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

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4.29/5
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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:
#728
Reviews:
170
Ratings:
586
pDev:
11.19%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
158
Gots:
199
Trade:
5
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Photo of gsourcepn
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jcarter1221
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dbarny76
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of scottsoileau
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Bugs318
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drpimento
3.4/5  rDev -20.7%
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 DMcGirr
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drtth
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Dithyramben
3.4/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Too dark and a tad too strong. Not quite the beer for me, but a probably a fantastic beer if you're into that type of thing.

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Photo of khmel
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Magery
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of _RL_
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Takahiro
3.04/5  rDev -29.1%
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 +6.3%
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 -12.1%
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 okono
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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 safphoto
4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 303beer
3.81/5  rDev -11.2%
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 -4%
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 BenBreeg
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jelledebont
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jmasher85
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | 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.

Edit: Drinking batch 19, and it is so good. A good hint of smoke, port/sweeter red wine flavors come out. Texture is fluffy carbonation, but only medium-light body.

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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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