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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: 888
Hads: 2,099
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 135
Gots: 381 | 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 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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Photo of Macko
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Foaming head, quickly dissipating into a long lasting creamy look. Dark amber to Ruby.

S: Sweet with Bananas, plum. Gets sweeter and sweeter throughout tasting.

T: Very yeasty and strong malt for first few sips, later giving way to a lighter caramel flavor and ending up quite sweet toffee. Light afterwarming from alcohol which is mostly hidden in the taste.

M: Velvety creamy mouthfeel

O: Not my favorite in the genre, starting off too yeasty and finishing just a little too sweet, but these are little points and in general, a lovely beer if you just want one or two.

Wouldn't overdo it, or return too often, but a very nice enjoyable beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The color is a darker tawny copper color with a clean clear complexion. The head was a thin bright white film of foam.

The nose holds thick dark fruit of prune, raisin, plum plus a bit of fig. There some yeasty tones on the nose, a bit of malt and some spice.

The first few sips on this seemed to be normal Quad qualities. Sweet dark fruits, hearty plum and raisin with fig and and prune but it evolved into something else. There was a bit of peppercorn and then a strong banana. As I continued to the end, the banana got sweeter and stronger. This was a turn that was unexpected but one I really enjoyed.

The feel was a bit light, a little bubbly and not nearly as full as most Quads.

This was a different but wonderful Quad that I highly recommend.

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Photo of jcbogantes
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: deep copper colour, small head with no retention (maybe the glass wasn't well prepared).

S: spices, cloves, yeast and alcohol

T: very grainy, spices and garlic that ends with a very warmt sensation from the alcohol.

O: well balanced interesting beer with a full body, Leaving a warm sensation from the alcohol.

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3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Tasting Chalice glass. Bright brownish amber color, deep amber tints to the light. Tan head is close & shows discrete retention, Intense caramel, alcohol, cane sugar, spiced, herbal & fenolic aromas. Kind sweet, slight toasted malty upfront. Toffee, biscuit flavors as well & involving heat. Medium to full body. Soft carbonation. Viscous & velvety mouthfeel. Peppery & funny palate. Low bitterness, fruit, dried nut & subtle wood notes are shown in the middle & linger into a long sweet finish. Ripe apricot, baked pear & apple flavors followed by memories of nutmeg liquor on the aftertaste. Flavorful, delightful & pleasant drinkability.

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Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 5/8/2013. Pours moderately cloudy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, toast, biscuit, light caramel, molasses, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and moderate malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, banana, candi sugar, toast, biscuit, light caramel, molasses, herbal, floral, clove, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, banana, candi sugar, toast, biscuit, molasses, herbal, light caramel, clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and moderate malt sweetness; with an awesome malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is insane. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming after the finish. Overall this is a world class quadrupel. All around incredible complexity and balance of bright fruity/spicy yeast esters and balanced malt sweetness; and extremely smooth to sip on for the ABV. An insanely delicious offering.

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Photo of vkv822
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz : chalice

Pours a hazy, amber brown with a creamy, thick off white head with great lacing and retention.

In both the aroma and taste there are dark fruits as well as fruity pear, apple esters, complimented by light clove, spicy phenols. Caramel, brown sugar malty base.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

A very well done Quad. The ABV is very well hidden.

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

Oh, how I like this beer!
It has a dark copper/brown color and a nice cream foam.
Head is yeasty and sweet, with notes of dark fruits.
Taste is fruity too and extremely sweet. Aftertaste is an explosion of candy flavours.
After it warms a bit, smell acquires a strong banana note.
Some alcohol in the taste/smell, making it a bit like a liqueur.
Sweeter than common quads, La Trappe has also an effervescent but strong body.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a tulip. Unsure of the vintage. Pours an amber hue with a rocky, two-inch, off-white head embedded with craters and ringlets. Head eventually dissipates into a algae-like slick with swaths and spots of lacing coating the edges of the glass. Nose expresses notes of bubblegum, a sweet vinous quality and a suggestion of something else; perhaps honey. Taste consistent with nose, with the addition of a candied quality and just a trace of hops that is a bit muddled, but slightly evident at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a pleasant, even carbonation that leaves a residual prickle at the back of the throat between quaffs. There's also the slightest oiliness to the texture. Overall, a decent Quad, but a bit too sweet. Not sure how well this will hold up in the cellar - I get the slightest sense of a metallic quality which I don't think will bode well for extended cellaring.

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Photo of janubio
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml. corked bottle. Tasted in a La Trappe glass, pours a small head that fades soon, but leaves a good lace. Smell of earth, barn, dark fruits, caramel, spices, raisins. Full body, sticky and oily. Taste of dark fruits, caramel, spices, raisins, some liquorice, dates. Alcohol is well hidde. Great.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle stamped 12:12-K02D13. Sampled on February 24, 2014.

