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

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RATINGS: 2242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2005 Pours a sweet amber color with reddish hints with a frothy off-white head. Has quite a spicy aroma, dried fruits, extra sweetness. Definite alcohol present in both smell and taste. Quite sweet in flavor, strong on dried fruits, a caramel maltiness, lots of spices. A bit syrupy. Good warming drink for Chicago Winters.

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Interestingly complex nose that I canít quite decipher. Flowery? Itís good, however you describe the nose. Nice Belgian lace forms on the glass. Flavor is equally as complicated, with spicy notes of alcohol. Also had banana flavors, with just a hint of bitterness. Great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2004
Deep murky amber, fluffy off-white head. Nose is a rich combination of ripe dark fruits, spices, brown sugar, caramel, fresh bread dough, and cotton candy. Flavor is loaded with intense notes of raisin, plum, caramel, with a hint of sweet molasses. Full bodied, creamy, soft carbonation, lengthy warming dark fruit finish. Very nice for a nightcap.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
arhythmt (69) - USA - SEP 24, 2004
I feel this is the best beer in the world, or at least it becomes the best beer once itís been aged for about 4-5 years. The last few aged bottles Iíve had were stunningly good; now that itís rebranded as de Koenigshoeven, it should be easy to find again in the US. The taste is the same between the two labels, incidentally. I always find the bubble gum ester to be a good way to tell whether the beer has aged long enough. While that particular flavor is good, it vanishes with age and allows the natural richness of this beer to shine through instead.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2004
09.24.04 11.2oz bottle. Bottle has LaTrappe but label say Koningshoeven...Iím assuming itís the same. Pours a rich, dark, reddish amber with slight wispy head. Aromas are very nice fruits (jammed berries) and bready (like raisin bread) with light spicing. Tons of banana. Flavor is super sweet and malty, banana is present from front to back. This beer is out of bananarific control! Slight nuttiness to the malts adds depth to the finish. Body is a bit thin for a quad, I thought and the beer is refreshing, even. Well, certainly not the best example Iíve had of the style, but not a dog, either.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2004
bottle: pours a nice dark amberish red with a bog biege head. the aroma is very spicy and fruity. plum rasin, cinnamon, some banana ,maybe a little clove. a little peppery. the taste is alot of raisin and cinnamon like flavors. quite spicy and malty. subdued bitterness. nice warming feeling of the alcohol. very clean and smooth.

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 (971) - 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 (539) - Rowlett, Texas, 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 didnít 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.


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