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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: 1,641
Reviews: 843
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 73
Gots: 136 | FT: 3
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Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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neenerzig

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

To my knowledge this is the first Quadrupel I have ever had. A very bold, robust, flavorful beer indeed. The cork was in so tight I had to open it with a corkscrew. Not one of the cheaper imports I have ever bought that's for sure. Cost me a total of $10.81 for one 25 oz. bottle, tax included (cost was $9.99 w/ out tax). First time I have ever had to open my beer with a corkscrew. Pours a medium brown color with a magnificent white/very light brown head well over an inch thick. The head pretty much refuses to dissappear. 30 minutes after pouring this beer the head was still going quite strong. Amazing head retention, the best I have ever seen in fact. The head was good all the way down to the last sip and leaves very nice lacing as it gets sipped down to the end. Smell is of quite a generous amount of yeast and malt along with fruits such as plums, apples, raisins, Has a sweet taste that reminds me of brown sugar on toast in the morning along with some caramel and fruityness talked about above, and of course alcohol. It leaves a warm glow inside after a few sips that lasts right down to the last sip. This beer is truly a fine piece of art. A nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation that leaves a slight burning sensation after being sipped. I found this to be very drinkable considering its 10% ABV. The 10% ABV would also make it quite difficult for me to imagine myself drinking more than one of these per session, plus the fact that I have never seen it sold in 12 oz. bottles. It says on the back label that this beer can be aged like fine wine. I have no idea how long this beer was sitting on the shelves for before I purchased it. If you want to get very drunk on truly great tasting beer pick up 2 or 3 bottles of this. If you want to appreciate it for the truly fine beer it is, drink one, and only one at a time. I got quite a nice and pleasant buzz off of one bottle and would not want to ruin this beer drinking experience by drinking more than one at a time. I recommend this beer to all everywhere despite the high price tag. I will drink it again for sure!

Eric

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 01:09:48 | More by neenerzig
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

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

BB 06/2007, served in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: pours a beautiful, bright mahogany-coloured, semi-lively carbonated body, with a semi-thick off-white beer head on the top, which dissipates at a slow pace and leaves tight lacing behind~~
S: upfront is an assertive, but not quite intrusive, aroma mixed of rum-soaked cherries, fat raisins, and perfumy fruitiness (plum-preserve, apple-peels, banana-ish yeastiness, etc.); burned brown-sugary, caramely malts hover in the background. But overall the aroma lacks more complexity and a sound structure, with a touch of warming alc. and sweetness too much to my liking.
T: semi-sharp textured, brown sugary maltiness prevails upfront, backed by a fast-developing fruity palate - sticky-plummy+raisiny+melony, plus a herbal & mildly spicy touch of yeasts - ginsin+licorice+peppery; the sweet overtone benefits from a finishing dryish touch, meanwhile it's quite warming down the throat, almost like that of a dark fortified wine, plus a slightly sticky winey feel and cloying burned sugar-cane revealed in the very end. Not too bad, but far from amazing.
M&D: med-full bodied for what I know of a Quadrupel, but the mouthfeel is rather fizzy and not as mellow as I prefer it to be, while the alc. is a bit assertive, standing in the way for fuller enjoyment. Compared with some other examples of this style I've tried, I find this one quite "underperforming" with some apparently sharp edges to square. An older bottle might be more complex and taste better, I hope?

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 02:10:54 | More by wl0307
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asabreed

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: An amber / orange body with hues of bright orange with the right amount of light. I gave it a vigorous pour so the head was a bit huge and slightly off-white before settling down fairly quickly.

Smell: Lots of malt and yeast, of course, up front. There's a lot of tropical fruit too along with some sour cherries and apple skin. Also some brown sugar and some maple. Not much hops. The alcohol becomes more evident as it warms but not in an obtrusive way.

Taste: What I admire about this brew is the almost geuze or lambic-like sourness at the onset. With that are huge bold flavors sour and dark fruit, along with apple-skin, plum, raisin, chalky yeast, slight medicinal phenolic characteristics, and finally some brown sugar. Finishes slightly sweet before a bit of hops makes its way in there, bold and lots of malt and hints of fruit linger.

