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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: 1,935
Reviews: 873
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 106
Gots: 268 | FT: 3
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Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

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 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

11.2oz

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 .

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

This is the re-review. The initial scores were A 3.5, S 3.5, T 4.0, M 4.0, D 4.0. Must have been an off bottle as I suspected as this is a 330 ml bottle and is a much better brew.

Poured into a La Trappe gold rimmed glass that came with the beers. A hazy reddish amber ale color with an off white head that coats the sides of the glass. Head stays for quite a while and recedes to a this film on top eventually. Nice lacing on the side of this rather shallow glass.

Smell is a deep complex affair of dark fruits and sweet malts. A bit of pepper and spiciness. Just a bit of banana and Belgian yeast funk. Caramel and a phantom alcohol vapor. Some bakery smells as well.

Taste is the big improvement. Sweet caramel malt and toffee. Light mocha and cocoa powder. Nice dark fruits that while present are held in check. Raisins and plums. Figs and dates. Earthy hops balance the beer beautifully. Dry finish flows back to earthiness and a touch of graham. Just a hint of fusel alcohol. As soon as you think you taste it it's gone. Feel is thick, rich, full and creamy with a velvety touch to the carbonation.

Quite drinkable as the abv is not apparent and you just want to
keep indulging your taste buds. A great quad that rivals the best of the style. Really good stuff.

xxx

Initial review of what was an off bottle

Initial pour is a surprisingly clear amber. Respectable head size and retention with decent lacing. Subsequent pours introduce yeast particles and cloudiness. No carbonation evident as it sits but it shows up as you sip.

Smell is fruity and alcoholic. A sweet breadiness and whiskey tinged caramel are the main features.

Taste is very malty with more whiskey and butterscotch. White raisins, dates, and light figs follow with a soupcon of banana. Big orange and citrus component. A dry corkiness follows and a touch of hops, just a touch mind you as malt is the calling card here. A full mouthfeel and gentle velvety caress are your compadres as you imbibe.

Drinkability is quite good. I finished a whole 750 and did not feel as if it was work. Indeed it went down with the smoothness of a well aged scotch whiskey.

A nice quad, and considering the price one to keep in mind when in the mood for what is usually an expensive beverage. Not a Westy but in the vein and it wont break the bank. This bottle was one of two that I bought and the first one was flat and the cork was dry. I may have to revisit this one as the cork was dry but the brew was not flat. It may have suffered nonetheless. Stay tuned for a re- review

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

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. I think this comes from the 2008 bottling but can not be sure.

Appearance: Pours a copper/ brown/amber color with dark reddish undertones and ½" off-white head that dissipates in a couple of minutes leaving behind light film of foam and a ring around the glass. Tipping glass leaves a line of foam on glass with lightly speckled lacing that disappears slowly.

Smell: The aroma is rich and complex, filled with candi sugar but also with promises of orange and cherry and caramel malt. There are traces of dark fruits blended in here with just a hint of the alcohol.

Taste: The first sip layers mild sweetness across the tongue and fills the mouth with candi and caramel malt sweetness. Slowly the mixed basket of fruit emerges from the sweetness followed by just a hint of bitterness, more like orange zest than hops, that comes and goes as the flavors work their way to the soft bitter-sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with light carbonation and very soft and smooth. The finish is medium length and is soft and bitter-sweet

Drinkability: While I'm enjoying this a sip at a time I don't find here the depth and complexity of something like the Rochefort 10. Eventually the sweetness becomes cloying and I find myself sipping water to rinse the mouth. I'll be having and enjoying another of these. But with a 10% ABV it will be only one an evening.

Photo of sbl556
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle poured into chalice

A: Surprisingly clear for a quad, nice amber color when held to the light. lingering 3/4 inch head with decent lacing. very active carbonation, overall a very inviting beer.

S: Not remarkable, a smell of alcohol peirces the head slightly but overall no real smell to comment on.

T: Nice malty flavors appear at first with lingering tastes of dried fruits and spices. For me the carbonation was a bit more than i like, but not overwhelming.

M: Thick texture that lingers, exactly what i've come to expect from quads

D:overall it was a very drinkable beer; however there are better quads for the money in my opinion and I will be sticking to those

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

Blind taste out of 330ml bottle.

App- Very Clear, 1'' off-white head laces glass. Amber to dark amber depending on light, great color.

Aroma- Very mild and refined. Mild fruit and esters. My nose wasn't the greatest when I tasted this beer.

