La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
06-10-2013 01:50:17 | More by dbrauneis
2.9/5 rDev -32.6%
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.
06-02-2013 10:08:59 | More by notreallyme
4.58/5 rDev +6.5%
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
05-29-2013 21:42:34 | More by Blindpigbiz
4.43/5 rDev +3%
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.
05-17-2013 04:25:18 | More by superspak
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
4.66/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
05-11-2013 19:03:43 | More by Liquid_Bread
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
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
05-04-2013 00:05:50 | More by ubenumber2
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
05-01-2013 03:38:41 | More by metter98
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
04-29-2013 22:34:24 | More by yankeepride
La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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