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

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Reviews: 881
Hads: 2,058
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
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Gots: 346 | 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 Sammy
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Malt sweet and spice. Many flavors: Cloves,nutmeg and a nice touch of cinammon, Rum and mocha. Rich mouthfeel. Warming alcohol.
3.5 years later had on-tap in Toronto fresh and great aroma, and rich wine-like colour of course. A bit boozy rich and sweetish. (257 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's Trappiste Pub & Cafe in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky honey brown with a foamy beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, and spice. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. (514 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very large head took up most of the glass which is off white. eventually a clear copper body was seen.

S: dried fruits mostly pear, toasted malts, some dark fruit but not much, musty yeast and wet socks.

T: fairly fruity but not too sweet, and as with the aroma is mostly green apple and pear for me with Belgian yeast, toasted and caramel malts, brown sugar. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M: medium body, smooth with moderate to high carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A very easy to drink and flavorful quad. Didnt really stand out much from others I have had but still very good and a must try. (611 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured medium dark brown into a snifter glass. It initially poured with a rather large head that slowly died down into lacing or a thin layer of bubbles. A moderate level of carbonation is evident by the bubbles rising to the surface.
S: There's a pleasant aroma of sweet malts with notes of dark fruits and candi sugar.
T: The taste is complex and has flavors similar to the smell but there is a lot of underlying malty sweetness with some other hints of caramel and toffee flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate. It's relatively smooth, but the level of carbonation feels a bit light, making the beer feel a bit on the side of being syrupy.
D: Although the alcohol doesn't stand out prominently in the taste and is rather well masked, this definitely feels like a strong beer and needs to be sipped slowly. (821 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ebenezer's the night after Night of the Funk - November 6, 2010. Served in a chalice.

The pour brings a nice moderate brown color with a bit of a crimson-garnet hue. Really nice off-white head with a good dosing of lace on the edges of the glass. The nose brings forward some nice dark fruit characteristics with dates and figs plus some light caramel. A bit of malt and plum plus some light brown sugar notes and a bit of alcohol.

The flavor is nice with a bit of malt sweetness and light booze. The yeast does a nice job creating some esters alongside caramel plus plums, dates, and other dark fruits. A really nice body with a bit of booze. Helps bring out the complexities of the brew. Drinks quite well and was the last Trappist brewery that I needed to try to finish off the list. (798 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy chestnut color with a nice, rocky head that sheets lacing all over the chalice

Smell: Artificial cherry juice and candi sugar with too much fusel alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity flavor with a hint of candi sugar and caramel; joined by the artificial cherry juice flavor by mid-palate as well as a touch of balsa wood; after the swallow, a nice, earthy hop flavor, with even more wood, settles things down

Mouthfeel: Medium body with plenty of carbonation; a touch thinner than I would have expected

Drinkability: My least favorite of the Trappists by a big margin; just don't like that cherry flavor (638 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

the exemplary belgian quad in my book. pours a nice hazy medium amber color with a vibrant off white head. nose of smokey wood, belgian yeast, and candy sugar. flavor is great, so smooth. ive got some slight fruits and some gentle sweetness. wicked complex. if i was less stoned id have better adjectives, but this one is hitting all the notes. mouthfeel is as good as it gets, very bright carbonation and a medium body turning into buttery silk. love the mouthfeel on this one. overall an excellent beer, even though it might score lower by these qualifications, i like it better than the oaked quad. just a perfect illustration of what a beer can be. lovely (659 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps the least enjoyable of all Trappist beers. Fruits, candy, and Belgian yeast are hardly appreciated over the fusal alcohols. Dehydrated fruits, candy sugar, and bready yeast are present, but the alcoholic strength and a undecernable nausiating flavor persists from beginning to end. Though I want to like it, the drinkability is low. Finsihes dry, sweet, and fruity / spicy. Not a particualarly good offering for the style. (430 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've loved this Quadrupel since the first time I had it a few years back. I felt that I needed to revisit this to give it a fair review. Poured this into a snifter glass. It's got a light muddy brown color with a thick tan head on top that stick around for the majority of the time. The smell of this beer sucks me in every time. The aromas that come off of this brew are sweet fruits and some nice malts with just a bit of yeast in there. It nearly smells like candy to me. The taste is lovely, all those fruits and the yeast come alive once it hits your tongue. It tastes pretty much exactly how it smells. The mouthfeel has a really nice creaminess to it and mixed with some lively bubbles this beer just impresses me with each sip. A must try. (747 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark black color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention. Aroma of cookie dough, which seems to be part of all beer from this brewery and is very enjoyable. Taste is also comprised of sweet malt reminiscent of cookie dough with some dry figs. Body could be more full and alcohol was well hidden. Still missing a little something to match the other great beer from this style thought. (408 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark but bright and surprisingly clear. In certain lightings it has a purple color to it. Very impressive.

