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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: 1,782
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 84
Gots: 202 | FT: 4
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Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

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 MrHurmateeowish
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown bottle (labeled Konings Hoeven Quadrupel) from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours an amber red body thats translucent but slightly hazy with little head to speak of. Smells fruity - apple, grape, citrus. Tastes fruity - apple, grape, citrus - with a fair amount of pith and hints of malt. Some alcohol is noticeable, but not as bad as it could. Surprisingly flat and aqueous in mouthfeel. Somewhat one dimensional. Tasty enough, but not as tasty as some of its Belgian cousins. Not that impressed with this one, I'm afraid...

MrHurmateeowish, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer has a dark amber, copper color with modest foam that faded within a few minutes. Wisps of foam remained around the perimeter of the glass throughout. A strong rum and alcohol aroma comes through in the nose along with a sugar sweetness and raisins. The beer is full bodied on the palate. The taste is sweet and alcoholic. The finish is again heavy on the alcohol and warming. This beer is warming and ideal for a cold winters night, however, the drinkability, in my opinion, suffers due to the overt sweetness.

BeardedBoffin, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of LittleCreature
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Poured two fingers of foamy beige head that steadily reduced to a thin layer. The colour is a dark, clear amber, surprising as I thought quads were always black or dark brown!

Smell - 4.5
Strong banana upon opening that fades, leaving a delicious sweet, malty aroma. Smells of liquor soaked raisins, cooking sponge cake, stewed apple, vanilla and spice.

Taste - 4.0
Strong, smooth and warming with a lower alcohol presence than the 10%ABV suggests. Malty sweetness predominates with flavours including stewed fruits and an interesting bite in the finish. Not greatly complex for a quad.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Very lightly carbonated with a heavy, syruppy mouthfeel. Was actually better before it warmed to room temperature.

Drinkability - 4.0
For what it is this is a really easy drinker; not overly boozy, very tasty with no clear flaws.

Not the greatest or most complex quad in the world, but a fine drink all the same. Some other Belgian offerings make this seem quite tame, but few are this drinkable. I would definitely try this again. Competes with the Dubbel and my favourite La Trappe beer.

LittleCreature, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of BarryNL
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Deep, hazy amber orange. The beer pours with a white fluffy head which the high carbonation keeps nicely refreshed in the glass.

S: Sweet sugary smell, with a strong element of pear drops. Trappist earthy yeast aromas initially.

T: More pear drops, sweet with sugar and caramel hints. Some hop flavour and a pleasant level of bitterness.

M: Big fluffy mouthfeel, a little sticky and syrupy.

D: Too sweet to drink in large quantities, but then it's also too alcoholic for that!

I suspect the main problem with this beer is a lack of aging - the 'best before' is more than 18 months away - it should probably be a 'best after' date. I'd love to try an aged bottle to see how it goes but I can't really give a good review to this new bottle I'm drinking.

BarryNL, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged crock from 1999-2000.
Pours a copper color with small yeasty chunks at the bottom, a small tan head. In the aroma, plummish, dark fruit and a nice caramel presence. In the taste, caramel and a nice alcohol presence. A smooth, big bodied mouthfeel and a caramel sweet alcohol aftertaste. Ages great, great flavors of caramel and dark fruit.

OWSLEY069, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of mfreire212
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11+ ounce bottle, into a standard pint glass. Serving temperature was a shade under 50 degrees, but it warmed up a touch by the time I really got into it.

A: a nice amber color, or slightly darker (hints of brown), with a light tan head, average size that slowly receded to a thin layer on top of the beer. It also left some lacing on the side of the glass.

S: very impressive nose, with hints of sweetness/toffee and of course, alcohol. It only got better as the beer warmed up in my hand.

T: at first, the large hit of alcohol is a bit peppery which is expected at 10%. But an odd thing happened shortly thereafter...it mellowed into a smooth, almost sweet flavor that lingered on the palate for a nice, long time. I was pleasantly surprised, especially compared to other quads I have tried.

M: not too thin...very nice, especially the lingering sweetness that it imparts. I swear I tasted toffee, sort of like a Heath Bar.

