La Trappe Bockbier | Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Netherlands | website

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

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4.03
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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 brdc
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large corked bottle; an ale according to their own label.

It pours a reasonably clear reddish brown brew, with a voluptuous tan head that shows good retention and lacing.
Aroma is good, but not that powerhouse I got used to see on other "La Trappes"; mostly sweet malts, caramel, perhaps a note or two of yeastiness and fruitiness.
A bit thin on the palate, taste is pleasant but not complex, malty sweetness all over, but with little depth.
A decent brew, but well under the usual high quality of Koningshoeven. I will keep my Koningshoeven buys with the more traditional trappist styles.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I just saw this one on the shelf at Spec's and I couldn't pass it up. I was just coming for a couple German beers and here we have a Bavarian Style beer that is made in a Monastery in Holland. Wow! What a concept. The Tilburg's Ale that this brewery makes is very good, so I am sure that this beer will be too. This is exciting!! Here we go.

Appearance: Pours very Bock-like with a clear dark garnet hue with a small, but thick, head of tan bubbles that is relatively active, but is maintained by many bubbles rising. After a couple minutes, the head had pretty much faded back into the beer and is only a small island in the middle of the beer.

Aroma: I got tons of toasty malt just from the pour. After I can smell it, it does remind me of a Bock. It get lots of toasty Munich malts and some dark fruit like black cherries. There is a good portion of Melanoidins in this beer as it has a firm earthy component to the background of the malt.

Taste: The flavor is a little less Bock-like than the aroma suggested. It is still very malty and has the components of the flavor, but the mouthfeel is quite thin to qualify for a Bock. It is so thin that it leaves a bit of the dark malt character sitting on your palate after the finish as an acidity that gets a little muddled with the alcohol to leave you almost wanting a drink of water after drinking to lighten it up on your palate. The fruity flavors are a really big player in the flavor and they get more noticeable as the beer sits for a bit...the almost make me wonder if an Ale yeast was used and that would also explain the attenuation and mouthfeel.

Opinion: Well, I had pretty high expectations for this beer. It is good, but falls short of what I would consider "outstanding". The lack of malt in the finish really hurt this beer in my opinion. All that said, this beer really has a pretty good flavor and I will certainly drink the whole bottle...so it doesn't suck. It just reminds me on an amped up Tilburg more than a beer to stand up to Korbinian...or even Erdinger Ur-Bock if you want to stand it against a non-doppelbock.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a chalice.

A: Pours a brown cloudy color with a huge bubbled and persistent head that dissipates slowly leaving some lacings around

S: The better part. Very sweet, fruity and bready. Brown sugar, caramel malts, raisins and plums. Yeasts. Mild perfume of hops. A bit of alcohol in the end. BTW, it does not smell like a Bock beer

T: Pretty much like the nose. Sweet upfront. Brown sugar caramel malts, dark fruits. Strong on earthy yeasts reminding a brown bread. Nice light and dry bitter end

M: Medium creamy body. Not much molasses. Medium carbonation. A bitter-sweet beer

O: Don't expect a traditional Bock Beer here. In fact, I think that the idea behind it was producing a Bock keeping the characteristics of a Trappist. I like it and really recommend it

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Ciney sniffer

A - Pours a classic dark deep mahogany colour with an off white head that retains very well.

S - Very pronounced sweet malts, classic bock style. Slightly Sally.

T - Very nice molasses with a sweet malt with a sweet boozyness, the maltyness is pronounced and classic bock style.

M - medium to full body with minimal carbonation

O - A great beer from La Trappe that is a take on a classic German style.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a bright crisp reddish brown with a large, patchy creamy head of foam. bubbles burst inside the crown leaving nooks and crannies like a thomas'. lively carbonation.

smells of smoky malts and plums. the faintest hint of belgian sugars tweaks the nostrils. barely detectable date and chocolate elements.

ill be damned if this doesn't taste like a million bucks. first thing i notice is the texture which is chewy for a lager yet very smooth. substantial. big malty backbone contributes to a dark sweetness, as does some allspice and cinnamon. ripe pit fruits. finishes nicely with some dry, sticky hops that hang out on your cheek and add yet another angle of intricacy to this fine lager.

my first dutch bock, and i think this is a style for me. has a basic profile that reminds you of belgian-style quad flavors, but much more drinkable. at 7%, i can take a big sip without feeling like my brain will explode... but i can also sip it and enjoy some real complex flavor.

will seek this out again for sure. right up there with the trappist belgians by koningshoeven.

