La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus) | Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus)

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Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This scintillating golden ale boasts a rich, fruity, and fresh aroma. And a light malty and sweet taste. It has a soft bitterness with a friendly aftertaste. A well-balanced blend of complexity and simplicity. La Trappe Blond continues to ferment in the bottle.

Added by Quaffer on 09-24-2000

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Doing this with the help of my memory.

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: The body is yellow-ish having a slightly minimal haziness resulting in having an almost crystalline body. The head is white, one finger thick, having no retention and no lacing.
S: The aroma is totally what you'd expect from a Belgian Pale Ale. There's maltiness, there's belgian yeast, no alcohol, very soft aromas and juicy tones.
T: The taste is a bit disappointing having less prominent malts and no fruitiness associated.
M: The mouthfeel is the worst part of this beer reaching almost the fact that this beer behaves like it's cheap. Body medium low to low. Carbonation harsh and high. Not a fan.
O: I've had better BPAs but I needed to try this one in order to end my journey on La Trappe. Still missing Tripel though.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a hazey blonde colour with a small white head that disapates to a thin ring.
Aroma banana, yeast, spice.
Taste pretty much follows the nose, yeasty, bready, banana, spices.

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Photo of sejorules
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle from Systembolaget.

A. Cloudy orange golden, with 2 fingers of a very thick, creamy head. Very interesting and inviting. The foam, however, vanishes very quickly.

S: The smell is clearly yeast and bread, some sweetness (banana), floral notes and very fresh. Really nice smell

T: The taste follows the smell. There is a clear dominance of the yeasty flavor, with some bread and malt in the end. Complementing this there are notes of banana, and flowers, making it very fresh and very nice to drink. I had drink another Blond to compare (Maredsous blond) and I can tell this one is clearly superior. The taste is much more defined, and lasts much longer.

F: Fresh, full of flavors and sensations. Very nice. Medium carbonation

O: This was a superb experience. I enjoyed this one a lot, and I can imagine it will be perfect for a warm summer day.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: Typical La Trappe label design - classy yet understated. Brown glass. Branded pry-off crown cap. Best before: 01-2016. Purchased at a bottle shop in Sofia, Bulgaria, for ~2 lev (~1 euro).

6.5% AV. Reviewed live as a blond ale per the label. Expectations are high given the brewery and its reputation. Served cold into a pilsner glass.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~2 inches wide. Fizzy an somewhat thin. Recedes within about 2 minutes, leaving no lacing on the glass' sides. Okay complexion. Should be creamier, softer-looking, and fuller.

BODY: Clear vibrant golden blond. Lively carbonation bubbles suggest a healthy brew. It's obviously filtered, an has a pleasing overall look. Clean, with no visible yeast.

A solid looking blond, but not a beer that would catch your eye from across the room.

AROMA: Honey, blonde malts, clean fresh barley, subtle (and vague) fruit from the intricate yeast, and complementary floral notes from the mild hop character.

The nuanced fruity notes from the yeast are the highlight here, and elevate this well beyond most beers in the style. Very appealing, with the perceived honey character shining alongside the well-chosen hop varieties.

TASTE: Blond malts form the foundation, never coming off too sweet with the well-attentuated Trappist yeast keeping it in check (and raising the ABV above the norm). The fruitiness of the yeast is fantastic, though I can't identify the specific fruits - maybe apple? Complementary floral hop notes lend additional complexity, though - true to the style - this is not a particularly intricate brew. Critically, it's well-balanced, with just enough sweetness to satisfy and a barely perceptible yet high ABV. Very well put together, with above average depth of flavour for the style.

I find no off-notes. Flavour duration is high for the style. Flavour intensity is average.

TEXTURE: Perfectly medium-bodied, with adequate thickness and weight on the palate - which serves to complement the honey sweetness but also to handle the esters of the ale yeast. Smooth and wet, but I'd stop short of calling it refreshing per se. It's a bit overcarbonated, but I think that will benefit this beer when it's aged.