Mouthfeel: Coating because of the sweetness and the carbonation really only becomes apparent as its close to the swallow. Not as thick as some quads for sure.

Drinkability: A pleasure to drink, with the alcohol hidden very well, especially at 10% ABV. I may try future pairings with cheese because I think some great things would happen. Definitely give this brew a shot, it's fairly different for a quad in a way, but I really enjoy it and will drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 21:05:18 | More by asabreed
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moderndrunkard

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Small, fluffy, off-white head that's short-lived. Light brown body that's slightly cloudy.

Alcoholic nose, but not too strong for a quad. Perhaps a hint of malty undertones. Overall yeasty, sweet aroma.

Taste is overwhelmingly pungent, phenolic, and, most of all, alcoholic. It's all I can taste. But as the beer warms, the taste becomes more manageable. More full and less overpowering.

But overall, this is porbably my least favorite trappist.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 18:24:09 | More by moderndrunkard
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

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

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange color with a thick 1/2" of off white foam on top. There are a whole bunch of bubbles rising to maintain the head, but it looks like it isn't going anywhere anyway. The head stays forever, and there is still some remains of it up until the last sip. There is some scattered lacing about the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Really fruity aroma. I can pick up raisins, plums, figs, apples most notably while the aroma has a background of syrupy sweetness and bread. There is a spicy dimension to the nose also which gives you a bit of coriander and pepper. There may even be a bit of Lavender here too to confuse the aromatic profile.

Taste: The flavor follows pretty closely with the aroma, but actually comes across as a bit milder than I expected. There is a lot more bread in the flavor that I believe is mostly yeast derived...with a subtle addition of wheat I would guess. There is a noticeable syrupy sweetness here that hints at the beers strength. This sweetness is greatly accentuated by the fruity flavors, and I get more ripe fruit in the flavor as compared to the nose. The beer is balanced firmly toward the sweetness with the fruit flavors leading the way. There is some balance to the sweetness from the dark malts and attenuation, but if there are hops contributing to the floral balance, they are very reserved. The finish is a bit sweet and syrupy so that it coats your throat from the alcohol. Long into the finish, you get a bit of warming on the back of the throat, but this beer hides its alcohol very well.

Opinion: I really enjoyed this beer. It is in a really tough category, but it does well to hold its own. Even though this beer is pretty sweet, it is still too easily drinkable. I would like it to be attenuated just a bit more to cut the syrupy feeling that lingers, but that could be its charm to mask the alcohol. I am almost done with the beer, and I am already feeling its "blessing" from the alcohol. I would definitely drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 02:04:42 | More by SkeeterHawk
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AltBock

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle with just a simple label with the name of their beer and a drawing of their abbey on the front. The back label had the usual U.S. information, no date, but a code and a time. This is #4 out of #4 from the La Trappe variety pack. Last but no least.

Appearance: When poured into my official La Trappe goblet, the beer was a dark murky reddish/brown color. Like the others, the head of foam was white in color and just a little skim of it at the top. The skim dissipated very fast leaving no lace and very few rings. This one by far had the most yeast floating around in the glass.

Smell: The aroma was pleasant in plenty of nice ripe juicy fruits like cherries, little malts, alcohol, and a huge helping of sweetness in the background. Very nice!

Taste: In the taste there was plenty of sweet ripe juicy fruits, some malt, little hops, and a huge helping of alcohol in the background. There was only just a slight taste of yeast in this. When I saw all the yeast floating around, I thought the main taste would be yeast, but I guess not. Basically when the first taste settles, the alcohol kicks in bid time.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, carbonated, and that strong alcohol aftertaste doesn't seem to want to leave.

Drinkability: A good Quad and surprisingly drinkable for a beer that clocks in at 10% ABV. After trying all 4 of thier main ones, this one is their best. Very good!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 19:08:14 | More by AltBock
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bearrunner44

Illinois

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

Appearance: Dark, rose-shaded crimson. Thick, cream-colored head. The glass remains coated in foam as the head recedes.

