Second visit of my last day in the area. Tuesday noon, few people in the place so I found easily a spot at the front bar. The back bar was closed but you could still order beers from itís tap list. Nice relaxing ambiance, good music, interesting tap list. There is also a bottle list with some interesting beers again. Good service, they dont do flights but they offer samples of the beers to try (and tick). For sure I would go again!
Visited on a Friday afternoon in November 2015. Really nice multi-roomed venue, really nicely decorated and has a beer terrace and a front and back bar. Great selection of beers available, service was good with the barmaid giving a customer more sass than he gave her!
Itís a really nice place, a block away from Beer Revolution. Iíd recommend both places. This is definitely a huge step up decor wise but a better beer range at the other venue I feel.
If youíre heading into the bay area to check out the beer scene you already know about the Trappist; if youíve been, youíre going back because the tap selection is diverse and full of quality, the environment successful in itís old pub feel, the food good enough but working well for pairing, and the service helpful and friendly. If youíve not gone youíve heard a lot of hype and probably ready to give the silly white hip Oakland crowd a spanking via their poor beer taste or are enamored by the mythic Trappist lore that youíve heard of. I think both outlooks will suffice. Go, itís fucking good.
I was once a big fan but am sad to see what itís turned into. It was arguably the cutting edge of Belgian beer when it first opened with a Euro ambiance that encouraged good friends and conversation. Now itís just a plain old West Coast brew pub with loud alternative music and an endless supply of hoppy beers. If thatís what youíre looking for then go, but there are probably 25 places just like it closer to where you live. Kind of sad.
Great bar with 2 seating areas / bars and a nice patio area. Excellent draft selection, along with knowledgable bartenders. Looks inconspicuous from the outside but once you get inside, it reminds me of a dutch pub (long and narrow, lots of wood). Selection is strongly in favor of Belgian-style beer. Slightly pricy but you get what you pay for.
My friend from East Bay took me here promising a great beer place. I had reservations because of the name--Iím just not a big Belgian fan. Come to find out they had a selection with style variety. Small venue, but the decor is cool and unique. Some sidewalk seating. Good service. This place helps spruce up Oakland. Cheers to them!