La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
Got this beer in a gift pack, with four of the beers of the Abbaye with a glass with a golden rim, nice pack! Now back to the important!
A nice medium bodied beer with an amber golden hue, reddish in color she reminds me of a strawberry blonde! A nice head, great head actually, very generous, creamy.
Smell is very present, at first you can note the hop then a caramel maltish flavour that tickles with some alcohol smells.
Her taste is quite particular, sweet, maltish, not very hoppy. A sweetness of beer with the caramel flavours that is very smooth. An afternote of alcohol comes play, not that often.
06-17-2005 05:30:14 | More by 3Vandoo
4.75/5 rDev +14.2%
So I decided to try all four La Trappe beers in one sitting. Went from blonde, to dubbel, to tripel, to this guy. None were bad by any means, but I definitely think overall quality improved as I made my way through.
This pours a dark brown, slightly reddish color, very little head. Appealing looking. Smells light, fruity, very subtle.
Taste is way more complex than the scent- lots going on in here, but all very subtle. Fruits, some citrus- lemon and orange mostly, more sweet than dry, and slightly tangy. Bubbly, but not too much carbonation- adds to the mouthfeel nicely, light and a bit chewy, really enjoyable. The alcohol flavor isn't overpowering either- I wouldn't have known this was 10%.
Overall, I think this is the most full-bodied, well-balanced Trappe beer- definitely my favorite. Light, smooth, silky even, and very tasty- with each sip you continue to find new tastes and hints of things- keeps you on your toes.
06-17-2005 04:02:29 | More by scooter231
4.45/5 rDev +7%
Undated corked 750, poured into a chalice.
Dark, slightly hazy amber with a solid head that is off-white and almost two fingers high. Sticky. Leaves good lacing as it slowly falls to a thin foam.
The smell is doughy yeast, cloves, bananas, plums, green apples, sugars and spices, with a touch of alcohol. Very complex, there's a lot going on here.
The same yeast and fruit notes show up again for the taste. There's a quick citric tartness in the middle followed by some peppery alcohol in the finish. The alcohol becomes a bit more noticable as it warms. Has a smooth velvety mouthfeel that isn't at all course from alcohol or carbonation.
Very complex and wonderful to drink, but not something I would session with.
06-13-2005 03:55:42 | More by ypsifly
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
Dark golden tan with a bit of cloudiness. Good head with light lacing. Strong fruity scent of bananas, very nice. Initial tastes of light banana and general fruitiness. Very sweet with light alcohol that binds everything together. Full body with nice carbination accompaniness.
Overall this is an excellent beer and one I can drink (or rather sip) all night.
Now the review is over, I shall enjoy some crackers and aged English Cheddar.
06-05-2005 23:49:40 | More by NiceGuyMike
3.45/5 rDev -17.1%
Poured from an 11.5oz bottle into a snifter. An easy pour yielded a murky russet-colored beer loaded with an ass-ton of chunks and debris. Hmm..negative point for that. Creek water hued beer was topped by a creamy light tan head that slowly melted down to a thin skim but left no lace. Okay, the beer wins the point back..almost.
First thing I noticed smell-wise was a nice whiff of bananas and doughy malt, almost like a dunkleweizen. Then I got the alcohol and caramel notes. And more alcohol. Lots of malt aroma.
A couple pulls and I was able to sort through things a bit. Yeasty malts, caramel-dipped bananas, modest dose of candy sugar. Slight green grape tartness, or was that a less-than-ripe banana? Oh yeah, mustn't leave out the (over)abundant alcohol. The feel was nowhere near as full as, say a St Bernardus or Rochefort quad. Actually, while well carbonated, it was pretty thin and a bit disappointing.
Overall, not a bad quad but this one lacks the depth and breadth of character seen in the top of the line quadruples.
05-19-2005 04:59:59 | More by Boilermaker88
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
Price comparison to other Trappist Ales this one has them all beat by a mile. Picked this up for 4.99 @ Table and Vine, Northampton, MA.
Tremendous color. Presents itself in deep caramel and orange with an unrelenting head. This beer is very cooperative him trying to incite the senses.
Obviously alcohol is a major olfactory component. Sweets and candies, cherries, peaches and butterscotch dominate this category.
