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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 dqrull


3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Pours a clear and rather light colour(for a quad), creamy head that has a slightly off white colour to it.

Smells alot of prunes and dried figs, and an ever so slight hint of port and almond paste.

Quite a uniform taste, really not very exciting or complex to me. The plums/prunes are there, and the alcohol comes through far too harsh, one of the least interesting quads I've had.

Mouthfeel is a bit stingy, and lighter than expected.

05-22-2010 10:40:13 | More by dqrull
Photo of oglmcdgl


3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

9oz pour at my boy matt capones place.

A- deep red brown with some nice clarity. Very little head just a small ring and a few spots of lace.

S- all the usual suspects are here dried fruits and caramel malty sweetness. Raisins, figs and dates. Dark bread and sorgrum.

T- big time candied fruits, kinda like a fruit cake but one you are willing to eat. Bready sweetness with the dried fruit. Fall spice that gains in boldness as the brew warms. Mild yeast in the back.

M- I like a good body and this one has it in spades. Something to hold on to for sure. Mild carb and its just right for the style.

D- its 10 abv and quite sweet but the spice holds it at bay and really keeps it drinkable. Is it the best quad I've had no but its pretty solid.

05-21-2010 00:43:31 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of BobZ


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle.

Appearance: Nice light brown, almost amber, lighter than expected (certainly much lighter than other Quads/Dark ales). Decent head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Very subtle with some dark fruit, pleasant and actually pretty light.

Taste: Wow, the alcohol is up front, much more than other Trappistes beers, but behind the alcohol some nice depth of flavor and complexity, raisin & plum. Very tasty (but warm) beer.

Mouth feel: Good carbonation, smooth but alcohol warmth is ever-present.

Drinkability: Really a very good beer and certainly one I will but again. But both the St. Bernardus Abt. 12 and the Rochefort 10 have a higher ABV but do not taste as "warm". This beer manages to taste stronger than it actually is.


Update: Just had a bottle from 2008, exceptional, the aroma improves dramatically and the warmth subsides, the depth of flavor is unlocked. This is a world class Quad/SDA when aged.

05-15-2010 02:17:33 | More by BobZ
Photo of pokesbeerdude


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

11.2 oz bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins, CO. $4.50.

A: Red brown in color with a light tan head, a good three inches worth in the globe I'm drinking it from. Incredibly dense head, and great retention. Decent amount of carbonation moving through the beer. Quite nice looking.

S: Caramel malts and an earth hop bitterness, slightly musty smelling, cinnamon, bread, then a pretty pronounced green apple note and a spicy Belgian yeast profile. Underneath all of those flavors is a strong boozey note as well. Pretty much spot on here.

T: Interesting flavors, strong malty flavors appear first with caramel, dark bread, really being the key flavors. After that there is a strong sweetness that is more like sugar than anything else. A relatively low bitterness and then some aftertastes of apples and for some reason grapes as well. Booze isn't as pronounced in the flavor.

M: Medium carbonation, slightly thick body, dry, and warm alcohol. Not as carbonated as other Belgians, and I appreciate that a lot.

D: Quite strong, I don't think it would be wise to have another bottle of this or to drink a 750 of the stuff alone, but it is enjoyable and isn't hard to drink. Quads are a hit or miss style for me, and this one is definitely a hit. Nice beer. Recommended.

05-12-2010 00:56:41 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of regspeir


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

@ Capone's, 10 oz. draft into a snifter
Poured a dark, muddy amber with a one-finger head.
There's a lot going on in the nose - pepper, brown sugar, raisins, plum, cherries, apple with a bready, malt combining to create an almost fruitcake-like backbone. The taste is sweetness of the dark fruits hit first (cherries, raisin, plum), the malt and breay foundation and then a light hop background, especially in the finish that makes this complex and delicious. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth. While this was served too cold, I allowed it to sit long enough to get more of what was a very tasty, very complex sipper - good thing at 10%. I will seek this out again absolutely.

