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La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #9

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

bottled
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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
77ships (4031) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2013
375 ml. bottle divided by 4 @ Kulminator – tiny La Trappe tasting glasses. Almost clear brownish copper with a touch of amber, almost absent, small, lightly lacing off-white head. Smell is a bit weak & not ideal circumstances. Taste is a touch mouldy, definite sweet, less fancy red wine, tannins, sweet standard La Trappe Quad, tad thinned out by aging taste, light booze in the back, alcoholic red fruits, red grapes, reasonable amount of alcohol coming through, caramel, sweet malty, candy sugar, some oak besides the overriding wine notes. Tad less carb, caramley, tad thinned out. Way better than the disappointing 10 & 11 which were also done with Malbec, this one is not stellar but still far from bad. It might be age, I think these beers take a lot of advantage from age.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gEUS (1074) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2013
375 ml bottle - pours clear brown golden with no head. Aroma of caramelised malts and lots of marzipan. Wealthy body, lots of sweetness, lots... Taste is nutty, caramel... Influence of the barrel on the beer is lot less than the other versions.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4647) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Bottle to close out the weekend. Purchased at the legendary Kris Wines. The pour’s a hazy deep copper color with a tiny off-white head that quickly disappears. The nose is sweet blackberry jam. Bubblegum. Grape fruit by the foot candy. Slight tannic aromas. Hints of acidic red apple skin, a bit of booze. Caramel popcorn. Complex aromas indeed. The flavors of white wine, apple sauce, red berry jam. You definitely get the wine barrel treatment in the initial taste. General spicy notes that you find in most strong dark Belgians. Nicely fruity, jammy finish. This hides the alcohol well. Full body, supple. Still, this drinks very easily, nimble for what it is. Overall, a really nice treat. I do have a soft spot for beers of this profile. Cool stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vikingguy (806) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Hazy brown with brown head. Sour oak aroma. Taste...Rich caramel malt balanced with sour oaky notes...ripe raspberry notes too. Very nice quad!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sir__v (657) - Lille, FRANCE - DEC 31, 2012
Color : dark brown amber beer with medium carbonization and small brown head. Smell: caramel, malt, bourbon, vanilla, whiskey and malt. Taste: very licorus! Caramel, malt and sugar with a vanilla taste. Aftertaste: malt, whiskey.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2012
2 bottles shared between our little beer club. Amber brown pour with very small head.Aromas of fruit,oak and wine with raisins and figs also in evidence.Tastes of all the above with brown sugar and the oak more in evidence.This is a nice complex,balanced beer with the alcohol well in the background.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yves (2247) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - DEC 28, 2012
Brown coloured beer with a completely diminishing head, only few carbonation. Malty whisky hinted aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is malty alcoholic bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swaroga (1353) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2012
375ml. For my 600th rating I chose to drink this Trappist. I had to use my teeth to open it. It poured brown liquid with almost no head. There are some bits floating inside. Nose : fruity nose with tart and cooked cherries. Some wood and vanilla. Sip : medium body with low carbonation, oily texture. It strikes with sweet cherry and vanilla tart aromas. It develops more sweet and sour but finer notes of fruits and wood elements. The end is going more into dry wood and spices and sour fruits. The sweetness in this beer is strong but really well balanced and the beer hides well the alcohol content. Quite tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBeer45 (1256) - Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle, Batch 9, the cork was hard as heck to get out, I had to use a pair of pliers to remove it, this ale had a hazy dark brown pour with red rust colors, the pour made a half finger of foamy, off-white and light tan colored head, it was too dark to see through except at the bottom of the glass when held up to a light, I could see a center flow of bubbles and some bubbles flowing up the sides of the glass, it left spots and fingers with some sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass, the bottom of the bottle had a ring of sediment a ¼” wide or a bit more, the aroma was big raisin, prune and fig dark fruit, bread and toasted bread, esters, bread and brown sugar sweetness, it had flavors of raisin and fig, bread, toasted bread, bread and brown sugar sweetness, the finish had a little alcohol pepper with malt and dark fruit flavors trailing, and a wine bite/bitterness at the end (from the barrel aging), I noticed the wine hints in this drink as it warmed to room temperature, the mouth feel was more than medium and coated the tongue with flavor, a little creaminess, soft to average carbonation, a dark Belgian ale with a big dark fruit nose and flavor, a very nice drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7876) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2012
330 cL bottle from Capone’s and Craft Ale. Pours turbid thick burnt umbery melted milk chocolate color with a initially loud fizzy head that dissipates quickly. The nose is caramel malt, figgy and dark vinous fruit, mild funk. Tastes grapey, with a definite oaky and cabernet overtone, some malt, caramel, figgy notes, brown sugar, and funky old aley esters. This one finishes complex, dense, and is rock solid.


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