La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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2.9/5 rDev -30.3%
11.2oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.
A - ruby red color, reminiscent of cranberry juice. an ~1cm head form and slowly dissipated to a thin film as the beer warmed.
S - there wasn't a lot going on here. everything seemed very subtle. there was a very sweet malt smell, honey, fruit, grass, and alcohol.
T - after trying this beer, I in no way believe that it is 10%ABV. I've had liquor that was smoother. on top of the alcohol (that came across as spicy and slightly peppery), there was that same honey sweetness, some sweet malt, fruit, and grassy hops toward the end. maybe some citrus and apples, but just like the smell, the taste was pretty plain as everything seemed very subdued. The alcohol was a huge bother in attempting to enjoy this beer.
M - i perceived it as syrup, sticky. it was adequately carbonated, but the overall texture was...kind of thick and...sticky.
D - i'd drink it again, but there are plenty of other quads i'd pick before this one. it just wasn't that great and it definitely wasn't worth the price.
02-25-2009 04:26:49 | More by bowersdm
4.6/5 rDev +10.6%
The Quad pours with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. There is no lacing to speak of other than a thin white ring around the edge of the glass just floating on the beer.
The nose is met initially with a moderately sweet malty aroma. There is a light, almost honey-like aroma behind the malt with a mild bitter citrus aroma. The background aroma is more like a bitter orange rind than anything, and blends beautifully with the honey-malt aroma. These aromas are all reinforced by a strongly floral set of esters from the yeast.
This one is a dark amber color with a light haze. There are several dozen columns of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface.
The tip of the tongue is met with a sharp sting from the traditionally high level of carbonation seen in Belgian beers. The sides of the tongue get a candy-like sweetness, while the rest of the mouth gets a combination of a syrupy sweetness, a touch of hops bitterness, some orange flavor, and a hint of bread. Initially, the alcohol blends with the rest of the flavors and not distinguishable. The aftertaste leaves a fair bit of alcohol warmth, like the last lingering warmth from a shot of whiskey.
After the initial sharpness of the carbonation, the beer has a thinner syrup-like quality akin to what 100% pure maple syrup would have.
The flavors work really well together, making it seem like someone mixed syrup with some orange rinds and some flowers. If you're looking for a quad that isn't as overly thick as some others tend to be, this is the one. None of the flavors is over powering, and they all seem to blend really well. Absolutely delicious. Highly recommended.
02-24-2009 01:04:06 | More by darknova306
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
My friend brought this back from when she was in Europe, even though I think you can get it in the states. 750 mL cork and cage bottle. Best before 08-2011.
Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass.
Huge three finger pillow top head that leaves heavy lacing. Head is slightly tanned. The color is a beautiful robust copper.
Aroma is very complex. There is a lot of banana, raisin, cranberry, and clove smell going on for this beer.
Taste is very similar to the aroma. The raisin sticks out a lot more. There is also a carmel taste, as well as it being very fruity. The alcohol is also heavily present.
Mouthfeel is pretty clean and creamy. The alcohol is very strong which makes it hard to keep in your mouth for very long.
This beer is very filling, but tasty. I had a hard time finishing the 750, but it was too good not to. I highly recommend.
02-21-2009 21:45:34 | More by mothman
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
This is one beer where the colour through me off several times: it looked a gold-brown at times ,then looked like it had a lot of orange in it, a flash of red here and there, then more gold brown, and so forth. No mistaking the fluffy tan head with two finger depth in the Chimay goblet though, a nice looking Trappist all around. The smell was distinctly sweet with a baguette aroma, much like Unibroue here in Quebec. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel with substantial body that is strikingly apparent with a bourbon-like sweetness except richer and much more complex. I detected a hint of sour fruit here and there, flashes of bitterness, malt in the middle but a very sweet malt at that, heat in the finish and a lingering quality that made me think of an over ripe peach. Overall, I got a lot of impressions from drinking this and all of them were very good; nothing in particular was dominant and, if it did come to the fore, it was not for long ...
With the Belgian Trappiste offerings, I often find it hard to put the taste experience into words, this Dutch is no different, but likely that's because they have several dimensions to them, just the opposite from what the marketing geniuses push successfully on this side of the pond and north of the 49th. Vive le difference, translated into Dutch I guess!
