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

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RATINGS: 2051   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 23, 2004
This beer makes me want to sing ’Let’s Get It On’ to it. Because drinking you can never be wrong, with a beer so true... I don’t see anything wrong with this beer. Its taste is smooth and full of a spicy cloves, bread and cinnamon and maybe some bananas too. It’s got a 10% ABV but it doesn’t taste like it. It’s just a very pleasant and warm (I had it around room remperature to bring out the tastes and complexities). Well, until I find something wrong with this beer I’ll leave it with a perfect rating I think.

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 it’s been aged for about 4-5 years. The last few aged bottles I’ve had were stunningly good; now that it’s 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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2005
As good of a beer as one is ever going to find. Deep, multi-layered fruit and caramel flavors, very mild hoppiness, light carbonation, translucent amber color. I love this beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
aenimopiate (176) - The United States of Texas, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 Wow, I really like the smell and taste of this beer. It has heavy overtones of fruits in both. As previously stated, there is really no head to speak of, but that’s not really a quality I care about when dealing with a trappist beer. I enjoy and recommend this beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RigorMortis (24) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2008
Currently my favorite beer. It’s all about the richness of taste and aroma with the perfectly balanced notes of fruit. Almost too delicious and drinkable given the strength.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
phildorsey (154) - Fort Carson, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2008 caramel flavor with hint of citrus. slightly orange with a heavy frothy head. lightly bitter, wonderful taste. Overall Impression: Great Beer! My best rating so far...After spending three years in Europe and sampling everything in sight; I’m very impressed. Look out Germany, Holland is knocking at your Bier Door...

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gelaarsdekater (3) - USA - SEP 7, 2012 does not count
The one and only original Quadrupel!! This Trappist Quadrupel is the basic beer in this style. It’s smooth, fruity. Some caramel, coffee and roasty aroma. In the end it has a long lasting taste of roasted bread and a kind of caramel sweetness.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hstreet (70) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2012
This is by far the best trappist ale I’ve had to date hands down. I can’t give any negative points about the brew. Straight up tens and fives in my book!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CowboyKatana (12) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2013
What a quad should be. A crisp Trappist Quad. The color is a light amber. Delicious bit of yeast flavor. You have a trace flavor of the alcohol. Let this beer warm to about 45 to 50 degrees to let the aroma out. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (523) - BELGIUM - MAY 26, 2013
Bouteille très jolie comme toute la série de La Trappe puisqu’elle est uniformisée. Nous sommes aujourd’hui face au grand chef sioux : la quadruple. 10 % abv au compteur, attention il va faire chaud sous le tepee !! Liquide très joli, sur une couleur ambre profond à roux. Clarté limpide, milliers de bulles fines partout dans le calice. Mousse beige claire de très bonne texture, crémeuse. Arômes sur la levure, les céréales, une pointe d’orange, puis de la prune, figue, poire cuite, et une petite pointe d’épices des Indes (n’oublions pas que la bière vient de Hollande, mais très près de la frontière belge, à côté de Tilburg). 1ère bouche à la texture suave, aux saveurs très construites, partant d’une terre de moisson, pour aller vers le blé mûr, avec une pointe de coriandre. Arrière-bouche un peu épicée. 2ème bouche avec une pointe de girofle sur du bois et des fruits mûrs. Saveurs pleines, larges. 3ème bouche crémeuse, complexe au goût, forte mais avec une rondeur de céréales. Arrière-bouche un rien poivrée. Longueur avec du malt à whisky, de la muscade et coriandre, un rien de girofle. Levure douce, splendide, lisse, tendre. Alcool magnifiquement dosé, lent et calme, mais chaud sur la longueur. Finale où la bière se développe pour s’ouvrir comme une fleur, et livrer tout ce qu’elle contient dans sa fabrication. Cette finale est le propre de toute grande bière. Les quadruples sont dans l’obligation, par leur cahier de charge, de répondre pleinement à ce critère. Sans quoi, il ne faut même pas parler de quadruple, mais de brunes, même si le degré d’alcool est élevé. Pour cette Trappe quadruple, tous les critères sont respectés, et même au mieux qu’un pauvre humain puisse le faire, fut-il trappiste !!! Ite missa est.


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