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 JohnL9013
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a cloudy amber not characteristic of the tripel style, indicating darker malts were used than in typical tripels. There's a small head with very little lacing. I wasn't impressed with the appearance but the head is still high-quality enough to make this a recognizably good beer.

S: A somewhat dull smell, without the volume I expected. Other than that, smells like any other tripel.

T: You can taste the darker malts. This beer doesn't quite have the balance of Chimay, Westmalle, etc, others that I've had. The malts poke out a little too much, although the hopping is really excellent. But at the end, my main beef was the lack of power, and perhaps this goes back to the lack of power in the smell.

M: Really nice mouthfeel, expected from a Trappist brewery. Low carbonation for a Belgian style beer.

D: Hey, it's 8%...what can you do?

Overall, I would say this is the most disappointing tripel I've had thus far. It just didn't have the sheer quantity of flavor I expected.

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Photo of Lukecook
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A- red in color, 1 figer head receeds to a thin film of foam, minimal lacing.

S- nutty, honey, and bread

T-honey, nuts, and bread, nice fruit background, mild hop bitterness, nice dry finish.

M- Medium body, good carbonation.

D- Great beer ABV is well masked, and the taste leaves me wanting more!

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Ommegang chalice. An orange/caramel color, extremely fizzy and well carbonated. Smells include sour apple and yeasty sugars. Taste is mostly sour apple cider. Not much of the peppery spiciness typical of the style. Alcohol is virtually unnoticeable.

Smooth and decent drinkability, but not that complex and doesn't match up that well with the best of the style.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my chimay glass. Pours a light ruby maybe a touch darker than copper.Very thick and syrupy looking. Bright white heading that disappears but leaves thin lace around the edges.

Smell is slighty fruity a little more of a bready aroma and finishes like a thick sweet syrup. A little hoppy aroma's but very subtle.

Taste is almost blood-like. A thick malty base with a sweet fruity yeast taste on the backend. A sweet candy sugar becomes apparent in which turns into a warm boozy feel that settles in the belly.

Mouth is stock full of going's on. Anyway great carbonation feel on the palate, with some leftover darker fruits that carries into a nice linger on the palate.

A great tripel that caught me off guard. I tried it's older brother Quadrupel and was impressed so now it's little bro's turn and it did not dissappoint. Now time for baby bro Dubbel. Great stuff so far from Koningshoeven.

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Photo of AlFromBayShore
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - The color of honey and a head that dissapates rather quickly.

S - Fruity and faint fig. Gathering hints of melon too. A very crisp and clean aroma.

T & M - There is a lot going on here and I'm having difficulty separating out flavors. There is complexity and from this I am picking up some faint honey flavors. The next thing I notice is a warming sensation in the finish. After that is a light carbonation in the mouthfeel. This seems medium bodied yet the flavor is slightly thin but not watery. Now comes some booziness in the middle. There is some cantaloupe and raisin. I am getting that grape flavor like the one from Kedem grape juice.

D - dangerously drinkable. In seven minutes or so, I'm two thirds finished.

I'd buy this again.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml. corked bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a bit deep for a tripel, a light amber in color. Nice and clear with a half inch of white foam that doesn't linger as long as it might. Reduces to a film in a few minutes, offering some light lacing and keeping a firm surface cap.

Smell is light in fruit and notable of pilsner malts. Some rich muddled malts are present and more reminiscient of a light dubble in that nature. Not bad, but not great for a tripel in the Trappist sense with a bit of band aid I don't expect from the Old World.

Nice flavor with light but muddled pear and apple fruit. Pleasant yeast sense nonetheless. Good carbonation, full feel and decent drinkability. Comes across as more of a blonde dubbel given the deeper color and malt balance.

A solid brew, somewhat buttery in flavor and with a somewhat odd nose. Too rich in feel for the style for me. I sense wheat in the mix?

42/08 on cork

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Photo of TheSarge
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produces a good finger and a half thick off white head that lasts a good duration, and has a mildly hazy golden body.

Aroma characteristics are of honey, grape, and slight metallic qualities.

The taste is of cotton candy, grape, and honey. Refreshing and complex at the same time.

Mf is in the way of coarse textures, but wetting at the same time. There is a slight alcohol warmth here too.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as take-out from Issac Newtons in Newtown, PA. Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into my Koningshoeven small snifter. Pours a cloudy amber-golden with medium head, about 2 fingers...frothy, and little lacing. Lot's of floaties, including what looks like apple or cherry skins.

Aroma is sweet, boozy...and fruity. I'm picking up apple. Very sweet, crisp, and inviting aroma.

Flavor is close to the aroma. Sweet, slightly tart...carbonated. Medium body, booze seems closer to 10 or 11%. Lot's of fruit/apple flavor. This tastes great at around 45 degrees, but as it gets closer to room temp, it really starts loosing flavor for some reason. Another very good beer from a great brewery!

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Photo of mulder1010
3.06/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a light burnt orange color with tints of red in this. One finger head that was an egg shell white color. Once the head died off it became a film but brought back easily with a few swirls. No lacing at all on the glass.

