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La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #5

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

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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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BATCH 5 (blended on January 25, 2011): For this beer, the following barrels were used in the following proportions:

Type % in batch
New Oak Heavy Toast 20
White Wine used Oak Heavy Toast 80


gEUS's rating

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gEUS (1424) - Linden, - JAN 15, 2013
375 ml bottle - pours deep marroon brown, no head. Aroma of nuts, a bit oxydised (1 year 8 months in cellar), a bit burbouny (?), monbazillac notes, earthy. Medium body, watery with no depth, one-sided. Taste of ashes and nuts, plums and dates. All in all average.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (3031) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2015
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12569) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2015
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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (5242) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2015
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.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8791) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (13826) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (3128) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2014
(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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (5713) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAR 3, 2014
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Abio (1770) - Waasland, BELGIUM - SEP 8, 2013
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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2013
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
k0mpsa (1703) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - MAY 24, 2013
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.


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