D: based on flavor alone, I could drink this all day. However, it is pretty strong, so I wouldn't. A very good selection that I will revisit consistently in the future.

mfreire212, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of rodenbach99
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bouteille brune de 12.2oz.

à l'ouverture le bière déborda, elle a une belle couleur cuivrée-orangé légèrement trouble, la mousse est compacte épaisse et durable, le nez est tout en épices, très invitant et piquant. la bouche est chaleureuse ronde, piquante, épicé à souhait. une grande bière.

rodenbach99, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a quality quad. pours a deep amber, more reddish than most quads, and slighly transparent. The nose is of dark fruit with some clove banana smell and a little alcohol. great head retention, and just enough yeast mixed in. Taste starts off sugary, dark candy like. The finish bites hard and warms to the core, leaving a thin sugary residue on the lips. This is the best quad I have had brewed outside of belgium. The alcohol on the finish is a bit strong, and the thickness isnt quite that of belgian quads, but this is clearly of the same family, and if i didnt read the bottle i would have thought it was belgian. Good choice, my favorite koningshoeven so far.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the konings glasss that came with my 750 ml bottle. Pours little had and retention fades a fourth of the way down. Cloudy reddish brown color.

Smell is of raisins, candy sugar, and grape fruit

Taste is of caramel malts with candy sugar, raisin, grapefruit, and a little clove flavor. Hop bitterness is low.

A good quadrupel. It doesn't compare to some of the other ones that I've had, but it's still good.

Mouthfeel is very watery. It lacks creaminess. The carbonation is good and moderately low, but I want creaminess. Somewhat dry and astringent mouthfeel. As the beer warms, creaminess comes out so the score for mouthfeel changes as the beer warms. Creaminess does come out mildly, but the astringency is still there.

The alcohol is a little bit too astringent in this beer and it takes away from the drinkability a little bit.

jasonjlewis, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz picked up in trade from my good friend Wade (Wildaho).. poured into my red wine glass while listening to Sasha's Involver. This bottle's been cellared for 6-7 months... but tonight I have a hankering for some big Belgians.

Shortlasting 1/2" eggshell head sits atop a beautifully clear dark amber red brew.... classy looking.

Smell is really clean yet defined.... Belgian yeast spiciness is subdued but apparent... medium levels of dried fruit...cherries and raisins. No hop aroma to speak of unless I am really missing something. Roasted grains and milk chocolate are also there but much less. Only getting a hint of alcohol and that is when the brew is at room temperature.

Bam but in reverse... what gets me about the flavor is a lingering berry (blackberry?) finish. Start is Belgian fruitiness that moves seemlessly (thanks to great little bubble carbonation) into lite caramel and more dried fruit with spicy noble hop flavors....finishes with a lip-smacking and long lingering berry flavor ... Mouthfeel is much less than Urthel's Samaranth... no real candy sweetness like Samaranth either.. just malts instead of sugar. Yummy from front to back.

I've really enjoyed this brew for years... even back when it was still under the La Trappe moniker... but in the last year Koningshoeven became available again in Boise... and that makes me a very happy beer geek.

JohnGalt1, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of kundabuffer
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle doesn't have "La Trappe" on it anywhere, reading "konings hoeven" instead, but I'm quite sure this is the same stuff:

At first when I smelled this it reeked of cheap beer, but after breathing for a bit the real smell of malt, caramel and plum came to light. Alcohol is fairly prominent in the taste, along with candi sugar, pear and more malt. Definitely not my favorite quadrupel but it's not too bad.

kundabuffer, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of DaveFL1976
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome back into the Trappist club, Konigshoeven!
This beer is from the only non-Belgian Trappist brewery.
It pours a dark amber color; lighter than any of the other Trappist quads, but with a beautiful, sticky, tan head.
The smell is sweet with some burned sugars and a bit of dark fruits. It's prickly and a tad sour to the tongue. Not a lot of bittering hops, as expected, but not as sweet or smooth as some others.
The mouthfeel is creamy and prickly; again not as smooth or drinkable as Rochefort, Chimay, Westvleteren, or St Bernardus.

