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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: 428 | 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 marinobrew
3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has recently been approved to NC and has lost the La Trapp label. The label only has the Koningshoeven brewery name with quadrupel and trappist ale underneath.
The appearnace is a deep mahogony and brilliant clarity.
The head is off white and tightly laced. The lacing in the glass leaves a nice symetrical line.
The nose is sour fruit, toffee, alcohol, and yeasty.
The mouth is decently smooth with hints of the toffee, hazelnut, plum, alcohol and licorice.
The finish is a lingering bitter/sweet that warms the chest.

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Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking a 12 oz bottle that dates back to when La Trappe was authorized to use the Trappist logo (before losing it in 2000 and regaining the right in late 2005). That makes this bottle approximately 6 years old. I am serving it cold in a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The ale has a nice ruby red color and is slightly hazy. When held to light, the haze is much more apparent, as are the yeast particles floating in the ale. It poured with a moderate head, nothing great, but it did leave nice ring of lace around it.

Smell: The ale has a nice, malty biscuity aroma to it. The malt is not overwhelming. In fact, I'd say that the malt character has probably mellowed significantly over the past six years (I say this based on having had recent brews from La Trappe).

Taste: The ale doesn't taste anything like a quad. Instead of an in-your-face maltiness, the ale is muted and soft on the tongue. There is a definite malt character, but it is no longer on par with a quad. The malts have mellowed to the point that ale is well-balanced. The ale does have a somewhat fruity character, specifically I taste some raisins in the ale.

Mouthfeel: The ale has lost some of the carbonation, giving it a soft taste that does not wash clean the palate. This allows the malt character to linger for longer than usual. That malt character is sweet and very pleasing. I think that this ale has aged quite nicely.

Drinkability: The ale is very strong, maybe even moreso after six years. If you have a fresh bottle, it may be a little hot (malt-related) so let it sit for a while.

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Photo of nitemarebrewer
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle, expired 10-05, maybe, hard to read... into a glass, thick head, slowly drops to scum. Beer is highly effervescent but slows, reddish brown in color.
Smells sweet and bubble-gum-y.
Taste, a chemical-sweet, bubble-gum flava. Grew a bit bland after about a quarter bottle.
Mouthfeel was surprisingly thin.
This beer was a bit of a let-down, especially after paying $11 for a 4 pack.

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Photo of Jredner
3.26/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big whiff of candy sugar, alcohol and what smells like artifical sweetner. Deep amber with a thick two finger head. Alcohol followed by more of the chemical sweetness I find in about half the bottles I try of this. I think it is newer bottles that taste this way cause the better samples I have had have come from shops with low turnover. Fruit mash, some caramel notes, yeast and riasins are present as well, but often that flavor is dominated by that chemical sweetness.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps the least enjoyable of all Trappist beers. Fruits, candy, and Belgian yeast are hardly appreciated over the fusal alcohols. Dehydrated fruits, candy sugar, and bready yeast are present, but the alcoholic strength and a undecernable nausiating flavor persists from beginning to end. Though I want to like it, the drinkability is low. Finsihes dry, sweet, and fruity / spicy. Not a particualarly good offering for the style.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a nice copper/apple cider color with a gigantic frothy tan head that’s sustained by a fleet of little bubbles. This left cobwebs of lace along the sides of my tulip glass. Smells predominantly (disappointingly so) of alcohol with some red wine, green grapes, oak and an underlying sweet bread dough. The flavor consists of a wonderful concoction of musky fruits to include prunes, sour strawberries, cherries and some mild oranges (and then some pears as it warmed). These are all tied together with a smooth, yet dry, oak and doughy yeast that reminds me of pizza dough. Also, there’s a subtle spiciness brought on by the yeast and the alcohol. The fruity sweetness in this beer is wonderfully contained by this dryness. Finishes with some lingering dark fruits and an amplified version of the smooth spicy yeast. There’s also a good deal of gentle warming. The mouth feel feels initially light, but is a bit sluggish moving around in my mouth with big explosive bubbles that feel electric across the roof of my mouth. This is a really top notch brew with a fantastic balance of flavors that is terrifically enjoyable to drink. Reflecting on the potency of past quadruples, this is easily the easiest going down.

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Photo of joeyels
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper brown in color with a thick bubbly eggshell colored head. Good retention with a nice lacing around the glass. The smell is a touch spicy with a smooth fruity finish, it really reminded me of a butterscotch candy. Taste is sweet and smooth on the palate with a delicate balance of fruit and spice. Well carbonated feel that finishes light yet is quite filling. Not as heavy as I expected for a quad, but very satisfying.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice, somewhat hazy brown color. Awesome, tannish head that lasts the whole way down the glass. Aroma is a tad subdued. Malty and somewhat spicy. Buttery and pineapple like. Great, full malty flavor. Nicely spiced. Brown sugar, raisens and a slight alcohol burn combine to make a perfect blend of flavors. Very good body. Exceptionally drinkable beer. Very enjoyable. A real sipper for sure.

