jdavidh (114) - California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served in a corked bottle.
Similar to the standard La Trappe Quadrupel, so I won’t go into tons of details.
The normally complex flavors and aromas of the base beer are somewhat masked by the intense woodiness of the oak. Very smoky, earthy.
Head was significantly stronger than I typically expect to see on a La Trappe Quadrupel - nearly two full fingers. Retreated at a moderate rate to leave minimal lacing on the glass chalice it was poured into. Islands of creamy foam remained for the entirety of the beer.
Aroma and taste were dominated by the earthy and woody tones, as noted. Lots of dark dried fruit and coffee.
On the palate it was quite creamy and coated the mouth. Had more of a boozy note to it, both in aroma and taste, that is sometimes better concealed in the non-oak-aged variant.
Still a very solid beer and excellent example of the style, but this is one of the cases where I don’t feel the oak aging is much of an improvement. It’s certainly not worth the significant price increase compared to the phenomenal non-aged variant.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opens without a sound but pours with plenty of carbonation producing a fast head that rises and falls to a pancake that sticks. Smells of mineral, sweet malt and dried fruit. Full nectar with mild carbonation. A very malt forward brew with mild acidity. Sweetness on the tongue with nuances of dried fruit and butterscotch. The barrels are very noticeable creating a nice alternate to the usual quad.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper color with a off-white head. Aromas of brandy, vanilla, dark fruit and wine barrels. Flavor similar with hints of oak/wood coming through in the finish. A little too sweet and lacks some bitterness but a very smooth, warming beer.
BelgianBeerGal (2964) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Uhm, underwhelming honestly. It seemed really timid and a touch thin. Even the base quad seemed very mellow. Okay but I had higher hopes.
JorisPPattyn (7675) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small dirty-cream head over clear copper-amber beer. Superb nose as from old, sweet wine, very vinous, vanilla. Sweet, brandy, vanilla, vanillabeans, coffeemilk, alcohol-preserved fruit, winecasks. Very complex, yet balanced flavourprofile. Better carbonated than most such ales, slick, alcoholwarming. Spectacular nose. Beer, however, is more sweet than suspected.
MaltOMeal (1088) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. Pours a muddy brown with a tan head. Nose is of bubblegum and raisins. Taste is of raisins. Not very complex, but still tasty. Mouthfeel is medium and tingly with alcohol noticeable.
neuromatt (996) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
37.5 cL bottle courtesy of Chris, served side-by-side with the base beer at a tasting at my place. Pours hazy caramel with a small tan head. The head fades quickly to a thin remnant and leaves a moderate amount of fine lace. On the nose, there are notes of oak and smoke along with sweet malts. The up-front floral aroma of the base beer is gone and replaced by toasty oak. The flavour is medium malty sweet with a touch of flowers. Hops become more prominent towards the end. The finish is long, hoppy, roasty, oaky and a little harsh. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, a very nice barrel aged quad that is completely different from the base. It loses the subtle floral nose but gains a strong oakiness. I think I prefer the base by a slight margin. 2011-09-24
beastiefan2k (2258) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 6, 375mL cork&cage bottle, split 4 ways. This poured a clear, slick amber color. No sediment poured out of this bottle. Minimal to no head. The beer was thin, alcoholic, and woody. Not extensively thin or boozy but not much of anything else. Not sweet, which was good but as usual the disappointing La Trappe Quad that sat in a barrel, which did not make the beer any better. Very forgettable if it wasn’t for the $16 price tag.
kappldav123 (4539) - Nordhausen, GERMANY - SEP 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tastes side by side with batch 2 and 3. Bottle looks really good. Beer in the glass brown-orange. Small head. Sweet-malty aroma. Starts mild, sweet, but not as intense as batch 2. Fine fruity hints of apricot. Finish with woody notes, modest sweet, hints of vanilla. Well balanced and drinkable. Liked it better than batch 2 and 3.
patrickfannon (1221) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. 12.7 oz. Split with and courtesy of Vinnie. Pours a deep, rosy red chestnut brown with a thin, wispy, frothy beige head. Lacing is spotty and arched, trailing down the glass. Aroma of honey, vanilla, oak, subtle sweet bourbon notes, caramel, dark grapes and figs, cinnamon, apple, and some insanely creamy, milky notes in the back. Full bodied with a bit of booze in it, but the palate, with its firm, yet supple, spicy, and crispy backbone holds it up well. Flavors of rum raisin, plums, candied sugars, vanilla, raisins, and some musty notes. Finishes with some bready, sugary booze burn. Holy fuck, this is an outstanding Quad. The oak and the beer have made a glorious love child. DRINK IT NOW.