La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) | Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
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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 Brabander
4/5  rDev +1%
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 -7.1%
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 -38.9%
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 +12.4%
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 -1%
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 -5.3%
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 +2%
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 -8.1%
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 +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 -14.1%
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 -23.7%
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 -16.4%
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 -22.5%
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 +7.3%
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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Photo of pootz
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL corked bottle:

Decants a hazy roiled honey-copper ale with Billowy white cap that reduces after a few sips to a lace-making ring. Soft carbonation.

Aroma of succulent fruits, treacle, spices and sweet bread with some resinous undertones and some fusil alcohol.

Wonderful rounded mouth feel to this with abundant complexity in the flavor profile; raisin bread, caramel, orange rind, earthy tones, sharp resinous hopping, all mingling in balance. Finish is lingering and warming with a fruity-cake dominance.

A mellow trappist triple done by a commercial brewer, I look forward to seeing how the 2 bottles I cellared will taste in a year or two.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours golden brown with a nice sized head that slowly dissipated into a thin layer of bubbles. A moderate level of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a considerate amount of sweetness in the malt, much like you would expect from a dubbel. A bit of alcohol is evident in the back of the nose.
T: The flavors are rather complex; the taste starts out malty and sweet like the aroma and then transitions into fruity and slightly hoppy flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: The alcohol is very well hidden and it's relatively easy to drink. I would drink this again because it tastes like a hybrid between a dubbel and a tripel and I like both of these styles.

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Photo of JohnL9013
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +6.1%
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 -7.1%
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 +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 +11.9%
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 -13.4%
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 +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 +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 -22.7%
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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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 995 ratings
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