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

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world-class

414 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 92
Gots: 117 | FT: 2
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Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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%

(Beer added by: PapaEugene on 11-06-2009)
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smithj4

New York

4/5  rDev -7%

09-26-2013 01:23:03 | More by smithj4
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KAF

Iowa

4/5  rDev -7%

07-07-2014 04:37:16 | More by KAF
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dragnalus


4/5  rDev -7%

08-20-2012 07:57:38 | More by dragnalus
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jnardone235

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7%

09-03-2012 04:52:26 | More by jnardone235
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Sturmthis

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7%

08-09-2013 19:20:26 | More by Sturmthis
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Ilafan

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7%

07-11-2013 16:23:16 | More by Ilafan
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PolarBear3

Australia

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dirty , muddy brown colour with one fingered head that retains fairly well

S - Bourbon whisky, dark fruits, plums, raisins, sweet malts with vanilla

T - Similiar in taste with loads of dark fruit, bourbon, but more oak, charred, earthy flavours including a sweet caramel, toffee and banana.

M - Medium carbonation and medium bodied

O - Wow! The aromas are amazing an it is a great quad that can be sipped slowly with delight. Love it and highly recommend. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 11:28:58 | More by PolarBear3
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 10 - 75% Malbec Wine Barrel 25% New Oak

Hazed ruby-brown colour, no head or lace at all. Smell is of red wine, oak, dark fruit, raisin and plums, vinious, rich malt and a bit of dark sugars, really nice nose on this. Taste is a bit of a let down compared to the nose but still quite nice, dark fruits, red wine and oak, yeast, plum and raisin with some dark bread, mild sweetness and some slight oxidization. Very light carbonation, medium-full body. This was quite tasty and the nose on this is incredible, would have liked more carbonation though, less carbonated than most of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2014 11:56:05 | More by peensteen
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DuncanIdaho

Netherlands

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 07-2010

Appearance: Hardly any foam, color is amber and cloudy

Smell: Caramel, Honey

Taste: Hint of liqourice, peach, apricot, cream.

Moutful: Throat feeling is slightly burning like a spirit, faint hint of smoke. strong after flavor, balance is great like a good whiskey.

Drinkability: Very easily drinkable, alcohol taste is light, very fullfilling beer.

This was a very expensive beer, I paid 14 euro for a single bottle but it was a real treat.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 19:34:12 | More by DuncanIdaho
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. (Batch 5 white wine barrels) Surprising murky dark brown color. An aggressive pour yielded almost no head or lacing. Big woody nose with tons of butterscotch and oak along with hints of bubblegum, vanilla, dark fruits, and just a touch of vinous notes. The oak is dominant in the taste as well, but with much more of the white wine character emerging from the barrels. Also getting hints of caramel, vanilla, booze, butterscotch, brown sugar, and just a faint touch of chocolate on the finish. The mouthfeel has very low carbonation, almost to the point where it seems flat, but not in a bad way. Slightly syrupy with a subtle warming alcohol burn on the finish. Overall, a fantastic beer, but I prefer the Isid’or Oak Aged.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 21:15:11 | More by beerdrifter
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3 bottle, just over 2 years old.

A: Pours sort of a ruddy dark brown. Big fizzy tan head. Fades slowly, leaving moderate fluffy tufts of lacing behind.

S: Fruity and dry. Got some raisin and grape mainly. A little oaky. Mild brown sugar and caramel.

T: Fruity initially with lots of dark fruit. Grape skin, raisin, cherry, banana and some plums maybe? Turns toasty, yeasty and oaky in the middle with a bit of caramel. Finishes a touch dry and earthy with some spices in there. Lots of yeast and cloves in the aftertaste.

M: Fairly heavy, carbonation is a little lower than normal making this borderline syrupy sometimes.

O: Excellent complexity and balance of flavors. Very fruity. Smooth and easy drinking, especially for a 10% quad. Barrel treatment pushes everything up a notch from the base beer, making it a slight improvement everywhere.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 04:55:26 | More by Dope
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle... Batch #9 which I believe is red wine barrels, even though I was unable to find exact specifications on the brewery website. I realize it says i tried this in tap... I did not, this is a different batch, and the only way I could get this review in, was to have a different serving style.

A: pours a murky brown... Reminds me of iced tea, after my last go around with one of these oak aged quads I learned to pour carefully and leave the sediment in the bottle... Half a finger of tanned brown head after the gentle pour. Dissapates nicley, not much lacing to speak of.

S: red wine and oak notes right up front, nicley compliments the quad base here, that brings light notes of dark fruit, light plum and raisin. Smells nicley rounded.

T: much like the nose, although it seems the wine is toned down a little bit. Nice grape notes intertwine with raisin and plum and a touch if caramel and brown sugaryness, very nicley rounded.

M: the body is on the heavy side of moderate with moderate carbonation.

O: thisnisna very tasty brew, the red wine barrells really complimen the quad base excellently, very nicley done.

