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

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

Style: Belgian 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: 986 | Ratings: 2,450
Photo of beersampler6
3.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite style of beer but I can appreciate how well-made this one was. Smooth, mellow, rich, complex, well-crafted. Looks great, nice honeyed amber color with some fluffy tan head and spotty lingering lacing. Aromas of banana, clove, Belgian yeast, malt, honey. Taste follows the nose. Smooth and rich, sticky mouthfeel and decent carbonation. Really good for its style, just not my go-to type of beer.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark amber color with plenty of prickly champagne like carbonation. Body has a dense thick feel about it.
Aroma oddly enough comes off like bubblegum at first. It quickly changes to raisins,dried plums, sweet malt, yeast, a little doughy bread,, and a caramel cherry candy scent .
Taste is somewhat sweet with a very mild bitterness which mellows as it warms. Dark fruit, cherry, malty, sweet doughy pastry.
This is far from one dimensional, different flavors and aromas show up and keeps this interesting and delicious

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish color. 1 finger whie head that doesn't last too long, and it dissipates to a nice ring around the edge of the glass.
The nose is somewhat of a boozy dark fruit aroma. There's also a slight malty sweetness to the aroma.
Taste - Nice rich raisin, and some malty sweetness. The sweetness reminds me of honey.
The body is thick and full. Not much of any boozy burn.
Delicious quad. They really know how to make them.

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Photo of StupidToad
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on draft in Amsterdam. The malt character was amazing. Clear, honey/amber with great legs and a tight, lacy head. The alcohol blends awfully well with the rich malt flavor. While the hops are typically not forward, there is a nice initial bitterness that leaves quickly. Incredibly satisfying.

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Photo of jkblr
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle coded L25A17 poured into a La Trappe goblet at fridge temp 10% ABV. The beer pours barely hazy light brown in color with light khaki head. No lacing. The head quickly recedes to a small island and thin ring. The aroma is sweet with notes of raisin, date and rich malt. The taste is semisweet caramel raisin bread with cherry and stone fruit accents before a drying, non bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation. It's noticeably sweet, but not cloying. Overall, very good. Delicious and enjoyable quad.

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Photo of npolachek
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown with tastes of brandy and rum. Rich feel with good balance. Drinks solid despite the heavy ABV and very enjoyable beer within its class.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Chestnut brown with hints of red. 1Cm off-white pillowy head that holds up well.
S- Stewed cherries. Alcohol fumes.
T- Cold Xmas pudding, sweetened stewed cherry compote, with gratuitous lashings of brandy/rum added. Let this one swirl around the mouth before swallowing the flavours really seem to build.
F- Rich [though not sweet], puddingy, deep. Lovely balance, eg for a 10%(!) it comes over as refined in all respects.
O- This is a beast of a beer, a dream winter-warmer. I'd need to remortgage though given what it costs if it became habit-forming. My wife has suggested I can 'buy this again when ever you want' as she rates it two thumbs up as well.
Bought from Wholefoods, Kensington High St., London W8. £4.19(!)/330ml bottle. BBE: Nov-2021

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Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cranberry color with a nearly nonexistent head initial. Eventually, there are no bubbles and certainly no resulting lace.

Darker, roasted malt aroma. Slightly sweet with light caramel notes.

This is a helluva boozy beer which warms the throat during the swallow. Reminds me of carbonated brandy. This is a big beer. Rich body, naturally, and the carbonation doesn't really show up until the swallow. The aftertaste, beyond the lingering alcohol, has a berry like flavor.

