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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,747 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,747
Reviews: 850
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 83
Gots: 184 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-07-2002)
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Hopheadjeffery, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Maakun
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light mahogany color. Small head that dissapears almost completely, leaves just a small island.

Smell: very strong ripe fruits, a lot of banana, some plums. Really sweet, some bubblegum and candy.

Taste: Also sweet, but not as upfront as the nose. Big cherries at first, then a nice balance between malts and banana fruitiness. Some fruit candy tastes, with a light touch of hops and some sour notes. After it's been in the glass a while some woody notes and more bready malts. Aftertaste is dry, a little sour fruits.

Mouth: medium, feels a little light for this style. Aftertase is very dry which feels a bit weird, not very pleasant. Carbonation is a bit low, but that's as expected.

Overall: the taste is by far the best thing about this beer, but it's a bit too sweet for me. Has a nice balance though. Of all the trappists I've had La Trappe is the one I enjoy the least. This is not their worst beer though, and much better than some other heavy Belgian beers.

Maakun, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Offa
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is excellent.

Reddish-brownish copper, it has a very big off-white head slowly shrinking to foamy ring,traces of lace.

Aroma is metal, plums, light rose wine, fruity with dried cherries, hint of cocoa.

Taste is richly fruity wine, toasted-caramelised grain finish. It is zesty yet silky, firm but not too heavy and nicely engaging.

Offa, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of LuisLinares
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

LuisLinares, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

ShemRahBoo, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Vigilante
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Vigilante, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of BartMcStout
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

BartMcStout, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

TX-Badger, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of funkengruven
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tis the season for these wonderful trappist ales (that only seem to be stocked this time of year around here), this poured into a chalice a deep ruby with a puff of off white head that stays with the brew. Smell is of sweet dried fruit and alcohol. Flavor is very bold and seems to consist of sweet dried figs, some prunes, some spice, very nice. Mouthfeel is full and smooth. No alcohol burn at all, very pleasant.

This is a fantastic beer. If you can get it, get it.

funkengruven, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of bskrtz
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle served cold in glass beer snifter @ Fat Pour, Chicago

A) Hazy bright reddish brown. Puffy 1 inch head settles down quickly but sticks around as lacy white top. Looks wonderful.

S) Cooked dark fruits, raisons, apple pie and sour dough. Its all there and its all delicious.

T) Port like complexity. Sweet caramel, honey, mild hops, baked bread.

M) Near perfection - ample carbonation, thick and sticky, alcohol is apparent yet not strong.

O) I really enjoyed this most classic Trappist quad and am sure to buy more.

bskrtz, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of jucifer1818
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trappist brew number 1:
Served in my new challance. I am excited ^_^

Appearance: Red beautiful amberness, with a nice thick head. Quite nice
5/5

smell: It smells strongly of bubblegum and nice sweetness. Its nice, but could use more.
4.5/5

Taste: theirs more of that bubblegum tate coming through this one. heavy biting carbonation, with a thick syrupy texture. I like It I suppose, but I was expecting more
4/5

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and full
4/5

Overall I give this a 4/5. I'm not too crazy about it, but it tastes pretty nice and hides its alcohol nicely. It just tastes too strongly for bubble gum for my tastes.

chears.

jucifer1818, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of spencerberus
5/5  rDev +20.2%

spencerberus, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of tapbit
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

tapbit, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Arborescence
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Arborescence, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a murky light brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, brown sugar, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and a little bit of fruit and spice. Then a hearty malt character and some Belgian yeast breadiness comes in. The hops presence is mild and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are better options in the style.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of n2185
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murkey brown with two fingers of khaki head that fades into a nice cap with good lacing.

S: Sweet candy sugar and dark fruits like plums and dates dominate here with Belgian spices and a sweet bready finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, candy sugar and sweet dark fruits hit at first with light spice notes. The finish tastes of sweet breads with very little alcohol presence.

M: Body is on the heavier side of medium with moderate, creamy carbonation, this beer is silky smooth. While I tend to prefer my Belgian styles a bit lighter and crisper, this beer is very smooth.

O: A good quad overall, and probably overlooked since it's so common. I don't know if it can stand up to Westy 12 or the Blauw, but it's still enjoyable and affordable.

n2185, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Twincrasher
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber color with thinner head for type. No lacing. Must be glass.

S: Spicy Belgian yeast. Esters abound. Very typical trappist aroma.

T: Good but not my favorite. Less malty that I prefer of this type. Big alcohol flavor - as should be expected for 10% ABV.

M: Thinner feel and finish than accustomed for Trappist.

O: Very nice beer. Will have again, though not my favorite.

Twincrasher, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of grittybrews
4/5  rDev -3.8%

grittybrews, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured an opaque red, with hints of copper leaving a foamy, white head which stayed with the beer.

S: The smell of sweetness overpowers the maltiness, borwn sugar, dark fruits and caramel.

T: The initial burst of flavor is highlighted by the spicy phenols and flavors that is expected in a Belgian Trappist ale. It turns very sweet and doesn't finish as dry as I normally like with a quad, but still incredibly delicious. Dark fruits, candy sweetness,caramel.

M: Medium body, with carbonation. Sweeter, thicker mouthfeel than some other more popular quads.

O: It's an enjoyable belgian ale, with a lot of the spicy flavors expected in the style. It's on the sweet side, but still a solid representation of the style.

barleywinefiend, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of SebD
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice deep orange/amber color to it. It has a nice thick light beige head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of spicy Belgian Yeast, dark fruit, some breadiness, cloves and some banana.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some yeast notes, spices, dark fruit, some caramel, a nice bready feel, and light banana and cloves.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Solid Quad.

SebD, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of BGDrock
2.1/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cellared for 1 year

Appearance: sizzling carbonation on pour, but gone before you know it leaving nothing at all for a head - not a good sign; hazy, red/brown like leather

Aroma: minimal scent, but getting some booze and sharp fruit

Taste & Mouthfeel: not completely flat, but definitely short on carbonation; very sweet caramel and toffee, sugary; a hint of spice, probably from yeast because hop balance is nowhere to be seen

Overall: really nothing much to it, lacking character and proper mouthfeel; boring and too much like candy; maybe cellaring had a negative affect, this is the second La Trappe review I've had that ranked their beer way lower than others did, so something's up

BGDrock, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

tuckerlikesbeer, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev -3.8%

kaelingirl, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of lsoule
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

lsoule, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer and glassware assist from Lunch, thanks! Beer is brown and clear with a tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention, moderate to high carbonation.

Aroma is estery, almost like bubbles gum.

This is my first beer from this brewery and while I've enjoyed a lot of the Trappist ales and tend to seek them out when I get the chance, this is just an OK beer to me. It tastes good but the esters in the beer are dominant. They power through any interesting malt this beer might have had to begin with and end up as a relatively boring one note beer. I drank my bottle of it and I will try other things from this brewery but so far I'm not overly impressed.

drabmuh, Nov 27, 2012
La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 1,747 ratings.