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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: 1,913
Reviews: 868
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 98
Gots: 258 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

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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3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a clear, dark copper color with red hints. It has a thick foamy head with great retention. It isn't as dark as I would like a quad, personally.

It smells sweet initially and requires several attempts to get past that. Once you do, you can smell hints of raisins, and perhaps even some other unidentified fruits.

The taste is also sweet the first few sips, and even now I can still only taste the sweetness. But, as you have more, you can enjoy the fruits (raisins, mainly), and a certain nuttiness. The alcohol isn't as strong as I expected, given that it has a 10% abv.

Overall, it is well carbed and the mouthfeel fits the style properly. There are several quads out there, and while this one is smooth and tasty, there are others that are better balanced with the sweetness.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of dgilks
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat clear golden-mahogany colour with a small, tight, but shortlasted, light tan head.

Spicy aroma with a note of nuttiness, melanoidin, dark fruit and some nutmeg. Overall, interesting but nothing special.

Sweet malt with some bright fruit with notes almost reminiscent of Cola. A touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Quite enjoyable but not a classic Quad.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A nice enough Quad. The problem here is really that it is a "mainstreamed" quad lacking in the deep, rounded, rich and beautiful character of the Rocheforts and Westvleterens of this world.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Greywulfken
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: browned ruby-orange ale with beige head. Reminded me of the Double Bastard I had yesterday, but browner.

S: sugar, spices, and ripe fruits; thick with malt

T: sweet, rich; ripe fruits, some light caramel notes

M: stinging more than I expected, but I am drinking a fresh bottle (i.e., it is a new batch that hasn't aged in the bottle), still working toward a warmer temperature. Light syrup with some astringency.

O: a good drink, but my only (?) other quad was De Struisse's Pannepot, which is devine, and this didn't appeal to me as much. Definitely worth checking out if you're into tripels, quads, and/or Trappist/Belgian medium-dark ales.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a chalice.

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

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

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

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

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

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

In the nose I am getting a sweet malty smell.

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

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

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Mar02x
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 1,913 ratings.