La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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3.95/5 rDev -5%
Big "Q" label, cellared for over a year. Bottle opens with a pop, pours a jeweled red-orange into a Westmalle goblet at 60º. Racing trails of carbonation can be seen in the center. After a sip the foam breaks and slowly ebbs away at one side. Slight musty cork aroma, with sweet brown sugar and caramel notes. Dried fruit flavors of raisin, dates, and prune blend with a sweet nutty almond finish and a vague touch of spice. Slight stickiness on the lips, and there is some minor earthy tobacco in the aftertaste. The feel is full and velvety, true trappist style. Not sure if it was aged too long or long enough, but the alcohol thankfully wasn't noticeable. Slighty more enjoyable fresh on tap (4.2).
01-14-2009 01:36:14 | More by emerge077
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
Reviewed from notes on 4/19
A - Poured out a light burgandy color with a small, tan, bubbly/soapy head. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of dried fruit (pear & apple), spices and malt.
T - It the apple and pear flavors came through on first sip. Also, some spice notes kicked in. It had a smooth roasted malt flavor that added a biscuity feel.
M - It was soft and smooth with a warm alcohol presence. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.
D - This is a very good Quad. It's worth the price.
05-27-2008 12:26:39 | More by zeff80
3.83/5 rDev -7.9%
Appearance: Dark but bright and surprisingly clear. In certain lightings it has a purple color to it. Very impressive.
Smell: Dried fruits, brown sugar and alcohol. The aroma reminds me a bit of port or sherry.
Taste/mouthfeel: Very fruity, reminiscent of dark berries and figs, with a mild sweetness that lingers on the tongue all the way throughout the aftertaste. Alcohol is noticable but not entirely unpleasant. A lingering bitterness comes out in the end, balancing the initial sweetness.
I've had better quads, but this is definitely good and well worth trying.
11-14-2007 04:28:15 | More by largadeer
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
16oz chalice, on guest tap at Volo in Toronto.
This beer appears a hazy, dark apricot amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy ecru head, which leaves a swath of oncoming avalanche lace around the glass as it genially recedes.
It smells of apple, ripe pear, sweet wheat-tinged caramel malt, musty dark fruit, gritty candi sugar, and a smidgeon of warming alcohol. The taste is caramel/toffee malt, apple mush, generic melon, a bit of coriander/clove spiciness, waning black fruit esters, a subtle earthy yeastiness, and more very coy booze warming.
The carbonation is on the low side, but still tight and a tad fizzy, the body a decent medium weight, fairly smooth, and even a little slickly creamy. It finishes off-dry, and pretty clean, the fruitiness carrying on in a mild stumble, while the more or less subdued malt deals with a now threatening booziness, but in that playing hard to get sense.
Certainly a keep-you-warm-in-the-winter sort of beverage, this is, with the requisite memories of summer field fruit, and an adequate amount of deftly obscured booze to help suppress them. Wait, this is a Trappist brewery, so I suppose I must proffer a comparison to the standard bearers for the style, etc, etc. Ok, then - this is barely worthy of mentioning in the same breath as the Rochefort 10s of the world, but that's no big deal - sometimes a bit of scaled down complexity, and upticked drinkability is a good thing.
02-06-2010 18:48:56 | More by biboergosum
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Its slightly hazy deep amber body appears almost reddish in the glass; yet reveals golden highlights when held to the light. It's short but creamy off-white head slowly erodes to an average collar and some whispy surface foam. The nose is somewhat musty and lightly vinous with a candyish note and some mild caramel that rounds things out. It's gently zesty on the tongue with a very fine and natural carbonation atop it's medium/full body. The flavor is sweetish with a lightly vinous and juicy fruit character that exhibits red grape, plum, soft berries, and apple. It's well-balanced with firm bitterness; and it's alcohol is held in check at all times. It finishes dry with some noteable bitterness; a delicate wash of alcohol; and some mild, peppery alcohol spiciness. An interesting and satiating brew.
