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The Trappist

The Trappist

(Now Closed)
Beer Bar and Gastropub$$$$
Old Oakland, Oakland
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    XDecember 6, 2012
    Find a quieter spot between the front & back bars. Free Wi-Fi's solid, too. The wifi name is "OPD" & the password is "drinkbeer". There are also some outlets back here, nice spot to work late & drink.
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    John CatolineJanuary 11, 2015
    If there is a king and castle for craft beers, The Trappist would hold this position. Beer is taken seriously here and it is some of the best anywhere. Try the small batches from independent Brewers.
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    Alan HJanuary 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The beer menu is damn near hard to beat... and that's before you move from the draft list to bottles! Great music, great guests, outstanding barkeeps
  • Jasmine G.
    Jasmine GarnerApril 24, 2013
    Personally, I am not a huge beer fan so I decided to try a flight. The bartenders where nice and helpful and really tailored their suggestions to what I told them I liked. It was nice and fun!
  • Patrick F.
    My go-to in Oakland. There's a front bar and back bar. The beers I've tried are all phenomenal. Also, try a sour beer, you won't be disappointed.
  • Alex D.heart icon on user image
    Alex DobyanDecember 17, 2017
    Excellent beer list and patio, lots of Belgians you might not find on tap elsewhere with both old standbys and unconventional pours.
  • Adrian P.heart icon on user image
    Adrian PhillipsNovember 9, 2015
    Extensive selection of Belgian beers on tap. Back bar has a different selection than the front bar. The deviled eggs, picked and braised beef sandwich are great stomach fillers.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 20, 2014
    This place is all about respect for beer, offering an opportunity to explore Scandinavian, Dutch, and Belgian styles along with local options.
  • Ernie G.
    Ernie GranilloJuly 24, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Really love the atmosphere and crowd here. If you're solo hang out in the main bar, or grab a table in the back bar. Specializes in Belgian and Belgian-style beer, with occasional craft brews.
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PetersenAugust 7, 2012
    All the Belgian beer you could want, not to mention a pretty nice bottled menu. The classics haven't tasted as good (kinda warm or flat), but its still Belgian beer. It's a win for the environment.
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    Dave WhelanJuly 19, 2014
    I do so like Green Eggs & Eggs. And I would eat them with a beer. And I would eat them with Jerry Brown. But he's in Sacramento.
  • Kirke C.
    Kirke CurtisFebruary 3, 2014
    Like Beer Revolution only more focused on the beer side (but still with LOTS of cool beers to try) and with decent food and much nicer decor. I'll be back.
  • Erik M.heart icon on user image
    Erik MoeFebruary 6, 2015
    Great selection. Can get really crowded and they know enough not to rush good beer, so if you're looking for a relaxed pint you might try another spot nearby.
  • Jessica
    JessicaFebruary 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, there's delicious Belgian beer. What you may not know is that The Trappist the best pastrami sandwich in Oakland, probably in the Bay Area!
  • Dave S.
    Dave SteffensSeptember 13, 2013
    This place is awesome. Not much on bar friendliness as they are swaped pouring. But it has two sides with ample seating and great beers.
  • Flavorpill
    FlavorpillSeptember 5, 2014
    Sour/Bitter Fest- Oakland's best bites paired with tart and sour foamy delights at The Trappist. Sat, 9/6, 2-5pm, $62. Read more
  • Michaela M.
    Michaela MoralesJuly 7, 2013
    I'm not a beer drinker but my three friends loved it. They did serve wine. YAY! The guys there knew their stuff. It was very interesting. Great place!!
  • Alan H.heart icon on user image
    Alan HDecember 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Gotta get here before 11pm for the kitchen to be open! The grilled cheese with apple and Brussels sprouts is not to be missed!
  • Paula W.
    Paula Wirth / Eat Drink OaklandOctober 14, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    A Belgian Specialty beer bar and gastropub in Old Oakland featuring 25 taps, over 150 bottles, and a proper glass for each and every beer. Try a Belgian beer and the Charcuterie plate.
  • Christian B.heart icon on user image
    Christian BakerJanuary 29, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Always a solid beer list, always a little pricy. So it goes with outstanding imports. Solid food menu and very BARTable.
  • John S.heart icon on user image
    John SchulzSeptember 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Tremendous selection of belgian & sours. Snacks (charcuterie, etc) most days. Often do BBQ, dogs, etc on Saturday afternoons.
  • Koll E.heart icon on user image
    Koll EllisMay 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice selection but I stopped going due to their Euro-pours. Every beer comes w/ 1"+ of foam, yet you're paying a premium for all 8-10 oz.
