove aroma.

The flavor follows the nose quite a bit. I get apple, pear, citrus, with a little touch of sourness which I think really steps this beer up. It helps those flavors linger on the tongue. There is also that Belgian candi flavor that kind of resembles mild bubble gum.

The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with moderate carbonation.

I think this is a great beer for the price but falls into lower middle as far as the authentic trappist breweries are concerned. A great beer and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 04:56:23 | More by Brian700
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a nice light brown head with good retention. Aroma of candy with sweet malt is totally irresistible. Taste is also dominated with this sweet malt presence with a subtle mix of spice in the background. Alcohol is very well hidden but body is definitely too thin, which seems to be a characteristic of this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 17:04:30 | More by Phyl21ca
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dren

Indiana

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

Pours a darker redish-orange with a fruity nose. Mmm smells good and tastes just as good. Grape flavor with a little bit of alcohol and hops hit you up front followed by caramel and pear flavors towards the end. A very tastey beer that I would not mind drinking lots of. Easier to drink than similar beers but still a beer that you will want to sip and take in the flavor, especially with the higher alcohol content. I could drink a lot of this easily. I am quite liquored up now and have moved onto my congnac, but this is quite good. I wouldn't mind buying a bottle or two again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2006 00:55:16 | More by dren
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delicious

Vermont

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

Poured from an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle.

The head dissipates quickly, but I remember it being white. The body is an interesting color; it's brown and turbid like cider, with orange sediment that seems to glow.
There is sweet grape and caramelized pear in the nose along with some spices.
More grape and caramelized pear in the flavor that's brought together in a way that makes it a little syrupy, which adds to the mouthfeel.
There are aspects in this beer that I hadn't identified by the time my glass ran dry, and I'm looking forward to discovering what I'll uncover the next time.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 00:48:30 | More by delicious
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Pours a deep orange colour brushed with burnt sienna highlights. The nose is very much blood oranges and yeasty goodness. Compared to the Quad this is more fruity and softer on the finish. The complexity of the beer is apparent as a couple of sips add up in the back of the palate. Too bad this never shows up in BC.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 14:52:35 | More by canucklehead
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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

Poured from a 750ml bomber. I've had this many times before, but somehow I've never rated it yet.

Hazy golden color, with sticky spit-like head. Really good aroma, very unique I think. I wouldn't say it was a tripel if I didn't see it written on the bottle. The flavor is less sweet than most tripels I've had. That doesn't matter, it's still a damn good beer.

I always like this beer, and I'd recommend it to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 14:35:21 | More by TurdFurgison
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mattviator

Louisiana

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

Appearance: Pours with a frothy head that does not last too long. Nice orange, slightly brown color. Cloudy with several specs floating around.

Smell: Fruity and yeasty with a bit of honey.

Taste: Yeasty and sweet with a banana presence. Spicy alcohol finish.

Drinkability: Above average drinkability but would not want to drink too many of these. I have had better tripels.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 05:24:18 | More by mattviator
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cubedbee

Maryland

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet. Bright orange amber color, fairly clear on the first pour with just some small specks of sediment, a thin off-white head that persists as a whispy cap. No lacing. Taste is a mix of sweet candi sugar and fruity apple/mango/pineapple with a slightly acidic winey note. Taste is a sweet honey malt with a nice yeasty taste and with some fruity raisin and apple flavors. Finish is a slightly spicey mild hop note. Perfectly fine tasting tripel, not the best but from from bad. Mouthfeel is light and creamy and smooth just like a tripel should be. A little disappointing for a Trappist, but overall a real solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 23:14:26 | More by cubedbee
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

