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La Trappe Witte Trappist - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 271
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 19.58%
Wants: 22
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: paterlodie on 03-21-2005

Formerly La Trappe

The world’s first and only white Trappist ale that continues to ferment slightly after bottling. Brewed using only water, wheat, and hops. No herbs are added. Saphir hops give the ale its citrusy aroma. A real thirst-quencher on a hot summer’s day that also makes for a delicious drink at any other time of the year.
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Photo of ccrida
4.77/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle (procured in the Netherlands) poured into my Supra gueuze tumber, La Trappe Witte is a spritzy clear pale yellow with a large, quickly settling white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is sweet and fruity, but not to strong, and with a nice little twang from the wheat.

Taste is amazing, wow. Big fruity esters, very clean, super tasty. Surely the best Witte I've had, which is many, as it's a favorite style of mine. I love the sweetness while still being very refreshing and not at all overbaring.

Mouthfeel is sharply crisp, with a light body, very refreshing.

Drinkability is super high. This is an awesome witte.

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Photo of seedyone
4.72/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

05/01/14 On tap. This is the stuff of the ethereal. Light as a feather and as refreshing as spring water. Yet, it has a distinct taste. A slight citrus and something in the wheat-ish area, but just ever-so...delicate...yeah that's it..delicate. An Angels Kiss. (Like I, of all, should know.) This is as clean and pure a taste sensation as it gets.

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Photo of lhaqq
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark golden/light mahogany body with a creamy white head with great lacing.
S: Wheat, Belgian yeast, candied sugar, and sweet malts.
T: A mix of a solid witbier and a good Belgian. Interesting mix that I haven't had before, and not sure it's found too many other places. Starts light with the wheat, then shifts into some dark fruits and candied sugar.
M: Pretty heavy, maybe not a thirst-quenching wheat but more a session beer.
D: Could've had a few.

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Photo of Onslow
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After a long day in Amsterdam and pretty much drained, I arrive at my dutch cousins house and a cold bottle of this is waiting... could not have needed or enjoyed a beer more at that time!...

a refreshing quenching beer..

looks beutiful, lots of lacing and fine foam

.i got it....light fruity and delicious, clean full and amazing.

.i loved it!

..not many can touch this...

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Photo of Derek
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap a Beerbistro. Wheat beers are always better when they're fresh.

A: Hazy, white-yellow, white head, some retention and lace.

S: Spicy (corriander), tropical fruit (banana with a hint of pineapple) and a touch of wheat.

T: Corriander, banana, wheat, cider, hint of pineapple, slight hint of tartness.

M: Light to moderate body is well-attenuated with a dry finish. Higher than moderate carbonation. Refreshing. It'd be a great summer drink.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light straw yellow with a huge puffy cloud of a head. Active carbonation and a slight haze from the yeast kicked into the beer. The aroma is phenolic and has plenty of wheat, pie crust, herbal hop, and the distinct La Trappe yeast strain.

The taste has all the aforementioned spicy wheat elements, some dry grains, rustic Trappist yeast, cracker, lemongrass, noble hops. A sophisticated Witbier, this is clean and dry, perfectly crisp and carries the wheat and expressive yeast flavor. The yeast has a slight funk and spice to it which really works with the dry, dusty wheat character. Full bodied, crisp and lively.

Witbier does not get a whole lot cleaner or better than this. Bright flavor and almost champagne like with the carbonation and overall crisp nature of the beer. This would be great to pair with pumpernickel bread, grlled meat and/or seafood.

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Photo of WHROO
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this to be a Hoegaarden Wit clone (or maybe the other way around?)
Poured a great sudsy head, with good head retention, & lacing. A nice soft appearance
Sweet honeys in the aroma...some molasses, very inviting.
The taste was clean, spicey with cloves & coriander, little bitterness & no dryness - very very nice.
mouthfeel had some nice carbonation leaving an alive feeling...this was a nice witbier for sure.
Excellent drinkability - light enough to easily have a session....
Ima loving the witbiers & I reckon this was better than Hoegaarden Wit.

