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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: 1,958
Reviews: 878
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
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Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-07-2002

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Sherlock's in Decatur, GA.

Pours a hazy brown color with a two-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated raisins with hints of pears and lighter hints of caramel and milk chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth sugar-coated fruit flavors - as with the smell mostly raisins with hints of medium fruits - up front are joined by light caramel flavors midway through the sip. Near the end of the sip hints of leafy hops come out just enough to contribute toward a mildly bitter ending. The alcohol is hardly noticeable, contributing only to a warming sensation on its way down.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished the bottle quickly and could easily have (perhaps against better judgment) a few more.

Overall this was a very good quad however it was lacking a bit in viscosity and oomph. Still, even a non-stellar Trappist beer is near the top of the heap when compared to the masses and this is no exception. Worth a shot.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet. It has a ruby red color to it with a thin off-white head that leaves some creamy residue on the surface of the beer.

The smell is just what you want in a Belgian quad... floral hops, spice, coriander, some definite fruit smells like apple and berries. Very well blended together.

The taste bring all those smells together... nothing overpowers the other flavors, or the strong 10% abv. The fruit probably comes out the most, with the brewing spices blended in. Mild hop profile but still there in small amounts. Just delicious, one of my all-time favorites.

There is definite carbonation, and the beer is lighter than dark stout or something along those lines but it still has a great mouthfeel to it. Easy to swish around a bit to pull out all the flavors, no bad aftertaste at all.

If it wasn't at 10% abv, I could drink these all night long!

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

Poured into a goblet.

A - Pours a brown reddish, bright hue. Very thin head that dissipates quickly.

S - Nice strong malty character, sweet toffee and caramels with alcoholic esters floating around. Some hints of pear as well.

T & M - Alcohol is immediately present with some nice caramel and toffee hints quickly following. Great candy sweetness at the finishing end with some mild citrus character maybe from the hops. Nice CO2 balance and nice medium bodied beer. Very crisp. Nice sipping beer. All the characteristics flourish as it warms.

D - Good but higher ABV. Split one or have just one.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown color with moldy spots on head and a thin lace.
The aroma of dark fruit,malts,alcohol wiff,caramel and spice(clove).

The taste starts sweet with a burst of carbonation and full of fruit and spice with a warm finish that let's you know it is well armed with alcohol yet easy enough to sip on. A slow sipper,but a rather enjoyable one. The malt base is there to complete a very good balance.

Notes: In the top 10 for style.

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle of Koenigshoeven Quad is about two years old. It might have the distinction of being the very first beer that I put down in the cellar (formerly known as "the basement"). But as is the wont with such historic moments, the truth has been obscured by the mists of time.

Popped the cork & split this up with my lovely wife on this cool Minnesota evening. Pours a lovely, crystal-clear & ruddy red. Smell is rich, fruity, with a side of alcohol.

This Quad has some nads. Even after two years, the alcohol sting in this one is still on going strong, & forms my first impression. Luckily, the sweet candied body files some of the edge off the booziness. Flitting here & there in the mix are dark fruits, banana, & toffee, but all rate low behind the two gonzos. For a quad, this is very quaffable, relatively light, even at 10% with the alcohol shot.

A very good, widely available quad, that clearly cellars well. Winner.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Corked & Caged 750ml bottle

This pours a slightly murky, dark, amber/copper color. Almost two-fingers of tan foam make the head which dissipates to a thin, filmy, surface covering. The lacing is in thick, sticky, ropes.

Huge dark fruit presence in the nose. Big hints of caramel malts and candi sugars. Nice yeasty spice notes. A mild earthiness. Light hint of booziness.

The booziness is fairly pronounced. Good notes of toasted malts, with light hints of caramel toffees. Dark fruit notes abound. Nothing really specific, though. Good yeasty presence, which brings along a light spiciness.
A very balanced flavor profile.

Full-bodied with a mild carbonation level. This makes it very smooth, but it only has a mild level of creaminess to it, which is a slight negative, to me.

Although the booze is evident, it's nowhere near 10.0%abv evident. The nice balance of flavors and smooth drinking make this one a real drinkable brew.

Photo of Deuane
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep brownish copper with a thin cream colored head that reduced to a thin veil and left spotty lace.

S-Spicy, earthy, dark fruits with a heavy dose of sweet caramel malt.

T-Rich, spicy flavours up front with notes of raisin, apricot, Fuji apple, with caramel sweetness coming in at the end.

M-Medium bodied, smooth and full flavoured with good lingering spiciness.

