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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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Reviews: 886
Hads: 2,093
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 135
Gots: 376 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-07-2002

Quadrupel is La Trappe’s heaviest ale with a stunning amber colour. Its warm and intense flavour is rich and finely balanced. Malty sweet, slightly burnt, and pleasantly bitter with a sweet aftertaste. Quadrupel continues to ferment after bottling and offers aromas of banana, almond, vanilla and others.
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Photo of ssmack
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky, swampy prune brown colour. Very little head, no carbonation and just a trace of lacing.

Strong aroma of prunes soaked in a mega dose of cognac. Also rosy floral smell and the aroma of an over-ripe peach.

Taste is much like the aroma. Tons of sweetness that lasts for a long time. Some would say this is cloying but I welcome it and invite it to sit down and stay awhile. Caramel laced with cognac over prune. The alcohol taste is there but it is offset by the sweetness so that it is not harsh.

Heavy feel. The ale coats the mouth and bring warmth.

Wonderful drink. Like a cognac liqueur ale.

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Photo of JasW
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a lovely copper/amber color with very little head into a La Trappe chalice. Fruity nose. Taste is pleasantly sweet and fruity -- and boozy -- with notes of banana, raisins, and caramel. Almost wine-like in a way. Light carbonation and mouthfeel for the style. Not my favorite quad, but it is nevertheless excellent if the sweetness doesn't bother you.

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Photo of Hazer115
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Good flavor, it's a little cloudy for the style. It might come across as a little too boozy for some. I generally like these full bodied full flavored beers.

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Photo of AngEo
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured into La Trappe chalice. Pours a clear caramel colored brown with a bit of an orange tinge. My bottle was new according to the printed date, and my glass was cleaned to the standards I have been taught, but I only observed about a finger of cream colored head that receded within a minute into a foamy sheet that clings to the glass. (I say this out of surprise after what I have read, but whatever, this is my review.) Smell was hinting of dates but overpowered by the banana pudding that was much more pronounced than I expected, and a finish of alcohol. Taste was hinting of dates, spice, and dark chocolate, but was again dominated with banana pudding. Had a a somewhat pronounced but not unwelcome or overpowering bitterness going down and a very slight earthiness in the aftertaste. The alcohol is definitely deceptive, and did not make its presence easily known, especially for a beer with such a high ABV. It was velvety smooth from the moment of sip to swallow, with only a slight hint of carbonation on the tongue. Overall a very enjoyable experience that makes me wonder if my senses are more sensitive to banana pudding than the average person. I find that I don't have as much experience with quads as I would like, and as a result I may update my review score later.

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Photo of babaracas
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown tinged red-orange with mild floaties and a thick cream colored head, half inch of which sticks to the end; sheet of substantial lace down the glass. Smell: toasted date bread, caramel, raisin, notes of red apple and cherry; just a little earthiness. Taste: brown sugar, dates, raisin toast, notes of banana pudding, clove, earth. Pretty standard but well done.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

13 oz pour into LaTrappe chalice at the Bier Markt in Mississauga for $7.75 CDN. Served bit too cold for my liking, and thus waited a few minutes before evaluating.

Appearance -Dark mahogany colored beer, capped with a half finger of foam, that ever so slowly recedes into a wispy froth. No visible sediments or carbonation. Nice amount of curtain lacing left behind.

Smell- Caramel, cherries and some dark chocolate. really nice blend. No booziness on the nose.

Taste - Same as the nose, but with a pronounced bitterness on the finish. It's not too bitter, but it's definitely not too sweet. The 10% ABV indicates its presence here too.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, moderately carbonated, although very subtle and a velvety finish. Finely crafted quad.

Overall - This is definitely a fine quad, not my favorite, but definitely a beer extremely well crafted and worth a try.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

The nose of the 750 ml bottle suggests moist dense spice cake with dark dried fruit and a hint of anise.
It pours a hazy dark tea amber under a 3" rocky off-white foam cap that slowly dissipates into clingy clumps of finely bubbled foam. The beer lines the glass with lace and upon swirling shows a hint of legs.
The juicy liquid fruitcake palate includes dark fruit sugar, dried figs, faint banana, and a trace of biscuit suspended in a very creamy, moussey beer.
The beer is surprisingly light on its feet for such a big, flavorful, complex high alcohol brew. The alcohol is deceptive and tastes less than 10% abv although it is slightly warming.
The tap version has a little less carbonation and it is a little less soft shifting some of the flavors from dark dried fruits to plums.

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Photo of asmith55
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

A - Poured a deep amber with a thin settled head and nice lace.

S - Smells of dark fruits and brown sugar. There is a slight anise/herbal tinge that settles into an ever-so-faint Belgian yeast funk. Light alcohol smell.

