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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rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of czfreeman
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 ounce bottle.Picked up this bottle this past weekend during my first visit to Holland, and to celebrate landing my dream job there. Looks I'll be visiting the monastery!
Carefully poured into my Delirium goblet, a beautiful orange-brown brew emerges, light tan highlight. A pictureseque head. 1 inch thick, light tan, milkshake thick sticks around for a while, leaving fantastic lacing. Are quads normally this perfect looking?
Cold- a nose of cherry, alcohol, sweet cherrywood, caramel, blackeberry, currant, and rum.After several minutes of warming, hot phenols, spiced fruit, leather, congac, bitter chocolate, plum, but coming from SC, blackberries, spicy summer blackberries. A spicy hint of clove, nutmeg, and that nice alcohol heat finsh the smell. Fan-tas-tic.
Flavor, after the standard set by the aroma, immediatley hit the upper echelons of my Quad Experiences.Spicy congac soaked blackberries, cherry, raspberry, blackberry, caramel, rum, raisin, oak, smoke, leather, chocolate, underripe strawberry--thats the first three sips. Svereal minutes later, black currants emerge in a strong note, finishing with more blackberyy, blueberry,congac. Is some kind of delicious alcohol infused fruit juice, or an immacuatley made complex brew?
Mouthfeel is slightly heavy, slightly sweet, sometimes light, spicy and dry. The body is balanced by a grest carbonation level and alcohol level that adds the perfect notes of spice when and where needed.
Drinkablity is a sipping level, not because of the perfectly balanced ABV or only having one bottle, but it is so good, so well constructed, so much like every expensive glass of red wine complexity I want to find, I don't want the bottle to empty.
Fantastic beer, how can it be anything but on the same level?

Photo of uno99
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As a big fan of Belgian quads and doubles, I jumped at the chance to get this at the LCBO. At $7.25 a 750ml bottle it's very well priced. According to the LCBO website, it's now discontinued... what a shame.

Cork Marked 26/10 I assume that's 26th day in 2010, but far too lazy to research. Served at 55 Degrees into a Chimay goblet.

A: Looks like a quad for sure. sheet lacing, wispy head with tiny bubbles, and a sort of murky red/brown liquid. The sort of color Bob Ross would use to paint his "happy little tree" trunks.

S: A weaker nose than I expected of this quad. Certainly some toasted malt and dried fruits, but a little muted. Some spice and brown sugar resonates with the limbic region of my brain and tells me, yes this is a quad.

T: This is a drink; not a perfume however, and happily things get a little more interesting in the taste department. Quite bold upfront, with very beady malts. Sort of a rye breadyness. Quite balanced tart fruity mid finish. Very pronounced finish with a very overt Cherry and raspberry wallop. Malt bomb alert!

M: Smooth as velvet. Sweet, and somewhat sticky, but not off putting.

D: Not much alcohol presence. Smooth, and not overly complex. Pretty darn drinkable, however getting through a full 750ml bottle alone is not easy. Probably one to keep in the cellar for a few years and share with a good friend.

It's hard not to compare this with Chimay Blue - Similar price, accessibility, ABV and style. I think this is more malt forward than Chimay, almost like a dopplebock. If your into that sort of thing, this should be your choice.

Photo of 77ships
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful, atypical dark red with lasting head.

S: Malt, cherries and distinct alcohol.

T: Complex with yeast, raisins, sugar, plums, touch of bananas and moderate (especially considering its strength) alcohol.

M: Lighter body than a expected but definitely very good and nice to drink. Some minor carbonation, alcohol stays in the background, some minor spices.

D: Somewhat lighter and fruiter than the other trappists that I have tried so far. Surprisingly drinkable and smooth for a quad.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The brew pours a glowing red orange color. It blasts up a beige head of two and a half fingers on a relatively mild pour. As the bubbles disappear, at a medium speed, you can hear each of them go with a distinct pop. Nice patterned lacing appears throughout the glass. The carbonation is furiously active, imparting a serious haze like a deep sea vent. This makes sediment more difficult to assess, but it seems as if a bit of yeast might have made its way into the bottle. The aroma is bright, with esters as sweet as banana runts. Ripe fruits work their way in, amplifying the estery dominance. Malts also play a heavy hand, adding a coolness to the nose, while the alcohol is so apparent that it tickles the back of your throat. As we taste, we find clean malts and a bitter fruitiness up front, as if from figs and apples. Sweetness peaks through the middle, with the taste of generous residual sugars. Here, too, there is a continuation of deep malts, with icy vanilla that was not overtly present in the aroma. The generous alcohol content rears its head in the finish, but is otherwise masked expertly. Even here there is a ripe red cherry flavoring clinging, dampening it further. As is common with higher abv brews, black pepper breaths through the aftertaste, along with that sugary sweetness visible in every layer. This brew presents a full, thick body that is syrupy right from the start. Both the alcohol and the medium to heavy carbonation assist in prickling the tongue throughout the tasting. The mouth is otherwise neither dry nor greatly satiated. The abv is appropriate for the style, and while the drinker is left warmed, the brew goes down almost too easily.

