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Au Trappiste

Not Rated.
Au TrappisteAu Trappiste
BA SCORE
88
very good

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.06%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

4, Rue St. Denis
Paris, 75001
France
phone: +33 (0)1 42 33 08 50
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Opening hours:
Getting there: Metro line 1/ 4/ 7/ 8/ 11/ 14 Châtelet/ 4 Cité; Bus lines 21/ 38/ 85/ 96

(Place added by: Andreji)
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Reviews by belgianjunkie:
Photo of belgianjunkie
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this place yet, considering it's my Comfort Zone in Paris. So here we go.

Au Trappist is an excellent place, conveniently located off the Chatelet metro station (via the St. Denis exit; you come out right across the street from it there). Beer selection is very good including a concentration of Belgians, 20 on tap give or take and more than double that in bottles, plus a smattering of beers from across the globe including a few French Biere de Garde (my favorite thus far is Ch'ti).

I work for a French company and come to Paris around four times a year, and without fail I go to Au Trappist at least once per trip. I used Beerfly to check out others here including the hallowed Academie de la Biere (overrated), La Gueuze (very good place but a chore to get to), and Falstaff (crowded, loud, and mediocre). Au Trappist has always been consistantly comfortable, welcoming, and satisfying. They have all Trappists except for Westvleteren (no surprise), and others including La Chouffe, Gouden Carolus, St. This and That, several lambics including a Gueuze on tap (Liefmans I believe), and their Bieres de Garde including Jenlain, 3 Monts, Ch'ti, and La Choulette. The atmosphere is wood-intensive, covered in breweriana, kind of tightly arranged tables, etc, and lively without being obnoxiously loud or the like. Includes one of those funky European public bathrooms that's only a urinal built into the floor for guys which is a kick the first time you ever see one. And the FOOD...

I can only speak knowlegably about a few things on the menu because I found my favorite and haven't strayed since: their mussels and fries are incredible. The mussels are always cooked perfectly, served in a generous portion, and even during off-season months they're very good. I've had several of their preparations including (excuse the spelling) the classic Mariniere, the Provencale, and even a couple of their daily specials like the delicious-sounding yet strangely off-putting Rochefort cheese mussels... but the Curry mussels are my all-time favorite. The fries are special too- definitely the real thing. And I once went with a friend who got the sausage from the Trappist Rochefort monastary, and that was also very good (rich, surprising amount of spicy zip, and obviously well complimented a beer from the same monastary).

All of the waitstaff is competent, some are even genuinely nice, and all that I've met speak English if you're French-impared. Yeah, it's not cheap. But it's Paris; nothing's cheap anywhere. And yeah, it's more "touristic" than other far more out of the way places that probably aren't worth the trip by comparison, and I've checked out at least a few of the higher-rated ones in Beerfly's Paris section by now. I'll always come back to Au Trappist every time I stay in Paris. And for once, I finally returned to the hotel from there and typed up this long-overdue review. With curry-stinking fingers, even.

belgianjunkie, Oct 06, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of joedon
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Had read about this on BA but just stumbled across by accident in Paris.

Not a large place, about 10 seats at the bar plus chairs for maybe 25 at (very) small tables in the restaurant. Interesting woodwork and glass front but it was pretty drafty and cold on the night I visited (mid-December). The patrons seemed to be mostly local blue-collar types and a few tourists.

Nice selection of Belgians as you would expect in this place. I had the Chimay and a Rochefort. [served in Bitburger mugs!]

Service was rather abrupt, not friendly and geared to maximum turnover. I didn't even think about a free sample or discussing any beers with my high school French.

Food was basic French bistro plus moules/frites. I had an omelet which was decent but nothing special.

Beer was badly overpriced. 8 euros for a pint of Belgian beer! Food was priced about average for Paris.

Doubt that I would return here. Must visit for a beer geek or fan of Belgians but afterwards, you'll feel disappointed.

joedon, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of Fflemming
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%

Very nice place. 20 diferent type of pression beer including trappist pression beers and gueuze. great selection of european beers.
good price. good location. near from the subway station.
a very nice place to go with your wife to drink good beer and eat some musles.
the waiter is a little bit rude, but still worth the visit.
this is a must stop in paris.

excelente lugar. 20 tipos diferentes de chopp, inclusive chopp trapista e gueuze. excelente carta de cervejas europeias.
bom preço. boa localização. perto de uma estação de metro.
um bom lugar para ir com sua esposa para tomar boas cervejas e comer mariscos.
o garçon é mal humorado, mas mesmo assim vale a visita.
parada obrigatória em paris.

Fflemming, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of cbak999
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%

My memory of this place is the rude waiter who was pissed because we had 4 extra people join our party, and we needed an extra chair. He was angry because we had to take a chair from another table, leaving that table unavailable for other guests...even though we were spending tons....6 beers each round at 9 Euros a beer!!!! He eventually let us take the chair, but his service the rest of the time toward our party was negatively impacted by this. Otherwise, nice bar. Great selection of bottles and drafts. I had beer and the wife drank wine...which was priced more reasonably than the beer. Didn't try the food, but the mussels looked great!!!

cbak999, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of DerBayer
3.34/5  rDev -13%

OUCH - 8.8 Euros for a pint of beer - OUCH OUCH OUCH!!!!

