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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

752 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 752
Reviews: 435
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 40
Gots: 50 | 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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Photo of taez555
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this bottle in the Netherlands in August 2004, sampled in October 2004 in Boston.

This beer poured a clear orange/yellow body with a creamy off white head.

The nose was a very mild white wine like nose. Big fruits, apples, bananas, pears, yeast, some soft wheat, alcohol and bubble gum. Really a very simple and inviting classic triple smell.

The taste was medium to full bodied. A delicious malt, wheat, spice and simple fruit mix dominate. Rather dry with a nice earthy hop presence and somewhat bitter hop bite. Although nothing is extremely overpowering.

Basically I found this to just be a great middle of the road triple. No flavors fly in your face, none are missing. It’s simply perfectly in balance and very drinkable. It doesn’t stand out, but maybe that’s what makes it such a great beer. Simply a perfect exactly of the style.

taez555, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of Sammy
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Chewy yummy fruity citrus yeast distilled from one of the greatest breweries. A bit sour and satisfying. Yeasty and orange and apples aroma.
Hazy white with an orange tint. Mid-sip coriander spice. Almost as good as the quad. Medium wheat grain and creme mouthfeel.

Sammy, Oct 10, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a golden orange color with minimal head. The nose is very fruity, I get banana and a zesty lemon. I like the smell, but I'm not sure of it for this style. The fruityness is there in the flavor, but the malt and alcohol are pretty strong. Those flavors are all there, but there is no real harmony in them. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and a little creamy as well. With the lack of balance, the drinkability suffers. Its not a bad beer, but not the best I have ever had. I like it better than the dubbel, but I'd still pik other beers over this one.

kmpitz2, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of clvand0
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber/orange color with a small head that quickly disappears. Sweet aroma. Fruity and maybe some caramel. The flavor is sweet like the nose with some fruityness. Spicy too. Alcohol is obvious and the strong malts are not as well balanced as I feel they should be. This was an ok beer, but I think it could be better.

clvand0, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Trappe version. I've sat on this 33 cl bottle for quite some time. Pours a golden copper color with a big, rocky off-white head. Sweet malt aromas, honey and pear, with a bit of mustiness and lesser hops. Predominantly malty and fruity, pear-like fruit qualities, sidenoted with esters of tropical fruit, like banana. I was expecting something drier, honestly. The finish is quite airy and destinct, but much sweeter than I expected. The beer has dusty and musty yeast attributes throughout. I'm actually surprised that BA hasn't "discontinued" La Trappe's line of beers, making them unreviewable because they haven't gone under the moniker of La Trappe for a few years now. I'm glad they haven't, because their beers age quite nicely and I have a bottle of the dubbel to review, too. I guess this tripel was never really intended to have a dry character to it. Oh well, I've been fooled before, and pleasantly so this time. This is a nice tripel, quite enjoyable if tropical-type esters are in your agenda when lavishing a tripel...

*Sidenote. Same brewery, different beer. I wasn't sure if BA was going to "rollover" this beer's credentails after branding issues.

crookedhalo, Sep 07, 2004
Photo of nogoodreason
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

La Trappe Tripel is one of those reasonably priced (5$ for a 750), easily available beers. Beyond that, it's good.

Appearance: Rich blond, with chill haze. Small flecks of yeastiness are apparent. Head is a thick and billowy eggshell white. Head retention isn't great, but it's a beauty when freshly poured. Thick, sticky lacing down the sides.

Smell: Honey, light cloves notes, cookie dough like breadiness. Alcohol is not especially well hidden, but overall the smell is quite nice. Like most good belgian-style beers, I could sniff this one for a long time.

Taste: Lovely. Very rich and reminds of cookie dough, honey and some gentle dry spices... nutmeg? Swirl it around and it's sweet, but not candy like, it's too rich and substantial for that. It has that 'old' characteristic, kinda musty. Not off, just mature, and it really adds depth to this brew. Alcohol becomes apparent again, but it's just a little spicy twang and it's gone. Finish is long and thick.

Mouthfeel: If it had any less carbonation, it might be chewy. If it had much more carbonation, it might thin it out and make it too champagney. But no, it's perfectly carbonated, enough to round it out, not so much as to detract from the overall richeness of the beer.

Notes: They have this beer at a local grocery store, I pick it up on occasion but I don't know if anyone else is buying it. I have no idea how long the bottles have been there, but I suspect that they're not brewery fresh. In fact, I suspect that they're fairly old and that the age has given this beer a lot of character. I intend on cellaring a few of these and see how they turn out in a few years.

nogoodreason, Aug 25, 2004
Photo of putnam
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish amber and melting top
The nose is abruptly sweet with loads of caramel and other burned sugars intermixed with banana and ghee nuances.
On the palate it is viscous and nearly sweet before a flush of neutrality and roasted bitterness tidy up the quick finish.
Very accessible and unlikely to offend sweet-toothed novices, this beer is just lacking the wild, memorable charm of a qualityTrappist-style beer. Still, considering how easy it is to drink, why rant?

