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

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged)La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Netherlands | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In 2009, the Koningshoeven brewery reinstated an age-old tradition: aging La Trappe Quadrupel in oak barrels (also known as ‘barriques’).

This way of aging ale results in a unique, complex flavour, which varies from one type of barrel to another. Quadrupel can be conserved for many years, and is a real treat for true ale enthusiasts. And this is yet another ale that continues to ferment after bottling, while its rich taste and high tannin content are likely to even surprise many a wine drinker!

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%

BATCH 14 (blended on June 24, 2013).
Acacia Wood - 7%
New Oak Barrels - 11%
Limousine Barrels with Cognac - 82%

BATCH16 (blended in March 2014)
Brandy 36,5%
Oloroso 27%
New Oak Medium Toast 10%
New Oak High Toast 10%
Late Burgundy 10%

Added by PapaEugene on 11-06-2009

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Reviews: 166 | Ratings: 553
Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 6

Pours dark amber in La Trappe chalice. Almost no head. Slight bit of cream colored bubbles around sides of glass.

Smell is of characteristic ripe fruit (plums), and caramel. Also a heavy alcohol presence.

Taste is sweet malt with lots of caramel and some light smokey oak. Taste is boozy. Some moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and full bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall this was a little too boozy for me. Not my favorite of the Quads, but I can understand the appeal of this for others. I did'nt know anything about this beer before I opened it. Probably should have let it cellar for a year or so.

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Photo of stakem
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle (batch 3) split with pmsawyer and poured into a pair of goblets. The brew appears a clear amber that is a burnt brown through the middle and orange around the edges. A big bubbly cap sits atop and recedes fairly quickly leaving some spotty lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweet like candy sugar mixed with a fruited element like dates, plum, prune, raisons and a bit of citrus. Some fruited quality blends into floral territory with brown sugar. There is a mild inclusion of oak and some herbs across the back as it warns up along with an increasing presence of the alcohol.

The taste is just as sweet as the aroma leads on. Candy sugar mixes with dark fruited quality and done herbal hops keep the sweetness in check in minor bitterness. The alcohol is warming with a mild solvent touch that never gets too exaggerated. Despite the initial sweetness, this really dries out towards the finish. A little bit of rindy orange zesty bitterness is the last thing remaining on the palate.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation, it is big and enjoyable with a pleasant balance of character. The oak was not overly done, in fact it was pleasantly subtle and really worked as a background nuance that made for a top shelf experience. This is a solid example that is worth checking out. This ranks right up there will all the other quads that get a lot more fame and attention in the category,

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

one hell of a beer! cork and cage rig, mine says batch 7. poured hazy copper woody color into a goblet with a small off white head. smells very oaky and smokey. notes of sweeter malts, english toffee, and thick unrefined honey all dance in the nose. flavor is wood aged right up front and bold. very laid back flavors of bourbon, honey, and straw. really nice complexity and mellow alchohol given the 10% abv. mouthfeel is nice too, carbonated just enough and a heavier medium body. this one feels rather delicate despite what it is. overall one of the best belgians in the world as far as i am concerned. i could drink this nectar every day and be a very happy man. 20 bucks a bottle is a little steep, but its a lovely drink!

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Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BATCH #3
A: A foggy brownish amber with a head that barely hangs on.

S: Smells of deep rich figs with a great subtle layers of oak and cherry.

T: Deep caramel, cherry, bananas. The taste blended of rich fruits that melds perfectly together with the oak that kicks in, in the background. Extremely complex but far from overwhelming(in a good way). For sure worth the price.

M: Oh man it sits on your tongue perfectly. Nuff said

O: I have another one of these boys sitting in my cellar. I really can't wait to crack this one again at the 3 year mark. If you see it buy it and treat your taste buds.

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Photo of cradke
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3 bottled 9/10

Appearance: Cloudy. Carmel, A thin fine head. Opaque.

Smell: Very complex and very good. Molasses, carmel, fruit. The batch 3 used 55% port cask and it really shows. It is much more, dare I say, tropical tasting than the original. I get notes of pineapple and raspberries and it's fantastic. At 10%, there is no alcohol taste. Exceptionally well layered and complex. Something to behold in my opinion.

Taste: Carmel, molasses. very layered. The oak comes through and adds a nice backbone to it. Figs, earth, with a bit of alcohol. It evolves greatly while oxidizing.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, spreads nicely. There is a nice amount of carbonation that adds a nice touch.

Overall: A great beer that really benefits from the oak. I love the original and this really added a wonderful touch. The nose is fantastic and it gained a great amount of fruit and layering from the aging. I had been looking forward to this for a while and it didn't dissapoint. I really enjoyed it.

Batch 3, aged 1 year then poured from a bottle into a orval snifter.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*I have multiple reviews under this review (one for each batch). Highest ratings are added to each category

La Trappe Oak Aged Quad Batch 6

Appearance: orange-brown, medium head, and good lacing. 4

Smell: alcohol, dark fruits, and a faint toffee. 4

Taste: dark fruits, oak barrel, and a slight brown sugar sweetness. 4

Mouthfeel: medium and subdued. 4

Overall:
This is a pretty good brew. For being a tad on the watery side, this is a pricey one. The flavors are pretty well balanced, but could use a little tweaking. 4

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La Trappe Oak Aged Quad Batch 7

Appearance: brown, medium head, and some good lacing. 4.5

Smell: yeast, dates, figs, and other dark fruits. 4.5

Taste: banana, oak barrel, faint yeast, and a maltiness. 4

Mouthfeel: medium-light. 4

Overall:
This is a good batch. The oak flavor is very strong. The dark fruits are plentiful in the aroma, but very faint in the taste. 4

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #3

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.

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 3

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.

Pretty awesome.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3:

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.

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Photo of eslemarc
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 7

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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes...

Batch 3

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...

Cheers...

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Photo of BobZ
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ikantspel
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, batch 3.

Pours murky mahogany with swirling chunks and a two inch head of beige. A solid skim coat and torn ropes of lacework for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off nougat, caramel, booze, grape jam, vanilla, sweet malt, and raisins. Cloves, cocoa, and bannana peels follow through.

Mediumish body with a lush, crushed velvet mouthfeel. Sticky and creamy.

Rich, ripe malt, port-soaked raisins, oaky tannins, and fresh figs start the palate. A rummy warmth quickly steps forward along with purple grapes and dark fruit.

Finishes with lingering oak, port, sweet malt, and warming booze.

Wowza, great beer. The barrel aging has dried up the base beer a bit and the port/oak/vanilla character really brings it to another level.
This one would be a real cellar stocker if not for the high price tag.

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Photo of nickfl
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #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.

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Photo of acperez88
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mattboyer182
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of impending
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.
delicious
cheers
jd

06/23/13
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

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Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of crewfan16
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.