Overall, the best thing about this brew was its rich, aromatic scent. As soon as the beer was poured, and helped along by the carbonation no doubt, the immediate area was filled with ripe, tantalizing esters. While this made the beer so inviting, and seemingly irresistible, the taste let down a bit. It was flavorful, but lacked complexity. The primary notes were sweet and boozy, leaving the drinker wanting more from such an ambitious, powerful style.

Photo of calebroberts811
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm making my way through the various official Trappist beers so I'm aware of their general theme but this one through me a bit.

A - Golden, red, amber color; reminded me a bit of a blood orange.

N - Prunes, cherries, and a LOT of booze.

T - Pretty much the same as the nose and for that, I was a bit disappointed. Also, I may be a wuss, but the alcohol-laden resin-y aftertaste was rather off-putting and since I enjoy a good barleywine, I think it was this beer in particular.

Photo of mrnobody
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a reddish brown with two fingers of beige head. Good retention.

S: Smells of malt, plum, cherry, a bit of alcohol. Very nice.

T: Tastes quite sweet, loads of fruit. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: The mouthfeel is rich and full with an appropriate level of carbonation.

D: It's a little sweet but overall the drinkability is pretty good.

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

Got this as part of a La Trappe 4 pack with the glass.

The appearance is an appealing dark golden color, and the smell is slightly sweet with caramel overtones. The flavor is solid but lacking most of the yeasty complexity typical of Belgian Trappist ales. There's a thick mildly sweet flavor upfront, but it fades quickly into a dry finish and an alcohol aftertaste. This is fairly drinkable (nothing off-putting), but the heavy body, sweetness and high alcohol content would limit how many of these one could drink.

I might call this a "poor man's trappist," as it's pretty good but not nearly as interesting as Saint Bernardus or even Weyerbacher's Quad. This costs about as much as those, though, so if you might want to skip this if you can find other Quads.

Photo of Glory
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer with private import thanks to

My bottles of La Trappe Quadrupel are from 2009 so the beer is not that fresh out of the oven, the taste and the smell is different than when I just received then about a year ago, just so you know..this beer ages pretty well.

Poured in a Rochefort Chalice I brought back from Belgium.
This beer has a wonderfull appearance, a clear deep red color
with a fluffy white head witch disappears with time
I have a little bit of sediments at the bottom of the glasse

The smell is pretty sweet, think of sugar coated hazelnuts with a nice touch of malt and's 10% ABV
I also detect hints of yeast, sort of brioche bread

Taste is more or less like the nose you really taste that Malt sweetness kinda brown sugar and again the nuts from befor are still there. A bit of Hop oils as well. Something reminds me of vanilla flavored cigars...maybe from the aging?
This beer is medium bodied there's a little watery feeling and finishes with an alcohol taste witch is bit disappointing but still its a very nice beer

Still have 5 bottles in the cellar I'll give then a few years just for fun an see what comes from it.

Cheers lads


Photo of Mit
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a-pours a cloudy amber colour with a full long lasting head.

s-malty smell reminiscent of molasses, dark fruits(as has been mentioned). Some doughy smells and alcohol smell.

t-sweet complex taste with the dark fruits and alcohol smell rolling into a very nice mouthfull. Surprisingly the alcohol lingers in the background and doesn't overwhelm.

m-Thick, but that would be expected for a 10% beer.

d-This is a big beer but I could have a couple bottles of these for sure. Very nice.

Photo of anakar
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Sadly, I drank this one straight from the bottle so I can't really account on appearance. Sorry.

This beer is a nice beer, very strong (like a quad should be), reminds a bit of whiskey or bourbon with that sting at the end. Tastes good, not very rich but but fruity and tasty.

The alcohol is 10%, so watch out for this one, very good for getting drunk of beer.

Drink with care.

Photo of MrDanno96
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown color with about a finger of off-white head. Some foamy lace on the sides of the class.

S: Lots of sweet dark fruit, including plums and grapes. Mixed in are hints of yeast and some boozy spiciness.

T: Some earthy malts up front transition into some mute dark fruit flavor and some peppery spice in the finish. Just a hint of bitterness lingers.

M: A nice full body with a spicy bite in the finish. You can tell the alcohol is there, but it doesn't interfere with the flavor.

