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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: 1,956
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rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
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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 beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a murky ice-tea color (burnt amberish-orange) with a turbid nature. Speckles of yeast matter lie suspended in the drink while the head was flat and composed of macro bubbles, quickly dissipating to a polished surface not leaving much of a lacing. Overall I loved the deep brooding coloring and murky nature.

S: boozy of whisky sour mash and burnt caramelized apples being the most evident. Cold whole pears and a caramelized sweet toasted grain base is detected, but subtle in content. Much lighter then anticipated and not as complex as hoped.

T: The flavor was boozy with whisky laced caramelized apples letting you know of its boozy and brooding nature. Maybe I shouldn't of opened this on a weekday. Dried fruitiness of pears and apples is lightly detected but it is the fusel alcohol nature of this beer that really takes over especially on the finish leaving you with a warming sensation and a spicy dried alcohol bite. Toasted grains add some sweetness but sadly there is not much complexity here as compared to other favorites of mine per style. Overly sweet and boozy at times with limited complexity.

M: beautiful, silky smooth and vinous by nature, the beer rolled around effortlessly with ease and a sense of well being. Medium consistency and definitely the hight point of the drink. I could roll this around in my mouth all day.

D: Drinkability was mixed, decent flavor over all but really nothing exciting nor complex. Very boozy which makes this a long and drawn out sipper. The mouthful was the highlight here and the sense was better being contained rather consumed. Decent but somehow I was expecting more from a brewery with a trappist label.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I should have expected it. As soon as I popped the cap, it started gushing, but I acted quickly, only losing a dollop of foam. Only once I got it under control, and poured into the glass could I appreciate it. Dark Amber beer with a head just a shade or two away from white. Head was about three fingers initially, but was quick to drop. Not exactly clear, but definitely not opaque.

Aroma is a bit muted. Some general ale fruitiness comes out, but other than that I'm not quite sure.

Flavor is strong malt flavor at first, sweet and a little bready. Followed by a good amount of mouth watering fruits. Cherry, berries, and I even detect a bit of peach. Not bad at all. Some alcohol is present, but not as much as I expected. Caramel flavors are here as well.

The body leans toward thin. The carbonation however, is dialed in perfectly. On the high side, it seems to carry the flavor well, and make the drink refreshing.

A tasty beer, and one I would like to drink more of. It seems like there may be more going on than my palate is aware of, but alas, my palate only develops so fast. Perhaps I'll review it again at a later date. Cheers.

Photo of allboutbierge
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I, too was a bit underwhelmed here.

Color was a ruby copper brown. Clear. Looks to be a bit thin. Head pours small and evaporates quickly. Looks a bit boring.

Smell sweets, raisins, dates, carmels?

Taste is bit on the sweet side and I suspect this bottle could use some mellowing time (best til 12/2012). Some cherry and honey notes shine through. Otherwise, its tame and smooth. Not what I was looking for.

Photo of generallee
3.37/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: The body has a dark crimson amber color with bright ruby highlights and good clarity. It forms a small light tan head on top that fades out fast leaving little to no lacing.

Smell: Its nose has some fruity, raisin like estery notes with some honey like sweetness and dark sugary notes.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor starts out somewhat thin on a medium body with a sweet candy and honey like malty base. It has some simple mild fruity notes with raisin as the stand out. The presence of alcohol is very mild and adds some brandy like complexity to the finish. Hop flavor and bitterness are not noticeable. The texture is slick and thinner than I would expect for a Quad. The carbonation is light and somewhat fizzy.

Notes: I was really under-whelmed by this beer. It tasted fine but it lacked the complexity and body of other Quadruples I have tried.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle marked "Koningshoeven Quadrupel Trappist Ale" into a Chimay chalice. Cork marked 23/08 (23rd week probably)

A: Opaque medium brown body gives way to a creamy looking off white head. This color is lighter than other quads I've seen. Lacing is great, though the head fades a bit quickly.

