Au Trappiste

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Bar, Eatery

4 Rue St Denis
Paris, 75001

+33 1 42 33 08 50 | map

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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
Large bottle selection of beer from around the world, but nothing out of the ordinary; same for the tap list. Basically average beers at expensive Paris prices (i.e., like most restaurants, 8,5 Euros for a draught pint of mediocre French, etc., beer). Great sidewalk ambiance, and server spoke great English, but it was lunchtime and i felt ignored as he waited on eating clientele. No sit at a small table in front of the bar, one of two little tables. I enjoyed my visit nevertheless mainly because the server really was trying to give me good service, but his boss was busting his chops. I probably won’t return. I did not try the food, but everyone was there to eat...and there is a second floor balcony overlooking the street (nobody was up there) that looked cool...
Aug 29, 2018
Rated: 3.95 by HopBelT from Belgium

Sep 10, 2017
Rated: 4.6 by JamesLeung from Florida

Jul 29, 2017
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Reviewed by justme from Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25
Right near our hotel and the possibility of tasting the last Trappist (that illusive Italian one) drew me in. They din't have it, but the rest of the beer was sufficient. The waitress was attentive and friendly but the food was not great. We share some very un flavorful mussels followed by a burnt crepe.
Jun 05, 2017
Rated: 4.18 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

May 09, 2017
Rated: 3.93 by Shanex from France

May 08, 2017
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Rated by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25
Nice place, definitely touristy and the prices are in line with that. € 8,50 for a bottle or a pint.
Jun 21, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by Dzu from Russian Federation

Apr 16, 2016
Rated: 4.48 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Sep 17, 2015
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Reviewed by Jaysauras from California

4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
V: Very relaxed vibe, nice patio seating. Nicely spaced out also which is a big deal in Paris. Trust me. At busy times it could be a bit crammed out front, but overall the vibe was great, the decor was awesome, and it was an enjoyable place to grab a drink after a day.

Q: I was super impressed with the quality of everything. Correct glasses were used for different styles, menus were diverse and varied, wait staff was knowledgable and friendly. Overall the quality was really impressive. Went here three different times over my two week stay.

S: My French is pretty average, and not good enough to get into real deep conversations about beer with the waiter. That being said, all of the wait staff and bartenders were super friendly, with some great grasp of the English language. Came back to ask me how different beers were, made sure I was always taken care of with more drinks and snacks. Very good service.

Se: France does not have great beer. That is a fact. BUT, this selection was phenomenal. Most of Europe was represented, and even some obscure ones were in there as well like North African nations and Asia. Great selection, the Trappiste beers are a MUST TRY. Pretty decent on-tap selection with some standard guys like Heineken, but a solid bottle selection. There are a couple brewed in France that are really noteworthy as well. Great Belgian selection as well.

F: Like most French restaurants, the food is great. Good varied selection from meals to standard bar/pub fare. You can snack, get a meal, grab dessert...whatever. Definitely a decent menu to fit what you are looking for.
Sep 10, 2015
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Reviewed by ThaneMcC from Germany

4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25
Went with wife on a warm spring day and the outdoor seating facing the plaza privided ample people watching. Service was fast and efficient and bar has 20 or so Solid Belgian and a few European beers. Mussels and frites are good and a great value. Admittedly the prices per beer are a bit steep (8euro for a pint and 10 and more for bottles) but the location and ambiance take the sting out of the bill.
I rather enjoyed it and would stop by on our next visit to Paris
Jun 01, 2015
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5
the one spot I went back to during my week stay in Paris - though, I'd tired of it midway through that second visit... restless beer whore...

