La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
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Style:
Tripel
Ranked #43
ABV:
8%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,684
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 10.55%
Reviews:
498
Ratings:
1,043
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SCORE
89
Very Good
La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
Notes: La Trappe Tripel’s aroma is slightly malty and estery. Despite its full, rich flavour, this out-of-the-ordinary ale still has a light and dry aftertaste with a touch of bitter finesse.
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Steve555 from Wales

3.32/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance cloudy amber, decent head little lacing. Aroma of some yeast, some alcohol. Taste is sweet and a little bitter, a little bit spicy but this dies a little for me and leaves nothing in the mouthfeel. The follow through lets this one down but still a nice beer.

Tuesday at 07:57 PM
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Guaro from Italy

3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange veiled body with splendid golden reflections, very compact white foam. Gentle scent of malt, light caramel, yellow-fleshed fruit, white flowers and spiciness. On the palate the sweetness exceeds the spicy and bitter notes. Medium body, medium-high carbonation. Final sweetened with a not too evident dryness. From a Tripel style I expect a drier finish and more spicy and herbaceous bitter notes.

Jun 02, 2020
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markkyronaylin from Ireland

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

look: brown to orange, bubbles fly to the top but no head whatsoever which was surprising

smell: it smells like artificial banana, sweet, bubblegum, spicy, little bit of malt.

taste: taste almost like a hefe, banana tastes less artificial than it smells, malty, little bit of wet grass, little bit of bitterness on the finish.

feel: medium bodied, hides it’s alcohol very well, medium to high carbonation, wet, little bit sticky.

overall: not like any other tripel i’ve ever had, and while it isn’t the best it’s not bad at all

Apr 05, 2020
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sjdevel from Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - quite cloudy and nice head / great foam retention - from a 750ml
Smell - nice spicy tang - Belgian yeast - malty / crackers / biscuit
Taste - nice bite upfront with some great cracker/bread/yeast flavor - slight metallic tinge - very flavorful - slight citrus - there's a nice white wine / white grape flavor throughout that sweetens and dries out equally by taking turns - great flavor
Feel - medium bodied but fairly thin for a Tripel - carbonation sticks around nicely
Overall - one the of the better Tripels I have had - great Belgian-ness - I think this one is up there with some of the best Trappists

Mar 16, 2020
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. Pours deep golden with tall, long-lasting, foamy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is Belgian Yeast, wheat malt, spices and ripe fruit. Body is full and crisp. Belgian yeast, cotton candy, wheat malt, spices and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and spices. Great brew.

Mar 02, 2020
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Pablcol from Spain

4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite fresh from a bottle, bb 11/ 2022. Poured at 11ºC in a glass goblet.

Right after serving it, it had a beautiful, bubbly, white collar of about half a centimetre; after it settled, it became a thin coat. It had an orange/gold-ish yellow, almost opaque, colour.

The first smell had a quite yeast flavor attached, with some malty tones underneath it.

In mouth, the alcoholic nature of belgian tripels was present at every taste, but the malt compensated the strongness of it, and I enjoyed it quite a bunch.

Overall a very easy-to-drink tripel, with character, body and good taste.

Mar 01, 2020
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KooVee from Finland

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, bb in 2y 5m so quite fresh.

Slightly hazy lightly golden yellow. Dense bright white foam that sticks and leaves beautiful lace.

Nose is candied fruit, some sweet malt, indistinct spices.

Taste expands the sweet malt by some tender hop bitterness, the candied fruit transforms into more exotic aromas, and the spice concentrates on an aftertaste of coriander. The mouthfeel is not heavy and everything is balanced enough to maintain drinkability. Unusually for a tripel the beer retains balance warming up and does not become cloying.

A very good tripel. Perhaps not as complex as some, but what is lost in intrigue is gained in balance.

