La Trappe Witte is the world's first and only Trappist white ale that continues to ferment slightly after bottling. Brewed using only water, wheat, and Saphir hops, which lend a citrusy aroma.
Pale, hazy yellow with a foamy white head and aromas of wheat, spice and orange peel.
Flavors of wheat, spice and citrus, with a dry finish and effervescent carbonation: a real thirst-quencher on a hot summer day, and delicious at any other time of the year.
Brewed by: Koningshoeven Abbey
Country: The Netherlands
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BeerAdvocate.com rating: 85
Trappists breweries are best known for Dubbels, Tripels, Quadrupels and Stouts. All are brewed in the monastic tradition of excellence. All are top-fermented and most are bottle-conditioned.
Of all the beers in the world, only eleven may carry the "Authentic Trappist Product" logo: the beers of Achel, Chimay, La Trappe, Orval, Rochefort, Westvleteren, Westmalle, Stift Engelszell, Zundert, Spencer, and Tre Fontane.
A Trappist beer is only given this name if it satisfies a number of strict criteria:
- The beer is brewed within the walls of a Trappist abbey, by the monks themselves or under their supervision.
- The brewery must be controlled by the monastery and have a business culture compatible with the monastic project.
- The purpose of the brewery is not to make a profit. The income takes care of the livelihood of the monks and the upkeep of the abbey site. What is left over is used for charitable purposes, social work and people in need.
- The Trappist breweries produce beers of an impeccable quality that is tightly controlled.