05-11-2010 19:32:43 | More by regspeir
Photo of Axic10

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from 750ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby/copper color with a nice finger-width layer of bubbly foam. Lacing through out the drink is amazing.

Smell: Candied fruit, sugar, belgian yeast, bready malt. Nice aroma.

Taste: Plum, raisin, candied apple, brown sugar, toffee, belgian yeast and a sweet malt. Very tasty and complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkabilitiy: A very good value at around $9 for the bottle which I will definitely be picking up more of. A great beer to sip after a long day of work (which I am doing now!).

05-06-2010 23:54:34 | More by Axic10
Photo of david131


4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Bottled in April 2007 (K26D7).

A- A slightly murky orange/light brown/blood red liquid with a nice crystal ball effect when held to a light. The off-white head is more of a thin splotch and a ring. A little flat looking compared to some of the other quads I have seen.

S- Pears, brown sugar, apples, alcohol, and some coffee cake. Aromatic and complex. I am surprised at how apparent the alcohol is after 3 years of aging. Very appealing.

T- Fruit, brown sugar, bread, alcohol. Tastes a little hot, but it is not overstepping its bounds. The flavors are blending well together.

M- Very creamy with the carbonation keeping it light. The alcohol warmth is just slightly unappealing.

D- This is most definitely a sipper, but what better way to enjoy a beer of this style. Stands up with some of the better quads out there.

05-05-2010 01:48:07 | More by david131
Photo of weissbierdrinker


3.95/5  rDev -5%

Pours a murky copper color with a crisp white head that fades leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

Smell is of rubbing alcohol and caramel

A complex beer that has new flavors unfolding with every sip. Right upfront there is a dry alcohol that quickly turns to a caramel toffee mixture. A little alcohol burn as it goes down, but not much just a nice hint of it.

A good beer but the aftertaste of rubbing alcohol distracts from the rest of it.

04-29-2010 10:38:02 | More by weissbierdrinker
Photo of brownbeer


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

11.2 oz bottle poured into an Augustin chalice.

Brilliant orangey-red with a thin layer of head on top and a rush of heavy traffic bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Soft banana bread, plum, grape, Belgiany yeast, and toffee in the nose. Quite delicate.

Velvety soft entry with booze soaked dark fruit notes, bread, and cherry. There is some power behind the subtlety.

Really nice. But falls just short of a Rochefort 10 or Chimay Blue. For me, not quite as refined.

04-27-2010 00:25:53 | More by brownbeer
Photo of 1759Girl


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Appearance> Gorgeous! Big vanilla head over a robust readdish brown body. Hazy with lots of liveliness.

Smell> Leads with cherries and alcohol. Honey and apples, also noted.

Taste> Complex. Starts like hard cider, builds with yeast and wheat, then finishes with alcohol and cherry hang. Great hang.

Mouf> Frothy but decent

Drinkability>yes, please... Wait.. this is 10%?! Maybe only ONE more=)

04-24-2010 22:10:59 | More by 1759Girl
Photo of metter98

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

04-13-2010 02:45:12 | More by metter98
Photo of Flashsp2

New Mexico

4.72/5  rDev +13.5%

Konigshoeven Quad 33cl bottle into Chimay glass

A moderate pour yeilds a big fluffy two finger head of very light sand
and a beautifully clear red/amber body with golden highlights and a
steady stream of carbonation. Big sheets are left after the long
lasting head dissipates.

Nose is an intricate blend of dark fruit, candi sugar, tangy berries,
and warming alcohol. Everything is presented in elegant balance.

The palette is refined and graceful, with a big complexity and a
stunning balance. Rich malts, raisins, rasberries, alcohol, tobacco
leaf, dark fruits, and white grape skins. Probably the most refreshing
of all the Trappist ales I have tried due the tangy quality that helps
level off the otherwise heavy nature of this beauty.

A medium body with a bursting carbonation that keeps it lively on the
tongue, never allowing one flavor to linger to long.

This is what I think drinkability should feel like in a beer of this
magnitude. It just drinks like a luxury item, as though you have a
Rolls Royce in your glass. I do believe I have found a new favorite, as this beer is without a noticable flaw.

