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
pDev:
15.38%
 
 
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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 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 Douberd
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ABV 7%
Untill now this is the best bock beer I've tried this year. Those monks really know what they're doing.
This is the only Trappist bock beer and the only bock beer that continues to ferment slightly in the bottle, at least according to their website.
Small bottle of 300 ml. Ingredients arewater, barley, wheat and oat malts, yeast and aromatic hops. Some yeast can be found in the bottle of course.
Pours a very dark ruby coloured beer, with a huge beige head of 3-4 fingers in height, thick and creamy, with excellent retention. Heavy lacing around the glass as the foam is going down, but never away. A thin layer of foam persists around the glass, while a big chunk of it lingers on the centre of the beer's surface. Shake your glass a bit and another thin line of foam appears again, with almost the same sustainable retention.
A fantastic aroma on the nose from the hops. Light caramel , alcohol, some apricot, plums and other dark fruits.
Taste is great too. Sort of sweet at first but with a definitely bitter aftertaste. Caramel, coffee and dark bitter chocolate flavours.
Medium thickness on the body and average carbonation.Quite dry on the palate, with this dryness helping the bitter taste to stay longer in the outh.
As I wrote before, this is the best bock beer I've tasted this far. I will surely get some more to drink during the cold days of autumn plus another couple to keep in my cellar.

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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 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 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 papat444
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to slovaksniper (ratebeer) for this one.

Poured from a 330ml. bottle, best before 07/2012.

Appearance: A dark brown body with major ruby hues. Fluffy light tan head with good lacing and excellent retention.

Smell: Figs, nuts, caramel and berries.

Taste: Good mix of bread, caramel malt and dried fruit. Flavor is good but lacks some fullness.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is felt and it has a melt in your mouth quality. The only problem is it feels a little thin.

Overall: I liked it but could have been better.

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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 patra7
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a stange glass, almost 2 years before exp. date.
Appearance: Deep brown-reddish color; brown, very thick head that hangs on for ever with almost immovable bubbles.
Smell: Strong smell of alcohol, caramel and coffee with a momentary smokiness.
Taste: Same as smell. Bitterness manages to peek through the mostly caramel, siropy feel giving it a slightly more balanced character.
Body: Full body. Carbonation just enough to give the beer a fresher character and balance out the mellowness.
Drinkability: Very interesting beer; more than any other bockbier I’ve drunk. Perhaps a bit too sweet for some.

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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 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 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 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 Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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 woodychandler
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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 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 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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
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 tbeckett
3.11/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle at 't Arendsenst in Amsterdam. From notes.

A - Poured a dark brown, muddy, colour with good carbonation and a one finger beige head. Some filmy lacing remained with one finger of retention.

S - Mild. Nice fruity malt. Breadiness too.

T - Dark fruit and lot's of yeast. Really yeasty in fact. Bready again. Kinda plain.

M - Medium carbonation and a medium body with a dry finish.

O/D - Too yeasty IMO. I would never think of a Bock being that yeasty. Not enough fruity malt character giving it richness. Not bad, but falls short where it doesn't need to.

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

Vintage 2007

A: Pours mahogany brown, excellent clarity. Two fingers peanut head falls to a quilt of the same. Spotty lacing.

S: Figs, dates, graham, allspice, nutmeg, malts, nice. I keep leaning back. Very nice.

T: Dry toasted flavor with cinnamon, cocoa (light), good malty base with a little club soda underneath.

M: A hint thin, but not in a bad way. Lighter carb with medium body.

O: Very nice, simple beer. I would enjoy another bottle or two of this in the cellar.

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

11.2 oz bottle.

It pours a reddish-brown with a huge, foamy off-white/tan head.

The smell is super nutty with a bit of dough, spices, caramel, and raisins.

The flavor has some roasted caramel with a nice bittersweet flavor, dark fruits, and roasted nuts.

It is a decent bockbier, and certainly interesting considering the brewery and location.

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Photo of diamondc
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$12 for a 750ml bottle. 20/07 on the cork.

A: Huge, insane, garnet colored head, recedes to a half a finger wisp of foam.

S: Raisins and figs at first then some hints of grape bubblegum and black cherries when getting warmer.

T: Nutty, toffee, caramel, the malts are intense here. Coffee, dark chocolate and fruits mingle with the surprisingly dry, spicy hops here on the aftertaste.

M/D: A great bock .. or is it? The bottle label claims this beer is top fermented, so it seems almost unfair to compare to traditional bocks. Either way, this is a great beer that offers malt complexity that is well-balanced with hops.

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

We pour a brew of medium brown interwoven with deep red orange streaks. The head stands two fingers tall and is tan in color. It recedes at a normal pace, leaving splotchy lacing as it does. The carbonation looks to be about medium, and the brew has a hazy hue. No physical sediment is noted, but the opacity is there. The aroma is rich with dark malts, dried figs and prunes, toffee diacetyls, and a faint, yet sweet, gingerbread spice. At the back there is a slight sting of alcohol, but it is very light. The taste begins with a buttery slickness. There are heavy malts, mixing with a bitter tart flavoring of citrus rind, lent by the yeast. Through the middle there is a brown sugar sweetness. This peaks high on the palate, where it is met by a curious burnt element, as if from roasted coffee and toasted barley. The finish is marked by a washing through of the sweetness with more bitter yeast, hints of sweeter molasses, and alcohol. The aftertaste breathes bitterly, with a slight hopping and more of those roasty malts. The body is medium to full and the carbonation is standard. The feel to the beer is both slick and creamy, affording a nice slurpability and frothiness. The mouth is dried a bit towards the front of the palate, but the mouth is otherwise satiated. The abv is within range and the brew drinks smoothly.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the strength of flavoring. It can be easy for a bock to come across as a dulled down little brother of a doppelbock, but here we find that all of that richness is preserved. There were heavy malts, with generously distributed sweet and roasty flavors, allowing this brew to compete as exemplary for the category.

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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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