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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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Reviews: 896
Hads: 2,129
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 142
Gots: 400 | 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 kabirmarwah
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

mmmmm...What a tasty beer! Very pleasant burnt aftertaste. Pours a nice bronze with decent head. Caramel and Raisin definitely come to the forefront of my mind when describing it, with some hints of vanilla. Not that I mind it, but the beer is definitely on the sweeter side; I gave my non-beer-addicted friend (his go-to is whatever is the cheapest at the union bar, so not a very sophisticated palate) a sip and his first reaction was "Wow! This is almost as sweet and smooth as melted ice cream!" Overall a very solid Belgian Quad, dare I say almost as good as Rochefort 10?

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L - Amber/bronze and cloudy. 1/2 a finger of head and tiny bit of lacing

S - Belgian yeast, brown sugar, raisons, dried fruit

T - Caramel and raisons, semi-sweet, and the alcohol warms

F - Full body, and highly carbonated

O - A tasty quad no doubt

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its rare I find a beer thats across the board the same rating but this one turned out to be.

Appearance - This beer pours a cloudy brown amber with 2 fingers off white head that fades fast.

Aroma -Banana, corriander, brown sugar, bread, caramel, toffee.

Taste - Banana, spice, fresh bread, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, orange peel.

Feel - Medium bodied, with lots of prickly carbonation, the orange peel leaves a lasting bitterness on the end, but not overpowering, just right. Its boozy but at 10% its not bad.

Overall - the boozyness took a little away but this is still a very good beer, I know La Trappe has had a complicated history using the term trappist, but this beer is up there with the other trappists I've tried. Along with price and availability. I will definitely do this one again. Cheers.

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Photo of tmryan21
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Great looking beer - dark amber with a thin white head.

Smell: Banana, malt, dark fruits, and caramel.

Taste: Sweet, but not overly sweet. Caramel, toffee, clove, and raisins/currants. Really good.

Feel: Carbonated as expected. Thin bodied for being 10% ABV - fairly crisp.

Overall: A really solid quad. I would definitely put it in the top echelon for this style.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Liking the colour, very deep, intense.

One of the best aromas, really liking also

Taste, just missed out as it is too carbon dioxidy, not quite a combined holistic flavour happening.

Feel - ditto.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy muddy dark amber with surprisingly little topping. Mild esters and caramel on the nose. Flavor is rich with ripe fruit, sweet malt, and distinct banana. Best I've had since Rochefort 10. Love this style, and this nails it.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly light and drinkable
L - brown with orange tinge
A - sugars and vanilla
T - Sugar, molasses, caramel and vanilla flavors
F - sweet, medium body
Dangerous beer, doesn't taste like 10%

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap and poured into a Belgian style tulip glass. Pours a dark brown and amber with and light frothy head. Taste was overly sweet and needed a little extra bitterness to balance it out. Smell of caramel, roasted malt and fruit set the tone for this beer.

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Photo of frozyn
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L -- Pours a dark amber color with a slight orange tint. Foamy white head that sticks around for a while, little lacing.

S -- Brown sugar and molasses come through first. Dark fruit as well. Very slight booziness.

T -- Follows the aroma pretty closely, although the dark fruits are more present - plum, fig, raisin. The brown sugar and molasses comes through as a general sweetness that is light and pleasant.

F -- Medium tending towards full. Nice carbonation that keeps the drinking pleasant and helps maintain the light sweetness.

O -- Really delicious. I wasn't expecting it to be as good as Westy/Rochefort, and while it's not quite there, it's pretty damn close. The flavor is complex and refreshing and makes for a great quad.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Veiled dark amber color with high density glass clinging activity. Extra frothy beige 4 finger island head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with a very good amount of legs.

Aromas of light molasses, vinous, bready, and highly sweet. Flavors of toffee, roasted grains, dark fruits, walnuts, molassy, grapes, herbal spices. Super fruity and sugary with low sharpness.

Ultra thick smooth oily full body with moderate carbonation. Strong and long sugary finish, ending with a dry fruity estery tongue coat, barrel aged oaky wood feel, thick yeast and molassy, a hint of ginger and roasted grains.

Overall very good quality craft. Thick tasty flavors, but highly boozy. Low freshness from overwhelming sugars. Ideally served as an dessert appertizer being really heavy. Complex flavors and feel but overly sweet and unbalanced.

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Photo of TheVillageIdiot
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a great bier but (and I know this is odd) but, it has an after taste that reminds me of bubble gum which I really do not care for at all. At a 10% ABV it has a very nice kick and you can have a real nice buzz at 990 ml.

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Photo of scottsoileau
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip and was suprised at the color. Much lighter than Rochefort and St Bernadys. Very pleasant familiar quad aroma and flavor. Starting to believe that quads are my overall favorite style. I rate this above St Bernadus Abt12 but below Rochefort 10. Very very good beer

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy orange/amber with some yeast floaties and a dense, creamy and long-lasting off-white head. Sheets of lace all down the glass as you drink.
Aroma: a very slight candy sugar, a bit of yeasty funk, hay and fruit including ripe banana and prune.
Big flavor here. Plenty sweet with tastes of overripe banana, prune, and vanilla. A nice bitter bite and a bit of grassiness.
Mouthfeel is medium and seems to turn smooth and even creamy as it warms.
Very, very good.

