The_Osprey (2916) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share at Leighton’s, thanks to Paul. Four years old at this stage. Murky dirty brown, very little head, no lacing. Aroma is strawberry jam, some harsh chemical / alcohol, touch of sherry, grape juice. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is sherry, sweet toffee, some alcohol coming through, no real bitterness. Doesn’t have the aggressive woodiness that I like in the new vintages, and has gone a bit ’gloopy’ with age. Still, a nice sipper.
Theydon_Bois (12082) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at Leightons Cloud base, big thanks to Paulo for this ’R’ job, 05/05/15.
Opaque mahogany brown with a decent beige covering.
Nose is rich fruits, cake mix, spice, wood, sherry notes, dates, plums.
Taste comprises rich fruit cake, dates, prunes, figs, wooded notes, spice, more sherrified notes.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, lightly warming alcohol in the close.
Decent offering but not top draw.
mR_fr0g (4971) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Leightons place. Many thanks to Paul. Semi clear orange caramel brown coloured pour with a viscous no head. Aroma is lovely big brandy, toffee, caramel, Cognac, Warming alcohol, Little apple. Flavour is composed of caramel, apple tart, solvent, brandy, little cinnamon, woody. Palate is low carbonation, little sticky, little cloying. Good beer the palate is a bit off.
Scopey (8471) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2015 Bottle shared at Leighton’s. It pours cloudy mahogany brown with minimal head. The nose is rich, sweet, juicy, vinous, plum, prune, date, toffee, vanilla, jammy, toasty and wood. The taste is smooth, slick, sweet fruits, plum, date, light alcohol, umami, cola cubes, wine and wood win a smooth finish. Medium-full body and soft carbonation. Nice depth. Great aroma and it drinks rather well also.
Leighton (13539) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Paul. Pours oily amber with very little head. Big malt nose, slight oxidation, hearty toffee, ripe fruits, berries, plums. Big sweet flavor with some puréed semi-dark fruits, prune, figs, plenty of toffee. Full bodied, chewy and soft. Warming finish, lightly sticky, lots more ripe and gooey fruits, some apple, caramel. Quite a nice sipper.
Douberd (3056) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(La Trappe Quad Oak Aged Batch #5)
Bottle 375ml, corked and caged, poured into a tulip glass at home. ABV 10%
Appearance is almost the same with the other batches I had, dark amber to brown colour on the body, slightly hazy. This one doesn’t have a head at all, some bubbles that are forming during the pour disappear straight away, of course no lacing to be expected.
Aroma has plenty of wine, lots of vanilla, wood, little bit of caramel, ripe red fruits, amazing.
Boozy taste on the first sip, toffee and caramel, then the fruity notes are kicking in. The alcohol is always present during the drinking. Again wood and fantastic vanilla notes.
Thin body with low carbonation.
Very good, if it was thicker and with better carbonation, that would be a masterpiece.
jmgreenuk (5612) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAR 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the Brouwcafe, Scheveningen. Poured a dark amber with a thin white broken head. The aroma is caramel, vinous oak. The flavour is moderate sweet light bitter with a smooth creamy toffee caramel vinous palate. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. A super beer. One of the best La Trappe Quads I’ve had.
Abio (1731) - Waasland, BELGIUM - SEP 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wood at the taste for sure, slightly spiced and boozed. Slightly aged bottle, this will affect it a bit probably. Dark amber couloured brew that looks like brown in the glass. A nice, mostly sweet, beer, not bad at all.
sic1314 (4779) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a murky reddish brown with minimal white head. Aroma of sweet vinous fruit with an overtone of the wood. Medium body, flavour of caramel malt and the fruit (plum, berries) with a dryness from the barrel.
k0mpsa (1583) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - MAY 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at beer temple, amsterdam. Hazy reddish brown color, small white head. Aroma is banana, malts, sweet, some alcohol, oak. Balanced taste, licorice, wood, sweetness, smooth.