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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: 1,910
Reviews: 868
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 98
Gots: 257 | FT: 4
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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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Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-07-2002

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Photo of Jules11788
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy yet vibrant copper-red; finger-width head, medium lacing, medium retention

S: Tropical fruits and tart Belgian up front, with some sweet malt notes floating around in the background

T: Starts with a slightly tart, dry Belgian yeast flavor; opens up quickly to reveal notes of sweet malt, yeast, and banana; finishes smooth with a hint of tropical fruit and more sweet malt

M: Medium-thick viscosity, lightly carbonated; smooth, slightly dry, very buttery

O: This is a great Belgian Quad, one that I would definitely come back and drink again

Photo of MsRif
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice, rich dark brown color with a creamy head that, while not much, stayed. Lacing was very good. Sweet, yeasty aroma that one would expect from a quad. Some dark fruits and I think I tasted some banana flavor. Sweetness was well balanced with the complexity of flavors in this brew. Yeasty/bready notes also come out in the taste.

Mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation. Drinkable, but it's best to take it slow with this one. 10% is no joke and you can get a bit of alcohol taste from this, especially as it warms, making it a little less drinkable. Overall, I enjoyed this brew.

Photo of ConchobarNessa
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Spot on for the style, cloudy, a dark beige/brown color. No Bubbling, good lacing and a nice head on pour. I graded it as good because it has a nice look for a Quad.

Smell- I love the smell of Quads, you may wonder why I only gave it a 3.0.. Its simple, all the elements of a Quad smell are there, burnt fruit and sugars. Nice smelling sugary malt. Its an awesome smell, however, this beer doesn't add anything to the smell. Its the standard Quad smell, great but habitual!

Taste- Lovely light burn from the alcohol and phenols at the end. Middle is all about the fruit and sugars. It taste a little like a mince pie (for those familiar with British cooking...), sugary, spicy, fat and altogether enjoyable.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel for this beer has to be taken into context of its style. That is the only way to give it a fair shake. Alot of bubbles on the tongue for a Quad. Doesn't feel as heavy as most quads, which is a plus in my book.

Overall- Like this beer alot, it is a very interesting representative of the style and it is a little different with its origins in the Netherlands rather than Belgium. You can really taste the difference and I loved that. It was very interesting.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark caramel brown color. Great, 1.5-finger creamy off-white head. Decent retention, with good lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt aroma with spices, and plenty of apples and some raisins.

Taste: Lots of mulled apple cider flavor, with raisin. Leaves a sugary residue on the lips and tongue.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium-bodied and creamy, with moderate (but rather too strong) carbonation.

Drinkability: Good ABV for this style. Way too sweet.

Quite a bit of a disappointment for me, as I really enjoy this style. This one, however, is just too sweet, the flavors aren't dark enough, and a bit monolithic in flavor.

Photo of dsprainman
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hot damn this is good beer!
After hearing from a few Flemish guys that la Trappe was considered sub par to the other Trappists, I finally gave it a shot.
A- Looks like a lightly brewed coffee with a dark cherry hue. Beige head.
S- Smells like prunes mixed with a little spicy apple cider. A little alcohol smell too.
T- Taste is like a plummy port. Sweet and tart at the same time.
O- This has to be up there with some of the best quads. I really think I'll have to try some more offerings from Koningshoeven!

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 fl oz bottle into a rounded Old Fashioned. Authentic Trappist Product.

Appearance: Pours a solid dark brownish purple body with a slick off white head. A lot of carbonation.

Smell: Wow, pungent sweet grapes and raisins! Smells like a dessert wine without a noticeable alcohol aroma. Sweet malt, sugar, yeast?

Taste: Has almost a new wine type of flavor I remember drinking in SW Germany. Grapes and, I believe, Belgian candi sugar. Very sweet, delicious, dessert-like!

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a decent amount of carbonation. Finishes like champagne. Very bubbly.

Overall: A great tasting quadrupel. I look forward to trying more!

Photo of BeerT3ch
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

OMG! This has got to make the top of the list! I've tried La Trappe's Tripel and Dubbel and Chimay Grand Reserve (Blue) has always been my favorite, until last night, when I tried this "Quadrupel" Smooth, Rich, Bold and perfectly balanced. Trappist Ale at it's best.

Photo of mooseo
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Cloudy copper with a 1" creamy tan head, which dissipated rather quickly.

S - Dark fruit, yeast, and a slight malty sweetness. Nice.

T - Bold, sweet dark fruit flavors up front, followed by yeast and spices. The alcohol is clearly evident, but not at all overwhelming. There is a lingering banana and malt aftertaste. Very delicious.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Silky and smooth. Warming alcohol.

D - Excellent example of the style, everything is great about this brew. Despite the high alcohol content, it has good drinkability and leaves you wanting more after every sip. Overall it's an exceptional beer.

