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La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #11

La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #11
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Formerly brewed at De Koningshoeven (Bavaria - Netherlands)
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Berkel-Enschot, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12747) - 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 doesn’t need to be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7809) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Fort Collins. Pours murky brown with no head and a woody vanilla nutty aroma. There is a slightly sweet oaky caramel malt flavor with a bitter finish. The Malbec adds a toasty feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (4203) - Reval, ESTONIA - MAR 5, 2014
375ml bottle (shared by FatPhil, thanks). Hazy dark brown color. No head. Raisins, prunes, alcohol, some fizzyness in aroma. Raisins, bready, sweet, bit of yeast, caramel, faint grassy hops in taste. Tender carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (4084) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2014
Hazy brown colour, no head. Light fruity aroma. The fruity sweetness from the red wine barrel is evident but overall lacks depth and complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (11497) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 1, 2014
375ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn)
Very nice rich sweet caramelly malts, sweet red berries. Almost watery palate, light and amazingly drinkable for a 10% beer. I’m not getting the alcohol, but I’m on a pro La Trappe wave at the moment, and I don’t get that. Alcohol is warming, but not hot. Mellow wine aspects nice, and almost certainly contribute to the covering of the alcohol. Anna thinks it’s a bit boozy. Smooth palate, nice to sip, perhaps just a bit too winey. Good one from La Trappe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Corked and caged bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Woody, dark fruits, caramel, and some lighter vinous qualities. Alcohol content well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zer0 (1174) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle shared at THT. Pours cloudy Amber. Aroma is caramel, yeast, fruits and mango. Taste is pretty sweet. Really good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
worldbeertaste (1755) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2014
Hazy brown with a thin, white, ring of a head. Deep amazing smell of rich caramel roasted nutty malt, with figs, but and sweet fruit. Medium oily body. Tastes of alcohol with sweet malt, figs, nuts, raisins, and a nutty finish. Delicious and seriously complex in taste and smell. Amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (5938) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle at the "Lets celebrate the fact that Dean is already the Mayor of M&S Den Haag even though it’s only been open for 24 hours tasting!". Poured a murky dark brown. The aroma is sweet malt. The flavour is medium sweet with a sweet caramel alcoholic liqourice bitter palate. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (6945) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2014
sample @THT courtesy of Me. thin white head. Hazy amber pour. Lovely beer from la Trappe

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