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

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

Brewed by:
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 BlackHaddock
2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

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Photo of TerryW
2.74/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this to be rather tame for a trappist ale. I couldn't find any of the interesting aromas or flavours that you would figure for one of these.

Didn't hurt to drink, but sure nothing special.

Decent head and lace, cloudy carmel colour, looks pretty good, even if it ain't that tasty a brew.

Picked it up as part of a four pack sampler. Here's hopin' some of the next three are a little more interesting.

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Photo of cokes
2.76/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smoggy gold with ample and enduring bone-colored suds.
Aromatics of apple sauce, bananas coated with sour cream and a 400 ton Clovezilla.
Rides into the mouth with a sweet fruitiness hinting at apricot, but staying away from a precise fruit and closer to raw sugar. Pale malts provide base. Overripe bananas enter next and linger. Cloves hammer down almost obnoxiously. Perfumed chemicals and plastics are noted late. It ends lightly floral with a plastic and clove phenol-drenched bitterness. Seems more alcoholic than it is.
Medium bodied, fluffy. Denser than it probably should be, which results in each sip becoming more of a chore than the one before.
A flawed brew. Not suitable, by any means, for a session, and not even enjoyable by itself.

Is this different somehow than the "old" La Trappe Blond? Seems quite a bit worse than the alter-ego, from what I recall.

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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 BeerBuilder
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours to a hazy, orange-yellow color with a white head. The aroma is yeasty, spicy and medicinal. The flavor is light with a yeasty, medicinal taste. Not too much flavor. It is medium in body, and very disappointing. Wouldn’t recommend this brew.

Sampled 12/31/03

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Photo of coasterfreak75
2.92/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour was a light golden yellow with a two finger head that dissapated to a thick white lace on top of the beer. There was constant carbonation which, to me, just added character to the look of this beer.

The smell heavy in apricots and figs with just a hint of malt sweetness hidden in the fruit.

The taste is where this beer failed. The start was nothing but carbonation. The middle was a quick kick of fruit followed by just a standard "American macro taste". I really was let down by this one.

I've had the complete set now and this was my least favorite. Past the appearance there was a lack of character that was present in the other three Koningshoven's.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 1 pint 9.4 oz brown Belgian magnum, corked and caged. No freshness date.

Appearance: Clear golden with a killer head that has perhaps one of the best head retentions we have ever seen.

Smell: Corky aromas with a slight sherry alcohol and oxidized aroma.

Taste: Soft malty mouth feel with a lower than normal Trappist ale carbonation. Fruity grape like flavours and a mustiness make up the by products of the yeast and malt. Mild oxidation and cork flavours become obtrusive. A touch of astringency grows greater towards the end from the leafy / oily hops and husky grain. Concludes with a puckering dry astringent flavour.

Notes: Gets better around cellar temp. as suggested on the back label (50-55*F). Not a bad brew but more of an acquired taste. The astringent / slight oxidized character seems to take over mostly. Oddly this brew is filtered and there is no form of secondary fermentation in the bottle which is totally associated with this style of beer hence the formation of oxidation and corkiness in the beers character.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from .33cl bottle into snifter glass. Pours a mild hazy light orange body with some sediments and a medium lasting fluffy white head. Aroma is citrus, spice, grapefruit, yeast and mild sweet grapes. Lightly sweet flavors, low bitterness and a distinct yeasty flavor. Earthy notes and picking up a little "cork" flavor throughout - not too pleasant for me. This gives a mild citrus and hay finish with a lasting orange and almost pepper-spicy aftertaste. Body is medium, medium carbonation and has a oily to sticky mouthfeeling.

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Photo of seanyfo
3/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of dren
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured more of a dark pale than a blonde with a nice head that left lacing on the side of the glass. Right when I cracked open the bottle I got a hint of caramel but that left leaving a spicey sweet smell. Tastes like sweet apple juice slightly spiced with cloves, then the cloves take over and the beer finishes bitter. Not very full, this feels thin after the first rush of sweetness. A hint of alcohol in the back that warms, but is thinner than expected. Really, this beer was a let down. I love their quad but this is just so/so. I'd drink it again if given to me but I wouldn't go hunting for it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.07/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The label says Koningshoeven, but the bottle has the raised "La Trappe" logo, still. I've been told it's a new recipe, for some reason or another.
Clear golden in color, with a full, frothy, white head. Nose is subtle, but still fruity, spicy, notes of butter, bubblegum, and bananas. More fruits come through later, primarily peach, apricot, citrus. Good hops on the sweet palate, but they lay low afterwards. An oily, slick feeling takes over. Malt feels insufficient, texture is far too thin, and watery, body is slight. Overall, a disappointment. This was never my favorite style of the La Trappes, but that one was never this bad. I could taste test them, as there are still some La Trappes hanging around, but that would mean buying another bottle of this!

