La Trappe Isid'or by Abbey de Koningshoeven 7.5%

Score: A

Smells like apples, plums, bread, licorice. Amber red color. Small head. Medium carbonation. Tastes like liquid bread, fruity with a bitter finish. I wished it had less carbonation. Although not a Belgian beer. Worth mentioning since it is one of the Trappist breweries. This one in the Netherlands. It was made a few years ago to celebrate their 125th anniversary. I like it.

Beer Review: Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven - La Trappe Quadrupel
  • ABV: 10%, Style: Quadrupel
  • Best before December 2014
  • Brewed in Berkel-Enschot, NL
  • Served: 330ml bottle poured into a Leffe chalice
  • http://www.latrappe.nl
  • £2.99 from Micro Bar, Manchester

Ok Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven, last chance to impress me. Let’s see how the Quad works out.

Look: Pretty pale for a Quad. It is just a shade darker than an English bitter. A healthy copper colour. Lots of bubbles in the glass too, pilsner levels of carbonation by the looks of it. Off-white head settled quickly.

Aroma: Sweet caramel and banana.

Taste: Ack, more banana chews and so much sugar. This beer is really, really sweet. Dark fruit flavours come in towards the end but it’s all sugar and then a little alcohol heat. Like drinking concentrated cordial straight with a dash of vodka.

Mouthfeel: Really fizzy. Cloying sugar at the end which is a bit gaggy.

Overall: Oh my, this really is not me. The excess sweetness and excess fizz make me wonder if it wouldn’t do better after a year of aging, but I’m not planning to find out.  I’ve only had 3 sips and I’m really wondering whether or not I can finish this. 2/5


Just tasted a brand new Trappist Beer….from The Netherlands!
It’s name: Zundert (after the village where the monastery is located).

Abdij Maria Toevlucht (Zundert) - Klein Zundert, Netherlands (Est. 1899, Brewery Est. 2013)

The monastery at Zundert was founded by monks from Konigshoeven in 1899.  Since its founding, the monks have continued to grow their monastery and develop its unique culture.  In the 1970′s, the abbot instituted a program of Zen meditation after becoming interested in yoga and Zen practices while studying in Rome.  The monks still practice and host Zen Meditation/Prayer sessions to this day.

In the last decade, the abbey has reduced the intensity of its farming practices to convert to more ecological cattle farming methods until 2011 when it was fully discontinued.  To help fund their monastery, the monks decided to install a brewery beginning in October of 2012.  The first bottles rolled off the lines in the fall of 2013.  Soon they will carry the official ”Authentic Trappist Product” label. The first beer that has been brewed is described as a “copper blond beer of 8% alcohol.”

Beer Review: Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven - La Trappe Blond Trappist
  • ABV: 6.5%, Style: Belgian Pale Ale
  • Best before June 2014
  • Brewed in Berkel-Enschot, NL
  • Served: 330ml bottle poured into a Leffe chalice
  • http://www.latrappe.nl
  • £2.73 from Micro Bar, Manchester

I like Micro Bar’s unrounded prices. £2.73 is oddly specific. I would have still bought it if it was rounded up to £2.79 like everywhere else in the world does these days. I suppose it hints a value and that’s always a good thing.

Again, here I am looking at a poured glass of Trappist blond and wondering why I do this to myself. Although I think I’m getting to like them a bit more, the dryness and the sweetness will always be a bit of a struggle for me.

Look: Pale yellow beer with notable floating sediment. Large, fluffy white head, of about two fingers deep on a gentle pour. Not much lacing after the head died down.

Aroma: Bready yeast, banana and spice. I’m going to put this out there and I’m sure everyone will disagree with me, but I’m getting stale smoke too.

Taste: Spice is a lot more present in the taste, but sadly so is a rather heavy sweetness. Fruity and yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Soft carbonation makes it feel quite slick, aftertaste is very dry.

Overall: There’s something quite sharp and synthetic about the fruit in this beer. I can’t quite place it. I think it might be reminding me of chewy banana 1p sweets. While this has a certain nostalgia, it’s not a flavour I want in a beer. I doubt even people committed to the style would be in favour of this one. 2/5