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


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RATINGS: 1448   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2003
UPDATED: APR 16, 2005 Bottled, stored one year. Cloudy amber with a frothy head. Sweetish, herbal, vineous aroma, with notes of almond paste and banana. ABV shines through in nose. Sweet malty flavour, with segments of banana and licorice. Not as rounded in mouthfeel as expected.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (6004) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2003
Sampled at Stockholm Beer Festival 2003. Dark golden with an airy head. Wineish and alcoholic aroma. Flavour from sweet apples and herbs. Nice bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2003
This is labeled Koningshoeven Tripel Trappist Ale, but I'm assuming it's the same thing. The picture on the label is identical to the one on the left here; only the text is different. Fairly dark amber for a tripel, medium thick white head, mellow fruitiness with just a tiny touch of spice in the nose. Mixed fruit, especially melon, in the body with overly strong medicinal alcohol presence. As Oakes says, plasticy. Some bitterness appears in the finish. Not a superb example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2003
Nice opaque deep golden darkened yellow color, a lighter peachy tone that has lots of little floaty things suspended in its haze. Small whitish head thats loose and fluffy and fades pretty fast and lace is in drippy strings and spots. Smell is a subdued mellow mix of very dulled melons and lemon with some yeasty grab and a nice spicyness and alcoholic warmth over lays. Taste is quite quenchingly yummy and mellowing. Nice mild citrus of dullish lemon, melons, and dried orange and apricot all have a certain impressionable mix and lightly souring tartness kick thats mostly upfront. Hops add to the boost some, then it begins to fade some as it reaches farther past midway. Just after midway it mellows out with some spicyness and lingering lightly into the finish with some malty chewyness and more dulled citrus mix. Solid medium body feel with some creamyness at first, picking up a small surge on its way to a mellowing smooth and lightly chewy sweet finish. Not overly complex but very enjoyable, a nice drinkable thickness and lush feeling as it begins to warm after half a glass or so. Makes for a nice relaxing glass full of delight.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (13189) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2003
(Stockholm Beer Festival 2003) Golden, a little hazy. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Flavor is fruity, sweet, some herbal, but also something almost artificial. Very mild.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2006 [oct 1 2003]What is it about these La Trappe beers?? They are nothing special, and this tripel? To creamy and sweet, and creamy! It´s not very bad, but isnt good, and I´m surprised about this wannabe Trappist (2,6) [jul 16 2006] To my surprise this turned up at Kaffibrennslan in downtown Reykjavik, with glassware also. Peaches and banana in the nose, some candysugar with a hint of hop bitterness. Small head, plums, sweets and a spicy finish. Nice triple

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (11722) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2003
Amber with a bubbly, shortlived head. Fruity aroma, orange, raisin, banana and spices. Aftertaste is a strange combination of banana and mint... Well balanced sweetness and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayb0 (1084) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2003
labeled as Koningshoeven tripel. Pours a dark apricot, head quicky recedes to a pleasant film. Nose is yeasty with dried fruits, apricot, orange. Slightly syrupy. Nice flavors of sweet and tart fruits. Banana, dark berry. Warming, not overbearing alcohol. Decent hop bite. Very nice tripel.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Hazy orange color with a dispersive head and very lively carbonation. Aroma is very clean with sweet hops, raspberry, slightly tart with lots of complexities, this is a great aroma. Flavor has detectable alcohol with unripe cherry notes. Yeast, clove, spice and coriander are also detectable. Finishes with a slight burn of alcohol with a profound bready feeling. This was a totally unexpected delight. Thanks Indra!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2003 A very light amber coloring that is slightly cloudy and has a quickly fading head. The aroma is very lively and heady. I smell a very fruity aroma that has everything from raspberries to grapefruit, perhaps some melons even, even pineapple, I know I am reaching but there was a rainbow of fruit flavors here. The aroma is just amazing, I just could just sit here and smell this beer. If there was an air freshener of this beer I would be ecstatic. Alot of flavor in the taste and the aroma. Strong hints of bananas upon first tasting. An extremely good follower to the Corsendonk Christmas Ale. This beer does a very good job of keeping its flavor throughout. Thanks Indra!

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