S: Very intense fruitiness up front. Right away a shot of apple or grape. Deeper in a bit of malt and yeast aroma.

T: The fruitiness, yeast and malty sweetness balance well against the bitterness and alcohol. Taste much like the aroma up front falling back on common Belgian yeast phenols.

M: Mouthful is creamy with small bubbles. Exactly what I want out of this style. Maybe the age has something to do with this. Beer is dry and slightly tannic.

D: Very drinkable due to its balance. Clean and tasty yet strong.

Photo of ujsplace
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a chalice. Deep reddish mahogany in color, thick, puffy creamy off-white head that dissipated down to just a thin layer which left some pretty descent lacing.

S: Definitely has a strong cherry presence here as well as just an overall dark, earthy fermented fruit presence. Also, detect some mild malt sweetness, but it doesn't seem overdone at all.

T: Very well balanced overall and somewhat surprising that the alcohol (10%) is not nearly as dominant as I would have expected in this brew. The brew tastes very closely to the way it smells. It does warm the belly...

M: Smooth, some slight carbonation, with a somewhat dry finish.

D: Very drinkable despite the alcohol content. Deceptively so...

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

On tap at the Sierra Grille in Northampton, MA. Pours a dark caramel with decent lacing despite high abv. Smell is sweet delicious caramel..a malt bomb. Taste is sweet, rich, smooth, cotton candy anyone? Smoothness on the palate. Is this really a 10 abv. Like fine aged whiskey...smooth! Ditto on the drinkability....Could have had many more..but....I like to walk out the door.

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

11.2 ounce bottle - $5.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, dark brown body with a reasonably well-sized, off-white head. Random bits of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Sweetish, earthly spiced, and ripe fruity notes all come together to harmoniously provide notes of candy, caramel-covered fruits, dark loaf bread, and even alcohol. Yes, even alcohol, friends.

Taste: Sweetish, dark maltiness with very, very light tastes of chocolate and even cinnamon-flavored Breakfast Blend coffee. Touch of dark breadiness. Hearty spread of gooey dark caramel. Dash of earthy spices, mainly clove. Another pinch of table sugar. Fruity tastes of green raisins, ripe figs, and green apples marinated in spiced rum. Touch of bitterness. Sweetish, earthy, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Worth a try. The world's greatest quadrupel? Heck no! A decent, okay-inducing quad? Sure.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.57/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Wurstkuche. The establishment even had the La Trappe glass to pour the beer into. On to the beer:

There was next to no head on top when I retrieved this beer. It is dark amber, with big hues of brown and orange. Didn't have that "richness" to earn a higher score. The aroma is a tease of things to come. Apples and bananas dominate, with a pinch of fruity yeast. Moderate amounts of alcohol tasted, with a moderate, but thinner to style mouthfeel. There are notes of apples, pears, and fusel alcohol... more resemblant to an eisbock. Bits of bready malt leaves the consumer with an aftertaste.

This is my first La Trappe brew, and I felt this quad was underwhelming for a trappist product. However, it did the trick with an artisan chicken and apple sausage with Belgian fries.

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

Poured it in a chalice, nice head. Fruity smell, but not to sweet. It tastes like it smells altough with a slightly more earthy feel. Feels light and fresh in the mouth. The alcohol isn't quite as noticeable as you would expect by the ABV.

Overall a very good beer. Made me change my ideas about Dutch beers. Before I drank this one I thought that every Dutchman trying to brew should be trialed and jailed.

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a deep amber with a 1 inch light tan head that reduces to a full coverage lacing. Some carbonation and sediment are noticeable.

The aroma includes an interesting levels of yeast with a sort of caramel sweetness and some alcohol. Interesting, that it is primarily malts though.

The taste is quite good but also seems to be strong and the malty sweetnes, and an almost Juicy Fruit gum-like flavor. A nice level of spiciness.

The mouthfeel is initially intense with carbonation that actually balances with the flavor quickly. It then leaves a smooth very mild dry feel.

