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 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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Photo of srandycarter
2.4/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


I am not going to get all into it, but suffice it to say, when you cork beer, you are taking a gamble. This beer was nice in the nose, spice banana, etc. Yet, in there was also wet cave. Look was ok, although carb wasn't big. Taste - FARGIN CORKED. You cannot get past that. Disappointing. Mouthfeel and drinkability are moot at this point.

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Photo of BierFan
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a wide-mouthed tulip.

Appearance: Off-white head. Dark hazy amber body.

Smell: Loads of ripe bananas. Reminds me of their Tilburg's Brown Ale.

Taste: More candy-like bananas, spicy Belgian yeast. Mild bitterness.

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Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle didn't say "La Trappe" on the label, but looked the same as the picture. Pours a hazy orange with a bubbly white head. Head retention is about average for a big beer. Very little lacing.

Smell is caramel malts, dark fruit - plums raisins, pepper and a little candi sugar.

Taste is about the same. Less sweet than the La Divine I had last night and more maltiness. Good flavor.

Mouthfel is rich, I liked the carbonation...a little bitterness and no hint of alcohol.

Drinkability is good...goes down smooth, I could have had another 11.2 oz bottle and enjoyed it just as much.

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Photo of dgilks
2.97/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear golden colour with a tiny head dissipating quickly to nothing. Certainly not the best looking Tripel I've ever seen.

Quite an alcohol hit on the nose followed by decent clove and a small amount of banana. On the whole, lacking a bit in complexity and depth.

Again fairly dull on the palate. Light notes of clove, apple and banana. Poorly integrated alcohol with a fair heat. A touch of caramel. Overall, a lackluster Tripel which doesn't stand up to its other Trappist counterparts.

Light to medium body with very, very prickly carbonation. The carbonation is just slightly too high and ends up being uncomfortable rather than helping the flavours.

A dull, straightforward Trappist Tripel which fails to impress. This lacks overall depth and character with a couple of obvious problems.

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Photo of neobassman
4.92/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Strong estery banana smell on first opening, but the smell evolved in a more complex, fruity, slightly nutty aroma accompanied by a generous blonde head. The pour was medium-to-honey color with modest cloudiness. The taste was exquisite. Fruity, floral, malty and complex, with banana nuts, and peaches. There is a lot going on with this taste, and all of it good in my opinion. subtle aftertaste with almost no hops to note. full, round, though not creamy mouthfeel. flavors evolved as the serving warmed but never got harsh or unbalanced. Could not taste the alcohol in this 8% ABV. I think this may become my favorite Tripel, more complex, more malty than St. Bernardus which I like very much.

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

16oz Koningshoeven chalice, at Smokeless Joe, in Toronto's so-called Entertainment District.

This beer appears a hazy, medium orange amber hue, with one finger of foamy, bubbly off-white head, one somewhat restrained in its effervescence, which leaves some random streaks of Caribbean island lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of grainy, mildly caramelized pale malt, earthy applesauce, zingy coriander, musty field honey, herbal, leafy hops, and a certain edgy booze warming. The taste is more semi-sweet grainy pale malt, a white plum and red grape fruitiness, a hint of banana pudding, black pepper, subtle coriander, a middling yeastiness, weak earthy, leafy hops, and a very understated alcohol astringency, especially for the style, in my experience.

The carbonation is average, if a bit frothy at times, the body a sturdy medium weight, with a certain fleshy fruit consistency in its overall smoothness. It finishes well off-dry, the sweetness of the malt, fruit esters, and weirdly subdued, but duly present alcohol warming more than a match for anything championing the flip side.

A rather pleasant version of a Tripel, one whose typical (to me, at least) heat kind of puts me off at hello. Not here, as the 16-proof liquor is well-sublimated, and the other flavours do well by their Trappist heritage. Worthy of investigating further, beyond the clutches of a dimly-lit, cramped (if indeed 'smokeless') basement pub, away from the after-show diatribes being spouted way too loudly from the table behind me.

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

looks golden with a bit of red. nice head but goes a bit good lacing.

smells hoppy with malts slight spice, slight yeast.

taste a bit like it smells, malty sweetness, with good nice bitterness from the hops. you can taste yeast, and the is a nice spicyness present. the is also a fruityness. You can taste the alcohol. taste like rum and raisin, or plums.overall its quite complex. a tasty solid very good beer.

mouthfeel is dry and bitter.

the drinkability is good and quite balanced. alcohol is present

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

Moving on from their Dubbel, the Tripel packs more punch, more spice and more body. It's a very nice tripel. There's a fair bit of sweetness, and the flavor is nice, but I'm still a bit disappointed by this Trappist brewery. The Trappist designation has little to do with quality, so I probably shouldn't have had as high hopes. At any rate, this beer pours an auburn gold. The liquid is translucent but somewhat hazy. It's actually a very nice color with pretty golden highlights around the edge of the glass. The aroma is full of caramel malt with apricots, vanilla and rum all chiming in. The flavor is similar. There's a phenolic note and the alcohol is well-hidden. I'm a little disappointed that this beer doesn't pack even more of a punch than the Dubbel, but the Quad is still on deck.