T - First up is brown sugar followed by raisins and plums. Next is the licorice followed by a lingering herbal sweetness. The 10% ABV is not very noticeable. The beers tastes like it smells, which is refreshing.

M - Less carbonation than suggested by the froth coming out of the bottle after opening, but still above average. Medium syrupy body.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

A – Heavy dirty copper colour with thick off-white cream head that retained amazingly well yet left only spotty lacing behind it but thick foam in the bottom of the glass. Plenty of carbon activity in the glass.

S – Smell of date and prune was almost immediate along with black plum and some light Damsen nippiness. Also a lot of brown sugar and apricot sweetness. As you drink there is also a deep boozy aroma that sneaks into the nostrils and detracts from the taste somewhat.

T – Very much like the smell, plenty of brown sugar, plum, apricot, prune and date sweetness. This combines with banana and clove and spices like cinnamon and star anise to boost the already sweet flavour. No bitter hops just very sweet on all levels. Again like the smell there is a boozy finish that detracts from the other flavour.

MF – Very smooth silky even with a very full feel good tingly carbon body and that old warming boozy finish.

O – The flavour here starts off very well and it is very nicely spiced but for me the heavy solvent boozy end detracts from everything else this beer is doing. That is a shame really as it is a very nice beer and could have been better with more control of the solvent end.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

La Trappe quad poured from a 750ml bottle. Deep amber with HUGE head of tight beaded bubbles and fantastic lacing. Very lively. Pools of thin foam give waft to dates, dark plums, tart cherries, Belgian candy sugars , and high octane alcohol. Flavors of sweet brown sugar candy malts, figs and plums to the sides, light bittering on the back with lots of warming. Mouth feel is solid for the style, lots of carbonation. Slick and silky smooth. Very coating on the tongue. A great finishing brew for the night. Once this fine ale had a nice yeast layer keeping it alive when it was known as Konihshoven. Said layer is much lighter now but still present. Very good for the style. An A plus.

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Photo of jdhowe
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

A: Clear golden with finely bubbled straw-colored, foamy head. Very light for style. (3.5)

S: Clean, sweet aromas of candy and spice. Light but unidentifiable fruitiness. Fig and date predominate. (4.0)

T/M: Thin, moderately carbed, moderate candy sweetness and a subdued herbal spice. Moderately bitter, slight butter (very slight). Slightly oily malt character. (4.25/4.5)

O: 4.25

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Photo of aussieyank
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Excellent, smooth, full bodied, rich beer. I can't compare it to anything else because I've never had anything like it. If you like ales, you'll love this.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Picked this up a while back at Top Hops in New York. Haven't had anything from this Brewery and I hadn't had any Quadrupel's in quite some time either. As so many others have alluded to on here, this was deceptively easy to drink and didn't feel like it was 10% until I polished off the bottle. The flavors worked well together and this wasn't as dark and spicy as I would have anticipated, leading it to be much more easily drinkable than other beers of this style!

Nice pour to this, as the liquid had a almond and plum combination hue to it, with a frothy head and some flaky sediment that floated around in it. Not a lot of lacing but there were a few nice rings around the middle of my pint glass when all was said and done. The booze could only be felt in the aroma, along with some banana and dark fruit flavors like raisin and plum. Once I gave this a sip, everything went up a notch and the alcohol became more recessed. The cherry notes were more apparent in the taste, as this had a somewhat syrupy mouthfeel to it with a hint of slickness that lingered well into the aftertaste. While not as potent as cough medicine, this beer had the feel of it but only warmed me up a notch.

With a good balance of yeast, flavors, carbonation (just a tad present) and booze, this was everything that I could ask for in a Quad. Easily enjoyable from start to finish, there was a lot to enjoy here without feeling cluttered and heavy. A must-try for any Belgian beer aficionado and something that I'll be looking out for again. Just a notch below the best of this style but more than easily holds it's own regardless.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

APPEARANCE - Clear dark orange with a light brown 5-finger head that lasts.

SMELL/AROMA/SCENT - Sweet, but not much aroma overall.

TASTE - Brown sugar, very Belgian, very sweet. Herbaceous, piney. ABV not too well hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Beer is light, well-carbonated, with a pleasantly creamy head.

