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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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Ratings: 2,360 |  Reviews: 957
Photo of SeanChouffe
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: brown 330ml bottle.
Pours a hazy golden brown color with very little head, and low carbonation. A small layer of foam remains with some spotty lace clinging to the glass. Aroma is of bubblegum and malt. The taste is sweet at the start with a slightly dry finish. The feel is smooth and creamy with a good representation of effervescence. The warming effects of the alcohol are pleasant. A well-balanced beer, but is somewhat one-dimensional.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy amber with fine carbonation and a rich head which disappears too quickly with surprisingly little lace. The aroma is complex and strongly alcoholic, not like liquor but like a strong wine with some sugary, buttery elements.

Taste is also complex, earthy and leather with a sweet, smooth, honey finish. Some fruity elements and a definite winey character come through. Barely traces of hops and spice. Maple syrup and tobacco?

Even with the high ABV, the alcohol is not overpowering -- to the contrary, it hides in the background and allows the other flavors to compete. It warms the palate with a velvety medium body, edging its way towards a liqueur like an amaretto or a brandy.

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

This one gushes out of the gate and pours a mountainess beige head that fades to near perfect in time. The lace and stick are above average. The color here is bright blazing amber. The aromatics are pure mastery!! Wave after wave of fruit driven aromatics in the way of melon, strawberry, peach, raisin, creme caramel, toffee and a streak of vanillan. In the mouth the beer is duly complex offering more fruit in the way of chocolate raisin. Later melted chocolate liquor, roasted mocha, blanched nut, sweet butter, toffee, cocoa powder and again fruit liquor. Way complex!!!! Texturally this beer is liquid velvet. Full bodied, creamy and very warming, this is a sipper. Let this one come to you and give it some time to reveal itself. I did during game Two NLCS Cubs vs Marlins 2003. What a treat!!

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Photo of nomad
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy and muddled color, orange-amber-tan. Had lots of carbonation but not much head, and was way too slippery for lace or stain.

Smelled of prunes, pears, with a soft but bright fruitiness to them. Definite butterscotch scents, floral honey, roasty and caramel malt, too.

Taste was a thin syrup flavor, like a soft cooking grade honey barely caramelized - even had the light floral character of a good honey. Amazing. Buttery notes through out, with some grainy malt and some fruity notes too, noticeably grape. Slight spice at the finish. Very quiet and subtle beer, have to let this warm up. Finish was short and nascently creamy with wasps of alcohol around roasty notes.

Very thin mouthfeel, a bit too thin. In all, a very good beer but not something I’d necessarily ask for, never noxious, softly pleasing. Good results for such high abv.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One pint 9.4 fl. oz. brown bottle, corked. Had a good struggle with the cork, which I won only with the help of pliers. No freshness date, but not really a concern with this style.
Aroma: Alcohol is clearly noted with honey fruit background. Malt is evident.
Appearance: A clear amber red with a frothy white head of small bubbles and a lot of bubbles in the glass, all of which faded. I got no lacing, but as the beer warmed, it seemed to lose a little chill haze and turned a softer, peach color.
Flavor: This is a malty one. The abbey style yeast is quickly noticed with some spiciness that has a neat twist. I experienced the high alcohol that seemed to evaporate off my tongue after I swallowed, and seemed to leave a dark fruitiness in its place. While the alcohol is definitely there, the taste is in the background, well hidden. There is some serious spice in the aftertaste as well. The profile seems to be: malt, fruit, spice. No hops experienced, but must be keeping the malt from being cloying.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, rich, and smooth. While I can’t detect any hop flavor, I am catching a bit of a bitter pucker, maybe helped/caused by the alcohol.
Overall Impression: Wow, this is a hard-core beer. Alcohol really comes through, more in the feeling it gives than the taste. This ends up hurting drinkability a bit in my book. I judge that on; do I want another one? This one is plenty. This beer goes down as a serious, heavy-handed Trappist. This is a beer for a contemplative self-study. Have a major life decision you need to mull over? Hide in a corner with a bottle of this and think it over.

Updated Review: Had a bottle that had aged in my fridge for a good 18 months, probably more. Much better. Alcohol taste had faded, more vinous, less peppery, little darker in color, and just wonderful to drink. This had high scores on my first go (a4;s4.5;t4.5;m4.5;d3.5) but the aged version is a bit better. Hold on to one if you can.

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

Comes in a dark brown ceramic 750ml bottle with a fairly plain label. Ingredients include dextrose, sugar cane and caramel. Best before January 2006, I opened it on 9/21/03.

