Benzai (16527) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2012
37,5cl bottle at Joes’ La Trappe Oak Aged Vertical, February 25 2012. Clear dark ruby red color, no head. Aroma is malts, sweetness and pretty winey, though not as much as O.A. batch 5. Taste malts, light to medium sweetness, winey and some alcohol. Medium carbonation, medium body. Ober (2819) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2012
A little hazy light brown colored beer, with a small beige head. The aroma of fruits, tonsel and wood with wine notes. The taste of fruits, winery a little wood with alcohol. The aftertaste of some sweet alcohol. A little wine notes. daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Cloudy brown. Dates, figs, brown sugar aroma. Flavor is sweet, dried fruit, wood notes. Nice. cubs (10693) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle @ home with Jetson. Somewhat cloudy, dark red-orange appearance with a cream colored head. Toasty, caramel malty, mild to moderate candy sugar, dry vinous aroma. Fairly fruity, grape, raisin, plum, dark caramel/toffee, mild candy sugar flavor with a dry, vinous finish. Pretty cool brew. Bart (2936) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2011
Kulminator - draft (normally for export to USA but Dirk got hold on most of the barrels). Darker amber coloured beer with some light carbonation and a small white head. Subtile herby and vanilla almond hinted aroma. Full light creamy palate. Finish is light herby and full malty. Subtile but complex. Very nice.
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Bottle, thanks Dave. Pours cloudy brown, with a fairly large tan head. Aroma is malt, wine, oak, fruit, and vanilla. Flavor is malt, fruit, wine, vanilla, and brown sugar. Body is medium to heavy. bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2011
(375ml bottle, Batch 6) Pours a murky orangish-brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of raisins, brown sugar, oak, vinous, and vanilla. Flavor of raisins, dates, vanilla, oak, angel food cake, and brown sugar. jdavidh (164) - California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Served in a corked bottle.
Similar to the standard La Trappe Quadrupel, so I won’t go into tons of details.
The normally complex flavors and aromas of the base beer are somewhat masked by the intense woodiness of the oak. Very smoky, earthy.
Head was significantly stronger than I typically expect to see on a La Trappe Quadrupel - nearly two full fingers. Retreated at a moderate rate to leave minimal lacing on the glass chalice it was poured into. Islands of creamy foam remained for the entirety of the beer.
Aroma and taste were dominated by the earthy and woody tones, as noted. Lots of dark dried fruit and coffee.
On the palate it was quite creamy and coated the mouth. Had more of a boozy note to it, both in aroma and taste, that is sometimes better concealed in the non-oak-aged variant.
Still a very solid beer and excellent example of the style, but this is one of the cases where I don’t feel the oak aging is much of an improvement. It’s certainly not worth the significant price increase compared to the phenomenal non-aged variant. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Opens without a sound but pours with plenty of carbonation producing a fast head that rises and falls to a pancake that sticks. Smells of mineral, sweet malt and dried fruit. Full nectar with mild carbonation. A very malt forward brew with mild acidity. Sweetness on the tongue with nuances of dried fruit and butterscotch. The barrels are very noticeable creating a nice alternate to the usual quad. jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper color with a off-white head. Aromas of brandy, vanilla, dark fruit and wine barrels. Flavor similar with hints of oak/wood coming through in the finish. A little too sweet and lacks some bitterness but a very smooth, warming beer.