Taps: 25 / Bottles: 160
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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4.36/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
I've been aware of this place for some time, so it was nice to get over to Oakland on a recent SF trip and check it out.
The Trappist is located in a cool older area of Oakland - the bar is split into a front/back bar, neither of which was crowded at all (shockingly so) on a Saturday night. They nailed the interior/decor/vibe of a Belgian dark bar probably as well or better than any other place I have ever been in the US.
The front bar area was gorgeous - dark and cozy, with some open air coming in from the streets of Oakland. It looked like the back patio area (also somehow empty) was pretty awesome too.
The beer selection was strong, but not overwhelming in quality. The taplist seemed more focused on classics of Benelux than other 'rare' european and american belge-clones. I had my saison dupont and la trappe quad, and left thrilled to have spent a few hours in such a fabulous place.
03-04-2014 02:41:27 | More by dirtylou
4.41/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Located in Old Town Oakland, this is one of the hidden gems of the bay area. Great atmosphere. Dimly lit with lots of wood and brick. Two bars offering about two dozen beers on tap, mostly Belgian but also a few local brews outside the style. Pretty small inside, it can be cramped at times, but they also have some seating in the back. Service is generally great and the food is surprisingly good. If you're into beer and in Oakland, this is simply a must visit place.
07-06-2013 22:53:23 | More by kflorence
4.71/5 rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
If you're in the Bay Area, a must go.
Rathskeller like feel with lots of dark wood and brick/tile. Small, but there's outdoor seating in the back. Everything was close to perfect. The tap list was a bit small, close to two dozen, but everything was superb. The mix was mostly Belgian styles, but there were a few non Belgians. Super fresh, served in the proper glassware, etc., things that have been pointed out in previous posts. The service was excellent and very friendly. If I had to nitpick, the food selection was limited, portions were small, and it was a bit pricey, albeit well prepared and tasty. But hey, more room for beer. I'd go back in a heartbeat, definitely in the top ten of the places I've been to.
04-19-2013 03:26:52 | More by LittleDon
3.93/5 rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75 | $
On tap this visit:
- St. Bernardus Tripel
- Allagash Curieux
- Leipziger Gose
- De La Senne Band of Brothers
- De La Senne Zwarte Piet 2012
- North Coast Rasputin
- Rodenbach Grand Cru
- De La Senne Taras Boulba
- Moonlight Reality Czeck
- Victory Prima PIls
The beers that are expensive deserve to be pricey, but there are always some non-Belgians at a very decent price, especially by Bay Area standards. The best deal is at lunch, when you can add the "Beer of the Day" for $2.00 with a sandwich. That turned out to be a super Pilsener I've never had, the Moonlight Reality Czeck. And the food is simply great. We had a grilled tuna melt on excellent bread plus a pear, farro, and greens salad with loads of blue cheese.
Interesting pub on the edge of Chinatown in Oakland, just off Broadway. Near the downtown BART station, and a pleasant walk from both Amtrak and the ferry from San Francisco. Makes a nice outing if you come over from the city and stop at Beer Revolution to stock up on some oddities.
01-25-2013 20:50:07 | More by mactrail
3.59/5 rDev -18.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
If asked to say a few sentences about The Trappist, it would be something about how the bar has a cool unique atmosphere with a decent variety of imports and local beers on tap, but is too expensive to be a local hang out spot for most.
If you care to read more, the "cool atmosphere" I was referring to is because of the dual setup of the bar. The bar has two separate rooms with separate entrances, connected by a narrow hallway in the back. Each bar has a different selection of beer, a different bartender, and completely different music being played. For example, you get an IPA in the front bar where they are blasting hard metal, and then your next beer is a Belgian in the back bar and you're listening to soft rock. The drawback of course is the prices. There is usually barely anything under $7 and most are 7-11 for small pours. This is pretty expensive in general, and especially for Oakland. They also use a nitro/CO2 mix on most every beer which some might think detracts from the intended mouthfeel and flavor.
Overall, it's a place worth checking out, but is too expensive to be one of those local bars that everyone loves and goes to time after time
07-24-2012 06:21:42 | More by BenHesk12
4.58/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
this is an overall great bar at a very chill location. the bartenders carefully pour your beer in its designated cup and wash it through their special cleaning procedure. all the drafts are Belgian or Dutch beers I never heard of but are all refined in their own way.
although cost an average of 7 a beer, the quality is well worth it and i always meet a person at the bar who speaks very passionately about the beer they are drinking. i really recommend the mikkeller 19 IPA, this is a subtle explosion of hops in your mouth! great mix of bar seating, table dining and an outside patio on a bay sunny day.
06-04-2012 04:45:14 | More by HopSteppa
5/5 rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Come here for the top-notch Belgian beers on draught—there’s a number of offerings on both the front and back bars, and serve everything in their proper glassware. Some of the most knowledgeable beertenders I’ve ever ordered from work here and are more than willing to offer up tastes if you’re on the fence or curious about your next selection. While beers aren’t cheap—you’re not going to stop here for just one if you’re at all a beer geek, and your wallet will be all the lighter for it—I find they’re comparably priced to cocktails and mixed drinks at better bars. (Somehow that justifies the $10 pours of imported rarities.) The outside patio must have just opened—I ‘m glad there’s more seating now but I imagine that’s going to fill up soon enough.
A class act all the way around.
03-05-2012 22:15:53 | More by elNopalero
4.3/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A friend took me here and I'm glad she did. It's split into two small rooms, one barely more than a hall with a bar and a few tables, and the other slightly larger with more seating. There are technically 3 bars, one in each room, plus one has a little 2-3 tap corner with local beers. My friend explained that one bar had the domestics and the other imports, but it didn't seem to follow that pattern. I had a Drakes IPA as well as an Oakland Brewing CME IPA, both very nice. And it was nice to see that they had Duvel filtered, a favorite of mine. They had bottles on the wall from the 80's, this place must have been around a long time and is well worth the visit.
11-17-2011 20:48:16 | More by sfprint
4.85/5 rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
The Trappist is the mother bar.
Once I established my autopay so my payroll check could go directly in it was much easier.
Really kudos to Brother Aaron & Brother Chuck. They have made a delightful, beer celebrating, mecca for the uninitiated as well as the expert.
I recently moved and I miss the Trappist, although I may be back for their remarkable Christmas Beer festival in December.
There are two bars really, since they first converted one shotgun storefront, and then quickly needed to double their space with the area next door.
The front bar is a bit quieter and darker, tends to feel a bit more crowded, while the back bar is lighter and a bit easier to gather a group.
11-15-2011 22:48:36 | More by CopeTech
4.44/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Just a short 2 blocks from the 12th street Oakland BART station. The interior is U-shaped, with a small bar in the fromt, a smaller one as the hallway wraps around, and a larger bar in the back. I've seen similar utilization of space at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, and I think it's a good way to go. Keeps people spread out so you're never tripping over people to walk in and out.
Very good tap selection that seemed to focus on more eclectic Belgian offerings, while maintaining a respectable selection of classic beers. The people behind the bar were very friendly and knowledgeable.
The bottle list is excellent, offering a number of vintage beers. Prices are well below average in some cases.
Now that I live in the neighborhood I think I will be coming back often.
11-12-2011 19:46:08 | More by DaveHS
The Trappist in Oakland, CA
97 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.