1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,820 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,820
Reviews: 856
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 87
Gots: 213 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-07-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,820 | Reviews: 856 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of hopsleeroy
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml cork and caged.

A-Hazy amber/lightish brown with fluffy 2 inch head in oversized wine glass. Looks really good. Great lacing while drinking.
S-Yeast and sweetness come through. Not alot of scent.
A-Alcohol, yeast, and a nice mild toffee sweetness. As it warms there are fruit flavors like figs-almost like fig newtons with a the yesty breadiness of the malt. The earthy yeast and alcohol are the main flavors through and combine for a medicianal aspects that is not a great flavor. All the flavors blend better as it warms and this fades a little bit.
M-Mildly creamy as it's not as carbonated as I would have thought but finishes drier than expected.
D-Interesting bottle that changes as it warms. Enjoyed sipping this one as the complexity and smoothness are more aparent as it warms but didn't think it was spectacular. Would drink again but wouldn't seek it out.

hopsleeroy, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of stumac
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle estimated to be from 2004 or 2005. So the age should be in its prime. drinking it March '08.

A - deep red amber, little head, dissipated quickly.

S - fruits, my nose is a little stopped up right now from brown nosing.

T - fruits, melon, maybe banana, kiwi, sweet malts, subtle caramel

MF a- low carbonation, smooth, flavors are soooo well blended due to good aging. medium to light bodied.

definitely a great beer

stumac, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of AlexF
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review in french. Thanks.

La Trappe Quadruple libère une mousse abondante et persistante, de couleur beige. La robe de la bière tire sur le rubis, très riche et opaque. Tentant.

Au nez, bananes, cerises, malt... le bière sera définitivement bonne.

En bouche, quel plaisir! Une bière sucrée et riche, mélangeant l'aspect liquoreux, les touches fruitées et la pâtisserie. Génial.

L'aspect très intense de la bière diminue un peu son score de "drinkability", mais ce n'est pas pour autant un défaut... on est ainsi portés à rallentir notre consommation!

AlexF, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of mfhlucky13
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While it is the same Trappist Ale, my label only shows the Koningshoeven name on a bottle of a different shape.

A: Amber red with a huge thick head and plenty of bubbles.

S: Malt and yeast with hints of hops and fruit.

T: Malty sweet, a bit of yeast and caramelized sugar, dates.

M: Smooth. A bit light for a Quad, but very nice.

D: Another nice offering from our wonderful friends the Trappist Monks. I would easily raise more than one glass of this quad in their honor.

mfhlucky13, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

11.2oz. Bottle

Poured into a chalice a beautiful golden amber color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy tan head, a few nice small islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, some bannanas, cheeries, and caramel. The taste is great, malty, slight sweetness, yeasty, a nice tone of banannas/cherries, and caramel. Full/Med body, complex brew. Very drinkable, a true gem, highly recommended. Thanks Toby for this extra.

Wasatch, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of Med
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very nice clear dark copper. Head dissipated quickly but lacing is even and white. Very appetizing.

S - Wow. Perfume, flowers, apple, and I swear there is some bubble gum there. This is wonderful.

T - Starts sweet then mellows. Apples and peaches. Just a slight tartness on the finish.

M - This is the mouthfeel by which all others are judged. For the taste, I can't imagine a better feel. Creamy and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

D - I could drink this all night. Fortunately at 10% I don't have any more right now!

Med, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of CWiggins
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine recently returned from a trip to Holland with this beer in tow as a gift to me. Wow! That was very generous. I thought I hadn't seen this particular one in the US, but this just seems to be a 500ml bottling of Koningshoeven's quadrupel, which is widely available. I've had this beer on at least one other occasion.

Firstly, the squatty, ceramic bottle is just too cute! The brew pours a dark, nutty brown into my pink elephant, Delirium Tremens snifter. A substantial off-white head formed, and it remained in some form for the entire life of the beverage. The smell is exquisite; there are aromas of ripe raisins, dark malts, caramel-colored soda, and brown sugar to be found here. Rich, dark fruit and candy sugars dominate the taste, while banana, sweet bread, and a mild spiciness linger in the background. As the brew warms the flavors become more pronounced, making for a more complex taste experience.

