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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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Ratings: 1,712
Reviews: 847
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 78
Gots: 175 | 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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Photo of Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

33cl bottle (10/12/10 I believe) poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a slightly hazy rusty red/brown with tons of little bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. About a finger and half of off-white flully head that fairly quickly dissipates leaving little lacing.

S: A little apple/pear with dark fruits right behind it (plum mainly I think). Has an aroma that kind of reminds me of blood (iron). Brown sugar, very slight rum quality.

T: Pretty huge fruit flavors with a lot of depth, ranging from the brighter apple/pear flavors to dark such as plums and raisins. Lots of caramel and brown sugar with a big malt base that reminds me of a brown bread (but with much less molasses). Rum/burgundy quality is there right on the front and then again in the finish. Has a warm and slightly sweet finish with alcohol phenols that are a little medicinal. I'm surprised by the rather intense flavor profile.

M: Medium body, slightly high carbonation (though not as high as St. Bernardus), sweet. I'm almost shocked at how big and deep the flavor is yet the body isn't all that thick. Fairly soft and easy drinking body.

O: I wasn't expecting much going into this (compared to the other trappist ales) but it's pretty fantastic. Huge flavor profile with an abundance of fruits and light rum/burgundy alcohol presence. The mouthfeel isn't exactly what I like in the style, but it makes it easy to drink.

09-01-2011 04:15:49 | More by Satchboogie
Photo of SeattleBeerBlog


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

A- Super Dense off white head, great lacing, nice Maple Syrup color. It looks like you could float a quarter on this one. A bit of a haze which looks inviting.

S-Raisins, dark candi sugar, grainy bready worty, carmel and alcohol, Super complex.

T- Plum, Dark Fruits, fig, Sweet, alcohol, low bitterness, a bit of Cherry and super clean.

M- Cloying, Alcohol, great carbonation,

O- Great beer, this one would lay down super nice and the alcohol would die down a bit. Super good and exactly to style.

08-29-2011 18:52:09 | More by SeattleBeerBlog
Photo of Cozzatoad


3.78/5  rDev -9.1%

750ml bottle, best before january 2014

A- Caramel colour (light brown, a bit murky, not so attractive). One finger off-white head that has decent retention but leaves quite little lacing. A bit of sediment is visible at the bottom of the glass

S- Yeast definitely plays a major role, giving the smell a very 'consistent' bready feel, with sugar probably in the mix. Dark fruit and spicy notes are clearly detectable, though they mostly stay on the back of things

T- Dense bready malts (almost weizenbock-like), with a hint of roastiness to them; There is clearly a very high amount of yeast and sugar in this beer. Then dark fruit notes (fig, plum maybe) and a distinct spiciness from the esters. A powerful flavour, though it lacks the complexity of many other quads

M- Dense body. Creamy on the palate with a bit of a butter-like feel. Carbonation is low to medium. Overall a nice, persistent mouthfeel

O- Strong in body and flavour but still pleasantly drinkable. Not even close to the harmony or complexity of most belgian quads though

08-29-2011 14:51:21 | More by Cozzatoad
Photo of seabass87


3.6/5  rDev -13.5%

Poured from 11.2 FL OZ bottle into chalice.

A- A deep caramel-amber. A bit lighter than any quad I've had to date. Aggressive pour yields a short 1-finger head that disappears and leaves a slight creamy coating.

S- Banana. Spiced peaches, molasses, fresh plums, ginger, sweet candi sugar, clean alcohol. Interesting.

T- Follows the nose pretty closely up front. Bananas, plums, some lemon rind bitterness. A good amount of carbonation bite leads into transition. The transition phase is a little abrasive, with the ripe fruit and alcohol coming up front. The warmth carries into the aftertaste, which is slightly grounded by a spicy bread flavor, with lingering grapes. Has enough of a development of flavor, but is a bit hasty.

M- Light bodied for the style. Pretty big carbonation that felt a bit much. Dry.

O- Not a bad beer, but there's many quads I'd take over this one. It does have a fairly different taste profile than many of the style, and is fairly light bodied... But at this price point, it will be hard for me to come back to this one with so many other options available.

08-05-2011 08:34:52 | More by seabass87
Photo of ibbjamin


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Paid $5.99 for an 11.2oz bottle from Bobby's Liquor. I pour into a chalice to review.

Light and airy, off white head, typical of the style. Lots of tiny chunks of visible sediment when held to a bright light. Dark brown in color which turns ruby when in that same light. A nice welcomed layer or retention and some lacing.

Sweet breads, fig, raisin, molasses and Belgian yeast. Tough for me to just keep on sniffing it as it's aroma is amazing and I just want to taste it.

The 10% abv is known in the taste but not overpowering. Lots of similarity to the nose.

Mouth is smooth and creamy with a medium body and light carbonation.

