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

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Ratings: 446
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 100
Gots: 136 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of Phelps
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 3, poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Deep, tawny copper, dark and hazy enough to slightly obscure my fingers behind it. A soapy, one-finger head the color of cream crowns the beer for just a second before fizzling away to a thin ring, leaving behind horizontal streaks of lace as I drink.

The nose: tobacco, maple, raisins, banana, bubblegum, alcohol, smoky wood. I was told this batch was aged in sherry casks, but if I didn't know better, I'd say this spent time with scotch.

The flavor matches the nose well, though there's an increased breadiness and more alcohol than I expected. As it warms, the smokiness of the barrels gives way to the fruitier flavors, and a much better balance is achieved.

Light-bodied and bubbly like soda, with moderate carbonation and a pretty big alcohol burn. I could use more heft here.

Well, that was a bit of a disappointment. The barrel-aging adds a bit of interest, but the underlying brew just doesn't have the complexity of other top-tier quads. It was, at least, interesting with some parmesan.

Phelps, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of jamie2dope
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snagged this bottle up at Julios tonight on my way home. Poured in to a snifter, the color is a nice rose, with a ring of lace, and tiny chunks of yeast floating here and there. The smell is of peach nectar, honey, alcohol, and stone fruit. Taste is pretty damn close to the nose, with a nice lively carbonation. The oak barrel aging is apparent, but not too over the top. Same with the alcohol, definitely noticeable, but not overkill. Interesting to see a Trappist brewery use barrel aging. La Trappe Quad is one of my favorites from the monks anyway...wish I had a bottle of regular Quad to compare. Either way, damn tasty.

jamie2dope, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of crossovert
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged bottle, it is not a half liter bottle people below me. Batch 3.

It pours a plum/red/brown with a foamy off-white head that dissipates decently quickly with some decent lacing.

It smells awesome. It is has a lot of dark fruit scents along with some alcoholic scents like port and sherry and even a hint of bourbon even though there is none in here. The oak is huge, it is loaded with vanilla and wood scents. There is also some sugary malt.

The flavor is also good. La Trappe is probably the weakest of the Trappist Quads, but it still is a nice beer and the oak just adds to it. It is rich and fruity with a tang to it, and the oak is again in the forefront. It is very nicely oaked beer.

This one is decentlyhot, like a typical La Trappe Quad, but a bit more rounded from the barrels and the length of the aging though.

crossovert, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of BeerNemesis
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

La Trappe Quadrupel Barrique (Oak Aged) | 500 ml. | 10.0% ABV | 2010 vintage (Batch 3)

Brewer: Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Style: Quadrupel (Quad)
Glass: chalice

Appearance:
Dark plum with a pillowy, peach-hued head. Ample carbonation and decent lace.

Aroma:
Fermented dates and figs dance behind a pungent, oaky curtain of aromas.

Taste:
Malty and thick, almost sugary. Brandy-soaked cherries and dates make an appearance almost immediately. Later the alcohol develops a spicier, harder edge and coriander and white pepper shine through.

Mouthfeel:
Creamy in the beginning, but it doesn't take long for the intense carbonation to prick the tongue. The finish is dry and characterized by oaky tannins.

Harmony:
Complex as hell, but unbalanced. The alcohol is a bit too apparent, and there could be more of a hop presence to round out the sugary malts.

Would I get it again?:
Maybe.

Bottled: ?
Served: January 29, 2011

BeerNemesis, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of khumbard
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3. A blend of new oak, french oak, and port barrels (according to the La Trappe website).

Pours a murky reddish brown, small head that diminished down to a lingering ring. Smell actually reminds me of a sweet red wine. Very fruity, some oaky wine notes, pretty interesting and quite nice. Taste of this one is very smooth. The oak is pretty subtle, and the year in the barrel has no doubt mellowed this one out quite a bit. Definitely some tannic wine qualities, along with some fruity, estery flavors. It finishes with a slight bitterness and a lingering wine taste. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than I would hope, but the lower carbonation level works pretty well. I would say the drinkability is pretty high, but with a quality brew like this I am taking my time. Overall this beer is definitely an interesting take on the original. I would love to try all the different batches. A little pricey, but a unique and tasty brew.

khumbard, Mar 06, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy chocolate brown color with some honey highlights. The head is small and settles into a wispy ring. Plenty of yeast floaters.

