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

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3.96/5
Very Good
La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,285
Reviews:
488
Ratings:
1,028
pDev:
10.61%
 
 
Wants:
87
Gots:
222
Trade:
1
 
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Reviews: 488 | Ratings: 1,028
Photo of jmdrpi
3.84/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.12/5  rDev +4%
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

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Photo of timon
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of quadmad
3.84/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
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

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Photo of emincems
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Jtee
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Rowlaw
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.92/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.27/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very loud pop of the cork, pours a nice amber body with a lovely thick white head. Very fruit aroma. Taste: fruity, slightly salty, some grain, banana, raisin & more fruitiness. Plenty of carbonation. An excellent tripel.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshly baked bread gives way to soft spicing and fruits. Pear and baked apple. Yeasty. Bone dry and highly effervescent. Warming boozy sensation. Medium bodied and softly chewy. One of the driest tripels I've come across, and perhaps more reserved.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a slightly hazy golden body with big foaming white head
Big spice and nice aroma hints of mace
Corran der on flavour with alspice
Good balanced ale

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Photo of Chizoad
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Planning on brewing a tripel so I want to get a feel for the style again. I've been living off these nonstop GOAT San Diego IPAs so I've forgotten about the glories of Belgium. Time to bring them back.

Look: Beautiful. I poured it into a wide porter glass with Newcastle written on the side. A chalice would be better but even still the colors showed exquisitely. Dark amber in the center of the glass but fading rapidly to a golden glow at the edges. Hazy but not cloudy, which makes it seem like the light is coming from within. The only knock is the head, which although nearly perfect, deflated just a shade too quickly. It could have been my glass although I do take care not to have any surfactants contaminating it.

Smell: Idiosyncratic. Wine? Hops and flowers, malt/sugar, booze, and it changes as the beer warms in the glass. At the warmest temperatures it smells the most balanced, but loses many of the characteristics of each temperature phase. Not my favorite aroma but extremely interesting.

Taste: Too bitter at colder temperatures, and the nose is definitely more complex. But this is a well balanced beer that does not get boring.

Feel: Not quite effervescent enough. Missing that brightness that really sets apart Westmalle or Chimay, and gets just slightly leaden.

Would I buy this again? Only if other options aren't available. But it is an excellent beer, and a great change of pace.

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Photo of gandres
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From bottle to wine glass
S: Pale yellowish color, hazy, big off white foam, lacing
Smell: Grains, fragrant
Taste: low bitterness, some sweetness, very good, well balance
Feel: very good, good carbonation, some tartness
Overall: Very good beer, will drink again
Drank: 9/28/2016 9:00 PM

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Photo of davidperez
4.66/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice, it pours a murky, deep and dark orange.
It forms a two-finger head with low retention. No real lacing.

Bouquet is of apricot, overripe apple, brown pear, caramel, honey, spiciness, slight breadiness, grassy. Alluring.

Nice, expressive carbonation upfront. An onslaught of flavor follows.
Huge pepper and clove, tea-like sweetness, the same fruitiness as in the nose, lemon, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon. The note of honey is the most similar to actual honey that I've had encountered so far.
Unbalanced beer tilting towards sweetness all throughout, yet there is a constant subdued bitterness, which provides a counterweight and complexity.
This beer enters its finish with a very assertive herbal note, which is equally refreshing. Long aftertaste, which leaves a fruity ambient in your palate.
High and nice carbonation, medium to low body, slightly smooth.

Excellent, excellent beer.

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Photo of JPNesker
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really really really good. Full on malt attack and yet bone dry aftertaste smells fruity and delicious. Almost no booziness which at 8% is mighty dangerous.

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Photo of dar482
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a medium amber color, very dark for a tripel.

The aroma hits of overly sweet banana, pear, clove, sweet citrus, biscuity sweet malt.

The flavor follows with sweet banana, hints of clove, a peppery spice, a a medium body with a prickly carbonation towards the end.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In addition to Chimay, Koningshoeven is the other Trappist brewery that offers a nice sampler with a glass (La Trappe's is an exquisitely shaped bowl-like glass that I've bought twice for both and probably would do so a third time.)

Looks like a strawberry blonde (a nice one, too.) Smells are malty, typical of the style; but La Trappe's seems more nutty than fruity. Taste is largely the same, but I noticed that the pepper seems highlighted more by La Trappe's yeast. (This I actually prefer to over-hopping a tripel.) Spicing continues a bit too long and a bit too dry for a good-food tripel, which was what I was looking for. (Next time, I just have this with cheeses.)

Nearly a classic in my book, La Trappe's Tripel is reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!" And I'm glad I've tried -- and returned -- to it.

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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,028 ratings