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La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #11

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


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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1007) - 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; itís surprising that this isnít 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, Iím sure they would seem quite different in that context.) Overall: an amazing beer! So good. Head retention could be better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHangover (3720) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours a headless dark brown, slightly murky beer. Only a very small head form when poured, but disappears completely within seconds. Aroma has loads of caramel toffee fudge, rich malty notes, woody presences and some red wine characters. Very full aroma, nice and complex. Flavor is very sweet with touches of roast and caramel again. The vineous notes appear in the very back of the palate and the sweetness is everywhere. No carbonation, very juicy and long sweet aftertaste. No real boozy notes detected here. Very nice stuff!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (8166) - Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2015
12.7 oz. bottle from Party Source and consumed at home. Pours a hazy deep copper color with a thin creamy off white film. The aroma has quite a bit of fruits and caramel as well as more oak than in other batches and a touch of the alcohol. The flavor is more fruits, raisins, fig, caramel, quite a bit of oak, tannins and alcohol. There is some burn to the mouth feel that grabs my attention, but it seems a little dry compared to some of the other batches Iíve tried. Not much carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (20818) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2014
4th October 2014
Light haze on this deep amber beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is smooth and semi dry. Mild fine carbonation. Sweetish toffee - caramel malt. Dried fruits and raisins. Light and bitterish esters. Touch of fresher fruits before a semi dry finish. Another tasty and complex BA Quad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ferris (10570) - 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..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SVD (1213) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2014
Batch 11 Bottle at home, dark brown/cola coloured beer, small head. Aroma is wood, fruit, port-ish. Taste is sweet caramel, fruit, wood. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikkos (306) - FINLAND - JUL 11, 2014
Mahogany dark red with a small white head. Aroma is red wine, port-ish sweet. Also ripe fruits, figs, yeast, sweet malts. Taste is sweet vinous with sweet ripe fruits, burnt sugar, sweet malts, yeast. Full palate, a bit of alcohol in the end. Rather good yeah. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Andy_ (1029) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 4, 2014
Ruby red clear beer with little blonde head vanishing almost instantly. Pouring in the yeast makes it opaque brown. Aroma has sweet vanilla, burned sugar, figs, wood, some vineous sourness and some Belgian yeast. Pouring in the yeast adds some toffee sweetness. Flavor is sweet with burned sugar and vanilla. Also some sweet dessert wine kind of berryish sweetness. Some wood and yeast as well. Palate is thick with mild carbonation. Finishes with mild bitterness and some alcohol. Aftertastes of burned sugar and berryish dessert wine. One of those over sweet dessert beers. Not really as good as I was expecting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (3699) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2014
Bottled. Pours clear, amber with a medium sized, off-white head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, citrus, vanilla, wood and yeaty notes. Sweet flavor that end up more dry with alcohol notes. Medium to full bodied, oilt texture and soft carbonation. An excellent Quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13528) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours very hazy light brown with no head. Aroma of wood, darker fruits, maybe vanilla. Med + body. Extremely tasty and pleasant. Finishing woody, toffee, lightly grapey. Not dry, but it doesnít need to be.

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