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

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Ratings: 2,039
Reviews: 896
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 122
Gots: 331 | FT: 2
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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 acevenom
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. Pours deep hazy copper with a finger-length off-white head that recedes slowly, but does leave a small cap of lacing once it recedes.. There are plentiful visible tiny bubbles in the beer. There are aromas of sweet and bready malts. There are light aromas of dark fruits and banana with some mild sweetness. The taste has a nice blend of those bready and sweet malts along with the dark fruits and banana. The alcohol can be found in the flavor. The body is on the medium side of full with plentiful carbonation. The alcohol provides a warming character for this beer. It is a solid sipper. This is a very good beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2000/2001 bottling. Sparking blood orange beneath a creamy cap of gorgeous orange-ecru foam. Even though I rinsed out my crystal snifter just prior to the pour, blankets of delicate lace are still sticking to the glass. Beer with a double digit ABV isn't supposed to look like this. I'm thrilled so far.

I haven't had many quads yet, but I have to say I'm impressed by the rich complexity of a good quadrupel nose. This one is overflowing with dark malt and smells almost as much like concentrated black and red raspberries as Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock. Talk about taking after one of the best. Actually, it's the other way around given when this one was brewed.

I've had this little 11.2 oz bottle for several years now, never dreaming what deliciousness lay within. I know that La Trappe is one of the seven Trappist breweries (and the only one that is outside of Belgium), but I still never expected to like this beer quite this much.

I'm still floored by how much Quadrupel tastes like raspberries and blackberries. The flavor profile also contains spiced raisins and plums swimming in dark caramel and melted chocolate bars. As it warms, I can appreciate leather and earthy hops. It's definitely on the sweet side of things, but I wouldn't change a thing. Drinking beer out of a snifter always makes me want to sip anyway. Although alcohol is noted, it's as soft and as unthreatening as a baby chick.

The mouthfeel can only be described as liquid velvet... or maybe a highly polished gemstone... or possibly summer weight silk. The only thing that keeps it from the 'mouthfeel hall of fame' is that it favors medium over full.

La Trappe Quadrupel has surprised the hell out of me. I've always considered tripels and BSDAs to be my favorite Belgian styles, but if I continue to drink outstanding quadrupels, they'll be right up there as well. I'm ecstatic to see how well this beer ages because I plan to stock up the next time I see it on the shelves. Highly recommended.

Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -4.1%
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 RoyalT
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
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 brownbeer
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
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 steelerguy
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
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 lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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 generallee
3.37/5  rDev -19.2%
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 moderndrunkard
3.05/5  rDev -26.9%
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 Doomcifer
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of merlin48
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A Dutch Trappist ale here. "Trappist" is etched into the bottle, mentioned on the label, and is even printed on the 11.2 oz bottle's cap. I needed no convincing that the Dutch make some excellent ales and biers, having visited the Netherlands, a couple times in the early 1990s. This Quad pours a regal, garnet hued orange body, with a small ivory head which quickly drops into a permanent collar and film of nice, tiny bubbled lace.

Aroma is banana and apricots, with an abundance of spices. Clove, coriander, nutmeg, and cinamon, run rampant. There is also a prominent yeast aroma, that seems to emanate from a hardwood forest.

Mouthfeel is not this ale's strongpoint. Alcohol presence is biting, but carbonation is appropriate.

Taste is "spot on" for a Quad. Pineapple, banana, nectarine, and mango lead a prominent tropical fruit character. Loads of spices balance the fruity sweetness quite well. Yeast is not as pronounced in the taste, as in the nose, but lends a subdued background note.

Overall, a bit on the fruity sweet side of the scale, but with plenty of spices to balance. The subdued yeastiness adds to the complexity. I like this one a lot.

Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle from a gift set box, which included the nice glass I'm sampling from.No freshness indication. Pours semi clear, rich dark honey amber, with a light tan head, leaving nice striated lacing. Nose here is of some spice, some sweet candi sugars and slight vanilla. Rich, tasty and complex brew, notes of honey, warming alcohol, rum soaked raisins, figs and wintery spice. World class quad, in the same ballpark as Westy and St. Bernardus. Go get some and enjoy this fine creation in brewing.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle picked up as part of the LCBO's winter release. Or it might have been some random bottles leftover from an order. In either case, I snagged a tall bottle or two - one for now, one for the cellar.

Poured into a Chimay chalice to demonstrate trappist solidarity. Opaque cherry amber, with lightly ascending carbonation. Foamy, patchy head, about a quarter of an inch that survives nices. Patches of sticky lacing, with sheets coating the sides after every sip. Looks great.

Nose is boozy, with notes of grape, caramel, clove, banana and spice.

Rich and hearty, with a sturdy malted base. Notes of banana, clove, currant, caramel and toffee. Alcohol to the finish is certainly present, but not as much as I would have expected for a 10% brew.

Booze provides a pleasant warming burn. Finishes slightly dry, leaving a slightly chalky feeling. Medium-bodied, slightly higher carbonation to cut the ABV.

A highly enjoyable trappist ale, certainly very alcohol-rich, but with a solid flavor profile that makes for fun drinking. I still think I prefer La Trappe dubbel, but this Quad is lovely as well.

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from tap into La Trappe chalice.

Appearance: Murky brownish-red with moderate tan head.

Smell: Sweet, with plum, figs, brown sugar and spice.

Taste: Very fruity and sweet, with plum, figs, raisin, brown sugar and other saccharine sweet things. Some very light spiciness. Overall sweet yet strangely delicious.

