Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven is the only Trappist brewery in the Netherlands, not far from the Belgian border. The Abbey was established in 1881 and began brewing in 1884. The brewery provided a source of income to support the monastery and provide charitable service.
The 7.0% La Trappe Dubbel is a classic, dark Trappist ale with a full malty, caramel-sweet taste and a subtle influence of dates, honey and dried fruits. Dubbels are one of the oldest beer styles in Belgium, a beer whose history is found in the monasteries of the Middle Ages. The “modern” adaptation of the style came together in the early 1800s. Belgian Candi Sugar gives the beer its dark color, along with flavors for caramel, raisin, and dried figs, with a complex flavor mix of rich malts, fruit, spice and gentle bitterness. The light spiciness is contributed by the yeast during fermentation; additional spices were traditionally not added.
The only Witbier brewed by Trappist monks, this 5.5% La Trappe Witte is refermented in the bottle to product an effervescent, slightly hazy beer. Traditional aromas and flavors of spice, citrus and wheat greet the drinker, and it finishes crisp and refreshing, with a kiss of lemony tartness. It’s a delicious and unique beer, albeit with a smaller personality than other Belgian ales. This Belgian wheat ale is refreshing and elegant in its simplicity. This style is about 400 years old and had died out before Pierre Celis at revived it in the 1950s.