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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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very good

749 Ratings

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Ratings: 749
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 40
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

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 garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

Aroma is a nice clean fresh somewhat sweet fruity (peach) nose with alcohol noted in the background. Dark gold to amber (orange, peach) somewhat cloudy. Huge excessive head that settles then leaves altogether (maybe due to the alcohol). Alcohol noted immediately when first drinking, but somehow doesn't come across as excessive, but it does create some warmness. Some fruitiness, some sweetness, but not excessive (doesn't become cloy). Bitterness noted too, but again restrained. Decent overall complexity. Feel does well for style, some smoothness despite high carbonation. The carbonation helps with some lightness and eventually creates some fluffiness. Good mix of qualites to create different sensations.
Intensity of alcohol causes it to be a slow sipper, but it smooths out as warms, which lends to enjoyment but then it loses some complexity.

garymuchow, Jul 13, 2003
Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Pours a very peasant coppery brown color with a very lively tan head. The brew is very carbonated and the head last quite a while. The nose is excellent sweet malt with a tinge of spice and very excellent hops.

The mouthfeel is pillowy soft and the flavor is near perfect. A perfect blend of semi-dry maltiness with a super pleasant and non aggressive hoppiness. The after flavor is more of a nutmeg/hops as well. Very good. Very Very Good – nearly a perfect excellent beer.

AtrumAnimus, Jul 04, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

This brew poured a large creamy thick head that was long lasting. There was lacing on sides of my glass. The aroma was fruity and spicy. The body was an orangish color. It had a bitter taste to it. It also had a slight aftertaste to it. It had a cloudy appearance. All in all I enjoyed drinking this brew.

hotstuff, May 19, 2003
Photo of fattyre
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

This beer pours a clear darkish amber color with a large creamy clingy tan head. The mouthfeel is firm. The smell is of bay leaves and is slightly breadlike. The taste is earthy bay leaves with a fruitiness and candy sugar type sweetness. This is a pretty tasty beer that lacks the complexity of a lot of other triples. The presentation-in an earthenware corked bottle is actually more impressive than the beer itself.

fattyre, May 01, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%

A vintage 11.2 oz. bottle, exact year unknown. This is my first tasting of an aged beer, but I didn't do the aging, it was a gift from the distributor's sales rep. "Six or seven years old," he said, "Original recipe, with the x's on it, we were just storing it in the office, and it's probably reached it's peak. Had the dubbel last night, nice and chocolately." So why give it to me? Is he gunning for the title of Coolest Sales Rep Ever?
There's actually a "best by" stamp, but it's hard to read. "08:46 02 04"? Does it have another 10 months to go? I certainly don't care, I'm drinking it now!
Color: murky, peachy orange, with a few brown flecks nestled at the bottle of the glass. Head is white, ample, but short-lived.
Aroma feels arcane and hoary, like something from seven centuries ago, not seven years. Deep with citrus and spice, but mellowed, too. I almost don't want to drink it, and would keep this mysterious and lovely smell in my nose as long as it can last! Most akin to orange candy, glittered with spice.
Taste? Delirious, and a trifle devastating. ABV is kicking a little from the start, but the light, but complex flavor is a bit overwhelming. Hops are in charge, and fandango along the tongue for a turn or two, never really quitting the spotlight. A certain tartness soon overtakes at the end, while sugar and spice continue to cameo.
Sadly, at the very end, my initial excitement has worn off, as has the brews complexities. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and the flavors have died down quite a bit. No doubt, my friend was right, and this bottle is in it's final stages. In my last few swallows, a little extra something reaches the back of the mouth. Is it the yeast? I pour the entire contents of the bottle in, and down it all...fuller, darker, boozier, an excellent end.
That was nice. But not earth-shattering. Maybe that other vintage bottle, the dubbel, will be different?
and now, enjoy my take on the relabeled Koningshoven Tripel, from 12 of 02:

Let's see about this...they're no longer "La Trappe", yet they still call it a Trappist on the label. I'm still not sure what's up with this.
Appearance: lovely amber/ orange color, with a generous, buzzing, bubbly head. Aroma: sweet as can be, fantastically sugary. Orange, honey, sweet fruits, (peach, apricot, melon) and more in the nose. Not too sugary, though, rather mellow, actually.
Medium body, with a profusion of hops to delight the tongue. Light carbonation. Lacks in complexity, though.
So, how does it compare to it's predecessor, La Trappe Tripel?
Wouldn't you know it, someone gave me an 8 year old bottle, the original stuff! ...darker color, some brown spots on the foam, aroma more pungent and sour, as well as sweet, and a vast cornucopia of fruits, more citrus and grape, cherries and berries...hops are huger, chocolate flavors show up!...alcohol stronger... more more than your average tripel..let's hear it for cellaring!
Though it's not fair to compare with an aged sample, this newer version does not compare to what I remember from fresher versions.

feloniousmonk, Mar 30, 2003
Photo of Morris729
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

Possibly the most exhausting cork I’ve ever wrestled with. I thought for a minute that I was actually going to need a pair of pliers to get the thing out! Once opened, it pours a hazy deep orange amber color with a thick and creamy off-white colored head and lots of visible active carbonation. Nose is sweet malts and fresh fruit with an almost cake-like aroma. Medium in body with a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Taste is sweet fruits up front followed by some notes of bread pudding and peppery hops. A very enjoyable Tripel.

