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

La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged)La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged)

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381 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%


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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beerdrifter

Germany

4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. (Batch 5 white wine barrels) Surprising murky dark brown color. An aggressive pour yielded almost no head or lacing. Big woody nose with tons of butterscotch and oak along with hints of bubblegum, vanilla, dark fruits, and just a touch of vinous notes. The oak is dominant in the taste as well, but with much more of the white wine character emerging from the barrels. Also getting hints of caramel, vanilla, booze, butterscotch, brown sugar, and just a faint touch of chocolate on the finish. The mouthfeel has very low carbonation, almost to the point where it seems flat, but not in a bad way. Slightly syrupy with a subtle warming alcohol burn on the finish. Overall, a fantastic beer, but I prefer the Isid’or Oak Aged.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 21:15:11 | More by beerdrifter
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warrenout330

Ohio

4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle poured into a 28oz snifter for pure indulgence .... batch #7 on the bottle ...whiskey blend

A- pours a very muddy hazy brown .... bubbly white head... stays for seconds and quickly disappears to nothing, no lacing , no small sheet of head any where... yeast visible

S- huge dark fruit prescience, sweet caramel candy, rippened cherry vanilla , candied covered apple. The whiskey barrel is there with woody oak backing ... the 10% booze is detected in the wayyy back

T- kinda like the smell, deeper darker fruits, plums and raisins caramelized. Sweet Easter bread malt, faint lingering woody vanilla... the barrel has done a number on the flavor from the base original beer

M- this is weird to me but its grown on me and I think it fits it, barely any carbonation" either this is the way this beer is or something's wrong, but I don't mind " slick and oily, metallic on the tongue, when you breathe after a swallow the alcohol and earthiness show its self

O- I really like this, even though I wish there was some kind of carbonation for some body backing or cleaning up the palate.. bit as this is the flavors are huge and the barrel has differently turn this base quad into a very complex leveled beer.... I wanna try another just to make sure I'm not crazy

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 06:37:05 | More by warrenout330
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PHSCAPT

Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a plastic opaque cup (so sue me, I’m at a hotel) from a 12.7 oz @ ~ 60F. Lot number is K03J11 BATCH 8.
A – Dark amber honey, with very little, a half finger say of white head, but that could be the stemware…. Very fine bubbles of carbonation. But the overwhelming sensation was the
S – which was delightfully fruity, like a mixed strawberry and raspberry patch in the cool of the early evening when the smell of berries hangs heavily in the air. Definitely un-beery.
T – Last time I had this I don’t remember being impressed, but that was before I understood that La Trappe actually made a few different types of ales and before I understood that my favorite of any type was a quad. Definite lighter fruits to start, lighter than a Bernardus or Rochefort. This gives way to a slightly sweet medicinal booziness and finishing with a slightly smoky flavor.
M – As noted, very fine carbonation and maybe…dense…at this temperature. Almost, like a Sierra Mist or Seven Up.
O – Rebuy. Very drinkable, smooth. Boozier than most others even though only 10% ABV
And this just in: after opening and writing review, I noted that this was not just the quad, this is the Oak Aged Trappist Ale quad from La Trappe.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 03:54:16 | More by PHSCAPT
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3 here. Random find on the shelves of Gator Beverage in Gainesville. Obvious age on the bottle, with the label worn a bit. Poured on 11-24-12, so been in the bottle for over 2 years. Pours very dark red with a bit of sediment. Larger head than I expected. Smells of lots of dark fruits: figs and plums galore. Candy brown sugar as well. Some oak and definite wine presence from the port. Flavor is outstanding, and very much like Rochefort 10 with some extra booze. Complex black cherry, plums, grape, fig, yeast, candy sugar, port, with the perfect alcohol warmth. Sip and savor this one. Now I’ll have to track down the other versions!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 17:13:54 | More by BMMillsy
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 10, Drank from my La Trappe Chalice

A - Pours a clear dark mahogany colour with an off white foamy head that reduces quickly.

