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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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825 Ratings

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Ratings: 825
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 47
Gots: 90 | FT: 1
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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: 825 | Reviews: 449
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a healthy head, fizzy and airy, fed by many bubbles. Color is rusty amber/orange, and now that the head has settled (but is still very much present) it looks creamy and smooth. Leaves an abundant coating of lace. This is how I want the tripel in my glass to look. Perfect.

Aroma packs in a variety of spices--nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, allspice--a bit of grainy bread, something I can only describe as dried leaves (earthy, dusty, subtle) and some mild fruitiness, but just the succulence of fruit and not so much the sweetness. A little bit of tobacco leaf too.

Flavor mixes rum-soaked cherries, pie spices, pipe tobacco and butterscotch with ample warming from the alcohol. Although the alcohol isn't cloyingly up-front or so powerful as to be unwelcome, it definitely feels like more than 8%. Flavor achieves a rare balance of aggressiveness, balance and complexity. You'll find new things with every sip. Delicious.

Big and boisterous in the mouth, it doesn't let you forget it's there, probably due to the ample carbonation. At the warmer temperature I like to drink this it achieves a balance of bubbly activity and a round smoothness. The finish is ultimately pretty dry, with an alcohol-soaked green-apple aftertaste.

Based on my 7 or 8 experiences with this tripel, it's best served with only a slight chill on. Its unique take on the style stands apart from the Belgian Trappists, yet it's completely worthy of standing in their company. Wonderful stuff.

Photo of acrawf6
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark reddish-brown amber with a large airy head. nice lacing.

Smell. A very interesting aroma, starts off like red candy apple, but has a creamed tint to it. I do enjoy this aroma, but it is very difficult distinguishing what i get exactly.

Taste. Slightly yeasty, but it is more fruity than anything. It is like a fruit salad; dehydrated apples, candy cherries, and a little strawberries. The alcohol and the cherry mixture reminds me a little of ludents losengers. Finishes with more of the yeast flavor, but with a lot of alcohol. Actually the alcohol in this is deadening my tongue a good bit.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium, but a little slicker than i prefer. Lots of carbonation. not bad.

Overall. It is pretty enjoyable, but considering all the other tripels available, i would put this in the lower half (but that is really more a compliment to all the other great tripels out there than a shot at this beer, plus it's cheaper than most). I will get this again and enjoy it then as well.

Photo of Byeast
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a murky , brownish orange , with a small layer of whitish foam for a head. The aroma is yeasty , a bit sweet with fruity notes , slight banana and citrus/ pineapple , even a hint at coconut oil. The taste is a fresh and yeasty mix of sweet malts , mild fruity flavor , some tartness near the powdery dry finish. Hops flavors balance the sweet malt with a slight spicyness. Also just a little bit of phenolic touch. A lightly carbonated mouthfeel , dry finish. I found it to be quite drinkable , just a little less complex than alot of tripels that iv'e had. The nose however was quite complex imo. Worth a try.

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

This beer is brown golden with a big head.

Smell is caramel and toffeewith some spiciness, cinnamon, banana, Christmas pudding.

Taste is caramel and malty, with spices and fruits, banana, cinnamon, apricots and some gumballs. There is a medium bitterness and mouthfeel is slightly sticky.

Photo of stevecee2003
2.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

P - Poured from a tall 1-Pint, 9.4 oz bottle. Age date printed on the back label.

A- Light reddish in color. Some copper coloring. A few light rings of lace that didn't last long.

Smell - Sweet. Perhaps too much so. A nutty yeasty smell comes through.

Taste - Mild is the word. Mild carbonation. Mild hops taste in there at the beginning. But a malty sweet taste lingers. I have now discovered I do not like that combination much. There's a strong honey taste that, for me, is just too much.

Final notes - Not a beer for me. I am glad I tried it. It's good to have a reference. But the sweetness and especially that Honey taste just killed it for me.

Photo of gpcollen1
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luscious brown into my Koningshoeven glass. A very slow pour reduced the sediment factor. It kept down the head as well. Aromas are deep and rich, reminding me of de Rocs Tripel Imperiale.

Tasting this wonder reveals the moderate carbonation and wonderful flavors. A hint of sweetness on the front, full flavor in the middle and finishes with a whisper of hops.

This is quite a great Tripel, maybe not the best but pretty darn good. Ther is much going on this. I think I may have another.

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

Pours a murky deep amber with a big, fluffy whipped up head.

Smell is phenolic, plum and prune. Fairly simple in the nostrils.

Taste is vinous, less phenolic than it smells, which is good for me. Carmel malts are heavy and alcohol is warming. Dark fruits and candy sugar sweeten the mix.

Not full but substantial in the mouth, close to meaty.

Solid brew altogether. I didn't hold out much hope for this one, I don't know why. Always nice to have a pleasant surprise. Good stuff.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very ruddy, light copper color with sediment galore floating around. Great frothy head that sticks around for company.

Smells of fruitiness, bananas, bready, yeast, and alcohol...lots of other stuff going on.

Tastes of more fruitiness, bananas, breadiness, yeast, dark fruits, white grapes, some alcohol but not as much as in the nose. Very complex and tasty. Not a typical tripel but dayum tasty!

Mouthfeel is fluffy and velvety and well carbonated.

This beer is very drinkable based on taste alone...just watch out, this one is a sipper. That 8.0% abv creep up on you.

Koningshoeven doesn't dissapoint.

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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 825 ratings.