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

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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
BEER INFO

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

Style: 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-30-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
468
Ratings:
964
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
15.86%
 
 
Wants:
76
Gots:
196
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 468 | Ratings: 964
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of jsulko
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Tulip Glass

Color was a amber / orange color with a decent amount of slightly off white head.

Smell was fruity with the typical yeast smell

Taste was smooth and fruity with a sweet finish.

A very good Tripel, even the wife liked it.

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Photo of Morris729
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Possibly the most exhausting cork I’ve ever wrestled with. I thought for a minute that I was actually going to need a pair of pliers to get the thing out! Once opened, it pours a hazy deep orange amber color with a thick and creamy off-white colored head and lots of visible active carbonation. Nose is sweet malts and fresh fruit with an almost cake-like aroma. Medium in body with a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Taste is sweet fruits up front followed by some notes of bread pudding and peppery hops. A very enjoyable Tripel.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Moderately hazed orange brown color. Two fingers of foamy white head. Retention is a touch below average and not really any lacing is left.

4.0 S: Lots of clove from the start with peppery spiciness underneath. Lots of fruits with banana leading the way, then peach and lemon. Surprisingly clean with just a touch of bready yeastiness. Grassy hops.

4.5 T: Tastes even better than it smells. Clove and banana are most potent again. Peach, lemon, apple fruits. Peppery with again just a touch of breadiness. Grassy and earthy hops.

4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly spritzy with a tingly finish.

4.5 D: Very good beer. Complex with focus.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Koning's Hoeven chalice. Golden amber w/clear white, rich head. Decent retention and some lacing.
S-Aromas of banana and clove, other spice from the yeasts, and lightly toasted sweet dough. Also, various light esters.
T&M&D-Sweet and doughy upfront giving into layers of fruit (primarily banana) and spices. The malt is present enough to give it some backbone, and there is a nice balance between sweetness, spiciness, and dryness. The body is medium and carbonation is quite strong. Very creamy, smooth, and drinkable. High in alcohol but it doesn't shine through the flavor.

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Photo of daythree16
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a goblet. The beer is the color of dark honey and has a big two-finger head that doesn't leave much lace.

The smells are mostly fruity, with pear and apple being the most noticeable. It also has a spicy alcoholic quality. Taste is banana, some tartness, and more of the alcoholic spiciness. Definitely one of the tastiest tripels I've had.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated, and drinkability is awesome. I wish I had more.

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Photo of taez555
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this bottle in the Netherlands in August 2004, sampled in October 2004 in Boston.

This beer poured a clear orange/yellow body with a creamy off white head.

The nose was a very mild white wine like nose. Big fruits, apples, bananas, pears, yeast, some soft wheat, alcohol and bubble gum. Really a very simple and inviting classic triple smell.

The taste was medium to full bodied. A delicious malt, wheat, spice and simple fruit mix dominate. Rather dry with a nice earthy hop presence and somewhat bitter hop bite. Although nothing is extremely overpowering.

Basically I found this to just be a great middle of the road triple. No flavors fly in your face, none are missing. It’s simply perfectly in balance and very drinkable. It doesn’t stand out, but maybe that’s what makes it such a great beer. Simply a perfect exactly of the style.

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Photo of midnite2sixman
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite Trippels. In the glass it has the color of a dark pumpkin.

The smell is floral and citrus with that classic trappist twist.

It tastes tangy but smooth and decadent.

The mouthfeel is tingly followed by a sweet aftertaste.

If you like Trappist Trippels, you'd be a fool not to try this one.

*Side note: I had this beer with an apple pie like dessert. Perfect complement to the sweet sugary apples.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rust color with a meringue like off-white head. It's not very big for a Tripel, but lasts forever and leaves a good amount of lace on the glass. The aroma is of pears, lemon, candi sugar and doughy malts. The first sip is replete with stewed fruit and lemon drops. Pears appear again and spicey belgium yeast esters are readily apparent. Green apples and a bit of hot alcohol lay in the back. The mouthfeel is medium and very smoothly carbonated. The finish is sweetish with a citrusy twang.

This is a very nice Tripel, complex and full of fruit flavor.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange colour brushed with burnt sienna highlights. The nose is very much blood oranges and yeasty goodness. Compared to the Quad this is more fruity and softer on the finish. The complexity of the beer is apparent as a couple of sips add up in the back of the palate. Too bad this never shows up in BC.

