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

La Trappe Quadrupel - Oak-AgedLa Trappe Quadrupel - Oak-Aged
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Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #8
ABV:
11%
Score:
95
Ranked #759
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 11.09%
Reviews:
183
Ratings:
605
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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%

BATCH 38:
Gaillac White Wine 100%
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brentk56 from North Carolina

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

Jul 21, 2015
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markjknowles from Oregon

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.

Jun 15, 2018
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georgiaboy8686 from Maryland

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

Batch 16
10% ABV

12.7 oz. bottle. Corked and caged. So far, the hardest cork I've had to pry out. I had to use a pair of pliers.

Look: Gentle Pour yielded hardly any head. I'm used to Quads producing a descent amount of head, hence the gentle pour. Lacing remains around the beer after sitting for 20 minutes. When held up to the light, this beer is a medium to light color brown, with quite a bit of sediment. Very foggy. 4.25

Smell: An amazing smelling beer. Tons of vanilla and oak. Dark fruits like figs and raisins are prevalent. I'm also getting a lot of tobacco from the oak. A slight burn in the nose from the 10%. Lovely smelling beer. 4.75

Feel: Slightly thick for a quad, which doesn't bother me a bit. Not much carbonation. 4.5

Overall: It's a great beer. I'm glad I got the opportunity to try it. I will say that the $17.99 I paid for the beer is not something I would be willing to put down again. But I don't regret it. Definitely going to be towards the top of my list of Belgian Quads. 4.5

Jan 16, 2015
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Kurmaraja from California

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.

Feb 26, 2016
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brewcrew76 from Wisconsin

4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 12 - 91% Bourbon Barrels - 9% Cognac Barrels

A - Murky maple syrup color with floating yeasties. Very little tan head.

S - Sweet with dark fruits, figs & raisins, oak, brown sugar, spicy alcohol, light cognac notes.

T - Sweet malt with ripe dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, spicy alcohol. Cognac is more noticeable than aroma with light bourbon notes. Very sweet and boozy but it plays well together.

M - Full body with low carbonation. Slightly sticky and syrupy.

D - A bit boozy but I like it. The cognac adds a nice touch.

Jul 16, 2014
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #16 here. 12.7 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a murky brown color. The head is less than a finger high, and off-white in shade. There isn't much head retention, nor is there a lot of lacing on my glass. (2.75)

Smell: Oh wow, the oak barrel is so buttery and so vivid. I've never really sampled a brandy barrel-aged brew before, but I really like the additional apple notes I'm picking up here. In fact, I pick up everything from all the barrels - brandy, sherry, port, and standard oak. Some of the base quad notes appear after opening up a little (figs, raisins, and cherries). All told, this is a beautifully delicate yet complex brew. (4.5)

Taste: The oak barrel creates a gentle sensation throughout the flavor profile, initially subsumed by the base quad's dark fruit flavors. More dark fruit flavors appear on the finish - mainly port-esque - with subtle touches of toasted oak appearing. I also get some flavors of chocolate, brown sugar, and caramel throughout. It's hard to explain, but this beer is just so mind-bogglingly complex that it's hard for me to explain everything going on here. Let's just say that - like the nose suggested - I can subtly pick up each barrel used in this offering. I get a little brandy, a little sherry, and a little red wine. This is just so big in all the right ways: there's so much going on here, and yet this beer isn't ridiculous or over-the-top. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: It's quite full-bodied and rich...yet the finish is quite dry. Still, despite the dryness, it's very much a slow sipper. There's so much going on in the flavor profile that I don't want to drink this easily. It's a bit boozy, though not particularly bothersome. What surprises me is how low the carbonation is - if it weren't so naturally dry, then it WOULD be bothersome. The fact that it isn't syrupy is a testament to the sheer brewing skill shown off here. (4.25)

Overall: This bottle was worth a LOT of money ($17!) - however, I can safely say that was utterly worth it. The barrel aging adds so much to the base quad without detracting in any facet. In particular, the complexity is wonderful. Trust me, a little bit of this will go a long way. Just plain fantastic. (4.5)

4.27/5: Great base beer, wondrous barrel aging, what's not to love here?

