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.
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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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Photo of BGDrock
2.12/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cellared for 1 year

Appearance: sizzling carbonation on pour, but gone before you know it leaving nothing at all for a head - not a good sign; hazy, red/brown like leather

Aroma: minimal scent, but getting some booze and sharp fruit

Taste & Mouthfeel: not completely flat, but definitely short on carbonation; very sweet caramel and toffee, sugary; a hint of spice, probably from yeast because hop balance is nowhere to be seen

Overall: really nothing much to it, lacking character and proper mouthfeel; boring and too much like candy; maybe cellaring had a negative affect, this is the second La Trappe review I've had that ranked their beer way lower than others did, so something's up

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Photo of bobhits
2.15/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Marketing wins again....4 beers, but Missed that it was 2 different beers. Completely not worth over 20 bucks!!! That said the glass was nice. if you hadn't gathered I picked this up in a box set with a glass and a few beers.

I'll take other's notes and just says WTF? This much sticky and creamy head on a 10% beer is just amazing. The beer color and body is dark ruby and somewhat clear given the trappet nature here.

The nose is cloves, bananas, and dark malt. Very sweet!

The flavor is much like the nose with a lot of heat and alcohol. Yes, bananas, clove, spices...not much else.

This one is hot and unpleasant. The mouth is uber creamy, yes I went nerd words it was so creamy. Over the top.

I haven't been a huge fan of trappest beers, and this non belgian versions proves that monks should stay out of beer!

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Photo of Jablonski
2.46/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a lighter brown color with a non-existent head. Sediment also non-existent. This has a very sweet boozy smell-very much like whiskey. Nothing else to report in the smell, which is sad because it could be much more complex considering the style. Others can hide the alcohol pretty well. The taste is really nothing but sugar and alcohol as well. The alcohol blends in a bit better in the taste, but not much. A slight hint of citrus fruits can be sensed in the taste. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the carbonation is about right. Compared to the St. Bernardus and Westvleteren, this is much less drinkable. The alcohol is not masked well, and the beer is overwhelmingly sweet. St. Bernardus ABT 12 is better for the money in my opinion.

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Photo of philipquarles
2.53/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

11.2oz bottle. Pours a very dark amber with a medium tan head that degenerates to wisps. No sediment. Smells boozy, raisiny, and really sugary. Tastes roasty, with some chocolate; weird prune character. Lots of alcohol burn. Medium bodied with high carbonation for the style and a warming (hot) finish. Almost a chore to down. As an aside, these notes are from a blind tasting with Westvleteren 12 and St. Bernardus 12. This was far and away the loser.

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Photo of Regenpak
2.62/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After taking the bottle from the fridge I left it for awhile to get it to its recommended serving temperature, between 8 and 12 °C. It poured a lovely dark amber, about 2cm head that quickly receded into a thin layer of small bubbles. Almost no visible bubbles. There is not much smell, just some sweetness and alcohol. The taste is also not very prominent and did not really agree with me. It's too sweet, for some reason, just sugary and not very interesting. Oddly enough the alcohol was not very prevalent, given the high ABV. Maybe I need to be in the mood or something to fully appreciate this beer.

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Photo of Terrik1337
2.65/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Think I got a bad bottle. Mine had absolutely no carbonation and the taste was basically booze. First trappist beer I actually didn't like at all. For reference, Rochefort 10 is my all time favorite beer.

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Photo of dragonWhale
2.82/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear red, the bottle pours with vigorous carbonation that quickly dissipates, leaving a beer that appears flat.

Caramelized barley in the aroma, with some spice (cardamon/cinnamon/heymon help me identify) from the yeast. The flavor is similar, the barley dominates with its flavors, but this feels too dimensional. Seen? Not a lot going on in the flavor
dept...just not picking up much nuance. Slightly sweet, not cloying, alcohol a little evident, does not play well, however, with chocolate. This I am sad to report. Decent..

From reading other reviews, perhaps I had one past its prime? I don't know, it seems unlikely that a quad would be past its prime in this day and age. Perhaps I'll try again later. Got it at a bottle shop in AK that had plenty of Belgians with a few years on them. Shoulda been prime, methinks..

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Photo of dedrinker
2.83/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm happy so many people thought this was phenomenal, but I just couldn't get there. I tasted a little cinamon, and candy sugar, but the overall impression was that of a beer stored too long in sub-standard conditions. My bottle said it was a Trappist ale, but I did not find the Trappist seal anywhere on the bottle (like the one on Chimay, Rochefort, Orval et. al.). Did I get some weird bootleg version, or is La Trappe suffering from some serious "has been/ used to be" issues? All the other beers in their line I tried were similarly compromised in quality of aroma/ body/ flavor/ finish. Rather two dimensional.

