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La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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158 Reviews
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Reviews: 158
Hads: 526
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 6.44%
Wants: 127
Gots: 166 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PapaEugene on 11-06-2009

In 2009, the Koningshoeven brewery reinstated an age-old tradition: aging La Trappe Quadrupel in oak barrels (also known as ‘barriques’).

This way of aging ale results in a unique, complex flavour, which varies from one type of barrel to another. Quadrupel can be conserved for many years, and is a real treat for true ale enthusiasts. And this is yet another ale that continues to ferment after bottling, while its rich taste and high tannin content are likely to even surprise many a wine drinker!

BATCH 1 (blended on June 1, 2010).
New Oak Heavy Toast - 18.2%
New Medium Acasia - 9.1%
Port Medium Burnt - 36.4%
Port Medium Toast - 36.4%

BATCH 2 (blended on July 26, 2010).
New Medium Oak Toast - 9%
Port Medium Burnt Toast (Amer. Oak) - 64%
Port Medium Burnt Toast (French Oak) - 9%
Port Medium Toast (French Oak) - 18%

BATCH 3 (blended on September 17, 2010).
New Oak Medium Toast - 18%
Port Medium Toast (French Oak) - 55%
La Trappe Q. Medium Toast (French Oak) - 27%

BATCH 4 (blended on 5 November 2010).
New Oak Medium Toast - 27%
Port Medium Toast (French Oak) - 9%
La Trappe Q. Medium Toast (French Oak) - 18%
La Trappe Q. Medium burnt (Amer. Oak) - 36%
New Oak Heavy Toast - 10%

BATCH 5 (blended on January 25, 2011):
New Oak Heavy Toast - 20%
White wine used Oak Heavy Toast - 80%

BATCH 8 (blended in October 2011):
Whiskey - 70%
New Fr. Oak Medium Toast - 30%

BATCH 14 (blended on June 24, 2013).
Acacia Wood - 7%
New Oak Barrels - 11%
Limousine Barrels with Cognac - 82%

BATCH16 (blended in March 2014)
Brandy 36,5%
Oloroso 27%
New Oak Medium Toast 10%
New Oak High Toast 10%
Late Burgundy 10%
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 158 | Hads: 526
Photo of Mbrown44
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 6: Blend of Oak and White Wine Barrels
A: Pours a dark ruby color with a half inch head.

S: Huge port and sherry soaked dark fruits

T: The flavor resembles the aroma and is mixed with vanilla and oak. Sugar soaked plums come through as it warms.

M: Finishes creamy w/ a slight a alcohol burn.

O: So different than most quads but I wouldn't change anything (365 characters)

Photo of LeeEvolved
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Enjoyed Batch 10 & 16 to date. Batch 10 was fantastic. Lots of oak mellowed the alcohol burn and reminded me of a very well aged Westy 12. Batch 16 still had a significant burn from the higher ABV. Have a few more batches I'm really looking forward to enjoying in the coming months. Worth the higher precise tab. (317 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500 ml cork and cage bottle poured into a tulip.
10% ABV, Batch 12

A - Clear and lighter in color for a quad like it's non-barrel-aged brother yet definitely different in color, this beer is more of a dark mahogany red with nice clarity. The alcohol causes the loose off-white foam to disappear almost immediately leaving little lace behind.

S - Toasted oak and spicy bourbon aromatics waft into the nose, overtaking the beer's otherwise complex-yet-subtle dark fruit nuances and Belgian yeast subtleties but never does it come across as boozy; its rich maltiness carries through with soft sweetness lingering in the background.

T - Despite the time in oak which clearly shines through the rich beer with fruit-complimentary vanilla notes and Belgian yeast-complimentary bourbon spice, the beer still remains much like it normally is. Dark fruit complexity flourishes from the rich and sweet maltiness, trailing off with just a kiss of floral hoppiness.

M - Far "skinnier" than its full-bodied other self, this beer has plenty of alcohol to warm the innards as well as thin out the big and malty feel for a robust but certainly consumable (though high octane) beer!

