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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

727 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 727
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 44 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-30-2002)
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rredshift

Germany

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

08-11-2013 10:05:39 | More by rredshift
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WilstonOreo

Germany

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

06-18-2012 09:13:30 | More by WilstonOreo
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bunbury

Panama

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-25-2013 22:21:24 | More by bunbury
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broodog

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

08-22-2013 02:28:54 | More by broodog
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750 into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden honey orange with two fingers of billowy, off-white head. Strong retention and lace, vigorous carbonation.

S: Sweet nectar of bubblegum, malt and fruit. Something pleasantly tropical about the aroma.

T: Gentle sweet banana and bubblegum up front slowly dries and turns into a sharp but light, peppery flavor and then casually sweetens a bit on the finish. Languid. Alcohol totally hidden.

M: Light, smooth and billowy in the mouth as it is in the glass. Over the course of the glass, gets even smoother and creamier.

O: Very similar to their quad in the approach to the style-- low complexity, fairly intense flavors and each flavor bright and ringing true. I will certainly buy this again-- quite enjoyable indeed.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 02:45:34 | More by AmericanGothic
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sixsatana

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

10-07-2012 12:54:14 | More by sixsatana
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tonyf55

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-15-2011 05:40:27 | More by tonyf55
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Peyton5410

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

03-16-2012 06:43:14 | More by Peyton5410
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gcgarcia

Brazil

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

04-01-2012 22:45:02 | More by gcgarcia
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pkenkman

Estonia

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

05-03-2013 19:35:10 | More by pkenkman
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oesarth

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

01-27-2012 19:56:49 | More by oesarth
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Campodog

Spain

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

02-19-2012 10:07:13 | More by Campodog
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BJSmit

Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

01-27-2014 21:59:49 | More by BJSmit
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trevorjn06

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a light abmer/dark golden color with about 2 inches of off-white head that settles to a thin layer of foam after a minute.

Aroma is fairly light, some light and bready malts, sweet and with a hint of caramel thought not really a caramel malt smell. There is a nice Belgian yeast aroma, hints of banana, some clove and spice and a little bit of mineral smell. The beer is still cold so I'll let it warm a bit.... there is some fruit, very light fruit and some honey coming through now.

Taste follows the nose with light and sweet malt, a unique caramel taste (perhaps from the brew kettle) a nice yeast presence and some fruit, including banana. The hop bitterness is very well balanced, it's there, I know it is because this beer is not cloyingly sweet, but it is restrained and takes a back seat. This beer is quite smooth and the alcohol is well hidden. The finish fairly light, but includes grainy malt flavors, a delicate sweetness (some honey) and a bit of yeast character.

Mouthfeel is medium/thick with higher than average carbonation.

Drinkability is very good with this brew, I find myself drinking it very quickly and having to put it down. Overall this I very good beer with nice malt and yeast complexities. I very much enjoyed drinking it and would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 04:52:33 | More by trevorjn06
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Skidz

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out light yellow and sits an orange-amber in the glass with a nice fluffy white head on top. This just shimmers in the light; a very nice looking brew.

Smells very fruity. Pears, apples and plums all come to mind. Caramel also present along with a slight grassy tinge to it. Just nice and sweet, and very enticing.

Taste is right on, sweet fruits all the way. Grapes and apples with that caramely sweetness bring it all together. Nice bit of yeastiness in the mild bitter finish.

Smooth as silk, light carbonation. A great body; it just floats in the mouth. A delightful treat which is thoroughly enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2004 06:22:11 | More by Skidz
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, very little retention/lace.

S: Tropical fruit (pineapple, mangoe, papaya), spicy phenols, toffee, bubble gum.

T: Tropical fruit, toffee, caramel, good bitterness, spicy phenols, slightly bready, alcohol is subtle.

M: Moderate to full body, off-dry finish.

D: Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 22:35:40 | More by Derek
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lifeboyq

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a new belgium tulip a monster creamy frothy head almost the size of mine. This bottle has a year or so of age on it. Color is a dark auburn that reminds me of the depth of the first urine after the worst of hangovers.

Holy drug mule, this beer smells earthy and peculiar as if it has sat in a deep dark dusty cellar to age and taken on some of the flavors. Not a bad thing as it mixes with that sugar and sweet biscuit caramel maltiness as it hits the olfaction.

Interesting... the taste is similar to the nose but deeper. Quite peculiar in its phenols and esters that dominate this beer. Mmmmm. Now this a beer. Highly recommended. One of my personal preferred examples of the style. B+, Blasphemy! I adore its musty peculiarity.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 03:54:26 | More by lifeboyq
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AlFromBayShore

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - The color of honey and a head that dissapates rather quickly.

S - Fruity and faint fig. Gathering hints of melon too. A very crisp and clean aroma.