Dec 28, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L- Mid/dark amber, very slight haze (sludge left in bottle), pours with 5mm white head. ps Holds very well.
S- Quite pungently rich, and the 8% comes through loud and clear.
T- Impactful, deep rich fruity notes. Then the well chilled 8% ABV seeming higher on my first sip hit my throat and I reflexively coughed - woah. Continuing, the fruity notes now have something of an aromatic almost perfumed note.
F- It's rich but is surprisingly well balanced by hopping. Chilled as mine is it's pretty refreshing for it's ABV%.
O- It's very nice, easy to drink, a slow sipping full flavoured beer. I haven't yet read any reviews below but will shortly. I'm intrigued if anyone else picked up/ID'd the ^'aromatic/perfume note'. It's quite prominent to me, but my wife (a fan of Tripels) doesn't register it at all.
Bought from Wholefoods, London W8, £3.49/330ml BB: 02/22

Nov 22, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

33 CL bottle in Dubrovnik. BB date stamped November 2020.
Pours with a clear amber body with a very good white head that settles slowly.
Yeast dominated smell and flavor with mild+ bitterness. The high ABV is evident in both the aroma and the flavor.
Medium+ carbonation in a medium body.

Aug 31, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle - best by 1/2021

clear, dark orange golden in color, bright white colored head. aroma of sweet bready malt and earthy herbal yeast. similar flavor, good balance of sweetness and bitter. medium bodied.

Feb 20, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange gold color. Plenty of effervescent carbonafion and a slightly thin body.
Aroma is yeast, candi sugar, malt, very,very mild sour funk and some earthy hops
Taste is a bit dry and a very mild sweetness. Yeast, spicey, a little citrus peel
Was more dry than expected which wasn't a bad thing. Had a spice hop bite which was also more than exp but overall it was very pleasing

Jan 23, 2019
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timon from California

4.59/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fanfreakintastic. This is one of my favorite tripels. I've had most of them, including ones ordered from the abbey and sent to the US. Look is 24k gold in a glass. Smell is like some delicious apricot/honey treat. Taste follows, with a nice alcohol zing that perfectly compliments it and balances the sweetness out. Just world class stuff. Same goes for their quad.

Aug 20, 2018
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utopiajane from New York

3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy golden body blushing with a touch of orange. Softly aglow. White head that fell to a film and ring. Clings in sheets and spots as it refreshes. Nose is a touch of hop herbal. Lemony fruit. Then herbal peach and apricot backing starts to come forward. Spic. Finishes sweeter but dries out. A culminating bitterness and hop pepper. Moderate carbonation.

Jun 27, 2018
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quadmad from Canada

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml from the LCBO. Stored in my cellar for 18 months. Pours a hazy pale orange with little head. Goes down smooth with a bite at the back of the throat. Very enjoyable on a hot late spring day.

Jun 19, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't believe I hadn't had this one yet. Maybe I just forgot to rate it. Any who, had on a nice spring day yesterday, and to be honest this didn't seem like your typical tripel. More clove and bannana flavors, almost like a tripel-hefeweizen crossover. Still pleasant though, with dryer and light finish on the feel. Smell was floral and perfume like.

Apr 23, 2018
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This fine tripel pours a chill hazed
golden tinged amber with a nice head of white foam that subsides to a
thick ring, thin light layer, nad showcases some nice light lacing. Nose of
sweet candy malts, subtle spice, and light fresh bread notes with subtle banana
and light clove. Flavors exceed the nose with herbal clove and coriander notes
mingling nicely with a candy and honey malt that is lively on the mouth feel with
fresh baked bread flavors and phenol notes of banana and traces of clove and
coriander with a moderate herbal hop note on the rear and sides of the taste.
Very nice body with medium high carbonation that is lively and refreshing, medium
light body that is uplifting, and a lightly sweet and herbal tinged finish.

Overall, a SOLID drinker that is worthy of the la Trappe moniker.

Cheers

Apr 03, 2018
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emincems from Turkey

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours hazy orange color with small sized head. Darker than other trappist tripels. Foam leaves a cover on top, but lacing is weak. Yeasty and malty smell. Tangerine, honey-like malts and pepper are on the nose. Taste is moderately sweet and fruity at first, but finish is dry and spicy. Thin body with lots of carbonation. Abv is well hidden. Not a game changer, but it's highly drinkable and delicious refresher.

Mar 29, 2018
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Best by November 2018. Pours cloudy orange, nice head of foam, good lacing. In my LT chalice. Smells malty, of brown sugar, Belgian yeast and spices, slight hop bitterness. Tastes of caramel, candi sugar, esters, light perceived bitterness. Very very light oxidation. Medium body with exuberant carbonation; all the La Trappe beers open with nay a hiss yet the carbonation always turns out to be lively.?? Nice Tripel.

