La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
A - Pours with two fingers of light tan foam on top of an amber colored body with some small chunks floating in it. The rocky head settles fairly quickly but leaves nice lace.
S - Notes of oak and dark fruit. The base beer provides plum, cinnamon, and clove in the background.
T - Caramel and oak up front with some dark fruity notes of plum, black cherry, and port. The toasted oak really pops out in the middle as it pushes back against the fruit notes and brings out the phenolic yeast character of clove and pepper. The beer finishes with more thick, caramel and toffee malt as well as another hit of woody port and moderate bitterness to balance things out.
M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.
D - This is a very unusual beer, especially coming from a Trappist brewery. I have been happy to see La Trappe branching out recently and doing some new and unusual beers, this one is probably the best of their experimental beers that I have tried so far. The barrel aging adds some really interesting flavors and the port character in particular works very nicely with the base beer.
09-24-2011 05:35:50 | More by nickfl
4.65/5 rDev +8.1%
got my hands on a bottle while @ the Ginger Man in Midtown, NYC. Dark pour with forward aromas. Head retains itself well after pour. the Oak is not overpowering, a good complement to the dark sugars in the beer. The alcohol doesn't bite to hard at the tongue as in other higher alcohol beers do. overall a great drink that i would recommend to someone into oak-aged brews.
09-22-2011 02:26:11 | More by acperez88
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
On tap at Delirium in Brussels during last week's trip to Belgium. Reviewed from notes.
Served in a mini chalice.
Pours a moderately-dark brown with a bit of a mahogany hue to it. Large foamy head with good retention and nice lacing. The nose brings forward plenty of dark fruit and a bit of booze. Faint dark sugar and molasses plus a bit of oak. Good fruit and sweetness character in the flavor to balance the oak. Medium to full body with a nice barrel presence. Tasty brew.
09-15-2011 20:21:39 | More by Thorpe429
4/5 rDev -7%
A - pours a murky brown with almost no head to absolutely no head.
S - I don't get much of a smell. It's sweet and I can smell the alcohol but it doesn't put a lot off.
T - first of all it tastes good but it's unlike any other quad I've had. It's not complex at all it's such a light fruit flavor and a slight alcohol warming effect but the taste is so simple I feel like this is the worst review I could make.
M - light to medium bodied with heavy carbonation.
O - good but my least favorite for it's style.
09-14-2011 00:49:49 | More by mattboyer182
4.43/5 rDev +3%
Batch Six 375ml into a tulip. Plastic cork was very difficult to remove, pliers required. Pours a deep dark chestnut, minor light tan colored head required an encouraging pour, minor lacing.
Aroma is enticing with the classic dark fruits, maple and spices. The barrel is obvious, vanilla included. Vinous notes. Superb
The flavor echos the nose perfectly. The dark fruits, the barrel, vanilla and wine subtleties are all present. Slightly dry finish, zero bitter. Minor phenols appear at the beginning of the end. Excellent slow fading aftertaste till tomorrow. Less than medium bodied smooth mouthfeel. Warms wonderfully.
had it again
delicious, wonderfully delicious
but the plastic cork remains
I can only spare myself the aggravation by never buying another one till a different stopper is used - the effort to remove the cork crosses into stupidity
09-03-2011 23:47:16 | More by impending
4/5 rDev -7%
Another one graciously brought by stoutsnipas.
Small corked bottle, poured into a tulip. Unfortunately my review is from notes and I neglected to write down the batch.
Good looking brown beer with some shining highlights, and a large, long lasting foamy off-white head. Good lacing.
Aroma is quite good, with roasted malts, cloves, cinnamon, sugar, a little alcohol and some oaky/woody notes.
Near full body, the taste is quite good, but looking back on my original notes from the non oaked version, the aging did not seem to add much, and might have spoiled the balance, to some extent. This is not as good as I remembered, or reviewed.
It starts candy, lightly roasted grains, bread, cinnamon, a little warming alcohol.
My taste changed a lot, or this beer actually lost from aging.
08-26-2011 17:34:11 | More by brdc
4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
Bottled marked as Batch 6. Poured into a red wine glass, as I was at the cabin and didnt have my goblet.
a-seems a tad darker than I would expect from a typical quad. deep ruby brown with a half inch of off white head that hung around for a while.
s- dark rasin, brown sugar, lots of belgian yeast. very complex. not finding a ton of oak that I expected, but it smells great anyways.
t- lots of typical quad qualities. dark sugar, fruit yeast, caramel malt. raisin and some cherry. smooth oak seems to come through on the finish
m- nice carbonation but still a sort of creamy mouthfeel. abv is not noticeable at all. sticks with you for a while with a nice long finish.
overall, I think this was a nice play on a traditional quad. the oak gave it a nice finish but wasnt overpowering. a very complex beer that is up there on my list of favorites. a bit on the pricey side though, as I can get 2 rochefort 10's for about what I paid for this one.
