hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2017
Caged and corked bottle. Poured a brown color with amber edges and almost no head. Vanilla, dark fruits, candi sugar, woody oak, and on the sweet side. Alengrin (5629) - BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2016
The twelfth edition in this series, vintage bottle of four years old, obtained from a private collector. Cork was very hard to remove. Loosely structured, bubbly, off-white head needing some forcing to develop, but then settling in the form of a thick bubbly rim around the glass and mousse in the middle; warm ’autumny’ copper reddish bronze robe, clear with some quiet sparkling and tiny dots of dead yeast at the bottom; becomes expectedly murky and even ’muddy’ with the sediment added in the end. Rich aroma of raisins, kahlua, bourbon and cognac both recongizably present but also strong port wine (the onset of maderisation!), toffee, figs in ’jenever’, brown rum, sugared cold tea, honey liqueur, earthy sweet beetroot, dried tree leaves, wet wood and even slight furniture wax, vanilla-like oak, old cinnamon powder, milk chocolate, candied orange, pear syrup. Sweet onset as usual with this series, candied fig and raisin, some banana, with a light blueberry sourishness underneath, residual brown candi sugar like the regular version but not too sticky, soft carbo (unsurprisingly) - in fact a bit flat, through which the already vinous, liqueur-like mouthfeel is further accentuated. Thick caramelly and honeyish malt sweet basis in the middle interwoven with this candied fruit and brown sugar sweetness; a thin toasted accent provides some relieving but soft and subtle bitterness in the end, along with a dash of herbal hops. The very strong candied and sugary sweetness cloys a little bit in the end but is, as usual with this series, balanced by drying wood tannins; I get retronasal oaky vanilla impressions along with unmistakable bourbon and much less strong cognac (which makes sense since the latter represents only 9% of the barrels in which this beer has matured), both of which also establish a very alcoholic, warming, glowing finish, a bit too strong for me actually, with eventually an astringent effect on the root of the tongue. The weather is actually too nice today for a beer like this: this is a winter sipper, and like the others in this series, a very interesting one, at least if you like your quads very sweet. Though this series seems to be made for ageing at first glance - larger bottles with cork, high ABV, malt-forward, wood aged etcetera - I do have the impression that most of them reach their peak after one or two years and then slowly begin to go downhill a bit; though beautifully softened and already a tad maderized, the lack of carbon dioxide, already on the weak side in younger bottles, did bother me a little bit, as it could have ’enlivened’ the palate a bit; a bit too alcoholic for my taste as well. Other than that: great as usual and a world class example of its style. BlackHaddock (7562) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2016
Usual cork and caged 375cl bottle, into a Westmalle chalice at home in the early hours of 26th June 2016. I just love these beers, no matter what Batch Number they are. This one pours a murky reddy brown with no head at all (might have been over chilled), the aroma however makes up for the poor look. In the nose i found Bourbon and wine like esters alongside malty molasses and hedgerow fruits. The taste followed the same path with plenty going on flavour wise, not as sweet as the nose intimated it still seemed semi-sweet throughout with raisins to the fore instead of the hedgerow berries in the aroma, which although in the taste were not as prominent. Loved it: pity abouts the no head and murky look. badgerben (5281) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2016
Murky brown color with no head. Aroma of brown augar, vanilla, and bourbon. Oaky, molasses flavor. Rummy, light raisin, plum. Very low carbonation. Countbeer (6591) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2016
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass:
No head. Hazy dark amber body.
Aromas of prunes, bourbon, whiskey, cognac, hints of ripe fruit...
Flavours of cognac, vodka, malts, prunes, light bitter, some porridge...
Aftertaste has some liquor/vodka/cognac tones with alcohol, light malt, wood and prune tints...
Low carbo, light watery mouthfeel, medium bodied.
reebtogi (6341) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2016
375ml corked bottle pours a slightly hazy pale amber color with a finger of white head that dissipates quite quickly and leaves very little lacing behind. Aroma is dark and lighter fruits with hints of wood and bourbon and notes of caramel. Taste is a fruity and malty sweetness with a light hop bitterness and mild bourbon and wood in the finish. Full bodied with light carbonation. Quite a nice quad with some subtle flavors that blend well together. Svesse (8731) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2016
(Bottle) Brownish amber colour with brief, foamy head. Hardly any carbonation. Malty, fruity nose with notes of dried fruit, prunes, raisins, oak wood, brown sugar, caramel, toffee and vinous hints of bourbon and cognac. Malty, fruity, vinous taste with dried fruit, prunes, figs, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, oak wood, bourbon, vanilla and warming hints of cognac emerging in the finish. Full body, quite sweet. Syrupy and silky mouthfeel. Complex with bourbon and cognac mingling with the quadrupel character. Still in good balance. Very nice. tderoeck (10002) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2016
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: 26/IX/12(2015-1764) Theydon_Bois (20437) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2016
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 beer, no head. Aroma: lots of bourbon, vanilla, fruity, sweet, caramel. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: lot of alcohol, bit sourish, vanilla, bourbon, bit fruity, some tannins. Aftertaste: more alcohol, sugary, caramel, lots of overripe banana, bit sourish, some chocolate.
Bottle split at the Bespin cloud network, thanks to Bropey, 21/01/16.
Murky chestnut brown with a moderate beige covering that dissipates to edgeing.
Nose is sweet malt, caramel, light bourbon barrel, marzipan, fruit loaf, figs.
Taste comprises dates, Xmas cake, subtle bourbon, light smoke, rich malt.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying with a warming boost.
Decent enough quad .. subtle barrel.
Scopey (15431) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle via trade with Rene, shared at LKS. It pours cloudy deep purple with a small, bubbly light beige head. The nose is rich, dried fruits, nougat, vanilla, wood, fruit cake, coconut, brandy and sweet bourbon. The taste is rich, slight, sweet - sour, dried fruits, bourbon, vanilla, buttered fruit cake, toffee, fudge, honeycomb, wood and warming alcohol with a dry finish. Full body, limited carbonation and oily mouth - feel. Rich and good depth of flavour. Comes together rather nicely,