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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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Ratings: 331 |  Reviews: 157
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2/5  rDev -46.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
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 -26.7%
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 -26.2%
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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2.81/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A bland and indecisive belgian blonde.

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2.82/5  rDev -24.6%
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 -23%
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. WouldnÂ’t recommend this brew.

Sampled 12/31/03

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Photo of coasterfreak75
2.92/5  rDev -21.9%
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 -21.1%
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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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -19.8%
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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3/5  rDev -19.8%
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 BonzoBall
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very nice blond beer / pale ale. Good character and body.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of dren
3.03/5  rDev -19%
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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3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
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 -17.6%
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 semanka
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of geexploitation
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
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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3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
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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La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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