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La Trappe Bockbier - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

176 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 67
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Bock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: paterlodie on 03-01-2005)
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Photo of wl0307
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
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 WOLFGANG
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Aliano
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Tattooedirish1
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of biernack
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of paulys55
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of desint
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Zbeetleman
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pour is all pale brown head at first; thick and creamy head. After a while the head settles while the liquid rises; dark copper, clear. Rich lacings.

T: Rich sweet dark malts. Almost honey-like sweetness. Lots of dark dried fruits. Yeasty and even a bit chocolaty.

M: So very sweet, and roasted dark malts. Kind of bready. Rich dark dried fruits. The taste is all about heavy sweet malts.

M: Body is syrupy full while carbonation is kind of forgotten - nice. Aftertaste is sweet but also a bit vineous.

O: Very sweet, complex and nice. If your pleasure is hops and not malts - avoid! If not - this fantastic!

Photo of PaF
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of DanIreland
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Anze
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Elbrownbag
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of HabiMendes
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The amber-brown La Trappe is transparent, with a lightly-tanned neck, very well retained (perfect to style). The bready aroma displays very well the malty character of the beer, showing also caramel tones and alcohol content (perfect, again). The taste brings a well-carbonated, medium-body beer, with hops well harmonized with the malty body, the latter slightly sweet (once again, perfect to style). The end is somewhat long, bringing, again, the whole malt/caramel story. What an excellent beer!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruits, and brown sugar. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Kunstman
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of unclekeith
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of safaricook
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this delivered by my wife from a work colleague, who picked it up directly in Tilburg at the Koningshoeven brewery. I poured into an Orval chalice, after letting it warm up a little bit from the fridge.

It pours gigantic beautiful beige finely pored head. Body is of dark clear amber with some fine carbonation visible.

Wonderful rich smell of yeast, malt, plums, roasted nuts and cocoa.

Tastes is a let down compared to the smell. I get surprisingly moderate taste of burnt malt and bread with a slight metallic aftertaste.

What a creamy nice head that sticks to your lip! The liquid part though is a bit watery with little carbonation.

Overall an interesting beer with ups and downs. Nevertheless, certainly not to forget when talking about Dutch bockbier. A country that is full of the style around the dark times of the year.

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

La Trappe Bockbier from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
90 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.