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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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Reviews: 895
Hads: 2,126
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 140
Gots: 400 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 dren
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with a thick head. Smells sweet and a tad bit fruity, all pleasing and not over powering. Lot of alcohol presence, but in a warming pleasing way, not something like a malt liquor where it just is up front and bad, sort of like drinking good liquor. Drink this beer warmer and swish it around in your mouth. It thickens and tastes like caramel corn with slight hints of fruit. I loved this beer and would buy it again. Not as easy to throw back, and you wouldn't want to, as other Belgian brews. This is a good one to sip on and enjoy.

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Photo of Kudashov
2.84/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When poured into the chalice the appearance is dark brown and mahogany . The label is different than the one pictured . Tan leathery head and there is a small proportion of lacing on thee chalice . The smell is sweet / sour , toffee smelling . The taste and the mouthfeel are just bland and the aftertaste is nothing to brag about either . This just was all over the place for me and I did not enjoy it .

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Photo of philipt
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So this Trappist ale is not from Belgium. Big deal. It's a wonderful beer, like all the other Trappist offerings.

Reddish-brown in color with a average sized tan head. Smells slightly sweeter than other Trappist ales. Hints of pear, plums, and (very light) bubblegum are in the nose. This ale is quite sweet. The alcohol burn balances a lot of the sweetness. However, the alcohol is disguised very nicely. Nice balance. Again, I find subtle hints of pear and bubblegum in the taste. Not bad at all.

While not my favorite Trappist product, it is a very, very nice beer. Very drinkable.

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Super Dense off white head, great lacing, nice Maple Syrup color. It looks like you could float a quarter on this one. A bit of a haze which looks inviting.

S-Raisins, dark candi sugar, grainy bready worty, carmel and alcohol, Super complex.

T- Plum, Dark Fruits, fig, Sweet, alcohol, low bitterness, a bit of Cherry and super clean.

M- Cloying, Alcohol, great carbonation,

O- Great beer, this one would lay down super nice and the alcohol would die down a bit. Super good and exactly to style.

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Photo of Stavage
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured with a generous head, retained well and had excellent lacing. Liquid was a pleasing ruby amber.

Smell was quite fruity, along the lines of grapes and apples and other 'white' sweet fruits. But any subtlety was masked by a blanket of alcohol smell.

Taste was much of the same. A very nice smooth malt giving off some nice sweet nectary fruit tastes (not too sweet though), but the alcohol was very noticeable, and halfway through the 500ml bottle my tastebuds were shot.

Aside from the roughness of the alcohol the mouthfeel was exceptionally smooth with the kind of carbonation you expect from a trappist. Nice and thick and full bodied too.

Drinkability suffered purely due to the rough alcoholic bite. I've enjoyed beers with noticeable alcohol levels before but this was just too much. Otherwise the flavours were well balanced, it was nice and smooth and malty and thick and lovely but they just couldn't overcome that roughness.

I'd try it again purely cos I did notice a lot of potential and possibly I got a bad bottle or a bad batch or my palate was not in the right condition. I've seen a few other reviews mention the over powering booze though.

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Photo of geetlord
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pouerd a light clear amber, reasonable head that becomes excelent lacing.
The aroma contained malts, spices, and some citrus.
The flavor was sweet with mollasses, slightly spiced with cloves and cinnamon, and had a bittersweet tang like that of orange rind, which I really enjoyed. The finish was smooth and warming with alcohol. I felt the flavor was pleasantly complex and generaly enjoyable.

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Photo of cdrogers
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to Koning. goblet.

Appearance was very nice: rich copper in color with a nice off white head. The smell was interesting because the first thing that I noticed, as well as my wife, was that it smelled strangely of fingernail polish remove (acetone-like). Quite odd because I have never noticed such a smell with any other Quad, and this is my favorite style. Regardless of the smell, It didn't take away the taste from some sweetness coming through and a nice caramel flavor. Nice carbonation in the mouth and felt quite thin, probably because of the alcohol content.

Overall, it was a good quad, but the smell took some points away because I really couldn't distinguish much else because of this.

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Photo of mexikrainian
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: hazy, ruby red with 2 finger head and excellent lacing.

Aroma: malty, honey, spicy and raisin.

Flavor: rich, crisp and malty with smooth, acidic finish.

Mouthfeel: medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: sit back and savor this excellent quadrupel. it is arguably one of the top ten beers of all time!!!

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Photo of frozyn
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L -- Pours a dark amber color with a slight orange tint. Foamy white head that sticks around for a while, little lacing.

S -- Brown sugar and molasses come through first. Dark fruit as well. Very slight booziness.

