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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Ratings: 2,040
Reviews: 897
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 121
Gots: 331 | 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 Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of Schippa2
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of andjusticeforale
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of AaronRed
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Matthew
3.52/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of davidchollar
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.18/5  rDev -23.7%
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."

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.92/5  rDev -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.

Photo of johnnybravo
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of lagrin
3.96/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.05/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Photo of joedon
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of sinistermadman
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of ChrisBowers
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of Paddez
3.05/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Photo of DrJay
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of cypressbob
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
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

Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of beerceller99
3.27/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Photo of silenius
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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