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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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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Photo of danielharper
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor Store, Fayetteville, TN.

A: Pours a reddish-brown hue into my snifter with a thick foamy off-white head. Delicious appearance, head sticks around for the count.

S: Alcohol phenols dominate here, with strong notes of black cherries and other unidentifiable sweet fruits. Normally the strong alcohol makes me ding a beer a bit, but this one has a nice balance that makes it very pleasant.

T: Again, strongly alcoholic, fruity, with a hint of nuttiness in the aftertaste. Perhaps a touch of coffee liquer and chocolate to round out the mix. I find it very enjoyable, but I understand that the high alcohol flavor might be off-putting to many.

M: Thick, luxurious. Swishes around the mouth and gives a great foaminess.

D: A very good beer. The best quad I've tried yet.

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Photo of Regenpak
2.62/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After taking the bottle from the fridge I left it for awhile to get it to its recommended serving temperature, between 8 and 12 °C. It poured a lovely dark amber, about 2cm head that quickly receded into a thin layer of small bubbles. Almost no visible bubbles. There is not much smell, just some sweetness and alcohol. The taste is also not very prominent and did not really agree with me. It's too sweet, for some reason, just sugary and not very interesting. Oddly enough the alcohol was not very prevalent, given the high ABV. Maybe I need to be in the mood or something to fully appreciate this beer.

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Photo of jettjon
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml bottle, pours a clear reddish brown color with no bubbles. There is absolutely no head to this beer other than a few random bubbles. No evidence of carbonation at all, at least visually. I’m guessing the 10% ABV killed them, but sheesh. Nose: ahh, bananas. Sweet malt, dark fruit, maybe plums. Good smell to this beer. Taste: caramel and heavy malt flavor right up front, but the malt is pretty mild mannered. There’s a touch of alcohol, not much considering ABV, and finishes on a light alcohol, light hops note. Really good caramel/malt flavor. Very nice. Mouth feel, despite total lack of visible carbonation is not flat, but is very smooth, almost silky, slick, and semi-syrupy. Good consistency. Drinkability is great; it was easy to finish off the whole bottle, but the ABV will catch up with you.

Overall: A very good, delicious, smooth, and enjoyable quad. Alcohol presence is low despite high ABV. Reminded me of a good, malty dopplebock. (The appearance is a bit off, so the numeric score really doesn’t do this beer justice.) Highly recommended.

[Edit: Seems that I am the only one who's tried this beer that reported "no" head. I'll definitely try it again to see if I got a bad bottle. Hell, if it was "bad," I can't WAIT to see what "good" looks like!]

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Photo of bjohnson
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark dark amber with a nice frothy milkshake like one and a half finger cream colored head. Wonderful retention on this trappist. Equally wonderful lace.
S: Aromas of dark grapes and other berry like fruit Spicy malt is noticeable. Almost smells like it was old musty used wine cask.
T/M: Big dark fruit and oaky flavors up front followed by a spicyness with an almost hot like sensation on the tongue. The alcohol? hmmm...maybe. 10% abv is high, but is masked quite well with quad. A slight carbonation blast followed by a chewyness and a sweet finish. Burnt sugar notes come through here also.
D: Drinkable to an extent. Not more than one or two of these puppies in one sitting. Definately worth a try, but the high abv and sweetness make this a onesy and then on to something else. With that said, I would have this again and am glad I've got 2 more in my cellar waiting for me.

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Photo of SkullFission
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tried this out of an 11.2 oz. bottle, poured into a crystal goblet. There was a massive amount of yeast present in this beer, even given the 10 minutes I gave it to settle after I pulled it out of the fridge and the insanely slow pour that I gave it.

The appearance is simply beautiful. A rich brown that seems to be characteristic of most Trappist ales.

The smell is very heavy on the malt, but very enjoyable nonetheless. This actually sort of reminds me of the way EKU 28 eisbock smells, which is odd for a Trappist.

The taste is very malty, and the yeast is definitely perceptible. A step down from other Trappists, but great nonetheless.

Due to the heavy amount of yeast, the mouthfeel can be a bit grainy, which leads me to deduct points in this category. Otherwise, it's just fine, goes down fairly smooth.

This is VERY smooth for a 10% ABV beer, but the heavy amount of yeast sort of counteracts that aspect for me, leading me to give it the 3.0. If you can somehow manage to pour without the yeast getting into the glass, the drinkability will be excellent.

All in all a decent offering, but in my eyes only worth the price if you're really jonesing for it.

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Photo of sabrills70
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a medium amber with a big frothy head, great longevity and lace. Smell of dried dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, and a bit brandy like. Alcohol is present but not harsh or overpowering. Dried dark fruit flavors mixed with big malts and candi sugar. Not hugely flavorful or ozerly complex but enough. Smooth, creamy and refreshing (as much as a quad can be). Definate alcohol in the finish. Still a bit young. I am glad I have 3 more stashed away. All in all a very good beer.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't know if I'm being overly hard on quads as of late or my tastes seem to be drifting again. Shared this one with a friend. Last time I had this was in Texas 5 years ago. Seems better in memory.

A - Cloudy amber color with a white head that dissipated very quickly.

S - Rich malt, ripe fruit, belgian candi sugar and alcohol.

T - Similar to the smell. Rich brew but fairly straight forward in presentation.

M - Nice medium to full bodied brew.

