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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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Reviews: 152 | Ratings: 310
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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Photo of thepeter
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Darker than I was expecting, almost an amber. Very light head that was gone within a minute.

S - Sweet, musty, grapes, yeast and wheat hint of bubblegum.

T - Sweet and fruity but still a bit of mustiness (not a bad thing) Bubblegum yeast and wheat flavors all their as well. Nothing overly complex but still nice.

M&D - Light to medium body with a nice mellow carbonation. I found this very easy to drink and light on the palette. It went very well with the salad and fish we had for dinner.

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Photo of isjohnder
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it looks like a cloudy wheat beer, when first poured head is big but almost shinks to nothing.

smell is that of sweet malt slight bitterness. yeasty smelling. fruity, bubblegum

taste malty, slight hops. Minutely spicy, slight bubblegum present in the aftertaste. its yeasty flavoured and fruity. crisp and clean light ale, if it was very hot weather and you want a refreshing cold beer, but you dont like cheap larger, and you may want a bit more of a flavourfull beer this ones for you.

mouthfeel not much head, silky smooth, good carbonation.

drinkability it goes down well

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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 ClockworkOrange
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of juju7
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arguably the weakest brand of the Trappist group, it isn't necessarily a bad beer by any stretch, just a little unispired when compared to it's colleagues. This beer fulfills it's label promise of being a trappist blonde. A good bright orange with a healthy head. A sweet yeasty and familiar nose. Follows on palate with a sticky (not-too)sweet, slightly warming mouth-feel. A little awkward in the finish but still very drinkable. A decent beer that is just unfortunately out of it's league with the other trappists.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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

[EYES] Golden light color with a white head with good retention.

[Nouse] Malty, floral and fruit [apple?] aroma. There is also some yeasty aroma

[Mouth] Very good! is fresh but strong, with notess of fruits in the begining. The finish is clean with a nice and gentile bitterness. There is also high carbonation, medium, bodied and dry finish.

GOoooOd Beeeer from heaven!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of stulowitz
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden with fizzy white head that dissipates quickly

Sm - Sweet and fruity. I pick up some pineapple and apricot with slight banana and ginger in the back.

T - Sweet and malty. Caramel and toffee. Little apricot and butterscotch.

M - Well carbonated with medium+ body

D - Refreshing beer, good example of the style.

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Photo of WHROO
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden amber into a goblet with an average half finger head, & no lacing.
Aroma has sweet malts & a hint of fruits.
Some sweetness in the malts, & some spice (cloves & coriander), although one of the blander Belgian Ales tasted.
Had a very dry finish...
Mouthfeel was good, not too lively or spritzy...
It was a very easy ale for sure...although I found it lacking something - just not enough bite to invite me back again...needed a little more body & complexity.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Light amber, 1 finger of head in a goblet.

Smell - Sweet, fruity and spicy.

Taste - Spicy, but not quite as complex or strong as the best Belgian Pale Ales.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, low carbonation.

Drinkability - Just a little harder going than most BPAs.

Overall - Falls a little short of the best BPAs.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RomanW70 for the opportunity to try this one. Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a cloudy amber from a caged/corked bottle. Off-white head left behind some light, sticky lacing during the tasting. Scents of green apple, pear and alcohol. Taste consistent with nose but flavor profile, combined with mouthfeel, made this brew seem closer to a lightly carbonated aperitif/cordial, than a beer. Mildly effervescent mouthfeel fell somewhere between light- and medium-bodied. Finish was more dry than sweet. Drinkability is fair, but this one is not for everyday consumption; well worth a try though, in my opinion.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent all-around brew... As one of the Trappist Beers, this is definitely world-class stuff... top-notch with a superb appearance... cloudy, hazy, with a foamy, frothy head with some staying power... smell is complete with bright, fresh fruits and a sweet, caramel taste that bursts through and truly satisfies... slight carbonation visible behind a warming palate of floral, sweet, candied goodness... goes down as smooth as water with excellent mouthfeel and easy drinkability for a 6.5% ABV... no alcohol detected at all... light, cotton-candy flavor with a wonderful aftertaste... no bitterness present... all sugar and sweet malts... Defintely recommended...

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Photo of BarryNL
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber colour with a slight haze. Pours with a fluffy white head which quickly disappears leaving only a slight foaming.

S: Earthy, candy sugar, honey. Typical trappist yeast aromas.

T: Slight honey and pear drop notes. Some breakfast cereal in the aftertaste - little hop detectable. Smooth alcohol notes, but a bit too much CO2 twang and a bit thin.

M: As with the taste, a bit too thin and too bubbly.

D: Light and drinkable.

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Photo of rodenbach99
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bouteille brune de 11.2oz, bue dans un verre Chimay

belle couleur ambrée tirant sur le orangée pale, la mousse blanche et mince disparait très rapidement, nez d'épices agréable, la bouche est épicée, piquante, très longue et bonne. j'aime le petit coté agressant en bouche.

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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 oelergud
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged.
Semitransparent copper golden body with a slightly orange tinted off-white butte head, creamy outer half and rocky medium bubbled center. Good retention and great clumpy lace.
Sweet tart fruity smell, fresh and inviting. Green apple and sour cherry. Butter, wheat and abit of spice as it warms.
Tart and sweet fruit flavors, quite strong and very delicious. Spice and malts are really coming to life and carries with them the slightly raw hop character that will not be subdued. The aftertaste is of medium length, very well balanced and pleasant.
Full body, good coating and just a little slick with abit of residual sugars.
This is a very drinkable belgium, moderate abv and a fresh taste keeps the interest peaked.


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Photo of Kulrak
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orangish gold color with a minimum of bubbly head that fades away rather quickly. Smells very floral and yeasty and sweet, not bad at all. Tastes very sweet as well, some fruitiness. a little passionfruit, a little apple/pear as well. The mouthfeel is very heavy, and also tingly on the tongue. Finishes very dry. Overall, it's a very drinkable belgian. Not the best belgian blond I've had, but not the worst either.

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

Poured from a La Trappe labeled 33cl bottle.

Pours a cloudy golden color with a 1 finger white head that ends up dissipating (admittedly, this was poured a bit too cold, so that may be why). Smell is of Beglian yeast and a touch of wheat.

Taste is nice. Belgian yeast, wheat-y hops, well-spiced. Coriander and orange peel sort of flavors.

Mouthfeel is slightly sharp, with a medium body for the style. Drinkability is very good.

Recommended. A nice Belgian blond.

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Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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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La Trappe Blond (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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