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 Trappeā€™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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Ratings: 2,405 |  Reviews: 970
Photo of Ellbert
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance: I was very dissapointed with the appearance of this beer. There was not much head and what was there diminished fairly quickly.

Smell: Very sweet and malty. I can smell some ripe fruit and spices.

Taste: Very malty and rich. It tastes that of an English Barleywine without the alcoholic kick. Very tasty. Caramel and molasses are prominent. Hops play a small role in the end and alcohol inches its way in. A very tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and meaty. This is what I like in a beer.

Very drinkable for 10%. However it would knock you on your butt.

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

I just had one heck of a battle with that cork. It finally came off but not after a battle. Pours out a beautiful amber color. The head is like a huge fluffy white pillow. Tons of bubbles make their way to the top. Very effervesant.

The smell is light and delicate. Soft and sweet. Hints of malt and something grassy come through. The taste is similar. Sweet in the beginning and then lending to some spicy notes. Alcohol kind of hits you half way through. Not as balanced as I would like. I think this is a very fresh ale and could use some time in the cellar.

By they way, I bought this 750ml bottle at Kappy's in Wellington Circle for $9.99 and it included a small glass.

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

Beautiful brown with crimson hues and a soft, bubbly head. Lacing is beautiful.

Faint alcohol aromas blend with a sour cherry, brown sugar and some candied sugar.

Medium-full body with a very faint carbonation. Delightful Belgian sugar flavor with some red wine and light cherriness. A brief alcohol flavor flashes throughout then returns to the candy sugar flavor and some grape flavor.

Very fine quad. Alcohol is well hidden and makes for an enjoyable sipping experience.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly a big, big taste at work here. Starts with lots of foam, but that subsides quickly. The brown hazy body shows off a cascade of golden bubbles when I pour more into the Belgian glass. Nice brown sugar smell. Even my non-drinking wife wanted to taste it, and delcared it delicious and sweet. Yep, good candi sugar sweetness. Extra alcohol smoothness gives it the texture of a sweet dinner wine. Or maybe I can compare it to a berley wine, just missing the hop bouquet.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mine was a Koningshoeven Quadrupel Trappist ale. Served in a Koningshoeven chalice at more or less 13-15 celcius.

Pours red with an off white head foaming up about an inch and then fading to a surface layer. Aroma of spice, coriander and nutmeg. Smell is of fruit aromas.

Very good brew... I'd drink it all night not for the 10% (that is very well cloaked).

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a cloudy red beer with a good foamy head that had a lot of body.

The aroma was of sweet apples, quite distinctive.

The taste was very rich, with a strong malt character, some moderate bitterness, a fair amount of sweetness and fruitiness, with a long smooth malt finish.

This beer was excellent. I had it as part of a series session... had their singel, dubbel, tripel, and quadrupel in order with a friend.

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Photo of clvand0
2.91/5  rDev -30.2%
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 jdhilt
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cream, five finger plus (pour very slowly) head that goes slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation. Nose is a sweet malty nutmeg. Starts smooth and sweet, has a mellow finish. $8.54 for a 750ml bottle from Oliver's Beverage Albany, NY.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.04/5  rDev -27.1%
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 kmpitz2
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice rich tea color with finger of head that falls very quickly. The nose is not as full and rich as I want it to be. There's just a hint of the deep fig smell I want, but there are some more sweet notes that I don't expect. The flavor is more rich and full than the nose hints at, but it is still not as powerful as I want it to be. The raisin and fig notes just don't dominate as I would like them to be. The mouthfeel is not quite as thick as I would like; its lacking the syrupy character I would like. Drinkability is okay. This beer is just not anything special all the way around.

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

25.4oz sculpted brown bottle. 13:10 K09A3 stamped on back label (?)
Poured into a fluted Piraat glass.
It pours a murky, ruby-hued deep amber with big fluffy beige head and some sticky and slow sliding lace.
The aroma epidomizes the Quad Trappist style;
Cut dry oak, earthy farm, figs, pears, bananas, cloves and rum stand out. Dried malt and a light whiff of citrus finish nicely.
This is a malty concoction! Fresh brown bread, toffee, banana, prunes and a rye-like edgy malt taste stand out.
Sharp-edged citrusy hops, cloves and peppers begin to offer balance and harmony to the sweet, rummy body. But, eventually the syrupy richness reasserts itself and demands your full, undevided attention.
Thanks Genaro!

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Photo of rajendra82
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured out hazy dark orange in color with a tall blooming head. The aroma was spicy and sweet with orange peel, coriander, and candi sugar. The taste was sweet and tangy with an allusion of bitterness, and was backed by a good deal of spicy warm alcohol presence. The mouthfeel was clean and creamy. I did not feel that this beer was quite as complex as most quads, but was satisfying in its own way.

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Photo of granger10
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2000/2001 version

I don't know how this beer is when fresh but I must say that it ages amazingly well. Pours a hazy thick darkish coppery color with a midsize frothy white head. Decent lacing. Smell has a lightly fruit flavor (apples and peaches) with a bouquet of hops. Taste however is much darker in fruity flavor. Red grape skins and plums. Sweet malts mix in. Caramel and chocolate. A huge nutty flavor rides the raspberry/maple syrup body. Finish is dry and wine-like. It lingers in a soft way. I don't really notice the alcohol but feel it the further I go. Hops are weak in body and hardly noticeable. The malt complexity and depth of this beer are amazing. I kept finding new flavors. However, I don't think I could drink much of this at one sitting but I am definitely making sure to get more of it next time I see it.