Not chewy, oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Overall, this mouthfeel accentuates the honey & fruit nicely, playing to the beer's strengths. But with its overcarbonation and absence of refreshing characteristics, the texture fails to elevate the beer as a whole. A more delicate light feel on the palate would be preferable.

OVERALL: This beer showcases the nuances of Trappist yeast quite well, using the simplicity of its style to its advantage; we hear the Trappist yeast more when there's less noise. Its above average ABV is very well disguised, but make no mistake - this is a robust brew you'd want to swig and enjoy, not a canned blond ale for casual chugging. More solid work from La Trappe, though not world-class or game-changing. Definitely a beer I'll be revisiting again and again, and one that sadly gets overlooked in the Trappist arena.

High B- (3.50)

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Photo of Zet
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden colour with a little yeast haze. Good thick head of foam that retains well. Smell of yeast and malt. The taste is also pretty yeasty, with hints of caramel and vanilla. It is a bit blend in my opinion though. The low carbonation and the abundance of yeast give this beer a nice smooth mouth feel. Overall a pretty good beer, though it doesn't compare to some of the other beers this brewery has to offer.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'd like to see the Bros re-review this beer. Tasting it, I don't get much of the flavor profile they describe, and I can't imagine this as a 2.95 rated beer. Pours a nice gold with a big white head and lots of lacing. Bigger than expected yeast notes for a blonde...nice. Good solid flavor profile with more malt than I expected from the style (but of course this is Belgium, so style is more of a suggestion anyway). Really a decent beer, and a nice break for the palate after a lot of quads.

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Photo of drmeto
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-very sweet beer
-big notes of Caramel,Banana,Honey,bubble gum
-slightly spicy
-sweet and malty finish

Good, but a little hop character wouldve balanced the huge sweetness more.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A couple of days ago I drank Maredsous' BPA and also Cuvée des Trolls' BPA, it's always nice to have the same kind of beer, one after another -it's a nice way to make comparisons.
La Trappe's BPA is not very much out of the expectancies. It has a translucid gold color and a nice never-ending whitey foam.
Smell and taste are really yeasty and malty, I could feel also some honey tones in the taste and some grains after it warmed a bit.
Feel is great as the great belgian beers usually are, really well balanced. This beer has a translucid color but has a nice body nevertheless; carbonation is at good level; bitterness appears better when the beer warms a bit; alcohol is somewhat hidden.
Yeah, that's a nice one.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle from Beers of Europe (£2.49):
This one was another great beer from La Trappe, an excellent offering with a very good balance that made it an easy beer to drink with a nice, crisp finish and plenty of carbonation; a good beer and one that I'll not be afraid to pick up again.

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Photo of titvs
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18A). Bottle 33 cl - Batch 08:59 K17D14. AROMA: sweet and spicy aroma background with some orange notes. some perfumy and honey-like alcohol aromas. APPEARANCE: intense gold color and translucent but with deposit that may give a very hazy appearance. good moussy white head with good retention and lacing. TASTE: smooth flavours with light notes of sweetness, esters (orange like) and spicy alcohols. medium-low bitterness with a medium-sweet finish. no hop flavours noticeable. PALATE: medium-low body with high carbonation. smooth alcohol warmth. OVERALL: an average exemple of a classic belgian blond ale (altough La Trappe is brewed in the Netherlands).

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Photo of jonb5
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

330ml bottle, poured into a La Chouffe tulip.

A: Golden, clear, lots of bubbles, two finger rocky head, decent retention.

S: Fruity esters.

T: Esters, fruits, wheat, yeast, more sweet than bitter.

M: Creamy texture, smooth, well carbonated.

O: More or less a clone of Val Dieu blonde or a number of other Belgian blonde ales, it’s nice and has no unique features, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

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Photo of endovelico
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Small stubborn head. High effervescence. Golden colour.

S: Medium intensity. Beautiful perfumy aroma of bubblegum, roses, clove and banana. No hop character.

T: Taste is of medium intensity. Strong clove notes upfront but not shadowing of other expected aromatics like banana and bubblegum.

