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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: 1,908
Reviews: 868
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 98
Gots: 257 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
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 tconboy
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown amber with a nice head that hangs around for awhile and some pretty nice lacing. Smells complex, as you'd expect from a quad - dried fruits, figs, bready. Definitely a little more fruity than I'm used to in the style. Tastes of dried fruits, a little less bready than I was expecting. The complexity is definitely here, but I don't like this nearly as much as some of the other quads I've sampled. The mouthfeel is creamy and light carbonation, goes down pretty smooth. Very nice beer, if I had to compare it I would to Chimay blue.

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

Pours a hazy tea colored amber color with better than a full finger foamy light tan colored collar. The smell is aggressive with hints of alcohol; banana, molasses, caramel and bready. The mouth feel is silky and smooth and tangy with alcohol. This one is a sipper. The flavors, nose and feel compliment each other. Fruity and earthy with a dark fruit after taste. A real nice drinker.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, translucent, deep copper, slightly reddish, like dark honey. Aroma is fruity, most like cherries, a little sweet with a hint of alcohol. Flavor is fruity and malty, like cherry, crisp with a strong alcohol nip and a sweet hint. Texture is tingly and edgy - a lively drink.

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

Pours a dark brown/reddish with a huge creamy white head that is there to the last drop.

Very complex smell, dried fruit, figs/raisins, banana, the alcohol smell is very noticable but not too overwhelming.

Such a strong beer, don't know what to make of this, it has everything, dried fruit, hoppy, citrusy, pretty medicinal and the alcohol is just the most noticable on my taste buds.

A very thick syrupy/molasses mouthfeel, and very smooth.

I could barely finish this big bottle, my stomach had a hard time settling with this, very rich.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice to see this on tap at the Brick Store Pub, and a quite nice this way. Poured brown with beautiful garnet highlights and a creamy, finely beaded head that leaves some excellent lacing as well. Served in a beautiful Koningshoeven goblet. Smells lightly of banana, cloves, and chicory. The taste is also a bit light and extremely smooth with similar notes as found in the aroma with the addition of some anise. There is a lingering banana note that is pleasant. The mouthfeel is light, creamy, and smooth. Very easy to drink and the alcohol is very well hidden, almost unoticeable.

Photo of beerkittycat
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass this beer appears a hazy coppery-brown with red highlights and two fingers of foam that linger for a few minutes then settles down to a nice ring around the edge. I pondered over the aroma for several minutes before the first sip. Extraordinary complexity with malt notes of fig, raisin, cherry, red wine, spicy yeast phenols, and floral hops. Flavor is overwhelmingly malty similar to the aroma profile. Hope bitterness is medium to balance all that malt perfectly. Mouthfeel is curious. There's some residual sweetness due to the huge malt, but not cloying, and it finishes semi-dry making this an extremely well-attenuated beer. Carbonation is medium and cleanses my palate delicately. This is one of the best beers I've ever had. Exquisite.

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

A- Dark gold/amber body with a nice off-white head, leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

S- Sweet malts, lots of fruity flavors and some breadiness.

T- Dark and rock sugars come through along with lots of different fruits (cherry stands out for me). Then nice malty flavors break in. There is a warming alcohol presence on the finish.

M- Silky and almost creamy with pretty tame carbonation (just enough to make the flavor jump).

D- Definitely a good night-cap beer. Will definitely looks for this again.

Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big "Q" label, cellared for over a year. Bottle opens with a pop, pours a jeweled red-orange into a Westmalle goblet at 60º. Racing trails of carbonation can be seen in the center. After a sip the foam breaks and slowly ebbs away at one side. Slight musty cork aroma, with sweet brown sugar and caramel notes. Dried fruit flavors of raisin, dates, and prune blend with a sweet nutty almond finish and a vague touch of spice. Slight stickiness on the lips, and there is some minor earthy tobacco in the aftertaste. The feel is full and velvety, true trappist style. Not sure if it was aged too long or long enough, but the alcohol thankfully wasn't noticeable. Slighty more enjoyable fresh on tap (4.2).

