Taps: 25 / Bottles: 160
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 61 | Display Reviews Only:
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:
4.42/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
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.
Didn't try the food.
This and beer revolution are the two complementary spots to visit in Oakland.
07-17-2014 05:23:12 | More by shivtim
The Trappist in Oakland, CA
97 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.