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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: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Inmiddels hebben we vol trots BATCH 16 gepresenteerd. Deze Quadrupel Oak Aged heeft een diepe bronzen kleur met een schuimkraag als van amber. De geur wordt gedomineerd door een mengeling van hout en honing. Hierna volgen wijnachtige aromas, waarna een port/sherryachtige geur blijft hangen. De smaak is erg zacht en vol. Voor een Quadrupel is deze batch vrij droog en door de lange rijping op eiken- en accasia-barriques mooi afgerond. De lagertijd van 2 jaar is voldoende, hoewel deze batch door zijn volle smaak gegarandeerd nog jaren goed op dronk zal zijn als deze goed wordt bewaard. Naast de invloed van rode wijn- en brandyvaten kent deze Oak Aged ook Oloroso-invloeden. De hop is nauwelijks meer aanwezig, maar de tannines van hout en wijn zorgen voor een aangename bitterheid. Het verfijnde bouquet komt het best tot zijn recht als deze batch wordt geschonken op een temp. van 16-18C. Batch 16 is sinds 22-03-2014 in de Kloosterwinkel te verkrijgen. Voor Batch 16 is de volgende verdeling van toepassing: Type In Batch Brandy 36,5% Oloroso 27% Nieuw Eiken Medium Toasted 10% Nieuw Eiken High Toasted 10% Late Bourgondy 10

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
huineman (669) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 23, 2017
Only three ratings so far this year, four if we count mine: looks like this one is slowly but steadily disappearing. I bought this bottle back in 2014 (May 8th to be precise) at the very De Koningshoeven Abbey shop, where I had driven to to spend the afternoon with my father. Nice day, indeed. The 375 ml bottle has been properly cellared for the last three years, and now finally open and poured into a La Trappe chalice (wasnt actually sure about this point, whether a big snifter would have been a better choice or not, but finally went for the classic option.) Pours densely and slowly, intense maroon to reddish brown, losing all trace of head the very moment the ale touches the glass. Aroma is intense indeed, and it actually smells more like red dessert wine than trappist ale (and so are the looks, with that abscence of head or bubbles). Loads of scents: wild honey, molasses, big booze, ester-laden. Red berries, over-ripe banana, milk chocolate, dried figs, almond nougat... Complex, powerful and far from the other quadrupels (as I said, closer to LBV ports or Maury wines.) No remaining CO2 whatsoever. Powerful yet not harsh alcohol. Sweetish and umami as it develops in the tongue. No bitterness, be it from hops or cask tannins. Long-lasting, warm sweetnsour finish with reminiscences of home-made biscuits and dry strawberries.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vighals (3806) - Srumsand, NORWAY - APR 21, 2017
Tkete mrk brun med lavt beige skum som blir fort borte. Lukter portvin, cherry, trevirke, s fatlagringen har gitt resultater, gjr og svisker. Middels pluss i fylde. Trket frukt, svisker, dadler, vanilje, cherry, fat. Lett bitterhet.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (9327) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 17, 2017
3/I/17 - 37.5cl bottle from In De Wildeman (Amsterdam) @ Tims La Trappe tasting - BB: II/2039, bottled: K10B14 (February 2014) (2017-13) Thanks to marcoijelena for scoring me the bottle!

