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La Trappe Bockbier - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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La Trappe BockbierLa Trappe Bockbier

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

163 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 62
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Bock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: paterlodie on 03-01-2005)
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basica

Singapore

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have always been a little curious about this beer... Bocks and Trappist just.. do not really
rhyme eh? But without a doubt, this one goes with a great "rythm". This bock pours out dark ruby
brown with a 1 inch thick head that holds up pretty well. The smell is a heaven of dark malts and
I am sure this could easily contend the German Doppelbocks including the champ from Andechs.
Paulaner's Salvator is clearly out of the race with this one. Anyway this bock greeted me with
strong dark roasted malts in the taste with very subtle sweetness and dark fruits. I love the way
the taste is nicely concentrated and strong with a good amount of alcohol strength to top things
up. The finish is slightly bitter and relatively dry, leaving a sublte salty, perhaps a little soy
sauce-ish taste; very nice complement to the strong roasted dark malts. Lot's of malt aroma and
some fruit aromas on the nose too. The after taste is quite a party with bag loads of dark malts
which lingers for a while before slowly revealing the fruitiness underneath which was pretty
analagous to dark plums and/or raisins; throughout the lasting after taste there was also
constantly dark fruity malts on the nose and that was a pretty good rounding up and I thoroughly
enjoyed this one. The carbonation was fairly high at first but somehow I felt it worked well for
this one; it drops after a while but I just loved the way the carbonation tied in. Body was
medium to full body which was pretty apt for a bock. Definitely a great beer from a great trappist
brewery; pity that this one's not available in Singapore; I got it from Wim, my dutch beer friend.
Cheers and beers dude!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 16:48:55 | More by basica
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La Trappe Bockbier from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
90 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.