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La Trappe Quadrupel 2002

Posted by jwpiper on February 5, 2009

After my surprisingly pleasant experience with a fresh La Trappe Quad, when I saw an aged bottle at ‘t Arendsnest Nederlands Biercafe, I had to give it a try. The bartender went through a door in the back of the bar and down some stairs for a few minutes, ascending with the bottle of La Trappe Quad bottled in late 2002 in hand. The 6.5 year old beer was poured at cellar temperature (about 55 to 60 degrees) into a La Trappe chalice leaving a couple of cm at the bottom of the bottle with most of the yeast.
Appearance
4.5
As compared to the fresh bottle, it’s thicker, cloudier, and richer in appearance. A nice head developed (it truly was a perfect pour complements of the bartender). Perfect lacing on the glass with each sip.
Smell
4.5
Port all over the place. Prunes and raisins. After tasting, an underpinning of cardboard emerged in the nose – in a good way.
Taste
4
Sweet prunes and raisins. Rich. Yeasty in that cardboardish way. Still a bit metallic. The apples have gone, which is something of a detractor, but I don’t miss the sourness much, just the extra layer of flavor. There are plenty of layers to replace it though. The finish falls a touch flat. Not as sugary sweet, there is a port sweetness instead. The finish is more attenuated. A yeasty finish with still some bitter notes. This becomes dominant about halfway through.
Mouthfeel
4.5
Smooth and rich without being cloying. Plenty of carbonation. Wonderful. A bit drier than the fresh bottle.
Drinkability
4.5
Goes down smoother because of the smoothness. The richness makes it more inviting.
Overall
4.3
I find this beer to be quite interesting. There was no difference except appearance between the first and second yeasty pour. I wonder if it was disturbed on the bartenders climb up the stairs or if the yeast doesn’t stick to the bottom even during a perfect pour. The beer was overall better than the fresh bottle, but I did miss the candied sugar and sour apples.
Price
€7/33cl, I believe. Definitely worth it to try from time to time.

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La Trappe Quadrupel

Posted by jwpiper on February 5, 2009

I’ve had and not really enjoyed La Trappe Quad in the US. From all the praise it gets and the fact that I was in the country in which it is produced, I figured I ought to give it a try. Not to mention that it was the cheapest beer on the menu at In de Wildeman. When I ordered it, I had the choice to get it from the cooler or the shelf at room temperature. I, of course, selected the latter which was about 65 degrees.
Appearance
4
A thinner looking, clear, amber quad with a tall white head after being poured from a 33cl bottle into the brewery glass.
Smell
4.5
Candied sugar, raisins, toffee, and green apples fill the nose.
Taste
4
All the smells are replicated in the flavor as well – jumping off the tongue from the get go. Just a tinge metallic. Lots of apples in the middle and heavy on the candied sugar. Also some burnt sugar from the middle through the finish. Minor bitterness in the finish for balance.
Mouthfeel
4
Smooth, but a bit thinner than I’d like in a quad. Not sticky or cloying despite the high level of sweetness.
Drinkability
4
A but to sweet and the the burnt and candied sugar flavors build more than anything else. Reminds me a bit of Gouden Carolus Noël in that way, but much more multi-faceted.
Overall
4.1
Much better than in the US. I’m actually rather impressed and will have to get this again when I’m in Belgium/Holland in the future. It is reminiscent of Westmalle Dubbel with lots of candied sugar.
Price
€3.50/33cl, I think. It was less than €4, unlike the Belgian beers on the menu which were generally €4 and up. It was the best deal on the bottle menu and very worth it at this price.

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