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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Reviews: 938 | Ratings: 2,294
Photo of gotbeer
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had the opportunity to have this one in quite a while. I found a bottle today, and was glad to see it again.

The appearance is a dark reddish-copper. The head has fine bubbles, and doesn't lace too aggressively. Not as wickedly carbonated as some Belgians.

The smell is of raisens soaked in vodka.

The taste contains the qualities of sour grapes, champagne, herbal notes, some earthy notes, and just a touch of phelonic qualities.

The mouthfeel is up to par with the best of Belgian Quads. Soft bubbles create a nice mouthfeel.

The drinkability is okay. It's an interesting brew, but not one I would try to session all night even if the ABV were low enough for that. It has some unique qualities compared to other quads and is worth trying.

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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 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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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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Photo of Poser
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this with some others in a last-ditch effort to get some beer to bring back from Brussels (long story). Incredible head with great retention and lacing. A dark, copper color. There's also some decent carbonation that can't be missed. Aroma is light caramel with some flavors I can't quite classify -- a little fruity and bready. This is full-bodied with a fruity, almost muscadine finish. Surprisingly thick and bready, but also pretty smooth for 10% ABV.

If I didn't live in Alabama, I would have to get another to try to figure this one out. Maybe I was expecting something like a Tripel. That isn't saying this is bad -- far from it. But part of me is reluctant to rate until I've had another.

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Photo of Takahiro
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured hazy and opaque, dark tan to brown color. foam is thin but lingers for a long time
S: strawberry, yogurty yeast
T: sweetness of dark, caramelized candy, prunes, raisins, some lactic sourness, alcohol
M: dry finish with sweetness of alcohol
O: good sipper

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

Poured from the 'Koningshoeven' bottle as I understand it is distributed under multiple names;

malty caramel and floral aroma with a presence of alcohol, dark reddish brown color light tan head,heavy cloying sweetness again with an alcohol presence, full body, smooth, lively carbonation,

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Photo of Guinness4me
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer poured beautifully with a sponge-looking creamy head and lovely topaz color. As the head diminished, it left a nice lace on the glass.

The smell was pungent but pleasant and reminded me of other Trappist beers.

The taste was powerful to me and very complex with fruity green apple overtones. The alcohol had quite a bite and warmed all the way down. It felt smooth in my mouth but had a bit of a metallic tinge that I don't particularly like. I'm glad I experienced it, but doubt I'll drink it again.

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Photo of THORN
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pt. 9.4 Fl. oz. bottle poured int La Trappe chalice. Served 50-55 F.
A: Cinnamon-brown and red around the edges. Pours half-inch bubbly head that dies quickly into thin clumped froth. CO2 trails around chalice. Leaves sticky lace around most of chalice.
T: Toasted caramel malts, /coconut, and fruits: dried pineapple, apricot, and raisins. Malty rum lingers with a bitterness that fades to nothing.
M: Medium to medium light on tongue. CO2 is very noticeable on tongue. Warmth sweeps across mouth and throat. Dry on back of tongue.
D: Alcohol is paired well with large body. Was expecting less pCO2 and more of a syrupy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Grunewald
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - poured from a 330ml bottle into a La Trappe goblet. It pours a clear dark amber color with a thick head that leaves a web-like lacing.

S - sweet malt, candied cherry and spice

T - sweet malt, candy with a mild bitter spicy finish

M - medium carbonation, smooth and syrupy. The finish is sticky and throat warming.

D - a bit too sweet, but makes a good sipping beer

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Photo of mrnobody
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a reddish brown with two fingers of beige head. Good retention.

S: Smells of malt, plum, cherry, a bit of alcohol. Very nice.

T: Tastes quite sweet, loads of fruit. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: The mouthfeel is rich and full with an appropriate level of carbonation.

D: It's a little sweet but overall the drinkability is pretty good.

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

Pours a dark, brown, cherry, mahogany color. Large head that took a minute or two to settle. I swirled the glass and held it up to my nose. Unbelievable aromas, Slight sour cherry, dark fruits, roasted malts. First sip revealed dark fruits, chocolate, heavy malt flavor. High carbonation in the mouthfeel, with a trail of caramel at the end of the first sip. WOW. What a complex, amazing beer. Hardly any bite at the end, instead a clean, crisp, big malt finish. Great beer, watch the alcohol, as I didn't and had 2-3 too many!

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

Poured from bottle into glass as part of bind taste test along with Westy XII and Rochefort 10.

Appearance: Golden Brown. Transparent. Very good carbonation with a nice head.

Smell: Big Ester and Banana up front. Some bready yeast notes play nicely. Much lighter than expected.

Taste: Very big banna notes up front. Decent sweetness to it. Not nearly the brown sugar and malt that the westy XII and Rochefort 10. Very nice flavors. Oddly, even some small hints of bubblegum.

Mouthfeel: Very light compared to the Westy XII and Rochefort 10. Very little viscosity but with a bunch of carbonation creating a very light mouthfeel.

Overall: Very good but definitely overshadowed by the Westy and Rochefort 10. Much thinner and with a dominating ester profile. Compared to the brown sugar/molasses of the others.

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Photo of Deus1138
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just redoing my review. My old one was pretty vague.

Poured into a St. B Goblet. Color is is reddish amber. Just a little bit of head.

Smell is quite sweet and alcoholic. Smells like rum. I got a bottle of rum out of the fridge and compared. Yup, smells like rum!

Taste is very nice. Not quite as alcoholic as the smell might lead you to expect. Rum soaked raisins/plum comes to mind.

Mouthfeel is light and somewhat creamy.

Drinkability is very good. Slightly more alcoholic tasting than St. B, but very enjoyable.

