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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)

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Reviews: 905
Hads: 2,166
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 146
Gots: 429 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) | 10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-07-2002

Quadrupel is La Trappe’s heaviest ale with a stunning amber colour. Its warm and intense flavour is rich and finely balanced. Malty sweet, slightly burnt, and pleasantly bitter with a sweet aftertaste. Quadrupel continues to ferment after bottling and offers aromas of banana, almond, vanilla and others.
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Photo of RobinLinde
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy amber, ruby body with a thick head that faded quite fast.

S - A sweet and fresh smell of candy cane(!) and banana.

T - Very, very sweet. Malty caramel and an aftertaste of burnt caramel and banana.

M - Smooth with nice carbonation.

O - A very sweet beer. Almost like drinking liquid caramel. Lovely!

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Photo of sherillc
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a work of art. Absolutely beautiful. Sweet, malty, with hints of banana, or actually banana bread - nutty, vanilla. One of my all time favourites.

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Photo of matuto
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle (exp. 02/2016, drinking in 12/06/2015), in a Leffe tulip. Brown liquid, with lots of sediments, of all sizes. Very little foam. Spicy aroma (some floral and smoked notes on nose, too), which translates to mouth. Some bread and sweetness notes too. Medium body. Alcohol is present, but very balanced. When it gets warmer, alcohol starts to show too much. Low drinkability.

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Photo of Slack
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale Amber in color with minimal head and no lacing.

Aromas of banana, bubblegum, clove, raisins, booze

Taste is is malt, raisins, caramel, warm booze, and hops in the background / finish.

Mouthful is medium and somewhat creamy with moderate carbonation. Finish is sweet/bitter and semi dry.

A very balanced beer between malt, hops, and fruit. Simple and straight forward.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle

Appearance: strong amber, orange and ruby. Builds a medium head with light carbonation that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: caramel, sweet, alcohol, pretty much like La Trappe Dubbel. I didn't find much a difference between the two.

Taste: malty caramel, really sweet and leaves a pleasant bitter aftertaste. I was expecting more flavors, the same happened with La Trappe Dubbel. To me, this is one of the first beers I didn't feel it was a beer. The sweetness and almost not feeling the booze made it like that.

Mouthfeel: pleasant, the carbonation is there and numbs the tongue a bit at first, but I didn't feel like a beer at all. A little creamy and smooth.

Overall: I was expecting more from this beer, it's 2 or 3 steps lower than the Rochefort 10, which is the best Quad I've tried so far. A good beer, but I don't see myself drinking this one regularly.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy brown with a white head that settles quickly.
S - Aroma is banana and raisins.
T - Flavor is somewhat sweet, caramel and raisins.
M - Medium high carbonation and full mouth feel.
O - This is a very nice, drinkable Quad. Great aroma and flavor. My first La Trappe and I will buy more!

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Photo of MacMalt
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter. The color appears bronze at first but when held up to the light it's a ruby red. The head and lacing are milk-white and quite thin. It's very aromatic with apple, raisin, banana, caramel, and malt. The taste begins with tart, sour apple and dark fruit with a nice spiciness (coriander and clove?) and finishing with a touch of caramel sweetness. This is a medium-bodied ale with significant carbonation, and it hides the 10% ABV very well. It's very easy to drink. There's no discernible alcohol burn but it sneaks up on you. Overall, this is a very flavorful and enjoyable quad. It's one of the best I've had.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12-2-15 - On tap at TRIA Taproom in Philly. Served in their talk stemmed "T" goblet. Very classy. Dark brown in color with just a bit of head. Kind of s sterile attitude to seven this quad, yet awesome none-the-less. As this may be the original quad, I look forward to trying again in a more authentic setting.

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Photo of kabirmarwah
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

mmmmm...What a tasty beer! Very pleasant burnt aftertaste. Pours a nice bronze with decent head. Caramel and Raisin definitely come to the forefront of my mind when describing it, with some hints of vanilla. Not that I mind it, but the beer is definitely on the sweeter side; I gave my non-beer-addicted friend (his go-to is whatever is the cheapest at the union bar, so not a very sophisticated palate) a sip and his first reaction was "Wow! This is almost as sweet and smooth as melted ice cream!" Overall a very solid Belgian Quad, dare I say almost as good as Rochefort 10?

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L - Amber/bronze and cloudy. 1/2 a finger of head and tiny bit of lacing

S - Belgian yeast, brown sugar, raisons, dried fruit

T - Caramel and raisons, semi-sweet, and the alcohol warms

F - Full body, and highly carbonated

O - A tasty quad no doubt

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its rare I find a beer thats across the board the same rating but this one turned out to be.

Appearance - This beer pours a cloudy brown amber with 2 fingers off white head that fades fast.

Aroma -Banana, corriander, brown sugar, bread, caramel, toffee.

Taste - Banana, spice, fresh bread, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, orange peel.

Feel - Medium bodied, with lots of prickly carbonation, the orange peel leaves a lasting bitterness on the end, but not overpowering, just right. Its boozy but at 10% its not bad.

Overall - the boozyness took a little away but this is still a very good beer, I know La Trappe has had a complicated history using the term trappist, but this beer is up there with the other trappists I've tried. Along with price and availability. I will definitely do this one again. Cheers.

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Photo of tmryan21
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Great looking beer - dark amber with a thin white head.

