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

448 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 448
Hads: 854
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 52
Gots: 123 | 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 jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of texashammer
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of fullsweep
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of EPseja
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
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... (1,926 characters)

Photo of Mudpuppet
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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 (1,561 characters)

Photo of ivanwatling
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of marc77
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
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. (1,076 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.25/5  rDev -16%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of blandmath
3.25/5  rDev -16%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of maxpower
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of paxkey
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of SleepyMonk
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of Bruiser81
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of Beerzebub
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
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. (758 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 TPSReports
3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of alexhahn82
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
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! (670 characters)

Photo of stouty1
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured reddish brown with a nice foamy head.

Smells of hops with a flowery aroma. I can really smell the alcohol coming through.

Tastes hoppy sweet, bitterness as it goes to the back of the tongue.
Good mouthfeel that stimulates the taste buds and fizzes throughout the mouth. Slight bitterness
shows you how hoppy it is but it masks the alcohol quite well. I am shocked how ell it hides the alcohol.

Good beer, but I have not had a lot of Tripel's as of yet. (471 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

330ml bottle purchased from Steve's Cool Booze in Kensington.

Pours a rather deeper hue than I expected: an amber-golden colour, that looks rather dense and syrupy. Head fizzes up quite a lot on the first pouring, but then settles back to an inauspicious film across the top. Body looks fluid, but also retaining some of the thickness initially perceived. Overall, it looks like a decent beer, but a pretty average tripel.

Nose is dusty and slightly savoury. Some green sprouting wheat characters, and a hint of dusky spice, like pepper mixed with earth. There's a noticeable booziness as well, and a suggestion of oxidation. I note the best before date is 05-2013: so it's still within that range, but towards the back end. Overall, I'm not particularly impressed.

Taste is dank and limp, with a metallic character rising on the mid palate, and a old sherry oxidised bitterness on the finish. Some spice and booze are noticeable, especially when the beer is allowed to evaporate on the tongue, but otherwise it feels flat, and rather uninteresting.

Feel is overly fizzy, despite the perception that it has burnt itself out quickly. It is light, however, belying the appearance of thickness. Some boozy heat is also present.

Overall, I'm not a big fan. This has really darkened, dampened and flattened with time, and I'm far from being enthusiastic. Indeed, this tastes a little like a mediocre homebrewer attempting a strong Belgian golden without much success. Very average indeed. (1,488 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ha! I guess I already reviewed this beer, I forgot! Thanks to the blog-style review I can just add my notes!

Dark copper in hue with a peachy-bronze influence, the liquid is a tad darker then I was expecting. The head was off-white in color; at the apex the foam was almost two-fingers in height. Head retention was solid; it slowly faded to a soapy cap that lasted for most of the consumption. The subsequent lacing was spotty but healthy and thick where it stuck. Overall, this beer looks enticing.

The first sniff said, “Tripel.” I love that. It is textbook but nothing more. There is perfect harmony between red apple fruitiness, mangos, bubblegum, soft caramel candy (from the malt), and spicy hops. The potency is low, I wish it was more articulate and forceful, this is a common complaint with Belgian beers, sometimes there is great complexity but it is too soft. This is the case with this beer. It is inviting nevertheless but it is far from special.

The palate is soft and frankly too sweet for a Tripel. Where are the hops? I don’t detect enough bitterness and there is a deficiency of hop flavors. The malt is very muddled, there needs to be a firmer malt backbone with a more pronounced toasty/caramel flavor. The finish is too yeasty for me; don’t get me wrong this is not Chimay (which is a yeast bomb). The yeast fruitiness is the most pronounced flavors, red apples mainly. The alcohol is hidden. Overall, the palate is very average and I am being generous. This is not a good Tripel. I’m bored with it after about half a glass. The palate is such a mess. There are few Tripels that I’ve reviewed that are worse than this. The long aftertaste won’t let me forget this fact either!

Medium in body, moderately low carbonation, the mouthfeel is sluggish which, sadly, fits the palate all too well. On the tongue it is too lazy. Food pairings? Maybe, a piece of pecan pie with vanilla ice cream.

Drinkable? Sure… if you like a mess of a Tripel. I don’t. I can’t see myself drinking this beer again. Of course, I could forget I’ve drunk this in three or four years and try it again (d’oh!). I hope not. I purchased my 750ml bottle in Parkville, MO for $3. I got ripped off. (2,214 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.07/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brownish orange. It's clear, but dark enough to be opaque. The head is a bright white, not too thick but with good retention. The bubbles are all of equal size, nice looking drink.

Smells like a quality Belgian. Fruity nose from the yeast, a bit of pepper spice, flowery, with a dash of alcohol.

A big letdown. There's nothing fruity or flowery in the taste, it's all pepper and hoppy with some alcohol. It's really shaggy around the edges, lacks refinement. Doesn't taste significantly different than a fancy macro.

It's not smooth. It's got an earthy bitterness, kind of pilsner like. The spice hits hard with just a bit of heat in the finish. The finish is somewhat crisp and dryish.

I'm completely disappointed with this beer. It's not easy to drink. The tastes is below average and the spice is too much. Just not a good tripel. (846 characters)

Photo of dwilkins
3.07/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark for a Tripel. Darker orange brown. Made me go "hmm, that's a little odd"

S: The most tripelish thing about this beer is the smell. Has a typical musty, dried spice shop aroma. Lacks some fresh tones, like the citrusy aroma

T: Whoa, more like a double and a half than a Tripel. A little cloying - too sweet. Off balance towards the crystal malty side (at which the color hints).

M: More body than a classic tripel. Lingers and coats the mouth more - should be drier.

D: Not so much. Too sweet and heavy for a Tripel.

Summary. If I liked doubles and tripels equally as well, this would be a damn fine beer. Regardless, it misses the style by a pretty wide margin. They should change the label and call it a "5-halves" since it is exactly what I imagine a hybrid double/tripel should be. (797 characters)

La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
87 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.