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

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La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)

Brewed by:
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 earlholman
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Lurkerson
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SharkNado
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jujubeast6000
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 12/4/2007 (bottle):

Pours a dark orange colored body, with a foamy whitish colored head, big and lasting. Has a very floral, very fruity aroma, with some spices, and some dark fruit. Is very sweet smelling. Has a very fruity taste, with some spices.

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Photo of bruachan
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i had to do some research to make sure this is the right brew, as the bottle doesn't say anything about la trappe. vamanos

thiiiick foamy head that dies with time, though not without leaving evidence of its previous glory along the glass

the aroma is lighter than i expected from a quad. flowery hops and a brief yeastiness. the nose is the only category in which i can detect any significant sign of 10%

this is 10%? well hidden. so mild. if you handed this beer to me blind i would have called "dubbel". i can't decide if that is a good thing. hardly resembles a quad, but it IS super drinkable. superlatively drinkable and hugely (i say, without irony) subtle. lightly sweet, with dark fruit tones and a touch of brown sugar. soft

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Photo of Goatdavemac
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of irishkyle21
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

La Trappe Quadrupel pours with a medium sized head that drops to a thin coat above the clear copper colored brew. Not that much lacing is left behind but it does try and stick to the glass.

Smells wonderful, red licorice, fruits and a bit of caramel malt. Not the most complex nose, but the package is put together very well.

Tastes of sweet and slightly sour fruits, raisin, clove, a chewy malt, a bit of old hops (not in a bad way) and just a hint of that feel good alcohol warmth a big beer like this brings. I was very pleased with this one.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a full, clear brown color with a few tints of amber and ruby. A robust off-white foam with large and small bubbles carelessly intermixed forms after a careful, straight down the middle of the glass pour. It is easy to count on the trappists to make consistently good looking beer.

Smell: Dark caramel malts, molasses, some milk chocolate, earthy spices, figs, raisins, and a strong banana kick with some alcohol on the back end.

Taste: As a good quad should, the taste opens up into an opus of flavors. Caramel and molasses provide some firm sweetness up front, coinciding with some dark and bready malts. Some milk chocolate opens the palate for a number of dark fruits; figs, raisins, and plums are all noticeable but not dominant. Some clove and other spices lead into a surprisingly strong banana note, with the conclusion being marked by a firm alcohol presence. All in all, quite a nice beer.

Mouthfeel: The body is more medium than full, and definitely on the light side for the style, which is my one main knock. With all of the flavors going on here, it still manages to have a clean finish, with a soft booze accent to finish the sip. The carbonation falls somewhere between crisp and creamy and is well proportioned with the beer.

Overall: The alcohol is fairly present in this one, but it does not really detract from my tasting experience. Instead, it serves as a gentle reminder that this is a sipper and my speed of consumption should match that.

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Photo of LotsofLupulin
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of JohnofUpton
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of sprucetip
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Midnight Sun Goblet

Thick off white head with good retention and lacing. Medium amber, hazy, lots of bubbles rising, yeast visible. More golden as glass emptied. Lots of suspended yeast even from first pour.

Malts, other sugars and Belgian yeast strain hits immediately and linger. Has legs. Later in sample some fruity esters and alcoholic heat.

A very balanced blend of malts and characteristic Belgian yeast strain. Very smooth. Lovely.

Ample carbonation causes tingling sensation then alcoholic warming increases gradually. A very slight bitterness in the late middle before a sweet finish.

Very smooth. As drinkable as 10%abv can be. I have trouble savoring it as long as I should.

I find this to be one of the world's greats.

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Photo of zrab11
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Shaw
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from an 11.2-ounce bottle labeled "Konings Hoeven Quadrupel."

Pours a bright ruby in color with an off-white head that reduces to a quarter-inch of foam in my glass. Nice.

It has a complex aroma mixing a little alcohol notes with dried, sweet fruit.

The taste is excellent. Wonderful complex flavors of fruit like dates and raisins mix with warming alcohol and rum flavors as well as nutty hints.

The body is slick from the high alcohol levels but still substantial.

Overall this is a great beer and the best of its style. Highly recommended and easy to drink, even with the high alcohol level.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fishing for a few new beers to try, I grabbed this at the sterling Sun Singer, pretty sure I have never tried this before. Not only did I grab a new one, I've just sampled one of the best Quads I've ever had. Two dense, durable fingers of off-white foam top a burnt orange body veering toward medium brown. Good, decorative lacing and nice coloring push for a 5.0, but that would be pushing it. Still, this makes a terrific first impression.