02-21-2009 21:39:23 | More by ThatWineGuy
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
La Trappe Quad is nothing short of gorgeous - it is shaded with the colour of the flesh of an opened, fresh cut common fig. The complexion is not only clear but garishly radiant as well. Its head is as impressive as its colour is elegant, a bounty of white cream that's inflated at least a full finger above liquid level. It will endure the test of time and imprint glamorous patterns of lace. This beer is sophisticated in style.
Its sweet, ambrosial scent comes across as delectable despite not really conjuring thoughts of any delicious things in particular. In time, notes of sweet sugar coated fruit desserts and spiced holiday breads come to mind. The smell can be considerably floral, drawing near to a potpourri like effervescence. More and more this reminds me of summer berries, sugar coated and baked into some sort of confectionery treat.
The taste is every bit as sweet but not nearly as lively with the fruity esters. That said, I notice a lot more phenols - spicy, peppy notes of clove and herbs. It carries on the floral effervescence, now with a lot more grassy notes. The malts are excessively sweet. They taste like they were toasted before being doused with sugar and then lightly, slowly caramelized under a broiler. There's a hint of nougat, jelly, marshmallow, and toffee too.
This should be found in the confectionery isle at your local grocery store. Not to say the sweetness is a bad quality, but it certainly is its most defining (for me, anyhow). Nevertheless, the beer maintains an unlikely balance. Such a zesty, flamboyant yeast makes for a peppery, spicy mouthfeel that is burning with phenols. The texture definitely takes some settling into but will grow on you. It becomes similar to a spiced dark rum.
For whatever reason (probably because they're Dutch) the monks at the Onze Lieve Vrouw van Koningshoeven monastery don't always get the recognition or credit that their Belgian Benedictine brothers do. If this Quad were any indication, they deserve at least as much, if not more. If you ask me, all Trappist ales are quality, artisinal products with a culturally and historically rich distinction that goes beyond the beer itself - this is no exception.
02-21-2009 21:22:39 | More by biegaman
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
A - cloudy brownish amber color, no head
S - Rich dark fruits, grapes, sweet sugar
T - Balanced well with sweetness and blandness. Makes for a non-complex but easy drinking Quad. Lighter than most it makes for a transparent palate of sweet fuits with a slight tart and medium bite from the 10%. Some grapes in the mix as well.
M - Thin bodied, low carbonation, slightly sticky palate.
D - Light and smooth.. mono tasting I'd guess like that of a wine. Just sweet grapes make this one an easy drinker.
02-14-2009 02:39:52 | More by Yesac
4.58/5 rDev +10.1%
Appearance: Light brown with a thick tan head.
Smell: Rasins, grapes, and malt all blend together perfectly. Smooth on the nose.
Taste: Very powerful with a wonderful alcohol twang. Not lost in all of that is a great malt sweetness, apples, and cherry.
Mouthfeel/drinkability: Well balanced carbonation and a high ABV make this a great beer.
02-11-2009 06:42:42 | More by meatmallet
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
Appearance: Pours a beautiful ruddy amber with just enough haze so that the brew is not transparent.
Smell: Cloyingly sweet molasses, whiffs of yeast, and an overall spiciness.
Taste: Yeasts are very prevalent, followed by a sharp, warming, alcoholic presence. This is followed by bready malts with hints of caramel, spice, and a warming, thick hot chocolate-like sensation.
Mouthfeel: Spicy, tart outset leads to alcoholic bite followed by an almost creamy warmth.
Drinkability: Great for sipping, but becomes a bit overwhelming as you keep drinking it. The alcohol sneaks up on you until you realize that it's hit you very prominently.
01-31-2009 07:15:30 | More by thekanna
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
What an incredible beer! Poured into a Corsendonk snifter.
It pours clear, with a 2 finger head that is slightly off white. The body is chestnut colored, with a bit of a red hue. Nice lacing down the sides with a foam cap that lasts until the end.
The nose is initially dark fruits, with a mild floral note. A nice yeasty funk kicks in as it warms up, with some caramel and alcohol.
The flavor matches the nose. It's medium-heavy, with a nice palate-coating beer blanket that is velvety smooth. The alcohol comes through then fades into the background as the dark fruits kick back in.
This would be a great session beer if not for the high alcohol content. This quad is perfect for a cold winter night. What an excellent brew!