A wonderfully delicious offering from the silent monks of central Europe; thank God they dont talk. I think Ive just discovered the most difficult job in the world.
05-12-2005 23:48:09 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
4.63/5 rDev +11.3%
750 ml corked and caged bottle. Pours out a beautiful shade of orangish brown, with a nice head that fades into a ring of bubbles on top of the beer. Smell is very fruity and sweet, alcohol, plums, raisins, bubblegum and hops. Taste is big and well rounded, spicy and sweet with fruit and alcohol, finishes with a tootsie pop and alcohol flavor. Excellent deep beer. Mouthfeel is well carbonated which goes nicely with the flavor. An excellent sipping beer. One of the best quad's I've had.
05-11-2005 00:34:44 | More by TastyTaste
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
This was packaged in a .750ml cork finished bottle with a Koningshoeven goblet inside the box(What a bargain!).
The cork produced a beautiful "pop" when released. That got me even more fired up! I have been looking forward to trying this beer for awhile.The beer poured a bronze-orange color. Much clearer than I expected. The head was thin with some decent lacing as the beer was drained.
The initial aroma was of nice yeast, malt and maybe a little brown sugar. The flavor was slightly yeasty initially and as it warmed up much more of the fruity flavors (banana, pear?, raisin) began to show. This beer seemed to be fairly high in carbonation. The alcohol is 10% and although it was evident in the warming effect the beer had, it was in no way overpowering. Overall a very enjoyable Trappist beer. I will definitely try it again and I am looking forward to trying the enkel. dubbel and trippel that they produce.
05-09-2005 02:45:32 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.2/5 rDev +1%
75cl brown bottle with cork and cage, no freshness dates found. Different from the bottle pictured, it also lacked La Trappe labeling.
Poured a slightly hazed copper with a minimal white froth.
All sorts of tropical fruits in the nose. Alcohol, subtle spiciness, apples, pear.
Lots of sweet and fruity esters right from the top. Mellow carbonation, continued sweetness and a spicy alcohol bite in the back. Rich and smooth, but seemed to need just a bit more hops to be stellar. High ABV becomes noticable.
The smell of this beer is a true knockout, but as one taster noted, "it's like making out with a girl with too much perfume on". A little cloying for me and the other tasters.
04-04-2005 13:10:40 | More by Shultzerdugen
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
There are so many brewers that make their attemp at a quad. Some get close, some don't have a clue. This is a true quad. God bless everyone of the Cistercian Monks. Earthy, fruity, (banana, plum) bubble gummy and malty. The pour looks cloudy almost dirt like. The head lightly lingers till the end. Let it warm a bit and everything melds into liquid ectacy. This is one of my most favorite Trappist creations. Any effort required to find this brew would be truly worth it. Wonderful.
04-02-2005 17:12:30 | More by cro250klr
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
Thanks to BA Gabe for procuring me this 12 oz. sample. What pours into my goblet is a lovely, firelit amber colored brew topped by a breif, but majestic peak of beige head. As the head recedes, crusty lace deposits are left as a reminder.
The nose reveals a rich cornacopia of Earthly delights. There's an orchard of ripe fruit: plums, melon, cherries, bananas, and green apple. It's filled with cotton-candy/bubblegum candi sugar sappyness. There's a tell-tale banana/cellar/yeasty spiciness that is oh so Belgian.
Flavor is the nose times two. It begins with a honey-drenched sweetness featuring lots of plum, melon, amd pear. It passes to a layer of earthy, yeasty spice. It has a sweet, malty creaminess throughout. Finish is long, smooth, and etched with Saazy spice.
The mouthfeel is medium/big with creamy, velvet-like carbonation. There is a lasting aroma of sweet fruit long after my goblet is emptied. Thank you Monks!
03-27-2005 15:32:40 | More by AlexJ
4.85/5 rDev +16.6%
i cant believe i havent reviewed this beer earlier.. guess i just figured i had already. this has always been a fridge staple, and rounds off the great 4 from this brewery. prefer it in the 750's by far, and it seems to make a difference. this is koningshoeven, but i've had la trappe bottle and it tasted the exact same.
looks healthy.. a lighter amber color, brilliant sticky lacing and minimal head. aroma is all yeast and banana with slight sweet notes, like a richer version of their tripel.
tastes banana-ey too. my favorite belgian flavor. also has a bit of age in it, wood and must in the initial sip. a light beer and the 10% is seriously hidden.. the most drinkable beer for the abv that i have ever consumed. very dangerous beer.
aftertaste is soothing too.. very smooth with a slight bitter bite which fades into a tang and sweet fruit on the back of the tongue. for the money, ranks up there with st bernardus. if i could have this and abt 12 only for the rest of my life i would be content.
this brewery is the best non-us out there.