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

A Trappist beer that's not Belgian...innnteresting. Corked and caged 765 ml bottle, pours with much yeasty goodness, a haze-infused orange with a well-retaining white seafoam head. Floaties are everywhere. Fruity esters abound in the nose, with a floral hop bite, strong notes of banana, milder notes of pineapple and clove. More hoppy than spicy, with a rounded malt profile to balance the spice and fruit. Not super-complex, but nicely balanced. Alcohol only engages itself slightly on the palate; among Tripels I'd consider this one that could easily be sipped in a larger quantity, though still a sipper nonetheless. Really enjoying this one, and I'm quite tempted to find some cheese to pair this with, as I can imagine a delicious pairing. Actually...yeah I'm going to get some cheese.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2005 23:44:46 | More by IrishRedRock
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BeerBeing

Pennsylvania

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

Presentation: 750ml creamy-white custom ceramic bottle, corked and caged, multicolored on black label

Appearance: reddish orange with large off-white head, very good lacing

Smell: nuts, yeast, generic sweetness

Taste: medium body, smooth mouth feel, mild herbs, honey, grape, yeast, minor fruitness and alcohol, some hops in background

Notes: smooth and mild trippel

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2005 01:47:10 | More by BeerBeing
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EPseja

New Jersey

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

11.2 oz bottle served at just below cellar temperature in a nice Chimay chalice. For this tasting, I also opted to swirl the sediment into my glass.

NOTE: Do not serve this beer too cold - get it up to cellar temperature or slightly above! I revisited this review 10 minutes after completing it to correct certain points that were initially masked by the chill.

A - A quite active pourer, this one, eventually coming to rest with a very even, though modest light cream colored head above the rusty, burnt orange body. Visible particles can easily be seen in suspension. After but a minute, the head dissipates almost completely except for an island in the middle, formed by the bubbles fising from the etched Fleur-de-Lis at the bottom of this particular chalice. After draining half of the glass, there was no Belgian lace to be seen. Pity. Could've brought the score to a "4" if there were.

S - Pleasing notes of sweet honey-meade dominate the nose. An interesting winey, sour-appley maltiness is also present. Lastly evident are a smattering of floral hops and plump raisins.

T - The first thing that comes across in the taste is the honey-meade sweetness readily apparent in the nose, coupled with the concentrated sweetness of sugar-coated raisins. Following that is a quite warm, candy-like maltiness sprinkled with a touch of alcohol tingliness. The finish brings forth a very dry hoppiness and unfortunately, a cloying sweetness.

M - Foams up a bit on the intake, but turns nice and creamy for the swallow. Not as smooth as this beer *could* be, but nice nonetheless. Perhaps this is a side-effect of over-priming in a very small bottle. I surmise that the mouthfeel on the 22oz. bottle would be even better.

D - Interesting smell aside, this is a good example of a slightly above average Tripel that could be so much more. But try telling that to an Abbey of monks that have been brewing for ages...

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 17:46:45 | More by EPseja
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texashammer

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I feel that I am rating this beer lower than other reviewers, but I can't be swayed. I find this beer to be bland.
Amber to orange color, hazy, very attractive with puffy off-white head that stays.
The nose doesn't reveal much; maybe some light malt and yeast (certainly I need the yeast to call this a tripel). I waited for warming and still didn't find much.
Flavors of raisins maybe? Again light malt, like in a nutty way, and yeast in a bready way... but still light. I feel like both aroma and flavor are too bland for this wonderful style.
I feel the warming alcohol but feel like I missed out on getting there.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 05:28:57 | More by texashammer
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a nice deep amber with a decent head that stays for a while. Decently clear.

Smell: The smell is an intersitngly crispy mix of spices, yeast, and strong malts. Complex, with a very musty smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Wonderfully balanced and smooth, it's a mix of sweet fruits and an almost ginger ale feel. Creamy and complex, this beer is full of subtle nuances, tasting different each sip, expecially after the beer hits rooms temperature. The mouthfeel is thick and rich.

