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
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outstanding

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Reviews: 448
Hads: 854
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 52
Gots: 124 | FT: 1
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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 -12.7%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of Cs1987
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of meeekyh
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (1,249 characters)

Photo of xylophonica
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (1,234 characters)

Photo of Antilochus
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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 (941 characters)

Photo of Hophead101
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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'. (541 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of haz77
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of OnThenIn
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (887 characters)

Photo of Popsinc
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A golden amber pour with a medium but rich white head. The nose is smei-sweet with bubblegum hints and a noticeable yest quality. Light fruit notes as well. The taste is well balance with once again the bubblegum sweetness and light fruit notes....did i detect a pinch of coconut?...anyway, the taste reminds me somewhat of Leffe Blond, based on memory. The mouthfeel is very smooth and full. Lots of lively bubbles the whole way through with a dry-ish finish. An easy drinker but not overly complex or fullfilling. (515 characters)

Photo of midworken
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (926 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle passed around at the malt house

surprised to see this is dutch

appearance: served in a chalice, deep orange body with a minimal beige ring

smell: overly sweet for the tripel style, yeasty, banana, lightly spiced, thick malt

taste: I did not really care for this tripel - a bit too syrupy and lacking of a real punch. The sweetness levels really muddy this one up - moderate alcohol warming

mouthfeel: too sweet

drinkability: just ok (451 characters)

Photo of jackndan
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

La Trappe Trappist Ale: A Belgian Tripel Ale, but not made in Monastery, or at least so I am told. Pours a tannish brown, fairly hazy. I spun up some the sediment from the bottom of the bottle, and it came up in thick chunks. The head is not impressive, dissipated very quickly. Cidery aroma, and the flavor has some notes of cider as well. Very malty beer, with some bready malts, but lots of dried fruit flavors as well, such as raisons and the like. Not bad, easy to drink, but I had a Ommengang earlier this evening that was loads better and significantly cheaper. (568 characters)

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this corked and caged 750 ml bottle on 21.11.07, best by 07-2009. The cost was €6.55 in Super Valu, Aston Quay, Dublin.
Poured into Chimay goblet.
Appearence: hazy amber body with half-inch off white head. Head subsides to leave lacing on the glass and "accumulations" of activity on the surface.
Smell: surprisingly like a hefeweissen, with a sweetness and banana notes.
Taste: a bit indifferent (for a quality brew), the sweetness was a little bit tiresome. Leaves an odd aftertaste. Alcohol well disguised in the sweetness, but a bit too syrupy sweet for me.
Mouthfeel: smooth and syrupy.
This beer is true to the style, but there are other examples I would prefer. (677 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a La Trappe coupe glass. Overall this beer was too heavy and too dark for me to consider it a tripel. It was heavy on the bubble gum esters and since all of their beers seem to be this way I will begin to assume they do no temperature control on their fermentations. Still, it was drinkable and I finished the bottle. I will likely have additional beers from this brewery but I will no repeat this one.

Beer is dark amber almost brown and hazy with an aggressive tan head of small and medium bubbles, no retention, no lacing, moderate carbonation in the glass.

Aroma is sweet, bubble gum esters.

Beer is medium in body and quite sweet, the finish is a little heavy, overall it is just too sweet and not try enough for my tastes. Not a bad beer but too much esters and malt for my tastes. (801 characters)

Photo of jettjon
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased two of these 750 ml, caged cork bottles with no freshness date noted. Both of them proved a bitch to uncork; I had to use a corkscrew on both. Into the cervoise, this beer pours a very light hazy amber color with no discernable carbonation and good clarity. A small light tan cap crowns this brew, fading rapidly to a scattered cap and ring and spotty lacing. Nose of very sweet malt and a subtle herbal presence. Light alcohol noted. Taste is dominated by sweet malt balanced against light hops, with a slight astringent flavor. There’s a bit of alcohol burn. No herbal presence or spiciness in the flavor. Rather mellow and unremarkable overall. Rather reminded me of a dubbel, not a tripel. Mouth is semi-viscous, smooth, and slick. It comes across a bit thin. Drinkability is good overall; it’s a smooth and easy drinking beer despite the ABV supposedly clocking in at 8%.

Overall: No doubt my least favorite of the Koninghoeven offerings I’ve tried, it’s a different take on the tripel, being more malty and without the usual spiciness I’ve come to expect. Since there was no date, it’s possible that I got a couple of older bottles that didn’t age well. I tried pairing it with sirloin steak but as I expected, it proved too light, but it did pair nicely with a freshly baked honey-drenched biscuit. Worth a try. (1,338 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich pumpkin orange with a generous amount of swirling yeast and abundant carbonation. The khaki colored crown doesn't display the usual Belgian ale magnificence, nor is it tacky enough to grace the glass with much lace. The appearance, sorry to say, is disappointing.