DaveFL1976, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of 1fastz28
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i have to be honest, i probably ruined this beer, when i put it in the fridge, it partially froze, but i thawed it as quickly as a i could but im sure it altered its taste... so don't take this review as gospel

that being said it has a purplish hue to it, a very dark copper color, with a small head in the chalice. smell is fruity and yeasty.taste is everywhere, literally raisins, fruit, apples, all kinds of different flavors.

this is a really good beer, i wish i wouldn't of ruined it, i i can't imagine what it would of been like normal

1fastz28, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of hwwty4
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. I let it warm up for about 30 minutes before I poured it. When it was poured, it looked like sun tea, brown hazy amber. Had a 2 inch head that subsided within seconds of pouring the beer. Aroma is caramel, dark fruits and sugar. Taste is of caramel, fruits and vanilla with a warming brown sugary alcohol at the finish. Mouthfeel is dry and light.

hwwty4, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beerbistro.

For such a strong beer, I was a little skeptical of it fresh on draft. But it was great.

A: Amber-brown/copper, light tan head, no retention but a slight leg/lace.

S: Dark fruit, bread, light spicing and a bit of alcohol in the nose.

T: Dark fruit, dark bread, peppery & grassy spice, tropical fruit, earthy minerals, alcohol is certainly warming (but not at all harsh), modest bitterness. I really like the dark fruityness... second only to the Westvleteren.

M: Really well-attenuated for its strength, there's some residual sweetness, but the alcohol gives it a really dry finish. Moderate carbonation.

D: Incredible flavour, but the alcohol is a little much.

Derek, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of animal69
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

i saved the biggest for last ; pours a clear, deep copper color w/ a fluffy off-white head that lasts a good while, then leaves a thin ring of broken lacing down my glass ; a powerful malty, breadish fruit smell, banana mostly w/ some grape, plum and clove notes as well, a faint caramel and alcoholic aroma present as it warms, kinda burns my eyes when i exhale into my snifter ; a sweet, tart, slightly vinous brandy-like flavor tapering into a hot, fruity, banana, cherry, and caramel midway, finishing up w/ a slightly nutty taste, a faint hop bite and that classic hi-octane "gasoline" feel in the back of your throat ; a rich yet delicate mouthfeel, the high carbonation helps keep it from becoming too cloying, another dry beer w/ tons of residual sweetness ; this is a good brew, but at 10 % ABV, one can't drink much of it tho....

animal69, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of Damian
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at the Publick House, Brookline, MA

Poured a clear, dark, ruby-mahogany with a fine, white, silky smooth, one-finger head that slowly faded to a creamy, lacy film. The head lasted the entire drink and deposited short-lived blankets of lacing all along the glass.

The aroma was rather mild, with the exception of the pervasive alcohol presence. Plums and raisins were noticeable along with brown sugar and a touch of oak. As the beer warmed, the sweetness came out a bit more (as did the overall aroma). Belgian yeast notes appeared as well.

The taste was moderately sharp and spicy, with the alcohol once again taking center stage. Once I got past the alcohol, rich malts, raisins and a distinct nuttiness appeared. Oak was also noticeable. The finish was super alcohol rich with a lingering, semi-sweet, rummy aftertaste.

The beer displayed a fine, excessively lively carbonation with a body that was fairly thin for the style.

Overall, I was somewhat disappointed with this quadrupel. It seemed rather "light" in all aspects (aroma, taste and mouthfeel) and the alcohol presence was quite overwhelming.

Damian, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of irishkyle21
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

La Trappe Quadrupel pours with a medium sized head that drops to a thin coat above the clear copper colored brew. Not that much lacing is left behind but it does try and stick to the glass.

Smells wonderful, red licorice, fruits and a bit of caramel malt. Not the most complex nose, but the package is put together very well.

