La Trappe Brewery
La Trappe is the only Trappist brewery in the Netherlands!
All La Trappe beers are developed and brewed in collaboration with the monks of the O.L.V. Koningshoeven Abbey. The beer can only be called a 'Trappist beer' if it is brewed at a Trappist monastery under the supervision and responsibility of the monks.
The abbey opened a brewery inside the monastery in 1884 in order to finance the monastery and contribute to charitable causes. The water for the beer is drawn from five 200-metre deep wells on the abbey grounds. A part of the profits from the La Trappe beers goes to the Trappist monasteries in Indonesia and Uganda, which have been set-up by Koningshoeven.
In 2009, Beer Brewery de Koningshoeven celebrates its 125 anniversary. To commemorate the 125th anniversary La Trappe have developed a special beer; La Trappe Isid'or, which is only available during 2009.
La Trappe Isid'or is a lightly sweet amber beer with a hint of caramel. The beer tastes softly bitter and has a fruity aftertaste. La Trappe has 7,5% alcohol and enjoys an ideal pouring temperature of 10-14 ºC.
La Trappe produces several widely regarded ales, such as
- La Trappe Blond (6.5% ABV)
- La Trappe Dubbel (7% ABV)
- La Trappe Tripel (8% ABV)
- La Trappe Quadrupel (10% ABV)
- La Trappe Witte Trappist (5.5% ABV)
- La Trappe Bockbier (7% ABV)
La Trappe Blond is a clear, sparkling Trappist beer with a high fermentation level. Blond has a fresh and fruity taste with a soft bitter aftertaste. It has 6.5% vol. alcohol and an ideal pouring temperature of 8-12 ºC.
La Trappe Tripel derives it's name from the brewing process in that it uses up to three times the usual amount of malt compared to a standard Trappst ale. Tripel pours a fairly clear, light golden colour with a puffy head of off-white creamy foam. It has an aroma that is big and malty with traces of honey, lots of fruity notes and a good hit of spices floating around. It has an 8% vol. alcohol and an ideal pouring temperature of 10-14 ºC.