O - This wonderful tweak to a classic presents a beautiful bouquet of lush dark fruit complexities so common to the quad style while bringing complimentary subtle vanilla notes from the toasted oak barrels and bourbon whiskey-like spice that equally compliments the Belgian yeast undertones. A bit thinner than it's counterpart, this version smells and tastes like it's heavier on the alcohol while remaining the same. Complex though much of the nuance to the beer is lost to the age, it's a fantastic beer nonetheless! (1,690 characters)

Photo of PHSCAPT
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a plastic opaque cup (so sue me, I’m at a hotel) from a 12.7 oz @ ~ 60F. Lot number is K03J11 BATCH 8.
A – Dark amber honey, with very little, a half finger say of white head, but that could be the stemware…. Very fine bubbles of carbonation. But the overwhelming sensation was the
S – which was delightfully fruity, like a mixed strawberry and raspberry patch in the cool of the early evening when the smell of berries hangs heavily in the air. Definitely un-beery.
T – Last time I had this I don’t remember being impressed, but that was before I understood that La Trappe actually made a few different types of ales and before I understood that my favorite of any type was a quad. Definite lighter fruits to start, lighter than a Bernardus or Rochefort. This gives way to a slightly sweet medicinal booziness and finishing with a slightly smoky flavor.
M – As noted, very fine carbonation and maybe…dense…at this temperature. Almost, like a Sierra Mist or Seven Up.
O – Rebuy. Very drinkable, smooth. Boozier than most others even though only 10% ABV
And this just in: after opening and writing review, I noted that this was not just the quad, this is the Oak Aged Trappist Ale quad from La Trappe. (1,238 characters)

Photo of Serge
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky dark hazelnut with a few ruby highlights, with a nice lasting off-white creamy head. Nose is molasses, prunes, dates, candi sugars, a little port, some alcohol. Taste is an initial light sweetness transitioning to quite a heavy sweetness in the middle and finish. Palate is medium to full, verging on the syrupy, yet with lively carbonation which makes it a joy to sip. More warming alcohol, stewed fruits, biscuity malt and cinnamon sugars in the long finish. (474 characters)

Photo of McNealc31
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an exquisite and hazy deep amber. Not much head, but a good amount of lacing. Smells of grapes, oak, and caramel. Then, there's the taste. Sweet malt, a nudge of bitter hops, then a familiar unctuous feel and flavor that reveals the oak aging. Full, creamy, round mouthfeel without being heavy. The 10% ABV warms on the way down, but doesn't overpower any of the magnificent flavors. Unsurprisingly, it becomes more complex and the flavors bolder as it warms. (465 characters)

Photo of ibbjamin
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Don't recall exactly what I paid for this corked and caged 12.7oz bottle, but I don't recall it being particularly cheap. I pour into an oversized snifter at 45 degrees to review. This is batch 3 as stamped on the back of the bottle.

Cork was a little tough to get out and a modest spurt of the carbonation lets me know it is not flat. The large off white dense head reconfirms that notion. A mysterious cloudy brown color which you can almost see through when held to the light. Superb lacing and a nice layer of retention sticks around the inner rim of the snifter.

First whiff is quite pleasing to me. Seemingly complex with sweet malts, dark fruits and a medicinal oakiness to it. Fig, raisin and prune all evident with an almost grape soda like sweetness to it. There is also molasses, brown sugar, Belgian spice and hints of butterscotch. I tell just through my nose that this is going to be velvety smooth with some welcomed warming from the alcohol.

This beer is damn near an oak bomb, if an oak bomb exists. The woody character takes on a smoky character as the beer warms. Dark fruits, lightly roasted malts. There is that warming alcohol.

As predicted, velvety smooth, a silkiness only the best Belgians retain. Perfect carbonation to hold up this medium-full body. World class mouthfeel.

This is a very impressive Belgian Dark. I can put it right up with my top 3 favorites in the style. If you run across it, get it! (1,435 characters)

Photo of decimator
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a goblet. ABV 10%.

A - Poured a slightly opaque orange-gold colour with greenish tints near the edges. Big bubbly head reduced to surface bubbles. Some lacing.

S - Caramel, candy, herbs, spices, port, hint of booze. Smells really inviting.

T - Sweet, candy, caramel, dark fruit, hint of spice, oak, a bit of smokiness, a bit of booze. Complex yet well balanced flavour. For 10% ABV the booze is quite restrained.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-heavy body, some stickiness, a bit of burn, smooth and well balanced, crisp finish.

O - Wow this is good! Easy to drink for sure. (603 characters)

Photo of Liquid_Bread
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch #6 poured into a chalice at Monk's Cafe.

A: cloudy mud brown with a finger of foam. Looked like there were a ton of floaties. This guy was happy to emerge from the bottle after a few years.

S: Fruit, grass, orange, almond, hops, coffee, chocolate, oak, moss, peat. Most complex beer I've ever smelled.

