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

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged)La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged)

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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%

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Photo of Mar02x
3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle at the Drankengeers in Oostakker Belgium. I am really looking out to take a sip of this beer. I have a bottle of batch no. 5.

A - A beautiful hazy dark amber. There is a lot of yeast swirling around in my glass. I didn't shake the bottle, but still it there. The foam disappears rather quickly, and a thin layer remains. There is no carbonation in my glass.

S - Oh, a very strong oak smell mixed with a sour scent. That is something I dislike in a beer.

T - Velvet! This is really something different than the original one. I can already say that I liked the original one more, but this is a beautiful attempt to make something good, better! The sourness is gone though.

M - The taste makes an evolution in your mouth, first comes a little sweet from the original, second there is the medium carbonation, than comes the white wines tones, after that comes the oak, through to a slightly dry and bitter finish. After swallowing, the tastes of fresh oak lingers around and around.

O - Like I said; a beautiful attempt to make something good even better.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a chalice, Batch 3 is stamped on the back label.

A: It pours an amber/raisin brown color with a nice two finger slightly off-white head. The head retention is respectable, to say the least, and there is a good deal of lacing.

S: The nose is very malt forward, with sweet roasty goodness leading the way followed by raisins and stone fruit. The oak is present but not as pronounced in the nose as I would have expected. The bittering hops sneak through as it warms with some vanilla, and subtle chocolate.

T: Wow, this is fantastic. I feel like all of my senses are coming to a halt and my brain is about to shut down. The raisins and stone fruits blend seamlessly with the sweet malt and caramel goodness. Sincerely, the flavors are so well blended that it has become an organism unto itself. The oak adds infinitely to the goodness without taking center stage.

M: It is thick and viscous with minimal carbonation.

D: Can I buy more please? I have one more to cellar, but I will clearly need more of this greatness. Cheers.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*I have multiple reviews under this review (one for each batch). Highest ratings are added to each category

La Trappe Oak Aged Quad Batch 6

Appearance: orange-brown, medium head, and good lacing. 4

Smell: alcohol, dark fruits, and a faint toffee. 4

Taste: dark fruits, oak barrel, and a slight brown sugar sweetness. 4

Mouthfeel: medium and subdued. 4

This is a pretty good brew. For being a tad on the watery side, this is a pricey one. The flavors are pretty well balanced, but could use a little tweaking. 4


La Trappe Oak Aged Quad Batch 7

Appearance: brown, medium head, and some good lacing. 4.5

Smell: yeast, dates, figs, and other dark fruits. 4.5

Taste: banana, oak barrel, faint yeast, and a maltiness. 4

Mouthfeel: medium-light. 4

This is a good batch. The oak flavor is very strong. The dark fruits are plentiful in the aroma, but very faint in the taste. 4

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Photo of BobZ
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml. bottle Batch #3 poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Virtually identical in appearance to the standard La Trappe Quad. Nice light brown, almost amber, lighter than expected (certainly much lighter than other Quads/Dark ales). Decent head and minimal lacing.

Smell: The Port announces itself immediately, so dominant that it’s difficult to detect any dark fruit aromas underneath.

Taste: Wow, a very different beer. The Port alcohol is up front, the key flavor component to this bottle. The flavors present in the original quad are very muted and almost hard to detect. Not a bad experience but a very different one, this is a boozy quad.

Mouth feel: Good carbonation, smooth and not too thin from the barrel aging.

Overall: I drank this beer immediately after having a La Trappe Quad and as I said above it is truly its own animal. Honestly I prefer their standard Quad as there is more diversity in flavor. This one was dominated by the Port.

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Photo of nickhiller
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1
A: thick and syrupy brownish-red, no head but great lacing and rings left behind.

S: oak at first, then chocolate syrup, butterscotch, Christmas pudding (raisins and spices), currants, overripe bananas, brown sugar.

T: fresh malt, sweet apples/pears, waves of oak, port wine and vanilla aftertaste.

M: you would never know that it is 10% ABV, it's incredibly smooth and mild.

O: so smooth, not too sweet or too alcohol-y. The nose was amazing, easily the best part, apart from the taste. A pretty perfect beer all around, there's not much that I would change about this.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 3 aged for a few extra years myself. Unbelievable balance and smoothness, almost ethereal. Molasses, plum, and other fruit esters meld beautifully with a grainy earthiness. Soft mouth feel with a barely noticeable alcohol content. Simply sublime!

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Photo of joeseppy
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 12
Softer pour yields no head. Cloudy burnt umber.

Aroma of mild oak and bourbon. Brown sugar and maple syrup. More dried candied dates than raisins.

Bourbony mild. Brown sugar and dates. Mild oak and substitute vanilla extract.

Short finish. Bubblegum esters linger. Light bodied, flat and clean.

Not much in the way of the bourbon oak cask. I was rooting you bourbon. Cheap rubber/plastic cork provided (which I could barely pull out) for such a highly esteemed brewery. Surprised at how flat this is. A pleasant quaff nonetheless. Very easy drinking. But has this quad fully succeeded the intention. I was expecting more for the money spent but oh well. Overall a ho hum quad and a basic meh!