one of the bigger draft selections in town - try L'Angelos: a bitter biere de garde that is just damn tasty and difficult not to drink all night... the prices are a bit uppity: 8.5 euros for every draft, with some reaching 10-12... notable Belgian-leaning bottle selection with probably at least a half-dozen bottles you can't get in the States

it's very clean and bright on the ground floor - tiled walls on the left, with copper faux beer tanks stamped with brewery logos... tall ceiling with a bar that curves into the wall on the right... just quite pretty and date-worthy on that floor, while the second floor is more intimate, best suited for small group gatherings... quite comfortable feel overall

gotta say, the staff is really nice, attentive, and helpful - my server the first night helped me locate a music venue on his phone and then told me not to travel there unless I had someone waiting for me at the train station as the neighborhood was sketchy... didn't end up going - was late anyway and a bit too sauced

food - a huge bowl of mussels they served for the price - took two large cereal bowls to cart away the shells... the quality, however, varied wildly... the sizes of the mussels were all over the place, not too mention most appeared freezer-exploded and dry... not very flavorful overall - lacking salt and oil... fries, again, were pretty dry and bland... the sweetish-leaning Lindemans Gueuze on tap did keep me afloat, though it was hardly a culinary match made in heaven

the dessert made up for it a bit: gooey apple tart served with lingonberries and a poha berry on top - fantastic!... had a draft Jenlain Ambree with it, though it didn't pop as much as I'd hoped... gotta shrug and believe these beers are simply just better outta the bottle...

in summary, I'd check this joint out for sure, but do stay adventurous and seek out the rare other beer oases in town... this joint is in a nice central spot in the city, though, so you can always swing back around to it if it strikes your fancy
Feb 26, 2015
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Reviewed by joedon from Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3
Had read about this on BA but just stumbled across by accident in Paris.

Not a large place, about 10 seats at the bar plus chairs for maybe 25 at (very) small tables in the restaurant. Interesting woodwork and glass front but it was pretty drafty and cold on the night I visited (mid-December). The patrons seemed to be mostly local blue-collar types and a few tourists.

Nice selection of Belgians as you would expect in this place. I had the Chimay and a Rochefort. [served in Bitburger mugs!]

Service was rather abrupt, not friendly and geared to maximum turnover. I didn't even think about a free sample or discussing any beers with my high school French.

Food was basic French bistro plus moules/frites. I had an omelet which was decent but nothing special.

Beer was badly overpriced. 8 euros for a pint of Belgian beer! Food was priced about average for Paris.

Doubt that I would return here. Must visit for a beer geek or fan of Belgians but afterwards, you'll feel disappointed.
Jan 21, 2011
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Reviewed by Fflemming from Brazil

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5
Very nice place. 20 diferent type of pression beer including trappist pression beers and gueuze. great selection of european beers.
good price. good location. near from the subway station.
a very nice place to go with your wife to drink good beer and eat some musles.
the waiter is a little bit rude, but still worth the visit.
this is a must stop in paris.

excelente lugar. 20 tipos diferentes de chopp, inclusive chopp trapista e gueuze. excelente carta de cervejas europeias.
bom preço. boa localização. perto de uma estação de metro.
um bom lugar para ir com sua esposa para tomar boas cervejas e comer mariscos.
o garçon é mal humorado, mas mesmo assim vale a visita.
parada obrigatória em paris.
Jan 10, 2011
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Reviewed by cbak999 from Florida

3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4
My memory of this place is the rude waiter who was pissed because we had 4 extra people join our party, and we needed an extra chair. He was angry because we had to take a chair from another table, leaving that table unavailable for other guests...even though we were spending tons....6 beers each round at 9 Euros a beer!!!! He eventually let us take the chair, but his service the rest of the time toward our party was negatively impacted by this. Otherwise, nice bar. Great selection of bottles and drafts. I had beer and the wife drank wine...which was priced more reasonably than the beer. Didn't try the food, but the mussels looked great!!!
Jun 28, 2010
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Reviewed by DerBayer from Germany

3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5
OUCH - 8.8 Euros for a pint of beer - OUCH OUCH OUCH!!!!

That is about 3 times the price I ve paid anywhere else even London is much much CHEAPER!!!

Now that this is off my chest lets have a look at the place itself. Inside was a bit like Wirtshaus meets Brasserie and very crammed for space. Unfortunately there was also loud and unpleasant music but the clientele seemed reasonable.

The waiters were tres French and unresponsive with a knack for ignoring my desparate pleas for another beer. Selection covers a wide range of very impressive beers from around the world and they seemed fresh with some 10 of them being available on tap.