Taste- Very clean yeast. Subtle caramel notes, alc warms throat slightly. Some fruit, maybe dark raisin? Citrus/tart character becomes more apparent as beer warms and degasses.

Mouth- High carb, good body. Sweet but dry enough.

Overall- Great beer, in my top 5. I would drink this over many other beers given the oppurtunity. Very clean, subtle and balanced.

Photo of treyrab
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The penultimate trappist brewery I need to try. Achel being the last. Grabbed this at home during spring break and poured it into my Ommegang gold-rimmed chalice tonight.

A: Pours a clear ruby copper with a one finger bone head. The head never really leaves as it stays nice and foamy the entire glass. The carbonation is pretty active and kicks around a bunch of small floaties inside the glass. Quite the looker.

S: Pretty weak actually. I thought it was muffled by the head, but as the head cleared it still smelled weak. Some cereal grains actually are coming from the scent coupled with the usual Belgian spices and yeast. Overall, this is not one to dig your nose into.

T: The taste is very solid. Nice and sweet with figs, dates and raisins. The spice element is there as well with clove. Overall, this is definitely on the sweet side.

Overall, a good beer. I don't think it stands up to Rochefort, Westy or Bernadrus, but a good beer nonetheless.

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

330 ml bottle into 20oz stemless snifter.

Relatively clear ruby hue with a one finger light tan head that quickly settles to a rim along the glass.

The aroma is mostly plum, grape, and a good bit of spicy alcohol. A touch of phenols are in the background.

The malts add a fruity characteristic, mostly dark and sweet. The phenols are oddly paired with a very light creamy flavor. A bit of unidentified spice is in the middle. The alcohol becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Full bodied (but on the thinner side of full), the carbonation is on the higher side.

A bit of a candy-like Quad. A little bit thinner than usual, with a good bit of carbonation. Very enjoyable, and watch out for the alcohol. Recommended.

Photo of dbtoe
3.27/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip
Look is a dark orangish brown with a small half finger of head if that much.

Smell I couldn't get much other than a little sweetness and fruit.

Taste sweet, some spice and strong with alcohol. I thought I was drinking a carbonated brandy.

Feel a lot of carbonation and thick very nice. The mouth feel was the best part of this beer in my opinion.

Drink I'd have to say it isn't a very drinkable beer one was enough for me and I have 3 left that I'll have but am in no hurry to drink again.

Comment I've not had very many of this style but in my opinion this one is a little on the strong alcohol tasting side. I do like a strong alcohol taste but not really in my beer.

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

beautiful cloudy orange color that turns brown at the thickest parts of the chalice. the different tastes of this beer (grapes, honey, orange) mesh together exceptionally well and roll around the mouth as a single, symbiotic entity without a distinct start or finish. though the ABV is high, the body is full, and the lingering taste between sips is incredible, I still find myself drinking it fast as shit. as the brew warms up, the flavor's complexity intensifies and i can hardly wrap my brain around it....

bangin, son

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

Pours brown in color with a nice inch of head. Not as dark as my favorite quads, but stll smells good nonetheless. Taste is dark fruits, plum, and just a hint of what I'm wanting to call cola or root beer. Good amount of carbonation and decent mouthfeel. This is a good beer, but doesn't compare to a Rochefort 10 or a Pannepot. I'll stick to those.

Photo of jujubeast6000
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 12/4/2007 (bottle):

Pours a dark orange colored body, with a foamy whitish colored head, big and lasting. Has a very floral, very fruity aroma, with some spices, and some dark fruit. Is very sweet smelling. Has a very fruity taste, with some spices.

Photo of ljbrisson
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked this on Fat Tuesday at a dinner party with my wife and two of our friends. Poured a dirty amber color into a Duvel goblet with a thin off-white head that frothed to a thin cap and left wispy lacing through the drink. Looked very impressive in my friend's wine glass. Smell was cherries, caramel, malt, a bit of breadiness and alcohol. Mouthfeel was close to perfect for my taste, a good medium-body with perfectly balanced medium carbonation. Taste was nuts, cherries, caramel and apple, very port-like and sweet, with substantial, yet inoffensive, alcohol warmth. This is the first quad I have ever had. It was very robust and flavorful, was very wine-like, went very well with our lemon-glazed roasted chicken and saffron rice dinner. Drinkability is good, I kept wanting more, but it could be difficult to polish off a 750 of this brew by yourself due to ABV. Overall it was a fantastic brew that I look forward to sharing again.

