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La Trappe Quadrupel

Rating: 4.55

A real treat now, this huge hitter of a beer is one that I had been aiming to try on my recent trip to Amsterdam seeing as it is one of the highest rated beers from the Dutch La Trappe brewery and one of their main beers that I hadn’t already tried prior to my trip. This one will be my fourth La Trappe beer, following on from their Blond, Dubbel and Witte Trappist offerings but this is definitely the one I most wanted to try from the breweries roster. The beer was first brewed back in 1991 when La Trappe was the first brewery to use the term ‘Quadrupel’ to described a beer, a term that is now used across the brewing world as a style to describe beers this and similar beers. The beer is a 10% one that is the breweries strongest (alongside the Oak Aged version of this beer) and promises a taste that is packed with flavour so I’m very glad I managed to find this whilst in Amsterdam recently.

La Trappe Quad

Appearance (5/5): A slightly cloudy, dark amber to mahogany colour with a thin, foamy white head that is make of plenty of fine bubbles and sits about quarter of a centimetre tall, holding great for the strength of the beer and leaves some nice lacing on the glass too.
Aroma (8/10): Sweet smelling with quite a nice balance between toffee and caramel notes with some darker, ripe fruits following soon behind. I managed to detect plums and almonds with some dates coming through as well. The beer was quite malty with a few earth hops sneaking in too and further sweetness with vanilla notes providing most of this. Surprisingly for such a strong beer there was no alcohol to be found on the nose from what I could tell and the balance seemed excellent.
Taste (9/10): Matching the nose well initially, this one starts quite sweet tasting with some dried, dark fruits that include dates, plums and some raisins as well as adding some sugar to the mix. There is some floral flavours coming through as well as some dark malts ad caramel which also gives the beer some additional sweetness without it seeming sickening thankfully. Cherries and fig start to appear towards the end with some prunes too.
Palate (5/5): This one is a silky smooth and medium to full-bodied beer with pretty much no alcohol showing through which is remarkable for such a strong beer. La Trappe Quadrupel was a dangerously easy beer to drink with a nice, sweet feel from the start with touches of stickiness dotted throughout and a slightly dry finish but the highlight was how well-balanced the beer was from the very start; excellent stuff.

Overall (17/20): Great stuff from La Trappe here, this one really didn’t seem like a 10% beer at all and this was largely down to the fact that the beer was so smooth to drink and the alcohol was almost completely masked in both the taste and the smell. The taste was a sweet, slightly dry one that proved incredibly easy to drink with some great, dark fruity flavours balancing well with the caramel and dark malts; amazing drinking and I’m already hoping to get my hands on the barrel aged version now.

Brewed In: Berkel-Enschot, Netherlands
Brewery: Brouwerij de Koningshoeven
First Brewed: 1991
Type: Quadrupel
Abv: 10.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Arendsnest Proeflokaal, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Price: €6.00 (approx. £4.44)

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  1. January 8, 2016 at 08:20

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