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La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #7

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


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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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BATCH 7 is blended in June 2011 and is the first batch (of two) that has matured in old whiskey barrels. These barrels come from different whiskey distilleries such as Bowmore, Tamdhu, Strathspey and Laphroaig (Johnstons). The aroma’s of the whiskeys have an obvious impact on the final flavor. This flavor is remarkable and clearly different from those of previous batches. Peat and burnt are more present, while wood and wood tannins are less obvious to spot. But the warming effect of the full, robust flavor the whiskey barrels passed on to our already beautiful Quadrupel, makes this batch maybe even the most tasty brewed to date.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gyllenbock (5490) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2011
Bottle from Systembolaget. Slightly hazy brownish/red with a medium head. Aroma of wallpaper paste, whisky, oak, some smoke and alcohol. Quite a lot of whisky and oak in the taste. Drinkable but not balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ktwse (2560) - SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2011
Pours cloudy amber / orange with a minimal tan head. A bit of lacing. Aroma is dominated by scotch single malt whisky. I can actually smell the Islay whiskies in it! There’s some belgian yeast, spices and caramel malt there as well, a touch of cherries and figs. But dominated by the whisky. It’s not unpleasant, just not really my cup of tea. Taste is a bit worse. The whisky really takes over here as well, and the mix between typical whisky flavor and the quadrupel style doesn’t really work. Body is nice, full and creamy. A beer that looks and feels great but which is let down by it’s smell and taste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
Bricks (691) - Delaware, USA - OCT 29, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2011 Yuck. This one tasted like someone tried to mix a beer with a cheap bourbon. Stay away.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (9646) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2011
Sampled from bottle at "Proeflokaal de Schaapskooi" at La Trappe Koningshoeven. Clear amber color, no head, just a small off-white lacing. Smell smokey, bacon, peated. Taste too much smoke to be really tasty, but still it’s a very soft, velvety taste. Thin texture though, soft carbo, low body for 10%ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (4528) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2011
Amber red to brown colour with a small white head. Smells a lot of peat and bandaid. Tastes whisky, peat, smoked. Great! Full body, long after. Nice!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Bullit (4106) - Burgos, SPAIN - OCT 2, 2011
Bottled @ cgarvieuk’s Need some Cupboard Space tasting, thanks Noize. Brown colour, tan head. Nose is oaky, boozy and metallic. Flavour is boozy, bit smoky, whisky, peat, bit malty, candy sugar, bit fruity. Whisky overpowers everything.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 1, 2011
In bottle. Pours a red orange colour with a thin beige head. Aroma is dominated by iodine with cheese, whiskey and oak. Overpowering iodine flavour with smoke, caramel and candy sugar. Not great.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
JohnRMurdoch (3635) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 1, 2011
Bottle @ Craig Garvies. Mild whiskey aroma. Cloudy medium brown colour. Smokey peaty whiskey flavour. Whiskey aftertaste. I don’t like whiskey.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
cgarvieuk (16654) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 1, 2011
bottle at home ... thanks to Fritz ... copper borwn ... thin lacing ... sweet too sweet vineous ... soft peaty whiskey nose ... banana bubbly gum ... hint smoke ... dull soft peaty whisky ... light toffee malt back .. its not working for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (8243) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2011
Good cream-coloured head, over hazed red-amber beer. Vinous, liqueurish, but also old oak, black pepper, ginger. Very peppery, even chili pepper, old oak, wine vats, fruity and with cherry brandy, but finishing peaty. Medium bodied, very spritzy and even ’hot’ MF, but inviting. Definitely one of the best batches - I would not really have guessed the Islay malts.

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