S - Nice soaked wooden aromas with bread, malt and earthy aromas

T -Plenty going on here, with whiskey notes combined with nice malty fruits, the finish is a nice balanced caramel and hints of chocolate, not sticky at all and very smooth.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation. Smooth and delicate.

O - I enjoyed this brew very much and I can only imagine it would get better with a few years on it. The price is a little steep though. Almost a cross between Pannepeut and Pannepot

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 13:35:56 | More by eric5bellies
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a nice large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light dry fruits and residual sugar with some wood notes. Taste is also dominated by some wood notes with light residual sugar notes and dry raisins. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting experiment but I believe the regular version is probably better then this barrel-aged version and the white wine notes where quite hard to distinguish.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 20:45:36 | More by Phyl21ca
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 02:55:02 | More by Alieniloquium
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle... Batch #9 which I believe is red wine barrels, even though I was unable to find exact specifications on the brewery website. I realize it says i tried this in tap... I did not, this is a different batch, and the only way I could get this review in, was to have a different serving style.

A: pours a murky brown... Reminds me of iced tea, after my last go around with one of these oak aged quads I learned to pour carefully and leave the sediment in the bottle... Half a finger of tanned brown head after the gentle pour. Dissapates nicley, not much lacing to speak of.

S: red wine and oak notes right up front, nicley compliments the quad base here, that brings light notes of dark fruit, light plum and raisin. Smells nicley rounded.

T: much like the nose, although it seems the wine is toned down a little bit. Nice grape notes intertwine with raisin and plum and a touch if caramel and brown sugaryness, very nicley rounded.

M: the body is on the heavy side of moderate with moderate carbonation.

O: thisnisna very tasty brew, the red wine barrells really complimen the quad base excellently, very nicley done.

Serving type: growler

11-26-2012 03:31:02 | More by PeterIngemi
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3 bottle, just over 2 years old.

A: Pours sort of a ruddy dark brown. Big fizzy tan head. Fades slowly, leaving moderate fluffy tufts of lacing behind.

S: Fruity and dry. Got some raisin and grape mainly. A little oaky. Mild brown sugar and caramel.

T: Fruity initially with lots of dark fruit. Grape skin, raisin, cherry, banana and some plums maybe? Turns toasty, yeasty and oaky in the middle with a bit of caramel. Finishes a touch dry and earthy with some spices in there. Lots of yeast and cloves in the aftertaste.

M: Fairly heavy, carbonation is a little lower than normal making this borderline syrupy sometimes.

O: Excellent complexity and balance of flavors. Very fruity. Smooth and easy drinking, especially for a 10% quad. Barrel treatment pushes everything up a notch from the base beer, making it a slight improvement everywhere.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 04:55:26 | More by Dope
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 8, blended in October 2011 (70% Whisky, 30% New French Oak with medium toast). I managed to find an outstanding deal on this bottle, so I couldn't pass it up. Poured from a bottle into a Rochefort chalice. The pour is a dark, murky reddish-brown color that looks like raspberry iced tea. There is a thin head with very little retention and the carbonation is quite low. The nose has a lot going on. I smell white wine, oak, mint, and a little bit of smoke.

The beer has a full body, nice firm feel, and an extremely complex flavor profile. On the front of the palate I get a quick rush of the smokey peat from the whisky barrels. The peat flavor does not linger and become briney as in a glass of Scotch, but quickly develops into dark fruit and port wine. More dark fruit come forward on the finish as raisins and plums join in. I don't get much booziness at all other than the whiskey on the front of the palate and a little bit of alcohol warmth on the finish. Fans of single-malt Scotch would love this beer.

Overall, an astonishing beer with an incredibly complex flavor. Definitely commands your attention from the moment it enters the glass until the moment you take the last sip. Lovers of quads should seek this out, but try to find it at a reasonable price and check the batch number on the Konigshoeven website to see what kinds of barrels were used. Make sure it won't have any flavors that you yourself find objectionable.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 23:48:29 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 05:27:40 | More by Damian
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a goblet. ABV 10%.

