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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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BA SCORE
93
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1,872 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,872
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 94
Gots: 240 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-07-2002)
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Reviews by Chrysostom:
Photo of Chrysostom
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

As always, I review live, not from notes, puzzling out the libation brewed in houses of salvation. As always, I review to style (ala BJCP), modified by personal taste (contra BJCP), not solely to personal taste, which would be unfair to many great examples of styles that I don't personally favour.

Without further ado, a review.

Presentation: 750mL corked and caged bottle poured at 45ºF in to a Chimay goblet/chalice. I'd had a few shandies, as they say, when I bought this as take-away from the local beer pub, so I'm not sure of the price - I think it was around $15-16. Thank you to The BODEGA in Columbus, OH.

A: Murky, mostly translucent dark reddish-brown with half a finger of pretty much white head (on a gentle pour), fluffy, which recedes very quickly in to a very thin ring and some scum on the top of the beer, with light to moderate lacing. Standard Trappist dark beer look. A little lighter and a little clearer than a standard, non-aged bottle of St Berny's 12. Even on a more vigorous pour, the head is identical.

S: Unique for a Quad. I'm getting dark fruit, plum, bourbon, some sharp and sweet alcohol like unto wine, some grape must, and a bit of citrus and bready yeast. Both hops and malt are mostly absent from the grape-, plum-, and alcohol-dominated nose. Strong vinous (almost Pinot Grigio-ic) characteristics.

T: Again, unique for a quad, but still definitely within the style - just not along the exact same lines as the Chimay-St Bernardus-Westvleteren triumvirate. More along the lines of a Westmalle Dubbel or an Achel 8 Bruin. A big hit of semi-dry to barely-sweet wine up front (alternates from sip to sip), with big notes of grape, a bit of dark fruit and some caramelized sugar, followed by good bready Belgian yeast (lacking most of the characteristic funk) on the back-palate, which leads in a long, toasty, bready finish, with a bit of alcohol heat giving the toast an authentical taste. Vinous. 4.1, rounding up to 4.25. A plain 4 seems unfair.

M: Thin, bouncy, acidic, and a little biting, with an effervescent, spreading carbonation, leads this beer to feel more like Westmalle Dubbel, or some champagne, than most Quadrupels, which tend towards a thicker, creamier, more buttery mouthfeel. Vinous, yet again.

D: Moderate middle of moderate.

O: A surprisingly good beer. The first Koningshoeven/La Trappe I had was the Oak Aged Quadrupel (Batch 7), which tasted like a stale ashtray - I believe my review gave it something like a 2.18, and contained some lamentations and excoriations of the beer. Upon having this, it's obvious it's the same beer with the same notes, but the thinness of body, strong vinousness, and lack of thick malt were unable to stand up to the oak aging. The same beer, not aged in oak, is immeasurably better. Not the best Quadrupel/Belgian Strong Dark (i.e. St Bernardus Abt 12 and Chimay), but if you're a fan of the style, it's definitely worth a try.

83/100 for the style, 83/100 for personal taste.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with some orange tints with a real nice big creamy head,aroma has a light sour cherry tinge and 10x sugar notes with some real light smokey/yeasty smell.I get a light green apple flavor wich I didnt expect,definently on the malty side but not overly sweet because there is some light hop bitterness.The best Holland beer I have had and only the third of the style I have had,very impresive.

Photo of Popsinc
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a nice looking amber pour with a small but inviting head.

Smell: the nose is big and malty with caramel sweetness and and a pich of spice, ie. glove & nutmeg.

Taste: Nice hoppiness that the blends well with the big malt body. Starts sweet with brown sugar and caramel and the sweetness mellows out but lingers nicely. A nice mulling spice kick on the finish.

Mouthfeel: lively and medium bodies. the mouthfeel stays fresh and ends on a semi-dry note.

Drinkability: a very good beer. my favorite from this brewery.

Photo of davemarc87
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of RoyalT
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Deep, cloudy orange color with the traditional monster Belgium head that laced well on the glass.

Smell – It took awhile for the traditional smells to come out, and even then they were muted. The malt was present along with strong alcohol (10 ABV), some fruits that were hard to pinpoint (banana and peach maybe), and some dark spices like cinnamon or even allspice.