T: I must reiterate what I said about the smell in regards to taste: it was mind blowing how complex and smooth this beer manages to be. Quite a paradox. I felt like I was eating an enchanted forest. This beer really is a meal to itself. It's almost too sweet for its own good. Maybe I should have been forced to enjoy it slower?

M: Like I said, very smooth. It was hard not to gulp it. If you want a strong alcohol taste to your beer, you wouldn't find that here, it hides well. It had a good lively feel to it but didn't force the carbonation feeling on you.

O: Fully developed palettes accustomed to fine wines and good food pairings will find even more to like here than I did. It's very flavorful and avoids the syrupiness of which some quads are accused (only Westy beats it in this regard). If you prefer bitterness or even just slight bitterness, I'd avoid it. (1,181 characters)

Photo of samshaw
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Half-opaque amber-brown, thin tan head, with a few dark undissolved solids hovering mid-glass.

S: Moderate notes of sweetness akin to brown sugar. Brandy is also present, as well as a hint of oak.

T: Medium taste of caramel with moderate chocolate and lighter notes of brandy and sherry. Pleasantly sweet but not overwhelmingly so.

M: Moderately thick for a quadrupel, with light carbonation. Full but not distracting from the flavor.

O: With an appearance that is borderline rustic and a taste that would nicely complement medium-dark caramel chocolate, this "trap" might lure you into paying a high price for another bottle. (638 characters)

Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BATCH #3
A: A foggy brownish amber with a head that barely hangs on.

S: Smells of deep rich figs with a great subtle layers of oak and cherry.

T: Deep caramel, cherry, bananas. The taste blended of rich fruits that melds perfectly together with the oak that kicks in, in the background. Extremely complex but far from overwhelming(in a good way). For sure worth the price.

M: Oh man it sits on your tongue perfectly. Nuff said

O: I have another one of these boys sitting in my cellar. I really can't wait to crack this one again at the 3 year mark. If you see it buy it and treat your taste buds. (601 characters)

Photo of Big_Beers
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance murky Brown with red hues when held towards the light.

Smell-big candied fruit alcohol laced FIGS
also cherry

taste-candy covered fruit,a litte bit of a whisky note. Hardly any alchohol taste. this was my first time with this batch...cola and whiskey come through- barley wine characteristic. I much prefer the earlier batch with the exception of the white wine batch

mouth feels slightly carbonated smooth.

overall batch 8 is a delicious all around beer not as sweet as other batches
Great beer (513 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 7

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. (730 characters)

Photo of acperez88
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got my hands on a bottle while @ the Ginger Man in Midtown, NYC. Dark pour with forward aromas. Head retains itself well after pour. the Oak is not overpowering, a good complement to the dark sugars in the beer. The alcohol doesn't bite to hard at the tongue as in other higher alcohol beers do. overall a great drink that i would recommend to someone into oak-aged brews. (372 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a challice/goblet. Batch #6, real long composite cork and no pop upon opening whatsoever.

A real dark garnet murky brown, body. Cloudy, there are some flakes in the body. Head forms nice and creamy looking with an off white, kind of yellow color. Manages to keep a nice puck throughout drinking.

What a nose on this beer. Aged in white wine barrels, real creamy smelling oaky vanilla dominates. White chocolate, cream, no heat whatsoever, like a bourbon aged barrel beer, I am shocked that this came from a wine barrel. Little bit of toffee

Taste follows with an unbelievable creamy texture. Whipped up merringue like cream, vanilla rich, small toffee, and a soft taffy candy like taste on the finish. Hints of sweetened condensed milk, white chocolate, but nothing too sugary granular or crystalized sugar. Marshmallow in feel and subdued taste also!

This is a VERY unique tasting quad, never had anything like it, this is from wine barrels? Wow shocking. Fabulous beer. (1,003 characters)

Photo of jmasher85
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

God, I wish I knew which batch I tasted! Doesn't matter. I will happily shell out another $20 for this one again. One of the best of the Trappist brews, and not just because I'm a sucker for oak-aged beer. Smells of oak, whiskey, and smoke. Lots of toasty smoke. Rich, and fairly strong, but not too much burn. Oh, and it tasted like a cabernet sauvignon, which is normally not even a wine I enjoy but it manifested itself quite spectacularly here. Complex, lots of tannic texture and fruit flavors that I couldn't even put a finger on, and strong enough to be the one beer you drink for the evening if you want to get tipsy. Seriously, get this for anyone you know who doesn't like beer yet but loves heavy red wines, or for anyone who loves heavy beers for that matter. (780 characters)

Photo of STEG
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2. A ginormous thanks to jeffo for this excellent beer. Poured into a chimay chalice room temperature.