The nose is yeasty and boozy, not unlike wine. It is also tremendous, flush with berries, grapes, sour apple, and fig. The taste is equally so in quality and its features. The flavor is outstanding, carrying forward all the aforementioned components into a great melange. Especially prominent, thankfully, are the berries and especially raspberries that make Koningshoeven in no small part rather tart to offset the sweet, fruity flavor. Wow.

The mouthfeel was the most difficult feature for me to rate. I was hoping for the Quad to be a little more effervescent. Yet the lush malty flavor and texture are such a treat that this could easy have a five-star mouthfeel. It feels as though I'm being a bit persnickety--and I just may be--but regardless, this mouthfeel is first-rate, doing so much to make this a top-notch Quad.

For a 10.00% ABV, this is high drinkable--very delicious, smooth and, despite the boozy nose, not a boozy-tasting beer in the slightest. To me, this easily ranks in my top Quads with Three Philosophers and St. Bernardus Abt. 12 as the best I've ever had. Nothing short of outstanding, Koningshoeven has created a masterpiece, its best offering in my humble opinion. Do not pass this by.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours medium brown color with a fizzy, off-white head. The aroma is yeasty with hints of bananas. This has a very full body with banana and yeasty flavors. There are lots of complex flavors that deliver a very good brew. Very well made and well worth the try.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Foley67
4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle picked up as part of the LCBO's winter release. Or it might have been some random bottles leftover from an order. In either case, I snagged a tall bottle or two - one for now, one for the cellar.

Poured into a Chimay chalice to demonstrate trappist solidarity. Opaque cherry amber, with lightly ascending carbonation. Foamy, patchy head, about a quarter of an inch that survives nices. Patches of sticky lacing, with sheets coating the sides after every sip. Looks great.

Nose is boozy, with notes of grape, caramel, clove, banana and spice.

Rich and hearty, with a sturdy malted base. Notes of banana, clove, currant, caramel and toffee. Alcohol to the finish is certainly present, but not as much as I would have expected for a 10% brew.

Booze provides a pleasant warming burn. Finishes slightly dry, leaving a slightly chalky feeling. Medium-bodied, slightly higher carbonation to cut the ABV.

A highly enjoyable trappist ale, certainly very alcohol-rich, but with a solid flavor profile that makes for fun drinking. I still think I prefer La Trappe dubbel, but this Quad is lovely as well.

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Photo of janubio
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml. corked bottle. Tasted in a La Trappe glass, pours a small head that fades soon, but leaves a good lace. Smell of earth, barn, dark fruits, caramel, spices, raisins. Full body, sticky and oily. Taste of dark fruits, caramel, spices, raisins, some liquorice, dates. Alcohol is well hidde. Great.

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Photo of SuperHop18
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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

Pours a hazy tea colored amber color with better than a full finger foamy light tan colored collar. The smell is aggressive with hints of alcohol; banana, molasses, caramel and bready. The mouth feel is silky and smooth and tangy with alcohol. This one is a sipper. The flavors, nose and feel compliment each other. Fruity and earthy with a dark fruit after taste. A real nice drinker.

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Photo of pwoods
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Comet, served in a trois pistoles chalice.

A: Pours a bright ruby in the light. Decent head on the pour with decent retention. Some lacing.

S: Lots of mild fruitiness. Light caramel aroma. Some light yeast esters.

T/M: Flavor is stronger in all areas, especially the mild to dark fruit flavors. Yeast adds a bit of spice and phenols. A fair bit of sweetness, over balancing a bit over the dryness. Body is medium to medium full with just a touch below average carbonation.

D: Drinks very easy without a hint ofthe alcohol. Still a big beer

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, murky brown from an 11.2 ounce bottle. This isn't as attractive looking as other quads I've tried but it's still nice to look at.
The alcohol comes across pretty strong, but not so strong for the style. Given that this is 10% strong the alcohol is well balanced.
Not to mention the things that the booze does to wake up the flavors that live in here!
Smooth, sweet dark fruits with the right amount of carbonation. It was a pleasure to start this brew from cold to warm to experience the flavors brightening up as it warmed.
This brew tastes and feels complete.

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Photo of kevgod
5/5  rDev +19.9%

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