Pours a gorgeous cloudy dark orange under a magnificent tan four-fingered head with lots of body. The initial lacework was incredibly thick - kind of like shelves sticking out from the side of the glass. This thickness gave way later to more conventional but still impressive lacing. The aroma is full and complex - cherry, malt, sugar, alcohol. The mouth is heavy and lightly carbonated. The tongue is quickly overwhelmed by the variety and complexity of flavors - fruits, malts, alcohol, caramel. This old hophead was surprised to find some hoppy bitterness coming through in the finish, nicely balancing the sweet and sour of the fruit. The aftertaste brings the malt back to vie for the fruit. Overall, a very nice impression indeed.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Deep, cloudy orange color with the traditional monster Belgium head that laced well on the glass.

Smell – It took awhile for the traditional smells to come out, and even then they were muted. The malt was present along with strong alcohol (10 ABV), some fruits that were hard to pinpoint (banana and peach maybe), and some dark spices like cinnamon or even allspice.

Taste – The sugary sweetness took over right away. The sticky nature of this brew causes a lot of lip-licking. Enormous brown sugar, peach, apple, some banana, and big cherry add to the malt character. Definite cinnamon here as well. The apple flavor reminded me of the Italian liqueur Tuaca.

Mouthfeel – Little carbonation on the tongue. The sweet flavors though completely masked the high alcohol content, so it went down smooth.

Drinkability – Much too drinkable for a 10 ABV. The intense sweetness makes this one good for after dinner.

Comments – There is a maturity to the ingredients here that really impressed me. I think it was off slightly for the style, but a terrific brew nevertheless.

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


The 12oz bottle of this beer in a 2000/2001 vintage, is quite lovely. I normally think that 750ml bottles are better than 12oz ones, but in this case, this beer tastes exactly the same in the 12oz bottle than it does in the 750ml one, perhaps the 12oz is even a little bit better than the 750!!!


This beer is the same as the Koningshoeven I had a while ago, but only recently reviewed...

This beer poured a nice, dark orange-y/red-ish colour with a small, whispy head that quickly dissapeared. The aromas were of sweet malts, candy sugar, fruits, yeast, and alcohol. The taste was similar to the aromas of this beer and it consisted of some very sweet, fruity flavors, as well as a nice alcoholic punch. The mouthfeel was strong and thick and the drinkability was good for a beer of this size!


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

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Its slightly hazy deep amber body appears almost reddish in the glass; yet reveals golden highlights when held to the light. It's short but creamy off-white head slowly erodes to an average collar and some whispy surface foam. The nose is somewhat musty and lightly vinous with a candyish note and some mild caramel that rounds things out. It's gently zesty on the tongue with a very fine and natural carbonation atop it's medium/full body. The flavor is sweetish with a lightly vinous and juicy fruit character that exhibits red grape, plum, soft berries, and apple. It's well-balanced with firm bitterness; and it's alcohol is held in check at all times. It finishes dry with some noteable bitterness; a delicate wash of alcohol; and some mild, peppery alcohol spiciness. An interesting and satiating brew.
Koningshoeven Quadrupel:
This beer is very similar to the standard La Trappe Quadruple, although it displays some rougher fermentation characteristics and appears to be a bit sweeter. It pours a slightly hazy, deep amber body that appears almost reddish in the glass, yet reveals golden highlights when held to the light. It's short but creamy off-white head slowly erodes to an average collar and some whispy surface foam but leaves some thin lace as it goes. The nose is delicately fruity with a bright, candyish note and some mild phenolics that waver in the background. It's gently zesty on the tongue with a very fine and natural carbonation atop it's medium/full body. The flavor delivers a sweetish and juicy fruit character (soft berries, apple, plum) and some light caramel. It's well-balanced with a moderate bitterness; and it's alcohol is held in check at all times. It finishes dry, with some light phenols (higher alcohols with a green-apple and plastic-like character). Still, it's fermentation flaws are minimal, and would probably go unnoticed by most. A nice beer that's worth a shot.

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

This brew poured a medium head of light brown bubbles and a cloudy brown body. It has a nice mild malt aroma and a strong yeasty taste of spices, smoke, and some burnt flavor from the alcohol content. I rather liked this brew and would love to have a fresh sample. This brew is definitely a keeper.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.21/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When this beer was poured into my glass, it poured with a medium head that lasted a fairly long time. There was no lacing observed on the sides of my glass with this beer. It had a sweet aroma to it in my opinion and it was a fairly smooth beer to drink.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 330 mL bottle. The color was a light brown/dark blonde with some head retention. The smell was very malty and quite sweet. The taste was of that malty sweetness........somewhat strong. The mouthfeel was smooth, with alcohol very obvious. I'd maybe have one more of them, but don't think I could have more than that.

