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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: 1,785
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 87
Gots: 203 | 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 weeare138
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Flying Pig on 3/10...
Appears a dark, murky brown with a fluffy, offwhite head that slowly fades away. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is pretty amazing of dough, brown sugar, ripe black grapes, plums, raisins, along with luscious notes of ripe mango and passion fruit. I could really just sit and smell it all day and be happy.
Taste echoes the wonderful aromas of the doughy, sugary, ripe fruits that makes this beer come together in a nice, lightly spiced dessert brew.
Mouthfeel is slightly sweet up front, mild spices leading to a semi-dry finish. This one on draft blew away any bottled version I've had of this.

weeare138, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of Poser
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this with some others in a last-ditch effort to get some beer to bring back from Brussels (long story). Incredible head with great retention and lacing. A dark, copper color. There's also some decent carbonation that can't be missed. Aroma is light caramel with some flavors I can't quite classify -- a little fruity and bready. This is full-bodied with a fruity, almost muscadine finish. Surprisingly thick and bready, but also pretty smooth for 10% ABV.

If I didn't live in Alabama, I would have to get another to try to figure this one out. Maybe I was expecting something like a Tripel. That isn't saying this is bad -- far from it. But part of me is reluctant to rate until I've had another.

Poser, Mar 20, 2007
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured it from a 11.2oz bottle into a burgundy glass. Little head formed in a white ring that held the side of the glass. The body had a red hues to the brown base. Has a deep pink rose color when held to light.

Nicely fragrant with sweet floral, citrus, spice, yeast, and malt. I want a candle that smells like this. It begs to be tasted but savored.

Mouthfeel was heavy but easily swallowed and smooth. Just a little carbonation tingle on the tongue.

Taste was good and well rounded with raspberry tartness, melon sweets, slight bitter nut, yeast, and malt flows all the way through.
Aftertaste sticks around and slowly changes to a cherry bitter/sweet deep malty taste. The burps bring back the sweet and make this a good sipper. Beware... 10% ABV hides somewhere in the nectar of Monks.

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

Pours a dark, dark amber color with thin tannish foam that leaves plenty of Brussels lace on the side of the glass. Sweet and fruity in the nose -- notes of tart dates, sour apples, coffee, alcohol and some treacle. On the palate, full and juicy carbonation, light body, present alcohol, and lots of sweetness. The sweetness has a tinge of plastic-ness to it at higher temperatures, just when a quadrupel should be throwing off some really present flavors. Acidic tartness comes out first, then sweetness at the mid-palate, with no drying out toward the finish -- things stay sticky. Overall, this is a good quadrupel, but not, in my opinion, a great one. It doesn't take things enough beyond the dubbel-level in terms of depth and complexity of flavor. It's really just a very alcoholic dubbel, with not enough evolutionary flavor added.

geexploitation, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of brdc
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked, large bottle that pours a beautiful brown beer with some golden overtones and a luscious, foamy head.
The smell is absolutely delicious, with roasted malts, cloves, cinnamon, sugar, alcohol and perhaps some hops.
Taste is equally impressive: starts sweetish, mostly sugars, leading to roasted malts, bread, cinnamon, warming alcohol and a near-dry finish.
Velvety mouthfeel, chewy, and amazingly easy to drink.
A masterpiece!

brdc, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of Chaz
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Westmalle chalice at ambient temperature. A medium pour produces a rocky, medium tan head of about two fingers. Plenty of lacing and medium-length duration. Golden-amber in color, with plenty of fine, suspended yeast. Nose is big and expressive, with notes of banana, warming alcohol, and grainy malt. A bit "rummy". Big, creamy mouthfeel on the first sip, with a sweet and tangy booziness. Alcohol is warming pretty much from the start, and there’s some nice carbonation rounding this out. There’s a hint of smokey, roasted and dark malts, even though this is pretty light in complexion. Plum and pear make their way up to the nose as I drink, with lighter hints of vanilla and cherry. Light hints of raisin, fig, and prune. Smooth and easy drinking, and while not as “thick” as other Trappist Quads, it isn’t thin, either, and exhibits a richness quite unique to itself. Spicy, slightly tingly aftertaste with more roasted malts hanging on for the ride home. Very minimal bitterness, in the range of a Doppelbock, and seemingly no hop presence. Very yeasty, spicy, phenolic, and warming. This is a fresh bottle (by looking at the code) and I know that this brew tends to hold up well given a few years of cellaring. I'm very happy to see this back!

