La Trappe Bockbier | Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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4.03
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La Trappe BockbierLa Trappe Bockbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Netherlands | website

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by paterlodie on 03-01-2005

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Reviews: 102 | Ratings: 249
Photo of Brabander
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper/ brown-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, roasty, rich, and fruity. In the taste, rich, nutty, and fruit hints. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry fruit like aftertaste. Nice flavor and aroma, hides the alcohol quite well.

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Photo of xylophonica
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this direct from the brewery in the Netherlands.

A - Dark chocolately/caramel brown colour. Nice dark head with good lacing.

S - Caramel, coffee, toffee and plenty of other dark malts. Again phenols hiding in the background.

T - Roasted malt and hops. Nuts and various bitter roasted tastes abound. Even some fruits; mainly cherry and banana.

M - Bitter and spicy. The aftertaste is even more bitter but does subside as the beer warms.

D - Very dark and heavy to drink. The taste is fairly distinctive being the only trappist beer of this kind but the bitter nature might not be to everyone's liking.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown color, with a huge foamy head. Leaves beautiful Belgian lace after a few minutes. The nose is malty and sweet, with light aromas of spice and dried herbs. Chocolate, caramel and raisin notes make more of a showing once the head dissipates. A sharp little kick of fruity yeast, immediately followed by the drying Hallertauer hops. An average example of the style, in no way a standout.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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!

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color, letting no light through. Nice strong head that just does not go away no matter what.
Smells of malts hardcore. Strong sweet malts. A big amount of coffee smell but not as much as the taste.
Taste is strongly coffee from the malts. A good amount of sweetness and some acidity to it.
Has some serious underlying crispness after it goes down. A strange feeling of intense carbonation like most Trappists. It is interesting in this style of beer.

Nice beer.

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured fairly dark brown with a sizable beige head that quickly died down into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There's a moderate aroma of dark roasted and caramel malts with a bit of malty sweetness.
T: The taste is very rich and malty and very much follows the aroma; there is some sweetness but this is tempered by the underlying hops, the taste of which is only really detectable in the finish. There are some hints of spices in the flavors.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, smooth and a bit sticky on the palate; there is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is definitely filling but is relatively easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked.

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Photo of EPseja
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a 33cl bottle at just below cellar temperature in a Samuel Adams Double Bock glass.

A - Translucent hazelnut brown with a aggressive, marshmallowy sand-colored head that's easily two inches thick and holds fast. Head retention is unbelievable. Through the drinking of the entire glass, I never saw the surface of the beer, and left behind were fat, paisley canvases of lacing as I drank. Awesome.

S - Huge maltiness with notes of molasses, raisin and fig. Gentle notes of honeyed toast. If there are hops on board, then they're stowing away... Fairly straight-forward, but pleasant.

T - Big malt opening but surprisingly, it's not overly sweet. That's a huge plus. Here the dark fruits are obvious, especially raisin. Also apparent are very slight notes of unsweetened cocoa powder and dessert breads. The middle brings around a leveling yeastiness that helps set up the next step. Given the huge maltiness that's characteristic of the style, I was a bit surprised at how there was only a slight, gentle cloying, and how it quickly it was supplanted by a well-timed drying finish. Very nice.

M - Substantial without necessarily being thick. Velvet in the mouth, as the light carbonation turns the liquid into luxury. Micro-bubbled carbonation makes the swallow dense without being heavy. Sublime.

D - Wow. This is one fantastic beer. To date, this Bock is as close to perfection as I've come. Delicious!

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Photo of gory4d
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I just saw this one on the shelf at Spec's and I couldn't pass it up. I was just coming for a couple German beers and here we have a Bavarian Style beer that is made in a Monastery in Holland. Wow! What a concept. The Tilburg's Ale that this brewery makes is very good, so I am sure that this beer will be too. This is exciting!! Here we go.

Appearance: Pours very Bock-like with a clear dark garnet hue with a small, but thick, head of tan bubbles that is relatively active, but is maintained by many bubbles rising. After a couple minutes, the head had pretty much faded back into the beer and is only a small island in the middle of the beer.

Aroma: I got tons of toasty malt just from the pour. After I can smell it, it does remind me of a Bock. It get lots of toasty Munich malts and some dark fruit like black cherries. There is a good portion of Melanoidins in this beer as it has a firm earthy component to the background of the malt.

Taste: The flavor is a little less Bock-like than the aroma suggested. It is still very malty and has the components of the flavor, but the mouthfeel is quite thin to qualify for a Bock. It is so thin that it leaves a bit of the dark malt character sitting on your palate after the finish as an acidity that gets a little muddled with the alcohol to leave you almost wanting a drink of water after drinking to lighten it up on your palate. The fruity flavors are a really big player in the flavor and they get more noticeable as the beer sits for a bit...the almost make me wonder if an Ale yeast was used and that would also explain the attenuation and mouthfeel.

Opinion: Well, I had pretty high expectations for this beer. It is good, but falls short of what I would consider "outstanding". The lack of malt in the finish really hurt this beer in my opinion. All that said, this beer really has a pretty good flavor and I will certainly drink the whole bottle...so it doesn't suck. It just reminds me on an amped up Tilburg more than a beer to stand up to Korbinian...or even Erdinger Ur-Bock if you want to stand it against a non-doppelbock.

