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Brewed by De Koningshoeven (Bavaria - Netherlands)
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Berkel-Enschot, Netherlands

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RATINGS: 2248   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Quadrupel is La Trappeís 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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2007
Hazy amber body with a small off-white head. The aroma is honey, banana, peach, plums and raisins. The flavor is fairly sweet, candi sugar, prunes, banana and pear. Medium/full body with soft carbonation and a very soft, silky texture. Decent, but lacking proper attenuation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
b33r (695) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2007
Bottle was actually Koningshoeven Quadrupel Trappist Ale- which was a very nice bottle by the way. Dark orange/amber in color with small disappearing head and no lacing. Aroma was malty with some alcohol. Flavor was malty and fruity with a bit oily mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2007 Draft @ Monkís Cafe of 2006 (this version is supposedly hoppier). Darker red-amber with a medium head. Aroma of spices, yeast & dark fruits. Taste was a well balanced mix of dark fruit, sweet bready malts, some spice, and a nice hop balance. Good Quad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2007
Pours a clear rich red color with nice sized white head that fades quickly. Aroma is of belgian spice, some fruit, and some malt. Taste is much the same with spice, fruit, some slight yeasty funkiness (bret?). Above average carbonation that makes the 10%abv slide down your throat without even knowing better. Pretty damn good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2007
A pale (for the style) copper with a thin and suddenly no head at all. Doesnít look too flavorful, but it certainly smells otherwise. Sweet and relatively heavy malt, round and broken up and balanced by the alcohol. A bit fruity to boot, predominantly cherry with a hint of tutti fruity. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but nice and sticky with low carbonation. Just not as satisfying as Iíd expect from the style. The flavors are sharp, but a bit overboard. Big sweet malt, rich with caramel balanced by a good measure of alcohol and a bit of that Belgian twang. Again, very fruity. Not very lively, but not exceptionally dull. A suprisingly spicey finish, with things like anise, and a surprisingly dry aftertaste, with only lingering fruit and alcohol. I enjoyed this and would drink more for the right price. As I remember this, it was reasonable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3922) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 3, 2007
Bottle from Spechs; Webster, TX; nose of spiceess, caramel, sweetness, and vanilla; Lightly hazed dark amber with a small tan head; flavor of spices, alcohol, caramel, and yeastiness. Good quad!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - APR 2, 2007
11.2oz bottle. Pours a beautiful clear dark amber with a large light tan head that leaves great lacing. Aroma is spicy yeast phenolics complimented by a slight caramel sweetness and pleasant floral hop aroma. Taste is malty, and slightly alcoholic with hints of sweet caramel, and a realy wonderfull spicy yeast character finished off by the perfect amount of bitterness. Med-full mouthfeel with a wonderfull spicy and fruity aftertaste. Much different then other Trappist beers but just as good.

3.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2007
Off-white hed on and amber dody. This beer is very well done : there are numerous hints, like frauits, spices. Malty, just bitter enough, quite fulfilloing. It has everything a good beer should have. Iíll buy it again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Bottle...11.2 oz. Orange hue, malty taste. Very smooth. I taste licorice and perhaps a hint of banana. Iím missing the cherry flavor that everyone else references. Iíve tried all of the Trappists except Achel, and would rate this above Chimay and Orval. Thinking of having a second tonight....great palate.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2007
No bottle on date. Pours a clear amber color with a fizzy, somewhat full, off-white head; only a small bit stays around as a frothy, persistant head. Nose is nice and malty; candied dates, light cherry, some yeast and spice, faint clove and banana with some sense of alcohol. Taste is very rich in malt with some potency from the strength; cherry and sugared date are up front with some banana, crab apple, raisin, and faint notes of yeast and pepper. Palate is medium-full, lively, and somewhat chewy in texture making it seem fuller. Finishes still quite potent but rich and sweet and lasting with cherry and date still lingering on the tongue. Not overly complex (for a quad) and with more alcohol presence than most of the style, but a little intriguing with itís unique flavors not common to Belgians (cherry and crab apple...). The more I had, the more it seemed to grow on me, but certainly a beer that would be best suited as a dessert beer or special occasion beer.


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