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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: 1,734
Reviews: 850
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 83
Gots: 181 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-07-2002)
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Photo of Jmamay22
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The Belgian Quadrupel pours one part foam and two parts beer. The beer is a deep ruby and a tan creamy head that eventually settles to one finger depth.

Smells of tart boozy cherries, yeast and the slightest bit of spice. Mostly alcohol mixed with cherries here.

There is a little more going on than there was in the nose. Same tart cherries and yeast as before, but a greater amount of spice and a small amount of raisins. Very dry and boozy finish with a good amount of warming.

Mouthfeel has the typical tight Belgian carbonation that adds a sense of zest. Quads are never what I would call drinkable, but this one doesn't hide it's abv as well as others. If you enjoy this give Mad Elf a try, but I expect more out of a Belgian Quadrupel.

Jmamay22, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a tremendous fruity yeast aroma as well as a warm malty scent. It's dry with a slight earthy feel. The warmth seeps through the yeast esters. The taste is good. It has a strong pale and light crystal malt flavor. It goes down easy and finishes dry and warm with a mild yeast fruitiness. The earthiness resinates on the tongue. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's got a solid malt character as well as finite yeast component.

WesWes, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of BucBasil
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was once marketed as "La Trappe Quadrupel," but I guess they have since changed the name because of the limited availability of the "Trappist" name. The name of the beer now reflects the name of the abbey in which it was produced.

Appearance: Poured from the 750mL corked and caged bottle into a goblet. A dark ruby red, that is somewhat clear. Has a one and a half finger off-white head.

Smell: Malty with a hint of fruitiness. The caramel Munich malt comes through brilliantly toward the middle, as does a nice raisin-like note. Finishes with a faint touch of Belgian yeast.

Taste: Starts off with a velvety smooth texture that accentuates the dark fruits, as well as a surprising peachy flavor, hidden underneath. Subtle but pleasant malty character comes through in the middle, but this time the roasted malts can be detected a bit better. Finishes smooth with a buttery, warming taste. Hops were not evident to me (though they’re probably in there somewhere), and bitterness was almost nonexistent, however it was nicely balanced and not oversweet.

Notes: Time to check another Trappist off my list. They hardly ever disappoint… Alcohol is very well hidden, and almost unnoticeable until you have had a couple glasses... Very mild flavor, and surprisingly accessible.

BucBasil, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of thierrynantes
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 1999.

Apperance : reddish color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : orange aroma, moderated by the spicy hops.
Taste and Mouthfeel : palate is dominated by hops and spices. Long in mouth the whole strengthened by the alcohol (10 %!) Drinkability: good beer of quadrupel style, but containing a lot of alcohol.

Translated from French to English (14/2/2010).

thierrynantes, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of wheelinshirt
3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle labeled Koenings Hoeven Quadrupel which i understand to be the same thing as the La Trappe. The color was a bit lighter than i expected, a ruddy brown with only about a finger of creamy head that did not leave much lacing. The smell was mostly dark ripe fruits and alcohol, and the taste was similar. It was sweet and the alcohol had a very nice bite to it, but the beer was not quite full bodied enough for me. The drinkability is mostly hampered by the aggresiveness of the alcohol but overall a good beer.

Second Impression: Had this beer again from a 750 mL from Abe's in Bethlehem for $10.50. Poured into a snifter and shared with friends. Looks the same as I remember it, ruddy brown, okay but unimpressive head, retention and lacing.

Smell is boozy, not really inviting. Also picking up some fruits but it seems a bit off. Taste is a combination of red twizzlers, banana and alcohol. Not really anything positive about this one.

Mouthfeel is still thin, carbonation is high and prickly, though it was served a bit colder than it should have. Drinkability is low.

Scores averaged to represent the two very different impressions of this beer. Even if the second bottle was a bad bottle, I don't really see an reason to pick this up over the more widely available and similarly priced Chimay Blue.

wheelinshirt, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/13/07- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance- Off red, maybe a touch ruby or off brown. Hard to describe color. Corks comes out with a furious pop as well as about an ounce of foam. Head is large, 2 inches or so, but slims down to a nice 1/2 inch of pock looking head. Leaves nice chunks and patches of lace.

Smell- Not a huge nose, but nice. Grape, wild berries, honey and nutmeg to name a few.

Taste- The first flavor I get is concord grape, followed by some blackberry, and then maybe a touch of citrus? Spicy as well with cinnimon, nutmeg and clove. The only regret I have is that no one flavor really aserts itself. The flavors are soft, maybe almost a touch bland, but a nice assortment make it interesting.

