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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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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Photo of merlin48
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A Dutch Trappist ale here. "Trappist" is etched into the bottle, mentioned on the label, and is even printed on the 11.2 oz bottle's cap. I needed no convincing that the Dutch make some excellent ales and biers, having visited the Netherlands, a couple times in the early 1990s. This Quad pours a regal, garnet hued orange body, with a small ivory head which quickly drops into a permanent collar and film of nice, tiny bubbled lace.

Aroma is banana and apricots, with an abundance of spices. Clove, coriander, nutmeg, and cinamon, run rampant. There is also a prominent yeast aroma, that seems to emanate from a hardwood forest.

Mouthfeel is not this ale's strongpoint. Alcohol presence is biting, but carbonation is appropriate.

Taste is "spot on" for a Quad. Pineapple, banana, nectarine, and mango lead a prominent tropical fruit character. Loads of spices balance the fruity sweetness quite well. Yeast is not as pronounced in the taste, as in the nose, but lends a subdued background note.

Overall, a bit on the fruity sweet side of the scale, but with plenty of spices to balance. The subdued yeastiness adds to the complexity. I like this one a lot.

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

Handsome rusty copper colour. Short head that settles to a film, sparse lace.

Noticeable alcohol in the nose. Some fruitiness including banana.

Sweet and syrupy in character. Banana and burnt toffee come through quite clearly. Some other fruit in there that reminds me some of cherries there as well. Some breadiness in the finish. Lots of interesting flavours, but quite sweet. This is a slow sippin' after supper sitting around sort of beer. Alcohol is quite noticeable, but comfortably done.

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Photo of BrewMan82
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*My first quadrupel
Pours amber with huge white, bubbly head. Smelled various fruity tones with some phenols and alcohol kick at the end. Flavor starts out thin with yeasty fruitiness, then moves back on the tongue and instantly fills mouth with creamy woodsy flavor. A bit of astringent bitterness in the finish but alcohol is also noticeable (better be at 10%!) and helps keep the finish lighter and pleasant. Smooths out nicely. Mouthfeel is full and satisfying - creamy and well carbonated. I loved the variation of flavor character and mouthfeel from tip of the tongue all the way down the throat - very complex and easy to enjoy slowly!

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Photo of soper2000
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Quad ever. I went to the liquor store to find Allagash 4 but it wasn't available so i "settled" for this one. Pours a very nice looking amber color with a billowing white head one would expect. Smell has some fruity characteristics along with some spiciness. The first thing i noticed about the taste is the yeast. This is a very yeasty beer. Notes of orange/cloves were also apparent. Very enjoyable sipping beer. This is a full bodied beer, but I question it's drinkability. Overall it was an excellent surprise for me.

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

Picked up a 750 corked and caged complete with a glass goblet at Bacchus in Chattanooga. Pours into the La Trappe goblet a ruddy, dusty looking brown. It’s very hazy even coming right from the top of the bottle. Not much of a head here, maybe I was a little too delicate on the pour. What is there recedes rather quickly into a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell is strongly vinous in character. Must, bitterness as if from plum skins, yeast, and various fruit smells; all of these combine into a wonderful aroma. A dry, winey alcohol smell is evident as well. As it warms a crisp apple flavor manifests both in taste and smell.

Taste is wonderful and complex. Up front it’s bitter grape-skins, which is eventually overturned by musty yeast and malts. Finish is that wine alcohol character and an ever so slight sting of hop spiciness. A woody aftertaste is left behind. Mouthfeel is nice, carbonation is present but doesn’t distract, a medium-light body if I had to categorize it.

This is an excellent beer in my opinion and has garnered some more of my respect for the style. As for drinkability, I don’t think I’ll have any trouble finishing off the 750 and I could definitely see drinking this one again. Plus the fact of anything being brewed by monks just seems to make everything feel….right. Or something.

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

Brew is poured from an 11.2 oz bottle at room temp into a snifter. Pours reddish mahogany with an off white head foaming up about an inch and then fading to a surface layer. SOme head stickiness to the sides of the glass as it fades.

Aroma is spicy with coriander and maybe nutmeg hints. Overall spicy sweet mixed with a fruit boquet, pears apples and perhaps grapes. Also faint bready yeast scent too. Very active aroma.
First sip is an eye opener! It has a small prickly carbonation and slight syrupy texture. Flavor is amazing! I get some peppery alcohol up front with some cloves mixed in, also a little burnt sugar, this fades to a general fruitiness mostly pears, and then finishes dry with an alcohol warming. Very tasty brew and easy to drink even with the obvious presence of alcohol.
This is a very tasty brew and I will be sure to purchase it again!

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Photo of vitesse
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in euro-style 11.2 oz. brown bottle with red and blue koeningshoeven label.
although this beer is called a "quadrupel," it wasn't nearly as "extreme" a beer as I expected. What i found was actually a nicely balanced and even restrained beer.
appearance is just great. a beautiful brown beer with ruby red coloring when held up to the light. head is tight and creamy and has good retention.
smell is of fruity aromas -- prunes and apricots are what i picked up, slightly carmelly aroma is there as well. alcohol is pretty well hidden in both the taste and aroma, actually.
taste is very very similar to ommegang ale, but slightly more restrained and less "in your face." it actually almost tasted like an aged bottle of ommegang. somewhat thick chewy maltiness pairs well with the fruity esters and alcoholic bite.
overall, a very drinkable ale for a 10-percenter. not really a very extreme beer once you get past the ABV. if you like ommegang, trois pistoles and a variety of belgian dubbels and brown ales, you'll probably like this one. if you love the fruitiness and complex maltiness of those styles, this oughta be your steez.

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Photo of BierReise
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle that has the Koningshoeven label yet embossed with LaTrappe. Poured a slightly cloudy amber-brown with a beige head that is quite thick and leaving scattered lacing. Outstanding aroma of fruit, sweet malt and yeast with notes of figs and plums. Mouthfeel is velvety with a crisp lively carbonated feel. Quite smooth. The flavor is also outstanding. Fruity and candy sugar sweetness envelopes the strong malt flavor and a bit of alcohol is also detected. A slight warming sensation in the finish. Overall a high quality Trappist ale.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle into La Trappe glass. Dark orange colored, hazy with lots of sediments. Head is off-white and small, diminishing. The aroma is very pleasant, yeasty with sweet malty candy fruitiness reminding peaches, plums and green raisins without forgetting alcohol notes. Good medium to full mouthfeel, rather silky. The taste is not as refined as the scent, it's toffeish, peachy, very malty and sweet with a flowery spicy and hoppy finish that does not grab me particularly.

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Photo of Zorro
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark brown.

Smell is a big banana smell! Also have a tart apple smell, and a perfume aroma.

Taste is sweet and apples and perfume. One sip reminds me of my Grandmothers apple preserves. There is a brown sugar and pear taste here too. Banana and spices sneak in to the party on my tongue too.

Mouthfeel is very good.

Very drinkable, this is some tasty stuff; I need to spend a summer in Belgium once in my life.

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 2,395 ratings