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 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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3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Tasting chalice glass. Amber color, chill haze appearance. Off-white froth creates a close crown & shows fairly good retention. Spiced – vanilla & herbs-, pale malt, spicy, delicate citric, sugar & coriander aromas. Smooth sweet maltiness is blown up by cumin notes & warm alcohol. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Texture is silky & ABV is felt. Hints of ripe fruit, light woody notes & sugary maltiness drive into a long sweet/fruity finish & aftertaste touched by funny peppery sensation.

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Photo of roblowther
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged poured into a chalice glass. Cheers to my buddy Woody for the beer. It pours a medium brown gold color with a quickly dissipating head. Smells of bread dough and honey. The taste is bready with a quick whack of cinnamon. Does cinnamon come in whacks? There is also a slight earthy flavor, with a really nice aftertaste that just makes you want to have another sip. It is a straightforward tripel, not like the Westmalle, but very refreshing. The mouthfeel is spot on, tingly and buttery. Overall, I like this beer quite a bit. It is very good in a very simple way. I've been called worse, so I imagine the monks would be OK with that description.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Moderate hand. Label reveals K1 OF 13.

A: Hazy, honey-colored body with 3 fingers of off-white head. Fair retention. Light lacing. Becomes fairly flat appearing by the bottom of the glass.

S: Relatively earthy Belgian yeast with light spice. Namely coriander, clove. Apple and pear with more subdued fruit notes than your average tripel. Light grass, straw. Notable noble hop presence. Honey, candi sugar. Slight booze.

T: Earthy, yeast, lightly sweet up front. Transitions to a surprisingly assertive European hop bitterness and semi-dry finish. Some sugar, peach lingers on the aftertaste with a certain booziness. Touch of licorice.

M: Moderate carbonation with moderate to fullish body. Less effervescent than the typical tripel and a bit more heft.

O: Somewhat unique in the world of Belgian tripels. Not quite up to par with the best in class IMO, but brings its own character to the party. A bit heavier, hoppier and earthier take on the style.


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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Craft Beer Market in Calgary. Served in an authentic La Trappe goblet, very nice. A rather unique color, a clear brownish yellow that somehow manages to fall right between my conceptualizations of "light" and "dark", almost a translucent butterscotch hue. Aroma was sweet, fruity, floral, and moderately spicy, some of those classic Belgian esters and phenols are certainly present but are less aggressive than with many other tripels. I get some caramel, yogurt, baked pear, sweet citrus fruit, peach, plum, banana, and clove elements, on the nose and the palate. The malts are pound cake sweet and the hops (or yeast?) yield some floral chamomile and tobacco notes. Semi-aggressive carbonation and the alcohol does peak through near the end of the experience. More smooth, more mellow, and less boozy than other tripels I've tried and I appreciate the subtlety and near-creamy mouthfeel, although thankfully you won't forgot you're drinking a Belgian style ale.

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Photo of Takahiro
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hay/golden, and opaque, with a thick and lasting foam that leaves behind the belgian lace.
S: fruity, yogurt (yeast), vanilla, banana
T: grainy malt, yeasty, mild hop bitterness, and sour tang on side of my tongue.
M: very light and soft
O: a good beer. not as bold as westmalle.

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Photo of bareju
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, poured 2/5 into an oversized wine glass

A: Slightly opaque gold, clean white but small head that dissipated quickly, very fine bubbles.

S: Estery yeasts and apples - nice and strong when I opened the bottle. Maybe a hint of honey as well.

T: Very light honey sweetness followed by tart apples and bananas, which I'm assuming is the astringency others mentioned. Maybe the slightest hint of warm spicy alcohol on the finish, no sign of bitterness. Sour taste lingers.

M: Light carb, medium full mouthfeel that's quickly dissipated by a dry finish.

O: Dangerously easy-drinking. Love the mouthfeel and smell, but the sourness lingers too long for my taste. Solid tripel and excellent value.

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Photo of RandomExile
2.83/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: cloudy orange/amber, fluffy eggshell head, quickly dissipates to a film
S: caramel, orange, malt, yeast, banana, bubblegum
T: smoke, savory, apple peel
M: medium-bodied, smooth, dry finish
O: The savory, meaty note just seems terribly wrong in the midst of other more natural flavors. I could be willing to try again to see if this is an unusual batch.

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

From the corked, caged big bottle marked 09;58-K1ED13. My 1,400th review for Beer Advocate was sampled on October 16, 2013.

The first thing that puzzles me is the cork itself. It almost felt like a mix of plastic and corked wood. But once I shook off that thought I got a hazy looking pale yellow with a fizzy white head that simmered down to a ring.

The aroma was full of Abbey style toasted biscuit malts, coriander, white pepper, pear or white grapes, and a mild hop note.

The body was medium and smooth.

The taste came across as a little more bitter than I am used to for the style notwithstanding the intense flavors of toasted malts, vague spices, and a lingering but clean astringency at the tail end. This had a kind of sharpness to it that I don't see often in Tripels.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

La Trappe Tripel pours a dark golden color with a nice large lacing head. There is a sweet and dry fruity aroma with strong banana notes. The taste is much the same, nice mellow sweetness, with a dry finish, good dry fruits present. Good solid body, good flavors, and not overpowering, and drinkable. Overall a very nice well built drinkable tripel.

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