Welcome to La Trappe Cafe

17 01 2014

La Trappe Would like to Welcome Our New Chef
Mark Furr and His Crew
Dinner Menu April 2014

All Mikkeller Bottled Brews 1/2 off until supplies run out……….
Mikkeller Beer Specials List

Draft List for Tuesday April 22, 2014

Verdi Stout 200th Anniversary – Ducato – Italy – Barrel Aged Stout – 25cl – 14
Odyssey - Allagash – Barrel Aged Dark Strong - 25cl – 10
La Potironne - Vapeur - Pumpkin Ale – 25cl – 14
Seef Bier – Antwerpse Brouw – Golden Ale – 25cl – 9
Ertvelds Wit – Van Steenberge – Witbier / Blanche – 25cl – 8
Nigredo – Birrificio Italiano – Black Lager – 25cl – 12
Vlas Kop - Strubbe – Witbier / Blanche - 25cl – 6
Tartare – Bear Republic – Berliner Weissbier- 25cl – 8
Super Floreale - Baladin - Italy - Dry Hopped Super - 25cl – 12
Melchoir – Alvinne – Strong Seasonal Pale – 25cl – 14
Limfjords Porter – Thisted Bryghus – Baltic Porter – 25cl – 14
Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel - De Halve Maan – Quadrupel – 14
Rosy Barl
- Anderson Valley – Wild Sour Ale – 8
Cuvee Angelique - Glazen Toren – 25cl – 14
Le Guillotine - Huyghe – Golden Ale – 12

100% Guarantee of a “No Plastic” keg policy and proud of it.
We like our environment, don’t you?

Seasonal Bottle Specials
Winter Beers 2014

Daily Bottle Specials

Mont Des Cats – 9
Rince Cochon – 12
Blanche de Namur – 9
Cuvee des Jacobins – 10
Crushable Saison  – 12
Iduna Cru – England – Wild Beer Co. – 12
Rigor Mortis Abt – 12
Vanderghinste Oud Bruin – 12
Cuvee Alex Le Rouge – 14
Smiske Extra Dry Hopped – 12
Nøgne Ø Winter – Norway – 14
Stille Nacht – 20
Monks Stout – 750ml – 21
Fantome de Noel – 750ml – 24
Rodenbach Vintage 2011 – 45
Rodenbach Caractère Rouge – 60




Podge Beer Tours Schedule

17 12 2013

Hi! All,
I hope you are all well. This year’s Tours are filling up but we do have places left on all Tours except Tour 73. We can now announce the price of Tour 74 Christmas in Bruges (see below) and also exclusive news on our tour programme for Spring 2015.

TOUR 70 LEUVEN & ANTWERP – Saturday 26 April – Wednesday 30 April 2014
This fabulous beer connoisseurs Tour takes in two of Belgium’s finest cities, the twin Flemish jewels of Leuven and Antwerp – both long famed for their culture and beer. We will spend the first two nights of the Tour in the luxury Hotel Novotel Leuven Centrum followed by a two night stay at the revamped, centrally based Hotel Ibis Antwerpen Centrum. We will have an opportunity to explore these great cities, each with a different flavour. Leuven, the historical University City and Antwerp the ancient port and artistic centre, both sharing a lively beer culture and great nightlife. This tour will visit Leuven at the time of the annual national Zythos Beer Festival and we will include at least one visit to this premier beer festival in Europe at which you can choose from hundreds of Belgium’s finest beers. This Tour itinerary offers the amazing opportunity to visit a huge ten breweries or brewery taps along with a host of hand-picked cafes and restaurants in West Flanders, Flemish Brabant and Antwerp provinces. The itinerary looks something like this:

Day One sees an early start with coach pick-ups at Ipswich, Colchester, Chelmsford and as agreed in Kent, after which we make our way to Folkestone for the 09.20hr Eurotunnel Train. We then move on onto Belgium and the first stop at the fantastic beer village of Oostvleteren where we have a meal at the picturesque ’t Witte Paard Restaurant. The White Horse was voted the friendliest café in West Flanders and was used in the filming of Belgian mini-series The Forests of Flanders. Following lunch we take a walk round the corner to the mighty Struise Brouwers for a quick visit and a chance to buy some of their rarer bottles. We then proceed over the road to the working windmill and the brilliant Molenhof Café where we can choose a beer or two from their excellent menu of 123 beer menu. We then board the coach heading for Leuven with a special café stop at Bloemenlust in Wetteren on the way. Following check-in at the comfy Novotel we can either explore the great nightlife of this student city armed with Podge’s Leuven Bar Guide or catch the free shuttle bus from the nearby station out to the festival with all it has to offer (we will also get an opportunity to go to the festival on Sunday too).

After the great Hotel breakfast on Sunday we start by calling in at the innovative Hof ten Dormaal brewery for a quick tour and tasting* on our way to ABS Drinks warehouse in Winksele. Our visit coincides with their annual beer festival, so those not choosing their beers to take home can sit back and relax with a beer. Lunch will be at the friendly Herberg in de Ster in Wezemaal before going on to the new municipal Aarschotse Stadsbrouwerij which has recreated the traditional local style of brown ale and we will get a taste*. We then make our way back to Leuven via a drop at the Zythos Beer Festival on the way back to the city, for an evening’s relaxation. On Monday we make our way to our second city base, and for many Belgium’s best beer city, Antwerp. We travel north via two new brewery taps, where we can sample their offerings at the Kroon Brewery in Neerijse and the brand new Campenhout Brewery at their Café Labo. Lunch will be taken in the historic religious Belgian city of Mechelen, with some free time in the city centre. Tuesday, Day Four, takes us north to the excellent Dochter van de Korenaar Brewery in the enclave of Baarle-Hertog for a look at the brewery and a taste* of their superb beers (especially the dark, smooth Embrasse). We then pop over the border into Holland for a visit to Breda and Café Restaurant and Brewery De Beyerd for a meal and a taste of their brews. We travel back to Antwerp via the Den Hoek café the nearest café to the new brewing monastery at Zundert, where you can sample the new Trappist beer or choose other from their exhaustive list. We will drop at Pakhuis Huisbrouwerij in Antwerp for those still peckish, or those who fancy a café crawl of this part of town, near the River Schelde. On our final day of the tour we make our way back to the Eurotunnel Train at Calais via a final beer tasting* at Paenhuys Brewery in Nieuwkerken-Waas near Sint-Niklaas for a beer sampling of three from their range of Schapenkop Tripel, Puitenkop Bitter Amber and Zwarte Zjef Stout.

We have added visits to the following on this Tour itinerary:
· newly renovated and reopened De Koninck Brewery Tap on the outskirts of Antwerp, De Pelgrim. Here, you can savour your first Bolleke in the city accompanied by a shot of the brewery yeast in a separate glass, uniquely available here.
· Den Hoek café which is the nearest café to the new brewing monastery Trappistenbrouwerij de Kievit at Zundert, where you can sample the new Trappist beer or choose others from their exhaustive list.
· Café De Rotse in Dikkelvenne which acts as brewery tap for family brewers Contreras down the road. You will have an opportunity of sampling the beers in the brewery’s portfolio.
· De Zandvlooi café in Kruishoutem for our pre-ordered three course lunch. This café also stocks the not easily found local micro brewery Sint Canarus beers.

The price of this five-day Tour is £480 per person based on sharing a twin or double room with a single supplement of £150 if you want a room of your own. If you are travelling alone and want to share a room with another traveller, please contact Podge as we are often able to pair up travellers in a twin room to avoid the need to pay the single supplement. If you would like to secure a place please now send a deposit of £100 per person deposit to Podge.

