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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:
262
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
15.38%
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
31
For Trade:
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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 262
Photo of albern
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this as the Koningshoeven Bock, which came in a different wrapper than the La Trappe, but I'm assuming it is all the same. The beer pours the thickest, frothiest, well retained head that I've seen on just about any beer. This is the thickest, chewiest, full bodied bock you're likely to find. The taste was strong brown sugar, molasses, caramel malts. There are plenty of roasted malts and brown malts to accompany the sweet molasses and sugars found in this beer. The beer is complex, made with a number of different malts and hops combinations listed on the label, and the taste is just robust. There is a bit of a throaty aftertaste and the ABV isn't hidden all that well, but there are plenty of warming notes that do make it interesting. The beer is complex, thick, husky, and a very memorable bock style beer. Worth looking for. L'Chaim.

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Photo of Brabander
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this 'bockbier' in the abbeyshop yesterday when i was there to buy some glassware. I am not a bockbeerlover but something told me this was a good one to try. And it was!

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks absolutely fantastic. What a big head with a very nice red/brown fluid. I could see nice amounts of carbonation. That is what i like in a beer and that makes the appearance rated with a five.

For the rest i can say the smell is good and warm, dito for the taste. A very well balanced bockbeer.

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Photo of berkey
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up partially because La Trappe/Koningshoeven is a great Trappist brewer and partially because the idea of a Bock 'Trappist Ale' confounded me a little bit.

11.2 bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Color is a very dense, deep brown somewhere between a Bock and a Dubbel. Head is smallish but with great retention. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is very malty with some chocolate notes. Spice is evident along with some grassy hops.

More malty chocolate on the palate along mild roasty coffee. Grassy hop bitterness is fairly assertive for the style. As in the nose, plenty of spice and even some anise. Above average drinkability and interesting flavor profile. Everything I look for in the style. Another great Trappist beer.

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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 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 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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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured fairly dark brown with a sizable beige head that quickly died down into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There's a moderate aroma of dark roasted and caramel malts with a bit of malty sweetness.
T: The taste is very rich and malty and very much follows the aroma; there is some sweetness but this is tempered by the underlying hops, the taste of which is only really detectable in the finish. There are some hints of spices in the flavors.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, smooth and a bit sticky on the palate; there is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is definitely filling but is relatively easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked.

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

33 cl bottel poured into my list abbey stemware glass

Typical robin red bock coloured appearance, creamy head, mostly lasting during the drink.

A sweet caramel malt, little burned aroma, I sense some wheat and fresh hops in the background.

Fine taste, base is bitter – light sweet, caramel malt and a bit of hop-bitterness. Body is medium/full.

A little dry mouthfeel, and a burned hop-bitter, little malt aftertaste.

Without doubt a nice bockbeer, and face it: the only trappist bock in the world.

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

Pours a very dark brown with a massive head, several inches of fluffy stuff, very nice lacing, a lovely beer. The aroma has nice caramel and roasted feeling, some fruits, with a definite lager nose with a Belgian 'feel' to it. More spices from yeast in the taste and again a nice sweetness. The mouth is a bit carbonated for an otherwise slick, smooth feel, but good body keeps it real. Pretty decent, but I probably paid too much for it. One and done, I'll be keeping to the beers they're known for.

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

Bought this direct from the brewery in the Netherlands.

A - Dark chocolately/caramel brown colour. Nice dark head with good lacing.

S - Caramel, coffee, toffee and plenty of other dark malts. Again phenols hiding in the background.

T - Roasted malt and hops. Nuts and various bitter roasted tastes abound. Even some fruits; mainly cherry and banana.

M - Bitter and spicy. The aftertaste is even more bitter but does subside as the beer warms.

D - Very dark and heavy to drink. The taste is fairly distinctive being the only trappist beer of this kind but the bitter nature might not be to everyone's liking.

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

750ml cork bottle

dark reddish brown, nearly haze-free, massive foamy head, decent lace.

malty aroma, with spicy herbs. hint of caramel, hint of alcohol.

palate is malty, but much more hoppy than i expected. i like it, but perhaps too hoppy for a classic bock. moderate bitterness goes into a combined sweet/bitter finish that is ultimately semi-dry.

almost smooth, more crisp, not too thin, very active carbonation.

pretty drinkable for me because i like hops, but it's probably over the top for bock purists.

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

Dark brown color with a big fluffy beige head that clings to the glass. Opaque so don't see alot of carbonation. I like how it's nowhere as clear as most filtered bock beers from big breweries.

Smell: rain on a lawn, something almost like big pool, hoppy with some slightly sweet notes. Don't get much malts at all.

Taste: sweet cherries at first, balanced with a nice bitterness. Some cookies that have been in the oven slightly too long. Then some more fruits, apples and strawberries. More cherries, almost candy-like, but the yeast, hops and a slightly almostt-burned touch keep it in check. Later some darker notes of dried plum and a touch of espresso

Mouth: medium does really coat the cheeks and has a fitting amount of carbonation. Nothing exceptional, but fits the beer well.

Overall: not a typical bock at all. The roasted malts are very different from most, and the cherry taste is very unusual. But, I really like this. Very interesting and balanced. La Trappe is the only trappist brewery who makes such a huge variety of beers. I think most of them are mediocre, and while is this not a perfect bock at all it's very interesting and really good in it's own way.

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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 dstc
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the cafe at the abbey in The Netherlands, great place to visit.

Pours dark with ruby highlights and a big foamy white head. Head falls to minimum with nice lacing.

Rather thin, light aroma.

Mild, typical bock taste. Roasty with sweet malts, more so than a typical bock I'd say.

Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Very easy drinking. The setting was nice and added to the experience.

