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La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #11

Formerly brewed at La Trappe Trappist - Abdij O.L.V. Koningshoeven (Bavaria)
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Berkel-Enschot, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
In Batch 11 Malbec barrels were used, though a rather large portion of Quadrupel aged on new wood has been added too. This batch is quite complex. The aroma of the Malbec is very noticable, lots of oak flavours from medium toast, and vanilla and almond from high toast barrels, floral aromas from Acasia and obviously the beer aromas from the quadrupel. Very robust and rich in tannins, which warrants a bit of extra maturation in the bottle to let the complexity increase and the flavour become rounder. While the red wine influence is noticable, the wood has the dominant note. A must for everyone who likes heavy beer and/or wine with lots of wood flavour and aroma. 55% Used Malbec barrels 20% New French oak, medium toast 20% New French oak, high toast 5% Acacia wood

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (6685) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2016
Bottle thx to jerohen, small sample. Hazy copper color, short frothy head. Loads of red wine, oak wood and raisin in aroma. Bit sweet in taste, raisiny, oak wood, red wine. Base beer is quite overwhelmed and the couple years of aging didnt make it any better. Best was to blend with a bit of fresh Quad, to give it more balance in the barrel and still get the spicy notes of a fresher Quad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Countbeer (6222) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2016
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass: No head. Hazy dark amber body. Nise of prunes, nuts, caramel, some malts, The flavour is again marked by a prune dominance. Some malts and bitters with light sweet tints... Low to no carbo, light watery mouthfeel, medium bodied. Easy drinker but don’t get any barrel aging!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tarmok (1221) - Tartu, ESTONIA - APR 12, 2016
dark brown liquid without head. aroma of caramel, rye bread, plums, alcohol, oak. taste is softer but same, med body, soft carb

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VamboladeTolly (1580) - Tartu, ESTONIA - APR 9, 2016
Bottle. Pours brown/dark brown with minimum head. Aroma: caramel, toffee, bread, wine, berries,oak, candy. Taste is almost heavy sweet, candy, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, butterscotch. Full body. Nicely balanced. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (6631) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2016
Cork and cage bottle shared at Leighton’s - thanks to Scopey for this one. Batch 11. Opaque brown, still, small ring of tan head, dotted lacing. Aroma is raisin, teacake, bready. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation, a little oily. Taste is tired creamy malts, raisin, sweet stewed fruits, wood and booze. Not bad. I don’t see it improving with any more age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18745) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Scopey. Pours lightly hazy a amber with no head. The nose has some ripe and lightly tangy fruits, berries, grapes, toffee. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with hints of peat, lots of caramel, toffee, dates, dried berries, rich bread. Full bodied, lightly chewy, with soft carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish, with touches of woody dryness, faint earth, lots more dried fruits, pear, toffee. Very tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (17251) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle split at LKS, thanks to Bropey, 21/01/16. Murky chestnut brown with a thin light tan covering that dissipates to edgeing. Nose is rich fruit cake, toffee, light spice, earthy, dates, raisens, caramelised brown sugar. Taste comprises rich malt, Xmas cake, dates, figgy jam, dates, marzipan. Full bodied, moderate to flat carbonation, warming alcohol in the close. Ok quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (12720) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle via trade with Rene. It pours cloudy deep purple with a tiny beige rim. The nose is rich, bitter - sweet, wood, vanilla, dried fruits, creamy, red wine, currants and some meatiness. The taste is rich, oily, dried fruits, red grape, toffee, vanilla, honeycomb, damp wood, chewy malt and some warming alcohol. Medium - full body and limited carbonation. A bit flat. A touch muddled. Ok, but one of the poorest out of the series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikske79 (1500) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - JAN 15, 2016
Een heel rijk, licht fruitig aroma. Er komt bijna geen schuim op als je hem uitschenkt. De smaak neigt enorm hard naar wijn. Voor mij een goed bier, maar toch een van de mindere ’batch’ - uitgaven

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wixie (406) - BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2016
Hazy brown liquid, no head. Aroma of fruits. Medium body, no carbonation. Taste is sweet, raisins.

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