La Trappe Bockbier | Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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La Trappe BockbierLa Trappe Bockbier

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Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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.

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Photo of djura
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found it here in Serbia, bottle 0,33 l.

A - Tick brown creamy huge head with medium carbonation. Ruby color. Beautiful.
S - Wine like aromas, fruits, grape, with hops in the back.
T/M - Balanced, carbonated, dry and bitter finish. Not to strong alcohol warmness in the mouth.

O - I think they try to make it good, and it is good Bock beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a pokal glass.

Um wow. What a stunner in the glass. Dark mahogany red, glowing like an amber jewel, and just light enough to see reams of ultrafine carbonation. Head creation is like a creamy froth chocolate. Khaki colored two finger head and practically nitrous fine bubbles. Then the head actually grows in the glass like a mushroom as the beer sits. It's like a dollop of ice cream and leaves a sticky meringue like appearance. Just flat out fascinating and I've never had a beer behave like this at all. I am entranced.

The aroma is even gold dust. Deep milky chocolate tones, and light soft pheonlic clove sensations. Mineral clean sensations also mix in nicely, a touch of small herbal bitterness seems like it just wants to peak out, but sweeter creamy vanilla chocolate just pounds your senses everywhere. Not a trace of alcohol or fusel like heat either. Wow a fantastic aroma.

Palate gives up the goods. Light bock clean finish, with more of that mineral body, but also some lighter textures. Crispy caramel but more bitter minerality in the mid palate, adds a nice light chocolate and vanilla flavor. That light minerality chases nicely on the aftertaste with some banana like flavors on the finish. Creamy mouthfeel also, but lessens itself to sweetness in favor of more esters and a faint touch of herbal hops.

Really impressive bock, and just flirts with doppel biggness. Great brewed beer here, makes me want to go back and drink more trappist brews.

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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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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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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 John_M
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the bier stein the other day.

The beer pours reddish brown color, very reminiscent of Coca-Cola. Head retention is decent, and the beer has OK lacing. The is interesting, as I pick up some sweet malty overtones (some baked apple and brown sugar), with some light vanilla, cherry cola, light rootbeer and clove as well. The Belgian yeast imparts an interesting underlying spice element as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the Belgian yeast and spices really drying this beer out on the finish. There's a lot going on in this beer, but as someone else mention, I'm not entirely sure the Belgian yeast and spices blended all that well with the base bock beer. Mouthfeel was medium bodied at most, and finish was dry and spice infused. Alcohol is not the least bit noticeable.

An interesting beer to try, but I was glad I only had the one 8 ounce glass, and I'm not sure I can imagine ever wanting to revisit this.

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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 stevoj
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into chalice and marvelled at the thick, silky head. Color is cola/coffe brown. Aroma is light, but taste is sharp and bracing. Very mellow roast grains come through, with very slight aftertaste.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color: brown, brownish red with ruby ​​highlights.
Foam beige in color, made of fine bubbles forms a thick layer. Persistent foaming average but still leaves a mark after each sip.
Complex and intense aroma. In the foreground dark fruit, plums, cherries, mixed with touches of roasted and light ash. In the background lingers on a note of caramel and alcohol liqueur focus.
Taste: here it is the opposite, first roasted malts, which is associated with bitter coffee and a lot of ash, later liqueur with cherries, dried plums and sweet cherries. The most interesting is that along with the increase in temperature of both the aroma and taste evolves. Appears sharpness, peppermint, fruit gently move back.
Gentian dry, ash is long, perfect.
Saturation high, even too high.
Alcohol: although the aroma appear in his gentle accents are generally not bothered. The taste is not perceptible.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the 750 ml cork wrapped bottle in a snifter. This FINE bock pours a dark muddy brown with a fantastic head of light brown foam that settles slow to a thick layer with awesome lacing. Nose of rich sweet malts, raisins, light clove, light grain notes, and a unique yeast nose---Belgian, but different. Flavors exceed the nose with rich raisins bread flavors mingling with toffee and light chocolate on the mid to back that fades to a light semi dry yeast profile with a light grain accent. Very substantial and warming as it goes down. Finishes very light and subtly dry with a clean finish.
A fantastic brew.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From elcervecero. In La Trappe chalice. Watching Vikings 2x09. Great in all aspects. It has that caramel touch i loved in aventinus eisbock but softer and delicious too.