Photo of bowersdm
2.94/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

A - ruby red color, reminiscent of cranberry juice. an ~1cm head form and slowly dissipated to a thin film as the beer warmed.

S - there wasn't a lot going on here. everything seemed very subtle. there was a very sweet malt smell, honey, fruit, grass, and alcohol.

T - after trying this beer, I in no way believe that it is 10%ABV. I've had liquor that was smoother. on top of the alcohol (that came across as spicy and slightly peppery), there was that same honey sweetness, some sweet malt, fruit, and grassy hops toward the end. maybe some citrus and apples, but just like the smell, the taste was pretty plain as everything seemed very subdued. The alcohol was a huge bother in attempting to enjoy this beer.

M - i perceived it as syrup, sticky. it was adequately carbonated, but the overall texture was...kind of thick and...sticky.

D - i'd drink it again, but there are plenty of other quads i'd pick before this one. it just wasn't that great and it definitely wasn't worth the price.

Photo of darknova306
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour
The Quad pours with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. There is no lacing to speak of other than a thin white ring around the edge of the glass just floating on the beer.

Aroma
The nose is met initially with a moderately sweet malty aroma. There is a light, almost honey-like aroma behind the malt with a mild bitter citrus aroma. The background aroma is more like a bitter orange rind than anything, and blends beautifully with the honey-malt aroma. These aromas are all reinforced by a strongly floral set of esters from the yeast.

Appearance
This one is a dark amber color with a light haze. There are several dozen columns of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface.

Flavor
The tip of the tongue is met with a sharp sting from the traditionally high level of carbonation seen in Belgian beers. The sides of the tongue get a candy-like sweetness, while the rest of the mouth gets a combination of a syrupy sweetness, a touch of hops bitterness, some orange flavor, and a hint of bread. Initially, the alcohol blends with the rest of the flavors and not distinguishable. The aftertaste leaves a fair bit of alcohol warmth, like the last lingering warmth from a shot of whiskey.

Mouthfeel
After the initial sharpness of the carbonation, the beer has a thinner syrup-like quality akin to what 100% pure maple syrup would have.

Overall
The flavors work really well together, making it seem like someone mixed syrup with some orange rinds and some flowers. If you're looking for a quad that isn't as overly thick as some others tend to be, this is the one. None of the flavors is over powering, and they all seem to blend really well. Absolutely delicious. Highly recommended.

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My friend brought this back from when she was in Europe, even though I think you can get it in the states. 750 mL cork and cage bottle. Best before 08-2011.

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass.

Huge three finger pillow top head that leaves heavy lacing. Head is slightly tanned. The color is a beautiful robust copper.

Aroma is very complex. There is a lot of banana, raisin, cranberry, and clove smell going on for this beer.

Taste is very similar to the aroma. The raisin sticks out a lot more. There is also a carmel taste, as well as it being very fruity. The alcohol is also heavily present.

Mouthfeel is pretty clean and creamy. The alcohol is very strong which makes it hard to keep in your mouth for very long.

This beer is very filling, but tasty. I had a hard time finishing the 750, but it was too good not to. I highly recommend.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one beer where the colour through me off several times: it looked a gold-brown at times ,then looked like it had a lot of orange in it, a flash of red here and there, then more gold brown, and so forth. No mistaking the fluffy tan head with two finger depth in the Chimay goblet though, a nice looking Trappist all around. The smell was distinctly sweet with a baguette aroma, much like Unibroue here in Quebec. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel with substantial body that is strikingly apparent with a bourbon-like sweetness except richer and much more complex. I detected a hint of sour fruit here and there, flashes of bitterness, malt in the middle but a very sweet malt at that, heat in the finish and a lingering quality that made me think of an over ripe peach. Overall, I got a lot of impressions from drinking this and all of them were very good; nothing in particular was dominant and, if it did come to the fore, it was not for long ...

With the Belgian Trappiste offerings, I often find it hard to put the taste experience into words, this Dutch is no different, but likely that's because they have several dimensions to them, just the opposite from what the marketing geniuses push successfully on this side of the pond and north of the 49th. Vive le difference, translated into Dutch I guess!

Photo of biegaman
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Trappe Quad is nothing short of gorgeous - it is shaded with the colour of the flesh of an opened, fresh cut common fig. The complexion is not only clear but garishly radiant as well. Its head is as impressive as its colour is elegant, a bounty of white cream that's inflated at least a full finger above liquid level. It will endure the test of time and imprint glamorous patterns of lace. This beer is sophisticated in style.

