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 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.

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Photo of Savaseri
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330 ml bottle pours into a tulip glass. Appearance; hazy amber with two finger tan head. Smell; like a teen spirit. I'm kidding. Smell; banana, clove and absolutely sweet caramel. Taste; despite of high abv %10, it is very balanced and one can feel malty sweet and banana aroma as well. As a result, I like this Trappist.

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Photo of delta490
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber, cloudy, with a creamy tan head. It has great retention with small sticky lacing. The aroma is mild but with light caramel and spice. The taste is spiced up front with the malt sweetness on the finish. The body is creamy and mostly smooth with just a hint of carbonation.

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Photo of JakeScully
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this one in a store close by... The Trappist that wasn't Belgian but Dutch, a delight! Best Dutch beer I have ever had by a mile... buy and buy again. Cheers

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Photo of erk0607
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First impression: color is deceiving being so used to dark quads.

L: dark straw with lingering lacing.

S: pronounced alcohol and bubblegum, maybe some sweet citrus.

T: light, gummy, yeasty with some malt.

F: medium "quad" mouthfeel, slightly dense, foams nicely.

O: different, good, you can tell it's high abv.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a La Trappe glass.

a: Amber body with dark orange edges when held to the light. Hazy with bits of suspended yeast. Fizzy half finger head that disapated quickly

s: Raisin, banana, fig and cloves. A hint of sweetness and alcohol.

t: Sweet malts up front along with a dark fruit, like figs and raisins, a bit of woodiness in the spicy, alcoholic finish.

m: Medium full body, smooth with a bitter finish. Slight alcohol sting.

: Very good, but not great. Light for the style and balanced aside from the alcohol is very up front.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep copper with a very wide white foam head. Smell is malty, fruity, lots of spices and alcohol. Tase is complex, lots of layers, malts, sweetness, fruit notes, spices, alcohol, medium bitterness, no hops. Medium body with low carbonation. Great beer.

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Photo of Mdog
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Cloudy dark amber, big head.

Smell: Sweet, raisin, dark fruit, cake.

Taste: Sweet, big raisin flavor, big caramel, cake, big mouthfeel, lush and luxurious.

Overall: Revisiting this beer probably 11 years after the last time I had it. Still very good, big sweetness without being cloying, just a beer you can sink into and enjoy over time.

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Photo of RobinLinde
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy amber, ruby body with a thick head that faded quite fast.

Smell: A sweet and fresh smell of candy cane(!) and banana.

Taste: Very, very sweet. Malty caramel and an aftertaste of burnt caramel and banana.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with nice carbonation.

Overall: A very sweet beer. Almost like drinking liquid caramel. Lovely!

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Photo of sherillc
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a work of art. Absolutely beautiful. Sweet, malty, with hints of banana, or actually banana bread - nutty, vanilla. One of my all time favourites.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.94/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What an amazing beer.

The only negative (for me, personally) is the high ABV that goes with the beer style. I can smell the alcohol quite a lot and I don't like alcohol :)

Currently, my favorite beer of all time.

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Photo of matuto
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle (exp. 02/2016, drinking in 12/06/2015), in a Leffe tulip. Brown liquid, with lots of sediments, of all sizes. Very little foam. Spicy aroma (some floral and smoked notes on nose, too), which translates to mouth. Some bread and sweetness notes too. Medium body. Alcohol is present, but very balanced. When it gets warmer, alcohol starts to show too much. Low drinkability.

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Photo of Slack
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale Amber in color with minimal head and no lacing.

Aromas of banana, bubblegum, clove, raisins, booze

Taste is is malt, raisins, caramel, warm booze, and hops in the background / finish.

Mouthful is medium and somewhat creamy with moderate carbonation. Finish is sweet/bitter and semi dry.

A very balanced beer between malt, hops, and fruit. Simple and straight forward.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle

Appearance: strong amber and ruby. Builds a medium head with light carbonation that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: caramel, alcohol, pretty much like La Trappe Dubbel. I didn't find much difference between the two of them.

Taste: malty caramel, really sweet and leaves a pleasant bitter aftertaste. I was expecting a wider range of flavors, the same happened with La Trappe Dubbel. To me, this is one of the first beers I didn't feel like it was a beer. The sweetness and almost not feeling the booze made it like that.

Mouthfeel: pleasant, the carbonation is there and numbs the tongue a bit at first, butl it didn't feel like a beer at all. Creamy and smooth.

Overall: I was expecting more from this beer, it's 2 or 3 steps lower than the Rochefort 10, which is the best Quad I've tried so far. A good beer, but I don't see myself drinking this one regularly.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy brown with a white head that settles quickly.
S - Aroma is banana and raisins.
T - Flavor is somewhat sweet, caramel and raisins.
M - Medium high carbonation and full mouth feel.
O - This is a very nice, drinkable Quad. Great aroma and flavor. My first La Trappe and I will buy more!

