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La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #16

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


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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Inmiddels hebben we vol trots BATCH 16 gepresenteerd. Deze Quadrupel Oak Aged heeft een diepe bronzen kleur met een schuimkraag als van amber. De geur wordt gedomineerd door een mengeling van hout en honing. Hierna volgen wijnachtige aroma’s, waarna een port/sherryachtige geur blijft hangen. De smaak is erg zacht en vol. Voor een Quadrupel is deze batch vrij droog en door de lange rijping op eiken- en accasia-barriques mooi afgerond. De lagertijd van 2 jaar is voldoende, hoewel deze batch door zijn volle smaak gegarandeerd nog jaren goed op dronk zal zijn als deze goed wordt bewaard. Naast de invloed van rode wijn- en brandyvaten kent deze Oak Aged ook Oloroso-invloeden. De hop is nauwelijks meer aanwezig, maar de tannines van hout en wijn zorgen voor een aangename bitterheid. Het verfijnde bouquet komt het best tot zijn recht als deze batch wordt geschonken op een temp. van 16-18°C. Batch 16 is sinds 22-03-2014 in de Kloosterwinkel te verkrijgen. Voor Batch 16 is de volgende verdeling van toepassing: Type In Batch Brandy 36,5% Oloroso 27% Nieuw Eiken Medium Toasted 10% Nieuw Eiken High Toasted 10% Late Bourgondy 10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (4604) - BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2016
Vintage bottle of two years old bought from a private collector. Loosely structured, milky, creamy, greyish white head requiring a bit of forcing to develop but retaining well after that, with a thin greyish veil in the middle and a steady rim on the edges as well as a thin but persistent layer of lacing; translucent bronze robe with brownish red - burgundy hue, almost clear but made more or less hazy by minuscule bits of dead yeast floating around everywhere. Powerful bouquet of raisins soaked in cognac, sweet sherry or even old ruby port, kahlua, caramel candy, fried apples, candied cherries, brown sugar, vanilla, candied fig, honey, melting fondant chocolate, ginger, cinnamon, old and wet wood, bourbon, madera sauce, fried mushrooms. Candied sweetness in the onset, lots of residual brown sugar, hints of fig, raisin and dried banana with an underlying sourishness for balance, softly carbonated (even lacking a bit in carbonation), with a smooth, lean mouthfeel which, due to the slight undercarbonation, feels thinner than it could have been. Caramelly malt sweetness dominates the middle, with some chocolatey accents as well as ongoing candi sugar sweetness and dried fruit sensations; in the end, the drying wood effects come through, trying to balance the initial wave of sweetness but in a less succesful way than I have experienced in other batches of this series. Varnish-like solvents abound along with vanilla-ish aspects of the oak and a strong sherry-like flavor, further accentuated by the ageing, which in this type of beers also results in sherry-like effects. This sherry taste clearly dominates and sticks in the throat after swallowing, along with persisting caramelly malt sweetness, a dash of earthy hops not succeeding in providing enough bitterness and, unsurprisingly, a strong alcohol warmth, becoming a tad astringent on the root of the tongue after a while but otherwise not bothering me too much. Pleasant and fairly complex sipper like all batches in this series, but in this case, the ageing does not seem to have done it much good, as it is already a tad thinned and undercarbonated; yet the maderisation does accentuate the sherry flavor to the point where the aftertaste is very much like a sweet sherry. Interesting, but still one of the lesser batches to me, also in being insufficiently dried by wood tannins, so that the very sweet character of the basic beer keeps prevailing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gerbeer (3158) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2016
375 ml bottle. Pours a deep clear mahogany with moderate head. Aromas of raisins, brown sugar, brandy and sweet malts. Flavors of sweet golden raisins, dry brown sugar, treacle, condensed brandy and toffee. Warm but subtly balanced. Wonderful if you like sweet and sticky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (6222) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2016
Bottle: Served in a Duvel glass: First time there’s something like a foamy head/lacing. Disappears quick. Headless hazy amber brown body. Aromas of prunes, light marzipan, light wood tint, light toffee, light bay leaf... Flavour is sweet prune and wood with a dirty malty tone. Light sweet liquor tints. Aftertaste is dirty malty and dirty wood with prunes and light bitter. Low carbo, just medium bodied, light watery mouthfeel...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (6977) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 24, 2016
Bottle. Pours quite hazy reddish chestnut, small beige head, some lacing. Aroma of sherry, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, date, raisin. Flavor is quite sweet, sherry, dark dried fruits, minimal bitterness. Medium body. Definitely oxidized, but since I just bought it last week that ain’t my fault. Still a solid quad. Some lingering heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Foffern (1698) - Bodø, NORWAY - MAR 12, 2016
Bottle at home. Has a slightly hazy deep mahogany color with a small light brown head that fades fast. Complex aroma of dried fruit, liqueur, plums, red wine, licorice, oak, alcohol, heather and brown sugar. Sweet flavor with dried fruit, liqueur, brown sugar, oak, licorice and berries. Has a silky mouth feel, full-bodied and a light bitterness. A very complex ale, and is quite sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (9562) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2016
Bottle from Craigs, dregs run tasting. Pours brown with a thin tan head. Aromas of toffee and dried fruit, oak. Taste is sherry, prunes, vanilla. Boozy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (10880) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2016
Bottle at craig’s. Pours deep amber, nose is malty toffee, caramel, raisins, vanilla, taste is similar, sweet, fruity, light bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 14, 2016
Bottle. Brown with tan head. Earthy vegetal aroma, esters, banana, oak, dried fruit. Taste is better, dried fruit, raisins, sherry, prune, oak, vanilla. Sweet with a clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GlasgowTAD (1389) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 14, 2016
Pours dark bronxe with a miniscule bronwish head. Aroma is raisins and caramel. Taste is caramel, toffee, vanilla, leather, oak, red grapes, slight strawberry, molasses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (21902) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 14, 2016
bottle at home ... daerk copper .. thin white lacing .. soft sweet toffee fruit ...light sweet toffee fruit malt nose .. soft sweet toffee fruit ... soft sweet berries .. soft malt .. light toffee malt .. soft toffee berries ...

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