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 mexikrainian
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: clear golden-orange with short lasting 2 finger white head and decent lacing.

Aroma: honey, citrus and floral with gentle ginger hint.

Taste: caramel, Belgian spices and bread malts. slightly metallic with dry finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: not the best tripel i've had but would still enjoy it anytime.

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Photo of DPFRD
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light milky head with a lot of activity in it.

S - Upon first sniff, this beer smells great. A small amount of hop accents some malty sweetness under a bed of biscuit and yeast aromas... Quite nice.

T - A bit sweet up front followed by the slightest hop bite and bitterness. Some bready yeast notes, but not much.

M - Medium silky body, with moderate carbonation... a bit of an astringent effect on the tounge.

D - I like it, but in the presence of other triples, I will pass. It reminds me of an over-sweet Chimay Tripel or a less sweet La Fin Du Monde. It's in the pro's but is relegated to the bench on my team.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- On the darker side of tripels, with a thin white head, that becomes a web across the top. It's a bit hazy, due to the yeast.
S- Very bready, slightly fruity. A bit of earthiness.
T- Bready, with some spicyness and just a bit of fruitiness in there. A bit of alcohol warmth, particularly as the beer warms. Not as intense of flavors as many tripels, but still a very pleasant arrangement of flavors.
M- Crisp carbonation, and a dry finish. Medium bodied for style.
D- Not as aggressive as some tripels, as far as intensity of flavor. With that in mind though, the beer is quite tasty and more sessionable than many tripels.

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

Poured a clear, dark amber color with white foam that settled to coat the glass. The smell was lightly sweet with a touch of sugar and malt and a light fruitiness. The taste was lightly sweet with hops up front. Mildly fruity. Very mild flavor for a tripel. The mouthfeel was lightly sweet but fairly dry overall. Medium body and good carbonation, especially up front. Sweet, malty finish. This was an OK tripel but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of dzni
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden, light head
S - This is a bouquet of craziness. I'm getting some citrus/grapefruit, orange, banana, cloves, apple, some other fruits. I know there's more going on, and it's hard to pick out everything (or even get it correct). Needless to say, this struck me as very complex, with a lot going on.
T - The taste did not disappoint either, delivering some banana bread flavors, slight hops, and maybe some cloves or spice. It's probably a good thing that it's not as crazy as the nose.
M - A wonderful creaminess in a medium-bodied beer, slight carbonation.
D - Complex, nice mouthfeel, great taste and carbonation. This is a beer for all seasons, and it's up there with some of the more interesting tripels I've had.

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Photo of BobZ
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml 11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy, much darker than most tripels, almost dark orange in color. A thin ½" head builds initially that recedes quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Interesting almost a malty sweetness, similar to a Belgian Barleywine in the nose only with hints of spice.

Taste: Again, unlike other triples, honey sweet up-front (which makes sense for a Tripel); however, not bitter at the finish. A little phenolic too, but has some spiciness. Good, just not in league with other, better, Trappist tripels.

Mouth feel: Gently carbonated, generally smooth but the phenolic characteristics have a negative impact on the smoothness.

Drinkability: Decent beer and reasonably sessionable with a lower ABV than other tripels.

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

25.9oz brown bottle. 09:26 stamped on back label.
Poured into a Kapittel goblet.
This Trappist Ale from the Netherlands compares well (though differently) to the more popular Belgian Trappist.
The color is a rich copper-hued amber with a dense, but fast-fading off-white head. Some trailing lace clings desperately.
A yeasty aroma reminiscent of a Belgian Trippel pops out at first pour. Husky malty aromas follow. A blend of hop smells vie for attention. The citrusy one wins! A faint whiff of light rum is revealed as it warms.
A very balanced yet meaty malt body carries a wide range of flavors beginning with a big taste of caramel malt, candied sugar, citrusy and resiny hops. Earthy tastes of dried figs and tobacco linger in the background. A light fumy rummy kick is there throughout. All in all a very nice drinkable big-bodied ale. Nice!

