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


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RATINGS: 2098   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2005
can i just say one thing upfront before i forget? this is a trappist quadruple-- in a big fancy wire bound "bomber"-- for three bucks. three bucks! westvleteren is so expensive and precious that i have to pay a monthly royalty just for thinking about it. so unless it’s just dirt and donkey bile in this bottle, i conject that i’m going to be very pleased. the cork popped with a nice solid "thwock!" -- much like the sound of smacking a smart aleck nine year old on the head with a croquet mallet. where snifter and pour came together, there arose a murky brew, a buckskin orange-- the color of a healthy pronghorn antelope. the blog of yeast on the bottom was like the imagined fertile soil where you could plant a beer seed and expect big beers to grow. minimal head but with a pleasing feeling of effervescence. nose of apple butter, aging apple sap-- indeed, a great compost of apples amid african violet potting soil. sweet tasting, with figs and brown sugar-- lots of it-- churning in mulchy malts that were raised in a swamp of raisin muck and apple cider; a bit of sherry and lemon weave through the quagmire of belabored malts. thick and formidable as chewing tobacco. more lemon bitterness emerges late, but only to offer to help clean up the sticky malt bomb. good buzz, thoughtful complexity, and i AM pleased with my 3 dollar quadrupel, but you can’t base a whole banquet on just apple butter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cphbeerking (154) - København K, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2006 Bottled, it’s not on my top-list, but served from a keg lovingly cared for, this is a powerful, full-bodied beer that belies its Belgian-inspired heritage the moment you draw first blood: Rich, fruity from esters and warming on the coldest of days -- there’s no denying that this is a quadrupel. Beautiful it is too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 5, 2005
bottle from brickskeller (labelled as konigshoeven now, not la trappe). pours an amber-brown with full rich tan head. this is a delight: aroma is alcohol, esters. flavor is a tad yeasty (probably as a result of my mediocre pour) with big complex malts in the fore. no noticable hops here. great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2005
750ml bottle courtesy of csbosox: Murky amber-brown at its darkest, golden-amber towards the edge of glass, small light tan head. There wasn’t a huge amount of pressure released when I popped the cork like I expected. Aroma: nice bready malts, fruity yeast, musty flowers, and just the smallest hint of citrus or lemon tartness. Plenty of carbonation despite the almost nonexistent "pop" after uncorking, but not too much that it takes over the taste. Medium-full bodied, sticky, sweet, slick in the mouth. Taste: alcohol soaked bread up front, lightly spiced, then the malts and yeast shine through showing off pear, plum, fruity & earthy yeast, caramel, pizza dough, light banana & clove, wholegrain bread. Finishes with a lasting spicy & sweet malt flavor in the mouth with a lingering taste of sweet grains.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Found this baby at Kenwood liqours in Cicero.It is La Trappe,an old 3 pack.Pours a copper dark amber with a huge creamy tan head.Might be a little sour but still get a lot of fruits,and some aromatic spices.Still very good not sour like I thought.Plenty of fruits here.Ripe bananas and dates.Very nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2005
A bit syrupy and sour, with too much bitter in the finish for my taste. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but seemingly drowned out by the molasses and sour taste. Average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2005
Pours a dark and syrupy brown. Not much head. Spicy nose. Pretty average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - APR 20, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2006 Very frothy head, it doesn’t go away- and nice lacing. Fruity/floral malty aroma and flavor. Strong alcohol after taste. - but nice .

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JK (4436) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2005 Pears, malt, alcohol aroma. The aroma is dominated by fruit. Dark amber. The thin head doesn’t last long, but the carbonation does. Lots of sediment floating in this beer. Flavor is generally sweet. There is malt, more fruit, chalk. Dry finish. Sweeter and thinner than St. Bernardus or Westvleteren.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorqui (2105) - Brescia, ITALY - APR 16, 2005
(2002/2003) Dense, creamy and extremely persistent foam. Clear brown color, limpid and loads. Much bubbly. Determined and much flowery scent. Complex and sweetish . Strong taste, decided, much rich one. Notes of liqueur and yield mature. Longest persistence.

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