Morris729, Mar 25, 2003
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%

The Euro style 11.2 ounce bottle, seems thick enough to use as a weapon for such a slender item. This, my first Tripel, out of excitement, pours an orange color with a foamy bright white head. Smell is initially of fresh flowers. The taste is initially chewy, with me craving more, but only in sips. Has a very sweet taste with just a tinge of fruit left on the palate. Noticeable is the warming effect, but not much alcohol taste. My first of many Tripels!

GeoffRizzo, Mar 20, 2003
Photo of Bruiser81
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%

This beer poured a sort of amber-orange color with a small foamy head that reduced down to a thin layer on the top, but it did leave good lacing. The aroma had several different characteristics. The citrus-banana smell jumped out the most with alcohol spices and a flowery touch. The hops were also present in the aroma. After the complex smell I was ready for a complex taste but no such luck. The taste was rather bland with none of the aromas really jumping out in the taste. I guess the most notable flavor is the hops. Sort of a grassy bittery taste but this beer isn't totally without any malt flavors. The aftertase leaves a sort of sugary taste in the mouth. Overall I didn't care for this beer to much.

Bruiser81, Feb 23, 2003
Photo of Bunnyhop
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%

A clear, darkish amber Tripel with a large, creamy, clingy, tan head. The smell is sweet with fruit (mild apple, mild raspberry) and bubblegum tones. At first I taste a peat-like flavor, followed by sweet malt and fig, with a mild bitter finish. The body is firm in my mouth. Overall, different yet enjoyable. The peat rootiness was unexpected. There is also a nice sweetness that remains on my lips.

(source: European Street; Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL)

Bunnyhop, Feb 22, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%

Honey-orangish in color with an off-white head. It leaves a slight lacing when sipped down. The aroma is sweet and fruity. I detect apple and raisins in the aroma. The flavor is of sweet apple to start, then somewhat bready. It then fads to a dry alcoholic finish. This is my first sampling of a Tripel, and I found it to be a decent beer.

BeerBuilder, Feb 11, 2003
Photo of Quaffer
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%

Appearance: This beer was a reddish-orange color with just a little bit of haze. Hardly any head at all and, therefore, no lace.

Smell: A strong, fruity aroma that was dominated by banana and some raisin. A little sweetness on the nose, but it was not heavy; it still smelled clean.

Mouthfeel: The beer was wonderfully full and smooth. Practically perfect.

Taste: The first thing that I noticed was a slightly sweet, fruit flavor that I have come to expect from many beers of this style. Also present was a hint of spiciness, though not as strong as the dubbel from this brewery. At the end was a mild alcohol bite (especially noticeable as the beer warmed up) and a good warming effect.

This is a great beer, though I would have to say that I like the dubbel better. I have a couple of 750 mL bottles of this stashed away for as long as I can hold out. I can't wait to see what this beer tastes like with some time under its belt.

Quaffer, Feb 10, 2003
Photo of jackndan
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

La Trappe Trappist Ale: A Belgian Tripel Ale, but not made in Monastery, or at least so I am told. Pours a tannish brown, fairly hazy. I spun up some the sediment from the bottom of the bottle, and it came up in thick chunks. The head is not impressive, dissipated very quickly. Cidery aroma, and the flavor has some notes of cider as well. Very malty beer, with some bready malts, but lots of dried fruit flavors as well, such as raisons and the like. Not bad, easy to drink, but I had a Ommengang earlier this evening that was loads better and significantly cheaper.

jackndan, Jan 31, 2003
Photo of maxpower
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Deep cloudy orange-amber color with lots of floaties, nice foamy off white head that clings to my glass. Sweet malty spicy yeasty alcohol aroma.Bready sweet fruity flavors, the taste of alcohol is strong, sweet sticky syrupy mouthfeel, the hops are noticable in the finish, not all bad.

maxpower, Jan 10, 2003
Photo of StevieW
2.65/5  rDev -32.7%

Big 750ml bottle with cork and cage. Yellow biege label with a drawing of an abbey.

Golden color. Shiny. Thin rocky head, lots of carbonation bubbles. Smell was slighly citrus and sweet. First taste was dominated by alcohol. Hot, high alcohol burning never left. Sweet, fruit tastes dominated. Weird slick, and thin feel. Light bodied, not near medium. Alcohol and flavors never reach a balance. Burning lingers in the back of the throat. A dissapointment. I had their dubbel a while back, before becoming a ba, and kept the bottle it was so good. I was thrilled to see this at store, and jumped at the chance to buy it, It was a letdown.

