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La Trappe Bockbier - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 238
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 83
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

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 Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tapped at Abbot On the Hill. A great haul for them. Pours an active dark brown with white crown. Bold malt, and yeast aroma, including chocolate malt. Carbonation, natural, does not quit. In your face taste,a bit rochfort/cocacola caramel like, some nutmeg. Overall not too complex, good drinkability.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  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.

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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 StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i had never seen this one before, and since i love this whole range of beers, i had to pick it up. a trappist bock, an interesting proposition to say the least, but this is one of the best bock styles i have ever had, and brings the german and belgian elements together beautifully. its more brown than amber, really pretty dark, and has an explosive effervescent tan head, very much like belgian ale yeast produces. it smells really rich, layers of sweet caramel and toasted grain, with an interesting yeast profile that doesnt scream lager at me, but is definitely something different. it has notes of honey and clove, fig and molasses, and even some of the belgian yeast elements. the flavor is true to the nose, sweet tasting but not sweet, if that makes sense, its dry enough in the finish (and carbonated well enough) to be rather drinkable, especially as bocks go, but it still has the flavor is sweet malt and honey in the middle. an earthy nuttiness too, texturally interesting and very flavorful. again the yeast is something special here. a really fun beer, made from one of the most reputable breweries of the old world. really pretty unique, autumnal, and worthy of seeking out. i was really impressed with this, and its given me a new enthusiasm for the style, although i know i will be hard pressed to find another one this good.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle at De Kelk in Brugge during last week's trip to Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a La Trappe chalice.

Pours a moderate brown color with a huge off-white head and loads of lacing on the way down. Persistent head and a cap throughout.

The nose brings some light chocolate and a bit of caramel plus some bread crust. Faint dark fruits and a bit of a hoppy character. Flavor has some mild sweetness and a good dosing of bitterness.

Light body with good carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

Very well made.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear burgundy color ale with large off-white foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light residual sugar with some caramelized malt. Taste is a good mix between some caramelized malt with light toffee notes with some residual sugar. Boyd is about average but has a nice creamy texture with good carbonation. Easy drinking with nice level of complexity for style.

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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 mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

33cl brown bottle, freshness date on the label.

Clear rudy dark amber, great lacing.

Spicy, toasted malt, fresh baked dark bread, dark confections & dried grass in the nose.

Very malty palate, toasty bread, slightly dry, hint of bubble gum, grassy, herbal, toasted husk.

A spectacular bock, lively and a joy to drink. La Trappe is doing it right.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

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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 woodychandler
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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.

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

Sunday 20 Oct 2012 sees me sat outside in bright sunlight: Valkenburg, Holland. I walk passed a board advertising La Trappe Bockbier on tap, I put myself into reverse and have two lovely glasses of this and watch the world go by.

Deep brown/ruby red in body colour: the sunlight dancing on the ruby tints. Large cream coloured head when brought to my table: soon turns into a wispy covering and collar (what a pity).

Malts and yeast esters vie for your smell senses with the malts easily winning. Add a hand full of crushed dark, red berries and a spoon full of all spice and you've got the aroma.

The malts rule the taste as well, malty molasses giving the beer a rich, smooth feel and flavour. Most likely the best Bock I had while on the trip. Another bar was having a Bock Fest and had around 8 on tap, so I managed to try a few, as you do!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

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

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep brown hue with tons of haze. Thick, murky body is crowned by two thick fingers of pillowy tan foam. A good looking beer.

Smell: very rich malty aroma with a hint of fruitiness. A relatively simple yet well-done bouquet.

Taste: fruity, musty malt flavors with a definite alcohol bite. The maltiness is not nearly as rich as in the aroma, and the fruity characteristics are quite a bit stronger. I like the juxtaposition.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a good level of creaminess. Not bad for a bock.

Drinkability: a solidly drinkable brew. I'm glad I found this one at my local bottle shop; a good, authentic bock like this is a treat.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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Photo of Derek
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.11/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of drpimento
2.6/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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La Trappe Bockbier from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
90 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.