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

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Reviews: 160
Hads: 531
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 131
Gots: 167 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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%
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Reviews: 160 | Hads: 531
Photo of nickfl
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3

A - Pours with two fingers of light tan foam on top of an amber colored body with some small chunks floating in it. The rocky head settles fairly quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - Notes of oak and dark fruit. The base beer provides plum, cinnamon, and clove in the background.

T - Caramel and oak up front with some dark fruity notes of plum, black cherry, and port. The toasted oak really pops out in the middle as it pushes back against the fruit notes and brings out the phenolic yeast character of clove and pepper. The beer finishes with more thick, caramel and toffee malt as well as another hit of woody port and moderate bitterness to balance things out.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - This is a very unusual beer, especially coming from a Trappist brewery. I have been happy to see La Trappe branching out recently and doing some new and unusual beers, this one is probably the best of their experimental beers that I have tried so far. The barrel aging adds some really interesting flavors and the port character in particular works very nicely with the base beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that settles to a thin film and thick collar, leaving behind spotty lace. The body is a slightly hazed golden orange color that is very light for a quad, and seems to be lighter than the base beer?

S - Candi sugar, dark fruits, big banana that is oddly tripel-like. Some oaky vanilla and vinous grape character, mixed with some spicy alcohol.

T - Again, very vinous, with notes of candi sugar, dark fruits, apples and grapes. There's not a ton of overt oak, but more of a brandy character going on.

M - Smooth, medium-low carbonation, medium-full body. Creamy, with a light dry finish, and some warmth as well.

D - This is very good, although it smells and looks more like a tripel in some ways. I'm curious to try Batch 2 or 3, as I get a sense that they are all quite different. It's a bit too boozy for mass quantities, but I'd love to work through a bottle over a few hours.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle (batch 3) split with pmsawyer and poured into a pair of goblets. The brew appears a clear amber that is a burnt brown through the middle and orange around the edges. A big bubbly cap sits atop and recedes fairly quickly leaving some spotty lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweet like candy sugar mixed with a fruited element like dates, plum, prune, raisons and a bit of citrus. Some fruited quality blends into floral territory with brown sugar. There is a mild inclusion of oak and some herbs across the back as it warns up along with an increasing presence of the alcohol.

The taste is just as sweet as the aroma leads on. Candy sugar mixes with dark fruited quality and done herbal hops keep the sweetness in check in minor bitterness. The alcohol is warming with a mild solvent touch that never gets too exaggerated. Despite the initial sweetness, this really dries out towards the finish. A little bit of rindy orange zesty bitterness is the last thing remaining on the palate.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation, it is big and enjoyable with a pleasant balance of character. The oak was not overly done, in fact it was pleasantly subtle and really worked as a background nuance that made for a top shelf experience. This is a solid example that is worth checking out. This ranks right up there will all the other quads that get a lot more fame and attention in the category,

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Photo of smakawhat
4.62/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.89/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cork and caged 37.5cl bottle: Batch 3. Given to me, as a gift by Rudi from De Bierboom in Brugge, thanks Rudi.

Poured into a Westvleteren chalice (and a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip, which got the sediment and bottle remains).

Deep, dark brown/reddy coloured body, thin covering of off-white bubbles on top, clear without the sediment, the Hoegaarden glass held a different view.

What an incredible aroma, spiced bananas in a liquorice flavoured custard.

The taste is equally as incredible as the smell, port wine can be added to the thoughts from the aromas, this is a complex beer and I loved it. The beer excites the taste buds, loads to find and enjoy in the flavours: malty molasses, various fruits, more spices and herbs than you could shake a big stick at, Port wine and chocolate flavoured liquorice in abundance, a truly different beer. I don’t normally like beers that have been ‘messed around with’, but the Oak Aged bit seems to work with this beer.

Almost gave this beer straight 5’s, had to sit back and think about it, so easy to get carried away when a beer is this good!

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Photo of corby112
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml, batch 3.

Pours a cloudy, deep dark ruby red/chestnut brown color with mahogany edges when held to a light and a half finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. Thin rings and sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet estery aroma with hints of dark fruit, spice, candy sugar and a nice oak barrel presence. Slightly toasty with a sweet vinous character that compliments the dark fruit notes very nicely. Hints of grape, raisin, fig, currants and plum along with some other dark berries and some nice earthy oak. There's also some zesty spice notes with hints of pepper, anise and candy sugar. The nose on this beer is very complex.

Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a good balance of vinous and earthy barrel character, spice, estery Belgian yeast and sweet dark fruit. The barrel character is most prominent up front but it isn't too aggressive, allowing the flavors of the base beer to shine through. Great balance of toasted oak and sweet vinous notes. The blend of virgin, La Trappe and Port aged French oak creates a nice balance of flavor. Subtle smokiness with hints of vinous grape notes that compliment the base beer very nicely. Not boozy or hot at all, however, resulting in a very flavor, well balanced beer that is extremely quaffable. The barrel flavors are quickly balanced by the sweeter, spicy notes of the base beer. Hints of grape, currant, fig, plum and raisin as well as some faint alcohol sweetness, candy sugar and peppery spice.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer very much. I had high expectations going in and they were exceeded. If you love this brewery like do or Belgian quads in general, I highly recommend seeking out this beer. Excellent!

