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

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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Netherlands | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
465
Ratings:
951
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
15.86%
 
 
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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear reddish orange color with a small amount of head that quickly disappears.

S: It has a fruity aroma that mixes well with that classic Belgian yeast aroma. It is very pleasing to the nose.

T: It has a lot of spicing that combine to make a very good overall flavor with the fruity hints. There is definitely some alcohol in this one since it has a slight warming effect.

M: It is kind of thin for my preferences, but the spicing and carbonation more than make up for the thinner feel.

D: It has a very clean taste and is very easy to drink. It does have a decent amount of alcohol that would keep it from being a session beer.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Koning's Hoeven chalice. Golden amber w/clear white, rich head. Decent retention and some lacing.
S-Aromas of banana and clove, other spice from the yeasts, and lightly toasted sweet dough. Also, various light esters.
T&M&D-Sweet and doughy upfront giving into layers of fruit (primarily banana) and spices. The malt is present enough to give it some backbone, and there is a nice balance between sweetness, spiciness, and dryness. The body is medium and carbonation is quite strong. Very creamy, smooth, and drinkable. High in alcohol but it doesn't shine through the flavor.

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Photo of daythree16
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a goblet. The beer is the color of dark honey and has a big two-finger head that doesn't leave much lace.

The smells are mostly fruity, with pear and apple being the most noticeable. It also has a spicy alcoholic quality. Taste is banana, some tartness, and more of the alcoholic spiciness. Definitely one of the tastiest tripels I've had.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated, and drinkability is awesome. I wish I had more.

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Photo of taez555
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this bottle in the Netherlands in August 2004, sampled in October 2004 in Boston.

This beer poured a clear orange/yellow body with a creamy off white head.

The nose was a very mild white wine like nose. Big fruits, apples, bananas, pears, yeast, some soft wheat, alcohol and bubble gum. Really a very simple and inviting classic triple smell.

The taste was medium to full bodied. A delicious malt, wheat, spice and simple fruit mix dominate. Rather dry with a nice earthy hop presence and somewhat bitter hop bite. Although nothing is extremely overpowering.

Basically I found this to just be a great middle of the road triple. No flavors fly in your face, none are missing. It’s simply perfectly in balance and very drinkable. It doesn’t stand out, but maybe that’s what makes it such a great beer. Simply a perfect exactly of the style.

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Photo of midnite2sixman
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite Trippels. In the glass it has the color of a dark pumpkin.

The smell is floral and citrus with that classic trappist twist.

It tastes tangy but smooth and decadent.

The mouthfeel is tingly followed by a sweet aftertaste.

If you like Trappist Trippels, you'd be a fool not to try this one.

*Side note: I had this beer with an apple pie like dessert. Perfect complement to the sweet sugary apples.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rust color with a meringue like off-white head. It's not very big for a Tripel, but lasts forever and leaves a good amount of lace on the glass. The aroma is of pears, lemon, candi sugar and doughy malts. The first sip is replete with stewed fruit and lemon drops. Pears appear again and spicey belgium yeast esters are readily apparent. Green apples and a bit of hot alcohol lay in the back. The mouthfeel is medium and very smoothly carbonated. The finish is sweetish with a citrusy twang.

This is a very nice Tripel, complex and full of fruit flavor.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange colour brushed with burnt sienna highlights. The nose is very much blood oranges and yeasty goodness. Compared to the Quad this is more fruity and softer on the finish. The complexity of the beer is apparent as a couple of sips add up in the back of the palate. Too bad this never shows up in BC.

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Photo of BeerBeing
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml creamy-white custom ceramic bottle, corked and caged, multicolored on black label

Appearance: reddish orange with large off-white head, very good lacing

Smell: nuts, yeast, generic sweetness

Taste: medium body, smooth mouth feel, mild herbs, honey, grape, yeast, minor fruitness and alcohol, some hops in background

Notes: smooth and mild trippel

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Photo of bobsy
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much a textbook tripel. Dark gold appearance with a nice foamy white head, which provided some slowly descending lacel before fading to a wispy cap. Complex fruity aroma with a touch of leather and meadow flowers. Great flavour profile - peach and apple provide a fruity background, against which herbs (sage, rosemary, oregano) and spices (pepper, allspice) show up nicely. The finish is slightly dry and clipped, but with a pleasing herbal freshness and mild bite. Well-carbonated as a tripel should be, and with a medium body.

Very solid, as expected, and as I read The Brewmaster's Table, I can't help but think that Garrett was sipping this beer when he wrote his description of a tripel!

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Photo of LordofthePings
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into la trappe goblet. Opened bottle at basement temp, poured one glass and placed the bottle into the fridge for the second glass. Foux cork with wire a bit difficult to remove. 1st time I've had this triple, love their quad so giving it a try.