Not quite as tasty and smooth as some of my favorite Dark Belgians, but nonetheless a success and a great beer.

07-29-2011 01:20:48 | More by ibbjamin
Photo of BeerNemesis

New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

La Trappe Quadrupel | 330 ml. | 10.0% ABV | 2011

Brewer: Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Style: Quadrupel (Quad)
Glass: wine glass

Clear brown body with a frothy head that vanishes into the most sparkly wisps of carbonation I have every seen.

Earthy malts, many spices (cloves?), candi sugar, banana bread.

The roasted earthy malts are a staple quads, and La Trappe delivers. While its offering isn't as complex as others I have come to love it does have a stunning, and unusual aftertaste: banana bread and cloves. Yes, just like a good hefe, this tastes strongly of banana bread, and it's delicious.

Medium body, perfect carbonation.

It's tasty, but not as complex as, says, Rochefort 12. But it makes up for this with a novel taste in a quad: banana.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: ?
Served: July 25, 2011

Price = $4.95 at Whole Foods (NYC)

07-26-2011 02:01:51 | More by BeerNemesis
Photo of Moon2Goddess


4.83/5  rDev +16.1%

Color: Remarkably bright and colorful, like liquid orange marmalade and ginger cookies, or a transluscent copper, extremely transparent, despite it's high carbination.

Head: Forms quickly and with ease, 1-2 inches in height. Lustrous pale taupe, thick center, delicate, high grade lacing all along the height of the glass, the most intricate I've seen to date. Some traces of head float atop the body throughout the entire drink. If I had not tried a few others with impressive heads to know that it could be slightly better, it would have no deductions.

Aroma: From the minute I popped that "champagne cork" the smell was captivating! And quite frankly, popping the cork made the anticipation exciting! Numerous elements wafting; spice, rum, nuts, apples, oranges, apricots, ginger, cinnamon, malt, chai tea, honey, bread, peanut butter. The aroma is nastolgic, comforting, and inviting.

Texture:Nicely viscous, winningly creamy, yet quite carbinated giving the sensation of biting and soothing simultaneously, not unlike the texture of all natural honey. As it warms, it thickens into a sublime layer of velvet.

Flavor & Balance:A tantalizing array of flavors continually satisfy and tease your tastebuds. At times it is like eating a plate of ginger cookies, iced oatmeal cookies, and walnut biscotti with a tart citris beverage. Or snacking on trail mix with dried oranges, apricots, peaches, almonds, granola, and peanuts while dipping your cream cheese wonton in sweet and sour sauce. The kick keeps it from being too sweet, and the sweet keeps it from being too tart, so is it balanced? You bet your ass it is.

Sustained Taste: Flavor evolves, as a great beer should. Toward the end, a subdued milk chocolate even made an appearance, which was quite unexpected. Aftertaste is like a mouthful of rich buttermilk pancakes with maple syryp.

07-16-2011 03:40:18 | More by Moon2Goddess
Photo of DabblinWiscCraft


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Has a nice, hazy, deep copper rust color, with a very thin head 1/8 inch head that sticks around fairly well. Noticeable carbonation and cling to the sides of the sweet goblet they poured this into. The nose is comprised of sour yeast coupled with ripe fruit (banana, raisin, and more subtle orange) that is somewhat reminiscent of sweeter red wines. There is strong banana flavor right up front, followed by a bread pudding taste that really is very nice and almost completely masks the high ABV of this one. There are also hints of caramelized nuts to this complex and engaging beer. It is medium-bodied with nice effervescence and a smooth and fairly clean finish.

While this quadrupel is a little more yeasty than I normally prefer, that sourness is held in exceptional balance with the sweetness. There is no denying that this is a very well-put-together beer. The flavors are compelling, the mouthfeel is excellent, and it finishes as great as it starts.

07-09-2011 06:36:06 | More by DabblinWiscCraft
Photo of justintcoons


4.65/5  rDev +11.8%

A: Pours a hazy copper with 2 fingers of fluffy head that dissipates slowly leaving behind excellent lacing. Moderate carbonation.

N: Banana, wheat and dark fruit.

T: Starts sweet with ripe plum, black licorice, fig, caramel and concord grape fading into banana, candy sugar, wheat, clove with hints of medicinal grape and butterscotch. Finishes with dark fruit, earth and some floral notes left on the palette.

M: Medium bodied, warming, uber-creamy, silky, smooth and semi-dry.

O: Very complex. Absolutely beautiful flavors intermingling together. Incredibly easy drinking with no sign of alcohol presence. Delicious!

06-27-2011 23:54:44 | More by justintcoons
Photo of flipper2gv

Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Taken from notes I took at the Mondial.

A: Murky dark copper color. Lots of beige head, foamy. Retention is ok and there isn't much lacing.

