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
89
very good

849 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 849
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 51
Gots: 117 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Traquairlover
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Clear orange amber with medium of white head consisting of small and medium sized bubbles.

S = Light yeast esters, fresh grains, ripe fruits. Well, balanced.

T = Creamy, sweet fresh bread dough, slight floral tastes, esters very light.

M = Mdeium bodied, great mouthcoating, pefect fizz of carbonation.

D = This is a tasty, wonderful beer to drink. Highly recommend it.

Photo of aubuc1
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 cl bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a clear orange/golden with a nice lacing from an offwhite head.

Smell is of bananas, bread, and yeast. Different than other tripels.

Taste is distinct. Extremely smooth taste that is hard to describe. Bready yet sweet. Curious. Eventually I found some apple.

Mouthfeel is very good with solid carbonation making it creamy.

Very drinkable tripel. Excellent beer.

Photo of tatterdash
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Smokeless Joe's in Toronto, complete with the proper Koningshoeven chalice, which has a nice look to it. It poured darker than the Tripels I have seen, with a small amount of head, perhaps a little too cold. Aroma of cheeries, other fruits, and caramel apples. Tasted strongly of butterscotch, caramel, and bananas, with a nice smooth finish. It has a surprisely light mouthfeel for such a rich beer, and was dangerously drinkable. I think some poeple would find this too sweet, but I enjoyed this only Trappist tripel from outside Belgium.

Photo of dren
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
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 +11.4%
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 ElJacobian
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Very solid tripel. Kind of a subdued taste compared to some of the others, but well-balanced and great feel overall. The aftertaste is incredible.

Photo of Chrysostom
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As always, I review live, not from notes, puzzling out the libation brewed in houses of salvation. As always, I review to style (ala BJCP), modified by personal taste (contra BJCP), not solely to personal taste, which would be unfair to many great examples of styles that I don't personally favour.

First time I've had this beer. Ratings subject to revision upon consumption of additional bottles.

Apologies for my short review this time. Christ is risen! It's Easter/Catholic Pascha (Orthodox Pascha isn't until May 5 due to the Revised Julian Calendar differences from the Gregorian - lots of discounts!), so I'll be heading out to the House of Worship in an hour. Or less. I'll try to keep it brief. And likely fail.

Presentation: 750mL corked and caged bottle, $9.99, served at 40ºF and warming as I write, poured in to a Chimay goblet/chalice.

A: Slightly hazy, still mostly transparent, apple-juice or hard-cider colour, with one finger of soapy white head which recedes relatively quickly to a scum upon the face of the beer and a ring around its edges. Minor rings of lacing. Mildly active carbonation.

S: Cracked black pepper, very mild citrus fruits, bready yeast, "dry bubblegum" (bubblegum aromas, surprisingly lacking much sweetness), applejack, a little Belgian funk, and an extremely elusive (possibly imagined) whiff of Belgian spiciness.

T: Peppery and fruity, probably from the inimitable Belgian yeast, slightly dry, quite bready, bordering on the biscuit-like. There's a bit of undefined alcohol in there, along with an undefined hop bitterness which holds the malts and sweetness in check without being obvious. A little bit of weird skunkiness, probably part of the Belgian funk, with an almost-imperceptible twang of DMS on some sips - it may just be my imagination, but it gets a 4.5 instead of 4.9 or 5.0 for this bottle.

M: Medium of body, light and spritzy of carbonation,

D: High.

O: An extraordinarily well-balanced Tripel, not exceedingly complex but complex enough for the job. Easy drinking, but with layers of flavour that exist if one wishes to drink it more slowly with the goal of puzzling them out. Better than St Bernardus Tripel, not quite as good as Chimay or Westmalle Tripel, but it's a beast of it's own sort - less fruity, less estery. Better in some ways, not in others, it's hard to make a direct comparison: try it. It's certainly worth it.

To style: 85/100
To taste: 92/100

Photo of Deus1138
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You really can't go wrong with a Trappist.

I poured this into my one and only goblet. Color was orange, kind of dark and cloudy. I got a nice 1/4 head on top.

Not much to report in terms of smell. I mostly smells the sweetness, candylike.

Taste is great. Lots of dark fruit, raisiny, sweetness here. I know that carbonation should usually be discussed under mouthfeel, but there are just enough tiny bubbles here to give the sweetness a nice little kick. The after taste reminds me of rock candy as a kid.

I don't think I'd have this with dinner. This is not a criticism. It's very sweet and filling. I'd drink it after dinner or with some appetizers.

I like this one a lot. Not something I'd drink everyday, but something I would save for special occasions.

Photo of brdc
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large corked and caged bottle, loud "pop", poured into a goblet.

Very nice looking, glowing orange with a dense, creamy, forever lasting white head that goes all the way down with beer, and I am sipping. Lacing coats the sides of the glass with every sip.
Sweet, fruity aroma, lots of candy and fruits, honey.
Medium bodied, nice gentle carbonation, sweetish, candy-like, and lots of sweet fruits.
It still manges to finish somewhat dry.
Very enjoyable, a bit too sweet to have the full bottle by yourself.

Photo of cyrenaica
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

20oz draught
8.0% ABV

I tried this beer on January 17, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto. The beer poured a dark translucent golden brown with a thin tan head. The aroma consisted of sweet malt and vanilla. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was sweet malt, plums, a little caramel, and a little vanilla.

Photo of roblowther
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged poured into a chalice glass. Cheers to my buddy Woody for the beer. It pours a medium brown gold color with a quickly dissipating head. Smells of bread dough and honey. The taste is bready with a quick whack of cinnamon. Does cinnamon come in whacks? There is also a slight earthy flavor, with a really nice aftertaste that just makes you want to have another sip. It is a straightforward tripel, not like the Westmalle, but very refreshing. The mouthfeel is spot on, tingly and buttery. Overall, I like this beer quite a bit. It is very good in a very simple way. I've been called worse, so I imagine the monks would be OK with that description.

