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

La Trappe Quadrupel - Oak-AgedLa Trappe Quadrupel - Oak-Aged
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Style:
Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #9
ABV:
11%
Score:
95
Ranked #726
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 11.09%
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La Trappe Quadrupel - Oak-AgedLa Trappe Quadrupel - Oak-Aged
Notes: 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%

BATCH 28
Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Single Malt 71%
New Oak Medium Toast 29%

BATCH 30
Cachaça 80%
New Oak Medium Toast 20%

BATCH 33:
Bourbon US 80%
New Oak Medium Toast 15%
New Oak High Toast 5%
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Reviews: 182 | Ratings: 603
Photo of Snowcrash000
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear, deep mahogany coloration with an amber hue and lots of fine sediment suspended in the glass, as well as a small, fizzy head. Smells lovely of sweet bready, caramel malt, dark fruits: raisisn, dates and estery spice, with a mellow bourbon note and hints of oak as well. Taste is dominated by sweet bready, slightly toasted caramel malt, dark fruits: raisin, dates and a mellow bourbon presence, as well as lighter notes of toffee, vanilla, red fruits: redcurrant, honey, leather and estery spice: clove. Finishes bittersweet, with a light bitterness and some toffee, dark fruits, bourbon and clove lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

A rather nice Quadrupel that really benefits from the aging in charred Bourbon barrels, adding layers of complexity to the base beer and creating a rich, well-balanced harmony of toasted, sweet malts, dark/red fruits, estery spice, vanilla and bourbon-soaked oak. While this still might be just a touch too sweet and boozy for my personal taste, there is little arguing with the complexity and overall balance here and while I will admit that I've never had the base Quadrupel, judging by their Dubbel this is a vast improvement over the base beer. (batch #33)

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 27

A: Deep amber brown, thin white head
S: Brown sugar, raisin, carmelized banana, dates, toasted oak
T: Raisin, dates, brown sugar, caramelized banana, oak, red wine, red apple, toasty malt
M: Medium
O: Easily one of the best quads I've ever had. Has some blonde barleywine vibes and the oak adds so much to compliment the base

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch 9 from about 2012? With the cork tightly in I wouldn't expect it to go flat, but no fizz no lacing no head.
A beautiful mahogany almost wine-like color. Still some wheaty yeast aroma. Plenty of malt and fruity flovor. Barely a trace of oak. I probably should have drank this sooner. Bit thin on the tongue.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2018-11-20
375ml corked/caged bottle in a tube served in a little Cantillon glass. 07-2042 Batch22 09:17 L14617 is on the label, Batch 28: Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Single Malt 71% - New Oak Medium Toast 29% on the sticker on the box/tube. The box says it's 11%, but this listing shows 10%.

Pours a hazy brownish amber, smallish but persistent head, lots of very fine, very slow carbonation. Smell is mostly single malt, maybe a hint of vanilla or oak. If I think about it, I can get something that reminds me of dates.

Taste is also overpowered by whiskey. I think if I gave it to someone (not an aficionado) and told them it was whiskey, they'd believe it. But, if you pay attention to it and know what a quad or dubbel tastes like, you can tell it's in there. Some dates, a hint of clove.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly effervescent. Overall...if I wanted whiskey, I'd have whiskey. If I wanted a quad or a dubbel, I'd have that. This seems like an unsatisfying compromise between the two. It's not a bad beer, but maybe not the best pair of flavors to mash together, and maybe not well balanced. At least to my tastes.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp into a Trappistes Rochefort glass. I was immediately surprised by how quickly the head dissipated. Pours a nice mahogany color - opaque. Nose is mind blowing. Tons of bourbon right away. I don't know if I have smelled so much bourbon on the nose of a beer before. That sweetness is immediate. Other notes are a bit of smoke, toffee, leather, and some dark fruit. Taste is like sipping on a mild bourbon. That subtle thick sweetness comes through - a bit of alcohol heat as well. Lot of bread, caramel, nuts, figs, vanilla, and roasted malts. Maybe a hint of tobacco. Mouthfeel is phenomenal - robust and creamy. Leaves a wonderful aftertaste. Overall, this is a phenomenal beer that I hope to find again.

