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

La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged)La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged)

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379 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 379
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%


Brewed by:
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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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Frothboss

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks rich in color, bronze cant see thru it. Smells like caramel apple pie. Taste is complex....has a bitter bite sorta like sour apple and coffee with honey and a tangy aftertaste. I would definitely drink another...its one of my favorites. A great addition to any cellar.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2010 01:01:12 | More by Frothboss
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2010 09:12:37 | More by rvdoorn
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PapaEugene

Netherlands

4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
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!!!

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2009 18:03:38 | More by PapaEugene
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teromous

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 22:02:03 | More by teromous
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Chichecardozo

Paraguay

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 14.

In my opinion outstanding quad.

Corked bottle 37,5 cl.
Low carbonation, a bit difficult to uncork for that reason.
Not too much head.

Nice and full malty-cognac, port wine (really nice) flavour.
Rich and sweet fruit aromas (figs, plums,grapes)

Better served at 12 - 18 degrees celsius like sugested by the brewers.
Since this quad was released in june 2013 i think it will get better with time.
Maybe a year after..

Founded in a really awesome shop in Amsterdam, Der bierkoning (a must if you go to that city) for 20 euros, good stuff cost a bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 12:11:50 | More by Chichecardozo
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jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review 300. 330ml bottle, poured into Kasteel
chalice. A: Dark amber, almost opaque, large,
thick tanned head, good lacing. S: Prune,
cranberry, molasses. T: Fudge, molasses, plumb,
long biscuity finish, brilliant hiding of the booze.
M: Outstanding, light body, smooth, well
carbonated, seemed to glide into the mouth. O:
Deserves a place at the table with the other
perceived top Quads. Might have lacked a tiny bit
of depth, but made up in other departments.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 20:10:20 | More by jonb5
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 14. Pours no head (their regular quad pours a 5+ finger). Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium body. Oak and dark fruit nose and flavor is same, sweet malty dark fruit and oak. Why is the good stuff sooo expensive - $20.00 for a caged and corked 375ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 23:48:56 | More by jdhilt
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 16:19:10 | More by BeerAdvocate
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bnes09

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 12

Deep maple brown. Lots of floating yeast. Weak head on the pour and absolutely no retention nor lacing to speak of.

Rich and sweet dark fruit aromas of figs and dates mixed with an underlying brown sugar sweetness. Red wine and sherry. Smooth oak. Big alcohol spice.

Sweet malt flavor overall, lots of ripe dark fruits and brown sugar with a hint of caramel. Just a touch of earthy hop. Oak character smooths out the palate and balances nicely. Finish is strangely clean.

Full bodied, drying in the end from the alcohol. Low carbonation. Slick texture mid-drink and sticky in the finish.

This beer was a nice choice to aged in oak. Adds a nice smoothness and seems to balance the flavors a little bit. Complex and tasty but I think I enjoyed the non-aged version just a little more.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 02:07:33 | More by bnes09
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WankelEngine

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
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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PolarBear3

Australia

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
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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rangerred

Tennessee

4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a goblet. Batch #12

Pours a hazy dark brown with just a thin, wispy head. Some ok lacing but nothing really special.

Bourbon is quite prominant in the aroma and this makes since as 91% of this batch was aged in bourbon barrels. The vanilla and smoke is complimented by raisin and plum along with a very pleasant yeasty note. It is very reminiscent of pipe tobacco. Quite Nice.

Loads of bourbon on the taste but it is somewhat muted. This, of course, contributes lots of vanilla and char notes along with a touch of caramel. Dark fruits permeate underneath with raisin and plum. Sweetness is held in check with just a light stickiness washing over the tongue. Light bitterness as well.

Overall, this is an awesome beer. The quad/bourbon combination is interesting and works quite well here. I am very interested to try some of the other barrel blends as they sound very interesting. While this beer is a bit on the pricey side, it is well worth the occassional splurge.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 02:22:00 | More by rangerred
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DMarlinJ

Michigan

2.68/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This was batch 9. Poured into a snifter. Heavy pour no head to speak of. Poured at 52 degrees
into a clean glass. I was alarmed at the pour. I had stored it in on my cellar floor in the dark, temp about 60 degrees should not have been a problem, others have done fine. Must have been the retail store or in shipping that made it go bad. Look stayed cloudy but no floaties.

It smelled ok, not spoiled but too much alcohol.

It had sour note with fruitiness. I don't care to go in-depth. Very disappointed because I had a batch 11 and it was very good. I rated it 4.5.

Mouth was flat. Unappealing.

Overall, I was very let down. Not often I get a bad beer. $15.99 down the drain, although I did drink it. Just suffered through it because I could not pour it out.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 14:32:19 | More by DMarlinJ
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Dowlers

California

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch #8

A: Pours a hazy dark reddish brown (almost mahogany) in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some red + dark amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall pillowy beige head that reduces to a medium to large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of smoked peat, whiskey, and charred oak barrels

T: Upfront there are some light flavors of dark fruits but those are quickly overtaken by the rather complex flavors introduced by the oak aging - I get moderate flavors of charred oak, fresh oak, vanilla, whiskey, and smoked peat.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth with some oaky dryness and a light amount of alcohol warming.

