La Trappe Bockbier
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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From:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
 
Netherlands
Style:
Bock
Ranked #5
ABV:
7%
Score:
89
Ranked #12,088
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 9.55%
Reviews:
124
Ratings:
180
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 29, 2022
Added:
Mar 01, 2005
Wants:
  132
Gots:
  41
SCORE
89
Very Good
La Trappe BockbierLa Trappe Bockbier
Notes: This unique seasonal product is the world’s only Trappist bock ale. Brewed exclusively with natural ingredients, this ale post-ferments slightly in its bottle. It has a deep red colour, an intensely rich taste, and a malty aroma. Aromatic hop varieties and types of burnt malt render this ale its delicate bitterness that blends surprisingly well with its slightly sweet undertone.
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Reviewed by te99912_123 from Switzerland

3.29/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
dark brown with some red. large head.
smells of toasted malt, nuts, peanut-butter and some odd cheese-like flavor which is throwing me off.
Caramel, dark fruits, nuts.
Creamy, though bitter.
Maybe my bottle was a dud, but it's not doing anything for me.
Sep 29, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by iftcoach from Germany

Feb 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.02 by misteil from Ireland

Feb 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3.57 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.13 by Wer34truh from Minnesota

Jan 21, 2022
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Reviewed by vinicole from England

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle. Deep chestnut colour. Dense creamy head with lacing.
Sweet aroma of spice and malt. Dark brown sugar noted.
Taste is similar to the smell. There are hints of dried dark fruits and treacle. Bitter finish.
Well carbonated. Medium body.
A Bock that reflects the Trappist brewing tradition.
Nov 28, 2021
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Rated by Captain68 from Russian Federation

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
90,5
Oct 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by Antyk from Belgium

Sep 18, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottle, kindly shared by my beerpal Ivar. ABV is 7%. Cloudy brown colour, big beige head with an orangey hue. Malty and slightly stale aroma (stale dark fruits). Malty rich flavour, spicy and oaky notes, moderate hops in the finish.
Jul 20, 2021
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Reviewed by 57md from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a dark chocolatey brown color with just under a finger of head. The nose is malt heavy with a hint of prunes and Belgian yeast. The flavor is akin to a dubbel but with somewhat less residual sweetness. The body is hefty for sure.
Jul 20, 2021
 
Rated: 3.83 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

Mar 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.05 by arzt from Germany

Feb 16, 2021
 
Rated: 3.21 by DvdP from Netherlands

Oct 14, 2020
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Rated by Daniel473 from Netherlands

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Caught the spirit of octoberfest in bottle-form during the age of corona
Oct 05, 2020
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Reviewed by Steve555 from Wales

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Colour is a rich brown with a marvellous fluffy beige head that stays with you. Aroma of dried figs, toasted malts and brown sugar. Taste is surprisingly a little dull, the sweet caramelised maltiness of a lager bock struggles to get through the thick yeastiness of this beer and it becomes a little too complex for my tastes. Creamy and subtle mouthfeel. A nice beer no doubt but I prefer German bocks to this.
Jul 07, 2020
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Reviewed by Guaro from Italy

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Fine and compact yellowish foam, brown body with splendid ruby ​​reflections. On the nose, toasted barley, caramel, hazelnut, sugar, bread, a touch of banana, spicy and light root. On the palate there is an excellent sweet base of malt that embraces the bitter, herbaceous and roasting component. Dry, bitter and root finish. Licorice and coffee aftertaste.
Jun 11, 2020
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Reviewed by rex_4539 from Greece

4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
L: Very dark red/deep purple color, one finger beige head, gteat thin lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Hops, Belgian yeast.

T: Belgian yeast, super creamy, smooth.

F: Medium bodied, very drinkable, creamy.

O: Very good beer. Highly recommended.
Mar 11, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Dec 18, 2019
 
Rated: 3.96 by Lanas from Greece

Dec 17, 2019
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L- Deep chestnut-ruby. Very slight haze, probably bottle conditioned, IDK the microprinted lable info is way too small for me to read. Pours with ultra-fine 3mm off-white head (holding very well 10+ mins later, and forming lacing down the sides of the glass).
S- Very deep malts, with a toasty edge.
T- Wow, pungent deep flavours, stewed plums and (Brit) Xmas pudding, deep malts, slight alco zing to it which is liquor-ish.
F- Ideal dessert beer. Also ideal for winter. Blind-tasted I'd guess this higher than 7.0%, likely 8.0% or so.
O- Very nice, very deep flavours. A beer fan, in the company of port drinkers at the Xmas table, could happily drink this instead; apart from it's foam head it even resembles port!
330ml bottle BB 09/2021
Nov 17, 2019
 