This beer is very similar to the standard La Trappe Quadruple, although it displays some rougher fermentation characteristics and appears to be a bit sweeter. It pours a slightly hazy, deep amber body that appears almost reddish in the glass, yet reveals golden highlights when held to the light. It's short but creamy off-white head slowly erodes to an average collar and some whispy surface foam but leaves some thin lace as it goes. The nose is delicately fruity with a bright, candyish note and some mild phenolics that waver in the background. It's gently zesty on the tongue with a very fine and natural carbonation atop it's medium/full body. The flavor delivers a sweetish and juicy fruit character (soft berries, apple, plum) and some light caramel. It's well-balanced with a moderate bitterness; and it's alcohol is held in check at all times. It finishes dry, with some light phenols (higher alcohols with a green-apple and plastic-like character). Still, it's fermentation flaws are minimal, and would probably go unnoticed by most. A nice beer that's worth a shot.
08-05-2003 03:11:19 | More by NeroFiddled
3.78/5 rDev -9.1%
Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a murky light brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, brown sugar, some spice and a touch of hops.
T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and a little bit of fruit and spice. Then a hearty malt character and some Belgian yeast breadiness comes in. The hops presence is mild and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: Flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are better options in the style.
12-11-2012 04:57:33 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.95/5 rDev -5%
A - One finger of off white head that leaves nice, thick lace as it recedes. The body is orange-brown and clear.
S - Yeasty banana, some spicy notes of clove, and lots of caramel.
T - The initial impression is like a caramel covered banana. Malty sweet, and a bit nutty in the middle. Toffee and some faint roasted malt in the finish.
M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.
D - The malt character is nice and complex, but I would like it to be a bit darker with some more intense yeast character. Reasonably drinkable for a beer of this weight.
05-28-2008 03:43:14 | More by nickfl
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured into a La Trappe chalice bought in the Christmas gift pack. Pours a deep amber color, murky amber with a light beige tan head fine even Belgian style lacing. Aroma a dish of fruit in a cornacoupia style setting, with mild spices from the Belgian yeast. Awesome amounts of dark fruit soaked in alcohol big malt layers blended wth the balance of Beligan yeast strains. Carbonation is medium bodied effervescent carbonation flows smoothly goes down so easy, excellent big Belgian style quad. Drinkability is incredible smooth easy going I can't believe my senses this is smooth big beer at it's best.
12-05-2010 00:35:49 | More by WVbeergeek
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
Pours a very effervescent caramel with 1+ finger of khaki head. Good head retention & lacing
S: Juicy fruit, rubber bands, bubblegum & breadfruit
T: Huge fruittyness, dates, figs & ghost booze up front. White grapes, juicy fruit & some phenols, plus pears, leather & some mushrooms as this warms. Finishes oaky, with some banana peels, fruitty & with a little booze kiss. almost pulled a 4.5
MF: Slick, effervescent & a bit thin for the style, more malt depth needed to really vault this into great status for quads.
Drinks pretty easy for the style & ABV, a good take on the style
08-21-2008 04:47:39 | More by russpowell
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
Lightly hazed, dark amber hued, nearing crimson, with a small head that leaves in a hurry.
Nose is a complex bouquet, sweetness and deliciousness of many kinds. a trifle tart and a hit of spice, then fruitspeach, apricot, melon, grapefruit, marinated in cognac. Heady, spicy, potent.
Taste: same fruit flavors arrive on the tongue, but are met in kind and in full bu the ever-large booze. Richness of malt matched with rawness of alcohol. Very vibrant, though, turning mellow as it sits in the mouth.
Feels a bit thinner in body than I'd personally prefer, but that's forgotten when you take another sip and the flavor washes over the palate and the warmth creeps up, and it's one of those beers that gets not just your average Jane and Joe saying it, but sometimes me, and myabe you, too: THIS is a beer?
Moderate carbonation, alcoholic, long, fruity finish. An outsized brew, the 10% not hiding in the least.
I remember this being darker and fuller when it was bottled as La Trappe. Is it me, or my memory. Whatever, it's still good. Damn good!
