La Trappe Trappist
Taste the Silence
La Trappe is named after the French abbey of ‘Notre-Dame de la Grande Trappe’ from the Normandy village of Soligny-La-Trappe. Since 1140, Benedictine monks ran a chapel there, which later became the Cistercian ‘La Trappe’ monastery, where the order of Trappist monks originated.
At time of Revolution, those French Trappist monks found refuge in the village of Berkel-Enschot in the Dutch Brabant province, where sheep barn farmhouses were named ‘De Koningshoeven’ (or King’s Farms named after owner King William II) then converted into an abbey. Self-sufficiency and the duty of charity inspired the Trappists to start brewing. Until today, brewing within the walls of this abbey still adheres to the age-old methods of the Trappists.
La Trappe, Holland’s only Trappist brewery, is one of 7 authentic trappist beers. La Trappe’s abbey brewery has a rich history. Since 1884, La Trappe owes its particularity to a honestly-brewed beer, where behind the ‘savour’ taste lies another important ingredient that represents the essence of a monk’s existence: tasting the Silence. This Monastery expression is a major driver behind the La Trappe range of ales.
Whilst keeping its traditions, La Trappe brewery has modernised its activity through a set of socially responsible ethos.
The Koningshoeven brewery was recently voted Entrepreneur with the Best Corporate Social Responsibility credentials in the city of Tilburg, an Award that goes to the organisation that stands out for its efforts to emphasise the link between People, Planet, and Profit. Proud of this accolade, La Trappe intends to continue down this path in the future.
La Trappe is also set to minimise its carbon footprint by compensating CO2 emissions as much as possible. In developing the latest organic La Trappe Puur ale in 2011, this aim materialised in the planting of a forest on 1.3 hectares of farmland near the monastery. From end of 2011, La Trappe has also been sourcing its barley locally, reducing emissions from trucks whilst maintaining its quality.
In 2012, the brewery invested in solar energy to generate electricity for the entire production process at the brewery in the longer term.
Mysteriously, for politico-geographic reasons should you wonder, La Trappe is the only trappist beer brewed outside of Belgium. With multiple styles ranging from a Witte beer, to pale and golden ales, as well as darker ales and Bockbiers, La Trappe presents in 330ml as well as 750ml Long Neck bottles.
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Witte 330ml Stubby (5.5%)
Witte – Garlic pizza; French fries