La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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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
4.59/5 rDev +6.7%
This review is for the Batch 13 375ml bottle purchased at the monastery in April, 2013. The beer was stored at 58-59F for the past year.
According to the La Trappe site:
BATCH 13 (blended on 28 January 2013) was distributed as follows:
Type in BATCH
Late Burgundy barrels 91%
New Oak High Toast barrels 4,5%
New Acacia Medium Toast 4,5%
A: A murky brown with red hues. Very small white head that dissipates quick. Descent lacing.
S: The wood smell really pops with this. Notes of vanilla and burgundy stand out. Alcohol is well hidden.
T: The burgundy barrels really shine though on the taste. That is the first thing I pick up. Followed by the oak and the quad sweetness.
M: It is smooth with descent carbonation. Better the it's standard quad counterpart which for me has too much of a syrup mouth feel.
O: Excellent beer. I have had this before fresh and I am glad I aged a couple of bottles. If you like a Belgian style quad with a different take find one of these batches. I am glad I got the 13 as a red wine fan.
09-21-2012 19:24:29 | More by CoverMePorkins
4.15/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
09-21-2012 12:29:02 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
09-16-2012 00:57:47 | More by srhoadsy
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
08-30-2012 01:56:37 | More by jrenihan
4.43/5 rDev +3%
12.7oz corked bottle served in a snifter.
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.
08-27-2012 01:54:26 | More by BostonHops
4.78/5 rDev +11.2%
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
08-10-2012 02:02:23 | More by Mbrown44
3.78/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
08-07-2012 19:04:29 | More by spdyfire83
La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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