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

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged)La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged)

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161 Reviews

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Reviews: 161
Hads: 534
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 21.67%
Wants: 134
Gots: 176 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PapaEugene on 11-06-2009

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%
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 161 | Hads: 534
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 drtth
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

La Trappe oak aged quad batch 15, blended and bottled in late 2013 using 85% Oloroso Sherry barrel aged with 15% aged on medium toasted new wood.

The beer pours out into a snifter a clear, dark reddish color with hints of brown and a 1/8" head that quickly disappears except for a persistent small ring around the inside of the glass. Sipping leaves little or no touches of lacing on the sides.

The aromas include some vanilla, nut (almond?) and caramel, with something else in there I can't quite identify.

The flavors include some nutty character (but more like walnut), the dark orchard fruits expected from a quad, along with some of the vanilla and oak character from the wood.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and quite soft and creamy with the very light carbonation. The finish is medium to long and fairly complex as the different flavors gradually fade from the stage leaving others behind until the last has disappeared until there's only a light touch of sweetness that slowly fades away.

Overall I'm glad I tried this beer and would love to be able to follow and trace the La Trappe Oak aged variations. But that said I'm not motivated enough to spend what it would take or do the hard work to assemble all or most of the set. However I do recommend this as a fine example of what oak aging can accomplish when handled with patience and attention to detail.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very excited for this beer as the standard Koningshoeven Quad is one of my favorites and imo an “under the radar” beer.

Bottle marked Batch 3

Thick two fingers of off white head build in my tulip glass and as the head recedes a layer of lace is left behind. The beer is a deep amber color with lots of burgundy.

Aroma is thick with dark stone fruit including cherry.

Very interesting. At first you get some familiar flavors from the standard La Trappe Quad, then there is a vanilla flavor that comes in. Interesting meld of cherry/vanilla. Later there is some straight oak and a moment of plum. Back to vanilla. What’s interesting is that as it warms I get a slight sense of cocoa powder. Doesn’t make any sense, but I do.

So smooth and silky here. The carbonation is so fine you barely notice, but it does play it’s role.

Nice beer. Pretty complex and some interesting changes as it warms. I can’t believe the wonderful mouth feel here.

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Photo of jonb5
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review 300. 330ml bottle, poured into Kasteel

A: Dark amber, almost opaque, large, thick tanned head, good lacing.

S: Prune, cranberry, molasses.

T: Fudge, molasses, plumb, long biscuity finish, brilliant hiding of the booze.

M: Outstanding, light body, smooth, well
carbonated, seemed to glide into the mouth.

O: Deserves a place at the table with the other
perceived top Quads. Might have lacked a tiny bit
of depth, but made up in other departments.

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

12.7oz corked bottle served in a snifter.
batch 8

pours a hazy deep amber / borderline mahogany tone while yielding a fairly short-lived 3/4" tan head; some swathes of lace evident. nose is both robust and interesting, offering a lot of the usual suspects one expects in a quad: dark fruit, beligian yeast, and a hint of caramel or toffee, but there are some oaky notes and a noticeable wallop of whiskey. i'm intrigued.

wow, flavor is something else. mostly follows the nose although with a stronger whiskey presence (whiskey here referring to scotch rather than bourbon, what with a distinct peat presence going on), almost as if a dash was added directly to the beer. very complex with dark fruit, caramel, belgian yeast, oak, and vanilla.

overall a decided winner - fantastic beer. my one real criticism (aside from the wallet hit) would probably be that the whiskey is almost *too* dialed it; i would prefer it scaled back just a bit. but the whiskey component is a unique, tasty twist on the style. not to be missed, especially for quad fans.

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

375 ml bottle into chalice; Batch 6, April 2011 bottling. Pours hazy and cloudy dark reddish brown color with a small dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, caramel, toffee, toast, oak, clove, molasses, light red wine, candi sugar, brown bread, vanilla, light chocolate, light peat, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with big complexity and balance of malt and fruity esters with moderate oak barrel presence. Taste of big raisin, prune, toffee, toast, caramel, molasses, clove, brown bread, oak, light wine, candi sugar, light peat, light chocolate, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, toffee, toast, caramel, molasses, brown bread, oak, clove, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of big malt flavors with moderate fruity/spicy esters; with moderate oak presence and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible oak aged Quad! Tons of complexity and well balanced flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. Insanely enjoyable stuff; definitely worth enjoying again in the future, even for the high price of the bottle.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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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 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.

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 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 dukeandduke
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

3/26/15 (Bottle) - Dark brown/red appearance, non carbonated / no foam. Strong brandy aroma and other sweet aromas. Nice brandy taste with wine, sherry and wine prevalent. Very smooth beer with a very heavy kick. Excellent offering!

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Photo of jdhilt
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 14. Pours no head (their regular quad pours a 5+ finger). Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium body. Oak and dark fruit nose and flavor is same, sweet malty dark fruit and oak. Why is the good stuff sooo expensive - $20.00 for a caged and corked 375ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of khumbard
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of DIM
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #16 36.5% Brandy, 27% Oloroso, 10% New (med), 10% New (high), 10% Burgundy. Does not add up to 100%? The other 6.5% is? It's a damn shame each batch doesn't have a separate listing as they all seem to be very different blends. Oh well.