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Photo of btmo
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey! This is good stuff! My partner (bless her) bought some at the supermarket the other day, knowing I like "trappist" style beers. I didn't have the heart to tell her I don't really go for white beers.

Turns out I am a prejudiced boob. This really is very good. Clean, clear, fresh - I really like it.

I think you will too - give it a try.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

La Trappe, maybe not the best, but with their wide range of different beers, for sure the most inventive trappist brewery. This time I tried the only white trappist beer avaliable.
Poured it into a La Trappe glass. The beer pours a cloudy gold-yellow color with a nice two finger thick head that didn't disappear during drinking.

The scent is like Hoegaarden white, wheat malts, fresh and some spices (coriander).

The taste is great, a bit sweet (but much less sweet than Hoegaarden white), wheat, some citrus and spices again. The aftertaste is a bit malty, nice and very fresh

The mouthfeel is good, medium-high carbonation but very light and drinkable

Overall it is my favourite white beer, more spicy, much less sweet and much more depth compared to Hoegaarden white beer. Another great trappist beer. If you like the style, it is a must try!

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Photo of rarbring
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale straw colored hazy beer, with a white large foam that recedes rather quickly leaving a good lacing.

The smell is the typical spices, cardamom, cumin, citric fruits, bitter orange, sweet syrup, bread loafs and some yeast.

The taste is starting with a clean toffee sweetness, acid tones from lemon and oranges, spicy notes, clove and cardamom, a little bitterness like orange seeds.

A rather mild carbonation and a fresh, yet rich and complex feeling.

A typical sunset, or sitting-on the porch beer. Or why not to a spicy soup.

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Photo of ohitsbrad
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

29 September 2006, Best Before Nov 06

Cloudy golden colour with a medium sized head. Aroma of citrus, coriander, spice, banana and fruit. Tastes doughy and wheaty with some lemon zest, orange and coriander spice. Mouthfeel is bready and light to medium bodied. An excellent witbier.

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Photo of Absumaster
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the world's first Trappist wheatbeer and they have done an excellent job!

Appearance is really good, a white/yellow beer with a thick 2 inch head that stays on the entire beer. The yeast and protein make the beer murky. Carbonation is slowly reaching for the top.

Smell is citric and grainy with a slight diacetyl smell.Very fresh with some hints of lactic acid. There is some spiciness that leans more towards a German Weizen than to a Belgian witbier.

Taste is even better, very fresh citric, without being sharp or acidic. The spiciness reminds me of clove and lemon and complements the grainy properties of the beer. The yeast is more German Weizen, while the malt bill is Belgian, this makes it a cross-over beer, that has no competition. The fathers in the abbey have created a truly unoque beer. Hallelujah!

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Photo of berley31
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Had on-tap at Novare Res. Poured with a fizzy, medium-sized white head that diminished to 1/4-finger or so. Body is pale yellow and cloudy.

S: Nice wit aroma of coriander and citrus, but not sickening at all (some wits really make this mistake).

T: Very nice flavor... the typical spices and fruit are there, but they're not overpowering or sickening. In fact, it's quite mellow for a wit, which is nice for a change, and definitely increases drinkability. Very refreshing.

M: Medium-bodied, slightly creamy, fizzy carbonation.

D: I really enjoyed this beer, and was glad to have the opportunity to try it on-tap. Definitely a very enjoyable wit and something I'd order again in the future if given the chance.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle consumed at Gainesbar in Kortrijk. Served in a La Trappe glass. On to the beer:

A short cream head is formed top this very pale yellow beer which looks like its color has been washed out. Forget looks, it's about flavor. The aroma brings a good omen, as wonderful orange cream, lemon, and coriander notes tickle the nose. Can it tickle the palate as well?

It does. The flavor is soft and very pleasant. A lemon/orange note provides a stable flavor throughout the beer. A kiss of gum and pleasing spice notes add extra layers to the beer. It sounds simple, but together makes an overall taste that I like. It's soft in mouthfeel, light, and somewhat crisp.