That is about 3 times the price I ve paid anywhere else even London is much much CHEAPER!!!

Now that this is off my chest lets have a look at the place itself. Inside was a bit like Wirtshaus meets Brasserie and very crammed for space. Unfortunately there was also loud and unpleasant music but the clientele seemed reasonable.

The waiters were tres French and unresponsive with a knack for ignoring my desparate pleas for another beer. Selection covers a wide range of very impressive beers from around the world and they seemed fresh with some 10 of them being available on tap.

Would go back for the beer if it werent so bloody damn expensive.

DerBayer, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of Yetiman420
4.34/5  rDev +13%

The wife and I made a quick stop in here prior to a visit to La Cave à Bulles which is an excellent French bottle shop right around the corner.

Au Trappiste offers a nice interior with plenty of brewing signs including some rare Belgian signs and some bad American neons.

The Belgian heavy beer selection was a treat and break from wine consumption. I managed to loose my notes from the visit but do recall having a very nice Gueuze on tap and the wife had a Dutchess. Two sours on draft? Nice! I also think this place had the unusual mens urinal that is worth checking out.

Yetiman420, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of malmquna
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%

The wife and I were in the neighborhood and wanted to try this somewhat venerable Parisian beer bar. There were no seats out on the terasse, so we went inside and bellied up to the bar. The bartender was mildly friendly (exceptional for France), and we sat between some regulars who were nice enough to include us in on some general after-work chatter.

Au Trappiste has twenty beers on tap, including the usual Guiness and Heineken, but also featuring some French and Belgian gems such as La Chouffe and some of the Lindemans line. There are many more bottled beers, arranged on the menu by country (and for Belgium, by region and style). Needless to say, the beer selection is very good.

The only negative to Au Trappiste is the prices. Sure, it's in the heart of the city, a block off the Seine in the 1st arondissiment, but you really pay for that. While I'm willing to pay seven or eight euros occasionally for a very good hand crafted beer, Au Trappiste is not for tossing back a few pints once a week or so. At least not on my budget. Enjoyable, though, and I will be back to work my way through that geographic menu of theirs...once I'm done with all the drafts that is.

malmquna, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of gos42
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%

Visited 3/25/09

Boy did I enjoy this place. Even in the middle of the day on a Friday, the place was packed. The liveliness of the place was addictive and my wife and I stayed for more than a few choice brews.

We were offered the chance to share a table with a few other couples in the front room, but instead grabbed two seats at the bar when they became available. There are covered seats outside, but as it was raining the afternoon I was there, I was happy to be inside.

There were about 20 beers on tap, good selection of some locals and Belgiums. Two ciders were also on tap, which made my wife quite happy.

But the best part of the experience was the bartender. Happy, jovial and willing to pour a tester or two, he kept me and my wife entertained the whole time. Masterfully keeping the 6 or 7 people at the bar tended to while also pouring for the house, no one felt left out or forgotten.

I enjoyed a L'Angelus, on draft, which was dryer than I was expecting. But quite drinkable. It was also served in the proper glass.

gos42, May 06, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%

I hadn't planned on stopping here, but stumbled upon it on the way to the Pompidou (and Cave du Bulles) and thought that perhaps it was fate.

At lunchtime (around 12:30), there were a decent amount of people in the house. Most of them were much older though, and many of them sitting alone. Décor was fairly clean, though fairly cluttered with breweriana. Beer list focuses on Belgian with just two French beers available. I ordered an Angelus and it was served properly in its own glass. Service was quick, attentive, and professional. A good team working to keep things flowing. The food was mediocre I felt. I ordered the mussels of the day and they must have come out in 5 minutes. I felt they were small and the fries of poor quality. I think after about 4 minutes my fries were icy cold. They seemed like they came out of a ready made package. Overall this was not too bad of a spot. Especially considering the depth of options around. (or lack thereof)

RblWthACoz, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Place visited in 2003.
The Trappist is a restaurant type Belgian brewery located on rue Saint Denis in Paris city center. The house offers the traditional "mussels and fries" served in a very folkloric of the tavern "typically Belgian".

Other specialties are offered in the remaining cooking tradition (pancakes, grilled sausages ,..). A large selection of Belgian beers (about 75, ex. Ename triple, Bon Secours, Hercule stout ...).

It is open every day until very late at night. The property has a floor or windows are highlighted. It's the calm part of the House.

thierrynantes, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

easy to find, just about a ten minute walk from Notre Dame/Louvre etc., making this place a decent place for a beer if doing the typical tourist stuff in Paris. (as we were this past summer) They offer 20 fairly typical Belgians on tap, with tables outside, heavy wood tables on two levels inside, with plenty of windows looking out onto the Paris street scene. We tried the mussels (tasty) and a salad niciose, which hit the spot. Don't expect anything amazing selection wise, but do look forward to a reasonably fresh and tasty Belgian offering in or near the center of several Parisian tourist attractions. Hard to discuss value when the U.S. Dollar is at an all time low...

