highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 15, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
So I’ve just booked the girlie and myself into a health resort for three days and goddamit, I’ve earned a beer. The things we do for love... She’s thrilled and gushing about which "treatment" to have first while I speculate about the resort’s policy on guests smuggling in beer. It would sure liven up the meditation sessions. Okay, two drinking days left, so let’s get into this: La Trappe Bockbier is a handsome sonofabitch, a sparkling clear ruby-brown with a funnel of bubbles shooting from the base of the glass as if from an undersea vent. The tan head was so tall and enduring that I should have poured yesterday. It exhudes thick vinous fumes of Mirin, Christmas pudding, bubblegum, grout, shiraz and licorice. It’s raw and rooty, and dominated by dark malt. Medium bodied and softly carbonated for a creamy-smooth mouthfeel. But there’s nothing smooth about the flavour mix, which is down and dirty: licorice root, oak, clove, leather saddle, pepper... It’s an aggressive mix with strong Christmas spice overtones. Very robust in flavour for its 7%abv. It didn’t seem entirely integrated to me, but it’s always a pleasure to sample something as bold as this. Nice work, fellas. (30cl bottle, IBS Perth, bb March 2007)
ALLOVATE (2384) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As the Trappist brewers carefully toil amongst vats of fermenting ale, this one seems an oddity amongst the giants and yet is easily a cut above many. This was a fantastic bock, and first of the bottom fermenters, showing a little of the Dutch and, dare I say it, German influence. Honestly had the meaty consistency of a German Doppelbock along the monastic lines of Weltenburger or Andechs. Tasted from the bottle, sadly the only one I had, and poured into a shallow chalice. Deep hazy brown body with a tinge of ruby coming through in the lights. Crowned off by an amazingly dense, creamy lather of tannish foam that left a little legs. Rich and unrelenting, concentrated malt nose; bitingly spicy and reminiscent of fresh baked Xmas pudding with a zest of savoury fruits, doughy yeast and thick layers of chocolaty malts. Chewy, smooth well rounded body in the mouth; lightly spritzy carbonation tickled the front of the tongue whilst the back end had the viscosity of a fine port. A wonderful blend of strong malt and fruitcake flavours, peppery spices and zesty dried fruits and citric peels coat the mouth with a strength that belies its modest ABV. A light, earthy hop note came in late offering a meld of malt and hop bitterness before a long malty rich and lipsmackingly chocolaty swallow. Excellent balance of complex malt flavours have resulted in a wonderful Bock. One to try again. Lovely!!! (30cL, BBE 03/07, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)
bluevegie (3052) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark chocolate brown body with red tinges and a large light tan head. Pepper on the nose also dried fruit and some spice. Sweet smooth taste without being over the top, some butterscotch, meaty characters, medium body, coffee and well balanced. Served a tad too cold to fully appreciate this drop.
DuffMan (6670) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
An excellent bock! Deep orange-brown, very similar to the label colour. Huge tan head that I had to pause between pours to let settle. Excellent laceing. Big caramel nose with some raisin-type dried fruit and a bit of an estery element. Sweet without being cloying, butterscotch, vanilla, and a fresh fruity aroma that I couldn’t put my finger on. Very good!
Otje (677) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
great bock that reminded me of a good belgian ale. dark brown pour with a nice biege head. aroma: roasted, sweetish, vanilla, caramel. taste: malty(roasted), honeyish, berries, chcolate, bitter and a bit sweet. lovely bitter and complex finish. bit sticky mf, med. body. nice bock!
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - OCT 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Pours a light brown with a small, darkish head. Sweet roasty malt in the nose. flavor is well balenced, slightly sweet but not overwhelming. Alcohol is present as is some bitterness in the finish.
Tejas (871) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2009 Bottle at the Koningshoeven pub. Pours lighter than I expected - light brown. Just the right amount of roasty flavors. Familiar La Trappe alcohol flavor that is present in the Tripel & Quad are also noticed here. Very smooth to the palate. More flavors are revealed as this one warms up. I haven’t cared for Bocks in general until I tried this one.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - APR 5, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark amber colored with a red gleam and a foamy tan head. Sweet soda pop-like berry flavor. Sweet flavor as well with some malt and quite a lot of berries. Foamy mouthfull.
Ungstrup (29224) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 2, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
An opaque dark red beer with a brown head. The aroma is a weird sweet honey one. The flavor is sour malty with hints of chocolate.
madsberg (10144) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled: Burgundy colour. Light brown coloured. Light spiced, fruity and sweet aroma. Flavour is fruity and malty. Is quite light. Ends on a fruity note. Quite nice, but not a trappist.