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: 1,866
Reviews: 860
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 93
Gots: 234 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber and appears very thick, almost syrupy. Has a small white head and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells like dark fruit, sweet malt, and a little of alcohol. Almost smells like wine.

Tastes follow from the nose, dark fruits, malty sweetness, a little spice, all rounded out by some alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is a nice medium, not too heavy, not too light, but just right. There is also a decent amount of carbonation.

This is very drinkable. I would make this a session brew if not for the higher abv.

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

bomber poured into a chalice.

A - Pours reddish/orange or maybe copper. White head that subsided to a whispy ring around. Some lacing.

S - Floral/fruity.

T - Fruity and slightly sweet. Slight warmth from alcohol in finish.

M - Highly carbonated. Creamy. Smooth.

D - Very drinkable.

Photo of WJVII
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got from "secret santa" at Christmas party...
This brew poured into a pint glass has a wonderful light amber color, with a little haziness, and a red tint held to the light. There is a nice clean white head that was frothy and left nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was of sweet clove and fig. A nice lingering of banana and some mild yeast are present. The taste is one of the better Quads I have had. The flavor is intense but not over powering and there is little alcohol aftertaste that sometimes overpowers. This also has a strong carbonation that leaves little flavor bursts on the tongue. Very nice brew, I can tell why over 400 BA's review this so well! Thanks Mrs. CDKrenz!

Photo of yesyouam
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a crystal clear red-orange jewel with a thin, frothy white head that's mostly diminishing. The aroma is like sweet baked goods in the oven... maybe apple crisp? Once in the mouth, the medium-bodied ale starts with the twang on malt that turns into green apple and perhaps melon... with the slightest hop bite to set it off. It has a very fresh, bright aftertaste of small, shiny green apples. Nice!
(rated Jan 30, 2007)

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

On-tap at The Alex P. Keaton in London, ON.

Appearance: ruby red body, brownish hues, thin and bubbly head fades away swiftly.

Smell: floral, clove-like aroma, yeast, lots of alcohol, some fruitiness.

Taste: maple syrup, dark fruit, and a warming, boozy finish. Very clean and malty.

Mouthfeel: crisp upfront with lots of bite from the carbonation and liquor. A smooth and sweet aftertaste accompanies the finish.

Drinkability: for such a strong beer, La Trappe is remarkably drinkable. Needless to say, two pints knocked me off the face of the earth! I also noticed that, when you want to purchase this at the liquor store, it comes in a 750ml bottle. At 10% ABV, that's the same as drinking a bottle of wine. So in future I'll probably limit myself to one serving (330ml) for an evening.

Photo of sprucetip
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Midnight Sun Goblet

Thick off white head with good retention and lacing. Medium amber, hazy, lots of bubbles rising, yeast visible. More golden as glass emptied. Lots of suspended yeast even from first pour.

Malts, other sugars and Belgian yeast strain hits immediately and linger. Has legs. Later in sample some fruity esters and alcoholic heat.

A very balanced blend of malts and characteristic Belgian yeast strain. Very smooth. Lovely.

Ample carbonation causes tingling sensation then alcoholic warming increases gradually. A very slight bitterness in the late middle before a sweet finish.

Very smooth. As drinkable as 10%abv can be. I have trouble savoring it as long as I should.

I find this to be one of the world's greats.

Photo of corby112
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an amber/ chestnut brown with thick, foamy yellowish beige head. Aroma of plum, raisin, fig, chocolate, roasted malt and strong alohol. Sweet up front with taste of dark berries, chocolate and a strong maltiness foloowed by a dry sweet alcohol finish. Very Good!

Photo of spointon
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 750ml brown bottle into my Gulden Draak large tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a relatively clear, rich reddish amber color with a 1" light tan head. The head eventually dropped to a thin cap and left some minor lacing down the glass.

S= Upon pouring (fridge temp) this ale had a disappointiong nose. After letting it warm significantly and pouring the yeast from the bottle into a full glass, this ale showed aromas of orchard fruits (apples and pears) as well as candi sugar, mollasses, and a boozy alcohol note.

T= Started with flavors of malt sweetness and candi sugar followed by the ripe orchard fruits and a mild yeasty funk. The alcohol came swooping in near rhe finish with a spicy, peppery blast and a lot of hotness.

