La Trappe Bockbier
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

La Trappe BockbierLa Trappe Bockbier
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Style:
Bock - Traditional
Ranked #1
ABV:
7%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,167
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 9.48%
Reviews:
120
Ratings:
290
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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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Steve555 from Wales

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Guaro from Italy

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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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rex_4539 from Greece

4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
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
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keithmurray from Connecticut

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

Dec 01, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
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
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OlaB from Norway

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.

Feb 11, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

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.

Oct 08, 2017
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SpongeHop from Belgium

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.

Jun 09, 2017
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djura from Serbia

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.

Feb 19, 2017
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Smakawhat from Maryland

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.

Jan 16, 2017
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FLima from Brazil

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.

Aug 20, 2016
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Dzu from Russian Federation

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.

Jul 02, 2016
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spacecake9 from Illinois

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.

May 25, 2016
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John_M from Oregon

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.

Apr 28, 2016
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Bruno74200 from France

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

Mar 24, 2016
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Zet from Netherlands

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.

Jan 24, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

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.

Jan 08, 2016
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PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

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.

Nov 16, 2015
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

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

Nov 13, 2015
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josanguapo from Spain

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.

Oct 12, 2015
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

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.

Sep 03, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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.

Aug 22, 2015
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Dope from Massachusetts

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.

Jun 04, 2015
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