Good wit, and also a great thirst buster. These Dutch monks got it right with this offering.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse - sad I missed meeting the brewery rep the day before, still happy to get to try this. Served in a generic tulip.

Lightly hazy pale straw liquid with a creamy finger of ivory foam. Excellent retention and pleasant gentle lacing.

Biscuits, pale malt, and light yeast aromatics with a touch of wheat. Faint esters, though I can't place any fruit in particular.

Mild lactic tartness, hints of pear, bread dough, rice crackers and faint lemon on the palate. A whisper of hops lead into a tart then dry finish. Nicely balanced over all.

Well carbonated with mild effervesence - smooth and a bit milky - just a touch thin, but very refreshing.

Tart, bready, and straight-forward, this is a flawless if restrained example of the style.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very refreshing and highly drinkable witbier. The only Trappist witbier and they do a great job. Certainly worth trying. Has a best before date of 09/08.

Pours with a fluffy white head with excellent retention. Some lacing and a slightly hazy yellow colour.

The nose is delicate and pleasant. Has a slight yeasty spice, some wheat and honey like sweetness.

Taste's like a good wit, a bit more carbonation than most but I am not complaining, a bit of spice here and there, some citrus, a little sour with a slim bitter finish.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bursting with bright and vibrant citrus flavor, but with the creamy wheat base, this beer is all that Hoegaarden is, but without the over zelous spice inclussions.

Pouring a glowing canary yellow hue and with a diffused haze, the beer's appearance gives testament to both wheat and Belgian yeast. This combo helps to build a fluffy and stubborn head of cotton white foam with intricate patterns of lace left behind.

Aromas of musty wheat, powdered sugar, light lemon, white pepper, and soft bready wheat all decorate the nose with a bright fruity/spicy balance. Very inviting- mouthwatering and refreshing, even to the nose.

Flavors begin with the light coat of pilsner malt and wheat that provide a firm but understated base of light bread, yeast, and dough. The malts act as the perfect springboard for esters of freshly grated lemons and oranges, spices of white pepper and corriander, and with the light acidity of better white wines that produce the faintest vinous note (white grapes) but without sourness or bite. A well-controlled execution of pristine recipe formulation.

Early creaminess provides a rounded saturation of the mouth, but the sprite carbonation is short lived, giving rise to a peppery tingle to the mouth as the bubbles evaporate. All this takes a bready texture across the mid palate and manifests in a lightly grassy but clean bitter bite in finish. Soft vanilla silkiness and a powdery-dry finish close the session with a hoppy memory of lemongrass and alcohol cooling of mint.

With this superb balance of flavor, the beer remains highly quaffable and refreshing; maybe too so. Those who want more tooth, texture, and boldness won't find it here. Finness and sensibility prevail.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer has a good head and has an orange/copper colour to it. It has a lot of carbonation. It also is filtered, and doesn't look like a usual wit beer.

The beer smells like a lot of wit beers with the citrus/orange peel to it with the usually yeasty/wheat smell to it. The taste is very fruity and very tasty. It's a great fruity taste to it. It has a lot of the usual wit beer flavours, but a bit more malts than I expected. Solid wit beer, that's for sure. The feel tastes like most wit beers; however, I could easily drink a bunch of these.

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Photo of PapaEugene
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only white trappist available. Poured it into my lindemans glass.

A: A very lightyellow hazy color. Huge head that slowly diminished throughout the drink. Nice!

S: Some general white beer smells like citrus and coriander but to my surprise also some sweet fruits low in the mix. Yeast smell a little too strong for my taste.

T: No acid bomb like some white beers can be. Grains, coriander, lemon, hints of sweet fruits.

M: Medium carbonation and a medium body.

D: A different white beer for once. I think this will be my second favorite after the Gulpener korenwolf.

