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

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88
very good
984 Ratings
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
Ratings:
984
Reviews:
472
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11%
 
 
Wants:
81
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206
For Trade:
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Ratings: 984 |  Reviews: 472
Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of smcolw
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mild head given the style--dies to a single layer of bubbles. Does leave some ring lace. Dark gold color and reasonably clear

Floral (lavender?) and citrusy. Grains of paradise, clove spice to the nose.

Smooth and slightly peppery. Notable alcohol in the background, particularly in the swallow. Spritzy yet full bodied. I note hop in the finish, which is great in a Trippel.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich pumpkin orange with a generous amount of swirling yeast and abundant carbonation. The khaki colored crown doesn't display the usual Belgian ale magnificence, nor is it tacky enough to grace the glass with much lace. The appearance, sorry to say, is disappointing.

The nose, while better than average, is no barn-burner either. This ale smells a fraction darker than the average tripel, which (along with the color) makes me think the brewers added a fair amount of caramel malt. Sacrilege! Less earthiness and more yeast spiciness would have helped.

Koningshoeven Tripel is of roughly the same quality as Koningshoeven Dubbel. In other words, it's a serviceable Belgian ale that isn't in the same area code as the style's best. The underlying caramel maltiness just doesn't work in the context of a tripel.

More hop flavor and bitterness would have helped, as would a more prominent yeastiness. The fruity esters are more akin to apricots and peaches than apples and pears, and clove notes are difficult to appreciate. Sorry, there isn't much complexity here. Maybe the 750 ml bottles are tastier than these 330 ml bottles.

The body/mouthfeel has the appropriate amount of heft thanks to what turns out to be too many sugars. Unfortunately, there aren't enough bubbles onboard to lighten the load and inject any sort of smooth creaminess. At least the beer is consistently (merely) above average.

Since none of their offerings qualify as a miss, Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven seems to be a 'bulls's eye or outer ring' sort of brewery. Quadrupel and Bockbier are definitely the former. Dubbel and Tripel are the latter. There are too many superior versions out there for me to recommend this one.

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

Presentation: 11.2 oz slender euro style brown bottle with raised glass above the label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Lightly reddish amber with a patchy Brussels lace, this samples was a tad hazy due to the sediment that was not well settled, this is not a bad thing.

Smell: Bready sweet with hints of nutty yeast and fresh baked bread, mildly phenolic.

Taste: Smooth mouth feel and a crisp carbonation that hold together its medium build. Mild phenolic (peppery and herbal) but not as distinctive as other tripels, raw characters of wild honey and grape like fruity yeast are marks for the complex flavours. Hops are indistinct though still help to balance, alcohol is well formed and not interfering to throw things out of kilter. As the alcohol warms a mild twang from the earthy yeast and the beer dries more and more towards the finish.

Notes: More of a laid back tripel resting at 8% abv and with a milder character than others, still a very respectable brew. A perfect accompaniment with a goat cheese spread and whole wheat crackers.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a clear orange Solo cup.

Thanks to Matt for sharing this bottle!

My final new beer of New Year's Eve (though the clock struck midnight a while ago, so "Eve" might be a misnomer). It pours a cloudy golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises banana, clove, pepper, Belgian yeast, and lemon zest. The taste holds notes of wheat, clove, pepper, Belgian yeast, and orange peel. The body is a strong medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid tripel, but not as strong as other similar offerings. Hard for me to explain, frankly, but suffice it to say that, though it is indeed pretty good, it's not quite near the top of the heap.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reserve bottle 2003 served room temperature at Eulogy in Philly.

A - Glowing amber body with a thin head and lacing. LOTS of floating sediment and yeast particulates.

S - Smells of liquor soaked apple and sweet, dark honey. Slightly spiced bouquet, with a tangy yeast and dark alcohol breeze.

T - Tastes of sweet, crisp apples soaked in booze. Earthy, sweet multigrain bread and a subtle spiced flavor combination. Lightly floral, with a kick of yeast twang, this beer offers a well rounded flavor experience.

M - Smooth, soft and mellowed. This brew is partly dry with a nice warming alcohol, heightened by the room temp of the pour. A tripel emitting an after dinner vibe.

O - A great brew, aged well and served proper.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

What a gorgeous body color on this, red hued and a red bronze orange body, slightly cloudy. White head foamy doesnt stick around much settling down to a foamy collar.

Nose is fruity. Pear, and peachy. Spritzy malt and yeast powdery. Strong pear sweetness seems to dominate. Very nice.

Tightly carbonated slightly, dense sweet malts on the palate. Lush sweet pear juices, and a hint of alcohol heat. A huge rushing fruit pear palate coming off. Larger gulps bring a quick peppery aftertaste. Fantastic tasting.

