BATCH 25 (blended in August 2016) was distributed as follows:
Used barrels Kirsch-schnapps 59%
New Oak Medium Toast 30%
Dry white wine (Pouily Fumé & Sancerre) 11%
Symbolically, a unique batch; the 25th Oak Aged batch during the 25th anniversary of La Trappe Quadrupel.
The head of this clear, amber-brown ale remains fragile – just like the head of batch 24 – resting on the ale like a thin silk blanket. This accentuates the scent of vanilla, followed by the scent of almond, honey, caramel, oak and malt. A refreshing scent clearly dominates, reminiscent of white wine (floral and slightly sour).
The first taste clearly gives the impression of La Trappe Quadrupel, undeniably followed by the refreshing and fruity wine aroma and shifting to an alcoholic heart-warming aftertaste. This aftertaste is emphasised even more by the aroma of the Kirsch, with a hint of cherries. Oak also has a clear and modest presence in the aftertaste, giving the ale a light smoky character.
Although it is only slightly carbonated, it fits in well with the desired serving temperature of 16°-18°. That way, the aromas of this uniquely smooth and delicate ale are fully effective. Show Less