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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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1,785 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,785
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 87
Gots: 203 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-07-2002)
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Photo of polloenfuego
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle into a chalice

A: pours a hazy tan/brown with a thin one finger head which breaks quickly leaving nice lacing.

S: bananas, dark fruit, toffee and spices.

T: bananas, raisins and spices.

M: medium body. Medium carbonation.

O: this is my second go with this beer, my first experience being less than fantastic. This time the beer had a bit more age on it, at least another six months, and it made a world of difference. This was an enjoyable quad, not in the same league as the big boys like Rochefort and St Bernardus but a nice beer nonetheless.

polloenfuego, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of Furlinator
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Furlinator, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into chalice.

A. Opened with a loud pop. 1 finger head. Light brown color with a ruby hue. Good head retention, and decent lacing.

S. Fruit, malt, alcohol, raisins, spices, yeast.

T. Fruit, malt, caramel, raisins, cherries, molasses, sweet to the taste. Not much hop flavor.

M. Medium bodied. Medium/high carbonation. Mouthfeel is lighter than some other quads. There is a lingering sweetness.

D. Complex, but yet very smooth and easy to drink for a beer of this style. It might lack some of the complexity of the very best quads, but it is a very good beer.

siradmiralnelson, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of Peyton5410
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Peyton5410, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of SmashPants
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: stylish. Embossed brown 330mL bottle, very stylish label.

Appearance: moderate hazy brown colour. Nice off-white head with a good dose of lace on the edges of the glass.

Aroma: strong dark fruits, dates, figs and light caramel. Like sherry / port to wine. Seems fortified.

Taste: malt sweetness with spices. Cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon, rum and mocha. Warming alcohol.

Aftertaste: the warming alcohol remains, not at all unpleasant. Adds to the texture and the sensation, creates a secondary wave of flavours.

Mouth feel: a lovely, rich and creamy body. The carbonation is low also, allowing one to slowly sip this wonderful brew.

Overall: fantastic Belgian Quadrupel. Haven't had one before, but it kind of reminds me of how a port or a sherry is to wine - it is like a fortified beer - which it probably is, at 10% ABV. Only thing holding me back is the price - AU$116 per case in 2012. Ouch. To be honest though, it is in fact worth it.

SmashPants, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of tjd25
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very dense and fine head on a beautiful purple copper color opaque body. The smell is yeasty, with ripe bananas and strawberries, with a hint of citrus. The sweet (almost artificial) bananas are clearly noticeable in the taste too, with some citrus. The alcohol warms the throat but is a bit too noticeable for my palate. With the hops, it contributes to a thick aftertaste that lowers the beer's drinkability. The mouthfeel is round , smooth and complex. A good beer overall, some very nice features, but the high alcohol content kinda ruins it imo.

tjd25, May 06, 2004
Photo of DruRho
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

DruRho, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of kayrex
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

kayrex, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of kguard
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

kguard, May 20, 2013
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly a big, big taste at work here. Starts with lots of foam, but that subsides quickly. The brown hazy body shows off a cascade of golden bubbles when I pour more into the Belgian glass. Nice brown sugar smell. Even my non-drinking wife wanted to taste it, and delcared it delicious and sweet. Yep, good candi sugar sweetness. Extra alcohol smoothness gives it the texture of a sweet dinner wine. Or maybe I can compare it to a berley wine, just missing the hop bouquet.

DrunkMcDermott, Dec 01, 2004
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle shared with a friend. Drank out of a stemless red wine glass.

A-Hazy deep copper brew. Billowy head on top, fluffy and cloud-like in appearance. Medium retention, receding to an inconsistent layer.

S-Fruity presence dominates, with much in the realm of dry fruit, and a fruity-creamy character that is remniscent of a creamsickle. Toffee maltiness comes through, with a slight alcohol.

T-Belgian spiciness is apparent, with a big malty ultra-sweetness and immense ripening fruit, stone fruits. Finishes with a slight bitter alcohol, fruity-yeasty and semi-sweet.

M-High carbonation is very comfortable, if that makes any sense. Mouthfeel is medium-high body, but surprisingly easy, likely due to the lightening effect of the carbonation. High alcohol makes this one a huge belly-warming brew.

D-Good, in that it is complex and enjoyable to imbibe. It's weighty body and huge flavors could be perceived as decreasing a sense of drinkability.

CHSLBrew, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of Lukebell15
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Lukebell15, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

magpieken, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of Kevinpitts
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Kevinpitts, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of wizo
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

wizo, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of taigor
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into La Trappe glass.