Smell: Banana, malt, dark fruits, and caramel.

Taste: Sweet, but not overly sweet. Caramel, toffee, clove, and raisins/currants. Really good.

Feel: Carbonated as expected. Thin bodied for being 10% ABV - fairly crisp.

Overall: A really solid quad. I would definitely put it in the top echelon for this style.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Liking the colour, very deep, intense.

One of the best aromas, really liking also

Taste, just missed out as it is too carbon dioxidy, not quite a combined holistic flavour happening.

Feel - ditto.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy muddy dark amber with surprisingly little topping. Mild esters and caramel on the nose. Flavor is rich with ripe fruit, sweet malt, and distinct banana. Best I've had since Rochefort 10. Love this style, and this nails it.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly light and drinkable
L - brown with orange tinge
A - sugars and vanilla
T - Sugar, molasses, caramel and vanilla flavors
F - sweet, medium body
Dangerous beer, doesn't taste like 10%

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap and poured into a Belgian style tulip glass. Pours a dark brown and amber with and light frothy head. Taste was overly sweet and needed a little extra bitterness to balance it out. Smell of caramel, roasted malt and fruit set the tone for this beer.

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Photo of frozyn
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L -- Pours a dark amber color with a slight orange tint. Foamy white head that sticks around for a while, little lacing.

S -- Brown sugar and molasses come through first. Dark fruit as well. Very slight booziness.

T -- Follows the aroma pretty closely, although the dark fruits are more present - plum, fig, raisin. The brown sugar and molasses comes through as a general sweetness that is light and pleasant.

F -- Medium tending towards full. Nice carbonation that keeps the drinking pleasant and helps maintain the light sweetness.

O -- Really delicious. I wasn't expecting it to be as good as Westy/Rochefort, and while it's not quite there, it's pretty damn close. The flavor is complex and refreshing and makes for a great quad.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Veiled dark amber color with high density glass clinging activity. Extra frothy beige 4 finger island head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with a very good amount of legs.

Aromas of light molasses, vinous, bready, and highly sweet. Flavors of toffee, roasted grains, dark fruits, walnuts, molassy, grapes, herbal spices. Super fruity and sugary with low sharpness.

Ultra thick smooth oily full body with moderate carbonation. Strong and long sugary finish, ending with a dry fruity estery tongue coat, barrel aged oaky wood feel, thick yeast and molassy, a hint of ginger and roasted grains.

Overall very good quality craft. Thick tasty flavors, but highly boozy. Low freshness from overwhelming sugars. Ideally served as an dessert appertizer being really heavy. Complex flavors and feel but overly sweet and unbalanced.

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Photo of TheVillageIdiot
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a great bier but (and I know this is odd) but, it has an after taste that reminds me of bubble gum which I really do not care for at all. At a 10% ABV it has a very nice kick and you can have a real nice buzz at 990 ml.

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Photo of scottsoileau
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip and was suprised at the color. Much lighter than Rochefort and St Bernadys. Very pleasant familiar quad aroma and flavor. Starting to believe that quads are my overall favorite style. I rate this above St Bernadus Abt12 but below Rochefort 10. Very very good beer

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy orange/amber with some yeast floaties and a dense, creamy and long-lasting off-white head. Sheets of lace all down the glass as you drink.
Aroma: a very slight candy sugar, a bit of yeasty funk, hay and fruit including ripe banana and prune.
Big flavor here. Plenty sweet with tastes of overripe banana, prune, and vanilla. A nice bitter bite and a bit of grassiness.
Mouthfeel is medium and seems to turn smooth and even creamy as it warms.
Very, very good.

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Photo of khmel
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark copper-amber with a creamy, light tan head and medium retention. Settles out into a ring of foam and nice lacing. Nose is pears, smoked fruits, a bit of leather. Taste is sweet malt up front in contrast with a bit of slight hop bite. Caramel in the middle and a dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied (on the lighter end for the style) and low carbonation. Alcohol warmth and some dryness in the finish. A really nice quad and definitely worth repeating!

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Photo of neurobot01
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml c&c bottle dated (as best I can determine) 10/1/14, into a Teku at fridge temp and allowed to warm.

Look: reddish-orange with thick persistent tan head.

Smell: orange peel, vanilla, banana, alcohol, nutmeg.

Taste: banana pudding, alcohol, bacon, parsley, more alcohol.

Feel: a bit syrupy at first, but then nice carbonation turns it into something more marshmallow-y, in a good way.

Overall: something tells me this beer would be much better with, say, 5 years on it. As it is, it reads too hot and disjointed. Good, but not in the same ballpark as, say, Abt-12.

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Photo of arkanu
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The smell might be too full of alcohol, the looks might remind of an average beer, but don't let that fool you: give it time, don't serve it too cold and try it in small sips. This beer has character and a very pleasant taste, full of candy cane notes of brown sugar, raisins and figs, with faint notes of plums too.
It's very smooth too and a beer to be enjoyed over a quiet meditation or pleasant conversation.

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Photo of Pavlovian_Programming
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undoubtedly good. Strong alcohol taste with a strong banana flavour. Not much more to say about it, really. I tried it immediately after trying old speckled hen, which really wasn't for me, so I feel that may have skewed my review in favour of this beer. It's the kind of beer I'd get again if I was in the mood for bananas.

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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