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


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RATINGS: 1391   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Bottle conditioned.
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.
Ingredients: Water; Barley malt; Hops; Yeast. 17.5°

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Oakes (13060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2002
Though I never rated it here before, this is a re-rate since production was taken over by Bavaria. At least they still bottle-condition this one, unlike the Dubbel. Dark hazy amber - inappropriate for the style, unless you’re being whimsical but this definitely is not a whimsical rendition. Plasticy, phenolic, estery aroma - like latex paint and stewed peaches. Initial shot of alcohol masks the ruthless palate. Firm maltiness is fine, but the aforementioned off-flavours battle for supremacy, winning out in the end. Very much unpleasant and a steep downgrade.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hansen (7081) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2002
Not so much karakter as dubbel or Quardrel, but fine anyhow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2002
Unsubstantial is the word that comes to mind. Starts fruity - grapes and pears. Thin in the middle, a little thicker around the sides. Finishes thinly sweet and dry - a hop/alcohol combo with light sugar bowl taste. This is not a bad brew, just lacks the complexity of many of the others in this style. No yeast floaties at all. My bottle had the new "Koningshoeven" label instead of La Trappe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3639) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2002
Bottle conditioned. Amber coloured, darker than most triples with a moderate thin white head, good condition and lots of yeast chunks in suspension. Complex aromas of alcohol, oranges, caramel, malt and a strangly sugary homebrew note that is explained on the label (but only in German) by the inclusion of cane sugar in the recipe. Label also mentions coriander but this is less apparent. Bready yeast and toffee malt dominate the mouth and the finish is spicy, malty and slightly bitter with an alcoholic tingle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6572) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 19, 2002
So I bought this Belgian together with La Trappe official glass. Poured and orangey tea look matched well toffee / sweet cherry aromas. Nothing spectacular just nice. Hmmm, I must say that it tasted more complex than aroma would suggest. Pear at start transforms into mid roasted malts with specific for Belgian ales finish. A bit earthy, garden like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2002
Caught in a rapid, sweet malt and nutty yeast current with nothing to hang on to, you try to grasp the rock berries and lemon logs that fly by but to no avail...A few branches of peppery herbs are thrown at you, but instead of saving you they slap you in the face and leave a stinging honey-sweet flavor in your bleeding mouth...Inevitable, phenolic treacley falls carry you, you think, to a certain demise but you wake up some moments later all dried up and ready to go...Again!...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2002
Good stuff. Period. Kudos and such. I don’t have a lot to say on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
ENTROPY (141) - Terra Bella, California, USA - NOV 5, 2002
this was a good ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29989) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2005 A cloudy orange beer with an OK head - but it disappears quit fast. It has a very fresh fruity and yeasty aroma with hints of alcohol. The flavor has an alcohol sharpness but is very pleasant fruity with hints of yeast. It’s a pretty sweet beer with almost no bitterness. The fruit taste lingers pretty long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3479) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2002
Aroma is interesting and difficult to define. Has a little smokiness to it, but it also has some spicy, pine-like sensations. Smooth on the palate, maybe even creamy. Short-lived head. Warm finish.

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