04-06-2010 12:39:33 | More by Flashsp2
Photo of sk8man121


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

750 ml bottle poured into 10 oz Allagash chalice. Vintage unknown.

A: Pours a beautiful, thin garnet color; almost ruby-like when held up to the light. Head is quite large on this one; cream colored and suspended with thousands of bubbles. Beautiful pour.

S: First impression is of banana and white pepper. So clean and inviting. You don't even need to like beer to enjoy the smell of this.

T: As a disclaimer, a buddy of mine who is the purchaser at our local Whole Foods described the taste of this as "strawberry yogurt left out in the sun for a day or two - in a good way." Whatever the hell that means, I think he's onto something. Red berry is absolutely in the forefront with some yeasty notes that come through in the aftertaste. Banana is still there, trying to fool me into thinking I'm drinking a boozed-up tripel. Nice try, Netherlands.

M: Surprisingly high amount of carbonation, which I suppose should have been evident from the massive head. Swishing this one around the mouth assaults the tongue with bubbles to the point of distraction, which is my only gripe with this beer. Other than the carbonation, the mouthfeel is similar to the Rochefort 10; both silky and heavy at once.

D: I have to say that the carbonation, albeit distracting, actually helps the drinkability quite a bit. At 10%, this is a meal in a bottle, yet it doesn't necessarily feel that way. Great lunch if you don't plan to do anything for the rest of the day.


03-25-2010 16:32:10 | More by sk8man121
Photo of ksimons

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Appears deep amber with a slight haze and has a white foamy head that leaves some lace on the side
Smells very sweet, like honey and berries, yeasty,with alcohol very present
Taste is also sweet, the 10% ABV is present but not overpowering, ends with a touch of malt and bitterness. Gets better the more I taste it!
Mouthfeel has good carbonation with a sweet, dry finish

All the tastes really come together to make a great beer

03-18-2010 23:55:04 | More by ksimons
Photo of cpetrone84


4.45/5  rDev +7%

A-brownish copper color, slightly hazy but glows in the light. Huge head, tons of it, slightly off white with huge retention. The lace slowly follows down the side leaving speckles around the top

S-the nose is pretty fair in strength. It brings a great array of aromas. Spicy pepper takes the lead in the nose and really sets a foundation throughout. Underlying malt goodness adds complexity in the form of a light breadiness, sweet dark fruits (cherries, plum, and raisin), phenols, and even a light citric hop backbone

T-the taste is bigger and sweeter than the nose. The pepper really takes a back seat only prividing a hint of spice towards the back. A bready malt presence is immediately sweetened by dark fruits in the form of black cherries, dates, and a touch of ripenned plum. The pepper spice takes off the sweet edge as a light citric hop backbone shows a light presence and oh so light bittering adds just enough balance to really make a great tasting quad.

M-this is full bodied and thick, velvety smooth and slightly syrupy. It coats the mouth lightly and brings a nice crisp finish with a superbly done carbonation

D-this is one heck of a great drink. Big flavors with a beautifully done complexity and light balance. What texture to accompany the flavor, I wish I had another!

03-11-2010 03:21:16 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of snpub540


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured a nice medium caramel color with light amber around the edges. Not much of a head but it did leave some wonderful lacing on the glass the entire time.

Smell was very fruity and sweet. A hint of the 10% alcohol become apparent as well. Also some yeasty notes in there as well.

Taste was absolutely wonderful. Full of sweet dark fruits and raisins definately jumping out. Candy sugar and some spice notes round out the flavor.

It is medium bodied on the palate with having some pretty good drinkability for being such a high ABV beer. Could barely taste the alcohol but it became present the first time I got off of my bar stool. A great quad.

03-10-2010 22:34:27 | More by snpub540
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.8%

A brown amber color with red and golden hues, classic lively, crazy-ass head from active yeast that creates at least 2" high but dissipates really fast, faster than some but leaves plenty of goodies left over.

