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

very good
984 Ratings
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 oelergud
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semitransparent golden copper body with an off-white small bubbled head. Very low retention and lace.
Strong sweet malty scent, brown sugar and a nutty hop note. There is a hint of alcohol.
Very sweet and spiced flavor with lots of honey. Not much in the way of hops until the aftertaste where they do come through relectantly but are still dominated by all the sweet maltiness.
Full smooth body with abit of coating and some residual sugars.
Pretty good drinkability.


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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 Chris-1911
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Simon212
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Grabbed a bottle of this last night from the Village Pump in College Park. I usually find La Trappe's one of the more expensive Trappists around DC, so I tend to avoid it, but found a bomber for 9-10, so grabbed it.

Caramel in color, caramel in taste, compounded by a little bit of breadiness. Had it alongside an Orval (which I definitely prefer), but they were fun to try together. The darker fruits and the caramel really became clear. Likewise, La Trappe is nowhere near as bready as Orval, and a little bit heavier.

Probably won't grab another soon, but I'm curious about their Quad. I feel like the body characteristics of this beer would really shine with that style. Hopefully that'll be coming up soon.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle. Poured into my Chimay Trappist glass. By the way if you don't have yourself one of these glasses you're missing out - they're basically a glass goblet. I took care in the pour to avoid getting a bunch of yeast into the beer, so there's little to no head on this one. Nice carbonation levels, it bubbles like a sparkling champagne or something similar. Kind of a hazy appearance, with a really nice amber color that reminds me of sun tea. Initial impressions of the aroma is that it's much more "beer-y" than I was expecting. I get grain and malt, almost like a basic amber ale. That doesn't last long though. The second sniff hits with you with that classic Belgian estery sweetness. I get green apples and dried apricots in the nose. First taste is rich with an almost velvety mouthfeel. It's a heavy beer, with lots of dark toffee malt sweetness chased by warm fruits. You get a warm rush of alcohol in the finish. This beer shines in the finish. I haven't had a beer with this kind of aftertaste. It's like the opposite of hoppy. There's just this huge brown sugar and roasted cereal finish that's quite delicious. The alcohol level prevents this beer from being anything more than a special occasion, but there's no denying it's doing something right. Very solid example of a Belgian Trippel. I'm impressed.

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Photo of Ultrarunner100
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ecoastman
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinkability - An easy drinking beer that goes down very well for an 8% ABV. I'll definitely have another glass to finish the big 750 mL bottle. Dangerous stuff.

Appearance - copper brown and clear. Fine carbonation provides a thin head with low retention. An attractive beer in a chalice glass.

Smell - sweet, mildly yeasty and fruity with light esters.

Taste - Very well balanced and enjoyable but no specific character jumps out. Light fruity flavours (peach?) noted in the middle of the drink. Mild complexity lingers nicely after the low bitter and sweet bread-like finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light body goes down smooth with good carbonation.

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Photo of ffshore545
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Heeenrik
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lucky_rodent
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of babaracas
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From 750ml bottle circa 2013. Pours a hazy darker orange, two fingers of soapy white head, settles to a thin but dense cap, with big blobs of lace halfway down the glass. Smell: notes of plum and pear, bready, mildly peppery, with a note of clove. Taste: juicy pear, some apricot jam, snappy grain, pepper, lightly grassy, clove note. Bubblegummy in there towards the end. Carbonation is a little over aggressive. Pretty nice.

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Photo of Byeast
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a murky , brownish orange , with a small layer of whitish foam for a head. The aroma is yeasty , a bit sweet with fruity notes , slight banana and citrus/ pineapple , even a hint at coconut oil. The taste is a fresh and yeasty mix of sweet malts , mild fruity flavor , some tartness near the powdery dry finish. Hops flavors balance the sweet malt with a slight spicyness. Also just a little bit of phenolic touch. A lightly carbonated mouthfeel , dry finish. I found it to be quite drinkable , just a little less complex than alot of tripels that iv'e had. The nose however was quite complex imo. Worth a try.

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Photo of dbauer
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jaisell
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brureview
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color with a 1 finger head in a snifter.

Aroma: light cloves and banana which fades with warming.

The mouth feel is very carbonated- perhaps too much for a tripel.

Taste: light cloves and spice.

Overall: a solid tripel. This beer is worth cellaring. I cellared the quad which after 9 months was quite complex.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A full sized 750 ml brown bottle, corked and caged, no date, with the label stating it was imported by Bavaria in Dallas. Note: Got a case of these off a liquor store that evidently couldn’t move them and wanted to be rid of them; got the case for $12.90.
Aroma: A strong grape nose with underlying Belgian yeast smells and some spices, maybe a hint of clove and pepper.
Appearance: Big fluffy white head on a glugging pour into my New Belgium chalice, but it settled down to a modest cover. Body is a clear copper orange with mild carbonation streaks.
Flavor: Still chuckling at my good luck to score a case of this. First blush is very fruity, grapes, apples, and a hint of banana. Then there is a slight alcohol taste that matures into a gentle warming and yeast and floral notes. Hops? None noted really. Malt? Um, other reviewers note it, but I’m unable to really find a malt note. Outstanding balance lets the other more subtle flavors shine. The aftertaste is a bit, well, for lack of a better term it tastes like what my wife would call “rotten fruit”. I don’t experience it as a bad taste, but a bit unusual. Tart finish.
Mouthfeel: Full body but no real chew, it goes down smoothly. It has a mild carbonation prickle and slight numbing.
Overall Impression: So happy with this little windfall. The case seems to have been treated well, and I may put a few bottles back for a bit more maturing. High points are a full rich flavor and aroma. Down sides would be hard to find, but appearance and drinkability are closer to average. A solid tripel in my book.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of impending
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

33cl into a snifter. Pours a crystal clear deep amber, gorgeous when back lit. Dense compact head, very nice lacing.

Aroma is of rich fruity candied sugars. Smells thick, more dark fruits than typical for a tripel. Quiet phenolic note at the finish.

Interesting flavor as it's a meld of a tripel and dubbel. Sweet and spicy, zero bitter zero dry. Strong coriander contribution. Smooth, aftertaste glides. Well managed phenols. Full bodied mouthfeel.

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Photo of zotzot
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet juicy

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Photo of alexgeorg
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dzu
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Presentation: 11.2 oz slender euro style brown bottle with raised glass above the label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Lightly reddish amber with a patchy Brussels lace, this samples was a tad hazy due to the sediment that was not well settled, this is not a bad thing.

Smell: Bready sweet with hints of nutty yeast and fresh baked bread, mildly phenolic.

Taste: Smooth mouth feel and a crisp carbonation that hold together its medium build. Mild phenolic (peppery and herbal) but not as distinctive as other tripels, raw characters of wild honey and grape like fruity yeast are marks for the complex flavours. Hops are indistinct though still help to balance, alcohol is well formed and not interfering to throw things out of kilter. As the alcohol warms a mild twang from the earthy yeast and the beer dries more and more towards the finish.

Notes: More of a laid back tripel resting at 8% abv and with a milder character than others, still a very respectable brew. A perfect accompaniment with a goat cheese spread and whole wheat crackers.

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Photo of jiffymon
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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