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

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586 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#718
Reviews:
169
Ratings:
586
pDev:
11.19%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
158
Gots:
200
Trade:
5
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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy brown in color with some hints of amber hues. It poured with a quarter finger high dense beige head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of charred oak and peat are present in the nose along with notes of whiskey.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the charred oak, peat and whiskey aren't nearly as prominent and are nicely balanced with notes of fresh cut oak, vanilla and yeast as well as hints of dark fruits (although the charred oak and whiskey flavors particularly stand out in the finish). Unlike the regular version, no sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The whiskey barrel aging contributes a slight amount of alcohol warming.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is very easy to drink because it isn't heavy-bodied or sticky and the only alcohol that is noticeable is a slight amount from the whiskey barrel aging. It is a pleasant beer to sip that has interesting complexities in the taste.

Note: Batch #8. I saved this beer to celebrate today's crowning of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With greater delicacy and refinement than other Koningshoeven brands, this strong Belgian dark ale has genuine "Trappist" confectionate sweetness, but with the power and complexity that's expected of the entitlement.

The pour brings about a russet brown, hazy decantment that carries an eggshell-stained head laced with loosely knit bubbles for an airy/froathy appearance. As the foam reduces to a blanket of creme across the surface, the beer reveals intricate lacing patterns on the glass wall. A classy and masculine look.

A quick swirl brings to life aromas of ripe berries, cherries, apples, dates, and figs- all weaving into a yeasty/briney/winey scent. The bold esters and soft spices allow for a peak throuh of sweet maltiness that straddles cotton candy notes. The base alcohol scent adopts the oak character for a mild woody and pungent impression.

Flavors of sweet malty richness and powdered sugar lead the way with the fruity esters of brandy-soaked berries, dates, figs, raisons, and cherries. As the esters fade, the alcohol ushers in a spicier note that ranges from corriander and white pepper early, and sharper black pepper and cumin late. The alcohol flavor evolves into a mildly caramel/woody taste that gives greater complexity to the alcohol and yeasty fruitiness and spice.

Creamy and soft early on as the sweeter, fruitier notes prevail. But as the alcohols take command and the cherry/brandy taste grow, the beer becomes warm- to prickly- to numbing- and then somewhat hot or fusal. But the soft powdery tanins from the oak somehow keep the harsher alcohols in check for a pleasantly warm and solid dry finish.

For the first time (when discussing a Koningshoeven beer) can I begin to talk about some of the finer intangibles that separate Trappist Ales from most Abbey Ales. Notice that any mention of oak-aging is slight, as this character does a great job of smoothening the beer and adding subtle complexity without over-stating it. Although the alcohol could exercise some restraint in mouthfeel, the beer has the magical sweetness in taste that translate to succulent dryness late; and while offering many complexities that are difficult to describe... it is Trappist quality through and through. Definately the pick of the litter when considering the Koningshoeven portfolio. ...reminds me of a green Rochefort 6.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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 brentk56
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a nice large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light dry fruits and residual sugar with some wood notes. Taste is also dominated by some wood notes with light residual sugar notes and dry raisins. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting experiment but I believe the regular version is probably better then this barrel-aged version and the white wine notes where quite hard to distinguish.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt. Batch 3.

Muddy amber, atypically pale for a quad. The head rises fairly high, but quickly settles to a film. There's some scattered lacing.

There's a ton of banana on the nose, totally uncharacteristic of the style but fairly enjoyable all the same. Some phenolic spice, alcohol and spicy oak round things out.

The palate likewise has a huge ripe banana flavor. Sweet, malty, lightly boozy and vinous. I don't get a ton of oak, not even much tannin in the finish. Spicy phenols appear in the finish, along with mild but noticeable alcohol. Ends on a semi-dry note.

Overall it's a pretty good beer, though the huge banana character was unexpected and not very quad-like.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +3%
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 Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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 DrBier
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch #8

A: Pours a hazy dark reddish brown (almost mahogany) in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some red + dark amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall pillowy beige head that reduces to a medium to large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of smoked peat, whiskey, and charred oak barrels

T: Upfront there are some light flavors of dark fruits but those are quickly overtaken by the rather complex flavors introduced by the oak aging - I get moderate flavors of charred oak, fresh oak, vanilla, whiskey, and smoked peat.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth with some oaky dryness and a light amount of alcohol warming.

O: Other than the light amount of warming in the finish, the alcohol is relatively well hidden in this big beer. The mouthfeel lacks the stickiness and the flavors are not nearly as sweet as some of the others in the Quad style, making this one a little easier to drink. Much different (and better) with the whiskey barrel oak-aging.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Delirium in Brussels during last week's trip to Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a mini chalice.

Pours a moderately-dark brown with a bit of a mahogany hue to it. Large foamy head with good retention and nice lacing. The nose brings forward plenty of dark fruit and a bit of booze. Faint dark sugar and molasses plus a bit of oak. Good fruit and sweetness character in the flavor to balance the oak. Medium to full body with a nice barrel presence. Tasty brew.

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Photo of nickfl
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
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 dcmchew
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter. Batch 6.

Appearance - I hate synthetic corks. Finally removing it yields nary a pop, but it pours carbonated. Not much of a head atop a murky reddish brown body. Deeper brown than red. Nice lacing sticks around the glass and a few surface bubbles persist.

Smell - Oak and a ton of caramel. Not anywhere near as much dark fruit as I'd like, but it's there. More of a dark brown sugar sweet aroma. Vanilla is there, too, but it just makes it smell sweeter. Banana yeasty esters, too.

Taste - Lots of caramel again. Oak comes through. Not sweet, really, but a lot of caramel malt. Brown sugar. The fruity malts wait until the end to come through with an oaky finish. Vanilla throughout, but it's not a dominant flavor.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Heavy for the style. Nowhere near dry enough for me. Not as boozy as the regular bottled version.

Overall - I was excited for this, but it's too sweet and not fruity enough. The oak doesn't mask the missing flavors. In fact, the oak makes it seem sweeter. Perhaps I'm being too critical. I still enjoy drinking it, but I was expecting more. Probably because I had a Rochefort 10 the night before. Nothing compares...

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Photo of jgunther71
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 586 ratings
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