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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
317
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
19.84%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
80
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 317
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11 ounce goblet - $9.00 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Displays an ever so slightly hazed, pale yellow body with a 1/2 inch of creamyish, cotton ball-white head.

Smell: Yields no more than a somewhat mild, anemic aroma, with all too transient notes of citrus rind, light malts, and spice.

Taste: Gentle union of pale malted barley and wheat with a sweetish touch of confectioners' sugar. Light honeyesque taste. Dashes of ground coriander, maybe a bit of allspice. Low herbal qualities with a very low amount of bitterness present. Light lemon. Sweetish, lightly spicy finish with a snippet of eleventh-hour fizz.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Refreshing and pleasant; a competent albeit uneconomical Dutch wit.

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Photo of Regenpak
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this beer in a sixpack of those cowardly 30 cl bottles (see photo) in my local Dirk van den Broek supermarket. It pours a half-inch head that's pretty persistent. Lots of bubbles rising in the pale yellow liquid. Very light haze of yeast. The smell is the typical sweet-sour flavor of witbier. Some fruitiness in there. The taste did not follow the promise of the smell. A bit watery and some chemical faintly in the background. This was nicely offset by the rather strong carbonisation. A really nice beer to have on a hot summer day though.

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Photo of drmeto
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

L:
-pours a cloudy strawyellow with a medium frothy white head,which quickly dissipates
-High visible carbonation
S:
-big lemon zest,Clove,slight banana,dishwashing liquid off flavour
T:
really big on a zesty lemon flavour.wheaty and quite hoppy for a wheat.
Finishes very dry
F:
-Medium body,high prickly carbonation
O:
Not really a German Hef,Not really a belgian wit.O.k overall

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, the only Trappist white beer, I'm excited to try this,

A: Pours a hazy yellow to be expected with a firm white head, great Belgian lace.

S: Notes of wheat and lemon, light.

T: Predominately lemon with a minor note of orange and some white pepper. Interesting wheat malt notes mid-palate.

M: Dry and spritzy, very light-bodied, soft carbonation, easy to drink.

D: Pretty much a middle of the road wit for me, it's nice, but I'm not wowed by it.

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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 IPAcraig
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap in Amsterdam at some place in the Leidesplein (sp?).

It has a very light and slightly cloudy appearance.

The aroma on this beer is great. A big yeast and banana presence.

The taste is solid but a bit light. Again it has that great belgian wit yeat flavor with a bit of lemon that finishes slightly sweet.

A very drinkable wit, though maybe a bit to light. A solid chioce anytime you are craving a wit.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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 Kulrak
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright, cloudy orangish golden color with plenty of creamy white head at the beginning, fading down to a thin layer within about a minute. Smells sweet and floral and a little fruity. Very 'fresh' smelling. Tastes fairly dry for a witbier. Pretty clean tasting. A little yeasty and fruity, but mostly dry. The fizzy mouthfeel makes it hard to make much more than that out. Finishes very dry as well. Overall, it's fairly drinkable, but a little too dry for me.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice, lightly cloudy pale lemon coloured body. Nice sturdy head of fine bubbled white foam. Very attractive. Decent Lacing. Some fine-bubbled carbonation, but not a huge amount. Should be cloudier, for a wit, but otherwise very nice.

Decent wit nose, hints of citrus, a little clove and spice. Quite sweet, a little soapy coriander character, but it's pretty subdued overall. The better wits hit you around the head with a huge amount of flavour. This doesn't.

Taste is also quite flat, unfortunately. A bit of sour wheat character, a bit of peppery spice, but quite one-dimensional. Palate is pretty short. Mouthfeel is frothy almost to the point of making it feel like it's difficult to swallow. Don't get me wrong, it's got some very pleasant elements to it, but it's a bit light on them.

It's drinkable, but it doesn't blow me away. A reasonable witbier, but not, in my opinion, an outstanding one.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer of a light and hazy ocher color and an effervescent foam.
Smell and taste are not strong neither special, somewhat yeasty and spicy but with more malt notes than any thing else.
Body is light and carbonation is high, but effervescence takes the gas away after some shaking

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Photo of atis
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light orange/golden colour with average head and almost no lacing.

Aroma is mostly wheat malt with some citrus. Flavour is malty, yeasty, spicy (coriander) with hints of citrus fruit, mostly orange. Mouthfeel is between thin to medium, kind of sharp and fizzy, because of the high level of carbonation. Although it is quite ok for witbiers to have a slightly sour aftertaste, in this case it was too strong.