S: Very vineous. Smelled very rich with a lot of raisins, candy cherry, figs, dates, cinnamon, molasses and toffee. Like most quad but with more focus on the vineous aspects and sweetness than a solid bread like character.

T: Following quite exactly the same. Not as balanced as most quads as the sweetness is a bit much for the style. The alcohol was noticeable too.

M: A bit too thick and syrupy for the style IMO, but still quite decent. Good amount of carbonation.

O: This is a good beer, but even if it's one of the "true" trappist beers, it doesn't feel like the one. It is slightly too sweet and slightly too thick to be as drinkable as the other trappist ales I had.

06-21-2011 23:26:04 | More by flipper2gv
Photo of treque


4.53/5  rDev +8.9%

A: a perfect copper to brown colour, hazy body, almoust white creamy consistent head, leaves a wonderful trace behind it on the glass

S: oh my, this beer can be smelled all the rrom around, sweet notes, caramel and fruit, plums i think, some phenols over there

T: great taste, you get a carnival of flavour on the mouth, you get sweet, acidity, bitter, warming sensation, alcohol presence but neves disturbing, well balanced

M: medium body

06-17-2011 00:37:44 | More by treque
Photo of Phillie

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured into a Chimay chalice from a bottle.

Deep amber colouring with hints of burnt rust.
Great head retention with slight off white colour giving a tight foam appearance.

Initially smelled slight cherry cough syrup flavour upon opening bottle. I get a fairly overwhelming smell of fruits such as figs and dates. However, some roasted nut flavouring is detectable.

The taste is described as having a direct reflection of the smell - fruit up front with roasted nut (Brazil?) after taste.

This beer promotes salivation and induces thirst. Medium carbonation invites a nice bubbling sensation on the tongue and throat.

This quadrupel was excellent and despite the warming feel of the alcohol at 10% it was not readily detectable.

06-13-2011 23:33:15 | More by Phillie
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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured into a straight edged pint glass, lots of head and carbonation, liberal lacing.

Aroma is a mix of many things, all at once. Caramel, toffee, moasses and dried fruits.

Flavor reflects the aroma, but a slight bite of alchohol as it rides down your throat.

Very smooth, with the carbonation keeping everything in perspective.

Overall incredibly good for a 10% ABV, with just the slightest hint of alcohol.

06-10-2011 19:18:46 | More by SmokinSmyth
Photo of japi


4.58/5  rDev +10.1%

It has a dark amber colour and a very thick, dense head. It has a bit of apples,pineapples and banana in the aroma, a suggestion of sugar or caramel in the palate and malty sweetness in the finish. I don’t feel the 10% ABV. The brewmaster was very tricky.

06-10-2011 10:59:03 | More by japi
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Poured from bomber into snifter glass. Pours clear mahogany brown with a creamy thick beige head. Aroma of wet, dank cardboard, dark fruit, dark caramel and some musty wood. The flavor is more sweet dark fruit, slightly sour yeast, plum, dark Belgian candi sugar, and some light bitterness. Medium to full body with average carbonation and a smooth, soft mouth feel. Overall a decent Quad, but seems a bit oxidized.

06-05-2011 15:20:45 | More by CuriousMonk
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3.3/5  rDev -20.7%

This beer pours light to medium bodied and a dark amber in color with a one finger off white head. It is very translucent for the style. I really expected something darker. It smells of sweet brandy, plums, and is very bready. You can definitely get a good amount of sweet malts from the nose but the 10% is well hidden. The flavors are much sweeter than anticipated. You get alot of sweet, fruit infused bread, a ton of yeast, plums, and candied sugar. It's definitely the sweetest quad I've had yet. I just can't get behind the flavors. There just isn't enough going on if you can get past all the sugar. It drinks fuller than it appears. It drinks medium to full in body and is a smooth drink with no alcohol left behind in the aftertaste. Perhaps I'm being picky, but I can't get behind this beer. It doesn't come anywhere near anything by St. Bernardus and it's in the same price range. I wouldn't necessarily want to try this one again.

06-04-2011 04:22:31 | More by aasher
Photo of jimbus


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured into a Westmalle chalice- light chesnut color with a warm red glow when held to the light, fizzy cream colored head also tinted with the red hue. Smell is complex with hints of alcohol - fruity and nutty. A wonderful, rich taste which reveals different flavors in time. Dark fruit, rich malt, a hint of chocolate, and an ever lingering flavor of raspberries...chocolate covered raspberries! The mouthfeel is excellent - the velvety texture coats the mouth and remains for quite some time. An excellent beer and more motivation for me to seek out more Quads to try.

05-22-2011 23:24:52 | More by jimbus
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pours mahogany with a touch of haze, and a large, pale tan head with moderately high retention.

