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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

717 Ratings

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Ratings: 717
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 36
Gots: 41 | 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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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-17-2011 19:39:36 | More by kelvarnsen
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-17-2012 20:04:44 | More by BartMcStout
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 11/2009, served lightly-chilled in Tripel Karmeliet's branded long-stemmed, tulip-shaped goblet.

A: maybe the darkest Tripel I've recently come across, the colour is dark reddish amber, very elegant, topped with a 1.5cm off-white froth that lasts pretty well on top of constant streams of fine carbonation. Looking very decent.
S: very aromatic - suggesting fig jam, fat red prunes' sweet flesh, red apples, sweet black tea, overripe exotic fruits' stinky-sweetness, a little coriander hints, plus a light whiff of alc. Aromatic-estery yet a balance is also reached on the nose.
T: the lightly effervescent foretaste is almost like an English barley wine, featuring richly fruity malts (overripe apples & plums as well as crystal malts are everywhere) with a restrained spicy edge; slowly turning herbally sweet and minerally chewy to pair with a moderate bitter edge of the decent body of hops. A little reminder of the added candy-sugar is provided in the form of the "burned sugar-cane"-ish aroma and its condensed sweetness, but only just, while equally lingering in the end is a slightly woody-malty touch that a semi-sweet sherry seems to be the only proper benchmark.
M&D: the carbonation is so fine but also mildly spritzy to contribute to a refreshing palate, while the body remains moderate throughout the drink, never for a second falling thin. Overall, this "Tripel" is pleasantly spicy-malty, quite balanced, not so estery and dry as many classic Belgian Tripels but more in line with a good-bodied fruity barley wine. Regardless of any "strictly-defined" characters for a Tripel, I have to say this is an enjoyable drink all the same!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 19:58:30 | More by wl0307
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-26-2011 16:40:36 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a mostly clear orange-amber color with a medium thick off-white head that dissipates slowly. Thin spotty rings of lacing. The aroma contains yeast, malt, sour fruit and light spices. Medium-bodied with a nice spice/yeast character. Flavors of tart fruit, candi sugar, peppery spices and yeast are all present. The finish is fruity and yeasty and leaves a mild herbal hops aftertaste. This beer is enjoyable from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 20:33:49 | More by Dogbrick
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-17-2014 16:02:15 | More by Fader
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-06-2013 02:03:04 | More by Kerrie
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-05-2011 20:50:41 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-04-2013 21:04:37 | More by ihmurria
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

08-17-2012 16:37:03 | More by 4ster
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-16-2014 21:45:19 | More by Corbomite1
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

05-26-2014 02:32:09 | More by AaronOp
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

08-07-2013 11:25:25 | More by Sturmthis
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

05-21-2013 02:25:40 | More by Kingcurio
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3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color with a 1 finger head in a snifter.

Aroma: light cloves and banana which fades with warming.

The mouth feel is very carbonated- perhaps too much for a tripel.

Taste: light cloves and spice.

Overall: a solid tripel. This beer is worth cellaring. I cellared the quad which after 9 months was quite complex.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 01:35:46 | More by brureview
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 11.2 ouncer I tried said "Koningshoevan Tripel", the label is otherwise identical to the one shown in the photo, maybe some new labeling going on...anyway this tasty treat poured an amber cloudy color, white head, a fair amount of yeasty sediment in the bottle. Leaves not much lace, nose is nutty and yeasty. Rounded body, nice clove notes,spicy and and more nutty flavors. Pleasant tripel, went well with a few nuts and some bread and cheese.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 03:30:37 | More by Billolick
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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a murky , brownish orange , with a small layer of whitish foam for a head. The aroma is yeasty , a bit sweet with fruity notes , slight banana and citrus/ pineapple , even a hint at coconut oil. The taste is a fresh and yeasty mix of sweet malts , mild fruity flavor , some tartness near the powdery dry finish. Hops flavors balance the sweet malt with a slight spicyness. Also just a little bit of phenolic touch. A lightly carbonated mouthfeel , dry finish. I found it to be quite drinkable , just a little less complex than alot of tripels that iv'e had. The nose however was quite complex imo. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 04:51:22 | More by Byeast
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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a dark golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet and syrupy pears with good amounts of candi sugar and hints of light malts.

