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

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

464 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 110
Gots: 145 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

futurecode, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of DARIVA
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.

DARIVA, Apr 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

denimdemon, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Reagan1984
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very excited for this beer as the standard Koningshoeven Quad is one of my favorites and imo an “under the radar” beer.

Bottle marked Batch 3

Thick two fingers of off white head build in my tulip glass and as the head recedes a layer of lace is left behind. The beer is a deep amber color with lots of burgundy.

Aroma is thick with dark stone fruit including cherry.

Very interesting. At first you get some familiar flavors from the standard La Trappe Quad, then there is a vanilla flavor that comes in. Interesting meld of cherry/vanilla. Later there is some straight oak and a moment of plum. Back to vanilla. What’s interesting is that as it warms I get a slight sense of cocoa powder. Doesn’t make any sense, but I do.

So smooth and silky here. The carbonation is so fine you barely notice, but it does play it’s role.

Nice beer. Pretty complex and some interesting changes as it warms. I can’t believe the wonderful mouth feel here.

Reagan1984, Apr 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

aztraz, Apr 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

TheBierBoutique, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a dark orange amber with tons of floating particles. Half finger head and lacing. Pungent fruit and phenolic aroma. Sweet fruit, sweet malt, raisins, grapes, banana, vanilla, phenolic flavors. Tastes great, but I don't really detect a strong oak flavor and it may be a bit on the cloying sweet side. An enjoyable quad, but at the price, I would buy one of the others out there.

LiquidAmber, Mar 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

beagle75, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of Blakaeris
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very cloudy caramel brown. Head is initially dense, but quickly dissipates to a thin ring.

Aroma is bold caramel and toffee with hints of brown sugar.

Taste is surprisingly rich and leathery. Caramel and toffee from the nose still make an appearance. Very dry and oaky, with good bit of vanilla. Finishes with orange rind bitterness, brandy soaked dark fruit and alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Rich and chewy.

Very interesting and flavorful. Flavor is pleasant and unified. I would be happy to pick this up again.

Blakaeris, Mar 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -30.1%

sbricker, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a challice/goblet. Batch #6, real long composite cork and no pop upon opening whatsoever.

A real dark garnet murky brown, body. Cloudy, there are some flakes in the body. Head forms nice and creamy looking with an off white, kind of yellow color. Manages to keep a nice puck throughout drinking.

What a nose on this beer. Aged in white wine barrels, real creamy smelling oaky vanilla dominates. White chocolate, cream, no heat whatsoever, like a bourbon aged barrel beer, I am shocked that this came from a wine barrel. Little bit of toffee

Taste follows with an unbelievable creamy texture. Whipped up merringue like cream, vanilla rich, small toffee, and a soft taffy candy like taste on the finish. Hints of sweetened condensed milk, white chocolate, but nothing too sugary granular or crystalized sugar. Marshmallow in feel and subdued taste also!

This is a VERY unique tasting quad, never had anything like it, this is from wine barrels? Wow shocking. Fabulous beer.

smakawhat, Mar 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Tumble, Feb 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

JimDH, Feb 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -30.1%

drummermattie02, Feb 18, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 6

Pours dark amber in La Trappe chalice. Almost no head. Slight bit of cream colored bubbles around sides of glass.

Smell is of characteristic ripe fruit (plums), and caramel. Also a heavy alcohol presence.

Taste is sweet malt with lots of caramel and some light smokey oak. Taste is boozy. Some moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and full bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall this was a little too boozy for me. Not my favorite of the Quads, but I can understand the appeal of this for others. I did'nt know anything about this beer before I opened it. Probably should have let it cellar for a year or so.

TrappistJohnMD, Feb 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

VierBier, Feb 04, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle (batch 3) split with pmsawyer and poured into a pair of goblets. The brew appears a clear amber that is a burnt brown through the middle and orange around the edges. A big bubbly cap sits atop and recedes fairly quickly leaving some spotty lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweet like candy sugar mixed with a fruited element like dates, plum, prune, raisons and a bit of citrus. Some fruited quality blends into floral territory with brown sugar. There is a mild inclusion of oak and some herbs across the back as it warns up along with an increasing presence of the alcohol.