D-Flavourful, smooth, spicy....very tasty. Not to sweet nor too spicy with the alcohol well hidden. Nicely done!

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

Watch out when you pop this one open - head immediately started billowing out of the bottle before I even had a chance to start my pour. Appearance is a slightly cloud dark ruby/amber color, although light easily permeates - you don't even need to hold it to the light. That's a bit uncharacteristic compared to other Trappist Quads. The head was nice and fluffy, but faded fairly quickly and left behind somewhat spotty lacing. Overall, it has a very pleasant appearance, although a bit atypical for the style.

The nose is of dark fruits and malts. Taste is in lockstep, with some caveats. There's the dark fruits and malt, and also some molasses - definite sweetness.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but still comes in at medium. Extremely creamy with medium-heavy carbonation. The alcohol isn't overly noticeable in my opinion, but there's a definite warming sensation.

I found this beer to be more drinkable than most quads. Not necessarily better, but more drinkable.

Photo of Mandrake
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In one of the better ideas I've had i a while, I uncorked this one over the sink. It's a gusher, that's for sure. Pours a clear coppery-amber, lighter and clearer than expected, with quite a bit of surfacing carbonation. Big head, but not terrible long lasting for the style, and lacing is good but not fabulous. Nose is powerful, but not all that complex. Dark fruits and molasses, nice spicy notes. Pepper and clove. It's inviting, certainly, but not staggering. Given that, the flavour comes as a letdown, but not so much as it might have been. Alcohol is a bit overpowering, with the spices bold as well. Fruitiness recedes, and everything else is lost. The hot alcohol burn lasts longer in the pack of my throat than the flavour linger on the palate. Mouthfeel is watery and overcarbonated, though drinkability remains high. A disappointment from my first beer from this brewery. I'm an unabashed fan of most Belgian styles, and was excited to try a new trappist, but perhaps crossing the border robbed this guy of his mojo. In any case, this Dutch cousin can't compare to the best of the Belgian quads.

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

A - Poured a ruby color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet caramel malt dark fruit and a touch of alcohol

T - Follows the nose caramel malt dark fruit and some alcohol

M - This beer has a fuller body with light carbonation to it

D - This is one of those beers that you have to spend some time drinking a sipping beer for sure a good good quad thats worth trying

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

Poured from 750ml bottle into chalice.

A. Opened with a loud pop. 1 finger head. Light brown color with a ruby hue. Good head retention, and decent lacing.

S. Fruit, malt, alcohol, raisins, spices, yeast.

T. Fruit, malt, caramel, raisins, cherries, molasses, sweet to the taste. Not much hop flavor.

M. Medium bodied. Medium/high carbonation. Mouthfeel is lighter than some other quads. There is a lingering sweetness.

D. Complex, but yet very smooth and easy to drink for a beer of this style. It might lack some of the complexity of the very best quads, but it is a very good beer.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle shared with a friend. Drank out of a stemless red wine glass.

A-Hazy deep copper brew. Billowy head on top, fluffy and cloud-like in appearance. Medium retention, receding to an inconsistent layer.

S-Fruity presence dominates, with much in the realm of dry fruit, and a fruity-creamy character that is remniscent of a creamsickle. Toffee maltiness comes through, with a slight alcohol.

T-Belgian spiciness is apparent, with a big malty ultra-sweetness and immense ripening fruit, stone fruits. Finishes with a slight bitter alcohol, fruity-yeasty and semi-sweet.

M-High carbonation is very comfortable, if that makes any sense. Mouthfeel is medium-high body, but surprisingly easy, likely due to the lightening effect of the carbonation. High alcohol makes this one a huge belly-warming brew.

D-Good, in that it is complex and enjoyable to imbibe. It's weighty body and huge flavors could be perceived as decreasing a sense of drinkability.

Photo of rvdoorn
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer review no. 50. For this occasion I decided to taste a La Trappe Quadruppel, the strongest beer of the only Dutch Trappist brewery. Poured into a Westmalle glass. The beer pours a beautiful hazy, dark-ruby-brown color, with a one finger-thick white head, that disappeared fast into a nice equal lacing that lasted until the end.

Smell: Clear backbone of roasted malts, something sweet (candy like), banana, some hints of dark fruits and alcohol

Taste: first thing that comes to my mind is sweet candy again (Fruitella strawberry), banana, dark fruits, roasted malts and some caramel. Aftertaste is slightly spicy-bitter (hops) with some nice warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, very creamy, medium carbonation and medium-bodied (a bit thin for the style maybe)

Overall: Fantastic beer, the best of the La Trappe brewery. Full of easy definable flavors. Fresh, maybe not as good as Rochefort 10 and Sint Bernadus ABT, but at the Kulminator in Antwerpen, I had a 1996 vintage, which after the Westvleteren 12 (1998 vintage) was the best beer I ever had! So be patient, and store some in the cellar to fully enjoy the potential of this beer! Highly recommendable!

