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

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La Trappe Witte TrappistLa Trappe Witte Trappist

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BA SCORE
85
very good

192 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 192
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 17
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly La Trappe

(Beer added by: paterlodie on 03-21-2005)
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-20-2013 20:08:25 | More by Evil_Pidde
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 16:55:12 | More by mrfrancis
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 22:53:17 | More by laituegonflable
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jophish17

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

12-23-2011 23:00:00 | More by jophish17
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CrazyDavros

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 07:28:43 | More by CrazyDavros
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

06-24-2014 19:30:55 | More by kscaldef
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2009 16:29:44 | More by bobsy
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tommy5

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

04-26-2014 03:38:21 | More by tommy5
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dcmchew

Romania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-05-2013 17:06:24 | More by dcmchew
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2007 19:04:01 | More by grub
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nickd717

California

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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2009 20:03:33 | More by nickd717
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rarbring

Sweden

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 19:46:00 | More by rarbring
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-25-2013 17:45:21 | More by Ciocanelu
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aztraz

Sweden

3.25/5  rDev -14%

05-25-2012 18:08:05 | More by aztraz
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-01-2013 23:13:42 | More by Immortale25
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FLima

Brazil

3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 22:52:04 | More by FLima
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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...

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 13:21:05 | More by mdagnew
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Absumaster

Netherlands

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 20:31:12 | More by Absumaster
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 17:03:58 | More by Globetrotter
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HalfFull

California

3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 05:28:57 | More by HalfFull
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augustgarage

California

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2010 05:09:55 | More by augustgarage
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 01:14:19 | More by TheBrewo
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brendan13

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 07:45:59 | More by brendan13
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samEBC

Belgium

4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-12-2012 18:01:37 | More by samEBC
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GJ40

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-30-2014 14:33:45 | More by GJ40
La Trappe Witte Trappist from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
85 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.