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

A high pour into a St. Bernardus goblet reveals a peachy orange brew topped by an impressive mound of frothy white head which retains for a short time, gradually setling into a thin veil that remains throughout. Globules of lace adorn my goblet.

Very tripel aromas of sweet tropical fruit including mango, apricot, pinapple, and peach, clove, ginger, oranges, and banana bread. Spicey Belgian yeast is a staple here, along with a touch of oaky, celler-must.

The flavor is less sweet than the nose would indicate, there is plenty of crisp, ripe fruit flavors. It is not as complex as some tripels, but very tastey regardless. There is a general yeastiness which carries it through to a rather dry, light finish with a hint of warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, with exaggerated carbonation of medium bubbles. Texture is smooth and quite airy on the tongue.

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Photo of MediocreatBest
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

orangy amber color and as my girlfreind commented, "that looks really carbonated." she was right. didnt notice to much of a head. smell kinda tinges my nose with alcohol flavors and grassy hay ntoes. also a bit of apples and apricots. grape nteos oddly are the first thing i noticed on my tounge. belgiany sugary taste. nothing outstanding original but solid and well crafted. very drinkable. alcohol content never comes into play except in the smell.

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Photo of aquatonex
2.65/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful dark ruby with a nice creamy head, good retention as well as lacing. Hearty carbonation. When I take a quick whiff, though, oh my god! The alcohol astringency was very present in the nose from the get go. It smelled more like a flavored vodka or rum than a beer. So, what the heck, I try a nice mouthful anyway. As cold as my fridge would make it, the brew was drinkable. It had a complex taste pattern with various hops, fruits, caramels. They were rather subdued to the frigidness. I did let it warm up slightly, but the super alcoholness soon became apparent. It was more like medicine at that point. Mouthfeel was smooth with some nice butterscoth notes disregarding the alcohol astringency.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured as a hazy orange-amber color with moderate attractive head that slowly dissapeared. The nose was typical of this style of beer. The taste was disappointing after everything I had heard about it though it did improve as it warmed. It was a drinkable trippel as the alcohol was weel hidden

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Photo of jimdkc
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden amber, slightly hazy, with a large coarse head that fades pretty quickly. Left some lace behind. Aroma is sweet, lightly malty, with fruity and spicy notes. Taste is slightly bready, alcohol notes apparent. Fruity... maybe grape and a little banana as it warms. Peppery finish. Mild butterscotch aftertaste. Better than I thought it woud be!

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Photo of twilight
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While not an overly good tripel, this one is decent. Pours with a huge head of foam into the Koningshoeven glass. Foam subsides to a delicate head on the top. The smell is typical Belgian candi and a whiff of spices. Unfortunately, this one loses on taste. I think I just don't like their house yeast. It's grassy, sharp, or perhaps they do strange hop or spicing additions in all their beers.. Decent for a tripel, but too sharp and just this side of being overly carbonated.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.88/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

to me, the perfectest beer in production today.

appearance is beautiful.. from the 750ml it pours a picturesque amber with steady carbonation and a substantial head which leaves an intricate, thick lacing on the glass which is almost as fun to watch as the beer is to drink.

aroma is buttery yeast and has trappist written all over it, no matter what the official rules say. malts and heavy banana dominate the scent.

taste.. what can i say? crisp and refreshing at the perfect temperature. subtle fruit flavor with malt and bready yeast adding to the experience. spices noted include vanilla and nutmeg... absolutely no bitter aftertaste and totally smooth through the finish.

i'm saving the all 5 review for something that doesn't exist yet (it was almost benevolence from cbc).. but this is darn close.

the beer that introduced me to tripels and continues to be a beer closet staple

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Photo of Ellbert
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer was poured into its appropriate chalice and there was a small head that went away pretty fast. This is dissapointing with a belgian. The lace stayed around which was nice. however. The beer itself is ruby/orange and a little cloudy.

Smell: Very spicy and estery with some sugary sweetness bringing it together.

Taste: Sweet like molasses and caramel. Hops are subtle but the spices are perfect. A very tasty beer!

Mouthfeel: A little watery. There is somewhat of a body but it seem washed out after you swallow the beer.

A great tasting beer but it does need some refinement.

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

Bought at Frugal Homebrewer and expiration date says april, 1996. So, with most trappist and european brewers putting 4 years on the "must drink by date", this beer could be 13 years old. Bought and drank same day of purchase, the day of this reveiw.

Poured into a St. Bernardus glass and left mostly all of the sediment out of the pour. Not much head in a freshly cleaned glass. Looks dark amber with no head, just a small lacing on the edges. Smells slightly yeasty and carmely and malty, wonderful trappist aromas. The beer doesn't seem as full flavored as when I tried it in Belgium, (bought at stores in and around Antwerpen). Maybe a hint of staleness, but it is welcome if anything; I do not think this exact beer would stale, rather age nicely. As beer warms its candi sugar flavors come alive and the mouthfeel is moderate to full. Drinkability is good and the beer puts me at ease with its 8% a.b.v. The alcoholic stregth is noticable but warming. I have had this beer several times before and this reveiw will have to reflect its age, which I will presume is 10-13 years old. This rating will also reflect the fact that I have tasted this fresh in Belguim numerous times, in which the beer was more fresh, more lively.

