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Brewed by De Koningshoeven (Bavaria - Netherlands)
Style: Abbey Tripel
Berkel-Enschot, Netherlands

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RATINGS: 1353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned.
La Trappe Tripel’s aroma is slightly malty and estery. This ale owes its crisp and spicy character to the use of coriander and other spices and herbs, as well as to post-fermentation in the bottle. Despite its full, rich flavour, this out-of-the-ordinary ale still has a light and dry aftertaste with a touch of bitter finesse.
Ingredients: Water; Barley malt; Hops; Yeast; Coriander. 17.5°


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Dark amber with yeast swirls and small, tan head. Dark for a triple. Rich, malty and yeasty aroma with pungent fruits and a bit of roastiness, also. Same flavor with a touch of hops and alcohol in the finish. Full, balanced body. Dry, roasty, yeasty aftertaste. Solid brew, but nothing to get excited about.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Quevillon (2548) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2006
Probablement ma préférédes des quatre de La Trappe (embalage cadeau). Riche, épicé, fruité, bonne. Et ça ne veint pas de la Belgique.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kepano (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 24, 2006
My ongoing assessment of the Tripel style hit a new obstacle when I visited Amsterdam. For once I was not greeted with the usual golden straw color but rather a deep resinous orange with a slight haze if held up to the light. The fluffy white head lasts longer than La Trappe’s other creations and produces thin creamy lacing that hangs for a short moment before it cascades down the glass. The aroma held more resemblance to the brewer’s Dubbel and Quadrupel than my previous experiences with tripels. Indeed the familiar creamy pear and dried fruit frangrance found in La Trappe’s range was clearly noticeable. Banana, bubble gum, sweet butter, nectar, honeysuckle and apparently Gorgonzola (in an epiphany my friend Nicholas had) emerge in the nose. The fresh aroma of entering a florist shop is also apparent but rapidly submits to the salient alcohol notes. Again far from the conventions of the style but nonetheless inviting. In the flavor appears a creamy blend of pear and pineapple the progressively softens as you hold it on the tongue. With a brusque swallow the heavy alcohol creates what I can only describe as a cheesy fruit sensation. Peach and apricot merge with a flavor that even my turophile palate cannot pinpoint. In the aftertaste, some grains develop, reminding of milled wheat or corn. Generally it is genuinely a likeable beer albeit far from what I had expected.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2371) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2006
750 ml. bottle. Pours an unfiltered hazy golden color with a thick white head. Aroma is of sweet spices with hints of nutmeg,nuts and banana. Flavor is full of figs,bananas,nutmeg, nuts and caramal. Very good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2006
pours hazy golden with a large white head, aroma of citrus and yeast. the flavor has the presence of spices and alcohol with some sweetness and a bitter finish, not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3059) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2006
Burnt straw coloured body with a touch of orange colouring. Full size white frothy head and big chunks of lacing. Alcohol is most noticeable in the taste, then some spice followed by a touch of caramel. More drinkable as it warms but just doesn’t turn me on too much.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (7231) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2006
Bottle. White lasting head. Golden unclear body. Aroma of green apples. Some bitterness but general impression is sweet and fruity flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2006
30cl bottle. Poured a medium amber with a good white head. Lots of yeast with some sweet citrus in the nose. Flavor was very will balenced. A nice bit of spicy sweetness on the tongue, and finish slightly bitter. I’m looking forward to the rest of this six-pack.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Dark amber with a massive head. Yeast and citrius aroma. A bit sour but quite similar to other trappist ales. Not very heavy.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Panzerfaust (563) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - JAN 3, 2006
Beautiful orangish-light amber beer. Head is big, creamy and with good retention. Some sediments and a moderate carbonation. Aroma of fruits like apples, plums and peaches. Well disguised alcohol with a very drinkable character. Flavor is pleasant with some banana and fruit salad sweetness, ending short and slightly bitter. An exquisite drink.


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