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: 881
Hads: 2,056
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 124
Gots: 345 | FT: 2
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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 ChrisBowers
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of Paddez
3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
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. (1,008 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of cypressbob
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
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 (535 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of beerceller99
3.27/5  rDev -19.9%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of silenius
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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! (1,050 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.49/5  rDev +10%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of 3Vandoo
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of scooter231
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (941 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (1,036 characters)

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.65/5  rDev +14%
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. (490 characters)

3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (923 characters)

Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of cro250klr
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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! (937 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i cant believe i havent reviewed this beer earlier.. guess i just figured i had already. this has always been a fridge staple, and rounds off the great 4 from this brewery. prefer it in the 750's by far, and it seems to make a difference. this is koningshoeven, but i've had la trappe bottle and it tasted the exact same.

looks healthy.. a lighter amber color, brilliant sticky lacing and minimal head. aroma is all yeast and banana with slight sweet notes, like a richer version of their tripel.

tastes banana-ey too. my favorite belgian flavor. also has a bit of age in it, wood and must in the initial sip. a light beer and the 10% is seriously hidden.. the most drinkable beer for the abv that i have ever consumed. very dangerous beer.

aftertaste is soothing too.. very smooth with a slight bitter bite which fades into a tang and sweet fruit on the back of the tongue. for the money, ranks up there with st bernardus. if i could have this and abt 12 only for the rest of my life i would be content.

this brewery is the best non-us out there. (1,059 characters)

Photo of mntlover
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a small off white head that falls quickly to a ring of foam.
Aroma is sweet candy fruity apples, plums, grapes, mixed with some alcohol and coriander. After dumping the yeast in notice some pepper and some earthy goodness.
Taste is like the smell some rock cadny sweetness mix with malt and fruit some alcohol is noticable after the spices kick in but does not detract at all. Finish is lightly spicey and earthy due to the yeast with some tummy warming from the alcohol.
Mouthfeel is slightly buttery right side of medium feels good in your mouth doesn't seem too carbonated but there is some felt on the tounge before the spice kicks in.
Drinkability is good this is not my favorite style but this is an enjoyable beer better then the other Koningshoevens I have had. Or maybe was just in the mood tonight for something other then my Bigfoot fix. Anyway thanks merlin48 for this sample have held on to it for 4 months about time I drank it. (978 characters)

Photo of EPseja
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this in a 16oz. white ceramic bottle, served in a chalice at cellar temperature. (Rating edited on a subsequent tasting from a 33cl bottle on 2005-11-05).

Appearance: Poured a coppery, dark sunset orange/red with flecks of translucent beige sediment in suspension. Small but fluffy head that quickly dissapated to a sheer, but cohesive lace.

Smell: Meade, candy malts, light floral hoppiness, slight alcohol. Dark fruits like currants and prunes. Yeasty, dark sweet dessert breads. Not as alcohol heavy in the nose as I would expect from a beer of this strength. Organic.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability: In the front, the mouthfeel is a bit watery, but it opens up into a delightfully smooth creaminess. Nicely balanced carbonation that gives this beer a noticeable effervescence without becoming rough in the throat.

The initial taste is that of a good honey meade coupled with flowery sweet malt. In the middle comes the carmel character of a tawny port wine with mulling spice undertones plus a decent, well placed dose of alcohol. The finish is only slightly hoppy, quickly countered by a lingering organic sweetness that somehow hangs without sticking in the back of the throat. Lastly, but certainly not leastly, is the comfortable warming glow of the alcohol... not forcefully present in the taste, but saved for your belly - just where it belongs.

This is a fantastic, complex "comfort" beer that is the perfect accompaniment to relaxing evening wind downs or lazy chilly autumn days. A credit to the style but not quite the masterpiece that you'll find in a St. Bernardus Abt 12. (1,605 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
3.22/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark brown iced tea color in the glass. A small tan head forms over the body before dispersing and leaving a minimal scattering of lace. Aroma was a bit fruity with a strong yeast smell. Also noticeable was a large amount of candy sugar. Not quite as deep and rich as other quads but still solid smelling. Sugary sweetness starts off the taste along with some fruit flavors such as apples and raisins. A bit too much sweetness in this one and not much else balancing it out. Body is about medium and doesn’t have that cream smoothness I have come to expect from quads. Drinkability is decent but this is not what I would reach for if I wanted a quad. Thanks to clvand0 for the sample. (695 characters)

Photo of gimmehead
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured burgundy brown with a thin white head tah coated the glass on the way down. The nose is incredible: caramel malts and and tart green apples, great combination. Flavor is very complex: caramel malts and esters, bready. The taste of alcohol is evident and well incorporated, not overwhelming at all. This is a very tasty brew that should do nicely in the cellar. A true disappointment when the three pack was finished. (423 characters)

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