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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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1,707 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,707
Reviews: 847
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 78
Gots: 171 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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clickpush

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%

Pour: 750ml bottle to tulip glass. 2.5 finger light tan head over reddish body. Tons of bubble trails all over the body of the beer. Head descends very slowly, leaves no webbing on glass, and settles to a very thick cap and halo. Bubbles around the edge never let up for a second.

Nose: Pretty fruity, plums and nectarines, chocolate and caramel. Citrus fruits, a bit tart, slightly dry. Woody hints, a touch of mint. Soft hops, almost Saaz-like in aroma.

Mouth: Extremely sparkly, a bit over carbonated actually, that makes it almost like swallowing a gas as opposed to a liquid. Very fruity, warm, ester-y, chocolate and caramel, a touch of a buttery feel to it. Dark pitted fruits, not overly sweet but touches of prune and raisin. Tobacco notes. Mouthfeel is overly gassy and bloating, hurts the drinkability. The flavor is enjoyable though not overly complex.

06-15-2007 07:05:13 | More by clickpush
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shbobdb

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

It is beers like this that let me understand why people rave about the quad style.

Now, I'm no huge fan of quads, but with beers like this, I get it.

When I smell the beer, I get a huge blast of raisins and booze.

The taste is more-or-less the same, with some prune and clove notes added to it with a strong nutmeg finish. There is a fair degree of complexity to the brew.

The mouthfeel is shockingly rich for a quad -- I'm used to a trainwreck between sugary-sweet and paper thin, this beer is something different. I like it.

Drinkability. Well, it remains a quad, but it is one of the better quads I have had.

06-12-2007 03:49:11 | More by shbobdb
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ChuckMartel

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Now this stuff is pretty good. Pours a muddy golden amber color. Has a lot of botanicals in the smell. Tends to have a sweet, fruitlike taste but not overpowering. Feels like you are drinking velvet -- that's good. Drink it w/ a meal and not by itself.

06-11-2007 23:44:40 | More by ChuckMartel
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HugoGrim

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Served on tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia in a tulip glass. Deep brown color with red light peeking through. Thin head.

Not much in the nose, slight aroma of fruits and some alcohol is detectable.

Flavor is of sour fruits giving way to subtle hops, with excellent balance. Quite a dry finish. Bitterness becomes more intense as it warms.

06-05-2007 23:45:21 | More by HugoGrim
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours cloudy reddish-bronze with a fluffy off white head. Very little lacing as the head quickly dissipates.

Smell is reminicent of a wheat beer. definite bananna nutbread with underlying alcohol burn. Slightly sweet with hints of dark fruit. Throughout there is a yeast funkiness as well.

Taste is surprisingly smooth and fruity. Very nice dark fruit presense, there is also hints of lighter tropical fruit as well. Strong malty sweetness and yeasty spices. Alcohol is noticable, but unifies well with other flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light bodied.

Very tasty treat here. Quite fruity, mildly sweet and dangerously drinkable. This is a winner.

06-02-2007 02:05:25 | More by Blakaeris
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bashiba

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured a nice dark copper with a thick creamy head, long lasting with great lacing.

Has a big fruity smell with lots of banana and apricots with a touch of spicy yeast.

Has a spicy sweetness with some cloves and banana being prominant. A bit of a sharp coppery bitterness. A bit on the sweet side overall but not to far out of balance. Flavor is a little lighter than Most Quads.

Mouthfeel is light and very dry with a good bit of ABV warming.

A fairly smooth easy to drink Quad, nothing spectactular.

06-02-2007 01:38:49 | More by bashiba
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DogFood11

California

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

750ml bottle corked and caged. My first offering from these folks so I really have nothing to cloud my view of this brewery....YET. Poured into a smallish tulip it supports a tight white head. Copper body has lots of fine carbonation.

Smell: Plenty of fruitiness to it. A rather dominant dark fruit presence has some raisin but mostly more of a sweetened prune depth. Medium to light bodied for a quad. Herbal and spicey type hops. Average to dry in mouthfeel. Some leftover malts stay on the palate and are awesome especially as it warms up just a few degrees.