Drinkability and Overall: The first beer I've had from this brewery and I really enjoyed it. I can't wait to have more. I had trouble swallowing the fact that this brewery is now a trappist, but so far they deserve that name. Try it.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 00:43:32 | More by santoslhalper
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Sigmund

Norway

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

330 ml bottle, bought in Denmark. Pours with an enormous head. Colour is deep golden to brown (amber), slightly hazy. Very nice aroma of fresh and dried fruits, spices, oak and exotic wood. Flavour is slightly spicy and peppery on a malty sweet basis with brown sugar and oaky elements. Not bad this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2005 18:28:46 | More by Sigmund
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

A good Trappist without paying the high prices. This beer pours a darker amber or brown than most Tripples. Has the ordinary carbonation and persistent head. Smells caramelly, spicy, fruity, nutty, and alcoholic. Tastes much the same with adding plumbs, dates, almonds, along with malty caramels, toffee, and malt. Medium to full body that hides behind tingly carbonation. Bubbles play on the palate and accentuate the alcohol. finishes dry and mildy sweet and fruity. The better of the beers by La Trappe. Well balanced and presented.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2005 02:43:17 | More by BEERchitect
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Andreji

Colombia

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

I had the pleasure of trying la trappe tripel at one of the places in the leidseplein in Amsterdam. from a 33cl bottle.

the appearance at first is not afar from any of your usual tripels. an orange toned beer with a nice foamy head (so bad the amateur waiter actually managed to spill it and try to get off the hook by saying-in a cockney accent: "that's the way you serve a beer!")

Smellwise it is quite light although the bouquet does hold a good amount of apples and some oranges, alongside the characteristical alcohol feel this style has.

The taste was good although not spectacular. fruity and tangy, with a nice bitter way to end things mixed with a comfortable alcohol feel at both mouth and nose. Full bodied and well carbonated, passes off as a thirst quencher or a strong beer anytime (for me).

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2005 14:08:33 | More by Andreji
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ommegangpbr

New York

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

From a 11.2 ounce bottle, pours a hazy orange-yellow color.
This is more challenging than the dubbel with some IPA characteristics in taste and smell. Grapefruit notes and bitterness to be found (I'm not a fan of grapefruit). The sweetness found in this reminds me of caramel and/or butterscotch.
There's a warming alcohol feel and sourness which I find to be a little too present... maybe some phenols going on.
This is not my favorite offering from La Trappe, but lovers of tripels will have little to complain about here.
Clearly a lovingly crafted creation.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 02:55:57 | More by ommegangpbr
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3Vandoo

Quebec (Canada)

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

When I poored this beer, at first the beer was blonde, then it switched to a reddish amber golden beer. At first a generous head, that slowly dissapeared. Smell of malt mostly with a tiny shy hoppish smell that is present. Some bit of watery smell is also present.

Taste is at first the alcohol, then caramelish with some note of fruits, spicy, actually the spices come finish the beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2005 21:40:47 | More by 3Vandoo
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scooter231

New York

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

Another lovely Trappe beer. Pours a pretty grapefruit-esque type color, a sort of strawberry blonde with a miniscule amount of head that disappears very quickly.

Smells fruity, some banana scents and other fruits. The first sip is a bit overpowering, IPA-y, harsh, but it grows on you relatively quickly, and becomes a more crisp taste. Lovely array of fruits, and an almost fresh baked bread smell that works its way in to your palate. There's a slight lemony tartness that prevails as well- I don't mind it, but I'm not sure it's necessary. I can see pairing this up with a variety of foods- but what comes to mind first is some sort of nutty flavors, or maybe a sweet potato or brown sugar concoction.

Mouthfeel is nice, maybe just a tich too watery, and quite drinkable- for 8%, the alcohol isn't overpowering or too present, which is nice. Very tasty beer. I would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2005 03:29:58 | More by scooter231
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TPSReports

Alabama

3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An 11.2 ounce bottle served at 49 degrees. There is no date on the bottle.