Tastes of sweet and slightly sour fruits, raisin, clove, a chewy malt, a bit of old hops (not in a bad way) and just a hint of that feel good alcohol warmth a big beer like this brings. I was very pleased with this one.

irishkyle21, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy chestnut color with a nice, rocky head that sheets lacing all over the chalice

Smell: Artificial cherry juice and candi sugar with too much fusel alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity flavor with a hint of candi sugar and caramel; joined by the artificial cherry juice flavor by mid-palate as well as a touch of balsa wood; after the swallow, a nice, earthy hop flavor, with even more wood, settles things down

Mouthfeel: Medium body with plenty of carbonation; a touch thinner than I would have expected

Drinkability: My least favorite of the Trappists by a big margin; just don't like that cherry flavor

brentk56, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of largadeer
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark but bright and surprisingly clear. In certain lightings it has a purple color to it. Very impressive.

Smell: Dried fruits, brown sugar and alcohol. The aroma reminds me a bit of port or sherry.

Taste/mouthfeel: Very fruity, reminiscent of dark berries and figs, with a mild sweetness that lingers on the tongue all the way throughout the aftertaste. Alcohol is noticable but not entirely unpleasant. A lingering bitterness comes out in the end, balancing the initial sweetness.

I've had better quads, but this is definitely good and well worth trying.

largadeer, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of becktone
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Can't really say that this one is clear, sediment started coming out of the bottle before there was less than a third left in there. Color is cloudy brown, with a dirty white head that has fairly good retention and good lacing. Retention could use some work in my opinion, just a tad thicker would make this much more appealing.

Nose: Big malty sweetness in the aroma, alcohol is also notable. Some dark fruits in the nose as well. There is just a hint of clove phenols as well. This one is hard to smell, I wish it were a bit more potent.

Tongue: Lots of complexities in this brew. Alcohol is out in the open, very evident. Not much to the hops here, as can be expected, the alcohol is more than enough to balance out the sweet malty and candy like flavors of this brew. I get some clove phenols as well a tiny bit of diacetyl, more of a sense of it... Also some spiciness, probably attributed to the alcohol.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: As can be expected, this one definitely warms as it goes down. Full bodied brew with higher levels of carbonation that help to cleanse the alcohol from the palate at the finish of the brew. The beer goes down easy, but I don't think I'd want to sit around and drink this all day. There are just many more to try and many still that are by far better.

becktone, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of debaniel
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Clear ruby cola, with 1 1/2 inches of head.

SMELL: Belgian candy, dark fruits with lots of cherries, and even a very subtle mint finish.

TASTE: Oh yes. Rich, complex, loads of cherries and cola, sweet sherry, hops way off in the background. Good dry finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Creamy and smooth, but could use a touch more carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: I was very pleased with this brew. It's been a while since I've had a quad, and this one didn't disappoint. Easy to sip on all night.

debaniel, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of walshclimb
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby chestnut with thin white head that leaves a thin lace. Smells slightly of sweet cherries with a hint of spice and chocolate. The taste is warm alcholic malt with nice lightly bitter aftertaste that is very smooth and tasty. Full bodied with decent carbonation and a dry, alcoholic finish. Overall, this is a very good beer with excellent flavor and a very smooth finish. I would like to try it again.

walshclimb, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of Jmamay22
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The Belgian Quadrupel pours one part foam and two parts beer. The beer is a deep ruby and a tan creamy head that eventually settles to one finger depth.

Smells of tart boozy cherries, yeast and the slightest bit of spice. Mostly alcohol mixed with cherries here.

There is a little more going on than there was in the nose. Same tart cherries and yeast as before, but a greater amount of spice and a small amount of raisins. Very dry and boozy finish with a good amount of warming.

Mouthfeel has the typical tight Belgian carbonation that adds a sense of zest. Quads are never what I would call drinkable, but this one doesn't hide it's abv as well as others. If you enjoy this give Mad Elf a try, but I expect more out of a Belgian Quadrupel.

Jmamay22, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a tremendous fruity yeast aroma as well as a warm malty scent. It's dry with a slight earthy feel. The warmth seeps through the yeast esters. The taste is good. It has a strong pale and light crystal malt flavor. It goes down easy and finishes dry and warm with a mild yeast fruitiness. The earthiness resinates on the tongue. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's got a solid malt character as well as finite yeast component.

WesWes, Nov 03, 2007
La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 1,782 ratings.