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

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485 Ratings
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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 111
Gots: 155 | 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:
Beer added by: PapaEugene on 11-06-2009

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: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of patre_tim
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Phelps
3.57/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of crossovert
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged bottle, it is not a half liter bottle people below me. Batch 3.

It pours a plum/red/brown with a foamy off-white head that dissipates decently quickly with some decent lacing.

It smells awesome. It is has a lot of dark fruit scents along with some alcoholic scents like port and sherry and even a hint of bourbon even though there is none in here. The oak is huge, it is loaded with vanilla and wood scents. There is also some sugary malt.

The flavor is also good. La Trappe is probably the weakest of the Trappist Quads, but it still is a nice beer and the oak just adds to it. It is rich and fruity with a tang to it, and the oak is again in the forefront. It is very nicely oaked beer.

This one is decentlyhot, like a typical La Trappe Quad, but a bit more rounded from the barrels and the length of the aging though.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, batch 3.

Pours murky mahogany with swirling chunks and a two inch head of beige. A solid skim coat and torn ropes of lacework for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off nougat, caramel, booze, grape jam, vanilla, sweet malt, and raisins. Cloves, cocoa, and bannana peels follow through.

Mediumish body with a lush, crushed velvet mouthfeel. Sticky and creamy.

Rich, ripe malt, port-soaked raisins, oaky tannins, and fresh figs start the palate. A rummy warmth quickly steps forward along with purple grapes and dark fruit.

Finishes with lingering oak, port, sweet malt, and warming booze.

Wowza, great beer. The barrel aging has dried up the base beer a bit and the port/oak/vanilla character really brings it to another level.
This one would be a real cellar stocker if not for the high price tag.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of bcm75
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of josephwa
2.5/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of uturn
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of kristougher
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of jacewg
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of BeerOps
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of brewcrew76
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 12 - 91% Bourbon Barrels - 9% Cognac Barrels

A - Murky maple syrup color with floating yeasties. Very little tan head.

S - Sweet with dark fruits, figs & raisins, oak, brown sugar, spicy alcohol, light cognac notes.

T - Sweet malt with ripe dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, spicy alcohol. Cognac is more noticeable than aroma with light bourbon notes. Very sweet and boozy but it plays well together.

M - Full body with low carbonation. Slightly sticky and syrupy.

D - A bit boozy but I like it. The cognac adds a nice touch.

Photo of samEBC
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of CelticAleMan
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of bbadger
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of MattXT
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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

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!

Photo of WynnO
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of safaricook
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ckeegan04
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of rangerred
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of shehateme
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Damian
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
95 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.