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
latrappe.nl

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
342
Reviews:
114
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.58%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
90
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 342 |  Reviews: 114
Reviews by beerdrifter:
Photo of beerdrifter
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up during my last trip to Belgium. Cloudy straw-yellow pour with beautiful two finger pure white head with decent retention and great lacing. Typical Belgian Witte nose with lots of yeast and citrus. Hints of corriander, lemon zest, grass, and barnyard. The taste follows suit with hints of pepper, honey, corriander, lemon and orange zest, grass, yeast and just a touch of banana. The mouthfeel is light and fizzy with a nice tangy, crisp, dry finish. Not a huge fan of the style, but this is a very refreshing beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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 -DF-
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jpinoniemi
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle

Pours a hazed yellowy hue of light amber. Lifts a large, solid and lasting off white head.

Lemon perfumed sniff with some yeast and light coriander

Lemon, pepper, lime, again coriander and flowery perfume on the palate. Light, delicate, complex, dry and quite tasty. Quality wit.

Bring on the goat cheese, crusty bread and summer salads

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of JC333
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of andrewdanks
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of chossboss
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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 btmo
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: hazy straw gold under a thin ivory foam collar with fair retention.

S: It smells of spice and orange, faint wheat, a trace of banana, a hint of bubble gum and other Belgian yeast aromas.

T: Big fruit leads the flavors. Orange, orange peel, citrus, coriander and fresh bread dough spread out over the tongue. The hop bitterness is low, earthy and spicy with a very faint astringency from the spice on the finish joined by a splash of tartness.

F: The body is light and refreshing with medium carbonation.

O: I enjoyed this beer. It is very refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big two finger white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A spicy and fruity Belgian aroma with a scent of spices and citrus fruit. Belgian yeast with a scent of clove, pepper, funk, and coriander. Fruit hints of banana, pear, and apple along with citrus hop hints of orange peel, lemon, and mango with some pineapple. Malt hints of wheat, grains, cracker, and biscuit. Also some sweet hints of bubblegum and candied sugar. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and fruity Belgian taste with notes of spices and fruit. Belgian yeast with notes of pepper, clove, funk, and coriander. Malt notes of wheat, grains, biscuit, and cracker. Dried fruit notes of banana, apple, and pear. Nice citrus hop notes of orange, mango, and lemon along with some pineapple. Sweet notes of bubblegum along with some candied sugar. A very nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp and juicy with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good Belgian Witbier. Good mix of spice and fruit.

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Photo of Dinkel
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Greenville, SC.

Very large, foamy, off-white head over a sparkling amber body.
Heavily spiced banana bread in the nose.

Flavor: Spicy to the point of medicinal, but better than that description sounds. Lingering aftertaste of mixed spices and faint wheat.

Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation.

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Photo of Keegan
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of glid02
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a fine white head that leaves thick lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of wheat twang and light citrus. Also present are very slight hints of indistinct spices.

Tastes more robust than it smells. Crisp light malts up front are joined by slight amounts of breadiness and heavier light citrus – orange with hints of lemon rind. Midway through slight spices dry things out a bit, fading out into a crisp ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this beer was a bit of a letdown, it wasn’t as well-balanced and robust as I’d hoped. Still, a solid beer for the warmer months.

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Photo of acurtis
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AxlSkull
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Tomblerone
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear, golden color with a vigourous head and nice bubbles rounding to the top. The nose was wheaty, yeasty and had nice citrus character. The taste is a refreshing light wheat taste, with citrus and a hop character that rounds this out well.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz glass at Beer Revolution YEG.

This beer appears a cloudy, very pale golden straw colour, with one thick finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and yet somewhat creamy chalk-white head, which leaves some stellar pockmarked lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of bready, crackery pale malt, mixed orchard drupe fruit, mildly acrid yeast, lemon peel, and a prickly floral herbal bitterness. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, a bit of candy sugar, edgy yeast, muddled white fruit, and a soft lemon cleaner alcohol astringency.

The carbonation is pretty low intensity, and mostly just plainly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the generic fruitiness running out the clock with the lingering malt and wan spiciness.

I hate to say it, but this is a bit of an underwhelming affair, the various components all present and accounted for, but not really standing out. Easy to drink, sure, however - far from memorable.

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3.8 out of 5 based on 342 ratings.
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