The Trappist | Oakland, California
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The Trappist
World Class based on 78 ratings
Type: Bar

460 8th St
Oakland, California United States 94607 [ print map ]
510 238 8900

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Hours: Sun-Thu Noon - Midnight, Fri-Sat Noon -1:00AM


Mayor: marcus (16) | Taps: 25 | Bottles: 150


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Beer Available At The Trappist (arranged by most recent)
Cantillon Vigneronne 99, Boon Oude Lambik 89, Boon Mikkeller Bar Calva Lambic (Foeder # 65) 88, Mikkeller SpontanGooseberry 97, Lambickx (Wambeek, De Troch) 94, Allagash Avancť 99, Tahoe Mountain Rťcolte Du Boise 91, Almanac Brandy Barrel PÍche 99, Tahoe Mountain Persimmon du Bois , Almanac Valley Of The Heartís Delight 99, Drakes Rakish Ryewine , North Coast Anniversary XXV Ale 81, Faction Defcon III Belgian Style Dubbel , Trois Dames líAmoureuse 91, Dieu du Ciel Isseki Nicho 99, Saint Somewhere/Prairie Artisan Ales Carbone Colline 84, Faction Flagship Pale Ale 87, Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Bock Zymatore (CA Zinfandel) , Mikkeller Hot Rod Habanero 96, Thornbridge Kipling 95
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78 reviews for The Trappist
 Ambiance  90%
 Service  84%
 Selection  89%
 Food  69%
 Value  72%
 Overall  87%
 Rating  98%
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80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17  (297) Woodland, California | July 29, 2008
I visited this place with Grant a few weeks ago. Itís only located a couple of blocks from the BART station, which is a definite plus. The interior has many bottles on the walls with lots of wood mahogany decor. There are about a dozen seats at the bar on the right, maybe a dozen more at small tables, and then room for about another couple dozen in a cramped back room. Very small and very intimate. The bathroom was very clean and very well kept. Wonderful selection of mainly Belgian beers with a few American renditions on tap and in bottles. Prices are about what I would expect at a bar. I did not have the food. Staff was attentive and seemed to know their stuff. Proper glassware, which was very impressive. I am curious to see if these start walking away as time goes on. My big pet peeve is that they will add sales tax onto the price of the beer if you have a credit card tab, yet they wonít tax you if you pay cash.
80
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 2/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
robertjm  (17) Albany, California | July 26, 2008
WOW!!! This place was rockiní the other day when I stopped by for the first time. Found it by accident while searching the Celebrator Beer News. Its a postage stamp of a place and canít believe the City of Oakland hasnít got on their case about being too crowded. Prices are EXCELLENT when you consider how much it would cost to buy some of the beers they offer. They have a gazillion different styles of glasses and serve whatever is right for what you buy. Very friendly waitress behind the counter. Sheís either German, or perhaps, should I say it...Belgian? :-) Food got the low rating because they really donít offer a whole heck of a lot. Will definately be back since its such a chore to get over to Toronado these days, and these guys have a fairly great selection.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
AgentSteve  (77) SF Bay Area, California | April 19, 2008| Updated May 22, 2008
Great place. There was a slight hint of pretentiousness. (I actually saw a guy with his Polo shirt collar flipped up!) Knowledgable bartender. A tad snooty as she explained what a certain style of beer was that I ordered, as if trying to talk me out of it, as if I wouldnít appreciate the complexity and style. Great beers on tap and a very thorough bottled list. Quite small. I got there @ 4:15 thinking seating wouldnít be an issue, but there were only two stools left and no tables. I will definitely make this a regular stop. Maybe Iíll get a little respect on 2nd or 20th visit!
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
marcus  (164) Sacramento, California | January 18, 2008
What do you know - a touch of Belgium in Oakland. This is a sign that the redevelopment of downtown Oakland is making good progress. A cozy bar in a meticulously remodeled building designed to look and feel like a Belgian beer cafe. There are enough stools and tables to accommodate about 50 patrons. The barkeep/owners are friendly and knowledgeable. There are about 10 good beers on tap and a very long bottle list of mostly Belgians. During my visit, the customers were very friendly and some were quite knowledgeable of Belgian beers. There is no food (just cheese), but there are many great restaurants within a few blocks.
96
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 20/20
beerguy101  (75) Newark, California | January 6, 2008
The difference between good and excellent can sometimes be in the little details. This place understands the little details. Things like pre-rinsing your clean glass before pouring your beer, to having a huge variety of correct glassware to serve your beer, the Trappist understands beer, and the little things to make the trip a great experience instead of just a great one. The bartenders and staff are knowable and willing to talk about the beers. A large and diverse tap and bottle list makes this a must stop place in the Bay Area. The setting is cozy and the place is quite small. The night I was there the place was packed, but the sound level was quite enough to have a normal conversation with the folks near me. Very nice, I am sure to visit this place often.
94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
cloudskipper  (2) Alameda, California | January 3, 2008
I finally went here on December 22nd, after hearing all of the hype, and I was not disappointed. The ambiance of the place is really outstanding. Good people, good decor, good bartenders. It can get very cramped, but thatís ok. The bottle list is as good as you can get at a beer bar in the Bay, and the tap selection is awesome for imports. My only complaint would be not enough micro love, but honestly I donít go here for the micros. Excellent place, and being that its a short bus ride from my place in Alameda I expect Iíll be a regular here.
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 20/20
rayOfBeer  (19) El Cerrito, California | December 13, 2007
I have only been on opening day, what a crowd. This place is awesome with a great selection of mostly Belgian beer. The beer is not cheap but considering the flight to Belgium and the strength of the Euro, Iíd say the prices are reasonable. I canít wait to go back.
98
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
nahthan  (5) Oakland, California | December 1, 2007
Opening mid-December 2007. Specialty Belgian beer bar in Downtown Oakland. 15 taps. ~130 bottles. Bottle list is Belgian, Dutch, French and American all Belgian styles. Tap selection is a mix of domestic micro and Belgian micro/independent breweries, again with an emphasis on Belgian styles. No American macro beers or corporate beer. High attention paid to proper glassware, serving temperatures. A great effort is also made to keep the bottles cellared at the proper temperature. The decor and atmosphere is laid back, but a beautiful job was done restoring the 1870ís Victorian building they occupy. The owners are casual, knowledgeable and friendly. Excellent bartender, also very knowledgeable and friendly. A must for anyone who enjoys Belgian beer. Less than 5 blocks from 12th St. downtown BART.

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