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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 adamette
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into clear Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale glass from 12 oz. bottle which was purchased at McNaulty's Bier Markt in Cleveland, Ohio.

A Before I even open the bottle I note some visual characteristics...particles floating in the body of the beer. After opening and pouring the beer I do not see what I thought were particles. Perhaps it was simply the bubbles floating around? Body is an nice orange brown with very little head which dissapears in about 45 seconds.

S Nose is the familiar sweet, malty citrus of a tripel. I love the smell that I am describing and this beer did not dissapoint. I do smell the alcohol but it is not overwhelming.

T Wonderful malty, plump goodness and the alcohol is hidden VERY well indeed. This is a great tasting beer. Not necessarily less filling though. Very pleasing sweet aftertaste which lingers. Since the taste is so good this is a welcome aftertaste.

M Moderate to full but a clean finishing mouth feel.

D Really excellent for a high alcohol, trappist ale which are almost always excellent but they tend to be ones that I can only have one at a time. This one I could have 2 to 3 of them without any problem because it tastes so good and the alcohol is hidden very well indeed.

Notes: Really high on my list of beers but also high on my list for Trappist Ales.

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Photo of Zet
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Metalmonk
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a healthy head, fizzy and airy, fed by many bubbles. Color is rusty amber/orange, and now that the head has settled (but is still very much present) it looks creamy and smooth. Leaves an abundant coating of lace. This is how I want the tripel in my glass to look. Perfect.

Aroma packs in a variety of spices--nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, allspice--a bit of grainy bread, something I can only describe as dried leaves (earthy, dusty, subtle) and some mild fruitiness, but just the succulence of fruit and not so much the sweetness. A little bit of tobacco leaf too.

Flavor mixes rum-soaked cherries, pie spices, pipe tobacco and butterscotch with ample warming from the alcohol. Although the alcohol isn't cloyingly up-front or so powerful as to be unwelcome, it definitely feels like more than 8%. Flavor achieves a rare balance of aggressiveness, balance and complexity. You'll find new things with every sip. Delicious.

Big and boisterous in the mouth, it doesn't let you forget it's there, probably due to the ample carbonation. At the warmer temperature I like to drink this it achieves a balance of bubbly activity and a round smoothness. The finish is ultimately pretty dry, with an alcohol-soaked green-apple aftertaste.

Based on my 7 or 8 experiences with this tripel, it's best served with only a slight chill on. Its unique take on the style stands apart from the Belgian Trappists, yet it's completely worthy of standing in their company. Wonderful stuff.

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Photo of Tinfang
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sammy
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Chewy yummy fruity citrus yeast distilled from one of the greatest breweries. A bit sour and satisfying. Yeasty and orange and apples aroma.
Hazy white with an orange tint. Mid-sip coriander spice. Almost as good as the quad. Medium wheat grain and creme mouthfeel.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle (11.2 oz.) into Chimay goblet.

Cloudy caramel color body with a light head in the goblet. A nice aroma, had me eager to drink up.

A very strong initial taste, and I was immediately hooked. I could drink this beer all night long.

This has quickly become one of my favorite locally available tripels.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This triple pours a respectable full head that diminishes quickly, but leaves a creamy lace that maintains to the end (clinging slightly). Its tones are a rose gold with a hazy translucence. The aroma is of malt and caramel, with a distinctive freshness that hints of melon. An exceptional balance of sweet and bitter with a slightly dry finish. Not overwhelming and not boring.

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Photo of Merlin68
4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Tomblerone
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of jsnoek
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of corneliusfontaine
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of DoctorRobert1969
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great classic Tripel.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very peasant coppery brown color with a very lively tan head. The brew is very carbonated and the head last quite a while. The nose is excellent sweet malt with a tinge of spice and very excellent hops.

The mouthfeel is pillowy soft and the flavor is near perfect. A perfect blend of semi-dry maltiness with a super pleasant and non aggressive hoppiness. The after flavor is more of a nutmeg/hops as well. Very good. Very Very Good – nearly a perfect excellent beer.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Pav5069
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Idrankthat
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of woscar
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Luiz0930
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of ng85
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of PunkFloyd
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of rredshift
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 997 ratings
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