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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: 1,734
Reviews: 850
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 83
Gots: 181 | FT: 3
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Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of nataku00
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Somewhat translucent reddish brown with a half a finger of soapy head off white head. Head recedes quickly, with a bit of soapy lacing along the edge of the glass.

Nose is sweet dark fruits, plums, figs, cherries, rum soaked dried raisins as well, with a bit of light caramel.

Surprising, the sweet fruits from the nose aren't too present on the tongue. Plenty of the rum soaked raisins, but not too much of the riper dark fruits that I smell. Alcohol is incorporated well though.

Light bodied beer with a soft but ample carbonation that helps keep the tongue clean after taking a sip. Surprisingly dry finish considering I had tagged this as being sweet and syrupy from the nose alone.

A decent quad, that's easy to drink, but I'm not sure if I would get this again.

nataku00, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of nhindian
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle poured into a La Trappe chalice.

I found this in a gift set during my first trip to Vintage Estate Wine & Beer in Boardman, Ohio. Pack included 2 each of the Isid'or Tripel and 2 of the Quads, along with the La Trappe Chalice all for $18. Not bad at all!

A - Pours a steady, burnt orange with pumpkin-colored highlights. For a quad, it's a bit lighter than I'm used to. Murky and mysterious, this beer builds about a one-fingered head that dissipates quickly. This short-lasting head can be attributed to the wide mouth of the chalice, as it has lots of room for the beer to cover. Minimal lacing.

S - Smell is light, yet complex. Lots of Belgian yeast, dark, candied fruits, raisins, and figs make up the bulk of the nose. Sweet and malty, yet I get wisps of the heavy alcohol hidden beneath. Relatively light and airy.

T - Taste is even more light-bodied than the nose! Not overly sweet, and each fruit comes in turn without rushing to overwhelm the senses. Hard to distinguish individual flavors, but the end result blends the sugar, yeast, fruit, and alcohol magnificently. Unlike other Quads I've had, the alcohol isn't hot and loud at the end and is barely noticeable at 10%.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Relatively dry and crisp, and finish is short enough to keep each sip fresh and flavorful.

D - Drinkability is high. This beer is one of the lightest Quads I've had before. The sweetness and alcohol do not overwhelm, the finish is dry, and each sip goes down just as smoothly as the one before.

nhindian, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of boss302
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La trappe quad

A Orange color not clear with very little head. 4

S Apricot, pears, some caramely sweetness. Fruit aromas dominate. 4

T Thick caramel flavor, with some licorice.  A little sweetness, but expected from the high alcohol.  Lots of fruit.  Very good balance. 4.5

M Thick mouthfeel, but thin on carbonation. This is probably due to the tap serving instead of bottle conditioning, but acceptable. 4

D I really enjoyed this beer. I drank about a third, then had some sushi, and it went quite well with the sushi, better than the thin Japanese beers I normally have with sushi. 4

boss302, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of sixthglass
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Darker amber color with a seriously wonderful head that stays around.. wonderful lacing as well.

S - Alcohol, dark fruits, malt, sweet

T - Easily one of my favorite Quads, Dark Fruits, Sugars, Alcohol, Banana's, slight honey, slight spice. just simple wonderful tasting.

M - I love that this sticks and coats the inside of your mouth, leaves a lingering booze burn as the tastes fade away. Perfect carbonation.

D - Again, this is easily one of my favorite Quads, Easily comparable to Westy12. I love drinking this one on a regular basis.

sixthglass, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of yapi
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is the least impressive quad from the trappist breweries... don't get me wrong, it has a similar taste profile, although not that perfect as a westy 12 or a rochefort 10, dark fruit, plums, candy sugar, but I didn't like the mouthfeel on this one. Too much sparkling going on... pretty funny thing is I just absolutely endlessly adore the la trappe quadrupel oak aged batch 1 version... so so so much better then the regular one, especially when the oak aged version, bottled this summer, is coming around fantastic!!! Amazing what 9 months of oak aging can do to a beer! I like their dubbel more too.

