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 | website

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

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Reviews:
465
Ratings:
952
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
15.86%
 
 
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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Translucent medium amber/orange colour with one finger of bubbly white head.

S - Caramel, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, brown sugar.

T - Caramel, cloves, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, spice and some noticeable alcohol. Somewhat plain.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - A decent tripel but I found this one somewhat plain and lacking complexity.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good and quite a nice drinking beer, but it doesn't have the magic that the best belgians possess. The taste centers around the candi sugar sweetness with no grain-like flavors apparent and occasional hints of cream and vanilla. Still pretty tasty and no alcohol flavor to slow you down.

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Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color with a thin head that contained some large bubbles. The head lasted through half the drink. The aroma contains elements of malt, fruit (apples ?), and grass. The taste was dominated by malt as some fruits and bitterness lagged behind.

Smooth on the tongue. Slight dryness experienced after swallowing. The malt flavor lasts for a minute or so too. Definitely drinkable. The alcohol level is not very noticable compared to other Belgian Tripels.

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Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 750ml into a tulip.

Pours a copper red, with a huge four finger off-white head. Massive carbonation, not unlike most other bottle conditioned Belgians. Fluffy and somewhat sticky/dense walls of lace. Nose is mildly yeast, green apple, raw pear. Some bruised banana phenolics. Quite dry, not showing alot of sweetness. Taste is a caramelly-green apple, pear again and some yeastiness. Some fusel alcohol along with a peppery spice in the midmouth., which continues into the finish. Mild dryness and some stickiness. High carbonation and with a lot more caramel-like malt body than most other tripels I've had. Warming and nice overall, but something I'm more accustomed to having in the cooler months, although not completely inappropriate for the heat here now.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.87/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The mushroom cork on this beast was a pain to remove, it broke off as I was trying to remove it and I had to push the half inch nub down into the beer to get anything into my glass. A dark Tripel, this beer pours with a fairly clear, reddish hue and is topped by a frothy, barely half-finger thick, amber tinged tan head. The aroma is a mix of malt and fruit: notes of raisins and apples round out the fruit component, while caramelized malt sugars and lightly browned bread crust are on the malt side. The aroma is fairly dull though, I was expecting a bit more character here.

The taste is lightly sweet, and pretty light on the palate as well. It is not very heavy at all, especially for a brew of this strength. The flavors are a bit dull; notes of apple cider, raisins and some flabby malt are noticeable. This is probably showing some age as it seems to have picked up the beginnings of wet cardboard. Some spicy notes round out the finish with notes of clove, ginger and perhaps something like allspice giving this a complexity boost. Just not a very great beer; I expected quite a bit more complexity here, even with the light notes of age.

Purchased: Park Lane Liquors, Lancaster CA

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml from the cellar.. I think I picked this one up at the Coop for about $5.. shared with Brenda.. mine from a Kasteel tulip.. looking at spring seed catalogs.

Good 1.5" creamy head... good pour delivered a crystal clear lite orange brews with alot of lacing.

Aroma is a perfect mix of Belgian sugar and yeasts.. above average fruitiness.. white peaches and apricots... Nice.

Belgian pale malts with a pronounced lightly sweet citrus.. black plums and green apples... lingering complexity that I am not geared to verbalize... Nice creamy viscosity.. abundant carbonation that isn't overdone.. I want another sip.

A very good if not world class triple that I am very glad made its way to Boise.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Koningshoeven tripel

Appears a ruby amber color with minimal head. A few bits of yeast and lots of active carbonation are visible through the mostly clear liquid. Smells of butterscotch liquor, a little like a barley wine. The taste is full of roasted malt, unique yeast profile, almost like English ale character. Quad like in flavor almost. Big alcohol, nice twinge of lemony hop bitterness, and malt body full of character, roasted, peaty, and lightly sweet. Delicate balance for a powerful ale. Medium bodied and a drying finish. Trappist but not like your standard Belgian, and why should it be, it's Dutch. Classic.