Very interesting beer, I think it is quite different from other white beers I have tried.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a bottle at Kelk in Brugge.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with a white head that thins to a persistent layer leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Heavy notes of bananas. Swirling brings out some pepper and spice.

Taste: Lightly sweet upfront, some notes of banana. There's graininess in the center with a light peppery spice and tartness. This tastes more like a Belgian Pale Ale than a wit.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, moderate to low carbonation with a bit of creaminess.

Drinkability: Easy enough to drink, though not to style.

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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 drpimento
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Not bad as some sort of style of a wheat beer. As a wit, it seems to be missing some of the traditional qualities that make this beer so interesting and pleasurable as a type. The use of just these ingredients to yield the traditional results doesn't quite cut it. Still not a bad brew.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nose of wheat, a little fruity, almost transparent pale blond color. Fairly light, fast and easy refreshing, it proposes cons little spice in the mouth unlike the classic Hoegaarden. It remains sparkling, with an aftertaste safe and presence of yeast that offers fruity lightweight and has made more palatable.

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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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Photo of mrmanning
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Chaucer's pub in London, ON- Pours the typical cloudy yellow with a good froth of white foam. Nice lacing with good retention. The aroma set me aback, as it surprisingly full of fresh aromatic hops and other leafy greens. Also present are good doses of pine and yeasty nuances with a follow up of orange peel and vanilla, maybe a touch of spice. The flavour profile is quite hoppy and citric, lots of bitterness, bubblegum, lots of fruit, very tasty. FInish is fruity citric bitterness, with lots of candy. Unexpected and pleasant!

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Photo of stevoj
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Fruity and spicy, this one has a bit of a nip to it. Citrusy with a touch of coriander, pale golden with a thin head. A bit of tang on the roof of the mouth finishes it...

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Photo of Douberd
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of 300 ml at home. Pours a very slighty hazy beer, colour is pale golden yellow, with a huge three finger froathy head that was quickly gone, living a half finger behind to cover the surface of the beer.
Aroma is quite fruity, with banana and some citrus traces.
Nice taste. There is an obvious lemon taste that bites your tongue in addition to the quite high carbonation. Leaves behind a sweet aftertaste.
On the body is thick and as I wrote before, carbonation is quite high.Leves a dryness on your tongue, making you wanting one more sip, so that counts I think for high drinkability.

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow that never seems to stop effervescing. There is a medium head that is much smaller if the glass is tilted. Smells like other witte beers with the sweet hops and a touch of wheat. The taste is surprisingly flat... it tastes like a large brewery used to lagers and such tried to make a witte beer. You have just a touch of the sweet taste but for the most part it tastes like refreshing water. I suppose if you are looking to drink a lot this is a good beer to grab but if you are like me and are looking for "the perfect white" then stay away from this one.

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Photo of vancurly
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a large wine glass. Very bubbly, with thick foamy white head. Pale gold, light haze.
S: Wheat malt, hint of lemon, yeast phenolics
F: Noticable caramalts, slight citrus tang. Not very 'spicy' as one expects for style.
M: Big effervescence. Fairly light and airy, watery even. Finishes quickly with a lemony tingle.
O: Not bad, although I would prefer creamier wheat body & flavour.

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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 kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

5.00% ABV. Served on-draught in a bar in Belgium. Reviewed from notes taken in June 2011. Cost was 3.50 euro for a 30cl pour. Expectations were high given the brewery.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of fair cream and thickness, and really good retention. Colour is a pale lemon. Semitransparent and cloudy.

Sm: Lemon zest and musty barley. A mild strength aroma.

T: Lemon and even lime citrus esters are brilliant, accompanied by a fine background light cream tone. The foundation is full-bodied, with well layered pale malts and barley filling it out. Very refreshing and fanciful. Well built and balanced. Its biggest weakness is its simplicity.

Mf: Coarse enough to bring out the flavours, but smooth enough to refresh. Wet. Complements the flavours generally well.

Dr: Unfortunately, it's ever so slightly watery, and a bit too simple. The price is fair. It's refreshing and drinkable on a hot summer day, and I like it, but it's just not exceptional.

C+

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Photo of BeerNutta
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

White Trappist.

A = Pours a pale straw with a thin foam head.

S = Slight citric smell with a herbal aroma mixed in.

T = The usual white beer taste. Just a little blander. Light citris flavour with the usual herb like finish. Clove aftertaste.

M = Moderately carbonated.

D = Average. If you like white beers drink hoegaarden. Cheaper and nicer.

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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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La Trappe Witte Trappist from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
85 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.
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