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December 2011

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La Trappe Quadrupel ~ De Koningshoeven

Appearance: cloudy woods and brush and twigs. Puffy off-white head, thick, lingers as a thicker collar with few bubbles amidst a solid blanket. Swirls thicker and richer.

Nose: quintessential Belgian quad. Nutmeg and cinnamon sticks. Brewer’s yeast and bread crust. Raisins, dates, figs all mingle together amidst dense breads. Candied sugars, raw pure sugarcane. Hint rooty and vegetal. Red apples. Maraschino cherries. Tickle of spice and heat in the back.

Palate: rich and yummy. Raisins, figs, and prunes. Cinnamon sticks and spice in the back of each swallow. Mouthfeel is cakey and bready. Orange candies and candied oranges. Lingering sweetness where candied pineapples join the oranges. Apple orchards border each quaff. Apple pie, apple strudel – stewed and saucy with cinnamon. Chewy prunes and dates.

Final Thoughts: a divine take on the quadruple style of Belgium. Is it a style? Some argue no, some argue yes. The fact that Belgian brewers still designate some of their darkly rich decadent brews as quadruple is enough for me. Sometimes what’s in a name is just a name, but as for what’s in the bottle…

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(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)

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