La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged (11%)

In 2009, the Koningshoeven Brewery reinstated an old tradition by aging La Trappe Quadrupel in oak barrels, thus creating a unique Trappist ale with a perfectly balanced flavour, special aroma of wood, and an alcohol content of 11%.

Features

Pure indulgence for the genuine ale lover

Trappist specifications

11% Alcohol
12-18 °C Serving temperature
Ingredients: water, malted barley (Munich, pale, caramel, roast), glucose syrup, hop, yeast
Colour: 35-50 EBC
Bitterness : 16 EBU
Shelf life: 300 months (bottle)
Available in: 37,5cl
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The complex taste depends on the type of barrel in which it is aged and therefore, each batch is different. The ale continues to ferment after bottling, may be kept for many years, and offers real indulgence to the genuine ale lover.

 

The aging process involves new as well as used barrels. The tantalising combination of flavours thereby created depends on the drink that had been previously stored in the barrels, whether it was port, whisky, wine, or brandy. The ultimate taste is also affected by the type of wood the barrel is made from. New oak casks, for example, give the ale its characteristic tannins, which impart a delicate vanilla and almond flavour.

Batch 34

Characteristic of Batch 34 is the dark amber-brown colour and the relatively fragile head.

The most important ingredient of this batch is a red wine from Cahors, department Lot, that has matured well over 2.5 years in barriques of French Malbec. The grapes used for Malbec wines are full of colour and powerful tannins, which make for the distinctive rich taste and dark colour.

The first impression of the scent of this Oak Aged is complex and reminiscent of ripe black fruit, vanilla, cacao and tobacco.  

Contrary to Batch 31, for which Malbec wine barrel are used as well, the wood flavour in Batch 34 is enhanced by the relatively large amount of new wood that is used. In combination with the lengthy maturing period, this results in a very high level of wood tannins for an intense Oak Aged experience. 

Maturation has significantly reduced the bitterness, which makes the beer sweeter and softer than the normal Quadrupel.

The aftertaste brings out the taste of red wine, giving a pleasant, slightly sour finish.   

Batch 34 was blended in November 2018.

The following segmentation applies to Batch 34:

Type of barrel

In batch

Used barrel Malbec

71%

New Oak Medium Toast

11%

New Oak High Toast

11%

New Acacia Medium Toast

 7%

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