La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
This is the re-review. The initial scores were A 3.5, S 3.5, T 4.0, M 4.0, D 4.0. Must have been an off bottle as I suspected as this is a 330 ml bottle and is a much better brew.
Poured into a La Trappe gold rimmed glass that came with the beers. A hazy reddish amber ale color with an off white head that coats the sides of the glass. Head stays for quite a while and recedes to a this film on top eventually. Nice lacing on the side of this rather shallow glass.
Smell is a deep complex affair of dark fruits and sweet malts. A bit of pepper and spiciness. Just a bit of banana and Belgian yeast funk. Caramel and a phantom alcohol vapor. Some bakery smells as well.
Taste is the big improvement. Sweet caramel malt and toffee. Light mocha and cocoa powder. Nice dark fruits that while present are held in check. Raisins and plums. Figs and dates. Earthy hops balance the beer beautifully. Dry finish flows back to earthiness and a touch of graham. Just a hint of fusel alcohol. As soon as you think you taste it it's gone. Feel is thick, rich, full and creamy with a velvety touch to the carbonation.
Quite drinkable as the abv is not apparent and you just want to
keep indulging your taste buds. A great quad that rivals the best of the style. Really good stuff.
Initial review of what was an off bottle
Initial pour is a surprisingly clear amber. Respectable head size and retention with decent lacing. Subsequent pours introduce yeast particles and cloudiness. No carbonation evident as it sits but it shows up as you sip.
Smell is fruity and alcoholic. A sweet breadiness and whiskey tinged caramel are the main features.
Taste is very malty with more whiskey and butterscotch. White raisins, dates, and light figs follow with a soupcon of banana. Big orange and citrus component. A dry corkiness follows and a touch of hops, just a touch mind you as malt is the calling card here. A full mouthfeel and gentle velvety caress are your compadres as you imbibe.
Drinkability is quite good. I finished a whole 750 and did not feel as if it was work. Indeed it went down with the smoothness of a well aged scotch whiskey.
A nice quad, and considering the price one to keep in mind when in the mood for what is usually an expensive beverage. Not a Westy but in the vein and it wont break the bank. This bottle was one of two that I bought and the first one was flat and the cork was dry. I may have to revisit this one as the cork was dry but the brew was not flat. It may have suffered nonetheless. Stay tuned for a re- review
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2009 02:24:49 | More by scootny
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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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