Photo of Uhlikm
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an Orval chalice.

Appearance - Pours a hazy, copper-colored with a faint off-white head.

Smell - Very clean, estery aroma that is slightly fruity with the faintest hint of alcohol.

Taste - Malty, sweet, alcohol notes with a slight sour tanginess on the back-end. Very nice complexity of flavors here with a pleasant aftertaste that lingers for minutes afterwards.

Mouthfeel - An extremely effervescent brew that spreads the flavor across the tongue as the bubbles dissipate. Bubbles yield to a nice, smooth body.

Overall - A very enjoyable Belgian ale. Has great front flavors marked by the tremendous carbonation, a middle where the smoothness and complexity really come out, and a tart aftertaste. Results in a comfortable alcohol-warming sensation from mouth to stomach.

Photo of zachary80
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into an oversized wine glass. Cork popped out with much force but carbonation seems normal. Bottle label is different than on beeradvocate (no picture, Q logo)

Pours with a nice white head to start, fades before drinking but leaves some. Ring of white bubble across the top. Body is opaque brown with hints of orange. Leave very nice lacing for the style.

Aroma is very sweet, some yeast character. There is a little armoa that reminds me of candi syrup.

Taste is sweet up front, very flavorful. Finish seemed short at first but lingers quite a while, it is just more subtle than expected. Alcohol bite at the end.

Mouthfeel is creamy with mild-moderate carbonation. You can feel the alcohol a bit in the throat.

Overall this is a great beer, and a contender with the top quads

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pour is beautiful hazy hazel-nut-brown with a really tall and really thick, creamy tan head. Dissipation is very slow and leaves nice lacings.

S: Yeasty and spicy. Lots of dark dried fruits. Rich roasted sweet dark malt. Bready.

T: Syrupy sweet malt, dark and slithly roasted. Dark dried fruits galore; plums, cherries, fig, dates and so on. Faint vanilla notes.

M: Full body, low on carbonation and a warming alcoholic feel to it. Aftertaste is long and sweet.

O: This is a nice Quad, very sweet - just as it should be.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper color w/ a nice three finger cocoa head. Massive lacing is evident on my snifter. Good carbonation as well. A little lighter in appearance in I would think for a Quad, but still a nice looking brew. The nose has blackberry, yeast, alcohol, caramel malt, slight hops, and other berries to it. A little on the weak side, but very nicely put together. It definitely improves w/ warming though, so I've knocked it up a notch. Taste is very similar to the nose profile, and you definitely get a nice alcohol burn on this one- almost too much so. Carbonated/alcohol burn/malty feel on this beer. I imagine this would age extremely well and really smooth out. It's a little too hot right now. Overall, this is a solid Quad Trappist Ale, and definitely worth getting if you enjoy the style... Cheers.

Photo of birderbeerer
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much lighter than I expected for a quad. Ruby, brown, cloudy and dense, with a frothy head.

Lighter aroma too but just as full and complex as most quads. Figs, white raisins, toffee, caramel, big yeast, and malt sweetness.

Taste is wonderfully sweet and complex. More of lighter fruits, like figs, than other quads. Very rich, deep flavor. I can't help savor it as I drink it. Each sip is a little different than the last. Very creamy and also quite refreshing. Like other great quads, this one continues to be delicious as it warms.

Photo of korguy123
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Review from notes

A- Murky brown with ruby highlights. Two finger egg shell head. Carbonation slowly rising up the sides of the glass. Lacing is good.

S- Dark fruits and yeast. Brown sugar with slight vanilla notes. Alcohol is present but slight.

T- Alcohol right up front. Sweet dark fruits, Belgian yeast and cloves. Almost too sweet.

M- Medium bodied, syrupy sweet and medium alcohol warmth.

O- Solid Quad but was unfortunately able to finish it due to the excessive sweetness and alcohol burn.

Photo of acperez88
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the waiter at Lazyboy's in White Plains brought it to me instead of the Triple that i asked for, best mistake of the evening. a dark pour that erupts with aromas of dark candies and a hint of plum. sweet taste that masks the high gravity of the beer. hops are not forward at all, mostly malt dominated but not detracting. one i plan to brew a clone of. drinks wonderfully, complexity increases as you let it warm up.

Photo of mikeg67
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beermarket in Toronto. Pours dark amber with a lasting white head. Aroma is of caramel, dark fruit and brown sugar. Full, crisp body. Caramel, ripe fruit, alcohol, brown sugar create an amazing complexity on the palate. Long, balanced finish. An outstanding brew.

Photo of psuKinger
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a murky light brown (maybe a tinge of Red/Burgandy) with a thin white head that dissipated quickly.

S: Big notes of dates, plums, and candied sugars. A hint of bisquit-yeastiness, too. I always loved the way this beer smelled.