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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 Rennpferd
2.88/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

It was served amber, flat and with very little lacing that was white in a Koningshoeven glass.

There was really just a smell of alcohol, like I was sniffing a cleaning solution.

It had a complex mixed taste of alcohol and sweet malt. I felt that the alcohol tinge was overwhelming the malt sweetness. It was smooth with a medium head and great texture.

The mouthfeel was out of this world. Everything else was not impressive.

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Photo of clvand0
2.91/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer came in a 11.2oz bottle. Pours a brown color with a small head that sticks around and leaves some lacing. The aroma is yeasty and fruity with a slight bit of malts. Typically I love a good Belgian, but this one didn't have a nice flavor. There is a fig and sweet malt flavor, but it is really weak. It needs to have more flavor if it's going to be a good quad.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.91/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Pours a semi-translucent brown with a small tan head. Aroma of raisins, molasses, and sugary sweet malt. Flavor of raisins, sweet dark fruits, apple juice, sweet malt, and bready malt. Very sweet A bit hard to drink and not even close to the complexity of the other Belgian quads.

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Photo of bowersdm
2.94/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

A - ruby red color, reminiscent of cranberry juice. an ~1cm head form and slowly dissipated to a thin film as the beer warmed.

S - there wasn't a lot going on here. everything seemed very subtle. there was a very sweet malt smell, honey, fruit, grass, and alcohol.

T - after trying this beer, I in no way believe that it is 10%ABV. I've had liquor that was smoother. on top of the alcohol (that came across as spicy and slightly peppery), there was that same honey sweetness, some sweet malt, fruit, and grassy hops toward the end. maybe some citrus and apples, but just like the smell, the taste was pretty plain as everything seemed very subdued. The alcohol was a huge bother in attempting to enjoy this beer.

M - i perceived it as syrup, sticky. it was adequately carbonated, but the overall texture was...kind of thick and...sticky.

D - i'd drink it again, but there are plenty of other quads i'd pick before this one. it just wasn't that great and it definitely wasn't worth the price.

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Photo of BlindPig
2.95/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Thick tan head on a kind of cloudy amber body with few orange hues.
S- Spices, alcohol, cherries, plums, raisins, sweet caramel, and sugars all help make up the aroma.
T- Really sweet caramel and light toffee malt body. Strong candy cherries, plums, few dry hops, alcohol, spices, cloves, and a bunch of sugars blend together. The candy cherries really stand out more than rest of things along with the sweet caramel body.
M- Medium body with low/medium carbonation.
D- I'm really not a big fan of this at all. I think the sweetness is almost overwhelming.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.95/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Auburn to golden with a strawberry hue. A small head with brief retention and only scattered spots of lacing.

S - Alcohol, cherries, strawberries and candied sugars. The alcohol is way too prominant here, it smells sugary and boozy.

T - Cherries, candied sugars, alcohol, a touch of raspberries and light bodied malt. It closes with a bitter malty finish.

M - Slight syrupy texture. Medium bodied. Smooth, a bit drying, though superficially refreshing. In other words, it seems to quench your thirst, but moments after drinking the alcohol dries up your throat leaving you thirsty again.

D - Not awful, but definitely not good. It is too strong, syrupy and boozy. It tastes alright, but the combination of effects, made me more than comfortable with giving half of the fifth away.

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Photo of jneiswender
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Final trappist beer for me to try. Had on tap at the Belgian Beer Festival in Boston. Served in a two ounce tasting glass.

A.reddish amber body and an off white head

S.sweet bread

T.raisin....light floral hop...alcohol

M. Light?

D.ok...but very light...I expected something more assertive.

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Photo of takemetothelion
3.02/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at Bootleggers after really liking the Tripel, so hopefully similar experience. About $11 poured into a tulip.

A- A very clear light dark reddish. Lots of lacing and a 1.5 finger head. kinda surprised at how this one looks. The tripel was much cloudier.

S- Not much to the nose, some fruit and yeast and alcohol

T- Honestly not very complex as I was expecting. Grape and apricot, as well as a strong alcohol. 10% is a lot to hide but thought it would be more robust. Not much harmony with that strong alcohol taste.

MF- Very light, above average carbonation. Pretty drinkable except for the alcohol overpower

Overall, will not get again, not my favorite. For my personal taste I thought there could be more going on. I like darker brew anyways and I was really impressed with the tripel.

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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 GreenWBush
3.04/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A tight little copper beauty with aggressive carbonation that degrades to a tiny slinking lace.

