La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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3.98/5 rDev -7.4%
12.7 ounce/375 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch #3. I've had this bottle for a while now, so I might as well drink it! Served in a Dogfish Head Signature glass, the beer pours a murky amber/brown color with about an inch light tan head that didn't stay around for too long. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is malty and sweet, it smells like brown sugar, oak, caramel malt, dark fruit, Belgian yeast, and port. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some banana and dark fruit flavors noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. Overall I think it's a good but not great beer. At $14.99 a bottle I probably wouldn't buy it again, but even then I still think it's worth trying.
12-10-2011 00:09:42 | More by bluejacket74
3.78/5 rDev -12.1%
Pours an opaque orange hued brown body with an off white head.
The bouquet is both complex and unique. Bananas, apples, plumbs, brown sugar, and spice.
Brown sugar and malty sweetness start things out on the front of the palate. Fruity esters of banana, spicey phenols, and subtle oak notes add layers of flavor. The spice seems to turn slightly astringent on the finish.
One of the mildest uses of oak aging I've come across. If you were expecting some big vanilla or wine notes, you won't find them here. Maybe the barrel was going neutral by the time it was filled with beer. This bottle is over a year old, but in my experience, barrel flavors don't really mellow over time. The yeast character and sweet malt are the primary flavors. I don't know that it delivers the goods for the price (~$15 per 375), but it is a good beer. I feel a bit let down, but I've never been the biggest La Trappe fan anyway.
12-05-2011 00:03:24 | More by BradLikesBrew
4.3/5 rDev 0%
This was a unique find. Hell of a smell. Lots of toasted oak, Carmel, candied sugar, licorice, bready notes in the nose.
Gorgeous dark brown pour with a small egg white head. Little to no lacing.
The taste is wonderful with be oaky barrel characteristics truly breathing life into this quad. That is followed by lucious candy coated plum and dark fruit bread taste that lingers around the palate.
11-24-2011 02:59:35 | More by Patrickbrusil
3.7/5 rDev -14%
I bought this bottle at the Drankengeers in Oostakker Belgium. I am really looking out to take a sip of this beer. I have a bottle of batch no. 5.
A - A beautiful hazy dark amber. There is a lot of yeast swirling around in my glass. I didn't shake the bottle, but still it there. The foam disappears rather quickly, and a thin layer remains. There is no carbonation in my glass.
S - Oh, a very strong oak smell mixed with a sour scent. That is something I dislike in a beer.
T - Velvet! This is really something different than the original one. I can already say that I liked the original one more, but this is a beautiful attempt to make something good, better! The sourness is gone though.
M - The taste makes an evolution in your mouth, first comes a little sweet from the original, second there is the medium carbonation, than comes the white wines tones, after that comes the oak, through to a slightly dry and bitter finish. After swallowing, the tastes of fresh oak lingers around and around.
O - Like I said; a beautiful attempt to make something good even better.
11-17-2011 16:12:55 | More by Mar02x
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
With a sandy colored head of creamy soft suds on top, this beer has an amber body with sediment stirring about. Awesome retention of the head.
The nose is quite malty with lots of sweetness in the form of brown sugar and caramel. A light oak scent leads to some vanilla also.
Complex as hell is the flavor. Some rum raisin and fig along with caramelized sugar and vanilla. Some noticeable alcohol with some of the oak coming in at the end. Not much oak. Tastes much like regular La Trappe Quad, which is still awesome.
Very dry with a body that feels relatively light from the soft and abundant carbonation.
I really like this beer, but I must say that it is nowhere near its price tag. $17 for 12.7 oz.? I'd rather go with a full 750 of regular La Trappe Quad for $6 cheaper. This is still a great beer, but it's hard to notice the oak aging and it's cost is not really worth it. I will enjoy the hell out of the rest of it though.
11-15-2011 03:04:30 | More by jera1350
4.22/5 rDev -1.9%
Batch 6, 12.7oz bottle in a Libbey goblet.
Deep dark brown/slightly amber color and very thick in appearance with no opacity, typical of a Trappist. Very small, short lived cream colored head that quickly dissipated to a very sparse head, light lacing was very sporadic.