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Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle from a gift set box, which included the nice glass I'm sampling from.No freshness indication. Pours semi clear, rich dark honey amber, with a light tan head, leaving nice striated lacing. Nose here is of some spice, some sweet candi sugars and slight vanilla. Rich, tasty and complex brew, notes of honey, warming alcohol, rum soaked raisins, figs and wintery spice. World class quad, in the same ballpark as Westy and St. Bernardus. Go get some and enjoy this fine creation in brewing.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark black color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention. Aroma of cookie dough, which seems to be part of all beer from this brewery and is very enjoyable. Taste is also comprised of sweet malt reminiscent of cookie dough with some dry figs. Body could be more full and alcohol was well hidden. Still missing a little something to match the other great beer from this style thought.

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Photo of Schippa2
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, a dark, murky amber color with a small off-white head that dissipated very quickly and left no lacing. The carbonation stirred up particles of what I'm assuming was yeast.

Very fruity smell. Banana, apple, cotton candy, alcohol were present.

Taste - sweet, malty, fruit. The alcohol was there but definitely couldn't taste all 10 percent.
Felt light on the tonge with lots of carbonation, maybe too much. I could feel a few larger particles of yeast flow over my tongue several times. Regardless, it's still very drinkable.
Dry, sweet aftertaste, warms the back of the throat, very pleasant. Aftertaste was very slightly bitter until the ale warmed up a bit.

This Quadrupel doesn't leave a whole lot to be desired. A bit expensive, but I'll probably be having it again.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really pleasantly surprised by this beer. It pours into a chalice much lighter and more gold in color than you would expect of a quadrupel trappist product.

The immediate smell is strong bananas, and some yeast. Its really a beautiful smell and reminds you of all the wonderful, beautiful qualities of non-bitter beer.

The taste is fruity and vanilla and bubblegum and giant maltiness. Its really like a cross between a strong pale ale and a quadrupel; maybe like an "imperial dubbel." The mouthfeel is really quite good and there is a nice alcohol background to the finish.

This may not rise to the Westy/rochefort/St. B level of darkness; but who says it has to? Its terrific on its own. This is no doubt one of their best products, and it could win some people over.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a BIG beer. Huge assault of carmel sweetness hits you upon the first smell; it also screams alcohol. I felt this beer became better as I drank it- or I became less critical. It just seems to work. It is sugary, but backs off just enough to let you drink it without any worries. Definetely hits the back of your throat, like it doesn't want to leave you so fast. But even given this, I just enjoyed it so much- in the end it is balanced even though it is very strong.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last time this beer was available in BC it was a true Trappist beer with La Trappe on the main label( I still have a bottle of that in the cellar). Now the beer has Koninghoeven on the label and is an abbey beer with Achel taking their place in the Trappist ranks.

The beers looks very refined in a Leffe goblet ; all tawny brown with a classic big Belgian head. The nose is candysugar and plummy notes combined with wiffs of alcohol. The taste is sweetish was a slightly hot finish. Notes of old fruit and hops permeate the mouthfeel. This becomes more refined with each sip until a balance occurs where the beer smoothes out in contrast to its alcoholic largeness. A real sign of a good Triple/Double/ Quad is the ability of the beer to become a sum of its parts. This still is a great example of the style.

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Photo of Matthew
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out of the bottle a merkey, copperish, brownish color. Big head that disapates quite quickly to leave a little patchy cover of foamy head.
The smell has alcohol right up front in the beer. Big alcohol smell. I pick up caramel, very sugary fruits, and there is a big malty smell here as well.
The taste is pleasant but the alcohol flavor is almost more prevalent than the other flavors. There is a fruity character like most quads have but every taste seems to be wrapped in sugar... this beer is very sweet. I found that the more I drank this brew the smoother it seemed to become.
The mouthfeel is big thick and heavy....I find that alot of quads have a slightly silky mouthfeel in spite of how big they are but this one is just big, heavy and sticky.
This is definately not a bad beer, has its ups and downs. I would probably pick up another bottle.

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Photo of davidchollar
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

holy ... beer. wow this is good

dark caramel brown, beige head and insane lacing, looks great

caramel, pudding, apples and tobacco .... really smelly

chewy. is this a slurpee? so thick and full of flavor. alcohol is very noticeable, obviously 10%. similar to other great belgian styles, double and trippel ... quad ... mmmm. good shit, but not totally irreproachable.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The appearance and smell of this monster are quite nice. Poured a cloudy amber / bronze colour with a foamy off-white head. Nice lacing. The smell was heavy on malt and heavy on fruit. The smell alone lets you know that 'big alcohol' is comming. The taste is sweet. A little raisin like with a monster alcohol finish and is a bit syrupy to me. It isn't unpleasant, but close. I have to be in the mood for this one, and a 750mL is plenty plenty plenty to work on over the course of 45 minutes or so, provoded you can keep it cool that long. This is a fairly powerful brew that must be consumed "at the proper occasion."