StevieW, Jan 09, 2003
Photo of marc77
3.23/5  rDev -18%

Out of the 750 ml bottle. Dark golden / copper hue w/ good clarity if decanted. Topped by a thick, fluffy, well retained head with rounded peaks. Honey laced sweetness in aroma combined with mild notes of pear, and unripe citrus. Undertones of banana esters and clove. Hint of peppery alcohol. Clove is more pronounced in flavor, but remains pleasantly mild. It couples with residual sugars to lend an herbally sweet impression that briefly lingers. Notes of black licorice and cidery tartness emerge mid palate. Understated hop bitterness leaves the flavor profile skewed towards malt sweetness, which unfortunately consists of seemingly simple residual sugars-- almost one dimensional in overall malt character. Lightly bodied and a touch thin in mouthfeel, but this helps lend a deceiving lightness on the palate. Finishes w/ notes of white bread sweetness, but otherwise clean. La Trappe Tripel, although fairly tasty, seemed too clean and restrained in overall malt and yeast derived character. It's much like their Blonde, albeit with a more pronounced alcohol presence.

marc77, Dec 10, 2002
Photo of Shiloh
1.75/5  rDev -55.6%

This is not to my liking! Appearance in glass is of a very bad home brew, aroma is of yeast and very obvious.....taste is of a caramel malt nature and stong. If this was the only beer on earth, I would turn to wine..(somebody please, hit me with a stick)

Shiloh, Dec 05, 2002
Photo of Wildman
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

This beer poured a reddish amber and formed a bubbly off white head that left circular lace as it subsided. A good amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, herb and bread. A flavor of malt and citrus with a warming slight presence of the alcohol. A slight tart finish on a light body brought on in part, no doubt, to the heavy carbonation. Not a bad tripel.

Wildman, Nov 15, 2002
Photo of frank4sail
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%

Musty/malt smell with a touch of yeast freshness. A white head with a touch of tan that dissapates into a slight sheen quite rapidly. Rose' in color with lively carbonation. Slightly darker than most triples. The yeast/fruit flavor dominates the tongue and is backed up by a sweet malt base. The mouth is is lively with some softness in the finish. Solid but not a "next level" selection.

frank4sail, Nov 15, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%

This beer has an amber color and is topped with a dense, rocky off-white head. Phenolic, sour, yeasty, fruity aroma. Taste includes alcohol, sour notes and yeast. There almost seems to be a stinging solvent-like characteristic also. A little off to me. Some banana esters are present. The body is about medium and drinkability is not that great. If I'm looking for a Belgian beer to drink, I'll bypass this one the next time.

Bighuge, Aug 28, 2002
Photo of cokes
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

Impressive golden-orange body. Hazed, but not as much as most. Massive off-white head erupts, then settles to a lacing film.
Grape-like sweetness on the nose. Doughnut aromas as well. Somewhat faint, but quite inviting.
Flavor starts with some grape notes. Undercurrents of pineapple and honey. Yeast and clove slap down some spicy notes. Turns bready and doughy at this point. Hops enter to dry things out at the finish, but do not provide any substancial additions. Just the fainest perception of alcohol.
Thinish mouth when cold, but thickens considerably while it warms.
So easy to drink it is staggering. 8%?? Somewhat frightening in this aspect.
Probably not the best tripel out there, but certainly one the most drinkable. This would be an excellent introduction to the style

cokes, Aug 19, 2002
Photo of rosebud
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%

Love this beer, have to get it everytime I'm in PA. Great aroma and taste ... gets better as it warms and a gentle spicy/fruit taste invades your palatte. Especially nice on a cold day or evening.

rosebud, Aug 04, 2002
Photo of budgood1
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%

hazy amber-orange, not much sediment to work up. medium head and lacing. big time alcohol/fruitcake aroma awakens the senses. full mouthfeel. definite belgian spice characteristics...like eating apple pie and nutmeg. some clove and banana...all backed up by a definite alcohol presence. lots of other flavors present but i'm too overwhelmed to describe them. i'd even be more impressed if this was december and not july. a great beer.

budgood1, Jul 27, 2002
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Presentation: 11.2 oz slender euro style brown bottle with raised glass above the label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Lightly reddish amber with a patchy Brussels lace, this samples was a tad hazy due to the sediment that was not well settled, this is not a bad thing.

Smell: Bready sweet with hints of nutty yeast and fresh baked bread, mildly phenolic.

Taste: Smooth mouth feel and a crisp carbonation that hold together its medium build. Mild phenolic (peppery and herbal) but not as distinctive as other tripels, raw characters of wild honey and grape like fruity yeast are marks for the complex flavours. Hops are indistinct though still help to balance, alcohol is well formed and not interfering to throw things out of kilter. As the alcohol warms a mild twang from the earthy yeast and the beer dries more and more towards the finish.

Notes: More of a laid back tripel resting at 8% abv and with a milder character than others, still a very respectable brew. A perfect accompaniment with a goat cheese spread and whole wheat crackers.

Jason, Jul 21, 2002
Photo of ADR
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Hazy pale orangey color, thin head that lasts awhile. Vague aroma, slightly berry. Lacks the oomph of the Quadrupel and has a more pronounced grape/wine flavor than a berry-like character. After taste is very pleasant. Refreshing but not super memorable within this style. But then, I'm only mildy a fan of Belgian Ales.

ADR, Apr 30, 2002
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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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