TOUR 71 BEER & BATTLEFIELDS 2014 – Thursday 22 May – Monday 26 May 2014
The full itinerary for this great 100-year anniversary Beer & Battlefields tour is now on our website and can be viewed here. Highlights of the tour are:
An Ijzer River Cruise with a local Ijzerfront battlefield guide and a bar onboard
Walking tour of the Ganzepoot Complex, Nieuwpoort
Guided visit to Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) CWGC Military Cemetery
Visit to St Bernardus Kazematten Café, Ypres
Tour of the new Kazematten (Casemates) Brewery, Ypres
Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate, Ypres
Visit inside Talbot House, ‘Toc H’, Poperinge
A guided south salient tour of the Battle of Messines (7–14 June 1917)
visit to a rare WW1 brewery (Six-Colpaert) in Reningelst
three evenings free in each of Ypres, Poperinge and Veurne
As usual we have the services of Siobhan McGinn who is nearing the end of her Birmingham University MA British First World War Studies, and will be our guide to the battlefields and in her specialist subject, beer in the First World War.

TOUR 72 HOPS & POPS – Thursday 18 September – Monday 22 September 2014
This five day tour is based around the Poperinge area (‘Pops’ to First World War British soldiers). This region is justly famous for its hops. We will focus on the hop plant and explore its relationship with beer in the Westhoek, staying at the friendly Oude Abdij Hotel in Lo-Reninge. This Tour coincides with the famous Poperinge Bier- en Hoppefeesten which runs from 19-21 September 2014 and for the first time Podge’s Belgian Beer Tours will be taking in this festival of all things hoppy. We have arranged visits to several different hop farms. We are including the Hoppecruyt Hop Farm in Proven, where we will have a guided tour of the farm and harvesting and a unique opportunity to taste five different beers each brewed using a different hop variety grown on this farm. We will have a tour of the organic hop farm Plukker and a taste of the beer made with their hops at the farm brewery. We hope to call in at the artisanal chocolate makers Zokola in Proven to have a taste and opportunity to buy their Hop Chocolates “Hommeknopjes” made with local Van Eecke Tripel Watou beer and hops. We plan a tour and beer tasting at the Van Eecke Brewery in Watou and also in this brewers village will have a beer cuisine meal at the world famous Restaurant Hommelhof. Plans are afoot for a brewery tour of St Bernardus also in Watou for a look at their brewery and new hop field, which includes a beer tasting and a substantial beer gift to take home. There will be some free time in Poperinge for the festival and hop parade and we may even fit in a game of boltra. Visits are also planned to the spectacular Poperinge Hop Museum for an expert guided tour followed by a glass of Hommelbier.

The price of this five-day Tour is £470 per person based on sharing a twin or double room with a single supplement of £140 if you want a room of your own. If you are travelling alone and want to share a room with another traveller, please contact Podge as we are often able to pair up travellers in a twin room to avoid the need to pay the single supplement. If you are interested in this Tour please contact me now as this tour is also in high demand and will sell out quickly. You can secure a place by sending a £100 deposit.
TOUR 73 BEER & BATTLEFIELDS CENTENARY – Thursday 23 October – Tuesday 28 October 2014
SOLD OUT! See website Beer & Battlefields Centenary Tour for further details. More details will be issued soon.

TOUR 74 – CHRISTMAS IN BRUGES – Monday 22 December – Friday 26 December 2014
If you are up for getting away over the Christmas period this year put these dates in your newly acquired diary or better still contact us so you can be the first in the queue to register for this Tour. This five day tour will be based at the four star Hotel Academie near Minnewater in the centre of Bruges. For the third year running we will be enjoying Emelisse Brewery on Christmas Day, as well as lots of new beery experiences.

The price of this five-day Tour is £475 per person based on sharing a twin or double room with a single supplement of £140 if you want a room of your own. If you are travelling alone and want to share a room with another traveller, please contact Podge as we are often able to pair up travellers in a twin room to avoid the need to pay the single supplement. If you would like to secure a place please now send a deposit of £100 per person deposit to Podge.