A - Poured a slightly opaque orange-gold colour with greenish tints near the edges. Big bubbly head reduced to surface bubbles. Some lacing.

S - Caramel, candy, herbs, spices, port, hint of booze. Smells really inviting.

T - Sweet, candy, caramel, dark fruit, hint of spice, oak, a bit of smokiness, a bit of booze. Complex yet well balanced flavour. For 10% ABV the booze is quite restrained.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-heavy body, some stickiness, a bit of burn, smooth and well balanced, crisp finish.

O - Wow this is good! Easy to drink for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 04:02:35 | More by decimator
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 02:05:23 | More by AdamBear
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Serge

Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky dark hazelnut with a few ruby highlights, with a nice lasting off-white creamy head. Nose is molasses, prunes, dates, candi sugars, a little port, some alcohol. Taste is an initial light sweetness transitioning to quite a heavy sweetness in the middle and finish. Palate is medium to full, verging on the syrupy, yet with lively carbonation which makes it a joy to sip. More warming alcohol, stewed fruits, biscuity malt and cinnamon sugars in the long finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 04:53:31 | More by Serge
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ToasterChef

Maine

3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bottle of batch 8, which is a mixture of 70% whiskey barrel aged quad, and 30% new French oak aged quad. I've poured my bottle into a Chimay chalice.

The beer is colored dark brown, with some plum-like highlights. It is translucent, which a modest head of pinkish foam. There was not pop when I removed the cork, which makes me think the beer will have low carbonation, but there appears to be a decent amount of bubbles within my glass. The foamy head did not last long, which is unfortunate.

There is a nice balance of whiskey and oak aromas coming off of this beer. Also present are some fruity malt aromas, mostly purple fruit, like plum.

The beer has really impressive, fruity flavor. The alcohol is well hidden and feel as though I'm drinking a glass of naturally sweetened juice. Flavors of red grape and strawberry are dominate. A sweeter flavor comes forward as I swallow; it's more like candi sugar than anything else. Aspects of the whiskey and oak are also present, but neither is too strong. But can definitely be tasted though.

The beer doesn't have as full of a body as I expected, but the carbonation is what I thought it would be (a little low). It isn't very sticky for a 10% beer, and any quad that doesn't coat your lips in a tacky film is impressive. Internally, there is a coat left behind that has some fruity flavors. Carbonation can be felt, and this is the slightest burn from the whiskey barrels, but overall it feels very good for a barrel aged quad.

I like this beer a lot. I find it to be very tasty. It's too bad it is so expensive, as it is one of the more enjoyable quads I've had lately. I'd love to buy a bunch of bottles, but I don't think it's in the budget. That's ok though. This will remain a treat to look forward to. This beer is recommended to any fan of Trappist beers or other Belgian ales.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 01:08:28 | More by ToasterChef
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 12:29:02 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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srhoadsy

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my friend for this wonderfully interesting beer.

Poured into a large tulip. Has a lovely hazy brown color with a light colored quickly dissipating head.

Smells of vanilla, whiskey, burnt sugar and a hint of smoke.

Tastes match the smell along with the belgian yeast profile. Bananas, clove and just a touch of sour.

The body was the most interesting part of this beer, to me. It is medium to full bodied but also crisp like a sparkling wine or champagne. I noticed even after sitting, if I swirled the glass it would continue to effervesce.

I would definitely recommend this beer to others, especially fans of belgians. One of the more interesting beers I've tried recently.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 00:57:47 | More by srhoadsy
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 8.

Beer is dark brown with some reddish hints. Small to medium sized off-white head. Dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a film.

Oak comes through nicely in the nose. Smells of burnt caramel. Whisky. Dark fruit behind- prune, fig.

Taste is very nice, much better than the regular version, which I find remarkably sweet. This is still a sweet beer, but it is nicely tempered by the oak. Flavours are like the smell. Oak, vanilla, dark fruit, caramel, whisky. A bit smoky. Aftertaste is where the whisky comes out most strongly. I don't know if the barrels were from an Islay whisky but I wouldn't be surprised.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Quite smooth.

