Beers from La Trappe, St-Feuillien and Aldersbacher combined for a total of five medals at the 14th annual European Beer Star Awards. The internationally renowned competition took place August 10-11 in Munich, and featured 2,151 beers from 46 countries – the largest amount ever to compete.
The La Trappe beers brewed by Trappist Brewery Koningshoeven received high honors, taking home two golds for La Trappe Blond and La Trappe Dubbel in the Belgian Blonde and Belgian Dubbel categories.
La Trappe Blond pours gold with a pillowy head, with a flavor described as “an agreeable, tingling ale with a slightly sweet, softly bitter and malty taste.” The legendary Dubbel pours dark brown with an ivory head, and is described as a “classic, dark Trappist ale with a full malty, caramel-sweet taste and a subtle influence of dates, honey and dried fruits.”
“Awards are piling up at Koningshoeven,” said Anthony Van Hecke, Export Director, La Trappe. “After winning the World Beer Cup in 2016 and the 13th Edition of European Beer Star with La Trappe Blond, we welcome the two gold medals for La Trappe Blond and Dubbel at this year’s edition of European Beer Star!”
Brasserie St-Feuillien enjoyed two medals with bronzes for its Grand Cruin the Belgian Strong Category, and Grisette Blanche in the Belgian Wit category.
The world-famous Grand Cru boasts a delicate nose of subtle hops and fruit over a backdrop of honey-like malt with a dry, distinguished mouthfeel and wonderful fruity and toasty character. The relative newcomer Grisette Blanche is a 5.5% ABV ale with a thirst quenching body, piquant coriander and orange aromas underneath a thick goldenrod head of foam. It finishes smooth with minimal bitterness.
Pierre Hensenne, Export Manager, St-Feuillien adds: “We’re very proud to strengthen our leadership in these two beer styles, considering both were also recently awarded gold medals at the World Beer Award competition (Grand Cru in 2017 and Grisette Blanche in 2016).”
Bavarian brewer Brauerei Aldersbacher received a silver medal in the Kellerbier category for its Zwickelbier, a 5.5% ABV unfiltered offering distinguished by its mild, pleasant flavor and particularly full body.
“Consistency and quality are tough things to dial in for any brewery,” said Lanny Hoff, SVP-Brands Director at Artisanal Imports, “and we are proud of the extreme efforts that our breweries make to ensure they are sending delicious, stable, high quality beers to our customers. I’m very happy to see all three of these breweries get the acclaim they deserve.”
Beers from these award-winning breweries and many more are available in the U.S. nationwide by way of Artisanal Imports.
Ultimately, brewers from only 21 of the 46 competing countries won medals, a testament to the extraordinary level of competition present and the level of perfection required to reach the podium.
The European Beer Star competition has been organized by the association Private Brauereien since 2004, since becoming one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world. According to Private Brauerein, medals are only awarded to “high quality beers, which are genuine and full of character. Consideration is given to types of beer which have their origins in Europe.”