T -- Follows the aroma pretty closely, although the dark fruits are more present - plum, fig, raisin. The brown sugar and molasses comes through as a general sweetness that is light and pleasant.

F -- Medium tending towards full. Nice carbonation that keeps the drinking pleasant and helps maintain the light sweetness.

O -- Really delicious. I wasn't expecting it to be as good as Westy/Rochefort, and while it's not quite there, it's pretty damn close. The flavor is complex and refreshing and makes for a great quad.

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Photo of ebin6
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice lacing with a dark amber color

S - Wow...one of the best noses I've ever smelled. Very sweet, malty with a floral almost honey smell to it

T - Honey is definitely predominant. Malt profile is out-of-this-world

M - Somewhat disappointed until I swirled a bit. Creeps up on the back end very nicely

D - Extremely drinkable considering the style and ABV. Amazing

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Photo of Med
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very nice clear dark copper. Head dissipated quickly but lacing is even and white. Very appetizing.

S - Wow. Perfume, flowers, apple, and I swear there is some bubble gum there. This is wonderful.

T - Starts sweet then mellows. Apples and peaches. Just a slight tartness on the finish.

M - This is the mouthfeel by which all others are judged. For the taste, I can't imagine a better feel. Creamy and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

D - I could drink this all night. Fortunately at 10% I don't have any more right now!

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Photo of adkirkish
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear copper colored w/ a thin carbonated white head. Head dissipated quite quickly. Leaves a nice coat of lacing behind

A: Sweet Carmel and toffee malt and fruity esthers (raisins), flowery (rose), no hop presence.

F: Surprisingly subdued for a belgian quad. The flavor is not as pronounced as the aroma, but surprisingly balanced. Sweet malts as in the aroma (raisin, toffee, toffee caramel), no hop flavors perceived, finishes long and dry, slightly bitter.

M: Light Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. No astringency. Would prefer more body in this beer.

O: This belgian quad has a great nose on it. Great to style, but just doesn't pull through in the flavor/body compared to others, although it is great nonetheless

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Photo of HeightsEats
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as part of a La Trappe 4 pack with the glass.

The appearance is an appealing dark golden color, and the smell is slightly sweet with caramel overtones. The flavor is solid but lacking most of the yeasty complexity typical of Belgian Trappist ales. There's a thick mildly sweet flavor upfront, but it fades quickly into a dry finish and an alcohol aftertaste. This is fairly drinkable (nothing off-putting), but the heavy body, sweetness and high alcohol content would limit how many of these one could drink.

I might call this a "poor man's trappist," as it's pretty good but not nearly as interesting as Saint Bernardus or even Weyerbacher's Quad. This costs about as much as those, though, so if you might want to skip this if you can find other Quads.

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Photo of viverlee
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

STYLE: Belgian Quad

ABV: 10%

LOOK: Deep orange, amber, minimal lacing. I expected more sticktoitness on the glass from the rich mouthfeel. Really enjoyed the way the two-finger head dissolved slowly into a foam oyster. Maybe the best part of the beer.

NOSE: Banana cream pie, hint of lemon, surprising lack of yeast. My dad grew up with and loves this banana cream pudding that’s dotted with vanilla wafers on top. Take away the processed starch and that’s pretty much what this is. Depending on your mood, you might be more inclined to inhale this beer instead of drink it.

MOUTH: Fresh from the fridge it’s all banana, all the time. You get the nuance as it warms. Candied apples, white grapes, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, spring flowers, clove, faint smokiness. I’m expecting figs and raisins too, but don’t get any of that. Finish is distinctly banana with faint phenols. The 10% ABV is well masked. Excellent mouth feel and coating.

BA Rating: 91

Hayward Abbey Rating: 92

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Photo of studentofbeer
3.37/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured this beer into a chimay goblet. it had an interesting dark russet color that was somewhat watery in appearance. no real head developed.

it smelled deeply sweet, full of candy sugar, dark fruit and grapes. nice and rich.

the taste however was rather unidimensional. lots of malty sweetness with green grape flavor, and that's about it. nothing near the complexity of other trappist beers.

the mouthfeel was a bit syrupy but otherwise fine, but the strong sweet character keeps it from being easy to drink. definitely not my favorite of the trappists.

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Photo of tconboy
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown amber with a nice head that hangs around for awhile and some pretty nice lacing. Smells complex, as you'd expect from a quad - dried fruits, figs, bready. Definitely a little more fruity than I'm used to in the style. Tastes of dried fruits, a little less bready than I was expecting. The complexity is definitely here, but I don't like this nearly as much as some of the other quads I've sampled. The mouthfeel is creamy and light carbonation, goes down pretty smooth. Very nice beer, if I had to compare it I would to Chimay blue.

