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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-30-2002

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Photo of Shadman
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dutch made Tripel? hmmmm

maybe a bit darker in colour than some. More of a deep gold. Not much in the way of head or lacing

Yeasty sweetness, almost like a mix between apple and pear. Slight spiciness from the yeast and some obvious booze.

Nice smooth front with the sweet malts and a hint of spice doing a little dance on my taste buds. Alcohol tends to wash the palate clean afterward, but some nice yeast spice and hop bitterness come back into the picture.

Medium bodied Found the carbonation to be a bit lower than some tripels which in case wasn't a bad thing. Any more and the 'booze bite' may have been more pronounced.

750ml of decent tripel @ under $7 bucks here in "tax the ass off of booze' Canada.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours with a finger of slightly tan head on top of a somewhat cloudy copper/ruby body. The head does not dissipate quickly.

S: The aroma is rather complex. There is a lot of clove and orange as well as some honey like aromas hinting at some sweetness. Slightly floral. Just really interesting.

T: The beer has a little bit of sweetness with a fruit flavor that evolves into a bready and boozy taste. There is a little lingering alcohol, sweetness, and floral notes. Not as dry as I would expect.

M: The mouthfeel is thin to medium and the carbonation is slightly lower than I would like. I honestly was hoping this would be a bit thicker.

D: While the nose is rather interesting, the taste doesn't quite live up to it, and the sweetness is rather high for what I expect from a Tripel. The mouthfeel was also different from what I was expecting. I honestly didn't love this beer.

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Photo of Wegomlegging
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange-yellow with very nice head. Smells are very understated, but slightly malty and floral. Flavor was nice, mix of yeasty, malty, and bitter. Felt like a nice soft carbonation and pretty drinkable with a small touch of sweetness. I liked this beer but it's a slight departure from the benchmark style type. Quality shown through.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

We pour a brew the color of deep apricot. It foams a fizzy head of whitish bubbles that actively jump about and disappear quickly. At its peak the head is two fingers high. The drink presents with a gentle haze, obscuring a view through the glass. There is no physical sediment, and the carbonation looks active. The nose is light, but does offer some distinct fruity esters, citrus, and a coppery tone. Malts are abundant, and are supported faintly by clovey phenols. The sting of alcohol, too, is light, but is present nonetheless. As we sip malts crash the front, along with banana-laden esters. These, however, assume an odd balance between being overly sweet and questionably bitter. The middle continues with the grain, and the esters morph into a bubblegum-sweet swirl. All is washed away in the finish by a tidal wave of booze. There is a kick of lemon here as well, and that burning, peppery flash indicative of heavy alcohol content. The aftertaste breathes heavily of the alcohol, and not much else. Because of this dominance, the breaths following the sip are a bit delayed, and the taste comes out of thin air in a bit of a surprise. The body is medium and the carbonation approaches high. The mouth is a left a touch dry, on the hard palate and the tip of the tongue, but is otherwise coated nicely. There is a frothiness to it, and general slurpiness to each sip. The abv is appropriate for the style, and warms the drinker nicely. Drinkability is fair due to the heavily alcoholic finish.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its taste. This came as a nice surprise after the aroma fell a bit flat. A tripel should really pop the nose, with bright notes of what is contained within, but the aroma must have escaped when we opened this one. Otherwise the beer was fine, and middle of the road for the style, with nothing totally offensive marring the tasting.

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Photo of Cannoneer
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid Trappist tripel, which mostly impressed me by how well it balanced its sweetish taste and thick texture with hoppy aroma to make it very drinkable.

Opaque caramel color and no sustainable head in appearance. Smells quite appetizingly, with hearty servings of pound cake, spice and a bit of licorice and wildflowers. It also looks and feels quite thick when a first sip is taken - and, for a moment, it seemed a bit too thick and sweet for my taste. But, it quickly righted itself with a healthy infusion of hoppy flavor, which made the beer not only drinkable, but also quite tasty.

Still, there is not much surprise or intrigue or excellence in delivering great taste in this beer to make it a staple. It's probably the cheapest Trappist tripel, though, which may be a factor in coming back for it when I desire a thicker, sweeter version of a tripel that Trappists are famous for.

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Photo of pinkano
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - yellow with orange tones, not pure clean, little bit of haze
S - smell is the best on this beer. It goes with a honey start, then some citrus tones appears with some clove and spiciness.
T - pretty much empty start, following by pretty high carbonation, which uncoils bready and honey tones. Kind of Ale taste too. Alcohol is very well hidden in the body.
M - higher carbonation then usual, low body and nice semi-dry end
D - pretty drinkable, but there are better trappist beers out there

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a clear orange Solo cup.

Thanks to Matt for sharing this bottle!

