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La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #9

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


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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Batch 9 is de eerste waarbij gebruik is gemaakt van Malbecwijnvaten afkomstig uit Cahors. Deze wijn valt op door het zeer hoge tanninegehalte afkomstig uit de Pinot Noir druif welke de donkerste en meest tanninerijke wijndruif is. Doordat deze wijndruif echter zeer gevoelig is wordt zij weinig meer geteeld maar heeft een heel eigen karakter. Door onze quadrupel op deze wijnvaten te laten rijpen komen veel smaakassociaties uit deze wijn in het gelagerde bier terug. Omdat het gelagerde bier uit deze vaten toch al zo rijkelijk aan smaak is hebben we voor deze batch het percentage nieuw eiken teruggeschroefd tot 14%. Hierdoor is de houtsmaak en uit hout komende aroma’s iets minder maar komt het mooie wijnboeket van de Malbecwijn des te beter door.

Batch 9 is the first batch in which use is made ​​of Malbecwijnvaten from Cahors. This Quad is characterized by very high tannin from the Pinot Noir grape which the darkest, most tannic wine grape. Because this grape is very sensitive, however they have little more grown but has its own character. Our quadruple this wine casks to mature taste associations come from this wine in the back bearing beer. Because the bearings from the beer barrels already so rich in flavor, we have for this batch is the percentage of new oak reduced to 14%. This makes the wood flavor and aromas coming from wood but is slightly less beautiful bouquet of the wine Malbecwijn all the better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Douberd (3475) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle at home, 375ml, c&c, into a tulip glass. ABV 10% Dark amber brown colour on the body, with a small froathy off-white head, with low retention, leaving minimal lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits mostly, sweet. Vanilla, wood, alcohol. Taste is has lots of vanilla and wood, a lot of alcohol too, sweet caramel, malts, black grapes, wine notes, dark fruits. Medium thin body, low carbonation. Sticky palate. Overall, very good, would be even better if not so flat imo.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olr1984 (1366) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2014
375ml bottle pours a murky brown with zero head. Dark fruit sweet malt and oak taste. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hansen (7809) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 22, 2014
Amber coloured and clear. Has a white head, lasting. Sweet aroma, heavy malty, dark bread, sherry/port. Heavy sweet flavor, dark fruits, plums. Light warming alcohol. Light bitter finish. Creamy, syrupy texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vipinvelp (3055) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2014
Bottle at Kulminator. Dark ruby color, clear with off white foam head. Corked bottle. Aroma is very, very nice, red wine like with sweet candy notes Little malty taste, again more like a warm little sweet wine. Oak notes. Complex taste this beer. (Antwerp 201404)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7838) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours murky brown with no head and a fruity aroma. There is flat dark molasses flavor with a lot of grape and oak. This is an unusual quad but is a pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12787) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 31, 2014
375 c&c shared by Marcus. Pours murky dark brown with no head. Soft treacle aroma. Med + body. Flavor is treacle with oak notes. Very smooth with a touch of alcohol. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (2840) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
Dark brown body, not much head. Strong bubblegum and dried fruit aroma, prunes, slight tart element. Taste is very sweet, malty. Didn’t get a lot of oakiness in this, pretty subtle. Quite nice quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (8884) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2014
12.7oz bottle from Party Source on close out. Poured into a Chimay glass. Hazy brown color. As with other examples, this is almost completely flat. An aggressive pour yields very little khaki head that soon fades to nothing. This seems less carbonated than others, with a very, very light amount of carbonation. Medium to bigger body. More dry finish. Nice complex aroma... Dark fruit, very light spice flavors of the quad are complemented nicely by noticeable dark vinous grape flavors. Big tannin, hint of chocolate. Moderate sweet taste, light bitter, light spiciness. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden for a barrel aged flat 10% quad, just a nice light warmth in the finish, very light bite. Reasonably tasty quad aside from carbonation issues, but I enjoyed the other barrel-aged variants I tried much more than this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zita (5650) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2013
nice sweet light wood and whisky aroma,golden, clear, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, nice light sherry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (18996) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2013
13th July 2013
Hazy dark amber - brown beer. Tidy pale cream coloured head. Palate is softish and slightly dry. Mildly fine carbonation. Soft oak with a little vanilla. Mellow sweet bubblegum. Touch of sweet wine. Finishes smooth and semi dry. All the flavours are well balanced and come together very well. One of the better in this series. Drinks well below it’s abv.

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