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep and surprisingly clear amber/mahogony. 2 fingers of tightly packed bubbly foam. Decent retention. Leaves lots of splattered lines of lacing.

S - medium intense aroma. Lots of ripe fruit. Mostly red. Soft notes of over ripe strawberries, slightly tart raspberries, red apple skins, and juicy plums. Hints of cinnamon, cloves, and wood round out the nose.

T - deep toasty malt profile. The subtle oak character adds to the soft toasty and toffee like malts. Sweet and tart fruits enter mid palate. Hints of pepper and anisette on the backend of the palate. Long warming finish.

M - medium bodied. Slick Buttery texture. High carbonation.

O - nice beer. I was expecting a touch more oak influence but there is enough to satisfy.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle... Batch #9 which I believe is red wine barrels, even though I was unable to find exact specifications on the brewery website. I realize it says i tried this in tap... I did not, this is a different batch, and the only way I could get this review in, was to have a different serving style.

A: pours a murky brown... Reminds me of iced tea, after my last go around with one of these oak aged quads I learned to pour carefully and leave the sediment in the bottle... Half a finger of tanned brown head after the gentle pour. Dissapates nicley, not much lacing to speak of.

S: red wine and oak notes right up front, nicley compliments the quad base here, that brings light notes of dark fruit, light plum and raisin. Smells nicley rounded.

T: much like the nose, although it seems the wine is toned down a little bit. Nice grape notes intertwine with raisin and plum and a touch if caramel and brown sugaryness, very nicley rounded.

M: the body is on the heavy side of moderate with moderate carbonation.

O: thisnisna very tasty brew, the red wine barrells really complimen the quad base excellently, very nicley done.

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Photo of ibbjamin
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
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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Photo of georgiaboy8686
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
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

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Photo of SykDoc
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this courtesy of Stoutsnipas, much thanks. Batch #3. Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a nice amber color forming a 1 inch off-white head is short-lived leaving a nice over the top lacing. Sediment present with minimal carbonation visible.

The aroma is wicked, with a healthy blend of banana bread, vanilla, booze, and a nice roasted malt/toffee sweetness.

The taste is again a good blend of caramel malt sweetness combined with a vanilla and banana bread sweetness with an ever present hint of booze.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with a light but clean carbonation. Crisp and clean with a minimal dryness that does not linger.

Overall, this is a fairly drinkable beer. It is primarily hindered by the booziness of the drink. Components are solid with a bit too much bite to drink a lot of.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

La Trappe Quadrupel Barrique (Oak Aged) | 500 ml. | 10.0% ABV | 2010 vintage (Batch 3)

Brewer: Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Style: Quadrupel (Quad)
Glass: chalice

Dark plum with a pillowy, peach-hued head. Ample carbonation and decent lace.

Fermented dates and figs dance behind a pungent, oaky curtain of aromas.

Malty and thick, almost sugary. Brandy-soaked cherries and dates make an appearance almost immediately. Later the alcohol develops a spicier, harder edge and coriander and white pepper shine through.

Creamy in the beginning, but it doesn't take long for the intense carbonation to prick the tongue. The finish is dry and characterized by oaky tannins.

Complex as hell, but unbalanced. The alcohol is a bit too apparent, and there could be more of a hop presence to round out the sugary malts.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: ?
Served: January 29, 2011

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

265th Review
37.5cl bottle to snifter
Batch No. 8

Enjoyed at Café Rose Red in Brugge while visiting in early June 2012.

A: Deep brown. 1.5 (mocha) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Smells of whisky, oak, and dark fruit. Touch of booze, but sweet caramel and dark malt is quite welcoming.

T: Taste follows smell accompanied by notes of honey and smoked ham. Lots of barrel (whiskey + oak) on this one too; thus, booze is very pronounced - almost distracting.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A very deep, rich, and complex beer. The barrel presence on this is nice, but the whiskey character could stand to mellow a bit. I think this will get better with time/age but fun to enjoy now as well.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 6

Pours dark amber in La Trappe chalice. Almost no head. Slight bit of cream colored bubbles around sides of glass.

Smell is of characteristic ripe fruit (plums), and caramel. Also a heavy alcohol presence.

Taste is sweet malt with lots of caramel and some light smokey oak. Taste is boozy. Some moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and full bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall this was a little too boozy for me. Not my favorite of the Quads, but I can understand the appeal of this for others. I did'nt know anything about this beer before I opened it. Probably should have let it cellar for a year or so.

