La Trappe Bockbier - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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89
very good

214 Ratings
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 73
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Netherlands

Style | ABV
Bock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: paterlodie on 03-01-2005

This unique seasonal product is the world’s only Trappist bock ale. Brewed exclusively with natural ingredients, this ale post-ferments slightly in its bottle. It has a deep red colour, an intensely rich taste, and a malty aroma. Aromatic hop varieties and types of burnt malt render this ale its delicate bitterness that blends surprisingly well with its slightly sweet undertone.
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Photo of Dope
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No date can be spied on this bottle. Recently shipped out from the Rare Beer Club (a month or two ago).

A: Medium-dark brown pour with an enormous, absolutely enormous frothy light brown head. Top-notch head retention as it sticks around forever. Heavy, heavy, heavy lacing everywhere.

S: Decent amount of grass with some light citrus. LOTS of grass when swirled. Mild bready malt. A little bit of spiciness...cloves?

T: Huh, interesting. Grassy up front followed by a decent citrus hoppiness. Mildly bitter. Smooth, sweet and mellow bready malt. Surprising wave of bitterness in the finish, this is actually fairly hoppy. Citrus and grass again. Lingering toasty bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Very smooth and medium bodied.

O: Surprisingly hoppy bock. Doesn't really taste like any bock I've ever had before to be honest. It's reminds me more of an english IPA than a bock in fact.

Photo of BeerIsland
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very nice. Paid $4 for a corked and caged 750 at Sabatini's. Shoulda bought 2. Nice deep malts but with good balance. Got better as I went.

Photo of Wobbly
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding rendition of the classic style, but with a decidedly Dutch feel. A really good beer. I had it on tap in Wichita, KS, of all places.

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting aromatic hop varieties

Photo of drmeto
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a clear ruby-brown with a huge beige head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
grassy,spicy,surprisingly citrussy,plums and raisins
T:
-Follows the nose plus molasses and licorishwith a roasty finish
-quite hoppy
F:
medium-high carbonation,medium-full body
O:
This is not a Bock in the traditional sense,heck i dont think its even a lager.
Think of this more as a Trappist ale version of a Bock
I prefer this over the regfular La trappe dubbel

Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It was okay. Not something I'd buy again.

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Probably the best Bock I've had.

Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A "Trappist bock" would be a good description. Handsome auburn brown color in the wide La Trappe chalice. Plenty of foam and a tangy, spritzy mouthfeel. Warm and malty, tastes even bigger than the aocohol content would indicate.

Moderately sweet but such a nice clean taste of cafamelized malt. A whiff of molasses. The dark roasted taste is just right with the sugary notes. The bitter edge of yeast rather than hops is what makes this distinctive. Totally drinkable. A rich yet tangy dark brew.

The Belgian yeastiness is just what the traditional German bock style needs. On tap at The Public House in La Jolla, Calif.

Photo of KYGunner
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured with a deep rich brown and a sturdy light brown head made of bubbly foam.

The aroma was deeply chocolate, hints of caramel malt, grainy barley, a little char and a bit of toffee.

The taste is chocolatey as well with a smokiness akin to campfire ember. There bits of toffee, caramel, barley malt and a tobacco flavoring that really sets this apart. The tobacco leaf earthiness melds well with the smoky char to remind me of a lit cigar.

The feel is quite full, a little bubbly and prickly, but smooth on the finish.

I really enjoyed this block beer and put it up there with Ayinger Celebrator, though it goes in a different direction.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Is it a fruity, spicy and spritzy double bock beer? Or, is it a toasty and savory Belgian double ale? Its really hard to tell as the beer displays characteristics of both. It appears as if the Dutch monks are looking to the imagination of microbrewers while also using the styles that they have at their disposal.

Much like Dubbel Ale, the beer pours with a hazy bronze with tawny red slivers and a mask of brown; often taking on proportions of rust. What billows above is a light, fluffy and arid head of honeycomb structure and cream-stained color. Its longevity of froth and intricate lacing does much for Dubbel, but strays from Dopple.

While expecting Belgian influence, the common date, fig, and nutty aromas butt up against a clove, peppery spice and vinous wine tone to near perfection. However its complex character is exacerbated with a toasty, savory and molasses-like maltiness that is certainly a welcome surprise.