A: Golden orange, clear but with the slightest haze.
S: Light, typical triple smell, belgiany
T: straight to the point authentic triple. No off flavors or modifications to a classic interpretation. Esters are present but not overwhelming, slight sweetness but not a 'sweet beer'. Peppery.
M: Silky ans smooth. Thick
O: Would classify this as one of my favorite triples. Slight sweetness is a perfect balance from the typically dry flavor of many other authentic versions. There is a hint of the same yeast profile as their quad, aftertaste is very similar and distinct.

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Photo of nogoodreason
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

La Trappe Tripel is one of those reasonably priced (5$ for a 750), easily available beers. Beyond that, it's good.

Appearance: Rich blond, with chill haze. Small flecks of yeastiness are apparent. Head is a thick and billowy eggshell white. Head retention isn't great, but it's a beauty when freshly poured. Thick, sticky lacing down the sides.

Smell: Honey, light cloves notes, cookie dough like breadiness. Alcohol is not especially well hidden, but overall the smell is quite nice. Like most good belgian-style beers, I could sniff this one for a long time.

Taste: Lovely. Very rich and reminds of cookie dough, honey and some gentle dry spices... nutmeg? Swirl it around and it's sweet, but not candy like, it's too rich and substantial for that. It has that 'old' characteristic, kinda musty. Not off, just mature, and it really adds depth to this brew. Alcohol becomes apparent again, but it's just a little spicy twang and it's gone. Finish is long and thick.

Mouthfeel: If it had any less carbonation, it might be chewy. If it had much more carbonation, it might thin it out and make it too champagney. But no, it's perfectly carbonated, enough to round it out, not so much as to detract from the overall richeness of the beer.

Notes: They have this beer at a local grocery store, I pick it up on occasion but I don't know if anyone else is buying it. I have no idea how long the bottles have been there, but I suspect that they're not brewery fresh. In fact, I suspect that they're fairly old and that the age has given this beer a lot of character. I intend on cellaring a few of these and see how they turn out in a few years.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Moderately hazed orange brown color. Two fingers of foamy white head. Retention is a touch below average and not really any lacing is left.

4.0 S: Lots of clove from the start with peppery spiciness underneath. Lots of fruits with banana leading the way, then peach and lemon. Surprisingly clean with just a touch of bready yeastiness. Grassy hops.

4.5 T: Tastes even better than it smells. Clove and banana are most potent again. Peach, lemon, apple fruits. Peppery with again just a touch of breadiness. Grassy and earthy hops.

4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly spritzy with a tingly finish.

4.5 D: Very good beer. Complex with focus.

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Photo of Ellbert
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer was poured into its appropriate chalice and there was a small head that went away pretty fast. This is dissapointing with a belgian. The lace stayed around which was nice. however. The beer itself is ruby/orange and a little cloudy.

Smell: Very spicy and estery with some sugary sweetness bringing it together.

Taste: Sweet like molasses and caramel. Hops are subtle but the spices are perfect. A very tasty beer!

Mouthfeel: A little watery. There is somewhat of a body but it seem washed out after you swallow the beer.

A great tasting beer but it does need some refinement.

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Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brown color and a thick, murky texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A very enticing aroma of malt, caramel, fruit, and yeast.

T: Tasted of caramel (a lot of it), light fruit (apples), malt and some yeast. Much sweeter than I expected, but a very tasty beer nonetheless.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a well made, slightly different, very likable version of a tripel.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bomber. I've had this many times before, but somehow I've never rated it yet.

Hazy golden color, with sticky spit-like head. Really good aroma, very unique I think. I wouldn't say it was a tripel if I didn't see it written on the bottle. The flavor is less sweet than most tripels I've had. That doesn't matter, it's still a damn good beer.

I always like this beer, and I'd recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of jsulko
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Tulip Glass

Color was a amber / orange color with a decent amount of slightly off white head.

Smell was fruity with the typical yeast smell

Taste was smooth and fruity with a sweet finish.

A very good Tripel, even the wife liked it.

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Photo of Morris729
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Possibly the most exhausting cork I’ve ever wrestled with. I thought for a minute that I was actually going to need a pair of pliers to get the thing out! Once opened, it pours a hazy deep orange amber color with a thick and creamy off-white colored head and lots of visible active carbonation. Nose is sweet malts and fresh fruit with an almost cake-like aroma. Medium in body with a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Taste is sweet fruits up front followed by some notes of bread pudding and peppery hops. A very enjoyable Tripel.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On a bus trp to Napa

A - Light golden brown with 2.5 fingers head. Took a while to dissipate.

S - Bananas and clove.

T - Banana, clove, belgian candi sugar, and nectarine.

M - Smooth, good mouthfeel, maybe overly sweet.

