La Trappe

Name: La Trappe

Location: Netherlands

Website: www.latrappetrappist.com

La Trappe’s motto is “Taste the silence”. Take that in for a second. Imagine tasting a beer that you don’t want to judge or rate, because it’s just.. so.. {insert awesome descriptive word here}. That’s what it’s like to taste La Trappe beers.

La Trappe is one of only 11 Trappist breweries in the world and one of two that are in the Netherlands. They started when French Trappist monks sought refuge in Berkel-Enschot, a village in the Netherlands.

“The sheep barn was converted into an abbey. Self-sufficiency and the duty of charity inspired the Trappists to start brewing ale. Until the present day, brewing within the walls of this abbey still adheres to the age-old methods of the Trappists.”

So, they started brewing ale to sustain the abbey. But it turned out to be very popular and demand soon exceeded supply. The periods of World Wars 1&2 saw steep production growth and modernisation but the brand of La Trappe was only coined in 1980. In 2010 La Trappe was awarded the “Best Socially Responsible Entrepreneur in Tilburg” because of their low carbon footprint and other initiatives in the area.

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Interestingly, recognition of the brewery as “Trappist” was withdrawn between 1999 and 2005. But happily, they regained theire status and can now proudly display the Authentic Trappist Product logo.

They have a range of 9 beers from a Bock, to a Tripel. They also have a Wit (white) and Puur (pure) selection. I’ve had 6 out of their range and they’re all extremely special. If you can find some La Trappe, buy it and “taste the silence”.

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