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Photo of BeerBeing
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml creamy-white custom ceramic bottle, corked and caged, multicolored on black label

Appearance: reddish orange with large off-white head, very good lacing

Smell: nuts, yeast, generic sweetness

Taste: medium body, smooth mouth feel, mild herbs, honey, grape, yeast, minor fruitness and alcohol, some hops in background

Notes: smooth and mild trippel

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Photo of bobsy
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much a textbook tripel. Dark gold appearance with a nice foamy white head, which provided some slowly descending lacel before fading to a wispy cap. Complex fruity aroma with a touch of leather and meadow flowers. Great flavour profile - peach and apple provide a fruity background, against which herbs (sage, rosemary, oregano) and spices (pepper, allspice) show up nicely. The finish is slightly dry and clipped, but with a pleasing herbal freshness and mild bite. Well-carbonated as a tripel should be, and with a medium body.

Very solid, as expected, and as I read The Brewmaster's Table, I can't help but think that Garrett was sipping this beer when he wrote his description of a tripel!

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Photo of LordofthePings
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into la trappe goblet. Opened bottle at basement temp, poured one glass and placed the bottle into the fridge for the second glass. Foux cork with wire a bit difficult to remove. 1st time I've had this triple, love their quad so giving it a try.

A: Golden orange, clear but with the slightest haze.
S: Light, typical triple smell, belgiany
T: straight to the point authentic triple. No off flavors or modifications to a classic interpretation. Esters are present but not overwhelming, slight sweetness but not a 'sweet beer'. Peppery.
M: Silky ans smooth. Thick
O: Would classify this as one of my favorite triples. Slight sweetness is a perfect balance from the typically dry flavor of many other authentic versions. There is a hint of the same yeast profile as their quad, aftertaste is very similar and distinct.

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Photo of nogoodreason
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

La Trappe Tripel is one of those reasonably priced (5$ for a 750), easily available beers. Beyond that, it's good.

Appearance: Rich blond, with chill haze. Small flecks of yeastiness are apparent. Head is a thick and billowy eggshell white. Head retention isn't great, but it's a beauty when freshly poured. Thick, sticky lacing down the sides.

Smell: Honey, light cloves notes, cookie dough like breadiness. Alcohol is not especially well hidden, but overall the smell is quite nice. Like most good belgian-style beers, I could sniff this one for a long time.

Taste: Lovely. Very rich and reminds of cookie dough, honey and some gentle dry spices... nutmeg? Swirl it around and it's sweet, but not candy like, it's too rich and substantial for that. It has that 'old' characteristic, kinda musty. Not off, just mature, and it really adds depth to this brew. Alcohol becomes apparent again, but it's just a little spicy twang and it's gone. Finish is long and thick.

Mouthfeel: If it had any less carbonation, it might be chewy. If it had much more carbonation, it might thin it out and make it too champagney. But no, it's perfectly carbonated, enough to round it out, not so much as to detract from the overall richeness of the beer.

Notes: They have this beer at a local grocery store, I pick it up on occasion but I don't know if anyone else is buying it. I have no idea how long the bottles have been there, but I suspect that they're not brewery fresh. In fact, I suspect that they're fairly old and that the age has given this beer a lot of character. I intend on cellaring a few of these and see how they turn out in a few years.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear reddish orange color with a small amount of head that quickly disappears.

S: It has a fruity aroma that mixes well with that classic Belgian yeast aroma. It is very pleasing to the nose.

T: It has a lot of spicing that combine to make a very good overall flavor with the fruity hints. There is definitely some alcohol in this one since it has a slight warming effect.

M: It is kind of thin for my preferences, but the spicing and carbonation more than make up for the thinner feel.

D: It has a very clean taste and is very easy to drink. It does have a decent amount of alcohol that would keep it from being a session beer.

