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: 2,094
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 16.3%
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

Appearance: I was expecting something dark and foggy but this pours a crystal clear, copper-coloured brew with a large tan head. Don't know why they had to filter this, but it sure doe make the beer look odd. The big head is nice, although it looks out of place.

Smell: Malts, caramel and alcohol. Quite sweet and fairly unappealing.

Taste: This is all malts and alcohol. Some caramelly notes and some vague hints of honey in the background. If this is a Quadrupel, then where did the buttery fruits, spices & complexness go?

Mouthfeel is syrupy and slightly cloying. The warming effect of the alcohol is overdone. Not very drinkable, mainly due to the alcoholic character of this brew.

Conlusion: I'm boggled and disappointed by this one. It is way too alcoholic and lacks flavour. Seeing as it tastes more like an average barleywine I'd say it sort of misses the style too. With excellent Quadrupels like Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus Abt 12 being widely available, this is not worth seeking.

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

Deep caramel colour with light haze and flecks of yeast/sediment. Starts creamy, and the off-white head quickly reduced to a ring of foam. Initial aroma is a combination of apples and alcohol, almost like a cider, but there's a maltiness there as well with a light grape fruitiness. Rich apple and vinous flavour throughout with plenty of malty and fruity sweetness. Quite mellow with a pleasant alcohol warmth at the finish. Chewy, marshmallow texture, full body with carbonation on the low side. Very nicely balanced for its strength. This bottle had been aged about a year and seemed very mellow and well rounded. Thanks Viggo.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this in Cafe De Wildeman, served in a La Trappe gold rimmed chalice

Pours with a dark brown body, some hints of dark burgandy when held up to the light. Tan head with good retention

Smell, dark fruits, some thick sweet malt. Some phenols coming off, little bit of alcohol

Taste, esters, dried fruit, almonds. Little bit of liqourice, and a few phenols again. A fair bit of sweetness, slightly too much

A fairly good dark belgian style ale, not anywhere near on par with the belgian trappists but drinkable none the less

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

Pours like iced tea, rich dark brown/amber, lots of sediment, huge head, legs and good lacing. Smell is alcohol, dark fruits, apple, grapes, sweet. Alcohol is also apparent in the taste however its a nice warming alcohol, very malty, apple and citrus, yeasty. Very warming beer, good carbonation, very mellowed as its been aging for 1 1/2 years. Excellent.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.27/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33 cl. bottle. Copper colored with a thick tan head. Has a Cotton candy sweet vanilla smell. Medium bodied with an airy mouthfeel. Taste is a strong ,sugary spice flavor. Finishes with a medium strong alcohol tang. Not a bad fire side belly warmer, though the alcohol taste is pretty harsh here.

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

Bottle coded with 13:00 K09A3

Uncorks with a loud pop and some force. Always a good start!

Pours a ruddy clear brown/red with a nice fluffy off-white head. Leaves a small amount of lace on the glass.

Smell is quite powerful with brown sugar, roasty malts, fruitcake and caramel. It also contains some red wine notes. I kept thinking of the Cotes du Rhone I had last night as I was drinking this beer. I had trouble detecting the alcohol in the nose despite the 10% abv.

Sweet caramel, brownsugar, and some hop bitterness that comes through similar to a Ricola cough drop. More like bittering herbs (herbes de provence?) than hops. An interesting combination. The beer finishes with a long sweet caramel flavor and alcohol warmth. My lips are sticky!

Mouthfeel has some bite to it, but it is not annoying. Feels thick and creamy.

This one is a sipper for sure. Sort of like a bitter dessert wine. Almost a shame I am drinking this in 92 degree heat (of course the a/c makes that manageable). Too much too fast will make my head spin!