01-31-2009 05:32:43 | More by BierBrawlinator
4.7/5 rDev +13%
A 750mL bottle from the LCBO's Winter Release.
This is a really beautiful beverage. You expect something muddy from a quad but this is a wonderful clear, light amber, I could mistake it for an English Bitter. Nice thick offwhite head. Visible carbonation floating up from the bottom.
Sweet alcohol on the nose. Surprisingly simple.
Wonderfully complex flavour. Big chewy malt. Sweet candied flavours, brown cane sugar, date fruitiness. Finishes with honeycomb toffee. Medicinal hops throughout. Dusty yeast at first but finishes nice and juicy. Really tasty.
Nice and smooth with lively, yet understated, carbonation.
Goes down easy for the style, subdued alcohol.
A really approachable Quad, I really enjoyed this beer.
01-31-2009 02:34:40 | More by CanuckRover
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
Presentation: Thanks to DoctorDog for this little gem. Enabling excessive consumption is the sign of a true friend. Poured from a 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. The bottle has an elongated neck without the distinct angle of a normal bottle. It also has a raised coat of arms and the word "Trappist." Label is very simple; parchment looking background with script writing. There is some kind of date stamp, but I can decipher is that this was bottled at 12:57.
Appearance: Upon cracking the cap on this one, you can watch the CO2 come out of solution and slowly push up towards the bottle top. Pours with 2 fingers of nearly white head. This settles slowly, eventually falling to a thin coating of foam. The high carbonation level and nucleation point keeps a constantly bubbling island of cremant in the center of the glass. The beer itself is the color of polished copper and perfectly clear. A very small amount of sediment in the bottle.
Smell: Sour wheat twang with caramel and toffee aromas. Sharp yeast in the finish.
Taste: Light, sweet malt upfront with a spicy alcohol and hop middle. Strong bready and yeasty flavors. Hints of cinnamon and cloves. Warming alcohol in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Mouthfilling carbonation level; this beer literally explodes when it hit your tongue. Body is great.
Drinkability: While a little thrown off by how clear this beer was, I was impressed by all other aspects. The carbonation is amazing. The way the small, tiny bubbles explode upon contact with all the nucleation points in your mouth is incredible. Who says natural carbonation doesn't have its benefits?
01-28-2009 03:13:53 | More by beveritt
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
Expiration date of 07/08. A little old, but who cares with 10% ABV. Poured from a 750ml bottle, dark amber red with lots of champagne-like carbonation bubbles and a small off-white head and good lacing. Yeasty, apple spice aroma, light notes of chocolate. Taste is very sweet, loads of caramel covered apple, a light bitterness, a bit of earthiness and some light funk. Good play between the carbonation and texture. Alcohol is pretty well masked, tasty. I liked this one better out of the bottle rather than on tap.
01-28-2009 01:30:02 | More by KeefD
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
Pours a dark brown amber with a nice head that hangs around for awhile and some pretty nice lacing. Smells complex, as you'd expect from a quad - dried fruits, figs, bready. Definitely a little more fruity than I'm used to in the style. Tastes of dried fruits, a little less bready than I was expecting. The complexity is definitely here, but I don't like this nearly as much as some of the other quads I've sampled. The mouthfeel is creamy and light carbonation, goes down pretty smooth. Very nice beer, if I had to compare it I would to Chimay blue.
01-27-2009 02:23:42 | More by tconboy
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Pours a hazy tea colored amber color with better than a full finger foamy light tan colored collar. The smell is aggressive with hints of alcohol; banana, molasses, caramel and bready. The mouth feel is silky and smooth and tangy with alcohol. This one is a sipper. The flavors, nose and feel compliment each other. Fruity and earthy with a dark fruit after taste. A real nice drinker.
01-25-2009 01:14:36 | More by jjayjaye
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
Pours a dark, translucent, deep copper, slightly reddish, like dark honey. Aroma is fruity, most like cherries, a little sweet with a hint of alcohol. Flavor is fruity and malty, like cherry, crisp with a strong alcohol nip and a sweet hint. Texture is tingly and edgy - a lively drink.
01-24-2009 02:36:46 | More by Cyberkedi
3.93/5 rDev -5.5%
Pours a dark brown/reddish with a huge creamy white head that is there to the last drop.