  • AskMen
    AskMenFebruary 18, 2011
    Dedicated to beers from Belgium, which were perfected over the centuries by Trappist monks, this spot features a vast assortment of holy ales - & some are even still brewed by monks. Read more
  • Yvette G.
    Yvette GoenagaAugust 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Do not get the grilled cheese unless you like a heavy bechamel cheese with Dijon and chives. For me it was a bit too much. Get the sausage or pulled pork - the best. Do sit outside!
  • Michael F.heart icon on user image
    Michael FoxSeptember 15, 2018
    Been here 25+ times
    If the back bar is closed, you can still buy the beers from its menu and have them delivered to your seat.
  • Brian N.heart icon on user image
    Brian NewtonAugust 27, 2015
    Often busy and can be a bit loud, but an excellent selection of beers and a neat rustic vibe.
  • Jeanine S.
    Jeanine ShimatsuJanuary 25, 2014
    Good food, good drink. Patio is rad when it's nice out. They always have a couple good sours on tap.
  • David T.heart icon on user image
    David TaylorApril 22, 2015
    Sit in the back and alternate between "front" and "back" bar menus. Great sour beers on both.
  • Emily R.
    Emily RoseSeptember 15, 2014
    St. Bernardis is the bees knees. Good any time of the year. Outdoor seating is favored, inside is pretty dark and noisy.
  • BetsyM
    BetsyMOctober 28, 2013
    Blah blah beer blah blah. Let's talk about cheese instead. On a scale of 1 to 10, my love of cheese is insane. This place met all my cheese needs and definitely more.
  • Tim H.heart icon on user image
    Tim HarrisonFebruary 15, 2015
    Amazing beer list! And delicious tacos on the patio on Tuesdays.
  • Amanda M.heart icon on user image
    Amanda MorelandApril 16, 2016
    I love the beer selection at this place. Can get a bit crowded.
  • Shay F.
    Shay FanMarch 9, 2014
    Get the green eggs on eggs. So tasty!
  • Honoree M.
    Honoree McGrawMarch 11, 2013
    Great atmosphere and reasonable prices for Belgian beer. De Struise Cuvée Delphine is scrumptous!!
  • Joel B.heart icon on user image
    Joel BonaseraSeptember 12, 2014
    High brow menu with middle brow atmosphere
  • Brandon V.
    Brandon ValentineNovember 12, 2013
    Solid tunes. In 10 minutes here I've heard The Eels and White Stripes. Feels like I stepped into the early aughts.
  • Felix S.heart icon on user image
    Felix SargentAugust 7, 2014
    Best Belgian beer selection on tap in the bay area.
  • Darren D.heart icon on user image
    Darren DicksonSeptember 9, 2016
    Outdoor seating, great bar snacks and Belgium Beer.
  • Tim W.heart icon on user image
    Tim WhiteAugust 3, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Mikkeller Big Worse Red Wine - Mikkeller's Big Worse Barley Wine aged in red wine barrels. 12% ABV.
  • Ronan F.heart icon on user image
    Ronan Flynn-CurranFebruary 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Potent beer, potent prices. Be adventurous and your taste buds will be forever thankful.
  • WhiskeyAvenger
    WhiskeyAvengerAugust 12, 2019
    This is a gem of the Bay Area beer scene.
  • Heather T.
    Heather TerrellJanuary 26, 2014
    Nice beer garden. Good beer. Good for groups both large & small.
  • Tom S.
    Tom SJune 13, 2010
    One of the best places in the Bay to sample wares from the emerging (in the US) sour beer movement. Try the Russian River Consecration.
  • nils j.heart icon on user image
    nils jansonJuly 11, 2015
    The outdoor space is really pleasant on a warm evening.
  • James P.heart icon on user image
    James ProctorApril 7, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Great beer selection and outdoor space
  • Chuck R.heart icon on user image
    Chuck RoslofAugust 5, 2015
    Smaller-than-usual pours allow for easier sampling of lots of beers.
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    💕Linds💕November 10, 2014
    Lots of beer choices. The grilled cheese is phenomenal.
  • Jackie L.heart icon on user image
    Jackie LeeMay 8, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The pork rinds here are a good accompaniment to any beer.
  • Greg S.
    Greg SchechterAugust 17, 2014
    Great beer selection. Good for groups. Food's good but a bit limited and pricy.
  • Brandon M.
    Brandon MooreJune 1, 2014
    25 beers on tap mixed with good food and a chill vibe
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