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice chunky deep amber with an off-white and medium head which fell quickly but laced the glass.

The aroma was malty and fruity with a strong graham cracker biscuity character coupled with a ripe dark fruit character. The fruits were mainly raisins and prunes with a musty twist.

The flavor was malty with a slight musty flavor. The malt flavor contained a sizable biscuity flavor and dark fruits of raisins and prunes. The beer also contained enough bittering to keep the flavor from becoming cloying and quite a bit of alcohol.

The finish was dry with a lasting malty fruity impression long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and the carbonation level was such that it made the mouthfeel creamy. The musty flavors were a bit detracting for what was otherwise a solid Quad. The alcohol in the warming after consumption was huge and overdone.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. The cork broke off during extraction was this beer corked, as wine can become corked? Might have to revisit in time.

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Photo of johnnybravo
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled, fresh. The aroma is very nice although a bit yeasty and alcoholic, but it's nice and fruity with mainly apple. Looks good, nothing wrong there. The flavor isn't bad at all, but not complex like other Trappists. Rather sweet with apple as main flavor besides that. Long last and syrupy finish. It's bottleconditioned but somehow only once in a while you'll have some yeast on the bottom of you bottle. I must say that it's still a very good beer but it used to be better, more complex, less sweet. Try to find a pre 1999 bottle and you'll know what I'm talking about.

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Photo of lagrin
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2 oz euro bottle into a Chimay goblet. Nice thick head with staying power. Foam continues to rise from the middle of the glass for at least 10 minutes due to the nucleation etching in bottom of the glass. It is neat to watch.

Burnt umber color. Numerous particles floating in the glass. I thought that I might have a bad bottle but decided to review anyway because flavor and taste are fine.

Black licorice, star anise and alcohol are all noticeable in the aroma. A deep whiff causes a pleasant burning sensation in the nostrils. The 10% abv is apparent but its presence complements.

Tastes like it smells, with the licorice, anise and alcohol all present. Pleasurable from a textural standpoint. Seems to be a bit thicker in viscosity than other examples of the style but is still not cloyingly malty. Perfect level of carbonation rounds out the experience.

A solid and enjoyable beer. As I approach the middle of the glass, I'm already wishing that I had a second bottle. I will pick up another in the near future.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew pours a murky reddish-brown color. The head is creamy and white, but recedes within about thirty seconds. The aroma is malty and sugar. There is no classic Belgain aroma, which is very disappointing. The taste is sweet and fruity with the alcohol making its presence known. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a decent brew, tasty but not spectacular.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.05/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not as bold and flavorful as I expected. The alcohol seemed to predominate in this beer more than anything else. Even smelled the alcohol around a sugary-malty smell. Flavor is alcohol on the front and the back. Inbetween there are malts and some overly sweet candy sugar. A rather medicinal flavor that brings me back to my days of my youth when my mother would pour cold medicine down my throat. Slight hints of raisins--bt the type that have been sugar-coated. Poured a deep amber hue in color with a thick foamy head that never went away. Lots of stringy lace that was strangely thick and sticky. Full body but light in the sense that it seemed to evaporate from the tip of my tongue before I could swallow.

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Photo of joedon
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pour with a full ivory colored head and rich bronze-brown color. The head shrinks some but persists. Nice lacings.

Aroma of bread, malt, sherry and Marsala. Taste is my least favored characteristic of beer. I noted sour cherry, burnt orange, port wine and caramel.

Full-bodied feel with very smooth finish.

Quite drinkable for such a powerful beer. Lingering aftertaste of the "sherry" and caramel.

I've been considering trying a home-brew version of this beer to serve from a keg. The experiment should be fun.

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Photo of sinistermadman
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 11.2 oz bottle this brew is a cloudy amber in color while emitting a sizable burly head.

Smell: Slightly medcinal, spicy clove, some citrus.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth considering the alcohol content. Taste is of ripened fruit, with a a subtle hop kick that is sufficient to lend balance to the brew. The overall feel is kind of cake-like. Very bready and almost cloying as the drinks progress. All in all not a bad beer.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice quad from a good brewery. Served out of a 750 into a chalice glass. Cellared @65 degrees for about a year and a half. Less "pop" than I was expecting from the cork worried me, but it still poured out with good carbonation. Hazy amber color. Aromas were very champagne like. Taste was somewhat sweet, malty, a bit of Riesling white wine character, dark fruits and of course alcohol. Alcohol was prominent, but not overbearing. Rich mouthfeel as it warmed. Very drinkable for ABV. I still prefer Abt 12 to this one, but this is a nice option as well and can often be found somewhat inexpensively.

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
92 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.