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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 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 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 matuto
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle (exp. 02/2016, drinking in 12/06/2015), in a Leffe tulip. Brown liquid, with lots of sediments, of all sizes. Very little foam. Spicy aroma (some floral and smoked notes on nose, too), which translates to mouth. Some bread and sweetness notes too. Medium body. Alcohol is present, but very balanced. When it gets warmer, alcohol starts to show too much. Low drinkability.

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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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Photo of thartman
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from brown 11.2 fl oz bottle. The label looks different from what is shown, but I believe it is the same quad. Color is deep copper and amber, minimal head and lace.

Big fragrance, banana, malty sweet, hint of caramel.

Roasted malt taste, mixed with brown banana, caramel, apple, and whiskey. Complex in nature, malty and boozy finish.

Silky smooth in the mouth, creamy and oily. Slightly carbonated, with a medium body.

Very tasty brew, a good beer to sit and sip. Probably not one to pound all night due to 10% alc. by. vol. rating.

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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 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 dbtoe
3.27/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip
Look is a dark orangish brown with a small half finger of head if that much.

Smell I couldn't get much other than a little sweetness and fruit.

Taste sweet, some spice and strong with alcohol. I thought I was drinking a carbonated brandy.

Feel a lot of carbonation and thick very nice. The mouth feel was the best part of this beer in my opinion.

Drink I'd have to say it isn't a very drinkable beer one was enough for me and I have 3 left that I'll have but am in no hurry to drink again.

Comment I've not had very many of this style but in my opinion this one is a little on the strong alcohol tasting side. I do like a strong alcohol taste but not really in my beer.

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Photo of beerkittycat
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass this beer appears a hazy coppery-brown with red highlights and two fingers of foam that linger for a few minutes then settles down to a nice ring around the edge. I pondered over the aroma for several minutes before the first sip. Extraordinary complexity with malt notes of fig, raisin, cherry, red wine, spicy yeast phenols, and floral hops. Flavor is overwhelmingly malty similar to the aroma profile. Hope bitterness is medium to balance all that malt perfectly. Mouthfeel is curious. There's some residual sweetness due to the huge malt, but not cloying, and it finishes semi-dry making this an extremely well-attenuated beer. Carbonation is medium and cleanses my palate delicately. This is one of the best beers I've ever had. Exquisite.

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Photo of chessiejackson
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just started getting into Trappist ales, and this is at the top of my list of both Trappist ales and any other beers I've had. The fruit/bitter mix was amazing and the abv is not even noticeable. The body is lovely. I was recommended the quad by a co-worker and I gotta say, excellent recommendation. They may be a bit up there in price but it's totally worth it.

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Photo of Paddez
3.05/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: I was expecting something dark and foggy but this pours a crystal clear, copper-coloured brew with a large tan head. Don't know why they had to filter this, but it sure doe make the beer look odd. The big head is nice, although it looks out of place.

Smell: Malts, caramel and alcohol. Quite sweet and fairly unappealing.

Taste: This is all malts and alcohol. Some caramelly notes and some vague hints of honey in the background. If this is a Quadrupel, then where did the buttery fruits, spices & complexness go?

Mouthfeel is syrupy and slightly cloying. The warming effect of the alcohol is overdone. Not very drinkable, mainly due to the alcoholic character of this brew.

Conlusion: I'm boggled and disappointed by this one. It is way too alcoholic and lacks flavour. Seeing as it tastes more like an average barleywine I'd say it sort of misses the style too. With excellent Quadrupels like Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus Abt 12 being widely available, this is not worth seeking.

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Photo of ljbrisson
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked this on Fat Tuesday at a dinner party with my wife and two of our friends. Poured a dirty amber color into a Duvel goblet with a thin off-white head that frothed to a thin cap and left wispy lacing through the drink. Looked very impressive in my friend's wine glass. Smell was cherries, caramel, malt, a bit of breadiness and alcohol. Mouthfeel was close to perfect for my taste, a good medium-body with perfectly balanced medium carbonation. Taste was nuts, cherries, caramel and apple, very port-like and sweet, with substantial, yet inoffensive, alcohol warmth. This is the first quad I have ever had. It was very robust and flavorful, was very wine-like, went very well with our lemon-glazed roasted chicken and saffron rice dinner. Drinkability is good, I kept wanting more, but it could be difficult to polish off a 750 of this brew by yourself due to ABV. Overall it was a fantastic brew that I look forward to sharing again.

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Photo of Raven3464
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a rich cooper color with lots of carbonation which dissipates quickly.

Smell: Brown sugar, raisins, and a flower garden come to mind but nothing is overpowering.

Taste: Flavors, flavors, and more flavors! A syrup taste dominates early and then flows into the "Belgian Twang" from the Belgian yeast. Several layers of fruit flavors become apparent as the beer warms which prepares the pallet perfectly for the tangy cinnamon spice flavor and alcohol burn at the end.

Mouth feel: I do not drink Quads often but I remember them being a little "heavier." The beer is medium bodied, which probably means light for the style. Having said that, it still almost feels more like a wine than a beer. The high alcohol content is very warming.

Overall: This is well balanced, flavorful beer deserving of the "Quad" title. If only it wasn't so expensive.

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