Whether this is a trappist beer (in the legal sense) or not, this is certainly a good one........as good as many Belgians. It's also quite a good deal, quite a bit cheaper than most of those Belgian selections. I'm looking forward to trying the other Konigshoven/La Trappe selections.

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

Deep amber beer that looks like clear liquid caramel. Served with a light tan head. Sweet, bubble gum aromas denote primarily malt and alcohol, but there's a bit of a hop-type note. The taste is very malty and roasted. Good bitterness, with a strong, sweet alcohol taste. A lingering sweetness in the aftertaste eventually fades to an attractive dandelion bitterness. Smooth, delectable mouthfeel and suprisingly good drinkability. This powerful brew could cause problems for the unwary drinker. A very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sweet yeasty floral nose. Smells very fresh and sweet. Iced tea colored with lots of clumped yeast floaties. (Be careful pouring if you don't like dregs) White head on pour settles to a slight fine lace and sheen in the goblet. Sweet initial taste which leaves quickly and is followed by an acidic tongue and lips. The finish is one that is quite metalic (aluminium) and also slightly sweet. This metalic finish really hurt its drinkability for me.. The brew has a wonderful smell...

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Photo of avylover
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber, almost brown and very hazy. Carbonation evident, with bubbles rising to form a nice ring around my goblet. Strong aroma. Its got a fruity alcoholic kick with some bready yeast scents in there. This is one great tasting brew. Much more malt backbone than most belgians i've tried. A bit more like a wheat doppelbock. The after taste is dry & fruity, slightly alchoholic and hoppy. Goes down smooth with nice carbonation and a lingering aroma in the nostrils. A bit syrupy on the mouthfeel

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Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this is the first Quad I've ever bought (though my current homebrew offering recipe was also a "quad"). The 25.4oz bottle said it was a 2000/2001 version (though I'm unsure what 12:26J281 means).

After twisting the cork out, I got a bit of a foam-over out of the bottle. Not much, but a couple of sips down the drain (can I lick the counter-top?). Poured into a goblet, it has a tawny, russet-brown color, with a bit of haze/cloudiness (and I have yet to get to my beloved yeasties on the bottom of the bottle, too). The head produced was slightly off-white, and finely beaded, though thin. It made a nice pattern of lace in the glass.

You needn't search far for the aroma; it was easily present wafting up out of the goblet. It consisted of lots of fruity notes, like plums, green apples and cherries. Quite pleasurable!

The body of this Quad was easily medium, though it would be a stretch to consider it any more full. The journey over the tongue was unimpeded by any roughness. It had a slight creamy, bubbly carbonation, though, yet did not distract from the overall mouthfeel.

The taste profile is dominated by the luscious tropical fruits found within. Plums, cherries, some mango, melon, et al mix together for a fruity free-for-all on the palate. Candi-sugar traits are also present. Near the finish is a slightly spicy bite, perhaps from the yeast. That aspect has a pepper quality to it, and is a nice diversion after the fruit-for-all earlier. The finish is dry, with only a short aftertaste. I am quite enjoying this Quad. I'm tempted to throw on some Quadrophenia to complete the scene!

It reminds me a little of the early, pre-problem Victory V-10, as well as having a slight similarity to my own Quad. All-in-all, a nice offering from the homies from Holland. Prosit!!

overall: 4.35
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of Morris729
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep garnet color with a creamy light beige colored head that coats the walls of the glass with sheets of sticky lace as it recedes. Lots of fruitiness in the nose with a touch of spicy clove. Full-bodied with a bit of a chewy texture. Taste is sweet up front with notes of candied fruit and rum cake followed by a bit of plum and some woody oak flavors. Some spicy alcohol comes through in the finish. A very tasty brew that does a pretty decent job of hiding its 10% abv. The main drawback of this fine beer is that it is rather expensive going for about $8.40 for a 750ml bottle.

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Photo of drizzam
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought to you by the Trappist brothers and brewed since 1884...there's a reason it has stuck around for so long, this is an excellent ale!

It's hard to believe that this could be high in alcohol, you can feel it in your mouth but really not taste it...the fruitiness covers it up beautifully. Pours a cloudy brownish orange color with no head, therefore no lace. A good clean tasting ale with little or no bite. A must try for any fan of this style of beer.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer poured a dark, copper color. The head was almost white and disappeared quickly. It was a little sticky, leaving some lace on the glass, but not much.