VALUE - $10. - About average for a Belgian at a bar.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Very light and well-carbonated for a Belgian quad. Would be nicer if ABV were well-hidden.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(on tap at The Publican - served in a 10 oz footed goblet)

A: hazy, dark amber liquid... foam has a spongy appearance but remains only in the form of a sticky, gooey cap... overall, looks rather unrefined

S: golden raisin, caramel... fairly assertive rose-perfumy esters... not at all fusel or medicinal

T: intense rosé vinous fruit, raisiny sweetness rounding that out, adding depth to it... not forwardly boozy... mild bitterness like a flower stem... bit of dark grape... very mellow tonic booze... not heavily malty

M: ridiculously feather-light, almost to the point of having a flattened body... while you don't overtly taste the alcohol, it certainly thins out and helps float the beer across the palate

O: probably the most deceptively light and most aromatic quad I've had... went alright with the pasty goat cheese and figs I ate with it... excellent and I recommend it any chance I get

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Photo of kevinlater
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

13oz draft pour at bier markt mississauga

a: deep orange/amber hue with half a finger of head

s: huge banana and vanilla up front. hints of maraschino cherries. alcohol is present

t: a melange of bananas, maraschino cherries, and vanilla to begin with. it's sweet all around but not offensively so. nice! but what i dislike here is the alcohol presence -- it's rather strong and makes the entire tasting feel medicinal. light spice on the back-end. dry finish

m: medium body, medium carbonation

o: this beer has a lovely aroma but the flavours are all ruined by the alcohol strength

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Photo of JohanPerup
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Summer night in Sweden with a 750 ml bottle in the garden. This is love.
Do think the big bottle has much more taste and nose
If you want this and if you are in Scandinavia do make a stop in Denmark were the price is "very low" ~ 5 USD at most supermarkets.

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Photo of seedyone
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

02/04/15 Same old story thzt never gets old.

05/15/14 On tap. A fine, fine beer. Caution, as this 10% ABV bomb is deceptive. It's as slick & smooth as your grandma said it would be. I find this to be a faultless beer...unless you plan on having more than a few (2 or 3). The seduction lies in the ultra inviting balance bitter & sweet (which should be a good lesson in life). With temperance this could prove to be an ally. I, for one, have learned to live with it, gladly.

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Photo of pjbfromkc
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Waldo Pizza in Kansas City, MO. Smells of smoke, malt and alcohol. Taste lingers of oak, malt and alcohol. One of the best quads i've had. You definitely get some lingering alcohol, but its needed to balance the beer out and give it a bourbon esqe quality. Classic

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Photo of retry4z
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Edit from a year ago, Jun 20, 2014, when I rated this a "4". The flavor profile resembles an orange-apple marmalade with peaches and honey mid-palate. Too sweet without a strong Belgian-yeast bite. A bit of a let down.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful chestnut color with a lofty, tan head. It drops evenly and settles to a very thick film and leaves a sheet of lacing on the glass.
Smell is malty, rich with fruit notes (apple, white grape), some wood, and I think a hint of sherry, maybe. Good balance.
Taste is, after 15 minutes in the glass, malt, wood, light fruits, a not inconsequential hit of alcohol, bubblegum and faint hops. Really well balanced.
Warming, rich, almost smooth. Medium plus body, light effervescence. Leaves a pretty decent amount of stickiness behind on the upper palate. A great beer, I'll take another, please.

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Photo of BradC
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reddish brown hue with a head with serious staying power.

Smells of dark sweet fruit, banana, estery

Tastes of ripe bananas, a good amount of Belgian yeast Esters, plums, raisins.

Highly carbonated, light body, dry and high alcohol is well hidden.

Overall, not the best Trappist quad I've tried,but still very good.

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Photo of scotorum
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: Translucent dark amber with a finger thick white head receding to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Strong ripe fruit.

t: Follows the nose. A blend of ripe banana and apricot. The taste is so strong it is almost medicinal. But that covers the high ABV well, but you do get a sense of it under the yeasty flavors. Surprisingly dry finish.

m: Moderate, good body.

o; The flavor is definitely the strongest Belgian yeasty esters I have had.

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Photo of keitho
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750 ml bottle best before 04 2016.

Appearance- Dark brown/Orange brown when held up to the light. Large white head that quickly dissipates to a fine layer of foam that sits on top all the way down.

Smell- Banana, toffee, alcohol.

Taste- Like Xmas pudding, fruity and alcoholic some banana taste lingering . Quite dry which makes you want to sip more.

Mouthfeel- Medium Mouthfeel, not overly carbonated.

Overall- I've tried this beer about half a dozen times and the bottles do vary. The older bottles are more fruity, tasty and the newer ones more "alcoholic". This bottle was fairly young and could be kept for a couple of years and the flavours would become more complex. Overall a potent enigmatic brew (like the type of beer I imagine druids drinking) . And at $8.50 N.Z for a 750 ml bottle not to be sneezed at.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours light reddish brown with an off white head, a little cloudy. Smells of very nice fruit bouquet and some Belgian yeast. Tastes of berries with nice barley aftertaste, very thick and a tad bit of alcohol. Beer is full bodied sipper, lightly carbonated. Overall, a very good beer.

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
92 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.