Overall, this is a good beer and fairly easy to drink. However, there are areas of improvement when it comes to comparisons to the best in the style. It is quite drinkable though and the way it leaves you mouth, it wouldn't be that hard to have another.

Photo of SleepyMonk
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled ceramic bottle poured into a chalice glass.

Shows a deep red moving towards a mahogany with a thick creamy head standing of approx 2 fingers that refuses to quit and leaves sticky lacing.

The aroma is malt driven with mild hops and dry grainy yeast. Roasted dark fruits where apparent however its not as raw as some other quadruples one may come across.

Molasses and brown sugar characteristics feature heavily on the palate along with rich malt and fruit nectar.

Fruits and malt features rise up fast in the mouth but the balance between sweet nectar and dry alcohol gradually change their individual weightings until the drinker is left with a dry warm alcohol finish.

This is a good representation of the style however it falls short of the big names like Rochefort and Westvleteren et al

Photo of rapidsequence
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber (could be darker), nice and clear, thin head but ok retention. Nice lacing.

S: Sugary sweet and a little fruity with a waft of alcohol. I miss the strong yeasty breadiness I expect from a quad.

T: Makes up for a lot of the lack of nose. Yeasty, spicy, and sweet. Delicious.

M: I wish it had a little more body, there's lots of carbonation. Its drier than I expect. Finishes clean. I wish there was more aftertaste of that bready sweetness. Makes me drink it to fast.

D: Too drinkable. Its great, and I'll have it again, but its 10% and gone in minutes.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.91/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Pours a semi-translucent brown with a small tan head. Aroma of raisins, molasses, and sugary sweet malt. Flavor of raisins, sweet dark fruits, apple juice, sweet malt, and bready malt. Very sweet A bit hard to drink and not even close to the complexity of the other Belgian quads.

Photo of RuudJH
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found it's time to try the quad, and compare it to the other beers of LaTrappe, and the other trappists, to see if this brewery has anything to contribute to the style, so excellently crafted in Belgium allready.

A: beautifull reddish to chestnut brown colour, with an nice, thin head that seems to keep up decently. Very nice carbonation.
S: first smell from the bottle, just after opening it, is banana. After that, there's a slight sour, as from kriek.

T: mainly the bitter from hops and the sweet from grains, together with nice yeast, but not much else.

M:The drink is pretty dry.
D: The 10% abv is quite present, making it hard to drink a couple of these.

This is an ok beer, but compared to quads like Rochefort and Westvleteren, I think the brewery missed a chance to make this more interesting and complex.

Photo of Stavage
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured with a generous head, retained well and had excellent lacing. Liquid was a pleasing ruby amber.

Smell was quite fruity, along the lines of grapes and apples and other 'white' sweet fruits. But any subtlety was masked by a blanket of alcohol smell.

Taste was much of the same. A very nice smooth malt giving off some nice sweet nectary fruit tastes (not too sweet though), but the alcohol was very noticeable, and halfway through the 500ml bottle my tastebuds were shot.

Aside from the roughness of the alcohol the mouthfeel was exceptionally smooth with the kind of carbonation you expect from a trappist. Nice and thick and full bodied too.

Drinkability suffered purely due to the rough alcoholic bite. I've enjoyed beers with noticeable alcohol levels before but this was just too much. Otherwise the flavours were well balanced, it was nice and smooth and malty and thick and lovely but they just couldn't overcome that roughness.

I'd try it again purely cos I did notice a lot of potential and possibly I got a bad bottle or a bad batch or my palate was not in the right condition. I've seen a few other reviews mention the over powering booze though.

Photo of jwhawkins81
3.44/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma - A ton of dark fruits, really a very good aroma.

Appearance - Poured an amber color with a little carbonation.

Taste - Sweet and malty almost cloying. Maybe a slight alcohol hint as well in the aftertaste. No really complexity just sweet upfront followed by the alcohol in the aftertaste.