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Photo of markjknowles
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 28: This is the best quad by far that I have ever tasted. A smattering of foam around the edges and in the middle. Lacing that traces down the sides after being poured into a traditional Garre glass. Malty, peppery funk for aroma. Earthy smelling. All this comes through in the taste along with dark brown sugar providing a mild molasses bitter and a hint of buttery vanilla courtesy of the oak barrels . A hint of dried plum, raisin. Creamy mouth feel with tiny bubbles tickling through the syrupiness. This is absolutely artful to me. One of the very best beers I've ever tasted.

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Was given this as a gift and bottles is 7 years old and batch 9:

There wasn't much of any head, looks like flat Cola. Smells brought me in with oaky, smokey dark fruit, burnt malted sugar, and sweet barley wine characteristics.

The mouthfeel was a bit watery with flavors of wet cardboard basement tied in with prunes, chocolate covered raisins, and dates along with oak, wood, and whiskey.

Overall this was enjoyable, maybe slightly passed prime. But was really good warm....never stepped into the fridge.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer appears to be flat with no head. It is rich with dark copper to ruby highlights and no viscosity. The LaTrappe label can be read clear through from the opposite side of the chalice.

The aroma is dominated by rich dark fruits. Specifically, a ton of figs, plums and prunes. Molasses and brown sugar are also clearly present. With warmth, this closely resembles plum pudding.

Light holiday spices add to all the fruit noted above with some cherry added in. Booziness is mild, as is the finish and the sweet maltiness that threads it all together.

A creamy texture works with the light body. Alcohol is as expected with a modest bite and a light heat. Soft carbonation is barely present.

This makes for a great sipping beer for reading on a crisp, clear, perfect autumn day while a wood fire perfumes the air from a distance. It is exquisite with age. Thank you Meghann & Wayne.

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Photo of goodbeergoodfood
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

First of all the synthetic cork was very hard to remove. Batch 16 saved for Christmas eve beer. Dark Amber almost flat appearance. No head whatsoever.
Aroma for bread crust sweet wine or the smell of a very refined whiskey.
Taste extremely smooth. Similar to a barely or wheat wine.
Feel was very smooth and thin again more like a barley wine, likely due to aging.
Overall may have been past its prime. Flavors did develop as it was slowly sipped and savored. It seemed live up to its expectations by the last sip. In all fairness it was my 4th beer of the evening and it had some big acts to follow. Didnt intend it to be last initially. Again it was an enjoyable classic.

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Photo of Dzu
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Update for Batch 24.
Poured from 0.375l bottle into La Trappe trappist glass.
L: Brown turbid, non-transparent, high carbonated, with a weak shortlasting white foam head and with a lot of suspended solids.
S: Wine, cherry, plums, pleasant aroma.
T: Tart and sweet wine, caramel, pleasant sweetness.
F: Medium body and high carbonated.
O: Awesome quad from La Trappe. Must taste!

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Photo of Rago
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

BATCH 11 (blended on 23 April 2012)

Appearance: Dirty brown rocky head that dissipated quickly. Rusty amber body the glowed bright. Small amount of particulate and few tiny bubbles.

Aroma: Rum raisin sponge cake with warm wine and caramel poured on top, and oak oak oak. A little bit of alcohol.

Taste: Follows the aroma with also some spicy yeasty banana and more dark fruits like figs and plums.

Mouthfeel: On the light end of medium body and silky smooth. Light but fitting carbonation and a little bit of alcohol warming.

Overall: This was amazing. Too bad it was the last one on the shelf. If I ever see it again I'll definitely buy it and I look forward to trying other batches as well.

