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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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Ratings: 808
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 44
Gots: 78 | 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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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.

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

Pours a beautiful amber, with golden edges. Thick white head with good bubbling.
Spicy aromas, musk candy, specialty malts.
Flavours of candy sweetness. Fruity tingle, some toastiness, lingering aftertastes. Light/medium bitterness.
Medium/full mouthfeel, long aftertaste.
Wonderful spicy complexity, sweetness & length. Could not drink more than two, I think.

Photo of jdoolin
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2oz bottle, poured into a Koningshoeven Chalice. This one was a gusher.

Appearance: Light, reddish amber with a nice, thick, slowly diminishing head. A bit dark for a tripel, but a beautiful beer nonetheless.

Aroma: Malt sweetness, phenolics, bready and earthy yeast.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Malt sweetness kicks in first, very light caramel notes. A wonderful earthy yeast. Spicy phenolics and alcohol, and vinous fruits blend for a very pleasant flavor. Finishes somewhat dry. Very smooth, but made more crisp by the carbonation.

Notes: I found this beer to be very pleasant. It has a nice range of flavors and is very easy to drink. I feel this brewery is underrated.

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

330ml bottle bought from Grape Expectations, Ballyclare...

Poured a deep coppery orange colour... Nice creamy tan head poured thick and foamy then faded to nice thin layer... fair amount of carbonation drifts to the surface...light lacing...

Aroma - Tart fruitiness (raisins, prunes, oranges, some apples), toffee maltiness, quite nutty, slight soapiness, some light floral hops, bready / yeasty notes, peppery, perfumey...

Taste – Light caramel maltiness, bready, alcohol quite noticable, nice fruitiness (raisins, figs, oranges, pears), light toffee sweetness, spicy floral hops, some nuttiness...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry. Medium body... Pretty refreshing but maybe slightly harsh to drink too many in one sitting...

Overall - A pretty good tripel... there are better examples out there but it's certainly worth a try...

Photo of bort11
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Color was a dirty copper brown, like a cider. A lot of small flecks of yeast sediment. A small tan head that quickly recedes with no lacing to speak of. Smell has plenty of fruity esters, I'm sensing apples. Taste follows smell. Sweet fruityness. Not a whole lot of bitterness, more sweet malt. Mouthfeel is warm, tiniest hint of alcohol. There is a surprisingly crisp carbonation when compared to the near total lack of head. This is a nice sipper, just not so nice to look at.

Photo of Osiris9588
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Came caged and cork in a brown 750ml bottle. Pured a deep copper with a cranberry hue and a creamy 2 finger head, dissipating slowly, leaving considerable lacing. A caldera of bubbles rose through the center for almost the entire first pour, into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

The bouquet offers yeast and a strong, yet clean, herbal aroma, slightly grassy and resembling wet leaves in autumn.

The taste consists of subtel malts and yeast, with strong fruit overtones--dominated by apple and pear, and a note caramel. The hops remain suggestively in the back, no trace of bitterness. Fruit dominates, and the flavor is almost all but devoid of spice.

The mouth is light--considerably lightweight comapred to many other Tripels-- and lively: acidic on the front palate, with the heavy but enjoyable fruit finish.

The drinability is high. Multiple bottles could easily be consumed in a sitting. A very enjoyble ale overall from the Dutch.

Photo of Regenpak
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in one of those criminal 30 cl eurobottles I served this beer to myself a tad too cold. Recommended is around 10 °C but fortunately it slowly warmed. The very thin head with fine bubbles was persistent. The color a beautiful clear amberish yellow. I clearly smelled alcohol, and betwixt the sweetness an very distinct odor I couldn't place. Drinking it brought a light fizziness and again alcohol and sweetness. A hint of coriander but not the odor. Instead some bitterness. A pleasant beer to enjoy.

Photo of stouty1
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured reddish brown with a nice foamy head.

Smells of hops with a flowery aroma. I can really smell the alcohol coming through.

Tastes hoppy sweet, bitterness as it goes to the back of the tongue.
Good mouthfeel that stimulates the taste buds and fizzes throughout the mouth. Slight bitterness
shows you how hoppy it is but it masks the alcohol quite well. I am shocked how ell it hides the alcohol.

Good beer, but I have not had a lot of Tripel's as of yet.

Photo of atigerlife
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful brown/golden coloer with a nice light brown fluffy head. Small carbonation can be seen rising. Decent lacing.

Aroma is light and musty. Some spice.

Taste has some spices but is mostly sweet caramel and some pears and apples. A slightly bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and quite spritzy. Too much cleansing feel for this style.

Overall, a good, nice drinking beer. Quite refreshing. Suprisingly good bite to it. Certainly not a great tripel, but well worth drinking.

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Koningshoeven Tripel pours a hazy iced tea color with a thin off white head from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. Aroma has hints of pear, toffee and a little bit of alcohol. Malty taste up front followed by fruitier flavors such as pear. Interesting, definitely different from the other tripels I've had. Most definitely worth a try.

Photo of Budlum
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of AltBock
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of Brian700
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of dren
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of delicious
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.

Photo of canucklehead
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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