The Trappist

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The TrappistThe Trappist
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4.44/5
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The TrappistThe Trappist
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

460 8th St
Oakland, California, 94607-3935
United States

(510) 238-8900 | map
thetrappist.com

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Added by nahthan on 12-07-2007

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
99
pDev:
8.11%
 
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Ratings: 99 |  Reviews: 66
Reviews by Natural510:
Photo of Natural510
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

After reading the review below, all I can say is I had the complete opposite of an experience.

I never had a chance to visit when it first opened, so revisiting Oakland I had my chance.
Walked in on a Monday afternoon and it was nearly empty as expected. The Belgian-modeled brick interior with high ceilings and Belgian brew artwork everywhere, just as I had read & heard about. The music was mellow, and playing low.
There were two other drinking pairs besides us, and the bartender poured everyone many samples before they decided what to drink in full.
The quality of the place is exceptional, besides the selection, interior and service. Each glass is rinsed before every pour, and each beer is served in the brewery's own glassware. Patrons were unrushed (likely due to the Monday evening timeframe), and questions were answered with enthusiasm.

One of the biggest knocks on the place was the crowdedness and lack of space, which apparently has been solved within the past year with an additional room & bar added next door (modeled after a Dutch pub, according to the bartender). I see absolutely no reason for anyone to pass this place up, unless you particularly dislike Belgian beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Bunnywax
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My favorite Oakland beer joint. Always well-curated selections of beer on tap and a solid bottle and can selection. The tiny kitchen makes/serves great good.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.86/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of frasergrove
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Mburk
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I started frequenting this place when I moved to the East Bay about a year ago and keep coming back because of the vibe, the people, and the beer. The bar is beautiful with old dark wood and bottles lining the shelves. The bar tenders are always willing to talk about the beer they serve and the selection is like none other in the East Bay. They always have at least half a dozen beers you won't find anywhere else in the Bay Area. Highly recommended if you visit the the area!

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Photo of tshanahan
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of bouncepass
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of TECHjoey
4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of barleywin
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Goalcam
4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

The big problem here is they tap-out early. Need to replace kegs more frequently or cross off what's out.

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Photo of fishthe
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of NavyGoat
4.66/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Found this establishment via Beer Advocate and what a find! Very cool place and a nice beer selection. The staff was cool to talk to and I had the "Sump" while I was there which was fantastic! Both my buddy and I felt that if you are coming to Oakland, you must stop at the Trappist !!

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.99/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of mxchap
3.62/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

Another great beer bar in downtown oakland.
Always have some interesting beers on tap.
A little on the pricier side, and service is at times questionable.

Vibe [4.25]: Dark and mysterious. Two separate bars (although you can order from either bar and they will bring you your beer). And a great little outdoor area in the back.
Quality [4.0]: Always a great pour here and they have an extensive glassware selection. The price is more than most places (~$8 for a typical pour). High bottle prices plus corkage. I would stick to the draft menu.
Service [2.5]: Typically the service is ok. Never had a great experience here, but definitely have had some terrible experiences. Depends on who is behind the bar...
Selection [4.0]: Always a really nice/diverse tap list. Not as much rotation as you'd expect for how many taps they have though. The bottle list is nice, but typically out-dated.
Food [NA]: Haven't tried the food, so no opinion here.

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.44/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Pretty cool spot for nice imported beers. Usually 1-2 really good local brews. Seems pricey at times. Crowd is a little bit of the "new" craft crowd. I think they do a good job with the variety on tap. Arugula salad is nice.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of peterlovesemail
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of comand
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of mike312
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Imo an unparalleled number of spurs, wilds, and Belgians on tap. A must if youre nearby.

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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The Trappist in Oakland, CA
Place rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 99 ratings