La Trappe Bockbier - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 218
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.4%
Wants: 74
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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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 EPseja
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
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! (1,421 characters)

Photo of gory4d
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (2,092 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (892 characters)

Photo of schuim
3.11/5  rDev -23.2%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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... (834 characters)

Photo of PapaEugene
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of RuudJH
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of neobassman
4.7/5  rDev +16%
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. (1,179 characters)

Photo of SteveS1
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of dstc
4.01/5  rDev -1%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of berkey
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of choyhosoi
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of drtth
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (750 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (2,034 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of adamette
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,422 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of gerardoluna
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.
Amen!

CHEERS (256 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky plummish purply-brown coloration, creamy beige/brown head, slipping into a thin ring.

Rich, ripe fruit hits the nose...raisins, plum, a bit of fig, dates?just a tad?...a touch of port...

Tasting: Snappy, then smooth. Mellow mouthfeel overall, but plump with malty flavor. Yeast and malt are king here, and we've got a very Belgian trappist-y Dutch-style bock. How many of those have you had lately?

More I drink of this, the more I like it...I'll repeat mellow again, and it's just that kind of deep satisfaction I get from the Trappist ales, an enveloping feeling, the seeps out from the consumption of the brew and into the very heart of the drinker.

Hmmm: IBU: 36. Malts: pale, caramel, munich, barley, wheat and rolled oats. Hops: Hallertau, Northern Brewer, and Spalt.

Lightly spicy, a little funky, but mostly a fruity affair, but uplifting, and exalting.

Am I tasting the silence? I might actually be! (923 characters)

Photo of TKempe
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a dark red with brown tones. A lot of carbonation visible and a tremendous tan head that doesn't seem to shrink.

Smells fruity and malty in both a toffyish and a roasted way. Hops spice up the nose and so does a touch of earthy ale yeast. It's probably the oats that add to the creaminess of the smell.

The taste is a bit more salty and spicy, not as sweet as the nose might suggest, with plenty of yeast apparent. After the fullness of the malt settles, a semi-dry aftertaste develops that is marked by a pleasant bitterness of the roasted malts and a mild hoppy note.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit slick, with just a bit too much carboantion and a body that is in-between medium and full.

An exciting balance between a Trappist ale and the Bock style, more or less in the same line as for example the La Chouffe Bock. (837 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (726 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,241 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color, with some good bubbling. Thick and tight foam with great stick and some nice, if thin, lacing.

Aroma is mildly strong, but pretty tasty; caramel and dark fruit, strong Munich malt presence, and enough German style hops to make themselves known.

The flavor is pleasant, not wildly complex but good enough for the style. There's quite a bit of roast malt which is a little unusual for a German bock, but otherwise a nice mixture of the caramel sweetness and Munich malt flavor.

A little more bitter than most, with the Hallertau hops taking the lead. Spalt is noticeable as well; both are earthy, mildly bitter in the grand scheme of things, and nicely balanced.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, well-textured, and quite creamy. I'm impressed with the combination of Trappist ale heft and the relatively strong hop content here. Really nice juxtaposition, aided I would imagine by the rolled oats in the malt.

I like it; I was skeptical, but I like it. Nice take on a German style that adds the requisite Trappist yeast (full head, creamy body), and more than enough hops to bring some balance to an occasionally malt-starring show. (1,164 characters)

Photo of dbek
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (687 characters)

La Trappe Bockbier from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
90 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.