La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) | Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Netherlands | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
La Trappe Tripel’s aroma is slightly malty and estery. Despite its full, rich flavour, this out-of-the-ordinary ale still has a light and dry aftertaste with a touch of bitter finesse.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-30-2002

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Photo of einar85
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Served in a Westmalle chalice. Golden. The foam disappears quickly.
S: Sweet malty aromas with a hint of bananas.
T: Crisp. Surprisingly bitter. Although the alcohol is clearly present, it is very well balanced.
M: Full bodied.
O: It requires your full attention, but it is very drinkable.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled 11/30/2010. Pours fairly hazy golden orange color with a fairly dense 2 finger white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big lemon, pepper, pear, apricot, grape, candi sugar, biscuit, honey, and yeast spices. Very nice and well balanced aromas, with good strength and complexity. Taste of big lemon, grape, pepper, pear, apricot, clove, candi sugar, bread, coriander, banana, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of grape, pear, lemon, coriander, pepper, clove, and big yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great balanced flavor profile of sweetness with spicy character; and no cloying sweetness at all. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick and prickly mouthfeel as expected for the style. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all on the finish. Very smooth to drink but is still definitely better to sip on. Overall this is definitely a great Tripel. Great flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth and highly enjoyable to sip on.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours with 2 fingers of white bubbly head. The hazy honey brew reveals tiny streams of bubbles hinting at the level of carbonation. Some retention of head with lacing and a rim of bubbles around the glass.

S: Sweet malty notes and hints if white flesh fruits, apples, pears and white grapes. Scents of fresh pepper and cloves and a hints of yeasty bread.

T: Big malty taste sweet and smooth, with a hint of hops at the end.
Sweet flavours of pears and apples that complement the malt. Excellent yeasty presence, typical of a triple, and pleasant warming alcohol. Worth drinking slowly to get all the complexity.

M: Medium bodied and a high level of carbonation. Bit of sting on the tongue from the higher level of carbonation.

O: As expected from a triple the alcohol is well hidden, the sweet malty brew is easy to drink and versatile enough to complement creamy rich cheese or crisp salad. La Trappe is an easy drinking brew that shows some of the best of the Tripel qualities, I'll definitely be picking up a bottle just to have on hand.

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Photo of n2185
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with two fingers of off-white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Light spice notes up front followed by strong aromas of bubblegum and candy sugar. White grape and pear notes bring up the finish with a light bready aroma.

T: Spice notes hit first again along with sweet light fruits and some candy sugar. Sweet bready flavors bring up a clean and dry finish. Very slight alcohol presence.

M: Medium-light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is pretty light with a clean and dry finish.

O: A good tripel, overall. Not particularly pretty, but otherwise smells and tastes good while being quite drinkable.

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Photo of fields336
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cork says 26/10
Poured into cigar city snifter

A: hazy golden color, almost honey like, carbonation rises, about 1 finger head, dissipates to leave a ring which stays the whole glass.

S: some esters, light fruits such as white grape or apple, pepper, slight metallic notes, spices

T: said spices, along with a slight hop presence, nice, and the yeast is there as with other trippels, there is a nice sweetness there too

M: carbonation is great, a little less than most trippels, finish is dry and nice

O: I like this beer a lot, I served it with a Sweetgrass dairy Green Hill double cream and french bread. Made for an excellent pairing and lunch.

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Photo of iSip
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

La Trappe Tripel, 750ml bottle: Fantastic! I am a big fan of Belgian style tripels, and the La Trappe is a worthy find. Not much of a head forms on this brew compared to most tripels, which tend to produce a washer load of suds. The La Trappe is cloudy, and has a straw yellow color, with a hint of red if held up to the light. There is an aroma, but it is subtle. So far, not outstanding, but take a sip. The La Trappe is clean and crisp, very champagne like at the start, and staying light and flavorful to the end. This is a great tripel for newcomers and beer advocates alike.

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Photo of nout72
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Of all the Tripels I came across this is my favourite...well at least for now :-)
A very full and balanced flavour, extremely smooth, I cannot come up anything negative, well ok, maybe the weak smell?

