La Trappe Bockbier - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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Reviews by basica:
4.4/5 rDev +8.9%
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!
08-31-2007 16:48:55 | More by basica
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4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
A 750ml bottle, corked and caged, served in a pilsener glass. It was a medium brown color with a little bit of red. A voluminous tan head that looked like whipped cream. Caramel malt and dark fruit aroma. Caramel and raisin taste. Good malt background. A good beer for the price.
02-01-2009 14:10:25 | More by lordofthewiens
4/5 rDev -1%
33cl brown bottle, freshness date on the label.
Clear rudy dark amber, great lacing.
Spicy, toasted malt, fresh baked dark bread, dark confections & dried grass in the nose.
Very malty palate, toasty bread, slightly dry, hint of bubble gum, grassy, herbal, toasted husk.
A spectacular bock, lively and a joy to drink. La Trappe is doing it right.
10-25-2011 20:01:37 | More by Jason
3.8/5 rDev -5.9%
The beer pours a hazy brown color with a tan head. The aroma is brown sugar, yeast and caramel. The flavor is dark fruit (the main fruit I get is raisins) as well as brown sugar, caramel malt, alcohol and yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad, but not too similar to a bock. It tastes much more Belgian than German.
08-17-2010 02:30:31 | More by Mora2000
3.15/5 rDev -22%
Had this beer in the tastingroom from the brewery.
Looks: The beer has a good dark color.
Aroma: Aroma has a mix from dark malts and cottoncandy.
Taste: A nice mix from dark malts and candy sweetness.
Notes: Also brewed with rey and wheat, after the example of the Jopen Bokbier, but a little sweeter than Jopen Bokbier.
11-02-2009 10:40:49 | More by schuim
3.8/5 rDev -5.9%
Tapped at Abbot On the Hill. A great haul for them. Pours an active dark brown with white crown. Bold malt, and yeast aroma, including chocolate malt. Carbonation, natural, does not quit. In your face taste,a bit rochfort/cocacola caramel like, some nutmeg. Overall not too complex, good drinkability.
04-17-2008 21:50:46 | More by Sammy
4.55/5 rDev +12.6%
This was a gift from Paterlodie. Thank you for that!
The colour is a nice misty dark red copper. It has a very strong malt and hop smell. The head is very fluffy / foamy and makes a little dome roof. It has solid bubbles with an eggshell kind of colour.
The first sip is heaven. A very strong character. Deep dark chocolate, fibres, smoked grain, hazelnut, cane, oxidation.
The aftertaste, bitter dark chocolate with a fresh sweetness, lingers on. Liquorice undertone.
It slips down very easily, in these cold winter months. It gives a warm cosy feeling to the taste buds. But probably just as enriching during the summer.
A wonderful brew, typical with its 7%. One to look out for on my next trip to the north.
Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!
01-23-2006 16:36:52 | More by Bierschenker
4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
Discovered this bad boy at the Finger Lakes Beverage Center, haven't seen this anywhere else. Interested to see the trappiest take on a bock.
Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a huge khaki colored head that dissipated into a puffy cap and left nice lacing on the side of my dimple mug. The aroma is of dark toasted malt, with hints of red wine, and roasted meat. The red wine flavors dominate up front, with a touch of metal following, a solid toasted grain and bready malt backbone supports the sweetness. The feel is of a nice full body with active carbonation, chewy, finishes sweet. I do like the maltier bocks and this fits the bill. Good balance between the sweet and malt.
11-22-2008 03:48:50 | More by Gmann
4.11/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
04-28-2014 23:45:28 | More by KYGunner
3.71/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
02-11-2013 10:51:33 | More by CrazyDavros
4/5 rDev -1%
Bottle: Poured a clear burgundy color ale with large off-white foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light residual sugar with some caramelized malt. Taste is a good mix between some caramelized malt with light toffee notes with some residual sugar. Boyd is about average but has a nice creamy texture with good carbonation. Easy drinking with nice level of complexity for style.
12-07-2011 20:38:03 | More by Phyl21ca
4.04/5 rDev 0%
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.
10-11-2013 20:40:11 | More by Maakun
4.25/5 rDev +5.2%
Caged and corked 750 from the Coop today for a very pricey $9 .. poured into my New Belgium snifter.... I heard the Coop got this in about a week ago and couldn't afford it until today... anyway, I am amazed to see this in Boise.
Solid chunky 2-finger tan head dies back leaving chunky lacing... Dark brown brew is very pretty when held to the light.. deeeep ruby and crystal clear on the first pour.
Aroma is dark malts with whiffs of chocolate and some caramel and raisin.. while cooler, it exhibits restrained ale characteristics.. some yeasty fruitiness... I don't know if the monks actually use a lager yeast, but it also has lite "Belgian" nose characteristics.. slightly spicy.
Taste is mainly the same but much more. Much more toasted malts and lesser dark malts and chocolate, but certainly a lite caramel and dried fruits.. Definitely has a "Belgian" spicy flavor but is more restrained than the other Koningshoeven ales I've had in the past... Spicy yeast/earthy hop flavors meld well with caramel in the finish... as it warms more bready flavors are identifiable.
Solid body for the style, but a strike against it is the abundant carbonation rips though the palate getting rid of the expected mild creaminess of it's German counterparts.
Does not strike me as a lager much ... but still is a very good take on a Bock, and if anything the "Belgian" characteristics add quite a bit of complexity... Reminiscent of a BSDA.. but certainly has bock characteristics.
More "bock" flavors and aromas show up as it warms.. but the Belgian notes are still there... I really like this beer no matter "what" style it is.
02-01-2008 09:07:51 | More by JohnGalt1
4.08/5 rDev +1%
Picked this one up partially because La Trappe/Koningshoeven is a great Trappist brewer and partially because the idea of a Bock 'Trappist Ale' confounded me a little bit.
11.2 bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Color is a very dense, deep brown somewhere between a Bock and a Dubbel. Head is smallish but with great retention. Moderate lacing.
Aroma is very malty with some chocolate notes. Spice is evident along with some grassy hops.
More malty chocolate on the palate along mild roasty coffee. Grassy hop bitterness is fairly assertive for the style. As in the nose, plenty of spice and even some anise. Above average drinkability and interesting flavor profile. Everything I look for in the style. Another great Trappist beer.
05-17-2009 17:07:25 | More by berkey
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
"Taste the Silence"
750 stashed(left behind) at grandma's house sometime around Thanksgiving & just recently reunited. Awww. :P
Lumpy coffee creamer-colored head & a rich ruby brown body. A snowglobe of activity down below with a couple floaters battling it out for supremacy.
Mild greens & a fresh juicy quality lead in a heavy layer of caramel, along with some stale nutmeg, & a curious notion of lactose.
Taste is so drastically more intense. Sharp, coppery hops at the front, caramel center, a little too much yeast, slight anise, & a grainy malt finish.
Pretty crisp for a bock. The heavy-handed hops & residual foam lead to a soapy mouthfeel, but it's just too refreshing to knock. Alcohol just nudges in there every once in a while. I would guess 6% if the label fell off. Don't let this one sit. It's delicious cold.
Not really in my price range, but it went down like it was on someone else's tab. :)
05-02-2008 03:32:28 | More by PEBKAC
La Trappe Bockbier from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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