The aroma is quite fruity. Red grapes mix with some tart apple and lemon flavors from the oak. Some light bready malt pick up. The oak really stands out in the aroma.

The taste is of raisins and grapes upfront. The tart green apples skin punch from the oak comes next. Some light chocolate and carob flavors bring a needed depth to the flavor. There are traces of some fusel alcohol.

The feel is light and spritzy. Sweet on the palate, finishes with some stickiness and ABV burn.

The beer feels a little raw but the oak adds another layer of flavor and works well with the style. The oak is strong in this one.

Gmann, Mar 05, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt. Batch 3.

Muddy amber, atypically pale for a quad. The head rises fairly high, but quickly settles to a film. There's some scattered lacing.

There's a ton of banana on the nose, totally uncharacteristic of the style but fairly enjoyable all the same. Some phenolic spice, alcohol and spicy oak round things out.

The palate likewise has a huge ripe banana flavor. Sweet, malty, lightly boozy and vinous. I don't get a ton of oak, not even much tannin in the finish. Spicy phenols appear in the finish, along with mild but noticeable alcohol. Ends on a semi-dry note.

Overall it's a pretty good beer, though the huge banana character was unexpected and not very quad-like.

largadeer, Feb 25, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle poured into my Narke tulip... A dark copper pour with a hint of dark orange, can look brown at angles, very light for a quad. The head is a dark tope, decent retention but a little weak and watery compared to what I'm use to. Ok lacing. Below average looking quad...The aroma is light dark fruits, tons of banana that is very weird, candi sugar, alcohol, and a hint of wood. Reminds me of a quad, but the banana is just weird, can't really tell that it was barrel aged. Doesn't smell bad, just not what I was expecting... The taste has a ton of the same notes as the nose, off quad flavors, but I think this tastes really good, super easy to drink. A ton of banana again, but adds a crushablness to the beer. Banana backbone, with alcohol, spice, and dark fruits. The oak is essentially missing again.

This is pretty good but I can't recommend for the price, way to expensive, especially when you don't really taste a barrel aged quad.

jrallen34, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of Neffbeer
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a chalice, Batch 3 is stamped on the back label.

A: It pours an amber/raisin brown color with a nice two finger slightly off-white head. The head retention is respectable, to say the least, and there is a good deal of lacing.

S: The nose is very malt forward, with sweet roasty goodness leading the way followed by raisins and stone fruit. The oak is present but not as pronounced in the nose as I would have expected. The bittering hops sneak through as it warms with some vanilla, and subtle chocolate.

T: Wow, this is fantastic. I feel like all of my senses are coming to a halt and my brain is about to shut down. The raisins and stone fruits blend seamlessly with the sweet malt and caramel goodness. Sincerely, the flavors are so well blended that it has become an organism unto itself. The oak adds infinitely to the goodness without taking center stage.

M: It is thick and viscous with minimal carbonation.

D: Can I buy more please? I have one more to cellar, but I will clearly need more of this greatness. Cheers.

Neffbeer, Feb 20, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375 mL bottle tried 19 Feb 2011. Poured in a ~300 mL Maudite snifter. Courtesy of OrgasmicChemist, thanks!

Small light brown head quickly dissipates. Cloudy orange brown color. Aromas of raisins, yeast, alcohol, brown sugar. Lots of dark dried fruit. Maybe some oaky dryness through the middle. Sweet tart throughout. Fairly drying oaky finish. Moderate alcohol. Medium body.

Could drink this all night.

htomsirveaux, Feb 20, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With greater delicacy and refinement than other Koningshoeven brands, this strong Belgian dark ale has genuine "Trappist" confectionate sweetness, but with the power and complexity that's expected of the entitlement.

The pour brings about a russet brown, hazy decantment that carries an eggshell-stained head laced with loosely knit bubbles for an airy/froathy appearance. As the foam reduces to a blanket of creme across the surface, the beer reveals intricate lacing patterns on the glass wall. A classy and masculine look.

A quick swirl brings to life aromas of ripe berries, cherries, apples, dates, and figs- all weaving into a yeasty/briney/winey scent. The bold esters and soft spices allow for a peak throuh of sweet maltiness that straddles cotton candy notes. The base alcohol scent adopts the oak character for a mild woody and pungent impression.

