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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)

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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.

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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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Photo of bylerteck
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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

25.4oz bottle split with my buddy. Into my Chimay glass

A: Clear amber colored pour with a gorgeous white head that recedes to a disk. Definitely the darkest tripel i've had.

S: Spicy with pepper and clove, floral with a hint of rose and a hint of bubblegum

T: Starts off moderately spicy with the pepper but and some yeast character with some floral notes. Could use a little more complexity on the palate. Finishes dry.

M: Well carbonated, pleasing dry finish

D: Enjoyable. Glad I got to try it but at the price, the St. B tripel is where my $$ will go

Notes: This reminded me of a cross between a tripel and a saison due to the balance of spices.

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

On tap at BeerBistro. Pours a clear golden, thin white head forms, very big bubbles, thin ring sticks to the sides of the glass, some lace spots are left. Smell is sweet, honey, yeast, some citrus, fruits, apricot, some alcohol, nice. Taste is apples, yeast, caramel, some wheat, sugary, alcohol, some floral, spicy bitterness in the finish, quite nice. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Nice example of a tripel, solid bitterness compared to most, very smooth, nicely done.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer has an amber color and is topped with a dense, rocky off-white head. Phenolic, sour, yeasty, fruity aroma. Taste includes alcohol, sour notes and yeast. There almost seems to be a stinging solvent-like characteristic also. A little off to me. Some banana esters are present. The body is about medium and drinkability is not that great. If I'm looking for a Belgian beer to drink, I'll bypass this one the next time.

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Photo of dgilks
2.97/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear golden colour with a tiny head dissipating quickly to nothing. Certainly not the best looking Tripel I've ever seen.

Quite an alcohol hit on the nose followed by decent clove and a small amount of banana. On the whole, lacking a bit in complexity and depth.

Again fairly dull on the palate. Light notes of clove, apple and banana. Poorly integrated alcohol with a fair heat. A touch of caramel. Overall, a lackluster Tripel which doesn't stand up to its other Trappist counterparts.

Light to medium body with very, very prickly carbonation. The carbonation is just slightly too high and ends up being uncomfortable rather than helping the flavours.

A dull, straightforward Trappist Tripel which fails to impress. This lacks overall depth and character with a couple of obvious problems.

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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 glid02
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a dark golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet and syrupy pears with good amounts of candi sugar and hints of light malts.

Tastes good. Sweet light malts with hints of biscuit-like flavors kick things off. Shortly thereafter syrupy pear flavors come into play and sweeten until midway through the sip. The ending is crisp and on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is a solid tripel with a nice malt base. Not as crisp or flavorful as the best of the style but still worth a shot.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazed golden orange color with a two finger off white head present upon pouring. Rather quickly the head fades leaving a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of a citrus and yeasty smell with lots of banana and spice mixed within. Other aromas of other lighter fruits, like apricot and peach are present as well with all the smells being complemented by a light alcohol aroma.

Taste – The taste follows the nose fairly well with a front showing of citrus and some lightly toasted malt. The yeast quickly come to the tongue and bring with them flavors of banana and a bit of clove. As the flavor advances fruiter a bit of a warming alcohol taste begins developing with some flavors of apricot and a little bit of earthy hop coming at the end of the taste. With the alcohol now slightly stronger at the end of the taste, a fruited and yeasty, warming taste is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side for an 8 % abv triple with a carbonation level that is average to slightly above average for the style. The combination of the two, when mixed with the lighter fruit flavors, give a crispness to the brew, making it quite easy drinking.

Overall- A nice triple that has a great easy drinking character with a good blend of malt, light fruits and yeast. Rather enjoyable.

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

A foggy orange color at the start with a large off white head that is creamy in consistency after decomposition the lace formed is a thick and clinging sheet. The aroma of pineapple mixed with a banana like tone greets the nose, crisp and fresh, sweet with the start malt heavy and slightly tart; middle is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is striking in its hop spiciness, the acidity biting, tart aftertaste that is also dry and long lasting. Having sampled four La Trappe beers, this one ranks number two right after the double my favorite.

