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

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RATINGS: 2067   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2005 Poured a brownish orange color with a small head. Not as carbonated as their triple i had prior to this. Aroma is sweet of apples, caramel, apricot, and bubble gum. Flavors of caramel, dark fruit, and alcohol. Some spice at the end. Medium bodied. RERATE: Very different this time. Hazy dark copper with thin off white head and plenty of floaters. Aroma of fruit, leather, cheese, and sugar. Flavors of spice, bitter, and fruity underneath with a dry finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7826) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Lovely deep orangish/ruby color with a colossal white head. Aroma of malt, barnyard, multiple dark fruits and berries, toffee, scotch, and cabernet. Tastes malty, fruity, and with great balance and complexity. We have a winner here, people! For my money, this one kicks Orvalís ass! This one just made it onto my Christmas list!!!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt (2398) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Pours a cream, five finger plus (pour very slowly) head that goes slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation. Nose is a sweet malty nutmeg. Starts smooth and sweet, has a mellow finish. $8.54 for a 750ml bottle from Oliverís Beverage Albany, NY.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2004
Amber color, heavy sweet fruity aroma and taste, full body, light sweet alcoholic finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Drinker101 (54) - East Ridge, Tennessee, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Very muddy brown color. Pretty light lacing. Aroma is sweet and nutty. This beer kicks ass! I love the tastes of the pineapple, grapes, and candy. This is so far the best I have had!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5465) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2005 Pours a sweet amber color with reddish hints with a frothy off-white head. Has quite a spicy aroma, dried fruits, extra sweetness. Definite alcohol present in both smell and taste. Quite sweet in flavor, strong on dried fruits, a caramel maltiness, lots of spices. A bit syrupy. Good warming drink for Chicago Winters.

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Interestingly complex nose that I canít quite decipher. Flowery? Itís good, however you describe the nose. Nice Belgian lace forms on the glass. Flavor is equally as complicated, with spicy notes of alcohol. Also had banana flavors, with just a hint of bitterness. Great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2004
Deep murky amber, fluffy off-white head. Nose is a rich combination of ripe dark fruits, spices, brown sugar, caramel, fresh bread dough, and cotton candy. Flavor is loaded with intense notes of raisin, plum, caramel, with a hint of sweet molasses. Full bodied, creamy, soft carbonation, lengthy warming dark fruit finish. Very nice for a nightcap.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
arhythmt (69) - USA - SEP 24, 2004
I feel this is the best beer in the world, or at least it becomes the best beer once itís been aged for about 4-5 years. The last few aged bottles Iíve had were stunningly good; now that itís rebranded as de Koenigshoeven, it should be easy to find again in the US. The taste is the same between the two labels, incidentally. I always find the bubble gum ester to be a good way to tell whether the beer has aged long enough. While that particular flavor is good, it vanishes with age and allows the natural richness of this beer to shine through instead.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2004
09.24.04 11.2oz bottle. Bottle has LaTrappe but label say Koningshoeven...Iím assuming itís the same. Pours a rich, dark, reddish amber with slight wispy head. Aromas are very nice fruits (jammed berries) and bready (like raisin bread) with light spicing. Tons of banana. Flavor is super sweet and malty, banana is present from front to back. This beer is out of bananarific control! Slight nuttiness to the malts adds depth to the finish. Body is a bit thin for a quad, I thought and the beer is refreshing, even. Well, certainly not the best example Iíve had of the style, but not a dog, either.


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