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Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A sparkling copper kettle colour; I generally prefer my tripels to look a little more yellowish and have a lot less bronze but I can't say La Trappe Tripel doesn't have a lovely complexion, especially when held to the light. Besides, I'm far more concerned with its loose crowning and complete lack of foam. Where's my creamy, rocky white head? Looking from above there is absolutely no obstruction from my eyes spotting bottom - there definitely should be.

The slogan on the bottle reads "taste the silence" - I think I may be smelling it instead. It has the aroma of a tripel, but nothing close to a fantastic one. The scent is of ripened orchard fruit and bruised banana accented with musky hops, but I wouldn't say it's tangy, or fruity, or floral and worst of all: it's certainly not soothing.

What I felt really failed to set the aroma in motion was a real presence of spice, otherwise common in all the great Belgian tripels. Fortunately this has been better addressed in the taste. I wouldn't say it's generous enough to like it to pepper or clove outright, but it's yeasty and adds significant spiciness to give this beer a much needed breath of life.

A long cast of fruity esters set in alongside it as well. This includes faint, lightly acidic hints of lemon and orange, as well as a more prominent pear taste and full-bodied green apple flavour. A sprinkling of green, pungent hops adds a fairly pronounced bitterness to what is otherwise a very light body. Although it's 8% is slightly lower than standard for the style, the soothing warming sensation normally experienced is disproportionately off.

I was happy to have a 750ml sample size of Koningshoeven's Tripel for a couple reasons. For one, I noticed the beer to reveal slightly more later on in the course than it had initially led on. And secondly because it's enjoyable. These things being said, it looked nothing like it should; it smelt nowhere near as good you'd hope; and it was half as pleasant to drink as its Belgian counterparts. Style purists beware... this won't be topping your list.

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Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ML corked and caged bottle, the cork required significant effort to extract.

The color of orange marmalade, this is distinctly orange amber in color. Decent off white head.

Smell is strongly of Banana at first and then shifts to woody and roses. Strong rose scent and a hint of orange this beer is most floral scented. Slight chocolate and brown sugar aromas but this very floral.

The taste starts out slightly sweet and spicy in the mouth, brown sugar and allspice at the start. Dries out and becomes woody and spicy fairly soon. Rose and orange are in the flavor and this remains a quite flowery beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

An interesting beer and an unusual one, the strong flavor and scent of roses dominates this beer. Don't think I will seek this one out again though; the Quadruple is a better beer.

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Photo of stevoj
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice color, but head didn’t pour very thick and faded fast. Aroma is strong, caramel and butterscotch. Taste is a bit mellower, but on target for the style. A pretty good tripel.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden color with thick eggshell head. Plenty of evident effervescence.

Smell: nice, sweet malt with a hint of wheatiness. A little subtle, however.

Taste: malt is sweet up front but rather dry in the finish; I quite like that. There is just the right amount of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Koningshoeven Tripel's ace in the hole, in my opinion. Medium body with huge carbonation create an extreme creaminess; its dryness renders it ephemeral, leaving me wanting the next sip. This is perfect for me.

Drinkability: I tend to like tripels, and this is no exception. Flavor is nice, rather middle-of-the-road, but the feel is out of this world so I'll gladly finish this bottle and wish I had another around.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This Trappist beer pours golden (maybe a hint of red) with a fantastic thick even white head with small bubbles. The head sure takes it's time before it dissipates, but when it does it leaves a nice crater and beautiful lacings. No sediment like in belgian trappist beers...

S: Not as strong smell as in other trappist beers. You find some dry hops, some malt, some floral notes, a bit citrus and a little yeast in this spicy smell.

T: That's more like it - a much better complexety than in the smell. Here you find malt and some sweetness, the hops make it bitter. Then there is spices and a little alcohol. The aftertaste was a bit shorter than I expected.

M: Dry and bitter, medium bodied and creamy.

