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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)
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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Reviews: 464 | Ratings: 934
Photo of midworken
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a thick, root beer colored head. Cloudy body was a svelte dark tan.

Felt the spice was quite apparent which concealed the underlying aromas. A soury/alcholohic aroma was also there that reminded me of smell of rotting vegetables. Despite of this, the aroma was better than average.

Taste upfront was of caramel and vanilla, then the spices kick in about halfway. Taste lingers well will the spices and vanilla at the end. Also a note of sourness and astringency at the end as well. Alcohol didn't present itself in the taste.

Mouthfeel was very syrupy and I wish there would be more brightness to the body.

Drinkability - OK and probably a bit above average. With the fierce competition in this style - beers ranging from true to the style and its history to beers that try to reinvent the Tripel - it is hard to say this is any more than a good beer. It doesn't represent the style nor does it push the boundaries.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber, darker than most tripels, with a small head.
Aroma shows doughy yeast and banana, much like the Blond. Some spicy notes, cinnamon or similar, as well as some slightly hot alcohol.
Easy-going flavours with a fair bit of sweet malt showing some caramel. Unfortunately the alcohol still shows through.
Mouthfeel is quite rich, unorthodox for a tripel.

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Photo of haz77
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - An inch of firm off-white head sits atop a clear copper liquid. Head drops to a thin cap. Minimal carbonation.

S - Candi sugar, bananary esters, light medicinal phenols, clove.

T - Takes a second or two for any flavours to arrive. Banana pushes forward in the middle, before medicinal taste and clove appear at the end. Faint flavour of bubblegum in the aftertaste. Alcohol lingers, warming the roof of the mouth and throat.

M - Light/medium body with prickly medium carbonation.

D - Wouldn't be my first choice of tripel but a pretty good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours with a finger of slightly tan head on top of a somewhat cloudy copper/ruby body. The head does not dissipate quickly.

S: The aroma is rather complex. There is a lot of clove and orange as well as some honey like aromas hinting at some sweetness. Slightly floral. Just really interesting.

T: The beer has a little bit of sweetness with a fruit flavor that evolves into a bready and boozy taste. There is a little lingering alcohol, sweetness, and floral notes. Not as dry as I would expect.

M: The mouthfeel is thin to medium and the carbonation is slightly lower than I would like. I honestly was hoping this would be a bit thicker.

D: While the nose is rather interesting, the taste doesn't quite live up to it, and the sweetness is rather high for what I expect from a Tripel. The mouthfeel was also different from what I was expecting. I honestly didn't love this beer.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a golden orange color with minimal head. The nose is very fruity, I get banana and a zesty lemon. I like the smell, but I'm not sure of it for this style. The fruityness is there in the flavor, but the malt and alcohol are pretty strong. Those flavors are all there, but there is no real harmony in them. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and a little creamy as well. With the lack of balance, the drinkability suffers. Its not a bad beer, but not the best I have ever had. I like it better than the dubbel, but I'd still pik other beers over this one.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml. corked bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a bit deep for a tripel, a light amber in color. Nice and clear with a half inch of white foam that doesn't linger as long as it might. Reduces to a film in a few minutes, offering some light lacing and keeping a firm surface cap.

Smell is light in fruit and notable of pilsner malts. Some rich muddled malts are present and more reminiscient of a light dubble in that nature. Not bad, but not great for a tripel in the Trappist sense with a bit of band aid I don't expect from the Old World.

Nice flavor with light but muddled pear and apple fruit. Pleasant yeast sense nonetheless. Good carbonation, full feel and decent drinkability. Comes across as more of a blonde dubbel given the deeper color and malt balance.

A solid brew, somewhat buttery in flavor and with a somewhat odd nose. Too rich in feel for the style for me. I sense wheat in the mix?