08-20-2011 21:09:15 | More by crewfan16
4.6/5 rDev +7%
Batch 6. Poured into a goblet.
Appearance- Pours a deep coppery brown color with about a finger of creamy white head. Fades to a nice collar with a thin filmy layer atop the beer.
Smell- Dark fruits, caramelized malts, a little maple syrup, a hint of chocolate. Slight wood and vanilla when you really get into it. The fruits are the main star here.
Taste- Brown sugar, caramelized malts, and a bit of maple syrup up front. Then turning strongly towards the fruits. Cherry, plum, dried raison, a little banana bread as well; a touch vinous too. This leads to some nice bourbon notes. Oak, a touch of smoke, vanilla, and caramel. The finish has lingering dark fruits in a vanilla and caramel bath. The barrel aging compliments the base beer nicely, without overpowering it. Great complex flavor and it comes together excellently.
Mouthfeel- Creamy and smooth. The first few sips I thought it was a bit highly carbonated, but after drinking more, it is pretty perfect. A nice alcohol warming, but nowhere near a harsh burn.
Overall- This is a fresh batch and is drinking extremely well right now. I will probably try to grab a few more bottles to throw in the cellar and bust out on special occasions, like the next Chicago sports championship (minus the Cubs obviously), or something like that. Even at $20 I would not pass this up if you have the chance to try it. A no doubt top 20 beer for me.
08-15-2011 04:09:11 | More by JLeege
4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
Belgian Beer Festival 2011
Dark orange, auburn, and light brown. Very thin khaki head and this looks somewhat thin, especially for a quad. Dotted lacing down the glass. Unexpectedly unimpressive...
...though that's where the bad news ends...this is one fantastic beer!
A complex and divine aroma. The base beer stands out marvelously--dark fruits (figs, plums, dates, candied cherries), along with caramel, freshly baked bread, Belgian yeast tang--and then the earthy and woody aromas inch their way to the forefront. Tremendous.
A sweet and woody, though complex, quad. This beer is divine. The earth and vanilla from the oak is an excellent combination to the somewhat sweet, bready, tangy, and fruity quad. The dark fruits and bread are certainly this beer's magnificent base, but the Belgian yeast and oak add another fantastic layer.
Thin to medium bodied, though with high carbonation. A joy.
A tremendous oak-aged version of a fantastic quad. I would love to try this one again...and again...and again...
08-10-2011 16:55:59 | More by ehammond1
4.43/5 rDev +3%
375ml bottle from Argonaut Liquors, around $14. Into a NB Globe. Batch 3.
A: Deep red that verges on brown with an incredibly dense sand colored head that doesn't want to go away any time soon. Excellent rings of lacing where the head does slowly recede. Slightly cloudy, but that may be due to my slightly careless pour.
S: Interesting mix of oak, caramel, and brown sugar which makes a very pleasant, dessert like nose. I get a little bit of the fresh oak woodiness that I find in the Odell Woodcut series. Some slightly vinous notes as well. Surprisingly devoid of any insane yeasty esters/phenolic smells. Really nice.
T: Follows over nicely from the nose with brown sugar, and a bit of molasses, a decent amount of caramel as well. Oak definitely has a presence throughout the entire drink, slightly woody, but also some vanilla, and a bit of burnt wood/toasted wood as well, but not quite charred. Oak is quite long on the finish, and just a hint of bitterness lingers on the tongue. Slight bit of alcohol on the end, but it isn't out of place. Really a fantastic tasting beer.
M: Medium body, carbonation is a touch high for my tastes, but isn't overly high like other Quads/Belgian Strong Darks. Finish is dry, and without a doubt aided by the oak. Not much warmth in the mouth, but a definite warmth as I swallow. knock the carbonation back just a touch more and this would be really nice.
O: A little spendy, but definitely worth it now and then. I haven't had many quads recently, and beers like this really make me wonder why I've ignored many of these. Will definitely snag more of these if I see them.
08-08-2011 02:11:17 | More by pokesbeerdude
4.65/5 rDev +8.1%
Batch 2. A ginormous thanks to jeffo for this excellent beer. Poured into a chimay chalice room temperature.
Pour lighter than expected in color, mediocre retention of the off white light sandy head.