Of course the alcohol is moderately high at 10%, so it's best to take it easy. My 500ml bottle allowed for two snifter-full glasses, which was plenty for a lightweight like me. All is good in Koningshoeven land!

This has to be one of the best-if not THE best-Belgian quads I've tasted.

CWiggins, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful brown tinted amber, huge near white head, chunky clinging lace.

S - Candy, bananas and cooked fruit. Banana smoothie.

T - Heat, bread, banana and cooked fruit. Damn tasty beer.

M - Medium to full body, nice balance finishes on the sweet side but not excessively so.

D - Bitchin beer. This is an edit of a 3.10.2008 tasting that I didn't really like. This one is much better on 10.4.11..

srandycarter, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of kenito799
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Koningshoeven goblet (packaged with the beer!)

After trying this on tap I grabbed a bottle when it appeared in my local supermarket with the cute bonus goblet. The complex brew held up well to more intensive at-home scrutiny.

A half inch of creamy ivory foam is raised and recedes to a ring over a hazy orange-brown brew filled with floating yeasties.

Really excellent candi sugar, malty, root beer and cola aromas, hints of peachy fruit. Mouthfeel is creamy with active soft carbonation, the alcohol brings a spicy warmth that complements the flavors and aromas. Taste really brings it here...a crisp, sweet/tart balanced, excellent slightly bitter finish. The peach, cola, and birch beer spices comprise the flavors. A brew that grows on you...it is a lighter quad than other Trappist ales. Will happily enjoy this again.

kenito799, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of Graham5161986
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a slightly hazy, redish-orange with a formidable, creamy, 3 finger off-white head with decent retention and leaves a slight patchy lace. Almost no rising carbonation bubbles are visible (in fact you have to wait a while to see one!).

S: beautiful floral bouquet of hops, nice banana-apple fruitiness, and a nice, sweet bready, maltiness as well.

T: wow! rich, ripe red fruit and a very noticeable dose of alcohol that does just enough not to overpower the flavour of the beer. Finishes with a oily, sugary, fruity finish that lingers on my palate for a long time.

M: thick, chewy and rich, a nice carbonation sting and a creamy, oily finish that leaves your whole mouth tingling with warmth.

D: This beer is a hefty one and truly something special. I don't see myslef drinking more than one of these at a time. However, it's so delicious that I will take my time with it any day. such a wonderful bouquet of fruity aromas and flavours and an incredible warming sensation. I just finished a paper for school and, I must day, this makes for the perfect night cap. I will most definitely buy this beer again.

Graham5161986, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of Stoneman78
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O'Brien's

Appearance is a clear dark red hue, dense layer of off-white foam, moderate lacing

Smell is sugar and sweet fruits mostly, pear syrup dominates, cotton candy is in the mix too

Taste is pears with a touch of raisins, some sweet malts and yeast in the middle, finishes with slight alcohol warming

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, watery texture, prickly carbonation

Drinkability is fair, surprisingly pear-dominated quad, the alcohol is well-masked, quite light and fruity for the style

Stoneman78, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of LeftonJackman
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on the WToB at the Winking Lizard.

A: Dirty amber, almost cider-esque. As definite a foreshadowing as I have ever seen in a beer's appearance.
S: Very fruity, cakey, and hoppy.
T: Oh dear heaven! Candied bananas, black fruit! Rich, sweet and bold!
M: Warm but not overpowering, especially when considering the ABV.
D: If the ABV wasn't 10% I would happily enjoy multiple! Fantastic Trappist (and it's not even from Belgium!)

LeftonJackman, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of jayb
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Amber in color. Clear and clean with much carbonation. Easy pour gives 2 fingers of rich, dense head. further inspection shows a small amount of sediment floating around.

Smell:
sweet and fruity. That spicy Belgian character. whiffs of alcohol. Not quite as spicy as some of the Belgians i have had.

Taste:
wow. Spicy, almost cinnamon like. Lingering bitterness. Warming alcohol. numbs the tongue. sticky sweetness, not cloying. sugary raisins. As it warms up the alcohol warms up considerably

Mouthfeel:
medium bodied, smooth, dry.

