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Formerly brewed at La Trappe Trappist - Abdij O.L.V. Koningshoeven (Bavaria)
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Berkel-Enschot, Netherlands

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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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In Batch 11 Malbec barrels were used, though a rather large portion of Quadrupel aged on new wood has been added too. This batch is quite complex. The aroma of the Malbec is very noticable, lots of oak flavours from medium toast, and vanilla and almond from high toast barrels, floral aromas from Acasia and obviously the beer aromas from the quadrupel. Very robust and rich in tannins, which warrants a bit of extra maturation in the bottle to let the complexity increase and the flavour become rounder. While the red wine influence is noticable, the wood has the dominant note. A must for everyone who likes heavy beer and/or wine with lots of wood flavour and aroma. 55% Used Malbec barrels 20% New French oak, medium toast 20% New French oak, high toast 5% Acacia wood

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4.5
Ymnia (1) - - SEP 4, 2012 does not count
Nice gift from a good friend, small bottle perfect for two glasses fine colour and unexpected nice taste

4.4
worldbeertaste (1818) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2014
Hazy brown with a thin, white, ring of a head. Deep amazing smell of rich caramel roasted nutty malt, with figs, but and sweet fruit. Medium oily body. Tastes of alcohol with sweet malt, figs, nuts, raisins, and a nutty finish. Delicious and seriously complex in taste and smell. Amazing.

4.3
77ships (11026) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2013 375 ml. corked & caged bottle shared @ home // exclusive, yet very expensive brew purchased @ Hopduvel // this one is also aged on Malbec barrels like the #10 // both this one & #10 were rather disappointing, I hope that it is the barrels or maybe these beers need more age on them? // I hope that they haven’t lost their touch – the ones before the Malbec barrels were magnificent, I hope #12 will supply answers, I still need to do #9 which is another Malbec one, meh // pours a brownish amber with a light red berries glow, little fizzy head, indicates little carbonation // smell is molasses, flat coca-cola, caramel, overripe fruits, sweet old bakery, sugar, very cheap sweet red wine, nuts // taste is sweet sugar, syrup, sauce, some molasses, very cheap sweet red wine, wood, overripe fruits, banana, overripe berries, flat coca-cola, some bitter herbs in the back, booze // too flat, messy // hope it’s the Malbec that doesn’t do the trick for me // when are we getting Tequila BA La Trappe Quadrupel? /// increasing score from 3.4 to 4.3 because I tried this again & this has really improved a lot with age much like the #12. I should just stop drinking these too young because they just improve so much with age.

4.3
PapaSkeetSkeet (1010) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Wow, cool beer. Bottle from High Spirits. Mahogany with a minimal film of tan head on top, or maybe its sediment floating? Could use better head retention. Mostly bright. Aroma is sweet raisin juice, prune, rum, figs, black currant, candied cherry, rich cedar wood, light vanilla, some leather. Wow! Body is medium-medium-heavy, lightly syrupy-starchy, with medium-light, super-fine carbonation, light burn. Flavor is a nutty, rich cedar wood up front, a bit of that palo santo wood flavor I get from the eponymous Dogfishead beer. Raisin, rum, raw sugar, bit of candied cherry, a touch of clean, woody bitterness in the finish to provide just enough balance. Crisp/satisfying finish; it’s surprising that this isn’t at all cloying, given how sweet it is. Reminds me a bit of the Pannepot Reserva (maybe? wish I could do a side by side, I’m sure they would seem quite different in that context.) Overall: an amazing beer! So good. Head retention could be better.

4.2
ubenumber2 (2) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 4, 2013 does not count
What can I say , this is a great beer , but compared to other trappist beers it is not the top tier by far , still better than most American versions of a Quad and the BA makes it great

4.2
Ferris (16494) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle - Sweet dark sugars, raisin, plum and some chocolate notes. Cloudy brown with no head. Dark sugars, raisin, plum, light sweetness, fig and very light barrel notes. Very nice and rich. Slight fruity tartness. Brilliant..

4.2
BlackHaddock (7672) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2017
Usual 37.5 cl cork and caged bottle: given to me by Rudy (De Bierboom, Brugge), I owe him some more beers, we exchange every time we meet, but he always out does me! This has been kept in a cool, dark place for a few years, so should be fine. Anyway I poured this beer into my huge Judas glass at home on 4th Nov 2017 and shared it with no body. Had to use a cork screw to get the plastic cork out. No head on the pour, everything went into the glass from the bottle, so the body has a hazy deep red body. Aroma is a breath taking collection of red wine esters, red berries and malty goodness, some woody barrel like notes too. The taste is awesome, woody, malty, port like and just so rich and smooth. I just love these beers no matter which 'batch' they are. Proper 'world class beers'.

4.1
felipelo (15) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 20, 2012
The brew pours a dark-red body with a very thin head that disapears almost instantaneously. It looks quite different from the regular quadrupel, much darker and with almost no head. The aroma is quite complex and reveals a lot of the alcoholic strenght of the beer. The aroma is of red grapes, port wine, dark fruits, vanilla and oak. The oak and wine aroma are really present in this beer. The flavor follows the aroma but with the oak character even more present. The alcohol is not very noticeable in the flavor. Overall a very good and very complex beer, unique among all trappists and much better than the original bottled version of the quadrupel. Worth trying.

4.1
tderoeck (10195) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2016 The scores are the average of both individual ratings below.

22/XII/15 - 37.5cl bottle from Geers, Hopduvel or the monastery shop @ Tim’s Amazing La Trappe Oak Aged Series Batch 2 Through 13 Tasting - BB: n/a, blended: 23/IV/12(2015-1763)

Ar: 8, Ap: 4, T: 9, P: 3, O: 17, Total: 4.1
Note: after hoarding the oldest of these beers for over 5 years, I decided to crack down on them, before they disintegrate.
Clear dark amber to red brown beer, no head. Aroma: quite some vanilla, sweet malts, some caramel, sugary, raisins. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: raisins, little sourish, caramel, bit fruity, sweet. Aftertaste: sugary, some banana, little sour, banana peel, quite some tannins, bitter touch, more ripe banana.

2/II/13 - 37.5cl @ Brugs Bierfestival 2013 (2013-115)

Ar: 8, Ap: 3, T: 7, P: 5, O: 17, Total: 4
Clear amber beer, irregular off-white head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots of caramel, dried fruits, raisins, dry, dusty, alcohol. MF: good carbon, medium to full body, alcohol noticeable. Taste: lots of caramel, vanilla, sweet, bit sugary, madeira, alcohol, raisins. Aftertaste: raisins, caramel, vanilla, little bitter, wood notes, little citric, brown sugar.


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