still, won't give up on this one, think it will age well, but can't deny the fact there are far better regular quads around, 9 times out of 10 will pick a roch 10 over this one!

yapi, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of geokills
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After struggling to get the cork out of the darn bottle (ended up using a wine opener!), I was pleasantly greeted with a lively head atop a deep cherry mahogany brew. Smelling of spice, caramel malt and lots of yeast, the taste offers similarly sweet and spicy flavors not unusual for this style of beer. The 10% abv is well masked amidst the strong flavors and creamy mouthfeel, finishing with a little bit of stickiness and just the slightest bit of sour bitterness. Not at all unpleasant, I would be happy to find this in my fridge again!

geokills, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a snifter. 10% ABV, 25 BU, Store and serve cool.

Thanks to bnieman for sharing this awesome Quad with me!

A - Light in color for a typical quad, it's a bronzy amber that's mostly clear aside from all the thick floating particles. A firm off-white head has great retention and great lace as well.

S - Rich malty sweetness has a bold intro to the beer with an undertone of fruit. Raisins, plum, fig, and dark candi sugar. Belgian yeast is present but not outrageous. No real hop aroma. A very small touch of floral notes to the back end.

T - Strong plum, raisin, and fig fruitiness with rich caramel malt and a touch of warm alcohol. Very nuance-heavy. A bit of clay and white pepper in the Belgian yeast. A touch of honey comes through as well.

M - Full-bodied and smooth with a rich, smooth, warming finish. A hint of warm alcohol is comforting. Very reminiscent of the holiday season.

D - The alcohol is hidden in this complex beer so well, it leaves it very drinkable. Awesome quad, one of my new favorites for the style.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cold, into appropriate branded glassware, at the Cheeky Monk in Westminster.

This quad has a nice redish brown color with a slightly hazy clarity. The head is thick at first but settles to a skim layer. A little lace is left behind.

Aroma is sweet and slightly spicy with pleasant warming winter spices.

Flavor is very enjoyable with great complexity and depth. There is chocolate and cherries, pepper and clove, raisins and plums.

The mouthfeel is medium-plus in body with low carbonation. Great balance and depth of flavors.

Overall a very good quad and probably even better on tap than it was from the bottle.

GilGarp, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33cl Bottle obtained from a 'Night shop' in Brussels and reviewed in my hotel room. The bottle was best before 12/2012 and was poured into two toothbrush glasses from the bathroom on 30 Oct 2010.

Lovely deep amber looking brew, an off-white foaming head sat on top of each small glass, both of which held some good lacing as I sank the beer.

Molasses, sweet, caramel and toffee filled the nose, no hints of hops at all. Add to those smells alcohol and diesel or heavy oil esters.

The taste is also a combination of the above aromas initially. The sweetness hides the alcohol in the flavours at first, but a hop endorsed bitterness at the drying end of the mouthfeel isn't strong enough to mask the power of 10%ABV and the beer ends a little unbalanced.

OK, but not a great beer in my eyes.

BlackHaddock, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance; cloudy, reddish to copper color. Nice creamy off-white head that sticks around for a while, leaving some great lacing.

smell; alcohol and advanced caramalized malts, that compliment each other nicely. The alcohol spice makes up for the lack of hop aroma.

taste; very complex! First, one taste a burnt sugar sweetness, similar to the faro syle beer. The alcohol keeps the sweetness in check and the amount of sweetness is appropriate. In the aftertaste the sweetness turns to a plum flavor with some fermented fructose. Only the most slight bitterness, probably due to the high abv. more than the hops.

mouthfeel; creamy and thick with a soothing carbonation and a slight alcohol burn.

drinkability; smooth and classy but the alcohol will sneak back with a bite, definatly a beer to respect.

Sachsenfreude, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of NEhophead
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4 fl oz brown bottle, caged & corked; served in a goblet.
Lot markings: 10:52, K09C10.

Murky caramel in color with a rustic, burgundy tint. A frothy, off-white head that turns creamy as it thins out. Somewhat intact sheets of lacing with a bit of strength.