MF= Medium bodied with a crisp, effervescent mouthfeel.

D= This was a very drinkable ale, albeit a bit boozy and alcohol-laden. The last of the Trappists for me to try, but I have to say it is one of the best. I should have tried this years ago!

Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my first Quad...and man oh man, I am diggin it. A-LOT. In a way I am glad it's so expensive, this is an exciting indulgence to look forward to, for sure.

A: Into a tulip glass pours a light/medium coppery brown, not see-through; nice, light-colored head that gradually recedes to a decent lacing.

S: I have a handicap here, I don't have a good sense of smell caused by an accident...the only way I CAN and do pick up smells is if they are bad. This, I got nothin, which is a very, very good thing.

T: Figs, caramel, creamy cherries, mikly creamy mustiness, maplely, lightly, perfectly sweet....there's nothing resembling a mask for the alcohol, it's undetectable. Little figgy fruit crispness in the aftertaste, along with light bread...very, very smooth aftertaste. There is almost a blue cheeseness from the mustiness but it's so perfectly blended it leaves me wanting more!

M: Very light carbonation, creamy, you purely savor the delicious flavors on this one. Amazingly smooth.

D: I could easily turn this bomber up and drink the whole thing straight down, it is THAT GOOD, it's the perfect balance of everything...and it's refreshing, nothing heavy about this at all. Outside of the price, this is perfection....divine.

Photo of Gmann
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottled, under the Koningshoeven name. Haven't seen the quad in a few years. Anywho, pours a hazy light chocolate brown color with a small and tight beige colored head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is fruity, with red wine like characteristics with a musty malt and candi sugar notes. Big bold musty flavor, red wine mixes with the dark candi sugar resulting in a strong raisin flavor, some fig and honey, rust, and just a barely there chocolate malt. La Trappe really brings out the musty flavors in their brews, much more so than the other trappist breweries. The brew sits well on the palate with fizzy carbonation, fairly crisp, sweet throughout. Despite the 10%abv drinks fairly well. Probably less malty than other quads but plenty fruity.

Photo of ewpgolf2
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Started this one a little cooler to allow it time to warm up in the snifter~45F. This review was with an 11.2oz. but I prefer the caged/corked big boys for sharing! My passion has been the Belgian Dark strong Ales and this Quad. is no exeption. This brew, again, is now 1:7 true Trappist beers...."the Koningshoeven monastery from The Netherlands regained their authenticity label and are again considered as a real Trappist beer."
Of all(close to 500 now) the Belgians out there, only 7 can claim "true Trappist" pedigree-Koningshoeven being the only one NOT in Belgium.
This poured a copper-toned ruddy with extremely "clingy" lace. Head was only 1/4"-probably due to the initial low temperature.
This one really coats the glass when sipped. I am enamored with the scent drawing you closer for more.
The taste changes as it warms from a straight (and great) quad. @ 50F to a complex carmeled ambrosia at 65F that slides down the throat like oiled silk(your mouthfeel). Pay no mind to the 10% as this is true panacea.
The drinkability for me is euphoric but only in small doses. The alcohol IS there and this does tend to get a little sweet after a few.
Better to savor Chteau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac than puke on the MD 20/>

Photo of birchstick
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - darker ruby red with a fluffy white head that sizzled when I poured it
S - very dark fruits, sweet malts, and very faint hops
T - this is very rich and dark. There are very dark fruits and caramel malts. There is also a noticeable alcohol hotness to it.
M - nice and smooth mouthfeel to it
D - being a quad, it is naturally very rich and a sipper. It is not one to have a lot of in one sitting, but rather one to enjoy. This is very drinkable and by the end of the bottle I wish I had more. Glad to try this one, this is my first Trappist ale.