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Photo of froghop
3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had as a "Koningshoeven Bock Trappist Ale".

pours a dark ruby with a very large tan bubbly head, fine lacing.

smell of some dark fruit, wheat, touch of caramel, malt in the back.

taste of tin, watery, malt, some cocoa, touch of caramel, some spice.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
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 sprucetip
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Very active, enormous tan head sits atop medium brown liquid. Said liquid is clear and red/mahogany when backlit. Big yeast cake and floaty chunks suspended toward the bottom, again visible when backlit. I'd had the bottle for quite a some years.

Toffee like malty sweetness, dark fruit, and light booze all wrapped up in the overall Belgian yeasty package that is the foundation. Yummy.

Defined by the yeasty character that delivers flavors of dark fruit and spices. Malty sweet with just of nip of roast, a bit of tartness and a very mild bitterness.

Perfectly carbonated, rich, smooth, creamy and viscous. Hint of warming and mild drying and bitterness in the finish.

Exceptionally well made beer. Complex, smooth, and balanced. A sipper to savor and share. ... I've had this one a few times. Sometimes it has struck me, as this sample did, as really special. But I can also recall being underwhelmed. Not this time.

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Photo of drmeto
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a clear ruby-brown with a huge beige head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
grassy,spicy,surprisingly citrussy,plums and raisins
T:
-Follows the nose plus molasses and licorishwith a roasty finish
-quite hoppy
F:
medium-high carbonation,medium-full body
O:
This is not a Bock in the traditional sense,heck i dont think its even a lager.
Think of this more as a Trappist ale version of a Bock
I prefer this over the regfular La trappe dubbel

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a firey amber color with garnet dominating as the glass thickens. wonderful coloration! topped with an immense, orange colored head that remains for a couple minutes, leaving a clean glass behind.

aroma is malty, with caramel malts dominating. also present is a spiced note that balances out the malt, possibly from hops. a distinct fruity cahracter is present as well, which alludes to the trappist label on this one.

taste is malty up front, with the same spiced character. malts include caramel, and a touch of roasted malt as well (not usually found in bocks, but compliments the profile nicely). finishes on a roasted note with lingering burnt malt and caramel malt. the spiced character is somewhat lost in the roasted notes.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a smooth cahracter and semi-dry finish. texture is spot-on for a bock.

drinkability is great. this is an excellent bock with a few things to call its own (namely the subtle roasted character and the semi-dry finish). altogether, wow! what a bock, i say, what a bock! this is one that will be frequented by this beeradvocate. cheers!

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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 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 DaveHS
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown color, with a huge foamy head. Leaves beautiful Belgian lace after a few minutes. The nose is malty and sweet, with light aromas of spice and dried herbs. Chocolate, caramel and raisin notes make more of a showing once the head dissipates. A sharp little kick of fruity yeast, immediately followed by the drying Hallertauer hops. An average example of the style, in no way a standout.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The la Trappe bock beer. The Dutch trappist brewery is the only trappist that produces some not mainstream trappist beers. That is what I really like about them. Bought it in the local supermarket.
Poured into a sniffer. The beer pours a dark-brown color (with some ruby as well) with a very nice thick and fluffy light-brown head.

Smell: Roasted malts, grains, clear caramel and some dark fruits.

Taste: Roasted malts and caramel, grains, warming alcolhol and dark fruits again. The beer has a nice, slightly bitter and slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, and medium-bodied. The beer is very creamy.

Overall: One of the best bock beers out there, maybe even THE best. Perfectly balanced bitterness and sweetness. But lets be honest, what else can be expected from a bock beer brewed by an authentic trappist...

