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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2012
In short: A big uber-sweet sticky amber beer. Meh
How: Tap at ’t Arendsnest, Amsterdam
The look: Cloudy amber body topped by very small beige head
In long: Nose is sweetened baked fruits, some wood and booze. Taste is just so uber-sweet that I almost didn’t finish my small glass. Plenty of sugars, candied apples, butterscotch hard-candies, more brown sugar, lots of vanilla, rich caramel, sweet dark fruits, alcohol. No hops presence whatsoever. Mouthfeel was sticky-sweet and with a medium carbonation. I was never a big fan of the regular La Trappe Quad and this barrel aged version is a step down from a beer I don’t really like to start with. Just too sweet for me. And of course the beer has high ratings because it is a big beer. I could conclude this rating by asking if ratebeer’s notation system favors bigger more intense beers over the more subtle elegant session beers. But I am not one to end a rating with a rhetorical question. Or am I?

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (5804) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
caesar (5799) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 17, 2011
Tap @ Beer Temple. Clear copper color, medium off-white head. Aroma of mostly fruity grapes from the white wine with a nice oaky hint on a background of biscuity and toasty malts of the base beer. Usually the taste of a quadrupel is quite sweet, but the sweetsour and dry fruityness of the white wine blends quite nicely with it. It might be a bit too much of the white wine in the way that it overpowers and overtakes the base beer, but overall I think it’s a very nice experiment. Definitely worth the try, especially if you’re into decent white wine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 6, 2011
38cl, Batch 5, on new oak and used (White Wine) barrels, new exclusive Dutch brew Anno 2011, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex brew, sweet malty, yet not too heavy, balanced, hazy, small head, good Trappist, yet expensive!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zita (5513) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 4, 2012
light sweet vanilla, alcoholic and porty aroma,orange, hazy, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, light alholic finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kappldav123 (5484) - GERMANY - DEC 5, 2011
Thanks to bierkoning for that one. Bottle looks really good. Beer in the glass darker than the other versions I had, small head. Starts strong-malty, modest sweet, hints of chewing gum. Also some fruity notes. Finish well balanced, less sweet, warming-malty. Good beer!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borresteijn (5418) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2011
On tap at Beer Temple. Muddy dark amber, off white head. Aroma of oak, raisins, sweet malts, caramel, sweet fruits, alcohol, raspberry candy. Flavour is very sweet, pear, raspberry, raisin, light white wine, malts, loads of alcohol, some woody notes, light bitter finish. Medium bodied. Too sweet and one-dimensional imo.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (5411) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 10, 2012
375 ml bottle @ Kulminator // split between me & Man-ki// tasted along with batches # 3 & # 4 // from a tiny La Trappe tasting glass // 2011 Vintage // touch darker ruby amber than nr. 3 & 4, clear, head is interesting enough snow white as opposed to #3, #4 & Quercus #2 // sweet on the nose syrupy, hint of liquorish, plenty of dark fruits in this one, touch bitter // sweet syrupy, dark fruits going more towards dry & some canned ones as well, winter spices in the finish, toffee, vanilla, small touch wood, touch bitterness in the finish, that one is new, the wine?, otherwise not picking up distinct white wine or at least not what I would expect white wine to do // smooth, touch syrupy, carb. going closer to soft, out of the 3 prefered #3 & #4 but this is nice as well, grown accustomed to these

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (5404) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4829) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2011
Dry white wine. Sweet raisin. Hazy orange off-white creamy. Medium-full. Alcohol hidden. Good one.


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