Smell has some fig, brown sugar, light spice, light phenols
Taste is another story, it got loads of complex flavors throughout moderate alcohol heat is complimentary to most of the flavors and there's a semi notable woodiness in this beer. it's got a considerable toasty character and has a definite belgian yeast presence as well as a considerable amount of vinous notes.
Mouthfeel is thin, slick, a bit too carbonated and hot, but I'm nit picking considering the style.
Overall an excellent beer and one I may seek out again.
08-05-2011 00:19:50 | More by STEG
4.75/5 rDev +10.5%
Pours an exquisite and hazy deep amber. Not much head, but a good amount of lacing. Smells of grapes, oak, and caramel. Then, there's the taste. Sweet malt, a nudge of bitter hops, then a familiar unctuous feel and flavor that reveals the oak aging. Full, creamy, round mouthfeel without being heavy. The 10% ABV warms on the way down, but doesn't overpower any of the magnificent flavors. Unsurprisingly, it becomes more complex and the flavors bolder as it warms.
08-01-2011 02:40:55 | More by McNealc31
4.85/5 rDev +12.8%
Batch #6 served in a snifter glass
Wow. I love this beer. It is very complex with quite a few subtle flavors and smells.
A - Dark amber color with a small lingering head.
S - Nice light aroma that almost seems to have hints of what smells like bourbon and vanilla. Very complex, but the smell of alcohol almost overwhelms any other scent.
T - WOW!!! Here is by far where this beer stands out to me. If I could rate above a 5 I would. So many subtle flavors. A previous post described it as "flowery" and "deceptive taste that would have me think I was drinking a beer with half the alcohol" and I agree despite the fact that I have a different batch. Definite woodiness, caramel, vanilla, and bourbon flavors. Alcohol is not overwhelming, but provides just enough warmth while drinking. I am having trouble being more descriptive than this, but it is just such a complex flavor.
M - Almost creamy. But a little bit over carbonated in my opinion. Great afterfeel.
O - One of my favorite beers I have had. Wonderful complexity to this beer!!!
07-29-2011 00:51:19 | More by gdw2
4.13/5 rDev -4%
picked up locally - batch 3.
a - opened the cork and cage and filled my La Trappe chalice. opened without much of a pop. beer poured a murky brown into the glass and settled rather opaque although I could see carbonation bubbling along the glass to the surface as well as small yeast hunks. not the crazy creaminess I love about the original, but there are nice thick patches of yeasty head on the surface and like the original, the head hangs out for the entire journey leaving thick coating on the glass sides.
s - as soon as I started pouring this beer the sweet smells started to fill the room. very boozy, in a vinous way. green grape on top of dark fruit. inviting and unique with a vanilla oaky coating on everything. some belgian sugar. fairly complex.
t - again, the booziness of the wood seems to take to the forefront. it is an interesting mix. there is a green grape almost white wine tingle on top of the classic quad. the barrels have certainly impacted the smell and flavor adding new levels of complexity and booze. although this is an interesting take on a classic, it came off a bit too boozy for me.
m - creamy and rich. lots of carbonation. very stong alcohol tingle in the mouth. after feel leaves my mouth coated in deep quad flavor.
o - overall, the oak adds a lot of complexity to the beer. the smells and flavors certainly have been altered from the barrel aging, but these barrels and this beer are not a match made in heaven and i really wonder if any barrel aging can improve this classic quad which is one of the few that defines the style for me. the original is not boozy at all in my opinion and the barrel aging really brings out the booze (perhaps with time this would be a gem?). definitely a solid beer and worth checking out if you are a fan of barrel aged brews and/or quads. i'd be interested to try some of the batches that use "toastier" woods.
07-23-2011 18:40:55 | More by cosmicevan
3.98/5 rDev -7.4%
A: Pours a dark orange/reddish amber color. A one finger bubbly beige head forms and recedes to a small ring. No lace is left behind.
S: Sweet malt, brown sugar and some banana esters. Light vanilla and wood aromas. I like it, but I wish there was a bit more barrel aroma.
T: Very sweet with some brown sugar and vanilla. Fruity esters of banana. Other fruity flavors of grape and cherries. Some more wood flavors than detected in the nose. I like it.
M/D: A medium to full body that is low on carbonation. This is pretty smooth with some tannin like like qualities. Very easy and enjoyable to drink. I will finish the bottle without a thought.
An enjoyable Quad. A bit more barrel character and this would be excellent. This is very good anyway. Something I like and would recommend.
07-22-2011 04:32:03 | More by champ103
4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
Got this courtesy of Stoutsnipas, much thanks. Batch #3. Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a nice amber color forming a 1 inch off-white head is short-lived leaving a nice over the top lacing. Sediment present with minimal carbonation visible.
