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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)

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Netherlands | website

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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Reviews: 923 | Ratings: 2,235
Photo of djura
4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - Poured in La trappe glass. Amazing oak bourbon like color. One finger white head. Low carbonation.
S - Lots of fruits, plums, cherrys, apple. Caramel in the back.
T/ M - Creamy, warm from alcohol, fruita, very strong tastes, sweet with medium carbonation. Some smoke like aroma.

O - One of the best.

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Photo of hotpauko
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Sabatinis in Exeter, PA. I am not the best reviewer of quads, but this is probably the easiest drinking and smoothest quad I've had. Flavors are strong but never overpowering. Nice smell, not too sweet, sits nice in the mouth, smooth head, smooth finish. You will never know this is 10% ABV. Nice start to my birthday.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

3/29/15 (Bottle) - Excellent copper dark brown pour with thick generous off white head. Generous scents of fruits, almonds, vanilla, caramel and malt. Pleasurable tastes and feel drinking, and a nice strong kick. Tastes included caramel, dried fruits such as raisins, malt. Great mixture and a great beer.

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Photo of drmeto
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-Caramel upfront
-slight cherry notes
-alcohol noticeable,bt not too strong
-way overcarbonated
-Finishes with slight hop bitterniss,toffee,slightly roasty and strong toastiness

good Quad,theres more complex ones out there though

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

an exquisite quad that definitely shows the world why the trappists are so good at what they do. beautiful deep dark brown with a nose dominated by sweetness and dried fruits. taste follows the nose and is exactly what i expect from a quad and more.nice thick-ish mouth feel and very warming. a great dessert beer or just a sipper after a long day. excellent, highly recommended

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Photo of Genie
4.87/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My current favorite quad. I got to sample this on tap at Yard House and it became my favorite kind of Belgium beer. The taste is so complex that it aroused my tastebuds wherever it touched (there's no better way to describe it). It's just so different from other beers I've had, so don't underestimate it. They did a good job hiding the alcohol too despite its high ABV. Paired well with happy hour food I had Yard House.

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Photo of 5pmsomewhere
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber pour with light head. Aroma of prunes. Strong raisin/fig flavor start to finish - its a strong flavor true to the style, but I personally found the taste lacking depth.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at The Anchor in Wichita.

In some ways very disappointed in this beer. It was certainly served too cold and it improved as it warmed but it did not meet my overall expectations. 3.75

A - No head crystal clear Amber colored - 4.25

S - Faint alcohol, raisins. 3.5

T - Very vinous, minor sweetness - 3.75

MF - Smooth even with the high ABV. - 4

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Photo of DIM
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It's been far too long since I've had a top notch Quad...

This was on the lighter end of the color spectrum, an orange-ish ruddy golden color. It poured with a thick, long lasting bright white head.

Soft, enticing aromas of candi-sugar, brown sugar, plus an abundant array of fruits like, raspberries, figs, and pears. I could find barely a trace of the 10% abv. The flavor follows the smell; and it is incredibly rich and deep. The sugar is present, but this doesn't come across as all that sweet. A gentle blanket of warmth and a strong, fruity presence make sure this stays balanced. The body is full and lush with creamy quality that coats the mouth. Absolutely top-notch, what took me so long to try this?

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Photo of RickyS
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Probably the bottle is too young, but I am getting quite a lot of banana and small amounts
of red fruits. High carbonation and alcohol definitely present and a bit overpowering. This is a nice one but I fear I had it too early.

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Photo of IPA1978
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Did a blind sampling of all trappist quads including westy 12 and I thought la trappe was the best! The funky belgo (i know its from the netherlands but...) yeast is on display with less dark fruits than roch and westy.

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Photo of ssmack
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky, swampy prune brown colour. Very little head, no carbonation and just a trace of lacing.

Strong aroma of prunes soaked in a mega dose of cognac. Also rosy floral smell and the aroma of an over-ripe peach.

Taste is much like the aroma. Tons of sweetness that lasts for a long time. Some would say this is cloying but I welcome it and invite it to sit down and stay awhile. Caramel laced with cognac over prune. The alcohol taste is there but it is offset by the sweetness so that it is not harsh.