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Photo of MacMalt
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter. The color appears bronze at first but when held up to the light it's a ruby red. The head and lacing are milk-white and quite thin. It's very aromatic with apple, raisin, banana, caramel, and malt. The taste begins with tart, sour apple and dark fruit with a nice spiciness (coriander and clove?) and finishing with a touch of caramel sweetness. This is a medium-bodied ale with significant carbonation, and it hides the 10% ABV very well. It's very easy to drink. There's no discernible alcohol burn but it sneaks up on you. Overall, this is a very flavorful and enjoyable quad. It's one of the best I've had.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12-2-15 - On tap at TRIA Taproom in Philly. Served in their talk stemmed "T" goblet. Very classy. Dark brown in color with just a bit of head. Kind of s sterile attitude to serve this quad, yet awesome none-the-less. As this may be the original quad, I look forward to trying again in a more authentic setting.
4-1-2016 - Enjoyed at home on April Fool's Day. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice. Nice amber color and very tasty. I have a barrel aged version of this and can't wait to pop it open.
2-1-17 - On tap at Wurstkuche in Arts District of Los Angeles. Goes very well with a bratwurst. A few times.
2-9-17 - 750ml bottles. The wife and I had two. First was the 25th anniversary bottle. Bottled K19G16, which I believe to have been bottled in July. Couldn't wait to pop the cork. Fresh and tasty. Next was a K13F16 bottle. Guessing this was bottled a whole one month earlier. Color, head, mouthfeel, and taste were surprisingly similar to the anniversary bottle. All so good. Still have a few bottles in the basement for later on. If available, get some.

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Photo of kabirmarwah
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

mmmmm...What a tasty beer! Very pleasant burnt aftertaste. Pours a nice bronze with decent head. Caramel and Raisin definitely come to the forefront of my mind when describing it, with some hints of vanilla. Not that I mind it, but the beer is definitely on the sweeter side; I gave my non-beer-addicted friend (his go-to is whatever is the cheapest at the union bar, so not a very sophisticated palate) a sip and his first reaction was "Wow! This is almost as sweet and smooth as melted ice cream!" Overall a very solid Belgian Quad, dare I say almost as good as Rochefort 10?

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L - Amber/bronze and cloudy. 1/2 a finger of head and tiny bit of lacing

S - Belgian yeast, brown sugar, raisons, dried fruit

T - Caramel and raisons, semi-sweet, and the alcohol warms

F - Full body, and highly carbonated

O - A tasty quad no doubt

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its rare I find a beer thats across the board the same rating but this one turned out to be.

Appearance - This beer pours a cloudy brown amber with 2 fingers off white head that fades fast.

Aroma -Banana, corriander, brown sugar, bread, caramel, toffee.

Taste - Banana, spice, fresh bread, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, orange peel.

Feel - Medium bodied, with lots of prickly carbonation, the orange peel leaves a lasting bitterness on the end, but not overpowering, just right. Its boozy but at 10% its not bad.

Overall - the boozyness took a little away but this is still a very good beer, I know La Trappe has had a complicated history using the term trappist, but this beer is up there with the other trappists I've tried. Along with price and availability. I will definitely do this one again. Cheers.

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Photo of tmryan21
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Great looking beer - dark amber with a thin white head.

Smell: Banana, malt, dark fruits, and caramel.

Taste: Sweet, but not overly sweet. Caramel, toffee, clove, and raisins/currants. Really good.

Feel: Carbonated as expected. Thin bodied for being 10% ABV - fairly crisp.

Overall: A really solid quad. I would definitely put it in the top echelon for this style.

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Photo of Ant777uk
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great marketing of a trappiste beer. "Le Trappe" Not a good sign :)

Liking the colour, very deep, intense.

One of the best aromas, really liking also

Taste, just missed out as it is too carbon dioxidy, not quite a combined holistic flavour happening.

Feel - ditto.

It's very good. Just not as good as others. This is too simply made. Anyway, I will try the triple and double. Not many dare a quadruple, so respect :))

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy muddy dark amber with surprisingly little topping. Mild esters and caramel on the nose. Flavor is rich with ripe fruit, sweet malt, and distinct banana. Best I've had since Rochefort 10. Love this style, and this nails it.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly light and drinkable
L - brown with orange tinge
A - sugars and vanilla
T - Sugar, molasses, caramel and vanilla flavors
F - sweet, medium body
Dangerous beer, doesn't taste like 10%

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap and poured into a Belgian style tulip glass. Pours a dark brown and amber with and light frothy head. Taste was overly sweet and needed a little extra bitterness to balance it out. Smell of caramel, roasted malt and fruit set the tone for this beer.

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Photo of frozyn
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L -- Pours a dark amber color with a slight orange tint. Foamy white head that sticks around for a while, little lacing.

S -- Brown sugar and molasses come through first. Dark fruit as well. Very slight booziness.

T -- Follows the aroma pretty closely, although the dark fruits are more present - plum, fig, raisin. The brown sugar and molasses comes through as a general sweetness that is light and pleasant.

F -- Medium tending towards full. Nice carbonation that keeps the drinking pleasant and helps maintain the light sweetness.

O -- Really delicious. I wasn't expecting it to be as good as Westy/Rochefort, and while it's not quite there, it's pretty damn close. The flavor is complex and refreshing and makes for a great quad.

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
4.11 out of 5 based on 2,312 ratings.
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