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found this in Mexico for a little less than $1 USD, so figured I would grab it.

A: Pours a slightly hazy..well blonde color, with a foamy 1.5 finger head with moderate retention and decent lacing.

S: Not a whole lot going on in the nose. Some light fruits, mostly banana and some apple, lightly spices, and some grainy malt.

T: On the sweet side, light fruits and spices again, the yeast comes through a bit. Got a little bit of floral hops and a slight funk as well.

M: Medium bodied, maybe a touch thin, with good carbonation.

O: Probably my least favorite Trappist beer thus far. Nothing about it really impressed me, but it wasn't bad. For the price, I have no problem with it, but would probably opt for something else though.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours darker than expected, less blond than amber, although on the light side of that. Frothy white head that leaves nice, chunky lacing on the sides of the glass. Very phenolic aroma with tons of banana notes and cloves. The palate is very sweet, too much so really, and features a creamy clove flavor that is a bit off-putting. A substantial bitter edge comes up at the finish and saves things somewhat, but overall this beer is just average for a Belgian blond -- it has little in the way of fresh fruit aromatics, the mouthfeel is too thick and heavy, but it's not terrible or anything. Just enh.

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Photo of wl0307
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BB 12/08, served lightly chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl glass.

A: dark reddish amber hue, not blond at all! Coming with an off-white creamy head that settles to a thin cap, on top of semi-lively tiny fizziness.
S: pretty sour-sweet prune-y and burned sugary, at first quite like what happens to an expired English bottled bitter... After the beer settles, the aroma shows syrupy sweet grains, boiled sweet potatoes, sugar-cane juice, buttery fudge, grassy hops, and random fruit-esters on top of (much) milder notes of tangerine-ish citrusness. Overall, the balance gears towards the rich and thickly sugary side, thus not terribly pleasant to me.
T: just like the nose, the foretaste gives out a very thick presence of burned-sugary and candy-ish malts, followed by a lightly spicy bite of yeasts, fig jam, estery flavour of Chinese green-bean paste, with fat-prune-ish and milder citric fruitiness lingering in the end. Semi-dry in the finish along with the sweet grainy edge that simply refuses to budge even until the last second of tasting.
M&D: very light in carbonation, medium-bodied, slightly weird in flavour and not very drinkable due to the sickly-sugary sweetness that disturbs the balance. My previous notes of the On-Tap version seems to be much better, and the only thing I can think of blaming for this bottle is perhaps the expiry-date issue. I don't mind trying the bottled version again.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Served at around 55F. Pours reddish-golden into a large goblet glass. Not much head.

Aroma: Yeasty, with some phenolic, alcoholic aroma.

Flavor: Medium body, with some esters (apple, slightly sour?) and a bit of a cardboard flavor. Not as much carbonation as I expected. Quick, somewhat acidic finish.

I suspect I got an old bottle, some of whose carbonation may have been lost after being stored upright too long. I've had the blond ale in years past, and I remember enjoying it more than this. Or perhaps the recipe has changed. Disappointing.

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Photo of jikvig
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful, clear golden colour. A a bright white head about 7cm high.

On the nose, malt, but not a very good maltaroma. Freshly cut gras, maybe a hint of orange.

In the mouth, vibrant and foamy. A long and good aftertaste with maltflavour dominating, in this case a good maltflavour.
It´s light and spot on for it´s style.

It is however, alittle bit boring. I would have expected more aromas and flavours, in more layers.
If you want this "style" of Trappistbeer that´s lighter, Westmalles trappist (dubbel or tripel) is more complex.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Brassy golden color, fairly hazy, with a large cloud top head and streams of fine, slow rising carbonation; very nice broken lace.

Aroma: Rich fruity aroma of bananas, ripe apples, mild cloves, grain, and alcohol.

Taste: Begins with sweet malt, cloves, fruit, and nutty-flavored yeast. Midway through, strong and sweet alcohol dominates. Finishes with mild, lingering herbal hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, pleasant, a little bit thin, though.

