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


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RATINGS: 1493   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Bottle conditioned.
La Trappe Tripelís 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.
Ingredients: Water; Barley malt; Hops; Yeast. 17.5į

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (652) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4901) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10284) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2004
A vintage 11.2 oz. bottle, exact year unknown. This is my first tasting of an aged beer, but I didnít do the aging, it was a gift from the distributorís sales rep. "Six or seven years old," he said, "Original recipe, with the xís on it, we were just storing it in the office, and itís probably reached itís peak. Had the dubbel last night, nice and chocolately." So why give it to me? Is he gunning for the title of Coolest Sales Rep Ever? Thereís actually a "best by" stamp, but itís hard to read. "08:46 02 04"? Does it have another 10 months to go? I certainly donít care, Iím drinking it now! Color: murky, peachy orange, with a few brown flecks nestled at the bottle of the glass. Head is white, ample, but short-lived. Aroma feels arcane and hoary, like something from seven centuries ago, not seven years. Deep with citrus and spice, but mellowed, too. I almost donít want to drink it, and would keep this mysterious and lovely smell in my nose as long as it can last! Most akin to orange candy, glittered with spice. Taste? Delirious, and a trifle devastating. ABV is kicking a little from the start, but the light, but complex flavor is a bit overwhelming. Hops are in charge, and fandango along the tongue for a turn or two, never really quitting the spotlight. A certain tartness soon overtakes at the end, while sugar and spice continue to cameo. Sadly, at the very end, my initial excitement has worn off, as has the brews complexities. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and the flavors have died down quite a bit. No doubt, my friend was right, and this bottle is in itís final stages. In my last few swallows, a little extra something reaches the back of the mouth. Is it the yeast? I pour the entire contents of the bottle in, and down it all...fuller, darker, boozier, an excellent end. That was nice. But not earth-shattering. Maybe that other vintage bottle, the dubbel, will be different?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Interesting to say the least. Cloudy orange with a medium quickly discipating tan head. lots of sediment that is brown and thick. Nose is malty with just a tinge of fruit skins. Water nose and thin but present. The taste is metallic sharp with malts and some wheat. Not bad overall but not as good as some others that I have had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 20, 2004
Koningshoeven, 75cl bottle, coded 12:56 K24J2, $6.99. Amber colored, poured with big head, fades to chunky collar, well carbonated & laced. Fruity(nectarines?) sweet malt aroma, some phenols, some sort of thick mustiness, almost woody or like an old cellar smell, good complexity in the nose. Thick, sweet, spicy palate. Flavor kind of goes downhill from the aroma, sweet & spicy, but somehow still a bit bland...dunno, just not as big, complex...as Iíd hope. Overall a fun tripel on the sweet side, I keep it on hand b/c my girlfriend really enjoys it, but it isnít on the top of my list for luxury drinking. Not a bad price though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2004
11.2 Oz bottle. Had a short lived white head. Aroma is fruity and sweet, and the flavor isnít far off. Tastes of apricots, raisins, grapes. The alcohol doesnít show up much. A bit richer and heavier that expected, but not so much that it ruins it. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Overall, this is a good beer, but lacking compared to itís other Trappist brethren.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2004 Light amber color with smallish tan head. Aroma is big, of ripe bananas, alcohol and bubblegum. Taste is more of the same. Tastes a bit more than 8% but what do I know. Chewy consistency. A bit sweet for my liking without much hop balance or yeast to it for a tripel.

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