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

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RATINGS: 2265   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintbypint (2830) - 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.


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PartyFowle (450) - - MAY 23, 2015
Draft. Colored like marzipan, hazy, with a pillowy head of light tan. The aroma is brilliant and complex: banana, almond, baked bread, maple, raisin. It’s sweet-smelling and beautiful. This transcendence is almost replicated in the flavor, though here there’s more raisin, booze and bitterness. The candy-like sweetness is still there, playing off smooth banana notes and a background of bread crust. Body is a creamy medium with moderate, peppery carbonation. My favorite quadrupel, and it’s not even a contest.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pumpkinhead2 (508) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2015
Bière brune plutôt pâle, orangée-cuivrée à la lumière, bien voilée, très effervescente, et surmontée d’un bon col blanc cassé, moyennement large, mais très dense, très mousseux, et très persistant. Arômes principalement d’esters de fermentation, beaucoup de banane, gomme balloune, et esters fruités (mangue, poire…), avec également un peu d’alcool et de phénols (clou de girofle et poivre, mais c’est aussi un peu limite aseptisant et caoutchouc). Derrière ces effluves typiques de fermentation, on note un peu de pain grillé, ainsi que du caramel/cola et des pointes de prune et de raisin rouge. Nez correctement agréable, complexe et intense. En bouche, pétillement très élevé sur la langue, breuvage bien mousseux, onctuosité moyenne-faible sur la langue. Au goût, c’est sans surprise qu’on retrouve la domination de la fermentation, banane mûre, gomme balloune, esters fruités, phénols épicés, alcool, levure typiquement belge. Autrement, saveurs de pain un peu grillé, léger sucré qui fait très cola, prune et raisin rouge. Amertume minimale voire inexistante, finale principalement alcoolisée, différentes saveurs tout de même assez bien intégrées les unes aux autres, bonne intensité en bouche, complexité plutôt moyenne. Très bonne bière, mais je trouve que les saveurs liées à la fermentation et la levure sont trop dominantes, je préfère les quadrupels qui mettent davantage les saveurs maltées en avant-plan.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Werckmeister (627) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAY 15, 2015
bottle at home. amber very hazy / light cloudy color. gusher. small off-white head. smelly liqueurish, dried fruits, sweetness, plums, lightly citric, lightly alcoholic. quite nice smell. full body, quite little carbonation (probably because the beer came gushing out the bottle), full rather soft mouthfeel. tastes quite alcoholic, citric, yeasty, malty sweetness, dried fruits, plums, oranges. alcoholic / fruity finish. quite good, liked the smell a bit better than the taste. taste is a bit too alcoholic for me. overall quite good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UjoKlobasa (7) - - MAY 14, 2015 does not count
Bottle. Strong banana aroma. Alcohol is almost hidden. Mostly sweet taste, light bitterness. Excellent beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tightslice (328) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Aroma is strong bubblegum, cloves, fruity malts. Overall the strongest bubblegum Belgian that one adult male can possibly allow.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing (2091) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle from Whole Foods High Street Kensington, London. Colouration is a reddish bright copper colour with a thin off white head. Great looking. Nose is delightfully fragrant and sweet. Sherbert, pear drop sweets, sweet barley, candy sugar, pineapple cube sweets, prune, sultana. Taste is sweet, candy sugar, prune, raisin, barley sugar, pineapple cubes, pear drops, little bit of burnt caramel. It’s nice but very sweet. Sweetest Quad I’ve had. Body is touch oily and bit sticky. Palate is not really sophisticated, just lots of sugary sweetness and fruity sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MelvinKalksma (59) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2015
Aroma: Banana, caramel, nuts, raisins, vanilla. Appearance: Copper colored beer with a slightly brown/white head. Taste/Palate: Caffeine in the background, caramel, dark malts, fruity, nuts. Overall: A rather complex, yet easy to drink, beer. A really good Trappist quadruple.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
androman (784) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2015
33cl bottle at home from Mitra, Maarssen. Body is clear golden amber, head is medium, tan, slightly fizzy, average lasting, good lacing. Nose is slightly liqueurish fruity, flavor is fruity, caramel, molasses, light glue, light licorice, spices, light herbs. Medium to heavy sweet, light bitter, light sour. Finish is medium lasting fruity sweet sour, light to medium hoppy bitter, medium alcohol warmth. Full body, sticky texture, lively carbonation. Not too heavy, quite sweet but not bad.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ponx (14) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2015
Aroma: Glue, alcohol. Taste: Complex. Hard to discribe. Fruity overall. Medium cardo and body.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Woc (43) - BELGIUM - MAY 3, 2015
Very little head but quite carbonated. Aroma is lovely, fresh, fruity. Taste is well balanced. Wouldn´t really guess the alcohol. Very drinkable beer. Definitely going to get some more.


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