Bold, aged fruit flavors: plum, cherry, grape. Brown sugar sweetness that masks the alcohol nose that is quite warming. Orange and green apple citrus notes that are quite compatible with the aged fruit and malty sweetness.

Caramelized, brown sugar sweetness that bring out soft, pleasant toffee and milk chocolate flavors. Intense, but not an overwhelming alcohol presence that flourishes with the aged cherry and plum flavors. A proper amount of carbonation for the style that adds a bit of dryness prior to a moderately sweet, citrus-filled aftertaste.

Almost full bodied; creamy and dry in spots which creates a pleasant balance in texture.

Quite balanced in flavor and texture for such a big Belgian ale. This Trappist offering certainly does not disappoint.

NEhophead, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of revolt914
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been sampling a lot of quad's lately to find why this style of beer would be considered to be 'the best beer in the world' style. I haven't tried a Westvleteren 12 but I am looking forward to getting one.

A: Very golden in color with no head at all. No lacing, nothing at all other than the color... a lot of residue at the bottom of the bottle that slowly drips into the bottle leaving itself noticeable in the beer, possibly the malt?

S: Smells very good but like all other trappist beers I've tried smells a hell of a lot like apples.

T: So far I'm not that big of a fan of the quad's so hopefully I wont disagree to harshly with the westy 12 being all that great... but the La Trappe Quad is my favorite quad so far. Which beats out the Rochefort 10 so far.

M: Very cider like in mouthfeel reminds me of like woodchuck or apple cider in feeling. Really pleasant over all with the quads.

D: I think if I just want to sit down and drink this would be a great beer to just sit down and drink and drink and drink. I could literally drink these for hours.

revolt914, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of jjanega08
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A= The beer pours a little light for a quad but still appropriate as a deep hazy amber color with a huge off white head on it that holds nice retention and lacing.

S= Smells really nice. This is what I think of when I hear people talk about the bouquet of a beer. It has the same effect as sticking your nose into a bunch of flowers. Not the same smell but the same effect. The smell is heavy of bready doughy tones. Quite biscuity for a quad with a little less of the dark fruit plums and prunes I usually enjoy in a quad. There is a little alcohol in the nose after a swirl as well as quite a bit of bubblegum.

T= The taste is very similar to the smell. The first thing I notice is how dangerous it is due to the somewhat "light" taste for a quad. I feel like I would drink a lot more of this if I didn't know it was 10%. Dangerous for sure. Lots of bready biscuity goodness to it. There is a nice touch of the dark fruit but not much. The finish is almost alcohol free and super smooth. A tasty delight.

M= Perfect mouthfeel on it. I dunno how else to explain it. I don't like my quads to be as blasted with carbonation as most. This one does have a lot of carbonation but not as much as your typical quad.

D= As I mentioned earlier. This is dangerous. Really dangerous. A great quad but it's a little lighter than I expected. Most quads are sippers and contemplate beers but this can be either. This is good enough to sip or realy put back.... though I don't recommend the latter.

jjanega08, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of dragonWhale
2.85/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear red, the bottle pours with vigorous carbonation that quickly dissipates, leaving a beer that appears flat.

Caramelized barley in the aroma, with some spice (cardamon/cinnamon/heymon help me identify) from the yeast. The flavor is similar, the barley dominates with its flavors, but this feels too dimensional. Seen? Not a lot going on in the flavor
dept...just not picking up much nuance. Slightly sweet, not cloying, alcohol a little evident, does not play well, however, with chocolate. This I am sad to report. Decent..

From reading other reviews, perhaps I had one past its prime? I don't know, it seems unlikely that a quad would be past its prime in this day and age. Perhaps I'll try again later. Got it at a bottle shop in AK that had plenty of Belgians with a few years on them. Shoulda been prime, methinks..

dragonWhale, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

womencantsail, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a twelve ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's upper west side. A good beer, especially as I don't love quadruples. Good malty aroma and flavor with a nice, and expected, yeasty aroma and flavor. I will try it again and would recommend it to anyone who loves Quadruples.