TOUR 75 – THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT TOUR (Eat, Drink & Be Merry) – Thursday 2 April – Monday 6 April 2015
We are pleased to announce this tour which draws on the best of the Belgian Burgundian lifestyle with a divine twist. The tour will be based at the luxurious four star Hotel Park in the centre of Kortrijk, the West Flanders city which is fast becoming a major pilgrimage for connoisseurs of fine beer. This tour will take in both the sacred and profane of the beer world including some Trappists, Abbeys, and Monasteries plus a sprinkling of Nuns, Confessionals and a few heavenly beers along the way. Saints and sinners welcome. Tour price will be issued later in 2014.

TOUR 76 – LAMBICLAND & TOER DE GEUZE – Friday 1 May – Tuesday 5 May 2015

This Tour is designed for those who love Belgium’s Lambic beers and takes in the superb bi-annual lambic day, the Toer de Geuze on the Sunday. Over the five days of the Tour we aim to visit all of Belgium’s lambic brewers and blenders and the best of the specialised lambic cafes of LambicLand. By popular demand this Tour is based at the newly refurbished four star Hotel Keizershof in the centre of Aalst. We will also visit the Lambic Visitors Centre De Lambiek in Beersel (Alsemberg). There will be meals at the superb de Heeren van Liederkercke and Café-Restaurant 3 Fonteinen in Beersel, plus calling in at specialist lambic cafe In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst. Tour price will be issued later in 2014.

Included in the cost of our Tours are:
Hotel accommodation and breakfasts.
All local tourist taxes
Luxury coach travel on a 49+ seater coach with toilet.
Pick up from Ipswich (Crown Street Layby), Colchester (Southway Chapel St South Layby) or Chelmsford (The Woolpack, Mildmay Road).
Arrangements can be made for different joining points on the way to Folkestone or even on the other side of the channel.
All Brewery visits, tours and brewery beer tastings.
Entrance fees to all group attractions, museums and historical sites.
All items marked with an asterisk on individual detailed tour itinerary.
Copies of Podge’s City Bar Guide & Map for the town or city where we stay or spend some time on Tour.
Free still and sparkling water on the coach.

Personal insurance is not included but is strongly advised, as is carrying the European Health Insurance Card available online, by phone or via the Post Office. If you would like to join us on any of the above tours or if you need more information please contact Podge on 01245 354677 or email podgehome@blueyonder.co.uk. Places are limited to the number of rooms booked, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Podge’s Belgian Beer Tours
Driving people to drink since 1994
01245 354677


10 12 2013

Dear friends of the Chrismas Beer Festival, 

To heat up the fire a bit more: Our beer list is getting more and more refined. At the moment is says 157 times “OK” on our work list of 185. The rest of 28 beers contains quite are dubbed ‘almost OK’. Some of them are however really unsure of even OK, but “top secret”. (“code 14″ on our list) 

Not too much beers that disapeared from the list: only Tsjeeses Port Barrel Aged (Struise Brouwers) on draught is worth mentioned, but we still have it bottled and the Bourbon Barrel version on draugt as well as bottled. Lots of new Mikkeller beers on the list. “Easy” to get a lot of your beers on the list if you age them in different liquor barrels.  Santa’s Little Helper & Fra-Til-Via are on the list in 4 different versions. Strikingly a lot of barrel aged beers on the list,  also by Belgian brewers themselves. Gulden Draak Brewmaster Edition, Melchior Bourbon & Monbazillac Barrel Aged, Bon Homme d’Hiver Oak Aged, Kleveretien Oak Aged (Het Nest), and of course “our” Kerstvuur 2012 Oak Aged by Pirlot for the 20th anniversary of our club O.B.E.R..

3 More odd beers out come from White Pony microbrewery, an Italian brewer who contracts his brews at ‘t Gaverhopke. 

See for yourself. The updated list is at http://www.kerstbierfestival.be/lijst.htm 

Due to the succes of last year the Raffle and election Best Beer of the Festival will follow the same formula as last year. With your glass you get a ticket to vote for your favorite beer of the fest. The tickets go in a bucket and a week after the festival we pick ten winners and make them happy by sending a nice prize to their home.

