La Trappe Bockbier
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

La Trappe BockbierLa Trappe Bockbier
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Style:
German Bock
Ranked #1
ABV:
7%
Score:
89
Ranked #6,304
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 9.73%
Reviews:
115
Ratings:
282
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Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
 
Netherlands
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Fall
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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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Photo of keithmurray
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
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 -7%
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 OlaB
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Beginner2
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
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 SpongeHop
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
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 djura
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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 FLima
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brown reddish color with a thick big head with great retention.
Nice malty and vinous aroma with notes of coconut, toasted malts, earth, dark fruits and caramel.
Flavor with notes of toasted malts, molasses, coconut, dark fruits, bread crust, herbal hops, some tobacco and cloves, apple with cinnamon, chocolate and Trappist yeast. Dry aftertaste with a balanced but perceivable bitterness.
Bordering full body with effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 7% is absent.
Tasty and balanced Bock with a Trappist accent. I found this very pleasant with an interesting complexity. Sure worth trying.

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Photo of Dzu
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured int LaTrappe trappist glass.
L: Magnificent dark red-copper colour with biege foam head.
S: Raisin notes , friuts alittle souness.
T: Dark fruits taste, rich and complex.
F: Creamy, dense and very good balanced.
O: Best bock I ever had at this moment.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass.
A - Pours a verify attractive dark amber color with a 1" head that reduces to partial cap and a solid ring. Great looking beer.
S - The aroma is malty and a little sweet.
T - I really enjoy the flavor of this beer. It's malty and somewhat sweet. And you get a little buzz that reminds you its a Belgian.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - I can't speak to how this aligns with the expectations for a bock. All I care about is it tastes good. I would buy this again for sure.

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Photo of John_M
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the bier stein the other day.

The beer pours reddish brown color, very reminiscent of Coca-Cola. Head retention is decent, and the beer has OK lacing. The is interesting, as I pick up some sweet malty overtones (some baked apple and brown sugar), with some light vanilla, cherry cola, light rootbeer and clove as well. The Belgian yeast imparts an interesting underlying spice element as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the Belgian yeast and spices really drying this beer out on the finish. There's a lot going on in this beer, but as someone else mention, I'm not entirely sure the Belgian yeast and spices blended all that well with the base bock beer. Mouthfeel was medium bodied at most, and finish was dry and spice infused. Alcohol is not the least bit noticeable.

An interesting beer to try, but I was glad I only had the one 8 ounce glass, and I'm not sure I can imagine ever wanting to revisit this.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first bock (and not doppelbock) and it seems to be one of the finest example of the style. It's overall balanced and very malty with toffee notes. Also some herbal bitterness

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Photo of Zet
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely ruby colour with a finger of beige foam that maintains itself very well and leaves lovely lacing. Smell of yeast, caramel and malt. The taste is a nice balance of dense malts, yeast, vanilla, liquorice, caramel and hops. It goes down pretty smoothly. A very nice trappist ale, though it is too yeasty for me to classify this as a bock. More of a malt-focused dubbel. Still worth trying though.

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Photo of stevoj
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into chalice and marvelled at the thick, silky head. Color is cola/coffe brown. Aroma is light, but taste is sharp and bracing. Very mellow roast grains come through, with very slight aftertaste.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color: brown, brownish red with ruby ​​highlights.
Foam beige in color, made of fine bubbles forms a thick layer. Persistent foaming average but still leaves a mark after each sip.
Complex and intense aroma. In the foreground dark fruit, plums, cherries, mixed with touches of roasted and light ash. In the background lingers on a note of caramel and alcohol liqueur focus.
Taste: here it is the opposite, first roasted malts, which is associated with bitter coffee and a lot of ash, later liqueur with cherries, dried plums and sweet cherries. The most interesting is that along with the increase in temperature of both the aroma and taste evolves. Appears sharpness, peppermint, fruit gently move back.
Gentian dry, ash is long, perfect.
Saturation high, even too high.
Alcohol: although the aroma appear in his gentle accents are generally not bothered. The taste is not perceptible.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the 750 ml cork wrapped bottle in a snifter. This FINE bock pours a dark muddy brown with a fantastic head of light brown foam that settles slow to a thick layer with awesome lacing. Nose of rich sweet malts, raisins, light clove, light grain notes, and a unique yeast nose---Belgian, but different. Flavors exceed the nose with rich raisins bread flavors mingling with toffee and light chocolate on the mid to back that fades to a light semi dry yeast profile with a light grain accent. Very substantial and warming as it goes down. Finishes very light and subtly dry with a clean finish.
A fantastic brew.
Cheers

