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:
585
Reviews:
169
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
11.64%
 
 
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157
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For Trade:
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Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Gmann
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy chocolate brown color with some honey highlights. The head is small and settles into a wispy ring. Plenty of yeast floaters.

The aroma is quite fruity. Red grapes mix with some tart apple and lemon flavors from the oak. Some light bready malt pick up. The oak really stands out in the aroma.

The taste is of raisins and grapes upfront. The tart green apples skin punch from the oak comes next. Some light chocolate and carob flavors bring a needed depth to the flavor. There are traces of some fusel alcohol.

The feel is light and spritzy. Sweet on the palate, finishes with some stickiness and ABV burn.

The beer feels a little raw but the oak adds another layer of flavor and works well with the style. The oak is strong in this one.

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Photo of leitmotif
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of 2GOOFY
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a goblet. K03E11 10:32, Batch 7 (I think, though I can't be sure since the "7" is printed on the black part of the label). I performed a feat of strength when I got this cork out.

3.25 A: Murky purplish brown color. Just a touch of beige head that didn't last too long.

3.75 S: Twould appear that this is one of the whiskey versions. Though I can identify the aroma as whiskey, it has a strange rubber/latex component to it. Despite how it sounds, it's not unpleasant. TONS of date aroma in this, probably more so than in any other beer I've sniffed. Caramel, fig, toastiness, and plum. Whiskey does a good job of not overpowering the base beer and for that I'm thrilled. Aside from the rubbery aroma, the whiskey offers a solid earthiness, plenty of peat, and oak. Strange, but quite nice.

3.25 T: The taste is fine, but it falls flat (more on that in the MF). The base beer can't compete with the whiskey despite the whiskey not being overly strong. Date, brown sugar, fig, toastiness, plum, and molasses are still there, but they all play second fiddle to the whiskey. It is for this reason that I believe most Belgian styles do not benefit from any flavored barrel treatment, though I still can't help myself from trying them. Anyway, peaty whiskey gives earth and oak again.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. There isn't enough carbonation. I like my Belgians spritzy and bubbly and this doesn't have enough carbonation to fulfill that. Otherwise, it's not bad. Goes down super easy.

3.25 D: It's an easy drink, but it doesn't have enough quality in the taste or mouthfeel to justify paying $15 for it. Give it a try if you must.

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Photo of BdM
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Jeffo
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at Geers in Gent a while back on another cool trip with Doops. Cheers!

From a 375ml cork and caged bottle into a La Trappe chalice.
Batch #2

APPEARANCE: Pours a smaller, medium looking off-white head with decent retention. Colour is a hazy sangria or maroon red with lots of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a thin film that stays until the end and leaves some nice lacing down the sides. Much the same as the regular quad, though with a somewhat smaller head.

SMELL: Definitely a quad that’s been in oak barrels. The quad characteristics, however, have been taken over by the barrel somewhat. Definite oak and vanilla aromas in there, with only hints of caramel and dark fruits in the background. Just a touch of spicy yeast underneath, but this is now more about the barrel and less about the base quad. Alright, but a little mute and not as interesting as the base.

TASTE: Much like the nose, though bolder and more enjoyable. The barrel is not overpowering by any means, certainly plays the lead role over the base beer. Some oak and vanilla up front, with a hint of caramel and dark fruits though the middle. Some plumbs and raisins are still there, trying to push their way through the oak flavors. A good dose of spicy yeast, with all the clove and pepper flavors that accompany it, come through at the swallow. A bolder and lingering aftertaste of sweet oak barrel notes and spicy yeast works well.

PALATE: Similar palate to the base beer. Medium body and carbonation. Not quite as creamy as the base, but goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. The barrel ageing has mellowed the alcohol burn a bit, which is a nice touch. Good feel.

OVERALL: I enjoyed this brew for sure. While the nose was a little less interesting and the palate a little flatter, the taste profile was quite intriguing. As a quad fan, this oak aged version blended the barrel with the base quad quite well, but consequently muted the base quad slightly in order to make room for the barrel. La Trappe quad is a very bold and flavorful brew, so it’s not surprising that the barrel had to make room for itself somewhere. Regardless, this is the first barrel aged trappist to my knowledge, and based on how enjoyable this one was, I hope we see some BA Rochefort 10 and Westvleteren 12 soon enough. Well done La Trappe! Cheers!

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Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Hootie159
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mantooth
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RochefortChris
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of zonker17
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Reagan1984
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very excited for this beer as the standard Koningshoeven Quad is one of my favorites and imo an “under the radar” beer.

