La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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3.33/5 rDev -22.6%
Poured into a goblet. K03E11 10:32, Batch 7 (I think, though I can't be sure since the "7" is printed on the black part of the label). I performed a feat of strength when I got this cork out.
3.25 A: Murky purplish brown color. Just a touch of beige head that didn't last too long.
3.75 S: Twould appear that this is one of the whiskey versions. Though I can identify the aroma as whiskey, it has a strange rubber/latex component to it. Despite how it sounds, it's not unpleasant. TONS of date aroma in this, probably more so than in any other beer I've sniffed. Caramel, fig, toastiness, and plum. Whiskey does a good job of not overpowering the base beer and for that I'm thrilled. Aside from the rubbery aroma, the whiskey offers a solid earthiness, plenty of peat, and oak. Strange, but quite nice.
3.25 T: The taste is fine, but it falls flat (more on that in the MF). The base beer can't compete with the whiskey despite the whiskey not being overly strong. Date, brown sugar, fig, toastiness, plum, and molasses are still there, but they all play second fiddle to the whiskey. It is for this reason that I believe most Belgian styles do not benefit from any flavored barrel treatment, though I still can't help myself from trying them. Anyway, peaty whiskey gives earth and oak again.
3.0 M: Lighter medium body. There isn't enough carbonation. I like my Belgians spritzy and bubbly and this doesn't have enough carbonation to fulfill that. Otherwise, it's not bad. Goes down super easy.
3.25 D: It's an easy drink, but it doesn't have enough quality in the taste or mouthfeel to justify paying $15 for it. Give it a try if you must.
02-22-2013 05:43:17 | More by DavoleBomb
3.5/5 rDev -18.6%
Bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt. Batch 3.
Muddy amber, atypically pale for a quad. The head rises fairly high, but quickly settles to a film. There's some scattered lacing.
There's a ton of banana on the nose, totally uncharacteristic of the style but fairly enjoyable all the same. Some phenolic spice, alcohol and spicy oak round things out.
The palate likewise has a huge ripe banana flavor. Sweet, malty, lightly boozy and vinous. I don't get a ton of oak, not even much tannin in the finish. Spicy phenols appear in the finish, along with mild but noticeable alcohol. Ends on a semi-dry note.
Overall it's a pretty good beer, though the huge banana character was unexpected and not very quad-like.
02-25-2011 03:12:39 | More by largadeer
3.53/5 rDev -17.9%
Jazzed to have this turn up in a local bottle shop, always enjoyed this brewry, & the happy to have a chance to try the oak-aged version of their quad. Not so jazzed about the small bottle size & price, but what can you do?
Popped the cork on this 12.7 oz. bottle & poured into my Dreamweaver glass that's getting a workout tonight. Pours a very dark orange. Smell is pure, recently mined rock candy. Straight-up sugar, nothing else. No hint of oaking.
La Trapped Oak Aged Quad is rich, fruity, head-spinningly sweet all-round. Very loud apples & pears, dripping liquid corn sugar, drown out the best of the beer. The oak is a distant spectator at best, really just dries out the aftertaste. Other dark fruits, figgy stuff, things that should be grown in Greece, heavy overripe bananas, heart-burn inducing spices. Ends on a bit of a darker note. I am wishing I'd split this little bottle with my lovely wife, now, the sweetness is going to be tough to down.
Well, good, but a bit disappointing. The sweetness just dominates with a whip & a heel, & everything else slinks around trying to avoid notice. Good brew, but I was hoping for a bit more distinction in the oaking.
04-30-2011 03:21:14 | More by maximum12
3.53/5 rDev -17.9%
375mL brown glass cork and caged bottle. Batch 3. Opened at 55 degrees from my cellar.
Pours a deep dark mahogany with some wispy off-white head. Nose is all about big vanilla bean shoving it's way past some banana-yeast to stand as the king over this aroma.
Palate is sharp with alcohol right off the bat. That big vanilla, bourbon-like presence is dominant. Lots of sweetness and that banana-y yeast flavor battling it out. Caramel and a suggestion of the classic wool flavor.
Notes: This beer is super sweet and getting into the cloying territory. I would have like more wood tannin or some extra hops to bring balance back to this beer. I do appreciate the uniqueness of the style and dig that it came from a Trappist brewery.
