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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Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 941 | Ratings: 2,305
Photo of The_Bujon
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Dutch beer! I had to as it was sitting right next to the tripel karmeliet on the supermarket shelf!

It looks pretty good initially, a nice deep coppery body and huge head, unfortunately in less than 2 minutes the beer almost looks flat and the head is gone like the preverbal wind.

It has tonnes of fig notes in the aroma, very nice indeed and very inviting.

The taste and feel are hampered by the alcohol unfortunately, which does linger into the after taste.

It is an appealing brew, and it does sell itself as a warming and spicy beverage, which is exactly what it is.....a true winter warmer.

Overall I think it is very good, not quite in the superb bracket, but pretty close.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Re-review from June 2015: Pretty straightforward Belgian Quad, has your typical raisin / date / fig notes, more fruit forward than some because I felt it lacks some of those spicy yeast phenols.

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Photo of ordybill
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is an murky amber color with orange tint with a small white head. The aroma is full of fruit and malt. The taste is malt driven and has an excellent blend of fruit.

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Photo of vinicole
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cellared for two years.Hazy red/auburn colour. Thin wispy head. Effervescent.
Boozy aroma. Fruity. Some spice and orange pith is apparent.
Taste is similar to the aroma with added banana.
Rather chewy.
Although complex I have to say I was disappointed with this Quad.

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Photo of Buck89
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. A clear rich copper-ruby color with a foamy off-white head that promptly settled into a wispy cap. Fruity aromas of bananas, cherries, plums, and tropical fruit. Also some raisins, candied apples, and caramel. The banana shows up on the first sip with cherry, toffee, and some estery notes. Medium-bodied and a bit medicinal. A great sipper but not at the level of other Trappist Quads.

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

12 oz pour on tap into a tulip glass.

A: Amber reddish body that has pretty good clarity with an almost non existent soapy off white head.

S: Dates, figs, banana, clove

T: Nice layered flavors starting out with a light banana, then some dates and raisins finishing with some burnt sugar.

M: Medium bodied and not as syrupy or slick as a lot of quads.

O: I like my quads to be a bit heavier than this, other than that it was pretty good.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Colour dark copper, strongly turbid, medium size, white foam, medium durable. The distinct aroma of fruity, vanilla, licorice slightly, slightly caramel, wood and nuts. The taste is fruity, are plums, figs, vanilla is further re caramel and licorice, peanut notes in the background. At the finish of each sip stone, dry bitterness, greatly reduces the caramel and fruity sweetness. Skillfully hidden alcohol. Saturation medium toward the high-

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Photo of pattysykes
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. Amber/light copper with about an inch of head.

Sweet malty aroma with plums, golden syrup, bananas and a whiff of vanilla.

Tastes sweet with strong cherry notes, vanilla, bananas. Offset by a little carbonic acidity and spices.

Medium body that coats the tongue. Goes down warm and boozy with aftertaste of dried cherries and vanilla.

Overall those fruity notes are pretty intense and the result is a beer that is a bit sweet for my taste, but offset with just the right amount of acidity and bitters.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ginger color, with a ring of head

Rich aromas of cherries, barrel, yeast, plum, more cherries.

Cherries take a backseat to the booze but it's still there with a clean wood flavor, light citrus, and caramel.

Feel is hot and smooth. Kinda boozy , not bad.

Overall this captures the Belgian tradition well and is super enjoyable . A tilt your head back beer.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a Leffe chalice.

A: The body is amber to coppery with cristalline light going thtough. The head is white with a one finger thickness. Lacing is visible and generous.
S: The aroma is very syrupy, with hints of raisins and just a small note of coffee on a bunch of profiles for yeast and malt.
T: Again, raisins, yeast, probably brettomanyces and just a pinch of malt. Testes really great!
M: The density appears to be a bit low and carbonation is low after a while sitting on the glass, though at first it was very strong, carbonation wise. Would work on this.
O: For a quad, this doesn't hold very well for the common appearance but it's good indeed. Not fantástico, but a good option when lacing better quads.

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Photo of Brewxer
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in la belle province (Gatineau, QC) for a pittance. Exactly what I expected, smells and tastes like the liquid dessert that it is. Love them monk quads.

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Photo of hman43
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: It pours dark amber with a light tan head. It produces plenty of lacing.

Smell: It has a sweet malt aroma with caramel, plums, and dried cherry.

Taste: The flavors are highlighted by a burst of fruity esters with the plums the most noticeable. There are also some spices with dried cherry and caramel.

Feel: There is some moderate alcohol warming. It has a moderately full body that produces a sweet finish with a bit of bitterness.

Overall this produces a burst of fruity esters highlighted by the plums with a complex malt mixture that has a pleasant sweet finish with tinges of bitterness throughout the taste.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

5/7/16 (Draft, The Social List, Long Beach) Quadruppel, merky golden orange color, shroomy and bananesque, the best I've tasted with these types of flavors so far! 3.8

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Photo of Bombelsky
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

33 cl bottle poured into a chalice. Hazy, amber color. Frothy foam that diminish fast to a small crown. Fair lacing. Aroma of a malt, cereals, a banana, an apricot, raisins, some caramel and spicy phenols. Oily in palate, lively carbonated. Full body. Medium sweet and bitter. Fantastic dry, long lasting finish. Some alcohol, but very mild. Beer sticks to lips. Fantastic beer. I will try it after cellaring.