Tastes good. Sweet light malts with hints of biscuit-like flavors kick things off. Shortly thereafter syrupy pear flavors come into play and sweeten until midway through the sip. The ending is crisp and on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is a solid tripel with a nice malt base. Not as crisp or flavorful as the best of the style but still worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 02:37:09 | More by glid02
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Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: La Trappe Tripel pours a darker shade of orange-to-golden colour accompanied by a short, cream white crown which under the duration of two minutes gradually dissolves into a top of sporadic bubbles, whereas plenty of carbonation is visible.

Smell: Fruity, notes of peach and hints of fresh citrus, not all that strong though...

Taste: A mild maltiness, a fresh character of the aforementioned peach comes forth pretty clear, the aftertaste consist of mostly bread-like and acrid notes.

Mouthfeel: Alert carbonation kicks it up a notch and brings a fresh touch. Medium-to-light in body, smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Nice, however, quite simple and somewhat mellow for a tripel, yet very balanced and thus ever so pleasurable in the experience!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 02:51:53 | More by Asgeirr
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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy amber/orange with a finger of khaki colored fizzy head. The head quickly dissipated into a thin bubble film for the remainder of the beer

Smells like fresh baked sweet bread with some belgian candied yeast and sweet malt in the mix along with some bananas, apples, orange peel with a subtle spicy background.

Taste follows the nose quite nicely with a very rich taste. I feel that the sweet malt really shines through on this one and the rest of the fruit and spices make for a very nice background.

Medium bodied with ample amount of carbonation makes for a great mouthfeel with a drying finish

Overall this was a nice find but nothing over the top by any means. I think this was a very tasty beer without trying too hard. Very pleased that it came in a three pack. Worth picking up if you come across.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 19:30:25 | More by dcloeren
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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid Trappist tripel, which mostly impressed me by how well it balanced its sweetish taste and thick texture with hoppy aroma to make it very drinkable.

Opaque caramel color and no sustainable head in appearance. Smells quite appetizingly, with hearty servings of pound cake, spice and a bit of licorice and wildflowers. It also looks and feels quite thick when a first sip is taken - and, for a moment, it seemed a bit too thick and sweet for my taste. But, it quickly righted itself with a healthy infusion of hoppy flavor, which made the beer not only drinkable, but also quite tasty.

Still, there is not much surprise or intrigue or excellence in delivering great taste in this beer to make it a staple. It's probably the cheapest Trappist tripel, though, which may be a factor in coming back for it when I desire a thicker, sweeter version of a tripel that Trappists are famous for.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 14:34:28 | More by Cannoneer
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3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 04:49:25 | More by draheim
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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-orange with a very fizzy head. Some alcohol in the nose with malt and a hint of candy coming through as well. The taste is more of the same. Nicely balanced. The burn of the alcohol comes through, no question, but is nicely offset by the sweetness. Very crisp mouthfeel as well.

The big bottle is the perfect size for this one. It goes down smoothly and is a pleasure to drink, but I don't see myself having another.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 23:48:16 | More by Larrytown
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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semitransparent golden copper body with an off-white small bubbled head. Very low retention and lace.
Strong sweet malty scent, brown sugar and a nutty hop note. There is a hint of alcohol.
Very sweet and spiced flavor with lots of honey. Not much in the way of hops until the aftertaste where they do come through relectantly but are still dominated by all the sweet maltiness.
Full smooth body with abit of coating and some residual sugars.
Pretty good drinkability.


Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 21:44:06 | More by oelergud
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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a La Trappe chalice

A - golden colour with 5-8 mm of white head that dropped slowly to a fine lacing

S - slightly alcoholic, spicy and fruity, very pleasant, sweet.

T - very sweet, slightly hoppy with some caramel and banana flavours.

M - medium with noticeable carbonation, goes down easily

D - noticeable alcohol but easy to drink. definately a good beer that will be revisited but not too many at a time

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 10:55:09 | More by Hanger
La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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