Chaz, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of grub
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle labeled "koningshoeven quadrupel trappist ale", sampled at volo.

pours a deep red, not quite brown, with a fine tan head. bit of lace.

aroma is nice. bit of lager-ish character initially. light sweetness. bit of alcohol. light yeast.

taste is great. bready malt. light toastyness - almost like toasted wheat bread. caramel and toffee sweetness. light bitterness. bit of fruit - dried cherry.

mouthfeel is good. above average carbonation, but well integrated and smooth. nice body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is good. well balanced, hiding its alcohol very well. very drinkable. i think this one would be great to try with some age.

grub, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great brew, I’m a lil’ depressed that it was only 1 bottle of 30 cl. Started off nicely, amber pour with copper hints. Big ol’ ivory head that would leave a sheet coating in the glass.

Lots of sweet Belgium yeast in the aroma, plenty spiced with a noticeable kick of coriander. Great tastes, with sweet sugar cane leading the way among the mixture of malts and spices.

This was very slick and rich – perhaps the only drawback was the sweetness. By bottle’s end, it was becoming more pronounced – but it did cover the 10% abv very well.

Thanks to my great son, “studying” overseas in Amsterdam. I was sent this for the unique chance to enjoy direct from Belgium.

Vancer, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of Braudog
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a Koningshoeven label at Coastal Wine Connection beer club. Deep copper-red. Big and sugary with apricot/peach, raisin and moldy fruit, brown sugar, medicine and very much warming from the alcohol aspect. At the end it almost had a green apple tingle. This was a young one, would like to do a vertical tasting of this one. (#2672, 2/1/07)

Braudog, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of dnichols
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle labeled "Konings hoeven Quadrupel Trappist Ale.” Pours a rich saturated cooperish hue with a slight lingering off-white head consisting of tight bubbles renewed at a brisk pace early in the pour. Fills the mouth with a smooth malty sweetness that flows gently across your mouth. The aroma is surprisingly gentle with a slight hint of sweet, spicy hops. I did expect a bit more carmel flavor from the roasted malts but I as not disappointed in that it had an earthy oak background that complemented the sweetness and spices. It is medium bodied and refreshing that hides the 10% ABV.

dnichols, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From an 11.2 oz bottle labeled "Konings hoeven Quadrupel Trappist Ale." Thanks very much to mac300 for it. It's been quite some time since I've had a Quad so this should be a treat.

Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours with a wonderful finger and a half's worth head the color of a very light finished wood. The body is a beautiful, elegant deep caramel amber with elegant wood hues. Some floaties and a steady stream of carbonation are visible up to a light. A little murky, but overall pretty exceptional. Lacing is there and thick.

Smell: A cranberry-apple aroma is quite up front, along with some herbal floral qualities, wheat, a little yeasty muskiness, cork-like woodsiness, a little pepper. Underneath the sharper aromas is some sweeter caramel, boozy apple cider, and ever-so-slight alcohol. Deep, complex, and potent stuff.

Taste: An absolutely delicious candied sugar and fruit explosion. Almost icing like-sweetness that sits flatly on one's tongue and refuses to get up, tasting of candied plums and very very very ripe banana. A little apple, some very light and sudued boozy alcohol, some date and more fruit-like plum. Absolutely amazingly balanced. This is truly some amazing craftsmanship.

Mouthfeel: This is sweet, syrupy, and not at all biting for its ABV. That being said, I could have used a BIT more carbonation, but that's only a minor complaint. Incredibly balanced. Alcohol is not perceptible at all.

Drinkability: To re-iterate for the third or fourth time, this beer is incredibly balanced. : ) Fruity esters common to the style really are fantastically developed. The banana and plum flavors in this thing are just absolutely divine in their candied fruit sweetness. That being said, there aren't too many perceptible esters, so the brew has questionable complexity compared to other Quads. Still, well, well worth one's time.

RidiculedDisplay, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Koningshoeven chalice at the Map Room 1/8/07.

A: Clear dark amber color. 1/2 finger head with decent lace.

S: Aromas of plums, nuts, figs, and bread pudding.

T: Take everything from above and more dark sweet fruit, candi sugar, bitter sweet chocolate, apples, malt, pears, and brown sugar.