S-- Clove, honey, and orange. Not as big a nose as other triples at all. Needs to be warmer for the rest of the nose to come out. Then the yeast smell does come out and there is an alcohol smell to this.

T-- Alcohol forward. Toasted or burnt yeast taste in this. Get clove in the taste as well as orange again with . Taste is more of a quad taste and not a triple as this is not that sweet at all.

M-- Warming sensation off the bat. Alcohol is very aggressive in this. Coats mouth very quickly and finishes quite dry. Warmer it gets the more powerful the burn becomes. Good carbonation in mouthfeel

D-- Very different. Will say that. Feels bigger than what it actually is ABV wise at 8%. Not as sweet and not as fruit forward as others. More of a brandy type nightcap on a cool night. One is good and more than enough. Other triples are better than this but this is worth trying once.

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

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - Pours a bright orange/yellow color with a thin white head that quickly fizzled away and left a thin ring around the glass.

S - Traditional Belgian Ale, bright clove hints are immediately present along with some sweet malt and a bit of mild pear juice. This Tripel has some flowery hop smells at the back of the nose. It has a similar yeasty smell than their Quad offering.

T - A bit more alcoholic in flavor than other Tripels. There is some white wine-like character as well as some sweet honey flavors up front. The clove is barely perceivable but is still there. I dislike the lack of spices in the taste. Not my favorite tripel, but still a decent beer. Some yeasty chalky tastes are felt as well, as expected.

M - Smooth and crisp at the same time. Light-medium bodied. Nice CO2 content not overwhelming like others.

D - Pretty good beer. There are definitely better tripel's out there but it is refreshing and goes down smooth.

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

330 mL bottle poured into a La Trappe chalice

A - golden colour with 5-8 mm of white head that dropped slowly to a fine lacing

S - slightly alcoholic, spicy and fruity, very pleasant, sweet.

T - very sweet, slightly hoppy with some caramel and banana flavours.

M - medium with noticeable carbonation, goes down easily

D - noticeable alcohol but easy to drink. definately a good beer that will be revisited but not too many at a time

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

Golden-orange with a very fizzy head. Some alcohol in the nose with malt and a hint of candy coming through as well. The taste is more of the same. Nicely balanced. The burn of the alcohol comes through, no question, but is nicely offset by the sweetness. Very crisp mouthfeel as well.

The big bottle is the perfect size for this one. It goes down smoothly and is a pleasure to drink, but I don't see myself having another.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml caged and corked brown bottle. Pours out a hazed yet bright deep gold/light amber hue, spongy, fizzy white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Wowza, that's an attractive smelling Tripel! Sweet and dry, dry apple and pear, alfalfa honey, slight alcohol warmth.

Spritzy yet low-bodied mouthfeel, dry finish.

The flavour seems to possess more texture than taste. Dry pear, spicy honey sweetness, not overly complex but it works.

Well that was a nice surprise, not what I usually expect in a Tripel, but it has its moments and is unique enough to stand out and hold its own. Maybe not so much for a revisit given the price, although I don't regret the purchase.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber, darker than most tripels, with a small head.
Aroma shows doughy yeast and banana, much like the Blond. Some spicy notes, cinnamon or similar, as well as some slightly hot alcohol.
Easy-going flavours with a fair bit of sweet malt showing some caramel. Unfortunately the alcohol still shows through.
Mouthfeel is quite rich, unorthodox for a tripel.

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

I would first like to note that the beer I had DID NOT say 'La Trappe' anywhere on it but rather said 'Konings hoeven'.
That being said, I poured it into a snifter and noticed it is a nice amber color with a finger of orange-tan head leaving very little lacing.

The nose is strongly-alcoholic, rather off-putting. There are also notes of spice and anise, though they pale by comparison. There seems a bit of banana and bread as well.

The taste is sweet and slightly hoppy. Much caramel and a bit of banana are evident. I don't like the lack of pronounced citrus, which I have come to expect from this style.

The finish in lingering caramel and a bit of spice. Not a syrupy beer but neither refreshingly dry.

A fine beer but not to my liking.

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

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into glass.

A - Poured dark amber hazy color with significant head that leaves medium amount of lacing around glass.

S - Bready yeast with hints of caramel and fruits.

T - Very, very sweet with slight bitterness. Overall bready with caramel and a hint of banana.

M - Medium bodied with high amount of carbonation.

D - Surprisingly great tripel with average abv. Definitely will drink some again in the future.

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Photo of Rizow
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle from Whole Foods near Lake Merritt in Oakland

A - Poured it into a Chimay chalice with some authority, managed to produce only a mild head, which diminished down to almost nothing surprisingly quickly. Yellow-orange with flashes of copper.

S - The best part. Sweet yeast, cake, background caramel.

T - As many other reviews have pointed out, there's a sweetness up front followed by a bitter finish. Maybe a little too bitter. Bready, background caramel, banana.

M - Medium body. Highly present carbonation, which fizzes up in a wash on your tongue. Maybe too fizzy.

D - Good drinkability, refreshing.

