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

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BA SCORE
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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: 113
Gots: 152 | 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 ehammond1
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010)

Belgian Beer Festival 2011
Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

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...

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of STEG
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of McNealc31
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of gdw2
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!!!

Photo of cosmicevan
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of champ103
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3

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.

Photo of SykDoc
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ibbjamin
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of DaveHS
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3

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.

Photo of xaulzan
4.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of adman08
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Kshock
3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 3

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.

Photo of ChrisPro
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of nickhiller
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1
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.

Photo of tbeckett
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from ABS Drinks outside Brussels. Brought back home and shared with a friend. I'd seen this a few places and ABS had it cheapest at about 8 Euros. Batch 4. From notes.

A - Poured a one finger white head which went down to a film on a muddy amber coloured body. Filmy lacing with the film of retention as previously stated.

S - Dark fruit like plums and dates, vanilla, honey, and yeast.

T - Alot of the same with those rich dark fruit notes, vanilla, honey and yeast. The oak aging obviously had an influence on this. The dark fruit is more intense. There is an oak characteristic that comes out later too. Quite complex and interesting to sip on. Dark fruits are the strongest flavour and are nice.

M - Medium carbonation and a body that just quite qualifies as full.

O/D - Nice Quad. I couldn't tell if I liked it better than the original but it was enjoyable. Complex, tasty, and no noticable alcohol.

Photo of alexhahn82
2.88/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch #3

A. Heavy brownish read in color with a non filtered appearance.

S. Smell is, well, disappointing, no real hints of oak, or as far as thats concerned anything at all, very tame.

T. Taste is very mild and tame, which could be seen as a positive thing given that it hides the the high ABV.

Mouthfeel: is very light with a heavy carbonation , very mild bodied and a soft finish.

Overall: The tamest most non memorable Trappist that I have had, if there was a style to tie it to I would call it a session Trappist, But this beer under-delivers for being a $15 bottle, disappointed, yes.

Photo of DuncanIdaho
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 07-2010

Appearance: Hardly any foam, color is amber and cloudy

Smell: Caramel, Honey

Taste: Hint of liqourice, peach, apricot, cream.

Moutful: Throat feeling is slightly burning like a spirit, faint hint of smoke. strong after flavor, balance is great like a good whiskey.

Drinkability: Very easily drinkable, alcohol taste is light, very fullfilling beer.

This was a very expensive beer, I paid 14 euro for a single bottle but it was a real treat.

Photo of maximum12
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Jazzed to have this turn up in a local bottle shop, always enjoyed this brewry, & the happy to have a chance to try the oak-aged version of their quad. Not so jazzed about the small bottle size & price, but what can you do?

Popped the cork on this 12.7 oz. bottle & poured into my Dreamweaver glass that's getting a workout tonight. Pours a very dark orange. Smell is pure, recently mined rock candy. Straight-up sugar, nothing else. No hint of oaking.

La Trapped Oak Aged Quad is rich, fruity, head-spinningly sweet all-round. Very loud apples & pears, dripping liquid corn sugar, drown out the best of the beer. The oak is a distant spectator at best, really just dries out the aftertaste. Other dark fruits, figgy stuff, things that should be grown in Greece, heavy overripe bananas, heart-burn inducing spices. Ends on a bit of a darker note. I am wishing I'd split this little bottle with my lovely wife, now, the sweetness is going to be tough to down.

Well, good, but a bit disappointing. The sweetness just dominates with a whip & a heel, & everything else slinks around trying to avoid notice. Good brew, but I was hoping for a bit more distinction in the oaking.

Photo of Jeffo
3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at Geers in Gent a while back on another cool trip with Doops. Cheers!

From a 375ml cork and caged bottle into a La Trappe chalice.
Batch #2

APPEARANCE: Pours a smaller, medium looking off-white head with decent retention. Colour is a hazy sangria or maroon red with lots of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a thin film that stays until the end and leaves some nice lacing down the sides. Much the same as the regular quad, though with a somewhat smaller head.

