La Trappe Bockbier | Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Netherlands
latrappe.nl

Style: German Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by paterlodie on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,893
Reviews:
115
Ratings:
281
pDev:
9.77%
 
 
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Photo of keithmurray
3.79/5  rDev -5%
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

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Photo of REVZEB
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | 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.

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Photo of Timfromthemainland
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OlaB
4.07/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Kahlerbock
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of greedysoul
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mishi_d
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpongeHop
4.31/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chossboss
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BdM
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BelgianBeerChef
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of peerialo
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djura
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of SkylerShores
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Redelijke bock, aparte afdronk .

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a pokal glass.

Um wow. What a stunner in the glass. Dark mahogany red, glowing like an amber jewel, and just light enough to see reams of ultrafine carbonation. Head creation is like a creamy froth chocolate. Khaki colored two finger head and practically nitrous fine bubbles. Then the head actually grows in the glass like a mushroom as the beer sits. It's like a dollop of ice cream and leaves a sticky meringue like appearance. Just flat out fascinating and I've never had a beer behave like this at all. I am entranced.

The aroma is even gold dust. Deep milky chocolate tones, and light soft pheonlic clove sensations. Mineral clean sensations also mix in nicely, a touch of small herbal bitterness seems like it just wants to peak out, but sweeter creamy vanilla chocolate just pounds your senses everywhere. Not a trace of alcohol or fusel like heat either. Wow a fantastic aroma.

Palate gives up the goods. Light bock clean finish, with more of that mineral body, but also some lighter textures. Crispy caramel but more bitter minerality in the mid palate, adds a nice light chocolate and vanilla flavor. That light minerality chases nicely on the aftertaste with some banana like flavors on the finish. Creamy mouthfeel also, but lessens itself to sweetness in favor of more esters and a faint touch of herbal hops.

Really impressive bock, and just flirts with doppel biggness. Great brewed beer here, makes me want to go back and drink more trappist brews.

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Photo of CharlesK
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Heeenrik
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lodisgrisen
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of innominat
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JTuomi
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 123321123321
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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