Notes - The beer had a heavy mouthfeel that wasn't too bad. I've had this beer before on tap and though it was awhile ago I didn't expect this bottle to be this disappointing. I usually love a good quad but I can't say this particular one was well received.

Photo of AChamberlain
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Ginger Man in Austin. Poured into Tripel Karmeliet glass, whatever. Not the beer's fault. Still pretty. Amber.

Not much aroma. Malt.

Candy sweet, malty quad. Doesn't shove you like most quads, a bad thing.

A bit thin. Not quaffable enough. Still decent.

Overall good. Affordable for a trappist. A decent quad, but not my favorite by far.

Photo of thirdeye11
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at The Libertine last night.

Presentation: Poured from tap into a Koningshoeven wide bowl glass.

A: Pours a clear dark brown with a 1/2 finger head that recedes quickly. Lacing on the glass is nice, but I wish it was more cloudy.

S: Smell has some dark fruits, but mostly alcohol in the nose. It's not bad, but this isn't like other quads I've had. I have had this in the bottle before and it is better. Grapes are the only fruit I can actually pick out here.

T: Wow this is an alcohol bomb. I almost can't believe it. I don't recall it being this way from the bottle, but maybe the lack of bottle conditioning has really hurt this one. There is some sweetness, no hop character to speak of, and a burning alcohol up front and on the back in my throat as well. Less as it warms, and some grape characters come out but still pretty hard to tolerate. I do enjoy it towards the end though and would gladly drink this over BMC any day. Not trying to knock it, but comparing it to its peers it is having a hard time standing up next to them.

M: Pretty thin really for the style, but the carbonation and oilyness are nice.

D: I wouldn't have more than one 8-10oz serving of this on draft.

I highly prefer the bottle as I always do with anything Belgian, but this one differs the most from its bottle counterpart that I can think of.

Photo of Jeffo
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at the bottle shop.

Into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 finger medium looking off-white head with a decent amount of carbonation evident. Colour is a sangria or maroon red. Head slowly fades to a thin film that stays until the end and leaves some nice lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Lovely. Very fruity nose. Red fruits show up in the form of raspberries and dark cherries, while some dark fruits make an appearance as well, with raisins and dark grapes taking the lead. Some caramel malt and candy sugar in the background as well with some Belgian yeast tying it all together. Pretty enticing.

TASTE: Carmel malt and candy sugar up front. Some dark grapes and raisins perhaps, but not as fruity as I had expected. More spicy actually, clove, coriander and some pepper, alongside a medium alcohol presence as well. A mild and long lasting aftertaste is pretty pleasant with a sweet and slightly bitter hop finish.

PALATE: Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth coating. A very little burn after the swallow to remind you it's a quad. Good feel.

OVERALL: Quite a good brew for sure. Drinkable and enjoyable, a much better effort than their double and triple. This is one I'd have again for sure. Recommended.

Photo of philipquarles
2.53/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

11.2oz bottle. Pours a very dark amber with a medium tan head that degenerates to wisps. No sediment. Smells boozy, raisiny, and really sugary. Tastes roasty, with some chocolate; weird prune character. Lots of alcohol burn. Medium bodied with high carbonation for the style and a warming (hot) finish. Almost a chore to down. As an aside, these notes are from a blind tasting with Westvleteren 12 and St. Bernardus 12. This was far and away the loser.

Photo of Jablonski
2.46/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a lighter brown color with a non-existent head. Sediment also non-existent. This has a very sweet boozy smell-very much like whiskey. Nothing else to report in the smell, which is sad because it could be much more complex considering the style. Others can hide the alcohol pretty well. The taste is really nothing but sugar and alcohol as well. The alcohol blends in a bit better in the taste, but not much. A slight hint of citrus fruits can be sensed in the taste. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the carbonation is about right. Compared to the St. Bernardus and Westvleteren, this is much less drinkable. The alcohol is not masked well, and the beer is overwhelmingly sweet. St. Bernardus ABT 12 is better for the money in my opinion.

