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

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RATINGS: 2049   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintbypint (2549) - Edmonton, Alberta, - SEP 3, 2005
11.2 fl oz bottle. Koningshoeven label, served in Koningshoeven glass. Poured a deep orange-brown shade. Had a very light haze. Retained a small layer of sticky tan head, very tight small bubbles. Sweet aroma, cookie-like, malty. Aroma becomes more fruity/estery as it warms up (mild banana-bread note?) Flavour revealed dark sweet malts, some alcoholic tang noticable. Lasting malty finish with some bitterness, slight dryness and alcohol warming. Superb drinkability, very smooth palate, mild carbonation, full mouthfeel. Alcohol never becomes intrustive. Rating #400.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esp0r (1907) - NORWAY - JUL 23, 2014
Bottle from Vinmonopolet Netstore enjoyed at home
Rusty red, big beige head. Smell of plums, dark fruits, caramel, dark malts, quite fruity yeast esters, vinous, quite complex. Heavy sweet, raisins, dark fruits, almost a hint of booze, caramel, hints of acids. Medium bitter, fruit peel. Complex flavors, totally a superb quad

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ConnyPetersson (74) - SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2014
Flaska från Systembolaget. Bärnstensfärgad och lätt vitt skum. Lätt smak av alkohol. Annars skumbanan och syra.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tuxford (13) - - JUL 19, 2014
This clocks in at a hefty 10% ABV. Complex aromas dominated by banana and hints of vanilla. It has a thick sweet taste that follows right through the palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mandaritto (34) - LATVIA - JUL 19, 2014
Amber color, light brown head. Aroma: spices, yeast, malts, fruits. Creamy mouthfeel - not too complex but I liked it - very ballanced. Kind a sweet with nice biter ending. Enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingsBrew (33) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2014
330ml bottle, Tulip glass, Malty aroma, Golden-brown liquor, Bitter sweet and yeasty with dry aftertaste, Medium body, Creamy with off white head, Light carbonation, Hides alcohol content well :)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackafholmes (140) - - JUL 16, 2014
La trappe quadrupel trappist bottle from rome. Misty brown ale with a shortlived off white head. Nutty and sweet aroma. Taste is spicy sweet and strong with banana and almond flavours. Seems over carbonated to me with a medium body.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sdg (23) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 16, 2014
Pours dark amber, light brown; rather hazy; slightly tan, regular head - malty aroma, bread, yeast, alcohol, some fruits,banana - very balanced taste, light sweetness - full body, oily texture - long finish; sweet; banana

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dgkiz (10) - GREECE - JUL 15, 2014
Amber coloured beer with a little white head. Aroma banana, bread, spicy Belgian yeast, cinnamon, caramel. Taste of caramel, fruity, banana, malty and yeasty with spicy and alcoholic notes, dried fruit. Moderate bitter and full body with an oily texture. The finish is sweet, and long with fruity and alcoholic notes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerViking (2305) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle, a bit of a gusher so the lumps got stirred up, still I got out a fair amount of clear orange-brown beer with a lovely caramel-banana and cream nose. Palate is rich and dry-sweet, with more fruity peach and banana tones and a warming alcohol edge.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (70) - BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2014
The beer that pioneered the term ’quadruple’, and although the logic extension of the ’enkel’ - ’dubbel’ - ’tripel’-principle, I still fail to see any distinction between this genre and barley wines and therefore recommend to include ’quads’ into the barley wine genre. Anyway: nice mousse-like, fluffy, yellowish, stable head and warm, deeply misty amber colour with a brownish hue; assertive aroma of overripe fruits and liqueur, impressions of candied oranges and dates, pear, banana, mandarine liqueur, marzipan, cloves, caramel candy, cinnamon, liquorice, cacao powder, cognac, white pepper; taste begins with a fruity and even sugary sweetness, quite sharp carbonisation and a smooth and supple caramel maltiness with nice chocolatey and nutty accents, aftertaste spicy with a mildly peppery hoppiness and warm alcohol of brandy and orange liqueur, not that well-balanced considering the fact that its effect is somewhat astringent; the sugary sweetness from the beginning also lingers a bit. I tasted this as an old beer once, in the original trappist version with according label, bottle and glass, and I cannot help to imagine it was better balanced and more refined in those days, as I’ve heard more than one elderly pub owner claim in both Flanders and the Netherlands. Still probably the best trappist ale from the Netherlands, not counting its oak-aged derivative.


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