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Photo of khmel
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark copper-amber with a creamy, light tan head and medium retention. Settles out into a ring of foam and nice lacing. Nose is pears, smoked fruits, a bit of leather. Taste is sweet malt up front in contrast with a bit of slight hop bite. Caramel in the middle and a dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied (on the lighter end for the style) and low carbonation. Alcohol warmth and some dryness in the finish. A really nice quad and definitely worth repeating!

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Photo of neurobot01
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml c&c bottle dated (as best I can determine) 10/1/14, into a Teku at fridge temp and allowed to warm.

Look: reddish-orange with thick persistent tan head.

Smell: orange peel, vanilla, banana, alcohol, nutmeg.

Taste: banana pudding, alcohol, bacon, parsley, more alcohol.

Feel: a bit syrupy at first, but then nice carbonation turns it into something more marshmallow-y, in a good way.

Overall: something tells me this beer would be much better with, say, 5 years on it. As it is, it reads too hot and disjointed. Good, but not in the same ballpark as, say, Abt-12.

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Photo of arkanu
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The smell might be too full of alcohol, the looks might remind of an average beer, but don't let that fool you: give it time, don't serve it too cold and try it in small sips. This beer has character and a very pleasant taste, full of candy cane notes of brown sugar, raisins and figs, with faint notes of plums too.
It's very smooth too and a beer to be enjoyed over a quiet meditation or pleasant conversation.

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Photo of Pavlovian_Programming
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undoubtedly good. Strong alcohol taste with a strong banana flavour. Not much more to say about it, really. I tried it immediately after trying old speckled hen, which really wasn't for me, so I feel that may have skewed my review in favour of this beer. It's the kind of beer I'd get again if I was in the mood for bananas.

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Photo of Mll777
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice beer, smells good, tastes good. Had to switch my mind set because of the color, it's reddish instead of dark. Hardly any residue in the bottle, I actually like my beer to be a bit cloudy. But all that is made up by the good taste. It's rather sweet, and doesn't feel heavy at all, considering its 10%

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Photo of Terrik1337
2.65/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Think I got a bad bottle. Mine had absolutely no carbonation and the taste was basically booze. First trappist beer I actually didn't like at all. For reference, Rochefort 10 is my all time favorite beer.

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Photo of chessiejackson
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just started getting into Trappist ales, and this is at the top of my list of both Trappist ales and any other beers I've had. The fruit/bitter mix was amazing and the abv is not even noticeable. The body is lovely. I was recommended the quad by a co-worker and I gotta say, excellent recommendation. They may be a bit up there in price but it's totally worth it.

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Photo of Schimms
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Sediment-y, orange-brown with fluffy white head. Moderate lacing.

S: Beautiful candy sugar with dates/rainsins.

T: Sweet caramel/light raisin. Everything I want in a quad.

F: Thickish with light, tickling bubbles. Smooth, too. Medium body.

O: Wonderful balance of malts, hops, sugars. There's a reason I love Trappist ales...

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Photo of stompilator
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a chalice.

A - Poured a murky copper, two-finger billowy head.

S - Very strong plummy, estery aroma.

T - Plummy, spicy esters dominate from front to back. Booze fades in gradually, along with the roasted, grainy malt. Residual booziness and spiciness are very lively.

M - Very heavy and full-bodied, with a very light carbonation, just enough to give this beer the attack it needs.

O - Gives you everything you would want from a quad. Very lively and full of complexity.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had the dubbel a coup!edays ago and really enjoyed it. Expected this to be a big brother version like many of the other Trappists I've had. Beer poured significantly lighter in color than expected...more amber compared to the dark quads like St B, Rochefort, Westy, etc. Nose was overwhelmingly yeasty. Strong, slightly off esters and very strong clove. Flavor was malty, yeasty, and alcoholic. Good, full mouthfeel. Overall, it just didn't work for me. Much more like a Belgian strong than a quad...plus the off yeasty flavors. Probably the first monk-made brew (I've had most of them) I can say I actually didn't care for. Probably would have rated it lower, but I am giving it some allowance for being young. I have three more I can update after aging a while.

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Photo of 57md
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish copper color. Bready flavor with only some mild funk. The flavor profile has a touch of molasses sweetness but the finish is mostly dry.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml Bottle from Arendsnest Proeflokaal, Amsterdam (€6.00):
Great stuff from La Trappe here, this one really didn't seem like a 10% beer at all & this was largely down to the fact that the beer was so smooth to drink & the alcohol was almost completely masked in both the taste and the smell. The taste was a sweet, slightly dry one that proved incredibly easy to drink with some great, dark fruity flavours balancing well with the caramel & dark malts; amazing drinking. I'm already hoping to get my hands on the barrel aged version now.

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