Rated: 3.88 by Eltrandos from France

Oct 08, 2019
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
33 ml bottle from the Super Konzum in Zadar, Croatia. Fantastic value at US$1.50. BB date stamped 11/2019.
The pour is dark black-brown, nearly opaque with a superb, durable, creamy beige head.
Both the flavor and the aroma have a splendid array of dark dried fruits with way less alcohol showing than usual. Lots of dark bread in the rich flavor. Exceptional dynamics including a sweet to bitter transition and a fruity to a more bready and dark roasted grain change.
Super smooth, full body with soft yet ample carbonation.
Overall: at least one of, if not the, best of style in the world (and the only Trappist version).
Aug 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.08 by WormGod from New York

Jul 31, 2019
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Reviewed by keithmurray from Connecticut

3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Appearance - murky chestnut brown body with slight tan head

Smell - baker's chocolate, black licorice, cola, caramel, mustiness associated with Belgian Dubbels

Taste - Baker's chocolate, caramel, cola, black licorice, mixed nuts

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, very little carbonation, slightly sweet upfront, musty in the middle, bakers chocolate in the finish

Overall - decent beer here. Interesting as I would say this is a hybrid of a bock and a Belgian dubbel. Worth a try

Price Point - $5.99/ 750 ML bottle
Dec 01, 2018
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Maybe there is a reason this is the only trappist bock beer, because it really isn't. Much more like a dubbel, with prune, plum, belgian spices and brown sugar as the key components. Caramel malts are there but in the background. So yes it is a nice beer, and would be rated higher as a dubbel, but as a bock I am looking for specific malt and grain work.
Sep 13, 2018
 
Rated: 3.96 by Timfromthemainland from New York

May 03, 2018
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Reviewed by OlaB from Norway

4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a deep dark color with a medium top of beige head. Aroma is of matured dark fruits, roasted malts, caramel,coffee and chocolate. The flavour is similar to the aroma.Moderate sweetness balanced out with a nice malty profile in the back. It finishes of with a slight bitterness and has a nice lenght in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel are smooth and creamy with a full body and a moderate carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden in the flavour, but gets me a warming feel.
This is a delicious bockbier. So enjoyable and tasty. Perfect to have in the couch on cold winternights.
Feb 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Kahlerbock from Kansas

Jan 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4.04 by greedysoul from Netherlands

Oct 19, 2017
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Interesting to see this most traditional order of brewers produce this most innovative of beers.
But, the apple also doesn't fall too far from the tree.
I sense two brews here making an excellent fusion.

Clearly a Belgian dubbel in the Trappist tradition. Full of flavor of dried fruits and nuts... and the spices to keep it balanced.
But we also have a bock that comes from a love of malty beer and the clean taste of lagering. And frankly, others entering the style should consider some of the spices used in Bockbier.
While this beer is less convincing as a bock, the creation of this hybrid clearly is masterful. As with most Belgians, it is the rich yeast. And with most Trappists, it is the bubbles that excite the tongue.

I want La Trappe's Bockbier again. Next year is fine. Make it part of my Autumn ritual. My favorite time of year.
Oct 08, 2017
 
Rated: 3.78 by Jerseyislandbeer from Jersey

Sep 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by mishi_d from Romania

Jul 06, 2017
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Reviewed by SpongeHop from Belgium

4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L - dark, redbrown with a pretty white head
S & T - nutty, caramel. Not too sweet, though. Not like those caramel fudge bars or nougats, but rather like a nice homemade batch of caramel with just that perfect balance of brown buttery notes and juuust the right amount of toasted sugar. And a solid bitterness to round off the taste and after-taste.
F - medium body, good carbonation and a nice alcohol glow to warm you up in the autumn months. Nothing to complain about.

O - I find most bokbieren too sweet. This is a very welcome exception with its perfect balance of browned butter/caramel-rather-than-fudge-notes. It has a very 'direct' or 'stern' character, almost, due to its bitterness and nuttiness, and it fits so, so very well for that autumn sitting-by-the-hearthfire bokbier. It is definitely my favorite autumn bokbier to date, and I dare including iceboks in that statement.
P.S. It's also great to use in cooking, for when a recipe calls for a dark/brown/porter/stout beer!

I absolutely recommend this one.
Jun 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by tvenne from Minnesota

May 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4.12 by chossboss from Oregon

Apr 27, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by BdM from Netherlands

Mar 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4.41 by BelgianBeerChef from Romania

Mar 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4.42 by peerialo from Finland

Feb 23, 2017
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Reviewed by djura from Serbia

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Found it here in Serbia, bottle 0,33 l.

A - Tick brown creamy huge head with medium carbonation. Ruby color. Beautiful.
S - Wine like aromas, fruits, grape, with hops in the back.
T/M - Balanced, carbonated, dry and bitter finish. Not to strong alcohol warmness in the mouth.

O - I think they try to make it good, and it is good Bock beer.
Feb 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.8 by SkylerShores from Australia

Feb 10, 2017
La Trappe Bockbier from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 304 ratings