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle. Poured into my Chimay Trappist glass. By the way if you don't have yourself one of these glasses you're missing out - they're basically a glass goblet. I took care in the pour to avoid getting a bunch of yeast into the beer, so there's little to no head on this one. Nice carbonation levels, it bubbles like a sparkling champagne or something similar. Kind of a hazy appearance, with a really nice amber color that reminds me of sun tea. Initial impressions of the aroma is that it's much more "beer-y" than I was expecting. I get grain and malt, almost like a basic amber ale. That doesn't last long though. The second sniff hits with you with that classic Belgian estery sweetness. I get green apples and dried apricots in the nose. First taste is rich with an almost velvety mouthfeel. It's a heavy beer, with lots of dark toffee malt sweetness chased by warm fruits. You get a warm rush of alcohol in the finish. This beer shines in the finish. I haven't had a beer with this kind of aftertaste. It's like the opposite of hoppy. There's just this huge brown sugar and roasted cereal finish that's quite delicious. The alcohol level prevents this beer from being anything more than a special occasion, but there's no denying it's doing something right. Very solid example of a Belgian Trippel. I'm impressed.

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Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a dark golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet and syrupy pears with good amounts of candi sugar and hints of light malts.

Tastes good. Sweet light malts with hints of biscuit-like flavors kick things off. Shortly thereafter syrupy pear flavors come into play and sweeten until midway through the sip. The ending is crisp and on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is a solid tripel with a nice malt base. Not as crisp or flavorful as the best of the style but still worth a shot.

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

Serving type - bottle into goblet

A - Pours a deep amber, with minimal head, and thick lacing.

S - Belgian candi & yeast, pears, apricots, caramel. Hints of dark fruit

T - Sweet, juicy pears and hints of caramel & dark fruit, w/belgian candi/yeast character.

M - Medium bodied, light carbonation. Very smooth.

D - Not being too heavy, and minimal alcohol presence in the flavor makes for one very drinkable Tripel!

This is a very nice, mellow Tripel. A little sweeter and smoother than some others I've had. If you like this, try the Quad from this brewery too!

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

A good partly cloudy transparent amber hue with a non lacing fizzy white head. Smells sugary with ripe banana untertones. Very fruity taste blanketing any alcohol. A little spicy aftertaste that become predominate as it warms. Oily slick feel. A decent Trappist. Cheers!

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

Drank this one at the abbey during a visit to the brewery. If you are in Holland and the wheater is good this is place to see. Nice scenery and a nive tour.

For a triple this is rather good one. It is not the best there is but i think it's the better one in the La Trappe range.

Poured in a small glass the beer showed nice. Carbonation is hard to see in such a small glass but there was some.

Citrus notes and a yeasty taste. Not bad at all!

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

Out of a bottle this beer was a hazy copper color with some golden highlights that appeared when held up to light. The one finger of beige head quickly faded to a thin skim and then a collar. I observed a good amount of rising carbonation and the lacing was fine. The aroma was light for a triple (?!), sugary malts, vanilla, caramel and some molasses. The flavors were a pleasant yet understated blend of caramel, sugars, spices, vanilla, nuts and a grip of alcohol heat that led to the dry finish. Clearly punchy yet perhaps not as well-defined as many of its counterparts. The mouthfeel was foamy, the body medium and the carbonation medium as well. If one is to try one of the great Trappists I wouldn't recommend this one.

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Photo of GilGarp
2.42/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle, corked and caged.

The cork is a real struggle to get out and then it releases with barely a pop.

Served cool into a globe glass, La Trappe Tripel is completely flat. It looks like apple cider.

Aroma is actually pretty similar to an apple juice as well.

Flavor is a little better but still not even a half-way decent Belgian tripel. It's sweet with green apple and a little spicy/sour but nothing special.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but completely flat. No carbonation.