The green tokens from last year will still be valid this year, and are not raised in price. Tokens are 1,70 EURO each or 6 for 10 EURO (reduction of 0,20EURO). If you buy a combined package at the fast desk you get a glass, booklet with tasting notes and 9 tokens for 20€ 30cent reduction) (please use correct change at the fast desk)

As per last year we’d like to know where you’re from and we want to reward our visitors coming from afar. You can stick a pin in your country on our world map and the first one from each country gets a free token. Last year the result on our map was 30 countries and 17 American States. Bear in mind: you have to show a pasport, driver’s licence or other proof concerning your homecountry. Members of Zythos, PINT, CAMRA or other EBCU associated organizations will get one token for free for the weekend, as it was the previous years.You can get your free tokan at info stand between the exclusive beers bar and the book shop.


Gunter Mertens 
chairman O.B.E.R. 
www.ober.be - www.kerstbierfestival.be 

La Trappe Schedule for Saturday 11.16.2013

17 11 2013

La Trappe Cafe would like to extend a warm welcome all members of
The Belgian Club for The Annual Dynasty Dinner beginning at 6pm this evening.

Street level only will be open to the public from 5pm to midnight.

Basement level will be closed to the public until the festivities have ended

and the Belgians have left the building……..

First of the Holiday brews have arrived!

24 10 2013

Xmas Brews

Fantome de Noel – Fantome - A very dark and entirely unique holiday seasonal saison style beer. Reportedly spiced with honey,
caramel, coriander, black pepper, and other secret ingredients. – 10% abv

Nøgne Ø/Jolly Pumpkin/Stone Special Holiday Ale – Batch 2 Brewed at Nøgne Ø
 This is the second release of Special Holiday Ale, which was first brewed in San Diego in 2008. Each brew is following the same recipe,
including Michigan chestnuts, white sage from southern California and Norwegian juniper berries, but differences in brewing and aging
practices produce different beers. Cheers to being different! Skål! – 8.5% abv

A dark medium bodied brown ale that pours a frothy creamy tan head with light lacing.  Predominant sage and fresh mint aroma with light
roasted chocolate throughout. A sweet malt flavor with undertones of roasted chestnuts and herbs that ends pleasantly dry. – 8.5% abv

Tjeeses 2012- Struise -  A strong, blond, winter beer with a fluffy white head and elegant aroma.
It has flavors of dried fruits, spices, refreshing herbs and noble hops. - 10% abv  

Tjeeses Reserva 2011- Struise - A special barrel aged version of Tsjeeses, aged this year in bourbon barrels. - 10% abv

Pere Noel
– DeRanke – A Christmas ale, though very different from any other Christmas ales you might know.
While most Christmas ales are rich & sweet, this one is amber-colored, . Strong and tastes quite bitter.
The complex taste is completed with the addition of liquorice. In the recipe we can also find pale malt, Munich malt,
Caramel malt, Brewers Gold hops and Hallertau hops. - 7% abv

Noel des Geants
– Des Legendes -The beer is a dark plum color that shows a lightly hazed, red / pale amber hue when
held up to the light. The aroma smells spicy (sort of like pepper, coriander and a touch of elderberry) up front backed
by fruit and rich malt notes. This smells a bit like a dark, sweet, spicy, holiday sweet bread. The malt has a nuttiness to
it and almost smells of port or even sherry in the finish and perhaps even a touch of toasted grain character. - 8.5% abv

