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

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RATINGS: 2095   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2004
Dirty orange-brown body with plenty of "floaties," topped by a thin off-white head. Cloves, banana, and bubblegum (Dubble Bubble) along with bread, cinnamon, and a touch of chocolate comprise the aroma. Chalky body, quite spicy, with toast, clove, cinnamon, banana, dark fruits (raisins, plum/prune) and potent yeast. Complex with a dry sweetness (is that possible?) that complements the spice. Alcohol provides just enough warmth at the finish but is otherwise contained nicely.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2004
Bottle from Pitfield Beer Shop, London. 330ml. Served in a chalice. Pours a deep, dark orange with a fluffy and thin white head. There is plenty of banana in the aroma, and no alcohol apparent. First sip is soft, rich and mild with many contrasting flavours. Dried fruit (raisins/sultanas), banana milk shake and spices, mild alcohol. Very, very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Bottle at 55 degrees F. Pours hazy orange/amber with a generous off-white head. Aroma of caramel covered apricots, spices and fresh yeast rolls. Initial taste is very sweet reminiscent of peaches, apricots, vanilla and fresh bread. Sweetness is dominant but somewhat curtailed by the 10% alcohol which gives this brew a slight mid-palate bite. Very smooth and full-bodied mouthfeel. Finishes with a faint hop presence. A very tasty Trappist Quad.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2924) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2005 Bottle, Ciroís, Toronto. Wonderful aroma with notes of perfume, peach, and warm alcohol. Fantastic hazy orange colour. Intense alcohol flavours, slight bite, yet very sweet as well. A very enjoyable experience, thanks Doug. Re-rated at International Night of Swill at Gregís (obviously a break from the swill). Thanks to Jan Primus for the bottle. It was interesting going back, as this was one of the first experiences I had with the style last year. Now I was not near as impressed. I thought it still had a fantastic aroma, but didnít find anything truly impressive of its appearance. If anything now, I found that it was a little too one sided and unbalanced - the strong malt character and alcohol were overwhelming. Sharp was the word that came to mind and the whole package was a little watery. Having said all this, I still found the beer to be very enjoyable and I would have it again, I just wasnít as wowed as originally when I gave it a 4.3. Original ratings were 8/5/8/4/18.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2004
Dark brown with nice head and very good lacing. Aroma is sweet with caramel as the most dominant note. Flavor is full of caramel. The high alkohol content is not that evident.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1516) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Poured a medium brown with nice lacing and pillowy head, lots of floaties. Smelled of leather and spice. Very warming and huge maltiness that kept reminding me of the Fullerís 1845 for some reason. Alcohol bite at the end that was very pleasant.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 1, 2004
trappist glass, K26G2, 09:55, room temp.: huge off-white head; slightly airy and cremey. dark and murky brown with ruby highlight. cremey and slightly lively palate. altogether flavor and aroma: full, mild and pleasantly bitter indeed! quad? wow! malty and slightly syrupy; toffee. hops hops hops... egh, what hops? itís slightly bitter and i cannot pinpoint the flavor accompanied with it. fruity? hardly; a little bit berry... itís great! it's smoooooth...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2004
My serving of this was not all that great, if I can get this served in the propper way and under some better conditions then I will definately re rate this thing. Lighter in colour than the tripple with a sweetness to it that is just phantastic, mostly suggar you can really get that out of this thing. The nose and taste are both sweet, the taste is kind of chalky and yeasty, that suggar is really there.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Man i wrote a review of this but my mozilla lost...that sux D. Well anyway good brew but could certainly be better. Looks ok. mouthfeel could be a tad bit less watery opn the forefront. Nose is minty and citrusy. Flavors are complex but the yeast overpowers. Good brew, could be better. G-rat

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Bottle (al little warmer than fridge temp)- pours a deep amber with a slight off-white, beautiful frothy head with wonderful lacing. Aromas of a typical quadruple ale of straw, yeast and light aroma of nuts. Hops are barley detected in the aroma. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a sweetness that tingles your tonsils. I donít know if my bottle wasnít stored properly but thier is a coppery/metallic overtone. Nonetheless, the flavors that I pick up are of yeast, light bananas, a little soap, and brown sugar/honey. A little sweet but not overbearing... overall, not as impressive as Iíd hoped.


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