42/08 on cork

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Photo of Hophead101
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

drank on 6.4.08 at home. poured from bottle into wide mouth chalice glass.

great pour - nice head, white and bubbly. head dissipated quickly to nothing. nice opaque copper color, a good bit of sediment floating around. sweet malty smell, a bit floral undertones, but more fruity - not a whole lot of smell happening.

taste was definitely malty. soft on the mouth, invisible alcohol taste. well balanced, quite a nice beer. expected a little more due to hype. it does get much better as it warms up, but nothing standing out saying 'wow'.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at the Alex P. Keaton in London, Ontario. Served in a generic tulip.

Brownish amber hazy body under a decent offwhite cap (odd, I know). Sweet, fruity aroma with generous booze. Palate has more fruit and sweetness, butterscotch, rather easy to quaff and mouthcoating palate. Don't appreciate this one as much on tap but a unique experience.

Decent stuff overall.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A big honeycomb four finger head rises above a red-rust translucent brew that looks like it is hazed over by particulate yeast. The honey-hued head looks pretty as it slowly settles down to one finger and leaves big sheets of foamy lace on the glass.

S - This nose is more gentle than I expected. Soft warm honey and Kellogs Corn Flakes on the nose. This has some caramel notes, and reminds me of the way a good confectioner's shop smells. Vanilla is there too. This is very subtle, but complex and well composed.

T - Warm vanilla and honey. This puts the word "gooey" in my mind. This tastes like those vanilla taffy things that come wrapped in a blue wrapper twisted at the ends, and those caramel/vanilla swirled gooey candies. Some creamy toffee notes are there at the finish.

M - Medium bodied and sugary syrupy sweet. Thankfully, a bristling carbonation is there to save this from sinking in a mire of sugary goo. The sweet and slick finish is slightly off-putting to me. I could use more hop action here.

D - Not bad save for the extreme sweetness. This is like eating honey from the comb. This has potential as a dessert beer, but it's not what I would call highly drinkable. Sort of disappointing for a Trappist beer.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a thicker looking 1 finger white head that quickly fades to a decent film. Colour is a deep dark orange, perhaps a burnt orange or tawny, with next to no carbonation. Some film remains to the end but leaves minimal lace down the glass.

SMELL: A mild nose of toasted malt and biscuit. A touch of caramel malt and some spiciness as well. A touch of alcohol in the back. Pleasant, but the nose is generally a bit weak unfortunately.

TASTE: Toasted and sweet caramel up front with some sweet red apple as well. This soon gives way to some spiciness and yeast, finishing off with a touch of alcohol. Mild and short aftertaste of sweet malt, alcohol, leaving a little bite at the end. A mild tripel, comparatively speaking, but enjoyable non-the-less.

PALATE: Medium body with medium carbonation. Goes down creamy smooth with no bite and finishes somewhat dry on the palate. Decent here.

OVERALL: A relatively mild tripel, but certainly an enjoyable brew on its own. Quite drinkable for the strength as well. There are cetainly better tiples out there, but this one is a decent choice. More interesting than their dubbel, this is one I'd pick up again.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a La Trappe chalice.

A - Dark amber colour, minimal head and lacing.

S - Sweet, reminds me of honey mead. Some phenolic overtones as well.

T - Quite bitter-sweet. That honey mead comes through in the flavours along with plenty of fruit. In terms of fruits we're talking banana, plum & grape.

M - Slightly spicy at first with a bit of sweetness. Has a bitter kick for the after taste.

D - At 8% this is probably too potent to drink in excess. Too harsh as well.

This isn't a bad beer but hardly memorable. I think any more than one or two would be overkill. There are better triples out there.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into a snifter glass. Pours hazy orange/amber color with a medium sized bright beige head along with decent lacing throughout. Aroma is yeasty and sweet with notes of dried fruit, pomerans, clove, some almond paste and spice. Taste is thick and candyish yeasty sweet (caramel) with citrus, fermented apples, coriander and spice. Sweet, yeasty, acidic and spicy without much bitterness. Body is first sweet and big just to falter a bit towards the end, in other words, flattening. Carbonation is quite smooth and tickeling. Too simple and underwhelming of a tripel for me.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Deep red, 1 finger of head in a goblet, reduced.

