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

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La Trappe Witte TrappistLa Trappe Witte Trappist
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Netherlands | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by paterlodie on 03-21-2005

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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 301
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw with a towering head.
Nose shows light doughy wheat, soft citrus fruit and some spicy phenols. Pretty appetising.
Light flavours; wheat, very faint citrus. Refreshing but a little plain.
High carbonation and light body suits the beer well.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this one on-tap at The Louisville Beer Store a couple of months ago and am just now getting around to submitting my review.

A: Pours a cloudy gold with a creamy white mousse. Displays a nice unfiltered haze in the glass, appearing almost turbulent. Really, the effect is quite nice. I wonder if all witbiers look this good on-tap.

S: The nose is an immediate disappointment. Lots of heavy cream, butter, wheat toast, and coriander notes. I could not detect my beloved orange peel at all.

T: Opens creamy, smooth, and mildly tart with notes of cream, vanilla, butter, wheat toast, and coriander. The finish is smooth and silky with a huge swirl of cream, wheat, and coriander flavors.

M: Light-bodied and fairly dry, but with a luscious quality. Goes down as smooth as any other wit I've tried. I'm sure this would be welcome on a hot day, but otherwise there is nothing exceptional or memorable about it.

O: This is a decent enough witbier, but not one for which I'd go out of my way. I was left waiting for the notes of orange peel to kick in, but instead I got a lot of cream and coriander. Unspectacular. For me, this is evidence that Trappist breweries are not beyond criticism.

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Photo of FLima
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange color, slightly hazy at the beginning and milky at last pours. Thin head.
Predominant tropical fruits aroma and yeast, notes of wheat and cloves.
Incredibly refreshing with a spicy feeling. Citric flavor of non-sweet oranges, mild on condiments and with hints of yeast. Clean aftertaste, a bit fruity.
A touch lighter than its counterparties in terms of complexity or flavor strength, still very quaffable.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pale yellow colour with a tinge of green. Light but steady bead with a frothy snow-coloured head. Fair amount of residual sugar clinging to the edge, but not a huge amount. Decent.

I got a big banana whiff from a metre away when first poured. There is definitely that tropical fruit character, bit of orange rind wafts in, and a grassy hop aspect on the back. Not bad.

Interesting palate: quite sour, really. Kind of off-fruit on the palate, with a wheaty, almost polleny mouthfeel. A bit watery though, almost like it's an infusion of beer. The fruity, hoppy flavours are there definitely, but they ride the sidecar of water's motorcycle through the palate and the flavour I'm left with is slightly sour and fruity but there was never a big fireworks moment, like when the shuttle blasts off, or a cannon fires off a mighty burst, or when a magnificent caboose thrusts its way into a deep excavated crevice.

This is quite a good brew, but I just prefer the gut-rotting brilliance of the Belgian trappist brethren.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a hazy honey yellow colour... White head poured quite foamy then faded quickly to very thin layer.... no lacing...

Aroma - Spicy, light honey sweetness, some light coriander notes, peppery, light maltiness, some spicy hops, lemony, floral notes...

Taste – Spicy, nice light hop bitterness, light sweetness, lemon fruitiness, floral, slight nuttiness, very light maltiness, some wheat traces... flavours maybe all lacking a little depth...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry. Light body. Extremely drinkable - would be nice on a hot summer day...

Overall - An ok witbier.... As i said maybe lacking a little depth - still worth a try though...

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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 grub
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at beerbistro as part of their koningshoeven trappist beer launch nov 27/07.

pours pale yellow with a bit of haze. the small dense white head lingers for a long time and leaves lots of lace as it falls.

aroma is nice. bit of alcohol. light caramel sweetness. bit of grain. nice spice - clove, orange peel. bit of pineapple. banana.

taste is good. very low bitterness. bit of alcohol. light clove. bready malt. pineapple and light tangerine. bit of caramel sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. low carbonation level. fairly light body. very smooth.

drinkability is good. well balanced and very smooth. i'd say it's less assertive than some wits, but it's not dull. very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of nickd717
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Cheeky Monk in Denver.

