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 Evil_Pidde
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours clear golden with a really large off-white fluffy head - looks a bit like whipped cream. Slow dissipation leaves decent lacings.

S: Spicy and yeasty. Fruits; citrus, bananas and greep apples. Some malt, not that sweet.

T: Yeast, spices and a light sourness. Lots of fruits, some bitter hops. Dry rather than sweet, malt. Even some wheat.

M: Long sour and bitter aftertaste. Body is kind of light and carbonation modest.

O: For beeing a Trappist beer, not very exciting. But for a standard Belgian Pale Ale, not too shabby.

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

Poured into a 250ml Trappe goblet at the Falstaff in Paris.

It's not every day you get to have Trappist beer on tap. I had never seen Koningshoeven's trademark glass prior to drinking this and it really is one that is suitable for a king. Nevertheless, blonds tend to be modest, subtle beers and this one definitely retained a traditional look for what I imagine Belgian-style blond ales to look like. It contains a brightly-tinged golden color with very little carbonation, to my disappointment. Has a very clear look and immediately figured that it is probably a filtered brew. Nevertheless, despite a small ring at the top of the glass and a humble appearance, it still manages to be eye candy.

The aroma immediately consists of honey drenched, biscuit-like flavor with a sharp dab of sugar cane (or candy sugar). With a strong enough swirl, the aroma reveals itself to be pleasant on the nose with slight sweet and hoppy smells, medicated herbs and maybe even a little bit of clove. Some apricots and lemons. I actually enjoy simple aromas in beers that contain these subtleties due to the fact that you have to force your senses to attempt to find more than the initial, grainy smell. Still, if it weren't for the sugar and yeast, it would most definitely be very similar to lighter, less complex beers that are readily available in many places.

The taste is actually not as flavorful or inviting as the aroma, but it still manages to hold up on its own terms. For instance, it holds the benefit of being a ridiculously easy beer to drink. It has a light malty feel with instances of bitterness and sweetness that tingle the term, but do not more than provide a slightly flavorful experience. To me, the taste is nothing that blew me away, but there's really nothing to complain about in drinking it. However, it might have been even more interesting and full-bodied if it were cloudier and less filtered. For that matter, it's not really a beer to rave about in my book.

The subtleties of the flavors hold themselves to be good in the long run, but sadly, the watery mouthfeel of the beer and lack of any notable warming effects make it a flavor that is successful for what it is but not one that fully stands out from others in its style. I'm glad this doesn't have high alcohol like other similarly made brews I've had over the past weeks. It could almost be sessionable due to its style, but then it wouldn't be what it is.

A decent blond ale that is good on tap, but not really a Trappist recipe that stands out like others. I hope to try other beers from this brewery in the future, and with luck, even find them on tap. I have this feeling that this beer is better on tap as it brings out a more desired sweetness, but I definitely wouldn't revisit it any time soon – especially if the bottled versions aren't bottle conditioned. Worth a try, as it still manages to be a modest beer for what it is.

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Photo of nokes
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Tried immediately following the Orval (same style). In retrospect, should have done them in the opposite order.

Pour shows an orange-gold hazy ale with white head that didn't retain very well. Nice colour, but lacking a bit on the overall impression. Carbonation looks nice.

Smell has mild maltiness but moreso I catch sparks of vanilla and banana against cloves and citrus. Nice.

Taste comes off initially with citrus, fading to malty dominance with some sweetness and green apple. The bitter is there, but I feel like I almost have to look for it, and then I get this metallic feel that comes into play and feels distracting.

Carbonation is perfect, I think, and it feels good. It's a good beer overall, and mostly pleasant, but I'm not keen on the metallic bit. Liked the Orval better.

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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 karait95
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a very pale beer, clear yellow color with not too carbonated, with a medium head dissipates medium speed leaving almost not layer on top of the beer, the body is medium is good enough,

S: It is a fruity or floral aroma it is actually a combination of both, some citrus it is faint not to strong, it is also malty with this characteristic smell of Belgian beers, it is nice not simple, complex but understandable.

T: Even so this one is barley beer as good Belgium you can feel something like wheat, it is a nice flavor

M: It is a pleasant sensation, maybe could be a little more complex because of some bitterness that doesn't exists it good and follows the style.

