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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: 1,907
Reviews: 867
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 97
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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 TheBierBand
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Yeti snifter. This is lighter in color than the dubbel, more red than brown. It smells like sweet fruits and sugar. The taste is also heavy syrupy, sugary, fruit, good but heavy. This is quite flavorful and delicious but a definite sipper.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Dark clear, bronze white foamy off white head interspersed with medium bubbles throughout.

S = Pepper, vodka, ripe tomatoes (maybe this is going to far but their is something here that really reminds me of a good pasta vodka sauce), nutmeg, esters, very complex and pretty good balance, only real down note is the alcohol shows through a bit too much.

T = Good malty backbone shows up at the first taste and lasts through out, also a distinctive Belgian yeast funk with phenolic qualities, but that is not a promary taste factor given the sweetness and peppery feel from the alcohol. A well balanced and enjoyable beer with an extremely long dry finish.

M = Medium-heavy to heavy body, very good mouthcoating, foams just a bit too much when swished or this would rate a 5 on mouthfeel. The alcohol has a slight burn but it is kind of enjoyable with the thick body and really adds to the mouthcoat.

D = Good drinkability, would make an excellent night cap.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- much bigger head than suspected, orange-ish beige and creamy with lots of batter type bubbles, and ridiculously stiff. tilting the glass in a 45 degree angle does relatively nothing to move this masterpiece as it trails snail like down the glass. the lace leaves thick formations like an adobe village, it's as if egg was mixed into this batter it's so thick. body is a hazy dark buckwheat honey with rising bubbles.

S- some banana, clove, vanilla, and red berries, most notably, raspberry candy and some cherry twizzlers. alcohol is evident in the nose as is a soft aroma of belgian yeast and a bit of mellow burnt citrus. more berry seems so come through in a very soft, sugary fashion, still melding with the banana peel. almost like a sorbet or better yet a creamy raspberry gelato, with a peach-melba type combination and a fair amount of caramel malts in the back. a very nice complex aroma.

T- intense grilled banana dipped in chocolate with wildberry hop jelly on the side. the smell indicated the flavor, but upon tasting it's much more if-your-face and pronounced and the hops work perfectly with such a fruity flavor. candy sugar must be a part of the mix to get such a sweetness. as the sugar fades, it's dry and liquor like, similar to a real dry apricot brandy. raspberry, peach, and even a little melon linger in the back after each sip as herbal notes and a lasting tea like hop bitterness go on and on and on into foreverland.

MF- silky and exotic and maybe even delightful. very juicy and delicate at the same time...mid-low carb...dry...hoppy...happy...

D- high abv, intense flavor, $$$, i love it but it's a special treat! so i treat it like one.

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

A: Dark Copper, with a large head. Large amount of carbonation. The head dissipates to a nice small head.

S: No hops really, but dark fruits with a sweet smell. A slight bit of Alcohol.

T: Malty with hints of wheat and dark fruits. The longer it's on your tongue, the more flavours come out. The first few drinks are very alcoholic, but the more you sip on it, the more flavours come out.

M: A bit creamy with little carbonation.

D: Slightly drinkable to moderate drinkability because of the sweet taste and alcohol.

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

A: Same ridiculously foamy head as it's younger brother the Dubbel, even from a slow pour. Diminishes into an appealing lace. Brew itself is a cloudy sun tea color.

S: Sweet malts with a bit of alcohol, doesn't allude to the strength of the brew at all. Some fruit, reminded me of cantelope rind.

T: Loads of alcohol without being unpleasant. Most of the other flavors, malt and molasses-like sweetness, are submissive to the massive strength of the warming alcohol.

M: Average mouthfeel with a slightly astringent finish.

D: I didn't get much from this Quad except a good buzz, but I would try it again if only to see how the flavor changes from bottle to bottle or batch to batch. I enjoyed La Trappe's Dubbel far more than this Quad.

Photo of iasanlee
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml. Pours a clear red copper with one finger of creamy tan head. A touch of lacing.

Holy dark fruits and banana bread. Spicy banana bread. Very sweet on the nose, smells great. Very powerful.

Flavor is again banana bread. Sweet plums and a peppery spice. Alcohol is evident, but not distracting. A ripe apple finish. Very complex and delicious.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation on the tongue.

Drinkability was great at first, but sweetness gets a touch tiresome as the bottle empties. Very good though, and I will definitely try again.

