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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)

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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 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 RidiculedDisplay
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From an 11.2 oz bottle labeled "Konings hoeven Quadrupel Trappist Ale." Thanks very much to mac300 for it. It's been quite some time since I've had a Quad so this should be a treat.

Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours with a wonderful finger and a half's worth head the color of a very light finished wood. The body is a beautiful, elegant deep caramel amber with elegant wood hues. Some floaties and a steady stream of carbonation are visible up to a light. A little murky, but overall pretty exceptional. Lacing is there and thick.

Smell: A cranberry-apple aroma is quite up front, along with some herbal floral qualities, wheat, a little yeasty muskiness, cork-like woodsiness, a little pepper. Underneath the sharper aromas is some sweeter caramel, boozy apple cider, and ever-so-slight alcohol. Deep, complex, and potent stuff.

Taste: An absolutely delicious candied sugar and fruit explosion. Almost icing like-sweetness that sits flatly on one's tongue and refuses to get up, tasting of candied plums and very very very ripe banana. A little apple, some very light and sudued boozy alcohol, some date and more fruit-like plum. Absolutely amazingly balanced. This is truly some amazing craftsmanship.

Mouthfeel: This is sweet, syrupy, and not at all biting for its ABV. That being said, I could have used a BIT more carbonation, but that's only a minor complaint. Incredibly balanced. Alcohol is not perceptible at all.

Drinkability: To re-iterate for the third or fourth time, this beer is incredibly balanced. : ) Fruity esters common to the style really are fantastically developed. The banana and plum flavors in this thing are just absolutely divine in their candied fruit sweetness. That being said, there aren't too many perceptible esters, so the brew has questionable complexity compared to other Quads. Still, well, well worth one's time.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Koningshoeven chalice at the Map Room 1/8/07.

A: Clear dark amber color. 1/2 finger head with decent lace.

S: Aromas of plums, nuts, figs, and bread pudding.

T: Take everything from above and more dark sweet fruit, candi sugar, bitter sweet chocolate, apples, malt, pears, and brown sugar.

M: Slightly thinner than some other quads (ie Abt 12) yet creamy and satisfying.

D: With all of the sweet fruit flavors rolling around in this one, this had the potential to be a syrupy-sweet mess. Thanks to the lightly roasted malt backbone this Quad features excellent balance and drinkability. The alcohol is very subdued and serves to enhance (and not trample) the complexity of this fine Quad.

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Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis.

While this was a great beer to have on tap, I got the impression it could really improve and develop after a couple years in a celler. It had a rich fruit flavor with plums and apples, but not much else. I could really tell this brew used sugar of some sort from the sweetness, but that's not a bad thing and actually helped drinkability quite a bit. A good, I'll have to cellar a bottle some time.

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish mahogony color with a big creamy tight head that diminishes slowly leaving a nice lace. The smell is sugary sweet and fruity but balanced by a strong alcohol presence. The Koningshoeven Quad is medium bodied with low carbonation that gives this beer a smooth mouthfeel. The taste is hard to pin down. It seemed to evolve as I worked my way through it, and as my tastebuds adjusted to the beer. Definitely malty, but at times nutty and then at other times giving off hints of bourbon. The finish is slightly bitter and moderately alcoholic. A nice warming beer that will most certainly give you a buzz.

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Photo of Foxman
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a very hazy and carbonated reddish amber with orangey edges. Three fingers of uniform light beige head dwindle very slowly. Trestles of lacing bridge the inside of the glass.

The aroma wafts a drift of caramel malt sweetness, crisp wheat, and spritzes of berry, lemon, vanilla, and anise. Esters of green apple, clove, and light banana stand against a sturdy swath of alcohol.

Upon tasting, the toasted malt is densely sweet, giving up berry, melon, and currants in a fruity burst. An almost minty, yeasty air propels a drying clove and coriander pairing up against a steely wall of alcohol. Biscuit and bread slide into a crisp, tart apply dry finish. It's a typically tasty Trappist tipple.

Medium to full bodied, the thick malt coats well and the carbonation peps up the palate.

