La Trappe Tripel

La Trappe Tripel
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

A rich, brassy golden in color and sporting a slightly off-white foam, La Trappe Tripel is the hoppiest of the La Trappe range, displaying a beautiful balance of hoppy bitterness and full malt flavor. You will notice spices, fruit and hops in the nose. On the palate Tripel is slightly bitter, spicy and refreshing.

The style "Tripel" generally means a beer that is golden in color and strong. Like most Belgian or Benelux ales, it's also bottle conditioned (as are all Koningshoeven ales) which means that living yeast are in each bottle and produce the carbonation in the package. This yeast is normal and healthy, as well as rich in vitamins and minerals. If you notice a thin layer of sediment in each bottle, it's due to this yeast.

Profile

ABV: 
8%
IBUs: 
30
Served at: 
10-14°C
Hops: 
Hallertau Northern Brewer, Slovenian Super Steirer and Tettnang Tettnanger
Malts: 
Pale, Caramel and Munich
Judges Review 
Michael Heniff's picture
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

La Trappe Tripel is being evaluated as a Belgian Tripel (2015 BJCP category 26C) offering according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.  La Trappe Tripel is a genuine Trappist beer brewed at the Bierbrouwerij de Koningshoeven in the Netherlands.  The beer has been brewed within the monastery's walls under the supervision of Trappist monks of the Cistercian order since 1884.  Belgian Tripels, as described by the BJCP Style Guidelines, are light-colored, strong ales demonstrating generous yeast derived flavors of phenolics and esters while yet being a "surprisingly drinkable beverage".  

This Tripel is presented as a dark golden beer with a slight haze and a firm off-white head.  The aroma is prominently fruity, generically berry-like, with an abundance of alcohol supported by a lighter spice and black pepper phenolic and bready malt backbone.  The body is medium with a moderate carbonation and an appropriate warming sensation demonstrating the high alcohol content.  The flavor more prominently highlights the lightly sweet, bready malt that helps to temper the peppery phenolics and prominent alcohol.  The finish is just lightly bittered allowing the bready malt to continue through the finish with a lingering berry-like fruit and alcohol warmth. While this is a very pleasant offering, this beer lacks in complexity and smoothness compared to other hallmarks of the style.

Brewery Introduction

​“When they live by the labor of their hands,....then they are really monks.” That was written by Benedict, the “architect” of Western monasticism. According to his guidelines, monks should earn their own living. The Trappists who came to Berkel-Enschot in 1881 began supporting themselves with... Read More

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