La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #34 | Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven
Style: Belgian Quadrupel
Out of Production
Description: 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% 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.
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