Mouthfeel- Soft, lightly chewy with a lower carbonation rate.

Drinkability- Of the few quad's I've had, this one is about even par. Not really great, but could be. I'll probably pick up another and age one...got it at a steal of $7.99 at Bottle Barn.

GClarkage, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Leaves a crazy, big, biege foamy head of about three fingers in depth that has excellent retention, and leaves excellent lacing. Body is light garnet.

Smell - horseblanket, and then faintly, toasty malt biscuits, caramel, and faint hints of dark fruit like raisins, plums, and prunes.

Taste - much like the smell. Sour horseblanket dominates with faint tastes of dark fruit, and there is a little bit of spicy alcohol.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied and semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is merely decent ale, and its high abv limits sessionability.

ultralarry2006, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of redneckchugger
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into chimay chalice, light brown color, bobbule rising to the top, inchof head, dissipate quickly, rings of lacing.
smells of yeast, slight alcohol, malt, bannanas, dark ripe fruit, raisens.
taste actully has some hops in there, with yeast, bannas, figs, raisens, bread flavor comes out as it warms, yeast get stronger, alcohol moves out of the after taste , more to the forefront but still muted.
mouthfeel is carbonated, thinner that i expected for a quad, still good tho.
highly drinkable beer, jsut not a chugger, savor this one. excellent example of a blegian brew, not the best, but solid as hell.

redneckchugger, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of Deus1138
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just redoing my review. My old one was pretty vague.

Poured into a St. B Goblet. Color is is reddish amber. Just a little bit of head.

Smell is quite sweet and alcoholic. Smells like rum. I got a bottle of rum out of the fridge and compared. Yup, smells like rum!

Taste is very nice. Not quite as alcoholic as the smell might lead you to expect. Rum soaked raisins/plum comes to mind.

Mouthfeel is light and somewhat creamy.

Drinkability is very good. Slightly more alcoholic tasting than St. B, but very enjoyable.

Deus1138, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of klewis
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle

A: Pours a lishgly hazy copper with a small and brief head. Moderate lacing.

S: Very sweet and fruity smell with raisins and figs. Its alcohol content is noticable.

T: Very sweet and fruity, like the smell, but with a mild spiciness. The spice and hops provide it a good balance in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied and a bit syrupy with moderate-high carbonation. Lots of warmth from the alcohol.

D: I like this one better than many of the other popular and revered quads (Rochefort, St. Bernardus). This one is just allaround more pleasing, especially in taste. The price tag is much nicer too.

klewis, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of bruachan
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i had to do some research to make sure this is the right brew, as the bottle doesn't say anything about la trappe. vamanos

thiiiick foamy head that dies with time, though not without leaving evidence of its previous glory along the glass

the aroma is lighter than i expected from a quad. flowery hops and a brief yeastiness. the nose is the only category in which i can detect any significant sign of 10%

this is 10%? well hidden. so mild. if you handed this beer to me blind i would have called "dubbel". i can't decide if that is a good thing. hardly resembles a quad, but it IS super drinkable. superlatively drinkable and hugely (i say, without irony) subtle. lightly sweet, with dark fruit tones and a touch of brown sugar. soft

bruachan, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of kmo1030
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

faintly hazed orangey brown, with a good sized khaki colored head that hangs around for a bit.
fruity sweet aroma. i get a lot of plum, caramelized brown sugar, apple sauce, melon, banana standard belgian dark fruits (raisin, fig, prune, etc.). every once in a while i get an aroma that approaches noble hops.
the taste immensely sweet and fruity, this pushes my limits of pleasurable sweetness, but doesn't exceed them. i find, in no particular order: plum, raisin, fig, melon, banana, brown sugar, caramel, candy sugar, clove, chocolate orange (though i woudn't say chocolate or orange by themselves, spiced apple (think heavy spiced apple pie), and some alcohol.
full body with fairly active carbonation considering, which may be functioning to give the illusion of dryness just enough to prevent this from being too sweet.
drinkability is ok, it's a real sipper, but it does keep you coming back. solid quad.

kmo1030, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice hazelnut, hazy brown body. Looks rich and sticky. Topped with a 1 finger off white/tan head. Some floaties.
Smells mostly like banana and alcohol, some spice and rich yeast. Somewhat bready and crisp. A tingle to the nose.
Banana and prune linger in the taste. Slight sweet raisin and corriander. Not as bready as it smells, a bit lighter. Alcohol is noticeable, but only if you look for it. Caramel like taste.
Very smooth, and slight bite at the end. Very drinkable, but at the price I had to slow it down. Could gobble this one up quickly.

