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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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808 Ratings

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Ratings: 808
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 44
Gots: 76 | FT: 1
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Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

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 becktone
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eye: Much the same as the Blonde, yet a bit darker. I'll go as far to venture that this one is actually a cloudy brown in color. Head is great though, creamy with great retention and good lacing.

Nose: The aroma of this brew is much like that of the Blonde. Bubblegum type aromas with some vanilla, overall sweet maltiness, yet more spiciness than the Blonde. Fruity notes are also present, as well as some clove phenols. I've smelt better.

Tongue: Right up front there is a hell of a lot of spiciness going on. Also notice in the aftertaste that same vanilla type of flavor found in the Blonde. Also some spicy character to balance out the sweet malty flavor found closer toward the end/aftertaste that was so cloying in the Blonde. However, I don't find it enough, I still find it to be cloying and hard to drink, I could not drink more than one of these in a row. Too cloying in my opinion and not enough spiciness to fill it out.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Again the body is much fuller than I expected, with what I find to be low carbonaion. Just doesn't feel right for the style. More carbonation, lighter body, and overall more balance between spiciness and malt sweetness would make this a much better brew. I don't think that I'll buy this again. To me, overall this brew just seems average, nothing to write home about. Not bad, but nothing spectacular either. Its on par, (to me it could seem cloying b/c I've not drank one of these styles in quite a while...) Would rather drink Chimay White over this brew.

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: orange color with lots of carbonation showing, nice frothy head settling to respectable layer, good lacing
s: spices, yeast and earthy aromas
t: sweet fruit -- cherries, spices, bread tastes, slight alcohol warming at the end along with a fruity aftertaste (apple maybe)
m: on the verge of creamy body balanced with plenty of carbonation, smooth
d: first time out wasn't so high on this one, but subsequent tastings have won me over.

Photo of oelergud
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semitransparent golden copper body with an off-white small bubbled head. Very low retention and lace.
Strong sweet malty scent, brown sugar and a nutty hop note. There is a hint of alcohol.
Very sweet and spiced flavor with lots of honey. Not much in the way of hops until the aftertaste where they do come through relectantly but are still dominated by all the sweet maltiness.
Full smooth body with abit of coating and some residual sugars.
Pretty good drinkability.


Photo of Kulrak
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep reddish gold color with a moderate amount of creamy tan head to start with, which fades away to pretty much nothing fairly quickly. Smells sweet and spicy, hints of raisins and plum. There's also some yeast aroma there as well. The taste is also sweet and spicy, lots of malt, some plum, a little pear, lots of banana. Just enough bitterness to finish pretty clean for a tripel. Mouthfeel is tingly and heavy with some creaminess when you swallow. Overall, it's a very drinkable beer, especially if you love belgians like I do.

Photo of bark
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is deep gold with a tint of brown; the finger thick head sinks quickly into a thick off white lid with a fizzing sound. The liquid is clear, although there is some yeast at the bottom or the bottle.

The smell is sweet and yeasty. I found some light bitter-dry notes as well as some fruits (red apples, apricots). Quite average for the style, I say.

The taste is mild and creamy at first, but it develops into a more exciting one with warming alcohol, candied apples, and some flowery notes, In the background, there are some balancing discreet bitter-dry hops. Big body. The long aftertaste got fading alcohol, toffee, candy sugar, earthy notes of roast beef and some herbs.

The carbonation is quite strong; lots of small almost sharp bubbles. The liquid is a bit thick and very creamy.

A fine tripel.

Photo of Beerzebub
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml

Clear copper color, dense off-white head, decent splotchy lace.

Smells mainly of overripe bananas and bubblegum, with sweet doughy grain, solvent, brown apple, cloves, and mild grassy hops. The banana dissipates after a few minutes, and earthy decomposing brown apple becomes dominant.

Tastes mainly of sweet grain, with brown apple, banana, solvent, clove, bubblegum. Somewhat cloying and unbalanced, but not bad. Moderately long, simple finish: sweet brown apple and cereal, solvent, and a bit of minty alcohol.

Too fizzy, then watery. Swirling renders it smooth and creamy, but it still finishes like sugar water. Nothing too undrinkable about it apart from the unbalanced sweetness and simplicity of it, but I didn't finish the bottle.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent tripel. Not one of the best I've had, but at least top 20. Probably my least favorite of the Koningshoeven line so far.

The beer looks awesome in the glass. Perhaps a little bit dark for a tripel, but it looks great. The beer is a golden amber color with a VERY active carbonation that makes the beer shimmer like a ruby. Fairly thick white head with good retention and lacing.

The smell is the weakest link. Has a bit of a moldy hay malt profile with a touch of candi sugar and bubblegum esters. A bit of a pepper and clove phenol.