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Photo of cro250klr
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There are so many brewers that make their attemp at a quad. Some get close, some don't have a clue. This is a true quad. God bless everyone of the Cistercian Monks. Earthy, fruity, (banana, plum) bubble gummy and malty. The pour looks cloudy almost dirt like. The head lightly lingers till the end. Let it warm a bit and everything melds into liquid ectacy. This is one of my most favorite Trappist creations. Any effort required to find this brew would be truly worth it. Wonderful.

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Photo of remyleboux
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a bottle bought at the local store. Dark orange color with a foamy head. A sweet malty smell, lots of fruit. Very smooth beer with strong banana flavor. The 10% hits a little at the end, but not as much as you would expect. Finishes with notes of oak, like a good scotch. Very pleased, definitely worth a second bottle.

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Photo of BarryNL
3.31/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Deep, hazy amber orange. The beer pours with a white fluffy head which the high carbonation keeps nicely refreshed in the glass.

S: Sweet sugary smell, with a strong element of pear drops. Trappist earthy yeast aromas initially.

T: More pear drops, sweet with sugar and caramel hints. Some hop flavour and a pleasant level of bitterness.

M: Big fluffy mouthfeel, a little sticky and syrupy.

D: Too sweet to drink in large quantities, but then it's also too alcoholic for that!

I suspect the main problem with this beer is a lack of aging - the 'best before' is more than 18 months away - it should probably be a 'best after' date. I'd love to try an aged bottle to see how it goes but I can't really give a good review to this new bottle I'm drinking.

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Photo of iasanlee
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml. Pours a clear red copper with one finger of creamy tan head. A touch of lacing.

Holy dark fruits and banana bread. Spicy banana bread. Very sweet on the nose, smells great. Very powerful.

Flavor is again banana bread. Sweet plums and a peppery spice. Alcohol is evident, but not distracting. A ripe apple finish. Very complex and delicious.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation on the tongue.

Drinkability was great at first, but sweetness gets a touch tiresome as the bottle empties. Very good though, and I will definitely try again.

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Photo of santa109
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Bières & Compagnie restaurant in Montréal.

A: Poured a semi-opaque brown like real maple syrup with basically no head. It was served in a La Trappe chalice.

S: Caramel, candy and wow, maple taffee like my grandma makes! Bit of belgian yeast also pokes through. This is exciting if the taste can hold up to it.

T: And does it ever! Maple taffee dominates without being too over top. Other general candy sweetness is there but fades as it warms. Every sip brings me closer to bliss. The brewers must use candy sugar to achieve such a delightful treat.

M: Right amount of carbonation with a slight syrupy feel without being oily or chewy. Very nice finish.

D: And the best part is that the alcohol is totally hidden. A sipper with it's high abv but it was hard to pace myself.

Overall, this definately makes it in my top 10. The Dutch trappists know their stuff! You do need a sweet tooth for this one. In my case, it left me highly satisfied and despite it's price, I will definately have it again.

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Photo of Chrysostom
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of PeterParker
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My new found love for Belgian quads brings me to La Trappe.

Pours an opaque brown with a finger+ of head.

Dried fruits, figs, dates, etc in the nose. Caramel is there and lovely. Slight booze smell.

No booze taste, they hide it well. It is very sweet and yeasty, typical of the style. Not as good as Rochefort 10, but definitely up there.

Full and thick with medium carbonation.

This is a good one. I still consider myself a neophyte in the style but as far as I'm concerned it's a good one.

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Photo of Reanimator
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Same ridiculously foamy head as it's younger brother the Dubbel, even from a slow pour. Diminishes into an appealing lace. Brew itself is a cloudy sun tea color.

S: Sweet malts with a bit of alcohol, doesn't allude to the strength of the brew at all. Some fruit, reminded me of cantelope rind.

T: Loads of alcohol without being unpleasant. Most of the other flavors, malt and molasses-like sweetness, are submissive to the massive strength of the warming alcohol.

M: Average mouthfeel with a slightly astringent finish.

D: I didn't get much from this Quad except a good buzz, but I would try it again if only to see how the flavor changes from bottle to bottle or batch to batch. I enjoyed La Trappe's Dubbel far more than this Quad.

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Photo of 5pmsomewhere
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber pour with light head. Aroma of prunes. Strong raisin/fig flavor start to finish - its a strong flavor true to the style, but I personally found the taste lacking depth.

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
92 out of 100 based on 895 ratings.