A - Poured dark brown, amber color with slight head that dissipated quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Sweet malts and yeasts with hints of caramel and toffee.

T - Just like the smell it is sweet upfront, bready with slight bitterness and alcohol at the finish.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Ok but alcohol taste is not masked at all by sweetness so I wouldnt drink too many of these.

taigor, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of rcjennings
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

rcjennings, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of ThaCreep
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish enough blood. Nose of candied red fruit. Mouth slightly sweet, resinous and especially good fruity reminiscent of the fruit liqueur and more particularly to the liqueur grenadine. The taste of red fruit is very present. The presence of alcohol is moderate, making the draft more or less easy to drink. This coupled with a pleasant taste and gentle enough to give a good quality beer.

ThaCreep, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

heysuz, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of Chaz
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Westmalle chalice at ambient temperature. A medium pour produces a rocky, medium tan head of about two fingers. Plenty of lacing and medium-length duration. Golden-amber in color, with plenty of fine, suspended yeast. Nose is big and expressive, with notes of banana, warming alcohol, and grainy malt. A bit "rummy". Big, creamy mouthfeel on the first sip, with a sweet and tangy booziness. Alcohol is warming pretty much from the start, and there’s some nice carbonation rounding this out. There’s a hint of smokey, roasted and dark malts, even though this is pretty light in complexion. Plum and pear make their way up to the nose as I drink, with lighter hints of vanilla and cherry. Light hints of raisin, fig, and prune. Smooth and easy drinking, and while not as “thick” as other Trappist Quads, it isn’t thin, either, and exhibits a richness quite unique to itself. Spicy, slightly tingly aftertaste with more roasted malts hanging on for the ride home. Very minimal bitterness, in the range of a Doppelbock, and seemingly no hop presence. Very yeasty, spicy, phenolic, and warming. This is a fresh bottle (by looking at the code) and I know that this brew tends to hold up well given a few years of cellaring. I'm very happy to see this back!

Chaz, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of CanuckRover
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 750mL bottle from the LCBO's Winter Release.

This is a really beautiful beverage. You expect something muddy from a quad but this is a wonderful clear, light amber, I could mistake it for an English Bitter. Nice thick offwhite head. Visible carbonation floating up from the bottom.

Sweet alcohol on the nose. Surprisingly simple.

Wonderfully complex flavour. Big chewy malt. Sweet candied flavours, brown cane sugar, date fruitiness. Finishes with honeycomb toffee. Medicinal hops throughout. Dusty yeast at first but finishes nice and juicy. Really tasty.

Nice and smooth with lively, yet understated, carbonation.

Goes down easy for the style, subdued alcohol.

A really approachable Quad, I really enjoyed this beer.

CanuckRover, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 330 ml bottle. There are batch codes on the back label but no freshness dates.

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The color is cloudy mahogany with mostly caramel brown tones. Two fingers of slightly tanned, buttery head dissipated to leave a skim of foam and a ring around the edge.

Smell: Big time spice, dark fruit, and sweetness. Plum, cherry, raisins, red apple, yeast, lemon, caramel, chocolate, and boozy sharpness. All of it is tinged with spice.

Taste: Velvety and sublime. It is so good it is hard to taste. The dark fruit from the smell is most prominent, especially the plum and cherry. All the fruits, though, create an excellent blend that is difficult to deconstruct. It is also maltier than the aroma led me to believe; there is quite a bit of caramel that balances everything. The yeast is there, as well as the spice, though it is not as potent as it is in the smell. The alcohol is noticeable, but faintly.

Drinkability: Excellent stuff. For some reason I get the feeling I am drinking a piece of heaven.

TheQuietMan22, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of EROCK75
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

EROCK75, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of hockeypuck
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

hockeypuck, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of danielharper
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor Store, Fayetteville, TN.

A: Pours a reddish-brown hue into my snifter with a thick foamy off-white head. Delicious appearance, head sticks around for the count.

S: Alcohol phenols dominate here, with strong notes of black cherries and other unidentifiable sweet fruits. Normally the strong alcohol makes me ding a beer a bit, but this one has a nice balance that makes it very pleasant.

T: Again, strongly alcoholic, fruity, with a hint of nuttiness in the aftertaste. Perhaps a touch of coffee liquer and chocolate to round out the mix. I find it very enjoyable, but I understand that the high alcohol flavor might be off-putting to many.

M: Thick, luxurious. Swishes around the mouth and gives a great foaminess.

D: A very good beer. The best quad I've tried yet.

danielharper, Aug 27, 2006
La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
93 out of 100 based on 1,785 ratings.