Thursday, March 21, 2013

La Trappe Oaked Quad Review

Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.'s Oak Aged La Trappe Quadrupel (Batch 6)
Quadrupel - 10.0% ABV
Purchased at: Weiland's
From: Berkel-Enschot, Netherlands

Drink/avoid: IFFY - If you like barrel aged, go for it. 

I'm pretty excited, because I picked up a few of these at Weiland's a few weeks ago. One I'm laying down for a few years (3? 5? 10?) - the other I drink!

The bottle feels like a weapon - it's very hefty. This cork...this cork will not come out. Where's that corkscrew?

POP. Yeah, had to use a corkscrew - this beer was VERY well sealed. I pour it into my snifter, and it looks like cloudy iced tea. Head looks nice, but fades quickly. Better smell this now...first I get a hit of oak, followed by plums, cherries, and a bit of booze.

The flavor profile is pretty similar to the aroma: oaky, smokey flavor is my first impression. There's a good heat to it. Dark fruits, sweet malts, and enough cheek-puckering tartness make this a pretty complex beer. Honestly, I'd prefer a slightly heavier mouth feel, and a little more carbonation. The oaky flavors are a bit too amped up for me to fully enjoy the rest of this beer, but I'll bet when I drink the other bottle in a few years that problem will go away.

I recommend aging this beer, and if I buy another it will be to age it and not to drink it immediately. So, take this review with a grain of salt.

Appearance: 2/3
Aroma: 3/4
Hop/malt balance: 3.5/4
Mouth feel: 2/3
Finish: 2/3
Overall: 1.5/3
Total: 14/20

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