Pour lighter than expected in color, mediocre retention of the off white light sandy head.

Smell has some fig, brown sugar, light spice, light phenols

Taste is another story, it got loads of complex flavors throughout moderate alcohol heat is complimentary to most of the flavors and there's a semi notable woodiness in this beer. it's got a considerable toasty character and has a definite belgian yeast presence as well as a considerable amount of vinous notes.

Mouthfeel is thin, slick, a bit too carbonated and hot, but I'm nit picking considering the style.

Overall an excellent beer and one I may seek out again. (732 characters)

Photo of PapaEugene
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally for sale at the Vlaamse Reus in Wageningen. The oaked version of the La Trappe Quadrupel. I heard many good things about this brew from rvdoorn. Normally this brew is just available at the Dutch Trappist Brewery Koningshoeven. This year is a celebration year and that's why all ABT associated pubs are having or this brew or a vintage Quadrupel 2004.

A: Copper/brown color and a light brown head.

S: Roasted malts, caramel, dark and red fruits.

T: Wow this beer surely aged on oak. Roasted malts, toffee, dark&red fruits and a bit woody. Some warming alcohol and a slight bitterness. I would not be surprised if they used Brandy barrels for lagering.

M: Medium carbonation and a light/medium body. Nice dry finish.

D: Just great! I like the Quad, but this version brings something extra and in this way has a unique character. Now bottle it PLEASE!!! (864 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An oak aged Trappist beer, that by itself already sounds unique! Had this beer two times, once on tap, and once bottled. These two beers were surprisingly different, I will review the best one here (the one on tap).

Looks: hazy dark copper-amber color, with a nice but short head.

Smell: quite sweet in general, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts, dark fruits and some hints of alcohol and red fruits (cherries).

Taste: Full of sweet caramel and dark fruits. Oak is clearly present as well. In the end some warming alcohol and some hints of bitterness. Aftertaste is a bit too short. But in general, this beer is a bit too sweet and flat in taste for my pellet.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Very soft and smooth.

Overall: A very nice la Trappe beer, better than the regular la Trappe quad. As mentioned before, the sweetness in the taste was a bit too much, making this beer a bit simple. Compared to the bottled version, the tap version is very smooth and easy to drink. The bottled version is still a bit too sharp and needs at least another year before it can be fully appreciated.An interesting experiment for sure, can wait to try it again in a few years, then this beer should be magnificent! (1,230 characters)

Photo of nickhiller
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1
A: thick and syrupy brownish-red, no head but great lacing and rings left behind.

S: oak at first, then chocolate syrup, butterscotch, Christmas pudding (raisins and spices), currants, overripe bananas, brown sugar.

T: fresh malt, sweet apples/pears, waves of oak, port wine and vanilla aftertaste.

M: you would never know that it is 10% ABV, it's incredibly smooth and mild.

O: so smooth, not too sweet or too alcohol-y. The nose was amazing, easily the best part, apart from the taste. A pretty perfect beer all around, there's not much that I would change about this. (585 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12.7 fl oz corked and caged bottle purchased at Berman's Wine & Spirits, Lexington, MA
Batch 3
Served in a goblet

The liquid poured a hazy, dark crimson-mahogany color and was topped by a one-finger, fizzy, light tan crown. The head was super effervescent and it snapped and crackled before it quickly dissipated. I was a bit letdown both by its lack of staying power, as well as by the complete absence of residual lacing.

The nose was fantastically robust and complex. A rich, bready maltiness was immediately detectible. Strong caramel notes. Sweet and fruity. Plums and raisins were quite apparent. Lots of dark Belgian candi sugar. Belgian yeast notes soon kicked in as well. Phenolic with hints of banana, cotton candy and a touch of smoke. Strong spice notes (clove and nutmeg) were also noticeable.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose but perhaps a bit less dynamic. The beer was anchored by a stiff, caramel malt backbone. Strong prune and raisin notes came through on the front end. Lots of Belgian yeastiness. While the beer started semi-sweet, it dried out as it moved along the palate. Subtle hints of oak and tannins came through on the back end. Strong spice notes and a touch of alcohol warmth appeared on the finish.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a crisp, sprightly effervescence. Initially, the liquid felt a bit thin, but it turned super slick and creamy once it sat on the palate.