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Photo of decimator
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
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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Photo of crnipeter
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad I was able to lay hands on probably the rarest of all extant trappist ales, brewed in small quantities and at the time of review available only at the store of monastic brewery. 375 ml bottle, Batch 2, K28610, into 180 ml Chimay chalice. Beige, almost instantly dissipating head atop of clear amber body that gets hazier with additional pours. Honeyish aroma with oak, apple, and well restrained alcohol apart from apple brandy notes. Flavor is prevalent fruity tartness of apple accompanied by some alcohol warmth and slight astringency from oaky notes. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Overall, a very decent, well mellowed quad with bridled alcohol that I often find quite disturbing in La Trappe brews.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

God, I wish I knew which batch I tasted! Doesn't matter. I will happily shell out another $20 for this one again. One of the best of the Trappist brews, and not just because I'm a sucker for oak-aged beer. Smells of oak, whiskey, and smoke. Lots of toasty smoke. Rich, and fairly strong, but not too much burn. Oh, and it tasted like a cabernet sauvignon, which is normally not even a wine I enjoy but it manifested itself quite spectacularly here. Complex, lots of tannic texture and fruit flavors that I couldn't even put a finger on, and strong enough to be the one beer you drink for the evening if you want to get tipsy. Seriously, get this for anyone you know who doesn't like beer yet but loves heavy red wines, or for anyone who loves heavy beers for that matter.

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Photo of JLeege
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 6. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance- Pours a deep coppery brown color with about a finger of creamy white head. Fades to a nice collar with a thin filmy layer atop the beer.

Smell- Dark fruits, caramelized malts, a little maple syrup, a hint of chocolate. Slight wood and vanilla when you really get into it. The fruits are the main star here.

Taste- Brown sugar, caramelized malts, and a bit of maple syrup up front. Then turning strongly towards the fruits. Cherry, plum, dried raison, a little banana bread as well; a touch vinous too. This leads to some nice bourbon notes. Oak, a touch of smoke, vanilla, and caramel. The finish has lingering dark fruits in a vanilla and caramel bath. The barrel aging compliments the base beer nicely, without overpowering it. Great complex flavor and it comes together excellently.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and smooth. The first few sips I thought it was a bit highly carbonated, but after drinking more, it is pretty perfect. A nice alcohol warming, but nowhere near a harsh burn.

Overall- This is a fresh batch and is drinking extremely well right now. I will probably try to grab a few more bottles to throw in the cellar and bust out on special occasions, like the next Chicago sports championship (minus the Cubs obviously), or something like that. Even at $20 I would not pass this up if you have the chance to try it. A no doubt top 20 beer for me.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12.7oz corked and caged bottle into a snifter
Batch 12

A: Pours a ruddy mahogany-copper color. There is a bubbly white head that fades quickly to a ring of light tan foam. Light, spotty lacing.

S: A combination of traditional quad aromas and whiskey. Figs, raisins and cherries integrate beautifully with warming whiskey sweetness and brown sugar. Definitely a detectable booziness.

T: Starts with standard quad flavors. Cherry and fig with a bit of clove. Booze becomes apparent in the mid-palate, but it's tempered by the overall sweetness. The finish becomes progressively more bourbon heavy. Oak, vanilla and molasses round out the finish.

M: Medium thick but very smooth. Low carbonation, sticky.

O: Certainly a good beer. It could probably use 6-12 months to let the alcohol heat fade a bit. The quad and whiskey flavors already complement each other fairly well. Overall, a good beer. Pricey, but interesting if you're looking for a twist on the traditional quad.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes...

Batch 3

A - Pours a light mahogany with a one finger off white that dissipates at a hasty pace. Lace is minimal...

S - Plums, caramel, sweet malts, and various other dark fruits. Don't pick up any oak...

T - Plums, apricot, figs, with a good amount of sweet malts. Finishes with some caramel sweetness, a little oak, and some alcohol. Oak is very subdued. Tasty...

M - Nice creamy feel. On the higher end of medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation...

O - Solid brew, but a little expensive for what it is imo. Would definitely be interested in trying this one again if it were offered to me, but I don't see myself purchasing another bottle...


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Photo of McNealc31
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
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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Photo of Magister_Beav
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Small pop from corked bottle K22I10 Batch 3 (Sept 2010 blending)...poured in Konings Hoeven tulip glass.
Rich copper light brown color, with particulates - floaties. Small bubbles hang around the edges.
Aroma of bourbon, rum, sour tropical fruits.
Light carbonation and a rich, robust mouthfeel.
Flavors of bourbon, cola, oak tannin, funky fruit rind, dark candy sugar. The barrels for this batch were as follows, with the number representing the percentage of each type of barrel:
New Oak Medium Toast 18%
Port Medium Toast (French Oak) 55%
La Trappe Q. Medium Toast (French Oak) 27%

Those barrels and 10% gives a very barrel aged liquor flavor, with less alcohol heat and more malt. This is a rich, full bodied, complex brew. After 10 minutes there are more flavors emerging…raisins, plums, cherry candy, honey, candy sugar. Subtle notes of chocolate, sage, toothpaste. Twenty minutes later there’s still a nice small head, less liquor in the aroma, and a somewhat smoother mouthfeel but there’s still a mouth puckering kick!
I'd suggest this could age well for at least three more years. Good with desserts and cigars!

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

3/26/15 (Bottle) - Dark brown/red appearance, non carbonated / no foam. Strong brandy aroma and other sweet aromas. Nice brandy taste with wine, sherry and wine prevalent. Very smooth beer with a very heavy kick. Excellent offering!

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
4.2 out of 5 based on 567 ratings.
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