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Reviews by 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.
10-06-2008 20:07:12 | More by belgianjunkie
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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.
01-21-2011 21:18:34 | More by joedon
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.
01-10-2011 20:01:49 | More by Fflemming
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!!!
06-28-2010 15:07:23 | More by cbak999
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.
03-14-2010 10:14:35 | More by DerBayer
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.
09-16-2009 01:40:46 | More by Yetiman420
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.
08-17-2009 19:23:30 | More by malmquna
4.54/5 rDev +18.2%
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.
05-06-2009 03:57:22 | More by gos42
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)
03-19-2009 01:54:05 | More by RblWthACoz
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.
09-30-2008 19:43:31 | More by thierrynantes
Au Trappiste in Paris, France
88 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.