Heavy feel. The ale coats the mouth and bring warmth.

Wonderful drink. Like a cognac liqueur ale.

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

Poured a lovely copper/amber color with very little head into a La Trappe chalice. Fruity nose. Taste is pleasantly sweet and fruity -- and boozy -- with notes of banana, raisins, and caramel. Almost wine-like in a way. Light carbonation and mouthfeel for the style. Not my favorite quad, but it is nevertheless excellent if the sweetness doesn't bother you.

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Photo of Hazer115
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Good flavor, it's a little cloudy for the style. It might come across as a little too boozy for some. I generally like these full bodied full flavored beers.

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Photo of AngEo
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured into La Trappe chalice. Pours a clear caramel colored brown with a bit of an orange tinge. My bottle was new according to the printed date, and my glass was cleaned to the standards I have been taught, but I only observed about a finger of cream colored head that receded within a minute into a foamy sheet that clings to the glass. (I say this out of surprise after what I have read, but whatever, this is my review.) Smell was hinting of dates but overpowered by the banana pudding that was much more pronounced than I expected, and a finish of alcohol. Taste was hinting of dates, spice, and dark chocolate, but was again dominated with banana pudding. Had a a somewhat pronounced but not unwelcome or overpowering bitterness going down and a very slight earthiness in the aftertaste. The alcohol is definitely deceptive, and did not make its presence easily known, especially for a beer with such a high ABV. It was velvety smooth from the moment of sip to swallow, with only a slight hint of carbonation on the tongue. Overall a very enjoyable experience that makes me wonder if my senses are more sensitive to banana pudding than the average person. I find that I don't have as much experience with quads as I would like, and as a result I may update my review score later.

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

Pours a clear brown tinged red-orange with mild floaties and a thick cream colored head, half inch of which sticks to the end; sheet of substantial lace down the glass. Smell: toasted date bread, caramel, raisin, notes of red apple and cherry; just a little earthiness. Taste: brown sugar, dates, raisin toast, notes of banana pudding, clove, earth. Pretty standard but well done.

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

13 oz pour into LaTrappe chalice at the Bier Markt in Mississauga for $7.75 CDN. Served bit too cold for my liking, and thus waited a few minutes before evaluating.

Appearance -Dark mahogany colored beer, capped with a half finger of foam, that ever so slowly recedes into a wispy froth. No visible sediments or carbonation. Nice amount of curtain lacing left behind.

Smell- Caramel, cherries and some dark chocolate. really nice blend. No booziness on the nose.

Taste - Same as the nose, but with a pronounced bitterness on the finish. It's not too bitter, but it's definitely not too sweet. The 10% ABV indicates its presence here too.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, moderately carbonated, although very subtle and a velvety finish. Finely crafted quad.

Overall - This is definitely a fine quad, not my favorite, but definitely a beer extremely well crafted and worth a try.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

The nose of the 750 ml bottle suggests moist dense spice cake with dark dried fruit and a hint of anise.
It pours a hazy dark tea amber under a 3" rocky off-white foam cap that slowly dissipates into clingy clumps of finely bubbled foam. The beer lines the glass with lace and upon swirling shows a hint of legs.
The juicy liquid fruitcake palate includes dark fruit sugar, dried figs, faint banana, and a trace of biscuit suspended in a very creamy, moussey beer.
The beer is surprisingly light on its feet for such a big, flavorful, complex high alcohol brew. The alcohol is deceptive and tastes less than 10% abv although it is slightly warming.
The tap version has a little less carbonation and it is a little less soft shifting some of the flavors from dark dried fruits to plums.

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Photo of asmith55
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

A - Poured a deep amber with a thin settled head and nice lace.

S - Smells of dark fruits and brown sugar. There is a slight anise/herbal tinge that settles into an ever-so-faint Belgian yeast funk. Light alcohol smell.

T - First up is brown sugar followed by raisins and plums. Next is the licorice followed by a lingering herbal sweetness. The 10% ABV is not very noticeable. The beers tastes like it smells, which is refreshing.