Ragged candied sugars and fusel alcohols rage on the nose, as well as a caustic sour taste in the malt.

From cold, this beer is watery and bitter for a quad, as well as a feeling of heat from the booze. As the brew warms things improve, conventional yeasty tones appear and everything quiets down a bit.

One of the few positive things to say about this beer is that the sweetness was rather low and unobtrusive. At best a weak take on the style. As far as trappists go (and this bottle was labeled as such) a failure on many fronts.

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Photo of moderndrunkard
3.05/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Small, fluffy, off-white head that's short-lived. Light brown body that's slightly cloudy.

Alcoholic nose, but not too strong for a quad. Perhaps a hint of malty undertones. Overall yeasty, sweet aroma.

Taste is overwhelmingly pungent, phenolic, and, most of all, alcoholic. It's all I can taste. But as the beer warms, the taste becomes more manageable. More full and less overpowering.

But overall, this is porbably my least favorite trappist.

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Photo of Paddez
3.05/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: I was expecting something dark and foggy but this pours a crystal clear, copper-coloured brew with a large tan head. Don't know why they had to filter this, but it sure doe make the beer look odd. The big head is nice, although it looks out of place.

Smell: Malts, caramel and alcohol. Quite sweet and fairly unappealing.

Taste: This is all malts and alcohol. Some caramelly notes and some vague hints of honey in the background. If this is a Quadrupel, then where did the buttery fruits, spices & complexness go?

Mouthfeel is syrupy and slightly cloying. The warming effect of the alcohol is overdone. Not very drinkable, mainly due to the alcoholic character of this brew.

Conlusion: I'm boggled and disappointed by this one. It is way too alcoholic and lacks flavour. Seeing as it tastes more like an average barleywine I'd say it sort of misses the style too. With excellent Quadrupels like Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus Abt 12 being widely available, this is not worth seeking.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.05/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not as bold and flavorful as I expected. The alcohol seemed to predominate in this beer more than anything else. Even smelled the alcohol around a sugary-malty smell. Flavor is alcohol on the front and the back. Inbetween there are malts and some overly sweet candy sugar. A rather medicinal flavor that brings me back to my days of my youth when my mother would pour cold medicine down my throat. Slight hints of raisins--bt the type that have been sugar-coated. Poured a deep amber hue in color with a thick foamy head that never went away. Lots of stringy lace that was strangely thick and sticky. Full body but light in the sense that it seemed to evaporate from the tip of my tongue before I could swallow.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.08/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

While I thought the mouthfeel of this beer was quite good, I was not a huge fan of its sour grape and champagne flavor. It is lightly sweet and tastes a bit like dried fruit, which may have been what bothered me (I'm not a fan). Aroma was a bit of a candied fruit sugariness. I had this beer on draft, and it was not unattractive in its martini-like branded glassware - a hazy red color with a white scummy head of inconsistently sized tiny bubbles. Still, i was not a huge fan of this beer.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle labeled Koenings Hoeven Quadrupel which i understand to be the same thing as the La Trappe. The color was a bit lighter than i expected, a ruddy brown with only about a finger of creamy head that did not leave much lacing. The smell was mostly dark ripe fruits and alcohol, and the taste was similar. It was sweet and the alcohol had a very nice bite to it, but the beer was not quite full bodied enough for me. The drinkability is mostly hampered by the aggresiveness of the alcohol but overall a good beer.

Second Impression: Had this beer again from a 750 mL from Abe's in Bethlehem for $10.50. Poured into a snifter and shared with friends. Looks the same as I remember it, ruddy brown, okay but unimpressive head, retention and lacing.

Smell is boozy, not really inviting. Also picking up some fruits but it seems a bit off. Taste is a combination of red twizzlers, banana and alcohol. Not really anything positive about this one.

Mouthfeel is still thin, carbonation is high and prickly, though it was served a bit colder than it should have. Drinkability is low.

Scores averaged to represent the two very different impressions of this beer. Even if the second bottle was a bad bottle, I don't really see an reason to pick this up over the more widely available and similarly priced Chimay Blue.

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Photo of marinobrew
3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has recently been approved to NC and has lost the La Trapp label. The label only has the Koningshoeven brewery name with quadrupel and trappist ale underneath.
The appearnace is a deep mahogony and brilliant clarity.
The head is off white and tightly laced. The lacing in the glass leaves a nice symetrical line.
The nose is sour fruit, toffee, alcohol, and yeasty.
The mouth is decently smooth with hints of the toffee, hazelnut, plum, alcohol and licorice.
The finish is a lingering bitter/sweet that warms the chest.

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