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La Trappe Bockbier - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

172 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 66
Gots: 14 | 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:
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(Beer added by: paterlodie on 03-01-2005)
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

patre_tim, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

KYGunner, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of papat444
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to slovaksniper (ratebeer) for this one.

Poured from a 330ml. bottle, best before 07/2012.

Appearance: A dark brown body with major ruby hues. Fluffy light tan head with good lacing and excellent retention.

Smell: Figs, nuts, caramel and berries.

Taste: Good mix of bread, caramel malt and dried fruit. Flavor is good but lacks some fullness.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is felt and it has a melt in your mouth quality. The only problem is it feels a little thin.

Overall: I liked it but could have been better.

papat444, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of adamette
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

adamette, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev -0.5%

uturn, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of albern
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

albern, May 12, 2008
Photo of TheBrewo
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We pour a brew of medium brown interwoven with deep red orange streaks. The head stands two fingers tall and is tan in color. It recedes at a normal pace, leaving splotchy lacing as it does. The carbonation looks to be about medium, and the brew has a hazy hue. No physical sediment is noted, but the opacity is there. The aroma is rich with dark malts, dried figs and prunes, toffee diacetyls, and a faint, yet sweet, gingerbread spice. At the back there is a slight sting of alcohol, but it is very light. The taste begins with a buttery slickness. There are heavy malts, mixing with a bitter tart flavoring of citrus rind, lent by the yeast. Through the middle there is a brown sugar sweetness. This peaks high on the palate, where it is met by a curious burnt element, as if from roasted coffee and toasted barley. The finish is marked by a washing through of the sweetness with more bitter yeast, hints of sweeter molasses, and alcohol. The aftertaste breathes bitterly, with a slight hopping and more of those roasty malts. The body is medium to full and the carbonation is standard. The feel to the beer is both slick and creamy, affording a nice slurpability and frothiness. The mouth is dried a bit towards the front of the palate, but the mouth is otherwise satiated. The abv is within range and the brew drinks smoothly.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the strength of flavoring. It can be easy for a bock to come across as a dulled down little brother of a doppelbock, but here we find that all of that richness is preserved. There were heavy malts, with generously distributed sweet and roasty flavors, allowing this brew to compete as exemplary for the category.

TheBrewo, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of woemad
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

woemad, Nov 05, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

samEBC, Jan 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Kunstman, Feb 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

WynnO, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of falloutsnow
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Brix in Omaha, NE
"K31H7" stamped on bottle, but that doesn't say much for freshness
Poured into an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass

Almost like a doppelbock in its focus on heavy, caramel malts and brown sugar influences, this beer still retains enough of its subtle nutty and toasty elements to remain in a classic, though big, bock. The taste is complex and enjoyable

Pours a 2cm head of dark tan, smallish, bubbles. Head retention is about average, dissipating within a few minutes to a patchy cap of foam atop the body, later just a ring around the glass. Lacing is modest, one or two lines and swirls left along the sides of the glass. The beer's body is a semi-transparent wood stain brown to amber red color, light bringing out the red hues. Carbonation is visible streaming up from the bottom center of the glass, substantial, but very sluggish.

Aroma seems to focus on brown sugar, toasted bread, and dried brown figs. It's a bit similar to the Schell's bock from this year, but much less robust and assured of itself. This may be a freshness issue, but the bottle does not have a readable date on it to determine if so. As it stands, the aroma is rather withered, and I have to inhale deeply to pull the elements from it.

Taste is built upon heavy caramel and brown sugar flavors and sweetness, which plays with a bit of roasted malt at the front of the palate. Mid-palate brings out continued heavy caramel and brown sugar flavors with dried date and brown fig esters, also adding a bit of toasted nuts, bread, and roasted or chocolate flavor lingering underneath. Back of palate continues brown sugar sweetness with some more roasted, chocolate malt. Lingering aftertaste of roasted malt and some coffee notes, which adds some bitterness to the beer to prevent it from becoming cloying.

Note: don't add the yeast; I did for the second half of the bottle, and it only diluted the flavors I was initially picking up.

Beer is medium-bodied with mid-level carbonation that's a bit prickly on the tongue at first, but quickly levels off to create a crisp and well-flowing mouthfeel. Carbonation could be toned down just a bit and this would not suffer. Just a hint of ethanol in the nostrils and back of throat when closing out a sip. Finish is dry, with some stickiness left around the edges of the mouth due to residual sugars.

falloutsnow, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of Brabander
4.05/5  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.

Brabander, Oct 31, 2010
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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.

safaricook, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of brdc
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large corked bottle; an ale according to their own label.

It pours a reasonably clear reddish brown brew, with a voluptuous tan head that shows good retention and lacing.
Aroma is good, but not that powerhouse I got used to see on other "La Trappes"; mostly sweet malts, caramel, perhaps a note or two of yeastiness and fruitiness.
A bit thin on the palate, taste is pleasant but not complex, malty sweetness all over, but with little depth.
A decent brew, but well under the usual high quality of Koningshoeven. I will keep my Koningshoeven buys with the more traditional trappist styles.

brdc, May 26, 2008
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3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

SkeeterHawk, Feb 04, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +2%
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

eduardolinhalis, Jun 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

kew, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of tykechandler
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

tykechandler, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

RochefortChris, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a bright crisp reddish brown with a large, patchy creamy head of foam. bubbles burst inside the crown leaving nooks and crannies like a thomas'. lively carbonation.

smells of smoky malts and plums. the faintest hint of belgian sugars tweaks the nostrils. barely detectable date and chocolate elements.

ill be damned if this doesn't taste like a million bucks. first thing i notice is the texture which is chewy for a lager yet very smooth. substantial. big malty backbone contributes to a dark sweetness, as does some allspice and cinnamon. ripe pit fruits. finishes nicely with some dry, sticky hops that hang out on your cheek and add yet another angle of intricacy to this fine lager.

my first dutch bock, and i think this is a style for me. has a basic profile that reminds you of belgian-style quad flavors, but much more drinkable. at 7%, i can take a big sip without feeling like my brain will explode... but i can also sip it and enjoy some real complex flavor.

will seek this out again for sure. right up there with the trappist belgians by koningshoeven.

goodbyeohio, Sep 20, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Poupae, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of froghop
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had as a "Koningshoeven Bock Trappist Ale".

pours a dark ruby with a very large tan bubbly head, fine lacing.

smell of some dark fruit, wheat, touch of caramel, malt in the back.

taste of tin, watery, malt, some cocoa, touch of caramel, some spice.

froghop, Aug 17, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cork bottle

dark reddish brown, nearly haze-free, massive foamy head, decent lace.

malty aroma, with spicy herbs. hint of caramel, hint of alcohol.

palate is malty, but much more hoppy than i expected. i like it, but perhaps too hoppy for a classic bock. moderate bitterness goes into a combined sweet/bitter finish that is ultimately semi-dry.

almost smooth, more crisp, not too thin, very active carbonation.

pretty drinkable for me because i like hops, but it's probably over the top for bock purists.

tai4ji2x, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of eric5bellies
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Ciney sniffer

A - Pours a classic dark deep mahogany colour with an off white head that retains very well.

S - Very pronounced sweet malts, classic bock style. Slightly Sally.

T - Very nice molasses with a sweet malt with a sweet boozyness, the maltyness is pronounced and classic bock style.

M - medium to full body with minimal carbonation

O - A great beer from La Trappe that is a take on a classic German style.

eric5bellies, Sep 29, 2012
La Trappe Bockbier from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
90 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.