The aroma is all dank, dark fruits, very malty fruitiness with belgian candy and a subtle smokines. The yeast has a slight musty and tangy aroma but nearly as abundant as some.

The flavor has red and dark fruits and belgian candy in the malt with the most unique part of the brew being a smokey, woody flavor from the darker malt used. I'm not sure i love it in the quad but it is different. The malt flavor's don't flow as well as some and the complexity is a bit on the low end for the style. The yeast has some tangy, dry earthy effects but is not a major player. The heat is mellow but obvious and almost creates some much needed depth. The feel is also a bit on the light side with plenty of zippy life and a easy quaoff.

Overall, a good beer but i'm used to quad's and SDBA being VERY complex with a pillowy feel, this one falls just short but still a fun brew.

03-06-2010 17:17:56 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of Proteus93


4/5  rDev -3.8%

Shared with Dustin at Beer Run in Charlottesville... thanks, man!

A: Pours quite a reddish gold that I might have expected more from a dubbel. Typically, the quads I have come across have been much darker. Head falls rather quickly, but retains a nice collar very well. It leaves some decent strips of lacing behind.

S: An almost leafy note along with some dark fruit, predominantly raisin. and a very slightly musty (not QUITE the descriptor I am after) malty quality. It's a positive thing, really, and this is a very nice smelling brew. I'm guessing the unusual aroma that I can't quite place is more of a funky yeast thing, because it's not a

T: Sweet malts, fruity yet not too dark - a little raisin, and perhaps a touch of plum, but not too intense. There's a touch of 'wet wood' in there, but not really something like wet cardboard oxidation. I do suspect this bottle might have a little bit, but in some cases that can add a nice touch to a brew, and that is the case here.

M + D: Medium bodied... not quite as full as many quads, but it isn't too horribly thin. A little sparkling carbonation on the back of the throat, tip of the tongue. Alcohol keeps itself very well hidden, considering the content. A beer I'd happily revisit, though I don't know if I would place it on the same kind of pedestal as Rochefort 10, Westvleteren 12, or even Chimay or St. Bernardus Abt 12

03-04-2010 04:35:16 | More by Proteus93
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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

pours light brown red with a small head and a lot of lacing - quite light in colour compared with other quads i've had

smell is great...beautiful port wine, dark fruity goodness with some liqueur alcohol in there but its really pleasant, just opens up so much after letting it breathe for 10 minutes...wow.

taste is more dried sweetish fruits, with a nice off-bitter malt finish to it, sweet but not overly so, some honey in there as well - quite dessert wine-like...the only problem is it isn't very multi-geared, but its solid.

mouthfeel is rich and silky with a perfect amount of carbonation

very nice but lacks the depth of the other trappist quads (e.g. westvleteren 12 and rochefort 10)

03-03-2010 23:27:32 | More by benclimbs
Photo of TheSarge


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours quite well with three fingers of off-white head, that lasts a good while, the body is only mildly hazy and is amber gold in color.

In the aroma, a very doughy and banana like presence, with hints of cinnamon and vanilla.

In the taste I'm getting cherries, cinnamon, and a metallic like taste.

MF wise its not too carbonated, but is spicy and has a typical alcohol warmth.

02-25-2010 18:52:53 | More by TheSarge
Photo of ryanonline


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

pours a clear brownish color, with a thick off white head lotsa lacing.

smells of figs dates and honey.

taste is the same with an up front alcohol slam that lingers. with a bitter finish.

mouthfeel is very prickly with a dry finish.

it is very filling, and the dry finish does not help the drinkability, but its not terrible.

good but not fantastic.

02-20-2010 01:21:10 | More by ryanonline
Photo of AlFromBayShore


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

A- transluscent copper; begins with a 1 finger head that dissapates into a floating frothy film.