Flavors of sweet malty richness and powdered sugar lead the way with the fruity esters of brandy-soaked berries, dates, figs, raisons, and cherries. As the esters fade, the alcohol ushers in a spicier note that ranges from corriander and white pepper early, and sharper black pepper and cumin late. The alcohol flavor evolves into a mildly caramel/woody taste that gives greater complexity to the alcohol and yeasty fruitiness and spice.

Creamy and soft early on as the sweeter, fruitier notes prevail. But as the alcohols take command and the cherry/brandy taste grow, the beer becomes warm- to prickly- to numbing- and then somewhat hot or fusal. But the soft powdery tanins from the oak somehow keep the harsher alcohols in check for a pleasantly warm and solid dry finish.

For the first time (when discussing a Koningshoeven beer) can I begin to talk about some of the finer intangibles that separate Trappist Ales from most Abbey Ales. Notice that any mention of oak-aging is slight, as this character does a great job of smoothening the beer and adding subtle complexity without over-stating it. Although the alcohol could exercise some restraint in mouthfeel, the beer has the magical sweetness in taste that translate to succulent dryness late; and while offering many complexities that are difficult to describe... it is Trappist quality through and through. Definately the pick of the litter when considering the Koningshoeven portfolio. ...reminds me of a green Rochefort 6.

BEERchitect, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of basica
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a translucent orange-brown color into my La Trappe chalice yielding just a thin layer of beige foam clinging neatly to the sides of the glass (4)

S - Vinous nose with pleasant notes of yeast, oak, leather and dark fruity notes of grapes and plums (4.5)

T - Light caramel sweetness upfront quickly decked with intense vinous flavors of oak and leather in the middle gradually lifting to reveal some yeasts and dark fruity suggestions of plums, raisins lasting well into a tannic and slightly tangy finish with an after taste of malts and grapes (4.5)

M - Medium bodied thickness with the right amount of carbonation and a creamy smooth texture finsishing dry and with a pleasant warming (4.5)

D - Most interesting vinous nose and flavors with an almost flawless feel except perhaps for being a tad dry; sweetness and phenols highly evident in the regular La Trappe Quadrupel have clearly mellowed down pleasantly, giving way to an elegant wine-like beer, masterfully crafted to be so easy and pleasant drinking (5)

This is a Batch 1 bottle corked 07/10, serial KO3F10, procured from Tanakaya Beer Store in Meijiro, Tokyo at 2070 yen; a treasure unearthed and a clear purchase decision. This is taken shortly after my 2009 La Trappe Quadrupel and quick comparisons reveal a mellowed sweetness and phenolic nature as mentioned and the introduction of vinous, oak flavors. The fruity nature was also less succulent and felt more "matured" generally. Very interesting and will definitely revisit this batch and the other 3 batches in the 2010 vintage.

basica, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Brabander
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is by far the best Qaud i had from La Trappe. I got this bottle last sunday from my buddy Sietse, Apophis666. Thanks man!

Poured (i should almost say of course) in my Westvleteren chalice.

The beer looks very good in the glass. Not as dark as its opponents like the westy 12, the Sint Amatus and the Rochefort 10. Very little carbonation. It is a batch 2 bottle.

A light oak smell and taste. Good drinkable with a very good aftertaste. I am very surprised by this one because in my opinion this abbey brews not the best abbey beers. This one however is a hit!

Brabander, Feb 04, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

37.5 cl bottel poured into my lost abbey stemware glass
Batch 2

A : Pours hazy redish amber with a great, creamy, off-white head. Fine light lacing.
S : Aroma is sweet, vinious, light oak, mild milky, chocolate, a bit of plums and fat caramel.
T : Flavour is sweet, lots of fat caramel, tannins, vanilla, somewhat sharpish alcohol, plums, mild chocolate. Very delicious
M : Medium carbonation, fine creamy and light oily mouthfeel.
D : light alcohol taste from the barrels ( little whisky touch ) very drinkable

beerpirates, Jan 10, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that settles to a thin film and thick collar, leaving behind spotty lace. The body is a slightly hazed golden orange color that is very light for a quad, and seems to be lighter than the base beer?

S - Candi sugar, dark fruits, big banana that is oddly tripel-like. Some oaky vanilla and vinous grape character, mixed with some spicy alcohol.

T - Again, very vinous, with notes of candi sugar, dark fruits, apples and grapes. There's not a ton of overt oak, but more of a brandy character going on.