Pictures in 'New Beer Sunday' thread - https://www.beeradvocate.com/community/threads/new-beer-sunday-week-595.435641/page-3#post-4905388

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Photo of spacecake9
3.69/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BATCH16 (blended in March 2014)
Poured into a snifter glass.
A - Pours brown with no head at all.
S - Aroma is very weak, perhaps some dried fruit.
T - Flavor is mild raisin, a bit of oak and a hint of alcohol.
M - Medium mouth feel, low carbonation.
O - I was very excited to taste this beer but I have to say it was a letdown. The beer tastes fine but mild and subtle are the key words here.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my second venture into this unique and wonderful ale experience. (First time, I lost my notes and Batch#.)
Today (3/12/19), I am fascinated by the complexity of Batch #19; blended in 2/28/15 of which 87% of the aging barrels had been used in making a dessert wine from Roussillon, a Mediterranean coastal region that produces (I just learned) one-third of France's wine.

While I will tell you what I think of #19, it is best to get it straight from La Trappe's Batchregister. I found it unusually informative and insightful and not the usual can pablum that some brewers peddle.

"This Oak Aged Batch 19 was matured on casks of Banyuls, an enhanced French dessert wine from Roussillon, also called Vin Doux Naturel. The aroma and flavour of Banyuls remind you of plum compote and cocoa.
This aroma and flavour are very distinctive in this batch, in addition to the nectar and smoked oak wood. In the foreground we can still distinguish the flavour of La Trappe Quadrupel. The sensation in the mouth of alcohol lingers and complements the complex and sweet flavour perfectly. The bitter, distinctive of this beer, is not affected by this combination. The carbonic acid gas leaves a slight tingling on the tongue and the smoky flavour lingers in the throat."

La Trappe is up to Batch #33 now, so they picked up the pace. (I think I'll suggest my first edit on a commercial description as the one below is way outdated.) Anyway, I did learn that it will be interesting next time to sip another Batch side by side with La Trappe's core Quad.

Even Looking at #19 through La Trappe's exquisite bowl glassware, #19 Looks like not much... sediment clouds the picture.
Smells like wine, or at least a sweet dark fruit, and a whiff of smoke. Tastes like wine, but in a class by itself the way the bitter hops come into play quickly, quietly and to the finish. This sipper sits in my mouth like I never want it to leave.

If I recall.... There was a price issue, but not a value issue. Oak-aged La Trappe is worth the experience.
they also have an impressive website, but I will comment on that in my next La Trappe adventure.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having this be one beer is something of a travesty considering how WILDLY different each batch is. Theblends vary from mostly wine barrel aged to mostly spirit barrel aged. A phenomenal beer in almost all regards but this one entry BS neglects the fact that blending mastery and variation batch to batch is what makes this so fucking fascinating.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, batch 22 (I think, they printed part of the number over the bar code, duh).

This beer pours a murky, dark orange-brick brown colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy tan head, which leaves some broad instances of cannonball splash lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, gritty melted toffee, a concentrated fig, plum, date, and bruised banana fruitiness, musty yeast, very subtle smoky whisky barrel notes (vanilla, mostly), and soft earthy and weedy hop bitters. The taste is marzipan-tinged caramel/toffee malt, muddled dark orchard fruit, more overripe banana notes, still very tame barrel astringencies - vanilla, wood, and some ethereal whisky warmth - a touch of floral honey, and some persistently understated leafy and musty hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite low and hard to really pin down, what with its bare-bones frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and rather smooth, with a small airy creaminess beguiling us from the get-go. It finishes sweet, fruity, faintly woody, and not at all boozy.

Yum - the barrels chosen here (I can't say for certain, as I explained earlier) sure tip-toe lightly around the already heady base beer. Maybe a bit of additional vanilla and almond nuttiness define the delta, but otherwise it's clean sailing down to Trappist town, once again from these Dutch brewing acolytes.

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Photo of drpimento
3.4/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer was a bit on the flat side. Better carbonation would've helped. A little on the bland side. Can pick up the oak, some fruit, malt, yeast, but all are muted with the low carbonation.