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Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of schuim
3.11/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The la Trappe bock beer. The Dutch trappist brewery is the only trappist that produces some not mainstream trappist beers. That is what I really like about them. Bought it in the local supermarket.
Poured into a sniffer. The beer pours a dark-brown color (with some ruby as well) with a very nice thick and fluffy light-brown head.

Smell: Roasted malts, grains, clear caramel and some dark fruits.

Taste: Roasted malts and caramel, grains, warming alcolhol and dark fruits again. The beer has a nice, slightly bitter and slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, and medium-bodied. The beer is very creamy.

Overall: One of the best bock beers out there, maybe even THE best. Perfectly balanced bitterness and sweetness. But lets be honest, what else can be expected from a bock beer brewed by an authentic trappist...

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Photo of PapaEugene
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting. A real DUTCH trappist bockbeer. As far as I know, the only one.

A: Great dark brown/ruby color and a huge lightbrown foamy head.

S: Roasted malts, caramel and some hints of fruitiness.

T: Again roasted malts and caramel. Hints of red and dark fruits especially as the beer warms up. there's a light coffee taste as well and a light bitterness.

M: Medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, dry finish and a full body.

D: WOW, this is a great bokbeer. This is so much better than their dubbel. Will surely stock some of these.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of neobassman
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This 25.4 oz/750 mL bottle was my second experience with Koninghoeven's offerings, and I was impressed with this Bock. The pour into a Hennepin (Ommegang) tulip glass produced a good, persistent, tan head with moderate stickiness. (The recently-acquired tulip glass really helped concentrate the odor - I highly recommend them!) The brown color, with strong red highlights, advertised a substantial beer experience. The odor was vaguely fruity, malty (surprise!), with bread toast overlays. The fruit character was hard to pin down; it was not estery or banana-like. The taste did not disappoint. Breadcrust malty flavors dominated, but a general, balanced fruitiness rounded out the primary flavor. As the beer warmed in the second half of the bottle, the fruit character hinted at apples and pears. the aftertaste had a tinge of roasted barley with coffee overtones, but it was neither dominant nor persistent. A tinge of hops and a hint of alcoholic heat helped keep this from being cloyingly sweet. The sticky, full mouthfeel was very pleasant. This beer is like a sip of autumn harvest. I enjoyed this Trappist selection very much and expect to purchase again in the future.

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Photo of SteveS1
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of dstc
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the cafe at the abbey in The Netherlands, great place to visit.

Pours dark with ruby highlights and a big foamy white head. Head falls to minimum with nice lacing.

Rather thin, light aroma.

Mild, typical bock taste. Roasty with sweet malts, more so than a typical bock I'd say.

Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Very easy drinking. The setting was nice and added to the experience.

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Photo of berkey
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of choyhosoi
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass
A- Nice dark brown color with a thick creamy white head. This looks very inviting from the initial pour.

S-I got a sugary scent that had an overwhelming plum and raisiny scent.

T- A smooth taste that had very little carbonation to it and hardly and bite.

M/D-This just floats off the tongue and begs to be sipped faster. I was very impressed with this one and was glad I got it. I would drink a keg of this if I could a good beer get one if you can.

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Photo of drtth
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark cherry (the fruit, not the wood) with bright orange and amber trim. What a beautiful rainbow of colors. Speaking of beautiful, the massive, rocky, golden beige crown can only be described as Belgianesque. Those monks sure know how to brew. This is a wonderful looking bock.

Once the foam finally melts... the nose is more complex than expected for the style. On the other hand, considering the brewery (and what is amazingly estery yeast), maybe it shouldn't be so surprising. Well-toasted malt combines with a woodlands spiciness that is reminiscent of a 'dark' saison. Interesting.

Full disclosure: I'm not a fan of most bocks. Having said that, Koningshoeven Bock is one of the best that I've ever had. Only Penn's St. Nicholaus Bock Bier can give this bewitchingly malty brew a seriously run for its money. It may not be quite as complex as the American beer (heresy!), but it's just so damn good and is disappearing in a big hurry.

The cork reads '2007', which is surprising. Malt-dominant beer holds up much better than hop-dominant beer, but 7.0% isn't that big. There are no signs of age here at all. In fact, given the magic of Trappist ales, it might have improved in the 1-2 years since bottling.

A massive malt load is the beer's finest feature. I've had 10.0% ales that weren't this packed with barley. Flavors include toasted brown bread, figs, roasted peanuts, a little cocoa powder, tea leaves and a spiciness that is hard to pin down. This is one complex lager.

The mouthfeel couldn't be anything other than fabulous with all those malt sugars floating around. Talk about silky smooth. The bubbles could be a little more tame right out of the gate, but should be nigh on perfect in the bottom half of the '750'.

I always love being blown away by beer of a style that isn't among my favorites. The label reads 'Taste the Silence'. That's a pretty good tagline. It doesn't apply, however, because Koningshoeven Bock makes beautiful music from the very first mouthful. Loud, yet refined. Just like I like 'em.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of adamette
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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.

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La Trappe Bockbier from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
90 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.