De Kievit ‘Zundert’ Quadrupel

Rating:

“Zundert 10 is a quadrupel, the second beer from Trappist brewery De Kievit in Zundert. It is the big brother of the Zundert 8. The scent has dried dried fruits, sultry herbs, liquorice and some chocolate. The taste is full and soft, balanced by a nice hop bitterness. The characteristic Zundert spiciness subtly returns in the aftertaste.”

Glassware: Trappist tulip.

Appearance: Glossy dark brown with a rocky two finger cap. Head retention is excellent with tonnes of thick blotchy lace on the glass.

Aroma: Dominated by the yeast – banana runts, clove/nutmeg, bubblegum and toffee apple. It’s oozing caramel fudge and butterscotch sweetness but it’s well cleaned up by an almost dark berry earthy-ness. Brown bread crusts and cookie dough in spades. We know there’s more to unpack but we don’t have the room to fit it all in! Hitting all the right notes though.

Flavour: Pure silky indulgence. Yeast again is the defining factor with its banana, spice and bubblegum but this time around some dark fruits i.e prune/dates and raisin get a run. There’s a mild toasty-ness developing midway with some warming booze and brioche moving in. The finish is yeast-driven, slightly dry and roasty with incredible duration.

Mouthfeel: So thick and velvety. This is actually the best characteristic of the beer. Smooth and creamy with minimal burn from the booze (10% ABV). Perfect Co2 and full bodied.

Overall: Classy stuff. It’s probably just missing the depth in flavor that the likes of Westvleteren and Urthel possess but it definitely has the credentials. Solid drop.