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Photo of drtth
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Takahiro
3.04/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

batch 19? 01-2040, 13:57 K26A15
Bought @ the location

L: tan/brown, with thin head
S: wood, some vanilla, a smoke (rauch malt),
T: woody tannin is dominant, faint vanilla, some caramel malt, alcoholic sweetness, some fruity tartness (prune, cherry), herbal/earthy bitterness (hop?) on back of my tongue
F: bit chewy, but this is a heavy beer so expect it
O: a bit too strong on the wood as is. wished it was bit more mellow, may be blended with dubbel or something. will age another one for a bit longer and re-review!

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Photo of Magister_Beav
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking batch 19.

nice dark caramel color.

A pleasant fruit and oak smell.

The taste is a fantastic blend of sweet fruit and caramel. Offset by the oak yet not overwhelming.

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Photo of TPatterson70
3.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch #12 - Let it settle after the pour or pour slowly after the bottle settles. This beer has a heavy consistency and sediment takes time to settle. Bourdon is too strong, covering the flavor of the beer. The beer is palatable, just to much bourbon for me.

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Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Batch 16

The synthetic cork is very hard to remove but I found that twisting rather than pulling does the trick

Appearance: A hard pour delivers a modest head that doesn't last; quite viscous in the tulip, with stringy legs; the liquid is tea brown and hazy

Smell: Caramel and dried dark fruit (fig and cherry) with the impact of the brandy, sweet sherry and red wine barrels all present, if you seek them out

Taste: Caramel, fig and dried cherry forward, with the barrel impact presenting in the middle; brandy and red wine are more pronounced, but the sweet sherry appears more in the finish; the aftertaste, springs forward Pinot Noir flavors from the burgundy barrel

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with no carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Appearance: Not sure whether it was this batch or the entire series but the mouthfeel was a letdown for a Trappist; otherwise an interesting an enjoyable beer

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Photo of 303beer
3.81/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch 16 pours a clear copper color with some floaties. Not much head. Gives a woody sweet caramel Belgian yeasty umm let's try this. . It's sweet. Like a wine sweet I'm wondering if they barrel aged this in wine barrels.

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Photo of zonker17
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Batch 8 bottle consumed 4/22/16 poured into Duvel tulip. Dark brown with a turbid/opaque look due to yeast, completely still. Wood and whiskey on the nose. Taste is phenomenal. I'd love to know which whiskey barrel this was aged in. Boozy, thick, candy sugar, caramel. Would almost call it a barleywine if I did not know what I was drinking. Too bad it is still, as some carbonation would have really enhanced the experience.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

God, I wish I knew which batch I tasted! Doesn't matter. I will happily shell out another $20 for this one again. One of the best of the Trappist brews, and not just because I'm a sucker for oak-aged beer. Smells of oak, whiskey, and smoke. Lots of toasty smoke. Rich, and fairly strong, but not too much burn. Oh, and it tasted like a cabernet sauvignon, which is normally not even a wine I enjoy but it manifested itself quite spectacularly here. Complex, lots of tannic texture and fruit flavors that I couldn't even put a finger on, and strong enough to be the one beer you drink for the evening if you want to get tipsy. Seriously, get this for anyone you know who doesn't like beer yet but loves heavy red wines, or for anyone who loves heavy beers for that matter.

Edit: Drinking batch 19, and it is so good. A good hint of smoke, port/sweeter red wine flavors come out. Texture is fluffy carbonation, but only medium-light body.

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Photo of kaiyote
3.39/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #7 (the first of the Whiskey barrel aged batches), Blended in June 2011, consumed in June 2015.

The regular La Trappe Quad is one of my favorites of the style. This was $15 for a 12oz bottle, and was apparently aged entirely in used Whiskey barrels. Poured into a La Trappe chalice, there was absolutely no head on it. Not sure the whiskey barrels did it any favor. I cannot detect any of the flavor of the Quad itself, that having been swamped out by peat and smoke, in both flavor and aroma. The alcohol is well masked, but leaves a pleasant warming sensation on my tongue/throat.

Presented with another chance to purchase a bottle from Batch #7, I'd probably pass it up. However, other batches look more interesting, and the base quad is always pleasant.

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La Trappe Quadrupel - Oak-Aged from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 603 ratings