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La Trappe Bockbier - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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90
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96 Reviews
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Reviews: 96
Hads: 224
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.4%
Wants: 78
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

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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Reviews: 96 | Hads: 224
Photo of BretSikkink
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (1,164 characters)

Photo of dbek
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of Talisker
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
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. (1,236 characters)

Photo of brdc
3.78/5  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. (592 characters)

Photo of baggio
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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! (454 characters)

Photo of albern
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of PEBKAC
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Taste the Silence"

Huh? 0.o

750 stashed(left behind) at grandma's house sometime around Thanksgiving & just recently reunited. Awww. :P

Lumpy coffee creamer-colored head & a rich ruby brown body. A snowglobe of activity down below with a couple floaters battling it out for supremacy.

Mild greens & a fresh juicy quality lead in a heavy layer of caramel, along with some stale nutmeg, & a curious notion of lactose.

Taste is so drastically more intense. Sharp, coppery hops at the front, caramel center, a little too much yeast, slight anise, & a grainy malt finish.

Pretty crisp for a bock. The heavy-handed hops & residual foam lead to a soapy mouthfeel, but it's just too refreshing to knock. Alcohol just nudges in there every once in a while. I would guess 6% if the label fell off. Don't let this one sit. It's delicious cold.

Not really in my price range, but it went down like it was on someone else's tab. :) (925 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.17/5  rDev +3%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a massive head, several inches of fluffy stuff, very nice lacing, a lovely beer. The aroma has nice caramel and roasted feeling, some fruits, with a definite lager nose with a Belgian 'feel' to it. More spices from yeast in the taste and again a nice sweetness. The mouth is a bit carbonated for an otherwise slick, smooth feel, but good body keeps it real. Pretty decent, but I probably paid too much for it. One and done, I'll be keeping to the beers they're known for. (500 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of drpimento
2.6/5  rDev -35.8%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,626 characters)

Photo of botham
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a firey amber color with garnet dominating as the glass thickens. wonderful coloration! topped with an immense, orange colored head that remains for a couple minutes, leaving a clean glass behind.

aroma is malty, with caramel malts dominating. also present is a spiced note that balances out the malt, possibly from hops. a distinct fruity cahracter is present as well, which alludes to the trappist label on this one.

taste is malty up front, with the same spiced character. malts include caramel, and a touch of roasted malt as well (not usually found in bocks, but compliments the profile nicely). finishes on a roasted note with lingering burnt malt and caramel malt. the spiced character is somewhat lost in the roasted notes.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a smooth cahracter and semi-dry finish. texture is spot-on for a bock.

drinkability is great. this is an excellent bock with a few things to call its own (namely the subtle roasted character and the semi-dry finish). altogether, wow! what a bock, i say, what a bock! this is one that will be frequented by this beeradvocate. cheers! (1,143 characters)

Photo of basica
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have always been a little curious about this beer... Bocks and Trappist just.. do not really
rhyme eh? But without a doubt, this one goes with a great "rythm". This bock pours out dark ruby
brown with a 1 inch thick head that holds up pretty well. The smell is a heaven of dark malts and
I am sure this could easily contend the German Doppelbocks including the champ from Andechs.
Paulaner's Salvator is clearly out of the race with this one. Anyway this bock greeted me with
strong dark roasted malts in the taste with very subtle sweetness and dark fruits. I love the way
the taste is nicely concentrated and strong with a good amount of alcohol strength to top things
up. The finish is slightly bitter and relatively dry, leaving a sublte salty, perhaps a little soy
sauce-ish taste; very nice complement to the strong roasted dark malts. Lot's of malt aroma and
some fruit aromas on the nose too. The after taste is quite a party with bag loads of dark malts
which lingers for a while before slowly revealing the fruitiness underneath which was pretty
analagous to dark plums and/or raisins; throughout the lasting after taste there was also
constantly dark fruity malts on the nose and that was a pretty good rounding up and I thoroughly
enjoyed this one. The carbonation was fairly high at first but somehow I felt it worked well for
this one; it drops after a while but I just loved the way the carbonation tied in. Body was
medium to full body which was pretty apt for a bock. Definitely a great beer from a great trappist
brewery; pity that this one's not available in Singapore; I got it from Wim, my dutch beer friend.
Cheers and beers dude! (1,658 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a typical Dutch bockbier, roasted, slightly sticky and very drinkable on dark nights.

Appearance is very good, dar brown, with a stable head and thick, compact foam which sticks to the glass with each sip.

Smell is caramellic and roasted, something like raisins, a little acidic. Perfect sniffing beer, although after more sniffs, I suddenly detect some dirty socks, but this is very far at the back.

Taste is roasted, burned malts, with a good caramel support. The dark malts give the beer a malt bitterness, together with the hop bitterness, more bittter than the average bockbier.
Mouthfeel is sweet and slightly sticky. The 7% ABV is not noticable, drinkability is more inhibited by the fullness and sweetness.

One of the better bockbiers from Holland. (779 characters)

Photo of Redteketed
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical robinred bock coloured appearance, creamy head, mostly lasting during the drink.

A sweet caramel malt, little burned aroma, I sense some wheat and fresh hops in the background.

Fine taste, base is bitter – light sweet, caramel malt and a bit of hop-bitterness. Body is medium/full.

A little dry mouthfeel, and a burned hop-bitter, little malt aftertaste.

Without doubt a nice bockbeer, and face it: the only trappist bock in the world. (458 characters)

Photo of Bierschenker
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was a gift from Paterlodie. Thank you for that!

The colour is a nice misty dark red copper. It has a very strong malt and hop smell. The head is very fluffy / foamy and makes a little dome roof. It has solid bubbles with an eggshell kind of colour.
The first sip is heaven. A very strong character. Deep dark chocolate, fibres, smoked grain, hazelnut, cane, oxidation.
The aftertaste, bitter dark chocolate with a fresh sweetness, lingers on. Liquorice undertone.
It slips down very easily, in these cold winter months. It gives a warm cosy feeling to the taste buds. But probably just as enriching during the summer.

A wonderful brew, typical with its 7%. One to look out for on my next trip to the north.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat! (751 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (1,082 characters)

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La Trappe Bockbier from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
90 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.