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

La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
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Style:
Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #16
ABV:
10%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,665
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 10.26%
Reviews:
990
Ratings:
2,466
From:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
 
Netherlands
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
93
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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
Notes: 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 by arkanu:
Photo of arkanu
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The smell might be too full of alcohol, the looks might remind of an average beer, but don't let that fool you: give it time, don't serve it too cold and try it in small sips. This beer has character and a very pleasant taste, full of candy cane notes of brown sugar, raisins and figs, with faint notes of plums too.
It's very smooth too and a beer to be enjoyed over a quiet meditation or pleasant conversation.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2000/2001 bottling. Sparking blood orange beneath a creamy cap of gorgeous orange-ecru foam. Even though I rinsed out my crystal snifter just prior to the pour, blankets of delicate lace are still sticking to the glass. Beer with a double digit ABV isn't supposed to look like this. I'm thrilled so far.

I haven't had many quads yet, but I have to say I'm impressed by the rich complexity of a good quadrupel nose. This one is overflowing with dark malt and smells almost as much like concentrated black and red raspberries as Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock. Talk about taking after one of the best. Actually, it's the other way around given when this one was brewed.

I've had this little 11.2 oz bottle for several years now, never dreaming what deliciousness lay within. I know that La Trappe is one of the seven Trappist breweries (and the only one that is outside of Belgium), but I still never expected to like this beer quite this much.

I'm still floored by how much Quadrupel tastes like raspberries and blackberries. The flavor profile also contains spiced raisins and plums swimming in dark caramel and melted chocolate bars. As it warms, I can appreciate leather and earthy hops. It's definitely on the sweet side of things, but I wouldn't change a thing. Drinking beer out of a snifter always makes me want to sip anyway. Although alcohol is noted, it's as soft and as unthreatening as a baby chick.

The mouthfeel can only be described as liquid velvet... or maybe a highly polished gemstone... or possibly summer weight silk. The only thing that keeps it from the 'mouthfeel hall of fame' is that it favors medium over full.

La Trappe Quadrupel has surprised the hell out of me. I've always considered tripels and BSDAs to be my favorite Belgian styles, but if I continue to drink outstanding quadrupels, they'll be right up there as well. I'm ecstatic to see how well this beer ages because I plan to stock up the next time I see it on the shelves. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Leif_Eriksson
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Rich amber and caramel with golden hues. Trappist alb.

Nose: Bananas, boozy, flaky biscuits, vanilla, Compline incense.

Taste: Caramelized bananas, butter caramel, vanilla, some oak, prayerful silence.

MF: Creamy, chewy, delicious.

Overall: Incredible. I love monks, and their beers.

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Photo of browner
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
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 khmel
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark copper-amber with a creamy, light tan head and medium retention. Settles out into a ring of foam and nice lacing. Nose is pears, smoked fruits, a bit of leather. Taste is sweet malt up front in contrast with a bit of slight hop bite. Caramel in the middle and a dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied (on the lighter end for the style) and low carbonation. Alcohol warmth and some dryness in the finish. A really nice quad and definitely worth repeating!

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a La Trappe glass.

a: Amber body with dark orange edges when held to the light. Hazy with bits of suspended yeast. Fizzy half finger head that disapated quickly

s: Raisin, banana, fig and cloves. A hint of sweetness and alcohol.

t: Sweet malts up front along with a dark fruit, like figs and raisins, a bit of woodiness in the spicy, alcoholic finish.

m: Medium full body, smooth with a bitter finish. Slight alcohol sting.

: Very good, but not great. Light for the style and balanced aside from the alcohol is very up front.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
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 StoutElk_92
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours hazy amber red-orange with a dense creamy off-white foam head. Smells like banana, almond, vanilla, red plum, some cherry, apricot, caramel, bready cereal grain, mild funky hay, sweet clove spice, apple skin, pear, grape, with floral earthy grass. Tastes like banana, almond, vanilla, red plum, cherry, apricot, caramel, bready cereal grain, mild funky hay, sweet clove spice, apple skin, pear, grape, with floral earthy grass. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and smooth with low carbonation. Overall a really great Quad.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

For my second time tasting a La Trappe brew, I chose a Quadrupel. It poured an amber brown color, a bit lighter than other quads I've had. Surprisingly, the modest head quickly dissipated and left a thin ring, unusual in that my experience with other beers of the style yields massive heads.
The aroma is of dark bread crust, nutty, amber malts, raisins, banana and alcohol.
The taste emphasizes sweetness and phenols, with a dark fruity quality, in particular, alcohol soaked raisins and amber candi sugar. There is a modest degree of spice that offsets the sweetness and alcohol somewhat.
Medium bodied and with a musty feel. However, for me the high alcohol content and sweetness make it more of a sipper.
Granted they are different styles, but I liked La Trappe Tripel more for its drinkability and balance of flavors, particularly, how well it masked the alcohol. This one was ok but doesn't quite measure up to the great Trappist Quadrupels.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
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 WOLFGANG
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought the 750ml bottle in Poulsbo, WA at a little European beer store downtown.

