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La Trappe Bockbier - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

176 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 67
Gots: 14 | 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 Arborescence
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Jumps out of the bottle and pours a massive, thick head that persists. Very dark brown, hazy, with a slight ruby tint.

Aroma: Malty, with a hint of cherry. The aroma is quite mild though.

Taste: There's a certain softness before the robust malt hits. Not a lot of sweetness here, but some hints of dried fruit are present. Solid flavour, but nothing overly interesting.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth, and creamy. Medium to full-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's a peculiar concoction -- a trappist bock -- but I don't think it brings anything sublime to the table. It's tasty though, not a bad representative of a strongish bock.

Photo of BartMcStout
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of kew
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of IPA35
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A top fermenting trappist bock.
This one breaks all the rules. A trappist bock? Shows this is not Belgian as bock is quite big in the Netherlands. A top fermenting bock? That's not how it is supposed to be either but then again trappist beers are not bottom fermented either.

Anyway, interesting.

Quite a pretty beer, dark ruby amber, a huge off white head. Fine bubbles with some big ones floating in the middle. Hazy of course, swirled it to get all yeast.

Smells nice, big on the dark fruits, a darker malt profile with caramel and rye bread almost. A bit spicey. Typical bock medicine as well.

Tastes not like your usual dark trappist beer. A firm malt forward brew with darker malts. Aside from that it starts out nice and sweet but it finished quite bitter with both the malts and the hops at work there. I see where others get the coffee from. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium to full with quite low carbonation. Nice.

Overall a good beer. Still, I prefer the classic Belgian dark ales over bocks.

Photo of petluo
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Photo of Douberd
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ABV 7%
Untill now this is the best bock beer I've tried this year. Those monks really know what they're doing.
This is the only Trappist bock beer and the only bock beer that continues to ferment slightly in the bottle, at least according to their website.
Small bottle of 300 ml. Ingredients arewater, barley, wheat and oat malts, yeast and aromatic hops. Some yeast can be found in the bottle of course.
Pours a very dark ruby coloured beer, with a huge beige head of 3-4 fingers in height, thick and creamy, with excellent retention. Heavy lacing around the glass as the foam is going down, but never away. A thin layer of foam persists around the glass, while a big chunk of it lingers on the centre of the beer's surface. Shake your glass a bit and another thin line of foam appears again, with almost the same sustainable retention.
A fantastic aroma on the nose from the hops. Light caramel , alcohol, some apricot, plums and other dark fruits.
Taste is great too. Sort of sweet at first but with a definitely bitter aftertaste. Caramel, coffee and dark bitter chocolate flavours.
Medium thickness on the body and average carbonation.Quite dry on the palate, with this dryness helping the bitter taste to stay longer in the outh.
As I wrote before, this is the best bock beer I've tasted this far. I will surely get some more to drink during the cold days of autumn plus another couple to keep in my cellar.

Photo of HiPpYcHoP
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of fionn13
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of killianf
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into Duvel tulip

A: Pours a dark ruby-brown colour with a very big 3-4 finger soapy head. Great retention and lacing. Not the most active beer.

S: Malt, chocolatey sweetness, dark fruits, boozey smell. Smells quite rich and deep. Some spice here too.

T: Malt - biscuity flavours initially, with caramel and fruity finish. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, but the beer itself is more on the sweet side.

M: Decent carbonation fizzing on the tongue, medium bodied, very drinkable.

Overall: A very enjoyable beer, if it wasn't for the price I'd happily have 3 or 4 in a sitting. I served mine straight from the fridge, which I wouldn't do next time. And there probably will be a next time - good, tasty beer, flavoursome but not overly complex. Would personally prefer this brewery's ales.

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.

Photo of kurgan3
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of supermeniscus
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of beerpirates
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured into my list abbey stemware glass

Typical robin red 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.

Photo of ROWDYMELT
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of patra7
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a stange glass, almost 2 years before exp. date.
Appearance: Deep brown-reddish color; brown, very thick head that hangs on for ever with almost immovable bubbles.
Smell: Strong smell of alcohol, caramel and coffee with a momentary smokiness.
Taste: Same as smell. Bitterness manages to peek through the mostly caramel, siropy feel giving it a slightly more balanced character.
Body: Full body. Carbonation just enough to give the beer a fresher character and balance out the mellowness.
Drinkability: Very interesting beer; more than any other bockbier I’ve drunk. Perhaps a bit too sweet for some.

Photo of Robje
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of megahurts4
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

La Trappe Bockbier

Appearance: dark brownish read, huge head, and some good lacing.

Smell: wheat, slight fruit, and yeast.

Taste: wheat, yeast, and a semi-sweet maltiness.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall:
This is a great beer for sessions. It is easily drank and has a good amount of flavor. The brew isn't too complex, however.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

La Trappe Bockbier from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
90 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.