Would go back for the beer if it werent so bloody damn expensive.
Mar 14, 2010
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Reviewed by Yetiman420 from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
The wife and I made a quick stop in here prior to a visit to La Cave à Bulles which is an excellent French bottle shop right around the corner.

Au Trappiste offers a nice interior with plenty of brewing signs including some rare Belgian signs and some bad American neons.

The Belgian heavy beer selection was a treat and break from wine consumption. I managed to loose my notes from the visit but do recall having a very nice Gueuze on tap and the wife had a Dutchess. Two sours on draft? Nice! I also think this place had the unusual mens urinal that is worth checking out.
Sep 16, 2009
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Reviewed by malmquna from France

4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
The wife and I were in the neighborhood and wanted to try this somewhat venerable Parisian beer bar. There were no seats out on the terasse, so we went inside and bellied up to the bar. The bartender was mildly friendly (exceptional for France), and we sat between some regulars who were nice enough to include us in on some general after-work chatter.

Au Trappiste has twenty beers on tap, including the usual Guiness and Heineken, but also featuring some French and Belgian gems such as La Chouffe and some of the Lindemans line. There are many more bottled beers, arranged on the menu by country (and for Belgium, by region and style). Needless to say, the beer selection is very good.

The only negative to Au Trappiste is the prices. Sure, it's in the heart of the city, a block off the Seine in the 1st arondissiment, but you really pay for that. While I'm willing to pay seven or eight euros occasionally for a very good hand crafted beer, Au Trappiste is not for tossing back a few pints once a week or so. At least not on my budget. Enjoyable, though, and I will be back to work my way through that geographic menu of theirs...once I'm done with all the drafts that is.
Aug 17, 2009
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Reviewed by gos42 from New Jersey

4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
Visited 3/25/09

Boy did I enjoy this place. Even in the middle of the day on a Friday, the place was packed. The liveliness of the place was addictive and my wife and I stayed for more than a few choice brews.

We were offered the chance to share a table with a few other couples in the front room, but instead grabbed two seats at the bar when they became available. There are covered seats outside, but as it was raining the afternoon I was there, I was happy to be inside.

There were about 20 beers on tap, good selection of some locals and Belgiums. Two ciders were also on tap, which made my wife quite happy.

But the best part of the experience was the bartender. Happy, jovial and willing to pour a tester or two, he kept me and my wife entertained the whole time. Masterfully keeping the 6 or 7 people at the bar tended to while also pouring for the house, no one felt left out or forgotten.

I enjoyed a L'Angelus, on draft, which was dryer than I was expecting. But quite drinkable. It was also served in the proper glass.
May 06, 2009
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Reviewed by RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3
I hadn't planned on stopping here, but stumbled upon it on the way to the Pompidou (and Cave du Bulles) and thought that perhaps it was fate.

At lunchtime (around 12:30), there were a decent amount of people in the house. Most of them were much older though, and many of them sitting alone. Décor was fairly clean, though fairly cluttered with breweriana. Beer list focuses on Belgian with just two French beers available. I ordered an Angelus and it was served properly in its own glass. Service was quick, attentive, and professional. A good team working to keep things flowing. The food was mediocre I felt. I ordered the mussels of the day and they must have come out in 5 minutes. I felt they were small and the fries of poor quality. I think after about 4 minutes my fries were icy cold. They seemed like they came out of a ready made package. Overall this was not too bad of a spot. Especially considering the depth of options around. (or lack thereof)
Mar 19, 2009
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Reviewed by belgianjunkie from California

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
I can't believe I haven't reviewed this place yet, considering it's my Comfort Zone in Paris. So here we go.

Au Trappist is an excellent place, conveniently located off the Chatelet metro station (via the St. Denis exit; you come out right across the street from it there). Beer selection is very good including a concentration of Belgians, 20 on tap give or take and more than double that in bottles, plus a smattering of beers from across the globe including a few French Biere de Garde (my favorite thus far is Ch'ti).

