La Trappe Tripel

Brewery: Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Country: Netherlands
ABV: 8%
Style: Tripel
Other Notes: Trappist beer

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Discover this genuine pale Trappist beer with its bitter-sweet flavour, and fruity taste.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.88
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: This 330ml bottle was dated best before August 2016. There was also a bottled date code 09:45 K04B14 which from what I’ve read on the multiple forums means at the very least, bottled on February 2014.
Appearance: The beer was poured into a Chimay goblet a hazy golden colour with a one finger white head which had good retention.
Aroma: Smells of sweet honey with bready malts followed by fruity pear and a bit of alcohol.
Taste: Alcohol taste at the beginning and aftertaste, but in between, there is honey, pear and some slight bitter lemon citrus.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation and a little creamy.
Overall: It was a pretty good tripel. I liked that it was not too sweet, although the alcohol taste is quite prominent.

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4 thoughts on “La Trappe Tripel”

  1. Interesting that you prefer this to Westmalle- the latter was always my default go-to on Trappist lists (well, after Achel Blonde and Orval). I’m not sure where you are based, but Karmeliet is an interesting Tripel to try, and St. Bernardus is great.

    1. Only started reviewing beers recently so while I’ve tried a lot of beers, I’m still catching up with reviews. After a while, when I get around to it, I think you’ll find that the main styles I enjoy are actually the Quads and Dubbels rather than the Tripels. But having said that, I do have a St. Bernardus Tripel waiting for me.

      I’m based in Hong Kong now and the Trappist beers are some of the easier craft beers to get my hands on compared to other stuff. Orval was interesting, but I will definitely get my hands on some Achel Blonde based on your recommendation!

      1. Good stuff. I think of Achel Blond as an easy-easy drinking beer, perfect for a summer day, rather than deep and resonant flavours- if that’s your thing, have you tried Rochefort 10? Could be my favourite- preferred it to Westvleteren 12 even (certainly preferred the price!). Amazing you can get so many Trappist’s out there. I wonder how they travel? Probably well, given the alcohol content.

      2. Absolutely, Rochefort 10 and St Bernardus 12 are among my favourites and regularly in my rotation especially in winter. Westvleteren 12 is about 6 times the price of a Rochefort 10 here and its nice but definitely not worth the extra cost.

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