La Trappe Bockbier - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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2.58/5 rDev -36.1%
Poured with a nice head and some lace. Very ahcoholic aroma. decent dark wood color. Not as sweet as I would expect in a bock. Give 'em credit for distinction though. Full mouth filling body. Slightly unpleasant bitter finish. Not one of my favorites. Some odd stuff going on here. Can't recommend it. The score I give is me trying to be objective; subjectively would a been much worse.
02-06-2008 03:40:17 | More by drpimento
3.1/5 rDev -23.3%
Bottle at 't Arendsenst in Amsterdam. From notes.
A - Poured a dark brown, muddy, colour with good carbonation and a one finger beige head. Some filmy lacing remained with one finger of retention.
S - Mild. Nice fruity malt. Breadiness too.
T - Dark fruit and lot's of yeast. Really yeasty in fact. Bready again. Kinda plain.
M - Medium carbonation and a medium body with a dry finish.
O/D - Too yeasty IMO. I would never think of a Bock being that yeasty. Not enough fruity malt character giving it richness. Not bad, but falls short where it doesn't need to.
05-16-2011 19:50:26 | More by tbeckett
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
3.28/5 rDev -18.8%
had as a "Koningshoeven Bock Trappist Ale".
pours a dark ruby with a very large tan bubbly head, fine lacing.
smell of some dark fruit, wheat, touch of caramel, malt in the back.
taste of tin, watery, malt, some cocoa, touch of caramel, some spice.
08-17-2008 17:20:58 | More by froghop
3.3/5 rDev -18.3%
750ml corked, caged bottle purchased for about $12 at Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA.
Label reads "Koningshoeven Bock Trappist Ale". And the marketing speak is all about Trappist monks overseeing ale brewing. Isn't it a contradiction in terms to call a bock an ale?
Anyway, pours a rich brown. Lots of persistent head. Understated malt aroma - some roast, some sweetness. No hop or alcohol edge at all to the smell.
Tastes a little like it doesn't know what it wants to be when it grows up. Lots of roasty malt jostling with some unintegrated sweetness, the yeast characteristic of a "typical" Belgian ale, and a certain unwelcome alcohol burn on the finish.
The generally pillowy texture would be welcome if not turned sour by the alcohol. Carbonation definitely present, but not prickly or unpleasant.
The alcohol burn sticks out and keeps me from chasing after the second sip.
Not remotely a bad beer, but expectations are higher for Trappist ales (or whatever this is). If you're going after Trappist in general or Koningshoeven in particular, then stick to the more traditional ale styles. And if you really want a great bock, then the Germans (or even Gordon Biersch) can hook you up more cheaply and satisfyingly.
07-29-2008 03:46:22 | More by Talisker
3.45/5 rDev -14.6%
I was very surprised to see La Trappe launching a bock beer. I got it right away and tried it the same evening. La Trappe Tripple and Quadrupel are always high in my list of preference and I respect this brewery very much, so my expectations were very high but I got a little dissapointed. This is a very good beer indeed, but I was expecting something really exceptional. It has a very strong taste for a bock - a little too strong for me. But then, it is not a typical bock. There is a hint of Quadrupel in it, but perhaps it's just my idea. It has a well-balanced smell and a beautiful rich dark-brown kinda-red color. I would drink this beer as a delicacy, but not in large ammounts.
10-02-2008 14:05:36 | More by dbek
3.48/5 rDev -13.9%
Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains brown sugar, dark fruit, caramelized malts, some lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.
T: The taste likewise starts out very sweet with flavors of caramel, dark fruit and honey. The malt character is hearty and there’s a mild hops presence that brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is also quite sweet.
M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.
O: A little tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, good but heavier representation of style, it’s a solid beer but not one of the first beers in the style that I would pick.
05-19-2011 04:20:13 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.65/5 rDev -9.7%
Thanks to slovaksniper (ratebeer) for this one.
Poured from a 330ml. bottle, best before 07/2012.
Appearance: A dark brown body with major ruby hues. Fluffy light tan head with good lacing and excellent retention.
Smell: Figs, nuts, caramel and berries.
Taste: Good mix of bread, caramel malt and dried fruit. Flavor is good but lacks some fullness.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation is felt and it has a melt in your mouth quality. The only problem is it feels a little thin.
Overall: I liked it but could have been better.
02-26-2012 03:23:42 | More by papat444
3.65/5 rDev -9.7%
11.2oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $4.99. Different name on my bottle - Koningshoeven Bock - presumably La Trappe Bockbier is the name in Europe.
Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, where it showed a dark, cloudy brown color that took on a dark ruby hue when held up to the light. Big, light tan head that hung around for a while. Light lacing on the sides of the glass.
Malty and earthy in the nose. Caramel sweetness stands out, but it's nowhere near over the top. There's also some mild, dark fruit scents, and an earthiness and a mildly bitter hop scent. There's also a little bit of booze to the nose on this one, more than I expected for a 7% abv beer.
Similar to the nose. It starts out malty, but the malts are matched with a earthy bitter flavor that balances things out nicely. In the background is a roastiness and a mild alcohol warmth that becomes less mild as it warms. Odd, that last bit.
A little lighter in the body that I would have thought for a bock, but not to a disastrous degree. Slightly slick mouthfeel.
Not a bad beer at all, but I'm not sure I'll be a regular quaffer of it. As it warms the booziness seems a little too much. It's hitting the spot well as I watch Obama's thankyou speech.
11-05-2008 05:05:31 | More by woemad
3.68/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
12-27-2012 19:15:22 | More by Arborescence
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
3.73/5 rDev -7.7%
The first time that i taste one trappist bockbier
[Eyes] amazing creamy foam head, the color is strong and deep dark red
[Nouse] Good malty, floral, sugar and hoppy aroma.
[Mouth] Good carbonation a little bitter, fresh, dry and full body.
12-23-2008 23:12:49 | More by gerardoluna
La Trappe Bockbier from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
90 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.