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

La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
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Style:
Tripel
Ranked #42
ABV:
8%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,106
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 10.8%
Reviews:
500
Ratings:
1,050
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Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
 
Netherlands
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  228
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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Reviews by ogman:
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ogman from Pennsylvania

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

Feb 24, 2018
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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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babaracas from Florida

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From 750ml bottle circa 2013. Pours a hazy darker orange, two fingers of soapy white head, settles to a thin but dense cap, with big blobs of lace halfway down the glass. Smell: notes of plum and pear, bready, mildly peppery, with a note of clove. Taste: juicy pear, some apricot jam, snappy grain, pepper, lightly grassy, clove note. Bubblegummy in there towards the end. Carbonation is a little over aggressive. Pretty nice.

Dec 03, 2014
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bomber. I've had this many times before, but somehow I've never rated it yet.

Hazy golden color, with sticky spit-like head. Really good aroma, very unique I think. I wouldn't say it was a tripel if I didn't see it written on the bottle. The flavor is less sweet than most tripels I've had. That doesn't matter, it's still a damn good beer.

I always like this beer, and I'd recommend it to anyone.

Dec 04, 2005
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justme from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Oct 20, 2014
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4ster from Canada

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Aug 17, 2012
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jcattey from Wisconsin

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%

Dec 02, 2014
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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.

Jul 07, 2020
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becktone from Ohio

3.06/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eye: Much the same as the Blonde, yet a bit darker. I'll go as far to venture that this one is actually a cloudy brown in color. Head is great though, creamy with great retention and good lacing.

Nose: The aroma of this brew is much like that of the Blonde. Bubblegum type aromas with some vanilla, overall sweet maltiness, yet more spiciness than the Blonde. Fruity notes are also present, as well as some clove phenols. I've smelt better.

Tongue: Right up front there is a hell of a lot of spiciness going on. Also notice in the aftertaste that same vanilla type of flavor found in the Blonde. Also some spicy character to balance out the sweet malty flavor found closer toward the end/aftertaste that was so cloying in the Blonde. However, I don't find it enough, I still find it to be cloying and hard to drink, I could not drink more than one of these in a row. Too cloying in my opinion and not enough spiciness to fill it out.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Again the body is much fuller than I expected, with what I find to be low carbonaion. Just doesn't feel right for the style. More carbonation, lighter body, and overall more balance between spiciness and malt sweetness would make this a much better brew. I don't think that I'll buy this again. To me, overall this brew just seems average, nothing to write home about. Not bad, but nothing spectacular either. Its on par, (to me it could seem cloying b/c I've not drank one of these styles in quite a while...) Would rather drink Chimay White over this brew.

Oct 09, 2007
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ChopperSmith from Minnesota

4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a clear chalice glass.

Appearance: Poured a hazy deep golden color, almost amber. One finger of creamy white foam head that receded slowly and left a little sticky lacing on the sides. Settled to a frothy white cap that lasted to the end.

Smell: Sweet and yeasty with light hops and fruit aroma like pears and green apples. Slight alcohol sweetness as well. Some spice beneath. Really inviting.

Taste: That wonderful sweet, yeasty and fruity flavor that the Trappist Belgian Tripel style is known for. A good hops presence. Slight sourness and light fruits are there too, like light pear and green apple flavors. Good warming and sweetness from the alcohol. Yeast is the right blend of sweet and spicy.

Mouth feel: Slick and creamy with soft carbonation.

Overall: This is the cream of the crop for Belgian Tripels for me, and one of the best examples of the style (in my opinion). I have had this often over the years and it is always consistently fantastic. I'm surprised I hadn't already reviewed this one, since it's easily one of my favorite beers in the world.

Feb 05, 2012
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kevinhughes from Netherlands

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Sep 03, 2012
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harryhops from Delaware

3.92/5  rDev -1.5%

Nov 23, 2014
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TPSReports from Alabama

3.14/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An 11.2 ounce bottle served at 49 degrees. There is no date on the bottle.

The amber beers pours nicely into my chalice. I slight fluffy head, appears and but disappears just as quickly. You can see tiny bubble floating up through the brew.

This beer has a slight flora aroma without any alcohol nose.

The first sip is quite strong with alcohol and has a lingering finish. It has a spicy carbonation that feels nice on the tongue. As the temperature of the beer graduatlly warms, I am warming to the flavor. At first sip, definitely not my favorite, but now, enjoyable.

I wouldn't want to drink more than one of these at a sitting, and would recommend starting with a milder alcohol tasting beer.

Jun 10, 2005
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bylerteck from Canada

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

A - Poured a slightly hazy medium copper. Good carbonation and a one finger soapy white head. Good lace and a cap of head retention.

S - Bread, fruits like pear, apple, and orange.

T - Nice fruity notes with no alcohol. Nice citrus melded with a little bit of spice. Sorta hard to describe, mostly fruit, spice, and a little yeast with fruit definately winning over. Lighter fruits are what come to mind.

M - Really smooth with medium carbonation and a full body. Sweet finish.

O/D - Really nice. Not too sweet. A solid Tripel with not much complexity, but great flavour.