Oct 31, 2017
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The_Bujon from Ireland

4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

This brew pours a lovely hazy body with fantastic head, really looks the part. The head is retained a short while, shame it's not longer.

Aroma is good, a light malty with herbs (not sure which) can smell the alcohol too.

Like most tripels, the taste gets better as you drink through a few mouthfuls. Spicy and sweet at the same time, leaves a malty aftertaste.

Feel is a touch tart and dry, not overly keen but it's only average score for me.

Overall an exceptional beer that is +4 every day of the week.

Sep 05, 2017
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Jtee from Canada

4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750ml bottle served straight from the fridge at 9 degrees Celsius into a chalice. Best before date: 07/2019.

Look: The beer pours a slightly veiled deep gold with 2cm of off-white head that fades into a craggy cap in 3-ish minutes. Decent lacing and overall head.

Smell: Moderate strength and well-balanced. Fruity esters (apple and banana) and yeast funk at the front. Soft, bready, cereally malts with faint honey and caramel. The hop character is floral and earthy (grass).

Taste: Follows the aroma seamlessly with moderate strength and great balance. There's a significant bitterness that nicely counters the sweet, estery character. Fruity esters (apples and banana) take the lead and eventually give way to soft, cereally (hahaha – serially!), grainy malts as well as floral, earthy hops. Some candi sugar, honey, and a faint caramel note closer to the end. Low peppery phenols and some alcohol. The finish is long with moderate intensity and definitely leans towards bitter. Delicious.

Feel: Medium body with high carbonation. Prickly and drying with very low alcohol warming. Effervescent. Very pleasant and contributes to a great drinking experience.

Overall: An excellent trappist tripel from the Netherlands. Very well-balanced, complex, and layered. High drinkability for the high ABV which is deceivingly hidden. I'm happy I have regular access to this brew and I'll surely have it again.

Aug 21, 2017
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Gajo74 from New York

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Trappe Tripel pours a cloudy golden/copper with an amber hue. The carbonation is visible. Even a moderate pour produces a massive foam head that retains for so long that it takes a while before I can drink. A foamy blanket of film covers the surface for the remainder of the drink.
Holding it up to the nose I detect fruity esters such as lightly sour cherries, green grape and lemon peel. A toasted malt base is punctuated by notes of honey and herbal spice.
First impressions in the mouth are of soft and sweet pilsner malt with a gently piercing carbonation. It is medium bodied with a vinous feel. As the drink warms, further flavors are unlocked. These include, honey, green grapes, and more sweetness from candi sugar. A moderate amount of peppery spice and hops balances things out and adds an understated bitterness. It finishes dry and with a touch of alcohol sweetness.
Surprisingly this is my first taste of La Trappe. It is not surprising to me that their Tripel seems to have the best reputation, as I enjoyed it and thought it was a solid representation of the style.

Jul 30, 2017
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is very minimal. Has an apple aroma with some Belgium spices. Strong apple taste. Spicy. Slightly bready. Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

Jul 30, 2017
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Rowlaw from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

First a disclaimer. I found this beer while traveling in Europe and the only glass I had available was a hotel bathroom glass. It forms a good head with low retention. Probably would lace and have a stone fruit aroma if in a proper glass.

Obvious taste of apricot, slight caramel and honey. Left my palate with a slight white wine taste.

Pleasant but light, low body and very smooth.

Jul 08, 2017
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 750ml bottle. Pours a hazy orange color with a lacing of bubbles. Bread, fruit, and spice smell. Medium to light feel. Warm feel with fruit and spice flavors all blended together. Fairly dry finish. The lack of head is unusual for the style, but otherwise it's nicely balanced.

Jul 05, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.27/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a nice hazy golden orange color with a thin white film of a head. Some light lacing occurred here and there, but there wasn’t too much. The aroma was slightly malty and estery to allow some super light of coriander. The taste was sweet through the malty esters and had just a touch of the coriander to come back to have just a quick spiciness to it. The aftertaste and finish were dry and bitter. On the palate, it sat about a medium in body with a fairly decent sessionable quality to it. The carbonation seemed fairly good for the style and for me as there was a light harshness but it wasn’t overbearing, very subdued - if anything. Overall, honestly, to me, I’ll say this was a good Tripel.

Jun 09, 2017
La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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