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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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a quality quad. pours a deep amber, more reddish than most quads, and slighly transparent. The nose is of dark fruit with some clove banana smell and a little alcohol. great head retention, and just enough yeast mixed in. Taste starts off sugary, dark candy like. The finish bites hard and warms to the core, leaving a thin sugary residue on the lips. This is the best quad I have had brewed outside of belgium. The alcohol on the finish is a bit strong, and the thickness isnt quite that of belgian quads, but this is clearly of the same family, and if i didnt read the bottle i would have thought it was belgian. Good choice, my favorite koningshoeven so far.

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Photo of mattsucks
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Lukebell15
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of johntfox
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Foley67
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brureview
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been cellaring this for 7 months- should have waited even longer:)

The beer pours a beautiful ice tea color with a 3 finger head into a tulip. Good amount of lacing.

Lemon, apricot, cloves, lemon chiffon cake- a pleasant but not overwhelming aroma.

The mouth feel is not malty as in other quads, and is well carbonated for the style.

The taste is outstandingly complex-cloves, lemon, apricot, and alcohol.

As the beer warms up, the complexity becomes more amazing- more apricot and the alcohol mellows. This is a true sipper.

In general, a wonderful complex beer. Doesn't fit the tasting notes of a quad. This comes with cellaring it for a while. Next bottle will be a year or more.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of SFLpunk
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Did a tasting called "My Four Quads" - Westvleteren 12, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Rochefort 10 & Koningshoeven Quadrupel.

750mL. Cork 42/08
Pours a mostly clear reddish amber with some khaki tan head and a little spotting.

Nose: SUPER bright! More like a tripel, tangerine and peach and some alcohol burn.

Palate: Banana. Holy Banana, Batman. Banana chips. Super smooth and much lighter bodied than the Westy 12, St B 12, or Rochefort 10. Flavors are more lifted and simpler, really focused on the yeast, a wee bit of clove and dark grade honey. Pale maple syrup. Mouthfeel is boozy and slick with some prickly alcohol on the finish.

My least favorite of the 4.

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Photo of wulfie85
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of n2pux
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of dcotom
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VashonGuy
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ethanmc12
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of oso
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of magictacosinus
3.52/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a mini snifter at a blind quad tasting, courtesy of jdhowe. 2013 vintage.

Pale amber in color, with some light browned notes at the rim and held against the light. A modest, semi-frothy white head coats the top, with minimal lacing. For a beer that is quite big on the ABV, this doesn't look very viscous at all. Sort of a lightened take on the quad style, for lack of a better way to define it.

Quite yeasty and malt forward, with a good amount of fruitiness and bready flavors at the nose. Banana phenolic flavors from the yeast, dates, raisins, as well as honeysuckle (or honeycomb notes), white pepper, caramel, and toffee. Shows a good amount of restraint in terms of preventing any significant sweetness, but is really lightened overall. I thought at first that a weizenbock was accidentally poured into my glass upon inspecting this, but as it warmed up, the Belgian yeast forward flavors began to work its charm. Still, very light, as mentioned before.

The flavor delivers on all accounts what you'd expect out of your bare bones quad, but that's about it - mimics the aroma on most accounts. Big banana notes, some pear and green apple (it's possible that this is a bit too young), as well some light citrus, grassy notes, but nothing too intense. Raisins and dates from the malt follow, as well as honey, toffee, and light butterscotch. Finishes in a light-bodied, crisp sensation, with no alcohol to be found at all. Feels a little thin for the style, which is typically more juicy and saturated with malt richness. Nevertheless, it is refreshing, and doesn't show any flaws or anything too disappointing.

For a Trappist product, however, it doesn't really deliver the goods as some of its peers (most notably, Chimay Bleue), but it's definitely a good introduction to beginners to this often daunting, rich style of beer. It's a little too light overall for me and a little too phenolic on the yeasty side, but it's definitely one that I'd have again if offered to me.

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Photo of alostplot
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mphis
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of harryhops
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of mmilyko
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of adam42381
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark amber color with a 3 finger bubbly off-white head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Great combination of malts and dried fruits. Smells sweet and delicious.

Taste: Sweet dried fruit up front then a mix of spices and a hint of alcohol in the middle followed by sweet toasted malt at the finish. Aftertaste is mildly sweet with a little bit of bitterness. This is a delicious beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability for a beer with an ABV of 10%.

Overall: Excellent trappist quad. Buy it if you see it.

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Photo of ToddBeans
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.5oz bottle into a snifter. An easy pour yielded a murky russet-colored beer loaded with an ass-ton of chunks and debris. Hmm..negative point for that. Creek water hued beer was topped by a creamy light tan head that slowly melted down to a thin skim but left no lace. Okay, the beer wins the point back..almost.
First thing I noticed smell-wise was a nice whiff of bananas and doughy malt, almost like a dunkleweizen. Then I got the alcohol and caramel notes. And more alcohol. Lots of malt aroma.
A couple pulls and I was able to sort through things a bit. Yeasty malts, caramel-dipped bananas, modest dose of candy sugar. Slight green grape tartness, or was that a less-than-ripe banana? Oh yeah, mustn't leave out the (over)abundant alcohol. The feel was nowhere near as full as, say a St Bernardus or Rochefort quad. Actually, while well carbonated, it was pretty thin and a bit disappointing.
Overall, not a bad quad but this one lacks the depth and breadth of character seen in the top of the line quadruples.

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Photo of Stigs
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Point Brugge Cafe, poured into a Chimay chalice...2nd beer of the day, paired with a small (and absolutely sublime) belgian waffle and fresh fruit

A - rich but clear copper body, holds about half an inc of loose and bubbly slightly off-white foam. leaves behind an intricate webbing of lace after every sip. color is a bit lighter than what i'm used to.

S - sweet slightly roasted malts kick in first before a big wave of belgian yeast, gracefully following are a load of dark fruits...earthy apples, fig, raisin, grapes, orange zest...good kick of booze near the end.

T - following the nose with a sweet jump out of the gate, fruits mostly take over from there, following the nose with apples and banana. brown sugar and caramel carry the finish, which is a bit heavy on the booze.

M - carbonation is tight but not overpowering, allows the flavors to develop in turn. body is medium and slightly creamy. quite the dry finish.

D - very solid Quad...held back only by a hefty amount of alcohol in the nose and taste. next chance i get, i'm buying a couple bottles to sit on for at last a year, as i think this may develop into something superb.

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Photo of Jaisell
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong aroma of fruit and alcohol. Plums soaked in rum along with some darks sugars. Creamy tan head leaves some nice lace. Hazy dark brown colored beer with a purple hue. Thick creamy mouthfeel coats your tongue with flavors. Sweet flavor is a mix of dark fleshy fruits, roasted malts, and caramelized sugars. The sweetness is balanced by a dose of alcohol. The alcohol fades in the finish and allows the fruity flavors linger. The mouthfeel is a little too thick for me, but otherwise the flavor comes close the amazing aroma.

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
4.12 out of 5 based on 2,333 ratings.
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