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The Trappist

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The TrappistThe Trappist
BA SCORE
98
world-class

81 Ratings
Ratings: 81
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.33%
Taps: 25
Bottles: 160
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

460 8th St
Oakland, California, 94607-3935
United States
phone: (510) 238-8900

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @thetrappist

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: nahthan on 12-07-2007)
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Reviews by woodychandler:
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4.7/5  rDev +5.9%

A really narrow place with a window overlooking 8th Street on the right facing side and a tall, narrow door on the left facing side. Entering, black and white honeycomb patterned tiles lined the floor and the left wall was exposed brick with a shelf of spent beers in the overhead. The short, dark wood, "L"-shaped bar ran along the right side with three sets of Belgium draft towers on the bar, glassware hanging from overhead shelves, and another series of spent bottles on a high shelf. The lavs were 7/8 of the way aft, followed by an archway into a small seating area. The lights were dim, the music was low-key, the glassware was matched to each brewery and style, there were no dart boards, pool tables, or T.V. monitors. Very contemplative and my kind of place. Lots of Belgian signage throughout. It was very reminiscent of numerous European beer bars that I have visited over the years.

Beers: They have a "Beer Bible", which is a bound volume which not only lists their offerings and their prices ($$), but it also explains why Westvleteren is not offered. 15 on-tap and around 150 bottles. They definitely know their beer at this place and unlike some finer beer bars that I have visited, they are helpful and customer friendly.

They also offer a monthly Belgian Beer School series.

Mom? Probably not. Too dark and really focused on beer.

My reaction: In Oakland?!? On 8th Street?!? WTF, over? VERY impressive. Now, if they could just elevate the restaurants of the neighborhood.... Also, why didn't any of this exist from 1987 to 1989? Grrrr.

woodychandler, Dec 24, 2009
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Went with three friends.
Great place to get a beer. The atmosphere is good, nothing special, but it's a nice neighborhood-ey joint. Narrow space, nice bar, not much seating otherwise unless you go out back.

Great selection. Belgian-focused, but quite a few Belgian-style and sour beers from around the country. Happy to see Jolly Pumpkin. Bartender was great, giving plenty of suggestions and tasters.

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This and beer revolution are the two complementary spots to visit in Oakland.

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4.36/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

dirtylou, Mar 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.41/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

kflorence, Jul 06, 2013
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4.71/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

LittleDon, Apr 19, 2013
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The Trappist in Oakland, CA
98 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.