La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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Reviews by doktorhops:
4.23/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
And now we come to La Trappe Quadrupel from a brewery I feel I may have given a bad rap on my previous review of (La Trappe Blond). The Blond has since proved an appropriately cheap scratch to my Trappist beer itch of recent times, and I've come to think of my previous assessment of "lacking flavour" to be less than the full story when it comes to what you actually get from the Holland Blond. Such is the thought process of come into possession of this Quadrupel and hopefully my assessment of this brew will be a fairer representation of what La Trappe offers, after all: aren't we all seeking a decent, cheap Trappist ale? (Rhetorical question of ever anyone has seen one)
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a St Feuillien chalice.
A: Smokey topaz body with a very thin beige head lacing on top.
S: Upfront, and large, bubblegum aromas, with a clove/nutmeg hint followed by peppery and bread yeast overtones. The nose is bang on bubblegum esters though.
T: Starts off with a sharp, sugary alcohol bite (it is 10% ABV: where exactly did you think that alcohol would go?). Follows on with that big bubblegum taste, bread yeast, pepper, and finishes with slight bitterness and a hit of warming ethanol at the end. Yes it is big on flavour and big on alcohol, expect nothing less from a Quadrupel.
M: Fairly dense carbonation with a mid to heavy and slight oily body.
D: Hits like a ton of bricks - the good kind of of bricks, delicious bricks. It is a decent Quad and I will certainly keep buying it, and the Blond. Really a testament that the Dutch brewers can compete on similar terms to the Belgians (although Belgian brews will hands down beat a Dutch brew any day of the week). One thing I really like is the price; there is no Belgian Quad that I can find coming close to the cost of this, and although they do taste better the Belgians tend to put up a premium cost (rightly so) on their premium beers it is a nice change of pace to be able to afford a Quad for once. Good backup to have in the fridge too.
Food match: Dutch and Belgian cuisine seems appropriate for this borderline dessert beer: Boerenkool met Rookworst, Möppkenbrot, Zuurkoolstamppot and Stoemp could all work.
Serving type: bottle
10-30-2012 10:35:24 | More by doktorhops
More User Reviews:
3.3/5 rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
13oz draft pour at bier markt mississauga
a: deep orange/amber hue with half a finger of head
s: huge banana and vanilla up front, great stuff. hints of maraschino cherries. alcohol is present
t: a melange of bananas, maraschino cherries, and vanilla to begin with. it's sweet all around but not offensively so. nice! but what i dislike here is the alcohol presence -- it's rather strong and makes the entire tasting feel medicinal. light spice on the back-end. dry finish
m: medium body, medium carbonation
o: this beer has a lovely aroma but the flavours are all ruined by the alcohol strength
Serving type: on-tap
07-28-2014 01:05:05 | More by kevinlater
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Summer night in Sweden with a 750 ml bottle in the garden. This is love.
Do think the big bottle has much more taste and nose
If you want this and if you are in Scandinavia do make a stop in Denmark were the price is "very low" ~ 5 USD at most supermarkets.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 20:50:02 | More by JohanPerup
La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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