And that's how the taste kicks off- those bock-like savory sweetnesses greet the early palate with light molasses and steely caramel. Where a plethora of malt flavor teases the taste buds, its assocated sweetness is quick, echoing through the middle and late palate. That's when the whimsy of stone fruit, dried dark fruit, and pitted fruit balances with light clove, fresh-cracked peppercorn, modest hop bitterness and a playfully acidic rose wine character. Its malty-dry finish resonates with fruit and toasted savoriness.

Medium for Dubbel but light for Bock, again the schizophrenic beer carries away that malty weight with ease because of its high effervescence. The finish comes quick as the ale prickles lightly at the palate with its peppery character, alcohol warmth and complex acidity.

The fusion of styles is truly imaginative, classy and clever. The richer malt character complements the Belgian complexity in seamless fashion. It doesn't hurt that the brewing execution is also stellar.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from La Cervoiserie, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : red amber color, with tan foamy head and nice lacing.
Smell : roasted malt aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : sour malty flavor with a bitter and dry spicy finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Dunkel bock.

Photo of Maakun
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with a big fluffy beige head that clings to the glass. Opaque so don't see alot of carbonation. I like how it's nowhere as clear as most filtered bock beers from big breweries.

Smell: rain on a lawn, something almost like big pool, hoppy with some slightly sweet notes. Don't get much malts at all.

Taste: sweet cherries at first, balanced with a nice bitterness. Some cookies that have been in the oven slightly too long. Then some more fruits, apples and strawberries. More cherries, almost candy-like, but the yeast, hops and a slightly almostt-burned touch keep it in check. Later some darker notes of dried plum and a touch of espresso

Mouth: medium does really coat the cheeks and has a fitting amount of carbonation. Nothing exceptional, but fits the beer well.

Overall: not a typical bock at all. The roasted malts are very different from most, and the cherry taste is very unusual. But, I really like this. Very interesting and balanced. La Trappe is the only trappist brewery who makes such a huge variety of beers. I think most of them are mediocre, and while is this not a perfect bock at all it's very interesting and really good in it's own way.

Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; BB 11/2014, served lightly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a lightly hazy, dark mahogany colour with elegant ruby hues when seen against the light, coming with lively and fine carbonation, as well as a superbly-lasting, thick layer of light tan frothy head.
S: the overripe-plummy estery elements come rather pronounced than a normal, cold fermented dark bockbier; the aroma has a lot of raisin-mixed milk chocolate, caramel-coated nuts and coconut-flavoured toffee to offer, along with melted dark sugar, dark brown prunes, chestnut honey, etc.; given a very good swirl, the subdued berry-like acidity and black cherry skin notes come to the fore along with typical fruit perfumy notes from the exotic yeastiness. Overall, the nose is charming, but also densely sweet and heavily estery, ever so different than any cold-fermented bockbier I’ve ever tried.
T: soothingly carbonated, the refreshingly soft swallow is quite black prune-ish and slightly slick winey, against a sound body of nicely-flavoured nutty and caramely dark malts, leaving at the back of the palate lingering aroma of more smoked black prunes, black sugar, aromatic toasted malts (e.g. Munich malts), restrained herbal hoppiness and a semi-chewy feel. Overall, on the palate the taste is far less estery than on the nose, and much much less sweet as well. Also in the remote corner deep down the throat, a faintly warming alc. emerges only after all flavour elements manifest themselves – at a perfect timing, that is.
M&D: the carbonation level comes almost perfect, not too lively, but ever so soothing and fine to caress the palate gently; the body is full even for the 7.0%abv. strength, never cloying, although the sugary content does leave a somewhat slick feel on the palate at the end of each sip. All in all, having had an ale version of bockbier this good, I wonder if I should pay the Netherlands a visit anytime soon(er)…! This ale is delicious, intriguingly balanced, and more-ish, as long as one can handle the alcohol and sugary content well, at one’s good pace.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pour is all pale brown head at first; thick and creamy head. After a while the head settles while the liquid rises; dark copper, clear. Rich lacings.

T: Rich sweet dark malts. Almost honey-like sweetness. Lots of dark dried fruits. Yeasty and even a bit chocolaty.