Photo of Quej
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A - A ruby red with lacy head, and a clear look with no carbonation.
S - Very sweet smelling, really quite fruity. Lots of cherry, cranberry, cassis and roasted barley.
T - A strong bite of alcohol and some sweet very strong malty tastes. Lots of sweet red fruits spread across the palate, but too heavily one sided on the sweet.
M - Quite thick despite the alcohol content, which is very detectable.
D - Not so good. Could barely finish the half-pint it was so strong.

Photo of Pencible
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a hazy light brown with light tan head. It had a barely noticeable, mild malt scent. It tasted like roasted wheat and malt with a nice hops bitterness and slight alcohol burn. It was pretty thick with no carbonation, and had a strong sweet and bitter aftertaste. Overall this was actually the easiest Koningshoeven to drink, and it was definitely my favorite of the trio. Even still, this wasn't that spectacular.

Photo of dmamiano
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours deep, amber, almost reddish with good carbonation and nice head.
Smells of malts, Belgian. Fruits, plums and figs maybe. The Belgian funk displayed in the yeast.
Tatse is awesome. Very big and full mouthfeel.
Fruity, with yeast esters .
Slight burn of alcohol notced in the finish.
At 10%, its no wonder.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml cork and caged.

A-Hazy amber/lightish brown with fluffy 2 inch head in oversized wine glass. Looks really good. Great lacing while drinking.
S-Yeast and sweetness come through. Not alot of scent.
A-Alcohol, yeast, and a nice mild toffee sweetness. As it warms there are fruit flavors like figs-almost like fig newtons with a the yesty breadiness of the malt. The earthy yeast and alcohol are the main flavors through and combine for a medicianal aspects that is not a great flavor. All the flavors blend better as it warms and this fades a little bit.
M-Mildly creamy as it's not as carbonated as I would have thought but finishes drier than expected.
D-Interesting bottle that changes as it warms. Enjoyed sipping this one as the complexity and smoothness are more aparent as it warms but didn't think it was spectacular. Would drink again but wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of stumac
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle estimated to be from 2004 or 2005. So the age should be in its prime. drinking it March '08.

A - deep red amber, little head, dissipated quickly.

S - fruits, my nose is a little stopped up right now from brown nosing.

T - fruits, melon, maybe banana, kiwi, sweet malts, subtle caramel

MF a- low carbonation, smooth, flavors are soooo well blended due to good aging. medium to light bodied.

definitely a great beer

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

Review in french. Thanks.

La Trappe Quadruple libère une mousse abondante et persistante, de couleur beige. La robe de la bière tire sur le rubis, très riche et opaque. Tentant.

Au nez, bananes, cerises, malt... le bière sera définitivement bonne.

En bouche, quel plaisir! Une bière sucrée et riche, mélangeant l'aspect liquoreux, les touches fruitées et la pâtisserie. Génial.

L'aspect très intense de la bière diminue un peu son score de "drinkability", mais ce n'est pas pour autant un défaut... on est ainsi portés à rallentir notre consommation!

Photo of mfhlucky13
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While it is the same Trappist Ale, my label only shows the Koningshoeven name on a bottle of a different shape.

A: Amber red with a huge thick head and plenty of bubbles.

S: Malt and yeast with hints of hops and fruit.

T: Malty sweet, a bit of yeast and caramelized sugar, dates.

M: Smooth. A bit light for a Quad, but very nice.

D: Another nice offering from our wonderful friends the Trappist Monks. I would easily raise more than one glass of this quad in their honor.

Photo of Wasatch
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

11.2oz. Bottle

Poured into a chalice a beautiful golden amber color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy tan head, a few nice small islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, some bannanas, cheeries, and caramel. The taste is great, malty, slight sweetness, yeasty, a nice tone of banannas/cherries, and caramel. Full/Med body, complex brew. Very drinkable, a true gem, highly recommended. Thanks Toby for this extra.

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

A - Pours a very nice clear dark copper. Head dissipated quickly but lacing is even and white. Very appetizing.

S - Wow. Perfume, flowers, apple, and I swear there is some bubble gum there. This is wonderful.

T - Starts sweet then mellows. Apples and peaches. Just a slight tartness on the finish.

M - This is the mouthfeel by which all others are judged. For the taste, I can't imagine a better feel. Creamy and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

D - I could drink this all night. Fortunately at 10% I don't have any more right now!

Photo of CWiggins
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine recently returned from a trip to Holland with this beer in tow as a gift to me. Wow! That was very generous. I thought I hadn't seen this particular one in the US, but this just seems to be a 500ml bottling of Koningshoeven's quadrupel, which is widely available. I've had this beer on at least one other occasion.