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

250ml pour, on tap at at Volo.

Pours an amber, orange, brown color - lighter than your average quad. No head on arrival, a fine layer of small bubbles and it's hard to raise any more than that.

Nose is caramel, a nice earthiness, spices, bready malts.

This is a fairly light version of a quad. Toffee malts notes, bready yeast, nice spiciness (lightish), hints of apple and raisins, brown sugar, a pungent earthiness/peat almost in line with a scotch ale. Some alcohol warming in the finish but hides the 10% pretty well.

Certainly not the best of the trappists or even among the best of the quads but not a bad fall type brew. Earthy, light yet warming. Nice.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance - A slightly hazy deep Ruby color with a beautiful thick and creamy tan head that retains really well and has nice sticky lacing.

Smell - Sweet and spicy with noticeable malt scent. Also a whiff of alcohol, which is expected with a 10% ABV brew.

Taste - Like candy. Sweet and malty up front with nice spices and alcohol warming on the finish. Due to the high ABV, there is an alcohol warming sensation (especially on the first sip). Very nice complex flavors with some bubblegum yeast coming through all the malt and spice. A really wonderful tasting high ABV Quad!

Mouth Feel - Medium bodied and lower carbonation (which is good for complex flavors).

Drinkability - Due to the hearty nature of Quad's like this, this is a great sipping brew. But the high ABV means that one or two large bottles is probably plenty for a session. Overall, one of the best Belgian Quad's I've tasted. Perfect for a cold winter night in front of the fire.

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

A sample from S.K.I. Beer in NY, this will be served at fridge temperature in a Duvel tasting tulip.

Appearance- Pours a deep ruby with an unbelievable four finger head that leaves gobs of lacing behind. A classic quad on the eyes.

Smell- Sweet, ripe dark fruits and sugary malts rush the nose, with a wisp of hops for balance.

Taste- Full, rich malts and tree fruits linger on the palate, followed by a yeasty texture and mild hops.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Soft and mellow, easily rolling in the mouth. The flavors perform well in the gentle effervescence. An easy drinker, with the alcohol laying low in the flavor profile but sending the brain a message to take in slow and steady.

Photo of Brenden
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a deep red-brown brew with a small, bubbly head that wanes after a short time, leaving a pretty thick film and just a little lacing.
Big aromas of caramelized sugars, candied fruits, banana and just a boozy hint of alcohol over a malt backbone.
The flavor is about the same with a bit more balance from a light hops presence. Plenty of booziness in a sweet malt.
The body is medium, perhaps not as full as might be typical for the style but definitely on the full side of moderate with a nice smoothness and moderate carbonation.
This one's plenty drinkabkle and can only really be held down by the ABV and one's personal tolerance for the sweet, boozy style this one captures well.

Photo of thartman
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from brown 11.2 fl oz bottle. The label looks different from what is shown, but I believe it is the same quad. Color is deep copper and amber, minimal head and lace.

Big fragrance, banana, malty sweet, hint of caramel.

Roasted malt taste, mixed with brown banana, caramel, apple, and whiskey. Complex in nature, malty and boozy finish.

Silky smooth in the mouth, creamy and oily. Slightly carbonated, with a medium body.

Very tasty brew, a good beer to sit and sip. Probably not one to pound all night due to 10% alc. by. vol. rating.

Photo of crossovert
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz Koeningshoven bottle with some designs in the glass. Authentic Trappist ale. I can't make out the best before/bottling date.

It gushes as I uncap it, not a furious gush but enough to quickly overflow, I quickly poured it into my Duvel tulip. The head rises to the top slightly off white, not as brown as what I have seen in other Quads, it is more yellowish. The head recedes quickly leaving lacing all around. The color of the beer is hazy reddish brick/brown. The look is pretty seductive.

The smell is both sweet and spicy, with a little medicinal quality. A hint of alcohol. The spiciness on the nose is very pleasant.

The flavor hits you hard with this one. The carbonation just prickles your tongue. This one does not hide the alchol, the main flavor is sweet sugary alcohol. The middle flavor is fruity and is amazing, but the unhidden alcohol and bitter cloying sweetness in the aftertaste bring the taste down a little.

