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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: 1,863
Reviews: 860
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 93
Gots: 230 | FT: 4
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Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-07-2002)
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Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle as "Koningshoeven"

Amber in colour with a tight bubbly light tan head. Ferocious carbonation shoots up continually from the bottom of the glass.
Lightly fruity aroma, peaches and cream, strawberrys, custard apples, with ever present medicinal hints in the back, with some spice.
Sweet apples in the taste..red apples, some strawberry, bitter malt finish, thats long lasting, some tannin in the end too.
Very nice comfortably carbonated..great palte.
Enjoyable beer for 10%!

Photo of bort11
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the KC Flying Saucer. Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Not a lot of head or lacing, though that is to be expected for a higher ABV beer. Color is a dense hazy amber red.

Smell is quite a malt bomb of honey sweetness. Slight citric bittering. Taste is like butter toffee. Sweet and caramel-like. a mild tangerine citric notes keeps the sweetness in balance.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth. It just coats the mouth with its creamy texture. Really can't go wrong with a Trappist.

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

Pours a rich reddish amber, slight bubbling, off white head that slowly sinks.
Aromas of banana, candelwax, blue cheese, raisins, and estery complexity
Candied fruits, clove & cinnamon spice, dark sugars. Christmas cake.
Body is quite light, no alcohol heat evident.
Almost a mulled wine in texture & flavour. Nice winter sipper

Photo of matty
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is alcohol and fruit.Taste is warm vanilla oak and fruit.The taste reminds me of the sherry you would add to snapper soup.It is pricey but if you have the extra cash it is definetly worth a try!!

Photo of nrbw23
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark red or maybe a brown color with a foamy white head. Very nice lacing and the head had pretty good retention.

S- It's an incredibly complex beer, with candy sugar, bananas, cherries and dark fruit.

T- Follows the nose really well with just a touch of alcohol warmth. Slight sweetness, with a very light bitterness and finishes dry.

M- Rich and full bodied.

D- A very solid and special brew. Maybe one for a special occasion. Went down easy.

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass for a seethru autumn leave body with a booming, soapy head that stuck around a while. Some minor citric hops in there, especially orange, plus some figs, cherries, bread and roasted malts with caramel and toffee along with some dark fruits all combined in a very potent smell. This beer is full-bodied and mixed very well. You'll get not only a good malt bite like caramel, coffee, maybe some chocolate along with figs and some pepper spice but also a minor, cloying hop bite on the end, although it does go down smooth with a little alcohol warming on the end (plus it is sticky on the sides). A tad pricey and ABV limits sessionability, but this was still a great quad to try.

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

Pours a beautiful rich dark copper/amberish color with lots of floaties. A thick almond head rises up and stands at full attention deflating at a snails pace leaving behind some thin thready lace that hangs for a minute or two before disappearing. I smell strawberry and alcohol upfront some yeast and damp dirty dungeon aromas as well(I'm using my imagination a little,I love it!!). Dark fruit flavors prunes and rasins mostly,lots of spicy yeastiness on the tail end. A tangy bite on the tounge keeps this Quad rollin strong,clean soft finish with plenty of alcohol warmth to spare. This lil bottle is what great beer is all about.

Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very effervescent caramel with 1+ finger of khaki head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Juicy fruit, rubber bands, bubblegum & breadfruit

T: Huge fruittyness, dates, figs & ghost booze up front. White grapes, juicy fruit & some phenols, plus pears, leather & some mushrooms as this warms. Finishes oaky, with some banana peels, fruitty & with a little booze kiss. almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Slick, effervescent & a bit thin for the style, more malt depth needed to really vault this into great status for quads.

Drinks pretty easy for the style & ABV, a good take on the style

Photo of pinotboy007
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Mahogony with a nice creamy cap that fades to a ring with some lacing.

S - Wood, vanilla, leather.

T/M - Vanilla, oak, caramel, sweet malt, brown sugar, with a nice creaminess and supporting carbonation. My wife likes this a lot more than I do. Good for the style.

D - At 10% ABV, it's nothing to take too lightly. Better have a meal under your belt, first!

Photo of SirSketch
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Huge three fingered head that retained a whole two fingers even after a minute. The head had very fine bubbles and looked almost sticky. Burgundy in color and tons of carbonation bubbles. Many yeast particles floating around and eventually set at the bottom.