Mebuzzard, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of oelergud
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque mahogany, no head to speak of.
Lots of overripe grapes in the scent, very sweet and vineous. Dark molasses, pear, cherries and banana. The alcohol is clear.
The taste is full of sweet vineous flavors. Oak and walnut imparts a drying sensation. The alcohol is easily detected. Some pear and cherry in the taste but not nearly as fruity as the scent. The aftertaste is fairly long and bitter still with the main flavor being sweet.
Medium body with a decent coating. Quite dry and vineous.
Good drinkability. Not as good as I had hoped but far from bad.


oelergud, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A big fat four finger head looks creamy and khaki with slight reddish cast. The head recedes a bit, but stays pretty thick, and leaves big solid sheets of creamy lace on the glass. The cloudy brew is russet brown with some purple in there too. The head stays at a fat finger for quite a while....nice retention!

S - I could smell this from the second I popped the top....it's quite pungent. I smell creamy sugary candy, Laffy-Taffy, chewy caramel filling-yankers, and Bit-O-Honey. Lots of fruit too: banana (banana Laffy-Taffy), dates, plums, prunes, and apricot baby food. Also vanilla and tawny port are very discernible. This is one complex MoFo!

T - Sweet caramel gooey candy is my first impression. Loads of dark fruit follow the candy sweetness, and eventually the sugars fade into a firm alcohol port flavor. I taste plums and dried apricots mainly, with big purple grapes and some very subdued hay-like hop flavors. This sweet fruity brew is best saved for desert.

M - Full bodied, sugar-coated, with a low level of carbonation and a balancing hop bitterness that helps to kill the sugar. Oily and rich. Very warming with a big boozy finish.

D - This brew screams quite evening by the fire with some chocolate. This is pretty damn complex and very comforting but definitely not a session beer. Enjoy this over the course of an hour after dinner in place of port or scotch. I'm really impressed with this one.

pmcadamis, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of Kudashov
2.8/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When poured into the chalice the appearance is dark brown and mahogany . The label is different than the one pictured . Tan leathery head and there is a small proportion of lacing on thee chalice . The smell is sweet / sour , toffee smelling . The taste and the mouthfeel are just bland and the aftertaste is nothing to brag about either . This just was all over the place for me and I did not enjoy it .

Kudashov, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is very different from the one in the picture, but it appears to be the same beer.

Appearance: An orange tinted, clear garnet color, decent-sized head with mediocre retention. Minor lacing.

Smell: Typical dark fruits, plus berry, over a Belgian dark candi carameliness and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Fruity and malty, tastes almost "tropical" at the swallow, like a boat drink. Slightly tart. Alcohol is evident.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, carbonation as expected for the style.

Drinkability: Moderated by high alcohol and what seems to me an unnecessary tartness.

hunteraw, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of basica
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer came as a free gift from a beer purchase from Wim from Netherlands; I told him that I
would like to give the La Trappe trappist beers a try perhaps starting from the quad and he
included a free 30cl bottle of La Trappe Quadrupel in the shipment. Thanks Wim! I am quite
excited to try this Quad as it is a Belgian style trappist Quad from the only Trappist breweries
out of Belgium, the Koningshoeven monastic brewers. For this tasting session, I used the typical
La Trappe wide-bowled glass for this tasting and on the behind label of the bottle the freshness
date of Dec 2008 is indicated. The La Trappe Quad pours into my La Trappe glass a lighter than
expected color; kind of murky brownish with a pretty big head and medium head retention. Quite
a looker indeed. The smell was large fruits consisting of plums and grapes, pretty good aroma;
sweetness could also be detected from the smell and there's probably a little floral hops as
well. When I proceeded to taste this beer, the first thing that hits me is the strength and the
sweetness and immediately after, a nice strong aromatic fruity taste of plums, grapes, raisins
followed. Not a really complex taste but there seems to be more than one kind of sweetness in
the taste. Admittedly it was a little too sweet but not sticky enough to balance things out but
I am much more ok with this as compared to the Kasteel brune which is totally overwhelming with
sweetness. The finish was yeasty and left off with a little hop bitterness leaving plum frutiness
on the nose. The yeasty finish was not really preferred but it was acceptable. The mouth feel of
this quad is probably between medium to full body but seemingly thicker due to the sweetness as
well as the rather high level of carbonation. This beer was gorgeously smooth for a 10 ABV though
I still feel that the carbonation is a little high. It leaves lot's of plum fruitness on the nose
and that was really pleasant. The alcoholic strength can be felt but it was never once
overwhelming. The after taste was naturally largely plum fruitiness which gradually transforms
into a nice lingering grape and raisin finishing still keeping the plum fruitiness on the nose
for a pretty extended period. Some light breadiness at the end too. Nice! I will definitely look
forward to trying the other brews by La Trappe. I am rather impressed by the Quad here.