Smell: All kinds of stuff going on here. There were aromas of bananas, other fruits (possibly some grapes), and vanilla. I even noticed the definite smell of what I can only describe as "Circus Peanut." (You remember, those orange colored marshmallow candies.)

Mouthfeel: A very smooth and full beer.

Taste: This beer had a full, fruity flavor that is typical for this style. A little bit of bitterness could be detected on the finish, as well as an alcohol bite. There is no doubt that there was some warming going on due to the alcohol.

A good beer, but probably my least favorite of the four beers from La Trappe. It's hard to beat the Dubbel.

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Photo of jreitman
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Taste of Belgium event at Celtic Bayou in Redmond, WA... Dark brown/amber in color with a nice head. Hops are minimal and the beer focuses more on the malt/yeast side. Fruity and surprisingly sweet with alcohol flavors very well hidden. I am glad I had the chance to try this before it becomes unavailable in the states.

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Photo of philipt
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So this Trappist ale is not from Belgium. Big deal. It's a wonderful beer, like all the other Trappist offerings.

Reddish-brown in color with a average sized tan head. Smells slightly sweeter than other Trappist ales. Hints of pear, plums, and (very light) bubblegum are in the nose. This ale is quite sweet. The alcohol burn balances a lot of the sweetness. However, the alcohol is disguised very nicely. Nice balance. Again, I find subtle hints of pear and bubblegum in the taste. Not bad at all.

While not my favorite Trappist product, it is a very, very nice beer. Very drinkable.

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

Pours a dark, brown, cherry, mahogany color. Large head that took a minute or two to settle. I swirled the glass and held it up to my nose. Unbelievable aromas, Slight sour cherry, dark fruits, roasted malts. First sip revealed dark fruits, chocolate, heavy malt flavor. High carbonation in the mouthfeel, with a trail of caramel at the end of the first sip. WOW. What a complex, amazing beer. Hardly any bite at the end, instead a clean, crisp, big malt finish. Great beer, watch the alcohol, as I didn't and had 2-3 too many!

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

This bottle is the 2000 vintage, been resting in my "Cellar" for the last year and a half.

The beer pours a clear cherry red with a largish and creamy light tan head and the residual lace a thick and clinging sheet to the glass. Nose is malt with hints of over ripe plums, earthy and sweet and the start also somewhat sweet, nice malt presence and the top medium in feel. Finish has delectable hop spiciness and the acidity stinging, the aftertaste desert dry, a quite pleasant beer, but I much prefer the dubbel and or the triple to this beer.

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Photo of marc77
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy dark bronze in hue, topped by a thick, creamy, well retained ivory white head. Tart citrus and green apple along with mild clove hit the nose at first, then mellow to allow medium caramel and biscuit notes to surface. As the beer breathes, the phenols and esters dissipate, allowing caramel malt and toffee notes to become progressively more pronounced. Hint of jackfruit emerges late in aroma. Sweetness upfront in flavor is molasses like, then is complemented by a bread and butter like biscuit / caramel malt combination. Fruitiness is relatively bright in nature for style, w/ notes of ripe citrus overshadowing underlying darkish hints of dates and prunes. Like other La Trappes, other fermentation byproducts are mild, with only mild clove and trace banana esters present as an undertone. Meager in hop bitterness and thus sweet, but not cloyingly so, overall in character. Moderate in body, with a smooth, firm mouthfeel once the initially high carbonation subsides. Finishes bready and caramelly sweet. Quadrupel is a unique brew. Its flavor kept morphing as I tasted it. At first, it was slightly acidic, prickly and green, then fruitiness tamed into a ripely citric nature; malt character then became progressively more pronounced, thus lending eventual richness in overall profile. Although La Trappe Quadrupel doesn't possess the depth of character as some top examples of style, it is nonetheless a very tasty brew. Drink this one above cellar temp, and let the initially high CO2 levels dissipate. This 750 ml bottle was far superior to the 11.2 oz I previously tasted.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

2001/2002 version: Didn't know quite what to expect with this -- being the first time I'd ever encountered anything called a "quadrupel." All I knew is that I'd better save it till right before bedtime! It didn't dissapoint in terms of strength. Alcohol is the first thing to hit the nose, embedded in a deep malty aroma with slightly tart and acidic fruit notes. The beer itself is dark and dubbel like, a hazy medium-brown with a thin tannish head. The flavor too is rich and malty, with prune-like and bready flavors throughout. Alcohol is very unobtrusive, and hops are downplayed, just enough for a well-balanced finish. Relatively high level of carbonation gives this a medium to medium-light impression in the mouth. Very nice strong dark ale.

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 2,360 ratings
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