Notes: Not the biggest or the baddest but this is a damn fine quadrupel. If you see it, buy it.

06-01-2007 05:42:44 | More by DogFood11
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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%

On tap at The Blue Nile.

Crystal clear, amber colored ale. Small, ivory head, very creamy. No lacing, but nice legs.

Not much, if any, of the traditional Belgian scent. Maybe a little bit, coupled with some earthiness. Mainly, smells sweet, fruit and caramel. Very nice.

Taste is sweet over bitter. Just a note of herbs/grass at the finish. Lots of fruit, dark of course, mixed with candi sugar.

Medium to full body. Low carbonation. Very wet. Coating sort of mouthfeel. At the time, I had no idea what the ABV was, but warming kicked in very quickly. Finding out it is 10 is not a big surprise.

Excellent. Sweeter than what I usually reach for, but a nice change up. Quite true to style.

05-29-2007 17:44:05 | More by
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scottoale

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Served on-tap at O'Brien's in a Chimay 0.25l chalice...a transparent honey-amber red with no head or lace...just an awesome looking liquid.

The smell was very sweet and fruity with a light malty background. Could not detect any hop aroma, but yeast was present just mildly.

The taste was sweet and somewhat alcoholic, very much in the way of a Trappist Belgian...strong and sweet. This Quad tastes much like their Dubbel, but lighter and definetely stronger.

Medium-plus in body, good strength and a great flavor make this brew a more than quaffable ale...high recommendations!

05-28-2007 20:46:03 | More by scottoale
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.63/5  rDev +11.3%

2000/2001 bottling. Sparking blood orange beneath a creamy cap of gorgeous orange-ecru foam. Even though I rinsed out my crystal snifter just prior to the pour, blankets of delicate lace are still sticking to the glass. Beer with a double digit ABV isn't supposed to look like this. I'm thrilled so far.

I haven't had many quads yet, but I have to say I'm impressed by the rich complexity of a good quadrupel nose. This one is overflowing with dark malt and smells almost as much like concentrated black and red raspberries as Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock. Talk about taking after one of the best. Actually, it's the other way around given when this one was brewed.

I've had this little 11.2 oz bottle for several years now, never dreaming what deliciousness lay within. I know that La Trappe is one of the seven Trappist breweries (and the only one that is outside of Belgium), but I still never expected to like this beer quite this much.

I'm still floored by how much Quadrupel tastes like raspberries and blackberries. The flavor profile also contains spiced raisins and plums swimming in dark caramel and melted chocolate bars. As it warms, I can appreciate leather and earthy hops. It's definitely on the sweet side of things, but I wouldn't change a thing. Drinking beer out of a snifter always makes me want to sip anyway. Although alcohol is noted, it's as soft and as unthreatening as a baby chick.

The mouthfeel can only be described as liquid velvet... or maybe a highly polished gemstone... or possibly summer weight silk. The only thing that keeps it from the 'mouthfeel hall of fame' is that it favors medium over full.

La Trappe Quadrupel has surprised the hell out of me. I've always considered tripels and BSDAs to be my favorite Belgian styles, but if I continue to drink outstanding quadrupels, they'll be right up there as well. I'm ecstatic to see how well this beer ages because I plan to stock up the next time I see it on the shelves. Highly recommended.

05-19-2007 15:41:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
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shroompod

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

11.2 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Thick rocky head that lingers. Clear with a reddish brown hue.

Smell is bready, slight grasiness, with alcohol evident.

Taste has a sweet toffee ,raisins, and maltiness that I love in this style. Occasionally I get a bubblegum flavor coming through.

Mouthfeel is medium , decent carbonation.

I'd never call this a session beer because it'd wreck me. Overall an outstanding quad.

05-02-2007 23:10:04 | More by shroompod
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a dark brown aged copper body that is pretty clear with a thick tan head that last and last. There is some very gentle carbonation on the sides of the glass.