A - Great hazy orangish-blond appearance with a huge, lasting creamy white head and great lacing.

S - Wheat, yeast, citrus, banana, and coriander.

T - Pale malt and wheat, yeast, coriander and other spices, orange peel, banana, and clove. A bit sweet, but not too much.

M/D - Palate is smooth and fairly light with soft carbonation. High drinkability. Overall a great witbier!

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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 flyingpig
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle from Beers of Europe website (£1.89):
Slightly cloudy yellow to golden with a large, foamy white head that looks quite thick and holds well. Plenty of visible evidence of carbonation and some lacing left on the sides of the glass too.

Light spice then some citrus notes, there is a touch of lemon and a hint of coriander as well. I could detect some cloves, wheat & some refreshing fruits that seem almost tropical but these are faint.

Citrus with a mainly lemon zest taste to begin, there is some banana and a little clove too. A definite witbier taste with some light coriander and hints of spice and orange with a mix of various fruits towards the end.

Well carbonated with a citrus tang that is quite refreshing on top of a light body. The high carbonation takes a little away from the smoothness but the beer is an easy one to drink.

Not a bad witbier at all and very close to what I was expecting before opening the bottle. The taste features all the regulars for the style and the the balance is a nice one with no one flavour dominating proceedings.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle. Pours a clear pale yellow with a tall white head. Acrid smell, citrus and salt. Crisp and dry, with notes of citrus, yeast, wheat. Refreshing and quench thirsting.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of solid yellow. It has a massive white head of evenly distributed tiny bubbles, of about three fingers. It is soft and foamy, and disappears at a medium pace. Flecks of lacing appear around the glass as it goes, and a clean dome of bubbles remains for the tasting. There is a good deal of haze to the glass, but little sediment is noted otherwise. The carbonation looks highly active. The aroma hits with cooling wheat and malts, and a generous helping of clove, with a bit of help from some independent medicinal phenols. There is some other spice, with showings of white pepper, a hint of fresh vanilla bean, orange rind, and cinnamon. The flavor begins with pale malts. There are generous inclusions from wheat and other, lighter grain, with the beginning otherwise unremarkable. A sour wheaty kick flares up through the center, briefly, to be washed away by a sweet orange flavoring, clove, and some further sweetening banana esters. The finish is clove-dominant. Again, they are detached from the phenolic bite that one might expect from such a clovey taste. The aftertaste is full of wheat, those faint esters, and a secondary cooling maltiness. There is also some citrus here, but here the orange becomes lemon. The body of this beer is medium, and the carbonation is active. The feel is creamy, cooling, and a bit coating. The carbonation is overactive at times, and is noted to prickle the tongue throughout the tasting. The abv is within limits and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the crispness and rejuvenation of the feel. The aroma was appropriately inclusive of all the necessary components, but the beer fell short in the flavor department. While it was not outright watery, the flavors seemed dull. This was both good and bad. It lent to the cleanliness of the palate on the one hand, but also left the drinker wanting more of a punch on the other.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy lemon into a wine glass from a 330 ml. bottle. Offers a nice half inch cap of white foam, good retention and sticky lace.

Spicy wheat aroma with a bit of lemony hop, touch of graininess and clove spice. Somewhat light but well balanced and pleasant with a good yeast presence.

Taste of wheat with coriander and pepper and supported with a firm carbonation level. Notes of lemon return on the finish. Feel is spritzy and offers a hint of sweetness initially, segueing to a more bready lemon and spice feel. Overall a solid offering and quite drinkable, lacking a bit in depth only on the taste, but solid aroma and feel.

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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 Globetrotter
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the commissary of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, this is the first concrete evidence of my BA activities at the embassy. Nestled amongst the Corona, Heineken and Miller is a case of this little gem, just waiting for a curious buyer. Comes in a 33cl brown bottle with an elongated neck and a silver and black label featuring what I assume is the monastery in the middle. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before July 2006, I opened it on 10/6/05.