D - Better as it warmed to room temp from the cellar. A good quad, but not sure if it's my first choice for a next quad.

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Photo of phisig137
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

corked and caged bottle, pours a bright orange color, with a long lasting one finger head. Minimal lacing on sides of glass. Fairly light in color for a quad, but still nice.

Aroma is alcoholic, slightly sweet, and fruity. Yeast esters are minimal.

Flavor is relatively mild, especially for a quad. Dark fruit, yeast, fresh bread, and caramel are present. Finish is relatively dry. Mouthfeel is full and chewy, drinkability is decent, although the alcohol makes itself present after the first glass.

All in all, pretty good, but not as good as some quads that I've had. One thing I wonder though, is how this is labeled as a "trappist ale", without having a trappist certification. Kinda odd.

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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Koningshoeven Quadrupel pours an opaque, very dark orange, almost brown color with a small off white head from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. The aroma is fruity, grape, malty and some alcohol. I taste a little malt up front, then fruit and alcohol is definitely present if not overpowering. Maybe some candy sugar too. Recommended.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

To my knowledge this is the first Quadrupel I have ever had. A very bold, robust, flavorful beer indeed. The cork was in so tight I had to open it with a corkscrew. Not one of the cheaper imports I have ever bought that's for sure. Cost me a total of $10.81 for one 25 oz. bottle, tax included (cost was $9.99 w/ out tax). First time I have ever had to open my beer with a corkscrew. Pours a medium brown color with a magnificent white/very light brown head well over an inch thick. The head pretty much refuses to dissappear. 30 minutes after pouring this beer the head was still going quite strong. Amazing head retention, the best I have ever seen in fact. The head was good all the way down to the last sip and leaves very nice lacing as it gets sipped down to the end. Smell is of quite a generous amount of yeast and malt along with fruits such as plums, apples, raisins, Has a sweet taste that reminds me of brown sugar on toast in the morning along with some caramel and fruityness talked about above, and of course alcohol. It leaves a warm glow inside after a few sips that lasts right down to the last sip. This beer is truly a fine piece of art. A nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation that leaves a slight burning sensation after being sipped. I found this to be very drinkable considering its 10% ABV. The 10% ABV would also make it quite difficult for me to imagine myself drinking more than one of these per session, plus the fact that I have never seen it sold in 12 oz. bottles. It says on the back label that this beer can be aged like fine wine. I have no idea how long this beer was sitting on the shelves for before I purchased it. If you want to get very drunk on truly great tasting beer pick up 2 or 3 bottles of this. If you want to appreciate it for the truly fine beer it is, drink one, and only one at a time. I got quite a nice and pleasant buzz off of one bottle and would not want to ruin this beer drinking experience by drinking more than one at a time. I recommend this beer to all everywhere despite the high price tag. I will drink it again for sure!


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Photo of wl0307
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 06/2007, served in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: pours a beautiful, bright mahogany-coloured, semi-lively carbonated body, with a semi-thick off-white beer head on the top, which dissipates at a slow pace and leaves tight lacing behind~~
S: upfront is an assertive, but not quite intrusive, aroma mixed of rum-soaked cherries, fat raisins, and perfumy fruitiness (plum-preserve, apple-peels, banana-ish yeastiness, etc.); burned brown-sugary, caramely malts hover in the background. But overall the aroma lacks more complexity and a sound structure, with a touch of warming alc. and sweetness too much to my liking.
T: semi-sharp textured, brown sugary maltiness prevails upfront, backed by a fast-developing fruity palate - sticky-plummy+raisiny+melony, plus a herbal & mildly spicy touch of yeasts - ginsin+licorice+peppery; the sweet overtone benefits from a finishing dryish touch, meanwhile it's quite warming down the throat, almost like that of a dark fortified wine, plus a slightly sticky winey feel and cloying burned sugar-cane revealed in the very end. Not too bad, but far from amazing.
M&D: med-full bodied for what I know of a Quadrupel, but the mouthfeel is rather fizzy and not as mellow as I prefer it to be, while the alc. is a bit assertive, standing in the way for fuller enjoyment. Compared with some other examples of this style I've tried, I find this one quite "underperforming" with some apparently sharp edges to square. An older bottle might be more complex and taste better, I hope?

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

33 cl. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: An amber / orange body with hues of bright orange with the right amount of light. I gave it a vigorous pour so the head was a bit huge and slightly off-white before settling down fairly quickly.

Smell: Lots of malt and yeast, of course, up front. There's a lot of tropical fruit too along with some sour cherries and apple skin. Also some brown sugar and some maple. Not much hops. The alcohol becomes more evident as it warms but not in an obtrusive way.

Taste: What I admire about this brew is the almost geuze or lambic-like sourness at the onset. With that are huge bold flavors sour and dark fruit, along with apple-skin, plum, raisin, chalky yeast, slight medicinal phenolic characteristics, and finally some brown sugar. Finishes slightly sweet before a bit of hops makes its way in there, bold and lots of malt and hints of fruit linger.

Mouthfeel: Coating because of the sweetness and the carbonation really only becomes apparent as its close to the swallow. Not as thick as some quads for sure.

Drinkability: A pleasure to drink, with the alcohol hidden very well, especially at 10% ABV. I may try future pairings with cheese because I think some great things would happen. Definitely give this brew a shot, it's fairly different for a quad in a way, but I really enjoy it and will drink it again.

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
4.11 out of 5 based on 2,301 ratings.
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