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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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1,726 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,726
Reviews: 850
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 82
Gots: 179 | FT: 3
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Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Warfarin, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

shoky01, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.2/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a full, clear brown color with a few tints of amber and ruby. A robust off-white foam with large and small bubbles carelessly intermixed forms after a careful, straight down the middle of the glass pour. It is easy to count on the trappists to make consistently good looking beer.

Smell: Dark caramel malts, molasses, some milk chocolate, earthy spices, figs, raisins, and a strong banana kick with some alcohol on the back end.

Taste: As a good quad should, the taste opens up into an opus of flavors. Caramel and molasses provide some firm sweetness up front, coinciding with some dark and bready malts. Some milk chocolate opens the palate for a number of dark fruits; figs, raisins, and plums are all noticeable but not dominant. Some clove and other spices lead into a surprisingly strong banana note, with the conclusion being marked by a firm alcohol presence. All in all, quite a nice beer.

Mouthfeel: The body is more medium than full, and definitely on the light side for the style, which is my one main knock. With all of the flavors going on here, it still manages to have a clean finish, with a soft booze accent to finish the sip. The carbonation falls somewhere between crisp and creamy and is well proportioned with the beer.

Overall: The alcohol is fairly present in this one, but it does not really detract from my tasting experience. Instead, it serves as a gentle reminder that this is a sipper and my speed of consumption should match that.

KickInTheChalice, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

pmonti80, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of bigdaddypolite
4/5  rDev -3.8%

bigdaddypolite, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of wattershed
4/5  rDev -3.8%

wattershed, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev -3.8%

doucmehu, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%

Poured from the bottle with a 08-2014 date into a chalice.

The pour produces a fizzy white head that dissipates rather quickly. It is amber colored. Lots of little bubbles work their way up through the beer. While drinking there are just splotches of white on top and no lacing is left contrary to some reviews I noticed.

In the nose I am getting a sweet malty smell.

The sweet malts are also tasted. There is a bit of an alcohol presence and at 10% you wold think so, but it is not all that prevalent making it an easy drink. If only the flavors were more exciting. It is pretty well carbonated and smooth which feels good on the tongue. The little dryness works great.

As far as quads go it definitely doesn't make the list of favs which is disappointing. I was looking forward to it being a Trappist and all. Good, but not great.

MattSweatshirt, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Fallingonwater10, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

ej285701, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

ColSanders123, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Mar02x
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

In Holland it is one of the best, if not the best, supermarket beers one can get. As every beer lover knows, this Trappist is also made in the Netherlands. Because it is so easily to get I didn't review it yet.

A - A dark hazy amber fluid with a good off white head. Unfortunately the head has to give way to gravitational forces. There is some foam sticking to the glass to up hold the spectacle. There's no carbonation to be seen.

S - A nice sweet, malt & yeasty smell. Attempting you to take a sip or another sniff because its a great smell.

T - Pretty sweet upfront and some bitterness in the end. There are tones present of malts, wood and some excellent nut elements in the finish.

M - What a superb malt syrup. The body of this beer is almost perfect blended with the taste. The finish is slightly bitter and that comes the alcohol warmth.

O - I had this beer once, just before I took a Westvleteren 12. Believe me the La Trappe Quadrupel didn't have to bow before the Westvleteren 12, it uphold nicely. And therefore I say this beer is world class too.

Mar02x, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Jspriest
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of liamt07
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Bottle shared by Steve as a part of the QuadShowdown, 750ml bottle into a tulip. 2011 vintage.

Poured a reddish golden brown, with a soapy white head; excellent lacing and pretty good head retention. Nose is lightly grapey, plums, vanilla sweetness, breadiness, some green apple and a touch of alcohol. Taste is very caramel-ly, plummy, sweet and more grapes. A touch too sweet for my liking (as I've always felt this beer is). Slightly syrupy and some spice in the finish. Slightly sticky and syrupy in the feel too, but but great carbonation. Full, but not too thick. Lightly alcoholic. Quite nice and this improves as it warms an aerates; a good quad that's on the sweeter side.

liamt07, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of RickS95
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Looks really majestic in the snifter. It's a cloudy caramelly color. Up top is a cloud of slightly off-white, almost foam-looking head. The head has great retention and provides nice lacing as the bubbles dissipate.

There's a lot of stuff to smell. The nose picks up some citrus fruits, some dark ripe fruits, some malt, and some tart Belgian yeast.

Taste is similar, though not as complex. A hint of citrus, lots of malt, some raisiny type fruits, and a touch of alcohol.

For such a strong beer, it's extremely gentle on the palate. 10% ABV isn't supposed to be so gentle. It's sweet, tart, rich, effervescent and slightly dry. In the swallow, the alcohol provides just enough heat to let you know it's there.

Overall, this is one of my favorite beers. The alcohol scared me a bit, but after a few sips, I realized how smooth it was. The dryness makes you want another sip. The taste makes each sip easy.