This is one big, bubbly, bold quad, and pretty good to boot. It's not over the top in any way, but it is strong across the board. The ABV is substantial and worthy of a wary eye, but it's warm and cozy as well. It seems the Belgian Trappists aren't the only ones with a quad of a clue.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.95/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Auburn to golden with a strawberry hue. A small head with brief retention and only scattered spots of lacing.

S - Alcohol, cherries, strawberries and candied sugars. The alcohol is way too prominant here, it smells sugary and boozy.

T - Cherries, candied sugars, alcohol, a touch of raspberries and light bodied malt. It closes with a bitter malty finish.

M - Slight syrupy texture. Medium bodied. Smooth, a bit drying, though superficially refreshing. In other words, it seems to quench your thirst, but moments after drinking the alcohol dries up your throat leaving you thirsty again.

D - Not awful, but definitely not good. It is too strong, syrupy and boozy. It tastes alright, but the combination of effects, made me more than comfortable with giving half of the fifth away.

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Photo of sacrelicio
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice Trappist quad. Amber color with cream head. Light scent that is typically quadish with some floral notes. Taste is malty, fruity (banana, raisin, berry), savory, and nutty. Fantastic creamy full mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable. Overall very nice.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is the only Trappist brewery that I had yet to try. Needless to say, I was pretty stoked when I found it at the new beer store in Omaha -- Beertopia. I only wish I had more money to spend there, because I could have easily picked up a few hundred dollars worth of beer, including the Koeningshoeven trippel and dubbel. Anyways, on to the review, this is a quality quad.

The beer pours a little bit lighter than I would have expected for the style -- a dark amber color with great clarity. Carbonation is fairly active. Head is small with poor retention; and though I didn't expect a massive pile of foam, I thought it would be a little bit higher and with a better retention. Lacing is decent though.

The smell is good. Seems to be a bit of a candi sugar bomb, however. Nice raisin and fig esters from the yeast. Smells good, though I'm hoping it's not too sweet with all that candi sugar.

The taste is good as well. Starts off with a sweet candi sugar flavor, fading into a nice banana and fig ester, and finally a dry clove finish. Reminds me a lot of St. Bernardus Abt 12, though slightly more sugary and less estery.

The body is very full and creamy. The carbonation is very light. The 10% alcohol is hardly noticeable. I would drink it again, and I look forward to trying the other Koeningshoeven beers on subsequent visits to Omaha (if we don't get the beers here in Iowa City before, since we've been trying to get them in at John's for the past few months).

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Photo of roblowther
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky, reddish brown over a dense, rocky head that hangs about for quite a while, leaving dense lacing. Smells of plums, raisins, spice (cinnamon & cloves?) with a citrus note at the end. The taste is fantastic! Deeper and sweeter than the aroma, the fruit bursts through and then notes of chocolate and a dusty, tart finish. The aftertaste brings the sweetness back, like bing cherries and the warmth of alcohol and a hint of brandy. The mouthfeel is full and oily, with a chewy finish. The tartness at the end of the flavor seems a bit at odd with the smoothness of the mouthfeel, but I'm nitpicking at this point. The drinkability is dangerously good. If the alcohol finish doesn't throw you off, you could easily sip these all evening. A wonderful, wonderful beer. Worthy of the "Trappist" designation it still seems to claim despite its commercial production.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Pours a dark red, with a frothy one finger head that fades quickly to a thick cap. The cap lasts throughout the entire drink, and leaves behind a spotty lace.

Smell; lots of dark fruits, with plums, grapes and maybe a little fig. There's also a fairly strong sugary, candy like aroma, as well as alcohol.

Taste; very sweet, and candy like upfront. Once you get past the overbearing sweetness, there's some dark fruits, and a pretty nice bready maltiness. The alcohol is very much present, and actually becomes a nit to much after a while.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability; mouthfeel is thick and on the syrupy side, and when combined with the alcohol, makes this a bit of a chore to finish.

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Photo of dren
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with a thick head. Smells sweet and a tad bit fruity, all pleasing and not over powering. Lot of alcohol presence, but in a warming pleasing way, not something like a malt liquor where it just is up front and bad, sort of like drinking good liquor. Drink this beer warmer and swish it around in your mouth. It thickens and tastes like caramel corn with slight hints of fruit. I loved this beer and would buy it again. Not as easy to throw back, and you wouldn't want to, as other Belgian brews. This is a good one to sip on and enjoy.

