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

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RATINGS: 2071   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (12544) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 21, 2005
Bottled (BB 06/2007)
Dark red with decent brownish head. Aroma has caramel malts, soil and raisins. Fully-bodied. Liquerish sweetness bursts into your mouth when you first zip this. Alcoholic, sweetish with plums dominating. Some earthy notes also in the flavor. Hops ride into the scene in the finish. Good stuff, but no so complex than the best trappist Abts.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2005
A Mes rate: What a crrrracker! This one is a regular purchase for me. This more than any other beer I have tried so far has an aroma that says "I’m going to get you drunk!" Dark amber body topped with a nice even head that is sadly gone a little too soon but no matter, it leaves a good coverage that lasts for the rest of the glass. Lots of different fruits in the nose but what really gets me is something that I can only describe as reminding me of Amyl Nitrate. I swear you could loose yourself just smelling this stuff. Typical quad with just a bit of something extra. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but verging on the full side and I must say the palate is great. The swoosh of sweetness at the back of your mouth at the finish is great. Fantastic flavour with quite a lot to get excited about! Bananas, pineapples, apples and a bit of sweetness but just the right amount is the order of the day. Finish is briefly bitter then almost instantly gently sweet and lengthy. Complex and well balanced pretty damn good all round.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2005
Bubblegum, raisins, figs, dates, brown sugar and rich, thick velvety malts in the enticing aroma. Opaque amber-brown with decent, fine-bubbled, tan head that recedes to a lasting cover. Some yeast/protein in suspension. Fruit and bubblegum esters are pervasive with some toasty, bready and caramel malt flavours. Mild peppery spiciness in the finish along with a soft touch of alcohol and very low bitterness. Full bodied in the mouth with a creamy texture and gentle carbonation that becomes somewhat syrupy over time. Light alcohol warming. Wide tulip, cellar temp. Bottle (June, 2005). Thanks to both ClarkVV and radiomgb who each brought me a bottle of this at the Mondial gathering. Cheers, guys!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2005
04 bottle. Pours dark amber with dark red hints. Nice fruity aroma, plums and sweet matly sugars and peppery Belgian yeast. More of the same in with flavor, but now I picked up raisins and prunes and plums. Body was a bit thin for a quad tho.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Pours brown with healthy carbonation and a thin tan head. Smells very fruity with cherries, apples, oranges, coriander, raisins and grapes present. taste is sweet with brown sugar, pepper, cinnamon, raisons, prunes, apples, caramel and toffee present. Sweet slightly alcoholic finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (4761) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Bottle: #900. Aroma is very fruity with some candy sugar and apple. Pours a transparent copper with a small white head that diminishes quickly. Very fruity up front with apple barely making itself noticeable. Finish is a little rough with a little too much alcohol flavor coming thru. Doesn’t blend very well with the fruitiness. Alcohol warmth is there, but not as much as the flavor. Sitting this for a some time to let the alcohol flavors mellow would really be beneficial.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Dark, thick brown body and a medium tan head. Smelled like a quad, tasted like a quad. Well balance flavor of yeast and golden raisins. This got better as the bottle emptied. Pretty standard quad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4473) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Sweet aroma with a head that disappeared quickly. This one was full flavored yet smooth in line with what I would expect from a quad.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (3668) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2005
I happened to have a Westy 12 today as well as drinking this, and I think this compared favorably, though not completely. The biggest differences were: the palate wasn’t as soft (it was more fizzy than frothy), the flavor was sweeter, with more obvious sugars less balanced by hops, and a marginal gap of flavor complexity. Still, there was a fair amount of stuff to like here, including the broad malt profile, the Belgian sugars, the alcoholic bite on the palate, and the generally attractive beer in your glass. Life is good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
morehops (39) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2005
I think that (for me) this is the quad of quads. Very smooth, well balanced, complex. 12 oz bottle that I had sitting in the cold cellar for about 2 to 3 years.


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