Smell - Fairly strong and fruity.

Taste - Disappointingly weak and quite alcoholic.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation, but surprisingly watery.

Drinkability - A challenge.

Overall - My least favourite Tripel out of the ones I have tried.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I would first like to note that the beer I had DID NOT say 'La Trappe' anywhere on it but rather said 'Konings hoeven'.
That being said, I poured it into a snifter and noticed it is a nice amber color with a finger of orange-tan head leaving very little lacing.

The nose is strongly-alcoholic, rather off-putting. There are also notes of spice and anise, though they pale by comparison. There seems a bit of banana and bread as well.

The taste is sweet and slightly hoppy. Much caramel and a bit of banana are evident. I don't like the lack of pronounced citrus, which I have come to expect from this style.

The finish in lingering caramel and a bit of spice. Not a syrupy beer but neither refreshingly dry.

A fine beer but not to my liking.

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Photo of Pencible
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy beige with only a little white head. It smelled like most other triples - honey wheat and apricot. It tasted much the same, with hints of ginger and some citrus hops bitterness. It was smooth and oily with very little carbonation, and had a mild but lasting aftertaste. Overall this was a typical beer for its style; nothing special.

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Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ML corked and caged bottle, the cork required significant effort to extract.

The color of orange marmalade, this is distinctly orange amber in color. Decent off white head.

Smell is strongly of Banana at first and then shifts to woody and roses. Strong rose scent and a hint of orange this beer is most floral scented. Slight chocolate and brown sugar aromas but this very floral.

The taste starts out slightly sweet and spicy in the mouth, brown sugar and allspice at the start. Dries out and becomes woody and spicy fairly soon. Rose and orange are in the flavor and this remains a quite flowery beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

An interesting beer and an unusual one, the strong flavor and scent of roses dominates this beer. Don't think I will seek this one out again though; the Quadruple is a better beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-finger head that leaves a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation. Medium bodied. Nose is alcohol, starts with some harshness of alcohol, finish is on the sour side not what I was expecting with a triple, their dubbel and quadrupel are better. 750ml bottle for $6.99 from Hoosick St. Discount Bev, Troy, NY.

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Photo of texashammer
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I feel that I am rating this beer lower than other reviewers, but I can't be swayed. I find this beer to be bland.
Amber to orange color, hazy, very attractive with puffy off-white head that stays.
The nose doesn't reveal much; maybe some light malt and yeast (certainly I need the yeast to call this a tripel). I waited for warming and still didn't find much.
Flavors of raisins maybe? Again light malt, like in a nutty way, and yeast in a bready way... but still light. I feel like both aroma and flavor are too bland for this wonderful style.
I feel the warming alcohol but feel like I missed out on getting there.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

30 cL brown bottle poured into a pint glass (it's the only glassware I own).

A: super-thick, rich, creamy, mostly white foamy head. Dissipates slowly leaving loads of lacing. In fact, the head was so thick that this small 300 ml bottle wouldn't fit into my imperial pint glass without waiting for some of the head to thin out.

S: sweet and mildly fruity with malts dominating.

T: a weird mixture of sweet, spicy and alcoholic, but not as sweet as other Belgian ales I've tried. Alcohol very prominent for me.

M: the 8.0 ABV almost numbs the mouth, otherwise smooth, almost zero carbonation, syrupy-thick too.

D: lower drinkability for me because the alcohol taste is too prevalent and unappealing.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the pour the brownish-orange color attracted me that along with the light foamy head that remained on top throughout the glass. This ale had one of the fruitiest smells I have ever experienced, definite hints of apples with another smell I just can't put my finger on. To me this is where the outstanding parts of this drink end. The start is very wet and underhopped, for my taste anyway. The middle is borderline tart with a finish almost like that of apple juice. This is a fine beer, just not one of my favorites.