putnam, Jul 21, 2004
Photo of HardTarget
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A full sized 750 ml brown bottle, corked and caged, no date, with the label stating it was imported by Bavaria in Dallas. Note: Got a case of these off a liquor store that evidently couldn’t move them and wanted to be rid of them; got the case for $12.90.
Aroma: A strong grape nose with underlying Belgian yeast smells and some spices, maybe a hint of clove and pepper.
Appearance: Big fluffy white head on a glugging pour into my New Belgium chalice, but it settled down to a modest cover. Body is a clear copper orange with mild carbonation streaks.
Flavor: Still chuckling at my good luck to score a case of this. First blush is very fruity, grapes, apples, and a hint of banana. Then there is a slight alcohol taste that matures into a gentle warming and yeast and floral notes. Hops? None noted really. Malt? Um, other reviewers note it, but I’m unable to really find a malt note. Outstanding balance lets the other more subtle flavors shine. The aftertaste is a bit, well, for lack of a better term it tastes like what my wife would call “rotten fruit”. I don’t experience it as a bad taste, but a bit unusual. Tart finish.
Mouthfeel: Full body but no real chew, it goes down smoothly. It has a mild carbonation prickle and slight numbing.
Overall Impression: So happy with this little windfall. The case seems to have been treated well, and I may put a few bottles back for a bit more maturing. High points are a full rich flavor and aroma. Down sides would be hard to find, but appearance and drinkability are closer to average. A solid tripel in my book.

HardTarget, Jul 17, 2004
Photo of steelreign
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic session brew for me.... fruity, malty and a very good Belgian Trippel. Alcohol hidden well, slightly sweet and fruity, with tons of malt. Slight hop notes. Very smooth and highly quaffable! I would recommend this to anyone wishing to try a Belgian style beer without getting into the heavy hitters too soon.

steelreign, Jun 11, 2004
Photo of Skidz
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out light yellow and sits an orange-amber in the glass with a nice fluffy white head on top. This just shimmers in the light; a very nice looking brew.

Smells very fruity. Pears, apples and plums all come to mind. Caramel also present along with a slight grassy tinge to it. Just nice and sweet, and very enticing.

Taste is right on, sweet fruits all the way. Grapes and apples with that caramely sweetness bring it all together. Nice bit of yeastiness in the mild bitter finish.

Smooth as silk, light carbonation. A great body; it just floats in the mouth. A delightful treat which is thoroughly enjoyed.

Skidz, May 27, 2004
Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an apple juice yellow with brown colors deep within.

The smell is pretty bitter with hints of sweet pears, white grapes, and flowers.

The flavor is very full - it carries a natural eppervescence that makes the tongue sort of dance. There are lots of barley flavors and alcohol with some hints of sweetness (fruits) in the aftertaste.

This beer has a very balanced flavor and is great for repeat drinking.

GuinnessSmurf, May 12, 2004
Photo of necoadam
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was an interesting tripel. Poured out a dark amber color with a nice amount of carbonation. Looked a little darker than some other tripels out there. Smell consisted of fruits and nutty aromas. Taste was good. Nice and crisp. Lots of fruits in there, plums, grapes, some apple perhaps. It's also more fruitier than other tripels on the market. Pretty nice brew. It has a lot of character and it's full-bodied. Worth seeking out.

necoadam, May 11, 2004
Photo of tjd25
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful appearance: a very dense and fine head on a orange copper hazy body. Nice aromas of ripe bananas and citrus. The taste is very fruity: ripe bananas, almost with an artifical candy flavor, and mostly grapefruit. The hops are well hidden, and add a subtle floral note to the brew. The mouthfeel is very smooth and round, but gets dry and citric on the end, as the alcohol gets more noticeable. An enjoyable tripel.

tjd25, May 02, 2004
Photo of ElGordo
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

As far as I know, this was one of the last bottles of this beer sold in the United States after the brewery closed some time ago. Presented in a 750ml bottle with wire-caged champagne cork. Pours a brilliant golden amber with a huge off-white creamy head. Big aroma of banana and apricot that hits from several feet away. Closer sniffing reveals clove, and a hint off-key mustiness that makes me think I may have let this one sit just a little too long. Beautiful carbonation - the tiny champagne bubbles just keep on coming. Buttery, creamy body is as close to perfection as I can imagine. Palate holds light, sweet fruit, brown sugar, bubble gum, and a hint of amaretto. Nice, sweet finish, with very little aftertaste. An absolutely amazing beer, I'm sad to see this one go.

ElGordo, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of BierReise
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle with some date code I can't understand Poured a cloudy reddish orange with sizable head that falls flat yet leaves scattered lacing. Aroma has a candy like sweetness to it with some fruit and yeast adding to the mix. Mouthfeel is crisp with carbonation and medium bodied. The flavor is on the sweet side with a peppery spicy note added to the sugary sweetness. Overall not my favorite Tripel but a decent one just the same.

BierReise, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of TerryW
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy amber orange in colour. Moderately sized off-white head settles to a ring and doesn't give up any lace.