Serving type: growler

11-26-2012 03:31:02 | More by PeterIngemi
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snagged this bottle up at Julios tonight on my way home. Poured in to a snifter, the color is a nice rose, with a ring of lace, and tiny chunks of yeast floating here and there. The smell is of peach nectar, honey, alcohol, and stone fruit. Taste is pretty damn close to the nose, with a nice lively carbonation. The oak barrel aging is apparent, but not too over the top. Same with the alcohol, definitely noticeable, but not overkill. Interesting to see a Trappist brewery use barrel aging. La Trappe Quad is one of my favorites from the monks anyway...wish I had a bottle of regular Quad to compare. Either way, damn tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 01:46:54 | More by jamie2dope
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WankelEngine

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12.7oz corked and caged bottle into a snifter
Batch 12

A: Pours a ruddy mahogany-copper color. There is a bubbly white head that fades quickly to a ring of light tan foam. Light, spotty lacing.

S: A combination of traditional quad aromas and whiskey. Figs, raisins and cherries integrate beautifully with warming whiskey sweetness and brown sugar. Definitely a detectable booziness.

T: Starts with standard quad flavors. Cherry and fig with a bit of clove. Booze becomes apparent in the mid-palate, but it's tempered by the overall sweetness. The finish becomes progressively more bourbon heavy. Oak, vanilla and molasses round out the finish.

M: Medium thick but very smooth. Low carbonation, sticky.

O: Certainly a good beer. It could probably use 6-12 months to let the alcohol heat fade a bit. The quad and whiskey flavors already complement each other fairly well. Overall, a good beer. Pricey, but interesting if you're looking for a twist on the traditional quad.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 02:18:18 | More by WankelEngine
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Gmann

New York

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy chocolate brown color with some honey highlights. The head is small and settles into a wispy ring. Plenty of yeast floaters.

The aroma is quite fruity. Red grapes mix with some tart apple and lemon flavors from the oak. Some light bready malt pick up. The oak really stands out in the aroma.

The taste is of raisins and grapes upfront. The tart green apples skin punch from the oak comes next. Some light chocolate and carob flavors bring a needed depth to the flavor. There are traces of some fusel alcohol.

The feel is light and spritzy. Sweet on the palate, finishes with some stickiness and ABV burn.

The beer feels a little raw but the oak adds another layer of flavor and works well with the style. The oak is strong in this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 01:37:14 | More by Gmann
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*I have multiple reviews under this review (one for each batch). Highest ratings are added to each category

La Trappe Oak Aged Quad Batch 6

Appearance: orange-brown, medium head, and good lacing. 4

Smell: alcohol, dark fruits, and a faint toffee. 4

Taste: dark fruits, oak barrel, and a slight brown sugar sweetness. 4

Mouthfeel: medium and subdued. 4

Overall:
This is a pretty good brew. For being a tad on the watery side, this is a pricey one. The flavors are pretty well balanced, but could use a little tweaking. 4

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La Trappe Oak Aged Quad Batch 7

Appearance: brown, medium head, and some good lacing. 4.5

Smell: yeast, dates, figs, and other dark fruits. 4.5

Taste: banana, oak barrel, faint yeast, and a maltiness. 4

Mouthfeel: medium-light. 4

Overall:
This is a good batch. The oak flavor is very strong. The dark fruits are plentiful in the aroma, but very faint in the taste. 4

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 04:33:29 | More by megahurts4
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Dowlers

California

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch 3 12.7 FL OZ bottle. Very little pop into a tulip glass.

A: Cloudy hazy medium brown. One finger of head that quickly dissipated. Looks of this one didn't blow me away but after so long in the cupboard I'm not surprised.

S: Hints of sweet fruit and booze

T: lightly sweet and fruity, figs and a dry crisper after taste. Probably due to the oak and the aging. Very pleasant. There is a boozy aftertaste but is is subtle, or at least as subtle as 10% can be.

M: Very light carbonation, no pop from the cork.

O: Really liked this one. I'm a fan of quads anyway but the aging and the (port?) oak make this a subtle and complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 03:29:04 | More by Dowlers
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cosmicevan

New York

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up locally - batch 3.

a - opened the cork and cage and filled my La Trappe chalice. opened without much of a pop. beer poured a murky brown into the glass and settled rather opaque although I could see carbonation bubbling along the glass to the surface as well as small yeast hunks. not the crazy creaminess I love about the original, but there are nice thick patches of yeasty head on the surface and like the original, the head hangs out for the entire journey leaving thick coating on the glass sides.

s - as soon as I started pouring this beer the sweet smells started to fill the room. very boozy, in a vinous way. green grape on top of dark fruit. inviting and unique with a vanilla oaky coating on everything. some belgian sugar. fairly complex.

t - again, the booziness of the wood seems to take to the forefront. it is an interesting mix. there is a green grape almost white wine tingle on top of the classic quad. the barrels have certainly impacted the smell and flavor adding new levels of complexity and booze. although this is an interesting take on a classic, it came off a bit too boozy for me.

