La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
Batch 8, blended in October 2011 (70% Whisky, 30% New French Oak with medium toast). I managed to find an outstanding deal on this bottle, so I couldn't pass it up. Poured from a bottle into a Rochefort chalice. The pour is a dark, murky reddish-brown color that looks like raspberry iced tea. There is a thin head with very little retention and the carbonation is quite low. The nose has a lot going on. I smell white wine, oak, mint, and a little bit of smoke.
The beer has a full body, nice firm feel, and an extremely complex flavor profile. On the front of the palate I get a quick rush of the smokey peat from the whisky barrels. The peat flavor does not linger and become briney as in a glass of Scotch, but quickly develops into dark fruit and port wine. More dark fruit come forward on the finish as raisins and plums join in. I don't get much booziness at all other than the whiskey on the front of the palate and a little bit of alcohol warmth on the finish. Fans of single-malt Scotch would love this beer.
Overall, an astonishing beer with an incredibly complex flavor. Definitely commands your attention from the moment it enters the glass until the moment you take the last sip. Lovers of quads should seek this out, but try to find it at a reasonable price and check the batch number on the Konigshoeven website to see what kinds of barrels were used. Make sure it won't have any flavors that you yourself find objectionable.
11-11-2012 23:48:29 | More by deadonhisfeet
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4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #68 (Spetember 2012):
LOOK: Hazed tawny hue, towering head
SMELL: Toasty, heavy oak, hint of port, vanilla, peppery, white cherries, caramel, custard
TASTE: Super creamy, full bodied, boozy kick, very warming, big oakiness, brown sugar, peppery, toasted almonds, more oak, faint vanilla, hint of port, ripe plums, pomegranate, dry, oaky alcoholic finish
We are very lucky to acquire batch #3 of this project. Over 50 percent of the barrel-aged blend comes from port barrels, and the rest is aged on other variations of toasted oak. Being that we are fond of the traditional Quad, this is a real treat all around. With results like this, we hope this project does not see delay.
01-29-2014 16:19:10 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.85/5 rDev +12.8%
Batch #6 served in a snifter glass
Wow. I love this beer. It is very complex with quite a few subtle flavors and smells.
A - Dark amber color with a small lingering head.
S - Nice light aroma that almost seems to have hints of what smells like bourbon and vanilla. Very complex, but the smell of alcohol almost overwhelms any other scent.
T - WOW!!! Here is by far where this beer stands out to me. If I could rate above a 5 I would. So many subtle flavors. A previous post described it as "flowery" and "deceptive taste that would have me think I was drinking a beer with half the alcohol" and I agree despite the fact that I have a different batch. Definite woodiness, caramel, vanilla, and bourbon flavors. Alcohol is not overwhelming, but provides just enough warmth while drinking. I am having trouble being more descriptive than this, but it is just such a complex flavor.
M - Almost creamy. But a little bit over carbonated in my opinion. Great afterfeel.
O - One of my favorite beers I have had. Wonderful complexity to this beer!!!
07-29-2011 00:51:19 | More by gdw2
4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
Belgian Beer Festival 2011
Dark orange, auburn, and light brown. Very thin khaki head and this looks somewhat thin, especially for a quad. Dotted lacing down the glass. Unexpectedly unimpressive...
...though that's where the bad news ends...this is one fantastic beer!
A complex and divine aroma. The base beer stands out marvelously--dark fruits (figs, plums, dates, candied cherries), along with caramel, freshly baked bread, Belgian yeast tang--and then the earthy and woody aromas inch their way to the forefront. Tremendous.
A sweet and woody, though complex, quad. This beer is divine. The earth and vanilla from the oak is an excellent combination to the somewhat sweet, bready, tangy, and fruity quad. The dark fruits and bread are certainly this beer's magnificent base, but the Belgian yeast and oak add another fantastic layer.
Thin to medium bodied, though with high carbonation. A joy.
A tremendous oak-aged version of a fantastic quad. I would love to try this one again...and again...and again...
08-10-2011 16:55:59 | More by ehammond1
3.7/5 rDev -14%
I bought this bottle at the Drankengeers in Oostakker Belgium. I am really looking out to take a sip of this beer. I have a bottle of batch no. 5.
A - A beautiful hazy dark amber. There is a lot of yeast swirling around in my glass. I didn't shake the bottle, but still it there. The foam disappears rather quickly, and a thin layer remains. There is no carbonation in my glass.
S - Oh, a very strong oak smell mixed with a sour scent. That is something I dislike in a beer.
T - Velvet! This is really something different than the original one. I can already say that I liked the original one more, but this is a beautiful attempt to make something good, better! The sourness is gone though.
M - The taste makes an evolution in your mouth, first comes a little sweet from the original, second there is the medium carbonation, than comes the white wines tones, after that comes the oak, through to a slightly dry and bitter finish. After swallowing, the tastes of fresh oak lingers around and around.
O - Like I said; a beautiful attempt to make something good even better.
11-17-2011 16:12:55 | More by Mar02x
3.79/5 rDev -11.9%
A sipper. Batch 4 at The Ginger Man. Fruity appearance with an eighth inch of white head and lacey. Above average in every way and less fruity and sweet than the non BA version. A tad acidic. Fruity and citrus. Alcohol warming. Full bodied, with oaky taste there and it is balanced. Wonder how complex this would be in five years.
Batch 3 was lost on the potluck of ageing. Very boozy, not greatly drinkable.
05-19-2011 14:03:39 | More by Sammy
4.65/5 rDev +8.1%
Thinnish white head, caramel body.
Nose is boozy with wood/peat (like Scotch), some cheese (like cheese with cranberries.
Taste is fantastic, spice, lots of fruit (plum, candied apple), significant chili pepper spicyness, and an ashen smoky, peaty finish. Drinks like a meal, dessert first, then main course.
Smooth, rich mouthfeel, carbonation is rather bright.
Fantastic taste, truly an exemplary quad.
Batch 6 is good as well, white wine is kind of an interesting choice, but the sweetness gets balanced by the smokiness in 7 and the dryness/vinuous tart character from the white wine in 6. Decent lacing, too. The dryness and sweetness kinda clash and its a bit rough feeling (like sandpaper tongue) but not bad.
11-06-2011 01:45:32 | More by zaphodchak
La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
95 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.