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

Pours a clear golden orange with a medium white head. Smell is of fruity esters and alcohol. Taste is sweet malt, a hint of caramel sugar in the middle, and a hint of bitterness from hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. Drinkability is good, though for such a light bodied beer, you can taste alcohol. A good example of a Trappist Tripel, but IMO for the money there are better options. Still worth trying for lovers of the style.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This Trappist beer pours golden (maybe a hint of red) with a fantastic thick even white head with small bubbles. The head sure takes it's time before it dissipates, but when it does it leaves a nice crater and beautiful lacings. No sediment like in belgian trappist beers...

S: Not as strong smell as in other trappist beers. You find some dry hops, some malt, some floral notes, a bit citrus and a little yeast in this spicy smell.

T: That's more like it - a much better complexety than in the smell. Here you find malt and some sweetness, the hops make it bitter. Then there is spices and a little alcohol. The aftertaste was a bit shorter than I expected.

M: Dry and bitter, medium bodied and creamy.

D: This is actually a pretty nice beer, but sadly it got some stiff competion in the style. If you compare it to other trappist beers it's not close, but if you havn't had a tripel or a trappist beer - buy this one.

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Photo of deg
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer was a little darker than I expected for a Tripel. I could smell malt and a little something else that I couldn't quite identify. There was a nice spicy character to the beer, not spicy like cayenne pepper spicy, more like black pepper. The beer had a light feel that the carbonation kept interesting. Easy to drink, no alcohol burning, maybe a little too easy to drink.

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Photo of Asgeirr
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: La Trappe Tripel pours a darker shade of orange-to-golden colour accompanied by a short, cream white crown which under the duration of two minutes gradually dissolves into a top of sporadic bubbles, whereas plenty of carbonation is visible.

Smell: Fruity, notes of peach and hints of fresh citrus, not all that strong though...

Taste: A mild maltiness, a fresh character of the aforementioned peach comes forth pretty clear, the aftertaste consist of mostly bread-like and acrid notes.

Mouthfeel: Alert carbonation kicks it up a notch and brings a fresh touch. Medium-to-light in body, smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Nice, however, quite simple and somewhat mellow for a tripel, yet very balanced and thus ever so pleasurable in the experience!

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Photo of HopBacchus
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle at Delerium a bar in Belgium with 2004 different craft beers on the menu. Delerium is certified by the Guinness book of world records as having the largest selection of beer.

The knowledgeable bartender poured the bottle into a custom chalice designed specifically for this beer.

A: Poured a darkish orange with a massive head which slowly disappeared as i sipped. Lacing was very impressive though not outstanding.

S: Pretty good not particularly powerful lots of vanilla and lemon

T: Absolutely fantastic for an 8% beer no taste of alcohol at all very smooth delicious malts overpower the taste buds. aftertaste of vanilla

M: Extremely smooth medium to full body with medium and soft carbonation went down very smoothly

Overall i think it embodies everything that a good tripel should be strong, drinkable and malty this was a good beer that i highly recommend

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Photo of lamarr04
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just bought seven 330 ml bottles that were just past their best before date.

Served at close to room temperature in a deletrium tremens snifter.

A: Pours a hazy dark orange with a massive fluffy off-white head. Leaves tons of lacing down the glass.

S: Smell is pretty subdued. Lots of yeast, sweet vanilla, and a hint of citrus.

T: Taste is super smooth. No hint of alcohol at all. Don't know if its the aging but taste is mostly malty goodness, with hints of spice and a gentle kick of bitterness at the end.

M: Again, mouthfeel is smooth. Medium body with light to medium carbonation and a lingering mouthfeel.

D: Extremely mellow, I am assuming because of the aging. I quite like the mellowness and think it makes for a very drinkable tripel.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.48/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a standard golden colour with slightly orange tinge. Off-white head is generous when poured, retains its generosity well. Magnanimous head it be, indeed. Lacing is decent, but not as thick or sticky as I'd expect from a Tripel. Good-looking beer, certainly not great.

A strong Belgian nose, quite a lot of citrus peel on that, with orange and dried mandarin. Surprisingly hoppy for the style, has a very distinct floral hop aroma, gives it an organic, earthy note, and there is little deep syrupy malt or toffee. Not bad, but really quite off-style.

