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RATINGS: 2516   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Had this beer on tap at Tapwerks Ale House in Oklahoma City under the name Koningshoeven Quad. Wow...what a great beer...definitely in my top 5 of Abt/Quads (and Belgiums in general)...quite possibly in the top three. Great pour....deep brown/red with some head......very fruity nose. The initial sweetness could be one of several things...including Belgium candy, caramel or just a raw sugar. Fruit immediately follows...plum, grape, apple, dark berries....its all there. Alcohol is well-covered, particularly for a 10%. A great beer to sip by the fire on a cold autumn/winter night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drfabulous (6425) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 3, 2007
The "quadrupel" does not come off as so different from the tripel, but it is an excellent beer. Sweeter than the tripel. Some taste of baked apple (as I heard someone else call it). Strong ale after taste. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hammster (187) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2007
I think this beer is underrated. 750 ml bottle. Poured a clear ruby color with a one inch off white, slightly brown head. One of the sweetest aromas I’ve ever had in a trappist. Smells like preserved fruit or prunes. Taste is sweet and subtle. The sweetness is Madeira, prune juice, and cork. A wonderful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Bottle. The pour is a medium auburn with a lasting, velvety light-tan head. The aroma is intense in apples with grapes, plums, and caramel. As it hits the tongue, green apple bursts. Plum and darker fruits follow. Alcohol is slightly apparent in the flavour. The finish is lightly bitter and just slightly dry but also sweet. This is lighter and milder than I expected in a Quadrupel. The intensity in apple flavours make this quite interesting, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Bottle approximately 2 years old. Pours a dark caramel brown, with a huge, billowy, well-retained, cloud-like light tan head. The aroma consists of fresh fruits, dark berries, plums, apples, and sweet Belgian candy sugar. Sweet smelling and inviting. The flavor actually had a bigger dose of alcohol than I expected. Noticeable from start to finish, with a good amount of heat on the way down. The fruits were all there in th flavor. Big berry and plum characters, backed by the Belgian yeastiness in the mouthfeel. Nice carbonation. Noting outside of your typical quad, but this is drinking really nice right now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Slightly vinous with rich caramel flavors. Very sweet, but with a nice, drier finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3379) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Been Sitting on this since my birthday. 12 oz bottle dated expiration 8/08. Birthday gift from my pal and fellow beer geek bikesandbeer, thanks Kevin, also painstackingly brought over from Europe, even though it is now more available in Cali, the story of the bottle remains important at least it does to me. That said, Pours cloudy copper with a half finger tan head. The nose is really nicely sweet, liquory with a nice kick of yeast. Taste is sweet, a bit syrupy and punchy. Overall a nice quad with a lot more fruit than I recall from the style though I have not had a quad in some time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Yum, yum. Yeasty and caramel in the nose. Also the same in the flavor. Alot of dark stone fruits and raisins. Alot of alcohol as well.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrianHagmeier (299) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - OCT 21, 2007
The aroma is light in malt and hops but strong in yeast. This is no indication of what your about to taste. Appearance is a beautiful red/amber with a moderate short lasting, good lacing orange head. Flavor? Holy Shnikes! This is the epitome of a barley wine. Sweat, syrupy with a strong alcohol finish. You may need a pilsner or pale ale to chase this. Still, I like its spirt and I could dance to it.....I give it 80 percent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (13611) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 19, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2014 330ml bottle (Kaisla, Helsinki) (5:2:8:3:14=3.2)
Sunset orange, thin head. Simple grainy and winey aroma. A good sipping beer - winey, not hugely malty, not hugely hoppy, fairly well-balanced. Didn’t give us much more than the dubbel, unfortunately.
Rerate: Keg (Drink Baar, Tallinn) (6+:4-:6+:4:13=3.3+)
Very sweet heady bananaey aroma, a little bit of belgian yeast, and some alcohol if you draw a lungful. Quite a monstrous alcoholic kick in the mouth on the first sip. Once you’ve peeled yourself off the back wall, it’s actually a fairly pleasant belgian strong. Soft sweet malts, some toffee. On swallowing the banana returns. A bit over-the-top strength-wise but has enough hedonistic elements to make it rather pleasant, but not great.

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