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La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #13

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


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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
De geur is zacht met opvallende houtnotes. Bloemig en zoetig als bloesemhoning. Amandel en vanillegeur aanwezig en natuurlijk de normale Quadrupelgeur welke echter op de achtergrond blijft. De eerst dronk smaakt duidelijk naar zacht rode wijn gevolgd door hout, tannines en rook welke langzaam overgaan in een zachte honigzoetigheid. Naarmate het bier warmer wordt gedronken komt de eikensmaak meer naar voren en lijkt het bier tanninerijker te worden. Daardoor is deze batch voldoende bitter en blijft de houtsmaak op de achtergrond aanwezig. Deze Quadrupel is medium zoet en droger dan de gewone Quadrupel. ’Late burgundy vaten’ 91% Nieuw eiken (high toast) 4,5% Nieuw accasia (medium toast) 4,5%

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (3240) - BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2015
One of a whole series of La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged, this one from 2013; since each version is matured on a different combination of barrels, they all have their own character. It’s a series I intend to follow more closely from now on. This one has a loose, greyishly yellow beige, milky head and deep wine-red colour with bronze hue, clear with delicate and steady sparkling. Powerful aroma immediately shouts burgundy wine, cognac and a lot of vanilla-like woody tannins, apart from hints of redcurrant, strawberry jam, Belgian chocolates, amaretto, cloves, gingerbread, candied orange, honey, caramel candy, balsamic vinegar, dry sherry, old port wine and freshly cut red apples. Red fruits in the mouth, slight and refreshing tartness becoming stronger towards the end, sweet candied dates and oranges, liqueurish, with a smooth, honeyish and caramelly malt backbone leading to a complex, very vinous finish of spicy and peppery, yet gentle hops, drying woodiness, sourish and grape-like fruitiness and a fair amount of warming, yet still elegant, port- and whisky-like alcohol. A treat for quadrupel fans, very complex, almost feels like a wine or a sherry and in that sense I’d be equally happy with a classification as a barley wine. Has great aging potential, like the others: the beer type by itself as well as the bottling are clearly intended for cellaring. A side by side tasting of different batches of this brew would prove interesting. For now: along with the few other batches I had of this, by far the most interesting La Trappe product.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sdg (125) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 10, 2014
Brown color, hazy; minimal white foam, nice lacing - aroma of dark fruits, honey, oak wood, spices, smells somehow smoky - very balanced taste, medium sweetness, very light bitterness - medium to full body, oily and creamy texture, soft carbonation - long finish with wood aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Senka (903) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 4, 2014
35.5cl bootle. Served cold. Due this - it does not feel like quad, but rather perfect barley wine with extra slick body. Superb beer. Does cost a lot, but it is worth to get it on yout list. Serve it warm - 14degC. Or even warmer. Best oak aged beer so far for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (12658) - DENMARK - OCT 7, 2014
Bottle, Batch #13. Hazy dark amber/brown with tiny beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toasted, oak, wood, little dark fruits, little chocolate and a little vanilla. Flavour is malt, caramel, toasted, oak, wood, sweet, dark fruits and vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jerohen (2071) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2014
Part of tasting session with Oak Aged #1, #10, #12, # 13, #14, and #17. Small head, tiny yeast particles. Nose is not as strong as in other batches, but nonetheless nicely balanced with fruity and flowery notes, some vanilla, wood, honey perhaps. Very smooth fruity flavor, some tannins perhaps even, oak, quite dry. Lasting fruity finish. Highly remarkable: i don´t like cognac nor Pinot Noir wines, but it seems those are the batches of oak aged Quadrupel i enjoy the most...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
prawlie (1283) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2014
Deep red-brown, almost no head, some gas. Deep and light spiced flavour. A very nice and complex beer, and a bit ’meaty’ in terms of flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SVD (893) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2014
Batch 13, bottle at home, Dark brown/cola coloured beer with a small head, aroma wood, fruit, honey, smoke. Taste is honey, fruit, bit sweet, somewhat dry. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (38879) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2014

Bottle 375ml. corked.

[ As La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #13 ].
[ Trade by Benzai ]. Clear medium to dark amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, oak - wood, fruity, alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet with a long duration, dried fruit, oak, malt. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. IMO: Quit simple and not as smooth and easy going as f.ex the #12 .. [20140405]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (3190) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2014
Bottle 375ml at home, c&c, poured into a tulip glass. ABV 10% Deep amber red colour on a slighty hazy body, with tiny pieces of yeast floating around in it. Small off-white head, a bit thin, with okay retention, minimal lacing on the glass. Divine aroma, vanilla, honey, wood, alcohol, lots of dark fruits, grape and wine notes. Taste of red wine, honey, caramel, wood, a bit of smoke or peat -just a tiny hint-, very well hidden alcohol, quite sweet in general but not cloying, very good. Medium thin body, good carbonation, slight oily palate, smooth beer. Overall very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ghendrix (144) - Cardiff, WALES - MAY 23, 2014
Pours deep amber, a bit hazy, frothy tan head that quickly dissipates. No real lacing. Aromas are caramel, vanilla, wood, sweet dark fruits (caramelised apples, raisins, etc.) and alcohol. The Belgian yeast is less apparent than I’d expect. Flavour is medium-strong sweet, mild bitterness, medium booze. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, light fizz. Really like this!

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