Very dark color, smell of dark fruit.

david18, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of MAB
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Rochefort chalice. Initial head dissipates quickly leaving a ring on the edge but none in the center.
Aroma is lacking. Some caramel notes, maybe.
Color is a beautiful amber red and clarity is outstanding. Mine sat in a fridge for many months, though, so I espected no sedment.
The initial taste is surprising. Not as sweet as I would have thought, and the alcohol hits you immediately. Quite bitter with a long aftertaste, which also was unexpected.
Tough to describe otherwise. A hint of sweetness and a bit of fruit but malt and alcohol is about the rest of it.
The carbonation is there on the tongue but not visible in the glass.
This is a strong beer, for serious sipping only. While pretty darned good, it's hardly likely to become a favorite. I'd prefer a Fin Du Monde or a Maudite, actually.

MAB, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of mexikrainian
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: hazy, ruby red with 2 finger head and excellent lacing.

Aroma: malty, honey, spicy and raisin.

Flavor: rich, crisp and malty with smooth, acidic finish.

Mouthfeel: medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: sit back and savor this excellent quadrupel. it is arguably one of the top ten beers of all time!!!

mexikrainian, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of adam42381
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark amber color with a 3 finger bubbly off-white head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Great combination of malts and dried fruits. Smells sweet and delicious.

Taste: Sweet dried fruit up front then a mix of spices and a hint of alcohol in the middle followed by sweet toasted malt at the finish. Aftertaste is mildly sweet with a little bit of bitterness. This is a delicious beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability for a beer with an ABV of 10%.

Overall: Excellent trappist quad. Buy it if you see it.

adam42381, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of russellaaron69
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best Quad I've ever had...hands down. The apperance was good a dark ruby red (not like any other Quad I've ever had). Smell was very nice. Sweet malts w/ a hint of hops. The taste was very much on par w/ the smell. Sweet malts w/ just a hint of hops. I picked up a good bit of dark, sweet fruit w/ a nice hint of caramel and something else...nutmeg maybe. The hops were very mild at most. The mouthfeel was very nice as well...full and smooth. Drinkability was wonderful. I would never have been able to guess its clocking in at 10%. I hope everyone gets to try the beer at some point in their lives.

russellaaron69, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of jlmarshall
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish brown in appearance. Not nearly as dark as other Belgian Quads that I've had. There was almost no head, and what was there was dissapated within 2 minutes. The smell is a little better than the appearance. Sweet malt and hops. Mouthfeel is better than I expected. The carbonation is the first thing I noticed, but the alcohol is not overwhelming. Slightly warm. The taste was also very nice. Dark sugars, but with a nice bitterness to counter. Nice malts and yeast flavors. Better than I expected after pouring, but not an everyday beer.

jlmarshall, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of StephenRich
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It used to come to the LCBO each year for the Christmas release, and I always would buy at least ten bottles. The Koningshoeven Quadrupel, which is now known as La Trappe Quadrupel is without a question among the best beers I have ever had, and close to the best, if not the best Quadrupel that I am aware of.

It is bursting with rich malty complexity, huge distinct fruit flavors, layers of spice, chocolate, herbs and hops, and has a most satisfying and amazing mouthfeel. Unfortunately I have not seen it in Ontario since the winter of 2007, but they are still available scattered through the United States mostly bearing the La Trappe brand.

Trappist are always exciting to me, they are rich in history, brewed with only the finest ingredients, and are really the purest form of craft beer. The monks who brew the beer have no consideration for marketing, competitor research, market demand or profits. They are brewing beers to sustain themselves nutritionally during the lent season, and to provide a source of income for the Abbey's charitable causes. Their only focus then is on brewing rich and full flavored beers which are magnificently delicious and supremely nutritious.