Consumed from a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: dark, deep russet

Smell: stewed fruit, raisins, hint of spice

Taste/Mouthfeel: rich and full of flavor, the stewed fruit is reinforced with the alcohol strength, very low hop noticed, smooth across the tongue and in the mouth

I really enjoyed this quad. I am a fan of the style and will continue to buy it with this one in the top five. It is hard to come by around here but worth the trip if you find it.

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Photo of VWBuggirl
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a clear, dark copper color with red hints. It has a thick foamy head with great retention. It isn't as dark as I would like a quad, personally.

It smells sweet initially and requires several attempts to get past that. Once you do, you can smell hints of raisins, and perhaps even some other unidentified fruits.

The taste is also sweet the first few sips, and even now I can still only taste the sweetness. But, as you have more, you can enjoy the fruits (raisins, mainly), and a certain nuttiness. The alcohol isn't as strong as I expected, given that it has a 10% abv.

Overall, it is well carbed and the mouthfeel fits the style properly. There are several quads out there, and while this one is smooth and tasty, there are others that are better balanced with the sweetness.

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Photo of twenteone
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of tree777
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

Photo of booga73
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of okono
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%

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

Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle from a gift set box, which included the nice glass I'm sampling from.No freshness indication. Pours semi clear, rich dark honey amber, with a light tan head, leaving nice striated lacing. Nose here is of some spice, some sweet candi sugars and slight vanilla. Rich, tasty and complex brew, notes of honey, warming alcohol, rum soaked raisins, figs and wintery spice. World class quad, in the same ballpark as Westy and St. Bernardus. Go get some and enjoy this fine creation in brewing.

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Photo of joezak5
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a the appropriate chalice at Monk's in Philly; clear brownish coppery orange, thick two finger white head, little retention but decent sipping lacing. No yeast though... had to check the bottle a couple of times.

Smell: Winey and dark, sweet raisins and berries... cidery apples and slightly peppered caramel.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and sweet with muted carbonation, a nice syrupy swisher that almost sticks to the roof of the mouth.

Taste: Very malty and all the wonderful aromas come through. The caramelly and cidery apples and bitter sweet raisins and a little spicy biscuit as well. Something to ponder as you enjoy.

Drinkability: A nice, suprisingly dry fruity finish with a minute plus linger. A true sip and savor masterpiece.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice hazy brown color with a two finger head, some lacing.

Smells like bananas, nutty, sour grapes.

Nice caramel like taste to it, sweet, toffe like, rich and creamy.

Mouthfeel was light body for this kind of beer.

Definately drinkable, nice well balanced beer that hides the abv very well

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Photo of ptarmigan98
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Time to try the only non-Belgian Trappist; hopefully this quad can stand with its superb foreign counterparts.

A: A rusty, reddish-brown, carrot juice-like body with tan mousse for a head; looks full-bodied and smoothly carbonated. Abundant, yet light and stringy lacing with a soft pillow of retention.

S: More yeast than normal for this style, showing soft breads, creamy banana, and a touch of earthy esters. Everything else is Quad Lite: rather slight dark fruit jam aromas and notes of tannic husk for the grains, with some fleeting hints of oak and herbs (clove, pepper).

T: A decadent-yet-drinkable mix of fruity cream and sweet, flaky bread, with notes of biscuit, banana, strawberry, grape, and fig on top. Earthy-sweet layers of raisin and molasses, with a brandy-like alcoholic potency show more subtle effects, enriching the palate to a deeper, more satisfying sugariness. Malts aren’t as grainy as I had anticipated – they provide a short second of husky, leathery chewiness with very average strength. It starts to wrap up with some barrel flavors (though it isn’t the barrel-aged version) of cherry, oak, and vanilla; overall, it’s a sweet – but not cloying – drink. Finishes with a plum-like, astringent sweetness, dark and sticky.

M: Light body for the style (and for the ABV), though it does have a warm, tongue-smacking alcoholic character to it. Quite a large amount of carbonation, too, though it’s alright here because the bubbles are more creamy than prickly.

O: And from the Dutch Trappists, we get a winner. It’s not a perfect quad, by any means, but it really is delicious and drinkable, and that’s what counts in the end.

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 2466 ratings