I work for a French company and come to Paris around four times a year, and without fail I go to Au Trappist at least once per trip. I used Beerfly to check out others here including the hallowed Academie de la Biere (overrated), La Gueuze (very good place but a chore to get to), and Falstaff (crowded, loud, and mediocre). Au Trappist has always been consistantly comfortable, welcoming, and satisfying. They have all Trappists except for Westvleteren (no surprise), and others including La Chouffe, Gouden Carolus, St. This and That, several lambics including a Gueuze on tap (Liefmans I believe), and their Bieres de Garde including Jenlain, 3 Monts, Ch'ti, and La Choulette. The atmosphere is wood-intensive, covered in breweriana, kind of tightly arranged tables, etc, and lively without being obnoxiously loud or the like. Includes one of those funky European public bathrooms that's only a urinal built into the floor for guys which is a kick the first time you ever see one. And the FOOD...

I can only speak knowlegably about a few things on the menu because I found my favorite and haven't strayed since: their mussels and fries are incredible. The mussels are always cooked perfectly, served in a generous portion, and even during off-season months they're very good. I've had several of their preparations including (excuse the spelling) the classic Mariniere, the Provencale, and even a couple of their daily specials like the delicious-sounding yet strangely off-putting Rochefort cheese mussels... but the Curry mussels are my all-time favorite. The fries are special too- definitely the real thing. And I once went with a friend who got the sausage from the Trappist Rochefort monastary, and that was also very good (rich, surprising amount of spicy zip, and obviously well complimented a beer from the same monastary).

All of the waitstaff is competent, some are even genuinely nice, and all that I've met speak English if you're French-impared. Yeah, it's not cheap. But it's Paris; nothing's cheap anywhere. And yeah, it's more "touristic" than other far more out of the way places that probably aren't worth the trip by comparison, and I've checked out at least a few of the higher-rated ones in Beerfly's Paris section by now. I'll always come back to Au Trappist every time I stay in Paris. And for once, I finally returned to the hotel from there and typed up this long-overdue review. With curry-stinking fingers, even.
Oct 06, 2008
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Reviewed by thierrynantes from France

4/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Place visited in 2003.
The Trappist is a restaurant type Belgian brewery located on rue Saint Denis in Paris city center. The house offers the traditional "mussels and fries" served in a very folkloric of the tavern "typically Belgian".

Other specialties are offered in the remaining cooking tradition (pancakes, grilled sausages ,..). A large selection of Belgian beers (about 75, ex. Ename triple, Bon Secours, Hercule stout ...).

It is open every day until very late at night. The property has a floor or windows are highlighted. It's the calm part of the House.
Sep 30, 2008
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
easy to find, just about a ten minute walk from Notre Dame/Louvre etc., making this place a decent place for a beer if doing the typical tourist stuff in Paris. (as we were this past summer) They offer 20 fairly typical Belgians on tap, with tables outside, heavy wood tables on two levels inside, with plenty of windows looking out onto the Paris street scene. We tried the mussels (tasty) and a salad niciose, which hit the spot. Don't expect anything amazing selection wise, but do look forward to a reasonably fresh and tasty Belgian offering in or near the center of several Parisian tourist attractions. Hard to discuss value when the U.S. Dollar is at an all time low...
Aug 26, 2008
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Reviewed by Nickls from District of Columbia

3.86/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
Thanks to previous BAs, I made Au Trappiste a place to visit while in Paris for work.

Overall, I was pleased with the place, and visited on a Friday evening. My main objective was French beer (even though like most beer bars in Paris it caters to Belgians), and the selection it offered was decent. Had a bottled version of 3 Monts, which was excellent. However, you pay a pretty price for bottles in Paris. Moved on to the Jenlain Ambree, which was pretty solid on draft.

I didn't try the food there, but like other posts recognize, the food looked decent. Given its location, it's pretty close to a lot of main tourist attractions in that area of Paris, and the menu reflects that since portions of the menu have English explanations.

