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La Trappe Bockbier - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

166 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 67
Gots: 10 | 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 woodychandler
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

woodychandler, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of theboozecruise
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

Picked up a large bottle (probably 750ml) of this at a Spec's in Houston... and poured it into pint glasses to share with a few friends. The La Trappe beers were some of the first introductions to belgian ales and I'm still a fan of the tripel and quad... so a bock from a Trappist brewery? Yeah, I'll give it a try.

The color is a brilliant ruby reddish brown, decent head, off white with some good retention and lacing. So far so good, another good looking brew from the monks.

The aroma is very complex... roasted caramel, dark fruits, a little bitterness from the hops, more roasted malt flavors, all blended together well. It definitely tastes more Belgian than German, and yet I know these guys are Dutch, but they brew Belgian-style.

The taste is a lot of the same flavor as the aroma. Very complex and layered, with different sweet notes combining with bitter hops flavors over a nice toasted malt base. Man, a really interesting and good beer.

The mouthfeel is pretty solid too... not quite as good as the previous categories, but it's a full bodied easy drinking beer for 7% with little alcohol taste to it.

Overall, it's an interesting Belgian-style take on this German style. It definitely varies from traditional bocks that I remember with much more rich flavors. A solid 4.0 from me overall.

theboozecruise, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of treque
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

A: a sand large creamy consistent head, a deep amber and some brown hue, medium body, not completely traslucent, waste left behing and nice retention on the head. carb constant altough is made of tiny bubbles

S: a tiny toast, much caramel and some alcohol notes, a clean smell

T: sweet notes at the beggining, some toast malts are noticed at this moment, after that you get the warmer sensation comming from the alcohol, the caramel notes appear after this making a good mix of flavour, a clean falvour, no bitternes at all, the end is not long on toast flavour but is persistent, chewy end

treque, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

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
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

TheManiacalOne, May 19, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3.1/5  rDev -23.1%

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.

tbeckett, May 16, 2011
Photo of harrymel
4.15/5  rDev +3%

Vintage 2007

A: Pours mahogany brown, excellent clarity. Two fingers peanut head falls to a quilt of the same. Spotty lacing.

S: Figs, dates, graham, allspice, nutmeg, malts, nice. I keep leaning back. Very nice.

T: Dry toasted flavor with cinnamon, cocoa (light), good malty base with a little club soda underneath.

M: A hint thin, but not in a bad way. Lighter carb with medium body.

O: Very nice, simple beer. I would enjoy another bottle or two of this in the cellar.

harrymel, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of crossovert
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

11.2 oz bottle.

It pours a reddish-brown with a huge, foamy off-white/tan head.

The smell is super nutty with a bit of dough, spices, caramel, and raisins.

The flavor has some roasted caramel with a nice bittersweet flavor, dark fruits, and roasted nuts.

It is a decent bockbier, and certainly interesting considering the brewery and location.

crossovert, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of diamondc
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

$12 for a 750ml bottle. 20/07 on the cork.

A: Huge, insane, garnet colored head, recedes to a half a finger wisp of foam.

S: Raisins and figs at first then some hints of grape bubblegum and black cherries when getting warmer.

T: Nutty, toffee, caramel, the malts are intense here. Coffee, dark chocolate and fruits mingle with the surprisingly dry, spicy hops here on the aftertaste.

M/D: A great bock .. or is it? The bottle label claims this beer is top fermented, so it seems almost unfair to compare to traditional bocks. Either way, this is a great beer that offers malt complexity that is well-balanced with hops.

diamondc, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of sprucetip
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

From notes. Very active, enormous tan head sits atop medium brown liquid. Said liquid is clear and red/mahogany when backlit. Big yeast cake and floaty chunks suspended toward the bottom, again visible when backlit. I'd had the bottle for quite a some years.

Toffee like malty sweetness, dark fruit, and light booze all wrapped up in the overall Belgian yeasty package that is the foundation. Yummy.

Defined by the yeasty character that delivers flavors of dark fruit and spices. Malty sweet with just of nip of roast, a bit of tartness and a very mild bitterness.

Perfectly carbonated, rich, smooth, creamy and viscous. Hint of warming and mild drying and bitterness in the finish.

Exceptionally well made beer. Complex, smooth, and balanced. A sipper to savor and share. ... I've had this one a few times. Sometimes it has struck me, as this sample did, as really special. But I can also recall being underwhelmed. Not this time.

sprucetip, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of TheBrewo
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%

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 flagmantho
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

flagmantho, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of anakar
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%

Superb. Great taste, goes down smoothly and very rich.
Tried it with a stake dinner, and it washed down amazingly. Tastes like a Leffe Brown, a bit heavy so you won't want to drink it for drinking (Like in a bar), you want it with dinner. Don't overdo it cause it fills you up, Just like a good Bock should.

anakar, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of cnally
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

The cork was a pain in my ass to get out!!!

A mysterious brown, deep and barely tinted red, is as hazy as you can imagine, to the point of opaque. A tan head laces insanely.

A sweet and savory aroma, just filled with good stuff...gingerbread, figs, grapes. A deliciously bready one, yeasty in the best possible way.

A lot of great beers I've had merely fit into their styles so well and perfectly that they are great because of it. Others push the style. This bock is one of the latter, an insanely spicy and earthy treat that it demands a long ass paragraph. You pick up on the barley and oats right away, sending you into fits of malty deliciousness, and complimented by its spicy yeasts with flavors of nutmeg, clove. Just an explosion of the flavors and deep as hell.

A fantastic frothy mouthfeel and creamy goodness.

Wow. Never had this beer before. Never seen it. I think it will disappear magically or something, like a dream into the night. Because this is one of the greatest beers I have ever had. Evar.

cnally, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of Brabander
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

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
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

OWSLEY069, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of xylophonica
4.03/5  rDev 0%

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.

xylophonica, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

Mora2000, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of DaveHS
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

DaveHS, May 23, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

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!

ShadesOfGray, May 15, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

Spineypanda, May 02, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev 0%

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.

metter98, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of EPseja
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%

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!

EPseja, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of gory4d
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

gory4d, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.83/5  rDev -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
La Trappe Bockbier from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
90 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.