De Koningshoeven Brewery (dating back to the 1880s and one of the few Trappist breweries outside of Belgium) is located just outside the city of Tilburg in the Netherlands.
It sells its beers under the name of "La Trappe".
Its range of beers (in ascending order of alcohol content) is as follows:
La Trappe Puur (organic; 4.7%)
La Trappe Witte Trappist (wheat; 5.5%)
La Trappe Blond (6.5%)
La Trappe Dubbel (7%)
La Trappe Bockbier (7%)
La Trappe Isid'or (7.5%)
La Trappe Tripel (8%)
La Trappe Quadrupel (10%)
La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged (10%)
During our visit to Tilburg in March 2015, we had dinner at De Pannekoekenbakker restaurant. Its beer list included 8 of the above beers (the exception being the La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged) priced between €3.20 and €3.80 a bottle.
I opted for a 330ml bottle of La Trappe Witte Trappist (€3.20) – a refreshing 5.5% witbier (wheat beer).
During our stay in the region, I also tried one more of La Trappe's beers; the La Trappe Dubbel – a dark 7% beer – in the cafe at Eindhoven's DAF Museum (€2.80 for a 330ml bottle).
It is possible to book on an organised tour of the brewery but, alas, on this trip I didn't have enough time.
Schrobbelèr - the local liqueur of Tilburg
Schrobbelèr is a popular liqueur from the city of Tilburg in the Netherlands.
It takes its name from a profession (wool spinner) in the textile industry – the principal industry around which Tilburg grew.
Schrobbelèr is a sweet, herbal bitter and has an alcoholic percentage of 21.5%.
We received complimentary shots of Schrobbelèr after our meal at a pancake restaurant in the city, De Pannekoekenbakker. It was an enjoyable liqueur and didn't leave the throat burning sensation that some after-dinner liqueurs tend to do.
I was tempted to purchase a litre bottle (the bottle being an orange-brown stone bottle) when I saw it for sale at €16 in the duty free shop at Eindhoven airport before our flight home.
In February/March we celebrate Carnaval in Tilburg.
This starts at Friday with a "dweil-tocht". Lots of people hop from one bar to another and drink beer and "schrobbeler". Most people wear a costume, so during carnaval you can see elves, angles, devils, farmers, nurses, monsters, etc. etc.
On Saturday there is more beer-drinking and all sorts of festive activities.
On Sunday there is "d'n Opstoet". This is a parade of big wagons and dressed up people. Most jokes that are made in the parade can only be understand by locals. The phrases are usually in Tilburg-dialect.
Monday and Tuesday are also celebration-days, but on Wednesday the Carnaval is over. Usually this is celebrated with "haring happen": people eat the raw fish and flush it down with some more beer.
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