Notes of Dominus Triple which is the same beer:
Nice somewhat hazy golden orange color, competently sized off white head, with oodles of fine lace. Ripe fruit aroma’s like pineapple, and over ripe banana dominate the nose with malt tones underlying it all. Start is ambrosial, reedy top, slightly tart, middling carbonation with a masterful hop spicy bite, the aftertaste dry and also a lingering tartness through the drink.

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

750ml bottle passed around at the malt house

surprised to see this is dutch

appearance: served in a chalice, deep orange body with a minimal beige ring

smell: overly sweet for the tripel style, yeasty, banana, lightly spiced, thick malt

taste: I did not really care for this tripel - a bit too syrupy and lacking of a real punch. The sweetness levels really muddy this one up - moderate alcohol warming

mouthfeel: too sweet

drinkability: just ok

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Photo of stcules
2.91/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light amber color. A lot of a beautiful, creamy, lacy head.
In the smell, malt, honey, white flowers. And fruitiness: peach and melon.
The taste is malty/fruity, with again melon, and honey notes. Again peach, tropicla fruit.
The alcohol is detectable, but not too much. A bit too many fruity, sweet and sugary.
And with too many "heavyness" for a tripel.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trappist beer from Holland, this should be excellent. Slightly hazy orange with an especially strong aroma of fruits, slight alcohol and sweet candy; I really like this smell. The taste is complex, spicy, fruity, very good. This is a very nice tripel.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark caramel color, completely transparent with a thin bubbly light tan colored head

S-notes of doughy bread with a fair bit of alcohol coming through in the nose. hints of peppery phenols with syrupy raw honey playing in as well.

T-the doughy malt and raw honey really stand out in the flavor. the yeast is subdued and mild with the alcohol also playing much less of a role. the peppery spice is light but present towards the back with hints of herbal hops in the finish.

M-medium bodied and syrupy, a little thin in the back but nicely carbonated with a crisp semi dry finish.

D-decent beer, somewhat mild as the dough bread and raw honey seem to dominate and don't allow much else to come through. the phenols are lighter than I would like as well as the yeast presence. tasty but not tops for me.

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Photo of Pencible
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy beige with only a little white head. It smelled like most other triples - honey wheat and apricot. It tasted much the same, with hints of ginger and some citrus hops bitterness. It was smooth and oily with very little carbonation, and had a mild but lasting aftertaste. Overall this was a typical beer for its style; nothing special.

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

Slightly hazy copper golden color with an abundant thick head with good retention and apparent carbonation.
Nice aroma of grapes, molasses, pine, orange marmalade, bready malt, bananas, bubble gum and condiments. Its smell becomes amazing when it warms up.
Flavor of bananas, molasses, booze, oxidized oranges, strawberries, grape juice, figs and coriander. Not so condimented.
Full body with low carbonation, even slightly effervescent. Alcohol of 8% abv is harmonic with the overall beer.
I prefer their quad, but this is still very complex and incredibly fruity, a beer that grows overtime. Give some time to peel all its flavor layers. My grade would be fairly different otherwise.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber, darker than most tripels, with a small head.
Aroma shows doughy yeast and banana, much like the Blond. Some spicy notes, cinnamon or similar, as well as some slightly hot alcohol.
Easy-going flavours with a fair bit of sweet malt showing some caramel. Unfortunately the alcohol still shows through.
Mouthfeel is quite rich, unorthodox for a tripel.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light brown, caramel color, two fingers of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Musty caramel, figs, an odd rubbery scent, floral and fruity yeast notes with a touch of raspberries.

T - Flavour comes off a tad mild, fruity caramel, musty notes linger alongside some bready malts. The fruity year notes dominate off he top but fade to abv heat and some peppery cloves.

M - Lighter bodied ale that is a tad over carbonated for my liking and the heat that lingers is a bit of a turnoff.

O - A tasty triple and worth a try, but I've enjoyed others more. I would prefer a bit more Flavour and less heat.

