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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

440 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 440
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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Photo of ubenumber2
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

ubenumber2, May 04, 2013
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, May 01, 2013
Photo of yankeepride
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.

yankeepride, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of lostrikis
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

lostrikis, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of jrpapajcik
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

jrpapajcik, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of MoistPope
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

MoistPope, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of kwa357
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

kwa357, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Elbrownbag
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Elbrownbag, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of douginromeo
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

douginromeo, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of AOShabaz
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

AOShabaz, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of shehateme
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

shehateme, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of ypsifly
3.81/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

ypsifly, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of madnismo
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

madnismo, Apr 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Hultkrantz, Mar 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Twan22, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of YeastEnthusiast
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

YeastEnthusiast, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of rlee1390
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%

A-cloudy ruby one finger head that leaves some lacing

S-oak dark fruits raisins, plums

T- sweet slight oak darker fruits no bitterness

M-medium bodied, not much carbonation

O- For an oak aged beer the oak could have been more present. The cost was too expansive to warrant a purchase. Maybe if a fresh batch came out it would be worth another try.

rlee1390, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of josephwa
2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

josephwa, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of pathman
5/5  rDev +16.3%

pathman, Mar 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

ccsantos, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of Chrysostom
2.18/5  rDev -49.3%

Presentation: small, 12.7 fl oz corked and caged bottle. Price: $14.99 per small bottle. I was warned off of this buy the liquor store man who's knowledgeable in Belgians, stating, "it tastes like an ashtray". I'm a smoker. I'll take the risk. I've not tasted the beer yet. (Edit at the end of my review: now that I've tasted it, his judgment was borne out, although it wasn't as bad as he claimed it to be.)

Batch 7. Poured at 50ºF.

A: Pours a very dark, relatively clear dried-blood red colour, with copious amounts of black yeast floaties/lees in the bottle (whether due to a poor pour or what, I don't know - I poured it gently and am generally good at pouring Trappists and bottle-conditioned ales). Hardly any appearance of carbonation, with a small, loose, soapy head that quickly recedes in to a ring. Lacing is surprisingly strong for such a weak head. The large amount of lees are unappetizing; for whatever reason they are there: appearance is no higher than 3.25 at most. I've still yet to taste the beer.

S: Stale smoke and ash. Nothing else comes through. 2.5.

T: Decent on the front-palate, displaying alcohol and dark fruit typical to the style, with a finish of incredibly dry, caustic stale ash, as if from an ashtray. There is an after-finish of sweetness. This beer coats the mouth. There is a mild malt backbone, and virtually non-existent hop character. Ash comes through strong. The charred oak character of this beer is SEVERELY unbalanced by anything else; if this was a Scotch whisky, maybe the alcohol would balance out the blackened oak taste.

Several more sips confirm my suspicion. The taste of this beer is not good, but it's not (that) horrible either. Below average.

M: Sweet water with an admixture of ash and alcohol. No carbonation, very unlively. Very poor. There is a sand-like feeling on the palate, however strange that may sound.

D: Almost nonexistent. No wonder this isn't served in 750mL bottles. I can't finish a 375mL.

O: Strongly disappointed with my first tasting of a Koningshoeven Trappist brew. I'll try some of their regular, non oak-aged stuff, next time. Speaking blasphemy, yet nevertheless true blasphemy, I would rather drink a BMC than this most any day, not even taking in to consideration the outrageous price ($30/750mL). Considering the price, this is a bad beer.

One thumbs down, one thumb horizontal, in the position of a Roman Magistrate deciding whether to give the death-sentence to the gladiator today, or whether to give him a stay of execution until the next time he's in the arena.

The beer looks like blood, and has a mild feel of sand: how fitting then, to say, as in the Sam Raimi Spartacus series, "Blood and Sand". Or as Mat Cauthon from the Wheel of Time would say, even more apropos, "Blood and bloody ashes" (as a curse), as this beer tastes like ashes.

Chrysostom, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

PEIhop, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Psychmusic, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Zman632
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Zman632, Mar 16, 2013
La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
95 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.