This has been sitting in my cellar for five months so I thought it was about time to break it out. It pours a copper-amber color with a tan head but there are many sedimentary remnants floating around the glass. That in itself appeals to me.

The aroma is a kind of dark cherry or dark fruit character intertwined with dark malts and Abbey yeast. Low alcohol and hop profile.

Medium to mostly full body. But it does tend to feel rather carbonated or acidic in texture.

The taste begins with a tart, dark fruity note and a searing bitterness at the end. But it is not a pucker-up bite. It just drills its way into the sensation and lingers briefly. The booze is a bit more forward in the taste than on the nose. It's a Quad and it is meant to have some punch.

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Photo of Ryanm1
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 22oz cage and cork pours to a glass with a medium brown color when held up to the light. Heavily carbonated on the tongue which is a good characteristic of a quad. Sweet initial taste featuring notes of honey follow by a bitter punch. Fitting because this beer claims to use two different hop varietals weighing in at a low 25 IBU. The thre different malts gives a hint of caramel on the nose. Excellent quad especially considering it's Dutch not Belgian.

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Photo of PeterParker
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My new found love for Belgian quads brings me to La Trappe.

Pours an opaque brown with a finger+ of head.

Dried fruits, figs, dates, etc in the nose. Caramel is there and lovely. Slight booze smell.

No booze taste, they hide it well. It is very sweet and yeasty, typical of the style. Not as good as Rochefort 10, but definitely up there.

Full and thick with medium carbonation.

This is a good one. I still consider myself a neophyte in the style but as far as I'm concerned it's a good one.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a mini snifter at a blind quad tasting, courtesy of jdhowe. 2013 vintage.

Pale amber in color, with some light browned notes at the rim and held against the light. A modest, semi-frothy white head coats the top, with minimal lacing. For a beer that is quite big on the ABV, this doesn't look very viscous at all. Sort of a lightened take on the quad style, for lack of a better way to define it.

Quite yeasty and malt forward, with a good amount of fruitiness and bready flavors at the nose. Banana phenolic flavors from the yeast, dates, raisins, as well as honeysuckle (or honeycomb notes), white pepper, caramel, and toffee. Shows a good amount of restraint in terms of preventing any significant sweetness, but is really lightened overall. I thought at first that a weizenbock was accidentally poured into my glass upon inspecting this, but as it warmed up, the Belgian yeast forward flavors began to work its charm. Still, very light, as mentioned before.

The flavor delivers on all accounts what you'd expect out of your bare bones quad, but that's about it - mimics the aroma on most accounts. Big banana notes, some pear and green apple (it's possible that this is a bit too young), as well some light citrus, grassy notes, but nothing too intense. Raisins and dates from the malt follow, as well as honey, toffee, and light butterscotch. Finishes in a light-bodied, crisp sensation, with no alcohol to be found at all. Feels a little thin for the style, which is typically more juicy and saturated with malt richness. Nevertheless, it is refreshing, and doesn't show any flaws or anything too disappointing.

For a Trappist product, however, it doesn't really deliver the goods as some of its peers (most notably, Chimay Bleue), but it's definitely a good introduction to beginners to this often daunting, rich style of beer. It's a little too light overall for me and a little too phenolic on the yeasty side, but it's definitely one that I'd have again if offered to me.

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Photo of rangerred
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet out of a 750ml bottle.

Pours a clear light brown with a one finger fluffy white head. The color is actually lighter than I though it would be. Really good head retention but just ok lacing.

Aroma is on the spicy side with somewhat of a fruitcake note to it. I also can pick up quite a bit of bread and grain, more so than in other quads.

The flavor is on the lighter side for the style. Lots of bread grain from the pilsner malt that is not obscured by the yeast esters. Unfortunately, the lack of yeasty notes limits the complexity a bit. Alcohol is completely hidden but the mouthfeel is a little stickier than I like.

Overall, this is definitely a great quad but not top of the line for me. Probably my third or fourth favorite trappist quad.

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Photo of Jim_Benz
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very much like a tripel, though the color was a cloudy amber and the ABV higher. Good sized whiteish head that dissipated quickly, leaving a very light amount of lacing. Reasonably sweet, lots of bread/yeast flavor, minimal bitterness, light to medium body, hides the alcohol extremely well. Carbonation was less than I expected. Overall, good not great. Drank it at 48F from a tulip--I think I would have enjoyed it more if it were 5 degrees cooler. And if I'd been in a better mood--I'm recovering from frostbit fingers and was hoping that this 750ml bottle would lift my spirits; it did not. A little more carbonation would have helped too.