The taste is better than the aroma. The moldy hay flavor doesn't carry over from the nose, thankfully. Still plenty of bubblegum esters and candi sugar. Still some pepper and clove. A tad bit hoppy, but I would like a bit more in this tripel.

The body is medium. Fairly crisp from the carbonation. A bit of an alcohol burn with a light bitterness in the finish. Could stand to be a little bit drier with less candi sugar. Not bad, but could be a little bit more drinkable.

Photo of DogFood11
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 750ml brown bottle into a small tulip. Solid finger head but not much retention. Highly filtered glossy light copper body. Not much visible carbonation but it works in the mouth.

The smell had me confused so I'll skip that and head to the goods. A watered down tobacco presence lies underneath and the fruitiness lays on top. This is my least favorite of the three brews I've had from this brewer for a couple reasons. First it reminds me of being in Las Vegas and having the cigarette smoke mask the brew. The tobacco/smoke background is annoying. Second, while the fruit profile is solid it gets shut down by a watered mouthfeel.

Notes: Ehhhh...It very well be a good tripel but it missed my palate and thats all I have to go by.

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

another fine tart triple
with semi sweet bread sugar nut
traces of earthen hops and
funk like spices from the rough

hints of field grass flavor
and a bit of puckering tart
balanced out by sugars
maintains flavor from the start

is moderate, refreshing
with a zing
to carbonation

a good and solid
for any situation

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

Very good and quite a nice drinking beer, but it doesn't have the magic that the best belgians possess. The taste centers around the candi sugar sweetness with no grain-like flavors apparent and occasional hints of cream and vanilla. Still pretty tasty and no alcohol flavor to slow you down.

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

Poured into a wide-mouth chalice, this is a hazy peach-colored beer with a small but lasting head. Decent lacing as well. Rich fruity nose, sweet, with a ripe citrusy aroma accompanying it. Very light malt flavor together with a lot of fruity yeast character (grapefruit, maybe mango). Hoppy bitterness dries things out quite nicely. Body is light for the strength, with a pleasant effervescence.

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

Pour: 750ml bottle to tulip. Two and a half finger white head over orange/apricot body with a slight hint of a cloud in it. Lots of bubbles coming up around the glass and all throughout the body. Head descends slowly, leaves big halo and nice cap of lace, not a whole lot of webbing along the glass though. Lace stays over top throughout the duration of drinking the beer.

Nose: Mmm, fruity and tart, candi sugar maybe, dried apricots, strawberries, black pepper - very characteristic of Trappist yeast.

Mouth: Flavor is not as tart as the aroma, lots of alcohol, banana, yogurt even, very malt forward, not a whole lot of hop balance. Lingering acidic flavor, makes my mouth water continuously. Apples, caramel, toffee. Tasty, though not what I normally think of as a trippel, more like a Belgian blond... Nicely carbonated all the way through the mouth, full and sparkly.

Photo of rallison
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh 750 bottle poured into a Koningshoeven goblet.

Pours a nice red hued amber color with a fizzy 1 finger head that dies to a touch of lacing. Smell is of apples, toffee and Beglian Candi Sugar.

Taste is nice. Apple cider, caramel/toffee, Beglian Candi Sugar, orange peel and spices. I'm going to enjoy this bottle...

Mouthfeel is nice and carbonated, giving it a certain lightness. Drinkability is good for the style.

Recommended. A nice tripel, worthy of drinking for a nicer occasion.

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

750 ml bottle

pours a murky peachy orange color, especially the 2nd glass, where I fail to keep much of the yeast in the bottle. Head is fleeting, but an airy off-white color and sizeable if only for a moment, as well as leaving a nice lace over half the glass before disappearing completely.
Nose is very nice - full of sweet citrus and very obvious apple, just a bit sour. Phenolics are almost unnoticeable, especially compared to my expectations.
Coriander I didn't notice in the aroma shows up in the taste. Nutmeg and clove make an appearance with more fruit. Apricot, light banana, and some melon are noted most. Alcohol is well hidden.
carbonation is crisp, the body on the light side of medium - Just a light spritz that goes well with the spicy flavor and falls well short of harsh. Very refreshing. I find I'm ready for something different after the completion of the bottle, but for 750 ml at least this was highly drinkable.
Nothing out of this world, but enjoyable and I'm sure I'll have it again.

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

Purchased two of these 750 ml, caged cork bottles with no freshness date noted. Both of them proved a bitch to uncork; I had to use a corkscrew on both. Into the cervoise, this beer pours a very light hazy amber color with no discernable carbonation and good clarity. A small light tan cap crowns this brew, fading rapidly to a scattered cap and ring and spotty lacing. Nose of very sweet malt and a subtle herbal presence. Light alcohol noted. Taste is dominated by sweet malt balanced against light hops, with a slight astringent flavor. There’s a bit of alcohol burn. No herbal presence or spiciness in the flavor. Rather mellow and unremarkable overall. Rather reminded me of a dubbel, not a tripel. Mouth is semi-viscous, smooth, and slick. It comes across a bit thin. Drinkability is good overall; it’s a smooth and easy drinking beer despite the ABV supposedly clocking in at 8%.