03-26-2007 04:10:03 | More by feloniousmonk
3.68/5 rDev -11.5%
Beer and glassware assist from Lunch, thanks! Beer is brown and clear with a tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention, moderate to high carbonation.
Aroma is estery, almost like bubbles gum.
This is my first beer from this brewery and while I've enjoyed a lot of the Trappist ales and tend to seek them out when I get the chance, this is just an OK beer to me. It tastes good but the esters in the beer are dominant. They power through any interesting malt this beer might have had to begin with and end up as a relatively boring one note beer. I drank my bottle of it and I will try other things from this brewery but so far I'm not overly impressed.
11-27-2012 17:52:45 | More by drabmuh
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
I picked this up at the newest Giant Market & Craft beer cafe in Harrisburg on Linglestown Rd. Corked & caged bottle into a cervoise chilled.
The color is deep amber with light cream cap w/ slight chill haze and goo lace/head retention. The smell is very appealing to me with abundance of malt sweetness in the aroma with mild floral hop note and yeast phenolic with mild bready element and slightly honey like accent. The feel is very good with high carbonation level and strong full body with malt heft and drying alcohol on the palate with crisp finish that has a lingering spice texture.
The Quad tastes like some toasted malt is present with the yeast adding a clove accent with mild honeylike tinge and floral hop element adding to the complexity with subtle alcohol in the taste and the strength is not all that apparent with malt providing the majority of the flavor with a nice effervescent yeast that leads to a dry mineral tinged finish. A great Belgian and originator of the Quad style I have been enjoying this for over a decade I am happy to drink this on occasion and it is very drinkable for the style.
12-24-2012 15:27:22 | More by Slatetank
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
the exemplary belgian quad in my book. pours a nice hazy medium amber color with a vibrant off white head. nose of smokey wood, belgian yeast, and candy sugar. flavor is great, so smooth. ive got some slight fruits and some gentle sweetness. wicked complex. if i was less stoned id have better adjectives, but this one is hitting all the notes. mouthfeel is as good as it gets, very bright carbonation and a medium body turning into buttery silk. love the mouthfeel on this one. overall an excellent beer, even though it might score lower by these qualifications, i like it better than the oaked quad. just a perfect illustration of what a beer can be. lovely
01-28-2012 01:49:31 | More by StonedTrippin
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a tremendous fruity yeast aroma as well as a warm malty scent. It's dry with a slight earthy feel. The warmth seeps through the yeast esters. The taste is good. It has a strong pale and light crystal malt flavor. It goes down easy and finishes dry and warm with a mild yeast fruitiness. The earthiness resinates on the tongue. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's got a solid malt character as well as finite yeast component.
11-03-2007 00:02:52 | More by WesWes
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
First had: bottle at Armsby Abbey, Worchester, MA
I slept on this beer for a while, but when my wife--in a very quad phase--ordered one at the bar, I finally broke down and shared it.
Poured a dark brown with a small but thick head that retained throughout the session. Sugary aroma, and bready with Belgian yeast. Very strong taste, as would be expected. Sweeter and more fruity than many quads I've had; caramel and brown sugar, plums and nectarines. Definite alcohol bite. Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, and decently drinkable, but not in large quantities. The sweetness is not a bad thing, but I do prefer other quads to this.
05-12-2011 16:52:40 | More by Rifugium
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
Sweet, sharp, and underlaid with dark bitterness. Dark amber in the New Belgium tulip with nice lacing. Fairly coarse carbonation in the mouth, but lots of it. Alcohol is a hot hammer on the throat. More of a liqueur than a beer, but reasonably amount of hops. Hugely fruity with raisins, toasted fruit cake, and dried figs. Nice nose of roasted barley. Sweetness seems overpowering at first, but the vast range of the Belgian complexity gives it a lot of interest. I thought it was quite sippable at refrigerator temp, though it changes as it warms slightly and the darker, burnt flavors emerge more.