M: Low bitterness. Finishes sweet-ish. Very high carbonation. Soapy texture. Medium to medium full body.

O: An agreeable blonde with a sophisticated aroma but questionable texture and average taste.

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3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap. La Trappe Tasting chalice glass. Bright golden color, clear appearance. White froth, close crown showing modest retention. Aromas of Belgian yeast, pale malts & floral notes, hints of bread, slight citric, alcohol, nectar & hops to the nose. Gentle & crispy upfront displays delicate citric, spiced & brown sugar flavors rounded by fruity touches. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Dense texture, light spicy & sparkling palate. Low hoppiness & phenolic hues in the middle. Sweet/soft bitter finish lingers into the aftertaste. Easy drinkable & refreshing despite of being a real Belgish Blond one.

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Photo of FLima
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color with a two finger fluffy head with short retention.
Light aroma of Belgian yeast, bread, cloves, banana and orange peel.
Very balanced flavor, fruity with a mild spicy touch. Notes of banana, citrus, peaches, pear, grapes, wheat and bubble gum. Dry and mildly bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with an effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 6.5% abv is very well hidden.
Very elegant beer, perfectly balance between complexity and drinkability.

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Photo of RaphaelSC
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this beer in a tulip and in the recommended temperature.

A: It pours a gold milky yellow, with a two finger white head that when dissipates leave a lacing on the glass.

S: A faint fruit smell, nice but a bit too faint to me.

T: Follows the nose, a fruity softly taste, that is followed up by the bitter of the hops in a perfect equilibrium with its malts.

M: Refreshing and spicy, the bitterness in the end is durable as to make you to want another sip.

O: It is a complex beer, but would work perfectly as a session beer with its refreshing and light flavours, but carrying all complexity expected from a Trappist.

It worth the try!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria.

Pours a bright and clear golden blonde colour like you want. Head is a little disappointingly flat after the initial flurry of activity, lasting only as a bubbly inconsistent ring around parts of the edge. Minimal lace. Body is firm but fluid. Overall, it looks pretty decent, but perhaps not up to the standard of the great trappist blondes.

Nose is round and slightly deep, again without the richness and complexity of the best examples. Slight sweatiness, some banana, dark fruity esters and a slight phenolic bite. The sweetness is dominant, perhaps to the detriment of some of the more subtle complexities. It still smells like a decent Belgian blonde, but I guess you have to compare this to a higher bar than many other styles.

Taste is similar. Rounded chewy sweetness, more ripe banana esters, slight plasticky phenolic bite towards the back. There's a lingering sweetness to the finish, which isn't altogether unpleasant: clinging toffee characters stick around after the sharper notes drop out. It's not bad, but it seems a bit like it's just checking the boxes.

Feel is quite disappointing. Really rather aggressive carbonation means the feel and the flavours don't integrate but exist as separate entities.

Overall, pretty decent. But there are so many examples better than this, and some examples that are significantly better. Overall, I was a bit underwhelmed.

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Photo of sfprint
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: just a bit of carbonation, semi opaque, rich but light honey in color,. no head.
S: dense, syrupy, semi sweet, honey but yeasty, apricoty. mint?
T: Apricot, not particularly sweet.
M: smooth, very light on carbonation, not so interesting
O: It's nice but fairly plain.

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Photo of Douberd
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, poured into a tulip glass. ABV 6,5%

Deep orange golden colour, with tiny bit of activity in the glass.. Big white and thick head of three fingers that is going down without any lacing left behind. Very good retention though.
Very nice aroma with sugars, bubblegum and lots of fruity notes.
Also lots of fruits on the taste, making it somewhat sweet. A slighty metallic aftertaste, along with the bubblegum and some bitterness on the finish.
Thin to medium body, carbonation above average and just a bit dry on the palate.
Very good, refreshing beer and easily drinkable.

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Photo of corby112
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting cap/ring.  Splotchy lace left behind. Visible carbonation bubbling up.  