Overall: No doubt my least favorite of the Koninghoeven offerings I’ve tried, it’s a different take on the tripel, being more malty and without the usual spiciness I’ve come to expect. Since there was no date, it’s possible that I got a couple of older bottles that didn’t age well. I tried pairing it with sirloin steak but as I expected, it proved too light, but it did pair nicely with a freshly baked honey-drenched biscuit. Worth a try.

Photo of Weizenmensch
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

La Trappe - a beer that only recently arrived in my part of the world, but based on the label and number of places it appeared in at once, it must be a fairly commercial brewery by Trappist standards. Best before end 02-2009.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful warm amber-copper colour, reasonably clear with a delicate beige head. This gets such a high score for appearance because it was both what I expect from a good Tripel as well as exceeding my expectations for this beer. And it was just what I wanted, too!

Smell: There's something funky about this - I hope it's not my glass, I just washed that. I noticed something strange about the bottle smell too. I hope it was just something crusty on the lip of the bottle or something, i.e. it won't affect the other three of the four-pack! As I swirl it around I get the tripel aromas I was looking for. Candied sugar, honey, rich malt, maybe even pear. Still, this bottle smells funny so it can't score too highly.

Taste: Not affected too adversely by the smells. At the same time, not as complex as I would have liked. A nice honeycomb/candied sugar effect on the palate, working its way into the nostrils even! The ester must have a pretty long hydrocarbon tail. Wa-hay. Pungent sour apple flavours on the tip of the tongue and strangely, around my gums. Maybe that's the carbonation or something, but it works. Overall I'm pretty impressed, but that lingering solvent-like aroma is spoiling things just a bit. (By the way, there's no soap or anything in my glass. I rinsed it a billion times with hot water. It's something about the bottle - hopefully it'll improve by the next one - if so, I'll edit and update at the end of the review).

Mouthfeel: A little watery - would have liked it a bit more viscous and honey-like to add to the Tripel mystique.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. I only just looked at the 8% abv now, I knew it would be kinda strong, but the 8% is very deceptive. It's a friendly beer, makes you want to knock it back and grab another one. This would be a fun few beers to bring to a party to get that baby started. In short, it goes down great.

Overall: Pretty complex, pity about this one bottle - I'm sure it can't have that weird smell to every bottle. I like it - definitely not the best (not many Tripels, or beers for that matter, can improve on Westmalle Tripel) but a strong contender and a bargain for the price. For the price of two Westmalles, you can get four of these... Guess it depends on how big a celebration it is - and what you're celebrating!

(P.S. It was just the bottle. The next bottle I had didn't have the strange skunky smell, so I would have given it 4.0. I am pleased, because S = 3.5 was generous for the one reviewed above.)

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

Poured in a hazy, honey-yellow colour and a finger of nice, thick head. Smelling like green, sour apples, yeast and a hint of caramel. The taste was sweet and fruity with notes of yeast, alcohol, coke and bananas. It had a full but perhaps a bit restrained body and was quite carbonated for a Tripel. But after a while, when most of the bubbles had disappeared, the fruitiness came forward.

Photo of alexgash
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apricot bronze body with a slight haze and topped by a finger or two of rocky, thick, bright beige head. Body is on the darker side for a tripel, but that's okay with me because this looks nice. Very fruity nose. Bubble gum, strawberry, sweet cherry, and maybe fruit cocktail syrup. A bit sweet and overly fruity smelling; could use some peppery spice.

Taste starts out with sugary candy malt with a lightly toasted edge. Fruity flavors emerge: fruit cocktail, strawberry, banana, and pears. Some bubblegum and yeast. Spicy hops and light peppery bitterness in the finish help dry it out a little, but there is plenty of leftover warming sugary fruit. Medium body with a soft, almost soapy feel. Nice carbonation levels. Not bad, but there are much better Tripels out there.

Photo of stcules
2.91/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light amber color. A lot of a beautiful, creamy, lacy head.
In the smell, malt, honey, white flowers. And fruitiness: peach and melon.
The taste is malty/fruity, with again melon, and honey notes. Again peach, tropicla fruit.
The alcohol is detectable, but not too much. A bit too many fruity, sweet and sugary.
And with too many "heavyness" for a tripel.