Photo of budgood1
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, deep marmalade body is topped by a creamy head of off-white foam. The retention is excellent, and it maintains a creamy 1/2" surface covering throughout the entire goblet; and leaves short walls of lace that drop with the level of the beer (but don't stick!). The aroma displays a clean, lightly honeyish malt that's accentuated by a light fruitiness and gently floral background hops. In the mouth it's creamy and smooth with a very fine, restrained, natural carbonation and solidly medium body. Delicate, sweetish malt dominates the flavor, but gives a burst of light fruit at the swallow. It finishes surprisingly dry considering the candyish malt, with a low-key bitterness and some grassy hop flavor becoming evident. It's exceptionally well balanced and quite enjoyable, though it lacks a little bit of complexity. Still, it's well worth trying.

Photo of lamarr04
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just bought seven 330 ml bottles that were just past their best before date.

Served at close to room temperature in a deletrium tremens snifter.

A: Pours a hazy dark orange with a massive fluffy off-white head. Leaves tons of lacing down the glass.

S: Smell is pretty subdued. Lots of yeast, sweet vanilla, and a hint of citrus.

T: Taste is super smooth. No hint of alcohol at all. Don't know if its the aging but taste is mostly malty goodness, with hints of spice and a gentle kick of bitterness at the end.

M: Again, mouthfeel is smooth. Medium body with light to medium carbonation and a lingering mouthfeel.

D: Extremely mellow, I am assuming because of the aging. I quite like the mellowness and think it makes for a very drinkable tripel.

Photo of steelreign
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic session brew for me.... fruity, malty and a very good Belgian Trippel. Alcohol hidden well, slightly sweet and fruity, with tons of malt. Slight hop notes. Very smooth and highly quaffable! I would recommend this to anyone wishing to try a Belgian style beer without getting into the heavy hitters too soon.

Photo of Snamnoum
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - rusty orange brown color, extremely cloudy with 2 fingers of off-white head and plenty of lacing.

Smell - very citrusy and floral, honey, toasted grains, some sour notes, rye bread, and doughy yeast

Taste - full of fruit, apricots, raw honey/wild flowers, light citrus and graham cracker like malt, slightly nutty

Mouthfeel - luxuriously creamy feel, medium bodied, well carbonated

Overall - this is one of my new favorite tripels, perfectly balanced and the complex malt character

Photo of HopBacchus
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle at Delerium a bar in Belgium with 2004 different craft beers on the menu. Delerium is certified by the Guinness book of world records as having the largest selection of beer.

The knowledgeable bartender poured the bottle into a custom chalice designed specifically for this beer.

A: Poured a darkish orange with a massive head which slowly disappeared as i sipped. Lacing was very impressive though not outstanding.

S: Pretty good not particularly powerful lots of vanilla and lemon

T: Absolutely fantastic for an 8% beer no taste of alcohol at all very smooth delicious malts overpower the taste buds. aftertaste of vanilla

M: Extremely smooth medium to full body with medium and soft carbonation went down very smoothly

Overall i think it embodies everything that a good tripel should be strong, drinkable and malty this was a good beer that i highly recommend

Photo of MisterClean
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On a bus trp to Napa

A - Light golden brown with 2.5 fingers head. Took a while to dissipate.

S - Bananas and clove.

T - Banana, clove, belgian candi sugar, and nectarine.

M - Smooth, good mouthfeel, maybe overly sweet.

D - Very good, too good maybe. This is probably one of the sweetest beers I've tried.

Photo of vancurly
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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 aquilontendants
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Frugal Homebrewer and expiration date says april, 1996. So, with most trappist and european brewers putting 4 years on the "must drink by date", this beer could be 13 years old. Bought and drank same day of purchase, the day of this reveiw.

Poured into a St. Bernardus glass and left mostly all of the sediment out of the pour. Not much head in a freshly cleaned glass. Looks dark amber with no head, just a small lacing on the edges. Smells slightly yeasty and carmely and malty, wonderful trappist aromas. The beer doesn't seem as full flavored as when I tried it in Belgium, (bought at stores in and around Antwerpen). Maybe a hint of staleness, but it is welcome if anything; I do not think this exact beer would stale, rather age nicely. As beer warms its candi sugar flavors come alive and the mouthfeel is moderate to full. Drinkability is good and the beer puts me at ease with its 8% a.b.v. The alcoholic stregth is noticable but warming. I have had this beer several times before and this reveiw will have to reflect its age, which I will presume is 10-13 years old. This rating will also reflect the fact that I have tasted this fresh in Belguim numerous times, in which the beer was more fresh, more lively.

Maybe I will go back to the Frugal and buy this one to try out 5 years from now; the smells are very renemiscent of a trappist beer mixed with a barleywines smells trying to break through, still in the maturing process, but just about there. Good beer to drink while frozen rain is chilling the outside.

Photo of Agent1
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

Photo of Ellbert
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer was poured into its appropriate chalice and there was a small head that went away pretty fast. This is dissapointing with a belgian. The lace stayed around which was nice. however. The beer itself is ruby/orange and a little cloudy.

Smell: Very spicy and estery with some sugary sweetness bringing it together.

Taste: Sweet like molasses and caramel. Hops are subtle but the spices are perfect. A very tasty beer!

Mouthfeel: A little watery. There is somewhat of a body but it seem washed out after you swallow the beer.

A great tasting beer but it does need some refinement.

Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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 jsulko
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
89 out of 100 based on 849 ratings.