My final new beer of New Year's Eve (though the clock struck midnight a while ago, so "Eve" might be a misnomer). It pours a cloudy golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises banana, clove, pepper, Belgian yeast, and lemon zest. The taste holds notes of wheat, clove, pepper, Belgian yeast, and orange peel. The body is a strong medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid tripel, but not as strong as other similar offerings. Hard for me to explain, frankly, but suffice it to say that, though it is indeed pretty good, it's not quite near the top of the heap.

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

Pouted into a La Trappe chalice.

A: Hazy deep peach with active carbonation. A dense cream head slowly settles to a patchwork quilt of foam. Leaves a solid sheet of lace down the glass.

S: A pleasant coriander and clove spiciness dominate. Orange a pear aromas add a nice sweetness. Alcohol adds a very light tingle.

T: Starts out a bit thin. A pale fruit sweetness slowly builds and is then followed by a mild coriander and clove spiciness. The spices linger through the finish. The alcohol is completely masked outside of a light warmth as the beer goes down.

M: The light body is slightly grainy and has vigorous carbonation.

D: This is a nice Tripel. Its only real weakness is its thin flavor out of the gate.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my La Trappe chalice.

A - Pours quite a dark golden colour that is unusual for a Tripel. Head is white and hangs

S - Plenty of booze and bread, and a little anaseed and honey.

T - Plenty of spice and bread and very boozey.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - Not a bad Tripel but comes nowhere close to the Westmalle.

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

The beer comes out of the bottle a murky copper color with an off white head.

The smell is very bready and nutty with hints of marzipan (almond candy) and some raisin along with grain and cereal.

A strong carbonation bursts onto the palate, delivering some serious liquid bread. Sweet, bready and raisin flavors are the most bold with the usual yeast spice and booze that runs into a residually sweet finish which quickly snaps dry at the very end, leaving nothing but a prickly carbonation feel. More flavors that develop as it warms in the glass are port, brandy, grape, raisin bread, toffee and estery, spicy yeast on the end.

It is medium to full bodied, a bit chewy with lively bubbles.

It is dark for a Tripel and doesn't have as dry of a finish as most do

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Photo of vandemonian
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

La Trappe Tripel has a dark orange colour and an excellent head. The smell is bready with some spiciness. This beer has a maltiness up front that morphs into a caramel flavour with a sour, almost clove-like aftertaste. It has a nice foamy feel to it. This is a great beer.

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Photo of philphilphil
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice, I paid twice as much for a karmaliet a couple months back and this is easily twice as good.

Appearance is hazy amber with fastly receding head.

Smell malt honey? Idk but its nice.

Taste was great, abv is well hidden, malt driven flavour, slight honey, I love it.

Mouthfeel, pretty good, carbination was just right, could be just a tad thicker, no real complaints though :)

Drinkability, at the same price as coronas and twice the abv, this'd be a favourite, but apparently its no longer going to be sold where I bought it :( fml. I'll just need to stock up tomoz. :D

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Photo of kwjd
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Smokeless Joes in Toronto, served in a branded glass. Cloudy pale orange colour with a finger of white head that never really dissipated. Lacing down most of the glass. Smells quite fruity with a lot of the Belgian yeast. Some spices too I think, though I can't put my finger on what they were. Flavour is fairly sweet with a slight hint of bitterness. Overally a very nice tripel.

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Photo of jhtipton
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark golden color. I poured into my Affligem chalice and had about one finger of foamy white head. It gave some minor lacing. Smell is malty bread. I tasted some yeast, a loaf of light bread, some citrus, and maybe some honey. Mouthfeel is medium bodied-probably the bread effect. You feel some warmth from the alcohol ever so slightly. Drinkability is fine. I might seek this out again but probably not for a session.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark caramel color, completely transparent with a thin bubbly light tan colored head

S-notes of doughy bread with a fair bit of alcohol coming through in the nose. hints of peppery phenols with syrupy raw honey playing in as well.

T-the doughy malt and raw honey really stand out in the flavor. the yeast is subdued and mild with the alcohol also playing much less of a role. the peppery spice is light but present towards the back with hints of herbal hops in the finish.

M-medium bodied and syrupy, a little thin in the back but nicely carbonated with a crisp semi dry finish.

D-decent beer, somewhat mild as the dough bread and raw honey seem to dominate and don't allow much else to come through. the phenols are lighter than I would like as well as the yeast presence. tasty but not tops for me.

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Photo of mexikrainian
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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 -0.3%
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 +3.5%
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 -6.6%
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 +5.3%
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 -3.5%
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 +1.8%
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 +0.5%
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 +0.3%
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 +1%
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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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 996 ratings
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