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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 Foddz
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light hazy caramel colour with a good 2-3 fingers of head consisting of largish bubbles. Head recedes to a lumpy mass of smaller bubbles and eventually just a thin film over the top of the beer. More can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. Plenty of thick lacing around the rim of the glass.

S: Sweet fruity and floral notes. Bananas, pears, apple blossoms, and sweet caramel malts.

T: Initial presentation is sweet caramel and malt. Fruitiness presents more towards the middle. Apples, bananas and pears predominate. Pears especially in the tail end. Hops gives a pleasant floral bitterness. A little bit of alcohol pervades throughout.

M: Pleasantly smooth and substantial. Excellent carbonation. Dryness present by not overbearing. A little bit of alcoholic harshness, but not Encourages savouring the taste and to take another sip once you're done!

O: A tasty tripel. Not the greatest I've sampled, but it has its merits.

D: I find tripels go straight to my head so I couldn't have more than one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of Agent1
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only existing Trappist monastery producing beer not in Belgium and but one of only seven still remaining in the world. The history behind this beer and its mother operations is astounding. I hope to one day get my hands on something other than the Tripel and Quad. Let's go!

Appearance - First of all, I love this glass. I am pouring into my official La Trappe chalice. A stunning orange/ amber. The carbonation is nice a steady. Not a lot of head here (it dissipates astonishingly quick), but it stays fairly consistent as it bubbles up lightly from the bottom. Great color. The head tends to ring the edges of the glass. A nice beige/ white. Lightly creamy.

Smell - Lots of sugars and honey jump out at first. Very light floral accents. Also, a faint woodsy aroma (most likely from the coriander). A nice spice on the nose. Fig and berries as well. Maybe a tiny bit of toffee coming through, too. Very nice.

Taste - Smooth and complex. Vanilla, raisin, caramel, butter, apple, dried fruits, flowers and other delicate earthy ingredients. Quite sweet, but overall, very balanced. The coriander really pulls everything together. A deliciously bitter finish that helps counteract the candy sugars. Impressive and complex.

Mouthfeel - Quite buttery and again, very smooth. This manages to stimulate all parts of the mouth, proving that this beer is worthy of the "Authentic Trappist" name. An excellent mouth feel.

Overall - Balanced and savory. A complex beer that denotes a sense of power and intensity. At the same time, subtle and unique. The vanilla and honey attributes really stand out in this beer. If you serve it warmer versus straight out of the fridge then perhaps you will agree. A beautiful Tripel and easily one of my favorites.


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Photo of Stocean1
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a frothy pillowy white three finger head upon a golden semi-clear body - huge retention and tremendous spider web lacing

Scent is floral hops, sweet malt, light fruit, and belgian yeast

Taste follows the nose with some banana and peach notes and perhaps some white grape

This is a medium bodied brew with decent carbonation that is slightly sweet and dry, not overly bitter and highly drinkable, the abv is imperceptible

Overall, this is an excellent brew that is better than I remember it from my first taste

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Photo of SebD
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice deep orange/copper color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderatly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of fruit, bready yeast, caramel and some spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet fruity taste, bready yeast, alot of caramel, citrusy hops and some spices.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall sweet balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of ikantspel
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml poured into a devul tulip

on back of bottle:
bitterness: 27 BU
malts: pale, caramel and munich
hops: hallertauer northern brew, slovenian super steirer and tettnang tettnanger

pours a hazy caramel color with 2 finger head and some beautiful lacing

some breaded yeast, belgian candy, spice, and slight banana in the nose

follows the nose with more spice and slighly phenolic. finished super smooth with the banana

this beer is just plain smooth. kinda leaves a little more to be desired in the taste, seems like theres one thing missing...

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Photo of jsulko
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Tulip Glass

Color was a amber / orange color with a decent amount of slightly off white head.

Smell was fruity with the typical yeast smell

Taste was smooth and fruity with a sweet finish.

A very good Tripel, even the wife liked it.