Definitely a lot of families and other folks typically not found in beer bars elsewhere in the world. Great place to give your feet a rest and catch a decent beer if you are in the neighborhood.
Mar 24, 2008
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Reviewed by mdagnew from Northern Ireland

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Visited here in March 2006. Situated on Rue St Denis – the nearest Metro stop is probably Chatelet on line 1. The bar is about 10 minutes walk from the back of the Louvres… Also not far from Hall’s Beer Tavern…

Pretty good atmosphere – quite big with loads of seating downstairs and upstairs. Maybe a bit too brightly lit though… Also watch out for the 80’s music – Mike & The Mechanics and Culture Club (among others) were playing when we were there !!! Service was friendly – English was spoken by the waiter who served us…

Very good beer selection (Belgians and Germans being the majority) with a decent selection of French craft brews. There were about 20 beers on tap including Jenlain, L’Angelus Mars, a gueuze which I think was Lindemans, Chimay Cinq Cents and Gouden Carolus. Also had over 100 bottled beers… I tried the L’Angelus on tap (excellent) and also a bottle of Gwiniz Du (pretty good)… My wife had a Kindl Berliner Weisse which was also pretty good…

Only tried a plate of frites (which were pretty tasty) so can’t really comment on the food….

Definitely worth a visit if in Paris…. My favourite bar while I was there….
Mar 14, 2006
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Reviewed by silenius from Illinois

2.81/5  rDev -28.7%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3
Currently, the location of the bar is the first of the 3 selection the map link will show you. It is located in the 75001 "zip" code right across the Seine from Notre Dame.

We happened to stumble on this one while trying to find Le Sous Bock. Very brightly lit with light colored highly varnished wood floors, bar, tables, and chairs. The place looked like a college bar to me. Little to no soul in the place with lots of bright lights.

Was rather disappointed witht bar as it was far too utilitarian looking for such a nice part of Paris.

It had about 20 beers on tap including Leffe, an unnamed Gueuze, Chimay Blonde, Gouden Carolus, Jenlain, Guinness, etc. and about 100 bottles on the menu.

There is an upstairs with a long table (possibly for parties). The bathrooms share a common sink.

May 20, 2005
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Reviewed by logisnews from Hawaii

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
This was a fun place; I've been there a couple of times and enjoy it more than Frog and Rosbif. Good Moules Frites and a good selection of beer, uh.. bier. I really love Adel Scott -- peat smoked flavor, and really enjoyed the Hogarden on Tap (sp?).

I'd go back again. The smoke is an issue but that is (or at least was a year and a half ago) an issue pretty much anywhere in Paris... or France... or, Europe.

Very colorfun neon lights -- got some great snapshots. (hey, I'm trying to fill up 500 characters here so the system will take my review.)


Mar 22, 2005
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Reviewed by Crosling from Colorado

3.01/5  rDev -23.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4
Au Trappistes is located on one of my personal favorite streets in Paris: Rue St. Denis. This street has dozens of sex shops, great food (especially the ethnic food) and nice shopping. It also has another great beer bar on the street: Hall's Beer Tavern.

Anyway, I didn't really like this place.

The selection was fairly well received, about 150, but there was only one that I really wanted at the time, that being Hercule Stout. Loads of beers on draft though. Appropriate glassware.

Cramped as hell. Uncomfortable. Loud and annoying atmosphere. The staff was busy and somewhat unfriendly. This place isn't really a beer bar. It's more of a family (children friendly) restaurant that just happens to serve a few beers.

The McDonalds of beer bars.
Jul 23, 2004
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Reviewed by Andreji from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5
On the deadpoint of bvd st michel turning left at the -Y- in the road one finds a discrete but certainly elegant little bar with a tent boasting 'au trappistes', quite drawing. and it is only when you glance at the extensive 120+beer selection that you actually realize what youre in for. nice ambience within and certainly a nice one on the outside seats of this crowdy and chic street where a leffe is always in order, or, if youre in for it, even a trappistes rochefort. This place is certainly not cheap but the quality serving and service is well worth your money in this hyperexpensive city.
Sep 18, 2003
Au Trappiste in Paris, France
Place rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 29 ratings