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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Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Netherlands
latrappe.nl

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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2,343
Reviews:
951
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
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Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured medium dark brown into a snifter glass. It initially poured with a rather large head that slowly died down into lacing or a thin layer of bubbles. A moderate level of carbonation is evident by the bubbles rising to the surface.
S: There's a pleasant aroma of sweet malts with notes of dark fruits and candi sugar.
T: The taste is complex and has flavors similar to the smell but there is a lot of underlying malty sweetness with some other hints of caramel and toffee flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate. It's relatively smooth, but the level of carbonation feels a bit light, making the beer feel a bit on the side of being syrupy.
D: Although the alcohol doesn't stand out prominently in the taste and is rather well masked, this definitely feels like a strong beer and needs to be sipped slowly.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps the least enjoyable of all Trappist beers. Fruits, candy, and Belgian yeast are hardly appreciated over the fusal alcohols. Dehydrated fruits, candy sugar, and bready yeast are present, but the alcoholic strength and a undecernable nausiating flavor persists from beginning to end. Though I want to like it, the drinkability is low. Finsihes dry, sweet, and fruity / spicy. Not a particualarly good offering for the style.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz chalice, on guest tap at Volo in Toronto.

This beer appears a hazy, dark apricot amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy ecru head, which leaves a swath of oncoming avalanche lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of apple, ripe pear, sweet wheat-tinged caramel malt, musty dark fruit, gritty candi sugar, and a smidgeon of warming alcohol. The taste is caramel/toffee malt, apple mush, generic melon, a bit of coriander/clove spiciness, waning black fruit esters, a subtle earthy yeastiness, and more very coy booze warming.

The carbonation is on the low side, but still tight and a tad fizzy, the body a decent medium weight, fairly smooth, and even a little slickly creamy. It finishes off-dry, and pretty clean, the fruitiness carrying on in a mild stumble, while the more or less subdued malt deals with a now threatening booziness, but in that playing hard to get sense.

Certainly a keep-you-warm-in-the-winter sort of beverage, this is, with the requisite memories of summer field fruit, and an adequate amount of deftly obscured booze to help suppress them. Wait, this is a Trappist brewery, so I suppose I must proffer a comparison to the standard bearers for the style, etc, etc. Ok, then - this is barely worthy of mentioning in the same breath as the Rochefort 10s of the world, but that's no big deal - sometimes a bit of scaled down complexity, and upticked drinkability is a good thing.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Rock Bottom pint glass. I had a hell of a time with the cork.

A: Pours a beautiful creamy thick head of amazing retention. Hazy gold, inviting colour. Very appealing.

Sm: Musty blend of esters, spice, malt, and yeast. Yeast scents are my favourite in trappist ales. This is no exception.

T: Cream-laced open to body of unusual build but nice balance, with a yeasty, hoppy finish. Hides its abv extraordinarily (dangerously!) well. It's a bold beer, even for a trappist quadrapul. Compared to other quads I've had, it seems a bit off (is there a "standard" quadrupel taste?).

Mf: Near perfect, except for a bit of must. It's difficult to brew with traditional methods and yeast and still avoid the musty effect, but other trappist ales manage to do it better than this one.

Dr: At 10% abv, it'll knock your socks off, but at 12 USD a bottle (in Denver, CO), it'll do a number on your wallet as well.

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Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big "Q" label, cellared for over a year. Bottle opens with a pop, pours a jeweled red-orange into a Westmalle goblet at 60º. Racing trails of carbonation can be seen in the center. After a sip the foam breaks and slowly ebbs away at one side. Slight musty cork aroma, with sweet brown sugar and caramel notes. Dried fruit flavors of raisin, dates, and prune blend with a sweet nutty almond finish and a vague touch of spice. Slight stickiness on the lips, and there is some minor earthy tobacco in the aftertaste. The feel is full and velvety, true trappist style. Not sure if it was aged too long or long enough, but the alcohol thankfully wasn't noticeable. Slighty more enjoyable fresh on tap (4.2).

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Photo of brentk56
3.44/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy chestnut color with a nice, rocky head that sheets lacing all over the chalice

Smell: Artificial cherry juice and candi sugar with too much fusel alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity flavor with a hint of candi sugar and caramel; joined by the artificial cherry juice flavor by mid-palate as well as a touch of balsa wood; after the swallow, a nice, earthy hop flavor, with even more wood, settles things down

Mouthfeel: Medium body with plenty of carbonation; a touch thinner than I would have expected

Drinkability: My least favorite of the Trappists by a big margin; just don't like that cherry flavor

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark black color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention. Aroma of cookie dough, which seems to be part of all beer from this brewery and is very enjoyable. Taste is also comprised of sweet malt reminiscent of cookie dough with some dry figs. Body could be more full and alcohol was well hidden. Still missing a little something to match the other great beer from this style thought.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes on 4/19

A - Poured out a light burgandy color with a small, tan, bubbly/soapy head. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried fruit (pear & apple), spices and malt.

T - It the apple and pear flavors came through on first sip. Also, some spice notes kicked in. It had a smooth roasted malt flavor that added a biscuity feel.