T: Huge sweet notes of dates, prunes, and other candied sugars. The taste is lining up quite nicely with the nose, as there are notes of bisquits and breads underneath the sweetness. The hops are in the background, but working to keep the sweetness of this beer in check and and provide a good dry finish. This beer comes together nicely.

M: Light and lively with great carbonation, this beer finishes good and dry and leaves a sticky sweetness behind. In typical Trappist fashion, it creams up nicely and falls apart in the mouth if you allow it (although not to the same degree as Rochefort 10).

D/O: 10% ABV is completely hidden here (until it begins to work it's devilish magic, as this beer will "warm you up"). Wonderfully drinkable, and a great overall experience. One of, if not my fav, Trappist ale.

Photo of jneiswender
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Final trappist beer for me to try. Had on tap at the Belgian Beer Festival in Boston. Served in a two ounce tasting glass.

A.reddish amber body and an off white head

S.sweet bread

T.raisin....light floral hop...alcohol

M. Light?

D.ok...but very light...I expected something more assertive.

Photo of Beejay
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very deep brown color, very hazy. The color is a nice deep chestnut color with lots on fluffy slightly tan head.

S: Sweet with burnt caramel, brown sugar, raisons, and caramelized nuts. There are touches of molasses and oak. A slightly syrupy vanilla scent rounds out the finish.

T: Darker roasted grains start out the flavor, there is a slight woody taste with notes of raisons and caramel. The burnt sugar follows through from the smell, but the rich syrupy smell seems to be mostly gone, and replaced with a booze flavor.

M: Fairly light considering, the carbonation is very high, not surprising considering the style. Very dry mouth feel.

O: Overall very nice, but I wish some of the darker flavors, and complexity from the smell carried over to the taste a bit more. Still, a very nice beer.

Photo of Vixie
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an absolutely beautiful rub red color. Has a huge tan head, and a ot of bubble coming up in my Duvel glass. Besides being thick, this is about the noisiest head I have come across. One on the best looking beers i have ever seen.

The smell is very fruity, raisin, prune, plum, possibly some fig. Reminds me a bit of the smell of a bowl of dried fruit, with maybe a hint of spice thrown in.

The taste is very similar to the smell, raisin, plum, and all backed by a peppery spice. There is a lot of alcohol warming at the finish, the biggest hint you have of the high abv.

Not a bad feel, seems nice and solid.

This is very typical of why I like this style so much. Has a nice blending of flavors, has that typical Belgian candy sugar taste I have grown to like, and low bitterness. This would be an excellent beer to have on a cold winter night, the alcohol would keep you warm, and the taste would keep you wanting more.

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

Not sure how to read the dating code on this bottle, but it is from the latter part of 2010.

Beer is dark amber/brown. Tonnes of head (off-white)- a mountain sits on top of this beer. Good retention. Some lacing.

Smell is full of sweet malt and dark fruit. Bread, plum, raisin, sugar, candy and some alcohol. Clearly a sweet beer.

Taste is actually a little surprising after the nose. Certainly similar, but the alcohol is more prominent in the taste, and it is thinner than I would have guessed from the smell. All of the flavours contained in the nose are present, but the alcohol heat is brought up. The booze with the plum and raisin make this reminiscent of port. VERY sweet- actually tastes rather like grape juice.

Lighter bodied than expected from a quad (though still fairly robust), and the sweetness dries the mouth out. Cloying. Moderate carbonation.

Good beer, but not among the best of the style. Certainly very happy to drink a bottle of it, but it would be nice if the sweetness could be toned down.

Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet, sharp, and underlaid with dark bitterness. Dark amber in the New Belgium tulip with nice lacing. Fairly coarse carbonation in the mouth, but lots of it. Alcohol is a hot hammer on the throat. More of a liqueur than a beer, but reasonably amount of hops. Hugely fruity with raisins, toasted fruit cake, and dried figs. Nice nose of roasted barley. Sweetness seems overpowering at first, but the vast range of the Belgian complexity gives it a lot of interest. I thought it was quite sippable at refrigerator temp, though it changes as it warms slightly and the darker, burnt flavors emerge more.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4oz bomber poured into a Trois Pistoles goblet.

Appearance - Very cloudy dark mahogany body. Barely offwhite head with decent to low retention.

Smell - Spicy .Banana. Mild. May change as it warms.

Taste - Gets sweeter as it warms. Strongly alcoholic. Almost seems like a clone of the Rochefort 10.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and creamy. Alcohol cuts through the body to balance the feel.

Overall Drinkability - Great beer. Nearly identical in many ways to the Rochefort 10, but for some reason hasn't impressed me as much. I really like this beer, but rating it in style, now that I've had a few quads, this is going to be rated a bit below the user average.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 1,910 ratings.