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

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La Trappe Witte TrappistLa Trappe Witte Trappist

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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.

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Reviews: 112 | Ratings: 323
Photo of Absumaster
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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 vancurly
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
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 bark
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is pale orange-gold; the liquid is hazy. The finger thick head slowly sinks down to a firm white layer, leaving some lacing.

The smell is fruity with yeasty flavours, sweet citric fruits (mandarins, bitter oranges) and a hint of bitterness.

The first flavours are citric (bitter oranges, lime), mixed herbs, plums and bakery yeast. Then, some notes of wheat flour, and sour flavours emerges. The aftertaste is mid-sourish with a fruity bitterness and hints of herbs.

The carbonation is overwhelming and – in my opinion – too strong even for a wit. The bubbles are medium sized.

I thought this beer was a little too discreet; I like a wit to be a rollercoaster of flavours!

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Photo of ohitsbrad
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
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 Regenpak
3.6/5  rDev -5%
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 mdagnew
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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 BeerNutta
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
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 Globetrotter
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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 goodbyeohio
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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 silenius
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received from Paterlodie. Thanks!

Pours a pale hazed straw with a great cushy white head. Pinpoint carbonation bubbles add a champagne-like appearance.

Light bready smell with a restrained amount of spices and lemon scent in the nose with some bubblegum as well. Refined rather than brash.

Lightly spicy tingle with slight banana notes. Refreshing and light.

Mouthfeel is a little too tingly for me with the carbonation.

Very drinkable hot weather beer. Nice job!

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
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 Bierschenker
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When the bottle is opened and you start to pour the beer into the glass, a very strong citrus smell is noticeable. It pours out a foggy gold, not white, beer. The beer has a strong mint, pepper/spices and citric odour. The taste also releases that citric taste along with hop and malt. The aftertaste could be described like eating overcooked potatoes with a lemon sauce. A very dry and citric aftertaste. Overall not a superb beer, but very refreshing during the hot summer months.

Ut vivat, crescat, floreat!

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