Photo of stephens101
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with raspberry hues and is topped with a two-finger thick tan head that darkens at the edges and sticks to the glass for dear life, slowly fading, and leaving a thin but consistent lacing around the glass. Smells complex as expected with dark chocolates up front followed by a quick fruit burst and some phenolic notes. Tastes rich and hot with spice, dark chocolates and cherries noticed at first. In the background is some grain, some breadiness and a nice hint of hop bitterness. Mouth-feel is full-bodied with some stickiness is left on the lips. A quick shake results in a burst of quickly settling carbonation bubbles. This is as real as it gets.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this caged and corked one up at the Columbus Circle Whole Foods. No date on the bottle, however the label is different from the current profile picture. A Large Q in script with a purple crest background and the brewery's name is larger than the logo and description. I particularly enjoyed the info on the side label detailing the bitternes BU (25), the malt names (caramel munich and roast) and hopps (Hellertauer Northern Brew, Slovenian Super Steirer) I am not on a first name basis with non-American hops for the most part and truly enjoyed the information on the bottle. Such extra effort speaks volumes of the brewery and it's history. No reason to hide excellence.

Now let's get down to business shall we?

A: Poured into my Stella tupip glass to reveal a two finger dense tan head, that settled down patiently leaving the thickest form of lace I've seen in almost two hundred reviews on this here site. The lace is painted in broad bands on the non mouth side instead of being in rings or having traditional legs. Where your mouth hits the glass, the lace is spotted and settles down to a 3/4 cap and 1/4 finger lasting head. Pretty good retention as the head is fed methodically but at a measured pace well after the pour has been finishes.

S: Due to the youth of my bottle, aged less than 3 months, the nose was quite boozy. That is not to say the overall aroma is not a multi layered ester and malt treat. Dark fruits as my pallet is still learning to disern between the list.

T: This is a powerfully fruity quad. More than likely the raspberries and plums (as the bottle detailed), caramel on the dark side and some quality Belgian chocolate I reckon. With time, I've learned to leave the bottle out a wee bit, let iy air out some more, and take your time drinking particularly with one that has a high ABV's. The malts are in the balcony of the taste show and help ease the initial fruitness from the start. While you detect the ABV from the nose early on, it comes at the end with the finish but does not elbow you out of the way of enjoying this beauty! The hops remind me of terra firma.

M: Pure luxury because the word smooth does not do this quad justice. I expected it to be thick and thought the same with my first few quafs but then came to recognize the perfect balance of all the ingredients.

D: I would have to call this one of the gold standars of the style. A truly wonderful multifacted drinking experience. You won't need anything else for the evening after putting this one in your stomach. Between the flavor and the ABV, ride out the joy.

Photo of aubuc1
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 cl bottle in to a goblet.

Pours a clear ruby light brown with a steady off white head.

Smell is a mellow fruit. grape and some berry.
malt and yeast in the back.

Taste is smooth malt first with biscuit and light fruit and hop.

mouthfeel is outstanding. Creamy, carbonation really masks any alcohol taste.

Extremely drinkable 10% abv beer. Very good beer.

Photo of atigerlife
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an orange/brown with 1 finger slightly off-white creamy head. Decent head retention. Good lacing. Decent amount of carbonation seen rising.

Aroma of dark fruits, alcohol and rather sweet.

Taste is sweet, dark fruits [cherries, plums], malts and alcohol. Bitterness at the end. Some light spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, this is a decent beer but not particularly drinkable. Quite sweet and lacking in flavor profile for the style. One was plenty. There are better quads out there, for sure.

Photo of Rennpferd
2.93/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

It was served amber, flat and with very little lacing that was white in a Koningshoeven glass.

There was really just a smell of alcohol, like I was sniffing a cleaning solution.

It had a complex mixed taste of alcohol and sweet malt. I felt that the alcohol tinge was overwhelming the malt sweetness. It was smooth with a medium head and great texture.

The mouthfeel was out of this world. Everything else was not impressive.

Photo of acrawf6
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear dark brownish red amber with a thick, but small tan head.

Smell. Fruit aromas stand out. Black cherries and bananas with some cloves. Aroma also has a bit of a creaminess to it as well.

Taste. Dark fruits come out, dark cherries and dried fruits, apricot comes to mind a bit too. Has a nice spice to it, like a holiday spice with the fruit flavors. Aftertaste is warming with the alcohol, but isnt bad. the fruitiness stays and keeps the flavor nice.

Mouthfeel. Body is full and is a bit chewy. Nice balance and a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, a nice beer. I wasnt too big on this brewery despite it being trappist, but i like this one.

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice hazy brown color with a two finger head, some lacing.

Smells like bananas, nutty, sour grapes.