Kloster Andechs Brews at La Trappe Cafe

24 09 2013

Andechs logoAndechs Kettles

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel is “reminiscent of dark copper with nuances of fiery red. Its clear gleaming look harmonizes with its firm, fine pored head.”
“Soft roasted accents and a nuance of dried fruit carrying a vein of caramel” in the nose This Doppelbock Dunkel has a pleasant effervescence with unmistakable flavors.  “Mouthcoating and velvety, strong and yet pleasantly malty – a powerful, robust body. At the same time, it develops an easily recognizable sweetness, embraced in roasted cocoa and a light, bitter hoppiness.Concluding with a powerful punch with a lingering aftertaste of quality plain chocolate.” – Andechs

ANDECHSER VOLLBIER HELL- LAGER – 4.8% – 500ml Bottle – 9
“A product of traditional multiple mashing, Andechser Vollbier Hell presents a bright straw yellow and clear gleaming look that cannot fail to fascinate.
Its head is firm and fine pored. Its aroma is pure and fresh from the cellar, with soft malty accents imbued with floral hoppiness.
Its light and soft body leaves a pleasant, tangy taste in the mouth. The mild sweetness marries well with the velvety bitterness of the hops. It concludes on a rounded, harmonious note.
Andechser Vollbier Hell is therefore a classical Bavarian Vollbier.” – Andechs

ANDECHSER WEISSBIER HELL – HEFEWEIZEN – .5L Draft / 500ml Bottle – 10 / 9
“First, distinctive fruity aromas like banana and honeydew melon come to the fore, followed by fine cloves. Andechser Weissbier Hell is a very tangy, refreshing treat with the conviction of a full, soft body. It concludes on a finely balanced interplay of light sweet honey and a delicate acidity with undertones of bitter hoppiness that quickly subside into a harmonious aftertaste.” – Andechs

“Largest economic operation of the monastery is the Andechs Brewery. It belongs solely to the Benedictine monks of Saint Boniface in Munich and Andechs.

Monasteries have always been spiritual, cultural and economic centers, which were in a lively exchange with their environment. “Ora et labora” is the motto under which the Benedictine according to the Rule of St. Benedict of Nursia (480-547) work.

To finance the monks of Saint Boniface and Andechs their farms by the pastoral, cultural and social commitment of the Abbey in Munich and Andechs. This is even more important since the monastery receives no compensation from church tax.

Like all other farms working the monastery brewery profit-oriented and white at the same time the monastic rules of organic and sustainable growth required. On operation of the monastery brewery is clearly: the overflowing technical infrastructure at the Holy Mountain is not aimed at profit maximization, but to the preservation of monastic identity.

The monastery beers brewed in Andechs are the culmination of centuries old Benedictine brewing tradition and ultra modern brewing technology.

They are the ambassadors of traditional Benedictine hospitality, still practiced today, and the monastery’s long history as a place of pilgrimage, without which the brewery would never have come about. Against this backdrop, the Andechs beer specialities provide a “taste” of the successful meld of Benedictine hospitality, Baroque culture, and the Bavarian lifestyle.

In brewing our premium beer, we exclusively use high quality Bavarian ingredients. In addition, we give our beer specialities plenty of time to develop their aromas.

Over 100,000 hectolitres of beer are brewed each year at the foot of the Holy Mountain.” – Andechs website

Gnome Week at La Trappe Cafe

19 09 2013

Brass Chouffe

Saturday 09.21.2013
Chris Bauweraerts founder of
La Chouffe brewery will be making
an appearance at La Trappe Cafe
this Saturday to end  Gnome Week 2013.



What to Expect:
La Chouffe Swag
Discounts on All La Chouffe Brews on Tap
Discounts on Duvel – Ommegang on Tap
Food Specials from the La Chouffe recipe book!
Friendly visit and toast with Chris from La Chouffe Brewery

5pm to Close – La Chouffe and Duvel Moorgat Draft Specials
6pm to Close – Special food menu with Brasserie d’achouffe recipes
La Chouffe Prawns – Chouffard Meatballs – La Chouffe Pork Chop

 - Chris Bauweraerts Arrival – Meet and Greet
10pm La Chouffe Toast with Chris
12pm The Gnomes return home to make more beer.

La Chouffe


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