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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

449 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 449
Hads: 861
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 55
Gots: 129 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-30-2002

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.
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Reviews: 449 | Hads: 861
Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (988 characters)

Photo of Macca
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of Squelch
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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... (718 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
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. (978 characters)

Photo of Vylo
5/5  rDev +29.2%
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). (406 characters)

Photo of Foddz
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (1,048 characters)

Photo of Agent1
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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! (1,759 characters)

Photo of Stocean1
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a frothy pillowy white three finger head upon a golden semi-clear body - huge retention and tremendous spider web lacing

Scent is floral hops, sweet malt, light fruit, and belgian yeast

Taste follows the nose with some banana and peach notes and perhaps some white grape

This is a medium bodied brew with decent carbonation that is slightly sweet and dry, not overly bitter and highly drinkable, the abv is imperceptible

Overall, this is an excellent brew that is better than I remember it from my first taste (520 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice deep orange/copper color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderatly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of fruit, bready yeast, caramel and some spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet fruity taste, bready yeast, alot of caramel, citrusy hops and some spices.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall sweet balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. (521 characters)

Photo of ikantspel
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml poured into a devul tulip

on back of bottle:
bitterness: 27 BU
malts: pale, caramel and munich
hops: hallertauer northern brew, slovenian super steirer and tettnang tettnanger

pours a hazy caramel color with 2 finger head and some beautiful lacing

some breaded yeast, belgian candy, spice, and slight banana in the nose

follows the nose with more spice and slighly phenolic. finished super smooth with the banana

this beer is just plain smooth. kinda leaves a little more to be desired in the taste, seems like theres one thing missing... (550 characters)

Photo of jsulko
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Tulip Glass

Color was a amber / orange color with a decent amount of slightly off white head.

Smell was fruity with the typical yeast smell

Taste was smooth and fruity with a sweet finish.

A very good Tripel, even the wife liked it. (260 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle which reveals a white fluffy head with a dark gold/amber color and plenty of bubbles moving about. Not much is left on the glass as you drink.

Notes of sweetness, spicy yeast, and bread in the nose.

It is smooth, creamy, with caramel, a little bit of spice and some sweetness. Some dryness is also apparent.

This thing has great drinkability. Finished those 11.2 oz quite quickly. (407 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brown color and a thick, murky texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A very enticing aroma of malt, caramel, fruit, and yeast.

T: Tasted of caramel (a lot of it), light fruit (apples), malt and some yeast. Much sweeter than I expected, but a very tasty beer nonetheless.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a well made, slightly different, very likable version of a tripel. (521 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Koningshoeven tripel

Appears a ruby amber color with minimal head. A few bits of yeast and lots of active carbonation are visible through the mostly clear liquid. Smells of butterscotch liquor, a little like a barley wine. The taste is full of roasted malt, unique yeast profile, almost like English ale character. Quad like in flavor almost. Big alcohol, nice twinge of lemony hop bitterness, and malt body full of character, roasted, peaty, and lightly sweet. Delicate balance for a powerful ale. Medium bodied and a drying finish. Trappist but not like your standard Belgian, and why should it be, it's Dutch. Classic. (622 characters)

Photo of Mar02x
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on my work. Every month we have a drink with colleagues.

A - Poured a slightly hazy golden beer. Good carbonation and a one finger soapy white head.

S - Bread, fruits like pear, apple, and orange.

T - Nice but not so special. A real triple taste. Spices, hop s, malts and yeast are all present. A nutty and citrus tone.

M - Really smooth with medium carbonation and a nice full body. Sweet-bitter finish.

O - Nice but not really special. (458 characters)

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy amber with a short spritzy looking head that bubbles away leaving some lacing.
S - light on the yeast, fruit, and spice smells. Stronger in the light malt aromas.
T - like the smell, the taste is predominated by a mellow caramel sweetness. The more typical Tripel bite is there but in a subdued way.
M - lighter than some other Tripels I've tried. Very carbonated and swift moving in a good way.
D - easy drinking and more of a quick drinker than a sipper.
An overall mild Tripel. Not over the top in any manner but just hovering around the fringe of being a Tripel.
Probably a very good intro Tripel for those who are not inclined to just jumping into a style.
I would have it again based on its' easy drinking. (721 characters)

Photo of xuptygm
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark red amber color. A good amount of carbonation bubbles. Not much for lacing.

Smell: Sweet grain. Nutty Yeast

Taste: Smooth mouth feel with lots of carbonation. Not lime other tripels I have tried. Very distinct. Honey, fruity, very complex. Hops are present and help to balance the beer with its 8% abv. Very nice finish, sweet and nutty. More carbonation than I would have liked.

Overall a very good beer that I wouldn't hesitate to drink again. (467 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Translucent medium amber/orange colour with one finger of bubbly white head.

S - Caramel, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, brown sugar.

T - Caramel, cloves, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, spice and some noticeable alcohol. Somewhat plain.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - A decent tripel but I found this one somewhat plain and lacking complexity. (386 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle picked up at the LCBO.

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass. Darker than many a tripel I've come across, pushing in to light amber territory. Hazy, with a large frothy head. Good lacing, retention.

Nose is light fruit (pear, lemon, peach), yeast.

Solid tripel, a bit standard, but certainly highly enjoyable. Paired nicely with some bbq rainbow trout and basmati. Light, citrusy, airy, a bit of yeast and pale Belgian malt. Finishes quite dry. Strong carbonation, dry feeling on the tongue.

If you're looking for a solid tripel, look no further. (One benefit of the LCBO is that this brew is fairly cheap ($6.45 for the bomber), so it's a good brew to try.) There are other nicer, more complex tripels to be had out there, Belgian, Canadian, American or otherwise, but this is no slouch. Another fine trappist ale. (833 characters)

Photo of GodOfBeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber orange with a thick white head, lots of carbonation and lacing.

Smells of white wine, yeast, sugar, cloves and spices, banana bread, and a slight hint of alcohol.

Tastes rich and sweet upfront, lots of spices, yeast, winey and bready. Finishes somewhat hoppy and citrusy with a sour, doughy aftertaste.

Overall a very good tripel, but nothing unique or really interesting. (394 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good, real live Belgian Belgian. It is easy to drin, more like a double - and has a well balanced taste. It's kind of creamy. Mine is a bit warm, and I think that probably helps.

There is nothing evil or bad going on here, nor anything distinguishing. I normally prefer american belgians for value and more adventurous taste. I would not buy this again based on poor value and better tripel's available. (415 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

A - Poured a slightly hazy medium copper. Good carbonation and a one finger soapy white head. Good lace and a cap of head retention.

S - Bread, fruits like pear, apple, and orange.

T - Nice fruity notes with no alcohol. Nice citrus melded with a little bit of spice. Sorta hard to describe, mostly fruit, spice, and a little yeast with fruit definately winning over. Lighter fruits are what come to mind.

M - Really smooth with medium carbonation and a full body. Sweet finish.

O/D - Really nice. Not too sweet. A solid Tripel with not much complexity, but great flavour. (588 characters)

Photo of impending
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

33cl into a snifter. Pours a crystal clear deep amber, gorgeous when back lit. Dense compact head, very nice lacing.

Aroma is of rich fruity candied sugars. Smells thick, more dark fruits than typical for a tripel. Quiet phenolic note at the finish.

Interesting flavor as it's a meld of a tripel and dubbel. Sweet and spicy, zero bitter zero dry. Strong coriander contribution. Smooth, aftertaste glides. Well managed phenols. Full bodied mouthfeel.
cheers
jd (461 characters)

La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
87 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.