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 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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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 djura
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found it here in Serbia, bottle 0,33l

A - Honey orange beautiful with thin white foam, very very nice.
S - Fruits, malts.
T/M - Hops in the back, clean fresh, crisp. Creamy, full of tastes.

O - Good

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Photo of babaracas
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From 750ml bottle circa 2013. Pours a hazy darker orange, two fingers of soapy white head, settles to a thin but dense cap, with big blobs of lace halfway down the glass. Smell: notes of plum and pear, bready, mildly peppery, with a note of clove. Taste: juicy pear, some apricot jam, snappy grain, pepper, lightly grassy, clove note. Bubblegummy in there towards the end. Carbonation is a little over aggressive. Pretty nice.

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Photo of Vixie
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours a nice copper color with a huge white head. The head does stick around, leaving a lot of lacing. Seems to be a lot of bubbles coming up from the bottom of my Duvel glass.

Smell is fruity, citrus, malt, and a bit of Belgian yeast funk.

Nice and fruity up front, more on the citrus side to me. slight bread notes from the malt, and a touch of lingering hop bitterness at the finish.

Feel is very nice, tingles a bit going down, exactly what I expect from the style.

No doubt this is an authentic triple. Has all the flavors I associate with this style, and a nice complexity. If you are a fan of triples, this one is a must try.

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

On tap at Rattlen Hum, NYC. Not much under the nose or on the side of the glass but that's all cosmetic. The taste is just fine. None too sweet as some triples can be.

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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 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 BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

A – Golden amber in colour and a little hazy although it has been in the cellar for 5 days now. Like the Dubbel from La Trappe this one raised a fizzy head like a cola would do and again like a cola it died instantly but this time there was a lacy cover left in the glass and as a result some very fine lacing.

S – Biscuit and bready smells dominate this one there is also typical sweet caramel tones along with some odd herby smells I cannot put my finger on.

T – Sweet malts and biscuit bready flavours dominate just like the nose. Again there is plenty of brown sugar/candy taste to this. There is a slightly bitter citrus hop edge here as well and finally the herb smell makes sense as I can now clearly taste coriander. There is also a little solvent nudge at the front end of the tongue.

MF – A lot of busy carbon and a full feeling along with a good linger.
O – This one is only so, so. It is not bad by any stretch of the imagination but it is not the best Triple coming out of the Netherlands. That said it is still a lot better than many Triples from Belgium and so it deserves more than an average score.

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

Appearance- Pours dark orange with one finger white head which stays on top all the way down , well carbonated and leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell- I get grain, rum/sherry Xmas pudding on the nose. Pleasant.

Taste- Alcohol at first then dark fruit, sweetness and finally the hops at the end. A big heavy beer with lots of flavour.

Mouthfeel- Full mouthfeel but not creamy or fizzy.

Overall- A big potent filling brew with lots of flavour would recommend to any beer lover who hasn't tried before.

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

Surprised to find I'd rated this poorly the first time. This time round it's a lot better - slightly on the bitter side with a winey quality - really decent Tripel.

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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.91 out of 5 based on 976 ratings.
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