Photo of mjc410
2.59/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle code K08K4

The pour into my Chimay glass raises a thin soda like head that quickly fizzes away with a great din (for a beer, that is). Lacing is very splotchy and thin. The body is a hazy brown, with golden highlights at the edges of the glass. Quite dark for a tripel. The nose is spicy, herbal, acidic, and has a strong apple cider note. The taste seems to indicate that it might be going bad, with possibly a bit of vinegar creeping in. But, it has a nice caramel thing going on too, and some of the herbal notes from the nose. Pretty weak overall, though. The mouth is a tad thin, and too fizzy. Not absurdly bad, but one of the worst tripels I've had.

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.87/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The mushroom cork on this beast was a pain to remove, it broke off as I was trying to remove it and I had to push the half inch nub down into the beer to get anything into my glass. A dark Tripel, this beer pours with a fairly clear, reddish hue and is topped by a frothy, barely half-finger thick, amber tinged tan head. The aroma is a mix of malt and fruit: notes of raisins and apples round out the fruit component, while caramelized malt sugars and lightly browned bread crust are on the malt side. The aroma is fairly dull though, I was expecting a bit more character here.

The taste is lightly sweet, and pretty light on the palate as well. It is not very heavy at all, especially for a brew of this strength. The flavors are a bit dull; notes of apple cider, raisins and some flabby malt are noticeable. This is probably showing some age as it seems to have picked up the beginnings of wet cardboard. Some spicy notes round out the finish with notes of clove, ginger and perhaps something like allspice giving this a complexity boost. Just not a very great beer; I expected quite a bit more complexity here, even with the light notes of age.

Purchased: Park Lane Liquors, Lancaster CA

Photo of geexploitation
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours quite dark for a tripel (maybe this is a house characteristic for Koningshoeven; their blond was pretty dark, too), with a thin, delicate head that leaves just tiny bits of lace. Aromas are predominantly honey-sweet, but there's a touch of sulphur and peaches. Very well balanced in flavors, with some light sweetness squaring off against healthy amounts of hop bitterness. Pear fruits come toward the end, along with a bubble-gum and clove combination. Mouthfeel is just medium, with sharp carbonation -- typical for the style. Overall, this is a hefty tripel but a good one -- all the flavors are pretty well balanced, and most of them are interesting even by themselves, without playing together as well as they do here.

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

Purchased a 750 ml bottle at Sams, chilled and poured into watuo goblet. Nice one finger creamy white head, which dissipates into a film and leaves thin lacing. The body has a slight hazy rose’ character to it, except with more amber tones, blond highlights, and visible carbonation sustaining the head. To the fore of the scent are juice cut pear, plum and apple esters supported by a mix of banana and apricot. Hints of spice maybe coriander, clove and a slight yeast character. Taste wise this strike me as rather creamy, with lots of smooth esters jumping on the flavor ride. All the same fruits come into play, I get the pear and plum, with yeasty notes, a touch of coriander and a noticeable bit of carbonation. Hops as expected are not really noticeable, they just provide support for the esters and malts. This is tasty as far as I am concerned, its not my favorite tripel, but its got some of the character of my favorite tipels, and its lands just under being cloying. If it was around I’d drink it and or buy it again. Worth trying for sure.

Photo of Jwaks
2.16/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Serving : 750 ml corked and caged bottle

An aggressive pour produces a paltry half finger thick ornage tinted foamy cap that leaves me to wonder, where is the mighty belgian style dense and pillowy frothy cap that I expect? The color is equally puzzing, this shows a deep ruddy orange instead of the typical pale golden hue. Is this a true tripel?

Simple and straightfoward on the nose revealing aromatic sweet fruity esters, earthy yeast and bit of dry nuts. This is unexpected for a tripel, I was hoping for more complexity and it's not here!

Sweet apricot and tangerine lead a smooth entry that's quickly outdone by overpowering and unpleasant earthy yeast and tannic, vinous fruit. Unrelenting off-flavors dominate the mid palate just before a sharp turn toward a dry, tannic and blowsy finish. Musty yeast grips on the aftertaste capping off the overall unpleasant taste experience. Balance was totally off without any hops, muddled malts, dearth of spices and far too much overly sweet fruit phenols, tannins and musty yeast. Was this tained and/or corked?

In all fairness this has a fine medium body, moderate mouthfeel and a lasting finish. Given the musty off flavors and disjointed flavor profile I couldn't see drinking much of this at all.

Damn, I would choose a true trappist tripel over this any day!

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

Pours an ice tea color, with yeast flecks that seem to be suspended in the liquid. Has a nice tan head that dissipated to a slight cap, leaving spotty lacing. Smells of spiced fruit, plums, raisins. The taste is a bit musty, spicy, dark fruit, different from the Beligian tripels. The feel is a bit fizzy, slick. An enjoyable tripel but definitely not the best that I have had however that wouldn't stop me from getting this again.

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