La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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3.55/5 rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
Poured with a generous head, retained well and had excellent lacing. Liquid was a pleasing ruby amber.
Smell was quite fruity, along the lines of grapes and apples and other 'white' sweet fruits. But any subtlety was masked by a blanket of alcohol smell.
Taste was much of the same. A very nice smooth malt giving off some nice sweet nectary fruit tastes (not too sweet though), but the alcohol was very noticeable, and halfway through the 500ml bottle my tastebuds were shot.
Aside from the roughness of the alcohol the mouthfeel was exceptionally smooth with the kind of carbonation you expect from a trappist. Nice and thick and full bodied too.
Drinkability suffered purely due to the rough alcoholic bite. I've enjoyed beers with noticeable alcohol levels before but this was just too much. Otherwise the flavours were well balanced, it was nice and smooth and malty and thick and lovely but they just couldn't overcome that roughness.
I'd try it again purely cos I did notice a lot of potential and possibly I got a bad bottle or a bad batch or my palate was not in the right condition. I've seen a few other reviews mention the over powering booze though.
Serving type: bottle
05-29-2009 13:19:34 | More by Stavage
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4.53/5 rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 5/8/2013. Pours moderately cloudy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, toast, biscuit, light caramel, molasses, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and moderate malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, banana, candi sugar, toast, biscuit, light caramel, molasses, herbal, floral, clove, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, banana, candi sugar, toast, biscuit, molasses, herbal, light caramel, clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and moderate malt sweetness; with an awesome malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is insane. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming after the finish. Overall this is a world class quadrupel. All around incredible complexity and balance of bright fruity/spicy yeast esters and balanced malt sweetness; and extremely smooth to sip on for the ABV. An insanely delicious offering.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 19:16:10 | More by superspak
La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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