M - Less carbonation than suggested by the froth coming out of the bottle after opening, but still above average. Medium syrupy body.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

A – Heavy dirty copper colour with thick off-white cream head that retained amazingly well yet left only spotty lacing behind it but thick foam in the bottom of the glass. Plenty of carbon activity in the glass.

S – Smell of date and prune was almost immediate along with black plum and some light Damsen nippiness. Also a lot of brown sugar and apricot sweetness. As you drink there is also a deep boozy aroma that sneaks into the nostrils and detracts from the taste somewhat.

T – Very much like the smell, plenty of brown sugar, plum, apricot, prune and date sweetness. This combines with banana and clove and spices like cinnamon and star anise to boost the already sweet flavour. No bitter hops just very sweet on all levels. Again like the smell there is a boozy finish that detracts from the other flavour.

MF – Very smooth silky even with a very full feel good tingly carbon body and that old warming boozy finish.

O – The flavour here starts off very well and it is very nicely spiced but for me the heavy solvent boozy end detracts from everything else this beer is doing. That is a shame really as it is a very nice beer and could have been better with more control of the solvent end.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

La Trappe quad poured from a 750ml bottle. Deep amber with HUGE head of tight beaded bubbles and fantastic lacing. Very lively. Pools of thin foam give waft to dates, dark plums, tart cherries, Belgian candy sugars , and high octane alcohol. Flavors of sweet brown sugar candy malts, figs and plums to the sides, light bittering on the back with lots of warming. Mouth feel is solid for the style, lots of carbonation. Slick and silky smooth. Very coating on the tongue. A great finishing brew for the night. Once this fine ale had a nice yeast layer keeping it alive when it was known as Konihshoven. Said layer is much lighter now but still present. Very good for the style. An A plus.

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Photo of jdhowe
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

A: Clear golden with finely bubbled straw-colored, foamy head. Very light for style. (3.5)

S: Clean, sweet aromas of candy and spice. Light but unidentifiable fruitiness. Fig and date predominate. (4.0)

T/M: Thin, moderately carbed, moderate candy sweetness and a subdued herbal spice. Moderately bitter, slight butter (very slight). Slightly oily malt character. (4.25/4.5)

O: 4.25

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Photo of aussieyank
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Excellent, smooth, full bodied, rich beer. I can't compare it to anything else because I've never had anything like it. If you like ales, you'll love this.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Picked this up a while back at Top Hops in New York. Haven't had anything from this Brewery and I hadn't had any Quadrupel's in quite some time either. As so many others have alluded to on here, this was deceptively easy to drink and didn't feel like it was 10% until I polished off the bottle. The flavors worked well together and this wasn't as dark and spicy as I would have anticipated, leading it to be much more easily drinkable than other beers of this style!

Nice pour to this, as the liquid had a almond and plum combination hue to it, with a frothy head and some flaky sediment that floated around in it. Not a lot of lacing but there were a few nice rings around the middle of my pint glass when all was said and done. The booze could only be felt in the aroma, along with some banana and dark fruit flavors like raisin and plum. Once I gave this a sip, everything went up a notch and the alcohol became more recessed. The cherry notes were more apparent in the taste, as this had a somewhat syrupy mouthfeel to it with a hint of slickness that lingered well into the aftertaste. While not as potent as cough medicine, this beer had the feel of it but only warmed me up a notch.

With a good balance of yeast, flavors, carbonation (just a tad present) and booze, this was everything that I could ask for in a Quad. Easily enjoyable from start to finish, there was a lot to enjoy here without feeling cluttered and heavy. A must-try for any Belgian beer aficionado and something that I'll be looking out for again. Just a notch below the best of this style but more than easily holds it's own regardless.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

APPEARANCE - Clear dark orange with a light brown 5-finger head that lasts.

SMELL/AROMA/SCENT - Sweet, but not much aroma overall.

TASTE - Brown sugar, very Belgian, very sweet. Herbaceous, piney. ABV not too well hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Beer is light, well-carbonated, with a pleasantly creamy head.

VALUE - $10. - About average for a Belgian at a bar.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Very light and well-carbonated for a Belgian quad. Would be nicer if ABV were well-hidden.

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
92 out of 100 based on 923 ratings.
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