La Trappe Bockbier | Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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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
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
257
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
15.38%
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
30
For Trade:
0
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Reviews by dbek:
Photo of dbek
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was very surprised to see La Trappe launching a bock beer. I got it right away and tried it the same evening. La Trappe Tripple and Quadrupel are always high in my list of preference and I respect this brewery very much, so my expectations were very high but I got a little dissapointed. This is a very good beer indeed, but I was expecting something really exceptional. It has a very strong taste for a bock - a little too strong for me. But then, it is not a typical bock. There is a hint of Quadrupel in it, but perhaps it's just my idea. It has a well-balanced smell and a beautiful rich dark-brown kinda-red color. I would drink this beer as a delicacy, but not in large ammounts.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +0.5%
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 tbeckett
3.11/5  rDev -22.8%
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 lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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 Jason
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -6%
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 -6.2%
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 Marius
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of fionn13
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of stephenlee
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amstokesdb9
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dface
3.06/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tux_alin
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schuim
3.11/5  rDev -22.8%
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 -5%
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 -2.2%
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
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of k47k
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GentleKnight1
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bierschenker
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was a gift from Paterlodie. Thank you for that!

The colour is a nice misty dark red copper. It has a very strong malt and hop smell. The head is very fluffy / foamy and makes a little dome roof. It has solid bubbles with an eggshell kind of colour.
The first sip is heaven. A very strong character. Deep dark chocolate, fibres, smoked grain, hazelnut, cane, oxidation.
The aftertaste, bitter dark chocolate with a fresh sweetness, lingers on. Liquorice undertone.
It slips down very easily, in these cold winter months. It gives a warm cosy feeling to the taste buds. But probably just as enriching during the summer.

A wonderful brew, typical with its 7%. One to look out for on my next trip to the north.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

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Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting aromatic hop varieties

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gmann
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Discovered this bad boy at the Finger Lakes Beverage Center, haven't seen this anywhere else. Interested to see the trappiest take on a bock.

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a huge khaki colored head that dissipated into a puffy cap and left nice lacing on the side of my dimple mug. The aroma is of dark toasted malt, with hints of red wine, and roasted meat. The red wine flavors dominate up front, with a touch of metal following, a solid toasted grain and bready malt backbone supports the sweetness. The feel is of a nice full body with active carbonation, chewy, finishes sweet. I do like the maltier bocks and this fits the bill. Good balance between the sweet and malt.

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