Aroma-Heady, intoxicating aroma featuring dark and dried fruit aromas of plum, prune, grape, and currant, with hints of raisin and caramel. Background notes of molasses and sweet toffee blend with brown sugar, belgian dark candi sugar, and licorice. Light bready notes and substantial perfumy alcohols round out the awesome bouquet. I swear you could get drunk just smelling this.

Flavor-Sweet with caramel, toffee, and dark fruits (prunes, raisins, currants) up front. Dark licorice and alcohol flavors sweep through in the finish to dry the palate. Finishes long and semi-sweet, with fruit flavors lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Full on the palate with moderate carbonation. Exceptionally smooth. Alcohol is warming, but not hot at all, and barely noticeable given the formidable strength.

This is a damned fantastic beer, though I will say that I wish it finished just a bit drier. Nonetheless, it is phenomenal, and the alcohol is so well hidden that this beer is damn dangerous. Fucking delicious.

05-20-2011 06:47:09 | More by plfahey
Photo of Infamous7100


3.88/5  rDev -6.7%

Poured a deep ruby, mahogany with a thinner than expected tan head.
S: a bit muted considering the style, even after it warms. Sweet notes of dark fruit, some caramel and perhaps some bread as well.
T: follows the nose, but much more defined. Caramel sweetness hits first but fades into the fig/grape flavors nicely which provides a nice balance. A bit of alcohol bite at the end.
M: nicely carbonated and semi medium bodied. Sharp on the tongue at first, but drifts into a pleasant hang that is around for a while.
O: love the style and would recommend this one. Perhaps a bit too carbonated and would like some more aroma but a nice effort here.

05-17-2011 20:43:17 | More by Infamous7100
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New York

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Appearance-Pours a deep amber-red with blood orange highlights; really beautiful color a plentiful finger and a half of head rises and crowns the chalice then fades back to a thin and whispy-foamy layer. Abundant lacing.

Aroma-Sweet, brandy-soaked dark fruits upfront; I smell dates, plums, dark grapes/raisins and figs primarily, there's some candy/caramel in there as well.

Taste-Follows the fruitiness of the nose, though there's a hint of blackberry mid palette, spicy alcohol is noted but integrated into the whole.

Mouthfeel-Plush and velvety smoothe with perfect carbonation; this beer's highlight.

Drinkability/Overall-I've had better Quads but this is still a great beer.

05-16-2011 00:25:25 | More by Manoftyr
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3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

05-12-2011 16:52:40 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Cylinsier


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%


Pours a dark brown color with a bit of haze and a whitish head, retains indefinitely as a lacing.

Smells of dark fruits, hints of caramel, brett yeast malts and esters.

Flavors of dark fruits like plum, some caramel sweetness, a whisper of hop bitterness, brett yeast, fresh malts and a hint of alcohol.

Moderate to full mouth, mild tingle of carbonation and a hint of warmth from alcohol.

Delicious flavorful brew, a real joy to drink in spite of the wallop it packs. Highly recommended.

05-05-2011 02:02:36 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of Beer4Baltimore


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

750 ml bottle with the longest synethetic cork I've ever had to pull by hand.

A - a massive long lasting foamy/lacy head sitting on top of a bubbly dark mahogany brew.
S - yeasty sweet malts with some dark slightly earthy fruits.
T - fruity plum and caramel sweetness with a trace of banana and bitter. Lingering sweetness that fades slowly.
M - moderately heavy and sticky but with better than average carbonation to lift the coating. Carbonation tingly on the lips. 10% ABV fairly well hidden under the sweet.
D - tasty but not something I could drink more than two glasses of.

05-05-2011 01:15:07 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

(750ml bottle). Pours slightly hazy mahogany with a light tan head and very active carbonation. Aroma has great ripe pit fruit (plum), candied sugar and dried fruit (apricot?). Taste is sweet but not cloying. Very light hops on the end. Medium bodied with a slick/sticky texture. A bit fizzy and a smooth finish. This is La Trappe’s best commonly available beer and a world class quad. The alcohol is expertly hidden, which makes this a dangerous beer.

05-03-2011 05:48:30 | More by trappistlover
Photo of JoeyV


3.68/5  rDev -11.5%

Served in a chalice, only slightly chilled

A: Deep, rich amber with a fine sizeable head. Cloudy, just slightly transluscent.

S: Light and fruity, with an almost "candy-like" sweetness. Bananas and bubblegum are a few comparisons that come to mind.

T: Powerful wave of malty sweetness gradually gives way to slightly fruity notes and a distinct caramel finish. Very intense, takes a lot of time to process the flavor.

M: Very thick, relatively light carbonation.

O: Almost too much for me at first, but given more time to get to know the style I could see myself growing too appreciate it more. I won't necessarily be rushing to find another bottle, but it's definitely worth trying.

04-26-2011 17:42:24 | More by JoeyV
La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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