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 Viaduck
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very loud pop of the cork, pours a nice amber body with a lovely thick white head. Very fruit aroma. Taste: fruity, slightly salty, some grain, banana, raisin & more fruitiness. Plenty of carbonation. An excellent tripel.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshly baked bread gives way to soft spicing and fruits. Pear and baked apple. Yeasty. Bone dry and highly effervescent. Warming boozy sensation. Medium bodied and softly chewy. One of the driest tripels I've come across, and perhaps more reserved.

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

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a slightly hazy golden body with big foaming white head
Big spice and nice aroma hints of mace
Corran der on flavour with alspice
Good balanced ale

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Photo of Chizoad
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Planning on brewing a tripel so I want to get a feel for the style again. I've been living off these nonstop GOAT San Diego IPAs so I've forgotten about the glories of Belgium. Time to bring them back.

Look: Beautiful. I poured it into a wide porter glass with Newcastle written on the side. A chalice would be better but even still the colors showed exquisitely. Dark amber in the center of the glass but fading rapidly to a golden glow at the edges. Hazy but not cloudy, which makes it seem like the light is coming from within. The only knock is the head, which although nearly perfect, deflated just a shade too quickly. It could have been my glass although I do take care not to have any surfactants contaminating it.

Smell: Idiosyncratic. Wine? Hops and flowers, malt/sugar, booze, and it changes as the beer warms in the glass. At the warmest temperatures it smells the most balanced, but loses many of the characteristics of each temperature phase. Not my favorite aroma but extremely interesting.

Taste: Too bitter at colder temperatures, and the nose is definitely more complex. But this is a well balanced beer that does not get boring.

Feel: Not quite effervescent enough. Missing that brightness that really sets apart Westmalle or Chimay, and gets just slightly leaden.

Would I buy this again? Only if other options aren't available. But it is an excellent beer, and a great change of pace.

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Photo of gandres
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From bottle to wine glass
S: Pale yellowish color, hazy, big off white foam, lacing
Smell: Grains, fragrant
Taste: low bitterness, some sweetness, very good, well balance
Feel: very good, good carbonation, some tartness
Overall: Very good beer, will drink again
Drank: 9/28/2016 9:00 PM

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Photo of davidperez
4.66/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice, it pours a murky, deep and dark orange.
It forms a two-finger head with low retention. No real lacing.

Bouquet is of apricot, overripe apple, brown pear, caramel, honey, spiciness, slight breadiness, grassy. Alluring.

Nice, expressive carbonation upfront. An onslaught of flavor follows.
Huge pepper and clove, tea-like sweetness, the same fruitiness as in the nose, lemon, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon. The note of honey is the most similar to actual honey that I've had encountered so far.
Unbalanced beer tilting towards sweetness all throughout, yet there is a constant subdued bitterness, which provides a counterweight and complexity.
This beer enters its finish with a very assertive herbal note, which is equally refreshing. Long aftertaste, which leaves a fruity ambient in your palate.
High and nice carbonation, medium to low body, slightly smooth.

Excellent, excellent beer.

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Photo of JPNesker
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really really really good. Full on malt attack and yet bone dry aftertaste smells fruity and delicious. Almost no booziness which at 8% is mighty dangerous.

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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 Beginner2
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!" (and other books to come.)
Koningshoeven also has a nice sampler pack with an exquisitely shaped bowl-like glass. Get that, also.

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Photo of MikeRotten
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What a beer. Climbed it's way up into the top 3 tripels for me.
I love the taste and aroma. The aftertatse just leaves me wanting more and more. I have to pace myself on this strong beer.
I do wish that more bitterness came through, but it doesn't detract from this one. It would have simply added to it.
I am loving this brew right now.

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Photo of Jow
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice beer! In our local beer tasting pub 't parlement they have a lot of choice but when I am in doubt I take this one or the regular La Trappe, depending on the Quantity I will drink:).

Full flavor and harmonious in all it's ways. Better than most trapists and goes to a triple Karmeliet but less herby.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of grain, honey, fruit, earth, and slight yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, fruit, honey, spice, earth, yeast, and slight cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid aromas, but there is a slight cardboard flavor that makes this one seem like it's a bit old.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours amber with a small head, although bubbles continue to flow as you enjoy the beer. I note banana in the nose, with fruity tastes and a bit of pepper in the mouth. Enjoyable!

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed by accident, when intending to pick a quad next to it. Hazy golden pour with less than a finger of white foam. Looks the style. Much ester on the nose dominating some malt and banana. More banana in the flavor, this is crisp and fairly dry finish. Not my favorite style, but decent offering.

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. lots of smoke when the cork was pulled.

Appearance - It doesnt look bad by any means pours a hazy gold with 2 fingers hear. when this lost points for me was heard retention, head and film faded in 30 seconds.

Aroma - The smell lifts this one back up a notch. I get banana orange peel and coriander followed by some peppery spice. smells right for the style.