Smell: Rich & buttery malt profile. Cake-like, with rich, soft diacetyl sweetness. Soft & doughy yeast overtones, with a burst of alcohol in the background.

Taste: Very sweet; the diacetyl is off the map. Extremely smooth and buttery. There's almost nothing to balance the sweetness; the hops are very low-key, and the yeast lends only a moderate earthiness. Light, fruity estery flavors compliment the malt, tasting mostly like raspberries and cherries. You can taste the 10.00% ABV, but it's fairly well-concealed. It provides a definite warming sensation, but it doesn't detract from the gigantic sweetness of the malt profile. Sticky, fruity and sweet; definitely a dessert beer.

Mouthfeel: Very firm and chewy, as is expected of a beer this big. The carbonation lightens the beer just enough. Excellent.

Verdict: This isn't an everyday beer. It lacks some of the complexity of other Trappist-style ales, but simple joy can be found in La Trappe's eager-to-please sweetness. I imagine this would be incredible after a dinner of roasted turkey.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2006 02:53:04 | More by bearrunner44
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JulieRFoster

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours out a fluffy pale vanilla head that quickly dissipates into a film of variously sized bubbles. The color is a burnished-copper amber, and not particularly appealing.
The nose is very sweet, with lots of bubblegum and some malt scent coming through. The alcohol also comes through a bit, but not too much. The sugar is what really dominates the smell. Same for the taste. It almost tastes like malty cotton candy. Unfortunately the sweetness obfuscates other flavors. There is some fruit and malt, but the fruit tastes like candy that is artificially flavored, rather than an identifiable fruit. Aside from the sweetness, it is pleasant to drink, but I doubt that I could drink more than two without vomiting. It’s just too damn sweet.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 19:26:40 | More by JulieRFoster
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doubleipa

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an '04 that I've had in the cellar for two years. Nice half inch, light brown head, excellent lacing. Color is dark brown. Aroma of moderate malt, toasted, moderate yeast, dough, banana, vanilla, and cherry. Initial flavor was moderately sweet with a long finish. Really malty taste, but not as much cherry and vanilla that was indicated by the aroma. There was a moderate a level of alcohol in the finish. I think this could;ve stayed in the cellar for a coupld more year.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 13:44:34 | More by doubleipa
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sinistrsam

Maryland

4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this at the Brickskeller in DC. Poured a beautiful brown, with a huge foamy head. Lacing was excellent. The aroma was what youd expect from a quad but with suble undertones often missing from lesser examples of the style. Citrus and yeast, sour fruits, spices and bread. The taste is spice and sweet hops, cloves, sour fruits, alcohol and sugars. It was balanced as well as any quad I've ever had. The mouthfeel was somewhat astringent with its acidicty, but excellent for sipping, even with its carbonation. I loved this beer and it has now risen to my favorite example of the style. Absolutely excellent.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 19:50:54 | More by sinistrsam
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SetarconeX

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Impressive, even by the standards of Belgian brews. Flawless visuals, a cloudy, light reddish brown color with a hefty, almost creamy in it's thickness froth. Wonderful.

Lightly lemony, sour aroma, good but not too unusual for a Belgian. Taste is a complicated blend of citrus, clove, and finishes on a bit of plum. Fruity, but astonishingly drinkable considering how busy the drink is. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 03:28:45 | More by SetarconeX
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marinobrew

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has recently been approved to NC and has lost the La Trapp label. The label only has the Koningshoeven brewery name with quadrupel and trappist ale underneath.
The appearnace is a deep mahogony and brilliant clarity.
The head is off white and tightly laced. The lacing in the glass leaves a nice symetrical line.
The nose is sour fruit, toffee, alcohol, and yeasty.
The mouth is decently smooth with hints of the toffee, hazelnut, plum, alcohol and licorice.
The finish is a lingering bitter/sweet that warms the chest.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 22:36:50 | More by marinobrew
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking a 12 oz bottle that dates back to when La Trappe was authorized to use the Trappist logo (before losing it in 2000 and regaining the right in late 2005). That makes this bottle approximately 6 years old. I am serving it cold in a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The ale has a nice ruby red color and is slightly hazy. When held to light, the haze is much more apparent, as are the yeast particles floating in the ale. It poured with a moderate head, nothing great, but it did leave nice ring of lace around it.