O: Other than the light amount of warming in the finish, the alcohol is relatively well hidden in this big beer. The mouthfeel lacks the stickiness and the flavors are not nearly as sweet as some of the others in the Quad style, making this one a little easier to drink. Much different (and better) with the whiskey barrel oak-aging.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 01:50:17 | More by dbrauneis
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notreallyme

New York

2.9/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Batch 11 from 375 cl bottle. I paid $14. Generally I like or love Belgian Ales. This one was a big disappointment for me. The "cork" was made of some plastic that was very difficult to remove- I had to use a 16" set of Knipex pliers. Once I got past this issue I was excited about the pour. But disappointed that there was not even a millimeter of foam. This was seriously deficient in carbonation for me. I almost wanted to throw it out and drink something else. I did get through it and the taste was not so bad as it had complexity and flavor going for it. It didn't look pretty to me in a tulip glass-- Too thick, no bubbles, looked like flat cola to me. I haven't seen any Batch 11 reviews here so I thought this might add to the many reviews. Could be Batch 11 is particularly bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 10:08:59 | More by notreallyme
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Blindpigbiz

California

4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smell: slight balsamic vinegar hits the nose with a black licorice foreground; subtle oak is prevalent

Taste: it tastes like a Texan cook-out. With tri-tip, charred wood, and BBQ sauce paired with bourbon, vanilla beans and licorice

This beer is phenomenal! It may be a bit pricey for its size (I paid $17 for330ml), but what it lacks in frugality it makes up for in taste. If you want to go the safe route, this PAIRS very well with smoked meats, BBQ-anything, along with grilled vegetables and smoked fish; this is an incredible beer

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 21:42:34 | More by Blindpigbiz
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superspak

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into chalice; Batch 6, April 2011 bottling. Pours hazy and cloudy dark reddish brown color with a small dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, caramel, toffee, toast, oak, clove, molasses, light red wine, candi sugar, brown bread, vanilla, light chocolate, light peat, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with big complexity and balance of malt and fruity esters with moderate oak barrel presence. Taste of big raisin, prune, toffee, toast, caramel, molasses, clove, brown bread, oak, light wine, candi sugar, light peat, light chocolate, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, toffee, toast, caramel, molasses, brown bread, oak, clove, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of big malt flavors with moderate fruity/spicy esters; with moderate oak presence and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible oak aged Quad! Tons of complexity and well balanced flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. Insanely enjoyable stuff; definitely worth enjoying again in the future, even for the high price of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 04:25:18 | More by superspak
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 02:27:50 | More by Teleweizen2
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Liquid_Bread

Pennsylvania

4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 19:03:43 | More by Liquid_Bread
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ubenumber2

Arkansas

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 11 poured from bottle into what should be the right glassare , pours dark oak wood color with half finger off white head that dissapears pretty quick

The smell is hitting you from all different places , wood , earthy , sweet rasins , plums , nice yeast profile and deep malt all combine in the smell of this beer , it is really nice

The mouth on this beer is a little thin , slightly over carbonated for my taste compared to others in this style , but still a good drink on it

The flavors this beer put out the yeast and malt really join well to form a nice tasting beer , and the oak and wine overtones to this beer make it just sweet enough to be really enjoyable and the alcohol bites at the very end

Overall this beer is a great beer , not one of my favorites , I would rather have St Bernardus and would purchase it over this beer 9 times out of 10 , not saying this one is bad , just doesn't ad up to the ABT

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 00:05:50 | More by ubenumber2
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metter98

New York

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy brown in color with some hints of amber hues. It poured with a quarter finger high dense beige head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of charred oak and peat are present in the nose along with notes of whiskey.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the charred oak, peat and whiskey aren't nearly as prominent and are nicely balanced with notes of fresh cut oak, vanilla and yeast as well as hints of dark fruits (although the charred oak and whiskey flavors particularly stand out in the finish). Unlike the regular version, no sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The whiskey barrel aging contributes a slight amount of alcohol warming.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is very easy to drink because it isn't heavy-bodied or sticky and the only alcohol that is noticeable is a slight amount from the whiskey barrel aging. It is a pleasant beer to sip that has interesting complexities in the taste.

Note: Batch #8. I saved this beer to celebrate today's crowning of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 03:38:41 | More by metter98
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yankeepride

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 9, into a tulip. Pours a deep mahogany, with a pop of fizz that completely dissipates in about a minute or less. Burying your nose in the tulip gives a really nice, inviting aroma that hides the alcohol of a 10.0% beer. You get the typical date, fig sweetness of a quad. Quaffing it yields an unbelievably mellow flavor, and since this is not one of the older variations, the oak aging seems to have done a trick. I didn't get any alcohol burn until it got all the way to my stomach, likely as a result of not having eaten in a while. Otherwise, this is super silky smooth. I didn't know that this was made with Malbec wine casks until I went to look up some details due to catching a tannic taste from my red wine drinking days. My suspicions were confirmed online. It has a pretty light body, and was not as thick as I thought (or wanted) it to be. However, the overall flavor was excellent, and I'm glad I popped the cork on this before the weather got too warm.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 22:34:24 | More by yankeepride
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ypsifly

Michigan

3.81/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Batch 11 poured into a St. Feuillien chalice.

Dark hazy mahogany with a 1/4 inch or so of tan that falls to a wisp of lace over the top.

Dark fruits, hints of oak and vanilla with a slight vinous note. Bready yeast notes in the back with an earthy suggestion of chalk. All of the aromas of a quad with a little help from the malbec casks. Enticing.

Again the fruit notes are upfront while paired with the oak as found in the nose. The wood stays throughout but is not overpowering. Although there is the malbec, it comes off much dryer with some heat in the back. Lingering oak and wine linger with some sustained heat. The heat is actually integrated and adds some depth, but there could be just a little more complexity.

The mouth is a tad thin but not unpleasant. I would like some more fullness as the base is a quad.

Overall I like this beer and I feel that it is worth the price given the experience given by the addition of oak and wine. The most impressive aspect is the nose but I felt the mouth was just a little more flat than what I was hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 04:31:55 | More by ypsifly
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La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
95 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.