Photo of marcpal
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Mad Elf chalice (which has unfortunately cracked and will have to retire). 12oz bottle looking much different than this picture.
Bottle Graphics: 7/10.

A: Mahogany, maroon red with veil of head that stays floating on top with some crop circles. Patchy lacing hanging tight. No floaties and light looking for a quad.

S: Sweet and complex. Bushels of dried pears, dried figs, and other dried fruits. Scent most closely tied into a warm caramel apple. Common fruitcake smell, mostly cherries and cotton candy. Malty pleasure.

T: The taste was good but not as tight as the aromas. Rocky candy proliferates and the fruity flavors are surely intense and not as smooth as the best of the best quads that are floating out there. Caramel charleston chew flavors pop out as it warmed off combined with marshmallow icing.

M: The feel is creamy and popping. Pretty chewy and soft, just the right amount of carbonation to give it body and championship character.

D: More than worthy of the price it bears compared to others but not quite deserving of the upper echelon. I had this after some other stronger beers and this tasted more mild than any of those- incredibly well hidden.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with one finger of off white head that dissipated quickly.

Scent of yeast, dark fruits, earthy malts, sugars, and some spices. Great stuff, but smells lighter than I expected at 10%.

Taste of rich fruits, sugars, spices, and yeast start, sugars become more pronounced the flavor of prunes coming in. A bit of earth and alcohol warming on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly heavy carbonation

Photo of Reagan1984
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The cork says 42/07 Have no idea if that's a dating code....

Poured into my snifter and a finger & ½ of foamy off white head formed. It was pretty active and once it finished its dance, it faded to a thin film. The color of the beer is gorgeous.... Deep ruby red with orange highlights. The clarity is wonderful and there are nice bubbles slowly trying to escape the brew... Lacing is sticking all over the inside of my snifter glass.... Really nice looking beer.

Aroma is just wonderful. It's moments like this that you realize how important glassware is. The snifter glass just holds so much of the aroma and it is just great. Sweet fruit, cherry. Maybe Juicy Fruit gum.. Lots of stuff happening here.

Flavor is wonderful... I've decided tonight to drink some Quads.... I started with a Westy 12 about an hour ago... This is perhaps not as smooth... But I have to say, it's really close... To think that you can buy a "bomber" of this for $13 vs. trading your first born for a Westy... I think this is the better value. Some real nice sweetness and fruit flavors up front. Dark cherries, prunes and almost a smoky nature. A bit of earthiness and then the wonderful malt flavors come through.. Dare I say the alcohol is even better hidden in this brew vs. the Westy... The flavor is so consistent from front to back it's unreal.... The label says 10% and I am wondering if they are lying. Since it's a Trappist Ale, I have to assume they are not... Wow.

Almost creamy and definitely silky... The carbonation is subtle and helps the flavors dance on your tongue, but allows it to linger as well.

This is a great beer. Drinking this next to Westy 12 just tells me how great of a brew this is.... This will rank right in the same place as Westy 12... Just a wonderful beer.

I'll be back...

Photo of davidw987
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure if this was the right beer as the label doesn't say Dominus and looks different from the image in the image on BA. But the 10% ABV matches and it is a Quadrupel Trappist Ale from Koningshoeven. After getting it home, I noticed it is brwed in the Netherlands, not in Belgium, even though it says "Authentic Trappist Product".

Anyway, the beer is a reasonably clear amber color. It poured with a pale tan head, not particularly "fluffy", but still well structured. After a few minutes it collapsed to a couple mm.

There are no objectionable odors in the aroma, but no particularly striking aromas either. The alcohol is evident in the smell, but not overpowering.

The taste is good, fairly typical for a big Trappist, but with a very nice toffee flavor on the back of the tongue. Maybe not toffe, because it doesn't have the burned flavor, but a warm, "crystally" (OK, that's the beer talking) flavor. The 10% alcohol is not evident in the taste.

Oveall, a good beer. Not exceptional for a Trappist, but enjoyable.

$10.29 at a local liquor store tonight.

