Ymnia (1) - - SEP 4, 2012 does not count
Nice gift from a good friend, small bottle perfect for two glasses fine colour and unexpected nice taste worldbeertaste (1806) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2014
Hazy brown with a thin, white, ring of a head. Deep amazing smell of rich caramel roasted nutty malt, with figs, but and sweet fruit. Medium oily body. Tastes of alcohol with sweet malt, figs, nuts, raisins, and a nutty finish. Delicious and seriously complex in taste and smell. Amazing. 77ships (10685) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2013 375 ml. corked & caged bottle shared @ home // exclusive, yet very expensive brew purchased @ Hopduvel // this one is also aged on Malbec barrels like the #10 // both this one & #10 were rather disappointing, I hope that it is the barrels or maybe these beers need more age on them? // I hope that they haven’t lost their touch – the ones before the Malbec barrels were magnificent, I hope #12 will supply answers, I still need to do #9 which is another Malbec one, meh // pours a brownish amber with a light red berries glow, little fizzy head, indicates little carbonation // smell is molasses, flat coca-cola, caramel, overripe fruits, sweet old bakery, sugar, very cheap sweet red wine, nuts // taste is sweet sugar, syrup, sauce, some molasses, very cheap sweet red wine, wood, overripe fruits, banana, overripe berries, flat coca-cola, some bitter herbs in the back, booze // too flat, messy // hope it’s the Malbec that doesn’t do the trick for me // when are we getting Tequila BA La Trappe Quadrupel? /// increasing score from 3.4 to 4.3 because I tried this again & this has really improved a lot with age much like the #12. I should just stop drinking these too young because they just improve so much with age. PapaSkeetSkeet (1010) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Wow, cool beer. Bottle from High Spirits. Mahogany with a minimal film of tan head on top, or maybe its sediment floating? Could use better head retention. Mostly bright. Aroma is sweet raisin juice, prune, rum, figs, black currant, candied cherry, rich cedar wood, light vanilla, some leather. Wow! Body is medium-medium-heavy, lightly syrupy-starchy, with medium-light, super-fine carbonation, light burn. Flavor is a nutty, rich cedar wood up front, a bit of that palo santo wood flavor I get from the eponymous Dogfishead beer. Raisin, rum, raw sugar, bit of candied cherry, a touch of clean, woody bitterness in the finish to provide just enough balance. Crisp/satisfying finish; it’s surprising that this isn’t at all cloying, given how sweet it is. Reminds me a bit of the Pannepot Reserva (maybe? wish I could do a side by side, I’m sure they would seem quite different in that context.) Overall: an amazing beer! So good. Head retention could be better. ubenumber2 (2) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 4, 2013 does not count
What can I say , this is a great beer , but compared to other trappist beers it is not the top tier by far , still better than most American versions of a Quad and the BA makes it great
Ferris (16107) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle - Sweet dark sugars, raisin, plum and some chocolate notes. Cloudy brown with no head. Dark sugars, raisin, plum, light sweetness, fig and very light barrel notes. Very nice and rich. Slight fruity tartness. Brilliant.. felipelo (15) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 20, 2012
The brew pours a dark-red body with a very thin head that disapears almost instantaneously. It looks quite different from the regular quadrupel, much darker and with almost no head.
The aroma is quite complex and reveals a lot of the alcoholic strenght of the beer. The aroma is of red grapes, port wine, dark fruits, vanilla and oak. The oak and wine aroma are really present in this beer.
The flavor follows the aroma but with the oak character even more present. The alcohol is not very noticeable in the flavor. Overall a very good and very complex beer, unique among all trappists and much better than the original bottled version of the quadrupel. Worth trying. tderoeck (10002) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2016 The scores are the average of both individual ratings below.paulvanpelt (649) - Reusel, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2015
22/XII/15 - 37.5cl bottle from Geers, Hopduvel or the monastery shop @ Tim’s Amazing La Trappe Oak Aged Series Batch 2 Through 13 Tasting - BB: n/a, blended: 23/IV/12(2015-1763)
Ar: 8, Ap: 4, T: 9, P: 3, O: 17, Total: 4.1
Note: after hoarding the oldest of these beers for over 5 years, I decided to crack down on them, before they disintegrate.
Clear dark amber to red brown beer, no head. Aroma: quite some vanilla, sweet malts, some caramel, sugary, raisins. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: raisins, little sourish, caramel, bit fruity, sweet. Aftertaste: sugary, some banana, little sour, banana peel, quite some tannins, bitter touch, more ripe banana.
2/II/13 - 37.5cl @ Brugs Bierfestival 2013 (2013-115)
Ar: 8, Ap: 3, T: 7, P: 5, O: 17, Total: 4
Clear amber beer, irregular off-white head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots of caramel, dried fruits, raisins, dry, dusty, alcohol. MF: good carbon, medium to full body, alcohol noticeable. Taste: lots of caramel, vanilla, sweet, bit sugary, madeira, alcohol, raisins. Aftertaste: raisins, caramel, vanilla, little bitter, wood notes, little citric, brown sugar.
Troebel ’vies’bruin bier zonder schuimkraag. Aroma van noten, hout en wijn in de neus. In de mond ook vanille, rozijnen, basterdsuiker, mout. Smaak is vooral zoet. Erg zacht en volle body, nauwelijks co2. Martinus (4686) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2012
Clear reddish brown colour, beige head. Aroma of wood, red wine, light smoke, vanilla, caramel, almond and sweet red fruits. Reminding of whisky (Highland Park), even though no whisky barrels seem to have been used. Sweet malty flavour, caramel, light astringent, almond, lots of wood tones. Full body. Sweet malty finish with complex barrel notes and vanilla.
Complex but still balanced. Not sure if the recommended extra maturation is necessary, it is already quite round and complex as is. Nice brew!
(From 37,5cL bottle @ home)