Maybe I will go back to the Frugal and buy this one to try out 5 years from now; the smells are very renemiscent of a trappist beer mixed with a barleywines smells trying to break through, still in the maturing process, but just about there. Good beer to drink while frozen rain is chilling the outside.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-finger head that leaves a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation. Medium bodied. Nose is alcohol, starts with some harshness of alcohol, finish is on the sour side not what I was expecting with a triple, their dubbel and quadrupel are better. 750ml bottle for $6.99 from Hoosick St. Discount Bev, Troy, NY.

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

Light amber brown white head that falls quickly. Aroma lightly sweet sugary light fruit grapes apples on light malt with some alcohol presence. Taste is light malt candy like fruitiness light carbonation enhances the candy like sweetness finishes fruity and sweet with warming alcohol felt but not tasted. Mediumish mouthfeel. Drinkability is ok little to sweet for my taste but not to bad overall.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a deep yellow brew that poured clear, but had chunks of sediment in it, even though I poured carefully.

The aroma was of sweet fruit, mostly apples, but also slightly of berries. Hints of honey were there as well. Also, there was a good amount of aromatic hop character that balanced well.

The taste was only slightly fruity, but rather hoppy (more citrus-like character). There was a slightly spicy, somewhat peppery aftertaste, and it was very warming going down.

The third beer had on La Trappe night... not as good as the dubbel or the enkel, but left me really eager to try the quadrupel. Which turned out to be the best of the lot... and I am sure it was more than the already warm and fuzzy glow I had going that led me to that determination.

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Photo of merlin48
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed, bright apricot body with a small offwhite head that quickly falls into a film and collar. Very minimal lace.
Aroma is subdued, with coriander and a hint of tropical fruits like pineapple and mango.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Taste begins with tropical fruit and rock candy sweetness. Earthy yeast kicks in quite early and provides a prominent dryness that stays to the finish. Spices are subdued, with a note of coriander.
Basically an average tripel, but solid for style. I preferred their dubbel, in terms of overall drinkability and character.

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

The 11.2 ouncer I tried said "Koningshoevan Tripel", the label is otherwise identical to the one shown in the photo, maybe some new labeling going on...anyway this tasty treat poured an amber cloudy color, white head, a fair amount of yeasty sediment in the bottle. Leaves not much lace, nose is nutty and yeasty. Rounded body, nice clove notes,spicy and and more nutty flavors. Pleasant tripel, went well with a few nuts and some bread and cheese.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper-tinged honey color with a huge head that delivers lots of Dutch lace

Smell: Toffee and candi sugar are joined by various light fruit elements (banana and pear)

Taste: Opens with the toffee and candi sugar, with light fruit and peppery spice arriving by mid-palate; some alcohol is discernable after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very approachable tripel that strikes a lot of the right notes

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Photo of tatterdash
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Smokeless Joe's in Toronto, complete with the proper Koningshoeven chalice, which has a nice look to it. It poured darker than the Tripels I have seen, with a small amount of head, perhaps a little too cold. Aroma of cheeries, other fruits, and caramel apples. Tasted strongly of butterscotch, caramel, and bananas, with a nice smooth finish. It has a surprisely light mouthfeel for such a rich beer, and was dangerously drinkable. I think some poeple would find this too sweet, but I enjoyed this only Trappist tripel from outside Belgium.

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Photo of taez555
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this bottle in the Netherlands in August 2004, sampled in October 2004 in Boston.

This beer poured a clear orange/yellow body with a creamy off white head.

The nose was a very mild white wine like nose. Big fruits, apples, bananas, pears, yeast, some soft wheat, alcohol and bubble gum. Really a very simple and inviting classic triple smell.

The taste was medium to full bodied. A delicious malt, wheat, spice and simple fruit mix dominate. Rather dry with a nice earthy hop presence and somewhat bitter hop bite. Although nothing is extremely overpowering.

Basically I found this to just be a great middle of the road triple. No flavors fly in your face, none are missing. It’s simply perfectly in balance and very drinkable. It doesn’t stand out, but maybe that’s what makes it such a great beer. Simply a perfect exactly of the style.

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Photo of Sammy
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Chewy yummy fruity citrus yeast distilled from one of the greatest breweries. A bit sour and satisfying. Yeasty and orange and apples aroma.
Hazy white with an orange tint. Mid-sip coriander spice. Almost as good as the quad. Medium wheat grain and creme mouthfeel.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a golden orange color with minimal head. The nose is very fruity, I get banana and a zesty lemon. I like the smell, but I'm not sure of it for this style. The fruityness is there in the flavor, but the malt and alcohol are pretty strong. Those flavors are all there, but there is no real harmony in them. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and a little creamy as well. With the lack of balance, the drinkability suffers. Its not a bad beer, but not the best I have ever had. I like it better than the dubbel, but I'd still pik other beers over this one.

