La Trappe Bockbier | Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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89
very good
273 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
Ratings:
273
Reviews:
110
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
35
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Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle at De Kelk in Brugge during last week's trip to Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a La Trappe chalice.

Pours a moderate brown color with a huge off-white head and loads of lacing on the way down. Persistent head and a cap throughout.

The nose brings some light chocolate and a bit of caramel plus some bread crust. Faint dark fruits and a bit of a hoppy character. Flavor has some mild sweetness and a good dosing of bitterness.

Light body with good carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

Very well made.

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Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mishi_d
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kunstman
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of PEBKAC
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Taste the Silence"

Huh? 0.o

750 stashed(left behind) at grandma's house sometime around Thanksgiving & just recently reunited. Awww. :P

Lumpy coffee creamer-colored head & a rich ruby brown body. A snowglobe of activity down below with a couple floaters battling it out for supremacy.

Mild greens & a fresh juicy quality lead in a heavy layer of caramel, along with some stale nutmeg, & a curious notion of lactose.

Taste is so drastically more intense. Sharp, coppery hops at the front, caramel center, a little too much yeast, slight anise, & a grainy malt finish.

Pretty crisp for a bock. The heavy-handed hops & residual foam lead to a soapy mouthfeel, but it's just too refreshing to knock. Alcohol just nudges in there every once in a while. I would guess 6% if the label fell off. Don't let this one sit. It's delicious cold.

Not really in my price range, but it went down like it was on someone else's tab. :)

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Photo of TherealTO
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of kevinhughes
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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 Elbrownbag
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of IPA35
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A top fermenting trappist bock.
This one breaks all the rules. A trappist bock? Shows this is not Belgian as bock is quite big in the Netherlands. A top fermenting bock? That's not how it is supposed to be either but then again trappist beers are not bottom fermented either.

Anyway, interesting.

Quite a pretty beer, dark ruby amber, a huge off white head. Fine bubbles with some big ones floating in the middle. Hazy of course, swirled it to get all yeast.

Smells nice, big on the dark fruits, a darker malt profile with caramel and rye bread almost. A bit spicey. Typical bock medicine as well.

Tastes not like your usual dark trappist beer. A firm malt forward brew with darker malts. Aside from that it starts out nice and sweet but it finished quite bitter with both the malts and the hops at work there. I see where others get the coffee from. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium to full with quite low carbonation. Nice.

Overall a good beer. Still, I prefer the classic Belgian dark ales over bocks.

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Photo of treque
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: a sand large creamy consistent head, a deep amber and some brown hue, medium body, not completely traslucent, waste left behing and nice retention on the head. carb constant altough is made of tiny bubbles

S: a tiny toast, much caramel and some alcohol notes, a clean smell

T: sweet notes at the beggining, some toast malts are noticed at this moment, after that you get the warmer sensation comming from the alcohol, the caramel notes appear after this making a good mix of flavour, a clean falvour, no bitternes at all, the end is not long on toast flavour but is persistent, chewy end

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Photo of choyhosoi
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass
A- Nice dark brown color with a thick creamy white head. This looks very inviting from the initial pour.

S-I got a sugary scent that had an overwhelming plum and raisiny scent.

T- A smooth taste that had very little carbonation to it and hardly and bite.

M/D-This just floats off the tongue and begs to be sipped faster. I was very impressed with this one and was glad I got it. I would drink a keg of this if I could a good beer get one if you can.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of unclekeith
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of hipcat
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of little_star
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pour is all pale brown head at first; thick and creamy head. After a while the head settles while the liquid rises; dark copper, clear. Rich lacings.

T: Rich sweet dark malts. Almost honey-like sweetness. Lots of dark dried fruits. Yeasty and even a bit chocolaty.

M: So very sweet, and roasted dark malts. Kind of bready. Rich dark dried fruits. The taste is all about heavy sweet malts.

M: Body is syrupy full while carbonation is kind of forgotten - nice. Aftertaste is sweet but also a bit vineous.

O: Very sweet, complex and nice. If your pleasure is hops and not malts - avoid! If not - this fantastic!

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Photo of Poupae
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Tattooedirish1
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of dcmchew
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Dentist666
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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 mikehillman
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

La Trappe Bockbier from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
4.03 out of 5 based on 273 ratings.
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