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Photo of josanguapo
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From elcervecero. In La Trappe chalice. Watching Vikings 2x09. Great in all aspects. It has that caramel touch i loved in aventinus eisbock but softer and delicious too.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip.
Pours dark brown beer with big tan head, excellent retention, lots of laces.
Smell - caramel, dark fruits, nuts, slightly yeasty.
Taste - rich malty, licorice, molasses, dried fruits, roasted notes, nice yeasts.
Rather thin for bock, drinkable, soft, almost round. Late mouthfeel clean malty.
Interesting beer, considering it's not a lager bock nor dubbel.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i had never seen this one before, and since i love this whole range of beers, i had to pick it up. a trappist bock, an interesting proposition to say the least, but this is one of the best bock styles i have ever had, and brings the german and belgian elements together beautifully. its more brown than amber, really pretty dark, and has an explosive effervescent tan head, very much like belgian ale yeast produces. it smells really rich, layers of sweet caramel and toasted grain, with an interesting yeast profile that doesnt scream lager at me, but is definitely something different. it has notes of honey and clove, fig and molasses, and even some of the belgian yeast elements. the flavor is true to the nose, sweet tasting but not sweet, if that makes sense, its dry enough in the finish (and carbonated well enough) to be rather drinkable, especially as bocks go, but it still has the flavor is sweet malt and honey in the middle. an earthy nuttiness too, texturally interesting and very flavorful. again the yeast is something special here. a really fun beer, made from one of the most reputable breweries of the old world. really pretty unique, autumnal, and worthy of seeking out. i was really impressed with this, and its given me a new enthusiasm for the style, although i know i will be hard pressed to find another one this good.

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Photo of Dope
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No date can be spied on this bottle. Recently shipped out from the Rare Beer Club (a month or two ago).

A: Medium-dark brown pour with an enormous, absolutely enormous frothy light brown head. Top-notch head retention as it sticks around forever. Heavy, heavy, heavy lacing everywhere.

S: Decent amount of grass with some light citrus. LOTS of grass when swirled. Mild bready malt. A little bit of spiciness...cloves?

T: Huh, interesting. Grassy up front followed by a decent citrus hoppiness. Mildly bitter. Smooth, sweet and mellow bready malt. Surprising wave of bitterness in the finish, this is actually fairly hoppy. Citrus and grass again. Lingering toasty bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Very smooth and medium bodied.

O: Surprisingly hoppy bock. Doesn't really taste like any bock I've ever had before to be honest. It's reminds me more of an english IPA than a bock in fact.

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Photo of drmeto
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a clear ruby-brown with a huge beige head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
grassy,spicy,surprisingly citrussy,plums and raisins
T:
-Follows the nose plus molasses and licorishwith a roasty finish
-quite hoppy
F:
medium-high carbonation,medium-full body
O:
This is not a Bock in the traditional sense,heck i dont think its even a lager.
Think of this more as a Trappist ale version of a Bock
I prefer this over the regfular La trappe dubbel

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Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A "Trappist bock" would be a good description. Handsome auburn brown color in the wide La Trappe chalice. Plenty of foam and a tangy, spritzy mouthfeel. Warm and malty, tastes even bigger than the aocohol content would indicate.

Moderately sweet but such a nice clean taste of cafamelized malt. A whiff of molasses. The dark roasted taste is just right with the sugary notes. The bitter edge of yeast rather than hops is what makes this distinctive. Totally drinkable. A rich yet tangy dark brew.

The Belgian yeastiness is just what the traditional German bock style needs. On tap at The Public House in La Jolla, Calif.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured with a deep rich brown and a sturdy light brown head made of bubbly foam.

The aroma was deeply chocolate, hints of caramel malt, grainy barley, a little char and a bit of toffee.

The taste is chocolatey as well with a smokiness akin to campfire ember. There bits of toffee, caramel, barley malt and a tobacco flavoring that really sets this apart. The tobacco leaf earthiness melds well with the smoky char to remind me of a lit cigar.

The feel is quite full, a little bubbly and prickly, but smooth on the finish.

I really enjoyed this block beer and put it up there with Ayinger Celebrator, though it goes in a different direction.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Is it a fruity, spicy and spritzy double bock beer? Or, is it a toasty and savory Belgian double ale? Its really hard to tell as the beer displays characteristics of both. It appears as if the Dutch monks are looking to the imagination of microbrewers while also using the styles that they have at their disposal.

Much like Dubbel Ale, the beer pours with a hazy bronze with tawny red slivers and a mask of brown; often taking on proportions of rust. What billows above is a light, fluffy and arid head of honeycomb structure and cream-stained color. Its longevity of froth and intricate lacing does much for Dubbel, but strays from Dopple.

While expecting Belgian influence, the common date, fig, and nutty aromas butt up against a clove, peppery spice and vinous wine tone to near perfection. However its complex character is exacerbated with a toasty, savory and molasses-like maltiness that is certainly a welcome surprise.

And that's how the taste kicks off- those bock-like savory sweetnesses greet the early palate with light molasses and steely caramel. Where a plethora of malt flavor teases the taste buds, its assocated sweetness is quick, echoing through the middle and late palate. That's when the whimsy of stone fruit, dried dark fruit, and pitted fruit balances with light clove, fresh-cracked peppercorn, modest hop bitterness and a playfully acidic rose wine character. Its malty-dry finish resonates with fruit and toasted savoriness.

Medium for Dubbel but light for Bock, again the schizophrenic beer carries away that malty weight with ease because of its high effervescence. The finish comes quick as the ale prickles lightly at the palate with its peppery character, alcohol warmth and complex acidity.

The fusion of styles is truly imaginative, classy and clever. The richer malt character complements the Belgian complexity in seamless fashion. It doesn't hurt that the brewing execution is also stellar.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from La Cervoiserie, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : red amber color, with tan foamy head and nice lacing.
Smell : roasted malt aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : sour malty flavor with a bitter and dry spicy finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Dunkel bock.

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La Trappe Bockbier from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 282 ratings