S- This beer has a big smell of bananas and candy with a white sugar hint and some floral perfume notes.

T- The taste of sweet white sugar is soon covered with an alcohol heat that has just a hint of fusel flavor. There are notes of circus peanuts and cotton candy in there also. The finish has a nice spice to the alcohol that cleans the pallet of the sweetness.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slight sticky sweet texture and a pretty big fizz and alcohol heat finish.

D- This beer has a big heat and big fizz but not much malt flavors. The sweetness is very present but not as much depth as I was expecting. The yeast helps give the flavor some depth.

05-01-2007 20:16:00 | More by rhoadsrage
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

On tap at Ebenezer's Pub, served in a goblet. Dark brown in color, with a medium head. It had a dark fruit aroma, with some degree of maltiness. Dark fruit taste, as well as some sweet malt, almost like cotton candy, and yeast. Very smooth, alcohol not noticeable, which could be a problem if you drank a lot of them.

04-29-2007 15:08:43 | More by lordofthewiens
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cjgator3

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%

11.2fl oz bottle poured into my St. Bernardus chalice. Pours a dark ruby brown color with a large tan head that sticks all over the sides of the glass. The smeel is sweet malt, dark fruits, yeast and a slight metallic note as well. The taste is sweet malt, banana bread and some spices. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and creamy. The alcohol shows a little in the taste which affects the drinability but the brew was extremely enjoyable nonetheless. Overall, this is another great Trappist Quad that is reccomended.

04-23-2007 20:53:59 | More by cjgator3
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kajerm

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%

750mL bottle (marked Koningshoeven, not La Trappe); cork is hard as hell to get out, I actually had to use a corkscrew, and the bottle exploded. Pours dark caramel brown with an initially massive head that recedes to leave long tracks of lacing and a thin film of foam with a big spot in the middle. Pretty nice, but also pretty standard.

The aroma is surprisingly simple-- belgian yeast (with the usual esters), booze, malts, and some spicy phenols.

Opens up spicy and malty, with ester character growing mid-palate. HUGE banana flavor on the finish, which is pretty alcoholic. This is probably the most estery beer in existence.

Mouthfeel isn't as chewy as I might have expected for the ABV, but it sort of works to maintain some drinkability. Still though, it's a 10% ABV Trappist quad, so if you have to ask if it's drinkable, either read more reviews or drink more beer.

04-20-2007 03:59:25 | More by kajerm
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ccrida

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

This review is of a 1pt 9.4 oz bottle of the Koningshoeven, not the La Trappe pictured above, which I guess was from before they lost (and have subsequently been regranted) their Trappist designation.
After a very impressive pop to the cork and poured into my 70s era Westmalle chalice (to bad this bottle isn't as old!), the Quad is brownish amber color, with only a very slight haze. There is not much of the egg shell colored head, which quickly subsides to a slight collar and light skim, leaving very little lace. Where is that big rocky Belgian head (ok, we can say Trappist since this is from the NL), the pop of the cork certainly had me expecting as much!
The smell is thick with sugar and booze, much more vinous then fruity in my mind. It is not as robust or complex as I'd have liked...
The taste is luckily more complex and robust then the aroma, although I still think it's dark candi sugar more then anything else. Still, it's not just a sugar bomb, with more grape and less wine then the aroma, as well as caramel and honey, with moderate bitterness and a fairly clean finish. The booze is really not that hidden, a bit hot in my mind, although only moderately so.
The mouthfeel is quite nice, very light and lively, especially for such a big beer, and you can argue the sacrifice of richness for drinkabilty is a welcome change from the heavier quads. I however, will not! In fact, if it were richer and less cloying, I'd find it more drinkable, regardless of how heavy it might be. All and all, I'd say this is an interesting beer worthy of a thorough investigation, but at the end of the day, for me it was neither my favorite trappist nor quad.