Smell: Dried fruits, brown sugar and alcohol. The aroma reminds me a bit of port or sherry.

Taste/mouthfeel: Very fruity, reminiscent of dark berries and figs, with a mild sweetness that lingers on the tongue all the way throughout the aftertaste. Alcohol is noticable but not entirely unpleasant. A lingering bitterness comes out in the end, balancing the initial sweetness.

I've had better quads, but this is definitely good and well worth trying. (571 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (1,984 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz chalice, on guest tap at Volo in Toronto.

This beer appears a hazy, dark apricot amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy ecru head, which leaves a swath of oncoming avalanche lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of apple, ripe pear, sweet wheat-tinged caramel malt, musty dark fruit, gritty candi sugar, and a smidgeon of warming alcohol. The taste is caramel/toffee malt, apple mush, generic melon, a bit of coriander/clove spiciness, waning black fruit esters, a subtle earthy yeastiness, and more very coy booze warming.

The carbonation is on the low side, but still tight and a tad fizzy, the body a decent medium weight, fairly smooth, and even a little slickly creamy. It finishes off-dry, and pretty clean, the fruitiness carrying on in a mild stumble, while the more or less subdued malt deals with a now threatening booziness, but in that playing hard to get sense.

Certainly a keep-you-warm-in-the-winter sort of beverage, this is, with the requisite memories of summer field fruit, and an adequate amount of deftly obscured booze to help suppress them. Wait, this is a Trappist brewery, so I suppose I must proffer a comparison to the standard bearers for the style, etc, etc. Ok, then - this is barely worthy of mentioning in the same breath as the Rochefort 10s of the world, but that's no big deal - sometimes a bit of scaled down complexity, and upticked drinkability is a good thing. (1,439 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big "Q" label, cellared for over a year. Bottle opens with a pop, pours a jeweled red-orange into a Westmalle goblet at 60º. Racing trails of carbonation can be seen in the center. After a sip the foam breaks and slowly ebbs away at one side. Slight musty cork aroma, with sweet brown sugar and caramel notes. Dried fruit flavors of raisin, dates, and prune blend with a sweet nutty almond finish and a vague touch of spice. Slight stickiness on the lips, and there is some minor earthy tobacco in the aftertaste. The feel is full and velvety, true trappist style. Not sure if it was aged too long or long enough, but the alcohol thankfully wasn't noticeable. Slighty more enjoyable fresh on tap (4.2). (703 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes on 4/19

A - Poured out a light burgandy color with a small, tan, bubbly/soapy head. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried fruit (pear & apple), spices and malt.

T - It the apple and pear flavors came through on first sip. Also, some spice notes kicked in. It had a smooth roasted malt flavor that added a biscuity feel.

M - It was soft and smooth with a warm alcohol presence. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good Quad. It's worth the price. (513 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a dark amber/brown color with a fluffy khaki colored head.

S: Sweet dark fruits (such as raisins, plums, and figs) and dark candi sugar make up the bulk of the aroma. Plenty of sweet caramel maltiness, too.

T: The flavor is of the same dark fruits that were present on the nose. A hint of spice and plenty of yeast that almost seems sour at points. Sweet malts and candi sugar, too.

M: The body is medium with a lively carbonation, but not quite as fine as some other Belgian beers.

D: A nice beer, pretty easy to drink for such a high ABV beer, and not really any discernible alcohol on the flavor or nose, either. (634 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle - $5.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, dark brown body with a reasonably well-sized, off-white head. Random bits of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Sweetish, earthly spiced, and ripe fruity notes all come together to harmoniously provide notes of candy, caramel-covered fruits, dark loaf bread, and even alcohol. Yes, even alcohol, friends.

Taste: Sweetish, dark maltiness with very, very light tastes of chocolate and even cinnamon-flavored Breakfast Blend coffee. Touch of dark breadiness. Hearty spread of gooey dark caramel. Dash of earthy spices, mainly clove. Another pinch of table sugar. Fruity tastes of green raisins, ripe figs, and green apples marinated in spiced rum. Touch of bitterness. Sweetish, earthy, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Worth a try. The world's greatest quadrupel? Heck no! A decent, okay-inducing quad? Sure. (959 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One finger of off white head that leaves nice, thick lace as it recedes. The body is orange-brown and clear.

S - Yeasty banana, some spicy notes of clove, and lots of caramel.

