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

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Reviews: 883
Hads: 2,076
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 131
Gots: 364 | 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 ebin6
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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 (372 characters)

Photo of Med
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
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! (553 characters)

Photo of adkirkish
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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 (744 characters)

Photo of viverlee
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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 (994 characters)

Photo of HeightsEats
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of studentofbeer
3.37/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of cro250klr
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of tconboy
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of remyleboux
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of BarryNL
3.31/5  rDev -18.9%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of iasanlee
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of santa109
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (1,017 characters)

Photo of Chrysostom
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (2,980 characters)

Photo of Reanimator
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of PeterParker
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of 5pmsomewhere
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (176 characters)

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

Amber in color. Clear and clean with much carbonation. Easy pour gives 2 fingers of rich, dense head. further inspection shows a small amount of sediment floating around.

sweet and fruity. That spicy Belgian character. whiffs of alcohol. Not quite as spicy as some of the Belgians i have had.

wow. Spicy, almost cinnamon like. Lingering bitterness. Warming alcohol. numbs the tongue. sticky sweetness, not cloying. sugary raisins. As it warms up the alcohol warms up considerably

medium bodied, smooth, dry.

Short of the 10%, very easy to drink, maybe a bit easy.
Tasty and filling.
If i get a chance to buy another bottle, i will try cellaring for awhile. I couldn't wait this time around.

Cheers! (759 characters)

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

Appearance - a bit lighter than the rochefort 12 - light tan head, light lacing.

Smell - very sweet - caramel, bananna, light bready malt ? licorice, dark candy sweetness

Taste - yeast more present in this one, might have to do with the fact that I got the last pour. Definitely a level of spice, can't get banana out of my head - berry sweet fruitiness, mmm

Mouthfeel - sweetalicious - smooth not overly carbonated

Overall - Delicious beer but right after the Rochefort it's apparent that it could be slightly better balcanced and delicious but very good. (563 characters)

Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smell: smoked nuts, maple, and honey

Taste: cherries and black licorice with a scotch-like bite along with subtle effervescence throughout

Although not my favorite quad, it certainly does stand out as one of the better ones. I would pair this with smoked meat, goat cheese, fig jam, and fancy crackers.
Sorry that my review was so strait forward, but sometimes simplicity is best (381 characters)

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

Light mahogany color. Small head that dissapears almost completely, leaves just a small island.

Smell: very strong ripe fruits, a lot of banana, some plums. Really sweet, some bubblegum and candy.

Taste: Also sweet, but not as upfront as the nose. Big cherries at first, then a nice balance between malts and banana fruitiness. Some fruit candy tastes, with a light touch of hops and some sour notes. After it's been in the glass a while some woody notes and more bready malts. Aftertaste is dry, a little sour fruits.

Mouth: medium, feels a little light for this style. Aftertase is very dry which feels a bit weird, not very pleasant. Carbonation is a bit low, but that's as expected.

Overall: the taste is by far the best thing about this beer, but it's a bit too sweet for me. Has a nice balance though. Of all the trappists I've had La Trappe is the one I enjoy the least. This is not their worst beer though, and much better than some other heavy Belgian beers. (974 characters)

Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my first Quad...and man oh man, I am diggin it. A-LOT. In a way I am glad it's so expensive, this is an exciting indulgence to look forward to, for sure.

A: Into a tulip glass pours a light/medium coppery brown, not see-through; nice, light-colored head that gradually recedes to a decent lacing.

S: I have a handicap here, I don't have a good sense of smell caused by an accident...the only way I CAN and do pick up smells is if they are bad. This, I got nothin, which is a very, very good thing.

T: Figs, caramel, creamy cherries, mikly creamy mustiness, maplely, lightly, perfectly sweet....there's nothing resembling a mask for the alcohol, it's undetectable. Little figgy fruit crispness in the aftertaste, along with light bread...very, very smooth aftertaste. There is almost a blue cheeseness from the mustiness but it's so perfectly blended it leaves me wanting more!

M: Very light carbonation, creamy, you purely savor the delicious flavors on this one. Amazingly smooth.

D: I could easily turn this bomber up and drink the whole thing straight down, it is THAT GOOD, it's the perfect balance of everything...and it's refreshing, nothing heavy about this at all. Outside of the price, this is perfection....divine. (1,238 characters)

Photo of AlexF
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review in french. Thanks.

La Trappe Quadruple libère une mousse abondante et persistante, de couleur beige. La robe de la bière tire sur le rubis, très riche et opaque. Tentant.

Au nez, bananes, cerises, malt... le bière sera définitivement bonne.

En bouche, quel plaisir! Une bière sucrée et riche, mélangeant l'aspect liquoreux, les touches fruitées et la pâtisserie. Génial.

L'aspect très intense de la bière diminue un peu son score de "drinkability", mais ce n'est pas pour autant un défaut... on est ainsi portés à rallentir notre consommation! (570 characters)

Photo of hobojon
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blind taste out of 330ml bottle.

App- Very Clear, 1'' off-white head laces glass. Amber to dark amber depending on light, great color.

Aroma- Very mild and refined. Mild fruit and esters. My nose wasn't the greatest when I tasted this beer.

Taste- Very clean yeast. Subtle caramel notes, alc warms throat slightly. Some fruit, maybe dark raisin? Citrus/tart character becomes more apparent as beer warms and degasses.

Mouth- High carb, good body. Sweet but dry enough.

Overall- Great beer, in my top 5. I would drink this over many other beers given the oppurtunity. Very clean, subtle and balanced. (604 characters)

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

Got this beer with private import thanks to quebecbiere.info

My bottles of La Trappe Quadrupel are from 2009 so the beer is not that fresh out of the oven, the taste and the smell is different than when I just received then about a year ago, just so you know..this beer ages pretty well.

Poured in a Rochefort Chalice I brought back from Belgium.
This beer has a wonderfull appearance, a clear deep red color
with a fluffy white head witch disappears with time
I have a little bit of sediments at the bottom of the glasse

The smell is pretty sweet, think of sugar coated hazelnuts with a nice touch of malt and alcohol...it's 10% ABV
I also detect hints of yeast, sort of brioche bread

Taste is more or less like the nose you really taste that Malt sweetness kinda brown sugar and again the nuts from befor are still there. A bit of Hop oils as well. Something reminds me of vanilla flavored cigars...maybe from the aging?
This beer is medium bodied there's a little watery feeling and finishes with an alcohol taste witch is bit disappointing but still its a very nice beer

Still have 5 bottles in the cellar I'll give then a few years just for fun an see what comes from it.

Cheers lads

WS (1,199 characters)

Photo of Argion
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap in Greece during my vacation. Overall a very nice beer. I did like the glass it was served in. Beer had a nice dark red color, not a lot of head but a bit of carbonation. Taste stayed the same throughout and it paired well with the German style fare that was served. Overall a very good beer. (308 characters)

La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
91 out of 100 based on 883 ratings.