The taste is just as sweet as the aroma leads on. Candy sugar mixes with dark fruited quality and done herbal hops keep the sweetness in check in minor bitterness. The alcohol is warming with a mild solvent touch that never gets too exaggerated. Despite the initial sweetness, this really dries out towards the finish. A little bit of rindy orange zesty bitterness is the last thing remaining on the palate.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation, it is big and enjoyable with a pleasant balance of character. The oak was not overly done, in fact it was pleasantly subtle and really worked as a background nuance that made for a top shelf experience. This is a solid example that is worth checking out. This ranks right up there will all the other quads that get a lot more fame and attention in the category,

stakem, Feb 01, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

one hell of a beer! cork and cage rig, mine says batch 7. poured hazy copper woody color into a goblet with a small off white head. smells very oaky and smokey. notes of sweeter malts, english toffee, and thick unrefined honey all dance in the nose. flavor is wood aged right up front and bold. very laid back flavors of bourbon, honey, and straw. really nice complexity and mellow alchohol given the 10% abv. mouthfeel is nice too, carbonated just enough and a heavier medium body. this one feels rather delicate despite what it is. overall one of the best belgians in the world as far as i am concerned. i could drink this nectar every day and be a very happy man. 20 bucks a bottle is a little steep, but its a lovely drink!

StonedTrippin, Jan 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

samEBC, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

ChefHopMeister, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BATCH #3
A: A foggy brownish amber with a head that barely hangs on.

S: Smells of deep rich figs with a great subtle layers of oak and cherry.

T: Deep caramel, cherry, bananas. The taste blended of rich fruits that melds perfectly together with the oak that kicks in, in the background. Extremely complex but far from overwhelming(in a good way). For sure worth the price.

M: Oh man it sits on your tongue perfectly. Nuff said

O: I have another one of these boys sitting in my cellar. I really can't wait to crack this one again at the 3 year mark. If you see it buy it and treat your taste buds.

PatrickSwayze, Jan 16, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3 bottled 9/10

Appearance: Cloudy. Carmel, A thin fine head. Opaque.

Smell: Very complex and very good. Molasses, carmel, fruit. The batch 3 used 55% port cask and it really shows. It is much more, dare I say, tropical tasting than the original. I get notes of pineapple and raspberries and it's fantastic. At 10%, there is no alcohol taste. Exceptionally well layered and complex. Something to behold in my opinion.

Taste: Carmel, molasses. very layered. The oak comes through and adds a nice backbone to it. Figs, earth, with a bit of alcohol. It evolves greatly while oxidizing.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, spreads nicely. There is a nice amount of carbonation that adds a nice touch.

Overall: A great beer that really benefits from the oak. I love the original and this really added a wonderful touch. The nose is fantastic and it gained a great amount of fruit and layering from the aging. I had been looking forward to this for a while and it didn't dissapoint. I really enjoyed it.

Batch 3, aged 1 year then poured from a bottle into a orval snifter.

cradke, Jan 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

N8DAGR8, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

godmare, Jan 08, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*I have multiple reviews under this review (one for each batch). Highest ratings are added to each category

La Trappe Oak Aged Quad Batch 6

Appearance: orange-brown, medium head, and good lacing. 4

Smell: alcohol, dark fruits, and a faint toffee. 4

Taste: dark fruits, oak barrel, and a slight brown sugar sweetness. 4

Mouthfeel: medium and subdued. 4

Overall:
This is a pretty good brew. For being a tad on the watery side, this is a pricey one. The flavors are pretty well balanced, but could use a little tweaking. 4

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La Trappe Oak Aged Quad Batch 7

Appearance: brown, medium head, and some good lacing. 4.5

Smell: yeast, dates, figs, and other dark fruits. 4.5

Taste: banana, oak barrel, faint yeast, and a maltiness. 4

Mouthfeel: medium-light. 4

Overall:
This is a good batch. The oak flavor is very strong. The dark fruits are plentiful in the aroma, but very faint in the taste. 4

megahurts4, Jan 08, 2012
La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
96 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.