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

I had this at Elfde Gebod in Antwerp.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a beige head that fades to a thin sudsy layer leaving plentiful lace.

Smell: Dark fruit, light pepper, and hint of alcohol.

Taste: A neutral grainy character upfront moves into a raisiny sweetness. The finish is lightly spicy with a trailing bitterness. Not too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation with a lightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Not too sweet, but it could use a bit more spiciness or bitterness to balance.

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Photo of BlackAngus
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Kind of an odd color for a quad. Amber color, cloudy, nice fluffy head.

S - Sweet-smelling, fruity aromas, and alcohol is pronounced.

T - Dark fruit, breadiness, yeasty.

M - A tad thin, nicely carbed.

D - ABV is too high to be really drinkable in quantity, but I'd have it again.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall appearance less than impressive. Medium, cream head atop a clouded amber colored beer. The smell is very strong and fruity, with hints of apples and grapes. Alcohol also very present in aroma.

A malty taste with vanilla and fig ensues. Some hints of nut present. The mouthfeel is a bit dry and, personally, too bubbly. It leaves a bite on the back of your throat as it goes down. Drinkability is limited.

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Photo of mmcave
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a four pack of this is in a back corner of an obscure store in Columbus Ohio call the wine vault which is pretty alright. Poured vigorously in to a red wine glass. The body is a deep rusty brownish copper. The head is thick, off white, with good retention. The lacing is nice Tsunami style all over the glass. Smells of caramel, apple core, candied plum, slight fudginess and bread. After looking this beer up I sort of deducted that this beer has to be at least two or three years old, which is really apparent in it's wonderful mature complexity. The taste is very similar to the smell, absolutely great, subtle dark fruit esters, sweet malt, balanced perfectly with subtle hop bitterness. This is a great beer an extremely drinkable quad. I am very happy to have come a cross this, ultimate thanks to the Wine Vault.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy medium brown color, with a small white head, and scattered lacing.

Aroma: Pronounced candy and honey sweetness, with a slight musty, earthy note, subtle fruit notes, both light and dark, and pronounced spicy alcohol notes. In all, the aroma is remarkably complex.

Taste: Opens with a sweet alcohol note, with molasses and earthy flavors also. Fruit flavors appear as well, including berries, sweet apple, and plums. Finishes with spice and hop notes, and vinous alcohol, these linger well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite full, almost syrupy, slight zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A wonderful ale, magnificent in its richness.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first quadrupel, I think.

Brown red hues with mahogany and copper tones. Nice snow white head. Very sweet, syrupy smell. Malts and candy sugar abound. Sweet banana and fruity hints. Alcohol is detectable, but not unpleasant. It adds a certain warmth.

Great mouthfeel, carbonation is just right. 10% ABV lowers drinkability, but this is overall a very well done Dutch Belgian.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish/amber color with an emormous, frothy/creamy head that sticks around for the long haul. Very active tiny bubble carbonation. Lacing galore, with huge thick rings with every sip.

Smells of bananas, cherries, yeast, dark fruits, and tons of other intricacies. Very complex. Strong alcohol aromas as well. Obviously this is a fresh bottle.

Taste smacks you right away with huge, round fruitiness typical of the style. Dark fruits, bananas, breadiness, fruitcake, figs, toffee, cloves, huge alcohol presence here as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, velvety and high on carbonation fizziness.

Drinkability is decent considering how huge this beer is. The flavor is there and is good enough to make you wanting to go back. Not too heavy to weigh you down but it is 10.0% abv, so you're not going to drink too many of these before you pass out.

This one, in my opinion, is right up there with Rochefort and St. Bernardus. Probably ranked Rochefort, Koningshoeven, St. Bernardus respectively, in my opinion. Like them both, this beer can be pretty harsh when it is fresh. I've had this beer when it is aged for a couple years and my jaw hit the floor it was so astounding.

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

This beer is one of the better beers from Holland, a true Trappist ale with a nice history and origin.

Appearance is a dark brown beer with a thick, compact head that sticks to the glass. A very nice look, that stays for the entire glass.