Bad first impression, I had to use pliers to get the fake cork out. I hate that.

This was a slightly hazy ruby tinted golden color. It poured with a loudly fizzy, short lived head.

Mmmmmm, Brandy and Sherry are very apparent in the aroma. Light oxidation and some oak-y tannins are also obvious. The neck tag mentions honey and I don't disagree. A bit of the base beer is still discernible in the form of raisins and candy sugar. I had no idea what to expect specifically, but this absolutely smells as good as I hoped it would.

And it tastes even better. The many sweeter elements at work are kept nicely in check by drying oak flavors. Light oxidation rounds things out wonderfully. I can't say that I can pick out the Brandy from the Sherry from the Burgundy, but it is clear foreign spirits have had their way with the base beer. The flavors they impart aren't harsh or abrasive at all, but the exceptional Quad that went into the barrels has become pretty muted.

Gently carbonated, maybe a bit too much so. The body is full and satisfying though.

Overall this was every bit as good as I hoped it would be. It comes with a steep price tag, over a dollar an ounce, but I wouldn't rule out trying a different batch if a particular blend caught my eye.

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

Batch 3

Deep mahagony colored and completely still. A slight yellow haze of the rocky thick head with fabulous retention and lacing.

Aromas are as good as the looks. Very complex and many different things going on. Raisin, date, prune, milk chocolate, tobacco, red currant, caramel, toffee, some earthy hop esters, and a nice layer of oak and vanilla.

This is a damn tasty beer. Tastes like it smells but with burnt sugar, hints of maple, walnut, black truffel and black tea. Really datey and pruney. The oak is nice, adds a soft round mouthfeel to the beer as well as some tannin from the wood. A good bit of vanilla on the finish really helps the drinkability and keeps the 10% at bay. Delicious beer.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance - The beer was a murky brown color with bubbles clinging of the sides of the goblet.

Smell - In the aroma, dark fruits including prunes and currants lead the way. Further, the spiciness of the malts blends with notes of the alcohol.

Taste - At the beginning, I detect spicy smooth butterscotch, vanilla, and oak. This is a very easy drinking 10%. The spiciness lingers but the overall profile is mellow. In the aftertaste, the stickiness of the malts allows the profile to cling to the tongue with modest warmth.

Mouthfeel - Overall, this quad is thick enough to be described as sticky.

Overall - The cage broke when I tried to open the bottle. I had to use channel lock pliers to get the cork out. Aisde from this, I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of rangerred
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a goblet. Batch #12

Pours a hazy dark brown with just a thin, wispy head. Some ok lacing but nothing really special.

Bourbon is quite prominant in the aroma and this makes since as 91% of this batch was aged in bourbon barrels. The vanilla and smoke is complimented by raisin and plum along with a very pleasant yeasty note. It is very reminiscent of pipe tobacco. Quite Nice.

Loads of bourbon on the taste but it is somewhat muted. This, of course, contributes lots of vanilla and char notes along with a touch of caramel. Dark fruits permeate underneath with raisin and plum. Sweetness is held in check with just a light stickiness washing over the tongue. Light bitterness as well.

Overall, this is an awesome beer. The quad/bourbon combination is interesting and works quite well here. I am very interested to try some of the other barrel blends as they sound very interesting. While this beer is a bit on the pricey side, it is well worth the occassional splurge.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very cloudy caramel brown. Head is initially dense, but quickly dissipates to a thin ring.

Aroma is bold caramel and toffee with hints of brown sugar.

Taste is surprisingly rich and leathery. Caramel and toffee from the nose still make an appearance. Very dry and oaky, with good bit of vanilla. Finishes with orange rind bitterness, brandy soaked dark fruit and alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Rich and chewy.

Very interesting and flavorful. Flavor is pleasant and unified. I would be happy to pick this up again.

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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 yankeepride
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 9, into a tulip. Pours a deep mahogany, with a pop of fizz that completely dissipates in about a minute or less. Burying your nose in the tulip gives a really nice, inviting aroma that hides the alcohol of a 10.0% beer. You get the typical date, fig sweetness of a quad. Quaffing it yields an unbelievably mellow flavor, and since this is not one of the older variations, the oak aging seems to have done a trick. I didn't get any alcohol burn until it got all the way to my stomach, likely as a result of not having eaten in a while. Otherwise, this is super silky smooth. I didn't know that this was made with Malbec wine casks until I went to look up some details due to catching a tannic taste from my red wine drinking days. My suspicions were confirmed online. It has a pretty light body, and was not as thick as I thought (or wanted) it to be. However, the overall flavor was excellent, and I'm glad I popped the cork on this before the weather got too warm.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smell: slight balsamic vinegar hits the nose with a black licorice foreground; subtle oak is prevalent

Taste: it tastes like a Texan cook-out. With tri-tip, charred wood, and BBQ sauce paired with bourbon, vanilla beans and licorice

This beer is phenomenal! It may be a bit pricey for its size (I paid $17 for330ml), but what it lacks in frugality it makes up for in taste. If you want to go the safe route, this PAIRS very well with smoked meats, BBQ-anything, along with grilled vegetables and smoked fish; this is an incredible beer

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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 JLeege
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.