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La Trappe Bockbier - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

167 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 167
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: paterlodie on 03-01-2005)
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Photo of eric5bellies
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%

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
Photo of w00ddy
4/5  rDev -0.7%

w00ddy, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of fionn13
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

fionn13, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of falloutsnow
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

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 lvoutlawjlh
3/5  rDev -25.6%

lvoutlawjlh, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of killianf
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

killianf, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of papat444
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%

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 kurgan3
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

kurgan3, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of supermeniscus
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

supermeniscus, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of beerpirates
4.03/5  rDev 0%

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.

beerpirates, Feb 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

ROWDYMELT, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

samEBC, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of patra7
3.95/5  rDev -2%

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.

patra7, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Robje
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Robje, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of megahurts4
4.15/5  rDev +3%

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.

megahurts4, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

jophish17, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Bottle: Poured a clear burgundy color ale with large off-white foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light residual sugar with some caramelized malt. Taste is a good mix between some caramelized malt with light toffee notes with some residual sugar. Boyd is about average but has a nice creamy texture with good carbonation. Easy drinking with nice level of complexity for style.

Phyl21ca, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

brewdog13, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

rekel, Nov 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

corby112, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

goalie33, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -0.7%

33cl brown bottle, freshness date on the label.

Clear rudy dark amber, great lacing.

Spicy, toasted malt, fresh baked dark bread, dark confections & dried grass in the nose.

Very malty palate, toasty bread, slightly dry, hint of bubble gum, grassy, herbal, toasted husk.

A spectacular bock, lively and a joy to drink. La Trappe is doing it right.

Jason, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%

From the bottle at De Kelk in Brugge during last week's trip to Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a La Trappe chalice.

Pours a moderate brown color with a huge off-white head and loads of lacing on the way down. Persistent head and a cap throughout.

The nose brings some light chocolate and a bit of caramel plus some bread crust. Faint dark fruits and a bit of a hoppy character. Flavor has some mild sweetness and a good dosing of bitterness.

Light body with good carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

Very well made.

Thorpe429, Sep 15, 2011
La Trappe Bockbier from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
90 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.