Nice caramel like taste to it, sweet, toffe like, rich and creamy.

Mouthfeel was light body for this kind of beer.

Definately drinkable, nice well balanced beer that hides the abv very well

Photo of dino213aa
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Ruddy cherrywood complexion with some haze. Pours with minimal haze that dissipates quickly. High carb.

S: Strong banana aroma with some sweet berry notes.

T&M: Fermented fruit flavors with a light caramel tone... maybe a touch of vanilla. Incredible balance between the flavors and alcohol content. Crisp and light mouthfeel brought on by the higher carb. This even leaves my teeth tasting sweet.

D: This beer is incredibly drinkable, if not a tad sweet. Unlike many ales with double-digit ABV's, this one lacks the bite thus making for a very enjoyable beverage. Probably the best quad I've ever had.

Photo of MisterClean
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer tasting at the Shack

A - Pours light brown, light mocha head, and sticks around.

S - Brown sugar and plums.

T - Raisins, plums, brown sugar, and light alcohol.

M - Balanced, little to no alcohol surprisingly.

D - Very drinkable. Slight alcohol only serves as a general warning on this bad boy.

Photo of vikingmike
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A reddish-caramel colour, very clear with no clouding at all.

Smell: Banana! Lots of it. Some other fruits in there as well. Further inspection yielded candy sugar, and then a faint aroma that sent me back to my childhood...gumballs out of a gumball machine! Very complex, altogether

Taste: I found the alcohol to be rather well hidden for such a strong beer. Prevailing tastes here were of roasted toffee and molasses...syrupy sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light, I thought.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for 10%ABV.

I enjoyed this beer. It was different from other quads I've tried. I did find it a bit sweet for my fact cloying at times...but aside from that I thought it was well-constructed.

Photo of adamette
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio. Could not see the beer from within the bottle at the reasonably dark Winking Lizard. Awesome "Q" on the label near the top.

A Served appropriately with a clean, clear tulip glass. Little head after I poured it into a glass. Ruby red brown body. Not easy to see as I had to view it against a large neon sign of "Left Hand Brewery" which was to the right of about 10 widescreen televisions.

S Malty, alcoholy, awesome.

T Malt, very sweet, molasses sweet, like nectar, complex with malts, distant bitter hops, grains, sweetness all happening. After taste lingers (thankfully) for a few minutes, is syrupy sweet.

M Full, challenging, sticky molasses feel in the aftertaste and the last one third of the mouthfeel, taste range.

D Good but not perfect due to high ABV and high cost. It was $6.45 for the bottle tonight at Winking Lizard.

Notes: Session beer. I can only have one of these. Also: much like my personal experience with Rochefort, the middle strength version of Koningshoven (the triple) and Rochefort (8) were my favorite. The stronger versions of both of these (this quad and Rochefort 10) were, to me, too strong. In both cases they upset the wonderful balance of their less strong bretheren. Koningshoven Quad is an excellent beer, I am only indicating that I prefer the tripel.

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

Poured into tulip glass. Deep amber, ruby hues. Lots of fizz, but the head goes to nothing thanks to the 10% abv. Rich aroma of dark fruits, reminiscent of raisins. Definitely smelled the alcohol.

Taste is damn strong but maybe that's just because I was going on a relatively empty stomach and the Quad was my first beer. The alcohol is definitely in your face with this one, but after the initial shock, the true flavors come through (Tasty!). Rich caramel malts and sweetness, some tartness. An initial bitterness became tame as the drink progressed. Very dark fruity flavors. A sipper for sure, given the assertive alcohol on this one. Mouthfeel was too fizzy for me. Overall a rare and interesting brew.

Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Zythos in Athens poured into a Le Trappe goblet.

A: Pours surprisingly light for a quad, crystal clear copper with an off-white head that showed great retention and lacing. There was a constant stream of bubbles in the middle of the glass.

S: The dominant smells are of Belgian yeast and candied sugar. However there is also big dark fruit aromas as well as vanilla and caramel.

T: The taste is also dominated by the caramel sweetness and Belgian yeast. The malt backbone is present but not as big as most quads.

M: Mouthfeel is a tad thin for the style but still smooth and complex.

D: This is a great beer and a very good quad. It's a little light to be world class, but I could drink it all night long.

La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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