Overall another solid tripel, just wish it hand everything else on the beer enjoyment scale to really dig it.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 11.2 ouncer I tried said "Koningshoevan Tripel", the label is otherwise identical to the one shown in the photo, maybe some new labeling going on...anyway this tasty treat poured an amber cloudy color, white head, a fair amount of yeasty sediment in the bottle. Leaves not much lace, nose is nutty and yeasty. Rounded body, nice clove notes,spicy and and more nutty flavors. Pleasant tripel, went well with a few nuts and some bread and cheese.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed amber brown with a tan head. Nose is the typical Belgian yeast with a touch of sweetness, but seems to be pretty weak. Flavor is smooth with a sweet start. On the end I got a bit of a metallic edge, which I can’t say I appreciated too much. Feel is standard. Typical stuff. It’s definitely drinkable. I consider this more of the type of brew that neither tries to stand out far ahead of the crowd or is too immature to be crap. Smooth and even. It’s a balanced brew. It won’t blow your socks off, but it is even enough to keep you satisfied.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A vintage 11.2 oz. bottle, exact year unknown. This is my first tasting of an aged beer, but I didn't do the aging, it was a gift from the distributor's sales rep. "Six or seven years old," he said, "Original recipe, with the x's on it, we were just storing it in the office, and it's probably reached it's peak. Had the dubbel last night, nice and chocolately." So why give it to me? Is he gunning for the title of Coolest Sales Rep Ever?
There's actually a "best by" stamp, but it's hard to read. "08:46 02 04"? Does it have another 10 months to go? I certainly don't care, I'm drinking it now!
Color: murky, peachy orange, with a few brown flecks nestled at the bottle of the glass. Head is white, ample, but short-lived.
Aroma feels arcane and hoary, like something from seven centuries ago, not seven years. Deep with citrus and spice, but mellowed, too. I almost don't want to drink it, and would keep this mysterious and lovely smell in my nose as long as it can last! Most akin to orange candy, glittered with spice.
Taste? Delirious, and a trifle devastating. ABV is kicking a little from the start, but the light, but complex flavor is a bit overwhelming. Hops are in charge, and fandango along the tongue for a turn or two, never really quitting the spotlight. A certain tartness soon overtakes at the end, while sugar and spice continue to cameo.
Sadly, at the very end, my initial excitement has worn off, as has the brews complexities. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and the flavors have died down quite a bit. No doubt, my friend was right, and this bottle is in it's final stages. In my last few swallows, a little extra something reaches the back of the mouth. Is it the yeast? I pour the entire contents of the bottle in, and down it all...fuller, darker, boozier, an excellent end.
That was nice. But not earth-shattering. Maybe that other vintage bottle, the dubbel, will be different?
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and now, enjoy my take on the relabeled Koningshoven Tripel, from 12 of 02:

Let's see about this...they're no longer "La Trappe", yet they still call it a Trappist on the label. I'm still not sure what's up with this.
Appearance: lovely amber/ orange color, with a generous, buzzing, bubbly head. Aroma: sweet as can be, fantastically sugary. Orange, honey, sweet fruits, (peach, apricot, melon) and more in the nose. Not too sugary, though, rather mellow, actually.
Medium body, with a profusion of hops to delight the tongue. Light carbonation. Lacks in complexity, though.
So, how does it compare to it's predecessor, La Trappe Tripel?
Wouldn't you know it, someone gave me an 8 year old bottle, the original stuff! ...darker color, some brown spots on the foam, aroma more pungent and sour, as well as sweet, and a vast cornucopia of fruits, more citrus and grape, cherries and berries...hops are huger, chocolate flavors show up!...alcohol stronger... more more than your average tripel..let's hear it for cellaring!
Though it's not fair to compare with an aged sample, this newer version does not compare to what I remember from fresher versions.

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Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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 drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a La Trappe coupe glass. Overall this beer was too heavy and too dark for me to consider it a tripel. It was heavy on the bubble gum esters and since all of their beers seem to be this way I will begin to assume they do no temperature control on their fermentations. Still, it was drinkable and I finished the bottle. I will likely have additional beers from this brewery but I will no repeat this one.

Beer is dark amber almost brown and hazy with an aggressive tan head of small and medium bubbles, no retention, no lacing, moderate carbonation in the glass.

Aroma is sweet, bubble gum esters.

Beer is medium in body and quite sweet, the finish is a little heavy, overall it is just too sweet and not try enough for my tastes. Not a bad beer but too much esters and malt for my tastes.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
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 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 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 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 afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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 brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.91 out of 5 based on 984 ratings.
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