M - It was soft and smooth with a warm alcohol presence. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good Quad. It's worth the price.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of largadeer
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark but bright and surprisingly clear. In certain lightings it has a purple color to it. Very impressive.

Smell: Dried fruits, brown sugar and alcohol. The aroma reminds me a bit of port or sherry.

Taste/mouthfeel: Very fruity, reminiscent of dark berries and figs, with a mild sweetness that lingers on the tongue all the way throughout the aftertaste. Alcohol is noticable but not entirely unpleasant. A lingering bitterness comes out in the end, balancing the initial sweetness.

I've had better quads, but this is definitely good and well worth trying.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 5/8/2013. Pours moderately cloudy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, toast, biscuit, light caramel, molasses, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and moderate malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, banana, candi sugar, toast, biscuit, light caramel, molasses, herbal, floral, clove, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, banana, candi sugar, toast, biscuit, molasses, herbal, light caramel, clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and moderate malt sweetness; with an awesome malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is insane. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming after the finish. Overall this is a world class quadrupel. All around incredible complexity and balance of bright fruity/spicy yeast esters and balanced malt sweetness; and extremely smooth to sip on for the ABV. An insanely delicious offering.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My friend brought this back from when she was in Europe, even though I think you can get it in the states. 750 mL cork and cage bottle. Best before 08-2011.

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass.

Huge three finger pillow top head that leaves heavy lacing. Head is slightly tanned. The color is a beautiful robust copper.

Aroma is very complex. There is a lot of banana, raisin, cranberry, and clove smell going on for this beer.

Taste is very similar to the aroma. The raisin sticks out a lot more. There is also a carmel taste, as well as it being very fruity. The alcohol is also heavily present.

Mouthfeel is pretty clean and creamy. The alcohol is very strong which makes it hard to keep in your mouth for very long.

This beer is very filling, but tasty. I had a hard time finishing the 750, but it was too good not to. I highly recommend.

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Photo of Boone757
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Its slightly hazy deep amber body appears almost reddish in the glass; yet reveals golden highlights when held to the light. It's short but creamy off-white head slowly erodes to an average collar and some whispy surface foam. The nose is somewhat musty and lightly vinous with a candyish note and some mild caramel that rounds things out. It's gently zesty on the tongue with a very fine and natural carbonation atop it's medium/full body. The flavor is sweetish with a lightly vinous and juicy fruit character that exhibits red grape, plum, soft berries, and apple. It's well-balanced with firm bitterness; and it's alcohol is held in check at all times. It finishes dry with some noteable bitterness; a delicate wash of alcohol; and some mild, peppery alcohol spiciness. An interesting and satiating brew.
Koningshoeven Quadrupel:
This beer is very similar to the standard La Trappe Quadruple, although it displays some rougher fermentation characteristics and appears to be a bit sweeter. It pours a slightly hazy, deep amber body that appears almost reddish in the glass, yet reveals golden highlights when held to the light. It's short but creamy off-white head slowly erodes to an average collar and some whispy surface foam but leaves some thin lace as it goes. The nose is delicately fruity with a bright, candyish note and some mild phenolics that waver in the background. It's gently zesty on the tongue with a very fine and natural carbonation atop it's medium/full body. The flavor delivers a sweetish and juicy fruit character (soft berries, apple, plum) and some light caramel. It's well-balanced with a moderate bitterness; and it's alcohol is held in check at all times. It finishes dry, with some light phenols (higher alcohols with a green-apple and plastic-like character). Still, it's fermentation flaws are minimal, and would probably go unnoticed by most. A nice beer that's worth a shot.
 

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Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've been looking forward to trying this for some time. Superb, lightly spicy aroma with caramel malt and hints of honey. ABV well hidden. The light spicing in the nose is much more obvious in tasting. Rich and complex flavor but, unfortunately, it is just too sweet. On the other hand, the aftertaste is great.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ebenezer's the night after Night of the Funk - November 6, 2010. Served in a chalice.

The pour brings a nice moderate brown color with a bit of a crimson-garnet hue. Really nice off-white head with a good dosing of lace on the edges of the glass. The nose brings forward some nice dark fruit characteristics with dates and figs plus some light caramel. A bit of malt and plum plus some light brown sugar notes and a bit of alcohol.

The flavor is nice with a bit of malt sweetness and light booze. The yeast does a nice job creating some esters alongside caramel plus plums, dates, and other dark fruits. A really nice body with a bit of booze. Helps bring out the complexities of the brew. Drinks quite well and was the last Trappist brewery that I needed to try to finish off the list.

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
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 nickfl
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One finger of off white head that leaves nice, thick lace as it recedes. The body is orange-brown and clear.

S - Yeasty banana, some spicy notes of clove, and lots of caramel.

T - The initial impression is like a caramel covered banana. Malty sweet, and a bit nutty in the middle. Toffee and some faint roasted malt in the finish.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - The malt character is nice and complex, but I would like it to be a bit darker with some more intense yeast character. Reasonably drinkable for a beer of this weight.

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
4.12 out of 5 based on 2,343 ratings.
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