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Beer Available At The Trappist (arranged by most recent)
Tahoe Mountain Mars Hotel 90, Against the Grain Citra Ass Down 97, Fort Point / De Struise Saint Francis 12 , HenHouse Batch 100 (High West Rye Barrel) , De Ranke Hop Harvest 2014 95, Blaugies La Moneuse 98, Allagash Sixteen Counties Wild Ale With Brett 97, Craftsman Angelino Weisse 95, Perennial Tart Hopfentea 92, Almanac Porchbier 61, St Feuillien Triple 98, Sante Adairius Posermobile 95, Toccalmatto Zona Cesarini 98, Tahoe Mountain The Day They Taught Us Not to Reach , De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis Wild Turkey 100, NÝgne ō Single Hop Citra IPA 93, Craftsman Heavenly Hefe 93
Strebs (206) St. Louis, Missouri | March 28, 2010
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
The Trappist is as good as it gets. I felt like I was in a confessional in a Belgian cathedral with attendant monks sliding delicious ales under the door.
CheersMate (178) Fremont (Seattle), Washington | March 11, 2010
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
In an odd part of town. Zacharyís pizza place wasnít too far from here, and I actually expected this place to be on that side of town. I am not an Oakland resident, so I donít have any valid/constructive way of giving any type of opinion on location. Plenty of parking across the street. My brother and I got there as soon as it opened. Fairly nice tap selection. The ambiance was perfect. The place is fairly slender. I didnít really venture off into the back, other than to take a piss, but from what I can tell the place was rather small. The bartender was FAST, and as soon as I finished my beer I was asked what I wanted next. Bar heavily favors Belgians (hence the fíin name), but given that, there were some nice beers on tap that werenít Belgian beers. Nice wood paneling on the insider with a fancy bar area. Regulars seemed like they didnít care too much about being beer geeks, which was cool (I call them regulars because the bartender was fairly familiar with them). Overall, great experience, and Oakland was a much nicer town than I expected (I only saw a little bit of it).
pennywhistle (12) California | March 5, 2010
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
A little too expensive, and gets a little too crowded, but if you come when itís not packed itís a great place to spend some time. I love the wide Belgian assortment, and the cheese platter is delicious!
UnholyBrewing (26) Central Florida(Upper Hell), Florida | January 17, 2010
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 18/20
...well, went down on a Friday night, and it was wayy too packed. The back room was boiling hot, people standing everywhere pretending to know about the beers they were drinking. They had the correct glassware, lots of cool beer memorabilia, and interesting things to look at. Need to go back when itís not soo packed. Good selection of belgian beers. Pretty sweet place.
nbutler11 (316) Wiesbaden, Germany | November 2, 2009| Updated July 3, 2012
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Reminds me of Europe in the best way. Very unsuspecting location in northern Oakland around Koreatown. A nearly perfect interior -- wood paneled and very sophisticated. It depends on the day, but their tap and bottles lists have the most reach I hever ever seen in the US. So glad I donít live near this place because it would absolutely wreck me. The clientele and staff vary to the same degree, but when this place is on thereís no beating it.
NScott (2) Albany, Alabama | October 22, 2009
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 19/20
Knowledgeable bartenders, great options, and a nice atmosphere. Now that theyíve opened the back room every day, the overcrowding is not an issue. The crowd is a pleasure, especially compared to the folks at a couple of the other premiere beer bars in the Bay Area. Not a lot of Frat types or stumbling drunks.
kmweaver (116) Petaluma, California | September 28, 2009
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, wow. Beautiful, stately decor here, an incredibly impressive bottle and tap lineup, very friendly bartenders, and just a great experience stepping into a place like this, even on a quiet Sunday evening. Draft list included: Allagash Confluence, Bockor Rouge, RR Damnation, Drakes Bass Ackwards, Nogne Tiger Triple, Saison Dupont, etc. Countless things to session. Ridiculous bottle selection: huge array of Belgians, Mikkeller, Struise (Pannepot Gran Reserva, $100 a pop!), Lost Abbey, Russian River, etc. Damn impressive place. Look forward to checking it out on a busier night, hopefully soon.
Pivoyager (86) Gaithersburg, Maryland | September 17, 2009
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 17/20
In all my wildest dreams would I ever think of finding an exquisite Belgian beer bar in Oakland ... but here it is.
A small, dark and wonderfully inviting place with a book for a beer menu (or is it a beer menu in a book) with a wide variety of styles. And itís a short walk to the BART Station as well.
A must for any Bay Area pub crawl.
ajm (192) Los Angeles, California | July 16, 2009| Updated February 21, 2010
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
The day I went was just after it appeared on the RBSG itinerary. This may be the reason why the taps were uninspired, or it may just be the season (summer). Ambiance is like that little New York bar where detectives meet and only about 16 people have access to the íback roomí. I have since been back though and love it. The bottles are even better and the tap lines are clean as a whistle. Also every beer has the precisely corresponding piece of glassware, which is absurd.
gail (10) San Francisco, California | July 7, 2009| Updated July 8, 2009
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
The great news about the Trappist is that as of earlier this year they remodeled and opened another room, to be made available during the previously too-crowded times. The earliest reviews reflect a much smaller area.
They take beer seriously, have a charming but un-stuffy ambiance, and the great Belgian and American beers that rotate through the taps here are often stunning. (To say nothing of the library of bottle-conditioned Belgian treasures.)
Disclosure: I know and like the staff and owners, and jI ust finished a Cicerone certification prep class taught by one of their bartenders (sheís also a BJCP judge) and attended by two others. Thatís a lot of hardcore beer knowledge, in a group of hardworking and friendly people.
No meals served here but the cheese plate is a nice taste treat.
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