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The TrappistThe Trappist

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(510) 238-8900 | map

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Added by nahthan on 12-07-2007

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Reviews by willjschmidt:
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4.86/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I absolutely love this place. It's a shame that I don't live closer or it would be my regular hangout. I stopped by on the second day it was open and they already have everything dialed down to make for an outstanding beer bar.

The atmosphere is great. Beautiful wood finished interior, no TV's, and decorated with bottles and Belgian beer signs. It's a little on the small side (maximum 49 people) but it's got a warm and cozy feeling. Everything looks top-notch.

The service is outstanding. The two owners, Aaron and Chuck, were behind the bar. They are friendly, outgoing, extremely knowledgeable, and Belgian beer fanatics. It is very apparent that this is their love and it comes through in their bar.

The selection is also great. 15 beers on tap, several Belgians and several non-Belgian styles as well. The also have a bottle list of over 100 beers, all Belgian or Belgian styles. They go to great lengths to insure that the drinking experience is perfect. Proper temperature, the cold rinse of the glass, and everything served in the proper glass.

This bar is beer geek heaven. If you love beer, and more specifically Belgian beer, than this should be your top destination.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mburk
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +9.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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

Photo of TECHjoey
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of barleywin
4.81/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Goalcam
4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
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 -3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of NavyGoat
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
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 -9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of mxchap
3.62/5  rDev -18.1%
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 +0.5%
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 +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.56/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of comand
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of mike312
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ronricorossi
5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The original good-beer spot in the East Bay. Plus...Horseshoe shape! Mood lighting! Wood paneling! Fabulous events! Taco Tuesdays! Wow!

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Photo of atpca
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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