M - Smooth, medium-low carbonation, medium-full body. Creamy, with a light dry finish, and some warmth as well.

D - This is very good, although it smells and looks more like a tripel in some ways. I'm curious to try Batch 2 or 3, as I get a sense that they are all quite different. It's a bit too boozy for mass quantities, but I'd love to work through a bottle over a few hours.

MasterSki, Dec 16, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad I was able to lay hands on probably the rarest of all extant trappist ales, brewed in small quantities and at the time of review available only at the store of monastic brewery. 375 ml bottle, Batch 2, K28610, into 180 ml Chimay chalice. Beige, almost instantly dissipating head atop of clear amber body that gets hazier with additional pours. Honeyish aroma with oak, apple, and well restrained alcohol apart from apple brandy notes. Flavor is prevalent fruity tartness of apple accompanied by some alcohol warmth and slight astringency from oaky notes. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Overall, a very decent, well mellowed quad with bridled alcohol that I often find quite disturbing in La Trappe brews.

crnipeter, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of Frothboss
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks rich in color, bronze cant see thru it. Smells like caramel apple pie. Taste is complex....has a bitter bite sorta like sour apple and coffee with honey and a tangy aftertaste. I would definitely drink another...its one of my favorites. A great addition to any cellar.

Frothboss, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of yapi
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this one got me extra interested in beer... the result rests in my cellar and fridge now ;-)

batch 1

drank this at the bruges beer festival
S: and immediately was overwhelmed by the smell. Great caramel, coffee, floral, so so so good I had it up my nose every 5 seconds!

T: well, I'm in to all sorts of drinks, and this one combines all of my favs... it reminded me of wine, port (sweet), whiskey, coffee and of course beer, oak made it smooth, just one orgasm of intense drinking dreams! Only a bit too young, with a better balance I give this a 5 in taste easy

just a very promising beer, not cheap, but hey, an oak aged trappist... I hope this will stir up some other monks in doing the same!
Have 26 left... will drink my next in a couple of months

edit: just gave a higher score... I'm drinking my next one right now, after one month in 50° fridge... the taste is already perfect. Unbelievable! What a balance, no alcohol in there what so ever!

yapi, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of rvdoorn
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An oak aged Trappist beer, that by itself already sounds unique! Had this beer two times, once on tap, and once bottled. These two beers were surprisingly different, I will review the best one here (the one on tap).

Looks: hazy dark copper-amber color, with a nice but short head.

Smell: quite sweet in general, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts, dark fruits and some hints of alcohol and red fruits (cherries).

Taste: Full of sweet caramel and dark fruits. Oak is clearly present as well. In the end some warming alcohol and some hints of bitterness. Aftertaste is a bit too short. But in general, this beer is a bit too sweet and flat in taste for my pellet.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Very soft and smooth.

Overall: A very nice la Trappe beer, better than the regular la Trappe quad. As mentioned before, the sweetness in the taste was a bit too much, making this beer a bit simple. Compared to the bottled version, the tap version is very smooth and easy to drink. The bottled version is still a bit too sharp and needs at least another year before it can be fully appreciated.An interesting experiment for sure, can wait to try it again in a few years, then this beer should be magnificent!

rvdoorn, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of Machinehead
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer while in the Netherlands. Surprisingly good! (I thought I was ordering the Westmalle) Subtle sweet flavorings of caramel, and some spices, but hard to describe. Not much to say for the smell, though. Honestly though, this one should be up there with the Rocheforts.

Machinehead, Jul 16, 2010
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4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally for sale at the Vlaamse Reus in Wageningen. The oaked version of the La Trappe Quadrupel. I heard many good things about this brew from rvdoorn. Normally this brew is just available at the Dutch Trappist Brewery Koningshoeven. This year is a celebration year and that's why all ABT associated pubs are having or this brew or a vintage Quadrupel 2004.

A: Copper/brown color and a light brown head.

S: Roasted malts, caramel, dark and red fruits.

T: Wow this beer surely aged on oak. Roasted malts, toffee, dark&red fruits and a bit woody. Some warming alcohol and a slight bitterness. I would not be surprised if they used Brandy barrels for lagering.

M: Medium carbonation and a light/medium body. Nice dry finish.

D: Just great! I like the Quad, but this version brings something extra and in this way has a unique character. Now bottle it PLEASE!!!

PapaEugene, Nov 06, 2009
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La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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