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

This beer is a mostly clear orange-amber color with a medium thick off-white head that dissipates slowly. Thin spotty rings of lacing. The aroma contains yeast, malt, sour fruit and light spices. Medium-bodied with a nice spice/yeast character. Flavors of tart fruit, candi sugar, peppery spices and yeast are all present. The finish is fruity and yeasty and leaves a mild herbal hops aftertaste. This beer is enjoyable from start to finish.

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

Moving on from their Dubbel, the Tripel packs more punch, more spice and more body. It's a very nice tripel. There's a fair bit of sweetness, and the flavor is nice, but I'm still a bit disappointed by this Trappist brewery. The Trappist designation has little to do with quality, so I probably shouldn't have had as high hopes. At any rate, this beer pours an auburn gold. The liquid is translucent but somewhat hazy. It's actually a very nice color with pretty golden highlights around the edge of the glass. The aroma is full of caramel malt with apricots, vanilla and rum all chiming in. The flavor is similar. There's a phenolic note and the alcohol is well-hidden. I'm a little disappointed that this beer doesn't pack even more of a punch than the Dubbel, but the Quad is still on deck.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice opaque deep golden darkened yellow color, a lighter peachy tone that has lots of little floaty things suspended in its haze. Small whitish head thats loose and fluffy and fades pretty fast and lace is in drippy strings and spots. Smell is a subdued mellow mix of very dulled melons and lemon with some yeasty grab and a nice spicyness and alcoholic warmth over lays. Taste is quite quenchingly yummy and mellowing. Nice mild citrus of dullish lemon, melons, and dried orange and apricot all have a certain impressionable mix and lightly souring tartness kick thats mostly upfront. Hops add to the boost some, then it begins to fade some as it reaches farther past midway. Just after midway it mellows out with some spicyness and lingering lightly into the finish with some malty chewyness and more dulled citrus mix. Solid medium body feel with some creamyness at first, picking up a small surge on its way to a mellowing smooth and lightly chewy sweet finish. Not overly complex but very enjoyable, a nice drinkable thickness and lush feeling as it begins to warm after half a glass or so. Makes for a nice relaxing glass full of delight.

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Photo of morimech
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first pour results in a clear, bronze colored beer with a mighty head that is slow to recede to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

Surprising amount of hop aroma. Spicy, earthy, peppery hops meld nicely with the vinous, fruity, yeast esters.

Like the aroma, the flavor has quite a bit of noble hop flavor and bitterness. A bit more balanced than a lot of the sweet Belgian examples. There is some underlying malt sweetness, but the hops help balancing it out. The yeast esters however, are not as impressive as, say St. Bernardus.

Body is smooth and rich. Just a touch undercarbonated. Would of liked a little bit more life. It lays on the palate a little flat.

Impressive beer to say the least. A couple others in the style I like more, but this gives a different interpretation of the style while maintaining old world flavor.

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Photo of n2185
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with two fingers of off-white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Light spice notes up front followed by strong aromas of bubblegum and candy sugar. White grape and pear notes bring up the finish with a light bready aroma.

T: Spice notes hit first again along with sweet light fruits and some candy sugar. Sweet bready flavors bring up a clean and dry finish. Very slight alcohol presence.

M: Medium-light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is pretty light with a clean and dry finish.

O: A good tripel, overall. Not particularly pretty, but otherwise smells and tastes good while being quite drinkable.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden colour, with a very thin frothy white head. Head dissipates quickly.

Smell is rather faint, but consists primarily of sweet. bready malt. Perhaps it would be more fragrant from the bottle?

Taste is good. Like the nose, the flavour is more of sweet malt than fruit, unlike some other tripels. I do get some banana, in a banana bread sense. Caramel is present as well.

Beer is medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Feels good.

Overall, a good but not great tripel. I quite enjoyed it, but it is not one of the best.

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

Pours an ice tea color, with yeast flecks that seem to be suspended in the liquid. Has a nice tan head that dissipated to a slight cap, leaving spotty lacing. Smells of spiced fruit, plums, raisins. The taste is a bit musty, spicy, dark fruit, different from the Beligian tripels. The feel is a bit fizzy, slick. An enjoyable tripel but definitely not the best that I have had however that wouldn't stop me from getting this again.

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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.91 out of 5 based on 959 ratings.
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