Overall, very good. I think that the regular La Trappe Quad is a good beer, but overly sweet. This solves that problem. A really nice use of the barrel. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 01:56:37 | More by jrenihan
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz corked bottle served in a snifter.
batch 8

pours a hazy deep amber / borderline mahogany tone while yielding a fairly short-lived 3/4" tan head; some swathes of lace evident. nose is both robust and interesting, offering a lot of the usual suspects one expects in a quad: dark fruit, beligian yeast, and a hint of caramel or toffee, but there are some oaky notes and a noticeable wallop of whiskey. i'm intrigued.

wow, flavor is something else. mostly follows the nose although with a stronger whiskey presence (whiskey here referring to scotch rather than bourbon, what with a distinct peat presence going on), almost as if a dash was added directly to the beer. very complex with dark fruit, caramel, belgian yeast, oak, and vanilla.

overall a decided winner - fantastic beer. my one real criticism (aside from the wallet hit) would probably be that the whiskey is almost *too* dialed it; i would prefer it scaled back just a bit. but the whiskey component is a unique, tasty twist on the style. not to be missed, especially for quad fans.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 01:54:26 | More by BostonHops
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Mbrown44

Delaware

4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 6: Blend of Oak and White Wine Barrels
A: Pours a dark ruby color with a half inch head.

S: Huge port and sherry soaked dark fruits

T: The flavor resembles the aroma and is mixed with vanilla and oak. Sugar soaked plums come through as it warms.

M: Finishes creamy w/ a slight a alcohol burn.

O: So different than most quads but I wouldn't change anything

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 02:02:23 | More by Mbrown44
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spdyfire83

Ireland

3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

265th Review
37.5cl bottle to snifter
Batch No. 8

Enjoyed at Café Rose Red in Brugge while visiting in early June 2012.

A: Deep brown. 1.5 (mocha) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Smells of whisky, oak, and dark fruit. Touch of booze, but sweet caramel and dark malt is quite welcoming.

T: Taste follows smell accompanied by notes of honey and smoked ham. Lots of barrel (whiskey + oak) on this one too; thus, booze is very pronounced - almost distracting.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A very deep, rich, and complex beer. The barrel presence on this is nice, but the whiskey character could stand to mellow a bit. I think this will get better with time/age but fun to enjoy now as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 19:04:29 | More by spdyfire83
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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...

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 19:10:56 | More by eduardolinhalis
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 8 bottle I bought while sitting at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA. Poured into a chalice...

A - Pours a dark, rich looking, reddish brown color that is a bit murky. Hints of ruby red shine when held to the light. A fluffy, eggshell white head forms about 1.5 inches thick that retains well but does recede to a film on the top of the body. Some slight lacing here and there.

S - Notes of whiskey, peat, and some slight smoke come out front at first nose. Pleasant oak aromas come through as well with the undertones of a solid quad making themselves known as well. Really a warm, inviting aroma.

T - Solid quad flavors of dark fruits come through first. Soon after, the flavors of oak aging really stand out. Flavors of oak, both new and charred, vanilla, whiskey, and some smoked peat come through as well. The interplay between the whiskey barrels and the quad flavors is really nice here.

M - A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Smooth feel like a quad should have along with a slight dryness from the oak influences. The alcohol also does a bit of warming here and there.

O - I really enjoyed this offering. I felt that the barrels added a nice layer of complexity to an otherwise standard quad. Not that the barrel integration was perfectly done, but more of an enhancement that stood out above the base beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 06:09:42 | More by KAP1356
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AgentMunky

California

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Notes:
"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."

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 04:40:01 | More by AgentMunky
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DARIVA

Netherlands

3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #9

A: Beautiful light brown beer with a good head.

S: The smell of lime.

T: Lots of lemon flavor and also some sweet flavors.

M: Low carbonation, reasonable ratio.

O: Prima drinkable and delicious aftertaste.

Batch #9 and batch #1 should be the best until now.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 09:43:17 | More by DARIVA
La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
95 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.