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

Poured into a straight edged pint glass, lots of head and carbonation, liberal lacing.

Aroma is a mix of many things, all at once. Caramel, toffee, moasses and dried fruits.

Flavor reflects the aroma, but a slight bite of alchohol as it rides down your throat.

Very smooth, with the carbonation keeping everything in perspective.

Overall incredibly good for a 10% ABV, with just the slightest hint of alcohol.

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Photo of thirdeye11
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at The Libertine last night.

Presentation: Poured from tap into a Koningshoeven wide bowl glass.

A: Pours a clear dark brown with a 1/2 finger head that recedes quickly. Lacing on the glass is nice, but I wish it was more cloudy.

S: Smell has some dark fruits, but mostly alcohol in the nose. It's not bad, but this isn't like other quads I've had. I have had this in the bottle before and it is better. Grapes are the only fruit I can actually pick out here.

T: Wow this is an alcohol bomb. I almost can't believe it. I don't recall it being this way from the bottle, but maybe the lack of bottle conditioning has really hurt this one. There is some sweetness, no hop character to speak of, and a burning alcohol up front and on the back in my throat as well. Less as it warms, and some grape characters come out but still pretty hard to tolerate. I do enjoy it towards the end though and would gladly drink this over BMC any day. Not trying to knock it, but comparing it to its peers it is having a hard time standing up next to them.

M: Pretty thin really for the style, but the carbonation and oilyness are nice.

D: I wouldn't have more than one 8-10oz serving of this on draft.

I highly prefer the bottle as I always do with anything Belgian, but this one differs the most from its bottle counterpart that I can think of.

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Photo of CaptainTripps
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle poured into a duvel Tulip

A: Poured a nice murky brownish red with a steady stream of carbonation bubbles coming from the bottle of the glass. Head? GUSHER!!! Once i got the gusher to stop, it poured a nice off white head - about 2 fingers worth leaving tons of lacing.

S: Pretty muted on the nose but still very good. Dark fruits are plush with this one along with banana? Strange but good. Also some cherry there as well. Some alcohol as well. Bready malts and of course: Belgian yeast. Small amounts of spice.

T: Plums and figs are the main factor on the taste followed by small amounts of currents and raisons. Also some slight cherry. Continuing the path of the nose, bready malts and bits and pieces of spice are there. Alcohol there, but not over the top. Dry and smooth on the palate.

M: Very good carbonation, medium mouth feel that is very dry yet creamy in texture. Alcohol is very warming on the mouth, very nice feature.

D: Very good with this beer, could drink many of these, pretty good price point as well for the big belgian style Quads.

-Very good quad here, not up to par with its belgian trappist counter parts but def worth a try.

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Photo of VWBuggirl
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a clear, dark copper color with red hints. It has a thick foamy head with great retention. It isn't as dark as I would like a quad, personally.

It smells sweet initially and requires several attempts to get past that. Once you do, you can smell hints of raisins, and perhaps even some other unidentified fruits.

The taste is also sweet the first few sips, and even now I can still only taste the sweetness. But, as you have more, you can enjoy the fruits (raisins, mainly), and a certain nuttiness. The alcohol isn't as strong as I expected, given that it has a 10% abv.

Overall, it is well carbed and the mouthfeel fits the style properly. There are several quads out there, and while this one is smooth and tasty, there are others that are better balanced with the sweetness.

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Photo of RodneyFarva
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

300ml bottle poured into a chalice

a: pours a cloudy pale brown, with a two finger head that dissipates to a half finger and stays.

s: aroma of banana and yeast esters, as well as some darker fruits. a nice spiciness as well.

t: a sweet malty flavor, banana and yeast flavors, spiciness, alcohol content hidden quite well.

o: very complex and enjoyable, glad i was able to try it.

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Photo of cpmichael
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone snifter, bottle says K1OC10

A: Pours a reddish brown, with a finger's worth of head, that dissipates after a minute.

S: This has a sweet malty scent that dominates the profile, hints of cloves and plums, as well as a bit of alcohol.

T: Sweet malty goodness shows itself immediately, this is followed by raisins and plums, some toffee and cloves are also present. Alcohol is very noticeable at the end.

M/D: This had a medium amount of carbonation, it was on the sweeter side as quads go, but it was still really good. There seemed to be a lot going on, fairly complex, I would like to try a bottle that had a few years on it and see if it balances out a little bit. Having said that, it still is really tasty. Worth the purchase.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

look: dark brown, tons of floaties, syrupy, and no head nor lacing.
smell: dark fruits like raisins, figs, dates, and wine.
taste: tons of ark fruits and very tasty.
feel: full bodied and smooth.
overall: very delicious.

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Photo of goblet
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

popped the top from a 330 ml bottle that looks nothing like the one on this page and gave it a gentle pour into my trusty goblet .

Appearance:after the pour i got a 1" off white head that dissipated to a thin sheet and a ring around the edges of the glass.the color is an amber hue on the reddish side slightly clouded with yeast ,low carbonation.

Smell:dipped my nose into the glass and took two sharp in takes .it`s got some fruits prehaps green grapes ,green apple,raisins along with alcohol,sweet malt and sugar.

Taste:medium to lite body the malt sweetness and alcohol are apparent, a bite of a spicey quality followed by some fruitness and yeast .like a raisin bagel toasted not cream cheese but it`s creamy.

mouthfeel: malt sweetness and alcohol dominant the palate even the after taste . crisp ,lite fruity sensation ,very little hops are evident in this brew you can detect the feel of yeast though.

Drinkability:this is a good/great quad one of the best out there ,smooth and strong you can`t go wrong with this beer .

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
4.11 out of 5 based on 2,294 ratings.
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