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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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1,860 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,860
Reviews: 860
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 93
Gots: 226 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-07-2002)
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Reviews by scootny:
Photo of scootny
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.

xxx

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

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.

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.

Photo of davemarc87
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Strubickmubie
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

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.

Photo of tbryan5
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of woodchipper
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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!

Photo of RoninBirdman
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Joebraggot
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Satyr179
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Jpinoniemi
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

Photo of TimoP
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

Photo of VernonKell
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 1,860 ratings.