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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

439 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 439
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 97
Gots: 134 | FT: 2
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

tbryan5, Dec 21, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

josephwa, Mar 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

bostonryan, Apr 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

uturn, Nov 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

bbadger, Jul 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

patre_tim, Sep 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Jan 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

Another one graciously brought by stoutsnipas.

Small corked bottle, poured into a tulip. Unfortunately my review is from notes and I neglected to write down the batch.
Good looking brown beer with some shining highlights, and a large, long lasting foamy off-white head. Good lacing.
Aroma is quite good, with roasted malts, cloves, cinnamon, sugar, a little alcohol and some oaky/woody notes.
Near full body, the taste is quite good, but looking back on my original notes from the non oaked version, the aging did not seem to add much, and might have spoiled the balance, to some extent. This is not as good as I remembered, or reviewed.
It starts candy, lightly roasted grains, bread, cinnamon, a little warming alcohol.
My taste changed a lot, or this beer actually lost from aging.

brdc, Aug 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

bcm75, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

kristougher, Oct 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

WynnO, Sep 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

samEBC, Jan 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

BeerOps, Feb 03, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

This is by far the best Qaud i had from La Trappe. I got this bottle last sunday from my buddy Sietse, Apophis666. Thanks man!

Poured (i should almost say of course) in my Westvleteren chalice.

The beer looks very good in the glass. Not as dark as its opponents like the westy 12, the Sint Amatus and the Rochefort 10. Very little carbonation. It is a batch 2 bottle.

A light oak smell and taste. Good drinkable with a very good aftertaste. I am very surprised by this one because in my opinion this abbey brews not the best abbey beers. This one however is a hit!

Brabander, Feb 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

ckeegan04, Dec 05, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

375 mL bottle tried 19 Feb 2011. Poured in a ~300 mL Maudite snifter. Courtesy of OrgasmicChemist, thanks!

Small light brown head quickly dissipates. Cloudy orange brown color. Aromas of raisins, yeast, alcohol, brown sugar. Lots of dark dried fruit. Maybe some oaky dryness through the middle. Sweet tart throughout. Fairly drying oaky finish. Moderate alcohol. Medium body.

Could drink this all night.

htomsirveaux, Feb 20, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

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

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

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

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

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

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

Damian, Nov 10, 2012
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4.73/5  rDev +10%

375ml bottle served in a La Trapped chalice glass.

By the way, Batch Number 4 and my review number 400 :).

A: Pours a dark amber clear color forming a small yellow color head. Small retention and some nice lacings left. Beautiful beer

S: Smell is delicious. Whiskey and wood. Caramel. Dark sugar. Caramel malts. Alcohol

T: Follows the nose. Absolutely delicious smell of oak and whiskey followed by candy sugar, caramel malts and bready yeast. In overall a sweet beer with a mild bitter end. Alcohol is evident but not annoying

M: Smooth creamy molasses heavy body. Low carbonation. Delicious bitter aftertaste

O: Excellent beautiful beer! I was not expecting that much...

eduardolinhalis, Jun 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

beagle75, Mar 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

TheFightfan1, Feb 03, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

rangerred, Oct 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

ryanpj, Nov 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

vkv822, Jan 06, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -8.6%

Batch 3 bottle tasted blind at a top 10 quad blind tasting

A: Orangish red brown. Thin eggshell-white.

S: Raisins, orange peel, banana, clove, a little wood, and a brandy like booze

T: Oaky notes really come out here in the flavor. Vanilla, a little boozy sweetness, light fruits like banana and orange. And some dark fruits including fig and raisins.

M: Moderate body with a light astringent finish and just a dash of heat.

O: A unique take on a quad with the barrel treatment. Takes it away from quad territory and almost into the old ale realm.

callmemickey, Apr 02, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -10.5%

A-cloudy dark amber with a very thin cream colored head.

S-dark smokey caramel. Odd scent for a quad. I expect it's the oak aged aspect.

T-it comes in with a smokey, black peppercorn cracked taste of creamy caramel. Yeah, it's odd. After that comes a momentary flash of bitterness. The after-taste reminds me of a Belgian BBQ.

M-low creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-this is an odd quad. Never had the regular version but I am anticipating it, I think it'll be a lot better. The smoke flavor to this beer isn't well received on my part. It's definitely a lot more drinkable though than a lot of other quads. It's very smooth. Wish it were a smaller bottle though.

AdamBear, Oct 17, 2012
La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
95 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.