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 32

The following allocation applies to Batch 32:

Barrel types In batch
Gaillac White Wine 75%
New Oak Medium Toast 10%
New Oak High Toast 10%
New Acacia Medium Toast 5%

Batch 32 displays a deep mahogany colour, darker than the normal Quadrupel. The finely pearled froth is a light brown, almost beige-like with small bubbles.

The main component of this batch is white wine from the French Gaillac region near Toulouse. Gailliac is known for its still and light sparkling white wines. The grape variety used most often in this very old white wine region are Mauzac, Len de l’el and Muscadelle. These wines have subtle aromas of dried tropical fruit, apple, honey and dates. These aromas and flavours can also be detected in this unique beer. Batch 32 was aged in these casks for more than two years.

The flavour can be described as explosive, whereby the tannins of the oak and of vanilla manifest front and centre. The finish is slightly acidic due to the barrels that contained the white wine.

The alcohol is well-balanced with the sweetness and the low bitterness of this Quadrupel. Just like the aroma, the flavour is very complex. Discover for yourself how this batch also results in a genuine degustation beer.

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