03-03-2005 14:39:52 | More by goodbyeohio
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours a nice amber color with a small off white head that falls quickly to a ring of foam.
Aroma is sweet candy fruity apples, plums, grapes, mixed with some alcohol and coriander. After dumping the yeast in notice some pepper and some earthy goodness.
Taste is like the smell some rock cadny sweetness mix with malt and fruit some alcohol is noticable after the spices kick in but does not detract at all. Finish is lightly spicey and earthy due to the yeast with some tummy warming from the alcohol.
Mouthfeel is slightly buttery right side of medium feels good in your mouth doesn't seem too carbonated but there is some felt on the tounge before the spice kicks in.
Drinkability is good this is not my favorite style but this is an enjoyable beer better then the other Koningshoevens I have had. Or maybe was just in the mood tonight for something other then my Bigfoot fix. Anyway thanks merlin48 for this sample have held on to it for 4 months about time I drank it.
03-03-2005 03:24:58 | More by mntlover
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
Had this in a 16oz. white ceramic bottle, served in a chalice at cellar temperature. (Rating edited on a subsequent tasting from a 33cl bottle on 2005-11-05).
Appearance: Poured a coppery, dark sunset orange/red with flecks of translucent beige sediment in suspension. Small but fluffy head that quickly dissapated to a sheer, but cohesive lace.
Smell: Meade, candy malts, light floral hoppiness, slight alcohol. Dark fruits like currants and prunes. Yeasty, dark sweet dessert breads. Not as alcohol heavy in the nose as I would expect from a beer of this strength. Organic.
Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability: In the front, the mouthfeel is a bit watery, but it opens up into a delightfully smooth creaminess. Nicely balanced carbonation that gives this beer a noticeable effervescence without becoming rough in the throat.
The initial taste is that of a good honey meade coupled with flowery sweet malt. In the middle comes the carmel character of a tawny port wine with mulling spice undertones plus a decent, well placed dose of alcohol. The finish is only slightly hoppy, quickly countered by a lingering organic sweetness that somehow hangs without sticking in the back of the throat. Lastly, but certainly not leastly, is the comfortable warming glow of the alcohol... not forcefully present in the taste, but saved for your belly - just where it belongs.
This is a fantastic, complex "comfort" beer that is the perfect accompaniment to relaxing evening wind downs or lazy chilly autumn days. A credit to the style but not quite the masterpiece that you'll find in a St. Bernardus Abt 12.
03-03-2005 02:24:28 | More by EPseja
3.2/5 rDev -23.1%
Appears a dark brown iced tea color in the glass. A small tan head forms over the body before dispersing and leaving a minimal scattering of lace. Aroma was a bit fruity with a strong yeast smell. Also noticeable was a large amount of candy sugar. Not quite as deep and rich as other quads but still solid smelling. Sugary sweetness starts off the taste along with some fruit flavors such as apples and raisins. A bit too much sweetness in this one and not much else balancing it out. Body is about medium and doesnt have that cream smoothness I have come to expect from quads. Drinkability is decent but this is not what I would reach for if I wanted a quad. Thanks to clvand0 for the sample.
02-23-2005 13:42:46 | More by meathookjones
4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
Poured burgundy brown with a thin white head tah coated the glass on the way down. The nose is incredible: caramel malts and and tart green apples, great combination. Flavor is very complex: caramel malts and esters, bready. The taste of alcohol is evident and well incorporated, not overwhelming at all. This is a very tasty brew that should do nicely in the cellar. A true disappointment when the three pack was finished.
02-13-2005 01:00:41 | More by gimmehead
3.38/5 rDev -18.8%
Courtesy CJRMellor's "Big Box of Fun" at the West Michigan pub crawl.