basica, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Drafting Room Springhouse

Served into a tulip (glass)

Smell, A bit musty, raisins, figs, plums, and a little alcohol round out the nose.

Taste, Just what the nose indicated for the most part. Lots of the above mentioned fruits. Alcohol is noticeable, but far from over powering. Along with the alcohol, there is a noticeable bitterness that really helps balance this beer.

Overall, A delicious Quad, with a great balance. Not overly sweet, this one has a good bitterness to it. I'm glad I caught this on-tap, as every bottle of this brew I have ever had was not very good. I can see now it was the quality of the bottles and not the beer.

leftmindedrighty, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of drseamus
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was the most off style of any of the Belgian beers I have had. It was an amber reddish color, which is much lighter than I expected a Quad to be. The smell is rich and malty with some yeasty funk and probably the best quality of the beer. The flavor is very hot with alcohol which is a big turnoff for me. There are some spicy notes in there as well along with a decent malty background; but the hotness seems to mask the other flavors. It had a medium body but only decent drinkability. Overall, a rather disappointing beer.

drseamus, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of btmo
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly fruity nose, thin head that persists for a while, outstanding appearance! Deep coppery brown with a nice cloudiness that I find quite attractive. We don't see a lot of this style of beer in New Zealand, which is a pity, as it is very pleasant and very drinkable. You certainly notice the alcohol, but it isn't overpowering. Flavour is good, and has definite hints of fruit. This is one I will be buying again!


btmo, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
2.88/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Thick tan head on a kind of cloudy amber body with few orange hues.
S- Spices, alcohol, cherries, plums, raisins, sweet caramel, and sugars all help make up the aroma.
T- Really sweet caramel and light toffee malt body. Strong candy cherries, plums, few dry hops, alcohol, spices, cloves, and a bunch of sugars blend together. The candy cherries really stand out more than rest of things along with the sweet caramel body.
M- Medium body with low/medium carbonation.
D- I'm really not a big fan of this at all. I think the sweetness is almost overwhelming.

BlindPig, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a gusher. Pours out a hazed chestnut with a thinnish head that maintains its diminutive size. Leaves some short sheets of lace. This one smells really heavy on the phenols to the point of overkill. Lots of booze in this one too. Underlying aromas of dark malts. Phenols aren't as wild in the flavor, but are still a bit much, I believe. Same with the alcohol. Malt comes out more with grape juice flavors along with apples and pears. Hops are subtle but give this an herbaceous feel. Mouthfeel is kind of light and thin for the size, but the carbonation is just fine: it stimulates the tongue well, but doesn't wild out. I'm not really moved to drink more and more of this. Glad I got a single.

goochpunch, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of gotbeer
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had the opportunity to have this one in quite a while. I found a bottle today, and was glad to see it again.

The appearance is a dark reddish-copper. The head has fine bubbles, and doesn't lace too aggressively. Not as wickedly carbonated as some Belgians.

The smell is of raisens soaked in vodka.

The taste contains the qualities of sour grapes, champagne, herbal notes, some earthy notes, and just a touch of phelonic qualities.

The mouthfeel is up to par with the best of Belgian Quads. Soft bubbles create a nice mouthfeel.

The drinkability is okay. It's an interesting brew, but not one I would try to session all night even if the ABV were low enough for that. It has some unique qualities compared to other quads and is worth trying.

gotbeer, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.05/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

While I thought the mouthfeel of this beer was quite good, I was not a huge fan of its sour grape and champagne flavor. It is lightly sweet and tastes a bit like dried fruit, which may have been what bothered me (I'm not a fan). Aroma was a bit of a candied fruit sugariness. I had this beer on draft, and it was not unattractive in its martini-like branded glassware - a hazy red color with a white scummy head of inconsistently sized tiny bubbles. Still, i was not a huge fan of this beer.

BeerBelcher, Jul 06, 2007
La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 1,734 ratings.