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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 TheBrewo
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of deep orange, with hues closer to gold around the edges. It sustains a beautiful white head of two fingers. This is composed of bubbles varying in size, producing an ultimately creamy look. It disappears at a somewhat quick pace, leaving little lacing as it goes. There is a haze to the brew, but no outright sediment is noted. Carbonation looks to be active. The aroma includes cool malts, clovey phenols, and a hint of citrus, all wrapped in a cloak of soft and sweet banana esters. There are also flashes of bittering wheat and vanilla, somewhere back in the distance. The taste begins with creamy malts, with some additional bittering grain, of barley or wheat. There is a citrus bite at the very tip of the tongue. As we move through to the middle malts continue to dominate, but they begin to contrast with some sweetness lent by the bubblegum esters. The transition from middle to end is marked by warm apple spice, phenols, and a tinny yeast flavoring. The aftertaste breathes a touch metallic, but is predominantly malty and slightly tart, of lemon. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to high. The feel to each sip is with a great deal of creaminess, with the mouth left coated, and wet. The abv is standard and the beer drinks with ease.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its aroma. We found, here, inclusions of wheat and sweetening esters, which helped raise it from a standard, or dull beer, in this category. The taste, however, did fall a bit flat. It began nicely, but by the end of the sip, and even more so by the end of the glass, the taste became metallic and capable of overwhelming the palate.

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Photo of pinkano
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - very nice hazy gold, however the head is absent after couple moments
S - full mouth of fruits - bananas, citruses with malt
T - bananas, citruses are mixed with pineapples and vanilla. Refreshing and nice.
M - medium body with medium carbonation
D - pretty fresh and very easy going down the throat.. be careful about the higher ABV

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

750 ml corked bottle. Yellow copper colour, big head that fades in a little while. Smell of spices, clove, some fruit, honey (is there a roasted background?)
Body is not as strong as I thought, in the mouth is just as the smell: spices, clove, fruty, honey and some bread. Good beer, but I expected to be more complex.

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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 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 Brabander
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this beer after a tour we had in the brewery. A very nice tour along the brewery with some beers during the tour. The blond was served in a small La trappe glass.

Taste is very smooth. Soft, non edgy liqiud. It was a hot day and the La trappe blond was just OK with some hints of fruit.

Berkel Enschot in the south of Holland where the monastery is is a good place to visit.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good pale ale from La Trappe. La Trappe has rather a lot of decent brews, without any of them being exceptional.

Dark golden ale , creamy head, modest carbonation

Smell is fresh, hops, herbs, grass and pine.
Taste is rather malty and bready. Cloves. Some fruits, also banana.
Bittersweet to dry. Medium bodied. Spicy finish.

As said, this is good ale. It's not demanding, but also not complex.
Just easy drinkable.

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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 xylophonica
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into it's own La Trappe signature glass.

A - Rich, golden amber. Little head but good yeast patterns forming on top.

S - You can definitely smell the alcohol in this one (seems to be common with beers from this brewery). Mild hoppy and yeast aromas leading to a spicy, somewhat honey smell. Can also detect some wood & herbal scents here.

T - Sweet, soothing & smooth. Slight honey/mead aftertaste but not overpowering. Herbal flavours hide quietly in the background.

M - Lightly hopped and with a bit of spice.

D - The honey flavour is there in a soothing context. I'm not really a fan of honey as a flavour in general but here it works well. Really thinking about buying a box of this next pay day. Eminently drinkable but not sure how this would stand up after half a dozen...

This is easily my favourite of the La Trappe primary four. A delight to drink and the soothing honey flavour grows on you very quickly - something you could genuinely expect Trappist monks to enjoy as one of their lighter beers.

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

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Hazy orange color with a small bubbled white head. Some lacings
S: Sweet malt is a must. Nice earthy yeasts and some honey
T: Very nice sweet malt taste. Honey. Earthy yeasts. Dry in overall. Some bubble gum taste can also be felt. Light bitter "hoppy" end
M: Medium body and carbonation
D: High. Despite to its medium ABV, this is a quite drinkable beer.

Good quality Trappist beer. Not a Rochefort or a Westvleteren but even though, worthy.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a 330 mL 2 ways, brought back from belgium. Reviewed 9/26/2009. Poured into Chouffe tulips.