Pours a nice copper/amber color into my glass. Not much head, but given the ABV of this monster, it's not surprising. Lacing was decent though. Aromas first hit me as raisins, and perhaps figs. A dried fruit theme in this one. Taste and mouthfeel are full of alcohol, and very dry. Not much malt presense here, just finished very very dry. Not a great beer in my book, I prefere more lush malts in the finish.
01-31-2005 21:25:26 | More by deejaydan
4.2/5 rDev +1%
Appearance: I was very dissapointed with the appearance of this beer. There was not much head and what was there diminished fairly quickly.
Smell: Very sweet and malty. I can smell some ripe fruit and spices.
Taste: Very malty and rich. It tastes that of an English Barleywine without the alcoholic kick. Very tasty. Caramel and molasses are prominent. Hops play a small role in the end and alcohol inches its way in. A very tasty brew.
Mouthfeel: Chewy and meaty. This is what I like in a beer.
Very drinkable for 10%. However it would knock you on your butt.
01-03-2005 04:05:25 | More by Ellbert
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
I just had one heck of a battle with that cork. It finally came off but not after a battle. Pours out a beautiful amber color. The head is like a huge fluffy white pillow. Tons of bubbles make their way to the top. Very effervesant.
The smell is light and delicate. Soft and sweet. Hints of malt and something grassy come through. The taste is similar. Sweet in the beginning and then lending to some spicy notes. Alcohol kind of hits you half way through. Not as balanced as I would like. I think this is a very fresh ale and could use some time in the cellar.
By they way, I bought this 750ml bottle at Kappy's in Wellington Circle for $9.99 and it included a small glass.
12-31-2004 00:15:01 | More by CharlesRiver
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
Beautiful brown with crimson hues and a soft, bubbly head. Lacing is beautiful.
Faint alcohol aromas blend with a sour cherry, brown sugar and some candied sugar.
Medium-full body with a very faint carbonation. Delightful Belgian sugar flavor with some red wine and light cherriness. A brief alcohol flavor flashes throughout then returns to the candy sugar flavor and some grape flavor.
Very fine quad. Alcohol is well hidden and makes for an enjoyable sipping experience.
12-08-2004 17:43:29 | More by Southernbrew
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
Certainly a big, big taste at work here. Starts with lots of foam, but that subsides quickly. The brown hazy body shows off a cascade of golden bubbles when I pour more into the Belgian glass. Nice brown sugar smell. Even my non-drinking wife wanted to taste it, and delcared it delicious and sweet. Yep, good candi sugar sweetness. Extra alcohol smoothness gives it the texture of a sweet dinner wine. Or maybe I can compare it to a berley wine, just missing the hop bouquet.
12-01-2004 21:07:55 | More by DrunkMcDermott
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
Mine was a Koningshoeven Quadrupel Trappist ale. Served in a Koningshoeven chalice at more or less 13-15 celcius.
Pours red with an off white head foaming up about an inch and then fading to a surface layer. Aroma of spice, coriander and nutmeg. Smell is of fruit aromas.
Very good brew... I'd drink it all night not for the 10% (that is very well cloaked).
11-22-2004 03:36:39 | More by bloberglawp
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
This was a cloudy red beer with a good foamy head that had a lot of body.
The aroma was of sweet apples, quite distinctive.
The taste was very rich, with a strong malt character, some moderate bitterness, a fair amount of sweetness and fruitiness, with a long smooth malt finish.
This beer was excellent. I had it as part of a series session... had their singel, dubbel, tripel, and quadrupel in order with a friend.
11-18-2004 05:23:36 | More by connecticutpoet
2.88/5 rDev -30.8%
This beer came in a 11.2oz bottle. Pours a brown color with a small head that sticks around and leaves some lacing. The aroma is yeasty and fruity with a slight bit of malts. Typically I love a good Belgian, but this one didn't have a nice flavor. There is a fig and sweet malt flavor, but it is really weak. It needs to have more flavor if it's going to be a good quad.
10-26-2004 14:04:04 | More by clvand0
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Pours a cream, five finger plus (pour very slowly) head that goes slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation. Nose is a sweet malty nutmeg. Starts smooth and sweet, has a mellow finish. $8.54 for a 750ml bottle from Oliver's Beverage Albany, NY.
10-24-2004 01:39:48 | More by jdhilt
La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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