La Trappe WitteSeptember 16, 2014
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Imported by: Artisanal Imports Inc., Austin, TX
La Trappe Witte is brewed with pale malt and wheat (no spices) at one of 10 authentic Trappist breweries in the world.
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1049
The monks claim it’s the only Trappist wheat—“witte”—beer in the world. It’s a blend of malted barley and wheat, has an inviting pale gold color and a superb aroma of creamy malt and perfumed hops, with a hint of nougat. The palate is sharp and tangy—it’s quite a bitter beer for the style—but smooth, creamy malt builds with a continuing note of nougat. The finish is spritzy, with hop notes, rich malt and a late burst of a sweet, honey note. Complex, refreshing and rewarding.
- Roger Protz
Sometimes a beer really hits the spot, and this Dutch witbier did that for me. In this age of big-tasting brews, subtlety and refinement are qualities that are all too often overlooked. This hazy yellow beer offers everything you’d expect from the style—from a creamy, bready texture to hints of peppery spice and plenty of tart fruit, in this case apple and lemon—but it’s all done in a balanced and restrained fashion, leaving you room to unravel more levels of flavor with every sip. It’s clean, fresh-tasting and wonderfully delicate. A treat.
- Jeff Evans
Author of 300 Beers to Try Before You Die and 300 More Beers to Try Before You Die. Respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and www.protzonbeer.co.uk.
Jeff Evans is author of the Good Bottled Beer Guide, The Book of Beer Knowledge and Beer Lover’s Britain. More of his writing can be found at www.insidebeer.com.