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, murky brown from an 11.2 ounce bottle. This isn't as attractive looking as other quads I've tried but it's still nice to look at.
The alcohol comes across pretty strong, but not so strong for the style. Given that this is 10% strong the alcohol is well balanced.
Not to mention the things that the booze does to wake up the flavors that live in here!
Smooth, sweet dark fruits with the right amount of carbonation. It was a pleasure to start this brew from cold to warm to experience the flavors brightening up as it warmed.
This brew tastes and feels complete.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured with a thick whitish/tan head. The color was a honey-like golden yellow. In fact, it had a very sweet nose that approached that of honey. There was a thick syrupy mouthfeel to it. It was also sweet in the mouth with a muted honey flavor underlying the general sweetness. I noted a taste of licorice or anise on the finish. The final pour was as thick as gelatin with suspended yeast throughout. I cannot say that it was unenjoyable, but sweetness just isn't my thing and so I would not be too quick to reach for a second one.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer in a gift pack, with four of the beers of the Abbaye with a glass with a golden rim, nice pack! Now back to the important!

A nice medium bodied beer with an amber golden hue, reddish in color she reminds me of a strawberry blonde! A nice head, great head actually, very generous, creamy.

Smell is very present, at first you can note the hop then a caramel maltish flavour that tickles with some alcohol smells.

Her taste is quite particular, sweet, maltish, not very hoppy. A sweetness of beer with the caramel flavours that is very smooth. An afternote of alcohol comes play, not that often.

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Photo of scooter231
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So I decided to try all four La Trappe beers in one sitting. Went from blonde, to dubbel, to tripel, to this guy. None were bad by any means, but I definitely think overall quality improved as I made my way through.

This pours a dark brown, slightly reddish color, very little head. Appealing looking. Smells light, fruity, very subtle.

Taste is way more complex than the scent- lots going on in here, but all very subtle. Fruits, some citrus- lemon and orange mostly, more sweet than dry, and slightly tangy. Bubbly, but not too much carbonation- adds to the mouthfeel nicely, light and a bit chewy, really enjoyable. The alcohol flavor isn't overpowering either- I wouldn't have known this was 10%.

Overall, I think this is the most full-bodied, well-balanced Trappe beer- definitely my favorite. Light, smooth, silky even, and very tasty- with each sip you continue to find new tastes and hints of things- keeps you on your toes.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Undated corked 750, poured into a chalice.

Dark, slightly hazy amber with a solid head that is off-white and almost two fingers high. Sticky. Leaves good lacing as it slowly falls to a thin foam.

The smell is doughy yeast, cloves, bananas, plums, green apples, sugars and spices, with a touch of alcohol. Very complex, there's a lot going on here.

The same yeast and fruit notes show up again for the taste. There's a quick citric tartness in the middle followed by some peppery alcohol in the finish. The alcohol becomes a bit more noticable as it warms. Has a smooth velvety mouthfeel that isn't at all course from alcohol or carbonation.

Very complex and wonderful to drink, but not something I would session with.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden tan with a bit of cloudiness. Good head with light lacing. Strong fruity scent of bananas, very nice. Initial tastes of light banana and general fruitiness. Very sweet with light alcohol that binds everything together. Full body with nice carbination accompaniness.

Overall this is an excellent beer and one I can drink (or rather sip) all night.

Now the review is over, I shall enjoy some crackers and aged English Cheddar.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.5oz bottle into a snifter. An easy pour yielded a murky russet-colored beer loaded with an ass-ton of chunks and debris. Hmm..negative point for that. Creek water hued beer was topped by a creamy light tan head that slowly melted down to a thin skim but left no lace. Okay, the beer wins the point back..almost.
First thing I noticed smell-wise was a nice whiff of bananas and doughy malt, almost like a dunkleweizen. Then I got the alcohol and caramel notes. And more alcohol. Lots of malt aroma.
A couple pulls and I was able to sort through things a bit. Yeasty malts, caramel-dipped bananas, modest dose of candy sugar. Slight green grape tartness, or was that a less-than-ripe banana? Oh yeah, mustn't leave out the (over)abundant alcohol. The feel was nowhere near as full as, say a St Bernardus or Rochefort quad. Actually, while well carbonated, it was pretty thin and a bit disappointing.
Overall, not a bad quad but this one lacks the depth and breadth of character seen in the top of the line quadruples.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Price comparison to other Trappist Ales this one has them all beat by a mile. Picked this up for 4.99 @ Table and Vine, Northampton, MA.

