La Trappe Bockbier - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

214 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 73
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
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 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 albern
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this as the Koningshoeven Bock, which came in a different wrapper than the La Trappe, but I'm assuming it is all the same. The beer pours the thickest, frothiest, well retained head that I've seen on just about any beer. This is the thickest, chewiest, full bodied bock you're likely to find. The taste was strong brown sugar, molasses, caramel malts. There are plenty of roasted malts and brown malts to accompany the sweet molasses and sugars found in this beer. The beer is complex, made with a number of different malts and hops combinations listed on the label, and the taste is just robust. There is a bit of a throaty aftertaste and the ABV isn't hidden all that well, but there are plenty of warming notes that do make it interesting. The beer is complex, thick, husky, and a very memorable bock style beer. Worth looking for. L'Chaim.

Photo of Brabander
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this 'bockbier' in the abbeyshop yesterday when i was there to buy some glassware. I am not a bockbeerlover but something told me this was a good one to try. And it was!

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks absolutely fantastic. What a big head with a very nice red/brown fluid. I could see nice amounts of carbonation. That is what i like in a beer and that makes the appearance rated with a five.

For the rest i can say the smell is good and warm, dito for the taste. A very well balanced bockbeer.

Photo of RuudJH
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The dutch trappist brewery has a nice range of beers, for many a pallet.
As it's the season of bockbier: dark, cold and wet, I was happy to stumble upon this one in a local supermarket.
Nice bottle, poured into my Chimay-glass.

A: Nice chestnutbrown colour, with a thick creamy head.
S: Fresh from the bottle, smokey grains and hops, dark fruit
T: Equal smooth taste of hops, grains and fruits. Very rounded, very balanced.
M: Creamy and silky smooth. This is easy drinking.
D: The alcohol is easy and warming.

I'd recommend this. A bockbeer within the trappist tradition, has a lot of interesting notes, is worth a try.

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 JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good solid bock beer.I enjoyed it out of a pint glass on a cool night sitting next to my fire pit.

Pours a fairly dense light mahogany/reddish color. Light gets through and shows off the reddish highlights. Good size tan head with good retention and thick lacing.

I started this one a little too cold for he smell but as it warmed up, I could get a nice malty aroma.

Really need to drink this at far less than ice cold. As it warms up there is a slightly sweet malty taste, some spices (like pepper) and dark fruit. There is a little bitterness in the finish but it is more pronounced when the beer is cold. As it warms, the flavors are nice and smooth and blend well. This tastes really good.

Mouthfeel is rich and the peppery spices tickle the tongue. I didn't get any alcohol burn or taste.

Drinkability is very good. I could have enjoyed another one. A nice beer for a cool evening.

Photo of Redteketed
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical robinred bock coloured appearance, creamy head, mostly lasting during the drink.

A sweet caramel malt, little burned aroma, I sense some wheat and fresh hops in the background.

Fine taste, base is bitter – light sweet, caramel malt and a bit of hop-bitterness. Body is medium/full.

A little dry mouthfeel, and a burned hop-bitter, little malt aftertaste.

Without doubt a nice bockbeer, and face it: the only trappist bock in the world.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a chalice.

A: Pours a brown cloudy color with a huge bubbled and persistent head that dissipates slowly leaving some lacings around

S: The better part. Very sweet, fruity and bready. Brown sugar, caramel malts, raisins and plums. Yeasts. Mild perfume of hops. A bit of alcohol in the end. BTW, it does not smell like a Bock beer

T: Pretty much like the nose. Sweet upfront. Brown sugar caramel malts, dark fruits. Strong on earthy yeasts reminding a brown bread. Nice light and dry bitter end

M: Medium creamy body. Not much molasses. Medium carbonation. A bitter-sweet beer

O: Don't expect a traditional Bock Beer here. In fact, I think that the idea behind it was producing a Bock keeping the characteristics of a Trappist. I like it and really recommend it

Photo of gory4d
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark russet with a dense tan head. The smell is sulfured molasses, swamp moss, fallen leaves, strong tea. The taste is heavy on the molasses, with caramel malts, something like blood sausage, and a graphite minerality in the finish the comes back around to the molasses. It's thick though not too viscous, heavy without being cloying. It's like no other bock beer I've had, and altogether excellent: I could have had another bottle. Seek this one out.

Photo of SteveS1
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle-
Look: Pours an opaque red/brown darkness. Large foamy brown head.

Smell: Sweet, strong dark scents, cherry, chocolate.

Taste: Tastes very much as it smells, thick chocolatey flavors, with the nice bitter aftertaste of a good dark chocolate.

Feel: Very bubbly, spicy on the tongue.

Drink: My kind of beer, dark with lots of flavor. It's definitely something to enjoy slowly, with a meal or on its own. I'd have it again and no doubt will.

Photo of megahurts4
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

La Trappe Bockbier

Appearance: dark brownish read, huge head, and some good lacing.

Smell: wheat, slight fruit, and yeast.

Taste: wheat, yeast, and a semi-sweet maltiness.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall:
This is a great beer for sessions. It is easily drank and has a good amount of flavor. The brew isn't too complex, however.

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

Pours a three-finger cream/beige head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Deep red/mahogany color. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Malty, fruity nose. Flavor is malty, rich fruit, some caramel. No bitter aftertaste. Decent bock. $11.00 for a 750ml bottle from a Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME. La Trappe is not on the label anymore.

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

My brother-in-law brought this over to my surprise...and a 2007 vintage to-boot. Poured from a cork-and-caged 750ml bottle into my Portsmouth snifter/tulip glass. Pours a smooth caramel brown color. Fills the glass a medium to dark brown color, with a nice size creamy tan head. Head has pretty good retention and finally resides as a creamy rim around the outside surface. Lacing is quick sliding, but smooth and creamy...slightly fizzy too.

