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

La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
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Style:
Blonde Ale - Belgian
Ranked #38
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #34,021
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 10.37%
Reviews:
164
Ratings:
365
From:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
 
Netherlands
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  25
Gots
  77
SCORE
85
Very Good
La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
Notes: 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.
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Anderbrau_IPA from Panama

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Nov 25, 2013
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Jugs_McGhee from Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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)

Aug 12, 2015
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

3/5  rDev -20.2%

Jan 05, 2012
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dandy14 from Brazil

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oct 11, 2017
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jujubeast6000 from Texas

3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 4/19/2007 (33cL bottle, BB May2009):

Pours a golden clear yellow, slightly fizzy. Good sized head, diminishing, foamy. Sweet floral aroma, some dark fruit, typical Belgian ale aroma. Thick syrupy initial taste, light taste, fizzy & slightly bitter aftertaste, with some fruit sweetness on the end. Very floral taste. Decent, but a little plainish.

Feb 10, 2009
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joharitaylor79 from Australia

3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dec 15, 2017
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seanyfo from Scotland

3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle poured into a Chimay Goblet.

A- 1 finger white fluffy head, reducing quickly to leave very faint crown. Lacing is minimal. Lively carbonation coming up from the etching. Body is a cloudy caramel orange cloudy hue.

S- Yeasty, cloves, light spice

T- Cloves in the forefront with the alcohol evident in the finish. Im not getting much else otherwise in the flavour profile to be honest.

M- Spritzy carbonation yet a bit sticky

D- Doesnt look the part neither smells or tastes it to be honest. Didnt enjoy this one really boring with no character/flavour/complexity. Pass.

Apr 27, 2010
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Monk287 from Netherlands

4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Mar 28, 2018
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Drew966 from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Koningshoeven Blond pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Aroma is somewhat fruity, sort of grape like. Taste seems to start with a candy sugar type flavor then some fruit like tastes, as above kick in. Interesting, but not really my thing. Definitely worth a try though.

Jun 18, 2006
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sraufstok from Slovenia

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 21, 2018
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vinicole from England

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Jul 22, 2014
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Plainview from Oregon

3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 18, 2019
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ClockworkOrange from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into a pair of basic snifters. Shared with brothercannon. The ale appears a hazed muted straw yellow color with about an inch of fluffy, fading off white head. Nose and flavor consist of grassy biter hops, light candi sugar, fruity, sweet buttery candy, slightly spicy yeast. Decent mouthfeel, about medium, and the ale is amply carbonated as well. Their quad is quite good, this one, not so much.

Jun 09, 2009
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bonbini26 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Jan 09, 2012
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eric5bellies from Australia

3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip glass

A - Pours a copper golden colur with a large white head that disappears quickly.

S - Aromas of bread and spice dominant.

T - Tastes of cloves and booze are the most dominat flavours. A little one dimensional.

M - Light to medium body with full carbonation.

D - Probabbly my least favourite trappist beer this one.

Dec 04, 2010
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vancurly from Australia

4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a large wine glass. Very bubbly, with rocky head. Pale amber / honey, with some yeast haze when finishing bottle.
S: Fruity esters, maybe pear, pineapple, kiwi fruit. Cara/crystal malts, floral hop.
F: Sweetish, perfumy esters, tropical fruit, touch of honeycomb, Very complex, with subtleties everywhere. Finishes semi-sweet, light bittereness, herbal aftertaste, light zing.
Lightly sweet, sour, & bitter.
M: Medium body, finishes richly.
O: Great beer, with a reasonably high ABV for a Blonde/BPA.

Nov 06, 2006
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BlackHaddock from England

2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown 330ml bottle, with a completelty different label to the picutre shown, best before May 2009, drank March 2007.

Poured into my 'Forbidden Fruit' chalice glass, just to make it feel at home! It hissed as it fell into the glass and the head just vanished, it wasn't at home at all, was it?

Orange, tangarine in colour, not a true blond, even though that is what it says on the label, terracotta is the nearest colour for me. No head at all, hence the low score.

Very poor on the aroma front too, a bit of yeast with a hint of barley and hops.

Nothing to excite here either, bog standard, fizzy with a pleasant alcohol kick, but no flavours to talk about, toffee apples at a push.

A slight alcohol aftertaste, with citrus fruits arriving later, but still poor for a Trappist beer.

Sadly, I have to report this is the worst Trappist beer I have ever had, and I've had almost them all. I have another which I will stash away, but this is not what I wanted, or expected.

Mar 21, 2007
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Gmann from New York

3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. A slighty hazy copper color with an average off white head that left some spotty lacing on the side. The smell is almost non-existent. Disappointing for a trappist. The taste is similar to that of fizzy apple juice, not much in the way of Belgian spiciness/funkiness. The feel is light and crisp but not watery, finishes very dry for the style. A decent drinker but not any better than Leffe. Worth a try but won't seek out again.

Mar 25, 2007
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DvdP from Netherlands

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Oct 14, 2020
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pin from Australia

3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

May 27, 2013
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pastramionrye7 from Germany

4.25/5  rDev +13%

Jul 17, 2013
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crnipeter from Slovenia

3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Re-rated 05-17-2011.
Pours hazed, deep golden body capped by stable, mid-sized white head that leaves some lacing on the walls with each swirl and forms stable cloth as it sets.
Aroma is pale malt sweetnes with suggary notes, honeyish alcohol and peachy, citrusy esters. Aromatics include also banana and bubble gum. Flavor is pale malt sweetness with slight alcohol warmth and mild spiciness towards the medium-dry finish. Esters add a tinge of citrus-like fruitiness to the overall sweet flavor. Medium-light bodied and quite smooth, with moderate carbonation. (330 ml, freshness date August 2012, into tulip.)

Jan 17, 2010
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Stephen63 from Scotland

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Appealing orange coloured body but with very weak head. This is a rarity, a non bottle-conditioned trappist.

S - Wheaty, malty character that is quite pleasant.

T - A little thin but maltiness dominates.

M - Sharpish but not too fizzy.

D - Found this one went down very well but would not really be looking for another.

On the whole this is fairly bland when considering other trappist beers. Not a patch on the dubbel from La Trappe. Bit underwhelmed by this.

Apr 29, 2007
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tykechandler from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 26, 2016
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LittleCreature from Australia

3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.0
An inch of foamy white head over a dark gold body with lots of tiny particles.

Smell - 3.0
Not a lot of oomph for a 6.5% Belgian, but pleasant none the less. Mildly spicy, biscuity malt, candy sweet, a bit boozy.

Taste - 3.5
Bready, almost cake-like malt, slight nectarine, candy cane sweetness, light spice and just enough hops for balance. Tasty enough, and light enough to want a few more.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Fine, smooth carbonation with warming alcohol.

Drinkability - 4.5
Despite the 6.5% ABV, it is quite sessionable, I could easily drink it all night.

OVERALL - 3.65
Not as good as La Trappe Dubbel, but still worth trying. I would choose this over a Leffe Blond due to its lower level of sweetness.

Apr 08, 2009
La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 365 ratings