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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: 1,909
Reviews: 868
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 98
Gots: 257 | FT: 4
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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

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Photo of atigerlife
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an orange/brown with 1 finger slightly off-white creamy head. Decent head retention. Good lacing. Decent amount of carbonation seen rising.

Aroma of dark fruits, alcohol and rather sweet.

Taste is sweet, dark fruits [cherries, plums], malts and alcohol. Bitterness at the end. Some light spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, this is a decent beer but not particularly drinkable. Quite sweet and lacking in flavor profile for the style. One was plenty. There are better quads out there, for sure.

Photo of Viperman1316
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of hockeypuck
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ski271
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Zeno’s, beer Mecca of central PA. Medium ruby-amber with a very small, creamy, off-white head. The smell is fairly mild for the style. Malt, bubble gum and a little alcohol mostly. The taste is much more impressive. Pungent and fruity. Wheat, yeast and honeysuckle to go along with the rich malts and very light hops. Warming alcohol finish with some lingering sweetness. It has a medium-full body, slick texture and low carbonation. Didn’t wow me at first but slowly grew on me. Worth trying.

Photo of BierJager89
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Murky brown with a light brown head.

S: Candy sugar, a touch of alcohol, some dark fruit in the nose.

T: Flavor is similar to the taste. A bit of alcohol, dark fruit, typical quad flavors, and that candy sugar (which I think is just regular sugar). A bit sweet for my taste, but very good otherwise.

M: Medium body, kind of foamy.

O: A good quad, definitely not the best. I'd take Bernardus or Rochefort over this any day. Pannepot is better as well, IMO.

Photo of hellhammermario
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of sfprint
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy, with lively carbonation tossing around yeast flakes, beautiful reddish amber in color. single finger cream head trying to be a nitro head.
S: Yellow plum, decaying apricot, slight plastic yeast punch.
T: Sweet fermenting prunes, faint nutty (cashew) aftertaste, alcohol is present but not in a negative way, makes it more like a brandy
M: quite Smooth,
O: I guess it's good for the style, but quads aren't my thing. It actually resembles an intense tripel

Photo of rand
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Maduro. Served in a Bernie's chalice.

Pour: dark amber-mahogany, crystal clear under nary a skim of khaki foam.

Nose: sweet caramel malts and green apple skins, dark fruits with a copper twinge

Taste: very clean for a beer this big. Smooth caramel malts, green apple skins, dates, white wine grapes with an overlay of candi sugar sweetness.

Feel: super clean, slick coating, crisp carbonation.

Drinkability/overall: a crisp...gasp...refreshing quad. A refined, distilled Bernie's 12. A sublime Trappist without the musty, dusty , "old-ness" I've come to expect.

Photo of frank4sail
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sweet yeasty floral nose. Smells very fresh and sweet. Iced tea colored with lots of clumped yeast floaties. (Be careful pouring if you don't like dregs) White head on pour settles to a slight fine lace and sheen in the goblet. Sweet initial taste which leaves quickly and is followed by an acidic tongue and lips. The finish is one that is quite metalic (aluminium) and also slightly sweet. This metalic finish really hurt its drinkability for me.. The brew has a wonderful smell...

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of mzwolinski
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

2001/2002 version: Didn't know quite what to expect with this -- being the first time I'd ever encountered anything called a "quadrupel." All I knew is that I'd better save it till right before bedtime! It didn't dissapoint in terms of strength. Alcohol is the first thing to hit the nose, embedded in a deep malty aroma with slightly tart and acidic fruit notes. The beer itself is dark and dubbel like, a hazy medium-brown with a thin tannish head. The flavor too is rich and malty, with prune-like and bready flavors throughout. Alcohol is very unobtrusive, and hops are downplayed, just enough for a well-balanced finish. Relatively high level of carbonation gives this a medium to medium-light impression in the mouth. Very nice strong dark ale.

Photo of Franck
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Pellinore1
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of kguard
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of KimenTshom
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of doktorhops
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

And now we come to La Trappe Quadrupel from a brewery I feel I may have given a bad rap on my previous review of (La Trappe Blond). The Blond has since proved an appropriately cheap scratch to my Trappist beer itch of recent times, and I've come to think of my previous assessment of "lacking flavour" to be less than the full story when it comes to what you actually get from the Holland Blond. Such is the thought process of come into possession of this Quadrupel and hopefully my assessment of this brew will be a fairer representation of what La Trappe offers, after all: aren't we all seeking a decent, cheap Trappist ale? (Rhetorical question of ever anyone has seen one)

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a St Feuillien chalice.

A: Smokey topaz body with a very thin beige head lacing on top.

S: Upfront, and large, bubblegum aromas, with a clove/nutmeg hint followed by peppery and bread yeast overtones. The nose is bang on bubblegum esters though.

T: Starts off with a sharp, sugary alcohol bite (it is 10% ABV: where exactly did you think that alcohol would go?). Follows on with that big bubblegum taste, bread yeast, pepper, and finishes with slight bitterness and a hit of warming ethanol at the end. Yes it is big on flavour and big on alcohol, expect nothing less from a Quadrupel.

M: Fairly dense carbonation with a mid to heavy and slight oily body.

D: Hits like a ton of bricks - the good kind of of bricks, delicious bricks. It is a decent Quad and I will certainly keep buying it, and the Blond. Really a testament that the Dutch brewers can compete on similar terms to the Belgians (although Belgian brews will hands down beat a Dutch brew any day of the week). One thing I really like is the price; there is no Belgian Quad that I can find coming close to the cost of this, and although they do taste better the Belgians tend to put up a premium cost (rightly so) on their premium beers it is a nice change of pace to be able to afford a Quad for once. Good backup to have in the fridge too.

Food match: Dutch and Belgian cuisine seems appropriate for this borderline dessert beer: Boerenkool met Rookworst, Möppkenbrot, Zuurkoolstamppot and Stoemp could all work.

Photo of WckdVbz
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of philipquarles
2.53/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

11.2oz bottle. Pours a very dark amber with a medium tan head that degenerates to wisps. No sediment. Smells boozy, raisiny, and really sugary. Tastes roasty, with some chocolate; weird prune character. Lots of alcohol burn. Medium bodied with high carbonation for the style and a warming (hot) finish. Almost a chore to down. As an aside, these notes are from a blind tasting with Westvleteren 12 and St. Bernardus 12. This was far and away the loser.

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of warpedrevolution
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of acevenom
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. Pours deep hazy copper with a finger-length off-white head that recedes slowly, but does leave a small cap of lacing once it recedes.. There are plentiful visible tiny bubbles in the beer. There are aromas of sweet and bready malts. There are light aromas of dark fruits and banana with some mild sweetness. The taste has a nice blend of those bready and sweet malts along with the dark fruits and banana. The alcohol can be found in the flavor. The body is on the medium side of full with plentiful carbonation. The alcohol provides a warming character for this beer. It is a solid sipper. This is a very good beer.

Photo of rcjennings
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of MarioM
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy amber red with almost no head but creamy bubbles with little lacing. A little on the lighter side compared to other quads.

S: Fruity, Belgian yeast, dark brown sugar, mikados and some booze.

T: alcohol comes through but fruitiness and sweetness is well balanced. Nice sweet malty character with no bitterness but definitely fits the style very well taste wise.

M: Alcoholic aftertaste with great malt and great sweetness.

O: Great quad, a little in the lighter side compared to other squads but flavor wise, spot on. A must have for the Belgian Beer people.

Photo of IronTom
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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