Taps: 25 / Bottles: 160
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by woodychandler:
4.7/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
A really narrow place with a window overlooking 8th Street on the right facing side and a tall, narrow door on the left facing side. Entering, black and white honeycomb patterned tiles lined the floor and the left wall was exposed brick with a shelf of spent beers in the overhead. The short, dark wood, "L"-shaped bar ran along the right side with three sets of Belgium draft towers on the bar, glassware hanging from overhead shelves, and another series of spent bottles on a high shelf. The lavs were 7/8 of the way aft, followed by an archway into a small seating area. The lights were dim, the music was low-key, the glassware was matched to each brewery and style, there were no dart boards, pool tables, or T.V. monitors. Very contemplative and my kind of place. Lots of Belgian signage throughout. It was very reminiscent of numerous European beer bars that I have visited over the years.
Beers: They have a "Beer Bible", which is a bound volume which not only lists their offerings and their prices ($$), but it also explains why Westvleteren is not offered. 15 on-tap and around 150 bottles. They definitely know their beer at this place and unlike some finer beer bars that I have visited, they are helpful and customer friendly.
They also offer a monthly Belgian Beer School series.
Mom? Probably not. Too dark and really focused on beer.
My reaction: In Oakland?!? On 8th Street?!? WTF, over? VERY impressive. Now, if they could just elevate the restaurants of the neighborhood.... Also, why didn't any of this exist from 1987 to 1989? Grrrr.
12-24-2009 19:47:59 | More by woodychandler
More User Reviews:
4.41/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Located in Old Town Oakland, this is one of the hidden gems of the bay area. Great atmosphere. Dimly lit with lots of wood and brick. Two bars offering about two dozen beers on tap, mostly Belgian but also a few local brews outside the style. Pretty small inside, it can be cramped at times, but they also have some seating in the back. Service is generally great and the food is surprisingly good. If you're into beer and in Oakland, this is simply a must visit place.
07-06-2013 22:53:23 | More by kflorence
4.71/5 rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
If you're in the Bay Area, a must go.
Rathskeller like feel with lots of dark wood and brick/tile. Small, but there's outdoor seating in the back. Everything was close to perfect. The tap list was a bit small, close to two dozen, but everything was superb. The mix was mostly Belgian styles, but there were a few non Belgians. Super fresh, served in the proper glassware, etc., things that have been pointed out in previous posts. The service was excellent and very friendly. If I had to nitpick, the food selection was limited, portions were small, and it was a bit pricey, albeit well prepared and tasty. But hey, more room for beer. I'd go back in a heartbeat, definitely in the top ten of the places I've been to.
04-19-2013 03:26:52 | More by LittleDon
3.93/5 rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75 | $
On tap this visit:
- St. Bernardus Tripel
- Allagash Curieux
- Leipziger Gose
- De La Senne Band of Brothers
- De La Senne Zwarte Piet 2012
- North Coast Rasputin
- Rodenbach Grand Cru
- De La Senne Taras Boulba
- Moonlight Reality Czeck
- Victory Prima PIls
The beers that are expensive deserve to be pricey, but there are always some non-Belgians at a very decent price, especially by Bay Area standards. The best deal is at lunch, when you can add the "Beer of the Day" for $2.00 with a sandwich. That turned out to be a super Pilsener I've never had, the Moonlight Reality Czeck. And the food is simply great. We had a grilled tuna melt on excellent bread plus a pear, farro, and greens salad with loads of blue cheese.
Interesting pub on the edge of Chinatown in Oakland, just off Broadway. Near the downtown BART station, and a pleasant walk from both Amtrak and the ferry from San Francisco. Makes a nice outing if you come over from the city and stop at Beer Revolution to stock up on some oddities.
01-25-2013 20:50:07 | More by mactrail
3.59/5 rDev -18.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
If asked to say a few sentences about The Trappist, it would be something about how the bar has a cool unique atmosphere with a decent variety of imports and local beers on tap, but is too expensive to be a local hang out spot for most.
If you care to read more, the "cool atmosphere" I was referring to is because of the dual setup of the bar. The bar has two separate rooms with separate entrances, connected by a narrow hallway in the back. Each bar has a different selection of beer, a different bartender, and completely different music being played. For example, you get an IPA in the front bar where they are blasting hard metal, and then your next beer is a Belgian in the back bar and you're listening to soft rock. The drawback of course is the prices. There is usually barely anything under $7 and most are 7-11 for small pours. This is pretty expensive in general, and especially for Oakland. They also use a nitro/CO2 mix on most every beer which some might think detracts from the intended mouthfeel and flavor.
Overall, it's a place worth checking out, but is too expensive to be one of those local bars that everyone loves and goes to time after time
07-24-2012 06:21:42 | More by BenHesk12
4.58/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
this is an overall great bar at a very chill location. the bartenders carefully pour your beer in its designated cup and wash it through their special cleaning procedure. all the drafts are Belgian or Dutch beers I never heard of but are all refined in their own way.
although cost an average of 7 a beer, the quality is well worth it and i always meet a person at the bar who speaks very passionately about the beer they are drinking. i really recommend the mikkeller 19 IPA, this is a subtle explosion of hops in your mouth! great mix of bar seating, table dining and an outside patio on a bay sunny day.
06-04-2012 04:45:14 | More by HopSteppa
5/5 rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Come here for the top-notch Belgian beers on draught—there’s a number of offerings on both the front and back bars, and serve everything in their proper glassware. Some of the most knowledgeable beertenders I’ve ever ordered from work here and are more than willing to offer up tastes if you’re on the fence or curious about your next selection. While beers aren’t cheap—you’re not going to stop here for just one if you’re at all a beer geek, and your wallet will be all the lighter for it—I find they’re comparably priced to cocktails and mixed drinks at better bars. (Somehow that justifies the $10 pours of imported rarities.) The outside patio must have just opened—I ‘m glad there’s more seating now but I imagine that’s going to fill up soon enough.
A class act all the way around.
03-05-2012 22:15:53 | More by elNopalero
4.3/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A friend took me here and I'm glad she did. It's split into two small rooms, one barely more than a hall with a bar and a few tables, and the other slightly larger with more seating. There are technically 3 bars, one in each room, plus one has a little 2-3 tap corner with local beers. My friend explained that one bar had the domestics and the other imports, but it didn't seem to follow that pattern. I had a Drakes IPA as well as an Oakland Brewing CME IPA, both very nice. And it was nice to see that they had Duvel filtered, a favorite of mine. They had bottles on the wall from the 80's, this place must have been around a long time and is well worth the visit.
11-17-2011 20:48:16 | More by sfprint
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The Trappist in Oakland, CA
97 out of 100 based on 61 user ratings.