Very complex smell, dried fruit, figs/raisins, banana, the alcohol smell is very noticable but not too overwhelming.
Such a strong beer, don't know what to make of this, it has everything, dried fruit, hoppy, citrusy, pretty medicinal and the alcohol is just the most noticable on my taste buds.
A very thick syrupy/molasses mouthfeel, and very smooth.
I could barely finish this big bottle, my stomach had a hard time settling with this, very rich.
01-23-2009 18:48:37 | More by GodOfBeer
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
Very nice to see this on tap at the Brick Store Pub, and a quite nice this way. Poured brown with beautiful garnet highlights and a creamy, finely beaded head that leaves some excellent lacing as well. Served in a beautiful Koningshoeven goblet. Smells lightly of banana, cloves, and chicory. The taste is also a bit light and extremely smooth with similar notes as found in the aroma with the addition of some anise. There is a lingering banana note that is pleasant. The mouthfeel is light, creamy, and smooth. Very easy to drink and the alcohol is very well hidden, almost unoticeable.
01-20-2009 16:57:11 | More by Georgiabeer
4.75/5 rDev +14.2%
Poured into a tulip glass this beer appears a hazy coppery-brown with red highlights and two fingers of foam that linger for a few minutes then settles down to a nice ring around the edge. I pondered over the aroma for several minutes before the first sip. Extraordinary complexity with malt notes of fig, raisin, cherry, red wine, spicy yeast phenols, and floral hops. Flavor is overwhelmingly malty similar to the aroma profile. Hope bitterness is medium to balance all that malt perfectly. Mouthfeel is curious. There's some residual sweetness due to the huge malt, but not cloying, and it finishes semi-dry making this an extremely well-attenuated beer. Carbonation is medium and cleanses my palate delicately. This is one of the best beers I've ever had. Exquisite.
01-19-2009 08:13:01 | More by beerkittycat
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
A- Dark gold/amber body with a nice off-white head, leaves a nice lacing down the glass.
S- Sweet malts, lots of fruity flavors and some breadiness.
T- Dark and rock sugars come through along with lots of different fruits (cherry stands out for me). Then nice malty flavors break in. There is a warming alcohol presence on the finish.
M- Silky and almost creamy with pretty tame carbonation (just enough to make the flavor jump).
D- Definitely a good night-cap beer. Will definitely looks for this again.
01-17-2009 17:17:34 | More by TommyW
3.95/5 rDev -5%
Big "Q" label, cellared for over a year. Bottle opens with a pop, pours a jeweled red-orange into a Westmalle goblet at 60º. Racing trails of carbonation can be seen in the center. After a sip the foam breaks and slowly ebbs away at one side. Slight musty cork aroma, with sweet brown sugar and caramel notes. Dried fruit flavors of raisin, dates, and prune blend with a sweet nutty almond finish and a vague touch of spice. Slight stickiness on the lips, and there is some minor earthy tobacco in the aftertaste. The feel is full and velvety, true trappist style. Not sure if it was aged too long or long enough, but the alcohol thankfully wasn't noticeable. Slighty more enjoyable fresh on tap (4.2).
01-14-2009 01:36:14 | More by emerge077
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured into Mad Elf chalice (which has unfortunately cracked and will have to retire). 12oz bottle looking much different than this picture.
Bottle Graphics: 7/10.
A: Mahogany, maroon red with veil of head that stays floating on top with some crop circles. Patchy lacing hanging tight. No floaties and light looking for a quad.
S: Sweet and complex. Bushels of dried pears, dried figs, and other dried fruits. Scent most closely tied into a warm caramel apple. Common fruitcake smell, mostly cherries and cotton candy. Malty pleasure.
T: The taste was good but not as tight as the aromas. Rocky candy proliferates and the fruity flavors are surely intense and not as smooth as the best of the best quads that are floating out there. Caramel charleston chew flavors pop out as it warmed off combined with marshmallow icing.
M: The feel is creamy and popping. Pretty chewy and soft, just the right amount of carbonation to give it body and championship character.
D: More than worthy of the price it bears compared to others but not quite deserving of the upper echelon. I had this after some other stronger beers and this tasted more mild than any of those- incredibly well hidden.
01-13-2009 16:11:11 | More by marcpal
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
Pours a dark copper color with one finger of off white head that dissipated quickly.
