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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-30-2002

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

Appearance - rusty orange brown color, extremely cloudy with 2 fingers of off-white head and plenty of lacing.

Smell - very citrusy and floral, honey, toasted grains, some sour notes, rye bread, and doughy yeast

Taste - full of fruit, apricots, raw honey/wild flowers, light citrus and graham cracker like malt, slightly nutty

Mouthfeel - luxuriously creamy feel, medium bodied, well carbonated

Overall - this is one of my new favorite tripels, perfectly balanced and the complex malt character

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

Poured from a corked and caged 750 into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden honey orange with two fingers of billowy, off-white head. Strong retention and lace, vigorous carbonation.

S: Sweet nectar of bubblegum, malt and fruit. Something pleasantly tropical about the aroma.

T: Gentle sweet banana and bubblegum up front slowly dries and turns into a sharp but light, peppery flavor and then casually sweetens a bit on the finish. Languid. Alcohol totally hidden.

M: Light, smooth and billowy in the mouth as it is in the glass. Over the course of the glass, gets even smoother and creamier.

O: Very similar to their quad in the approach to the style-- low complexity, fairly intense flavors and each flavor bright and ringing true. I will certainly buy this again-- quite enjoyable indeed.

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Photo of paxkey
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tried the quad a little while back and was excited to see this hit the shelves. grabbed 3 bottles so i can age two of them.

Was not impressed overall. I have had the tripel from chimay, and duvel is similar profile as a tripel, but i found this offering very boozy and i'm hoping the agin will help the other bottles.

pours like a tripel. light colored with lots of carbonation and good head with lacing.

the nose on this is a little muted. picking up all the classic aromas, belgian yeast, cloves, but all very muted.

taste is the same. picking up a lot of alchohol with muted flavors in the background. not that impressed.

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

Grabbed a bottle of this last night from the Village Pump in College Park. I usually find La Trappe's one of the more expensive Trappists around DC, so I tend to avoid it, but found a bomber for 9-10, so grabbed it.

Caramel in color, caramel in taste, compounded by a little bit of breadiness. Had it alongside an Orval (which I definitely prefer), but they were fun to try together. The darker fruits and the caramel really became clear. Likewise, La Trappe is nowhere near as bready as Orval, and a little bit heavier.

Probably won't grab another soon, but I'm curious about their Quad. I feel like the body characteristics of this beer would really shine with that style. Hopefully that'll be coming up soon.

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

Poured a hazy amber/orange with a finger of khaki colored fizzy head. The head quickly dissipated into a thin bubble film for the remainder of the beer

Smells like fresh baked sweet bread with some belgian candied yeast and sweet malt in the mix along with some bananas, apples, orange peel with a subtle spicy background.

Taste follows the nose quite nicely with a very rich taste. I feel that the sweet malt really shines through on this one and the rest of the fruit and spices make for a very nice background.

Medium bodied with ample amount of carbonation makes for a great mouthfeel with a drying finish

Overall this was a nice find but nothing over the top by any means. I think this was a very tasty beer without trying too hard. Very pleased that it came in a three pack. Worth picking up if you come across.

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Photo of
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - deep golden sunset red with a dense frothy white head that recedes but never dissapears.

Smell - sweet bread, a bit of bubble gum fruitiness, banana, spice and yeast.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied with substantial carbonation that carries the fruity flavours. Excellent texture.

Taste - Sweet but balanced with bubble gum fruit, peach, and a bit of a phenolic taste. Extremely smooth finish.

Strangely refreshing and highly drinkable for a tripel.

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

Hazy copper orange, one finger white head, sticky with lots of lace left behind. Smell is yeasty with green apple, candy fruit and banana followed by bubble gum and citrus and faint alcohol. Taste is sweet candy, apple and lemon, grainy, dry bread, warming alcohol, fruity finish and aftertaste, light bitterness, slightly hoppy at points. Med - Full body, good weight, medium carbonation, nice feel. Overall a very nice tripel, would have this on the reg for sure.

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Photo of SmokinSmyth
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured honey gold into a straight edged pint glass. Medium to small head with some lacing.

Smell is not overpowering but pleasant. More malt than fruit with a little bit of yeast.

Taste is very good, no hint of high alcohol.

Mouthfeel is good, with a nice balance with the carbonation.

Overall a very good beer, but not one of the stronger trappists. However, that's a bit like batting towards the bottom of the order on the all star team.

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Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 750ml into a tulip.

Pours a copper red, with a huge four finger off-white head. Massive carbonation, not unlike most other bottle conditioned Belgians. Fluffy and somewhat sticky/dense walls of lace. Nose is mildly yeast, green apple, raw pear. Some bruised banana phenolics. Quite dry, not showing alot of sweetness. Taste is a caramelly-green apple, pear again and some yeastiness. Some fusel alcohol along with a peppery spice in the midmouth., which continues into the finish. Mild dryness and some stickiness. High carbonation and with a lot more caramel-like malt body than most other tripels I've had. Warming and nice overall, but something I'm more accustomed to having in the cooler months, although not completely inappropriate for the heat here now.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into a snifter glass. Pours hazy orange/amber color with a medium sized bright beige head along with decent lacing throughout. Aroma is yeasty and sweet with notes of dried fruit, pomerans, clove, some almond paste and spice. Taste is thick and candyish yeasty sweet (caramel) with citrus, fermented apples, coriander and spice. Sweet, yeasty, acidic and spicy without much bitterness. Body is first sweet and big just to falter a bit towards the end, in other words, flattening. Carbonation is quite smooth and tickeling. Too simple and underwhelming of a tripel for me.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden body a little bit of head. A standard Belgian aroma as I pick up touches of sharp citric/banana/orange and yeast as well as something tropical like pear. Also some clove/pepper and a good touch of sugary sweetness. Sharp and lively, the taste kicks off with a touch of funk but then this light to medium bodied brew goes down smooth and filling thanks to the yeast. Other flavor notes include citric lemon zest, apple or pear notes, some spice, as well as caramel and sugary malt goodness. The ABV is about right as the beer has a little kick but not overpowering, enabling both the fruit and malt tastes to balance and come out and finishing easy.

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

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

A tasty Dutch tripel in a 750ml bottle. Not as well-balanced as some of the other trappist ales, but still an interesting brew.

Pours a hazy burnt amber with a well-lacing white head. Decent carbonation. Smell of sweet fruits and light sugars, with citrus notes. Taste is of light spice and fruit sugars: banana bread, peach, orange zest. Sweet malts and very little hops detected. Smooth and medium bodied, and nice drinkability.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden colour, with a very thin frothy white head. Head dissipates quickly.

Smell is rather faint, but consists primarily of sweet. bready malt. Perhaps it would be more fragrant from the bottle?

Taste is good. Like the nose, the flavour is more of sweet malt than fruit, unlike some other tripels. I do get some banana, in a banana bread sense. Caramel is present as well.

Beer is medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Feels good.

Overall, a good but not great tripel. I quite enjoyed it, but it is not one of the best.

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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.91 out of 5 based on 979 ratings.
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