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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
outstanding

1,734 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,734
Reviews: 850
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 83
Gots: 181 | FT: 3
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 TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The brew pours a glowing red orange color. It blasts up a beige head of two and a half fingers on a relatively mild pour. As the bubbles disappear, at a medium speed, you can hear each of them go with a distinct pop. Nice patterned lacing appears throughout the glass. The carbonation is furiously active, imparting a serious haze like a deep sea vent. This makes sediment more difficult to assess, but it seems as if a bit of yeast might have made its way into the bottle. The aroma is bright, with esters as sweet as banana runts. Ripe fruits work their way in, amplifying the estery dominance. Malts also play a heavy hand, adding a coolness to the nose, while the alcohol is so apparent that it tickles the back of your throat. As we taste, we find clean malts and a bitter fruitiness up front, as if from figs and apples. Sweetness peaks through the middle, with the taste of generous residual sugars. Here, too, there is a continuation of deep malts, with icy vanilla that was not overtly present in the aroma. The generous alcohol content rears its head in the finish, but is otherwise masked expertly. Even here there is a ripe red cherry flavoring clinging, dampening it further. As is common with higher abv brews, black pepper breaths through the aftertaste, along with that sugary sweetness visible in every layer. This brew presents a full, thick body that is syrupy right from the start. Both the alcohol and the medium to heavy carbonation assist in prickling the tongue throughout the tasting. The mouth is otherwise neither dry nor greatly satiated. The abv is appropriate for the style, and while the drinker is left warmed, the brew goes down almost too easily.

Overall, the best thing about this brew was its rich, aromatic scent. As soon as the beer was poured, and helped along by the carbonation no doubt, the immediate area was filled with ripe, tantalizing esters. While this made the beer so inviting, and seemingly irresistible, the taste let down a bit. It was flavorful, but lacked complexity. The primary notes were sweet and boozy, leaving the drinker wanting more from such an ambitious, powerful style.

TheBrewo, Jan 28, 2011
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.

oberon, Dec 25, 2003
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.

Popsinc, Jan 03, 2004
Photo of davemarc87
4/5  rDev -3.8%

davemarc87, Apr 26, 2014
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.

RoyalT, Aug 15, 2003
Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

beerhunter13, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

DanGeo, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Strubickmubie
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%

Strubickmubie, Yesterday at 05:22 AM
Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Zakk, Jun 02, 2012
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.

brownbeer, Apr 27, 2010
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.

hopsleeroy, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of tbryan5
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

tbryan5, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of woodchipper
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

woodchipper, Mar 16, 2014
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!

steelerguy, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of RoninBirdman
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

RoninBirdman, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Joebraggot
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Joebraggot, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Satyr179
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Satyr179, Mar 09, 2013
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.

lordofthewiens, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

DaftPatrick, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Jpinoniemi
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Jpinoniemi, Jul 19, 2014
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.

generallee, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of TimoP
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

TimoP, Feb 07, 2012
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.

moderndrunkard, May 07, 2006
Photo of VernonKell
4/5  rDev -3.8%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish/amber color with an emormous, frothy/creamy head that sticks around for the long haul. Very active tiny bubble carbonation. Lacing galore, with huge thick rings with every sip.

Smells of bananas, cherries, yeast, dark fruits, and tons of other intricacies. Very complex. Strong alcohol aromas as well. Obviously this is a fresh bottle.

Taste smacks you right away with huge, round fruitiness typical of the style. Dark fruits, bananas, breadiness, fruitcake, figs, toffee, cloves, huge alcohol presence here as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, velvety and high on carbonation fizziness.

Drinkability is decent considering how huge this beer is. The flavor is there and is good enough to make you wanting to go back. Not too heavy to weigh you down but it is 10.0% abv, so you're not going to drink too many of these before you pass out.

This one, in my opinion, is right up there with Rochefort and St. Bernardus. Probably ranked Rochefort, Koningshoeven, St. Bernardus respectively, in my opinion. Like them both, this beer can be pretty harsh when it is fresh. I've had this beer when it is aged for a couple years and my jaw hit the floor it was so astounding.

Doomcifer, Nov 02, 2006
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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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