La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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3.95/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
12-21-2012 20:45:36 | More by Phyl21ca
3.63/5 rDev -15.6%
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...
12-04-2012 02:55:02 | More by Alieniloquium
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
11-26-2012 03:31:02 | More by PeterIngemi
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
11-19-2012 04:55:26 | More by Dope
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
11-11-2012 23:48:29 | More by deadonhisfeet
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
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.
11-10-2012 05:27:40 | More by Damian
4.68/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
11-05-2012 04:02:35 | More by decimator
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.
10-17-2012 02:05:23 | More by AdamBear
4.75/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
10-09-2012 04:53:31 | More by Serge
3.85/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
10-08-2012 01:08:28 | More by ToasterChef
La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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