The aroma is wicked, with a healthy blend of banana bread, vanilla, booze, and a nice roasted malt/toffee sweetness.
The taste is again a good blend of caramel malt sweetness combined with a vanilla and banana bread sweetness with an ever present hint of booze.
The mouthfeel is light bodied with a light but clean carbonation. Crisp and clean with a minimal dryness that does not linger.
Overall, this is a fairly drinkable beer. It is primarily hindered by the booziness of the drink. Components are solid with a bit too much bite to drink a lot of.
07-22-2011 03:55:54 | More by SykDoc
4.68/5 rDev +8.8%
Don't recall exactly what I paid for this corked and caged 12.7oz bottle, but I don't recall it being particularly cheap. I pour into an oversized snifter at 45 degrees to review. This is batch 3 as stamped on the back of the bottle.
Cork was a little tough to get out and a modest spurt of the carbonation lets me know it is not flat. The large off white dense head reconfirms that notion. A mysterious cloudy brown color which you can almost see through when held to the light. Superb lacing and a nice layer of retention sticks around the inner rim of the snifter.
First whiff is quite pleasing to me. Seemingly complex with sweet malts, dark fruits and a medicinal oakiness to it. Fig, raisin and prune all evident with an almost grape soda like sweetness to it. There is also molasses, brown sugar, Belgian spice and hints of butterscotch. I tell just through my nose that this is going to be velvety smooth with some welcomed warming from the alcohol.
This beer is damn near an oak bomb, if an oak bomb exists. The woody character takes on a smoky character as the beer warms. Dark fruits, lightly roasted malts. There is that warming alcohol.
As predicted, velvety smooth, a silkiness only the best Belgians retain. Perfect carbonation to hold up this medium-full body. World class mouthfeel.
This is a very impressive Belgian Dark. I can put it right up with my top 3 favorites in the style. If you run across it, get it!
07-07-2011 04:38:26 | More by ibbjamin
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
A-Pours gorgeous dark amber with about an inch of rocky, foamy head. Reduces quickly, leaving intricate, sticky lacing.
S-Dark, sweet fruit, port wine,vanilla, circus peanut candy, banana chips.
T/M-The barrel character is subtle, but significant. Adds a dimension of oak and port wine to the already complex, world class Quad flavor profile. Carbonation is fairly low, but holds it all together effectively.
O-Pretty goddamn good. Will cellar a few of these. In the echelon of Westvleteren.
06-30-2011 04:54:44 | More by DaveHS
4.93/5 rDev +14.7%
Batch #3, poured in a snifter glass. Enjoyed with a smile.
This beer reminds me of a time I was traveling with my family in Croatia. I was 14, interested in women as long as they weren't super hairy. I don't like that, keep it in France.
We went to visit a castle there, it was an amazing spectacle that you could see from the port we landed on. Before I proceed with this story, how about a quick one... I saw a girl my age on a topless beach, it was amazing. There wasn't much going on, but it was okay because I was the same age. It's not okay for you to picture it, creeper.
Anyway, the castle. This thing was incredible. Everything was preserved pretty well, especially the electric elevators. We rode one up to the main floor of said castle, and proceeded down the entry way. It turned out there was an exhibit going on in the castle. "Bitchin!" I thought. Then we got closer.
I don't know if all Croatians are into this stuff (let me know either way, I'm interested if they are or not), but we were at an exhibit full of Dominatrix style porn. Straight up, abusive ass porn. Whips and chains everywhere, screens playing porn, hairy armpits and lower regions (which is code for vaginas) everywhere.
It was a mess, and I was with my grandparents. I was embarrassed, yet intrigued. Anyway, we decided to go to the top of the castle, check the lookout, and then leave as fast as we could.
We got in the elevator and hit the top floor. We rose about 5 feet, at the same pace elevators normally ascend. Then the elevator stopped and all power went out.
We were all thinking the same thing, "I'm about to get raped by a woman with a whip and my grandmother is in the same room".
I was upset, I wasn't going to have the second person I had ever had sex with be a hairy Croatian with a whip. It's just not my style. And I wasn't mentally prepared, either.
Anyway, when the power came on and we made it to the top of the castle. It was actually really nice. Had a view of Dubrovnik and some homeless people.
I'm glad I didn't get raped in front of my grandmother by a fuzzy Croatian. I have nothing against Croatian women, they're gorgeous, but the ones that were on the offensive team were not. Otherwise I would have been more receptive, grandmother or not.
This beer is like one of those gorgeous Croatian women. I'd let it make sexy time with me in front of my grandparents. Any. Day.