D: This is actually a pretty nice beer, but sadly it got some stiff competion in the style. If you compare it to other trappist beers it's not close, but if you havn't had a tripel or a trappist beer - buy this one.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-finger head that leaves a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation. Medium bodied. Nose is alcohol, starts with some harshness of alcohol, finish is on the sour side not what I was expecting with a triple, their dubbel and quadrupel are better. 750ml bottle for $6.99 from Hoosick St. Discount Bev, Troy, NY.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

330ml bottle purchased from Steve's Cool Booze in Kensington.

Pours a rather deeper hue than I expected: an amber-golden colour, that looks rather dense and syrupy. Head fizzes up quite a lot on the first pouring, but then settles back to an inauspicious film across the top. Body looks fluid, but also retaining some of the thickness initially perceived. Overall, it looks like a decent beer, but a pretty average tripel.

Nose is dusty and slightly savoury. Some green sprouting wheat characters, and a hint of dusky spice, like pepper mixed with earth. There's a noticeable booziness as well, and a suggestion of oxidation. I note the best before date is 05-2013: so it's still within that range, but towards the back end. Overall, I'm not particularly impressed.

Taste is dank and limp, with a metallic character rising on the mid palate, and a old sherry oxidised bitterness on the finish. Some spice and booze are noticeable, especially when the beer is allowed to evaporate on the tongue, but otherwise it feels flat, and rather uninteresting.

Feel is overly fizzy, despite the perception that it has burnt itself out quickly. It is light, however, belying the appearance of thickness. Some boozy heat is also present.

Overall, I'm not a big fan. This has really darkened, dampened and flattened with time, and I'm far from being enthusiastic. Indeed, this tastes a little like a mediocre homebrewer attempting a strong Belgian golden without much success. Very average indeed.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the corked, caged big bottle marked 09;58-K1ED13. My 1,400th review for Beer Advocate was sampled on October 16, 2013.

The first thing that puzzles me is the cork itself. It almost felt like a mix of plastic and corked wood. But once I shook off that thought I got a hazy looking pale yellow with a fizzy white head that simmered down to a ring.

The aroma was full of Abbey style toasted biscuit malts, coriander, white pepper, pear or white grapes, and a mild hop note.

The body was medium and smooth.

The taste came across as a little more bitter than I am used to for the style notwithstanding the intense flavors of toasted malts, vague spices, and a lingering but clean astringency at the tail end. This had a kind of sharpness to it that I don't see often in Tripels.

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Photo of Derek
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, very little retention/lace.

S: Tropical fruit (pineapple, mangoe, papaya), spicy phenols, toffee, bubble gum.

T: Tropical fruit, toffee, caramel, good bitterness, spicy phenols, slightly bready, alcohol is subtle.

M: Moderate to full body, off-dry finish.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of corby112
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a golden amber wih a thin foamy white head. Fruity aroma consisting of cherries, apple, honey, innamon and alcohol. Sweet tasting with hints of cheries, honey, apple, pear, maltiness and alcohol. A nice balance of sweetness, maltiness and alcohol with a slighlty bitter finish.

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Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 11/2009, served lightly-chilled in Tripel Karmeliet's branded long-stemmed, tulip-shaped goblet.

A: maybe the darkest Tripel I've recently come across, the colour is dark reddish amber, very elegant, topped with a 1.5cm off-white froth that lasts pretty well on top of constant streams of fine carbonation. Looking very decent.
S: very aromatic - suggesting fig jam, fat red prunes' sweet flesh, red apples, sweet black tea, overripe exotic fruits' stinky-sweetness, a little coriander hints, plus a light whiff of alc. Aromatic-estery yet a balance is also reached on the nose.
T: the lightly effervescent foretaste is almost like an English barley wine, featuring richly fruity malts (overripe apples & plums as well as crystal malts are everywhere) with a restrained spicy edge; slowly turning herbally sweet and minerally chewy to pair with a moderate bitter edge of the decent body of hops. A little reminder of the added candy-sugar is provided in the form of the "burned sugar-cane"-ish aroma and its condensed sweetness, but only just, while equally lingering in the end is a slightly woody-malty touch that a semi-sweet sherry seems to be the only proper benchmark.
M&D: the carbonation is so fine but also mildly spritzy to contribute to a refreshing palate, while the body remains moderate throughout the drink, never for a second falling thin. Overall, this "Tripel" is pleasantly spicy-malty, quite balanced, not so estery and dry as many classic Belgian Tripels but more in line with a good-bodied fruity barley wine. Regardless of any "strictly-defined" characters for a Tripel, I have to say this is an enjoyable drink all the same!