m - creamy and rich. lots of carbonation. very stong alcohol tingle in the mouth. after feel leaves my mouth coated in deep quad flavor.

o - overall, the oak adds a lot of complexity to the beer. the smells and flavors certainly have been altered from the barrel aging, but these barrels and this beer are not a match made in heaven and i really wonder if any barrel aging can improve this classic quad which is one of the few that defines the style for me. the original is not boozy at all in my opinion and the barrel aging really brings out the booze (perhaps with time this would be a gem?). definitely a solid beer and worth checking out if you are a fan of barrel aged brews and/or quads. i'd be interested to try some of the batches that use "toastier" woods.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 18:40:55 | More by cosmicevan
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 11. Pour a murky mahogany with just an off-white skim of a head. Nose expresses figs, plums, a sugary character and booze. Taste consistent with nose, with the addition of some toasted notes and a hint of tart cherries. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, slightly still, with a light oiliness to the consistency; perhaps a bit thin for the style. Overall, another great La Trappe beer. Just wish it had a little more body.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2014 23:24:51 | More by Jwale73
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to mindspin315 for this awesome extra! Thanks Jason!

Batch 8; C&C bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

small pop when cork came out of the bottle.

Appearance: murky brown bodied beer with small white floaties. 2 fingers of white head that drops quickly to a thin cap.

Smell: big sweet caramel note. A little bit fruity and even oddly enough smoky. Hint of mild dark fruits. Not what a quad traditional should smell like, but I still think the nose works.

Taste: Alot of sweet and smokey whiskey barrel notes in this Quad. Oak is pretty strong in this beer also. Some vanilla, caramel, and peat moss. A hint of dark fruits. This beer tastes just like it smells. The beer finishes smokey with a touch of fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Just a touch of sweet booze noted.

Overall: Really unique Quad. The barrel notes are really prominent in this beer; not quite to style as far as a Quad is concerned. Not as fruity as I would like to see this beer. I did like it though. I would say it going to get better with some age; those barrel notes need to mellow out a little bit.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 12:29:02 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Delirium in Brussels during last week's trip to Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a mini chalice.

Pours a moderately-dark brown with a bit of a mahogany hue to it. Large foamy head with good retention and nice lacing. The nose brings forward plenty of dark fruit and a bit of booze. Faint dark sugar and molasses plus a bit of oak. Good fruit and sweetness character in the flavor to balance the oak. Medium to full body with a nice barrel presence. Tasty brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2011 20:21:39 | More by Thorpe429
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thierrynantes

France

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beer bottle batch#12 (37,5 cl.) purchased from La Cervoiserie, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : red amber color with off white head (not persistent).
Smell : whiskey and fruit malty aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : woody and caramel flavor, with warming alcohol presence.
Overall : a nice beer in the style Quadrupel.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2014 16:07:43 | More by thierrynantes
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 10, Drank from my La Trappe Chalice

A - Pours a clear dark mahogany colour with an off white foamy head that reduces quickly.

S - Nice soaked wooden aromas with bread, malt and earthy aromas

T -Plenty going on here, with whiskey notes combined with nice malty fruits, the finish is a nice balanced caramel and hints of chocolate, not sticky at all and very smooth.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation. Smooth and delicate.

O - I enjoyed this brew very much and I can only imagine it would get better with a few years on it. The price is a little steep though. Almost a cross between Pannepeut and Pannepot

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 13:35:56 | More by eric5bellies
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SykDoc

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this courtesy of Stoutsnipas, much thanks. Batch #3. Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a nice amber color forming a 1 inch off-white head is short-lived leaving a nice over the top lacing. Sediment present with minimal carbonation visible.

The aroma is wicked, with a healthy blend of banana bread, vanilla, booze, and a nice roasted malt/toffee sweetness.

The taste is again a good blend of caramel malt sweetness combined with a vanilla and banana bread sweetness with an ever present hint of booze.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with a light but clean carbonation. Crisp and clean with a minimal dryness that does not linger.

Overall, this is a fairly drinkable beer. It is primarily hindered by the booziness of the drink. Components are solid with a bit too much bite to drink a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 03:55:54 | More by SykDoc
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle poured into my Narke tulip... A dark copper pour with a hint of dark orange, can look brown at angles, very light for a quad. The head is a dark tope, decent retention but a little weak and watery compared to what I'm use to. Ok lacing. Below average looking quad...The aroma is light dark fruits, tons of banana that is very weird, candi sugar, alcohol, and a hint of wood. Reminds me of a quad, but the banana is just weird, can't really tell that it was barrel aged. Doesn't smell bad, just not what I was expecting... The taste has a ton of the same notes as the nose, off quad flavors, but I think this tastes really good, super easy to drink. A ton of banana again, but adds a crushablness to the beer. Banana backbone, with alcohol, spice, and dark fruits. The oak is essentially missing again.

This is pretty good but I can't recommend for the price, way to expensive, especially when you don't really taste a barrel aged quad.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 01:57:24 | More by jrallen34
La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
95 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.