The Trappist

4.9/5.0 89 reviews
460 8th St
Oakland, California United States 94607

510 238 8900
bar
thetrappist.com
Sun-Thu Noon - Midnight, Fri-Sat Noon -1:00AM

Mayor: joeneugs (7) | Taps: 25 | Bottles: 150
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92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver  (116) Petaluma, California | September 28, 2009
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.
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Pivoyager  (88) Gaithersburg, Maryland | September 17, 2009
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.
88
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
ajm  (202) Los Angeles, California | July 16, 2009| Updated February 21, 2010
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.
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
gail  (10) San Francisco, California | July 7, 2009| Updated July 8, 2009
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.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 4/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
HighWine  (29) Whalezbro, Illinois | March 11, 2009
Another one of my favorite places. Excellent selection of Belgian ales, all served in proper glassware. Walking (staggering) distance to BART. The only downside is that the place is kind of small. Itís worth it, though. Definitely a must for anyone living in or visiting the Bay Area.
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
HopheadHans  (17) Bay Area, California | March 4, 2009
Convenient location in downtown Oakland with usually ok parking. Nice interior, but very narrow and small, can get crowded very quickly. Specialized in Belgian beers, however they typically have a couple American craft brews on tap. They serve each beer in the proper glassware, very classy. They have limited food options, mainly cheese plates but these are very good. I enjoy going here even though it is out of my way a bit.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
fidel  (114) Livermore, California | February 13, 2009
Nice place, nice location close to BART. Great staff, proper glasware, nice tap list and very extended belgium bottle list.
88
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 3/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
cs535  (5) Oakland, California | September 22, 2008
I really love this place. The beer is fantastic!
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
SamGamgee  (182) down the whirlpool, California | August 17, 2008
Stopped in on a weekend afternoon. The place was about half full, with a couple open tables in the back, and a couple open stools at the bar. Luckily the bartenders werenít too busy and it was easy to strike up a conversation about beer. The two young women both knew exactly what they were doing. I was very impressed with their knowledge about various Belgian styles and beers, and their impeccable serving technique. The place itself definitely feels new, and this clashes a little with the worn in Belgian wood look that they are going for, but in a few years itís going to wear in quite nicely. The beer is split between a draught list up on a high chalkboard, and a thick leather binder showcasing a vast array of bottled offerings. Though most Belgian brewersí ranges are a little shallow, with only several offerings, the amount of different brewers represented is astounding. The draught list would be enough on itís own though, with stuff that Iíve certainly never seen anywhere else, and they update a list of it every week on their website. While nothing is cheap, youíve got to consider what you are buying. Many bottle prices are barely marked above what you would find in many retail shops. They had three Russian River sours available for only a dollar more than retail price. Adding to the value is that every beer is served properly, with most in their own glassware. Iíll definitely be stopping in every time Iím in the east bay.
92
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
Taverner  (83) San Ramon, California | August 16, 2008| Updated December 31, 2009
Great place! They have a great selection of bottled Belgians, as well as some good beers on tap. I didnít have much time here and landed here on a Friday, so service was sub par - but thatís to be expected. In addition to all of the bottles, they also have some great cheese and meat pairings to go with said beer.

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