Slightly earthy aroma with floral, grassy hops followed by pale malt and light fruit notes.  Hints of bread, biscuit, apple and pear.

Medium bodied with delicate carbonation.  Really crisp with a spicy, floral hop bite up front that lingers over the pale malts and estery yeast notes into a slightly dry finish.  Bready/biscuity with some apple, pear, raisin and grape.  Subtle spice presence.  Well balanced, light, refreshing and easy to drink.  

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Photo of SmashPants
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: embossed 330mL brown bottle, very stylish label.

Appearance: slightly hazy amber with fantastic thick head with amazing retention and lacing.

Aroma: sweet malts, caramel, aromatic floral hops, hint of citrus.

Taste: wonderfully balanced, fruits, the floral hops, malt caramels and breads. Just lovely.

Aftertaste: all flavours linger nicely and last a decent while.

Mouthfeel: medium to heavy body, moderate carbonation. Quite nice.

Overall: such a nice drinking Belgian ale. Top marks.

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Photo of rarbring
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy dark brass brew, an off-white head with good lacing and good curtains.

Butter and orange, some spices.

Bread and brown sugar, bitter orange marmalade with peel, spices.

Medium high carbonation, small foamy bubbles, smooth and oily,

Simple but attractive and rewarding.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Who doesn't love a Trappist ale? Well probably a great proportion of the world's population, but they're idiots (am I right?). Belgium is the epicentre of great brewing and this all comes down to its large population of Trappist monks. Let's face it; these monks know beer... and the holy trinity, and these monks produce some of the best beers that are out there... and in their spare time worship God... Actually I'm starting to think God may be a brewer.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a beer chalice.

A: Pours like any other Belgian blond: Large sticky 1 inch white head boldly fronts atop a cloudy straw body. That is one imposing head I must say!

S: It has all the hallmarks of a brut cuvee champagne in it's aroma; dry vinous grapes with a bread yeast and vermouth. This will be one dry glass of beer.

T: The flavour that comes about is much more constrained than the aroma would suggest; it certainly isn't dry and there is a hint of candied sugar with bubblegum and touch of cloves (classic Belgian blond flavours), but it feels a bit watered down for mass-consumption (or for mass-production perhaps?). This one is quite the opposite to the Leffe blond (which I previously reviewed), whereas the Leffe was too bold with flavour, this is too restrained, we need to find a middle path - Trappists take note!

M: Light dense carbonation with a mid to light body.

D: Hiding the alcohol seems to be the name of La Trappe Blond's game... hiding the flavour too unfortunately. It's a good brew let down by a diluted palate that could ultimately be rectified, tout suite La Trappe! Other than that it's an OK beer, could I drink it all night? More so than Leffe, yes. Do I want to drink it all night? No. Try Triple Moine for a blond that kicks ass... or Duvel (of course!).

Food match: Tastes of brassiere food would go well with this.

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Photo of stevoj
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smooth and delicious! Absolutely tasty. Head a little thin, but body is perfect weight. Thank god for the Dutch Trappists for creating a slice of heaven on Earth!

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Photo of bylerteck
2.82/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle from a grocery store in Melbourne.

A - Cloudy dark orange. One finger white head. Decent carbonation. Spot of lace and a film of retention.

S - Orange and yeast. Orange is pretty strong with some candy.

T - Yeast, a little citrus. Kinda boring.

M - Overly carbonated. Medium to full body and a slightly dry finish. Carbonation is a bit much.

O/D - Carbonation makes it hard to taste much. Nott a bad blonde, but nothing really special.

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Photo of jhtipton
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into my wine goblet Lots of fluffy white head which stuck around. Appearance is a cloudy yellow. The "cork " is a rubbery cork vice real cork which I presume will prevent spoilage or introduction of air when cellared I guess at 6.5 ABV that you really would not benefit from cellaring.
Not a real pronounced smell to this. Taste is somewhat wheaty spicy and sour pear. Mouthfeel is medium bodied fairly carbonated. Overall a decent strong blonde ale but not my top Trappiste or blonde.

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