Tremendous color. Presents itself in deep caramel and orange with an unrelenting head. This beer is very cooperative him trying to incite the senses.

Obviously alcohol is a major olfactory component. Sweets and candies, cherries, peaches and butterscotch dominate this category.

A wonderfully delicious offering from the silent monks of central Europe; thank God they don’t talk. I think I’ve just discovered the most difficult job in the world.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle. Pours out a beautiful shade of orangish brown, with a nice head that fades into a ring of bubbles on top of the beer. Smell is very fruity and sweet, alcohol, plums, raisins, bubblegum and hops. Taste is big and well rounded, spicy and sweet with fruit and alcohol, finishes with a tootsie pop and alcohol flavor. Excellent deep beer. Mouthfeel is well carbonated which goes nicely with the flavor. An excellent sipping beer. One of the best quad's I've had.

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3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was packaged in a .750ml cork finished bottle with a Koningshoeven goblet inside the box(What a bargain!).

The cork produced a beautiful "pop" when released. That got me even more fired up! I have been looking forward to trying this beer for awhile.The beer poured a bronze-orange color. Much clearer than I expected. The head was thin with some decent lacing as the beer was drained.

The initial aroma was of nice yeast, malt and maybe a little brown sugar. The flavor was slightly yeasty initially and as it warmed up much more of the fruity flavors (banana, pear?, raisin) began to show. This beer seemed to be fairly high in carbonation. The alcohol is 10% and although it was evident in the warming effect the beer had, it was in no way overpowering. Overall a very enjoyable Trappist beer. I will definitely try it again and I am looking forward to trying the enkel. dubbel and trippel that they produce.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl brown bottle with cork and cage, no freshness dates found. Different from the bottle pictured, it also lacked La Trappe labeling.

Poured a slightly hazed copper with a minimal white froth.

All sorts of tropical fruits in the nose. Alcohol, subtle spiciness, apples, pear.

Lots of sweet and fruity esters right from the top. Mellow carbonation, continued sweetness and a spicy alcohol bite in the back. Rich and smooth, but seemed to need just a bit more hops to be stellar. High ABV becomes noticable.

The smell of this beer is a true knockout, but as one taster noted, "it's like making out with a girl with too much perfume on". A little cloying for me and the other tasters.

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Photo of cro250klr
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There are so many brewers that make their attemp at a quad. Some get close, some don't have a clue. This is a true quad. God bless everyone of the Cistercian Monks. Earthy, fruity, (banana, plum) bubble gummy and malty. The pour looks cloudy almost dirt like. The head lightly lingers till the end. Let it warm a bit and everything melds into liquid ectacy. This is one of my most favorite Trappist creations. Any effort required to find this brew would be truly worth it. Wonderful.

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

Thanks to BA Gabe for procuring me this 12 oz. sample. What pours into my goblet is a lovely, firelit amber colored brew topped by a breif, but majestic peak of beige head. As the head recedes, crusty lace deposits are left as a reminder.

The nose reveals a rich cornacopia of Earthly delights. There's an orchard of ripe fruit: plums, melon, cherries, bananas, and green apple. It's filled with cotton-candy/bubblegum candi sugar sappyness. There's a tell-tale banana/cellar/yeasty spiciness that is oh so Belgian.

Flavor is the nose times two. It begins with a honey-drenched sweetness featuring lots of plum, melon, amd pear. It passes to a layer of earthy, yeasty spice. It has a sweet, malty creaminess throughout. Finish is long, smooth, and etched with Saazy spice.

The mouthfeel is medium/big with creamy, velvet-like carbonation. There is a lasting aroma of sweet fruit long after my goblet is emptied. Thank you Monks!

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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