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

848 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 848
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 51
Gots: 117 | 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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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of Cs1987
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of meeekyh
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of Pencible
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of texashammer
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of fullsweep
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of EPseja
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
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...

Photo of Mudpuppet
3.28/5  rDev -17%
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.

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.28/5  rDev -17%
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

Photo of ivanwatling
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of marc77
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of clvand0
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber/orange color with a small head that quickly disappears. Sweet aroma. Fruity and maybe some caramel. The flavor is sweet like the nose with some fruityness. Spicy too. Alcohol is obvious and the strong malts are not as well balanced as I feel they should be. This was an ok beer, but I think it could be better.

Photo of blandmath
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bit darker than most tripels. Amber and a bit cloudy.

Nothing exceptional, but still good.

Typical Belgian flavor prevalent.

Hides its potency well.

Served in a chalice from a 750ml bottle taken from the refrigerator and set for 30 minutes prior to opening.

Photo of maxpower
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep cloudy orange-amber color with lots of floaties, nice foamy off white head that clings to my glass. Sweet malty spicy yeasty alcohol aroma.Bready sweet fruity flavors, the taste of alcohol is strong, sweet sticky syrupy mouthfeel, the hops are noticable in the finish, not all bad.

Photo of paxkey
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tried the quad a little while back and was excited to see this hit the shelves. grabbed 3 bottles so i can age two of them.

Was not impressed overall. I have had the tripel from chimay, and duvel is similar profile as a tripel, but i found this offering very boozy and i'm hoping the agin will help the other bottles.

pours like a tripel. light colored with lots of carbonation and good head with lacing.

the nose on this is a little muted. picking up all the classic aromas, belgian yeast, cloves, but all very muted.

taste is the same. picking up a lot of alchohol with muted flavors in the background. not that impressed.

Photo of SleepyMonk
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle poured into a La Trappe chalice glass.

Small one fingers worth of head and only a very smal amount of lacing.

Color is somewhere between honey and tea.

Not a huge smell to the nose but what does waft across the nose is dark fruits combined with freshly baked sourdough.

Starts of smooth in the mouth but quickly moves into crisp territory. Fruit flavors and herbal spices are subdued and well hidden behind a great thick malt taste. Alcohol is subdued and doesn't interfere with the taste.

The malty flavor is a highlight for me with this one, however, this offering doesn't seem to sit well or comparable within Tripel style.

Photo of Bighuge
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer has an amber color and is topped with a dense, rocky off-white head. Phenolic, sour, yeasty, fruity aroma. Taste includes alcohol, sour notes and yeast. There almost seems to be a stinging solvent-like characteristic also. A little off to me. Some banana esters are present. The body is about medium and drinkability is not that great. If I'm looking for a Belgian beer to drink, I'll bypass this one the next time.

Photo of Bruiser81
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a sort of amber-orange color with a small foamy head that reduced down to a thin layer on the top, but it did leave good lacing. The aroma had several different characteristics. The citrus-banana smell jumped out the most with alcohol spices and a flowery touch. The hops were also present in the aroma. After the complex smell I was ready for a complex taste but no such luck. The taste was rather bland with none of the aromas really jumping out in the taste. I guess the most notable flavor is the hops. Sort of a grassy bittery taste but this beer isn't totally without any malt flavors. The aftertase leaves a sort of sugary taste in the mouth. Overall I didn't care for this beer to much.

Photo of Beerzebub
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml

Clear copper color, dense off-white head, decent splotchy lace.

Smells mainly of overripe bananas and bubblegum, with sweet doughy grain, solvent, brown apple, cloves, and mild grassy hops. The banana dissipates after a few minutes, and earthy decomposing brown apple becomes dominant.

Tastes mainly of sweet grain, with brown apple, banana, solvent, clove, bubblegum. Somewhat cloying and unbalanced, but not bad. Moderately long, simple finish: sweet brown apple and cereal, solvent, and a bit of minty alcohol.

Too fizzy, then watery. Swirling renders it smooth and creamy, but it still finishes like sugar water. Nothing too undrinkable about it apart from the unbalanced sweetness and simplicity of it, but I didn't finish the bottle.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Photo of TPSReports
3.14/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An 11.2 ounce bottle served at 49 degrees. There is no date on the bottle.

The amber beers pours nicely into my chalice. I slight fluffy head, appears and but disappears just as quickly. You can see tiny bubble floating up through the brew.

This beer has a slight flora aroma without any alcohol nose.

The first sip is quite strong with alcohol and has a lingering finish. It has a spicy carbonation that feels nice on the tongue. As the temperature of the beer graduatlly warms, I am warming to the flavor. At first sip, definitely not my favorite, but now, enjoyable.

I wouldn't want to drink more than one of these at a sitting, and would recommend starting with a milder alcohol tasting beer.

Photo of alexhahn82
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Golden orange with a hint of red/brown color, pours nicely with a 1.5 finger head, yeah thats right, 1.5

Smell. YEAST SON! And thats about it, smells like you just walked in to a brew house between shifts, clean, sterile, but yeasty. Maybe a slight hint of apple.

Taste. YEAST SON! yeah thats right. Decent, appley, mainly yeast with a hint of yeast!

Mouthfeel. Sweet, airy, definite carbonation.

Overall. Actually the triple is better than the quadruple, though the trip is only 8.0ABV,and the quad is sufficiently more (I believe 12ish) This has a more pure taste, I would drink this again, but still feel La Trappe is the tamest of Trappists I have had so far!

La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
89 out of 100 based on 848 ratings.