Aroma is great. Belgian yeasts, lots of fruits. Overall, a very sweet and solid smelling beer. I haven't had a Koningshoeven yet thay didn't smell great!

Flavor is very nice! Not the best bock out there...but super solid and overall a great beer. Medium body, high carbonation, crisp, very low booze. Caramel notes, tons of fruit, and very malty...mixed with the Belgian yeasts...this is a very good beer! Thanks Damon again for bringing it over!

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 Derek
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Abbott on the hill.

A: Ruby-black brown with a tan head; a little retention & lace.

S: Big malty bread & dark fruit aroma with a hint of spicing.

T: Bready malt, dark fruit and a pleasant spicing. The pleasant malt profile seems to sit between the dubbel & quad.

M: Moderate to full body is smooth with a dry finish.

D: Quite drinkable.

Photo of harrymel
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2007

A: Pours mahogany brown, excellent clarity. Two fingers peanut head falls to a quilt of the same. Spotty lacing.

S: Figs, dates, graham, allspice, nutmeg, malts, nice. I keep leaning back. Very nice.

T: Dry toasted flavor with cinnamon, cocoa (light), good malty base with a little club soda underneath.

M: A hint thin, but not in a bad way. Lighter carb with medium body.

O: Very nice, simple beer. I would enjoy another bottle or two of this in the cellar.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a large bottle (probably 750ml) of this at a Spec's in Houston... and poured it into pint glasses to share with a few friends. The La Trappe beers were some of the first introductions to belgian ales and I'm still a fan of the tripel and quad... so a bock from a Trappist brewery? Yeah, I'll give it a try.

The color is a brilliant ruby reddish brown, decent head, off white with some good retention and lacing. So far so good, another good looking brew from the monks.

The aroma is very complex... roasted caramel, dark fruits, a little bitterness from the hops, more roasted malt flavors, all blended together well. It definitely tastes more Belgian than German, and yet I know these guys are Dutch, but they brew Belgian-style.

The taste is a lot of the same flavor as the aroma. Very complex and layered, with different sweet notes combining with bitter hops flavors over a nice toasted malt base. Man, a really interesting and good beer.

The mouthfeel is pretty solid too... not quite as good as the previous categories, but it's a full bodied easy drinking beer for 7% with little alcohol taste to it.

Overall, it's an interesting Belgian-style take on this German style. It definitely varies from traditional bocks that I remember with much more rich flavors. A solid 4.0 from me overall.

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out with a nice deep amber brown color with a light tan colored head on it. The smell of the beer has a good amount of malts on the nose and even a touch of spice and yeast. The taste of the beer gives off a nice subtle caramel sweetness upfront that fades into a dry toasted flavor. There seems like there could be some autumnal spices in this as well but they're very faint. The mouthfeel is smooth and has a good amount of body too. Overall I really enjoyed this brew, I still enjoy their Quad the most but this is probably the next best thing La Trappe puts out.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of drtth
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. Sampled twice for this review with both bottles from the 08 bottling and consumed about a month apart.

Appearance: Deep dark reddish brown color. The light tan head is thick and eventually recedes into a thin ring with a thin layer on the surface and nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Aroma is definite with rich roasted malt, some spice and yeast.

Taste: Malt forward and dominant, with dark fruits (raisins, plums?), hints of chocolate and some spice. Nutmeg?

Mouthfeel: Medium smooth body with creamy carbonation and a long dry finish.

Drinkability: Quite nice to sip and easy to finish more than one at a sitting even though its 7% abv.

Photo of woodychandler
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bock me! I found an 11.2 Fl. Oz. bottle in my cellar today. Like the bottle in "Alice in Wonderland", it said, "Drink me!" and so I shall.

It certainly retained its carbonation nicely! I had about a finger of light-tan head that quickly fizzed its way out of existence. Color was a cola-brown with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was rich with a caramel malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with a definite caramel taste on the tongue, almost a burnt caramel aspect. Finish was very sweet with the caramel flavor simply lingering well after the swallow. Wow! Bock at 0500 - I must not be working this summer. I would recommend this as more of a dessert beer than a wake-up beer.

Photo of adamette
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I review this beer as I experience it. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY last October into my Great Lakes Christmas Ale goblet like glass. Incidentally, my label states that it is "Koningshoeven Bock" but it is similar in every other way. There is the little "Trappist" symbol on the back label and the word "Trappist" embossed in the neck of the bottle.

A Great frothy off white head which stays around for several minutes, maybe 4 to 6 over a nice dark brown or even ruby brown body that does not let much light through except where my glass comes together near the bottom. Nice look.

S A nice Bock smell of medium roasted malt and not much of any hops bitterness. I do not smell much of any alcohol.

T A pleasing medium malt, barley taste with a bit of a suprising black licorice taste...or is is feel...that seemed to be short lived but then, a moment or so into the aftertaste (maybe 2 minutes) it pleasantly comes back in a nice pleasant way as if I had eaten some black licorice 10 minutes ago and was still tasting it.

M Moderate to full. No discernable bitterness, just nice moderate malty bigness.

D Good, especially if it wasn't so difficult to find. I had only ever seen this in one store and only this bottle was seen as well.

Notes: Yet another in a long line of successful Trappist beers. Koningshoeven is certainly one of my favorite breweries in the world.

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

"Taste the Silence"

Huh? 0.o

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. :)

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 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.

La Trappe Bockbier from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
89 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.