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Photo of Helluvaz
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured to a chalice

A: Fruit (apple, pear), vanilla, fruit candy, yeast, malt, light caramel, no strong alcohol scent, very delightful scent
A: Amber to dark gold body, white and creamy head with excellent retention
F: Strong malt taste, a hint of cappuccino, light taste of dark chocolate, very strong caramel taste with a rich creamy vanilla taste. Many different layers of taste. Hard to detect the flavor of hop almost
M: Very creamy mouthfeel with a bubbly sensation, warmth from high alcohol volume, easy to drink, malty after taste lingers for minutes
Overall: This is really a good trappist beer, and compared to Rochefort 10 and Chimay Blue, La Trappe Quad is slightly lighter and easier to drink. The caramel taste is more like Chimay Red, which is a dubbel, but with high alcohol volume. The pleasant coffee, caramel taste makes this beer easy to drink, but the high ABV is something you gotta watch for. Don't get drunk too quickly!

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Photo of tigg924
4.91/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours cloudy, light chestnut in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is big fig, black cherry, brown sugar, fresh buttered pumpernickel bread, and raisin. Sweet, heavy bodied, with medium high carbonation. An incredible beer. I was disappointed with the dubbel, but this is lovely. All sorts of flavors opening up as I sip it and it warms. Amongst the best quads and trappist beers I have had.

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Photo of biiru_ojisan
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an almost white, creamy head. Color is medium-dark brown.

Nose is raisins, dates, and dried cherries and dark bread. Alcohol is noticable on the retro-nasal.

The taste follows the nose with raisins, dates and cherries. Also has caramel, mollases, and phenolic spicyness. The alcohol is not noticed on the tongue unless you attemp to aerate in your mouth, then the alcohol becomes very noticable. Sweet throughout, finishes dry.

The mouthfeel is smooth and on the fuller side of medium bodied. The carbonation is present enough to cut through the sweetness, but it isn't overly carbonated. Heat from the alcohol is defninently felt, but it is never strong enough to make you think about this being a 10 percent-er.

Overall, this beer is very solid. It comes accross as a more refined (and stronger) version of their Dubbel. It also has incredible drinkability for a 10% ABV beer. While not my favorite Quad, this is an easy recomendation to make.

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Photo of Anacross
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another beautiful example of a belgian quadrupel.
Pours as a dark brown liquid that is pure delight. Smells and tastes like toffee, chestnuts, with something like a bitter banana touch. Long lasting beige foam that I love. Very impressive and pleasant taste. Laced with an irresistible 10% alcohol volume that goes down easy like sunday morning.
A world class beer for you. Enjoy!

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Photo of browner
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Typical romantic deep brown Quad with light brown head. Lacing is fine and clings to the glass.
Smell of deep malt with a slight note banana. Complex
Taste is a nice balance of sweet deep malt and fruit and a smooth rich mouthfeel. Finishes sweet.
Another fine Trappist Quad from and excellent brewery. They have also breached out to do collaborations in New Brunswick and the result was fabulous.

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Photo of Martin194
4.81/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Clear, somewhat light amber-orange with a light tan head.

Smell: Like the description says, banana, vanilla, almond, with hoppy, some what grassy undertones.

Taste: This beer reminds me of amaretto. It's sort of bitter in the mouth (it's 10% and you can tell), and that took just a little bit away for me, but it's so sweet. The banana scent gives way to stronger taste of vanilla, almond, and maybe apricots (like I said, amaretto). Beautifully sweet going down, leaves kind of a cool aftertaste. Hints of roastiness as well, almost like hazelnut.

Feel: "Spicy" carbonation, good body. Dry mouthfeel after swallowing.

Overall: Easily one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of Mav221
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Distinctive, full bodied flavor that I could identify blindfolded. Otherwise, great carbonation. Excellent beer. So many good memories enjoying this beer. One of my favorite restaurants used to have this on tap. It is the banana smoothy of the premium beer world.

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Photo of SeanG85
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I live in Europe now and did a road trip through Holland and Belgium and visited many Trappist breweries on the way. La Trappe is my favorite brand and the quadrupel is my favorite beer of them all.