Smell: The ale has a nice, malty biscuity aroma to it. The malt is not overwhelming. In fact, I'd say that the malt character has probably mellowed significantly over the past six years (I say this based on having had recent brews from La Trappe).

Taste: The ale doesn't taste anything like a quad. Instead of an in-your-face maltiness, the ale is muted and soft on the tongue. There is a definite malt character, but it is no longer on par with a quad. The malts have mellowed to the point that ale is well-balanced. The ale does have a somewhat fruity character, specifically I taste some raisins in the ale.

Mouthfeel: The ale has lost some of the carbonation, giving it a soft taste that does not wash clean the palate. This allows the malt character to linger for longer than usual. That malt character is sweet and very pleasing. I think that this ale has aged quite nicely.

Drinkability: The ale is very strong, maybe even moreso after six years. If you have a fresh bottle, it may be a little hot (malt-related) so let it sit for a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 13:39:15 | More by akorsak
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nitemarebrewer

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle, expired 10-05, maybe, hard to read... into a glass, thick head, slowly drops to scum. Beer is highly effervescent but slows, reddish brown in color.
Smells sweet and bubble-gum-y.
Taste, a chemical-sweet, bubble-gum flava. Grew a bit bland after about a quarter bottle.
Mouthfeel was surprisingly thin.
This beer was a bit of a let-down, especially after paying $11 for a 4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 04:41:40 | More by nitemarebrewer
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Jredner

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big whiff of candy sugar, alcohol and what smells like artifical sweetner. Deep amber with a thick two finger head. Alcohol followed by more of the chemical sweetness I find in about half the bottles I try of this. I think it is newer bottles that taste this way cause the better samples I have had have come from shops with low turnover. Fruit mash, some caramel notes, yeast and riasins are present as well, but often that flavor is dominated by that chemical sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 07:14:21 | More by Jredner
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps the least enjoyable of all Trappist beers. Fruits, candy, and Belgian yeast are hardly appreciated over the fusal alcohols. Dehydrated fruits, candy sugar, and bready yeast are present, but the alcoholic strength and a undecernable nausiating flavor persists from beginning to end. Though I want to like it, the drinkability is low. Finsihes dry, sweet, and fruity / spicy. Not a particualarly good offering for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 17:32:21 | More by BEERchitect
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a nice copper/apple cider color with a gigantic frothy tan head that’s sustained by a fleet of little bubbles. This left cobwebs of lace along the sides of my tulip glass. Smells predominantly (disappointingly so) of alcohol with some red wine, green grapes, oak and an underlying sweet bread dough. The flavor consists of a wonderful concoction of musky fruits to include prunes, sour strawberries, cherries and some mild oranges (and then some pears as it warmed). These are all tied together with a smooth, yet dry, oak and doughy yeast that reminds me of pizza dough. Also, there’s a subtle spiciness brought on by the yeast and the alcohol. The fruity sweetness in this beer is wonderfully contained by this dryness. Finishes with some lingering dark fruits and an amplified version of the smooth spicy yeast. There’s also a good deal of gentle warming. The mouth feel feels initially light, but is a bit sluggish moving around in my mouth with big explosive bubbles that feel electric across the roof of my mouth. This is a really top notch brew with a fantastic balance of flavors that is terrifically enjoyable to drink. Reflecting on the potency of past quadruples, this is easily the easiest going down.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 22:03:35 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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joeyels