Drinkibility:
Short of the 10%, very easy to drink, maybe a bit easy.
Tasty and filling.
If i get a chance to buy another bottle, i will try cellaring for awhile. I couldn't wait this time around.

Cheers!

jayb, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of gmfessen
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep amber, almost brown in color with a thick, pillowy, off-white head. The smell is malty sweet, green apple and spicey phenols are present. The taste is similar - spicy, malty sweet and a slight alcohol bite when you swallow. The mouthfeel is fairly light with a foamy carbonation and a dry finish. Given that this beer has 10% ABV, it is very drinkable. Although the alcohol is perceivable, it by no means dominates the palate making this a smooth drinker. I think I prefer their tripel though.

gmfessen, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of Onslow
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in Holland..big head, cream coloured..bananna brandy dust smell...sweet delicous framed tangy flavourful taste....thick lacing...masked A+++....nice bitters....prunes,candy,sherry,choc,raisens...a good smooth full trappist.

<>

Rerate in Houston,about 3-4 months later...orange rust colour...sweet fruit candi smell,great lacing of course...amazingly smooth for the 10%...and also very tasty, like a bitter piece of melon carameled brandy raisin snap. again, very very good, the taste is like a ...secret spicy kiss from the girl next door....wicked!!!....this is what all Trappist beers should do to you..!!!

Onslow, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of joepais
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle corked and caged the cork was a pain to get out
Poured into my Ommegang chalice produced a fingers worth of white lace that goes to a lace on top of a light tea colored body with some suspended partials of yeast

Aromas of wine comes from the bottle a nice fruity smell as well but you can smell the alcohol as well

The taste is the same as the aroma sweet fruit along with a light spice bitter

Not as full as I like my quads more of a medium mouthfeel with a alcohol warmth in the end

Its an alright Quadrupel not one of the best but drinkable

joepais, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Maduro. Served in a Bernie's chalice.

Pour: dark amber-mahogany, crystal clear under nary a skim of khaki foam.

Nose: sweet caramel malts and green apple skins, dark fruits with a copper twinge

Taste: very clean for a beer this big. Smooth caramel malts, green apple skins, dates, white wine grapes with an overlay of candi sugar sweetness.

Feel: super clean, slick coating, crisp carbonation.

Drinkability/overall: a crisp...gasp...refreshing quad. A refined, distilled Bernie's 12. A sublime Trappist without the musty, dusty , "old-ness" I've come to expect.

Golden2wenty1, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of eberkman
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. corked bomber with a cork that was unusually difficult to remove.

Once I got it off, a dry, winey smell wafted from the bottle. Appearancewise, it poured a dark amber/red into a Chimay chalice, producing a one-finger bubbly, off-white head that leaves a thick sheen of lacing. The head diminishes quickly, but never vanishes. Very light for a quadrupel -- kind of the color of moderately-steeped tea, not the dark brown of a St. Bernardus 12. But aesthetically pleasing nonetheless.

The smell was primarily sweet fruitiness with a strange but pleasing essence that I couldn't put my finger on. Then I realized -- it's the aroma of circus peanuts! I'm talking about the big, nasty neon-orange marshmallowy peanut-shaped candy that retails for about a buck a bag at CVS. I think circus peanuts are just about the worst confection available, but for some odd reason, the aroma was extraordinarily pleasing in a quadrupel.

The taste is tangy dark fruit at the beginning with an overarching malty sweetness that hits you like a truck in the finish, which produces banana flavors that are unusual in an ale of this style, but again quite pleasing. Not a trace of hops. Unfortunately not as complex as some others -- and it lacked the creaminess that I love so much in a great quad -- but it was certainly enjoyable.

The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with a high level of carbonation that I'll assume diminishes greatly as the bottle opens up for a while. I've found Trappists from corked bottles to be much better once they flatten out a little bit from sitting. I assume this one is no different.

Excellent drinkability for 10% ABV. It doesn't taste at all boozy -- I imagine it would be pretty easy to overimbibe and get hit over the head with this.

