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


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RATINGS: 2491   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7411) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2008
750, corked and baled. Just pulled this off the shelf at regular price, so it can’t even be a year old yet. So this is just a control rating, not a "real" rating of this beer when it’s at the peak of its powers.
Pours a lovely glowing dark brown with a nice moussy dark tan head. No shortage of lace. Big fruity toffee nose. Nice medium body with attractive tiny-bubbled carb. Fruity, bready, toffee-like and somewhat vinous notes angle for prominence on the mid-palate. Long dry crackery finish.
This is some wonderful beer, but everything about it, from the rather forward sweetness to the hints of twang near the finish, lead me to believe that this would massively benefit from a few years in the dark. That would probably turn it into a world-beater.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ObsceneOne (32) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Another great Trappist. Hot but balanced with sweet and spice. All around a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2008 burnt orange in color. Aromas of vanilla and apricot. Sweet vanilla taste, some banana and bubblegum notes. Very sweet sticky finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rane (1004) - Nibe, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2008
Bottle. Reddish colour with huge long lasting pale head. Aroma dominated by dried fruits plumes, dates and figs and some malty. Taste sweet and full again with notes of dried fruits. A very nice beer somewhat lighter than Rochefort or Westvleterns quads. Welcome to my top ten.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Proteus (98) - FINLAND - FEB 1, 2008
Bottle. Red amber color with a creamy lasting beige head. Yeasty aroma with sweet notes of cherries. Smooth carbonation. Flavor of sweet malts, raisins and some yeast, well hidden alcohol. Slides of your mouth and doesn’t actually leave a noteworthy aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2008
dark amber color with a ton of huge yeast chunks and a small white head. The aroma has a ton of the malty aromas with a bit of honey and cherries. The flavor is quite light with a bit of the bubblegum tripel taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cykyc (28) - USA - JAN 29, 2008
One of my cellar favorites. For taste alone, I like the tripel a bit more. It has to me more muted tastes on the tongue and not as sweet as the tripel. Danger Will Robbinson!! Don’t drink a bottle on an empty stomach.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2009 This time a Trappist beer from the Netherlands. A dark red beer. A little bit sweet with a smooth caramel taste. Also there are dark fruits, like raisains. The 10 % alc. gives you a warm feeling inside. A very good and noble beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2008
11.2 oz. slender trappist style bottle, coded freshness date on the back label, sampled in a tulip glass. L: Hazy reddish brown with a robust pale tan head of bubbly topped, frothy foam that slowly settled into a thin creamy skim. A good deal of splotchy curtain-like lace circles the glass. S: Raisins, dates, plums, nutty banana bread and earthy spices, along with traces of clove and pepper. A light whiff of alcohol in the nose. F&T: Crisp moderate body, smooth and slightly creamy, this is a pleasant sipper. Fruity flavors of raisins, figs and plums that are bolstered by tastes of earth peppery spices, nuts, dark brown bread and candied sugar. The finish has a soft spiciness bitterness and is alcoholic dry. A really nice quadrupel, comforting on a cold rainy winter night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Draft at Monks in Brookline. Gorgeous brown color that I’d expect in a quad. Aroma was on the sweet side, malty, with just a touch of dried fruit. Beautiful mouthfeel... glides across your palate. Yeast aroma is present but doesn’t dominate. Great beer.

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