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper brown in color with a thick bubbly eggshell colored head. Good retention with a nice lacing around the glass. The smell is a touch spicy with a smooth fruity finish, it really reminded me of a butterscotch candy. Taste is sweet and smooth on the palate with a delicate balance of fruit and spice. Well carbonated feel that finishes light yet is quite filling. Not as heavy as I expected for a quad, but very satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 14:53:26 | More by joeyels
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice, somewhat hazy brown color. Awesome, tannish head that lasts the whole way down the glass. Aroma is a tad subdued. Malty and somewhat spicy. Buttery and pineapple like. Great, full malty flavor. Nicely spiced. Brown sugar, raisens and a slight alcohol burn combine to make a perfect blend of flavors. Very good body. Exceptionally drinkable beer. Very enjoyable. A real sipper for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 01:46:43 | More by lackenhauser
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Billolick

New York

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle from a gift set box, which included the nice glass I'm sampling from.No freshness indication. Pours semi clear, rich dark honey amber, with a light tan head, leaving nice striated lacing. Nose here is of some spice, some sweet candi sugars and slight vanilla. Rich, tasty and complex brew, notes of honey, warming alcohol, rum soaked raisins, figs and wintery spice. World class quad, in the same ballpark as Westy and St. Bernardus. Go get some and enjoy this fine creation in brewing.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 20:11:15 | More by Billolick
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark black color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention. Aroma of cookie dough, which seems to be part of all beer from this brewery and is very enjoyable. Taste is also comprised of sweet malt reminiscent of cookie dough with some dry figs. Body could be more full and alcohol was well hidden. Still missing a little something to match the other great beer from this style thought.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2005 19:52:06 | More by Phyl21ca
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Schippa2

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, a dark, murky amber color with a small off-white head that dissipated very quickly and left no lacing. The carbonation stirred up particles of what I'm assuming was yeast.

Very fruity smell. Banana, apple, cotton candy, alcohol were present.

Taste - sweet, malty, fruit. The alcohol was there but definitely couldn't taste all 10 percent.
Felt light on the tonge with lots of carbonation, maybe too much. I could feel a few larger particles of yeast flow over my tongue several times. Regardless, it's still very drinkable.
Dry, sweet aftertaste, warms the back of the throat, very pleasant. Aftertaste was very slightly bitter until the ale warmed up a bit.

This Quadrupel doesn't leave a whole lot to be desired. A bit expensive, but I'll probably be having it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 03:59:27 | More by Schippa2
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andjusticeforale

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really pleasantly surprised by this beer. It pours into a chalice much lighter and more gold in color than you would expect of a quadrupel trappist product.

The immediate smell is strong bananas, and some yeast. Its really a beautiful smell and reminds you of all the wonderful, beautiful qualities of non-bitter beer.

The taste is fruity and vanilla and bubblegum and giant maltiness. Its really like a cross between a strong pale ale and a quadrupel; maybe like an "imperial dubbel." The mouthfeel is really quite good and there is a nice alcohol background to the finish.

This may not rise to the Westy/rochefort/St. B level of darkness; but who says it has to? Its terrific on its own. This is no doubt one of their best products, and it could win some people over.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 14:59:53 | More by andjusticeforale
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AaronRed

New York

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

This is a BIG beer. Huge assault of carmel sweetness hits you upon the first smell; it also screams alcohol. I felt this beer became better as I drank it- or I became less critical. It just seems to work. It is sugary, but backs off just enough to let you drink it without any worries. Definetely hits the back of your throat, like it doesn't want to leave you so fast. But even given this, I just enjoyed it so much- in the end it is balanced even though it is very strong.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2005 01:21:12 | More by AaronRed
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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

The last time this beer was available in BC it was a true Trappist beer with La Trappe on the main label( I still have a bottle of that in the cellar). Now the beer has Koninghoeven on the label and is an abbey beer with Achel taking their place in the Trappist ranks.

The beers looks very refined in a Leffe goblet ; all tawny brown with a classic big Belgian head. The nose is candysugar and plummy notes combined with wiffs of alcohol. The taste is sweetish was a slightly hot finish. Notes of old fruit and hops permeate the mouthfeel. This becomes more refined with each sip until a balance occurs where the beer smoothes out in contrast to its alcoholic largeness. A real sign of a good Triple/Double/ Quad is the ability of the beer to become a sum of its parts. This still is a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2005 02:42:20 | More by canucklehead
La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 1,641 ratings.