Appearance: A gorgeous Croatian woman
Smell: Roasted Bananas, Alcohol
Taste: Probably like a gorgeous Croatian woman tastes, I have no idea. Vanilla Oak, dark fruits. It tastes incredible.
Mouthfeel: Obviously, like a gorgeous Croatian woman. I'm gonna go ahead and pass up the opportunity to directly compare mouthfeel and women. More carbonated than expected, but actually it's perfect. Good body, excellent carbonation that lightens it up a bit.
Overall: This thing was a little pricey, which is better than being a little dicey (Croatian castles). I dropped about $17 on this thing, and I'd do it again. In fact, I bet I'll do it tomorrow.
Suck on that, hairy armpit ladies.
06-21-2011 05:12:23 | More by xaulzan
United Kingdom (England)
4.9/5 rDev +14%
Cork and caged 37.5cl bottle: Batch 3. Given to me, as a gift by Rudi from De Bierboom in Brugge, thanks Rudi.
Poured into a Westvleteren chalice (and a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip, which got the sediment and bottle remains).
Deep, dark brown/reddy coloured body, thin covering of off-white bubbles on top, clear without the sediment, the Hoegaarden glass held a different view.
What an incredible aroma, spiced bananas in a liquorice flavoured custard.
The taste is equally as incredible as the smell, port wine can be added to the thoughts from the aromas, this is a complex beer and I loved it. The beer excites the taste buds, loads to find and enjoy in the flavours: malty molasses, various fruits, more spices and herbs than you could shake a big stick at, Port wine and chocolate flavoured liquorice in abundance, a truly different beer. I don’t normally like beers that have been ‘messed around with’, but the Oak Aged bit seems to work with this beer.
Almost gave this beer straight 5’s, had to sit back and think about it, so easy to get carried away when a beer is this good!
06-18-2011 19:51:25 | More by BlackHaddock
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
A-Pours a deep copper color with minimal head.
S-Very sweet, malty aroma with a hint of wood.
T-Flavors of toffee and oak. Strong alcohol.
M-Lots of alcohol. Very sticky with light carbonation.
Overall, an exceptional beer. The oak aging creates a smoothness and a bit of sweet flavor. Hard to find this beer but worth the effort. Go get some.
06-14-2011 02:43:52 | More by adman08
3.63/5 rDev -15.6%
A- A very deep ruby red color, almost a burnt brown color. Little white lacing, started with a decent head, but quickly subsided.
S- Belgian dark sugars, with some hints of banana that are more apparent than you would think. Awesome but mellow aroma.
T- Dark fruits, no sugar taste. Caramel malts and mild fruit flavors is what i get. Very clean for the style.
M- Nice and light on the palate, some bubbles from the mild swish in the mouth...typical of a trappist.
O- Very good beer, but i felt it was a TAD bit of a let down. None the less a good beer, but not great.
06-03-2011 01:31:23 | More by Kshock
3.83/5 rDev -10.9%
2010 Batch 3 Tasted blind as part of top 10 quad tasting with callmemickey and sideshowe.
A - Pours dark orange with light cream head.
S - Very estery with a little citrus. Some booze on the nose along with vanilla and coconut that makes me think this is bourbon aged.
T - A little sweetness with slight tartness and a ton of vanilla oak.
M - Sharp carbonation with high alcohols. Medium body with a hot finish.
O - A pretty interesting take on some oak aging. A solid beer, but just not in the same league as the others in the list. Finished #9 of 10.
05-25-2011 14:38:39 | More by ChrisPro
3.79/5 rDev -11.9%
A sipper. Batch 4 at The Ginger Man. Fruity appearance with an eighth inch of white head and lacey. Above average in every way and less fruity and sweet than the non BA version. A tad acidic. Fruity and citrus. Alcohol warming. Full bodied, with oaky taste there and it is balanced. Wonder how complex this would be in five years.
Batch 3 was lost on the potluck of ageing. Very boozy, not greatly drinkable.
05-19-2011 14:03:39 | More by Sammy
4.58/5 rDev +6.5%
A: thick and syrupy brownish-red, no head but great lacing and rings left behind.
S: oak at first, then chocolate syrup, butterscotch, Christmas pudding (raisins and spices), currants, overripe bananas, brown sugar.
T: fresh malt, sweet apples/pears, waves of oak, port wine and vanilla aftertaste.
M: you would never know that it is 10% ABV, it's incredibly smooth and mild.
O: so smooth, not too sweet or too alcohol-y. The nose was amazing, easily the best part, apart from the taste. A pretty perfect beer all around, there's not much that I would change about this.
05-18-2011 00:46:30 | More by nickhiller
La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
95 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.