I have a pretty good feeling that this was just a bad bottle but it simply isn't worth buying another to find out. At nearly $10 a bottle, it's a total disappointment.

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a light abmer/dark golden color with about 2 inches of off-white head that settles to a thin layer of foam after a minute.

Aroma is fairly light, some light and bready malts, sweet and with a hint of caramel thought not really a caramel malt smell. There is a nice Belgian yeast aroma, hints of banana, some clove and spice and a little bit of mineral smell. The beer is still cold so I'll let it warm a bit.... there is some fruit, very light fruit and some honey coming through now.

Taste follows the nose with light and sweet malt, a unique caramel taste (perhaps from the brew kettle) a nice yeast presence and some fruit, including banana. The hop bitterness is very well balanced, it's there, I know it is because this beer is not cloyingly sweet, but it is restrained and takes a back seat. This beer is quite smooth and the alcohol is well hidden. The finish fairly light, but includes grainy malt flavors, a delicate sweetness (some honey) and a bit of yeast character.

Mouthfeel is medium/thick with higher than average carbonation.

Drinkability is very good with this brew, I find myself drinking it very quickly and having to put it down. Overall this I very good beer with nice malt and yeast complexities. I very much enjoyed drinking it and would have it again.

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

Mild head given the style--dies to a single layer of bubbles. Does leave some ring lace. Dark gold color and reasonably clear

Floral (lavender?) and citrusy. Grains of paradise, clove spice to the nose.

Smooth and slightly peppery. Notable alcohol in the background, particularly in the swallow. Spritzy yet full bodied. I note hop in the finish, which is great in a Trippel.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - This bottle was (unexpectedly) a gusher. It pours a deeper shade than the average Tripel, hazier too. The color is a deep, cloudy, copper-amber-bronze hue topped with a wispy froth.

S - The aroma consists of honey-caramel, red apple skin, lemon-lime, and while it is nice, it comes together a bit too sweet. I actually think it smells a bit like a Dubbel.

T - The majority of the flavor profile seems pretty good; enjoyable notes of apple, clove, spicy herbal hop and a small amount of banana, but the caramel sweetness in the malt is distracting. I would prefer a dry Pilsener malt for the flavors to sit upon. And again, I feel this is strangely similar to a Dubbel in certain aspects.

M - Not enough vigor for the style, despite the initially abundant carbonation.

D - This brew tastes good, but it is not the best example of the style; Tripels by any other Trappist as well as many by secular Belgian breweries far exceed this brew. Drink one of them.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a foamy & bubbly off-white head that dissipates to a minimal film pretty quick. A good deal of visible carbonation.

Smell: Nice bready aroma with some banana, pear, and apricot. Only a slight bit of yeast.

Taste: Light bready flavor with a bit of apple and pear. Some mild caramel towards the middle goes nicely with the bread. Then a balance of yeast and hops (both still mild) at the finish. Some bitterness and yeastyness in the aftertaste, but pretty mellow.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light- to medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly low ABV, no hint of alcohol in the flavor, and generally enjoyable taste.

A nice beer, but not very memorable. The head is weak (actually the head on the remaining beer on the bottle looks better). I like the breadyness, but it seems lacking in the other flavors.

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Photo of jpittman80
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy dark amber. Small sludge colored head that doesn't last. No lacing. Is this Belgian?!

S - Not to much of an aroma. Citrus, raisins, and alcohol mostly.

T - Pretty good. Has that bready quality that I love in tripels. Raisins, prunes and lighter fruit. Slight sweetness and even lighter bitterness. Carbonation is what balances this beer.

M - Nice and effervescent. Very slight alcohol burn.

D - Pretty easy drinking like all the good tripels.

Definitely not my favorite tripel, but it's still a good beer.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly cloudy honey golden orange with a thick, creamy, pillowy, meringue like white head. Good retention that settles into a nice layer of lace with some thick, sticky lacing on the edge.