Pours a hazy light straw hue under a 1.5 finger white head that fades slowly but surely, with decent contour but only a few spots of lace. The nose is full of sweet fruit and yeast. The mouth is extremely carbonated and quite light. The taste is mild, of coriander and raspberry, with a touch of bread. The finish offers a shadow of bitterness, an echo of espresso. Spice returns in the aftertaste. A humble, but solid brew.

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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 Brabander
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this beer on tap in a hotel in the south of Holland in the original glass. A very nice head with very white foam. After a minute the head disapears in a small ring. The beer is light yellow with a very nice yeast smell. Iiked the beer but to call it a white trappist is a bit misleading because it's more of a white beer.

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Photo of Lucular
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a very nice witbier with typical witbier-spice flavors, which I especially appreciate considering that there were no added spices. An interesting beer to try and a bit outside the usual Trappist lineup.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured in its own tulip glass @ Domus brewery - Leuven, Belgium

A: Pours the traditional cloudy yellow to beige color forming a big white aired and bubbled head. Medium retention and many lacings left

S: Also smells like a traditional white beer. Very spicy and refreshing. Wheat, coriander, citrus hops, orange zest and yeasts

T: Follows the nose. However, much less tasty that I've expected. Taste is quite dry and again, the combination of wheat, coriander, orange zest and citrus hops

M: Light body. Good carbonation. Mild citrus and bitter aftertaste

O: Very drinkable and refreshing beer as expected from the style. Low ABV. But I still prefer a Hoegaarden :)

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Photo of brendan13
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pale straw colour with a few centimetres of white head that falls away suprisingly quickly.
S - Wheat malt, some very vauge, very slight citrus and spice notes.
T - Like the smell - wheat maltiness with some citrus and spice hidden in the depths.
M - Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, quite a dry finish.
D - Nice enough but lacks the citrus that is commonly associated with Witbier.

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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 goodbyeohio
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours as expected from a 12oz bottle.. pale straw yellow with slight caramelized highlights.. big frothy yet even head that settles to one-finger, with craterific lacing and lots of streaming bubbles despite the lack of inscribed glass-bottom.

aroma also as expected. sticky flower honey, lemony tart and wheaty goodness. bigger rich sweetness than most wits, if i had to nail one stand-out characteristic.

mouthfeel is another, as this manages to be both very smooth and peppy with carbonation. some might say this is a bit too perky, but this is the time of year where i dont mind a bubbly wit. lots of bitter fruitiness in the finish.. lemon? orange? is my mind playing tricks on me? and without any detectable hints of alcohol. very well-balanced and nicely crafted. initial taste itself is a bit lacking, but i think that's a product of trappist restraint and by-the-book obsession.

for what it is, near perfect. if this was as available to me as ommegang witte, i would prefer this. since its impossible to get, ill stick to locals. recommended, if you can get it without splitting your nuts to do so.

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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 axeman9182
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Taproom 307. It was served in a petite Duvel tulip.

La Trappe Witte pours on opaque straw yellow. Two fingers of frothy white foam crown the beer and hang around for a minute or two before fading relatively cleanly. The nose has aromas of sweet orange.peel, wheat, and freshly cracked black pepper, in that order. The flavor profile is easily too grainy. Lots of wheat, and not much of anything else flavor wise. There's a little bit of a citrusy orange character, and next to no spicy phenols to speak of. The carbonation is plenty lively, but the body is just too chewy for my taste. La Trappe's witbier is an alright brew, but it's clearly not in the same class as the better versions of the style.

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Photo of vinicole
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straightforward Witbier.
Cloudy yellow with the expected yeasty aroma.
Light spice and sour notes with a dry finish
Highly carbonated.
Nothing really exciting - just well brewed.

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La Trappe Witte Trappist from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
85 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.