M: Slightly thinner than some other quads (ie Abt 12) yet creamy and satisfying.

D: With all of the sweet fruit flavors rolling around in this one, this had the potential to be a syrupy-sweet mess. Thanks to the lightly roasted malt backbone this Quad features excellent balance and drinkability. The alcohol is very subdued and serves to enhance (and not trample) the complexity of this fine Quad.

GbVDave, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis.

While this was a great beer to have on tap, I got the impression it could really improve and develop after a couple years in a celler. It had a rich fruit flavor with plums and apples, but not much else. I could really tell this brew used sugar of some sort from the sweetness, but that's not a bad thing and actually helped drinkability quite a bit. A good, I'll have to cellar a bottle some time.

tempest, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of 86sportster883
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish mahogony color with a big creamy tight head that diminishes slowly leaving a nice lace. The smell is sugary sweet and fruity but balanced by a strong alcohol presence. The Koningshoeven Quad is medium bodied with low carbonation that gives this beer a smooth mouthfeel. The taste is hard to pin down. It seemed to evolve as I worked my way through it, and as my tastebuds adjusted to the beer. Definitely malty, but at times nutty and then at other times giving off hints of bourbon. The finish is slightly bitter and moderately alcoholic. A nice warming beer that will most certainly give you a buzz.

86sportster883, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of Foxman
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a very hazy and carbonated reddish amber with orangey edges. Three fingers of uniform light beige head dwindle very slowly. Trestles of lacing bridge the inside of the glass.

The aroma wafts a drift of caramel malt sweetness, crisp wheat, and spritzes of berry, lemon, vanilla, and anise. Esters of green apple, clove, and light banana stand against a sturdy swath of alcohol.

Upon tasting, the toasted malt is densely sweet, giving up berry, melon, and currants in a fruity burst. An almost minty, yeasty air propels a drying clove and coriander pairing up against a steely wall of alcohol. Biscuit and bread slide into a crisp, tart apply dry finish. It's a typically tasty Trappist tipple.

Medium to full bodied, the thick malt coats well and the carbonation peps up the palate.

This is one big, bubbly, bold quad, and pretty good to boot. It's not over the top in any way, but it is strong across the board. The ABV is substantial and worthy of a wary eye, but it's warm and cozy as well. It seems the Belgian Trappists aren't the only ones with a quad of a clue.

Foxman, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.98/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Auburn to golden with a strawberry hue. A small head with brief retention and only scattered spots of lacing.

S - Alcohol, cherries, strawberries and candied sugars. The alcohol is way too prominant here, it smells sugary and boozy.

T - Cherries, candied sugars, alcohol, a touch of raspberries and light bodied malt. It closes with a bitter malty finish.

M - Slight syrupy texture. Medium bodied. Smooth, a bit drying, though superficially refreshing. In other words, it seems to quench your thirst, but moments after drinking the alcohol dries up your throat leaving you thirsty again.

D - Not awful, but definitely not good. It is too strong, syrupy and boozy. It tastes alright, but the combination of effects, made me more than comfortable with giving half of the fifth away.

mrasskicktastic, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of sacrelicio
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice Trappist quad. Amber color with cream head. Light scent that is typically quadish with some floral notes. Taste is malty, fruity (banana, raisin, berry), savory, and nutty. Fantastic creamy full mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable. Overall very nice.

sacrelicio, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of neonbrown82
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is the only Trappist brewery that I had yet to try. Needless to say, I was pretty stoked when I found it at the new beer store in Omaha -- Beertopia. I only wish I had more money to spend there, because I could have easily picked up a few hundred dollars worth of beer, including the Koeningshoeven trippel and dubbel. Anyways, on to the review, this is a quality quad.

The beer pours a little bit lighter than I would have expected for the style -- a dark amber color with great clarity. Carbonation is fairly active. Head is small with poor retention; and though I didn't expect a massive pile of foam, I thought it would be a little bit higher and with a better retention. Lacing is decent though.

The smell is good. Seems to be a bit of a candi sugar bomb, however. Nice raisin and fig esters from the yeast. Smells good, though I'm hoping it's not too sweet with all that candi sugar.

The taste is good as well. Starts off with a sweet candi sugar flavor, fading into a nice banana and fig ester, and finally a dry clove finish. Reminds me a lot of St. Bernardus Abt 12, though slightly more sugary and less estery.