S - Slightly tart apple and orange are the strongest fruity aromas. Some honey and caramel maltiness. Some yeast and alcohol aroma present along with some floral and spiced scents.

T - Apple and pear (with just a slight tartness) and hints of of golden/typical Tripel fruit. These other fruits get a touch stronger through the sip. Some sweet honey-like malt with touches of caramel come out mid sip. Some spiced flavors (clove, coriander, pepper and some others) and some alcohol taste comes out toward the end. The fruitiness comes out stronger on the finish again, especially the apple.

M - On the lighter side of medium body with a good amount of carbonation. A bit thin, and some creaminess.

D - Pretty easy to drink beer that is fairly well balanced and a good amount of flavor that makes me want to drink more.

Notes: Best before 04/2012. Overall a solid and nice beer to drink. Nothing amazing, and it doesn't blow me away and there are Tripels that I prefer, but it is a good beer. With all that said, I would drink it again, and it is worth trying.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a La Trappe chalice.

A - Dark amber colour, minimal head and lacing.

S - Sweet, reminds me of honey mead. Some phenolic overtones as well.

T - Quite bitter-sweet. That honey mead comes through in the flavours along with plenty of fruit. In terms of fruits we're talking banana, plum & grape.

M - Slightly spicy at first with a bit of sweetness. Has a bitter kick for the after taste.

D - At 8% this is probably too potent to drink in excess. Too harsh as well.

This isn't a bad beer but hardly memorable. I think any more than one or two would be overkill. There are better triples out there.

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Photo of DerBayer
3.02/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a honey colour with fizzy head not what I was expecting

Smell was slightly grassy and some malt character not very impressive

Taste was luckily better than the smell and I quite enjoyed the taste

Mouthfeel and drinkability were OK but i wont seek this out again

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Photo of fullsweep
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

30 cL brown bottle poured into a pint glass (it's the only glassware I own).

A: super-thick, rich, creamy, mostly white foamy head. Dissipates slowly leaving loads of lacing. In fact, the head was so thick that this small 300 ml bottle wouldn't fit into my imperial pint glass without waiting for some of the head to thin out.

S: sweet and mildly fruity with malts dominating.

T: a weird mixture of sweet, spicy and alcoholic, but not as sweet as other Belgian ales I've tried. Alcohol very prominent for me.

M: the 8.0 ABV almost numbs the mouth, otherwise smooth, almost zero carbonation, syrupy-thick too.

D: lower drinkability for me because the alcohol taste is too prevalent and unappealing.

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Photo of dwilkins
3.07/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark for a Tripel. Darker orange brown. Made me go "hmm, that's a little odd"

S: The most tripelish thing about this beer is the smell. Has a typical musty, dried spice shop aroma. Lacks some fresh tones, like the citrusy aroma

T: Whoa, more like a double and a half than a Tripel. A little cloying - too sweet. Off balance towards the crystal malty side (at which the color hints).

M: More body than a classic tripel. Lingers and coats the mouth more - should be drier.

D: Not so much. Too sweet and heavy for a Tripel.

Summary. If I liked doubles and tripels equally as well, this would be a damn fine beer. Regardless, it misses the style by a pretty wide margin. They should change the label and call it a "5-halves" since it is exactly what I imagine a hybrid double/tripel should be.

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

A copper toned warm amber beer with a slight cloudiness, a white head that leaves no lacing but some curtains.

The smell is malty, dried fruits, apricot and banana, fresh dark bread with a hint of caramel. And some lemon zest bitterness.

The taste is sweet dried fruits, caramel and brown bread. Fruit acidity, orange and pear. A nice bitter finish, grape fruit seeds. Some sherry notes.

Rather high carbonation, small bubbles. Oily and creamy.

A really well balanced tripel.

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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.91 out of 5 based on 981 ratings.
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