Taste – The sugary sweetness took over right away. The sticky nature of this brew causes a lot of lip-licking. Enormous brown sugar, peach, apple, some banana, and big cherry add to the malt character. Definite cinnamon here as well. The apple flavor reminded me of the Italian liqueur Tuaca.

Mouthfeel – Little carbonation on the tongue. The sweet flavors though completely masked the high alcohol content, so it went down smooth.

Drinkability – Much too drinkable for a 10 ABV. The intense sweetness makes this one good for after dinner.

Comments – There is a maturity to the ingredients here that really impressed me. I think it was off slightly for the style, but a terrific brew nevertheless.

Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Strubickmubie
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of brownbeer
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into an Augustin chalice.

Brilliant orangey-red with a thin layer of head on top and a rush of heavy traffic bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Soft banana bread, plum, grape, Belgiany yeast, and toffee in the nose. Quite delicate.

Velvety soft entry with booze soaked dark fruit notes, bread, and cherry. There is some power behind the subtlety.

Really nice. But falls just short of a Rochefort 10 or Chimay Blue. For me, not quite as refined.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml cork and caged.

A-Hazy amber/lightish brown with fluffy 2 inch head in oversized wine glass. Looks really good. Great lacing while drinking.
S-Yeast and sweetness come through. Not alot of scent.
A-Alcohol, yeast, and a nice mild toffee sweetness. As it warms there are fruit flavors like figs-almost like fig newtons with a the yesty breadiness of the malt. The earthy yeast and alcohol are the main flavors through and combine for a medicianal aspects that is not a great flavor. All the flavors blend better as it warms and this fades a little bit.
M-Mildly creamy as it's not as carbonated as I would have thought but finishes drier than expected.
D-Interesting bottle that changes as it warms. Enjoyed sipping this one as the complexity and smoothness are more aparent as it warms but didn't think it was spectacular. Would drink again but wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of tbryan5
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of woodchipper
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of steelerguy
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy amber with a big off white head with lots of carbonation.

S - Sweet caramel with a hint of spiciness and ripe fruit. There is also a yeast bread quality, almost reminds me of a cinnamon roll.

T - Lots of malt, tons, there is a good bit of sweetness left. Caramel, Belgian yeast, ripe fruits, lot of esters in there with a touch of spice at the end. For being 10% is masks the alcohol very well.

M - Starts smooth and almost creamy, but quickly you feel a tingle from the carbonation and alcohol. Finishes with some alcohol warmth and leaves you ready for the next sip.

O - Excellent Belgian quad, I want more!

Photo of RoninBirdman
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Joebraggot
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Satyr179
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ebenezer's Pub, served in a goblet. Dark brown in color, with a medium head. It had a dark fruit aroma, with some degree of maltiness. Dark fruit taste, as well as some sweet malt, almost like cotton candy, and yeast. Very smooth, alcohol not noticeable, which could be a problem if you drank a lot of them.

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Jpinoniemi
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of generallee
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: The body has a dark crimson amber color with bright ruby highlights and good clarity. It forms a small light tan head on top that fades out fast leaving little to no lacing.

Smell: Its nose has some fruity, raisin like estery notes with some honey like sweetness and dark sugary notes.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor starts out somewhat thin on a medium body with a sweet candy and honey like malty base. It has some simple mild fruity notes with raisin as the stand out. The presence of alcohol is very mild and adds some brandy like complexity to the finish. Hop flavor and bitterness are not noticeable. The texture is slick and thinner than I would expect for a Quad. The carbonation is light and somewhat fizzy.

Notes: I was really under-whelmed by this beer. It tasted fine but it lacked the complexity and body of other Quadruples I have tried.

Photo of TimoP
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of moderndrunkard
3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Small, fluffy, off-white head that's short-lived. Light brown body that's slightly cloudy.

Alcoholic nose, but not too strong for a quad. Perhaps a hint of malty undertones. Overall yeasty, sweet aroma.

Taste is overwhelmingly pungent, phenolic, and, most of all, alcoholic. It's all I can taste. But as the beer warms, the taste becomes more manageable. More full and less overpowering.

But overall, this is porbably my least favorite trappist.

Photo of VernonKell
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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