Feb 09, 2015
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Magister_Beav from Vermont

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.

Sep 07, 2015
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SLeffler27 from New York

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.

Feb 25, 2018
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njgoodspeed from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

May 08, 2012
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Elbrownbag from Netherlands

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Apr 13, 2013
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.67/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a dark orange amber with tons of floating particles. Half finger head and lacing. Pungent fruit and phenolic aroma. Sweet fruit, sweet malt, raisins, grapes, banana, vanilla, phenolic flavors. Tastes great, but I don't really detect a strong oak flavor and it may be a bit on the cloying sweet side. An enjoyable quad, but at the price, I would buy one of the others out there.

Mar 23, 2012
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ipc2000 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Aug 08, 2013
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
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,

Feb 01, 2012
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Twan22 from California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Mar 28, 2013
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Freebody from Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Feb 27, 2014
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TheDrunkGnoll from Texas

5/5  rDev +15.5%

Apr 26, 2014
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beergoot from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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bnes09 from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 12

Deep maple brown. Lots of floating yeast. Weak head on the pour and absolutely no retention nor lacing to speak of.

Rich and sweet dark fruit aromas of figs and dates mixed with an underlying brown sugar sweetness. Red wine and sherry. Smooth oak. Big alcohol spice.

Sweet malt flavor overall, lots of ripe dark fruits and brown sugar with a hint of caramel. Just a touch of earthy hop. Oak character smooths out the palate and balances nicely. Finish is strangely clean.

Full bodied, drying in the end from the alcohol. Low carbonation. Slick texture mid-drink and sticky in the finish.

This beer was a nice choice to aged in oak. Adds a nice smoothness and seems to balance the flavors a little bit. Complex and tasty but I think I enjoyed the non-aged version just a little more.

Jan 17, 2014
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kramik

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Jan 09, 2013
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denimdemon from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Apr 08, 2012
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WolfsbaneBloom from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Feb 28, 2014
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500 ml cork and cage bottle poured into a tulip.
10% ABV, Batch 12

A - Clear and lighter in color for a quad like it's non-barrel-aged brother yet definitely different in color, this beer is more of a dark mahogany red with nice clarity. The alcohol causes the loose off-white foam to disappear almost immediately leaving little lace behind.

S - Toasted oak and spicy bourbon aromatics waft into the nose, overtaking the beer's otherwise complex-yet-subtle dark fruit nuances and Belgian yeast subtleties but never does it come across as boozy; its rich maltiness carries through with soft sweetness lingering in the background.

T - Despite the time in oak which clearly shines through the rich beer with fruit-complimentary vanilla notes and Belgian yeast-complimentary bourbon spice, the beer still remains much like it normally is. Dark fruit complexity flourishes from the rich and sweet maltiness, trailing off with just a kiss of floral hoppiness.

M - Far "skinnier" than its full-bodied other self, this beer has plenty of alcohol to warm the innards as well as thin out the big and malty feel for a robust but certainly consumable (though high octane) beer!

O - This wonderful tweak to a classic presents a beautiful bouquet of lush dark fruit complexities so common to the quad style while bringing complimentary subtle vanilla notes from the toasted oak barrels and bourbon whiskey-like spice that equally compliments the Belgian yeast undertones. A bit thinner than it's counterpart, this version smells and tastes like it's heavier on the alcohol while remaining the same. Complex though much of the nuance to the beer is lost to the age, it's a fantastic beer nonetheless!

Oct 14, 2014
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MoistPope from California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Apr 28, 2013
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kayrex from Pennsylvania

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

Dec 25, 2014
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ChaosKittyXJ9 from Texas

5/5  rDev +15.5%

Apr 26, 2014
La Trappe Quadrupel - Oak-Aged from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 605 ratings