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.

Added by kbub6f on 03-07-2002

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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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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a thin head that quickly disappears as expected from some high alocohol beers. The aroma is of malt and honey, with some minor candy tones. The flavor is huge as malt, honey, and caramel are most dominant and make this like a liquid candy bar. Hops are almost a complete no-show here as they can't overpower the thick malt.

Heavier bodied and little carbonation. Very smooth on the mouthfeel. The thick body of the malt seems to stick to the tongue after swallowing. The alcohol is definitely noticeable. Great beer.

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

Appearance: a nice looking amber pour with a small but inviting head.

Smell: the nose is big and malty with caramel sweetness and and a pich of spice, ie. glove & nutmeg.

Taste: Nice hoppiness that the blends well with the big malt body. Starts sweet with brown sugar and caramel and the sweetness mellows out but lingers nicely. A nice mulling spice kick on the finish.

Mouthfeel: lively and medium bodies. the mouthfeel stays fresh and ends on a semi-dry note.

Drinkability: a very good beer. my favorite from this brewery.

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

Pours a medium brown with some orange tints with a real nice big creamy head,aroma has a light sour cherry tinge and 10x sugar notes with some real light smokey/yeasty smell.I get a light green apple flavor wich I didnt expect,definently on the malty side but not overly sweet because there is some light hop bitterness.The best Holland beer I have had and only the third of the style I have had,very impresive.

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

11.2oz bottle- Color is a deep rusty brownish orange with big chunks of yeast hanging out at the bottom and suspended within, medium beige head retains a bit before fading to a thin collar and has very minimal spots of lace. Aroma is largely wafting with phenolic yeast and an ethonal alcoholic punch with a modest sweetness of malts lending dulled citrus of melons and orange with hints of banana, raisin, and plum and some touches of caramel skirt underneath. Taste has a nice medley of dark fruits noted in the smell and a malty smooth sweetness with nice yeasty underlaying notes of clove and bits of medicinal plastic. Overall very soild in its length of malts, dashing with dark fruits and trailing with caramel, lighter toffee, and slight mild spice in the finish. The alcohol hardly makes any appearance but there is some warmth sneaking in. Feel is nice and smooth, lightly chewy and creamy with a lighter side of the heavy or full but yet, not medium either. Quite a nice feel, fits well with the malts and yeast. Well balanced and pleasingly smooth and quite quaffable for having 10% ABV, although that sneaks up on ya quickly lending a bit of respect and engaging you to slow down and enjoy it. Best of the La Trappe IMO.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a light copper, depp orange colorHuge white head that stayed throughout. Aromas are of very yeasty with clove and banana hints/ Somem light malt toffee or caramel also present. subdued hops, and slight maltiness to it. Taste is sweet malts or toffee with some chey fruit. Middle produces a slight hop bittering and finish is sweet yet not overly done. Alcohol is not present on the palate. Probably one of the best beers out of Holland.
I find this less malty than many quads and I dedcut a few style points there.

Good beer but no great in my opinion.

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

Pours bronze in color with an off-white head. The aroma is malty, biscuity, with dark fruit aromas. The flavor is light & malty upfront, it then flows to a bready, fruity alcoholic finish. It is a medium-full bodied beer. Nice and warming; an enjoyable brew. This is probably my favorite of the La Trappe line-up.

Sampled 11/20/03

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

Impressive brew but not on my Christmas list. A dark cloudy amber with a very short head leading to a medium glass ring and minimal cling.
Aroma is strong of an assortment of fruits and alcohol.
Full bodied and light carbonation.
The taste is of spice and honey with a minor in yeast.
I find that there is evidence of hops hiding in the back which compliments the sweetness nicely.
The high alcohol content quickly provides a very warming affect,

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

75 cl ceramic crock; "bottled" in 1999, still branded as La Trappe. Beautiful hazy orangy bronze with brown undertones. Spotty head; but that's rather unimportant on this gem of a beer. Extremely complex nose on this beer. Green appley esters, woody, phenolic and wickedly sweet and, again, complex malt aromas. Big alcohol, but it's melded so well with the mouthfeel and it's complexity that it's lost in the mix. An absolutely superb beer in this ceramic presentation. It surpasses bottle-conditioning because bottle-conditioning implies glass. Trust me, buy one. Age it. You won't be dissapointed. I've had this beer on-draught, and out of the 33 cl and 75 cl glass bottles. Believe me when I say that this beer is "that" much better out of the ceramic crock.

Revisited 2/23/2005. Yeah, it's still friggin' mind-blowingly good. I wouldn't even dare pouring some out for my dead homies, because it's that good.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a cool looking bottle: 750ml corked, opaque brown/black (ceramic?), big shoulders.

A huge cork pop gives off dramatic gunsmoke. The medium-sized, cream-colored head is creamy and dense. The pour is slightly hazy, but settles to a perfectly clear orangey/brownish red. There is spotty lacing. Smell is sweet (sugary), milky cream, malt, caramel toffee and some fruit. Alcohol, too. Wow. The front is sweet and alcoholic, with deep toffee and wood. The tangy, fruity, deeply malty, buttery, bubblegum middle is chewy and thick. Major alcohol heats up the spicy finish. There's almost a red wine aftertaste.

Excellent. This has some of the same woody flavor of the dubbel, but has many other well-developed flavors that turn it into a great beer.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uniformly cloudy, dark amber with a thin, firm lacing head.

Aroma's much calmer than all the abbey beers I've had in this style. This is my first real trappist ale. Berries everywhere with a smoky but otherwise neutral phenolic punch. Extremely estery. Ripe apple. A mentholated LifeSaver (tm). So calm, though. This differs dramatically from other strong darks I've had (e.g. Trois Pistoles, Ommegang); it's incredibly well integrated and perfectly aged. A little oaky? Commanding strawberry finish that gives way to a medicinal bitterness.

Relax, relax.

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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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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 2,378 ratings