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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: 91 | 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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Ratings: 825 | Reviews: 449
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.

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

Appearance: Pours with a frothy head that does not last too long. Nice orange, slightly brown color. Cloudy with several specs floating around.

Smell: Fruity and yeasty with a bit of honey.

Taste: Yeasty and sweet with a banana presence. Spicy alcohol finish.

Drinkability: Above average drinkability but would not want to drink too many of these. I have had better tripels.

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet. Bright orange amber color, fairly clear on the first pour with just some small specks of sediment, a thin off-white head that persists as a whispy cap. No lacing. Taste is a mix of sweet candi sugar and fruity apple/mango/pineapple with a slightly acidic winey note. Taste is a sweet honey malt with a nice yeasty taste and with some fruity raisin and apple flavors. Finish is a slightly spicey mild hop note. Perfectly fine tasting tripel, not the best but from from bad. Mouthfeel is light and creamy and smooth just like a tripel should be. A little disappointing for a Trappist, but overall a real solid beer.

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

A Trappist beer that's not Belgian...innnteresting. Corked and caged 765 ml bottle, pours with much yeasty goodness, a haze-infused orange with a well-retaining white seafoam head. Floaties are everywhere. Fruity esters abound in the nose, with a floral hop bite, strong notes of banana, milder notes of pineapple and clove. More hoppy than spicy, with a rounded malt profile to balance the spice and fruit. Not super-complex, but nicely balanced. Alcohol only engages itself slightly on the palate; among Tripels I'd consider this one that could easily be sipped in a larger quantity, though still a sipper nonetheless. Really enjoying this one, and I'm quite tempted to find some cheese to pair this with, as I can imagine a delicious pairing. Actually...yeah I'm going to get some cheese.

Photo of BeerBeing
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml creamy-white custom ceramic bottle, corked and caged, multicolored on black label

Appearance: reddish orange with large off-white head, very good lacing

Smell: nuts, yeast, generic sweetness

Taste: medium body, smooth mouth feel, mild herbs, honey, grape, yeast, minor fruitness and alcohol, some hops in background

Notes: smooth and mild trippel

Photo of EPseja
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle served at just below cellar temperature in a nice Chimay chalice. For this tasting, I also opted to swirl the sediment into my glass.

NOTE: Do not serve this beer too cold - get it up to cellar temperature or slightly above! I revisited this review 10 minutes after completing it to correct certain points that were initially masked by the chill.

A - A quite active pourer, this one, eventually coming to rest with a very even, though modest light cream colored head above the rusty, burnt orange body. Visible particles can easily be seen in suspension. After but a minute, the head dissipates almost completely except for an island in the middle, formed by the bubbles fising from the etched Fleur-de-Lis at the bottom of this particular chalice. After draining half of the glass, there was no Belgian lace to be seen. Pity. Could've brought the score to a "4" if there were.

S - Pleasing notes of sweet honey-meade dominate the nose. An interesting winey, sour-appley maltiness is also present. Lastly evident are a smattering of floral hops and plump raisins.

T - The first thing that comes across in the taste is the honey-meade sweetness readily apparent in the nose, coupled with the concentrated sweetness of sugar-coated raisins. Following that is a quite warm, candy-like maltiness sprinkled with a touch of alcohol tingliness. The finish brings forth a very dry hoppiness and unfortunately, a cloying sweetness.

M - Foams up a bit on the intake, but turns nice and creamy for the swallow. Not as smooth as this beer *could* be, but nice nonetheless. Perhaps this is a side-effect of over-priming in a very small bottle. I surmise that the mouthfeel on the 22oz. bottle would be even better.

D - Interesting smell aside, this is a good example of a slightly above average Tripel that could be so much more. But try telling that to an Abbey of monks that have been brewing for ages...

Photo of texashammer
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I feel that I am rating this beer lower than other reviewers, but I can't be swayed. I find this beer to be bland.
Amber to orange color, hazy, very attractive with puffy off-white head that stays.
The nose doesn't reveal much; maybe some light malt and yeast (certainly I need the yeast to call this a tripel). I waited for warming and still didn't find much.
Flavors of raisins maybe? Again light malt, like in a nutty way, and yeast in a bready way... but still light. I feel like both aroma and flavor are too bland for this wonderful style.
I feel the warming alcohol but feel like I missed out on getting there.

Photo of santoslhalper
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a nice deep amber with a decent head that stays for a while. Decently clear.

Smell: The smell is an intersitngly crispy mix of spices, yeast, and strong malts. Complex, with a very musty smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Wonderfully balanced and smooth, it's a mix of sweet fruits and an almost ginger ale feel. Creamy and complex, this beer is full of subtle nuances, tasting different each sip, expecially after the beer hits rooms temperature. The mouthfeel is thick and rich.

Drinkability and Overall: The first beer I've had from this brewery and I really enjoyed it. I can't wait to have more. I had trouble swallowing the fact that this brewery is now a trappist, but so far they deserve that name. Try it.

Photo of Sigmund
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, bought in Denmark. Pours with an enormous head. Colour is deep golden to brown (amber), slightly hazy. Very nice aroma of fresh and dried fruits, spices, oak and exotic wood. Flavour is slightly spicy and peppery on a malty sweet basis with brown sugar and oaky elements. Not bad this one.

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