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

La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
BA SCORE
56.7%
Liked This Beer
3.74 w/ 328 ratings
La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Netherlands
latrappe.nl

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,323
Reviews:
157
Ratings:
328
Liked:
186
Avg:
3.74/5
pDev:
10.7%
Alströms:
2.95
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
64
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 328 |  Reviews: 157
Photo of Sammy
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another stellar product from this brewery. Great aroma from yeast. Fruity peach and secondary citrus taste, easy drink. Good 1st or 2nd beer. A great pale. Hoppy too. Honey malt and nice malt and yeast aftertaste. Opaque orange, alcohol creeps up on you.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fair, but I expect more from Trappist Breweries. has good spicy ann citrusy tones in the aroma and flavor. Light malty sweetness/ perhapse some honey added for a soft character. Alcohols hinge on fusal, but remain sweet. A hint of graininess / huskiness show up in the finish where the hop bitterness should be. Otherwise a good beer, though there are far better Belgian Pale Ales out there.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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 dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep golden/orangey color ale with a huge foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of floral malt with candy-like sweetness, which is very enjoyable and reminiscent of the other beer from this brewery. Taste is also dominated by the candy-like sweetness and big malt. This beer does the same thing that Christophel did for me for Pilsner if you see what I mean.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Koningshoeven means "King's Garden's", and represents the name of the location of the La Trappe monastery. The Koningshoeven brand is secondary to the La Trappe beers (and seemingly of lesser quality).

Carefully poured, this blonde delivers a clear amber body with yellow-gold highlights. It's a little bit darker than might be expected; but its frothy off-white head holds rather well and leaves some nice lace before settling to a creamy 1/4" head. A sweetish, candy and honey-like malt resides in the nose - very mead-like in a way. It's not complex, but it is clean and nice. The body is medium/light; and it's gently zesty on the tongue before warming to become just lightly creamy with a very fine, median carbonation. The semi-rich honeyish malt dominates the flavor throughout, balanced by a solid bitterness and a light wash of alcohol; and it finishes dry with a mild note of fruity malt that lingers in the mouth. A nice beer that's straightforward and enjoyable although the alcoholtends to come forward a bit too much at times.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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 Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle from a gift set box, which included the nice glass I'm sampling from.No freshness indication. Pours clear (until the final yeasty pour) light honey golden amber, raising a regal almost white head, slowly dissolving to a spotty foam, moderate stringy and spotty lacing left on the glass. Nose is of cloves,ripe fruits. Very pleasant BPA, notes of more cloves, vanilla, light brandy, maybe bubble gum, Belgian yeastyness. Fine everyday type Belgian. Love the style, great when you want something Belgian, but dont to be knocked on your behind after one beer. Well worth a try.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of stevoj
4.34/5  rDev +16%
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 tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, no best before or production date found, at least 6 months in age.
Pours with an airy off white head. A clear but dark body, an unattractive hazed bronze colour. A simple aroma - yeast and Belgian malts. Some suggestion of spice and a slight cider like component. The alcohol, though not outright is suggested in both aroma and flavour. The mouthfeel is damp and quenching. A heavy malt base with very low bitterness. The flavour mimics the aroma - Belgian style yeast and bready malt bill. Distant hints of fruits (peach, apricot) and a little bubblegum taste as well as slight zesty note that last in the aftertaste. This is simple and quite forgettable in all regards, but it quickly grew on me...

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Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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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La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 56.7% out of 100 with 328 ratings
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