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Photo of jdhilt
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a dark orange amber with tons of floating particles. Half finger head and lacing. Pungent fruit and phenolic aroma. Sweet fruit, sweet malt, raisins, grapes, banana, vanilla, phenolic flavors. Tastes great, but I don't really detect a strong oak flavor and it may be a bit on the cloying sweet side. An enjoyable quad, but at the price, I would buy one of the others out there.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce/375 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch #3. I've had this bottle for a while now, so I might as well drink it! Served in a Dogfish Head Signature glass, the beer pours a murky amber/brown color with about an inch light tan head that didn't stay around for too long. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is malty and sweet, it smells like brown sugar, oak, caramel malt, dark fruit, Belgian yeast, and port. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some banana and dark fruit flavors noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. Overall I think it's a good but not great beer. At $14.99 a bottle I probably wouldn't buy it again, but even then I still think it's worth trying.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

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Photo of tbeckett
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from ABS Drinks outside Brussels. Brought back home and shared with a friend. I'd seen this a few places and ABS had it cheapest at about 8 Euros. Batch 4. From notes.

A - Poured a one finger white head which went down to a film on a muddy amber coloured body. Filmy lacing with the film of retention as previously stated.

S - Dark fruit like plums and dates, vanilla, honey, and yeast.

T - Alot of the same with those rich dark fruit notes, vanilla, honey and yeast. The oak aging obviously had an influence on this. The dark fruit is more intense. There is an oak characteristic that comes out later too. Quite complex and interesting to sip on. Dark fruits are the strongest flavour and are nice.

M - Medium carbonation and a body that just quite qualifies as full.

O/D - Nice Quad. I couldn't tell if I liked it better than the original but it was enjoyable. Complex, tasty, and no noticable alcohol.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz. corked & caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Batch #3 printed on the back.

(A)- Pours a deep yet pale mahogany, almost purple color that produced a nice foamy eggshell colored head with good retention. Some sticky lacing here and there.

(S)- A really nice combo of dry earth(clay), subtle ripe dark fruits, and an equally dry woody oak and vanilla profile. Awesome aroma. Simple, but sexy.

(T)- Wow, interesting. Very dry overall. A great combo of a spicy oak, ripe dark fruits, and a very subtle sweet twang of vanilla on the finish.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Rich and complex in flavor. The oak aging really provides some nice woody spice notes into the overall profile of this.

(D)- An awesome Quad. A beer that is usually fairly rich to begin with, the oak aging really puts this on a whole other level of richness and strength for the style.

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Photo of champ103
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3

A: Pours a dark orange/reddish amber color. A one finger bubbly beige head forms and recedes to a small ring. No lace is left behind.
S: Sweet malt, brown sugar and some banana esters. Light vanilla and wood aromas. I like it, but I wish there was a bit more barrel aroma.
T: Very sweet with some brown sugar and vanilla. Fruity esters of banana. Other fruity flavors of grape and cherries. Some more wood flavors than detected in the nose. I like it.
M/D: A medium to full body that is low on carbonation. This is pretty smooth with some tannin like like qualities. Very easy and enjoyable to drink. I will finish the bottle without a thought.

An enjoyable Quad. A bit more barrel character and this would be excellent. This is very good anyway. Something I like and would recommend.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle into Glencairn glass. Batch #7 (June2011).

A: Rather light, with thin head and noticeable bubbles (some in suspension). Honey-coloured in the light, but opaque auburn in the shade. Great lace.

S: Grapes. Smoked wood. Peat, even. I could see Bowmore. Some spice.

T/M: It's...a quad that's been aged in Islay whisky barrels. I mean, even if you hadn't told me, that's obviously what it is. If that sounds appealing, you will like this. If it doesn't, you probably won't. I find it quite interesting. Spicy-dark fruit, but a light mouthfeel and plenty of chewy peat (Laphraoig's influence?) on the aftertaste. Cinnamon apples, grapes, and plums make for a pretty standard maintaste, but the excellent smoky finish really seals the deal for me.

O: Overpriced, but certainly worthwhile. I would drink again, if not buy again. Recommended.

"BATCH 7 is blended in June 2011 and is the first batch (of two) that has matured in old whiskey barrels. These barrels come from different whiskey distilleries such as Bowmore, Tamdhu, Strathspey and Laphroaig (Johnstons). The aroma's of the whiskeys have an obvious impact on the final flavor. This flavor is remarkable and clearly different from those of previous batches. Peat and burnt are more present, while wood and wood tannins are less obvious to spot. But the warming effect of the full, robust flavor the whiskey barrels passed on to our already beautiful Quadrupel, makes this batch maybe even the most tasty brewed to date."

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Photo of maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3:

With a sandy colored head of creamy soft suds on top, this beer has an amber body with sediment stirring about. Awesome retention of the head.

The nose is quite malty with lots of sweetness in the form of brown sugar and caramel. A light oak scent leads to some vanilla also.

Complex as hell is the flavor. Some rum raisin and fig along with caramelized sugar and vanilla. Some noticeable alcohol with some of the oak coming in at the end. Not much oak. Tastes much like regular La Trappe Quad, which is still awesome.

Very dry with a body that feels relatively light from the soft and abundant carbonation.

I really like this beer, but I must say that it is nowhere near its price tag. $17 for 12.7 oz.? I'd rather go with a full 750 of regular La Trappe Quad for $6 cheaper. This is still a great beer, but it's hard to notice the oak aging and it's cost is not really worth it. I will enjoy the hell out of the rest of it though.

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.