RickS95, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of Jules11788
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

A: Pours a cloudy yet vibrant copper-red; finger-width head, medium lacing, medium retention

S: Tropical fruits and tart Belgian up front, with some sweet malt notes floating around in the background

T: Starts with a slightly tart, dry Belgian yeast flavor; opens up quickly to reveal notes of sweet malt, yeast, and banana; finishes smooth with a hint of tropical fruit and more sweet malt

M: Medium-thick viscosity, lightly carbonated; smooth, slightly dry, very buttery

O: This is a great Belgian Quad, one that I would definitely come back and drink again

Jules11788, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of MsRif
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured a nice, rich dark brown color with a creamy head that, while not much, stayed. Lacing was very good. Sweet, yeasty aroma that one would expect from a quad. Some dark fruits and I think I tasted some banana flavor. Sweetness was well balanced with the complexity of flavors in this brew. Yeasty/bready notes also come out in the taste.

Mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation. Drinkable, but it's best to take it slow with this one. 10% is no joke and you can get a bit of alcohol taste from this, especially as it warms, making it a little less drinkable. Overall, I enjoyed this brew.

MsRif, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of ConchobarNessa
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

Appearance- Spot on for the style, cloudy, a dark beige/brown color. No Bubbling, good lacing and a nice head on pour. I graded it as good because it has a nice look for a Quad.

Smell- I love the smell of Quads, you may wonder why I only gave it a 3.0.. Its simple, all the elements of a Quad smell are there, burnt fruit and sugars. Nice smelling sugary malt. Its an awesome smell, however, this beer doesn't add anything to the smell. Its the standard Quad smell, great but habitual!

Taste- Lovely light burn from the alcohol and phenols at the end. Middle is all about the fruit and sugars. It taste a little like a mince pie (for those familiar with British cooking...), sugary, spicy, fat and altogether enjoyable.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel for this beer has to be taken into context of its style. That is the only way to give it a fair shake. Alot of bubbles on the tongue for a Quad. Doesn't feel as heavy as most quads, which is a plus in my book.

Overall- Like this beer alot, it is a very interesting representative of the style and it is a little different with its origins in the Netherlands rather than Belgium. You can really taste the difference and I loved that. It was very interesting.

ConchobarNessa, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of mithrascruor
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark caramel brown color. Great, 1.5-finger creamy off-white head. Decent retention, with good lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt aroma with spices, and plenty of apples and some raisins.

Taste: Lots of mulled apple cider flavor, with raisin. Leaves a sugary residue on the lips and tongue.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium-bodied and creamy, with moderate (but rather too strong) carbonation.

Drinkability: Good ABV for this style. Way too sweet.

Quite a bit of a disappointment for me, as I really enjoy this style. This one, however, is just too sweet, the flavors aren't dark enough, and a bit monolithic in flavor.

mithrascruor, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of dsprainman
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%

Hot damn this is good beer!
After hearing from a few Flemish guys that la Trappe was considered sub par to the other Trappists, I finally gave it a shot.
A- Looks like a lightly brewed coffee with a dark cherry hue. Beige head.
S- Smells like prunes mixed with a little spicy apple cider. A little alcohol smell too.
T- Taste is like a plummy port. Sweet and tart at the same time.
O- This has to be up there with some of the best quads. I really think I'll have to try some more offerings from Koningshoeven!

dsprainman, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured from an 11.2 fl oz bottle into a rounded Old Fashioned. Authentic Trappist Product.

Appearance: Pours a solid dark brownish purple body with a slick off white head. A lot of carbonation.

Smell: Wow, pungent sweet grapes and raisins! Smells like a dessert wine without a noticeable alcohol aroma. Sweet malt, sugar, yeast?

Taste: Has almost a new wine type of flavor I remember drinking in SW Germany. Grapes and, I believe, Belgian candi sugar. Very sweet, delicious, dessert-like!

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a decent amount of carbonation. Finishes like champagne. Very bubbly.

Overall: A great tasting quadrupel. I look forward to trying more!

JednoPivoProsim, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of BeerT3ch
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%

OMG! This has got to make the top of the list! I've tried La Trappe's Tripel and Dubbel and Chimay Grand Reserve (Blue) has always been my favorite, until last night, when I tried this "Quadrupel" Smooth, Rich, Bold and perfectly balanced. Trappist Ale at it's best.

BeerT3ch, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of mooseo
4.2/5  rDev +1%

11.2oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Cloudy copper with a 1" creamy tan head, which dissipated rather quickly.

S - Dark fruit, yeast, and a slight malty sweetness. Nice.

T - Bold, sweet dark fruit flavors up front, followed by yeast and spices. The alcohol is clearly evident, but not at all overwhelming. There is a lingering banana and malt aftertaste. Very delicious.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Silky and smooth. Warming alcohol.

D - Excellent example of the style, everything is great about this brew. Despite the high alcohol content, it has good drinkability and leaves you wanting more after every sip. Overall it's an exceptional beer.

mooseo, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of Uhlikm
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an Orval chalice.

Appearance - Pours a hazy, copper-colored with a faint off-white head.

Smell - Very clean, estery aroma that is slightly fruity with the faintest hint of alcohol.

Taste - Malty, sweet, alcohol notes with a slight sour tanginess on the back-end. Very nice complexity of flavors here with a pleasant aftertaste that lingers for minutes afterwards.

Mouthfeel - An extremely effervescent brew that spreads the flavor across the tongue as the bubbles dissipate. Bubbles yield to a nice, smooth body.

Overall - A very enjoyable Belgian ale. Has great front flavors marked by the tremendous carbonation, a middle where the smoothness and complexity really come out, and a tart aftertaste. Results in a comfortable alcohol-warming sensation from mouth to stomach.

Uhlikm, Oct 13, 2011
La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 1,726 ratings.