Clear reddish amber to brown beer, no head. Aroma: chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, bit sweet, ripe banana, caramel, lots of dried fruits, honey, sugary. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: lots and lots of vanilla, bit oxidized, very sweet and sugary, some banana. Aftertaste: more vanilla, sugary, caramel, mainly banana, little bitter, bit sourish, oxidized, madeira notes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wixie (557) - BELGIUM - JAN 15, 2017
Hazy light brown liquid, no head. Sweet aroma, with a hint of peat. Heavy body, no carbonation. Taste is a bit sweet, oak.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (6022) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 29, 2016
Hazy orange, beige head, fruity aroma, wood, toffee, sticky, brandy, vanilla, flavor of wood, toffee, brandy, vanilla, dried fruits, plums, alcohol, sticky, medium+ bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (5163) - BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2016
Vintage bottle of two years old bought from a private collector. Loosely structured, milky, creamy, greyish white head requiring a bit of forcing to develop but retaining well after that, with a thin greyish veil in the middle and a steady rim on the edges as well as a thin but persistent layer of lacing; translucent bronze robe with brownish red - burgundy hue, almost clear but made more or less hazy by minuscule bits of dead yeast floating around everywhere. Powerful bouquet of raisins soaked in cognac, sweet sherry or even old ruby port, kahlua, caramel candy, fried apples, candied cherries, brown sugar, vanilla, candied fig, honey, melting fondant chocolate, ginger, cinnamon, old and wet wood, bourbon, madera sauce, fried mushrooms. Candied sweetness in the onset, lots of residual brown sugar, hints of fig, raisin and dried banana with an underlying sourishness for balance, softly carbonated (even lacking a bit in carbonation), with a smooth, lean mouthfeel which, due to the slight undercarbonation, feels thinner than it could have been. Caramelly malt sweetness dominates the middle, with some chocolatey accents as well as ongoing candi sugar sweetness and dried fruit sensations; in the end, the drying wood effects come through, trying to balance the initial wave of sweetness but in a less succesful way than I have experienced in other batches of this series. Varnish-like solvents abound along with vanilla-ish aspects of the oak and a strong sherry-like flavor, further accentuated by the ageing, which in this type of beers also results in sherry-like effects. This sherry taste clearly dominates and sticks in the throat after swallowing, along with persisting caramelly malt sweetness, a dash of earthy hops not succeeding in providing enough bitterness and, unsurprisingly, a strong alcohol warmth, becoming a tad astringent on the root of the tongue after a while but otherwise not bothering me too much. Pleasant and fairly complex sipper like all batches in this series, but in this case, the ageing does not seem to have done it much good, as it is already a tad thinned and undercarbonated; yet the maderisation does accentuate the sherry flavor to the point where the aftertaste is very much like a sweet sherry. Interesting, but still one of the lesser batches to me, also in being insufficiently dried by wood tannins, so that the very sweet character of the basic beer keeps prevailing.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gerbeer (3580) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2016
375 ml bottle. Pours a deep clear mahogany with moderate head. Aromas of raisins, brown sugar, brandy and sweet malts. Flavors of sweet golden raisins, dry brown sugar, treacle, condensed brandy and toffee. Warm but subtly balanced. Wonderful if you like sweet and sticky.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (6546) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2016
Bottle: Served in a Duvel glass: First time theres something like a foamy head/lacing. Disappears quick. Headless hazy amber brown body. Aromas of prunes, light marzipan, light wood tint, light toffee, light bay leaf... Flavour is sweet prune and wood with a dirty malty tone. Light sweet liquor tints. Aftertaste is dirty malty and dirty wood with prunes and light bitter. Low carbo, just medium bodied, light watery mouthfeel...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (8119) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 24, 2016
Bottle. Pours quite hazy reddish chestnut, small beige head, some lacing. Aroma of sherry, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, date, raisin. Flavor is quite sweet, sherry, dark dried fruits, minimal bitterness. Medium body. Definitely oxidized, but since I just bought it last week that aint my fault. Still a solid quad. Some lingering heat.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Foffern (1826) - Bod, NORWAY - MAR 12, 2016
Bottle at home. Has a slightly hazy deep mahogany color with a small light brown head that fades fast. Complex aroma of dried fruit, liqueur, plums, red wine, licorice, oak, alcohol, heather and brown sugar. Sweet flavor with dried fruit, liqueur, brown sugar, oak, licorice and berries. Has a silky mouth feel, full-bodied and a light bitterness. A very complex ale, and is quite sweet.


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