04-15-2007 04:52:17 | More by ccrida
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev -11.5%

Sampled March 2007
Pours a brilliantly clear, ruby hued color with a two-finger thick, amber tinged tan colored head. Quite fruity smelling; notes of mace intermingles with notes of raisins, prunes figs and concentrated cider. Actually after a bit more digging there is definitely a cherry aroma here as well. There is a touch of oxidation aromatics as well; hints of Madeira, sherry and perhaps a damp woodiness that is not quite like wet cardboard yet. Really the concentrated fruit character is what is most noticeable, but there is a nice backdrop of sweet spices (cardamom, clove and perhaps some mace).

The beer is fairly sweet, yet not sticky. The sweetness accentuates notes of concentrated fruit, which are a mix of prunes, figs and some light date notes. There is a nice backdrop of spiciness here that is a mix of clove, a touch of cardamom, a dusting of ginger and even an orange-citrus note towards the end. The finish remains sweet and rich with a rum-like flavor and a touch of alcohol bite. I would not describe the alcohol as hot though, it just serves to add a touch of warming character. There is a touch of oxidation here; its biggest effect seems to be an added chewy, malty, almost meaty caramel / Maillard browning character.

An interesting brew, that seems somehow to be lacking a little something. I could wish for a bit more chewy malt character and perhaps some more body, but on the other hand it is nice that this is not a super heavy brew. Still it is a good brew, and certainly contributes a nice warm glow after a couple glasses from this 750ml bottle.

04-14-2007 21:37:17 | More by Gueuzedude
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ojiikun

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%

This review is for the beer labeled Koningshoeven Quadrupel, which looked quite a bit different than the bottle pictured, but doesn't seem to exist elsewhere in the database.

Poured from a 750ml cork & cage into my corsendonk goblet. Colour is a ruddy amber, quite clear and almost glowing orange. Good controllable head with plenty of reserves.

Smells malty and of champagne, lighter than the colour suggests. Nose is unfortunately that distinctive strain of belgian yeasts that reminds me of overcooked green peas. That said, this beer has it only in the smallest amounts. Other aromas are of tobacco, papaya, even some floral hops, which provide the only sweetish notes.

Body is really just more of the same. Fizzy, sweeter, maybe even a little grassy. More chocolate than tobacco, about the same amount of semi-unfortunate yeast aroma. Very wide-open and cleansing, not heavy at all.

The booze is hidden amazingly well for 10%! Feels nice on the tongue and warm in the throat, but never hot to the nose. Minor qualms with the aroma aside, an excellent drink, if not a little dangerous.

04-06-2007 04:23:12 | More by ojiikun
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mjc410

Vermont

3.63/5  rDev -12.7%

The pour into my Westvleteren glass raises a noisy two-finger head that visibly surges as it falls, unfortunately quickly. It seems to give up falling while still quite a bit more than a mere surface lacing. Its color is light tan, and it leaves somewhat sticky lacing. The body is a translucent, almost glowing amber with ruby highlights, and a few flecks of sediment floating about. The nose is a bit spicy, and has notes of chocolate, berries, tobacco, and yeast. Fairly straightforward, but welcome. The taste is warm, acidic, and touched with cocoa, and the dark fruitiness mentioned above. Indeed, it seems to be simply a richer reflection of the smell. There's also a bit of a grape flavor that I really appreciate. The burn of alcohol is also noticeable, but not overbearing. The mouth is thinner than I would like, with also too high carbonation. Still, this is a fine quad.

03-28-2007 01:07:56 | More by mjc410
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ski271

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%

On tap at Zeno’s, beer Mecca of central PA. Medium ruby-amber with a very small, creamy, off-white head. The smell is fairly mild for the style. Malt, bubble gum and a little alcohol mostly. The taste is much more impressive. Pungent and fruity. Wheat, yeast and honeysuckle to go along with the rich malts and very light hops. Warming alcohol finish with some lingering sweetness. It has a medium-full body, slick texture and low carbonation. Didn’t wow me at first but slowly grew on me. Worth trying.

03-27-2007 16:44:58 | More by ski271
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured into glass chalice:

Pours mahogony with scarlet hues. A one-finger creamy head soon becomes a lasting thin cover. Some lacing sticks to glass.