Firstly, the squatty, ceramic bottle is just too cute! The brew pours a dark, nutty brown into my pink elephant, Delirium Tremens snifter. A substantial off-white head formed, and it remained in some form for the entire life of the beverage. The smell is exquisite; there are aromas of ripe raisins, dark malts, caramel-colored soda, and brown sugar to be found here. Rich, dark fruit and candy sugars dominate the taste, while banana, sweet bread, and a mild spiciness linger in the background. As the brew warms the flavors become more pronounced, making for a more complex taste experience.

Of course the alcohol is moderately high at 10%, so it's best to take it easy. My 500ml bottle allowed for two snifter-full glasses, which was plenty for a lightweight like me. All is good in Koningshoeven land!

This has to be one of the best-if not THE best-Belgian quads I've tasted.

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

A- Beautiful brown tinted amber, huge near white head, chunky clinging lace.

S - Candy, bananas and cooked fruit. Banana smoothie.

T - Heat, bread, banana and cooked fruit. Damn tasty beer.

M - Medium to full body, nice balance finishes on the sweet side but not excessively so.

D - Bitchin beer. This is an edit of a 3.10.2008 tasting that I didn't really like. This one is much better on 10.4.11..

Photo of kenito799
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Koningshoeven goblet (packaged with the beer!)

After trying this on tap I grabbed a bottle when it appeared in my local supermarket with the cute bonus goblet. The complex brew held up well to more intensive at-home scrutiny.

A half inch of creamy ivory foam is raised and recedes to a ring over a hazy orange-brown brew filled with floating yeasties.

Really excellent candi sugar, malty, root beer and cola aromas, hints of peachy fruit. Mouthfeel is creamy with active soft carbonation, the alcohol brings a spicy warmth that complements the flavors and aromas. Taste really brings it here...a crisp, sweet/tart balanced, excellent slightly bitter finish. The peach, cola, and birch beer spices comprise the flavors. A brew that grows on you...it is a lighter quad than other Trappist ales. Will happily enjoy this again.

Photo of Graham5161986
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a slightly hazy, redish-orange with a formidable, creamy, 3 finger off-white head with decent retention and leaves a slight patchy lace. Almost no rising carbonation bubbles are visible (in fact you have to wait a while to see one!).

S: beautiful floral bouquet of hops, nice banana-apple fruitiness, and a nice, sweet bready, maltiness as well.

T: wow! rich, ripe red fruit and a very noticeable dose of alcohol that does just enough not to overpower the flavour of the beer. Finishes with a oily, sugary, fruity finish that lingers on my palate for a long time.

M: thick, chewy and rich, a nice carbonation sting and a creamy, oily finish that leaves your whole mouth tingling with warmth.

D: This beer is a hefty one and truly something special. I don't see myslef drinking more than one of these at a time. However, it's so delicious that I will take my time with it any day. such a wonderful bouquet of fruity aromas and flavours and an incredible warming sensation. I just finished a paper for school and, I must day, this makes for the perfect night cap. I will most definitely buy this beer again.

Photo of Stoneman78
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O'Brien's

Appearance is a clear dark red hue, dense layer of off-white foam, moderate lacing

Smell is sugar and sweet fruits mostly, pear syrup dominates, cotton candy is in the mix too

Taste is pears with a touch of raisins, some sweet malts and yeast in the middle, finishes with slight alcohol warming

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, watery texture, prickly carbonation

Drinkability is fair, surprisingly pear-dominated quad, the alcohol is well-masked, quite light and fruity for the style

Photo of LeftonJackman
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on the WToB at the Winking Lizard.

A: Dirty amber, almost cider-esque. As definite a foreshadowing as I have ever seen in a beer's appearance.
S: Very fruity, cakey, and hoppy.
T: Oh dear heaven! Candied bananas, black fruit! Rich, sweet and bold!
M: Warm but not overpowering, especially when considering the ABV.
D: If the ABV wasn't 10% I would happily enjoy multiple! Fantastic Trappist (and it's not even from Belgium!)

Photo of jayb
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color. Clear and clean with much carbonation. Easy pour gives 2 fingers of rich, dense head. further inspection shows a small amount of sediment floating around.

sweet and fruity. That spicy Belgian character. whiffs of alcohol. Not quite as spicy as some of the Belgians i have had.

wow. Spicy, almost cinnamon like. Lingering bitterness. Warming alcohol. numbs the tongue. sticky sweetness, not cloying. sugary raisins. As it warms up the alcohol warms up considerably

medium bodied, smooth, dry.

Short of the 10%, very easy to drink, maybe a bit easy.
Tasty and filling.
If i get a chance to buy another bottle, i will try cellaring for awhile. I couldn't wait this time around.


La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 1,907 ratings.