Aug 13, 2011
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zenithberwyn from California

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Oct 17, 2013
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personpitch from Australia

3.9/5  rDev -2%

Nov 16, 2014
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jettjon from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased two of these 750 ml, caged cork bottles with no freshness date noted. Both of them proved a bitch to uncork; I had to use a corkscrew on both. Into the cervoise, this beer pours a very light hazy amber color with no discernable carbonation and good clarity. A small light tan cap crowns this brew, fading rapidly to a scattered cap and ring and spotty lacing. Nose of very sweet malt and a subtle herbal presence. Light alcohol noted. Taste is dominated by sweet malt balanced against light hops, with a slight astringent flavor. There’s a bit of alcohol burn. No herbal presence or spiciness in the flavor. Rather mellow and unremarkable overall. Rather reminded me of a dubbel, not a tripel. Mouth is semi-viscous, smooth, and slick. It comes across a bit thin. Drinkability is good overall; it’s a smooth and easy drinking beer despite the ABV supposedly clocking in at 8%.

Overall: No doubt my least favorite of the Koninghoeven offerings I’ve tried, it’s a different take on the tripel, being more malty and without the usual spiciness I’ve come to expect. Since there was no date, it’s possible that I got a couple of older bottles that didn’t age well. I tried pairing it with sirloin steak but as I expected, it proved too light, but it did pair nicely with a freshly baked honey-drenched biscuit. Worth a try.

May 01, 2007
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Takahiro from Netherlands

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hay/golden, and opaque, with a thick and lasting foam that leaves behind the belgian lace.
S: fruity, yogurt (yeast), vanilla, banana
T: grainy malt, yeasty, mild hop bitterness, and sour tang on side of my tongue.
M: very light and soft
O: a good beer. not as bold as westmalle.

Jan 04, 2014
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Kerrie from Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Jun 06, 2013
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oysbot from Norway

4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Apr 02, 2015
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mithrascruor from California

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a foamy & bubbly off-white head that dissipates to a minimal film pretty quick. A good deal of visible carbonation.

Smell: Nice bready aroma with some banana, pear, and apricot. Only a slight bit of yeast.

Taste: Light bready flavor with a bit of apple and pear. Some mild caramel towards the middle goes nicely with the bread. Then a balance of yeast and hops (both still mild) at the finish. Some bitterness and yeastyness in the aftertaste, but pretty mellow.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light- to medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly low ABV, no hint of alcohol in the flavor, and generally enjoyable taste.

A nice beer, but not very memorable. The head is weak (actually the head on the remaining beer on the bottle looks better). I like the breadyness, but it seems lacking in the other flavors.

Jun 10, 2010
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Radome from Florida

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 33 cl bottle bought in Greece.

A - Light golden color, but with a shade of orange. Slightly hazy. White head is made up of tiny, pinprick bubbles. It dissipates quickly to almost nothing, but remains as Belgian lace.

S - Aroma is a good balance of malt and hops. The malt is crisp and grain-like. The hops are earthy and European. There is some fruitiness from the yeast; maybe grapes with just a hint of bubblegum and banana. The smell is pretty muted, but the sample is also chilled more than I think is best.

T - The taste balance is (surprisingly to me) tilted toward the hops. The hops are earthy and a little grassy. The malt is bready and slightly grainy, like wheat toast. Yeast fruit notes add complexity. Sweet alcohol is there in the background. A complex and hoppy example of the style.

M - Medium body. Mild carbonation. Moderate hops bitterness and a little alcohol burn.

O - A smooth, balanced and fairly hoppy Tripel. The alcohol is definitely present, but the balance of flavors help keep this dangerously drinkable.

Nov 21, 2012
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mmilyko from Nevada

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 14, 2017
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MrDell from Switzerland

3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apr 10, 2015
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Metalmonk from North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a healthy head, fizzy and airy, fed by many bubbles. Color is rusty amber/orange, and now that the head has settled (but is still very much present) it looks creamy and smooth. Leaves an abundant coating of lace. This is how I want the tripel in my glass to look. Perfect.

Aroma packs in a variety of spices--nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, allspice--a bit of grainy bread, something I can only describe as dried leaves (earthy, dusty, subtle) and some mild fruitiness, but just the succulence of fruit and not so much the sweetness. A little bit of tobacco leaf too.

Flavor mixes rum-soaked cherries, pie spices, pipe tobacco and butterscotch with ample warming from the alcohol. Although the alcohol isn't cloyingly up-front or so powerful as to be unwelcome, it definitely feels like more than 8%. Flavor achieves a rare balance of aggressiveness, balance and complexity. You'll find new things with every sip. Delicious.

Big and boisterous in the mouth, it doesn't let you forget it's there, probably due to the ample carbonation. At the warmer temperature I like to drink this it achieves a balance of bubbly activity and a round smoothness. The finish is ultimately pretty dry, with an alcohol-soaked green-apple aftertaste.

Based on my 7 or 8 experiences with this tripel, it's best served with only a slight chill on. Its unique take on the style stands apart from the Belgian Trappists, yet it's completely worthy of standing in their company. Wonderful stuff.

Jan 15, 2007
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1050 ratings