09-06-2011 05:20:13 | More by mactrail
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
Poured into glass chalice:
Pours mahogony with scarlet hues. A one-finger creamy head soon becomes a lasting thin cover. Some lacing sticks to glass.
The smell of brown sugar and raisins/prunes soon gives way to tart (lemony/orangey?) fruits. Hints of peppery alcohol.
The taste is of candy-like sweetness balanced by fruity tartness. A mixture of sugar-coated fruits, ranging from prunes to orange and lemon, hitting a few tropical fruits along the way. Finishes with coriander and a warming, peppery alcohol. Alcohol is noticeable, but controlled and adds a nice, spicy touch.
The feel is creamy/coating and syrupy. A light medium body has a nice texture. Spiciness and fruitiness linger on the tongue. Sweetness, with a touch of tartness, hold on into the aftertaste.
This is a luxurious, rich, sipping treat from Belgium.
03-27-2007 16:17:17 | More by jwc215
3.68/5 rDev -11.5%
Sampled March 2007
Pours a brilliantly clear, ruby hued color with a two-finger thick, amber tinged tan colored head. Quite fruity smelling; notes of mace intermingles with notes of raisins, prunes figs and concentrated cider. Actually after a bit more digging there is definitely a cherry aroma here as well. There is a touch of oxidation aromatics as well; hints of Madeira, sherry and perhaps a damp woodiness that is not quite like wet cardboard yet. Really the concentrated fruit character is what is most noticeable, but there is a nice backdrop of sweet spices (cardamom, clove and perhaps some mace).
The beer is fairly sweet, yet not sticky. The sweetness accentuates notes of concentrated fruit, which are a mix of prunes, figs and some light date notes. There is a nice backdrop of spiciness here that is a mix of clove, a touch of cardamom, a dusting of ginger and even an orange-citrus note towards the end. The finish remains sweet and rich with a rum-like flavor and a touch of alcohol bite. I would not describe the alcohol as hot though, it just serves to add a touch of warming character. There is a touch of oxidation here; its biggest effect seems to be an added chewy, malty, almost meaty caramel / Maillard browning character.
An interesting brew, that seems somehow to be lacking a little something. I could wish for a bit more chewy malt character and perhaps some more body, but on the other hand it is nice that this is not a super heavy brew. Still it is a good brew, and certainly contributes a nice warm glow after a couple glasses from this 750ml bottle.
04-14-2007 21:37:17 | More by Gueuzedude
3.55/5 rDev -14.7%
On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA,
A: Pours a medium amber, a lighter quad than I'm used to, with a medium white head, good retention, limited lacing.
S: Sugary, with lemon zest, dark fruit and alcohol.
T: The taste has a nice fruitiness to it mixed with the solvent character of the alcohol. Tasty, but it wasn't as complex as I would have like for a quad. Belgian candy sugar dominates the taste, with ripe dates, raisins and molasses and a bit of lemon/citrus quality, no hop flavour except a slight earthy bitterness at the end.
M: Nice and crisp carbonation makes it surprisingly easy to drink, with some medicinal alcohol and phenols.
D: I enjoyed this quad, but in the end, there was nothing really special about it to make me come back to it, especially with Rochefort 10 out there.
01-19-2008 01:56:23 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
3.4/5 rDev -18.3%
33cl Bottle obtained from a 'Night shop' in Brussels and reviewed in my hotel room. The bottle was best before 12/2012 and was poured into two toothbrush glasses from the bathroom on 30 Oct 2010.
Lovely deep amber looking brew, an off-white foaming head sat on top of each small glass, both of which held some good lacing as I sank the beer.
Molasses, sweet, caramel and toffee filled the nose, no hints of hops at all. Add to those smells alcohol and diesel or heavy oil esters.
The taste is also a combination of the above aromas initially. The sweetness hides the alcohol in the flavours at first, but a hop endorsed bitterness at the drying end of the mouthfeel isn't strong enough to mask the power of 10%ABV and the beer ends a little unbalanced.
OK, but not a great beer in my eyes.
11-03-2010 22:26:21 | More by BlackHaddock
La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 1,705 ratings.