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La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #1

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Formerly brewed at De Koningshoeven (Bavaria - Netherlands)
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Berkel-Enschot, Netherlands

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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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BATCH 1 (blended on June 1, 2010). For this beer, the following barrels were used in the following proportions:

Type % in batch
New Oak Heavy Toast 18.2
New Medium Acasia 9.1
Port Medium Burnt 36.4
Port Medium Toast 36.4


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2012
In bottle. Pours a dark golden amber colour with a thin beige head. Aroma of raisins, honey, yeast, toffee, alcohol and oak. Similar flavours of raisins and sweet honey with alcohol fairly present. A little sweet overall with moderate carbonation and light CO2 prickle with a foamy mouth-feel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (16654) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2012
bottle at home ... deep copper ... sweet vineous ... sweet suger... little honey nose ... sweet fruits ... sweet syrups ... quite apricoty ... ligthest yeast ... light oak ...

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5328) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear dark amber to brown body with a nice one finger frothy beige head that retained really well due to a combination of the high carbonation and the Chimay chalice it was poured in. The nose is super rich and thick with loads of dark fruit, just a light woodiness, and a very vinous quality. Just a slight hint of alcohol along with a sweet almost marshmallow like note. The flavor is really rich as well with a really well mellowed and integrated complexity. The maltiness is really soft and yet still quite chewy and full. Full of ripe dark fruits and a really well done yeast profile. The oak is really feel done as well, remaining in the background and coming out as only an accent on the finish, itís not tannic or biting at all. The alcohol is very well hidden as well, it provides just a slight warming sensation on the finish. The body is ultra smooth and has just the right amount of carbonation to keep it a bit lively on the tongue. This is one of the best Quads that Iíve ever had. It has all the best qualities of a traditional Quad, but that little something unique from the barrel aging to keep it from being average. I really have to wonder how the other batches are, is it just this batch thatís so good? Is it the age that has made it so good? I need to seek out more of these!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tranquillity (1445) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 9, 2012
Bottled, bought at the brewery. Aroma of port, mead, grapes. Looks like mead. The taste has the same functionality as the aroma, with similar taste. Entirely different than the normal one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lusikka (6874) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 6, 2012
375 ml bottle. Bottled 07/2010.
Pours a deep amber colour with a white head. Aroma of sweet caramel, alcohol and sweet vanilla and oak. Flavour of caramel malts, vanilla, sweet berries and big smooth oak. Good ripe fruitiness. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel and a warming, fruity and oak dry finish. Good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
laiti (6729) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 6, 2012
37,5 cl bottle @ olio, bottled 07/2010
Aroma is perfume-like with plastic glue, alcohol and some floral notes. Flavour has oaky notes with toffee and vanilla. Some warming alcohol in the finish. Decent, worse than the original.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (4504) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 6, 2012
330ml bottle

Bottled on 07/10 - Pours dark orange/reddish brown with a small foamy head. Aroma of malts, ripe fruits and notes of glue and raisin. Taste is quite malty and sweet with notes of glue, vanilla and hints of oak. Finish is sweet and fruity with hints of alcohol and vanilla. A bit unbalanced.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (7253) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 1, 2012
UPDATED: APR 6, 2012 375 ml bottle. Bottled on 07/2010.
Amber-copper color with small head. Aroma has ripe fruits, mild vanilla notes, oak, goose berry bush and some earth notes. Flavour of sour ripe fruits, vanilla, liquorice, malts and some caramel. A bit better than on previous taste, but the oak doesnít quite fit still.

375 ml bottle.
Rated on 20110205. (7+3+6+3+13)
Pours amber color with medium head. Aroma of ripe fruits, caramel, malts, sugar candy and yeast. Flavor of sugar candy, caramel, malts, ripe fruits and wood. Very disappointing.
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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2012
A little hazy, light brown colored beer with a small beige head. The aroma of wood, oak vanilla with tonsel and fruits. The taste of vanilla, oak tonsel with some sweet. The aftertaste vanilla some alcohol and fruit notes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (37673) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2011

Bottle 375ml.

[ Side by Side tasting of batch # 1-2-3-4 ]. Clear medium to dark amber colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, licorice - konfekt, light wood and alcohol, toffee notes. Flavour is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, caramel, malty, wood - oak, alcohol notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20111123]


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