Taps: 25 / Bottles: 160
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by woodychandler:
4.7/5 rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
A really narrow place with a window overlooking 8th Street on the right facing side and a tall, narrow door on the left facing side. Entering, black and white honeycomb patterned tiles lined the floor and the left wall was exposed brick with a shelf of spent beers in the overhead. The short, dark wood, "L"-shaped bar ran along the right side with three sets of Belgium draft towers on the bar, glassware hanging from overhead shelves, and another series of spent bottles on a high shelf. The lavs were 7/8 of the way aft, followed by an archway into a small seating area. The lights were dim, the music was low-key, the glassware was matched to each brewery and style, there were no dart boards, pool tables, or T.V. monitors. Very contemplative and my kind of place. Lots of Belgian signage throughout. It was very reminiscent of numerous European beer bars that I have visited over the years.
Beers: They have a "Beer Bible", which is a bound volume which not only lists their offerings and their prices ($$), 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.
12-24-2009 19:47:59 | More by woodychandler
More User Reviews:
4.36/5 rDev -1.4%
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
The Trappist in Oakland, CA
97 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.