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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

822 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 822
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 45
Gots: 83 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-30-2002

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rodenbach99
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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!

Photo of bashiba
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into my Westmalle Chalice for lack of the proper glass, and it was stunning, bright golden orange with a mountain of carbonation leaving a thick creamy head right to the top of the glass. The thick head would linger all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Smell was full of fresh granny smith apples, vanilla and maple notes with a touch of yeasty banana bread and some classic candi sugar.

Flavor was less pronounced than the smell would have suggested a very mild and balanced flavor with a nice bit of apple and pepper making the way through the balanced yeast and clean dry hops and a bit of a sweet finish lingering on and on.

Mouthfeel is ultra creamy and thick with lots of carbonation and a touch of warmth on the tongue.

Very drinkable, and great example of the style.

Photo of morebeergood
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brought this out of my beer cellar to enjoy this past weekend. The bottle was purchased in Amsterdam, and was stamped best when enjoyed by 12-2007. Poured into two La Trappe goblets. There was hardly any head, which leads me to believe I aged this one perhaps a bit too long. The color was an extremely deep golden amber, not as much yellow as with other tripels. The taste was was good, with a nice spice and bread quality to it. But the lack of carbonation somewhat turned me off. The alcohol was very present, as I was surprised it was only 8%. This was a decent tripel, but I was a bit let down. Probably could have drank it earlier, so the lower scores might be my fault. I'd return to the dubbel again before going back to this tripel though.

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

on tap at beerbistro as part of their koningshoeven trappist beer launch nov 27/07.

pours a nice crystal clear orangey amber colour with a bit of very fine white head. drops slowly and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. light caramel sweetness. nice floral character. light alcohol. bread and biscuit malt. very light clove.

taste is good. medium-low bitterness level, lower than i'd expect. alcohol. great bread and biscuit malt. just a bit of clove and spice. nice floral hop character that doesn't cross over to being medicinal or perfumey. light caramel sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. low carbonation level. medium body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced. sort of like the witte, it isn't quite as assertive as other examples of the style, but it's still very interesting and enjoyable. definitely looking forward to having this one again.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this corked and caged 750 ml bottle on 21.11.07, best by 07-2009. The cost was €6.55 in Super Valu, Aston Quay, Dublin.
Poured into Chimay goblet.
Appearence: hazy amber body with half-inch off white head. Head subsides to leave lacing on the glass and "accumulations" of activity on the surface.
Smell: surprisingly like a hefeweissen, with a sweetness and banana notes.
Taste: a bit indifferent (for a quality brew), the sweetness was a little bit tiresome. Leaves an odd aftertaste. Alcohol well disguised in the sweetness, but a bit too syrupy sweet for me.
Mouthfeel: smooth and syrupy.
This beer is true to the style, but there are other examples I would prefer.

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

Golden-colored, slightly hazy. Pours with a 2-inch head, though that falls over time into more of a ring.

The nose has lemon, spice, yeast and bready malts.

Initially it's rather dry on the tongue, with spicy, peppery citrus flavors. Malt comes out more as it warms, giving it a tropical fruit character. Nice balance between sweet and dry notes; it's not overly syrupy. Medium-bodied with well-hidden alcohol. A solid tripel.

Photo of Deus1138
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You really can't go wrong with a Trappist.

I poured this into my one and only goblet. Color was orange, kind of dark and cloudy. I got a nice 1/4 head on top.

Not much to report in terms of smell. I mostly smells the sweetness, candylike.

Taste is great. Lots of dark fruit, raisiny, sweetness here. I know that carbonation should usually be discussed under mouthfeel, but there are just enough tiny bubbles here to give the sweetness a nice little kick. The after taste reminds me of rock candy as a kid.

I don't think I'd have this with dinner. This is not a criticism. It's very sweet and filling. I'd drink it after dinner or with some appetizers.

I like this one a lot. Not something I'd drink everyday, but something I would save for special occasions.

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

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : couleur bronze
Smell : bière épicée
Taste and mouthfeel : attaque massive de houblon. Longue en bouche le houblon amer est modéré par un goût d'orange.
Drinkability : une bonne bière Hollandaise de type triple

Photo of klewis
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a caramel color with a healthy, foamy head. A frothy ring sustains around the goblet with wlares of lacing.

S: Dark fruits and a subtle wine-like aroma. Slightly phenolic with yeasty esters.

T: Biscuity taste with flavors of raisins and caramel. A sweet, sugary aftertaste in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied and sticky with plenty of carbonation.

D: Decent. The KH quad is better.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trappist beer from Holland, this should be excellent. Slightly hazy orange with an especially strong aroma of fruits, slight alcohol and sweet candy; I really like this smell. The taste is complex, spicy, fruity, very good. This is a very nice tripel.

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.

-Oelergud

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
offering
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.

La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 822 ratings.