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

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged)La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged)
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Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Netherlands | website

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
Reviews:
168
Ratings:
566
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
21.43%
 
 
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Photo of Rago
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

BATCH 11 (blended on 23 April 2012)

Appearance: Dirty brown rocky head that dissipated quickly. Rusty amber body the glowed bright. Small amount of particulate and few tiny bubbles.

Aroma: Rum raisin sponge cake with warm wine and caramel poured on top, and oak oak oak. A little bit of alcohol.

Taste: Follows the aroma with also some spicy yeasty banana and more dark fruits like figs and plums.

Mouthfeel: On the light end of medium body and silky smooth. Light but fitting carbonation and a little bit of alcohol warming.

Overall: This was amazing. Too bad it was the last one on the shelf. If I ever see it again I'll definitely buy it and I look forward to trying other batches as well.

Pictures in 'New Beer Sunday' thread - https://www.beeradvocate.com/community/threads/new-beer-sunday-week-595.435641/page-3#post-4905388

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Photo of spacecake9
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BATCH16 (blended in March 2014)
Poured into a snifter glass.
A - Pours brown with no head at all.
S - Aroma is very weak, perhaps some dried fruit.
T - Flavor is mild raisin, a bit of oak and a hint of alcohol.
M - Medium mouth feel, low carbonation.
O - I was very excited to taste this beer but I have to say it was a letdown. The beer tastes fine but mild and subtle are the key words here.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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 biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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 drpimento
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer was a bit on the flat side. Better carbonation would've helped. A little on the bland side. Can pick up the oak, some fruit, malt, yeast, but all are muted with the low carbonation.

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Photo of drtth
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

La Trappe oak aged quad batch 15, blended and bottled in late 2013 using 85% Oloroso Sherry barrel aged with 15% aged on medium toasted new wood.

The beer pours out into a snifter a clear, dark reddish color with hints of brown and a 1/8" head that quickly disappears except for a persistent small ring around the inside of the glass. Sipping leaves little or no touches of lacing on the sides.

The aromas include some vanilla, nut (almond?) and caramel, with something else in there I can't quite identify.

The flavors include some nutty character (but more like walnut), the dark orchard fruits expected from a quad, along with some of the vanilla and oak character from the wood.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and quite soft and creamy with the very light carbonation. The finish is medium to long and fairly complex as the different flavors gradually fade from the stage leaving others behind until the last has disappeared until there's only a light touch of sweetness that slowly fades away.

Overall I'm glad I tried this beer and would love to be able to follow and trace the La Trappe Oak aged variations. But that said I'm not motivated enough to spend what it would take or do the hard work to assemble all or most of the set. However I do recommend this as a fine example of what oak aging can accomplish when handled with patience and attention to detail.

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Photo of Takahiro
3.04/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

batch 19? 01-2040, 13:57 K26A15
Bought @ the location

L: tan/brown, with thin head
S: wood, some vanilla, a smoke (rauch malt),
T: woody tannin is dominant, faint vanilla, some caramel malt, alcoholic sweetness, some fruity tartness (prune, cherry), herbal/earthy bitterness (hop?) on back of my tongue
F: bit chewy, but this is a heavy beer so expect it
O: a bit too strong on the wood as is. wished it was bit more mellow, may be blended with dubbel or something. will age another one for a bit longer and re-review!

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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 TPatterson70
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch #12 - Let it settle after the pour or pour slowly after the bottle settles. This beer has a heavy consistency and sediment takes time to settle. Bourdon is too strong, covering the flavor of the beer. The beer is palatable, just to much bourbon for me.

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Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
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 303beer
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch 16 pours a clear copper color with some floaties. Not much head. Gives a woody sweet caramel Belgian yeasty umm let's try this. . It's sweet. Like a wine sweet I'm wondering if they barrel aged this in wine barrels.

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Photo of zonker17
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
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 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 kaiyote
3.39/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #7 (the first of the Whiskey barrel aged batches), Blended in June 2011, consumed in June 2015.

The regular La Trappe Quad is one of my favorites of the style. This was $15 for a 12oz bottle, and was apparently aged entirely in used Whiskey barrels. Poured into a La Trappe chalice, there was absolutely no head on it. Not sure the whiskey barrels did it any favor. I cannot detect any of the flavor of the Quad itself, that having been swamped out by peat and smoke, in both flavor and aroma. The alcohol is well masked, but leaves a pleasant warming sensation on my tongue/throat.

Presented with another chance to purchase a bottle from Batch #7, I'd probably pass it up. However, other batches look more interesting, and the base quad is always pleasant.

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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 stevoj
4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle (Batch 8) at Bitter Creek Alehouse. Plastic cork, difficult to remove, but worth the wait. Silky smooth pour, murky brown body, no head. Aroma of wood, whiskey and pit fruit. Taste follows with a little bit of smoke on top of the oak and fruit. Well blended and well aged. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of DIM
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #16 36.5% Brandy, 27% Oloroso, 10% New (med), 10% New (high), 10% Burgundy. Does not add up to 100%? The other 6.5% is? It's a damn shame each batch doesn't have a separate listing as they all seem to be very different blends. Oh well.

Bad first impression, I had to use pliers to get the fake cork out. I hate that.

This was a slightly hazy ruby tinted golden color. It poured with a loudly fizzy, short lived head.

Mmmmmm, Brandy and Sherry are very apparent in the aroma. Light oxidation and some oak-y tannins are also obvious. The neck tag mentions honey and I don't disagree. A bit of the base beer is still discernible in the form of raisins and candy sugar. I had no idea what to expect specifically, but this absolutely smells as good as I hoped it would.

And it tastes even better. The many sweeter elements at work are kept nicely in check by drying oak flavors. Light oxidation rounds things out wonderfully. I can't say that I can pick out the Brandy from the Sherry from the Burgundy, but it is clear foreign spirits have had their way with the base beer. The flavors they impart aren't harsh or abrasive at all, but the exceptional Quad that went into the barrels has become pretty muted.

Gently carbonated, maybe a bit too much so. The body is full and satisfying though.

Overall this was every bit as good as I hoped it would be. It comes with a steep price tag, over a dollar an ounce, but I wouldn't rule out trying a different batch if a particular blend caught my eye.

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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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Photo of samshaw
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
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 ThisWangsChung
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
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?

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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 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 zac16125
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

375mL bottle into a chalice
recently purchased so presumably vintage 2014

A: mahogany, murky to the point of being opaque, essentially no head or lacing 3

S: tons of dark fruit, oak, vinous, booze 4.25

T: dark fruit, cocoa, oak, caramel/toffee, pretty sweet 4.25

M/D: massively under-carbonated, flat really, ABV well masked, drinkability is good 2.5

O: clearly a carb issues (presumably batch maybe even bottle specific) hurts overall rating but still delicious 4

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I can tell this is a good beer. However I had Batch # 7 is very smokey and peaty which overpowers the beer. When I have a chance to try another batch I will update my review.

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Photo of LeeEvolved
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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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