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

Poured from the bottle which reveals a white fluffy head with a dark gold/amber color and plenty of bubbles moving about. Not much is left on the glass as you drink.

Notes of sweetness, spicy yeast, and bread in the nose.

It is smooth, creamy, with caramel, a little bit of spice and some sweetness. Some dryness is also apparent.

This thing has great drinkability. Finished those 11.2 oz quite quickly.

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Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brown color and a thick, murky texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A very enticing aroma of malt, caramel, fruit, and yeast.

T: Tasted of caramel (a lot of it), light fruit (apples), malt and some yeast. Much sweeter than I expected, but a very tasty beer nonetheless.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a well made, slightly different, very likable version of a tripel.

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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 Mar02x
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on my work. Every month we have a drink with colleagues.

A - Poured a slightly hazy golden beer. Good carbonation and a one finger soapy white head.

S - Bread, fruits like pear, apple, and orange.

T - Nice but not so special. A real triple taste. Spices, hop s, malts and yeast are all present. A nutty and citrus tone.

M - Really smooth with medium carbonation and a nice full body. Sweet-bitter finish.

O - Nice but not really special.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy amber with a short spritzy looking head that bubbles away leaving some lacing.
S - light on the yeast, fruit, and spice smells. Stronger in the light malt aromas.
T - like the smell, the taste is predominated by a mellow caramel sweetness. The more typical Tripel bite is there but in a subdued way.
M - lighter than some other Tripels I've tried. Very carbonated and swift moving in a good way.
D - easy drinking and more of a quick drinker than a sipper.
An overall mild Tripel. Not over the top in any manner but just hovering around the fringe of being a Tripel.
Probably a very good intro Tripel for those who are not inclined to just jumping into a style.
I would have it again based on its' easy drinking.

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Photo of xuptygm
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark red amber color. A good amount of carbonation bubbles. Not much for lacing.

Smell: Sweet grain. Nutty Yeast

Taste: Smooth mouth feel with lots of carbonation. Not lime other tripels I have tried. Very distinct. Honey, fruity, very complex. Hops are present and help to balance the beer with its 8% abv. Very nice finish, sweet and nutty. More carbonation than I would have liked.

Overall a very good beer that I wouldn't hesitate to drink again.

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

Large bottle picked up at the LCBO.

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass. Darker than many a tripel I've come across, pushing in to light amber territory. Hazy, with a large frothy head. Good lacing, retention.

Nose is light fruit (pear, lemon, peach), yeast.

Solid tripel, a bit standard, but certainly highly enjoyable. Paired nicely with some bbq rainbow trout and basmati. Light, citrusy, airy, a bit of yeast and pale Belgian malt. Finishes quite dry. Strong carbonation, dry feeling on the tongue.

If you're looking for a solid tripel, look no further. (One benefit of the LCBO is that this brew is fairly cheap ($6.45 for the bomber), so it's a good brew to try.) There are other nicer, more complex tripels to be had out there, Belgian, Canadian, American or otherwise, but this is no slouch. Another fine trappist ale.

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

Pours a hazy amber orange with a thick white head, lots of carbonation and lacing.

Smells of white wine, yeast, sugar, cloves and spices, banana bread, and a slight hint of alcohol.

Tastes rich and sweet upfront, lots of spices, yeast, winey and bready. Finishes somewhat hoppy and citrusy with a sour, doughy aftertaste.

Overall a very good tripel, but nothing unique or really interesting.

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

This is a good, real live Belgian Belgian. It is easy to drin, more like a double - and has a well balanced taste. It's kind of creamy. Mine is a bit warm, and I think that probably helps.

There is nothing evil or bad going on here, nor anything distinguishing. I normally prefer american belgians for value and more adventurous taste. I would not buy this again based on poor value and better tripel's available.

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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 impending
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

33cl into a snifter. Pours a crystal clear deep amber, gorgeous when back lit. Dense compact head, very nice lacing.