Overall a solid beer, and a gumtingler, but I'd go after a few other quads before this one.

Photo of lownote
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Dark color with a very healthy head that stuck around. The beer had some fruity tastes, alcohol, and a little bit too much sweetness for me. Not a ton of carbonation, and feels really nice and smooth. Needs to be drank slowly, but a good beer.

Photo of Grunewald
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - poured from a 330ml bottle into a La Trappe goblet. It pours a clear dark amber color with a thick head that leaves a web-like lacing.

S - sweet malt, candied cherry and spice

T - sweet malt, candy with a mild bitter spicy finish

M - medium carbonation, smooth and syrupy. The finish is sticky and throat warming.

D - a bit too sweet, but makes a good sipping beer

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

This is certainly an enjoyable beer, but trying the Dubbel, Tripel and Quad together, I'm highly confused about the Quad's significantly higher ratings. True, it's a bit better. The flavor is fuller, the malt is richer and the beer is a bit more warming, but the flavor profile is in line with the rest of the lineup with the smaller beers. I'm even lowering the rating a bit in deference to style comparisons. On a flat rating scale, this would be more highly rated than the Tripel or the Dubbel. At any rate, the Quad pours a deep medium red. It's translucent with amber highlight at certain angles. It's actually less murky than the Tripel (maybe a function of the pour). There's a bit more lacing, though. The aroma has more banana bread and clove than I noticed in the previous Koningshoeven beers. There are also aromas of vanilla, brandy and apricots/plums. The flavor is similar with peppery spicing. I'm again impressed at the depth of flavor these Trappist brewers are able to get out of such simple ingredients. It's one hell of a strain of a yeast that can impart this depth of flavor. If not for style comparisons, I'd bump up my ratings in every category.

Photo of jrallen34
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank from a 750 ml bottle into Rochefort glass.

The beer pours a surprising medium color color, I was expecting a much darker color. It had a huge tan head that lasted awhile with excellent lacing.

It smells vauely similar to Rochefort but has a very distinct sweet smell to it, sweet chocolate maybe.

The taste is very smooth throughout, but not particularly complex. It tastes a combination of chocolate and hops.

This is fairly simple quad and can't compete with big boy quads, but it is surprinsgly drinkable.

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

A: Poured into a La Trappe glass. A beautiful hazy copperbrown color. Very tiny white head but with a nice lacing that lasts until the end.

S: Roasted malts, toffee, banana and a pinch of red fruits. Though not a very strong smell.

T: Very well defined taste. That's how I like it. In short, all flavors mentioned at smell are tasted in this beer. Stronger than the faint smell suggests. Slightly alcoholic but not disturbing in any way.

M: Creamy taste. Medium carbonation. Finish is sweet with a slight bitterness.

D: Great beer. This one is in leaugue with Rochefort and St. Bernardus in my humble opinion. I heard that it also ages very well, so I stocked some bottles of it. I will tell you in 5 years... unless I manage to convince RvDoorn to come up with one of his secret treasure....

Photo of rustrose
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Koningshoeven Quadrupel tasted 7-31-09 from 11.2 oz bottle.

Pours cloudy brown in La Fin du Monde glass. Rusty amber-red highlights tapering to amber. Small off-white beige head fades quickly to just a ring. Seems less carbonated than the others. Swirling produces a nice, fine sheet of tiny-bubbled beautiful foam.

Vinous, white grape aroma with a candy character. Not as bright or tangy as St. Bernardus was last night. There's a bit of a duller edge to the candy aroma, a touch of mineral water. Caramel. Candy apple. Raisins. Dark bread. A little bit of roast if you pay attention--

Palate: Quite boozy. Much more so than St. Bernardus. Has a touch of roast. Aftertaste of dried dates and horehound candy, which I enjoy. Malt and malt. Seems to me as though it blends a bit of doppelbock sweet dark-bread (pumpernickel?) character with the Belgian quad character. Sweet malt, raisin, and booze predominate, with a touch of candy character. Less zingy than the other quads, and a bit sweeter. Not nearly as complex as the other Trappist beers. Hardly any spicy/phenolic character to speak of.

Mouthfeel is light and gentle. Very soft and smooth and creamy.

Good overall, with the main detractor being the hot and boozy character, which can be distracting. This doesn't seem to have the complexity of other Trappists, and suffers a bit from a slightly cloying sweetness--a bit malt-bombish. Definitely not my favorite of the quads, and probably not worth seeking out again specifically. Worth seeing what happens with some age, if the alcohol cools down.

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