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


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RATINGS: 2314   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4617) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (3835) - 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.

   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.

   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,

   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.

   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

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 5, 2005
bottle from brickskeller (labelled as konigshoeven now, not la trappe). pours an amber-brown with full rich tan head. this is a delight: aroma is alcohol, esters. flavor is a tad yeasty (probably as a result of my mediocre pour) with big complex malts in the fore. no noticable hops here. great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2005
750ml bottle courtesy of csbosox: Murky amber-brown at its darkest, golden-amber towards the edge of glass, small light tan head. There wasnít a huge amount of pressure released when I popped the cork like I expected. Aroma: nice bready malts, fruity yeast, musty flowers, and just the smallest hint of citrus or lemon tartness. Plenty of carbonation despite the almost nonexistent "pop" after uncorking, but not too much that it takes over the taste. Medium-full bodied, sticky, sweet, slick in the mouth. Taste: alcohol soaked bread up front, lightly spiced, then the malts and yeast shine through showing off pear, plum, fruity & earthy yeast, caramel, pizza dough, light banana & clove, wholegrain bread. Finishes with a lasting spicy & sweet malt flavor in the mouth with a lingering taste of sweet grains.

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