Smell of big maltiness, chocolate malt, roasted and grainy. Not much alcohol in the nose, despite it's 10% ABV.

Taste is alcoholic with a good solid malt backbone. Mouthfeel is pretty full, but not that it inhibits the drinkability. The dark malts give the beer a roasty taste and support the big alcohol and malt. Bitterness could be more, there is not really a strong bitter or hop tone, but still the beer is bitter enough to balance the beer. There is some stickiness on the lipps, but this suits the style.

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

750ml bottle poured into a Bernardus chalice. Pours a cloudy, opaque mahogany color with a small white head. Quite fruity nose (plums, ripe apples) with a musty, hay-like note at the edges. Sweet and malty, with a liquorice and anise flavor; low bitterness really lets the barley and fruit character be tasted; alcohol is notable in the finish, somewhat harsh. Big bodied, full in the mouth.

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

This beer pouerd a light clear amber, reasonable head that becomes excelent lacing.
The aroma contained malts, spices, and some citrus.
The flavor was sweet with mollasses, slightly spiced with cloves and cinnamon, and had a bittersweet tang like that of orange rind, which I really enjoyed. The finish was smooth and warming with alcohol. I felt the flavor was pleasantly complex and generaly enjoyable.

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Photo of jabocu
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper with ruby highlights, very thin white cap that just sits right on top. Lots of sticky lacings hang on the side. Aroma is full of raisins, currants, sherry, and slight vanilla from the what seems like a bourbon oak barrel in the back. A little flowery from some hops, and some alcohol on the nose. Flavor is lots of dark, yet just ripe clean fruits up front...raisin, fig, black cherry...with some spicy peppery hops calm the sweetness down. Finishes dry like thin dried tobacco. A earthy oak background carries throughout, but stays through to the aftertaste a little too strong. Very warming, med-thin body, and medium carbonation. Very nice!

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Photo of skillerified
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lot's of rich, creamy looking head. It sticks a long time too. Good lacing. Nice red, orange and gold tones.

Sweet, lots of malt up front. Strong alcohol and spice presence too. Some fruit, citrus and dark berries. Some licorice too. Pretty complex, it keeps going as long as you do.

Very sweet at first, but ends spicy. The taste seems a little less defined than the smell. It's very sweet, sugar cookie almost. The spicy end is all alcohol to me. You might find something else in there, but it's more straightforward than the scent.

Rich and creamy. Very smooth going down. Could stand to be a little more balanced. The sweet/spicy change is a little to extreme for my palate. Not bad though.

I think one's going to be enough for me. It's not bad, but it's not Chimay either. About the same price too. Too much alcohol, both in content and taste, to be a regular for me.

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Photo of dedrinker
2.83/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm happy so many people thought this was phenomenal, but I just couldn't get there. I tasted a little cinamon, and candy sugar, but the overall impression was that of a beer stored too long in sub-standard conditions. My bottle said it was a Trappist ale, but I did not find the Trappist seal anywhere on the bottle (like the one on Chimay, Rochefort, Orval et. al.). Did I get some weird bootleg version, or is La Trappe suffering from some serious "has been/ used to be" issues? All the other beers in their line I tried were similarly compromised in quality of aroma/ body/ flavor/ finish. Rather two dimensional.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

NB Served in a tall glass rather than a tulip or snifter, but reviewed as served.

A - Hazy red, with a super-thick, unreal head that refuses to drop. Thick meringue-like bubbles that just sit in a solid mass won't move when I swirl the glass.

S - Spicy and fruity. Notes of citrus - orange and lemon peel, and cloves.

T - Very sweet - almost candy like. Strong taste of fresh, pressed apple cider/juice and caramel. Lingering hop bitterness and apple flavour in the aftertaste, with an ever-so-slight astringency.

M - Syrupy, medium bodied. Has a way of coating the mouth without being heavy.

D - Easy to drink for sure, esp. at 10%. Tasty and non-boozy. Very sweet, which may make drinking many of these difficult (if not the 10% abv that would knock you on your ass anyway). I find the apple flavour intriguing - rather than the sharp green apple aroma/flavour usually encountered, this one is much more mellow and mouth-filling. Overall, a fantastic brew. I'm sad it's not available locally.

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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