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


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RATINGS: 2048   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2002
I’m really digging these trappist brews of late, especially since I have a local distributer finally. This Quad is just as excellent as any imports I’ve had lately. Nice grainy aroma, beautiful amber color and just enough lace. The taste is very clean, and nicely malted. I can tell it is rather alchoholic, but it is so well balanced it is not a bit distracting. One thing I’ve really grown fond of with these trappist beers is the simplicity and lack of intense flavor. I’ve always been such a huge fan of thick stouts and Imperials, it’s nice to find brews that are excellent without overloading your senses. Like fine dining.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 24, 2002
Rich amber/ruby glow. Strongly alcoholic, but not overpowering. Well balanced with a slight residual sweetness and a hint of citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 23, 2002
Amber color with a head that turns to a fine lace. Malty aroma with some alcohol coming through. Sweet musty flavor. High malt with just a hint of bitterness at the end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2002
Similar appearance to the tripel, maybe a bit darker orange, familiar specks floating though. Overwhelming alcohol presence in the nose, touches of sweet malt and some dark fruit. Very sweet body, alcohol abounds. Dry. 600th, thanks La Trappe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SteC (135) - Oostende, BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2002
This one is far from bad, but not excellent too..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2002
Not a summer-beer. Very fruity and parfumated smell. I like the sophisticated mixture of strong violent alcohol together with the smooth fruit-notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2002
Extreme, almost overwhelming, banana and apricot aroma. The flavour is rather strong, sweet and very fruity. I found some toxic notes as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29108) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2005 [A 3 year old bottle of this surfaced in my cupboard and I noticed, that it was the first beer I entered on RateBeer 2½ years ago and therefore some 3500 sampled beers ago, so I thougt I’d resample it] A clear red beer with sediment floating around and a nice light brown head. The aroma is fruity with notes of yeast and spices I pick up coriander. The flavor is very sweet with the alcohol giving it warmth, it is very fruity with notes of prunes and wood as well as oranges and plums. Not much change in the ratings, but a better description than first time around. I’m pretty sure, I won’t go thru every beer I’ve had to rerate them. [Original rating: A very delightful fruity smell. A good flavor but a little too much alcolhol taste - La Trappe triple is better. 7/4/8/3/14]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2002
Definitely strong, but the alcohol is well masked. Not quite as well balanced as I would like. Still above average, but not what you’d expect from a Trappist.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2002
unsuccessful attempt of a westy 12. Had the typical chocolate/fruit/yeast taste, but it didnt come together like it should have....not bad though.

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