I feel this beer is a bit underrated, both the highly rated Westmalle Tripel and Chimay Tripel (White) have a metallic bitterness besides the sweetness that can give me a stomach ache.
Not this one, I think you cannot even force it to give you a headache either.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into an Orval goblet.

A:
Hazy orange amber in color with one finger white frothy head with moderate retention, the texture seems to be likely clear. The head dissipates to a flat bubble film with some lacing patches. There is not much of visible carbonation.

S:
Overtone mild fruity mingles with malty sweet, a bit spice from the adding of coriander and phenol also with notes of dry husk and nuttiness.

T:
Mild esters and citrusy from yeast do their job well in yielding fruitiness and sweetness drying up the palate along with malt lay as backing. Phenolic spice draws down generating more complexity in tasting. Bitter sweet at the end derives from hop and yeast snap.

M:
The body is medium, low carbonation but fine crisp and carry out well, very dry in the finish.

O:
Very well brew and very easy to go with yet high drinkability as there is no harshness and alcohol is well hidden. Everything just goes down smooth.

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Maredsous chalas. Look is deep golden almost brown with a somewhat thin head. Very little lacing. Both of these points are surprising considering the style and origin are know for head and lacing. Smells of yeast, slight pepper, and a whiff of alcohol. Tastes fantastic like honey, caramel, and bread. Definately on the sweet side.

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Photo of teromous
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark shade of copper, with a rose hue. The head is thin but covers the surface in white foam. The beer is hazy, and leaves spotted lacing.

S: Very strong malt scent, with familiar Belgian scents. It has a fruity plum-like scent.

T: Again there is a robust malty caramel flavor, similar to how it smells. I get some boozy flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is very clean. It's medium bodied, then ends very light. Great carbonation.

O: Overall it's a very good beer. It's not my favorite Tripel, but it is very tasty and quite delicious.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a clear chalice glass.

Appearance: Poured a hazy deep golden color, almost amber. One finger of creamy white foam head that receded slowly and left a little sticky lacing on the sides. Settled to a frothy white cap that lasted to the end.

Smell: Sweet and yeasty with light hops and fruit aroma like pears and green apples. Slight alcohol sweetness as well. Some spice beneath. Really inviting.

Taste: That wonderful sweet, yeasty and fruity flavor that the Trappist Belgian Tripel style is known for. A good hops presence. Slight sourness and light fruits are there too, like light pear and green apple flavors. Good warming and sweetness from the alcohol. Yeast is the right blend of sweet and spicy.

Mouth feel: Slick and creamy with soft carbonation.

Overall: This is the cream of the crop for Belgian Tripels for me, and one of the best examples of the style (in my opinion). I have had this often over the years and it is always consistently fantastic. I'm surprised I hadn't already reviewed this one, since it's easily one of my favorite beers in the world.

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Photo of draheim
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (code 10:10 K09B10 / 36/09 on cork - guessing this was bottled in 2009)

Pours a beautiful golden amber w/ a thick fluffy off-white head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, pale malt, fruity esters - just slightly musty.

Taste is a nice green apple tartness combined with some spicy and floral notes.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, just a little prickly.

Overall a good tripel but not the best I've had. I'd still drink it again though, maybe fresher next time.

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Photo of morimech
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first pour results in a clear, bronze colored beer with a mighty head that is slow to recede to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

Surprising amount of hop aroma. Spicy, earthy, peppery hops meld nicely with the vinous, fruity, yeast esters.

Like the aroma, the flavor has quite a bit of noble hop flavor and bitterness. A bit more balanced than a lot of the sweet Belgian examples. There is some underlying malt sweetness, but the hops help balancing it out. The yeast esters however, are not as impressive as, say St. Bernardus.

Body is smooth and rich. Just a touch undercarbonated. Would of liked a little bit more life. It lays on the palate a little flat.

Impressive beer to say the least. A couple others in the style I like more, but this gives a different interpretation of the style while maintaining old world flavor.