Ar: Dry crackery malt with light biscuit, pils malt, light honey sweetness, sweet floral nectar, smells like a floral pils, perfumy, delicate fruitiness

Ap: Gold, fine yeast haze, white fluffy head, good retention

F: Sweet pils malt, STRONG BUBBLEGUM, fruity and floral, tropical fruit, juicyfruit, dry crisp end with light hop presence, seems simple but nice, herbal hop at end, honey and nectar, *doughy, *subtle spice, *very clean

M: high smooth carbonation, clean end, refreshing, light body, *balanced, *sweeter as it warms

O: clean and refreshing but i would prefer a wit or saison, no flaws but not my style, tastes better than smell, good mix of complexity and simplicity

*= ideas from fellow taster

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Photo of crnipeter
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
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.)

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Photo of mulder1010
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Trappe goblet

A-- Poured a yellowish pale gold straw color. Not a cloudy as others are. Very thin white head that disappeared after pouring. Very few bubbles in the head and on the glass.

S-- Bread smell right off the bat. Fairly sweet and a hint of apricot and grape in this. Much thinner smell than I would have thought

T-- Mostly sweet bread. Not as yeasty as others but it is there. A little more fruit driven and really no hops to speak of.

M-- Creamy and reasonably carbonated. What is good is that the taste lingers for a while. The yeast taste becomes stronger the longer in your mouth. Coats my teeth in a way like tannins do with wine. Not a lot of sugar in the taste.

D-- Strength is the mouthfeel. Quite nice how the taste lingers. Smell is faint but mouthfeel makes up for that. Very sessionable at 6.5% and cost wise it is quite reasonable. A 4 pack in Australia is almost half of what a 4 pack of others like it. Very much worth trying.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.54/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unfiltered amber not very liquid ale with outstanding trappist aroma (malt, apricots, milk toffee, smth citrus)
Almost absent head
Taste is rather complex - fruits & yeast with strong malt ending, a hint of hop, middle carbonation, noble & refreshing beer!

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Photo of Nickls
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(From notes)

Not sure exactly where the head was going on this one, but it was moving fast...held barely at first as pure white, but then disappeared rapidly. Lightly murky marigold color.

Yeasty and a good deal of sweetness; lots of white grapes in the aroma. Quite sweet in the aroma actually and very fruit driven. Missing out on any hops.

Not nearly as sweet in the taste as in the aroma, but still thereabouts. Bit of candied sugar and a very light yeastiness; not very complex and pretty straightforward with the light fruitiness...back to the white grapes, and perhaps a hint of passion fruit. Hops are AWOL, and the MF is very light verging on thin with subdued carbonation, but still syrpupy somehow. Not really great drinking, not as refreshing as hoped and certainly on the sweeter side for the style. Not my favorite from the brewery.

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

Pours vibrant gold with a large creamy head.
Nose shows doughy yeast, cloves, some spicy noble hops and banana esters. Very light and refreshing.
These aromas a mirrored in the flavours, with cloves and banana up first before some slightly hot alcohol and plenty of light sweet malt show through.
Light body with carbonation that could be higher.
This is remarkably similar to a hefe. Really refreshing.

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Photo of taigor
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Koningshoeven glass.

A - Amber color with small head that dissipates immediately.

S - Malts with hints of fruit and wheat.

T - Very sweet with oranges and apricots hints.

M - Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D - Good drinkability, just as expected of this blond beer.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a crisp white head that fades leaving almost no lacing.

Smell is faint of wheat, citrus, and yeast.

Taste is on par with Leffe blonde I hate to say it but I think I prefer Leffe to this, just seems like Leffe has a bit more flavor, kick. This has more citrus notes, and is much dryer.

A good beer and worth a try but it's not divine.

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Photo of Fizzlybear
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Pours a brownish gold with a thin cream head, surprisingly dark for a "blond"

S - The main smells I picked up where sweet malts and oranges, fairly pleasant.

T - The taste was pretty much the same as the smell, but with a bit more depth. Malt and fruit (orange, apricot, citrus)

M&D - very easy to drink, where did the alcohol go... a good crisp feeling in the mouth too.

Overall a decent beer although it didn't feel like a blonde beer.

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La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.72 out of 5 based on 323 ratings.
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