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La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #6

La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #6
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Formerly brewed at De Koningshoeven (Bavaria - Netherlands)
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Berkel-Enschot, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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BATCH 6 (blended in April 2011): For this beer, the following barrels were used in the following proportions:

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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2011
(375ml bottle, Batch 6) Pours a murky orangish-brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of raisins, brown sugar, oak, vinous, and vanilla. Flavor of raisins, dates, vanilla, oak, angel food cake, and brown sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdavidh (134) - California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Served in a corked bottle. Similar to the standard La Trappe Quadrupel, so I won’t go into tons of details. The normally complex flavors and aromas of the base beer are somewhat masked by the intense woodiness of the oak. Very smoky, earthy. Head was significantly stronger than I typically expect to see on a La Trappe Quadrupel - nearly two full fingers. Retreated at a moderate rate to leave minimal lacing on the glass chalice it was poured into. Islands of creamy foam remained for the entirety of the beer. Aroma and taste were dominated by the earthy and woody tones, as noted. Lots of dark dried fruit and coffee. On the palate it was quite creamy and coated the mouth. Had more of a boozy note to it, both in aroma and taste, that is sometimes better concealed in the non-oak-aged variant. Still a very solid beer and excellent example of the style, but this is one of the cases where I don’t feel the oak aging is much of an improvement. It’s certainly not worth the significant price increase compared to the phenomenal non-aged variant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Opens without a sound but pours with plenty of carbonation producing a fast head that rises and falls to a pancake that sticks. Smells of mineral, sweet malt and dried fruit. Full nectar with mild carbonation. A very malt forward brew with mild acidity. Sweetness on the tongue with nuances of dried fruit and butterscotch. The barrels are very noticeable creating a nice alternate to the usual quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper color with a off-white head. Aromas of brandy, vanilla, dark fruit and wine barrels. Flavor similar with hints of oak/wood coming through in the finish. A little too sweet and lacks some bitterness but a very smooth, warming beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BelgianBeerGal (3014) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Bottled. Uhm, underwhelming honestly. It seemed really timid and a touch thin. Even the base quad seemed very mellow. Okay but I had higher hopes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (7716) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2011
Small dirty-cream head over clear copper-amber beer. Superb nose as from old, sweet wine, very vinous, vanilla. Sweet, brandy, vanilla, vanillabeans, coffeemilk, alcohol-preserved fruit, winecasks. Very complex, yet balanced flavourprofile. Better carbonated than most such ales, slick, alcoholwarming. Spectacular nose. Beer, however, is more sweet than suspected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2011
bottle. Pours a muddy brown with a tan head. Nose is of bubblegum and raisins. Taste is of raisins. Not very complex, but still tasty. Mouthfeel is medium and tingly with alcohol noticeable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1016) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2011
37.5 cL bottle courtesy of Chris, served side-by-side with the base beer at a tasting at my place. Pours hazy caramel with a small tan head. The head fades quickly to a thin remnant and leaves a moderate amount of fine lace. On the nose, there are notes of oak and smoke along with sweet malts. The up-front floral aroma of the base beer is gone and replaced by toasty oak. The flavour is medium malty sweet with a touch of flowers. Hops become more prominent towards the end. The finish is long, hoppy, roasty, oaky and a little harsh. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, a very nice barrel aged quad that is completely different from the base. It loses the subtle floral nose but gains a strong oakiness. I think I prefer the base by a slight margin. 2011-09-24

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2274) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2011
Batch 6, 375mL cork&cage bottle, split 4 ways. This poured a clear, slick amber color. No sediment poured out of this bottle. Minimal to no head. The beer was thin, alcoholic, and woody. Not extensively thin or boozy but not much of anything else. Not sweet, which was good but as usual the disappointing La Trappe Quad that sat in a barrel, which did not make the beer any better. Very forgettable if it wasn’t for the $16 price tag.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kappldav123 (4582) - Nordhausen, GERMANY - SEP 10, 2011
Tastes side by side with batch 2 and 3. Bottle looks really good. Beer in the glass brown-orange. Small head. Sweet-malty aroma. Starts mild, sweet, but not as intense as batch 2. Fine fruity hints of apricot. Finish with woody notes, modest sweet, hints of vanilla. Well balanced and drinkable. Liked it better than batch 2 and 3.

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