The nose was very strong with an array of fruit, mostly apple, banana, and other nondescript citrus accompanied with hints of malt breadiness and a bit of yeast. Very welcoming and rather surprising with the abundance of fruit.
Very smooth mouthfeel with light to medium carbonation, slightly bitter up front but leads way to a very mellow sweetness of the aforementioned fruits and some other malt sweetness.
11-06-2011 21:16:38 | More by eslemarc
4.65/5 rDev +8.1%
Thinnish white head, caramel body.
Nose is boozy with wood/peat (like Scotch), some cheese (like cheese with cranberries.
Taste is fantastic, spice, lots of fruit (plum, candied apple), significant chili pepper spicyness, and an ashen smoky, peaty finish. Drinks like a meal, dessert first, then main course.
Smooth, rich mouthfeel, carbonation is rather bright.
Fantastic taste, truly an exemplary quad.
Batch 6 is good as well, white wine is kind of an interesting choice, but the sweetness gets balanced by the smokiness in 7 and the dryness/vinuous tart character from the white wine in 6. Decent lacing, too. The dryness and sweetness kinda clash and its a bit rough feeling (like sandpaper tongue) but not bad.
11-06-2011 01:45:32 | More by zaphodchak
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
I kept this one for about a year after I bought it. Poured into a chalice glass.
Pours a dark copper color with a thick, cloudy white head and great lacing along the entire top of the glass that lasts long after the pour.
Smells of caramel and roasted malts, slight alcohol smell on the back end. Similar to a barley wine.
Taste- so many things going on here. Immediate caramel on the front, followed with notes of oak and alcohol. Finishes with alight bitterness. Everything is well balanced, the alcohol is present but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is good, creamy anf carbination isn't overpowering.
Overall this is a great beer, well worth the money. The blending and the oak presence is well balanced as is the taste. I would gladly buy another bottle of this one!
10-29-2011 00:16:55 | More by Treyliff
3.83/5 rDev -10.9%
Reviewed from notes...
A - Pours a light mahogany with a one finger off white that dissipates at a hasty pace. Lace is minimal...
S - Plums, caramel, sweet malts, and various other dark fruits. Don't pick up any oak...
T - Plums, apricot, figs, with a good amount of sweet malts. Finishes with some caramel sweetness, a little oak, and some alcohol. Oak is very subdued. Tasty...
M - Nice creamy feel. On the higher end of medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation...
O - Solid brew, but a little expensive for what it is imo. Would definitely be interested in trying this one again if it were offered to me, but I don't see myself purchasing another bottle...
10-24-2011 21:44:18 | More by comfortablynumb1
3.68/5 rDev -14.4%
375ml. bottle Batch #3 poured into my Duvel Tulip.
Appearance: Virtually identical in appearance to the standard La Trappe Quad. Nice light brown, almost amber, lighter than expected (certainly much lighter than other Quads/Dark ales). Decent head and minimal lacing.
Smell: The Port announces itself immediately, so dominant that it’s difficult to detect any dark fruit aromas underneath.
Taste: Wow, a very different beer. The Port alcohol is up front, the key flavor component to this bottle. The flavors present in the original quad are very muted and almost hard to detect. Not a bad experience but a very different one, this is a boozy quad.
Mouth feel: Good carbonation, smooth and not too thin from the barrel aging.
Overall: I drank this beer immediately after having a La Trappe Quad and as I said above it is truly its own animal. Honestly I prefer their standard Quad as there is more diversity in flavor. This one was dominated by the Port.
10-16-2011 23:33:38 | More by BobZ
4.97/5 rDev +15.6%
batch number 3. poured into crystal chalice. served at 61 degrees.
pours a honey brown. light lacing with a small head.
man. this is the best smelling beer ive ever come across. dark fruits dominate. sweet as can be
dark fruits with a heavy toffee aftertaste. alcohol content is virtually non existent.
cant believe my little liquor store carried this. at 20.00 this is super pricey but well worth it. the best trappist beer or for that matter Belgian style (made in holland) beer ive had. its a shame the Bros havent tried this yet.
10-07-2011 06:09:09 | More by ikantspel
La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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