Scent of yeast, dark fruits, earthy malts, sugars, and some spices. Great stuff, but smells lighter than I expected at 10%.
Taste of rich fruits, sugars, spices, and yeast start, sugars become more pronounced the flavor of prunes coming in. A bit of earth and alcohol warming on the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly heavy carbonation
01-12-2009 01:29:41 | More by paco1029384756
4.58/5 rDev +10.1%
The cork says 42/07 Have no idea if that's a dating code....
Poured into my snifter and a finger & ½ of foamy off white head formed. It was pretty active and once it finished its dance, it faded to a thin film. The color of the beer is gorgeous.... Deep ruby red with orange highlights. The clarity is wonderful and there are nice bubbles slowly trying to escape the brew... Lacing is sticking all over the inside of my snifter glass.... Really nice looking beer.
Aroma is just wonderful. It's moments like this that you realize how important glassware is. The snifter glass just holds so much of the aroma and it is just great. Sweet fruit, cherry. Maybe Juicy Fruit gum.. Lots of stuff happening here.
Flavor is wonderful... I've decided tonight to drink some Quads.... I started with a Westy 12 about an hour ago... This is perhaps not as smooth... But I have to say, it's really close... To think that you can buy a "bomber" of this for $13 vs. trading your first born for a Westy... I think this is the better value. Some real nice sweetness and fruit flavors up front. Dark cherries, prunes and almost a smoky nature. A bit of earthiness and then the wonderful malt flavors come through.. Dare I say the alcohol is even better hidden in this brew vs. the Westy... The flavor is so consistent from front to back it's unreal.... The label says 10% and I am wondering if they are lying. Since it's a Trappist Ale, I have to assume they are not... Wow.
Almost creamy and definitely silky... The carbonation is subtle and helps the flavors dance on your tongue, but allows it to linger as well.
This is a great beer. Drinking this next to Westy 12 just tells me how great of a brew this is.... This will rank right in the same place as Westy 12... Just a wonderful beer.
I'll be back...
01-10-2009 23:04:36 | More by Reagan1984
3.8/5 rDev -8.7%
I wasn't sure if this was the right beer as the label doesn't say Dominus and looks different from the image in the image on BA. But the 10% ABV matches and it is a Quadrupel Trappist Ale from Koningshoeven. After getting it home, I noticed it is brwed in the Netherlands, not in Belgium, even though it says "Authentic Trappist Product".
Anyway, the beer is a reasonably clear amber color. It poured with a pale tan head, not particularly "fluffy", but still well structured. After a few minutes it collapsed to a couple mm.
There are no objectionable odors in the aroma, but no particularly striking aromas either. The alcohol is evident in the smell, but not overpowering.
The taste is good, fairly typical for a big Trappist, but with a very nice toffee flavor on the back of the tongue. Maybe not toffe, because it doesn't have the burned flavor, but a warm, "crystally" (OK, that's the beer talking) flavor. The 10% alcohol is not evident in the taste.
Oveall, a good beer. Not exceptional for a Trappist, but enjoyable.
$10.29 at a local liquor store tonight.
01-10-2009 04:14:13 | More by davidw987
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.
Appears a slightly hazy brownish orange with a one inch off-white head that sinks down to about a centimeter. Goes down a but more throughout drinking but retains quite well and leaves some very nice looking lacing.
Aroma is sweet overall with lots of fruitiness reminiscent of cherries, figs, and raisins. Something also keeps reminding me of biting into a fresh red apple. There's also something that reminds me of a sea breeze oddly enough.
The taste initially blew me away with an initial candi sugar sweetness that is quickly immersed in fruitiness which is now coming through mostly as raisin and cherry. The sweetness seems to peak midway through as the fruitiness subsides. Towards the finish there is a bit of phenolic spiciness that comes out alongside a mildly roasty milk chocolate flavor. The linger is fruity and spicy with a bit of an earthiness to it.
Mouthfeel is medium in body, with a very creamy texture, that is pretty crisp towards the front of the tongue due to the spicy phenols.
Juding by the aroma I didn't think this would be that great but on the first sip I was shocked at how delicious this was. Definitely worth the $11 for the 750.
01-03-2009 07:02:18 | More by roadhouse
La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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