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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: 1,929
Reviews: 871
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 103
Gots: 264 | 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 SirSketch
4.12/5  rDev -1%
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
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
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
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
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
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
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
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
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
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
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
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
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
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
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
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of rye726
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This trappist ale pours a mahogany color with a creamy beige head. The nose has bready malts, tropical fruits and spicy yeast. The taste is nicely balanced. A sweet malt and fruit presence is compimented by Belgian herbs. Delicious. A silky body goes down very well. A fantastic Belgian style quadruple from our friends in the Netherlands.

Photo of champ103
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a ruby brown color. A large creamy head forms and sticks around a while. Lots of lace is left behind.
S: Musky and earth aromas. Burnt cherry and very malty. Farly nondescript as far as I am concerned.
T: A complex malt character. Dark fruits (raisins, plumbs, ect) with some chocolate and a hint of cherry. Great.
M/D: Soft on the tongue. Rich and creamy. The alcohol shows a bit, but a good sipping beer.

My first Quadrupel. I did not know what to expect, but this is an exceptional beer. Something that I will enjoy. Though, to fully appreciate this, I need to be more familiar with the style.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Watching the Red Sox game with some Trappist product...does not get a whole lot better than that. Koningshoeven Quad pours a light brown/ruby color, with a nicely sized white crown. Aroma revelas a mix of dark fruit (fig, strawberry and date), with some mild spice. Taste is very similar to the smell, but comes to life moreso with the carbonation, giving it a slightly metallic taste in the finish. Alcohol can be noticed in the taste, but it isn't too hot. Body is pretty light for a Quad, which is a nice change from some others I have had recently. So far this one glass is going down very easily, so I'm sure it won't be too difficult to finish off the bottle. Another beautiful, graceful Belgian Trappist beer. Some of Koningshoeven's brews, including this, have scored very high with my friends and I in blind Trappist tastings, even beating Westvleteren in a couple of cases. Cheers

Photo of DmanGTR
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ahhh yes, I finally get to try the "King's Heaven" Quad, which is currently my most expensive beer and which I have been waiting for many months to try from my beer cabinet.

A - poured a dark garnet red with a foamy white 1.5" head in my tulip chalice. Very nice Belgian lacing even though the head disappeared after 4 minutes.

S - complex: deep, rich currants, raisins, figs, grapefruit, orange peels, dark malts, apricots, and a light waft of alcohol, but very clean.

T - where to begin? Molasses, malts, very rich and complex with dark fruit overtones. Rich aftertaste of bitterness, sweet fruitiness, and a slight hint of coffee or dark chocolate. King's heavenly.

M - light bodied with light/medium carbonation

D - complexity and high alcohol makes this a sipper, but one can definitely enjoy a couple of these in an evening (if you can afford more than one per year) for its great taste, hence why I give it a 5 for drinkability.

Overall - This is definitely not a beer for the faint of heart. One must truly be able to appreciate a good belgian ale to find love in this beer. My gf tried it and was not a fan... more for me! Excellently balanced in taste and texture with a light alcoholic kick. This is a great beer for an after-dinner conversation. Well worth every penny and disappears way too quickly.

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

16 oz draught
10.0% ABV

I tried this on draught on April 11, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a dark reddish brown with a thick, long lasting white head. The aroma was thick with yeast and some sweet caramel malt. The mouthfeel was thick, creamy, and mildly carbonated. The flavour was brown sugar sweet, with some yeasty hints. Not quite as sickly sweet as a Samichlaus of Hardy's.

Photo of Kulrak
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep and clear orangish brown with a decent amount of creamy tan head that fades away fairly quickly, leaving a thin layer on top. Smells of yeast, raisins, cinnamon?, nutmeg?, orange, flowers.. Very complex, and very pleasant. The taste is also very complex and pleasant. It's very sweet, as it should be, and there's chocolate, raisins, some citrus, nuts, and the ethereal alcohol flavor you only really get from belgian style ales. Mouthfeel is very heavy and creamy. Overall, it's very drinkable for a quadrupel. Not something you can drink all day, but for a special occasion, it's an awesome beer.

Photo of TheBierBand
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a four pack of this on my latest beer run... Trappist... The Netherlands... Hmmmm.... let's see how the Dutch compare.

Poured into a snifter to form a nice 1" of head (light beige loose foam that dropped quickly) leaving slight lace. The beer is a somewhat cloudy iced tea color (maybe a litter redder than iced tea).

Nose: sweet! Yeasty, like most belgians. Candy sugar, a lot like Rochfort 10.

Taste: (see nose...) Alcohol warming.

MF: Not as fizzy as most belgians I've had... creamy, robust... quite good. Fantastic aftertaste and mouth coating!

Drinkability: Sure.... go for it. Good Trappist product.... support them monks!

Photo of number1bum
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of NEPA BC split #2. This has been in my cellar for about 13 months and has aged beautifully.

Pours into my Chimay goblet it's a reddish medium brown, great clarity and about a finger or more of ivory head. Keeps a perfect lace and leaves a bit of stick on the sides, too.

Smells of candi sugar and sweet malt, alcohol, dark fruits, a bit of yeast.

Taste is rich and powerful, yet very smooth. Lots of sweet malt and candi sugar, molasses, caramel, and lots of dark fruit like prunes and black currant and raisins. Some earthy notes too that are probably coming from both the yeast and some hops. Alcohol is noticeable but not bothersome. Very smooth, very tasty, very nice.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, very smooth and creamy. This is a damn fine beer, a slow drinker for sure but I looked forward to every sip.

Photo of santa109
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Bières & Compagnie restaurant in Montréal.

A: Poured a semi-opaque brown like real maple syrup with basically no head. It was served in a La Trappe chalice.

S: Caramel, candy and wow, maple taffee like my grandma makes! Bit of belgian yeast also pokes through. This is exciting if the taste can hold up to it.

T: And does it ever! Maple taffee dominates without being too over top. Other general candy sweetness is there but fades as it warms. Every sip brings me closer to bliss. The brewers must use candy sugar to achieve such a delightful treat.

M: Right amount of carbonation with a slight syrupy feel without being oily or chewy. Very nice finish.

D: And the best part is that the alcohol is totally hidden. A sipper with it's high abv but it was hard to pace myself.

Overall, this definately makes it in my top 10. The Dutch trappists know their stuff! You do need a sweet tooth for this one. In my case, it left me highly satisfied and despite it's price, I will definately have it again.

La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 1,929 ratings.