S - Caramel, toffee, apples, and alcohol. Very potent, as you can smell it from feet away.

T - Very sweet malts, toffee, chocolate, warming sense of alcohol, spices. I couldn't sense any presence of hops. Good, but I was expecting a more complexed taste, maybe?

M/D - Full body and medium to high carbonation. Feels good and easy going down.

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, it has a beautiful dark amber body with just a bit of yeast in it and is covered by an off white head that's starts off about two fingers thick and then thins out into a thin layer of bubbles, and has some very good lacing to it. It has a slightly dry alcohol aroma followed by some floral smells and a bit of rum as well, it smells sweet over all. It has a nice clean, semi-crisp, feel to it with a medium-to-light body; the carbonation really hits your tongue, you can barley taste the alcohol in it and it is quit smooth. There are some faint malts flavors, some raisin flavors as well, it has a dry aftertaste that's really warms up your mouth.

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

This is clearly a sipping brew. It had a rather reddish color to it and smelled mildly yeastly. There was a rich maltiness to it, but was not at all cloying. It appeared to have a nice balance to it and was not overpowering. But again, I found myself taking only small sips of this intense quad!

Photo of jwinship83
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber in color, lighter than i would expect. Nice sized active head with several large carbonation bubbles on the sides of the glass.

S- Figs and other dark fruits. Mildly sweet.

T- Slight minor malty caramel. ripe dark fruits (figs, plums, etc). Strong aftertaste.

M- light feel with a strong aftertaste-very nice. High carbonation, typical of the style.

D- Didnt come off as anything unusual or exciting. i enjoyed it, but not enough to look for it again anytime soon. finishing the bottle was easy enough.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to Chimay chalice. Pours amber red, almost mahogany. Nice thick off-white head with good retention and lacing. This is a great looking beer! Smell is good, pretty much what I'd expect for the styles. Some yeast, bread, alcohol and dark fruits...almost like a fruity red wine. Taste didnt do it for me though. It wasnt horrible, just something seemed off. I think the yeast was a little too pronounced and it had a stronger than expected biscuit flavor. The alcohol isnt very hidden either, very noticeable. Mouthfeel was on par, carbonation was perfect. Overall a very drinkable beer, just something seemed off on the taste.

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

I bought the 750ml bottle in Poulsbo, WA at a little European beer store downtown.

Consumed from a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: dark, deep russet

Smell: stewed fruit, raisins, hint of spice

Taste/Mouthfeel: rich and full of flavor, the stewed fruit is reinforced with the alcohol strength, very low hop noticed, smooth across the tongue and in the mouth

I really enjoyed this quad. I am a fan of the style and will continue to buy it with this one in the top five. It is hard to come by around here but worth the trip if you find it.

Photo of Cs1987
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark red, thin head in a goblet, which reduced.

Smell - Strong, sweet and biscuity.

Taste - Strong and sweet with dark fruits. Alcohol stands out a fair bit, but certainly not excessively.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, good carbonation.

Drinkability - Quite drinkable for the high ABV.

Overall - Not my favourite Quadrupel, but very good.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At first glance this beer is very pretty in the glass dark ruby . It looks absolutely amazing almost undrinkable when the light catches it. What a nice ruby color!!! Generated a very nice head with tight bubbles of an off-white hue. Aroma was complex with red wine esters, bannana-like yeast, alchohol and spice. Very smooth and warming flavor. Great bitterness to balance the sugary sweetness of the beer. Each taste brought forth new impressions and flavors. The alchohol was not overpowering but quite balanced with sweetness and bitterness. Can't wait for another one of these!

Photo of Crosling
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange color with a small foam. Aroma shows a touch of bubble gum and light fruits. Powerful flavors of raisins, rum soaked dark fruits, honey, doughy, pastry-like malts, with lots of belgian character. Very boozy, but well balaced and fairly complex. Hmm, nice tasting, but the aroma and appearence leave a lot to be desired. This is a fresh batch and not my favorite. The last batch I sold (which I have several bottles aging) was amazing. This is a nice beer, but not a batch I'll be collecting.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this ageing for almost a year. I can tell it is at least old enough that it still didn't have the official trappist logo on the label as they do now.

Poured into a Westmalle chalace with a thin head and no lacing (may have been my gentle pouring not wanting to damage the bottom yeast). Color is a dark brown.