Drinkability/notes: I found this to be a pleasant and inoffensive beer, which I would characterize as “Trappist Light”. Its probably a good beer to offer to someone who is new to Trappist-style ales, although connoisseurs of true Trappist Ales will probably be disappointed.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice golden blonde beer with a good carbonisation and a nice one finger thick creamy foamy head. The head stays all during the intercourse of my drinking. Smell; kind of fruity, with some banana smells, a bit watery in smell and very yeasty, some shy smells of malt.

Taste is fruity but very carbonic unfortunately, some banana flavours, acetylic too. Not very great

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Photo of becktone
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Eye: The color is a very dirty dark golden brown. Head is very creamy, is an off white color, has great retention and lacing. Maybe if it were clearer its appeal would be much greater.

Nose: One of the most potent brews that I've had in a long, long time. Even before the beer is out of the bottle and in the glass its aroma wafts up to my nose. The aroma is very sweet malty smell with little to no hop aroma. The closest association I can make with this aroma is bubblegum, though this is much better and more pleasant then bubblegum. Other than that hard to describe, a bit of the classic "Duvel" aroma in there, just there small but enough to convince you, were you unaware, that this is a very similar, if not the same style.

Tongue: Great flavor, very sweet and extremely long lasting. Malt obviously dominates the flavor, with an exception to yeast fermentation characteristics. I also detect some very fruity flavors, can't put a finger on what they are though, and definitely vanilla too. Initially I find this to be a bit too sweet, almost cloyingly-ehh the flavor profile isn't all that great, I mean its just a bit too sweet/or there's something to it that just tells me that this is one that you have to enjoy over a very long amount of time. Mayhaps its the vanilla flavor that I dislike so....

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: For a Belgian Pale Ale this is definitely fuller in mouthfeel than I expected. Almost velvet-like, very nice. Alcohol is somewhat detectable, felt a bit of warmth as I was taking as sip, just there in the aftertaste, where vanilla reigns. Would've liked something a bit more crisp and not quite so full in body. Usually I'd get off on a full body, but that coupled with lower carbonation just makes this low alcohol, sweet, and very unbalanced(as it should be-BPA, I mean supposed to be malty) ale not all that great in the mouth, a bit more carbonation would be nice as well. This is definitely one of the more unique Belgian Pale Ales I've had. I must say that this is one that I don't prefer over the others I've had. Though I am most likely comparing this brew to the likes of Duvel, it should still have a similar, yet toned down flavor...I just think that the almost cloying vanilla makes it hard to drink more than one of these in a sitting. All in all in my opinion this one is too cloying, I mean I got this with a gift set which included a goblet, goblets are for deep sips...I try that with this and almost gag because I find it too cloying. I'll most likely not purchase this brew again.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle into a goblet.

crystal clear golden orange with half an inch of white head that leaves perfect thin rings of lace. strands of bubbles rise up to replenish the head as it falls.

bright lemony fresh aroma with honey, tart apples and belgian yeast.

taste is sweeter than expected from the aroma. medium-high carbonation with a light mouthfeel. honey sweetness with a cleansing, slightly tart, slightly bitter finish. drinkable, but i'd prefer a little more strength and flavor with a little less drinkability.

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Photo of dgilks
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a straw yellow colour with a bright white head. Translucent. Head retention is below average and there is no lacing.

The aromas are of banana and bubble gum. Some apple and other fruity phenols are also present. A ouch of booze as well. not bad aromas but they lack punch.

The flavours again are heavy on the fruit. The bubble gum from the nose is plenty evident with the banana also featuring. A touch of pineapple of the front of the palate and plenty of sweetness. It isn't bad but lack interest and complexity.

Medium body with a fairly dry finish. Carbonation is not overbearing and is at a level suited to the style.

This is a drinkable beer but it lacks the punchy flavours and complexity of many Belgian and Trappist beers diminishing its appeal.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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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 nixhecks
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a bright golden color and was very high in carbonation, with a very large head. The aroma is very light and pleasant, mildly spiced and citrusy. The taste also was very soft and smooth, a tiny hint of malt sweetness on the front with a crisper finish. Both the aroma and the taste did seem a little cidery, very reminiscent of my first attempt at homebrewing. The head was around for the whole glass, and left a lot of lacing. This was my first trappist ale, and I was surpised. I had expected something a little stronger, a little sweeter - basically something just a little bit "out there" compared to what I am used to. So unfortunately I can't comment on whether this suits the style, however, the rating it currently has seems to state that it is not the best representation of a trappist ale, however I did enjoy it nonetheless.

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Photo of Gmann
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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