The Trappist | Oakland, California
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The Trappist
World Class based on 87 ratings
Type: Bar

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

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

Mayor: joeneugs (6) | Taps: 25 | Bottles: 150

The Trappist

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Beer Available At The Trappist (arranged by most recent)
Bridge Road / Mikkeller The Dark Harvest 97, Perennial Regalia 91, Sante Adairius Simple: Equinox , Heater Allen Sterk En Donker , The Rare Barrel / Cellarmaker Breakfast Time 98, KlevereTien Oak Aged (Belgian Owl BA) 92, Tahoe Mountain Mars Hotel 94, 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 94, Blaugies La Moneuse 97, Allagash Sixteen Counties Wild Ale With Brett 97, Craftsman Angelino Weisse 95, Perennial Tart Hopfentea 92, Almanac Porchbier 61
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87 reviews for The Trappist
 Ambiance  89%
 Service  84%
 Selection  89%
 Food  71%
 Value  72%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  98%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
ajm  (192) 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.
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.
  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.
  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.
fidel  (105) 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.
  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!
  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.
  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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
larryLSB  (66) La Selva Beach, California | July 29, 2008
Stopped by over the weekend with bulletrain76, service was great, selection was fantastic. Hard to believe it is downtown Oakland! seems more like a Berkley or North Oakland type of place. Great glassware, coasters, etc... If in Bay Area, it is a must go to kinda place.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17  (324) 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.

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