La Trappe Quadrupel Barrique is a remarkably complex beer that was all too easy to drink. While the oakiness was subtle, it, combined with the two years of aging, lent a good deal of flavor complexity. (From what I remember, this beer had a much more interesting flavor profile than the non-oak aged version I tried a few years back.) While this is, ounce for ounce, one of the priciest Trappist ale available, it is definitely worth trying. (1,874 characters)

Photo of CoverMePorkins
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This review is for the Batch 13 375ml bottle purchased at the monastery in April, 2013. The beer was stored at 58-59F for the past year.

According to the La Trappe site:

BATCH 13

BATCH 13 (blended on 28 January 2013) was distributed as follows:
Type in BATCH
Late Burgundy barrels 91%
New Oak High Toast barrels 4,5%
New Acacia Medium Toast 4,5%

A: A murky brown with red hues. Very small white head that dissipates quick. Descent lacing.

S: The wood smell really pops with this. Notes of vanilla and burgundy stand out. Alcohol is well hidden.

T: The burgundy barrels really shine though on the taste. That is the first thing I pick up. Followed by the oak and the quad sweetness.

M: It is smooth with descent carbonation. Better the it's standard quad counterpart which for me has too much of a syrup mouth feel.

O: Excellent beer. I have had this before fresh and I am glad I aged a couple of bottles. If you like a Belgian style quad with a different take find one of these batches. I am glad I got the 13 as a red wine fan. (1,040 characters)

Photo of basica
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a translucent orange-brown color into my La Trappe chalice yielding just a thin layer of beige foam clinging neatly to the sides of the glass (4)

S - Vinous nose with pleasant notes of yeast, oak, leather and dark fruity notes of grapes and plums (4.5)

T - Light caramel sweetness upfront quickly decked with intense vinous flavors of oak and leather in the middle gradually lifting to reveal some yeasts and dark fruity suggestions of plums, raisins lasting well into a tannic and slightly tangy finish with an after taste of malts and grapes (4.5)

M - Medium bodied thickness with the right amount of carbonation and a creamy smooth texture finsishing dry and with a pleasant warming (4.5)

D - Most interesting vinous nose and flavors with an almost flawless feel except perhaps for being a tad dry; sweetness and phenols highly evident in the regular La Trappe Quadrupel have clearly mellowed down pleasantly, giving way to an elegant wine-like beer, masterfully crafted to be so easy and pleasant drinking (5)

This is a Batch 1 bottle corked 07/10, serial KO3F10, procured from Tanakaya Beer Store in Meijiro, Tokyo at 2070 yen; a treasure unearthed and a clear purchase decision. This is taken shortly after my 2009 La Trappe Quadrupel and quick comparisons reveal a mellowed sweetness and phenolic nature as mentioned and the introduction of vinous, oak flavors. The fruity nature was also less succulent and felt more "matured" generally. Very interesting and will definitely revisit this batch and the other 3 batches in the 2010 vintage. (1,562 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 3 aged for a few extra years myself. Unbelievable balance and smoothness, almost ethereal. Molasses, plum, and other fruit esters meld beautifully with a grainy earthiness. Soft mouth feel with a barely noticeable alcohol content. Simply sublime! (254 characters)

Photo of JLeege
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 6. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance- Pours a deep coppery brown color with about a finger of creamy white head. Fades to a nice collar with a thin filmy layer atop the beer.

Smell- Dark fruits, caramelized malts, a little maple syrup, a hint of chocolate. Slight wood and vanilla when you really get into it. The fruits are the main star here.

Taste- Brown sugar, caramelized malts, and a bit of maple syrup up front. Then turning strongly towards the fruits. Cherry, plum, dried raison, a little banana bread as well; a touch vinous too. This leads to some nice bourbon notes. Oak, a touch of smoke, vanilla, and caramel. The finish has lingering dark fruits in a vanilla and caramel bath. The barrel aging compliments the base beer nicely, without overpowering it. Great complex flavor and it comes together excellently.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and smooth. The first few sips I thought it was a bit highly carbonated, but after drinking more, it is pretty perfect. A nice alcohol warming, but nowhere near a harsh burn.

Overall- This is a fresh batch and is drinking extremely well right now. I will probably try to grab a few more bottles to throw in the cellar and bust out on special occasions, like the next Chicago sports championship (minus the Cubs obviously), or something like that. Even at $20 I would not pass this up if you have the chance to try it. A no doubt top 20 beer for me. (1,402 characters)

La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.