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

La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged)La Trappe Quadrupel (Oak Aged)
BA SCORE
4.29/5
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:
#716
Reviews:
169
Ratings:
586
pDev:
11.19%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
158
Gots:
200
Trade:
5
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 586 |  Reviews: 169
Photo of SteveD082791
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of e_dawg
1.75/5  rDev -59.2%

This is batch 8. According to the bottle there is "pleasant variation from batch to batch."

Pours a dark red-brown color. No head and not much lacing despite 10% abv.
Smells almost like a whiskey, with oak and muted fruit scents. Some burned toast in there too.
Taste is a smokey beef jerky, finishes with some sweet caramel.

Overall it's not very enjoyable. The smell is quite unique and even attractive, but the beer drinks like liquefied beef jerky. I'm glad I had the chance to try it, but keep in mind that this is not a "better" version of the normal La Trappe. This is a different beer entirely.

I realize my rating may be considered a bit stingy but I am drinking this without any consideration given to the La Trappe label or the high price of this beer. It is afterall still a drink, and unfortunately this one just isn't very good.

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Photo of lmaduells
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of RochefortChris
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly transparent deep red-orange. Lots of bubbles running through it fueling a slowly receding off-white head.

Barrels come through nice with vanilla and some wood and spirit. Warm spiciness, sweet, and fruity.

Warming alcohol, spice, sweet cherry fruitiness, and barrel character.

Carbonation was surprisingly soft. Fairly smooth and creamy. Very nice.

Sip and enjoy.

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Photo of DevilMan2014
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Petegrieco
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Masters
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of mychalg9
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of JackNip
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of brpendergast85
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
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 PVMT
4.16/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Jdotswizz
3.52/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Quafftastic
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of shigg85
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of ronricorossi
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of jeremiahoden
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Chianti
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Appearance - The beer was a murky brown color with bubbles clinging of the sides of the goblet.

Smell - In the aroma, dark fruits including prunes and currants lead the way. Further, the spiciness of the malts blends with notes of the alcohol.

Taste - At the beginning, I detect spicy smooth butterscotch, vanilla, and oak. This is a very easy drinking 10%. The spiciness lingers but the overall profile is mellow. In the aftertaste, the stickiness of the malts allows the profile to cling to the tongue with modest warmth.

Mouthfeel - Overall, this quad is thick enough to be described as sticky.

Overall - The cage broke when I tried to open the bottle. I had to use channel lock pliers to get the cork out. Aisde from this, I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of BeerBeast
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Tommy9898
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of patre_tim
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Photo of Mick82
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%

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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