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Photo of Premo88
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. bottle poured into chalice
(09:30 K14B13 printed on bottle label)

L: murky brown, light passes through but you can't see through it; a soft, light pour rendered a light head, no more than 1/4-inch tall, thick tan foam; just a little stick from the small head, no real lacing but the brew keeps a thick, tidy collar

S: fruity; wine, sour grapes ... sweet; pushes out a little farmhouse ale sourness to it, not overpowering but still definitive; butter; hints of bready malts, sweet biscuits

T: yeasty fruity and sweet; very wine-like, lots of grapes/sour grapes; i can see using the words "raisins" and possibly "licorice" here like many classic quadrupels, but if that's what I'm tasting, it's VERY sweet and more like a bubblegum/candy taste than true raisins or licorice

F: perfectly carbonated and a full, solid middle weight that is super drinkable -- frankly TOO drinkable for 10% ABV. love it.

O: my quadrupel experience is limited, but this surely lives up to the aura of the quad -- it really is like a dubbel doubled, both in full-on yeasty sweet taste as well as smell, and that 10% ABV is sneaky strong. a bomber of this would be hard to sip, it's so drinkable -- fortunately, i found a 4-pack of the 11.2 oz. bottles (and relatively cheap; about 40 cents per ounce compared to the typical 50-55+).

This brew will definitely go in my rotation. Love it!

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Photo of JayQue
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better Quads I have had. Poured from a 12. oz corked and caged bottle into my Chimay goblet. Good orange/amber body with a fast fading small antique white head. Minimal lacing.

Strong aroma of dark fruit (raisins, plums, and figs), Belgian candi sugar and sweet malts.

Flavor is similar to the aroma. Rich taste of dark fruit, maltiness and candi sugar. The oak is more than noticeable at the end, and that is not a great thing. Too much woody, oak flavor in what should be a totally rich, smooth beer.

Mouthfeel is rich, the alcohol presence is warming with no alcohol "burn".

Overall a very good quad. I would have preferred less oak, but that is not a showstopper.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for approx. $7.00 750ml bottle

A- Very very good. Nice pop of the cork (which was mighty difficult to get out) and excellent 3" head slowly dissipates to a nice film. Super amber colour.

S- Bubblegum and citrus peelings. Very light aromatic scents

T- The first sip hits you like a ton of bricks. Definitely needs some time in the bottle. Malty good. Well blended. Time will help this molasses sweet sample mellow.

M- Very good. Creamy and surprisingly light for the 10%. Ends tart and dry long after the linger

O- Pretty good. A few years will really help this one out

Food Pairing....

This young quad paired up very well with... Pizza. Pizza is so flexible and lends it's self to excellent beer matches. This time whole wheat crust with extra cheese, hot peppers and pineapple.


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Photo of damndirtyape
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a La Trappe chalice. Date stamp on the bottle is: 14:06 K07C13
Slow pour leaving the sediment behind.

Appearance: Deep amber to ruby red. Thin off-white head. Lots of small delicate strands and islands of lacing.

Smell: Green bananas, some alcohol and fruity esters.

Taste: Bananas at first, but this went away as the beer warmed up. Candi sugar, Belgian style fruity esters, spices, some toffee notes, and a very mild bitter finish. Well hidden alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Spicy but airy & light carbonation. Nice thickness, creamy almost.

Overall / Drinkability: A good quad, but one is enough per evening. Good with a meal (sloppy joes & green leaf salad) and I'm sure it would be good by itself as a slow sipping beer.

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Photo of dar482
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a dark mahoghany color with bright reddish hue to it. A big fluffy off white head.

The aroma has Belgian yeast, an overly sweet plum, dates, figs. A bit of alcohol coming through.

The flavor follows with a punch of dried dates, figs, prunes, and a boozy vanilla and cherry. Lots of carbonation this one. The finish is a big malty bread and alcohol.

A bit light on the mouthfeel and lacks complexity and sweetness.

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Photo of bmwats
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a chalice.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours a half finger, bubbly tan head. Settles quickly leaving a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Light yet persistent peak and valley lacing.

S: Caramel, strong raisin, molasses, and plum.

T: Sweet roasted malts. Raisin is prominent. Fresh tea leaf. Light bitter balance.

M: Thick and syrupy sweet. Lightly bitter finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Light head, and some light yet persistent lacing. Nose is sweet and fruity. Sweet and malty with a lightly bitter balance. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from tap into La Trappe chalice.

Appearance: Murky brownish-red with moderate tan head.

Smell: Sweet, with plum, figs, brown sugar and spice.

Taste: Very fruity and sweet, with plum, figs, raisin, brown sugar and other saccharine sweet things. Some very light spiciness. Overall sweet yet strangely delicious.

Feel: Thick, smooth and boozy. Moderately low carbonation.

Overall: Nice sweet & fruity Quad.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Murky brown with a light brown head.

S: Candy sugar, a touch of alcohol, some dark fruit in the nose.

T: Flavor is similar to the taste. A bit of alcohol, dark fruit, typical quad flavors, and that candy sugar (which I think is just regular sugar). A bit sweet for my taste, but very good otherwise.

M: Medium body, kind of foamy.

O: A good quad, definitely not the best. I'd take Bernardus or Rochefort over this any day. Pannepot is better as well, IMO.

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
92 out of 100 based on 888 ratings.