PhillyCraft (7235) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Murky brown pour, beige lacing, little bit of sediment. Aroma is pure lavender vanilla with oaky dark plum and other fruit notes. Taste is like a bready, grapey bottle of vino with dark fruit and tropical notes. Finishes with a butter texture and caramel flavor in the mouth. Insanely smooth and layered Belgian Strong from Koningshoeven. BlackHaddock (7346) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2012
June 2011: Cork and caged 37.5cl bottle: Batch 3. Given to me, as a gift by Rudi from De Bierboom in Brugge, thanks Rudi.
Poured into a Westvleteren chalice (and a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip, which got the sediment and bottle remains).
Deep, dark brown/reddy coloured body, thin covering of off-white bubbles on top, clear without the sediment, the Hoegaarden glass held a different view.
What an incredible aroma, spiced bananas in a liquorice flavoured custard.
The taste is equally as incredible as the smell, port wine can be added to the thoughts from the aromas, this is a complex beer and I loved it. The beer excites the taste buds, loads to find and enjoy in the flavours: malty molasses, various fruits, more spices and herbs than you could shake a big stick at, Port wine and chocolate flavoured liquorice in abundance, a truly different beer. I don’t normally like beers that have been ‘messed around with’, but the Oak Aged bit seems to work with this beer.
Almost gave this beer straight 5’s on BA: had to sit back and think about it, so easy to get carried away when a beer is this good!
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Really great beer. Pours a dark brown with a small head. More carbonation than batch #6 for sure. Aromas of brown sugar, oak, dried fruits, and port. The port is well integrated into the brew. So interesting. Very rich robust flavor and a smooth finish. 20 dollars a bottle so that’s a bit steep but you have to consider how much time and energy was put into this beer. In my opinion, worth the price, you get what you pay for. If you can find a bottle, it would be worth your time to try it. PatrickSwayze (5) - - JAN 14, 2012 does not count
Smells of deep rich figs with a hint of oak. Taste of rich cherry soaked in oak. deep caramel blended. honestly a blend of rich fruits that melds perfectly together. a bronzy light reddish hue with a thin lght tan head corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2011
375 ml, batch 3.
Pours a cloudy, deep dark ruby red/chestnut brown color with mahogany edges when held to a light and a half finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thin lasting cap. Thin rings and sporadic spots of lacing left behind.
Sweet estery aroma with hints of dark fruit, spice, candy sugar and a nice oak barrel presence. Slightly toasty with a sweet vinous character that compliments the dark fruit notes very nicely. Hints of grape, raisin, fig, currants and plum along with some other dark berries and some nice earthy oak. There’s also some zesty spice notes with hints of pepper, anise and candy sugar. The nose on this beer is very complex.
Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a good balance of vinous and earthy barrel character, spice, estery Belgian yeast and sweet dark fruit. The barrel character is most prominent up front but it isn’t too aggressive, allowing the flavors of the base beer to shine through. Great balance of toasted oak and sweet vinous notes. The blend of virgin, La Trappe and Port aged French oak creates a nice balance of flavor. Subtle smokiness with hints of vinous grape notes that compliment the base beer very nicely. Not boozy or hot at all, however, resulting in a very flavor, well balanced beer that is extremely quaffable. The barrel flavors are quickly balanced by the sweeter, spicy notes of the base beer. Hints of grape, currant, fig, plum and raisin as well as some faint alcohol sweetness, candy sugar and peppery spice.
Overall, I enjoyed this beer very much. I had high expectations going in and they were exceeded. If you love this brewery like do or Belgian quads in general, I highly recommend seeking out this beer. Excellent!
rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2012
Bottle at Kulminator, Antwerp.somewhat hazy amber beer with yeast, nice lasting beige head. Oak aroma, vanilla, cream, fruity, yeast notes, grapes, bread, spicy notes, dry, woody, milk notes, roasted notes, some chocolate, nuts, almonds, a bit salty, notes of whisky. Oak flavor, vanilla, cream, whisky, woody, chocolate, roasted, some hay, milky, biscuits, some warming alcohol, nuts, almonds, vinous, grapes, figs, some tropical fruits, leather, notes of Belgian yeast, banana. Wonderful beer, the oak bringing so much more to an already good beer. Oak finish, whisky, toffee notes, almond, some dades and figs, yeasty notes, some leather and a bit salty. Wow! dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2011
(375ml courtesy of jcnd9803!). Pours a hazy dark amber color with off-white head. Aroma has lots of dried fruit (raisin, fig, date), banana along with some candied sugar or jaggery. The taste is sweet with the dried fruits coming out, but there is also an alcohol burn. The alcohol is fruity and brandy-like. Thin to medium bodied with an oily texture. This is very unlike their regular quad and its a little harsh in the finish. But, I do love the fruity character of this beer. Kudos to the Brothers at Koningshoeven. 77ships (9828) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 10, 2012
375 ml bottle @ Kulminator // split between me, Man-ki & Michiel // tasted along with batches # 4 & # 5 // from a tiny La Trappe tasting glass // 2010 Vintage // quite comparable variation of Batch # 4 or the other way around, sweeter with more Porto barrel in it, touch preferable, which is not that surprising once you the list of BA used for this blend / batch // clear amber, ruby, copper with a touch more beige head than Batch # 4 // porto & wine gum, more plentiful & sweeter than # 4, touch rounder, nice with a touch of berried, fruits, going to dry & candied, sweet liquer, syrup, wood, less than # 4 // caramel, sweet porto, wine gum, liqueur, dried & candied fruit, porto soaked raisins, sweet spices, berries, sweet spices, touch wood, small decorative touch of booze in finish // smooth, touch creamy / liqueur, softer carb. // really turned over my opinion on these Oak Aged // La Trappe Quad is not only an interesting beer on its own but a very interesting one as well to age GMCC2181 (1610) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Bottle (stateline) Batch 3... Corked and caged.. when i popped the cork there was no sound.... I thought it would be flat.... Nice pour though.. Muddy orange in color, decent head. Nose is raisons, dark fruits, banana, caramel, malty and bread notes. Taste is spot on with the nose... Dark fruits, raisons, malty, breadyness,caramel, banana... Slight tartness in the after taste. Super smooth texture, creamy....not a trace of the ten percent. Overall: A little on the pricey side but a great beer crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2011
375ml corked and caged bottle, it is not a half liter bottle people below me. Batch 3.
It pours a plum/red/brown with a foamy off-white head that dissipates decently quickly with some decent lacing.
It smells awesome. It is has a lot of dark fruit scents along with some alcoholic scents like port and sherry and even a hint of bourbon even though there is none in here. The oak is huge, it is loaded with vanilla and wood scents. There is also some sugary malt.
The flavor is also good. La Trappe is probably the weakest of the Trappist Quads, but it still is a nice beer and the oak just adds to it. It is rich and fruity with a tang to it, and the oak is again in the forefront. It is very nicely oaked beer.
This one is decentlyhot, like a typical La Trappe Quad, but a bit more rounded from the barrels and the length of the aging though.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-20-2011 05:30:10