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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: 1,783
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 86
Gots: 203 | FT: 4
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Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

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

Regular small 330ml bottle (not the one in ceramic, like the picture) poured in a Chimay chalice.

I was missing to review this one. La Trappe is my "less favorite" Trappist, nevertheless, it's not bad at all, of course. Moreover, this one, is a Quad.

A: Beautiful amber-little-cloudy color. Really. However, filtered, I guess. Which, somehow, disappoints a bit. Good carbonation, as expected. It creates a big lacing and foamy head

S: Nice fruity smell: Dark fruits (prunes are evident). Fresh malts

T: Complex taste: Sweet candy (or toffee) is the first to be noted. Followed by dark Fruits. Bitterness and alcohol in the end

D: Reasonable. Balanced sweet-bitterness. However, the high ABV can be noticed here. Recommended anyway. This is a classic Trappist, after all

eduardolinhalis, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of belenita
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - dark orange-brown, foam initially looked dense

S - Somewhat fruity, like cherries or apples, some dried dates or prunes in there too, but mostly alcoholic

T - Sweet to start, then a burst of alcohol and bitterness that spreads in your tongue. A fruity aftertaste comes up again in the end. It kind of reminds me of sherry liqueur.

M - Medium carbonation, but smooth as it goes down your throat

D - Not exactly the most drinkable beer because of the present taste of alcohol, but I don't think it's that hard to finish.

belenita, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It will be hard to outdo that dubbel for me, I thought it was spectacular. looking forward to reviewing this one.

A: A dark orange/reddish hue to it, with a small head that dissipates fairly quickly. not much lacing.

S: so much candy! Also ripe fruit and some prunes or figs. Not quite as much phenolics/esters in the smell as the dubbel.

Taste: sweet candy up front, some different fruits, and some type of alcohol taste, can't place my finger on it, either sherry or maybe some type of flavored liqueor. The sweetness quickly gives way to some dryness with a large amount of alcohol presence and taste.

M: Medium or light body, fairly refreshing for a big beer. A little bit syrupy, but not too bad.

d: not the most drinkable beer, is not too big of a challenge to finish a bomber by one's self, but the alcohol presence is definitely there. Not too much heat, just there. The alcohol smacks you in the face a little bit, but it isn't overwhelming. Just not hidden as much as some other commerical quads.

Ricelikesbeer, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of sevopie
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ruby/caramel with an off white head.

Notes of sugar and apple dominate the nose. A touch of pear and a hint of caramel.

This one tastes like a caramel apple, with very little bitter to balance out the sweet. There's a bit of breadiness, a bit of subtle indistinguishable fruit flavor, and a bit of alcohol on the end of the tongue.

Heavy carbonation with a moderately light body.

I've had this one on draft at Cheeky Monk in downtown Denver, and it feels like a totally different beer. This is strangely clear and overwhelmingly sweet, and while I can taste similarities, I am wondering why this one ends up so much different from the draft variety. The body is also noticeably lighter in body. I'll definitely aim for draft from here on out, as the bottle is surprisingly disappointing.

sevopie, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish enough blood. Nose of candied red fruit. Mouth slightly sweet, resinous and especially good fruity reminiscent of the fruit liqueur and more particularly to the liqueur grenadine. The taste of red fruit is very present. The presence of alcohol is moderate, making the draft more or less easy to drink. This coupled with a pleasant taste and gentle enough to give a good quality beer.

ThaCreep, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of cdizinno
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brownish/orange with minimal to no lacing

S: Sweet caramel candy, dark fruity malts, and alcohol booze

T&M: Very sweet caramel, dark fruit. Slight hop bitterness and alcohol burn. Heavy body, some carbonation and smooth.

Decent ale, but not my favorite in the trappist ale lines.

cdizinno, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of jsh420
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours light brown orangish with a1 finger head that faded fast and left no lacing

smells candy sweet dark fruity malts booze

taste is good very sweet darkfruity malts but has a good amount of hop bitterness

mouthfeel - has a heavy body very sticky some good carbonation very smooth and creamy

drinkability is good - i enjoyed this beer more then the aged bernardus 12

jsh420, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle, into a Koningshoeven chalice (the stars aligned).

A: Pours with a very thin cm head, disappearing as quickly as it appears, leaving trace islands of lacing. Carbonation is next to nothing. Dark copper coloring, with a reddish hue at its core. Thin legs.

S: The malt is there. Somewhat spicy, with a touch of anise, phenols, and a prune finish. A touch of alcohol as well.

T: Wonderfully complex. Licorice, spice, and dark fruits are crosshatched with sweet malts and a dense prune finish. A slight alcohol warmth kicks in mid-taste. Call me crazy, but there is also a trace of the very nostalgic (for myself) taste of Lazzaroni cookies.

M: Nothing spectacular. Low carbonation and not a heck of a lot of body.

