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

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RATINGS: 1318   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Bottle conditioned.
La Trappe Tripelís 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. 17.5į


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marko (3932) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 17, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2007 New review:
Tripel is probably my favorite non-wheat beer style. La Trappe was the first one Iíve tried, and I loved it. Now Iím a bit more experienced when theyíre concerned, and I decided to rerate it. This poured a great looking dark orange colour with a nice medium sized head that went away relatively slowly leaving a ring of lacing around the glass. The nose is all peachy Belgian-style-malt, and the taste isnít much different. Nice and sweet with hints of peaches and dried apricots, some dry background hopiness that moves into the aftertaste. Hints of alcohol and spices. I still like this a lot (and still think that this is underrated), but a bit less than I used to. Oh, yeah, and itís now available in Croatia too. Wish the Dubbel and Quad were.... Old review:
Bottle from El Corte Ingles in Barcelona. Poured a lovely dark orange colour, with a fine head, the taste was fruity, maybe peachy, and it was quite sweet. A very, very, pleasant beer, which is certainly the best I bought while in Spain, and my only mistake was not buying more when I had the chance. Doubt Iíll be seeing this in Croatian stores any time soon (but I certainly hope). (8/5/9/5/18)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2004
tasted after 3+ yrs cellaring. Deep peach amber with thick creamy head. Aromas of fig, cinnamin and nuts. Flavors of green raisins, slightly oxidized. Very perfumy flowers, quite enjoyable

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 10, 2004
(4 Jul 04) Cloudy, dark amber/orange with a large, fizzy white head that lasts well. Light flowery nose with malt and a touch of peach. The full, sweet body is warmed by alcohol and finishes long with a slight bitterness.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 1, 2004
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7910) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2004
Pale-ish amber-gold; thin but relatively stable off-white head. Strong roasted/caramel nose, obviously lots of white candy sugar. Sharp roasted, even burnt taste. Short bitterness, and a flavour of grapes on liqueur, getting sweet after some time, and more so with warming up. Quite dry, well-bodied. Alcohol obvious, something meaty in the aftertaste. Itís a bit harsh realy, not as subtle by half as a Westmalle, but still a quite good tripel. But my heart bleeds seeing what used to be real trappist, and still aspires to, in this vulgar Standard Dutch 30cl bottle, as a bl**dín Heineken.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 19, 2004
33 cL bottle, snifter. Toasted bread, cereal malt (M); flowers and grass hops (H); dough yeast (M); banana, white grape, pear, pineapple, white wine aroma. Large, creamy, off-white head leaves good lacing. Clear, amber-red body. Moderately sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter finish. Where did the hops go? Medium body, watery/creamy texture, average carbonation, bitter aftertaste. The bottom line is: smelled and looked great, but failed to taste and feel as good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 4, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2006 duvel tulip glass: dark copper body. very rocky and tight white head. medium to full body - more so, medium. slightly cremey palate rides a spicy and refreshing banana-like fruitiness. sweet and smooth while a little bit yeasty. a crisp, smooth, and mild belgian indeed. i really like it. / UPDATE: big olí plaster-ceramic type pottery style bottle bought imported in okinawa, japan... same beer; been sampling a lot recently, donít want to add any new insights, but only that the bottle was different.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (644) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2004
Poured with a stark white head that dissipated quickly. The flat appearnace, withmuddy element was interesting, yet not completely to style. The aroma was potent and yeasty, with a cantaloupe freshness to it. As fresh as the aroma was, the taste did not match in crispness. The bottle may be newer, and the carbonation and conditioning are not fully realized. All things considered, this beer is oh-so-easy to swallow, and can hit harder than it might appear. I sensed none of the 8%, just pale malt, yeast and mild. Good, but not great. I can't see the ratings on ths one varying too much.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4626) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 21, 2004
11.2oz bottle. Amber clouded with particulate. Light head maintained with continued carbonation. Very mellony aroma with background candy sugar scents. Spicey and zesty up front. Mellon taste in the finish mixed with light yeast notes and alcohol pockets. Very dangerous and easy to swallow.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2004
1pint, 9.4oz (750ml) Koningshoeven corked bottle. Medium amber in color with an averaged sized off white head. Lots of small to medium particles. Fruity and sweet aroma and taste (bananas and bubblegum) with slight yeast. Light spices in the taste as well. Not a bad tripel. I have a 6 pack of La Trappe that I have had for 4 years that I can't wait to open and compare with the Koningshoeven labeled version.


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