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Photo of sfprint
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Exp 7/2013
A: A hazy dark orange. sparse microcolumns of rising carbonation with a more substantial column directly in the center. quickly disappating head.
S: Sweet apricot peach, slightly of nail polish/paint, somehow like a plesant scratch and sniff something designed for girls, except more intense, rich and sweet. Pretty remarkable.
T: Ooh, this one is good. Tripels are sometimes one of my favorite styles of beer, but they can be so hit and miss. This one is also quite unique. Despite it's paint quality, it's smooth and orange fruity. Rich but not syrupy. Very impressive. A tinge of bitterness is creeping in as the beer warms up.
M: Rich and smooth with a slight sharp, delayed sting.
O: I was extra careful in keeping the yeast out. But regardless, it's a very impressive Tripel and also quite different from other's I've had. It's kind of "flashy" in a way like a polished car.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An absolute amazing trappist-trippel... Koningshoeven did amazingly well with this one... terffific dark-brown, mahogany appearance depicted a prune-colored hue with strong molasses, fig, and a prune aroma... Amazing rich, and creamy caramel taste boasting candied dark, brown sugars, vanilla, honey, and an amazing conglomeration of thick, unforgettable flavors... a very different take on the usual triple - especially due to the hefty combination of ultra-rich, super-thick flavors that really hit home... one of the better tripels that I have ever sampled... all of this brewery's beers are top-notch, and their triple is certainly an above-and-beyond rendition of the style, one of the best I've come across... excellent stuff... Good, rich, creamy mouthfeel with relatively easy drinkability, even for an 8% ABV... Definitely recommended... As a side-note, this is an exteremley malty triple... almost akin to a dubbel to the tremendous amount of malts used in its production... very rich and sugar-laden with a noticeable sugar-sweet flavor...

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Photo of gmfessen
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy, golden yellow-orange color with a huge effervescent head that crackles like rice krispies. The smell is not overwhelming, but is fruity, spicy, phenolic and there is a hint of alcohol. The taste is smooth, well balanced between the fruity malty sweetness and the bitterness of spice and alcohol. Excellent! The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a creamy, non-dense carbonation. Drinks like a light beer, very drinkable. Wish that I had a few more of these lying around.

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Photo of Kulrak
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep reddish gold color with a moderate amount of creamy tan head to start with, which fades away to pretty much nothing fairly quickly. Smells sweet and spicy, hints of raisins and plum. There's also some yeast aroma there as well. The taste is also sweet and spicy, lots of malt, some plum, a little pear, lots of banana. Just enough bitterness to finish pretty clean for a tripel. Mouthfeel is tingly and heavy with some creaminess when you swallow. Overall, it's a very drinkable beer, especially if you love belgians like I do.

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Photo of SmokinSmyth
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured honey gold into a straight edged pint glass. Medium to small head with some lacing.

Smell is not overpowering but pleasant. More malt than fruit with a little bit of yeast.

Taste is very good, no hint of high alcohol.

Mouthfeel is good, with a nice balance with the carbonation.

Overall a very good beer, but not one of the stronger trappists. However, that's a bit like batting towards the bottom of the order on the all star team.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

0.75l corked bottle.
Poured into tulip.
Hazy amber beer with off-white head, good retention.
Smell - biscuity yeasts, figs, apples, coriander.
Flavour - warming, excellent yeasts followed by some coriander and bitterness.
Full-bodied and solid tripel.

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Photo of bashiba
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into my Westmalle Chalice for lack of the proper glass, and it was stunning, bright golden orange with a mountain of carbonation leaving a thick creamy head right to the top of the glass. The thick head would linger all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Smell was full of fresh granny smith apples, vanilla and maple notes with a touch of yeasty banana bread and some classic candi sugar.

Flavor was less pronounced than the smell would have suggested a very mild and balanced flavor with a nice bit of apple and pepper making the way through the balanced yeast and clean dry hops and a bit of a sweet finish lingering on and on.

Mouthfeel is ultra creamy and thick with lots of carbonation and a touch of warmth on the tongue.

Very drinkable, and great example of the style.

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Photo of nout72
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Of all the Tripels I came across this is my favourite...well at least for now :-)
A very full and balanced flavour, extremely smooth, I cannot come up anything negative, well ok, maybe the weak smell?

I feel this beer is a bit underrated, both the highly rated Westmalle Tripel and Chimay Tripel (White) have a metallic bitterness besides the sweetness that can give me a stomach ache.
Not this one, I think you cannot even force it to give you a headache either.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of rallison
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh 750 bottle poured into a Koningshoeven goblet.

Pours a nice red hued amber color with a fizzy 1 finger head that dies to a touch of lacing. Smell is of apples, toffee and Beglian Candi Sugar.

Taste is nice. Apple cider, caramel/toffee, Beglian Candi Sugar, orange peel and spices. I'm going to enjoy this bottle...

Mouthfeel is nice and carbonated, giving it a certain lightness. Drinkability is good for the style.

Recommended. A nice tripel, worthy of drinking for a nicer occasion.

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Photo of SebD
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice deep orange/copper color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderatly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of fruit, bready yeast, caramel and some spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet fruity taste, bready yeast, alot of caramel, citrusy hops and some spices.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall sweet balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.91 out of 5 based on 964 ratings.
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