Aroma is sugary sweet with a touch of banana. Some yeast in there, too. Lots of alcohol, yeast and sweetness in the flavour. Hint of banana there as well. Comes across a bit like a brandy.

Okay for sipping, not one I'd want to put away a ton off. A little too sweet without really distinguishing itself in any other way.

TerryW, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of coasterfreak75
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the pour the brownish-orange color attracted me that along with the light foamy head that remained on top throughout the glass. This ale had one of the fruitiest smells I have ever experienced, definite hints of apples with another smell I just can't put my finger on. To me this is where the outstanding parts of this drink end. The start is very wet and underhopped, for my taste anyway. The middle is borderline tart with a finish almost like that of apple juice. This is a fine beer, just not one of my favorites.

coasterfreak75, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of Popsinc
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A golden amber pour with a medium but rich white head. The nose is smei-sweet with bubblegum hints and a noticeable yest quality. Light fruit notes as well. The taste is well balance with once again the bubblegum sweetness and light fruit notes....did i detect a pinch of coconut?...anyway, the taste reminds me somewhat of Leffe Blond, based on memory. The mouthfeel is very smooth and full. Lots of lively bubbles the whole way through with a dry-ish finish. An easy drinker but not overly complex or fullfilling.

Popsinc, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of kbub6f
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Biggish, light creamy/tan-colored, coarse head. Thin arcs and spotty lacing. Dark, orangey/amber beer. The smell is sweet, malty, a touch corky with a little sugar. Alcohol obvious in the front poking through the caramel. Thick malt in the middle: sweet, creamy. Dry finish; some tartness/sourness. This is very tasty, but short of the quad.

kbub6f, Dec 16, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not a real impressive pour here kind of hazy deep orange with almost no head to speak of,the aroma is somewhat winey and spicey with some light apple notes.Tjhid one hefty triple here very rich tasting some deep wine noted and very yeasty tasting with some sharp spiciness.One of the harshest triples I hav had in quite awhile although thats not a total bad thing.

oberon, Dec 12, 2003
Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color with a thin head that contained some large bubbles. The head lasted through half the drink. The aroma contains elements of malt, fruit (apples ?), and grass. The taste was dominated by malt as some fruits and bitterness lagged behind.

Smooth on the tongue. Slight dryness experienced after swallowing. The malt flavor lasts for a minute or so too. Definitely drinkable. The alcohol level is not very noticable compared to other Belgian Tripels.

Gavage, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of daledeee
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy brownish-orange. Medium white head. Good nose. Yeast bread and fruit in the nose. Taste is more malty than I am used to in a triple. Fruit takes second in the taste on this one. But it still tastes good. An aftertaste I cannot identify. Mouthfeel is good and velvety.

Overall a fine Belgian triple.

daledeee, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy peach - sediment on the bottom of the bottle was tight, so I was able to get a very clean decant. Flavor is soft, some suggestion of honeydew melon, with a sharp, carbonated acidity that balances well. Not a lot of depth to the flavor profile, but overall it is quite pleasant.

Brent, Oct 27, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A foggy orange color at the start with a large off white head that is creamy in consistency after decomposition the lace formed is a thick and clinging sheet. The aroma of pineapple mixed with a banana like tone greets the nose, crisp and fresh, sweet with the start malt heavy and slightly tart; middle is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is striking in its hop spiciness, the acidity biting, tart aftertaste that is also dry and long lasting. Having sampled four La Trappe beers, this one ranks number two right after the double my favorite.

Notes of Dominus Triple which is the same beer:
Nice somewhat hazy golden orange color, competently sized off white head, with oodles of fine lace. Ripe fruit aroma’s like pineapple, and over ripe banana dominate the nose with malt tones underlying it all. Start is ambrosial, reedy top, slightly tart, middling carbonation with a masterful hop spicy bite, the aftertaste dry and also a lingering tartness through the drink.

Gusler, Oct 09, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice opaque deep golden darkened yellow color, a lighter peachy tone that has lots of little floaty things suspended in its haze. Small whitish head thats loose and fluffy and fades pretty fast and lace is in drippy strings and spots. Smell is a subdued mellow mix of very dulled melons and lemon with some yeasty grab and a nice spicyness and alcoholic warmth over lays. Taste is quite quenchingly yummy and mellowing. Nice mild citrus of dullish lemon, melons, and dried orange and apricot all have a certain impressionable mix and lightly souring tartness kick thats mostly upfront. Hops add to the boost some, then it begins to fade some as it reaches farther past midway. Just after midway it mellows out with some spicyness and lingering lightly into the finish with some malty chewyness and more dulled citrus mix. Solid medium body feel with some creamyness at first, picking up a small surge on its way to a mellowing smooth and lightly chewy sweet finish. Not overly complex but very enjoyable, a nice drinkable thickness and lush feeling as it begins to warm after half a glass or so. Makes for a nice relaxing glass full of delight.

tavernjef, Sep 26, 2003
La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 752 ratings.