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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)

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Netherlands | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 moderndrunkard
3.05/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Small, fluffy, off-white head that's short-lived. Light brown body that's slightly cloudy.

Alcoholic nose, but not too strong for a quad. Perhaps a hint of malty undertones. Overall yeasty, sweet aroma.

Taste is overwhelmingly pungent, phenolic, and, most of all, alcoholic. It's all I can taste. But as the beer warms, the taste becomes more manageable. More full and less overpowering.

But overall, this is porbably my least favorite trappist.

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

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange color with a thick 1/2" of off white foam on top. There are a whole bunch of bubbles rising to maintain the head, but it looks like it isn't going anywhere anyway. The head stays forever, and there is still some remains of it up until the last sip. There is some scattered lacing about the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Really fruity aroma. I can pick up raisins, plums, figs, apples most notably while the aroma has a background of syrupy sweetness and bread. There is a spicy dimension to the nose also which gives you a bit of coriander and pepper. There may even be a bit of Lavender here too to confuse the aromatic profile.

Taste: The flavor follows pretty closely with the aroma, but actually comes across as a bit milder than I expected. There is a lot more bread in the flavor that I believe is mostly yeast derived...with a subtle addition of wheat I would guess. There is a noticeable syrupy sweetness here that hints at the beers strength. This sweetness is greatly accentuated by the fruity flavors, and I get more ripe fruit in the flavor as compared to the nose. The beer is balanced firmly toward the sweetness with the fruit flavors leading the way. There is some balance to the sweetness from the dark malts and attenuation, but if there are hops contributing to the floral balance, they are very reserved. The finish is a bit sweet and syrupy so that it coats your throat from the alcohol. Long into the finish, you get a bit of warming on the back of the throat, but this beer hides its alcohol very well.

Opinion: I really enjoyed this beer. It is in a really tough category, but it does well to hold its own. Even though this beer is pretty sweet, it is still too easily drinkable. I would like it to be attenuated just a bit more to cut the syrupy feeling that lingers, but that could be its charm to mask the alcohol. I am almost done with the beer, and I am already feeling its "blessing" from the alcohol. I would definitely drink this beer again.

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Photo of AltBock
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle with just a simple label with the name of their beer and a drawing of their abbey on the front. The back label had the usual U.S. information, no date, but a code and a time. This is #4 out of #4 from the La Trappe variety pack. Last but no least.

Appearance: When poured into my official La Trappe goblet, the beer was a dark murky reddish/brown color. Like the others, the head of foam was white in color and just a little skim of it at the top. The skim dissipated very fast leaving no lace and very few rings. This one by far had the most yeast floating around in the glass.

Smell: The aroma was pleasant in plenty of nice ripe juicy fruits like cherries, little malts, alcohol, and a huge helping of sweetness in the background. Very nice!

Taste: In the taste there was plenty of sweet ripe juicy fruits, some malt, little hops, and a huge helping of alcohol in the background. There was only just a slight taste of yeast in this. When I saw all the yeast floating around, I thought the main taste would be yeast, but I guess not. Basically when the first taste settles, the alcohol kicks in bid time.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, carbonated, and that strong alcohol aftertaste doesn't seem to want to leave.

Drinkability: A good Quad and surprisingly drinkable for a beer that clocks in at 10% ABV. After trying all 4 of thier main ones, this one is their best. Very good!

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Photo of bearrunner44
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark, rose-shaded crimson. Thick, cream-colored head. The glass remains coated in foam as the head recedes.

Smell: Rich & buttery malt profile. Cake-like, with rich, soft diacetyl sweetness. Soft & doughy yeast overtones, with a burst of alcohol in the background.

Taste: Very sweet; the diacetyl is off the map. Extremely smooth and buttery. There's almost nothing to balance the sweetness; the hops are very low-key, and the yeast lends only a moderate earthiness. Light, fruity estery flavors compliment the malt, tasting mostly like raspberries and cherries. You can taste the 10.00% ABV, but it's fairly well-concealed. It provides a definite warming sensation, but it doesn't detract from the gigantic sweetness of the malt profile. Sticky, fruity and sweet; definitely a dessert beer.

Mouthfeel: Very firm and chewy, as is expected of a beer this big. The carbonation lightens the beer just enough. Excellent.

Verdict: This isn't an everyday beer. It lacks some of the complexity of other Trappist-style ales, but simple joy can be found in La Trappe's eager-to-please sweetness. I imagine this would be incredible after a dinner of roasted turkey.

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Photo of JulieRFoster
3.47/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours out a fluffy pale vanilla head that quickly dissipates into a film of variously sized bubbles. The color is a burnished-copper amber, and not particularly appealing.
The nose is very sweet, with lots of bubblegum and some malt scent coming through. The alcohol also comes through a bit, but not too much. The sugar is what really dominates the smell. Same for the taste. It almost tastes like malty cotton candy. Unfortunately the sweetness obfuscates other flavors. There is some fruit and malt, but the fruit tastes like candy that is artificially flavored, rather than an identifiable fruit. Aside from the sweetness, it is pleasant to drink, but I doubt that I could drink more than two without vomiting. It’s just too damn sweet.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an '04 that I've had in the cellar for two years. Nice half inch, light brown head, excellent lacing. Color is dark brown. Aroma of moderate malt, toasted, moderate yeast, dough, banana, vanilla, and cherry. Initial flavor was moderately sweet with a long finish. Really malty taste, but not as much cherry and vanilla that was indicated by the aroma. There was a moderate a level of alcohol in the finish. I think this could;ve stayed in the cellar for a coupld more year.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this at the Brickskeller in DC. Poured a beautiful brown, with a huge foamy head. Lacing was excellent. The aroma was what youd expect from a quad but with suble undertones often missing from lesser examples of the style. Citrus and yeast, sour fruits, spices and bread. The taste is spice and sweet hops, cloves, sour fruits, alcohol and sugars. It was balanced as well as any quad I've ever had. The mouthfeel was somewhat astringent with its acidicty, but excellent for sipping, even with its carbonation. I loved this beer and it has now risen to my favorite example of the style. Absolutely excellent.

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Impressive, even by the standards of Belgian brews. Flawless visuals, a cloudy, light reddish brown color with a hefty, almost creamy in it's thickness froth. Wonderful.

Lightly lemony, sour aroma, good but not too unusual for a Belgian. Taste is a complicated blend of citrus, clove, and finishes on a bit of plum. Fruity, but astonishingly drinkable considering how busy the drink is. Highly recommended.

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