SMELL: Definitely a quad that’s been in oak barrels. The quad characteristics, however, have been taken over by the barrel somewhat. Definite oak and vanilla aromas in there, with only hints of caramel and dark fruits in the background. Just a touch of spicy yeast underneath, but this is now more about the barrel and less about the base quad. Alright, but a little mute and not as interesting as the base.

TASTE: Much like the nose, though bolder and more enjoyable. The barrel is not overpowering by any means, certainly plays the lead role over the base beer. Some oak and vanilla up front, with a hint of caramel and dark fruits though the middle. Some plumbs and raisins are still there, trying to push their way through the oak flavors. A good dose of spicy yeast, with all the clove and pepper flavors that accompany it, come through at the swallow. A bolder and lingering aftertaste of sweet oak barrel notes and spicy yeast works well.

PALATE: Similar palate to the base beer. Medium body and carbonation. Not quite as creamy as the base, but goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. The barrel ageing has mellowed the alcohol burn a bit, which is a nice touch. Good feel.

OVERALL: I enjoyed this brew for sure. While the nose was a little less interesting and the palate a little flatter, the taste profile was quite intriguing. As a quad fan, this oak aged version blended the barrel with the base quad quite well, but consequently muted the base quad slightly in order to make room for the barrel. La Trappe quad is a very bold and flavorful brew, so it’s not surprising that the barrel had to make room for itself somewhere. Regardless, this is the first barrel aged trappist to my knowledge, and based on how enjoyable this one was, I hope we see some BA Rochefort 10 and Westvleteren 12 soon enough. Well done La Trappe! Cheers!

Photo of corby112
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml, batch 3.

Pours a cloudy, deep dark ruby red/chestnut brown color with mahogany edges when held to a light and a half finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. Thin rings and sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet estery aroma with hints of dark fruit, spice, candy sugar and a nice oak barrel presence. Slightly toasty with a sweet vinous character that compliments the dark fruit notes very nicely. Hints of grape, raisin, fig, currants and plum along with some other dark berries and some nice earthy oak. There's also some zesty spice notes with hints of pepper, anise and candy sugar. The nose on this beer is very complex.

Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a good balance of vinous and earthy barrel character, spice, estery Belgian yeast and sweet dark fruit. The barrel character is most prominent up front but it isn't too aggressive, allowing the flavors of the base beer to shine through. Great balance of toasted oak and sweet vinous notes. The blend of virgin, La Trappe and Port aged French oak creates a nice balance of flavor. Subtle smokiness with hints of vinous grape notes that compliment the base beer very nicely. Not boozy or hot at all, however, resulting in a very flavor, well balanced beer that is extremely quaffable. The barrel flavors are quickly balanced by the sweeter, spicy notes of the base beer. Hints of grape, currant, fig, plum and raisin as well as some faint alcohol sweetness, candy sugar and peppery spice.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer very much. I had high expectations going in and they were exceeded. If you love this brewery like do or Belgian quads in general, I highly recommend seeking out this beer. Excellent!

Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had some severe high hopes that this was going to be better than the regular version but I beleive that the orginal is still better. This beer pours out very similar to the regular Quad, it's basically the same brown color. This one might be a little easier to see through and the head is much thinner here. The aroma is a little bit let fruity and more wooden which makes sense but I was hoping that some of those fruit aromas would have been preserved in here. There a slightly sweet and sour aroma coming off it as well. I don't really get vanilla though. The taste has a little bit of vanilla but it's not nearly as lively as the original version. This beer has a similar mouthfeel but less bubbly. Overall both are wonderful brews but I feel that you can save a crap load of money and just stick to the original version.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375mL brown glass cork and caged bottle. Batch 3. Opened at 55 degrees from my cellar.

Pours a deep dark mahogany with some wispy off-white head. Nose is all about big vanilla bean shoving it's way past some banana-yeast to stand as the king over this aroma.

Palate is sharp with alcohol right off the bat. That big vanilla, bourbon-like presence is dominant. Lots of sweetness and that banana-y yeast flavor battling it out. Caramel and a suggestion of the classic wool flavor.

Notes: This beer is super sweet and getting into the cloying territory. I would have like more wood tannin or some extra hops to bring balance back to this beer. I do appreciate the uniqueness of the style and dig that it came from a Trappist brewery.

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