Its sweet, ambrosial scent comes across as delectable despite not really conjuring thoughts of any delicious things in particular. In time, notes of sweet sugar coated fruit desserts and spiced holiday breads come to mind. The smell can be considerably floral, drawing near to a potpourri like effervescence. More and more this reminds me of summer berries, sugar coated and baked into some sort of confectionery treat.

The taste is every bit as sweet but not nearly as lively with the fruity esters. That said, I notice a lot more phenols - spicy, peppy notes of clove and herbs. It carries on the floral effervescence, now with a lot more grassy notes. The malts are excessively sweet. They taste like they were toasted before being doused with sugar and then lightly, slowly caramelized under a broiler. There's a hint of nougat, jelly, marshmallow, and toffee too.

This should be found in the confectionery isle at your local grocery store. Not to say the sweetness is a bad quality, but it certainly is its most defining (for me, anyhow). Nevertheless, the beer maintains an unlikely balance. Such a zesty, flamboyant yeast makes for a peppery, spicy mouthfeel that is burning with phenols. The texture definitely takes some settling into but will grow on you. It becomes similar to a spiced dark rum.

For whatever reason (probably because they're Dutch) the monks at the Onze Lieve Vrouw van Koningshoeven monastery don't always get the recognition or credit that their Belgian Benedictine brothers do. If this Quad were any indication, they deserve at least as much, if not more. If you ask me, all Trappist ales are quality, artisinal products with a culturally and historically rich distinction that goes beyond the beer itself - this is no exception.

Photo of Yesac
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - cloudy brownish amber color, no head

S - Rich dark fruits, grapes, sweet sugar

T - Balanced well with sweetness and blandness. Makes for a non-complex but easy drinking Quad. Lighter than most it makes for a transparent palate of sweet fuits with a slight tart and medium bite from the 10%. Some grapes in the mix as well.

M - Thin bodied, low carbonation, slightly sticky palate.

D - Light and smooth.. mono tasting I'd guess like that of a wine. Just sweet grapes make this one an easy drinker.

Photo of meatmallet
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light brown with a thick tan head.

Smell: Rasins, grapes, and malt all blend together perfectly. Smooth on the nose.

Taste: Very powerful with a wonderful alcohol twang. Not lost in all of that is a great malt sweetness, apples, and cherry.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Well balanced carbonation and a high ABV make this a great beer.

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

Appearance: Pours a beautiful ruddy amber with just enough haze so that the brew is not transparent.

Smell: Cloyingly sweet molasses, whiffs of yeast, and an overall spiciness.

Taste: Yeasts are very prevalent, followed by a sharp, warming, alcoholic presence. This is followed by bready malts with hints of caramel, spice, and a warming, thick hot chocolate-like sensation.

Mouthfeel: Spicy, tart outset leads to alcoholic bite followed by an almost creamy warmth.

Drinkability: Great for sipping, but becomes a bit overwhelming as you keep drinking it. The alcohol sneaks up on you until you realize that it's hit you very prominently.

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

What an incredible beer! Poured into a Corsendonk snifter.

It pours clear, with a 2 finger head that is slightly off white. The body is chestnut colored, with a bit of a red hue. Nice lacing down the sides with a foam cap that lasts until the end.

The nose is initially dark fruits, with a mild floral note. A nice yeasty funk kicks in as it warms up, with some caramel and alcohol.

The flavor matches the nose. It's medium-heavy, with a nice palate-coating beer blanket that is velvety smooth. The alcohol comes through then fades into the background as the dark fruits kick back in.

This would be a great session beer if not for the high alcohol content. This quad is perfect for a cold winter night. What an excellent brew!

Photo of CanuckRover
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 750mL bottle from the LCBO's Winter Release.

This is a really beautiful beverage. You expect something muddy from a quad but this is a wonderful clear, light amber, I could mistake it for an English Bitter. Nice thick offwhite head. Visible carbonation floating up from the bottom.

Sweet alcohol on the nose. Surprisingly simple.

Wonderfully complex flavour. Big chewy malt. Sweet candied flavours, brown cane sugar, date fruitiness. Finishes with honeycomb toffee. Medicinal hops throughout. Dusty yeast at first but finishes nice and juicy. Really tasty.

Nice and smooth with lively, yet understated, carbonation.

Goes down easy for the style, subdued alcohol.

A really approachable Quad, I really enjoyed this beer.

La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 1,935 ratings.