Taste - Very light banana in the back with strong orange peel in the front, corriander, bread crusts, pepper. the pepper goes all the way down your throat.

Mouth feel - light-medium body, creamy on the tongue slightly watery down the throat , carbonation prickles a bit.

Overall - This is not a bad beer but compared to the other trappist tripels, la fin du monde, or duvel its not stacking up. Would I buy this again yes, do I think its outstanding, no. Its very good if theres nothing better around.

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Photo of codekiln
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the Vinbudin in Reykjavik, Iceland. Poured into two red wine glasses, the head rises tall to the top and maintains a thick cream for three minutes until it dissolves to a chunky white cap. Smells spicy and estery, with a nice bite at the back of the throat. Notes of banana on the front of the palate. It's a beautiful color, light gold. While it poured, it was clear, with a different color on the bottom than the top. After the head settled, it was more cloudy - even if you tip the glass, it still is quite cloudy.

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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 craftbeersweden
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy,yellow beer with a two finger high, white head.

Nose: Belgian yeast, banana, honey, sugar and bread.
Taste: Caramel malt, lemon, banana, herbs, black pepper, coriander and biscuit.
Body: Full body and high carbonation. Great texture. Soft.

A great tripel!

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good tripel of a somewhat dark orange color and an ok whitey foam that leaves an eternal lace.
Smell is sweet, of malty and yeasty (not much for the style) character; subtle notes of caramel and plum.
Taste is similar, with an alcoholic feel and subtle notes of peach.
Feel is reallu crispy and effervescent in the beginning, of nice body and carbonation. Unfortunatelu, after some time the beer looses this great feeling.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with a bright white head. No lacing to speak of. Smell is mild esters and spice...very middle-of-the-road for a tripel. Flavor is crisp, some bright citrus, but a bit of an off flavor that I can't quite place. That off flavor is what remains on my tongue through the finish, which is really unfortunate. Nice champagne-like mouthfeel. I'm not sure what that off flavor is, but it really prevents this from being a good tripel in my opinion.

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Photo of kitch
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 330ml bottle was dated best before August 2016. There was also a bottled date code 09:45 K04B14 which from what I’ve read on the multiple forums means at the very least, bottled on February 2014.

A: The beer was poured into a Chimay goblet a hazy golden colour with a one finger white head which had good retention.
S: Smells of sweet honey with bready malts followed by fruity pear and a bit of alcohol.
T: Alcohol taste at the beginning and aftertaste, but in between, there is honey, pear and some slight bitter lemon citrus.
M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation and a little creamy.
O: It was a pretty good tripel. I liked that it was not too sweet, although the alcohol taste is quite prominent.

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Photo of drmeto
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

-big spicy Coriander up front
-sweet malt with caramel and honey notes
-banana and candy notes
-alcohol well hid
-well balanced hoppyness
-peppery and bready finish

Very well balanced beer overall,though doesnt quite reach the Chimay white class.

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

750ml bottle into goblet. "10:56 K13J14" (no idea what this indicates)

a: hazy, bubbly apricot body with two fingers of white head

s: very bready and malty up front. the phenolic, band-aid-y character is there. grassy hops. fruit notes of pear, apricot, banana, and mild lemon. spices are on the back end

t: malty to begin with, followed by delicate pear, banana, and lemon. pepper and clove are integrated with these flavours. a moderate-to-strong band-aid-y/herbal/grassy hop bitterness kicks in quickly, with the malt character sticking around for a while

m: medium bubbly body, sticky and creamy

o: phenol qualities detracting from an otherwise pleasant, flavourful, delicious beer

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Clear, while slightly hazy, golden color with a straw hue. Gorgeous white 3 finger head lasting 5 minutes. Tons of activity.

Pleasant aromas and flavors of fruity citrus, malt and some spices. More sharp than sweet with a well balanced intensity. Faint alcohol smell and aftertaste.

Slick medium body with a prickly champagne like feel. Pleasant smooth bitter finish with a dry spicy mouthcoat.

Overall : A very good flavorful tripel with a harsh alcohol feel, and slightly too spicy for my taste.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 750 mL Bottle

A- Poured an beautiful Golden Orange colour topped by 2 1/2 fingers of head. Great head retention.

S- Plums with a slight spiciness (think clove). I don't have much to compare with but the aroma reminds me a little bit of Hoegaarden.

T- Plum and pear fruitiness with lots of clove. Not too complex but straight to the point. Nothing in the taste to indicate the high ABV.

M- Lots of body on this beer. Carbonation is medium-high.

O- As my first Tripel, La Trappe Tripel was incredibly satisfying. Make sure you set aside an evening where you can sit and experience this Ale fully. Like many quality brews, high ABV can really sneak up on you and that's especially true with this one (it's sold in a 750 mL bottle).

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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.91 out of 5 based on 972 ratings.
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