Since 1884 monks at the Koningshoeven Abbey have been brewing Trappist beers for self sustainment and to generate revenue for the Monastery's operation. "When they live by the labor of their hands, then they are really monks." This is the sentiment by Benedict, the architect of Western monasticism; it places a very strict guideline determining who can consider themselves a true Trappist brewery. In fact, Koningshoeven is one of only seven authentic Trappists that exist today, and the only one outside of Belgium (Koningshoeven is located in Holland).

You can tell an authentic Trappist beer from an Abbey brewed beer by looking for the "Authentic Trappist" logo printed on the bottle, usually somewhere on the back label. There are many Abbey breweries in Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, and other counties brewing incredible beer; not being recognized as an authentic Trappist in no way means that their beers are inferior, it only means that they do not meet all of the specific requirement which must strictly be met to be a Trappist brewery.

Koningshoeven does fall into the Authentic Trappist category, and as I have mentioned, they brew one of my most prized beers. Their Quadrupel is 10% abv and is available in 750ml and 341ml bottles. It should be served at cellar temperature around 10 degrees Celsius (50F) and served in a shallow wide chalice similar to their own if possible.

The Quad pours smoothly with subtle carbonation but mounds of dense creamy white head build richly over the beer. An aggressive pour will yield as much as three or four inches of foam, but pour gently and you will achieve a perfectly balanced and dense one inch creamy white head with strong staying power.

The beer is shimmering golden amber and burgundy in the heart, glowing towards the outer edged with red, orange and light yellows. It is deep and wide with dark ruby, but also transparent and perfectly crisp in appearance with constant carbonation roaring from the depths of the beer.

The nose is ripe with dark ripe fruits - prunes, figs, dates, peaches, banana, and plum all show themselves upfront. Warm malt is very obvious on the nose and candy sweetness comes out in the center as well. A berry tart ring fades in with some soft notes of alcohol and almost zero bitterness. It appears exceptionally round and balanced, and very exciting.

Once you get into this beer the most obvious characteristic is its elegance and refined beauty. The mouthfeel is sublime; it glides over your palate filling your mouth evenly with each and every subtle flavor and aromatic sensation. Carbonation is delicate not brash, and helps bring flavors directly to your taste buds.

Round full malts come first to your tongue showing juicy fruits like stewed pears, soft prunes, plums, figs and dates. The malt is very layered showing banana and rum as well. Mild spice flows across your cheeks while clove and cinnamon tickle the roof of your mouth and throat. Raisins float by briefly as a wind of round bitter chocolate and tobacco appear to aid the harmony. Also showing up to the party are strawberries and mashed raspberries.

The finish is sweet, soft and silky with lingering full flavors. The Quad is so full and complex, but its distinct flavors are rounded so perfectly it really create a unique and graceful beer. This beer is a magnificent achievement and should be appreciated; without a question it has provided me with some of the greatest beer drinking experiences that I have ever enjoyed.

StephenRich, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of jthor018
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my Chimay glass from an 11.2 oz bottle. Looked like a reddish brown in color. Had the scent of figs, honey, and alcohol. Tasted like you would expect a Quad to taste. You can tell there is alcohol in it. IMO the alcohol is more noticeable in this beer than a Rochefort 10 but like the Rochefort it is so drinkable it isn't even funny. Great beer for socializing. Horrible beer for sucking down like water just to get drunk as quickly as possible. Way too good of a beer to waste like that.

jthor018, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage. Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet.

Fire brick red body, clear with an isabelline pile of soft peaks that recede to a thin lasting cap. Dense sandy lacing, pocked with viscous tears.

Cocoa, dark fruit (prunes, raisins, plums), avacado honey, with hints of citrus and brown sugar in the nose. Rich malt and sweet alcohol esters float around as well...

Melanoidins, sweet heavy malt, light caramel, toffee, raisin skins, black bread - very impressive array of flavors on the palate. Bready medium-dry finish with vague chocolate liqueur tinge.

Lush, medium-bodied, effervescent, soft mouthfeel. Alcohol is well balanced.

Definitely a top-tier quad - a must try if you enjoy the style...

augustgarage, Aug 12, 2010
La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 1,734 ratings.