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

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96
world-class

475 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 112
Gots: 151 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of perennialpursuit
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of KAP1356
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.

Photo of AgentMunky
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."

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of bostonryan
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of sennin
3/5  rDev -30.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

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3/5  rDev -30.1%

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.

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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3/5  rDev -30.1%

La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
96 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.