Taste is easy. Much easier than I remember the first bottle being after I bought this four pack last year. Carbonation is good.

I really didn't like this beer when I first bought it last year. But after letting it sit for a while, it's much better.

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

Pours a ruby brown leaving a thick frothy off-white head that clings to the glass. The aroma is sweet, candy, honey, floural, pepper, spicy, pleasing alcohol.

The taste starts boozey, syrupy, caramel, and honey sweetness overipened plums, figs, dates, pure goodness. There is a faint spicy alcohol burn in the finish but I keep being drawn back to that fruity, overipened deliciousness. This is a fantastic quad a sipper def will be buying a few bottles of this baby for aging and now.

Photo of joezak5
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a the appropriate chalice at Monk's in Philly; clear brownish coppery orange, thick two finger white head, little retention but decent sipping lacing. No yeast though... had to check the bottle a couple of times.

Smell: Winey and dark, sweet raisins and berries... cidery apples and slightly peppered caramel.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and sweet with muted carbonation, a nice syrupy swisher that almost sticks to the roof of the mouth.

Taste: Very malty and all the wonderful aromas come through. The caramelly and cidery apples and bitter sweet raisins and a little spicy biscuit as well. Something to ponder as you enjoy.

Drinkability: A nice, suprisingly dry fruity finish with a minute plus linger. A true sip and savor masterpiece.

Photo of elricorico
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly ruddy caramel brown with a fizzy tan head that didn't last long. Only a thin ring around the glass remains.

Sweet banana aroma is first noted. Candy sugar, cherry and a hint of cranberry. Faintly apparant liquor warmth in the smell.

The dominant flavour is a sweet, sugary cherry, that seems to block out any other malt flavours. The finish is earthy and just a bit alcoholic. Good, if not as deep as some other quads.

Lower carbonation and a sticky, chewy mouthfeel work pretty well here. Overall it was a little less complex than expected, but it was good. Won't replace my St. Bernardus though.

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

La Trappe Quadruplus

Ceramic 750ml bottle, 1998 vintage, corked and caged. Purchased at the Somerville Supersaver by my girlfriend for our anniversary...she kicks ass!!!

A- This artifact pours a murky amber/brown with beautiful red highlights. A small off white head formed during a more rigorous pour. No visible rising carbonation or sediment...yet.

A (second glass)- Sediment spotted, brown sugar sprinkles are visible within the beer, definitely more cloudy.

A (third, final pour) Incredibly murky, tons of sediment settle into the bottom of my Westvleteren glass. It looks like a black and tan, no bullsh*t...

S- Real big nose as soon as the bottle is popped. Bourbon, Alcohol, dried fruits, raisons, banana, nuts, some wet wood (possibly from the cork?), figs, some cherry and spice, sugary sweet malts, a subtle chocolate and coffee aroma with some caramel as well.

T- Amazing complexity and balance. At first, a blast of old sweet malty goodness met by and apple/raison character of fruitiness, caramel and mocha. Some cinnamon and other spices tangle with a tart cherry bitterness on the finish. The Alcohol is not over present except in the late finish. And progressed as the bottle went on. A strong woody, grainy, malty oat/rye character lingers through out, over all above stated...fantastic!

M- Medium/heavy mouth feel, very coating, it is amazing how the carbonation still is as lively as it is after 10 years in the bottle!

D- Well this might just be a once in a lifetime beer for me but this one was verry drinkable.

Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One finger of off white head that leaves nice, thick lace as it recedes. The body is orange-brown and clear.

S - Yeasty banana, some spicy notes of clove, and lots of caramel.

T - The initial impression is like a caramel covered banana. Malty sweet, and a bit nutty in the middle. Toffee and some faint roasted malt in the finish.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - The malt character is nice and complex, but I would like it to be a bit darker with some more intense yeast character. Reasonably drinkable for a beer of this weight.

Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes on 4/19

A - Poured out a light burgandy color with a small, tan, bubbly/soapy head. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried fruit (pear & apple), spices and malt.

T - It the apple and pear flavors came through on first sip. Also, some spice notes kicked in. It had a smooth roasted malt flavor that added a biscuity feel.

M - It was soft and smooth with a warm alcohol presence. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good Quad. It's worth the price.

La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 1,863 ratings.