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

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RATINGS: 2186   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (5193) - 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. Doesnít 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 (4568) - 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 (3718) - 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 wasnít 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kris1982 (1) - USA - MAY 21, 2005 does not count
Good smooth taste, a bit more sour then I expected, no stong alcohol taste. Very good aftertaste,

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sdechert (13) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2005
Dark amber color, large, long lasting head with nice lacing. Somewhat sweet with an easy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 13, 2005
Bottle from 2001. Poured a reddish brown with a thick white head and plenty of floaties. Aromas of alcohol, apples, cinnamon, yeast. The flavour was alcoholic but not overly so also noted were apples, rasins, and a medium sweetness. Good but not quite on par with the other quads Iíve tried

4
   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 itís just dirt and donkey bile in this bottle, i conject that iím 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 canít base a whole banquet on just apple butter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cphbeerking (154) - KÝbenhavn K, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2006 Bottled, itís 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 -- thereís no denying that this is a quadrupel. Beautiful it is too.


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