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

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Netherlands
latrappe.nl

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.

Added by kbub6f on 03-07-2002

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#2,493
Reviews:
970
Ratings:
2,405
pDev:
10.31%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Malt sweet and spice. Many flavors: Cloves,nutmeg and a nice touch of cinammon, Rum and mocha. Rich mouthfeel. Warming alcohol.
3.5 years later had on-tap in Toronto fresh and great aroma, and rich wine-like colour of course. A bit boozy rich and sweetish.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very large head took up most of the glass which is off white. eventually a clear copper body was seen.

S: dried fruits mostly pear, toasted malts, some dark fruit but not much, musty yeast and wet socks.

T: fairly fruity but not too sweet, and as with the aroma is mostly green apple and pear for me with Belgian yeast, toasted and caramel malts, brown sugar. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M: medium body, smooth with moderate to high carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A very easy to drink and flavorful quad. Didnt really stand out much from others I have had but still very good and a must try.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

the exemplary belgian quad in my book. pours a nice hazy medium amber color with a vibrant off white head. nose of smokey wood, belgian yeast, and candy sugar. flavor is great, so smooth. ive got some slight fruits and some gentle sweetness. wicked complex. if i was less stoned id have better adjectives, but this one is hitting all the notes. mouthfeel is as good as it gets, very bright carbonation and a medium body turning into buttery silk. love the mouthfeel on this one. overall an excellent beer, even though it might score lower by these qualifications, i like it better than the oaked quad. just a perfect illustration of what a beer can be. lovely

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Photo of jaydoc
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's Trappiste Pub & Cafe in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky honey brown with a foamy beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, and spice. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Knapp85
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've loved this Quadrupel since the first time I had it a few years back. I felt that I needed to revisit this to give it a fair review. Poured this into a snifter glass. It's got a light muddy brown color with a thick tan head on top that stick around for the majority of the time. The smell of this beer sucks me in every time. The aromas that come off of this brew are sweet fruits and some nice malts with just a bit of yeast in there. It nearly smells like candy to me. The taste is lovely, all those fruits and the yeast come alive once it hits your tongue. It tastes pretty much exactly how it smells. The mouthfeel has a really nice creaminess to it and mixed with some lively bubbles this beer just impresses me with each sip. A must try.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured medium dark brown into a snifter glass. It initially poured with a rather large head that slowly died down into lacing or a thin layer of bubbles. A moderate level of carbonation is evident by the bubbles rising to the surface.
S: There's a pleasant aroma of sweet malts with notes of dark fruits and candi sugar.
T: The taste is complex and has flavors similar to the smell but there is a lot of underlying malty sweetness with some other hints of caramel and toffee flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate. It's relatively smooth, but the level of carbonation feels a bit light, making the beer feel a bit on the side of being syrupy.
D: Although the alcohol doesn't stand out prominently in the taste and is rather well masked, this definitely feels like a strong beer and needs to be sipped slowly.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz chalice, on guest tap at Volo in Toronto.

This beer appears a hazy, dark apricot amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy ecru head, which leaves a swath of oncoming avalanche lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of apple, ripe pear, sweet wheat-tinged caramel malt, musty dark fruit, gritty candi sugar, and a smidgeon of warming alcohol. The taste is caramel/toffee malt, apple mush, generic melon, a bit of coriander/clove spiciness, waning black fruit esters, a subtle earthy yeastiness, and more very coy booze warming.

The carbonation is on the low side, but still tight and a tad fizzy, the body a decent medium weight, fairly smooth, and even a little slickly creamy. It finishes off-dry, and pretty clean, the fruitiness carrying on in a mild stumble, while the more or less subdued malt deals with a now threatening booziness, but in that playing hard to get sense.

Certainly a keep-you-warm-in-the-winter sort of beverage, this is, with the requisite memories of summer field fruit, and an adequate amount of deftly obscured booze to help suppress them. Wait, this is a Trappist brewery, so I suppose I must proffer a comparison to the standard bearers for the style, etc, etc. Ok, then - this is barely worthy of mentioning in the same breath as the Rochefort 10s of the world, but that's no big deal - sometimes a bit of scaled down complexity, and upticked drinkability is a good thing.

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Photo of oline73
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of kojevergas
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Rock Bottom pint glass. I had a hell of a time with the cork.

A: Pours a beautiful creamy thick head of amazing retention. Hazy gold, inviting colour. Very appealing.

Sm: Musty blend of esters, spice, malt, and yeast. Yeast scents are my favourite in trappist ales. This is no exception.

T: Cream-laced open to body of unusual build but nice balance, with a yeasty, hoppy finish. Hides its abv extraordinarily (dangerously!) well. It's a bold beer, even for a trappist quadrapul. Compared to other quads I've had, it seems a bit off (is there a "standard" quadrupel taste?).

Mf: Near perfect, except for a bit of must. It's difficult to brew with traditional methods and yeast and still avoid the musty effect, but other trappist ales manage to do it better than this one.

Dr: At 10% abv, it'll knock your socks off, but at 12 USD a bottle (in Denver, CO), it'll do a number on your wallet as well.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps the least enjoyable of all Trappist beers. Fruits, candy, and Belgian yeast are hardly appreciated over the fusal alcohols. Dehydrated fruits, candy sugar, and bready yeast are present, but the alcoholic strength and a undecernable nausiating flavor persists from beginning to end. Though I want to like it, the drinkability is low. Finsihes dry, sweet, and fruity / spicy. Not a particualarly good offering for the style.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big "Q" label, cellared for over a year. Bottle opens with a pop, pours a jeweled red-orange into a Westmalle goblet at 60º. Racing trails of carbonation can be seen in the center. After a sip the foam breaks and slowly ebbs away at one side. Slight musty cork aroma, with sweet brown sugar and caramel notes. Dried fruit flavors of raisin, dates, and prune blend with a sweet nutty almond finish and a vague touch of spice. Slight stickiness on the lips, and there is some minor earthy tobacco in the aftertaste. The feel is full and velvety, true trappist style. Not sure if it was aged too long or long enough, but the alcohol thankfully wasn't noticeable. Slighty more enjoyable fresh on tap (4.2).

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Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 5/8/2013. Pours moderately cloudy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, toast, biscuit, light caramel, molasses, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and moderate malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, banana, candi sugar, toast, biscuit, light caramel, molasses, herbal, floral, clove, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, banana, candi sugar, toast, biscuit, molasses, herbal, light caramel, clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and moderate malt sweetness; with an awesome malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is insane. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming after the finish. Overall this is a world class quadrupel. All around incredible complexity and balance of bright fruity/spicy yeast esters and balanced malt sweetness; and extremely smooth to sip on for the ABV. An insanely delicious offering.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes on 4/19

A - Poured out a light burgandy color with a small, tan, bubbly/soapy head. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried fruit (pear & apple), spices and malt.

T - It the apple and pear flavors came through on first sip. Also, some spice notes kicked in. It had a smooth roasted malt flavor that added a biscuity feel.

M - It was soft and smooth with a warm alcohol presence. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good Quad. It's worth the price.

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Photo of Boone757
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
3.44/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy chestnut color with a nice, rocky head that sheets lacing all over the chalice

Smell: Artificial cherry juice and candi sugar with too much fusel alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity flavor with a hint of candi sugar and caramel; joined by the artificial cherry juice flavor by mid-palate as well as a touch of balsa wood; after the swallow, a nice, earthy hop flavor, with even more wood, settles things down

Mouthfeel: Medium body with plenty of carbonation; a touch thinner than I would have expected

Drinkability: My least favorite of the Trappists by a big margin; just don't like that cherry flavor

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 2,405 ratings