M: So very sweet, and roasted dark malts. Kind of bready. Rich dark dried fruits. The taste is all about heavy sweet malts.

M: Body is syrupy full while carbonation is kind of forgotten - nice. Aftertaste is sweet but also a bit vineous.

O: Very sweet, complex and nice. If your pleasure is hops and not malts - avoid! If not - this fantastic!

Photo of HabiMendes
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The amber-brown La Trappe is transparent, with a lightly-tanned neck, very well retained (perfect to style). The bready aroma displays very well the malty character of the beer, showing also caramel tones and alcohol content (perfect, again). The taste brings a well-carbonated, medium-body beer, with hops well harmonized with the malty body, the latter slightly sweet (once again, perfect to style). The end is somewhat long, bringing, again, the whole malt/caramel story. What an excellent beer!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruits, and brown sugar. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows caramel, chocolate fudge and toasty, bready malt. Very sweet-smelling.
Not as great flavours, but still showing some of the bready and toasty characters. Also a little booze.
Too much carbonation.

Photo of safaricook
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this delivered by my wife from a work colleague, who picked it up directly in Tilburg at the Koningshoeven brewery. I poured into an Orval chalice, after letting it warm up a little bit from the fridge.

It pours gigantic beautiful beige finely pored head. Body is of dark clear amber with some fine carbonation visible.

Wonderful rich smell of yeast, malt, plums, roasted nuts and cocoa.

Tastes is a let down compared to the smell. I get surprisingly moderate taste of burnt malt and bread with a slight metallic aftertaste.

What a creamy nice head that sticks to your lip! The liquid part though is a bit watery with little carbonation.

Overall an interesting beer with ups and downs. Nevertheless, certainly not to forget when talking about Dutch bockbier. A country that is full of the style around the dark times of the year.

Photo of Arborescence
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Jumps out of the bottle and pours a massive, thick head that persists. Very dark brown, hazy, with a slight ruby tint.

Aroma: Malty, with a hint of cherry. The aroma is quite mild though.

Taste: There's a certain softness before the robust malt hits. Not a lot of sweetness here, but some hints of dried fruit are present. Solid flavour, but nothing overly interesting.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth, and creamy. Medium to full-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's a peculiar concoction -- a trappist bock -- but I don't think it brings anything sublime to the table. It's tasty though, not a bad representative of a strongish bock.

Photo of IPA35
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A top fermenting trappist bock.
This one breaks all the rules. A trappist bock? Shows this is not Belgian as bock is quite big in the Netherlands. A top fermenting bock? That's not how it is supposed to be either but then again trappist beers are not bottom fermented either.

Anyway, interesting.

Quite a pretty beer, dark ruby amber, a huge off white head. Fine bubbles with some big ones floating in the middle. Hazy of course, swirled it to get all yeast.

Smells nice, big on the dark fruits, a darker malt profile with caramel and rye bread almost. A bit spicey. Typical bock medicine as well.

Tastes not like your usual dark trappist beer. A firm malt forward brew with darker malts. Aside from that it starts out nice and sweet but it finished quite bitter with both the malts and the hops at work there. I see where others get the coffee from. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium to full with quite low carbonation. Nice.

Overall a good beer. Still, I prefer the classic Belgian dark ales over bocks.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunday 20 Oct 2012 sees me sat outside in bright sunlight: Valkenburg, Holland. I walk passed a board advertising La Trappe Bockbier on tap, I put myself into reverse and have two lovely glasses of this and watch the world go by.

Deep brown/ruby red in body colour: the sunlight dancing on the ruby tints. Large cream coloured head when brought to my table: soon turns into a wispy covering and collar (what a pity).

Malts and yeast esters vie for your smell senses with the malts easily winning. Add a hand full of crushed dark, red berries and a spoon full of all spice and you've got the aroma.

The malts rule the taste as well, malty molasses giving the beer a rich, smooth feel and flavour. Most likely the best Bock I had while on the trip. Another bar was having a Bock Fest and had around 8 on tap, so I managed to try a few, as you do!

