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

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Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #11
Ranked #1,448
4.29 | pDev: 10.96%
Mar 25, 2022
Nov 06, 2009
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%

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

Cachaça 80%
New Oak Medium Toast 20%

Bourbon US 80%
New Oak Medium Toast 15%
New Oak High Toast 5%

Gaillac White Wine 100%
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4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by mothman from Minnesota

Batch 1

Plums, raisins, figs, port, oak, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, dried red apple skins. Smooth, warming. Low carb. Beautiful beer.

Mar 25, 2022
4.74 by ptarmigan98 from Alaska on Mar 13, 2022
3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 28, 2022
4.41 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Nov 26, 2021
4.59 by marcrech from Brazil on Oct 28, 2021
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4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by rex_4539 from Greece

L: Hazy light brown color, two finger beige head, nice lacing, no carbonation.

S: Cognac, oak, alcohol, Belgian yeast. Niiiice!

T: Cognac, oak, Belgian yeast, alcohol. Nice and complex.

F: Medium to full bodied, lots of flavor, slow sipper.

O: The already fantastic quadrupel, aged in cognac oak barrels.

Aug 17, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Sigmund from Norway

Batch #16: Shared corked bottle at local tasting. Brown colour, moderate off-white head. Aroma of oak, fortified wine, brown kandij sugar, dark dried fruits and caramel. Lovely flavour, oaky but not too much, notes of old sherry and dark dried fruits, not too sweet.

Batch #17: 375 ml corked & caged bottle, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 10%. Cloudy brown colour, hardly any head. Strong aroma of oak, white wine barrel and brandy. Minimal carbonation. Very oaky flavour too, slightly sweet, notes of oxidised old wine / sherry, also brandy. Suffers under its lack of carbonation. A bit disappointing.

Batch #18: 375 ml corked & caged bottle, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. Cloudy brown colour, no head. Aroma of oak barrels, brandy and old oxidised sherry, hints of molasses. Minimal carbonation. The flavour has loads of oak, with notes of sweet white wine, brandy and oxidised old sherry. Hints of dark dried fruits. Suffers a lot from the lack of carbonation.

Batch #19: 375 ml corked & caged bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Batch #19, 83% of the beer was aged in oak casks that previously contained Banyuls sweet dessert wine from Languedoc-Rousillon (France), the remaining 17% was aged in new oak casks. ABV is 11%. Hazy brown colour, low off-white head. Lovely aroma of oak and Banyuls, also brown kandij sugar and leather. Warming mouthfeel. Excellent flavour, oak, Banyuls, and brown kandij sugar again, also raisins and dried figs, a slight hint of smoke.

Batch #23: 375 ml corked & caged bottle, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 11%. Slightly hazy brown colour, small off-white head. Aroma of Pinot Noir red wine barrels, also notes of dark dried fruits, brown kandij sugar and new oak. Moderate but sufficient carbonation. Flavour of oak, red wine, dark dried fruits and brown kandij sugar. Good beer.

Jul 20, 2021
4.74 by AGoodStout from Kansas on Jul 04, 2021
3.88 by loganburgh from Michigan on Jul 01, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by SippingInHolland from Netherlands

Found an older batch, nr 24, getting dusty in the cellar. It it still drinking nicely.

The kirsch schnaps die fade off a bit. But still oak, raisins, and slightly boozy.

Feb 26, 2021
4.35 by arzt from Russian Federation on Feb 16, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

Batch 30. Bought this back in December 2019. Today is 2/10/21

pours a murky reddish brown body with a foamy tanned cream head that has minimal retention and leaves small traces of sticky lacing as it dissipates and settles to a thin halo

the aroma could be likened to fresh rum cake with vanilla, spicy ginger, and a fairly prominent aged oak on the wings

the taste follows the nose. black licorice and ginger spiciness pepper a soaked bready rum cake. dates, dark brown sugar, caramel and molasses come out early, and the vanilla is more pronounced later on as it warms up. the rum notes are quite different than the rum I am used to, and yet still oh so familiar. the flavors bolden and become quite vivid as it warms, enhancing the vanilla, as well as a candied ginger effect. there is also a start bitterness in the mix, resting somewhere in the realm of black licorice, coffee, herbal spice, and leather. the sweetness maintains prominence however, nearly to a cola degree.