Alc. 10% vol.
Review date: 09.2016
Expiration date: 03.2019

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Photo of Weixiaobao
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought the bottle about a year ago. Been cellaring. Google'd the markings on the bottle and believe it was bottled in May 2014.
A: Bright mahogany color. Minimal head.
S: The smell isn't as present as the taste. Some of the bananas on the taste are there. A hint of booze and herbs.
T: Liquid bananas foster. Sweet, luxurious. Familiar Trappist "quad" taste. Booze well hidden. Not harsh at all at 10%.
F: It'd be more appropriate for me to be rating a fresher version of this, I think. Not sure it's held up the best over two years. At its ABV it should, but feel like it might've lost something with time.
O: Was excited to try "the one Durch Trappist brewery." Definitely something mysterious and wonderful with that moniker. This one of the most obvious "desert beers" I've ever encountered. Would be the perfect cap on a decadent meal.

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Photo of GentleKnight1
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at local coop grocery as a single bottle for 1.35 euros. Cloudy amber in glass with moderate head which dissipates quickly. Flavor is malty bananas and spice with mild alcohol and low carbonation. A very tasty brew that I would buy again.

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Photo of diemilio
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my kind of beer. Yes, it has a nice spicy aroma with hints of vanilla, but the banana on the nose and palate is way too overpowering. Also, the super-sweet finish doesn't seem to go well with the high bitterness; it tastes almost like banana-flavored cough medicine.

Disclaimer: I don't like bananas.

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Photo of MoohMooh
3.03/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle poured into an Orval chalice.

L: Pours orange-red with very little head. Some lacing.
S: Banana, sweet malts; a faint floral smell too.
T: Banana, apple. Very sweet yet leaves a distinctly bitter aftertaste.
F: Medium carbonation, relatively full-bodied, but dry.
O: Far too sweet. I'm sure there's a lot of hidden complexity, but with all that sugar I'm not feeling it much.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Unique quadrupel. It's not up to style but has its own personality. It has nothing of the dark fruits you would expect from this style but it's all about banana, spices (nutmeg mostly, a bit of vanilla) and clove. Its hazy amber doesn't quite match to style but never mind. Definitely a sipper and even if it's become a bit more complex warming up I preferred it quite cold (8°C)

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I absolutely love this Quad. In my opinion this is the best Quadrupel out there. And the reason is because unlike most other Quads (especially American Quads) which have the dark fruit overtones, this one has more of the banana, clove, vanilla and spice which I prefer. The abv is hidden very nicely as well. I actually horde these and age them in my basement and open for special occasions. Would recommend this anyone, and I've actually turned friends onto this beer and style. Cheers.

Update. Just opened a four year aged bottle. Wow. The flavor profile has changed a bit. Feels like a higher ABV, the candied sugar is very prevalent up front, followed by banana, bread and a little clove remaining. If you have the will power, age this and you will not be disappointed. Merry Christmas!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a nice caramel amber bronze color with thick sticky off-white lacing with very little head retention across the top of the glass. One of the lightest colored Quads I've encountered.

S - Sweet roasted caramel toffee malt, banana, and cloves.

T - Sweet roasted caramel toffee malt with vanilla, banana, sweet white raisins, and alcohol warming in the back of the throat.

M - Some of the booziness on the first few sips permeates the sinuses, velvet rich, carbonation is assertive but dies down to a creamy texture.

O - This is a fine Quad but I'm missing the dark fruit and darker color that I'm used to seeing with this style.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark rusty golden orange almost appears brown in low light with a bit of haze and a thin layer of cream colored foam.

Plum, raisin, vanilla, yeasty spice, banana, and slight nuttiness.

Caramel and sweet raisins, clove, banana, spices, and vanilla sweetness.

Medium-full bodied, medium-high carbonation, creamy but fizzy.

Overall, another truly world class quad. Well done and needs a try.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

look: dark brown, tons of floaties, syrupy, and no head nor lacing.
smell: dark fruits like raisins, figs, dates, and wine.
taste: tons of ark fruits and very tasty.
feel: full bodied and smooth.
overall: very delicious.

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Photo of codekiln
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bubbly, strong beer has a rich, carmel color and a beautiful aroma. It tastes of fruit and rum raison. Me ale wifie has a frown on her face because this has glucose syrup in it ... too bad!

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Photo of Savaseri
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330 ml bottle pours into a tulip glass. Appearance; hazy amber with two finger tan head. Smell; like a teen spirit. I'm kidding. Smell; banana, clove and absolutely sweet caramel. Taste; despite of high abv %10, it is very balanced and one can feel malty sweet and banana aroma as well. As a result, I like this Trappist.

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