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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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear burgundy color ale with large off-white foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light residual sugar with some caramelized malt. Taste is a good mix between some caramelized malt with light toffee notes with some residual sugar. Boyd is about average but has a nice creamy texture with good carbonation. Easy drinking with nice level of complexity for style.

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

Sunday 20 Oct 2012 sees me sat outside in bright sunlight: Valkenburg, Holland. I walk passed a board advertising La Trappe Bockbier on tap, I put myself into reverse and have two lovely glasses of this and watch the world go by.

Deep brown/ruby red in body colour: the sunlight dancing on the ruby tints. Large cream coloured head when brought to my table: soon turns into a wispy covering and collar (what a pity).

Malts and yeast esters vie for your smell senses with the malts easily winning. Add a hand full of crushed dark, red berries and a spoon full of all spice and you've got the aroma.

The malts rule the taste as well, malty molasses giving the beer a rich, smooth feel and flavour. Most likely the best Bock I had while on the trip. Another bar was having a Bock Fest and had around 8 on tap, so I managed to try a few, as you do!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper/ brown-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, roasty, rich, and fruity. In the taste, rich, nutty, and fruit hints. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry fruit like aftertaste. Nice flavor and aroma, hides the alcohol quite well.

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

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep brown hue with tons of haze. Thick, murky body is crowned by two thick fingers of pillowy tan foam. A good looking beer.

Smell: very rich malty aroma with a hint of fruitiness. A relatively simple yet well-done bouquet.

Taste: fruity, musty malt flavors with a definite alcohol bite. The maltiness is not nearly as rich as in the aroma, and the fruity characteristics are quite a bit stronger. I like the juxtaposition.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a good level of creaminess. Not bad for a bock.

Drinkability: a solidly drinkable brew. I'm glad I found this one at my local bottle shop; a good, authentic bock like this is a treat.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Brix in Omaha, NE
"K31H7" stamped on bottle, but that doesn't say much for freshness
Poured into an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass

Almost like a doppelbock in its focus on heavy, caramel malts and brown sugar influences, this beer still retains enough of its subtle nutty and toasty elements to remain in a classic, though big, bock. The taste is complex and enjoyable

Pours a 2cm head of dark tan, smallish, bubbles. Head retention is about average, dissipating within a few minutes to a patchy cap of foam atop the body, later just a ring around the glass. Lacing is modest, one or two lines and swirls left along the sides of the glass. The beer's body is a semi-transparent wood stain brown to amber red color, light bringing out the red hues. Carbonation is visible streaming up from the bottom center of the glass, substantial, but very sluggish.

Aroma seems to focus on brown sugar, toasted bread, and dried brown figs. It's a bit similar to the Schell's bock from this year, but much less robust and assured of itself. This may be a freshness issue, but the bottle does not have a readable date on it to determine if so. As it stands, the aroma is rather withered, and I have to inhale deeply to pull the elements from it.

Taste is built upon heavy caramel and brown sugar flavors and sweetness, which plays with a bit of roasted malt at the front of the palate. Mid-palate brings out continued heavy caramel and brown sugar flavors with dried date and brown fig esters, also adding a bit of toasted nuts, bread, and roasted or chocolate flavor lingering underneath. Back of palate continues brown sugar sweetness with some more roasted, chocolate malt. Lingering aftertaste of roasted malt and some coffee notes, which adds some bitterness to the beer to prevent it from becoming cloying.

Note: don't add the yeast; I did for the second half of the bottle, and it only diluted the flavors I was initially picking up.

Beer is medium-bodied with mid-level carbonation that's a bit prickly on the tongue at first, but quickly levels off to create a crisp and well-flowing mouthfeel. Carbonation could be toned down just a bit and this would not suffer. Just a hint of ethanol in the nostrils and back of throat when closing out a sip. Finish is dry, with some stickiness left around the edges of the mouth due to residual sugars.

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Photo of Dope
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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 BretSikkink
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color, with some good bubbling. Thick and tight foam with great stick and some nice, if thin, lacing.

Aroma is mildly strong, but pretty tasty; caramel and dark fruit, strong Munich malt presence, and enough German style hops to make themselves known.

The flavor is pleasant, not wildly complex but good enough for the style. There's quite a bit of roast malt which is a little unusual for a German bock, but otherwise a nice mixture of the caramel sweetness and Munich malt flavor.

A little more bitter than most, with the Hallertau hops taking the lead. Spalt is noticeable as well; both are earthy, mildly bitter in the grand scheme of things, and nicely balanced.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, well-textured, and quite creamy. I'm impressed with the combination of Trappist ale heft and the relatively strong hop content here. Really nice juxtaposition, aided I would imagine by the rolled oats in the malt.

I like it; I was skeptical, but I like it. Nice take on a German style that adds the requisite Trappist yeast (full head, creamy body), and more than enough hops to bring some balance to an occasionally malt-starring show.

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Photo of killianf
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into Duvel tulip

A: Pours a dark ruby-brown colour with a very big 3-4 finger soapy head. Great retention and lacing. Not the most active beer.

S: Malt, chocolatey sweetness, dark fruits, boozey smell. Smells quite rich and deep. Some spice here too.

T: Malt - biscuity flavours initially, with caramel and fruity finish. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, but the beer itself is more on the sweet side.

M: Decent carbonation fizzing on the tongue, medium bodied, very drinkable.

Overall: A very enjoyable beer, if it wasn't for the price I'd happily have 3 or 4 in a sitting. I served mine straight from the fridge, which I wouldn't do next time. And there probably will be a next time - good, tasty beer, flavoursome but not overly complex. Would personally prefer this brewery's ales.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruits, and brown sugar. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of FLima
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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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La Trappe Bockbier from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
4.03 out of 5 based on 262 ratings.
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