D: A solid quad all around and something I will probably revisit.

Photo of kels
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hadn't really heard anything about this beer before seeing it on tap at the Comet. A nice drinkable beer but loses some points for being a litle off style or at least off my expectations of the style.

Pours moderate brown with ruby highlights and complete clarity. There's no head to speak of and the only visible lace consists of a few light spots here and there.

Aroma of faint, bready malt and some syrupy dark fruit. Get a little hit of the alcohol too especially as the beer warms.

Beer is thin feeling but flavorful. There's bold an sweet maltiness along with the chewy sweetness of raisins and apricots. Other than that it falls a little short. Alcohol is hardly present which really contributes to higher drinkability. Clean finish with only hints of aftertaste.

Photo of pwoods
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Comet, served in a trois pistoles chalice.

A: Pours a bright ruby in the light. Decent head on the pour with decent retention. Some lacing.

S: Lots of mild fruitiness. Light caramel aroma. Some light yeast esters.

T/M: Flavor is stronger in all areas, especially the mild to dark fruit flavors. Yeast adds a bit of spice and phenols. A fair bit of sweetness, over balancing a bit over the dryness. Body is medium to medium full with just a touch below average carbonation.

D: Drinks very easy without a hint ofthe alcohol. Still a big beer

Photo of wvsabbath
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/brown. Monster 2 inch creamy head. Lots of lacing

Smell - Dark fruits, some yeast and spices. Alcohol and malts. No real smelly for a quad.

Taste - Very spicy, strong, and malty. This quad has what you expect for this style. Has plenty of burn with the grapefruit kick. Yeast is balanced with plenty of spices to make it enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Plenty of flavor, and plenty of burn. Tounge takes quite the ride and palette is numbed from the booze. Sweet and strong, better have some water and cheese handly after this.

Drinkabilty - Very tasty and strong. One of the best quads, not thee best but worthy of talking about. Its 10% so 1 and done for sure. Would drink again for sure.

Photo of tbeckett
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy dark brown with red notes. No chunks but yeast streaks much like I see in a Duvel. Medium to significant carbonation. Originally a 2 finger, creamy tan head but it's faded to a thick cap that will probably stick around.

S - Rich dark fruit aromas. Mild booze. Yeastiness and something like fresh rye bread. Pitted fruits like nice plums. Smells delicious.

T - Lot's of that fruit again. Lot's more yeast as well. Less fruit is there than the aroma. Booziness in the finish followed by dryness.

M - Coats the mouth so fast. Generous carbonation initially to lift it off the tongue but allows it to mellow out in the finish making it very smooth.

D - Dangerously drinkable at 10%. Not the greatest Quad I've had but I could definately have a few of these in a night.

Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Rock Bottom pint glass. I had a hell of a time with the cork.

A: Pours a beautiful creamy thick head of amazing retention. Hazy gold, inviting colour. Very appealing.

Sm: Musty blend of esters, spice, malt, and yeast. Yeast scents are my favourite in trappist ales. This is no exception.

T: Cream-laced open to body of unusual build but nice balance, with a yeasty, hoppy finish. Hides its abv extraordinarily (dangerously!) well. It's a bold beer, even for a trappist quadrapul. Compared to other quads I've had, it seems a bit off (is there a "standard" quadrupel taste?).

Mf: Near perfect, except for a bit of must. It's difficult to brew with traditional methods and yeast and still avoid the musty effect, but other trappist ales manage to do it better than this one.

Dr: At 10% abv, it'll knock your socks off, but at 12 USD a bottle (in Denver, CO), it'll do a number on your wallet as well.

Photo of JaredWolgemuth
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amongst the group this received on average a solid B rating. Very pleasant look and fel on the initial, and then follow up also very good. I would recommend working on bottle appearencenif they hope to attract the curious as it leaves much to be desired. Don't be put off though, this one is worth the try,

Photo of Rayek
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a La Trappe chalice.

A: Hazy ruby tinged copper with light carbonation. A small rose tinted cap is short lived as it falls to a patchwork film. Leaves no lace.

S: Very red wine like. Vinous aromas dominate. Red grape, plum, cherry and currant aromas provide a nice dark fruit sweetness. A mild pepper spice adds balance. Alcohol aids balance and brings a tingle to the nostrils.

T: The dark fruits from the nose do all the work out front. They provide the beer with a distinct fruitiness. Bitterness is very light and brings a peppery spice to the table. Even with the 10% ABV, the alcohol is extremely well masked. It only comes through in the end in the form of a nice system permeating warmth.

M: The syrupy body is quite light for this much alcohol. The carbonation is appropriately tingly.

D: This is exactly what I expect from a Quadrupel. It drinks lighter than its ABV and is an excellent accompaniment to a cold Winter Solstice.