S - I love this smell; crisp and clean smelling notes of fig, honey, malt, minor alcohol note which I find to be complimentary to the overall aroma, raisin, something that reminds me of rum

T - booziness on the front end that warms as it goes down. I like this. I can see someone complaining about the booziness because it is ever present when you taste the notes of banana and the dried raisin and fig. There is also something going on that reminds me of that clear grape juice that Welch's sells.... no, closer to the goldish blushy grape juice sold by Kedem. The alcohol leaves that somewhat bitter alcohol-like finish. The more I sip this the more I find this to be a slight annoyance. What keeps this from being a problem are the other qualities of this ale. Solid flavor all the way through. I found the Delerium Nocturnum to have something about it that seemed watery and I found the flavor to be a shallow in its depth. This is solid all the way through. Very rich tasting! Uh oh, I'm noticing a stale sweet aftertaste. Cloying potential beyond 12 ounces? Maybe.

M - A tiny tick past medium bodied with tiny little carbonation bubbles that render a prickly and subtle abrasiveness on the tongue.

D - The booziness keeps this from being a gulper. You take a gulp then as you lift your glass to gulp some more, thenthat mild alcoholic bitter finish slows you down a bit. I find myself taking a gulp because it tastes so good but then I pause when I try to gulp again. What follows is a sip. Then I repeat the whole process all over again - gulp, pause, sip.... gulp, pause, sip.... I'm okay with this, its the best of both worlds.

I'm feelin' this ale! I'll buy this again and tell other people about it.

02-19-2010 00:52:19 | More by AlFromBayShore
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Appearance - a bit lighter than the rochefort 12 - light tan head, light lacing.

Smell - very sweet - caramel, bananna, light bready malt ? licorice, dark candy sweetness

Taste - yeast more present in this one, might have to do with the fact that I got the last pour. Definitely a level of spice, can't get banana out of my head - berry sweet fruitiness, mmm

Mouthfeel - sweetalicious - smooth not overly carbonated

Overall - Delicious beer but right after the Rochefort it's apparent that it could be slightly better balcanced and delicious but very good.

02-17-2010 07:19:06 | More by Zaplt
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.68/5  rDev +12.5%

G – St. Bernardus goblet

A – Cloudy mahogany-brown, with a one finger head and nice lacing.

S – Amazing nose! Banana, pear, peach, licorice impressions are immediately apparent as well as a sake-like alcohol twang.

T – Delicious flavor dominated by impressions of dark fruit, cherries, prunes, raisins, as well as a dry finish punctuated by tropical fruit notes, banana and mango. Great spicy alcohol kick, too. As it warms, a vinous quality develops, almost Cognac-like. Trappist beer is pretty amazing, on the whole; this beer has all of the great elements of a Trappist Quad, and is very readily accessible both in terms of palatability, as well as distribution-wise. I have avoided it until now, I guess, because it isn’t from Belgium. That was obviously foolish on my part. Some of the greatest things in life can be found in Holland, obviously.

M – Moderately carbonated, with a feel that is initially quenching, then finishes long and dry.

D – Awesome. I love it.

02-16-2010 05:41:06 | More by ktrillionaire
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

12oz bottle from Point Brugge Cafe, poured into a Chimay chalice...2nd beer of the day, paired with a small (and absolutely sublime) belgian waffle and fresh fruit

A - rich but clear copper body, holds about half an inc of loose and bubbly slightly off-white foam. leaves behind an intricate webbing of lace after every sip. color is a bit lighter than what i'm used to.

S - sweet slightly roasted malts kick in first before a big wave of belgian yeast, gracefully following are a load of dark fruits...earthy apples, fig, raisin, grapes, orange zest...good kick of booze near the end.

T - following the nose with a sweet jump out of the gate, fruits mostly take over from there, following the nose with apples and banana. brown sugar and caramel carry the finish, which is a bit heavy on the booze.

M - carbonation is tight but not overpowering, allows the flavors to develop in turn. body is medium and slightly creamy. quite the dry finish.

D - very solid Quad...held back only by a hefty amount of alcohol in the nose and taste. next chance i get, i'm buying a couple bottles to sit on for at last a year, as i think this may develop into something superb.

02-14-2010 23:25:17 | More by Stigs
La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 1,712 ratings.