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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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Ratings: 1,908
Reviews: 868
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 98
Gots: 256 | FT: 4
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Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-07-2002

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a slightly darker amber color with a small half finger or less white head. The head fades very quickly leaving only a spotty level of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is biggest of a white grape smell mixed with a good deal of alcohol. This gives it a very white wine like smell overall. Unlike wine however, other subtle aromas of an earthy hop and some spicy smells of pepper and clove are mixed within giving it a slightly boozy and Belgian like wine smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins mainly of a mix of a grapy and malty flavor initially. There are some flavors of an apple and cherry flavor mixed with these with the start of the taste, which seem to fade as the taste advances more to the middle and the end. Along with the dwindling of the cherry and apple, the breadiness of the beer lessens, producing a more dry and crisp flavor on the tongue. While all these flavors lose ground, the grapy flavor grows quite a bit stronger in taste and are joined by flavors of a more tanniny bitterness as well as flavors of alcohol. These flavors give the brew a more white wine like flavor which is combined with some flavor of a pepper and spicy nature as well as some earthy and pine hop tastes. In the end the combination of flavors produces a crisp spiced and hopped wine like flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the thinner side for a brew of 10 % abv with a carbonation level that is average to slightly above average. The body really suits the wine like flavors as well as the hop flavors nicely to produce a crisp champagne like feel, all the while keeping it a very drinkable brew even with all its alcohol and boozy tastes.

Overall – A rather boozy and crisp quad with a whole lot of sparkling wine like characteristic. I was actually originally expecting something with more dark fruit flavors, so this was quite a surprise. It was rather interesting and nice and is certainly worth a try, although I think it is not really my thing ,and I think there are tastier quads out there.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brown reddish color with a two finger head with medium retention and floating particles, and left laces.
Delicious aroma of dry and dark fruits, highlighting plums, cherries, blackberries.
Bold flavor, almost a liquid panettone sunk in liquor. Yeasty with lots of dry and dark fruits, plums, dates, cherries and blackberries, you pick. Hints of floral and earthy hops, brown sugar and spices.
Full body with low carbonation and a smooth feeling. Alcohol of 10% ABV is harmonic and warming, even gentle.
Very complex beer, good for having on a mellow pleasant evening at home. Highly recommendable.

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From notes taken while enjoying a pint last night on-tap at the Kick-Off in Waterloo, ON.

Pours a beautifully clear and dark amber with ruby tones. Silky and oily mouthfeel, also appropriate for its 10% ABV and sipping nature. Aroma is caramel and toffee-forward with a Belgian yeast and barley backbone. Robust flavour with depth and great complexity. Toffee and caramel on toast, with all positive breadiness elements.

A trappist icon for good reason. Delighted to have found on draught.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria.

Pours a surprisingly light ruby colour, almost amber, in fact, and quite clear. Head is a fine off-white, forming a solid film across the top of the glass. Body is really very light, especially for 10% ABV, and the carbonation is furtive and quick. Lacing forms in evanescent but noticeable streaks. Not too bad overall.

Nose is very pleasant: big rounded Belgian sweetness, capped with stacks of spice, estery characters and heady booziness. Along with sweet banana, spice plum and the standard fruit-pie spice, there's a plasticky character, marzipan, aniseed, and crushed flowers. Indeed, it's a little bit lighter in tone than I expected (perhaps it goes with the light colour), but it's big, boozy and quite complex.

Taste is boozy, big and uncoordinated. Spices rollick with estery sweetness and true toffee malt character, with a dried out aniseed and birdseed finish. It roils and foments on the palate, leaving an anarchy of discordant characters screaming to be heard. Finish is surprisingly light, with the leafy sweetness flailing out and leaving its whimpering ghost behind.

Feel is slick and chewy, with an unpleasant plastic remembrance as its legacy.

Overall, it's big, but untamed, uncouth and unrefined. Some might say that's great, but this feels like an experiment let loose like a tiger on a circus crowd. It doesn't have the structure, or the depth of purpose I want in a beer that's this big. This feels like someone let off a mound of TNT in a pile of bricks and hoped they'd get a house out of it. Big and explosive: but without the end result.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

As always, I review live, not from notes, puzzling out the libation brewed in houses of salvation. As always, I review to style (ala BJCP), modified by personal taste (contra BJCP), not solely to personal taste, which would be unfair to many great examples of styles that I don't personally favour.

Without further ado, a review.

Presentation: 750mL corked and caged bottle poured at 45ºF in to a Chimay goblet/chalice. I'd had a few shandies, as they say, when I bought this as take-away from the local beer pub, so I'm not sure of the price - I think it was around $15-16. Thank you to The BODEGA in Columbus, OH.

A: Murky, mostly translucent dark reddish-brown with half a finger of pretty much white head (on a gentle pour), fluffy, which recedes very quickly in to a very thin ring and some scum on the top of the beer, with light to moderate lacing. Standard Trappist dark beer look. A little lighter and a little clearer than a standard, non-aged bottle of St Berny's 12. Even on a more vigorous pour, the head is identical.

S: Unique for a Quad. I'm getting dark fruit, plum, bourbon, some sharp and sweet alcohol like unto wine, some grape must, and a bit of citrus and bready yeast. Both hops and malt are mostly absent from the grape-, plum-, and alcohol-dominated nose. Strong vinous (almost Pinot Grigio-ic) characteristics.

T: Again, unique for a quad, but still definitely within the style - just not along the exact same lines as the Chimay-St Bernardus-Westvleteren triumvirate. More along the lines of a Westmalle Dubbel or an Achel 8 Bruin. A big hit of semi-dry to barely-sweet wine up front (alternates from sip to sip), with big notes of grape, a bit of dark fruit and some caramelized sugar, followed by good bready Belgian yeast (lacking most of the characteristic funk) on the back-palate, which leads in a long, toasty, bready finish, with a bit of alcohol heat giving the toast an authentical taste. Vinous. 4.1, rounding up to 4.25. A plain 4 seems unfair.

M: Thin, bouncy, acidic, and a little biting, with an effervescent, spreading carbonation, leads this beer to feel more like Westmalle Dubbel, or some champagne, than most Quadrupels, which tend towards a thicker, creamier, more buttery mouthfeel. Vinous, yet again.

D: Moderate middle of moderate.

O: A surprisingly good beer. The first Koningshoeven/La Trappe I had was the Oak Aged Quadrupel (Batch 7), which tasted like a stale ashtray - I believe my review gave it something like a 2.18, and contained some lamentations and excoriations of the beer. Upon having this, it's obvious it's the same beer with the same notes, but the thinness of body, strong vinousness, and lack of thick malt were unable to stand up to the oak aging. The same beer, not aged in oak, is immeasurably better. Not the best Quadrupel/Belgian Strong Dark (i.e. St Bernardus Abt 12 and Chimay), but if you're a fan of the style, it's definitely worth a try.

83/100 for the style, 83/100 for personal taste.

La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 1,908 ratings.