Feel: Thick, smooth and boozy. Moderately low carbonation.

Overall: Nice sweet & fruity Quad.

Photo of btmo
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly fruity nose, thin head that persists for a while, outstanding appearance! Deep coppery brown with a nice cloudiness that I find quite attractive. We don't see a lot of this style of beer in New Zealand, which is a pity, as it is very pleasant and very drinkable. You certainly notice the alcohol, but it isn't overpowering. Flavour is good, and has definite hints of fruit. This is one I will be buying again!


Photo of standardcherry
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at the super market. Served into a snifter. One of the first quads I've had so I'm not sure how to review this.

A: Dark red/brown color. A bit of haziness. I don't know if it's standard for a Quad but this is a nice color.
S: Sweet malty aroma. Peaches, caramel, raisins, apples and rum. Turbinado sugar, a tiny bit of citrus. Lots of spiciness.
T: Not as good as the smell. Slight hoppiness. Roasty malt flavor, sweet cherries, bananas, raisins, yeasty spiciness, dark candi sugar.
M: A bit of a dry mouthfeel after drinking. Semi-dry taste. Moderate carbonation and moderate mouthfeel.
O: I'm not a huge fan of quadrupels but this a pretty good one.

Photo of hotpauko
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Sabatinis in Exeter, PA. I am not the best reviewer of quads, but this is probably the easiest drinking and smoothest quad I've had. Flavors are strong but never overpowering. Nice smell, not too sweet, sits nice in the mouth, smooth head, smooth finish. You will never know this is 10% ABV. Nice start to my birthday.

Photo of beerkittycat
4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass this beer appears a hazy coppery-brown with red highlights and two fingers of foam that linger for a few minutes then settles down to a nice ring around the edge. I pondered over the aroma for several minutes before the first sip. Extraordinary complexity with malt notes of fig, raisin, cherry, red wine, spicy yeast phenols, and floral hops. Flavor is overwhelmingly malty similar to the aroma profile. Hope bitterness is medium to balance all that malt perfectly. Mouthfeel is curious. There's some residual sweetness due to the huge malt, but not cloying, and it finishes semi-dry making this an extremely well-attenuated beer. Carbonation is medium and cleanses my palate delicately. This is one of the best beers I've ever had. Exquisite.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

The nose of the 750 ml bottle suggests moist dense spice cake with dark dried fruit and a hint of anise.
It pours a hazy dark tea amber under a 3" rocky off-white foam cap that slowly dissipates into clingy clumps of finely bubbled foam. The beer lines the glass with lace and upon swirling shows a hint of legs.
The juicy liquid fruitcake palate includes dark fruit sugar, dried figs, faint banana, and a trace of biscuit suspended in a very creamy, moussey beer.
The beer is surprisingly light on its feet for such a big, flavorful, complex high alcohol brew. The alcohol is deceptive and tastes less than 10% abv although it is slightly warming.
The tap version has a little less carbonation and it is a little less soft shifting some of the flavors from dark dried fruits to plums.

Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into stemmed goblet glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber orange. A little bit of sediment and a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three finger off white head that slowly fades into a thin layer. Decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A fruity and spicy aroma. Belgian yeast and caramel malts with some clove spice. Strong smell of dark dried fruits. Hints of Raisins, plums, and figs with some banana and apple. Candied sugar and a little rum like alcohol in the aroma. Hops are very faint. Smells very good.

Taste: A good mix of fruits and spice. Nice spicy kick up front with Belgian yeast and cloves along with some banana flavor. Following are some sweet bready caramel malts and candied sugar along with some apple. Big taste of dark fruits with some dried raisins, plums, figs, grapes, and dates. Very light hint of earthy hops in the finish. Nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate level of carbonation. Juicy and sweet but pretty drying. High ABV is very well hidden and smooth.

Overall: A very good take on a Quadrupel that stands among the best. Great mix of fruity sweetness and spices.

Photo of BGDrock
2.12/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cellared for 1 year

Appearance: sizzling carbonation on pour, but gone before you know it leaving nothing at all for a head - not a good sign; hazy, red/brown like leather

Aroma: minimal scent, but getting some booze and sharp fruit

Taste & Mouthfeel: not completely flat, but definitely short on carbonation; very sweet caramel and toffee, sugary; a hint of spice, probably from yeast because hop balance is nowhere to be seen

Overall: really nothing much to it, lacking character and proper mouthfeel; boring and too much like candy; maybe cellaring had a negative affect, this is the second La Trappe review I've had that ranked their beer way lower than others did, so something's up

Photo of whoneeds8
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this ageing for almost a year. I can tell it is at least old enough that it still didn't have the official trappist logo on the label as they do now.

Poured into a Westmalle chalace with a thin head and no lacing (may have been my gentle pouring not wanting to damage the bottom yeast). Color is a dark brown.

Taste is easy. Much easier than I remember the first bottle being after I bought this four pack last year. Carbonation is good.

I really didn't like this beer when I first bought it last year. But after letting it sit for a while, it's much better.

Photo of ADR
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was at a tamale party expecting the usual sea of Coronas and Tecates when a women brought twelve 1 pint 9.4 oz bottles of LaTrappe Quadrupels (imported by All Saints Brand Minneapolis). Good hazy color, large-bubbled but tall head, good effervescence. Mouth coating, very berry beginning flavor fades to a wine/grape and a little ester at the finish. Belgians are not my style but this was very cool to try, and the first empty bottle is in my "museum".

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