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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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 lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle, corked and caged, served in a pilsener glass. It was a medium brown color with a little bit of red. A voluminous tan head that looked like whipped cream. Caramel malt and dark fruit aroma. Caramel and raisin taste. Good malt background. A good beer for the price.

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

I review this beer as I experience it. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY last October into my Great Lakes Christmas Ale goblet like glass. Incidentally, my label states that it is "Koningshoeven Bock" but it is similar in every other way. There is the little "Trappist" symbol on the back label and the word "Trappist" embossed in the neck of the bottle.

A Great frothy off white head which stays around for several minutes, maybe 4 to 6 over a nice dark brown or even ruby brown body that does not let much light through except where my glass comes together near the bottom. Nice look.

S A nice Bock smell of medium roasted malt and not much of any hops bitterness. I do not smell much of any alcohol.

T A pleasing medium malt, barley taste with a bit of a suprising black licorice taste...or is is feel...that seemed to be short lived but then, a moment or so into the aftertaste (maybe 2 minutes) it pleasantly comes back in a nice pleasant way as if I had eaten some black licorice 10 minutes ago and was still tasting it.

M Moderate to full. No discernable bitterness, just nice moderate malty bigness.

D Good, especially if it wasn't so difficult to find. I had only ever seen this in one store and only this bottle was seen as well.

Notes: Yet another in a long line of successful Trappist beers. Koningshoeven is certainly one of my favorite breweries in the world.

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

Pours a three-finger cream/beige head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Deep red/mahogany color. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Malty, fruity nose. Flavor is malty, rich fruit, some caramel. No bitter aftertaste. Decent bock. $11.00 for a 750ml bottle from a Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME. La Trappe is not on the label anymore.

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Photo of gerardoluna
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first time that i taste one trappist bockbier

[Eyes] amazing creamy foam head, the color is strong and deep dark red

[Nouse] Good malty, floral, sugar and hoppy aroma.

[Mouth] Good carbonation a little bitter, fresh, dry and full body.
Amen!

CHEERS

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky plummish purply-brown coloration, creamy beige/brown head, slipping into a thin ring.

Rich, ripe fruit hits the nose...raisins, plum, a bit of fig, dates?just a tad?...a touch of port...

Tasting: Snappy, then smooth. Mellow mouthfeel overall, but plump with malty flavor. Yeast and malt are king here, and we've got a very Belgian trappist-y Dutch-style bock. How many of those have you had lately?

More I drink of this, the more I like it...I'll repeat mellow again, and it's just that kind of deep satisfaction I get from the Trappist ales, an enveloping feeling, the seeps out from the consumption of the brew and into the very heart of the drinker.

Hmmm: IBU: 36. Malts: pale, caramel, munich, barley, wheat and rolled oats. Hops: Hallertau, Northern Brewer, and Spalt.

Lightly spicy, a little funky, but mostly a fruity affair, but uplifting, and exalting.

Am I tasting the silence? I might actually be!

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

The color is a dark red with brown tones. A lot of carbonation visible and a tremendous tan head that doesn't seem to shrink.

Smells fruity and malty in both a toffyish and a roasted way. Hops spice up the nose and so does a touch of earthy ale yeast. It's probably the oats that add to the creaminess of the smell.

The taste is a bit more salty and spicy, not as sweet as the nose might suggest, with plenty of yeast apparent. After the fullness of the malt settles, a semi-dry aftertaste develops that is marked by a pleasant bitterness of the roasted malts and a mild hoppy note.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit slick, with just a bit too much carboantion and a body that is in-between medium and full.

An exciting balance between a Trappist ale and the Bock style, more or less in the same line as for example the La Chouffe Bock.

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

Discovered this bad boy at the Finger Lakes Beverage Center, haven't seen this anywhere else. Interested to see the trappiest take on a bock.

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a huge khaki colored head that dissipated into a puffy cap and left nice lacing on the side of my dimple mug. The aroma is of dark toasted malt, with hints of red wine, and roasted meat. The red wine flavors dominate up front, with a touch of metal following, a solid toasted grain and bready malt backbone supports the sweetness. The feel is of a nice full body with active carbonation, chewy, finishes sweet. I do like the maltier bocks and this fits the bill. Good balance between the sweet and malt.

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

11.2oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $4.99. Different name on my bottle - Koningshoeven Bock - presumably La Trappe Bockbier is the name in Europe.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, where it showed a dark, cloudy brown color that took on a dark ruby hue when held up to the light. Big, light tan head that hung around for a while. Light lacing on the sides of the glass.

Malty and earthy in the nose. Caramel sweetness stands out, but it's nowhere near over the top. There's also some mild, dark fruit scents, and an earthiness and a mildly bitter hop scent. There's also a little bit of booze to the nose on this one, more than I expected for a 7% abv beer.

Similar to the nose. It starts out malty, but the malts are matched with a earthy bitter flavor that balances things out nicely. In the background is a roastiness and a mild alcohol warmth that becomes less mild as it warms. Odd, that last bit.

A little lighter in the body that I would have thought for a bock, but not to a disastrous degree. Slightly slick mouthfeel.

Not a bad beer at all, but I'm not sure I'll be a regular quaffer of it. As it warms the booziness seems a little too much. It's hitting the spot well as I watch Obama's thankyou speech.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color, with some good bubbling. Thick and tight foam with great stick and some nice, if thin, lacing.

Aroma is mildly strong, but pretty tasty; caramel and dark fruit, strong Munich malt presence, and enough German style hops to make themselves known.

The flavor is pleasant, not wildly complex but good enough for the style. There's quite a bit of roast malt which is a little unusual for a German bock, but otherwise a nice mixture of the caramel sweetness and Munich malt flavor.