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

Pretty intense, even for the style. Dark fruit character, rum soaked prunes and overripe apples, some unusual yeast notes in there. The alcohol wafts in and out of the flavor, adding some white pepper spice. Substantial but not syrupy. Sweetness well balanced by some not-quite-hops bittering. While the Quad has never been a "warm and cuddly" style for me, this one really didn't engage me.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour was dark yellow/copper red with a good one finger head that moderately dissapated to a light lace that coated the top of the beer throughout the drink. Quite a bit of haze and sediment.

The smell was strong with floral and fruit. As it warmed there was a malty attribute but it never overpowered the fruit and flowers.

The drink started with the standard trappist malt kick but soon after that, around mid-tongue, the fruit kicked in. The finish was a lingering hop bite with an apple tone. It didn't linger too long, just long enough to make you want another drink.

All and all this was an incrediblely tasty and refreshing beer. I think it would go great with food, or just with friends.

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Photo of cbl2
3.18/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Slightly opaque ruby brown with 1/2" head


Alcohol is the most apparent aroma with hints of raisins, and sugary maltness.


Malty flavors on the mouth upfront, but finish is dominated by alcohol that lingers and cools the throat with each breath that follows prior to the next sip. Too much alcohol flavor in this one for me to recommend, it needs to be balanced better.

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Photo of Guinness4me
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer poured beautifully with a sponge-looking creamy head and lovely topaz color. As the head diminished, it left a nice lace on the glass.

The smell was pungent but pleasant and reminded me of other Trappist beers.

The taste was powerful to me and very complex with fruity green apple overtones. The alcohol had quite a bite and warmed all the way down. It felt smooth in my mouth but had a bit of a metallic tinge that I don't particularly like. I'm glad I experienced it, but doubt I'll drink it again.

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Photo of studentofbeer
3.37/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured this beer into a chimay goblet. it had an interesting dark russet color that was somewhat watery in appearance. no real head developed.

it smelled deeply sweet, full of candy sugar, dark fruit and grapes. nice and rich.

the taste however was rather unidimensional. lots of malty sweetness with green grape flavor, and that's about it. nothing near the complexity of other trappist beers.

the mouthfeel was a bit syrupy but otherwise fine, but the strong sweet character keeps it from being easy to drink. definitely not my favorite of the trappists.

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

i may have gotten a bad one or something. it poured typical of a belgian, dark brown with a nice head. smelled of light spices, fruit, malt and sugars, a little chocolate in the back
taste is the probelm here, i got hit up front with a metallic taste with every sip, the rest of the flavors came thru on the backside but it was too much up front with the metal taste
decent overal but most likely I would not buy this one again if given a choice
ok it must have been a bad bottle. had this on draft recently and it was dam tasty. fruity, dried fruits and slight spice from the warming alcohol. much better so i upped the scores a bit

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

Has a dark amber body with a reddish tint. Big creamy beige head. The aroma was full of dried fruit with just a hint of banana. That great dried fruit characteristic carries over into the taste. As the smooth dried fruit flavor covers your tongue the hop sharpness comes in. Giving a little bit of bitterness just before that, sit down and relax, alcohol warmth slides down your throat. As this ale warms to room temperature it gains in complexity.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.31/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brown 750 ml bottle, corked & caged. No dates.

Full amber colour, leaning towards red. A huge rocky almond coloured head forms & hangs out for a long time. Eventually it collapses upon itself leaving a good bit of sticky lace behind. Carbonation looks pretty rugged.

Big fruity aromas & hints of spice fill the nose.

Big round fruitiness gives way to a long dry spicy finish. Flavours are pretty vague / nondescript. A plum not opens up as it warms. Alcohol is masked very well, I would nover guess this was 10% ABV.

Full bodied. That rugged looking carbonation calms down quickly, becoming quite easy.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange-rose color with incredible lacing on a small head.

Smell: a rich fruity and musky smell with hints of alcohol. I sat and smelled this beer for a good minute or so before tasting it. itwas really fun to smell.

Taste: Comes on strong, right at the tongue with a powerful alcohol flavor and a very sharp bite (which I call "PEYANG!!"). It warms up though and starts to blend into an apple, fruity flavor. The finish lasts for a very long taste it with every breath.

Mouthfeel: The body is very slick and slipppery - almost oily, buttery.

Drinkability: I should hope to drink this beer several more times in my life time. It was a great experience - a real sipping beer that you want to make last all night, but you can't - unless you buy a case of them.

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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 Mitchster
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out to a slightly hazy deep-caramel with particulate strands of goop flittering about, forming a soapy beige head with excellent retention and good lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is nice with some spicy clove phenolics and darkening bananas. Some dusty hops contribute slightly. Mouthfeel is soft with a medium body. Taste begins nicely with cloves, bananas and malts, and then is disrupted with a very strong tang of metal, like dirty pennies in the mouth. Sweet acetone alcohol predominants before the sweet, syrupy pineapple finish. Letting it warm and swirling it lets some of the acetones evaporate, and make this much more enjoyable.

This beer really has alot of promise, but the acetone and metals hamper it's drinkability. They key to enjoying this beer is swirling and warming. They really need to clean up their fermenting method. Better than the dubbel or triple, but still somewhat poor when compared to others in the style.

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Photo of tjd25
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very dense and fine head on a beautiful purple copper color opaque body. The smell is yeasty, with ripe bananas and strawberries, with a hint of citrus. The sweet (almost artificial) bananas are clearly noticeable in the taste too, with some citrus. The alcohol warms the throat but is a bit too noticeable for my palate. With the hops, it contributes to a thick aftertaste that lowers the beer's drinkability. The mouthfeel is round , smooth and complex. A good beer overall, some very nice features, but the high alcohol content kinda ruins it imo.

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Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 2,405 ratings