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La Trappe Bockbier | Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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3.99/5
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276 Ratings
La Trappe BockbierLa Trappe Bockbier
BEER INFO

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

Style: 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:
#4,789
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
276
pDev:
9.77%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
36
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 276 |  Reviews: 111
Reviews by Douberd:
Photo of Douberd
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ABV 7%
Untill now this is the best bock beer I've tried this year. Those monks really know what they're doing.
This is the only Trappist bock beer and the only bock beer that continues to ferment slightly in the bottle, at least according to their website.
Small bottle of 300 ml. Ingredients arewater, barley, wheat and oat malts, yeast and aromatic hops. Some yeast can be found in the bottle of course.
Pours a very dark ruby coloured beer, with a huge beige head of 3-4 fingers in height, thick and creamy, with excellent retention. Heavy lacing around the glass as the foam is going down, but never away. A thin layer of foam persists around the glass, while a big chunk of it lingers on the centre of the beer's surface. Shake your glass a bit and another thin line of foam appears again, with almost the same sustainable retention.
A fantastic aroma on the nose from the hops. Light caramel , alcohol, some apricot, plums and other dark fruits.
Taste is great too. Sort of sweet at first but with a definitely bitter aftertaste. Caramel, coffee and dark bitter chocolate flavours.
Medium thickness on the body and average carbonation.Quite dry on the palate, with this dryness helping the bitter taste to stay longer in the outh.
As I wrote before, this is the best bock beer I've tasted this far. I will surely get some more to drink during the cold days of autumn plus another couple to keep in my cellar.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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 mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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 bylerteck
3.11/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle at 't Arendsenst in Amsterdam. From notes.

A - Poured a dark brown, muddy, colour with good carbonation and a one finger beige head. Some filmy lacing remained with one finger of retention.

S - Mild. Nice fruity malt. Breadiness too.

T - Dark fruit and lot's of yeast. Really yeasty in fact. Bready again. Kinda plain.

M - Medium carbonation and a medium body with a dry finish.

O/D - Too yeasty IMO. I would never think of a Bock being that yeasty. Not enough fruity malt character giving it richness. Not bad, but falls short where it doesn't need to.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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 lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle, corked and caged, served in a pilsener glass. It was a medium brown color with a little bit of red. A voluminous tan head that looked like whipped cream. Caramel malt and dark fruit aroma. Caramel and raisin taste. Good malt background. A good beer for the price.

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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 Jason
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl brown bottle, freshness date on the label.

Clear rudy dark amber, great lacing.

Spicy, toasted malt, fresh baked dark bread, dark confections & dried grass in the nose.

Very malty palate, toasty bread, slightly dry, hint of bubble gum, grassy, herbal, toasted husk.

A spectacular bock, lively and a joy to drink. La Trappe is doing it right.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very nice. Paid $4 for a corked and caged 750 at Sabatini's. Shoulda bought 2. Nice deep malts but with good balance. Got better as I went.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a tan head. The aroma is brown sugar, yeast and caramel. The flavor is dark fruit (the main fruit I get is raisins) as well as brown sugar, caramel malt, alcohol and yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad, but not too similar to a bock. It tastes much more Belgian than German.

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

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

Bottle shared at home. Dark ruby-brown with a tall tan head. Notes of dried fruit - plums, raisins, figs - resinous spices (like rosemary), yeast, candi sugar, bitter herbs, light milk chocolate and coffee. Medium body, high carbonation and a bitter-sweet finish.

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

Photo of fionn13
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of stephenlee
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amstokesdb9
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dface
3.06/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tux_alin
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schuim
3.11/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer in the tastingroom from the brewery.
Looks: The beer has a good dark color.
Aroma: Aroma has a mix from dark malts and cottoncandy.
Taste: A nice mix from dark malts and candy sweetness.
Notes: Also brewed with rey and wheat, after the example of the Jopen Bokbier, but a little sweeter than Jopen Bokbier.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tapped at Abbot On the Hill. A great haul for them. Pours an active dark brown with white crown. Bold malt, and yeast aroma, including chocolate malt. Carbonation, natural, does not quit. In your face taste,a bit rochfort/cocacola caramel like, some nutmeg. Overall not too complex, good drinkability.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear mahogany color with tan head. Aroma has sweet malt with dark bread crust and brown sugar. Taste is malty, sugary, quite yeasty, some earthy bitterness on the finish with toasted malt flavor. Medium body with medium plus carbonation. Overall it's quite interesting, like a bock style beer but with some belgian style yeast notes.

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Photo of k47k
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GentleKnight1
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 276 ratings
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