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: 880
Hads: 2,053
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
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Gots: 344 | 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 TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (774 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (601 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (1,121 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 (585 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (637 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (604 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Rock Bottom pint glass. I had a hell of a time with the cork.

A: Pours a beautiful creamy thick head of amazing retention. Hazy gold, inviting colour. Very appealing.

Sm: Musty blend of esters, spice, malt, and yeast. Yeast scents are my favourite in trappist ales. This is no exception.

T: Cream-laced open to body of unusual build but nice balance, with a yeasty, hoppy finish. Hides its abv extraordinarily (dangerously!) well. It's a bold beer, even for a trappist quadrapul. Compared to other quads I've had, it seems a bit off (is there a "standard" quadrupel taste?).

Mf: Near perfect, except for a bit of must. It's difficult to brew with traditional methods and yeast and still avoid the musty effect, but other trappist ales manage to do it better than this one.

Dr: At 10% abv, it'll knock your socks off, but at 12 USD a bottle (in Denver, CO), it'll do a number on your wallet as well. (919 characters)

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

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! (1,057 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (671 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (840 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 5/8/2013. Pours moderately cloudy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, toast, biscuit, light caramel, molasses, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and moderate malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, banana, candi sugar, toast, biscuit, light caramel, molasses, herbal, floral, clove, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, banana, candi sugar, toast, biscuit, molasses, herbal, light caramel, clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and moderate malt sweetness; with an awesome malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is insane. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming after the finish. Overall this is a world class quadrupel. All around incredible complexity and balance of bright fruity/spicy yeast esters and balanced malt sweetness; and extremely smooth to sip on for the ABV. An insanely delicious offering. (1,539 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've been looking forward to trying this for some time. Superb, lightly spicy aroma with caramel malt and hints of honey. ABV well hidden. The light spicing in the nose is much more obvious in tasting. Rich and complex flavor but, unfortunately, it is just too sweet. On the other hand, the aftertaste is great. (311 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark amber to medium brown in color with a fair amount of sediment in suspension. The beer has a two finger tall creamy light beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sweet malts, dark fruits (raisin), and candi sugar. There is a very light presence of spices and some hints of alcohol.

T: There is quite a bit of complexity to the flavors of this beer but it does follow the smell fairly closely. The beer starts out with the caramel/toffee malt sweetness. After that, the more cloying sweetness of the dark fruits (raisin) comes out followed by a very light presence on spices.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly syrupy due to the heavy sweetness.

O: This beer is quite enjoyable but it much more the sipping beer than one that is easy to drink. The alcohol is not as well hidden as I expected, making this take a little more effort to drink. (1,061 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (618 characters)

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My friend brought this back from when she was in Europe, even though I think you can get it in the states. 750 mL cork and cage bottle. Best before 08-2011.

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass.

Huge three finger pillow top head that leaves heavy lacing. Head is slightly tanned. The color is a beautiful robust copper.

Aroma is very complex. There is a lot of banana, raisin, cranberry, and clove smell going on for this beer.

Taste is very similar to the aroma. The raisin sticks out a lot more. There is also a carmel taste, as well as it being very fruity. The alcohol is also heavily present.

Mouthfeel is pretty clean and creamy. The alcohol is very strong which makes it hard to keep in your mouth for very long.

This beer is very filling, but tasty. I had a hard time finishing the 750, but it was too good not to. I highly recommend. (847 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/13/07- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance- Off red, maybe a touch ruby or off brown. Hard to describe color. Corks comes out with a furious pop as well as about an ounce of foam. Head is large, 2 inches or so, but slims down to a nice 1/2 inch of pock looking head. Leaves nice chunks and patches of lace.

Smell- Not a huge nose, but nice. Grape, wild berries, honey and nutmeg to name a few.

Taste- The first flavor I get is concord grape, followed by some blackberry, and then maybe a touch of citrus? Spicy as well with cinnimon, nutmeg and clove. The only regret I have is that no one flavor really aserts itself. The flavors are soft, maybe almost a touch bland, but a nice assortment make it interesting.

Mouthfeel- Soft, lightly chewy with a lower carbonation rate.

Drinkability- Of the few quad's I've had, this one is about even par. Not really great, but could be. I'll probably pick up another and age one...got it at a steal of $7.99 at Bottle Barn. (1,082 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

The beer appears a rusty orange color. Moderately hazy with a light tan head that leaves ample lacing on the goblet.

The aroma offers fruit, yeast, malt, citrus, berries. While the aroma is pleasant enough, I find it very uncharacteristic of a Belgian quad.

A tad sweet, with plenty of fruit and yeast. Alcohol really emerges in the flavor, a bit more than I prefer. Sweetness grows as I make my way through the beer. Lingering alcohol presence.

Medium to full bodied with relatively high carbonation.

I have had every Trappist quad multiple times, and this one is my least favorite. Still, a decent beer and worth a try. (669 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 Gueuzedude
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (1,591 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a thin head that quickly disappears as expected from some high alocohol beers. The aroma is of malt and honey, with some minor candy tones. The flavor is huge as malt, honey, and caramel are most dominant and make this like a liquid candy bar. Hops are almost a complete no-show here as they can't overpower the thick malt.

Heavier bodied and little carbonation. Very smooth on the mouthfeel. The thick body of the malt seems to stick to the tongue after swallowing. The alcohol is definitely noticeable. Great beer. (551 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (808 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. (793 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice hazelnut, hazy brown body. Looks rich and sticky. Topped with a 1 finger off white/tan head. Some floaties.
Smells mostly like banana and alcohol, some spice and rich yeast. Somewhat bready and crisp. A tingle to the nose.
Banana and prune linger in the taste. Slight sweet raisin and corriander. Not as bready as it smells, a bit lighter. Alcohol is noticeable, but only if you look for it. Caramel like taste.
Very smooth, and slight bite at the end. Very drinkable, but at the price I had to slow it down. Could gobble this one up quickly. (549 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a chalice/goblet glass.

Real nice head off the pour, kind of yellow and tan colored, slightly creamy. Body color moves to a deep orange, almost red body, slightly see through. Puck settles to a nice creamy top.

Nose is a nice light cherry fruit, and classic Belgian dark candy sense. Pretty solid.

Mouthfeel is sharp carbonation, hot spice clove, and a dry finish. Faint sweetness takes away from a hot and sharp carbonation on the palate. Mild cherry tasting on the finish, but also some noticeable alcohol heat.

Overall, not too bad. Faint fruit though on the finish and not exactly moving a nice malt sense. Carbonation, seems to take away from some of the nice qualities, it's a little too fizzy and there's a hint of alcohol heat a bit. Pretty solid regardless, but not a favorite. (818 characters)

La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
91 out of 100 based on 880 ratings.