Billolick, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of Nickls
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%

Thanks to previous BAs, I made Au Trappiste a place to visit while in Paris for work.

Overall, I was pleased with the place, and visited on a Friday evening. My main objective was French beer (even though like most beer bars in Paris it caters to Belgians), and the selection it offered was decent. Had a bottled version of 3 Monts, which was excellent. However, you pay a pretty price for bottles in Paris. Moved on to the Jenlain Ambree, which was pretty solid on draft.

I didn't try the food there, but like other posts recognize, the food looked decent. Given its location, it's pretty close to a lot of main tourist attractions in that area of Paris, and the menu reflects that since portions of the menu have English explanations.

Definitely a lot of families and other folks typically not found in beer bars elsewhere in the world. Great place to give your feet a rest and catch a decent beer if you are in the neighborhood.

Nickls, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of mdagnew
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

Visited here in March 2006. Situated on Rue St Denis – the nearest Metro stop is probably Chatelet on line 1. The bar is about 10 minutes walk from the back of the Louvres… Also not far from Hall’s Beer Tavern…

Pretty good atmosphere – quite big with loads of seating downstairs and upstairs. Maybe a bit too brightly lit though… Also watch out for the 80’s music – Mike & The Mechanics and Culture Club (among others) were playing when we were there !!! Service was friendly – English was spoken by the waiter who served us…

Very good beer selection (Belgians and Germans being the majority) with a decent selection of French craft brews. There were about 20 beers on tap including Jenlain, L’Angelus Mars, a gueuze which I think was Lindemans, Chimay Cinq Cents and Gouden Carolus. Also had over 100 bottled beers… I tried the L’Angelus on tap (excellent) and also a bottle of Gwiniz Du (pretty good)… My wife had a Kindl Berliner Weisse which was also pretty good…

Only tried a plate of frites (which were pretty tasty) so can’t really comment on the food….

Definitely worth a visit if in Paris…. My favourite bar while I was there….

mdagnew, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of silenius
2.81/5  rDev -26.8%

Currently, the location of the bar is the first of the 3 selection the map link will show you. It is located in the 75001 "zip" code right across the Seine from Notre Dame.

We happened to stumble on this one while trying to find Le Sous Bock. Very brightly lit with light colored highly varnished wood floors, bar, tables, and chairs. The place looked like a college bar to me. Little to no soul in the place with lots of bright lights.

Was rather disappointed witht bar as it was far too utilitarian looking for such a nice part of Paris.

It had about 20 beers on tap including Leffe, an unnamed Gueuze, Chimay Blonde, Gouden Carolus, Jenlain, Guinness, etc. and about 100 bottles on the menu.

There is an upstairs with a long table (possibly for parties). The bathrooms share a common sink.

Eh.

silenius, May 20, 2005
Photo of logisnews
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

This was a fun place; I've been there a couple of times and enjoy it more than Frog and Rosbif. Good Moules Frites and a good selection of beer, uh.. bier. I really love Adel Scott -- peat smoked flavor, and really enjoyed the Hogarden on Tap (sp?).

I'd go back again. The smoke is an issue but that is (or at least was a year and a half ago) an issue pretty much anywhere in Paris... or France... or, Europe.

Very colorfun neon lights -- got some great snapshots. (hey, I'm trying to fill up 500 characters here so the system will take my review.)

Aloha

Jim

logisnews, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of Crosling
3.01/5  rDev -21.6%

Au Trappistes is located on one of my personal favorite streets in Paris: Rue St. Denis. This street has dozens of sex shops, great food (especially the ethnic food) and nice shopping. It also has another great beer bar on the street: Hall's Beer Tavern.

Anyway, I didn't really like this place.

The selection was fairly well received, about 150, but there was only one that I really wanted at the time, that being Hercule Stout. Loads of beers on draft though. Appropriate glassware.

Cramped as hell. Uncomfortable. Loud and annoying atmosphere. The staff was busy and somewhat unfriendly. This place isn't really a beer bar. It's more of a family (children friendly) restaurant that just happens to serve a few beers.

The McDonalds of beer bars.

Crosling, Jul 23, 2004
Photo of Andreji
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%

On the deadpoint of bvd st michel turning left at the -Y- in the road one finds a discrete but certainly elegant little bar with a tent boasting 'au trappistes', quite drawing. and it is only when you glance at the extensive 120+beer selection that you actually realize what youre in for. nice ambience within and certainly a nice one on the outside seats of this crowdy and chic street where a leffe is always in order, or, if youre in for it, even a trappistes rochefort. This place is certainly not cheap but the quality serving and service is well worth your money in this hyperexpensive city.

Andreji, Sep 18, 2003
Au Trappiste in Paris, France
88 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.