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La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #12

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


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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
aged 1,5 year on 91% Bourbon barrels and 9% Cognac barrels

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackHaddock (6336) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2016
Usual cork and caged 375cl bottle, into a Westmalle chalice at home in the early hours of 26th June 2016. I just love these beers, no matter what Batch Number they are. This one pours a murky reddy brown with no head at all (might have been over chilled), the aroma however makes up for the poor look. In the nose i found Bourbon and wine like esters alongside malty molasses and hedgerow fruits. The taste followed the same path with plenty going on flavour wise, not as sweet as the nose intimated it still seemed semi-sweet throughout with raisins to the fore instead of the hedgerow berries in the aroma, which although in the taste were not as prominent. Loved it: pity abouts the no head and murky look.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4864) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2016
Murky brown color with no head. Aroma of brown augar, vanilla, and bourbon. Oaky, molasses flavor. Rummy, light raisin, plum. Very low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (6180) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2016
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass: No head. Hazy dark amber body. Aromas of prunes, bourbon, whiskey, cognac, hints of ripe fruit... Flavours of cognac, vodka, malts, prunes, light bitter, some porridge... Aftertaste has some liquor/vodka/cognac tones with alcohol, light malt, wood and prune tints... Low carbo, light watery mouthfeel, medium bodied. Getting better...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (5682) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2016
375ml corked bottle pours a slightly hazy pale amber color with a finger of white head that dissipates quite quickly and leaves very little lacing behind. Aroma is dark and lighter fruits with hints of wood and bourbon and notes of caramel. Taste is a fruity and malty sweetness with a light hop bitterness and mild bourbon and wood in the finish. Full bodied with light carbonation. Quite a nice quad with some subtle flavors that blend well together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7849) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2016
(Bottle) Brownish amber colour with brief, foamy head. Hardly any carbonation. Malty, fruity nose with notes of dried fruit, prunes, raisins, oak wood, brown sugar, caramel, toffee and vinous hints of bourbon and cognac. Malty, fruity, vinous taste with dried fruit, prunes, figs, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, oak wood, bourbon, vanilla and warming hints of cognac emerging in the finish. Full body, quite sweet. Syrupy and silky mouthfeel. Complex with bourbon and cognac mingling with the quadrupel character. Still in good balance. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (8127) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2016
22/XII/15 - 37.5cl bottle from Geers, Hopduvel or the monastery shop @ Tim’s Amazing La Trappe Oak Aged Series Batch 2 Through 13 Tasting - BB: n/a, blended: 26/IX/12(2015-1764)

Note: after hoarding the oldest of these beers for over 5 years, I decided to crack down on them, before they disintegrate.
Clear dark amber beer, no head. Aroma: lots of bourbon, vanilla, fruity, sweet, caramel. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: lot of alcohol, bit sourish, vanilla, bourbon, bit fruity, some tannins. Aftertaste: more alcohol, sugary, caramel, lots of overripe banana, bit sourish, some chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (16866) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle split at the Bespin cloud network, thanks to Bropey, 21/01/16. Murky chestnut brown with a moderate beige covering that dissipates to edgeing. Nose is sweet malt, caramel, light bourbon barrel, marzipan, fruit loaf, figs. Taste comprises dates, Xmas cake, subtle bourbon, light smoke, rich malt. Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying with a warming boost. Decent enough quad .. subtle barrel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12505) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle via trade with Rene, shared at LKS. It pours cloudy deep purple with a small, bubbly light beige head. The nose is rich, dried fruits, nougat, vanilla, wood, fruit cake, coconut, brandy and sweet bourbon. The taste is rich, slight, sweet - sour, dried fruits, bourbon, vanilla, buttered fruit cake, toffee, fudge, honeycomb, wood and warming alcohol with a dry finish. Full body, limited carbonation and oily mouth - feel. Rich and good depth of flavour. Comes together rather nicely,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18525) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Paul. Pours unclear amber with a bubbly head. The nose has a decent hit of vanilla, toffee, dates. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with lots of bready malts, a bit of alcohol sting, toffee, caramel, dried fruits, dates, faint citrus. Full bodied, somewhat chewy, with fine carbonation. Lightly warming finish with lots of gooey toffee, caramel, dried fruits. Quite a tasty beer. Somewhat punchy, but very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wixie (335) - BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2016
Clear light brown liquid. No head. Aroma of bourbon, fruits. Medium body, little bit carbonation. Taste sweet, bourbon.

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