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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 gory4d
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark russet with a dense tan head. The smell is sulfured molasses, swamp moss, fallen leaves, strong tea. The taste is heavy on the molasses, with caramel malts, something like blood sausage, and a graphite minerality in the finish the comes back around to the molasses. It's thick though not too viscous, heavy without being cloying. It's like no other bock beer I've had, and altogether excellent: I could have had another bottle. Seek this one out.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The dutch trappist brewery has a nice range of beers, for many a pallet.
As it's the season of bockbier: dark, cold and wet, I was happy to stumble upon this one in a local supermarket.
Nice bottle, poured into my Chimay-glass.

A: Nice chestnutbrown colour, with a thick creamy head.
S: Fresh from the bottle, smokey grains and hops, dark fruit
T: Equal smooth taste of hops, grains and fruits. Very rounded, very balanced.
M: Creamy and silky smooth. This is easy drinking.
D: The alcohol is easy and warming.

I'd recommend this. A bockbeer within the trappist tradition, has a lot of interesting notes, is worth a try.

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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 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 Lexluthor33
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a reddish tint. Good sized head with foamy lace.
The aroma is fruits,malts and ALCOHOL.
The taste is fruity,some malts and notes of grains. The alcohol is stronger than expected,but not in any way does it ruin this brew.
The truth is I was expecting some more malt or maybe even a roast like flavor. This tastes better as it warms.
The feel is well balanced,high carbonation and a semi dry finish with a slight alcohol burn.

Notes: First off,the alcohol burn is minor and it's fine. Carbonation seems a bit high and the body is medium weight and almost refreshing.
A good beer,it is just that I expected so much more from the Monks.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

La Trappe Bockbier

Appearance: dark brownish read, huge head, and some good lacing.

Smell: wheat, slight fruit, and yeast.

Taste: wheat, yeast, and a semi-sweet maltiness.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall:
This is a great beer for sessions. It is easily drank and has a good amount of flavor. The brew isn't too complex, however.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a large bottle (probably 750ml) of this at a Spec's in Houston... and poured it into pint glasses to share with a few friends. The La Trappe beers were some of the first introductions to belgian ales and I'm still a fan of the tripel and quad... so a bock from a Trappist brewery? Yeah, I'll give it a try.

The color is a brilliant ruby reddish brown, decent head, off white with some good retention and lacing. So far so good, another good looking brew from the monks.

The aroma is very complex... roasted caramel, dark fruits, a little bitterness from the hops, more roasted malt flavors, all blended together well. It definitely tastes more Belgian than German, and yet I know these guys are Dutch, but they brew Belgian-style.

The taste is a lot of the same flavor as the aroma. Very complex and layered, with different sweet notes combining with bitter hops flavors over a nice toasted malt base. Man, a really interesting and good beer.

The mouthfeel is pretty solid too... not quite as good as the previous categories, but it's a full bodied easy drinking beer for 7% with little alcohol taste to it.

Overall, it's an interesting Belgian-style take on this German style. It definitely varies from traditional bocks that I remember with much more rich flavors. A solid 4.0 from me overall.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother-in-law brought this over to my surprise...and a 2007 vintage to-boot. Poured from a cork-and-caged 750ml bottle into my Portsmouth snifter/tulip glass. Pours a smooth caramel brown color. Fills the glass a medium to dark brown color, with a nice size creamy tan head. Head has pretty good retention and finally resides as a creamy rim around the outside surface. Lacing is quick sliding, but smooth and creamy...slightly fizzy too.

Aroma is great. Belgian yeasts, lots of fruits. Overall, a very sweet and solid smelling beer. I haven't had a Koningshoeven yet thay didn't smell great!

Flavor is very nice! Not the best bock out there...but super solid and overall a great beer. Medium body, high carbonation, crisp, very low booze. Caramel notes, tons of fruit, and very malty...mixed with the Belgian yeasts...this is a very good beer! Thanks Damon again for bringing it over!

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Photo of Dzu
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured int LaTrappe trappist glass.
L: Magnificent dark red-copper colour with biege foam head.
S: Raisin notes , friuts alittle souness.
T: Dark fruits taste, rich and complex.
F: Creamy, dense and very good balanced.
O: Best bock I ever had at this moment.

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La Trappe Bockbier from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
90 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.
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