D: Although the alcohol isn't as upfront as with other quads, it is still there and along with the heavy, layered flavor this is not the most drinkable of beers. Delicious, but one, maybe two, is my limit.

Heavenisbeer, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my chimay chalice. Pours a nice ruby color with an off white fizzy heading that disappears in a few seconds. Leaves a very wine looking drink afterwards. No lacing,very watery,etc.

Smell is of ripened fruit and some very nice spiciness at first followed by a nice warmth of alcohol. Again very fruity.

Taste is extremely fruity. I was surprised to say the least a very fruity yeast strain followed candy malt. I guess is the best wy to describe it.Same as the aroma very fruity yeasty taste to this and the 10% ABV does complete it.

Mouth is full bodied very alive on the palate.Hot on the breath and wraps it up with a sugary kiss.

Drink is good not exceptionally drinkable but I could have a couple more. Not a bad tasting beer at all.I was very surprised.

TheFightfan1, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jan 1, 2010

33cl bottled as Koningshoeven Quadrupel. Pours amber/copper with a small off-white head. Very little lacing.

Aroma is fruity, banana, apple, green grapes, yeasty, with some spice, caramel and toffee.

Flavor is caramel malt, some yeast, slight fruit and spice, a bit underwhelming.

Mouthfeel is oily and slick, moderate to high carbonation.

OK, but I had higher hopes.

elgiacomo, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of jera1350
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a chalice a deep garnet orange with huge and fluffy head. Lots of active carbonation going on. Outstanding head retention that leaves lots of lace. Just beautiful.

Very effervescent. Sweet caramel, toffee, dates and maybe some fig. Lots of complexity.

Deep complexity in the taste as well. Extremely ripe and slightly sour cherries, some peppery spices, spiced rum, brandy, dates, hint of banana, rich and sweet roasted malts, caramel, toffee, etc. Caramelized sugar in the finish. My explanation can't even do this ever developing taste justice.

Lots of mostly soft carbonation. A bit prickly. A little more than medium bodied. Warm alcohol.

All around enjoyable beer. On-tap, this was my first ever Quad and I immediately fell in love. Out of the bottle, it still stands up. One of, if not, the best Quad I've ever had.

jera1350, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of Hanger
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle poured into a La Trappe chalice

A - golden borwn colour, translucent

S - initial strong phenols and alcohols. Sweet malts, yeats and dark fruits especially raisins

T - sweet malts and dark fruits, sugary if let sit in the mouth

M - medium bodied and very sweey

D - very nice and interesting, sweetness seemed over the top initially but is less obvious later on. Could easily drink again

Hanger, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of mulder1010
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 330 ML bottle poured into a tulip glass. Served at nearly 50F.

A-- Poured a reddish brown color. Not that thick looking and had a short one finger head that quickly disappeared.

S-- Cherry, orange peel, fig, and sweet. Fairly thick smelling and has a very alcohol nose on it. Alot going on in this.

T-- Alcohol up front. A little bit of a yeast taste but mostly fig, prune, dark cherry, and sugar.

M-- More carbonated than other quads I have had. Not as thick and heavy as others in this style. More sugar taste and finishes very dry.

D-- Very boozy, tastes and smells every bit of 10%. Still drinkable though. Not as good as other quads are. A little too sweet and overcarbonated. Might need to be a bit colder to offset the sugar. Pricewise very drinkable. $19 in Australia for a 4 pack of 10% is a bargain. Will buy again mostly due to price.

mulder1010, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of taigor
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into La Trappe glass.

A - Poured dark brown, amber color with slight head that dissipated quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Sweet malts and yeasts with hints of caramel and toffee.

T - Just like the smell it is sweet upfront, bready with slight bitterness and alcohol at the finish.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Ok but alcohol taste is not masked at all by sweetness so I wouldnt drink too many of these.

taigor, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of IronDjinn
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml caged and corked brown bottle. Pours a gorgeous near opaque mahogany, a bright cloudy chestnut when held to direct light. Tight spongy cinnamon coloured head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Brown sugar, raisin sweetness, dry pear and tart green apple, mild caramel malt and some sharp alcohol warmth on the nose.

The flavour flips around to more of a toffee malt sweetness, rum and raisins, figs and dates, dries out with pear on the finish, although gets sticky in the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied, dry and crisp mouthfeel, light brush of carbonation on the finish. Impressive for such a big beer.

Incredibly enjoyable quad, well crafted and refined. Proof that a beer can be big without having to be overwhelming. Definitely worth revisiting.

IronDjinn, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of HeadwatersFinest
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance - dark amber, almost brown. Poured a creamy head, like the tripel, but not as dramatic and dissipated more quickly into a nice lace that lasted throughout. highly carbonated. No residual yeast as I saw in the tripel yesterday.

Smell - malty, sweet, a good strong inhalation reminds me of a strong tawny port almost, with its strong alcohol and sour smell. faintly of brown sugar, figs, and raisins, but so complex it is hard to differentiate.