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

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 18/1/12

A golden orange with some sediment and lots of bubbles, a nice two finger head has great retention but only leaves a few spots of lace

S apple, pear, banana, caramel and some gum, there's a fair bit of yeast and booze is well concealed

T taste is similar but its a little harder too pick out the individual flavors, its good but not great, flavors a little more tropical with some overripe pineapple and some candied fruit

M thick for the color with almost too much carbonation but just enough, yeasty candied fruit aftertaste

O a good beer all-around, not mind blowing but solid in all areas

I thought I'd reviewed this one before but apparently not, not the best Trappist ale out there but certainly nothing to be ashamed of

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Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

What a gorgeous body color on this, red hued and a red bronze orange body, slightly cloudy. White head foamy doesnt stick around much settling down to a foamy collar.

Nose is fruity. Pear, and peachy. Spritzy malt and yeast powdery. Strong pear sweetness seems to dominate. Very nice.

Tightly carbonated slightly, dense sweet malts on the palate. Lush sweet pear juices, and a hint of alcohol heat. A huge rushing fruit pear palate coming off. Larger gulps bring a quick peppery aftertaste. Fantastic tasting.

Overall another solid tripel, just wish it hand everything else on the beer enjoyment scale to really dig it.

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Photo of jjkatter
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a La Trappe goblet...

A- beautiful golden orange translucence. Lucious white head that retains well. Plenty of lively effervescence. Near perfect in appearance.

S- pleasant yeast, citrus and apple. A bit of banana and fresh hay.

T- mostly follows the nose. A hint of a smokey flavor presents itself. Lots of body and texture. Plenty complex, however not quite as complex as, say, Chimay Cinq Cents (I am biased).

O- chalk up another one for the Trappist Monks. An exceptional tripel. I would recommend this beer to those who enjoy the style. I would have this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 750 ml bottle. There is a batch code on the label but no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a tulip/snifter. The color is cloudy orange/amber. Three fingers of eggshell-colored head dissipated quickly to leave a thin, bubbly lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: It smells like a boozy, tangy hefeweizen. There are a lot of nice fruit scents, mostly banana, apple, orange, pear, lemon, and grapefruit. It is yeasty and spicy, too, and there is a nice caramel presence.

Taste: It basically mirrors the smell, but the fruit is much sharper. The banana, apple, and orange are most prominent, but there is also some play from the lemon and pear. The yeast is also there, but the spice is not as noticeable. Neither is the alcohol, though there is a very light hint. Everything is balanced by subtle caramel. Overall, it is very smooth.

Drinkability: Impressive. It is nothing orgasmic — I can definitely “Taste the Silence” — but it is impressive.

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Photo of Macca
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a cloudy dark golden/orange colour with a thick white head.

Sweet bready aroma with a touch of caramel.

Herbal yeasty notes on the palate. Some sweetness. A citrusy twang in there.

High carbonation.

As always with tripels I am underwhelmed. I'm sure it's me and not the beer. Would like to try it with food.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a hazy golden color with a thin white head on top. The lacing was a little sticky but nothing too crazy really. The smell of the beer was sweet smelling with a little bit of fruit and spice on the nose. The taste of the beer also has a decent sweet flavor in the beginning. The spices come through in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth with a moderate carbonation. The brew is drinkable and medium bodied. Overall this brew was pretty good.

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Photo of Squelch
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: No lacing. Straw colored. Minimal off white head.

Smell: Best part of this beer. Complex banana aromas dominate. Yeasty as well.

Taste: Complex but underwhelming. Nothing stands out. Not harsh. No hops. Slight lemony and banana flavors.

Mouthfeel: Slightly bubbly due to the carbonation. Full bodied. A sipper. Slight heat at the back of the throat.

Overall: A nice example of the style, but not my absolute favorite.

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

Cork and cage bottle into a short rocks glass.

A: Lighter amber color with distinct copper/orange tones. Only very slightly cloudy but that doesn't detract. Fizzy white head pours big and settles out nicely.

S: You get a little spiciness over a metallic note. Some fruit comes through as well. Some floral notes.