The body is very full and creamy. The carbonation is very light. The 10% alcohol is hardly noticeable. I would drink it again, and I look forward to trying the other Koeningshoeven beers on subsequent visits to Omaha (if we don't get the beers here in Iowa City before, since we've been trying to get them in at John's for the past few months).

neonbrown82, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of roblowther
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky, reddish brown over a dense, rocky head that hangs about for quite a while, leaving dense lacing. Smells of plums, raisins, spice (cinnamon & cloves?) with a citrus note at the end. The taste is fantastic! Deeper and sweeter than the aroma, the fruit bursts through and then notes of chocolate and a dusty, tart finish. The aftertaste brings the sweetness back, like bing cherries and the warmth of alcohol and a hint of brandy. The mouthfeel is full and oily, with a chewy finish. The tartness at the end of the flavor seems a bit at odd with the smoothness of the mouthfeel, but I'm nitpicking at this point. The drinkability is dangerously good. If the alcohol finish doesn't throw you off, you could easily sip these all evening. A wonderful, wonderful beer. Worthy of the "Trappist" designation it still seems to claim despite its commercial production.

roblowther, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of RedHaze
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Pours a dark red, with a frothy one finger head that fades quickly to a thick cap. The cap lasts throughout the entire drink, and leaves behind a spotty lace.

Smell; lots of dark fruits, with plums, grapes and maybe a little fig. There's also a fairly strong sugary, candy like aroma, as well as alcohol.

Taste; very sweet, and candy like upfront. Once you get past the overbearing sweetness, there's some dark fruits, and a pretty nice bready maltiness. The alcohol is very much present, and actually becomes a nit to much after a while.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability; mouthfeel is thick and on the syrupy side, and when combined with the alcohol, makes this a bit of a chore to finish.

RedHaze, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of dren
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with a thick head. Smells sweet and a tad bit fruity, all pleasing and not over powering. Lot of alcohol presence, but in a warming pleasing way, not something like a malt liquor where it just is up front and bad, sort of like drinking good liquor. Drink this beer warmer and swish it around in your mouth. It thickens and tastes like caramel corn with slight hints of fruit. I loved this beer and would buy it again. Not as easy to throw back, and you wouldn't want to, as other Belgian brews. This is a good one to sip on and enjoy.

dren, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of EPICAC
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at Elfde Gebod in Antwerp.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a beige head that fades to a thin sudsy layer leaving plentiful lace.

Smell: Dark fruit, light pepper, and hint of alcohol.

Taste: A neutral grainy character upfront moves into a raisiny sweetness. The finish is lightly spicy with a trailing bitterness. Not too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation with a lightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Not too sweet, but it could use a bit more spiciness or bitterness to balance.

EPICAC, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of BlackAngus
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Kind of an odd color for a quad. Amber color, cloudy, nice fluffy head.

S - Sweet-smelling, fruity aromas, and alcohol is pronounced.

T - Dark fruit, breadiness, yeasty.

M - A tad thin, nicely carbed.

D - ABV is too high to be really drinkable in quantity, but I'd have it again.

BlackAngus, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of wagenvolks
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall appearance less than impressive. Medium, cream head atop a clouded amber colored beer. The smell is very strong and fruity, with hints of apples and grapes. Alcohol also very present in aroma.

A malty taste with vanilla and fig ensues. Some hints of nut present. The mouthfeel is a bit dry and, personally, too bubbly. It leaves a bite on the back of your throat as it goes down. Drinkability is limited.

wagenvolks, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of mmcave
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a four pack of this is in a back corner of an obscure store in Columbus Ohio call the wine vault which is pretty alright. Poured vigorously in to a red wine glass. The body is a deep rusty brownish copper. The head is thick, off white, with good retention. The lacing is nice Tsunami style all over the glass. Smells of caramel, apple core, candied plum, slight fudginess and bread. After looking this beer up I sort of deducted that this beer has to be at least two or three years old, which is really apparent in it's wonderful mature complexity. The taste is very similar to the smell, absolutely great, subtle dark fruit esters, sweet malt, balanced perfectly with subtle hop bitterness. This is a great beer an extremely drinkable quad. I am very happy to have come a cross this, ultimate thanks to the Wine Vault.

mmcave, Nov 27, 2006
La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 1,785 ratings.