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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: 905
Hads: 2,166
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 146
Gots: 429 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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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 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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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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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
92 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.