T: Very tasty. Has all of the hallmark qualities of a tripel from the trappist yeast to the mixed fruits. Spice is controlled and leans further to the cardamom or light clove end. Definitely a citrusy coriander tinge.

M: Highly carbonated. Very refreshing.

D: Oh yes. This is now my mother's favorite beer and that makes me very happy. To think she used to drink Blue Moon as her Belgian of choice...

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a La Trappe goblet in Belfort, France. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a wonderfully cream head of marvellous thickness and great retention. Colour is a cloudy copper-gold.

Sm: Nice cream alongside musty orange/citrus peel. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Orange peel, wonderful citrus notes, artificial cream, full barley, and a pleasant hoppy climax combining the best of the citrusy notes. Well balanced and decently built, but largely unremarkable. Certainly not unique.

Mf: The main flaw is it's too wet. It's also somewhat sharp, with a bite that might suggest overcarbonation - perhaps having this on draught wasn't the best serving type choice. That said, it's nicely smooth, and the mouthfeel overall is partly complementary of the flavours.

Dr: The high ABV is somewhat concealed, and she drinks easy. It's of pretty good quality. It's priced too highly in France, but I'd try it again preferably out of a bottle, or in Belgium or Holland.

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Photo of Vylo
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep orange-brown.

Smells enticing bit of an orangey cirtus hint.

Taste is incredible. Very complex, very drinkable, simply amazing.

Mouthfeel is also top notch, perfect carbonation that adds to the experience.

Overall this is one of the best beers I have tried, and definitely a champion amongst tripels. Pick it up. Don't hesitate to try the dubbel and quad versions either (quad especially).

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Photo of Foddz
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light hazy caramel colour with a good 2-3 fingers of head consisting of largish bubbles. Head recedes to a lumpy mass of smaller bubbles and eventually just a thin film over the top of the beer. More can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. Plenty of thick lacing around the rim of the glass.

S: Sweet fruity and floral notes. Bananas, pears, apple blossoms, and sweet caramel malts.

T: Initial presentation is sweet caramel and malt. Fruitiness presents more towards the middle. Apples, bananas and pears predominate. Pears especially in the tail end. Hops gives a pleasant floral bitterness. A little bit of alcohol pervades throughout.

M: Pleasantly smooth and substantial. Excellent carbonation. Dryness present by not overbearing. A little bit of alcoholic harshness, but not Encourages savouring the taste and to take another sip once you're done!

O: A tasty tripel. Not the greatest I've sampled, but it has its merits.

D: I find tripels go straight to my head so I couldn't have more than one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of Agent1
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only existing Trappist monastery producing beer not in Belgium and but one of only seven still remaining in the world. The history behind this beer and its mother operations is astounding. I hope to one day get my hands on something other than the Tripel and Quad. Let's go!

Appearance - First of all, I love this glass. I am pouring into my official La Trappe chalice. A stunning orange/ amber. The carbonation is nice a steady. Not a lot of head here (it dissipates astonishingly quick), but it stays fairly consistent as it bubbles up lightly from the bottom. Great color. The head tends to ring the edges of the glass. A nice beige/ white. Lightly creamy.

Smell - Lots of sugars and honey jump out at first. Very light floral accents. Also, a faint woodsy aroma (most likely from the coriander). A nice spice on the nose. Fig and berries as well. Maybe a tiny bit of toffee coming through, too. Very nice.

Taste - Smooth and complex. Vanilla, raisin, caramel, butter, apple, dried fruits, flowers and other delicate earthy ingredients. Quite sweet, but overall, very balanced. The coriander really pulls everything together. A deliciously bitter finish that helps counteract the candy sugars. Impressive and complex.

Mouthfeel - Quite buttery and again, very smooth. This manages to stimulate all parts of the mouth, proving that this beer is worthy of the "Authentic Trappist" name. An excellent mouth feel.

Overall - Balanced and savory. A complex beer that denotes a sense of power and intensity. At the same time, subtle and unique. The vanilla and honey attributes really stand out in this beer. If you serve it warmer versus straight out of the fridge then perhaps you will agree. A beautiful Tripel and easily one of my favorites.

Enjoy!

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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.