The smell of brown sugar and raisins/prunes soon gives way to tart (lemony/orangey?) fruits. Hints of peppery alcohol.

The taste is of candy-like sweetness balanced by fruity tartness. A mixture of sugar-coated fruits, ranging from prunes to orange and lemon, hitting a few tropical fruits along the way. Finishes with coriander and a warming, peppery alcohol. Alcohol is noticeable, but controlled and adds a nice, spicy touch.

The feel is creamy/coating and syrupy. A light medium body has a nice texture. Spiciness and fruitiness linger on the tongue. Sweetness, with a touch of tartness, hold on into the aftertaste.

This is a luxurious, rich, sipping treat from Belgium.

03-27-2007 16:17:17 | More by jwc215
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Lightly hazed, dark amber hued, nearing crimson, with a small head that leaves in a hurry.

Nose is a complex bouquet, sweetness and deliciousness of many kinds. a trifle tart and a hit of spice, then fruitspeach, apricot, melon, grapefruit, marinated in cognac. Heady, spicy, potent.

Taste: same fruit flavors arrive on the tongue, but are met in kind and in full bu the ever-large booze. Richness of malt matched with rawness of alcohol. Very vibrant, though, turning mellow as it sits in the mouth.
Feels a bit thinner in body than I'd personally prefer, but that's forgotten when you take another sip and the flavor washes over the palate and the warmth creeps up, and it's one of those beers that gets not just your average Jane and Joe saying it, but sometimes me, and myabe you, too: THIS is a beer?
Moderate carbonation, alcoholic, long, fruity finish. An outsized brew, the 10% not hiding in the least.
I remember this being darker and fuller when it was bottled as La Trappe. Is it me, or my memory. Whatever, it's still good. Damn good!

03-26-2007 04:10:03 | More by feloniousmonk
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +13%

On tap at The Flying Pig on 3/10...
Appears a dark, murky brown with a fluffy, offwhite head that slowly fades away. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is pretty amazing of dough, brown sugar, ripe black grapes, plums, raisins, along with luscious notes of ripe mango and passion fruit. I could really just sit and smell it all day and be happy.
Taste echoes the wonderful aromas of the doughy, sugary, ripe fruits that makes this beer come together in a nice, lightly spiced dessert brew.
Mouthfeel is slightly sweet up front, mild spices leading to a semi-dry finish. This one on draft blew away any bottled version I've had of this.

03-23-2007 21:17:03 | More by weeare138
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Poser

Alabama

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%

Got this with some others in a last-ditch effort to get some beer to bring back from Brussels (long story). Incredible head with great retention and lacing. A dark, copper color. There's also some decent carbonation that can't be missed. Aroma is light caramel with some flavors I can't quite classify -- a little fruity and bready. This is full-bodied with a fruity, almost muscadine finish. Surprisingly thick and bready, but also pretty smooth for 10% ABV.

If I didn't live in Alabama, I would have to get another to try to figure this one out. Maybe I was expecting something like a Tripel. That isn't saying this is bad -- far from it. But part of me is reluctant to rate until I've had another.

03-20-2007 00:19:15 | More by Poser
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MYJELLOMISFIT

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

I poured it from a 11.2oz bottle into a burgundy glass. Little head formed in a white ring that held the side of the glass. The body had a red hues to the brown base. Has a deep pink rose color when held to light.

Nicely fragrant with sweet floral, citrus, spice, yeast, and malt. I want a candle that smells like this. It begs to be tasted but savored.

Mouthfeel was heavy but easily swallowed and smooth. Just a little carbonation tingle on the tongue.

Taste was good and well rounded with raspberry tartness, melon sweets, slight bitter nut, yeast, and malt flows all the way through.
Aftertaste sticks around and slowly changes to a cherry bitter/sweet deep malty taste. The burps bring back the sweet and make this a good sipper. Beware... 10% ABV hides somewhere in the nectar of Monks.

03-17-2007 03:38:01 | More by MYJELLOMISFIT
La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 1,707 ratings.