The nose, while better than average, is no barn-burner either. This ale smells a fraction darker than the average tripel, which (along with the color) makes me think the brewers added a fair amount of caramel malt. Sacrilege! Less earthiness and more yeast spiciness would have helped.

Koningshoeven Tripel is of roughly the same quality as Koningshoeven Dubbel. In other words, it's a serviceable Belgian ale that isn't in the same area code as the style's best. The underlying caramel maltiness just doesn't work in the context of a tripel.

More hop flavor and bitterness would have helped, as would a more prominent yeastiness. The fruity esters are more akin to apricots and peaches than apples and pears, and clove notes are difficult to appreciate. Sorry, there isn't much complexity here. Maybe the 750 ml bottles are tastier than these 330 ml bottles.

The body/mouthfeel has the appropriate amount of heft thanks to what turns out to be too many sugars. Unfortunately, there aren't enough bubbles onboard to lighten the load and inject any sort of smooth creaminess. At least the beer is consistently (merely) above average.

Since none of their offerings qualify as a miss, Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven seems to be a 'bulls's eye or outer ring' sort of brewery. Quadrupel and Bockbier are definitely the former. Dubbel and Tripel are the latter. There are too many superior versions out there for me to recommend this one. (1,706 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a mostly clear, very dark amber. Head is a bit loose-ish.

S - Belgian spiciness, floral fruit - apricots and peaches, tangerines. Smells sweet and fruity.

T - A little bit of graininess and tartness up front. Lots of yeastiness and spice and very warming to boot. Apricot and apples, good complexity and some alcohol. Very clear though, maybe too much. Not the most flavourful tripel though. Could use some sort of additional kick. Bitterness is fairly low.

M - Moderate body and quite fizzy.

D - OK. Kind of a drinkable tripel. Accessible. (554 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

We pour a brew the color of deep apricot. It foams a fizzy head of whitish bubbles that actively jump about and disappear quickly. At its peak the head is two fingers high. The drink presents with a gentle haze, obscuring a view through the glass. There is no physical sediment, and the carbonation looks active. The nose is light, but does offer some distinct fruity esters, citrus, and a coppery tone. Malts are abundant, and are supported faintly by clovey phenols. The sting of alcohol, too, is light, but is present nonetheless. As we sip malts crash the front, along with banana-laden esters. These, however, assume an odd balance between being overly sweet and questionably bitter. The middle continues with the grain, and the esters morph into a bubblegum-sweet swirl. All is washed away in the finish by a tidal wave of booze. There is a kick of lemon here as well, and that burning, peppery flash indicative of heavy alcohol content. The aftertaste breathes heavily of the alcohol, and not much else. Because of this dominance, the breaths following the sip are a bit delayed, and the taste comes out of thin air in a bit of a surprise. The body is medium and the carbonation approaches high. The mouth is a left a touch dry, on the hard palate and the tip of the tongue, but is otherwise coated nicely. There is a frothiness to it, and general slurpiness to each sip. The abv is appropriate for the style, and warms the drinker nicely. Drinkability is fair due to the heavily alcoholic finish.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its taste. This came as a nice surprise after the aroma fell a bit flat. A tripel should really pop the nose, with bright notes of what is contained within, but the aroma must have escaped when we opened this one. Otherwise the beer was fine, and middle of the road for the style, with nothing totally offensive marring the tasting. (1,888 characters)

Photo of elricorico
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange in colour with an abundance of carbonation rushing through it. A very careful pour generated a generoush cream coloured head that takes some time to settle. Lacing sticks around as the head falls.

Big aromas, wheat and Belgian yeast, spicy liquor and sweet citrus. A touch more of the liquor in the aroma than I prefer, but still inviting.

I find the taste far boozier and sweeter than it needs to be for the style and strength. Gives a cider like impression surrounded by a mix of fruity flavours. Not really the kind of flavour I like in a tripel.

Light bodied, highly carbonated, and has just a bit of stickiness to it. No problems with the mouthfeel for me.

Most of the factors are there to make this a great beer, but it just doesn't seem to hit the right spot in the taste department when it comes to my palette. (836 characters)

Photo of mattviator
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a frothy head that does not last too long. Nice orange, slightly brown color. Cloudy with several specs floating around.

Smell: Fruity and yeasty with a bit of honey.

Taste: Yeasty and sweet with a banana presence. Spicy alcohol finish.

Drinkability: Above average drinkability but would not want to drink too many of these. I have had better tripels. (383 characters)

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