Aroma is of rich fruity candied sugars. Smells thick, more dark fruits than typical for a tripel. Quiet phenolic note at the finish.

Interesting flavor as it's a meld of a tripel and dubbel. Sweet and spicy, zero bitter zero dry. Strong coriander contribution. Smooth, aftertaste glides. Well managed phenols. Full bodied mouthfeel.

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Photo of Spcoly
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

recommended by store manager as one of the better tripels.

A: thick, orange, cloudy with a pretty large head

S: honey, yeast, with a little too much booze

T: not a great flavor, very dull, hint of citrus, mostly alcohol, nothing really stands out

M: medium to heavy with low carbonation

O: decent tripel but pretty boring, definelty enjoyed it more as the beer warmed to room temperature (had a 25.4oz bottle)

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Photo of midworken
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a thick, root beer colored head. Cloudy body was a svelte dark tan.

Felt the spice was quite apparent which concealed the underlying aromas. A soury/alcholohic aroma was also there that reminded me of smell of rotting vegetables. Despite of this, the aroma was better than average.

Taste upfront was of caramel and vanilla, then the spices kick in about halfway. Taste lingers well will the spices and vanilla at the end. Also a note of sourness and astringency at the end as well. Alcohol didn't present itself in the taste.

Mouthfeel was very syrupy and I wish there would be more brightness to the body.

Drinkability - OK and probably a bit above average. With the fierce competition in this style - beers ranging from true to the style and its history to beers that try to reinvent the Tripel - it is hard to say this is any more than a good beer. It doesn't represent the style nor does it push the boundaries.

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Photo of Kromes
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy gold color with a huge pillowy off-white colored head.

S: Bready yeast aroma with some very strong alcohol, tropical fruit, and candy sugar.

T: Some bready, caramel malts with a strong alcohol flavor. Tropical fruits and a faint concord grape in the background. A rather wickedly bitter aftertaste that shocks at first, but as you sip the initial shock wears off and mellows.

M: peppery and high carbonation. A very dry/bitter aftertaste that mellows out after the beer warms.

O: It's a very good Tripel. Maybe a little too strong and dry for my tastes, but I served it too cold at first. When this beer warms it is fantastic, it opens up the flavors and they are excellent.

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

330ml served in its own beautiful chalice.

A: Pours a cloudy amber color with a medium beige bubbled head. Small retention but it does not disappears completely. No lacings are left

S: Sweet aroma. Reminds a liquor. Notes of caramel and fruits. Strong on malts and yeasts. More biscuity than bready

T: Follows the nose. Sweet upfront. Caramel, malts and yeasts followed by a mild bitter end. Quite simple to a Triple, at the same time very pleasant and drinkable

M: Medium body. Low carbonation. Quite light to its 8% ABV. Balanced sweet-bitterness

O: The less traditional Trappist beer but still a great one

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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 MeisterBurger
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly murky deep golden copper topped by a lively thick and rocky head.

Yeast and banana bread on the nose, with hints of saddle leather and spice with faint notes of candy sugar and pink bubblegum.

The taste is yeasty, with sweet pale malts in the middle. Lots of leather around the edges. Fruity, like a just-underripe banana mashed with an overripe, oxidized apple, with strong herbal characteristics. Finishes quick and dry. Alcohol is apparent by mild and imparts a rum like aspect.

Well carbonated, medium bodied.

Overall a nice tripel that ticks all the boxes nicely.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 brown glass pry-top bottle, with the Koningshoeven label. Back label dated K15E7, 09:07. Poured into a Koningshoeven chalice.

Pours a rich amber with very little off-white head that fades quickly. Nose is very flowery for such an amber beer. A little caramel sneaks through too...but maybe amber honey is the best descriptor.

The palate is wide and slick with alcohol and sugar. Amber wild-flower honey dominates the flavors, with some orange juice and marmalade pulling up the finish.

A very slick, lush and sweet Tripel, but I suspect there's some age on this bottle. Drinking perfectly right now!

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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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