T - The initial impression is like a caramel covered banana. Malty sweet, and a bit nutty in the middle. Toffee and some faint roasted malt in the finish.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - The malt character is nice and complex, but I would like it to be a bit darker with some more intense yeast character. Reasonably drinkable for a beer of this weight. (582 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Its slightly hazy deep amber body appears almost reddish in the glass; yet reveals golden highlights when held to the light. It's short but creamy off-white head slowly erodes to an average collar and some whispy surface foam. The nose is somewhat musty and lightly vinous with a candyish note and some mild caramel that rounds things out. It's gently zesty on the tongue with a very fine and natural carbonation atop it's medium/full body. The flavor is sweetish with a lightly vinous and juicy fruit character that exhibits red grape, plum, soft berries, and apple. It's well-balanced with firm bitterness; and it's alcohol is held in check at all times. It finishes dry with some noteable bitterness; a delicate wash of alcohol; and some mild, peppery alcohol spiciness. An interesting and satiating brew.
Koningshoeven Quadrupel:
This beer is very similar to the standard La Trappe Quadruple, although it displays some rougher fermentation characteristics and appears to be a bit sweeter. It pours a slightly hazy, deep amber body that appears almost reddish in the glass, yet reveals golden highlights when held to the light. It's short but creamy off-white head slowly erodes to an average collar and some whispy surface foam but leaves some thin lace as it goes. The nose is delicately fruity with a bright, candyish note and some mild phenolics that waver in the background. It's gently zesty on the tongue with a very fine and natural carbonation atop it's medium/full body. The flavor delivers a sweetish and juicy fruit character (soft berries, apple, plum) and some light caramel. It's well-balanced with a moderate bitterness; and it's alcohol is held in check at all times. It finishes dry, with some light phenols (higher alcohols with a green-apple and plastic-like character). Still, it's fermentation flaws are minimal, and would probably go unnoticed by most. A nice beer that's worth a shot.
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a murky light brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, brown sugar, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and a little bit of fruit and spice. Then a hearty malt character and some Belgian yeast breadiness comes in. The hops presence is mild and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are better options in the style. (774 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet, sharp, and underlaid with dark bitterness. Dark amber in the New Belgium tulip with nice lacing. Fairly coarse carbonation in the mouth, but lots of it. Alcohol is a hot hammer on the throat. More of a liqueur than a beer, but reasonably amount of hops. Hugely fruity with raisins, toasted fruit cake, and dried figs. Nice nose of roasted barley. Sweetness seems overpowering at first, but the vast range of the Belgian complexity gives it a lot of interest. I thought it was quite sippable at refrigerator temp, though it changes as it warms slightly and the darker, burnt flavors emerge more. (601 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the newest Giant Market & Craft beer cafe in Harrisburg on Linglestown Rd. Corked & caged bottle into a cervoise chilled.

The color is deep amber with light cream cap w/ slight chill haze and goo lace/head retention. The smell is very appealing to me with abundance of malt sweetness in the aroma with mild floral hop note and yeast phenolic with mild bready element and slightly honey like accent. The feel is very good with high carbonation level and strong full body with malt heft and drying alcohol on the palate with crisp finish that has a lingering spice texture.

The Quad tastes like some toasted malt is present with the yeast adding a clove accent with mild honeylike tinge and floral hop element adding to the complexity with subtle alcohol in the taste and the strength is not all that apparent with malt providing the majority of the flavor with a nice effervescent yeast that leads to a dry mineral tinged finish. A great Belgian and originator of the Quad style I have been enjoying this for over a decade I am happy to drink this on occasion and it is very drinkable for the style. (1,121 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very effervescent caramel with 1+ finger of khaki head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Juicy fruit, rubber bands, bubblegum & breadfruit

T: Huge fruittyness, dates, figs & ghost booze up front. White grapes, juicy fruit & some phenols, plus pears, leather & some mushrooms as this warms. Finishes oaky, with some banana peels, fruitty & with a little booze kiss. almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Slick, effervescent & a bit thin for the style, more malt depth needed to really vault this into great status for quads.

Drinks pretty easy for the style & ABV, a good take on the style (585 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at Armsby Abbey, Worchester, MA

I slept on this beer for a while, but when my wife--in a very quad phase--ordered one at the bar, I finally broke down and shared it.

Poured a dark brown with a small but thick head that retained throughout the session. Sugary aroma, and bready with Belgian yeast. Very strong taste, as would be expected. Sweeter and more fruity than many quads I've had; caramel and brown sugar, plums and nectarines. Definite alcohol bite. Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, and decently drinkable, but not in large quantities. The sweetness is not a bad thing, but I do prefer other quads to this. (637 characters)

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
91 out of 100 based on 881 ratings.