To restore the honour to an old tradition, in 2009 The Koningshoeven Brewery started to age La Trappe Quadrupel in oak barrels. This created a unique Trappist ale with a well-balanced taste and a unique oak aroma.
The complex taste depends on the type of barrel used for ageing the ale and therefore differs per batch. The ale undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle, it can be kept for many years and is pure indulgence for the true ale lover.
Batch #37: 100% Wood
This truly remarkable Oak Aged batch consists of a mixture of oak, acacia and cherry wood barriques with medium and heavy toasting, in which the Quadrupel was allowed to age quietly for up to 2.5 years.
Previous La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged batches predominantly employed barrels that had been used to age spirits and wines. This time, we decided to use only unused barriques to create a unique signature of several types of European wood.
Batch 37 has a beautiful and firm layer of beige foam. Thanks to the long period of wood ageing, the beer has taken on a wonderful dark colour, going way beyond your normal Quadrupel ale.
The remarkable combination of wood types used for this batch yields a truly complex, rich and fine fragrance and taste. Long ageing in several kinds of unused barriques gives the La Trappe Quadrupel that typical wood aroma, with a scent that hints at plenty of vanilla, almond, cocoa and caramel.
The ale’s flavour can be described as warm, friendly, and most especially velvety. The pleasant Show Less