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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: 931 | Ratings: 2,272
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 we'll. 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.

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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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Photo of delta490
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber, cloudy, with a creamy tan head. It has great retention with small sticky lacing. The aroma is mild but with light caramel and spice. The taste is spiced up front with the malt sweetness on the finish. The body is creamy and mostly smooth with just a hint of carbonation.

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Photo of erk0607
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First impression: color is deceiving being so used to dark quads.

L: dark straw with lingering lacing.

S: pronounced alcohol and bubblegum, maybe some sweet citrus.

T: light, gummy, yeasty with some malt.

F: medium "quad" mouthfeel, slightly dense, foams nicely.

O: different, good, you can tell it's high abv.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Mike_Aguirre
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep copper with a very wide white foam head. Smell is malty, fruity, lots of spices and alcohol. Tase is complex, lots of layers, malts, sweetness, fruit notes, spices, alcohol, medium bitterness, no hops. Medium body with low carbonation. Great beer.

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Photo of Mdog
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Cloudy dark amber, big head.

Smell: Sweet, raisin, dark fruit, cake.

Taste: Sweet, big raisin flavor, big caramel, cake, big mouthfeel, lush and luxurious.

Overall: Revisiting this beer probably 11 years after the last time I had it. Still very good, big sweetness without being cloying, just a beer you can sink into and enjoy over time.

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Photo of RobinLinde
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy amber, ruby body with a thick head that faded quite fast.

Smell: A sweet and fresh smell of candy cane(!) and banana.

Taste: Very, very sweet. Malty caramel and an aftertaste of burnt caramel and banana.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with nice carbonation.

Overall: A very sweet beer. Almost like drinking liquid caramel. Lovely!

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Photo of sherillc
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a work of art. Absolutely beautiful. Sweet, malty, with hints of banana, or actually banana bread - nutty, vanilla. One of my all time favourites.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.94/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What an amazing beer.

The only negative (for me, personally) is the high ABV that goes with the beer style. I can smell the alcohol quite a lot and I don't like alcohol :)

Currently, my favorite beer of all time.

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