La Trappe Bockbier | Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

La Trappe BockbierLa Trappe Bockbier
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82.1%
Liked This Beer
3.99 w/ 274 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:
#4,518
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
274
Liked:
225
Avg:
3.99/5
pDev:
9.77%
Alströms:
4
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
35
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 274 |  Reviews: 110
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 kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of djrn2
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out with a nice deep amber brown color with a light tan colored head on it. The smell of the beer has a good amount of malts on the nose and even a touch of spice and yeast. The taste of the beer gives off a nice subtle caramel sweetness upfront that fades into a dry toasted flavor. There seems like there could be some autumnal spices in this as well but they're very faint. The mouthfeel is smooth and has a good amount of body too. Overall I really enjoyed this brew, I still enjoy their Quad the most but this is probably the next best thing La Trappe puts out.

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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 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 kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 largadeer
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, dark fruit, caramelized malts, some lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste likewise starts out very sweet with flavors of caramel, dark fruit and honey. The malt character is hearty and there’s a mild hops presence that brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is also quite sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, good but heavier representation of style, it’s a solid beer but not one of the first beers in the style that I would pick.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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 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 Gagnonsux
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark cherry (the fruit, not the wood) with bright orange and amber trim. What a beautiful rainbow of colors. Speaking of beautiful, the massive, rocky, golden beige crown can only be described as Belgianesque. Those monks sure know how to brew. This is a wonderful looking bock.

Once the foam finally melts... the nose is more complex than expected for the style. On the other hand, considering the brewery (and what is amazingly estery yeast), maybe it shouldn't be so surprising. Well-toasted malt combines with a woodlands spiciness that is reminiscent of a 'dark' saison. Interesting.

Full disclosure: I'm not a fan of most bocks. Having said that, Koningshoeven Bock is one of the best that I've ever had. Only Penn's St. Nicholaus Bock Bier can give this bewitchingly malty brew a seriously run for its money. It may not be quite as complex as the American beer (heresy!), but it's just so damn good and is disappearing in a big hurry.

The cork reads '2007', which is surprising. Malt-dominant beer holds up much better than hop-dominant beer, but 7.0% isn't that big. There are no signs of age here at all. In fact, given the magic of Trappist ales, it might have improved in the 1-2 years since bottling.

A massive malt load is the beer's finest feature. I've had 10.0% ales that weren't this packed with barley. Flavors include toasted brown bread, figs, roasted peanuts, a little cocoa powder, tea leaves and a spiciness that is hard to pin down. This is one complex lager.

The mouthfeel couldn't be anything other than fabulous with all those malt sugars floating around. Talk about silky smooth. The bubbles could be a little more tame right out of the gate, but should be nigh on perfect in the bottom half of the '750'.

I always love being blown away by beer of a style that isn't among my favorites. The label reads 'Taste the Silence'. That's a pretty good tagline. It doesn't apply, however, because Koningshoeven Bock makes beautiful music from the very first mouthful. Loud, yet refined. Just like I like 'em.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bock me! I found an 11.2 Fl. Oz. bottle in my cellar today. Like the bottle in "Alice in Wonderland", it said, "Drink me!" and so I shall.

It certainly retained its carbonation nicely! I had about a finger of light-tan head that quickly fizzed its way out of existence. Color was a cola-brown with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was rich with a caramel malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with a definite caramel taste on the tongue, almost a burnt caramel aspect. Finish was very sweet with the caramel flavor simply lingering well after the swallow. Wow! Bock at 0500 - I must not be working this summer. I would recommend this as more of a dessert beer than a wake-up beer.

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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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