T- dark fruits, figs, plain table sugar on the back of the tongue if you let it sit for a second or two. I think it is everything you would hope or expect from a strong belgian quad.

Mouthfeel - A bit overcarbonated, as was my tripel yesterday, but not enough to ruin the experience.

Drinkability - Delicious, but with such a high abv,one is probably enough for me. Side note: Beware not to judge this beer if you have been enjoying a lot of good sweet barleywines lately. I had to fight to get those sweeter, fruitier taste expectations of a barleywine out of my head before rating this. I find a lot of similarities in the two styles, but they shouldn't be judged side by side.

HeadwatersFinest, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of mdwalsh
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Small head with minimal active carbonation. Medium brown beer

S: Belgiany Sourness, I think I get cherry pretty strong.

T: Pretty average, no complexities at all

M: Very smooth

D: A pretty sessionable quad with no burn. Problem is, that's not at all what I want in a quad.

mdwalsh, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of bheilman
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark yet extremely clear! Nice flavor and especially the scent. I've always read about licorice reviews of beer I tasted but never experienced the licorice flavor until this beer. Really malt filled and really sweet. Bolder than a triple. I would say it tastes most like a mix of a dubbel and tripel. The after taste is plesant with a strong sense of, "wow I just ate a tullip." Doesn't have to back down from any of the best Belgian quads.

bheilman, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Quad! If you like sweet, strong flavored Belgian Quads...this one is a must. This is a staple in my beer cabinet! A couple different labels available for this beer. Poured into my Koningshoeven sniffer...caramel brown in color. Nice size head that dissipates slowly but remains a thin layer and laces very well. Aroma is amazing, very sweet...raisin, booze, almost wine, apple, apricot(fruit obviously)
Taste...just like the description of aroma. Very flavorful...full of complexity and sweetness. Hands down my 2nd favorite beer! Booze is a little strong, but mixes well with all the flavor!

ShadesOfGray, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 40 degrees.

Pours a brownish amber in the glass with a small, but creamy off-white froth with above average lacing. Pronounced aromas of banana, fresh baked bread, green apple + caramel/toffee (kind of like a candied apple), brown sugar/dark belgian candy sugar, subtle cinnamon, hints of lemon-lime citrus, vanilla, soft honey, light alcohol, figs/dates/raisins....the more i go back to this beer, the more I pick up. Very complex. Then nose is one of the prettiest bouquets that I've encountered in awhile. Full mouthfeel, creamy carbonation, wonderful complexity (everything found on the nose follows through on the palate), there is a dryness to this beer, but also a balanced sweetness, long finish, and hints of sweet alcohol on the finish. Overall, a sensational/highly recommended beer.

BevMoAndrew, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of mikeborglum
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 'Koningshoeven' bottle as I understand it is distributed under multiple names;

malty caramel and floral aroma with a presence of alcohol, dark reddish brown color light tan head,heavy cloying sweetness again with an alcohol presence, full body, smooth, lively carbonation,

mikeborglum, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of bonsreeb85
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a tawny color with a well retaining foamy head that leaves excellent belgian lace.

The nose is full of dark fruits and gives off a syrupy sweet smell that pairs well with bruised banana and spicy clove.

Both the spice and sweetness come out with some alcohol head.

The feel is smooth and full bodied.

Good example of the style overall, yet nothing to write home about.

bonsreeb85, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of willjschmidt
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice.

A: Pours an amber brown color, thin head.

S: Dark malt, toffee, a hint of alcohol.

T: Fairly sweet: toffee, raisins, plums, other dark fruits. A bit of alcohol in the finish but not too bad.

M: Medium bodied, high carbonation.

D: A very easy drinking quad but not near as much complexity as you'd expect for the style.

willjschmidt, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of seand
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy deep reddish brown, with a thick foamy light tan head. The head retains well and leaves good lacing.

S: Thick sweet spiced malt, some floral scents, some alcohol presence. Very full aroma.

T: Full, complex, sweet quadrupel flavor. Well rounded and well balanced, finishing slightly dry.

M: Medium to high carbonation, fairly smooth. Fairly full bodied.

D: Its balance and sweetness make it very easy to drink, though it's complex enough (and high enough ABV) that it should really be sipped slowly.

seand, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of mrmanning
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Chaucer's Pub- Brown liquid sits beneath a foamy off white cloud. Good lace throughout. Nose is very fruity. Dark fruit like plum, some fig, raisin. Lots of bubblegum esters and also quite yeasty and spicy. Sweet dark fruit flavour profile consists of fig, prune, red cherries. There's lots of spiciness and yeasty flavours with rye bread and some caramel. Excellent creamy finish with lingering bitterness and dried fruit flavours. Certainly a sipper. A good choice for #1200.

mrmanning, Nov 14, 2009
La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 1,783 ratings.