A little more bitter than most, with the Hallertau hops taking the lead. Spalt is noticeable as well; both are earthy, mildly bitter in the grand scheme of things, and nicely balanced.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, well-textured, and quite creamy. I'm impressed with the combination of Trappist ale heft and the relatively strong hop content here. Really nice juxtaposition, aided I would imagine by the rolled oats in the malt.

I like it; I was skeptical, but I like it. Nice take on a German style that adds the requisite Trappist yeast (full head, creamy body), and more than enough hops to bring some balance to an occasionally malt-starring show.

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Photo of dbek
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was very surprised to see La Trappe launching a bock beer. I got it right away and tried it the same evening. La Trappe Tripple and Quadrupel are always high in my list of preference and I respect this brewery very much, so my expectations were very high but I got a little dissapointed. This is a very good beer indeed, but I was expecting something really exceptional. It has a very strong taste for a bock - a little too strong for me. But then, it is not a typical bock. There is a hint of Quadrupel in it, but perhaps it's just my idea. It has a well-balanced smell and a beautiful rich dark-brown kinda-red color. I would drink this beer as a delicacy, but not in large ammounts.

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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 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 Talisker
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked, caged bottle purchased for about $12 at Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA.

Label reads "Koningshoeven Bock Trappist Ale". And the marketing speak is all about Trappist monks overseeing ale brewing. Isn't it a contradiction in terms to call a bock an ale?

Anyway, pours a rich brown. Lots of persistent head. Understated malt aroma - some roast, some sweetness. No hop or alcohol edge at all to the smell.

Tastes a little like it doesn't know what it wants to be when it grows up. Lots of roasty malt jostling with some unintegrated sweetness, the yeast characteristic of a "typical" Belgian ale, and a certain unwelcome alcohol burn on the finish.

The generally pillowy texture would be welcome if not turned sour by the alcohol. Carbonation definitely present, but not prickly or unpleasant.

The alcohol burn sticks out and keeps me from chasing after the second sip.

Not remotely a bad beer, but expectations are higher for Trappist ales (or whatever this is). If you're going after Trappist in general or Koningshoeven in particular, then stick to the more traditional ale styles. And if you really want a great bock, then the Germans (or even Gordon Biersch) can hook you up more cheaply and satisfyingly.

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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 baggio
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 750ml bottle of this sitting in my pantry for awhile and then one of my friends wanted to try it so...2006 Vintage!

A: Dark red with a huge beige lace that sticks to glass.

S: Malt, Caramel, Port wine and a slight note of metal.

T: Caramel, Belgian yeast, Bread, Fruit, Spices.

M: Sweet and smooth with a nice complexity. Low carbonation.

A very pleasant drink even if it is a tad bit too sweet. Gonna try this one again for sure! Recommended!

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Photo of albern
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this as the Koningshoeven Bock, which came in a different wrapper than the La Trappe, but I'm assuming it is all the same. The beer pours the thickest, frothiest, well retained head that I've seen on just about any beer. This is the thickest, chewiest, full bodied bock you're likely to find. The taste was strong brown sugar, molasses, caramel malts. There are plenty of roasted malts and brown malts to accompany the sweet molasses and sugars found in this beer. The beer is complex, made with a number of different malts and hops combinations listed on the label, and the taste is just robust. There is a bit of a throaty aftertaste and the ABV isn't hidden all that well, but there are plenty of warming notes that do make it interesting. The beer is complex, thick, husky, and a very memorable bock style beer. Worth looking for. L'Chaim.

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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 Derek
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Abbott on the hill.

A: Ruby-black brown with a tan head; a little retention & lace.

S: Big malty bread & dark fruit aroma with a hint of spicing.

T: Bready malt, dark fruit and a pleasant spicing. The pleasant malt profile seems to sit between the dubbel & quad.

M: Moderate to full body is smooth with a dry finish.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -5%
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 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 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 drpimento
2.6/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured with a nice head and some lace. Very ahcoholic aroma. decent dark wood color. Not as sweet as I would expect in a bock. Give 'em credit for distinction though. Full mouth filling body. Slightly unpleasant bitter finish. Not one of my favorites. Some odd stuff going on here. Can't recommend it. The score I give is me trying to be objective; subjectively would a been much worse.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 750 from the Coop today for a very pricey $9 .. poured into my New Belgium snifter.... I heard the Coop got this in about a week ago and couldn't afford it until today... anyway, I am amazed to see this in Boise.

Solid chunky 2-finger tan head dies back leaving chunky lacing... Dark brown brew is very pretty when held to the light.. deeeep ruby and crystal clear on the first pour.

Aroma is dark malts with whiffs of chocolate and some caramel and raisin.. while cooler, it exhibits restrained ale characteristics.. some yeasty fruitiness... I don't know if the monks actually use a lager yeast, but it also has lite "Belgian" nose characteristics.. slightly spicy.

Taste is mainly the same but much more. Much more toasted malts and lesser dark malts and chocolate, but certainly a lite caramel and dried fruits.. Definitely has a "Belgian" spicy flavor but is more restrained than the other Koningshoeven ales I've had in the past... Spicy yeast/earthy hop flavors meld well with caramel in the finish... as it warms more bready flavors are identifiable.

Solid body for the style, but a strike against it is the abundant carbonation rips though the palate getting rid of the expected mild creaminess of it's German counterparts.

Does not strike me as a lager much ... but still is a very good take on a Bock, and if anything the "Belgian" characteristics add quite a bit of complexity... Reminiscent of a BSDA.. but certainly has bock characteristics.

More "bock" flavors and aromas show up as it warms.. but the Belgian notes are still there... I really like this beer no matter "what" style it is.

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