low carbonation and medium bodied mouthfeel. it is a mostly smooth affair, bordering wateriness at times. there is a root bitter aftertaste that lingers.

a complicated flavor profile is stacked up against an uninspiring look, aroma, and mouthfeel. the look, I can almost always get past in a brew, but this watery feel has the brew finishing weak, which is a letdown given the complexity of the flavor profile. that said, I cannot say enough about the flavor. it is rich and complex, encompassing an impressive array of vivid expressions which you would be hard pressed to find in another. it is near perfection. but then, one notices a watery feel to the delivery system of said flavor. I am more than willing to attribute this to aging - maybe sitting on this one was a mistake. the spunk of the flavor needed an equal in the mouthfeel to carry it, but perhaps aging neutered the effect. though, I have noticed remarks elsewhere from those who opened it immediately felt that it had a harsh feel to it. barely a year in the cellar and I can tell you that whatever harshness this brew initially had has been outright neutered.
dramatics aside, this was a splendid experience. I only wish it had a more lively feel to match the outright brilliance of the flavor profile.

Feb 10, 2021
4.56 by DvdP from Netherlands on Oct 14, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by beergoot from Colorado

Batch 28

Cloudy brownish-orange body topped with a thick, densely foamy head. Fine presence of white oak immediately noticed on the nose; earthy. Mild caramel and a little charred wood smokiness; boozy alcohol presence; light sweetness; earthy herbal notes. Heavy body yet with an light airiness and sponginess; alcohol warmth (subdued); semi-sweet feel.

A big Belgian ale with a rather surprising lightness to things. This means it's not too heavy in taste or feel, and even the high ABV, while noticeable, isn't in your face. A definite wood undertone plays through, my guess is white oak. All in all, a very enjoyable quad.

Aug 10, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

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)

Oct 04, 2019
4.41 by TLA from Pennsylvania on Sep 29, 2019
4.5 by paulish from New York on Aug 09, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

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

Jul 18, 2019
5 by Kwright from North Carolina on Jan 24, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Thirstygoat from Illinois

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.

Jan 20, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by snaotheus from Washington

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.

Nov 21, 2018
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5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by igl from Russian Federation

BATCH22, sweet, rich and complex quad, as I liked

Jul 02, 2018
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4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Beersnake1 from California

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.

Jun 16, 2018
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5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by markjknowles from Oregon

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.

Jun 15, 2018
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4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BenHoppy from Michigan

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.

Apr 15, 2018
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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by SLeffler27 from New York

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.

Feb 25, 2018
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4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by TrilliumFan from Massachusetts

I don't love the regular La Trappe Quad, but the Oak Aged version was sublime. Far superior to Oak-aged St. Bernardus in a side by side.

Feb 17, 2018
4.28 by Buglumpbeer1971 from Texas on Jan 14, 2018
4.52 by MacStinson from Michigan on Dec 26, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25
by goodbeergoodfood from North Carolina

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.

Dec 25, 2017
4.18 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Dec 24, 2017
4.31 by Casey3236 from Pennsylvania on Oct 11, 2017
4.5 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Sep 05, 2017
4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York on Jul 16, 2017
4.5 by gyro555in from Germany on Jun 12, 2017
4.29 by Eddiehop from Texas on Jun 10, 2017
4.77 by SkylerShores from Australia on Jun 10, 2017
4.37 by chossboss from Oregon on May 21, 2017
4.27 by hermit990 from Illinois on May 20, 2017
4.42 by RMW66 from Australia on May 19, 2017
La Trappe Quadrupel - Oak-Aged from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 617 ratings