D - Very good, too good maybe. This is probably one of the sweetest beers I've tried.

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Photo of vancurly
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber, with golden edges. Thick white head with good bubbling.
Spicy aromas, musk candy, specialty malts.
Flavours of candy sweetness. Fruity tingle, some toastiness, lingering aftertastes. Light/medium bitterness.
Medium/full mouthfeel, long aftertaste.
Wonderful spicy complexity, sweetness & length. Could not drink more than two, I think.

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Photo of aquilontendants
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Frugal Homebrewer and expiration date says april, 1996. So, with most trappist and european brewers putting 4 years on the "must drink by date", this beer could be 13 years old. Bought and drank same day of purchase, the day of this reveiw.

Poured into a St. Bernardus glass and left mostly all of the sediment out of the pour. Not much head in a freshly cleaned glass. Looks dark amber with no head, just a small lacing on the edges. Smells slightly yeasty and carmely and malty, wonderful trappist aromas. The beer doesn't seem as full flavored as when I tried it in Belgium, (bought at stores in and around Antwerpen). Maybe a hint of staleness, but it is welcome if anything; I do not think this exact beer would stale, rather age nicely. As beer warms its candi sugar flavors come alive and the mouthfeel is moderate to full. Drinkability is good and the beer puts me at ease with its 8% a.b.v. The alcoholic stregth is noticable but warming. I have had this beer several times before and this reveiw will have to reflect its age, which I will presume is 10-13 years old. This rating will also reflect the fact that I have tasted this fresh in Belguim numerous times, in which the beer was more fresh, more lively.

Maybe I will go back to the Frugal and buy this one to try out 5 years from now; the smells are very renemiscent of a trappist beer mixed with a barleywines smells trying to break through, still in the maturing process, but just about there. Good beer to drink while frozen rain is chilling the outside.

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Photo of Agent1
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only existing Trappist monastery producing beer not in Belgium and but one of only seven still remaining in the world. The history behind this beer and its mother operations is astounding. I hope to one day get my hands on something other than the Tripel and Quad. Let's go!

Appearance - First of all, I love this glass. I am pouring into my official La Trappe chalice. A stunning orange/ amber. The carbonation is nice a steady. Not a lot of head here (it dissipates astonishingly quick), but it stays fairly consistent as it bubbles up lightly from the bottom. Great color. The head tends to ring the edges of the glass. A nice beige/ white. Lightly creamy.

Smell - Lots of sugars and honey jump out at first. Very light floral accents. Also, a faint woodsy aroma (most likely from the coriander). A nice spice on the nose. Fig and berries as well. Maybe a tiny bit of toffee coming through, too. Very nice.

Taste - Smooth and complex. Vanilla, raisin, caramel, butter, apple, dried fruits, flowers and other delicate earthy ingredients. Quite sweet, but overall, very balanced. The coriander really pulls everything together. A deliciously bitter finish that helps counteract the candy sugars. Impressive and complex.

Mouthfeel - Quite buttery and again, very smooth. This manages to stimulate all parts of the mouth, proving that this beer is worthy of the "Authentic Trappist" name. An excellent mouth feel.

Overall - Balanced and savory. A complex beer that denotes a sense of power and intensity. At the same time, subtle and unique. The vanilla and honey attributes really stand out in this beer. If you serve it warmer versus straight out of the fridge then perhaps you will agree. A beautiful Tripel and easily one of my favorites.

Enjoy!

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Photo of Jow
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice beer! In our local beer tasting pub 't parlement they have a lot of choice but when I am in doubt I take this one or the regular La Trappe, depending on the Quantity I will drink:).

Full flavor and harmonious in all it's ways. Better than most trapists and goes to a triple Karmeliet but less herby.

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

A hazy, deep marmalade body is topped by a creamy head of off-white foam. The retention is excellent, and it maintains a creamy 1/2" surface covering throughout the entire goblet; and leaves short walls of lace that drop with the level of the beer (but don't stick!). The aroma displays a clean, lightly honeyish malt that's accentuated by a light fruitiness and gently floral background hops. In the mouth it's creamy and smooth with a very fine, restrained, natural carbonation and solidly medium body. Delicate, sweetish malt dominates the flavor, but gives a burst of light fruit at the swallow. It finishes surprisingly dry considering the candyish malt, with a low-key bitterness and some grassy hop flavor becoming evident. It's exceptionally well balanced and quite enjoyable, though it lacks a little bit of complexity. Still, it's well worth trying.

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

Fantastic session brew for me.... fruity, malty and a very good Belgian Trippel. Alcohol hidden well, slightly sweet and fruity, with tons of malt. Slight hop notes. Very smooth and highly quaffable! I would recommend this to anyone wishing to try a Belgian style beer without getting into the heavy hitters too soon.

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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.
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