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La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #14

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


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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Oak Aged Quadrupel
Batch #14
82% Limousine vaten met Cognac
7% New Acacia
11% New Oak
The aroma is dominated by cognac, with hints of flowers, prunes, grapes almond and vanilla. On the palate, warmth and the grape fruitiness of cognac. The finish is oaky, malty and, finally, speaks of grape. A beautiful marriage of Quad and Cognac from start to finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (4534) - BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2016
The first in this series to use - among others - cognac barrels I believe (didn’t have the time to check this in detail), three year old bottle bought from a private collector today, big cheers to Frank. Tasted in comparison with #21, which is also partially matured on cognac barrels. Pale greyish beige, bubbly, moussy head, loosely structured but retaining well, over a deep mahogany brown beer with amberish hue, a tad darker than the #21, hazy and translucent, sparkling. Aroma is as perfumey as that of the #21 but less sweet, with a lot more ’real’ cognac in it, apart from impressions of fudge, vanilla, Belgian chocolates made with fondant, lots of home made caramel, wet oak, old port, dried fig, raisin, nougat but less marzipan sweetness than the #21, honey, dry earth, shoe polish (probably just the alcohol speaking), hazelnut paste, candied cherry but again less so than in #21 - in all, ’deeper’, softer and less exuberantly sweet than #21, which may have to do with the age difference (two years) as well, of course. More restrained but still prevalent candied and brown sugar sweetness in the onset as well, a tad more underlying sourishness, hints of blackberry, fig, raisin and dried banana, medium carbo. Soft and supple but very full body, same caramelly malt sweetness as the #21 but in fact feeling a bit ’heavier’ and thicker, maybe because of the somewhat lower amount of carbo, and with less of the residual candi sugar sweetness lingering, though it certainly is there and remains till the end - where it is dried by woody tannins, the same amount of earthy hop bitterishness and a strong alcohol effect, warming the throat and chest, but in fact more ’sedate’ and genuinely brandy-like than in the #21, which balances a bit on the brink of astringency. This equally strong, but somehow ’softer’ alcohol effect brings the initial sweetness to a finish which seems a tad more satisfying and elegant than in the #21. Again, age difference may play a big part in all this, so it’s probably not completely fair to compare these two versions, but based on this tasting, I’d prefer the #14 over the #21. Whatever the case: as usual in this series, these are hefty and opulent, if not decadent sippers, ultimate dessert beers, to be treated with care and without a doubt the best La Trappe has ever produced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (4151) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2016
Bottle. Brown pour. Aroma of sweet caramelised malt, ripe fruit and boozy grape. Rich taste of boozy grape, ripe fruit, raisin, caramelised malt, mild vanilla oak and a warming boozy malty finish. The cognac is still strong in this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Countbeer (6205) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2016
Bottle: In Chouffe glass: Hazy amber beown body. Creamy lacing. Nose of prunes, vinous, light liquor, some dough... Flavours of prunes, wood, little funk, some sweet liquor tints, close to dirty malts and some alcohol... Aftertaste is prune, close to dirty malts, light earthy, nutty and light sweet bitter... Low to no carbo, medium bodied, soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (6356) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2016
Bottle share at Leighton’s, many thanks to Kenny for this rarity. As ’La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #14’, 10%. Reddy brown, hazy, some sediment, small foamy off-white head, dotted lacing. Aroma is varnish, oak, light apple, cognac. Body is smooth with light carbonation. Taste is very sweet, sherry, oaky, cognac, rum with some background varnish and plastic notes. A touch rough at times, but a pleasant sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2016
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Kenny. Pours mostly clear amber-brown with a creamy, off-white head. Great aroma, lots of ripe fruits, dates, berries, brown bread. Medium to heavy sweet flavour, with lots of gooey fruits, alcohol, ripe berries, raisins, bread, fruitcake, toffee. Full bodied, chewy, with soft carbonation. Lightly warming finish, with more ripe berries, toffee, prunes, raisins, dates. Delicious stuff overall. Dense and decadent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (16895) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2016
Bottle at Bespin, thanks to the Kennyator, 14/04/16. Rich amber with a decent beige covering that dissipates to a swirl. Nose is marzipan, toffee, light spice, wooded notes, banana, clove, fruit loaf, port. Taste comprises figs, honey, raisens, toffee fudge, light spice, sweet brandy apple, fruit cake. Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the close. Solid quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhammaren (1658) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - APR 7, 2016
UPDATED: APR 7, 2016 .33l bottle from Belgium. Tnx Juho. Pours deep dark reddish brown with low head. Aroma is malts, dried fruits, raisin, plums, red wine notes, berries and alcohol. Flavor is mostly same with yeast and floral notes. Swell!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2016
15th February 2016
Hazy deep red - amber beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is smooth, a little dry and has mild fine carbonation. Smooth and pretty sweet malts. Dry spicy wood. Decent ripe fruits and nice Port Wine red berries. Light finish. Very nice. These beers always charm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (12081) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle. Pours murky brown with a tiny, fizzy white head that soon disappears. Aroma has licorice, toasted caramel, Port, light grapes. Low to no carbonation, fine oily and quite dry mouthfeel. Flavour is very sweet, caramel, licorice, oak, vanilla, vinious. Quite prominent Barrel aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (4035) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2015
Bottled. Pours clear, amber with a medium sized, off-white head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, cognac, vanilla, wood and yeaty notes. Sweet flavor that end up more dry with alcohol notes. Medium to full bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. An excellent Quad. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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