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:
351
Reviews:
116
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.58%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
94
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 351 |  Reviews: 116
Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bark
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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 jzlyo
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is Belgian yeast, bubblegum, spices and medium sweetness. The flavor is Belgian yeast, wheat, light citrus and a mix of spices and slight sweetness/tart in the finish.

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Photo of Viggo
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at BeerBistro. Pours a hazy yellow, thick white head forms, nice lacing on the glass, settles to a medium layer, good retention. Smell is quite light, some sourness, apples, banana and spice, wheat, some vanilla, very soft but the sourness is neat. Taste is similar, apples, banana, light sourness in the middle, yeast and wheat, oranges, almost winey character in the finish, a bit like a Berliner weiss due to the sourness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. I generally don’t like witbiers, but the sour character on this one gave it a bit of edge over other examples of the style.

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Photo of drpimento
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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 FLima
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of shelby415
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 mrfrancis
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
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 samEBC
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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 JamieDuncan
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ccrida
4.77/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle (procured in the Netherlands) poured into my Supra gueuze tumber, La Trappe Witte is a spritzy clear pale yellow with a large, quickly settling white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is sweet and fruity, but not to strong, and with a nice little twang from the wheat.

Taste is amazing, wow. Big fruity esters, very clean, super tasty. Surely the best Witte I've had, which is many, as it's a favorite style of mine. I love the sweetness while still being very refreshing and not at all overbaring.

Mouthfeel is sharply crisp, with a light body, very refreshing.

Drinkability is super high. This is an awesome witte.

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Photo of dertyd
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a hazy, opaque lemon yellow with a nice fine-bubbled white head. Aroma is lemony, wheaty and slightly yeasty. Wheaty flavor has a hint of lemon and just a bit of yeast. Lively, fizzy texture leaves a fairly persistent tingle in the finish.

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Photo of GreenMind
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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 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 EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Slightly hazy lemon yellow body with slight white head
Aroma of cloves and toffee
Classic wit flavour
Seems a bit watery though

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Photo of leitmotif
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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 jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of BdM
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

La Trappe Witte Trappist from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.8 out of 5 based on 351 ratings.
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