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
latrappe.nl

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
584
Reviews:
169
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
11.64%
 
 
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of atpca
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of JeltMaaj
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of BeerOps
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of LeeEvolved
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Enjoyed Batch 10 & 16 to date. Batch 10 was fantastic. Lots of oak mellowed the alcohol burn and reminded me of a very well aged Westy 12. Batch 16 still had a significant burn from the higher ABV. Have a few more batches I'm really looking forward to enjoying in the coming months. Worth the higher precise tab.

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Photo of TimHitchings
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

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Photo of PHSCAPT
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a plastic opaque cup (so sue me, I’m at a hotel) from a 12.7 oz @ ~ 60F. Lot number is K03J11 BATCH 8.
A – Dark amber honey, with very little, a half finger say of white head, but that could be the stemware…. Very fine bubbles of carbonation. But the overwhelming sensation was the
S – which was delightfully fruity, like a mixed strawberry and raspberry patch in the cool of the early evening when the smell of berries hangs heavily in the air. Definitely un-beery.
T – Last time I had this I don’t remember being impressed, but that was before I understood that La Trappe actually made a few different types of ales and before I understood that my favorite of any type was a quad. Definite lighter fruits to start, lighter than a Bernardus or Rochefort. This gives way to a slightly sweet medicinal booziness and finishing with a slightly smoky flavor.
M – As noted, very fine carbonation and maybe…dense…at this temperature. Almost, like a Sierra Mist or Seven Up.
O – Rebuy. Very drinkable, smooth. Boozier than most others even though only 10% ABV
And this just in: after opening and writing review, I noted that this was not just the quad, this is the Oak Aged Trappist Ale quad from La Trappe.

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Photo of LAND_MINE
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Serge
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky dark hazelnut with a few ruby highlights, with a nice lasting off-white creamy head. Nose is molasses, prunes, dates, candi sugars, a little port, some alcohol. Taste is an initial light sweetness transitioning to quite a heavy sweetness in the middle and finish. Palate is medium to full, verging on the syrupy, yet with lively carbonation which makes it a joy to sip. More warming alcohol, stewed fruits, biscuity malt and cinnamon sugars in the long finish.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an exquisite and hazy deep amber. Not much head, but a good amount of lacing. Smells of grapes, oak, and caramel. Then, there's the taste. Sweet malt, a nudge of bitter hops, then a familiar unctuous feel and flavor that reveals the oak aging. Full, creamy, round mouthfeel without being heavy. The 10% ABV warms on the way down, but doesn't overpower any of the magnificent flavors. Unsurprisingly, it becomes more complex and the flavors bolder as it warms.

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4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ibbjamin
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Don't recall exactly what I paid for this corked and caged 12.7oz bottle, but I don't recall it being particularly cheap. I pour into an oversized snifter at 45 degrees to review. This is batch 3 as stamped on the back of the bottle.

Cork was a little tough to get out and a modest spurt of the carbonation lets me know it is not flat. The large off white dense head reconfirms that notion. A mysterious cloudy brown color which you can almost see through when held to the light. Superb lacing and a nice layer of retention sticks around the inner rim of the snifter.

First whiff is quite pleasing to me. Seemingly complex with sweet malts, dark fruits and a medicinal oakiness to it. Fig, raisin and prune all evident with an almost grape soda like sweetness to it. There is also molasses, brown sugar, Belgian spice and hints of butterscotch. I tell just through my nose that this is going to be velvety smooth with some welcomed warming from the alcohol.

This beer is damn near an oak bomb, if an oak bomb exists. The woody character takes on a smoky character as the beer warms. Dark fruits, lightly roasted malts. There is that warming alcohol.

As predicted, velvety smooth, a silkiness only the best Belgians retain. Perfect carbonation to hold up this medium-full body. World class mouthfeel.

This is a very impressive Belgian Dark. I can put it right up with my top 3 favorites in the style. If you run across it, get it!