04-21-2011 03:45:16 | More by SFLpunk
3.55/5 rDev -17.4%
Batch 3, poured from a bottle into a tulip.
Deep, tawny copper, dark and hazy enough to slightly obscure my fingers behind it. A soapy, one-finger head the color of cream crowns the beer for just a second before fizzling away to a thin ring, leaving behind horizontal streaks of lace as I drink.
The nose: tobacco, maple, raisins, banana, bubblegum, alcohol, smoky wood. I was told this batch was aged in sherry casks, but if I didn't know better, I'd say this spent time with scotch.
The flavor matches the nose well, though there's an increased breadiness and more alcohol than I expected. As it warms, the smokiness of the barrels gives way to the fruitier flavors, and a much better balance is achieved.
Light-bodied and bubbly like soda, with moderate carbonation and a pretty big alcohol burn. I could use more heft here.
Well, that was a bit of a disappointment. The barrel-aging adds a bit of interest, but the underlying brew just doesn't have the complexity of other top-tier quads. It was, at least, interesting with some parmesan.
04-01-2011 05:52:03 | More by Phelps
3.55/5 rDev -17.4%
A - pours a deep and surprisingly clear amber/mahogony. 2 fingers of tightly packed bubbly foam. Decent retention. Leaves lots of splattered lines of lacing.
S - medium intense aroma. Lots of ripe fruit. Mostly red. Soft notes of over ripe strawberries, slightly tart raspberries, red apple skins, and juicy plums. Hints of cinnamon, cloves, and wood round out the nose.
T - deep toasty malt profile. The subtle oak character adds to the soft toasty and toffee like malts. Sweet and tart fruits enter mid palate. Hints of pepper and anisette on the backend of the palate. Long warming finish.
M - medium bodied. Slick Buttery texture. High carbonation.
O - nice beer. I was expecting a touch more oak influence but there is enough to satisfy.
05-14-2013 02:27:50 | More by Teleweizen2
3.63/5 rDev -15.6%
375 mL bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter. Batch 6.
Appearance - I hate synthetic corks. Finally removing it yields nary a pop, but it pours carbonated. Not much of a head atop a murky reddish brown body. Deeper brown than red. Nice lacing sticks around the glass and a few surface bubbles persist.
Smell - Oak and a ton of caramel. Not anywhere near as much dark fruit as I'd like, but it's there. More of a dark brown sugar sweet aroma. Vanilla is there, too, but it just makes it smell sweeter. Banana yeasty esters, too.
Taste - Lots of caramel again. Oak comes through. Not sweet, really, but a lot of caramel malt. Brown sugar. The fruity malts wait until the end to come through with an oaky finish. Vanilla throughout, but it's not a dominant flavor.
Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Heavy for the style. Nowhere near dry enough for me. Not as boozy as the regular bottled version.
Overall - I was excited for this, but it's too sweet and not fruity enough. The oak doesn't mask the missing flavors. In fact, the oak makes it seem sweeter. Perhaps I'm being too critical. I still enjoy drinking it, but I was expecting more. Probably because I had a Rochefort 10 the night before. Nothing compares...
12-04-2012 02:55:02 | More by Alieniloquium
3.63/5 rDev -15.6%
Got this one at Geers in Gent a while back on another cool trip with Doops. Cheers!
From a 375ml cork and caged bottle into a La Trappe chalice.
APPEARANCE: Pours a smaller, medium looking off-white head with decent retention. Colour is a hazy sangria or maroon red with lots of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a thin film that stays until the end and leaves some nice lacing down the sides. Much the same as the regular quad, though with a somewhat smaller head.
SMELL: Definitely a quad that’s been in oak barrels. The quad characteristics, however, have been taken over by the barrel somewhat. Definite oak and vanilla aromas in there, with only hints of caramel and dark fruits in the background. Just a touch of spicy yeast underneath, but this is now more about the barrel and less about the base quad. Alright, but a little mute and not as interesting as the base.
TASTE: Much like the nose, though bolder and more enjoyable. The barrel is not overpowering by any means, certainly plays the lead role over the base beer. Some oak and vanilla up front, with a hint of caramel and dark fruits though the middle. Some plumbs and raisins are still there, trying to push their way through the oak flavors. A good dose of spicy yeast, with all the clove and pepper flavors that accompany it, come through at the swallow. A bolder and lingering aftertaste of sweet oak barrel notes and spicy yeast works well.
