La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Ale 12.7 oz

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Oak Aged Trappist Ale 12.7 oz
Batch 31 (blended of New Oak High Toast 5%, New Oak Medium Toast 20%, & Malbec 75%)

Brewed by: Koningshoeven Abbey
Country: The Netherlands
Style: Abbey Quadrupel

ABV: 11% rating: 93 rating: 95

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La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged (ABV 11%) is La Trappe Quadrupel Ale which was matured in oak barrels. These bottles are from Batch 31, which presents itself in distinctive amber-brown shades. 75% of this batch was matured for two years in casks used for the production of Malbec, a French red wine from Cahors (5% was aged in New Oak High Toast barrels, and 20% in New Oak Medium Toast).

Malbecs are powerful, full-bodied wines with a deep, dark color - they are nearly black. At first impression, the aroma of this Quadrupel is highly complex, with hints of ripe black fruits (blueberry, bramble, plum, and cherry), vanilla, and sweet caramel.

New flavors continuously emerge. This batch is wine-like in flavor, with a heavy dose of oak. The alcohol is balanced out by the beer's sweetness and mild bitterness. The classic Quadrupel taste remains present in the background. On the whole, this results in a spicy flavor palette.

As the beer warms up, the oak flavor will become stronger and the finish will be dryer and more tannic. This ensures the beer stays sufficiently bitter. 12.7 oz. corked bottle, in cardboard tube.

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Koningshoeven Abbey: Tilburg, The Netherlands

For more than a century, the towers of the Trappist Abbey of Our Lady of Koningshoeven have formed a significant element in the landscape east of Tilburg in The Netherlands. In 1880, when antichurch legislation threatened the existence of French monasteries, Dom Dominicus Lacaes, abbot of the Trappist monastery Sainte-Marie-du-Mont on Mont-des-Cats in northern France, became concerned about the fate of his monks. The Netherlands offered a refuge near the little town of Berkel-Enschot: an area of open heath with several small farmhouses and a sheepfold. The local people called this area 'Koningshoeven' (The King's Farmhouses) since it had once been owned by King William II. In 1881 Koningshoeven became the first Cistercian monastery in The Netherlands since the Reformation. In the early years, the monks discovered that farming the poor land could not support them, and so they started a small brewery, still the most important source of income for the monastery. As an authentic Trappist brewery, business at Koningshoeven is guided by Father Abbot Bernardus, who oversees every aspect of the day-to-day operations. Bernardus' is the final word on packaging, recipes, and image, and his daily involvement ensures that the entire brewing staff remain mindful of the special place in which they work. During the past few years, the monastic complex at Koningshoeven has been thoroughly renovated for the group of 16 monks now living, working and praying there.