The amber beers pours nicely into my chalice. I slight fluffy head, appears and but disappears just as quickly. You can see tiny bubble floating up through the brew.

This beer has a slight flora aroma without any alcohol nose.

The first sip is quite strong with alcohol and has a lingering finish. It has a spicy carbonation that feels nice on the tongue. As the temperature of the beer graduatlly warms, I am warming to the flavor. At first sip, definitely not my favorite, but now, enjoyable.

I wouldn't want to drink more than one of these at a sitting, and would recommend starting with a milder alcohol tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2005 00:21:56 | More by TPSReports
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ha! I guess I already reviewed this beer, I forgot! Thanks to the blog-style review I can just add my notes!

Dark copper in hue with a peachy-bronze influence, the liquid is a tad darker then I was expecting. The head was off-white in color; at the apex the foam was almost two-fingers in height. Head retention was solid; it slowly faded to a soapy cap that lasted for most of the consumption. The subsequent lacing was spotty but healthy and thick where it stuck. Overall, this beer looks enticing.

The first sniff said, “Tripel.” I love that. It is textbook but nothing more. There is perfect harmony between red apple fruitiness, mangos, bubblegum, soft caramel candy (from the malt), and spicy hops. The potency is low, I wish it was more articulate and forceful, this is a common complaint with Belgian beers, sometimes there is great complexity but it is too soft. This is the case with this beer. It is inviting nevertheless but it is far from special.

The palate is soft and frankly too sweet for a Tripel. Where are the hops? I don’t detect enough bitterness and there is a deficiency of hop flavors. The malt is very muddled, there needs to be a firmer malt backbone with a more pronounced toasty/caramel flavor. The finish is too yeasty for me; don’t get me wrong this is not Chimay (which is a yeast bomb). The yeast fruitiness is the most pronounced flavors, red apples mainly. The alcohol is hidden. Overall, the palate is very average and I am being generous. This is not a good Tripel. I’m bored with it after about half a glass. The palate is such a mess. There are few Tripels that I’ve reviewed that are worse than this. The long aftertaste won’t let me forget this fact either!

Medium in body, moderately low carbonation, the mouthfeel is sluggish which, sadly, fits the palate all too well. On the tongue it is too lazy. Food pairings? Maybe, a piece of pecan pie with vanilla ice cream.

Drinkable? Sure… if you like a mess of a Tripel. I don’t. I can’t see myself drinking this beer again. Of course, I could forget I’ve drunk this in three or four years and try it again (d’oh!). I hope not. I purchased my 750ml bottle in Parkville, MO for $3. I got ripped off.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2005 18:32:27 | More by bditty187
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A high pour into a St. Bernardus goblet reveals a peachy orange brew topped by an impressive mound of frothy white head which retains for a short time, gradually setling into a thin veil that remains throughout. Globules of lace adorn my goblet.

Very tripel aromas of sweet tropical fruit including mango, apricot, pinapple, and peach, clove, ginger, oranges, and banana bread. Spicey Belgian yeast is a staple here, along with a touch of oaky, celler-must.

The flavor is less sweet than the nose would indicate, there is plenty of crisp, ripe fruit flavors. It is not as complex as some tripels, but very tastey regardless. There is a general yeastiness which carries it through to a rather dry, light finish with a hint of warming alcohol.


Mouthfeel is medium-light, with exaggerated carbonation of medium bubbles. Texture is smooth and quite airy on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2005 00:15:58 | More by AlexJ
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MediocreatBest

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

orangy amber color and as my girlfreind commented, "that looks really carbonated." she was right. didnt notice to much of a head. smell kinda tinges my nose with alcohol flavors and grassy hay ntoes. also a bit of apples and apricots. grape nteos oddly are the first thing i noticed on my tounge. belgiany sugary taste. nothing outstanding original but solid and well crafted. very drinkable. alcohol content never comes into play except in the smell.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2005 03:51:12 | More by MediocreatBest
La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.