Photo of Douberd
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ABV 7%
Untill now this is the best bock beer I've tried this year. Those monks really know what they're doing.
This is the only Trappist bock beer and the only bock beer that continues to ferment slightly in the bottle, at least according to their website.
Small bottle of 300 ml. Ingredients arewater, barley, wheat and oat malts, yeast and aromatic hops. Some yeast can be found in the bottle of course.
Pours a very dark ruby coloured beer, with a huge beige head of 3-4 fingers in height, thick and creamy, with excellent retention. Heavy lacing around the glass as the foam is going down, but never away. A thin layer of foam persists around the glass, while a big chunk of it lingers on the centre of the beer's surface. Shake your glass a bit and another thin line of foam appears again, with almost the same sustainable retention.
A fantastic aroma on the nose from the hops. Light caramel , alcohol, some apricot, plums and other dark fruits.
Taste is great too. Sort of sweet at first but with a definitely bitter aftertaste. Caramel, coffee and dark bitter chocolate flavours.
Medium thickness on the body and average carbonation.Quite dry on the palate, with this dryness helping the bitter taste to stay longer in the outh.
As I wrote before, this is the best bock beer I've tasted this far. I will surely get some more to drink during the cold days of autumn plus another couple to keep in my cellar.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Ciney sniffer

A - Pours a classic dark deep mahogany colour with an off white head that retains very well.

S - Very pronounced sweet malts, classic bock style. Slightly Sally.

T - Very nice molasses with a sweet malt with a sweet boozyness, the maltyness is pronounced and classic bock style.

M - medium to full body with minimal carbonation

O - A great beer from La Trappe that is a take on a classic German style.

Photo of falloutsnow
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Brix in Omaha, NE
"K31H7" stamped on bottle, but that doesn't say much for freshness
Poured into an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass

Almost like a doppelbock in its focus on heavy, caramel malts and brown sugar influences, this beer still retains enough of its subtle nutty and toasty elements to remain in a classic, though big, bock. The taste is complex and enjoyable

Pours a 2cm head of dark tan, smallish, bubbles. Head retention is about average, dissipating within a few minutes to a patchy cap of foam atop the body, later just a ring around the glass. Lacing is modest, one or two lines and swirls left along the sides of the glass. The beer's body is a semi-transparent wood stain brown to amber red color, light bringing out the red hues. Carbonation is visible streaming up from the bottom center of the glass, substantial, but very sluggish.

Aroma seems to focus on brown sugar, toasted bread, and dried brown figs. It's a bit similar to the Schell's bock from this year, but much less robust and assured of itself. This may be a freshness issue, but the bottle does not have a readable date on it to determine if so. As it stands, the aroma is rather withered, and I have to inhale deeply to pull the elements from it.

Taste is built upon heavy caramel and brown sugar flavors and sweetness, which plays with a bit of roasted malt at the front of the palate. Mid-palate brings out continued heavy caramel and brown sugar flavors with dried date and brown fig esters, also adding a bit of toasted nuts, bread, and roasted or chocolate flavor lingering underneath. Back of palate continues brown sugar sweetness with some more roasted, chocolate malt. Lingering aftertaste of roasted malt and some coffee notes, which adds some bitterness to the beer to prevent it from becoming cloying.

Note: don't add the yeast; I did for the second half of the bottle, and it only diluted the flavors I was initially picking up.

Beer is medium-bodied with mid-level carbonation that's a bit prickly on the tongue at first, but quickly levels off to create a crisp and well-flowing mouthfeel. Carbonation could be toned down just a bit and this would not suffer. Just a hint of ethanol in the nostrils and back of throat when closing out a sip. Finish is dry, with some stickiness left around the edges of the mouth due to residual sugars.

Photo of killianf
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into Duvel tulip

A: Pours a dark ruby-brown colour with a very big 3-4 finger soapy head. Great retention and lacing. Not the most active beer.

S: Malt, chocolatey sweetness, dark fruits, boozey smell. Smells quite rich and deep. Some spice here too.

T: Malt - biscuity flavours initially, with caramel and fruity finish. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, but the beer itself is more on the sweet side.

M: Decent carbonation fizzing on the tongue, medium bodied, very drinkable.

Overall: A very enjoyable beer, if it wasn't for the price I'd happily have 3 or 4 in a sitting. I served mine straight from the fridge, which I wouldn't do next time. And there probably will be a next time - good, tasty beer, flavoursome but not overly complex. Would personally prefer this brewery's ales.

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La Trappe Bockbier from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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