The following segmentation applies to Batch 35:
Used barrels Cachaça
New Oak Medium Toast
New Oak High Toast
The most important component of this batch has been matured in Cachaça barriques for two years. This is a sugar cane distillate from Brazil. Cachaça, like other types of rum, is made of sugar cane juice. The difference is that Cachaça is always 100% made of fresh sugar cane juice, which gives it this pronounced sugar cane flavour. The type of wood and the duration of the maturing process greatly influence the smell and flavour of the Cachaça.
Batch 35 presents itself with an elegantly-pearled head of foam and a deep, dark, amber-like beer colour.
The first aroma impression of this Oak Aged is highly complex, with fruity rum associations of tropical fruits and a wealth of herbs (including cinnamon and liquorice). Like the caramel and malt aromas, the oak definitely makes an appearance.
The taste is pleasantly sweet, silky soft, with the right fullness, and just a little boozy. The elegant and harmonious bitterness of La Trappe Quadrupel has been beautifully retained. Upon tasting, you will recognise the flavours of Cachaça, dates, prunes, ginger, oak and smoke. The long maturing process has provided this beer with a character that is fully its own.
As the beer warms up, the taste of oak becomes more emphasised and the beer becomes more tannin-rich and dryer in its finish.
The Batch 35 was blended in November 2018. Show Less