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Photo of EPseja
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle served at just below cellar temperature in a nice Chimay chalice. For this tasting, I also opted to swirl the sediment into my glass.

NOTE: Do not serve this beer too cold - get it up to cellar temperature or slightly above! I revisited this review 10 minutes after completing it to correct certain points that were initially masked by the chill.

A - A quite active pourer, this one, eventually coming to rest with a very even, though modest light cream colored head above the rusty, burnt orange body. Visible particles can easily be seen in suspension. After but a minute, the head dissipates almost completely except for an island in the middle, formed by the bubbles fising from the etched Fleur-de-Lis at the bottom of this particular chalice. After draining half of the glass, there was no Belgian lace to be seen. Pity. Could've brought the score to a "4" if there were.

S - Pleasing notes of sweet honey-meade dominate the nose. An interesting winey, sour-appley maltiness is also present. Lastly evident are a smattering of floral hops and plump raisins.

T - The first thing that comes across in the taste is the honey-meade sweetness readily apparent in the nose, coupled with the concentrated sweetness of sugar-coated raisins. Following that is a quite warm, candy-like maltiness sprinkled with a touch of alcohol tingliness. The finish brings forth a very dry hoppiness and unfortunately, a cloying sweetness.

M - Foams up a bit on the intake, but turns nice and creamy for the swallow. Not as smooth as this beer *could* be, but nice nonetheless. Perhaps this is a side-effect of over-priming in a very small bottle. I surmise that the mouthfeel on the 22oz. bottle would be even better.

D - Interesting smell aside, this is a good example of a slightly above average Tripel that could be so much more. But try telling that to an Abbey of monks that have been brewing for ages...

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Photo of Mudpuppet
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a 750ml into a Ommegang chalice. Pours a orange-reddish with big bubbles rising to the surface. This is very clear with little head.

S- Yeasty, plastic almost. Not the most appealing aromas.

T- Very bready and yeasty with lots of malts. Bitter in the middle of the aftertaste.

M- High carbonation maybe a bit too high for this.

D- This is a heavy brew but I enjoy it. I could certainly have a few glasses of this.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Light yellow from the bottle, slightly hazy light copper in the glass. Off-white head is two fingers tall and kind of frothy with medium-sized bubbles on top. Pretty poor retention, though, disappearing immediately to a thin halo while leaving some nice lacing.

A: Light fruits like bruised bananas and apples are most prominent. Underneath, there's some soft malt, spices, yeast, and a little alcohol. It's very fruity, but not nearly as pronounced as it should be.

T: Sweet sugar cookie-like caramel malt is sufficient in holding up the big fruit profile. Bruised bananas, pink apples, and pears are definitely present with a very, very mellow clove-dominant spiciness for a tripel. Belgian yeast flavor is quite nice on the finish. Don't get me wrong, this tastes good and the flavors meld well together, but where in the hell is the spiciness that I look for in a tripel?

M & D: Medium-full body, silky smooth, slightly chewy, but the carbonation is way off. It's way too low, and provides very little in the way of bubbles that would have brought it to life. Drinkability is average. It goes down rather easily, but the carbonation is a hinderance in this department as far as I'm concerned.

Notes: Koningshoeven has made a mellow, easy-drinking tripel that was worthy of the price. But, the aforementioned lack of spice and carbonation were a real bummer. I'm thinking that maybe I just got a bad bottle, but what is there definitely warrants a re-try. So, when I do I will update accordingly. Stay tuned

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Photo of ivanwatling
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light frothy head, reduced to lacing quite soon. But I deliberately did not create a large head. Colour is amber, lively carbonation creates interesting patterns in lacing

Smell: faint and not very distinctive

Taste: Smooth, rounded but nothing stands out. Not really any definable characteristics.

Mouthfeel: A little too much carbonation. A pleasant warmimg sensation in the throat.

Overall: This tasting was a bit disappointing. I had a bottle last night and liked it. Today it seems one dimensional and simply okay.

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Photo of marc77
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.