Photo of heebes
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle
Winter Warmer from the LCBO.

Pours a hazy dark amber with a rocky light tan head. The nose is dominantly apple, spices, bready malt. Taste is sweet, medicinal, caramel, light fruits. Bold flavour on the sip and mellow into a quick finish. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy, sweet and sticky on the palate. Large format bottle will be plenty, not so sure I'll repurchase but was interesting to try.

Photo of paxkey
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL Extra strong beer
Ingredients: water, barley malt, hops and yeast. (as on bottle)

I now have 3 Trappist beers on shelf plucked from LCBO. This being the only Netherlands brew. Orval and Chimay as well.

A large caligraphied letter Q for Quadrupel on centre of label. caged and corked. #26 printed on side of cork.

Moderately challenging cork and a clean pour into a chalice. beautiful dark amber, a quick head and tiny carbonation. smells of apple, baked apple from the pour.

This smells rich. spicy and complex. yeast competes with soothing lavender vanilla and honey. It smells too good to drink(wtf?)
gingerbread mollasses.

the mouthfeel is unbelievable. finishes with bubbly carbonation but sipping and swallowing before the finish are pure silk.

the carbonation is quite prominent. really affects the taste in an interesting way. very much a champagne beer.

leaves an almost mediciny coating on the tongue like cough syrrup, almost tongue numbing. very interesting.

this beer does a very fancy job at mingling a high abv with flavor taste and experience.

Photo of josefnewsong
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What an amazing Quad...deep ruby color, slightly tart and very refreshing. I swear I tasted pomegranate in the finish. I'm reviewing a while after the fact but had to put something up to show my support. I'm a big fan, and this will be finding its way to my cellar.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle picked up as part of the LCBO's winter release. Or it might have been some random bottles leftover from an order. In either case, I snagged a tall bottle or two - one for now, one for the cellar.

Poured into a Chimay chalice to demonstrate trappist solidarity. Opaque cherry amber, with lightly ascending carbonation. Foamy, patchy head, about a quarter of an inch that survives nices. Patches of sticky lacing, with sheets coating the sides after every sip. Looks great.

Nose is boozy, with notes of grape, caramel, clove, banana and spice.

Rich and hearty, with a sturdy malted base. Notes of banana, clove, currant, caramel and toffee. Alcohol to the finish is certainly present, but not as much as I would have expected for a 10% brew.

Booze provides a pleasant warming burn. Finishes slightly dry, leaving a slightly chalky feeling. Medium-bodied, slightly higher carbonation to cut the ABV.

A highly enjoyable trappist ale, certainly very alcohol-rich, but with a solid flavor profile that makes for fun drinking. I still think I prefer La Trappe dubbel, but this Quad is lovely as well.

Photo of tewaris
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a 25 oz snifter. With this beer, I have reviewed at least one beer from all Trappist breweries!

Appearance 4.5/5
Clear, ruby-garnet hued with a great depth of color, this ale poured with a huge murky light brown head, with good retention and lacing, if not the best.

Aroma 3.5/5
Estery and malty, with a complex nose: notes of toast, caramel and dark fruit, along with a banana-phenol character; sadly, all of it is overpowered by alcohol, that is soft but strong, and very very distracting.

Taste 4/5
Spice (mostly clove), banana, caramel and alcohol dominate the taste, blending into a nice dark fruit character with a slightly bitter and slightly tannic, medium finish. Typical, but good. The taste differs from other Quads in its strong banana notes, and (at times) overpowering booziness.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Medium bodied, with low carbonation aiding the beer.

Drinkability 4.5/5
Too much alcohol interference, but enjoyable otherwise.

Photo of WeedKing4
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with the first glass pours a slightly clear dark brown, and the second glass a hazy brown colour. Decent amount of foam as well. Tastes of brown sugared dark fruits with a nice smooth finish. How is this 10%? Seriously. I wanted another glass when the 750ml was gone. Only have one bottle left and I want to save it. But I might have to try and grab more before they sell out in town. Very damn nice quad.

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

Pours a deep brown colour with ruby hints coming through in the light with a thick head that settled to a 1/4" that sat on top of the glass. Fantastic lace left on the glass. Smells of yeast, dark fruit with a noticeable sweetness in the nose. Sweet yeast comes first on the palate followed by dark fruit and a taste similar to licorice. Almost no alcohol to be tasted here, and as it warmed it got so complex and delicious. The mouthfeel is initially syrupy but still smooth. This drinks like a dream, you would never guess this is 10% ABV, could be dangerous but I like it. Fantastic brew that I waited far to long to try, good thing I have three 750ml bottles tucked away.

La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 1,866 ratings.