Taste is similarly earthy, and oh my God, the hops dominate - WTF? This is completely off-style and what's more, they completely overwhelm the malt, which doesn't seem to lift its game to compensate for the bitterness. This has quite a chardonnay character throughout the palate, certainly woody, with oak and pine characters. Malt is only present at the very front and is then completely blown away by that stringy, organic hop bitterness which blares its horn loudly without adding much character or complexity to the palate.

Alcohol, too, is very very obvious on the mid-to-back palate and it gives this a very stinging, harsh mouthfeel. This flagrant, unbalanced brew is not very drinkable at all, and what's more it has nothing of the flavours of a Tripel. I may have gotten a bad batch, but this is a real disappointment.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle passed around at the malt house

surprised to see this is dutch

appearance: served in a chalice, deep orange body with a minimal beige ring

smell: overly sweet for the tripel style, yeasty, banana, lightly spiced, thick malt

taste: I did not really care for this tripel - a bit too syrupy and lacking of a real punch. The sweetness levels really muddy this one up - moderate alcohol warming

mouthfeel: too sweet

drinkability: just ok

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich pumpkin orange with a generous amount of swirling yeast and abundant carbonation. The khaki colored crown doesn't display the usual Belgian ale magnificence, nor is it tacky enough to grace the glass with much lace. The appearance, sorry to say, is disappointing.

The nose, while better than average, is no barn-burner either. This ale smells a fraction darker than the average tripel, which (along with the color) makes me think the brewers added a fair amount of caramel malt. Sacrilege! Less earthiness and more yeast spiciness would have helped.

Koningshoeven Tripel is of roughly the same quality as Koningshoeven Dubbel. In other words, it's a serviceable Belgian ale that isn't in the same area code as the style's best. The underlying caramel maltiness just doesn't work in the context of a tripel.

More hop flavor and bitterness would have helped, as would a more prominent yeastiness. The fruity esters are more akin to apricots and peaches than apples and pears, and clove notes are difficult to appreciate. Sorry, there isn't much complexity here. Maybe the 750 ml bottles are tastier than these 330 ml bottles.

The body/mouthfeel has the appropriate amount of heft thanks to what turns out to be too many sugars. Unfortunately, there aren't enough bubbles onboard to lighten the load and inject any sort of smooth creaminess. At least the beer is consistently (merely) above average.

Since none of their offerings qualify as a miss, Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven seems to be a 'bulls's eye or outer ring' sort of brewery. Quadrupel and Bockbier are definitely the former. Dubbel and Tripel are the latter. There are too many superior versions out there for me to recommend this one.

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

My 1st Cork n' Cage bottle - 750ml bottle into my wishful chalices and my stew pot. Cooking with beer, then drinking more beer, hot time. --- On a more serious note the review shall follow shortly

Appearance- A mild gusher with a satisfying pop and bust of aroma in the whole room. The cork has 20/07 in printed on it and a best by date of 12-09. The head pours about an inch and a half. The body is a real nice and deep orange. Some nice lacing and more importantly a fine stream of carbonation.
Smell- A solid body of all things grain and baked bread. (Why did I choose this one to cook with and not just drink). The nose has a slight roast to it like a multigrain bakery with a touch of caramel malt sweetness.
Taste and Mouthfeel- A smooth deep malt body with some yeast and a front pronounced sweetness. The ABV only warms the mouth and is well placed. The carbonation seems lessened to a reasonable level after the gushing.

Well worth it. Drink don't cook with this beer, lesson learned.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle poured into a La Trappe chalice glass.

Small one fingers worth of head and only a very smal amount of lacing.

Color is somewhere between honey and tea.

Not a huge smell to the nose but what does waft across the nose is dark fruits combined with freshly baked sourdough.

Starts of smooth in the mouth but quickly moves into crisp territory. Fruit flavors and herbal spices are subdued and well hidden behind a great thick malt taste. Alcohol is subdued and doesn't interfere with the taste.

The malty flavor is a highlight for me with this one, however, this offering doesn't seem to sit well or comparable within Tripel style.

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

lLa Trappe triple is a very soft, amber colour beer, very clear with a whole lot of bubbles, and a 1 cm creamy head that is very nice too.
No real extreme smells or flavours, but pleasantly fruity on the nose. The taste is rather much syrup, allmost as if it's been sweetened with orange or some other citrus.
The hop is very balanced, and the aftertaste is very soft also.
I haven't come across the quad of this particular trappist, but I would welcome an opportunity to try it... This trappist, allthough it's actually not bad at all, could use a touch more wild flavours, but it's probably the best option of this brewery, when in fact you're after all the trapists all on itself.

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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.91 out of 5 based on 984 ratings.
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