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4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a goblet. ABV 10%.

A - Poured a slightly opaque orange-gold colour with greenish tints near the edges. Big bubbly head reduced to surface bubbles. Some lacing.

S - Caramel, candy, herbs, spices, port, hint of booze. Smells really inviting.

T - Sweet, candy, caramel, dark fruit, hint of spice, oak, a bit of smokiness, a bit of booze. Complex yet well balanced flavour. For 10% ABV the booze is quite restrained.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-heavy body, some stickiness, a bit of burn, smooth and well balanced, crisp finish.

O - Wow this is good! Easy to drink for sure.

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4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch #6 poured into a chalice at Monk's Cafe.

A: cloudy mud brown with a finger of foam. Looked like there were a ton of floaties. This guy was happy to emerge from the bottle after a few years.

S: Fruit, grass, orange, almond, hops, coffee, chocolate, oak, moss, peat. Most complex beer I've ever smelled.

T: I must reiterate what I said about the smell in regards to taste: it was mind blowing how complex and smooth this beer manages to be. Quite a paradox. I felt like I was eating an enchanted forest. This beer really is a meal to itself. It's almost too sweet for its own good. Maybe I should have been forced to enjoy it slower?

M: Like I said, very smooth. It was hard not to gulp it. If you want a strong alcohol taste to your beer, you wouldn't find that here, it hides well. It had a good lively feel to it but didn't force the carbonation feeling on you.

O: Fully developed palettes accustomed to fine wines and good food pairings will find even more to like here than I did. It's very flavorful and avoids the syrupiness of which some quads are accused (only Westy beats it in this regard). If you prefer bitterness or even just slight bitterness, I'd avoid it.

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Photo of samshaw
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Half-opaque amber-brown, thin tan head, with a few dark undissolved solids hovering mid-glass.

S: Moderate notes of sweetness akin to brown sugar. Brandy is also present, as well as a hint of oak.

T: Medium taste of caramel with moderate chocolate and lighter notes of brandy and sherry. Pleasantly sweet but not overwhelmingly so.

M: Moderately thick for a quadrupel, with light carbonation. Full but not distracting from the flavor.

O: With an appearance that is borderline rustic and a taste that would nicely complement medium-dark caramel chocolate, this "trap" might lure you into paying a high price for another bottle.

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Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
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 Big_Beers
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance murky Brown with red hues when held towards the light.

Smell-big candied fruit alcohol laced FIGS
also cherry

taste-candy covered fruit,a litte bit of a whisky note. Hardly any alchohol taste. this was my first time with this batch...cola and whiskey come through- barley wine characteristic. I much prefer the earlier batch with the exception of the white wine batch

mouth feels slightly carbonated smooth.

overall batch 8 is a delicious all around beer not as sweet as other batches
Great beer

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Photo of RMentair
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of zaphodchak
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
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 acperez88
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
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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4.64/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of imbibehour
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a challice/goblet. Batch #6, real long composite cork and no pop upon opening whatsoever.

A real dark garnet murky brown, body. Cloudy, there are some flakes in the body. Head forms nice and creamy looking with an off white, kind of yellow color. Manages to keep a nice puck throughout drinking.

What a nose on this beer. Aged in white wine barrels, real creamy smelling oaky vanilla dominates. White chocolate, cream, no heat whatsoever, like a bourbon aged barrel beer, I am shocked that this came from a wine barrel. Little bit of toffee

Taste follows with an unbelievable creamy texture. Whipped up merringue like cream, vanilla rich, small toffee, and a soft taffy candy like taste on the finish. Hints of sweetened condensed milk, white chocolate, but nothing too sugary granular or crystalized sugar. Marshmallow in feel and subdued taste also!

This is a VERY unique tasting quad, never had anything like it, this is from wine barrels? Wow shocking. Fabulous beer.

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
4.21 out of 5 based on 584 ratings.
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