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appears a slightly hazy brownish orange with a one inch off-white head that sinks down to about a centimeter. Goes down a but more throughout drinking but retains quite well and leaves some very nice looking lacing.

Aroma is sweet overall with lots of fruitiness reminiscent of cherries, figs, and raisins. Something also keeps reminding me of biting into a fresh red apple. There's also something that reminds me of a sea breeze oddly enough.

The taste initially blew me away with an initial candi sugar sweetness that is quickly immersed in fruitiness which is now coming through mostly as raisin and cherry. The sweetness seems to peak midway through as the fruitiness subsides. Towards the finish there is a bit of phenolic spiciness that comes out alongside a mildly roasty milk chocolate flavor. The linger is fruity and spicy with a bit of an earthiness to it.

Mouthfeel is medium in body, with a very creamy texture, that is pretty crisp towards the front of the tongue due to the spicy phenols.

Juding by the aroma I didn't think this would be that great but on the first sip I was shocked at how delicious this was. Definitely worth the $11 for the 750.

Photo of Gehrig
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fishing for a few new beers to try, I grabbed this at the sterling Sun Singer, pretty sure I have never tried this before. Not only did I grab a new one, I've just sampled one of the best Quads I've ever had. Two dense, durable fingers of off-white foam top a burnt orange body veering toward medium brown. Good, decorative lacing and nice coloring push for a 5.0, but that would be pushing it. Still, this makes a terrific first impression.

The nose is yeasty and boozy, not unlike wine. It is also tremendous, flush with berries, grapes, sour apple, and fig. The taste is equally so in quality and its features. The flavor is outstanding, carrying forward all the aforementioned components into a great melange. Especially prominent, thankfully, are the berries and especially raspberries that make Koningshoeven in no small part rather tart to offset the sweet, fruity flavor. Wow.

The mouthfeel was the most difficult feature for me to rate. I was hoping for the Quad to be a little more effervescent. Yet the lush malty flavor and texture are such a treat that this could easy have a five-star mouthfeel. It feels as though I'm being a bit persnickety--and I just may be--but regardless, this mouthfeel is first-rate, doing so much to make this a top-notch Quad.

For a 10.00% ABV, this is high drinkable--very delicious, smooth and, despite the boozy nose, not a boozy-tasting beer in the slightest. To me, this easily ranks in my top Quads with Three Philosophers and St. Bernardus Abt. 12 as the best I've ever had. Nothing short of outstanding, Koningshoeven has created a masterpiece, its best offering in my humble opinion. Do not pass this by.

Photo of sonicdescent
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into goblet, had a nice finger of sodaesque head that slowly becomes a small island with a nice lacing ring around the edges. Carbonation rises to continue to create pockets of head.

Smell is damn good; fruity, sweet like a champagne, scent of grapes, rasins, malt. No detectable hop smell or any defects.

Taste is good. It is very strong, light bodied, and a dry feeling. Very earthy flavor with a tiny bite of bitterness at the end. Very good, though probably the least favorite of the quads that I have had.

Drinkability is medium, I probably wouldn't be able to do more than one of these and would just go to another quad if I could.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle enjoyed after Christmas dinner.

Pours a hazy amber with cherry glints, pretty light for a Quad. The head is big and very long lasting. It completely drapes the glass in foam. The aroma is of dark candy sugar, sticky malts, maple syrup and hop bitterness. The taste is a bold mix of caramel, chewy malts, candy sugar, fruity yeast esters, and warming, complimentary alcohol. Hops are leafy and very modest. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a Quad, with a creamy, soft carbonation. The finish is spicey with booze and mildly bitter.

This is an incredible Quad, dangerously quaffable for 10% and full of complexity. Seek this out.

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

The subtle variations achieved by true Trappist breweries continues to astound. While La Trappe Quad is not as full bodied as Rochefort 10 or as smooth as Chimay Grand Reserve it is certainly the equal to either on any given day. An exceptional beer. One of the best and worst days a beer drinker can have would be sitting in front of all three and trying to decide which one to drink first.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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
4.37/5  rDev +5%
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
4.16/5  rDev 0%
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
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
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
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
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
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 1,908 ratings.