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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Amber brown with a beigh head. Very fresh clean aroma of banana cream pie! some cinnamon. Flavors of tootsie roll, pie crust, adn a deep caramel lingering clean finsh. Absolutely wonderful!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Pours a dark brown with a surprising head that faded into some small fine lacing. Pretty sweet aroma, lots of candi sugar. The flavor is sweet, maybe overly so, and missing the yeast character that I really like in Westy and Rochefort (which fits the description as a Quadrupel, but what the hell, I like the yeast...)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (953) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2004
The beer poured out hazy dark orange in color with a tall blooming head. The aroma was spicy and sweet with orange peel, coriander, and candi sugar. The taste was sweet and tangy with an allusion of bitterness, and was backed by a good deal of spicy warm alcohol presence. The mouthfeel was clean and creamy. I did not feel that this beer was quite as complex as most quads, but was satisfying in its own way.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flemdawg (531) - Naples, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2004
The aroma was a lot of banana, in fact it slapped me and the pre-wife in the face. There was also some rumy raisins and then a hint of bubblegum. The body was a light brown with some particles that eventually made it to the bottom of the glass; also a fine white head that didn’t stick around for a long time. The taste was dominated by raisins, but then the rest of the fruits showed up. Some other dark fruits like plums and then some tart/sour cranberries, with a kick of bananas thrown in for good measure. Oh ya, there was a nice alcohol overtone that lasted a looong time in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Koningshoeven Quadrupel Appearance is amber/red color with a thick foamy head and a very sticky lace. The head diminished quickly and left a fine layer. Aroma was primarily of malt, bubblegum, bready and some spice background. The taste is sweet and malty with a light hop bite that lingers. The mouthfeel is smooth and carbonated, yet seemed to remain on the tongue well past the last taste. Is there a difference between this quadrupel and the La Trappe Quadrupel? This beer did not seem to be well proportioned (heavy flavors and not a lot of character).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2006 Poured a ruby plum color with a big bubble but thin head that resembled a web of some sort...smelled sweet with caramel and other malts, with present alcohol...tasted very sweet with the aroma present in the taste...prunes and bread and yeast too...well balanced...nice and underrated...if the mouthfeel was a little thicker this would easily compare with the Rochefort and Westys...alcohol and sugar in the finish...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2004 My first beer from the netherlands is a ripe and sweet chocolatey success. Orange and delicious. Brown sugar essence put rochefort to shame at times. wild! rerates even higher

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (7939) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2004
Clear chestnut with orange shine; amberish tinted head, leaving good lace. Chocolate, vinous and a meaty nose, sweet brandy aromas. Taste is fruity, like ripe brambles, alcohol comes out in the taste. Quite sweet but in a positive way, fruity and vinous. Again a bit of chocolate, warming up, ending, if one can make this concept, heavy Bordeaux laced with sweet but dark chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel, alcohol, but little burn, full bodied (surprise...) The original and olnly quadruple. Actually a very nice beer, which deserves more than being an advertisement gimmick for a non-existent style. And in an Albert Heijn bottle, at that...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2004
Great beer with light-brown color and with orange shine. The froth is fluffy and has a bone like color. This is a rich beer with complex aroma’s of dried fruits orangepeel nice malts and coriander. This beer is dens and sticky with a warm caracter. The rich taste has hints of dried plums and orange marmalade. The afthertaste is turning dry.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - AUG 23, 2004
As a matter of principle, I am forced to give this beer a 19 overall. Were I to esatblish this beer a 20, t’would not leave room for expansion. But, dang, if this ain’t the best beer I’ve ever had. Bought it at a packatge store in Georgia, and boy, did it pay off. A smooth dark beer that does not overwhelm your tastebuds at all. The taste is so complex and complete, it reminds me of a symphony. If you took the best characteristics of your favorite porter (like Anchor Porter) and your favorite ale, combined those into this quadrupel-ly fermented pleasentry, you’d have a happy time. So, go buy this. And then drink it. Because it’s good.


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