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Photo of bobsy
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only Trappist wheat beer, and seemingly limited in its tap availability to Canada and Australia. The world economic crisis rumbles on, but globalism is clearly not dead yet. Poured into its own special chalice, the appearance of this wit can be described as textbook. I see a hazy dark yellow liquid, devoid of all lustre until holding it to the light bathes my face in a golden radiance. The head is bone white - the colour of the crypt, and lasts the little time it needs to serve out before I've drained the contents. Whippings of lace are left behind, slowly descending to the depths of the chalice to reunite themselves with their ancestors.

Everything about this is textbook, and the nose is down pat. Obviously we have wheat (something would be seriously f****d if it wasn't apparent), but there's also a lemon zing and a hint of apple.

Ah... nice flavour. There's something about drinking beer made by monks that pushes flavours into a whole new realm. Its like they got some good tips from the great brewmaster in the sky. Coriander (but, of course), joined by banana (a pleasant surprise), tart apple and clean, soft wheat. This must be a new edition of the textbook because the banana esters from the yeast give this somewhat of a hefe feel, but the coriander and slight citric bite let you know we're still in Belgian territory. I see it as a hybrid, and a pleasant departure.

The mouthfeel, as you would expect, is clean, refreshing and erring toward the light. I always hoped that wits would have more body, but that's not really their intention. I'll just have to wait for an imperial witbier to show up on my doorstep.

Awesome drinkability, and the only fault is its gone all too soon (are these servings small or am I really enjoying this palate cleanser). Another home run from the monks.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drtank from my Leffe chalice.

A - Pours a very light hazey straw colour with a large bubbled head that reduces to a film.

S - Plenty of citrus spice.

T - A hint of coriander seed that is more bubblegum and spice. Quite nice.

M - Smooth, light body and low carbonation.

D - One of the better exaples for this style.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy, golden yellow color with little lacing.

S: Aromas of spice, citrus, apple dominate the nose. Pretty typical wheat bear/heffeweisse nose.

T: I get a touch of bubblegum in the flavor, along with definite notes of coriander and orange peel. Pretty clean overall, but nice nonetheless.

M: Really smooth with a nice light body and lots of carbonation.

D: A very refreshing wit that goes down easy. Special thanks to Will for bringing this one back from his trip to Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of desiderius
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: This is beautiful; hazy yellow color; lots of bubbles, some in champagne-like rows; spectacular, rocky, bright white head; great retention; nice lacing; no sediment.

Smell: Delicate; subtle wheat malt, hints of banana and citrus, minimal hops; could be more complicated.

Taste: Wheat malt, delicate yeast; lemon and orange; slight hoppy bitterness at the end, perfectly blended with the fruity and wheaty taste; however, I usually expect more complicated taste from a trappist brew.

Mouthfeel: Quite light, crisp and refreshing; abundant carbonation but wouldn't wish for less; would welcome somewhat fuller body though.

Drinkability: This drinks like lemonade, and the 5,5% ABV goes unnoticed. OK, most belgian beers are bottled in 330 mL bottles, but I just wish I could find this in 500 mL ones!

Overall, very nice and refreshing, but left me wishing for a bit more.

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Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, white gold color with decent head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is attractive, showing clove, lemon zest, light orange peel and a hint of coriandor. Flavors replicate the nose almost exactly in this moderately sweet beer. However, there is enough underlying spice to counter and balance the light sweetness very well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and frankly I'm a bit surprised by the amount of flavor I'm encountering in this wit beer. Drinkability is exceptional... the alcohol is well disguised and the amount of flavor I'm gettin in this 5.5% beer is very impressive.

A very nice beer... one of the better Belgian wit beers I've had in some time. Delicious.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bit more transparent than I was expecting, very light for a witbier. Thin white head. Very slippery lacings.

Great big bubblegum aroma with just a touch of lemon.

Carbonation brings the zesty bitterness to the front. Gradually mellows. Coriander to banana to bubblegum. A nice bit of yeast that is almost Hefe-like. Nice dry finish.

A bit too carbonated for my liking. I enjoy creamy wits, this one is quite spritsy.

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La Trappe Witte Trappist from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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