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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: 1,794
Reviews: 854
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 88
Gots: 206 | FT: 4
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Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-07-2002)
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Photo of Infamous7100
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Infamous7100, May 17, 2011
Photo of Manoftyr
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Manoftyr, May 16, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Rifugium, May 12, 2011
Photo of Cylinsier
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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.

Cylinsier, May 05, 2011
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Beer4Baltimore, May 05, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

trappistlover, May 03, 2011
Photo of JoeyV
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

JoeyV, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of MattyV
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had a helluva time popping the cork on this one.
Pours a slightly hazy amber-chestnut colour into a Duvel tulip with a big billowing, rocky beige head.
Aroma is sweet and malty with some spice and evident booziness that slightly burns the nostrils.
Taste is more fruit-forward than I expected--the dark fruit/grape notes which add some tartness hold their own against the sweet caramel malt flavours. A bit of peppery spiciness comes through in the hot boozy finish.
Rich and full-bodied that's lightened by the aggressive carbonation, creating a creamy and velvety mouthfeel.
I enjoyed how fresh and fruity this first appeared, before hitting you with the sweet boozy characteristics you come to expect. Not my favourite nor the most complex quad around, but is a fantastic sipper on this Easter Sunday.

MattyV, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Knapp85, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of csiewert
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 11.2 oz bottle in a small tulip glass. The beer pours a hazy orange amber color with a finger of white thick head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma is strong with banana, orange and spice notes. The taste and mouthfeel is quite thick and somewhat buttery, with similar notes as the aroma. Overall an ok belgian quad, but definitely not the best.

csiewert, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of clayphilly
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Flandes Bar. My first quadrupel. For me it was too much- it feels saturdated, not in a necessarily good way. The taste is sticky and fruit/spice. Definitely feels like a sappy/syrupy/alcoholic beverage if you like that feel. Okay beer, but definitely not something i would have regularly and more than one in a row.

-33cl bottle
-Flandes Bar in Oviedo, Asturias

clayphilly, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Rochefort chalice.

A: Pours a deep copper bronze color. One finger light tan head with good retention and nice lace.

S: Ripe pears, light spice, bubble gum. Very nice.

T: Sweet molasses, fresh figs, more bubble gum. Extremely satisfying, very deep flavor with long finish. No bitterness at all. As the beer warms, bready malts and a little bit of alcohol emerge, also mellow pepper and clove. Minimal complexity lets each component of the flavor shine.

M: Quite light thanks to the carbonation, but full enough that you know it's a quad. Velvety.

O: Nectar of the gods. Hard to imagine anything better. Get it if you can.

AmericanGothic, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish orange with a foamy cream colored head and some nice lacing. A bit hazy with some carbonation.

I'm getting some malt in the nose, but not much else. Too cold? Some fruit, but lacking. Maybe a bit of booze.

Well, what was missing in the nose was found on the tongue. Sugar candy, tropical fruit, alcohol, malt, and light bitterness. Toasted malt has a dark bread-toast flavor.The candied element to this cannot be overstated. Bubblegum/cotton candy and juicy fruitiness. 10%? Ha! I laugh at this. You hardly notice. A bit in the finish as the palate clears. Super smooth brew.

Fuller bodied but well carbonated.

Loved this. Easy to drink, but not sessionable. Sweet, fruity, complex, and bitter appropriately. Almost passed this by. Loved this. Nothing harsh.

OtherShoe2, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of twelvepack
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a color that is the defenition of amber. Light head about an inch thick that leaves some minimal lacing and dissipates rather quickly.

S- Fruity nose, bananas, Belgian yeast.

T-Sweet malts that give way to caramel,fruit and yeast.

M- Dances around the palate. Nice amount of carbonation, medium body and a great smooth finish.

O- An excellent beer and an exceptional Belgian.

twelvepack, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of steven9000
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served in a Chimay chalice

appearance- Deep orange red color with a 3 finger foamy head

smell- I get alot of sweetness on the smell. I also do get some fig and raisin but mostly just a sweetness.

taste- i get ALOT of sweetness in the taste but its really complex. I get lots of cherry's and some figs and raisins and pears. Probably the most sweet quad ive had to date. There is quite a bit of alcohol in the taste as well. quite a bit of caramel as well

I find the mouthfeel is the best part of the beer. Its so creamy and smooth in the mouth.

Overall this beer is a pretty good quad but not as good as chimay blue or rochefort 10. Probably my least favorite Trappist beer that ive tasted but its still good because all the other Trappist beers ive had were exceptional. For me it taste more like a barley wine then a quad.

steven9000, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of adman08
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice caramel/copper color and typical belgian lace head.
S: Again pretty typical for a belgian trappist. Super malty with a little spice.
T: Excellent! Very sweet and malty, the kind of big beer you can age. Slight spice flavor.
M: Thick, rich malt flavor and spice, slight orange peel flavor.
O: I love this beer. It's not overwhelming in alcohol or the spice flavor you often get in high alcohol trappist ales. It's very very sweet and the alcohol just warms all the way down.

adman08, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of whirledview
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice - probably a little colder than it should have been.

A - rich amber, lots of sediment, good carbonation that settles rather quickly.

S: dark fruits, definitely w/bananas and hints of spice.

T: big maltiness with the dark fruit and an odd metallic honey taste that makes me think of saffron.

M: crisp carbonation with alcohol warmth. Medium bodied and silky.

D: I finished mine too quickly. It's very drinkable, despite the high alcohol.

-This is a very nice quad, but not my favorite. Seems very consistent with the style, but nothing about it knocks me off my feet (except the alcohol). Glad to have tried it...will buy something else next week.

whirledview, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice quad, a bit generic, but hitting all the right notes and with quite a nice rounded sense.

Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged brown bottle. Simple, old fashion and somewhat perfunctory label pivoting around the standard branding of the brew in a somewhat classic insinuation, with cream and purple tones predominating. Side note offers a narrative noting pedigree, brewing procedure, and ingredients. Shows a confusing batch/best by code, but the cork offers a bottling date of 26/10, and 10% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A -Amber brown pour with deep amber brown edges, nice 1/2" frothy head, fair retention, nice surface memory with a rich ring, and nice lacing.

S - Caramel, unfermented sugar, nice fruity sense, with soft touches of yeast.

T -Sweet and frutiy. Nice range of unfermented sugar, dark fruits, caramel, plums , dash of perfume around a yeasty sense, which "Belgium" but softly so in a nice way. Starts nicely soft with a mellow sense but as the brew progresses it offers a rich full spectrum.

M - Medium-full body with also medium-full carbonation, nice tingle as the creamy sense progresses. Nice boozy warm, well integrated, which emerges slowly.

D - Nice sipper it starts a bit shy but it takes sense of self with a rich assertiveness.

Notes: First review for a La Trappe that I confess I had left aside for quite a bit. But not the first recent brew, I had their dubbel a month or two ago, and it was quite good. It made me want to see what their quad was all about and it proved itself well worth it. I'll sure keep the close to the surface in my choice of Belgium errr Dutch brews and Trappist ones in particular.

Daniellobo, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of OldRaysputin
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours similar to the Rochefort 6. Pretty light brown with a nice head that settles after about 10 seconds.

S: right off the bat i'm getting apricot, bananas, and peach. Huge fruit scents!

T: Bold right up front and then the alcohol on the back of the palate. Getting those same fruit flavors that i had with the scent.

M/D: Great overall experience. I wouldn't drink a bunch on these in one sitting as i think its important to give all your attention to the complexities of the first bottle. Great Brew.

OldRaysputin, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of cpmichael
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone snifter, bottle says K1OC10

A: Pours a reddish brown, with a finger's worth of head, that dissipates after a minute.

S: This has a sweet malty scent that dominates the profile, hints of cloves and plums, as well as a bit of alcohol.

T: Sweet malty goodness shows itself immediately, this is followed by raisins and plums, some toffee and cloves are also present. Alcohol is very noticeable at the end.

M/D: This had a medium amount of carbonation, it was on the sweeter side as quads go, but it was still really good. There seemed to be a lot going on, fairly complex, I would like to try a bottle that had a few years on it and see if it balances out a little bit. Having said that, it still is really tasty. Worth the purchase.

cpmichael, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of dansmcd
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - nice golden brown colour, lovely thick head with good retention and some lacing

S - delicious banana and yeast

T - beautiful spicy nuttiness with caramel and honey, strong alcohol finish, very tasty

M - almost syrupy

D - enjoyed this very much after a bowl of spaghetti bolognese. Held it's impact all the way through, surprisingly drinkable for the alcohol content but I would be a mess after a few.

dansmcd, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of confer
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this single from Abe's. I don't know if $4.50 is a good price but I think so. From the beginning this beer is a winner.
It pours murky gold/tan, with plenty of sediment and also plenty of carbonation. the frothy head made of the tiniest bubbles hangs around in some form for a while.
The smell is also very good. Sweet icing with a liquor finish.
The taste is pretty simple. A sugary apricot start fading to an warm alcohol finish.
Silky smooth fee, very creamy with a fantastic aftertaste.
Not an everyday beer but a great quad that I will look for again.
It's just hard to believe that this is 10%, you get the warmth but not a real burn.
My 11.2 ounce bottle looked nothing like the one in the photo.

confer, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Long813
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Dark cloudy copper body with two fingers of off white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Alcohol is very prominent here, with dark fruits - figs following. Some sweet malts and distinct yeast too.

T: Full of dark fruits and sweet malts. The sweet malts really mix well with the bitter dark fruits. Interesting yeast character and alcohol is still strong.

M: Thick bodied and high carbonation. Texture is creamy with large notes of alcohol. Extreme amounts of alcohol.

D: Good quad. I would like to taste this when aged b/c as it stands - fresh is to strong for me.

Long813, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of titosupertramp
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had 2005 vintage at ´t Arendsnest in Amsterdam.

A: Murky brown color with finger of off white head..lots of big bubbles. Not too much lacing.

S: Smells very sweet. Cherry, dark fruit, brown sugar. Smells rich and sweet like a barleywine almost.

T: Follows the nose. The sweetness is not really balanced out by anything, but it's cloying in anyway. Delicious.

M: Medium bodied and oily. Coats the mouth with a nice aftertaste.

D: Very good. I like the sweetness and the age has really subdued the alcohol to levels that can't be easily detected.

titosupertramp, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of haazer
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Spinnerstown Hotel.

A- Pours about one finger of off white head. Highly carbonated beer, lots of bubbles running up the sides. Beer itself is apricot in color, bruised apple skin in the middle, some light brown accents at the top and bottom. Head dissapates rather quickly.

S- Very fruity aromas. Plums and tangerines stand out mostly to me. A bulging amount of medium roasted malts in the background.

T- Plum, raisin, gooey fruit nectar. Apple flavor that reminds me of a Tripel. The difference of course is the amount of malt. Malt reminds me of Mary Jane candy and toffee.

M- Medium to full bodied Quad. Carbonation is ever present and bubbles felt in the mouth all around.

D- A good sipping Quad. Nice and fruity upfront and smack in the face malts at the end. Glad to have tried one from THE Trappist brewery outside of Belgium.

Though my review was short I did thoroughly enjoy this Quad.

haazer, Feb 19, 2011
La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 1,794 ratings.