T & M - There is a lot going on here and I'm having difficulty separating out flavors. There is complexity and from this I am picking up some faint honey flavors. The next thing I notice is a warming sensation in the finish. After that is a light carbonation in the mouthfeel. This seems medium bodied yet the flavor is slightly thin but not watery. Now comes some booziness in the middle. There is some cantaloupe and raisin. I am getting that grape flavor like the one from Kedem grape juice.

D - dangerously drinkable. In seven minutes or so, I'm two thirds finished.

I'd buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 23:33:52 | More by AlFromBayShore
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a clear chalice glass.

Appearance: Poured a hazy deep golden color, almost amber. One finger of creamy white foam head that receded slowly and left a little sticky lacing on the sides. Settled to a frothy white cap that lasted to the end.

Smell: Sweet and yeasty with light hops and fruit aroma like pears and green apples. Slight alcohol sweetness as well. Some spice beneath. Really inviting.

Taste: That wonderful sweet, yeasty and fruity flavor that the Trappist Belgian Tripel style is known for. A good hops presence. Slight sourness and light fruits are there too, like light pear and green apple flavors. Good warming and sweetness from the alcohol. Yeast is the right blend of sweet and spicy.

Mouth feel: Slick and creamy with soft carbonation.

Overall: This is the cream of the crop for Belgian Tripels for me, and one of the best examples of the style (in my opinion). I have had this often over the years and it is always consistently fantastic. I'm surprised I hadn't already reviewed this one, since it's easily one of my favorite beers in the world.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 22:31:27 | More by ChopperSmith
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Traquairlover

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 14:17:41 | More by Traquairlover
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dren

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2006 00:55:16 | More by dren
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aubuc1

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 00:51:48 | More by aubuc1
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A vintage 11.2 oz. bottle, exact year unknown. This is my first tasting of an aged beer, but I didn't do the aging, it was a gift from the distributor's sales rep. "Six or seven years old," he said, "Original recipe, with the x's on it, we were just storing it in the office, and it's probably reached it's peak. Had the dubbel last night, nice and chocolately." So why give it to me? Is he gunning for the title of Coolest Sales Rep Ever?
There's actually a "best by" stamp, but it's hard to read. "08:46 02 04"? Does it have another 10 months to go? I certainly don't care, I'm drinking it now!
Color: murky, peachy orange, with a few brown flecks nestled at the bottle of the glass. Head is white, ample, but short-lived.
Aroma feels arcane and hoary, like something from seven centuries ago, not seven years. Deep with citrus and spice, but mellowed, too. I almost don't want to drink it, and would keep this mysterious and lovely smell in my nose as long as it can last! Most akin to orange candy, glittered with spice.
Taste? Delirious, and a trifle devastating. ABV is kicking a little from the start, but the light, but complex flavor is a bit overwhelming. Hops are in charge, and fandango along the tongue for a turn or two, never really quitting the spotlight. A certain tartness soon overtakes at the end, while sugar and spice continue to cameo.
Sadly, at the very end, my initial excitement has worn off, as has the brews complexities. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and the flavors have died down quite a bit. No doubt, my friend was right, and this bottle is in it's final stages. In my last few swallows, a little extra something reaches the back of the mouth. Is it the yeast? I pour the entire contents of the bottle in, and down it all...fuller, darker, boozier, an excellent end.
That was nice. But not earth-shattering. Maybe that other vintage bottle, the dubbel, will be different?
...
and now, enjoy my take on the relabeled Koningshoven Tripel, from 12 of 02:

Let's see about this...they're no longer "La Trappe", yet they still call it a Trappist on the label. I'm still not sure what's up with this.
Appearance: lovely amber/ orange color, with a generous, buzzing, bubbly head. Aroma: sweet as can be, fantastically sugary. Orange, honey, sweet fruits, (peach, apricot, melon) and more in the nose. Not too sugary, though, rather mellow, actually.
Medium body, with a profusion of hops to delight the tongue. Light carbonation. Lacks in complexity, though.
So, how does it compare to it's predecessor, La Trappe Tripel?
Wouldn't you know it, someone gave me an 8 year old bottle, the original stuff! ...darker color, some brown spots on the foam, aroma more pungent and sour, as well as sweet, and a vast cornucopia of fruits, more citrus and grape, cherries and berries...hops are huger, chocolate flavors show up!...alcohol stronger... more more than your average tripel..let's hear it for cellaring!
Though it's not fair to compare with an aged sample, this newer version does not compare to what I remember from fresher versions.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2003 19:10:27 | More by feloniousmonk
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Chrysostom

Ohio

4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 13:33:21 | More by Chrysostom
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tatterdash

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2004 02:34:47 | More by tatterdash
La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.