La Trappe

La Trappe Quadrupel

Beer No. 2 – La Trappe Quadrupel

STYLE: Belgian Quad

ABV: 10%

LOOK: Deep orange, amber, minimal lacing. I expected more sticktoitness on the glass from the rich mouthfeel. Really enjoyed the way the two-finger head dissolved slowly into a foam oyster. Maybe the best part of the beer.

NOSE: Banana cream pie, hint of lemon, surprising lack of yeast. My dad grew up with and loves this banana cream pudding that’s dotted with vanilla wafers on top. Take away the processed starch and that’s pretty much what this is. Depending on your mood, you might be more inclined to inhale this beer instead of drink it.

MOUTH: Fresh from the fridge it’s all banana, all the time. You get the nuance as it warms. Candied apples, white grapes, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, spring flowers, clove, faint smokiness. I’m expecting figs and raisins too, but don’t get any of that. Finish is distinctly banana with faint phenols. The 10% ABV is well masked. Excellent mouth feel and coating.

Beeradvocate Rating: 91

Hayward Abbey Rating: 92