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden body a little bit of head. A standard Belgian aroma as I pick up touches of sharp citric/banana/orange and yeast as well as something tropical like pear. Also some clove/pepper and a good touch of sugary sweetness. Sharp and lively, the taste kicks off with a touch of funk but then this light to medium bodied brew goes down smooth and filling thanks to the yeast. Other flavor notes include citric lemon zest, apple or pear notes, some spice, as well as caramel and sugary malt goodness. The ABV is about right as the beer has a little kick but not overpowering, enabling both the fruit and malt tastes to balance and come out and finishing easy.

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Photo of dar482
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Haybeerman
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazy amber/orange color. Poured a 2 finger off white head with good retention. Lacing washed down teh glass in fingers.

S: Light tropical fruits and fairly spicy. As it warmed, more of an orange character.

T: Lots of yeast flavors, raisins and sweet fruits. Balancing bitter in the dry finish. Some alcohol.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation leaves a bit of a bite.

D: ABV alone will limit drinkability. Full flavor and carbonation take that a bit further.

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Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 18/1/12

A golden orange with some sediment and lots of bubbles, a nice two finger head has great retention but only leaves a few spots of lace

S apple, pear, banana, caramel and some gum, there's a fair bit of yeast and booze is well concealed

T taste is similar but its a little harder too pick out the individual flavors, its good but not great, flavors a little more tropical with some overripe pineapple and some candied fruit

M thick for the color with almost too much carbonation but just enough, yeasty candied fruit aftertaste

O a good beer all-around, not mind blowing but solid in all areas

I thought I'd reviewed this one before but apparently not, not the best Trappist ale out there but certainly nothing to be ashamed of

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Photo of spinrsx
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $7

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber colour with a smaller size fizzy/frothy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, honey, apples

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, breads/grains mixed with some clove/coriander and banana. There is also some apples juice and a bit of a honey sweetness. It ends with a malty honey sweet aftertaste.

Overall - Not as good as I was expecting but still pretty decent. Just doesn't have as many floral and fruity notes as some other triples have. Kind of like a triple and a duble mixed in some ways.

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%

The nose is big fruit, some earthiness, and ripe large pitted fruit over dark sugars.
the beer pours copper tinted amber with a 2” off-white moussey foam cap that slowly recedes but rouses easily and produces Belgian window lace.
Big fruit flavors such as peach, grape and a hint of sherry supported by a light earthiness drive the palate, this is a yeast driven beer with balance towards the yeast driven fruit flavors more than the malt. The malt comes across like a light biscuit one might spread with a fruity marmalade with a light bitterness from the fruit rind. It shows up as a very light caramel in the aftertaste.
In this very creamy beer the carbonation is a little above average and the body is just a hair below.

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Photo of bark
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is deep gold with a tint of brown; the finger thick head sinks quickly into a thick off white lid with a fizzing sound. The liquid is clear, although there is some yeast at the bottom or the bottle.

The smell is sweet and yeasty. I found some light bitter-dry notes as well as some fruits (red apples, apricots). Quite average for the style, I say.

The taste is mild and creamy at first, but it develops into a more exciting one with warming alcohol, candied apples, and some flowery notes, In the background, there are some balancing discreet bitter-dry hops. Big body. The long aftertaste got fading alcohol, toffee, candy sugar, earthy notes of roast beef and some herbs.

The carbonation is quite strong; lots of small almost sharp bubbles. The liquid is a bit thick and very creamy.

A fine tripel.

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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.
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