Overall, I liked this a lot. And it was interesting to see how the lone Dutch Trappist differs from the Belgians. To me it didn't have the same candy-sugar qualities, which isn't a compliment or a criticism -- just an observation. This is a pretty damn good beer, though I'll still go for a St. Bernardus 12 if it's available instead (and it usually is).

eberkman, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle with a simple label. The beer is a garnet leathery brown with a soft khaki head that never fully dissipates. The delicate head evenly coats the glass and holds on as long as it can until it breaks into some beautiful cascading webs.

Smells a little fruitcake like. There is a hodgepodge of darker rum soaked fruits a little wine and some candy sugars.

Taste is of sweet malts, fine candies and a dark fruit flavors followed by a nice warmth. Drink this guy by the fire place this winter. It warms your pallet, throat and stomach. I also get a mild malt profile mixed in with a molasses flavor.

This beer is rich. There are some heavy flavors and a high ABV that all mixes well. I am new to the Quadruple/Belgian styles and I am enjoying them.

jbphoto88, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of daledeee
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: The bottle picture and name varies slightly, but the ABV and Brewery matched.

Pours a beautiful dark clear brown with nice bubbly head. Nose is sweet and dark fruit smelling.

The taste is very warming with plum, caramel, dark cherry and malt. Very nice. The finish is very intense like figs or plum. This is a fine example of the quadrupels.

daledeee, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of rec
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Considering my dissapointment with other La Trappe brews, I was most suprised with the Quadrupel...

After pour a dark but not cloudy brown body is revealed, and generates a soft foamy head that quickly sinks away but leaves an impressive lacing around the glass.

The aroma revolves around sweet malt and a combination of dark fruits and mild spice.

Yeast, spice and red fruits are experienced amidst the tasting, with a dry nutty flavour on the finish.

The mouthfeel is smooth with some alchohol warms.

Really quite enjoyable, and the only La Trappe brew I'd make a point of buying again.

rec, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of IntriqKen
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

There's a lot going on in this quad.
It pours a nice golden tea color with a soft off white head that melts to a ring of lacing.

Aromas are full of fruits..fresh and tropical...some sugary malt and it's all followed by alcohol.

Taste follows aroma in the sugary malt and tropical fruit veins, but light caramel and a lemon bite hop finishes it instead of the heavy alcohol found in the aroma.

Delicious quad...soft and smooth..mouthfeel is creamy and tingly from the fine carbonation...aftertaste is soft fruits and caramel pale malt.
Finish is warming alcohol.

Could almost make a man religious....

IntriqKen, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Copped a single, 11.2 oz bottle from Total Wine and More in Union... Pours a dark-brown, mahogany hue with an impressive, lingering foamy and frothy head that exhibited some staying power... smell is powerful and rich, with fruits, caramel, citrus, and strong sugars pouring through and very noticeable... taste strongly complements the aroma, with a definite caramel and dark-brown sugar essence... this beer is very sweet for a quadruple, and the 10% ABV is noticeable behind ultra-rich, very sweet, and super-thick flavors... a good depiction of the style... I was really impressed by the appearance and aroma of this one... good stuff... A nice representation of the style, although very sweet and full-flavored... Recommended...

dsa7783, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's taken a long ass time but now, finally, I'm ready to try my first non-Belgian trappist.

Very nice pour, a surprising head for a quad. Very deep, dark red and purple and no sign of chill haze or funk.

Smells of well balances yeast burn and a cornucopia of very ripe and red fruit. No huge spice complexities but there's enough yeast there to make up for it.

Tastes very much like it smells. Loads of tasty, complex yeast, solid fruit malt, and a pleasant alcohol burn.

mynie, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an 11.2 oz. bottle into a goblet. Slightly cloudy, medium brown with a bit of a tan head. Not a lot of lacing going on and the head recedes to a thin film rather quickly.

Big bready aroma, some dark spiced fruit such as raisin and plum are evident. The taste is still strong with alcohol, almost from start to finish, but in there is some dark malts, caramel and biscuity goodness, along with some mysterious dark fruits.

It's got serious body and is very warm with alcohol. I'm going to have to lay the rest of this four pack down for a while.

ZimZamZoom, Feb 03, 2008
La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 1,820 ratings.