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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: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PriorL (1527) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 7, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2013 37.5cl bottle. Shared with Mathieu87. Tasting of the 12 first La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged variants, together with the original beer (La Trappe Quadrupel). Appearance: dark amber, small unstable head. Nose: red wine, port, some vanilla even. Taste: a nice sweet red wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jerohen (1975) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAR 16, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2013 Bottled from biernavigatie.nl, tasted side by side with a regular Quadrupel. Copper/brown colored, immediately dying head. Strong aroma of red wine as soon as you pour the bottle, together with the regular Quadrupel aroma such as malts and raisins. Very fruity flavor, red wine, raisins, malts, wood isn’t that apparent. Mouthfeel is less thick than a conventional Quadrupel. I know it’s blasphemy, but blending #11 with a regular version actually made the beer better, especially in mouthfeel. Not bad, but there certainly have been better batches.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (2696) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2013
bab 13 pours brown, small white foam. smell is sweet, taste is very sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (1924) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2013
Brugge beer festival 2013. A murky brown/amber coloured pour with virtually no head to speak of. Sweet, boozy, caramel, dark fruit aroma. Tastes similar, sweet, boozy, caramel, dark fruit, port like. A very nice Quad indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (4371) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2013 2/II/13 - 37.5cl @ Brugs Bierfestival 2013 (2013-115)

Clear amber beer, irregular off-white head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots of caramel, dried fruits, raisins, dry, dusty, alcohol. MF: good carbon, medium to full body, alcohol noticeable. Taste: lots of caramel, vanilla, sweet, bit sugary, madeira, alcohol, raisins. Aftertaste: raisins, caramel, vanilla, little bitter, wood notes, little citric, brown sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6582) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 3, 2013
Sample @ Brugge Bierfest ’13. Acajou présentant un léger trouble col beige fin. Arôme est malté et grillé, léger effluve de chêne, pointe de caramel, torréfié-grillé. Le tout garde ce bouquet type de Quad avec un petit côté fruité rouge, caramélisé vin. Palais est agréable avec une présence certaine de barrique et chêne et ce profil fruité noir qui ajoute une certaine épaisseur de fin de bouche. L’alcool contribue a un palais qui reste généralement chaud, le tout étant doux voire sucré par certains malts résiduels-cristal. Note de levure sur la fin pour une effervescence moyenne. Le tout se retrouve condensé sur un profil fruité rouge de Malbec qui rend un léger vin rouge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2013
500 cL corked caged bottle from Capone’s. Pours ruddy turbid chestnut with minimal tan head. Nose is very oaky, fruity, with old aley earthiness, and some nutty hints. Tastes oaky, tannic, with flavors of spirits, earthy funky malt, figgy fruit, and nuts. Complex palate that stays dry and woody, but not as fruity as some of the other vintages.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (3530) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2013 375 ml. corked & caged bottle shared @ home // exclusive, yet very expensive brew purchased @ Hopduvel // this one is also aged on Malbec barrels like the #10 // both this one & #10 were rather disappointing, I hope that it is the barrels or maybe these beers need more age on them? // I hope that they haven’t lost their touch – the ones before the Malbec barrels were magnificent, I hope #12 will supply answers, I still need to do #9 which is another Malbec one, meh // pours a brownish amber with a light red berries glow, little fizzy head, indicates little carbonation // smell is molasses, flat coca-cola, caramel, overripe fruits, sweet old bakery, sugar, very cheap sweet red wine, nuts // taste is sweet sugar, syrup, sauce, some molasses, very cheap sweet red wine, wood, overripe fruits, banana, overripe berries, flat coca-cola, some bitter herbs in the back, booze // too flat, messy // hope it’s the Malbec that doesn’t do the trick for me // when are we getting Tequila BA La Trappe Quadrupel? /// increasing score from 3.4 to 4.3 because I tried this again & this has really improved a lot with age much like the #12. I should just stop drinking these too young because they just improve so much with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2012

Bottle 375ml. corked.

[ Trade by Rene ]. Unclear medium red amber colour with a small to average, frothy - fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, dried fruit, wood - oak, light vanilla. Flavour is moderate to light heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, wood - oak, caramel, dried fruit, dry, oak. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20121116]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
toffeeslot (118) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 28, 2012
Pours a muddy brown. Aroma is sweet, wine like, almonds. Taste is also sweet, with the grapes of the wine showing through. Finish is dry and sweet. Very different from the unoaked version, and in my opinion, not as good.

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