It is amber in color with a light head out of the bottle. Despite the 10% alcohol it does not taste overly strong. Kind of fruity with a hint of spices. It is a sweet beer which I like too. Overall a phenomenal beer and the best I have ever had. Glad I can’t get it on the regular and suck back .75L bottles while I watch Westworld. Side note, other favorites are La Trappe Tripel and Rochefort 6.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hot damn! This this was delicious...

I always make it a point to pick up a few, not many, but a few craft beer imports when I do my beer-runs. I grabbed this one simply because I like quadrupels. I let this one age about 9 months and I'm so glad that I did. Right out of the bottle it pours out a hazy caramel colored liquid, decent head, with some staying power but no lacing. The haze is something I normally don't gravitate to, but this haze had something different to it - not sure I can put it into words, maybe highlighted(?). Anyway, the smell was a light mix of booze and a sweetness I couldn't put my finger on, the lightness of this mix really impressed me. Mouthfeel was a light-medium body with a smooth creaminess and a level of carbonation that we undeniable, but did not detract from the experience. This all leads me to the taste which was distinctively boozy without being a turn-off, a roasty taste and a sweetness that I would categorize this as a dessert beer - I'll try to keep that in mind for next time...Why? 'Cause there will definitely be a next time as I will be on the look out for this treasure at my next run to the liquor store.

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Photo of arizcards
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a snifter with dinner tonight at Howells and Hood for $12.00.

Beer was served burgundy brown with a nice white head that had some good hang time.

Nose had hints of banana and other phenols.

Taste was sweet and had hints of bananas, raisins, figs, and almonds. Finish was somewhat bitter.

Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a pretty solid brew that i am happy to have finally enjoyed!

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Photo of timon
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Mnnn.....MNNNNNNNnnn.....damn, this is good. Pineapple, honey and plum with a hint of hops. Very different from most Quads and Tripels. Hides the 10% quite well when cold. To top it off, the smell is divine and the head pretty decent. Overall, a winner. One of my top five.

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Photo of miguebyte
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The best quad I have ever taste. Sweet and strong and the same time. It is amazing but by the tine is warming up the alcohol taste increases 10%. I prefer this one quite cold at 5 degrees aprox.

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Photo of Psycho13
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down my favorite beer of all time. So far.
Introduced to several friends and relatives with nothing but positive results.
I'd share it more, but if I don't think you'd appreciate a beer that retails over $5 per glass, I might hold it back.
Bias note - I am particularly fond of Belgian ales. This one is tops in my book, even though it's from Netherlands.

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Photo of EMH73
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very slightly cloudy orange/copper color with an inch and a half white head that was well retained and left nice lacing. Smells of sweet malts, bananas and alcohol. Tastes of sweet malts, bananas, honey, cloves, apples, yeast and raisins. Medium to full bodied, well carbonated, slightly dry and bitter finish.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opens with a loud pop of the cork. Pours a pretty golden orange ,slightly hazy with a generous light tan head. Smells sweet, honey & banana & apples. Tastes like a frosted breakfast cereal drenched with Baileys Irish Cream. Lots of roasted malt flavor, almost Smokey. More alcohol flavor than you’d expect from just 10%. More than enough carbonation, with perfect thickness. Excellent!

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Lots of carbonization. Lighter color kept rating lower. Good flavor. Nice head on the pour but left quickly. Little lacing. I smelled and tasted apple. Guess my tongue is weird.

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Photo of chitoryu12
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Surprisingly light orange, with a gigantic white head.

Smell: So strong you can smell it from a foot away! Banana, malt, and a little orange peel?

Taste: That banana flavor hits you first, followed by a bittersweet yeasty bread flavor and a very noticeable alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick, but surprisingly high in carbonation. Typically thick beers aren't very carbonated, but this is downright sparkling.

Overall: While I personally don't like bananas, I can't fault this beer for my own personal food preferences. It's a surprisingly complex flavor coupled with high alcohol content, and an excellent example of showing what beer is capable of without tasting awful.

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 2,450 ratings