Photo of dankbrew21
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Appearance, when held up to the sunlight, is a ruby red color. Pours a big, even head that settles quickly.

Smells slighty spicy, strong bananna, no hop, sweet malt, some raisin and alcohol.

Big taste! Lots of bannanas, not as spicy as I thought it would be from the smell. Yummy sweet malts. Great after taste! I can feel a comfortable alcohol warmth on the entire back of my throat. Note: I have not eaten anything since 10:00 a.m. and it is now 3:15p.m. so I feel like this is my lunch and dinner. Medium consistancy with a creamy flavor.

Medium drinkability.

Notes: Great beer!!

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

Watch out for this one! It can't wait to escape the bottle. I cracked the cap, turned around to dispose of it, and returned to an volcanic eruption. Wow! That was fast.

This one's primarily copper in color with garnet highlights. It's mostly clear. A vibrant vanilla colored head stands over two fingers tall. Nice job. I was expecting something ridiculous given the erupting volcano. It was slow to dissipate. The Sam Adams glass motor sustained it for quite a while. Thick, sticky lace clung to the glass.

The nose isn't quite as deep or complex as I expected. That being said, it is pretty impressive. Initially, it's sweet and features a nice mix of rasberry and dark fruit (plum and raisin) aromas. Belgian yeast is apparent and permeates throughout. It's a little musky and earthy smelling. Spices are somewhat faint. Moreso than they should be. I can't identify any of the individual spices. Suffice it to say they're collectively there. Alcohol is very well restrained. I anticipated a little, but it's not here. It's good, but could use a little tightening up with the spices.

The flavor is more refined and well done. I'm impressed. I wasn't expecting it to be this good. It's sugary sweet up front. Dark fruit and berry flavors are prominent and delicious. A little apple and pear are ancillary, but add to its complex, fruity flavor. Chocolate malt is apparent and has a bit of a cocoa-like flavor. It is spicy and features pepper. The rest of the spices are lost on me, but there's definitely more. Belgian yeast is prominent and very tasty. I'm consistently amazed at how much that flavor adds to a beer. Earthy and grainy notes round it out. It finishes sweet and spicy. Once again, where's the alcohol? I'm not picking up any. At 10% abv, are you kidding me?

This Quad features a medium body that's very smooth and satisfying. Carbonation is obviously active, but doesn't detract from the smooth feel much at all. I'm amazed at how lush and smooth it is given the carbonation level. Drinkability is very good. This is extremely tasty. It doesn't present itself as a 10% beer in any way. Given the strength, I'd limit myself to a bottle, but I don't exactly want to. It truly is a pleasure.

My hats off to Koningshoeven. I am frankly shocked at how good this beer is. I was expecting much less. This is one delicious Quad. It's not perfect and could use a more accurate nose. But, I swear, I'm picking on it. There's a ton of deep flavor and character here. Much, much to love. It's not quite as artful as the world's finest Quads, but it's not far off. I truly feel that the score here will not reflect how good it really is. Highly recommended.

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

popped the top from a 330 ml bottle that looks nothing like the one on this page and gave it a gentle pour into my trusty goblet .

Appearance:after the pour i got a 1" off white head that dissipated to a thin sheet and a ring around the edges of the glass.the color is an amber hue on the reddish side slightly clouded with yeast ,low carbonation.

Smell:dipped my nose into the glass and took two sharp in takes .it`s got some fruits prehaps green grapes ,green apple,raisins along with alcohol,sweet malt and sugar.

Taste:medium to lite body the malt sweetness and alcohol are apparent, a bite of a spicey quality followed by some fruitness and yeast .like a raisin bagel toasted not cream cheese but it`s creamy.

mouthfeel: malt sweetness and alcohol dominant the palate even the after taste . crisp ,lite fruity sensation ,very little hops are evident in this brew you can detect the feel of yeast though.

Drinkability:this is a good/great quad one of the best out there ,smooth and strong you can`t go wrong with this beer .

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 1,956 ratings.