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Photo of elricorico
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange in colour with an abundance of carbonation rushing through it. A very careful pour generated a generoush cream coloured head that takes some time to settle. Lacing sticks around as the head falls.

Big aromas, wheat and Belgian yeast, spicy liquor and sweet citrus. A touch more of the liquor in the aroma than I prefer, but still inviting.

I find the taste far boozier and sweeter than it needs to be for the style and strength. Gives a cider like impression surrounded by a mix of fruity flavours. Not really the kind of flavour I like in a tripel.

Light bodied, highly carbonated, and has just a bit of stickiness to it. No problems with the mouthfeel for me.

Most of the factors are there to make this a great beer, but it just doesn't seem to hit the right spot in the taste department when it comes to my palette.

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

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden color with thick eggshell head. Plenty of evident effervescence.

Smell: nice, sweet malt with a hint of wheatiness. A little subtle, however.

Taste: malt is sweet up front but rather dry in the finish; I quite like that. There is just the right amount of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Koningshoeven Tripel's ace in the hole, in my opinion. Medium body with huge carbonation create an extreme creaminess; its dryness renders it ephemeral, leaving me wanting the next sip. This is perfect for me.

Drinkability: I tend to like tripels, and this is no exception. Flavor is nice, rather middle-of-the-road, but the feel is out of this world so I'll gladly finish this bottle and wish I had another around.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Chaucer's Pub- Pours a hazed yellowy orange with a huge froth of white foam. Very fruity and yeasty aroma. Lots of apple and pear, white grapes and spicy rose petal. Sweet but almost tart apple and pear flavour profile with spicy yeast, fresh white bread crust and bittering hops to balance. Quite smooth and drinkable given the ABV. I liked it!

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Photo of cvaypai
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to chalice.

Appearance - Deep burned orange with tons of suspended yeast and poured with a 1 and a half finger of frothy white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a nice lacing.

Smell - Very bready and yeasty. Smells of banana, cherries and other spices. A bit of sweet malt and alcohol in the nose. Not too much going on here but still decent.

Taste - Cherries right up front, followed by some bready biscuity sweet malt. The sweet malt catches up and releases some pear like tastes. A kiss of alcohol at the end and something that reminds me of candy. A tiny bit of carbonation and bitter bite at the end.

Mouthfeel - Not too heavy for the style it is fairly light and smooth, pretty good overall. A decent amount of carbonation makes this one good all around.

Drinkability - I could definitely drink a few of these, it is not overpowering in anyway, even at its abv of 8 I could drink a few of these, it is sweet but not cloyingly so.

I only have 1 more trappist brewery to try from, the toughest one.

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Photo of berley31
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a large head that seems quite creamy and frothy... diminished down to 1-finger size. Lacing is fair, but not what I expected from the size of the initial head. Body is a copper color and hazy.

S: Aroma of light malt and light yeast. Some orange in there too, and traces of alcohol as well.

T: Very nice flavor that begins lightly sweet with malt, and then becomes more fruity and yeasty, as you'd normally expect from a tripel. Little bit of alcohol bite in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with a thin-to-oily texture, and lively carbonation... almost too lively.

D: A very decent tripel... not my favorite of the Trappist entries, but still a very good beer.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip @ 55°F.

$10.99 / ea.

S: Rounded banana sweet.

A: Hazy amber to honey body. Medium head that quickly dissipates.

T: A bit of an in between beer. Pretty good, but just the tiniest amount too sweet. 8.0 abv. is not that noticeable.

M: Very smooth with low carbonation. Medium to heavy body.

D: Very drinkable considering the high alcohol content. Pretty darn good.

O: Not perfect, but I would be proud to present this to a crowd.

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

A - A straw colored body, clear in appearance. 1'' tall white head that subsides within a minute.

S - A strong fruit ester note. Phenols are present, but not as complex as other Tripels.

T - Welcomed malt base with overlaying fruit characters. Alcohol flavors and yeast phenols create a good balance in sweet and bitter.

M - Superb carbonation leaves trickle of thousands of tiny bubbles across the tongue; thus lighter body is perceived. Alcohol warming low and per style.

D - A great Tripel, unique in character profile, from outside Belgium.

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Photo of JordanChabot
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this from a 25.4 Fl. oz. Bottle into a large brandy snifter.

A - Hazy dark amber color with a very thin head that dissipates almost instantly.

S - Dark candied fruit, caramelized sugar, slight alcohol, red wine reduction.

T - The taste instantly reminds me of freshly picked wine grapes off of a Portuguese neighbor's vine. (Anyone from the Southeastern portion of Massachusetts who has experienced this will know exactly what I am talking about. It is tannic,tart then sweet, and jammy) As it gets warmer and breaths it becomes a bit less tart and more bready, with some hints of banana bread and walnut. A very unique, non- characteristic Tripel.

M - The mouthfeel is the consistency of milk with a slight carbonation that really kills the finish, leaving it flabby and messy.

D - Pretty drinkable though the lack of carbonation leaves a lot a cleaning up to do on the palate. A good beer, just not what I expect in a Tripel.

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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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