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

-pours a clear ruby-brown with a huge beige head
-medium carbonation visible
grassy,spicy,surprisingly citrussy,plums and raisins
-Follows the nose plus molasses and licorishwith a roasty finish
-quite hoppy
medium-high carbonation,medium-full body
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 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 KYGunner
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured with a deep rich brown and a sturdy light brown head made of bubbly foam.

The aroma was deeply chocolate, hints of caramel malt, grainy barley, a little char and a bit of toffee.

The taste is chocolatey as well with a smokiness akin to campfire ember. There bits of toffee, caramel, barley malt and a tobacco flavoring that really sets this apart. The tobacco leaf earthiness melds well with the smoky char to remind me of a lit cigar.

The feel is quite full, a little bubbly and prickly, but smooth on the finish.

I really enjoyed this block beer and put it up there with Ayinger Celebrator, though it goes in a different direction.

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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 thierrynantes
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from La Cervoiserie, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : red amber color, with tan foamy head and nice lacing.
Smell : roasted malt aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : sour malty flavor with a bitter and dry spicy finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Dunkel bock.

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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 wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; BB 11/2014, served lightly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a lightly hazy, dark mahogany colour with elegant ruby hues when seen against the light, coming with lively and fine carbonation, as well as a superbly-lasting, thick layer of light tan frothy head.
S: the overripe-plummy estery elements come rather pronounced than a normal, cold fermented dark bockbier; the aroma has a lot of raisin-mixed milk chocolate, caramel-coated nuts and coconut-flavoured toffee to offer, along with melted dark sugar, dark brown prunes, chestnut honey, etc.; given a very good swirl, the subdued berry-like acidity and black cherry skin notes come to the fore along with typical fruit perfumy notes from the exotic yeastiness. Overall, the nose is charming, but also densely sweet and heavily estery, ever so different than any cold-fermented bockbier I’ve ever tried.
T: soothingly carbonated, the refreshingly soft swallow is quite black prune-ish and slightly slick winey, against a sound body of nicely-flavoured nutty and caramely dark malts, leaving at the back of the palate lingering aroma of more smoked black prunes, black sugar, aromatic toasted malts (e.g. Munich malts), restrained herbal hoppiness and a semi-chewy feel. Overall, on the palate the taste is far less estery than on the nose, and much much less sweet as well. Also in the remote corner deep down the throat, a faintly warming alc. emerges only after all flavour elements manifest themselves – at a perfect timing, that is.
M&D: the carbonation level comes almost perfect, not too lively, but ever so soothing and fine to caress the palate gently; the body is full even for the 7.0%abv. strength, never cloying, although the sugary content does leave a somewhat slick feel on the palate at the end of each sip. All in all, having had an ale version of bockbier this good, I wonder if I should pay the Netherlands a visit anytime soon(er)…! This ale is delicious, intriguingly balanced, and more-ish, as long as one can handle the alcohol and sugary content well, at one’s good pace.

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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 HabiMendes
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The amber-brown La Trappe is transparent, with a lightly-tanned neck, very well retained (perfect to style). The bready aroma displays very well the malty character of the beer, showing also caramel tones and alcohol content (perfect, again). The taste brings a well-carbonated, medium-body beer, with hops well harmonized with the malty body, the latter slightly sweet (once again, perfect to style). The end is somewhat long, bringing, again, the whole malt/caramel story. What an excellent beer!

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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 CrazyDavros
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows caramel, chocolate fudge and toasty, bready malt. Very sweet-smelling.
Not as great flavours, but still showing some of the bready and toasty characters. Also a little booze.
Too much carbonation.

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