PALATE: Similar palate to the base beer. Medium body and carbonation. Not quite as creamy as the base, but goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. The barrel ageing has mellowed the alcohol burn a bit, which is a nice touch. Good feel.
OVERALL: I enjoyed this brew for sure. While the nose was a little less interesting and the palate a little flatter, the taste profile was quite intriguing. As a quad fan, this oak aged version blended the barrel with the base quad quite well, but consequently muted the base quad slightly in order to make room for the barrel. La Trappe quad is a very bold and flavorful brew, so it’s not surprising that the barrel had to make room for itself somewhere. Regardless, this is the first barrel aged trappist to my knowledge, and based on how enjoyable this one was, I hope we see some BA Rochefort 10 and Westvleteren 12 soon enough. Well done La Trappe! Cheers!
04-28-2011 19:19:20 | More by Jeffo
3.63/5 rDev -15.6%
A- A very deep ruby red color, almost a burnt brown color. Little white lacing, started with a decent head, but quickly subsided.
S- Belgian dark sugars, with some hints of banana that are more apparent than you would think. Awesome but mellow aroma.
T- Dark fruits, no sugar taste. Caramel malts and mild fruit flavors is what i get. Very clean for the style.
M- Nice and light on the palate, some bubbles from the mild swish in the mouth...typical of a trappist.
O- Very good beer, but i felt it was a TAD bit of a let down. None the less a good beer, but not great.
06-03-2011 01:31:23 | More by Kshock
3.63/5 rDev -15.6%
A: Beautiful light brown beer with a good head.
S: The smell of lime.
T: Lots of lemon flavor and also some sweet flavors.
M: Low carbonation, reasonable ratio.
O: Prima drinkable and delicious aftertaste.
Batch #9 and batch #1 should be the best until now.
04-09-2012 09:43:17 | More by DARIVA
3.65/5 rDev -15.1%
The bottle states: 0:00 K24F13 BATCH 14
A: Hazy medium shade of dark brown beer, a lot like murky pond water (excuse the negative imagery). Very little white head that fades quickly. Decent lacing.
S: Alcohol right off the bat. A bit flowery smelling. Even with the strong alcohol, it has a very pleasant scent to it. It smells like a bag of dates before the nose is overwhelmed by the scent of alcohol.
T: Mellow alcohol flavor, with a sweetness like cotton candy. It's a very delicate and light beer. It's nice. The bottle says "Oak Aged Trappist Ale" however I do not notice any oak character. It's not very complex for a quad, and it is quite simple. It's enjoyable though.
M: The mouthfeel is perfect. It's nice and smooth with just the right carbonation, a nice clean finish that is refreshing.
O: Overall I'd say it's a very nice beer, just not an exceptional quad. It excels in simplicity and delicateness. The most prominent flavor is alcohol. Personally I would have liked a more complex and flavorful beer. For a beer with "oak" in the title, I would have liked some oak influence in the flavor and aroma. It's not something I would probably buy again, because it just wasn't memorable enough.
04-16-2014 22:02:03 | More by teromous
3.68/5 rDev -14.4%
375ml. bottle Batch #3 poured into my Duvel Tulip.
Appearance: Virtually identical in appearance to the standard La Trappe Quad. Nice light brown, almost amber, lighter than expected (certainly much lighter than other Quads/Dark ales). Decent head and minimal lacing.
Smell: The Port announces itself immediately, so dominant that it’s difficult to detect any dark fruit aromas underneath.
Taste: Wow, a very different beer. The Port alcohol is up front, the key flavor component to this bottle. The flavors present in the original quad are very muted and almost hard to detect. Not a bad experience but a very different one, this is a boozy quad.
Mouth feel: Good carbonation, smooth and not too thin from the barrel aging.
Overall: I drank this beer immediately after having a La Trappe Quad and as I said above it is truly its own animal. Honestly I prefer their standard Quad as there is more diversity in flavor. This one was dominated by the Port.
10-16-2011 23:33:38 | More by BobZ
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
La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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