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La Trappe Bockbier - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 62
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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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PapaEugene

Netherlands

4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 12:32:03 | More by PapaEugene
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RuudJH

Netherlands

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 18:01:06 | More by RuudJH
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neobassman

Maryland

4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 02:25:05 | More by neobassman
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SteveS1

New York

4.13/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 19:26:50 | More by SteveS1
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dstc

Florida

4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2009 15:49:09 | More by dstc
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berkey

California

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 17:07:25 | More by berkey
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choyhosoi

California

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 04:34:49 | More by choyhosoi
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 01:23:48 | More by drtth
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 21:53:38 | More by BuckeyeNation
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 14:10:25 | More by lordofthewiens
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adamette

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 04:29:06 | More by adamette
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 23:33:08 | More by jdhilt
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gerardoluna

Mexico

3.73/5  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

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 23:12:49 | More by gerardoluna
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 10:14:31 | More by feloniousmonk
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TKempe

Netherlands

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 23:24:53 | More by TKempe
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Gmann

New York

4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 03:48:50 | More by Gmann
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woemad

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 05:05:31 | More by woemad
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 05:55:49 | More by BretSikkink
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dbek

Greece

3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 14:05:36 | More by dbek
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froghop

Washington

3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 17:20:58 | More by froghop
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Lexluthor33

New York

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

Pours dark brown with a reddish tint. Good sized head with foamy lace.
The aroma is fruits,malts and ALCOHOL.
The taste is fruity,some malts and notes of grains. The alcohol is stronger than expected,but not in any way does it ruin this brew.
The truth is I was expecting some more malt or maybe even a roast like flavor. This tastes better as it warms.
The feel is well balanced,high carbonation and a semi dry finish with a slight alcohol burn.

Notes: First off,the alcohol burn is minor and it's fine. Carbonation seems a bit high and the body is medium weight and almost refreshing.
A good beer,it is just that I expected so much more from the Monks.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 02:26:10 | More by Lexluthor33
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Talisker

California

3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked, caged bottle purchased for about $12 at Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA.

Label reads "Koningshoeven Bock Trappist Ale". And the marketing speak is all about Trappist monks overseeing ale brewing. Isn't it a contradiction in terms to call a bock an ale?

Anyway, pours a rich brown. Lots of persistent head. Understated malt aroma - some roast, some sweetness. No hop or alcohol edge at all to the smell.

Tastes a little like it doesn't know what it wants to be when it grows up. Lots of roasty malt jostling with some unintegrated sweetness, the yeast characteristic of a "typical" Belgian ale, and a certain unwelcome alcohol burn on the finish.

The generally pillowy texture would be welcome if not turned sour by the alcohol. Carbonation definitely present, but not prickly or unpleasant.

The alcohol burn sticks out and keeps me from chasing after the second sip.

Not remotely a bad beer, but expectations are higher for Trappist ales (or whatever this is). If you're going after Trappist in general or Koningshoeven in particular, then stick to the more traditional ale styles. And if you really want a great bock, then the Germans (or even Gordon Biersch) can hook you up more cheaply and satisfyingly.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 03:46:22 | More by Talisker
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 21:18:42 | More by brdc
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baggio

Sweden

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 750ml bottle of this sitting in my pantry for awhile and then one of my friends wanted to try it so...2006 Vintage!

A: Dark red with a huge beige lace that sticks to glass.

S: Malt, Caramel, Port wine and a slight note of metal.

T: Caramel, Belgian yeast, Bread, Fruit, Spices.

M: Sweet and smooth with a nice complexity. Low carbonation.

A very pleasant drink even if it is a tad bit too sweet. Gonna try this one again for sure! Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 10:50:17 | More by baggio
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albern

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 23:33:19 | More by albern
La Trappe Bockbier from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
90 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.