Bottle marked Batch 3

Thick two fingers of off white head build in my tulip glass and as the head recedes a layer of lace is left behind. The beer is a deep amber color with lots of burgundy.

Aroma is thick with dark stone fruit including cherry.

Very interesting. At first you get some familiar flavors from the standard La Trappe Quad, then there is a vanilla flavor that comes in. Interesting meld of cherry/vanilla. Later there is some straight oak and a moment of plum. Back to vanilla. What’s interesting is that as it warms I get a slight sense of cocoa powder. Doesn’t make any sense, but I do.

So smooth and silky here. The carbonation is so fine you barely notice, but it does play it’s role.

Nice beer. Pretty complex and some interesting changes as it warms. I can’t believe the wonderful mouth feel here.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #68 (Spetember 2012):

LOOK: Hazed tawny hue, towering head

SMELL: Toasty, heavy oak, hint of port, vanilla, peppery, white cherries, caramel, custard

TASTE: Super creamy, full bodied, boozy kick, very warming, big oakiness, brown sugar, peppery, toasted almonds, more oak, faint vanilla, hint of port, ripe plums, pomegranate, dry, oaky alcoholic finish

We are very lucky to acquire batch #3 of this project. Over 50 percent of the barrel-aged blend comes from port barrels, and the rest is aged on other variations of toasted oak. Being that we are fond of the traditional Quad, this is a real treat all around. With results like this, we hope this project does not see delay.

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Photo of BeerBeast
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of muskiesman
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of peensteen
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 10 - 75% Malbec Wine Barrel 25% New Oak

Hazed ruby-brown colour, no head or lace at all. Smell is of red wine, oak, dark fruit, raisin and plums, vinious, rich malt and a bit of dark sugars, really nice nose on this. Taste is a bit of a let down compared to the nose but still quite nice, dark fruits, red wine and oak, yeast, plum and raisin with some dark bread, mild sweetness and some slight oxidization. Very light carbonation, medium-full body. This was quite tasty and the nose on this is incredible, would have liked more carbonation though, less carbonated than most of the style.

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Photo of Masters
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of mdagnew
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown... according to the bottle this is batch 15 which was aged in Oloroso sherry barrels

Poured a mahogany red colour with lots of yeasty haziness. Creamy head poured loose and frothy and faded almost instantly to wispy covering... no real lacing to speak about...

Lots going on in the aroma... lots of rich oaky boozy notes mixed with sweet nuttiness - hints of almond and pistachio, toffee and treacle, very woody, musty, some overripe (rotten ?) fruits - apples and bananas, grainy malts, toasted (burnt) raisin bread, light smokiness, some chocolate, butterscotch...

Taste - Strong warming boozy soaked ripe fruits mixed with lots of spicy Belgian yeastiness, bready, very woody, musty, toasted nuts, vanilla, very light toffee sweetness, sweet treacle, some vegetal traces, anise - hint of cough medicine, burnt butter...

M&D - Fairly smooth and creamy... medium bodied... A little boozy to be very drinkable - this one is a real sipper

Overall - An excellent example of an oak aged brew... highly recommended although not sure if its worth the £10 or so i paid for it...

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Photo of josanguapo
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

From www.elcervecero.es. Watching "Cabin in the woods". Batch 15. Tastes like wine, and I prefer beer. Better the non-oak-aged version

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Photo of patre_tim
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In December 2013, I went to the brewery in the Netherlands, and purchased two bottles of this brew at their shop on site. Its labelled 'Batch 15', with a BBD of Oct 2038. I drank one bottle more than 2 years ago, and am having the second in Chiang Mai, Thailand, tonight (May 4th, 2017). The following review is from today, not the first bottle.

Dark brown and cloudy. No head whatsoever, and no carbonation.

Smells Oak, of caramel, vanilla and brown sugar, prunes and dark raisins.

Tastes of caramel, coconut, vanilla, brown sugar, dates, prunes and dark raisins.

Almost no carbonation, with only a slight fizz, and a big alcohol bite in the throat.

Excellent brew. This one has mellowed significantly, and has lost almost all carbonation. It might have suffered heat exposure during the years in Thailand, prior to which is was in cooler conditions in China. My rating is still based on the first bottle. The taste on this is mellow and refined, nice but different. I do miss the additional carbonation.

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
4.21 out of 5 based on 585 ratings.
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