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Photo of clvand0
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber/orange color with a small head that quickly disappears. Sweet aroma. Fruity and maybe some caramel. The flavor is sweet like the nose with some fruityness. Spicy too. Alcohol is obvious and the strong malts are not as well balanced as I feel they should be. This was an ok beer, but I think it could be better.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Trappe version. I've sat on this 33 cl bottle for quite some time. Pours a golden copper color with a big, rocky off-white head. Sweet malt aromas, honey and pear, with a bit of mustiness and lesser hops. Predominantly malty and fruity, pear-like fruit qualities, sidenoted with esters of tropical fruit, like banana. I was expecting something drier, honestly. The finish is quite airy and destinct, but much sweeter than I expected. The beer has dusty and musty yeast attributes throughout. I'm actually surprised that BA hasn't "discontinued" La Trappe's line of beers, making them unreviewable because they haven't gone under the moniker of La Trappe for a few years now. I'm glad they haven't, because their beers age quite nicely and I have a bottle of the dubbel to review, too. I guess this tripel was never really intended to have a dry character to it. Oh well, I've been fooled before, and pleasantly so this time. This is a nice tripel, quite enjoyable if tropical-type esters are in your agenda when lavishing a tripel...

*Sidenote. Same brewery, different beer. I wasn't sure if BA was going to "rollover" this beer's credentails after branding issues.

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Photo of nogoodreason
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

La Trappe Tripel is one of those reasonably priced (5$ for a 750), easily available beers. Beyond that, it's good.

Appearance: Rich blond, with chill haze. Small flecks of yeastiness are apparent. Head is a thick and billowy eggshell white. Head retention isn't great, but it's a beauty when freshly poured. Thick, sticky lacing down the sides.

Smell: Honey, light cloves notes, cookie dough like breadiness. Alcohol is not especially well hidden, but overall the smell is quite nice. Like most good belgian-style beers, I could sniff this one for a long time.

Taste: Lovely. Very rich and reminds of cookie dough, honey and some gentle dry spices... nutmeg? Swirl it around and it's sweet, but not candy like, it's too rich and substantial for that. It has that 'old' characteristic, kinda musty. Not off, just mature, and it really adds depth to this brew. Alcohol becomes apparent again, but it's just a little spicy twang and it's gone. Finish is long and thick.

Mouthfeel: If it had any less carbonation, it might be chewy. If it had much more carbonation, it might thin it out and make it too champagney. But no, it's perfectly carbonated, enough to round it out, not so much as to detract from the overall richeness of the beer.

Notes: They have this beer at a local grocery store, I pick it up on occasion but I don't know if anyone else is buying it. I have no idea how long the bottles have been there, but I suspect that they're not brewery fresh. In fact, I suspect that they're fairly old and that the age has given this beer a lot of character. I intend on cellaring a few of these and see how they turn out in a few years.

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Photo of putnam
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish amber and melting top
The nose is abruptly sweet with loads of caramel and other burned sugars intermixed with banana and ghee nuances.
On the palate it is viscous and nearly sweet before a flush of neutrality and roasted bitterness tidy up the quick finish.
Very accessible and unlikely to offend sweet-toothed novices, this beer is just lacking the wild, memorable charm of a qualityTrappist-style beer. Still, considering how easy it is to drink, why rant?

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Photo of HardTarget
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A full sized 750 ml brown bottle, corked and caged, no date, with the label stating it was imported by Bavaria in Dallas. Note: Got a case of these off a liquor store that evidently couldn’t move them and wanted to be rid of them; got the case for $12.90.
Aroma: A strong grape nose with underlying Belgian yeast smells and some spices, maybe a hint of clove and pepper.
Appearance: Big fluffy white head on a glugging pour into my New Belgium chalice, but it settled down to a modest cover. Body is a clear copper orange with mild carbonation streaks.
Flavor: Still chuckling at my good luck to score a case of this. First blush is very fruity, grapes, apples, and a hint of banana. Then there is a slight alcohol taste that matures into a gentle warming and yeast and floral notes. Hops? None noted really. Malt? Um, other reviewers note it, but I’m unable to really find a malt note. Outstanding balance lets the other more subtle flavors shine. The aftertaste is a bit, well, for lack of a better term it tastes like what my wife would call “rotten fruit”. I don’t experience it as a bad taste, but a bit unusual. Tart finish.
Mouthfeel: Full body but no real chew, it goes down smoothly. It has a mild carbonation prickle and slight numbing.
Overall Impression: So happy with this little windfall. The case seems to have been treated well, and I may put a few bottles back for a bit more maturing. High points are a full rich flavor and aroma. Down sides would be hard to find, but appearance and drinkability are closer to average. A solid tripel in my book.

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Photo of steelreign
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic session brew for me.... fruity, malty and a very good Belgian Trippel. Alcohol hidden well, slightly sweet and fruity, with tons of malt. Slight hop notes. Very smooth and highly quaffable! I would recommend this to anyone wishing to try a Belgian style beer without getting into the heavy hitters too soon.

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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.91 out of 5 based on 964 ratings.
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