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


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RATINGS: 2071   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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.

ghawener's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ghawener (1457) - San Salvador, - APR 26, 2008
Thanks to Ramenen. Bottle: Caramel and licorice on a floral and spicy background. ABV is well blended into this complex brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ZacM612 (125) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Dark amber with a little haze. A little off white head that disappears fairly quickly. Aroma of dark fruits, and a little hint of alcohol. Malty flavor with minimal bitterness. Boozy, pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GoufCustom (802) - HONG KONG - AUG 25, 2014

330ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long.

Preparation: bottle stored at refrigerator at around 4°C; Popped at room temperature at 12°C (within recommended temperature range) onto the Chimay chalice.

Looks: Cloudy hazy amber brown colour with thin trace of dirt- like yeast sediments; One finger head and crumpety off-white foam which lasts for 2 minutes; Excellent sticky lacing with quite fizzy carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and sweet malt which can be smelt half a foot away, with strong fruity banana, silky vanilla, almonds (stronger as the beer warms), plums, light raisins, bubble gum, sugar, cream, light chocolate, very light alcohol, light Bel yeast and spices. Sweet and tempting!

Taste: Medium sweet amber malt, with strong plum, dark fruits, thick caramel, burnt toffee, banana flesh, strong molasses, light alcohol, spices, Bel yeast, lemon, strong bitter hops and sharp grass.

Body: Mid to light. Creamy and quite slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Moderately thick amber malt base with incredibly strong caramel which provide a base for layers of dark fruits, fruity banana, toffee and molasses for layers after layers of smooth, velvety sensation. Quite comfy and really entertaining!

Booze and Sweetness: The 10% abv is hidden most of the time, very well-managed, never screaming and blended in well with the complex tastes. The molasses is very strong but never cloying, seems to bring out the best in the phenolic spices. Great!

Hoppiness: Spicy aroma, with equally strong in lemon, hop cones and grass in taste, a standout against most Abts or Quads. Bitterness is sharp and quite potent, a good balance against the caramel and molasses for an abrupt, strong sweet and bitter finish.

After Taste: Wet, sweet, creamy and fruity to mouth.

Comments: Taste and palate-wise, its closest rival is Sint Bernardus Abt 12. While the latter impresses with big fat and rich maltyness and intensity, this one features some clever layers of really fruity esters, thick slap of toasty caramel, neat sweet booze and strong bitter hoppiness to make a name of its own. Not as rich as I wished for, it still an impressive Quad. Highly recommended of course and what a nice way to celebrate my #800 ratings! :-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Watje2010 (36) - - AUG 25, 2014
cereal, chocolate, coffee, brown, clear, rocky head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish. One of the best in its style!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
rosskyle (1) - - AUG 23, 2014 does not count
Bottle. Dark amber color. Good head retention. Banana aroma. Clean finish. Heavy beer that warms you up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cenzura (16) - Warsaw, POLAND - AUG 22, 2014
Aroma: Dried fruits, banana, sweet malts. Taste: Again dried fruits especially plum, spices and very classy alcohol aftertaste. Low carbonation, small head and average lacing. Price [Warsaw, Poland] 18PLN at Elephant Belgium Pub.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wvhoran (200) - Tasmania, - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle. Hazy orange-brown with a firm and creamy off-white head. The aroma is fruity, caramel-esque, of yeasts and spices. The flavour is sweet with ripe peach, nectarine, caramel, yeast, pepper. Nice, not complex, but nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Coolmac (53) - SOUTH AFRICA - AUG 16, 2014
Light malt aromas. Sweet, fruity with a spicy back bone. The alcohol is very noticeable but enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
qulment (18) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle/tap, dark beer quite strong, tastes heavy, perfect for winter days, strong flavours, a bit wooden, over all a very good trappist

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Niller (583) - Hammel, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle from Brugsen. Pours amber with a good beige head. Malty taste with notes of fruits, caramel, alcohol, banana. The texture is oily. Creamy mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Nice bittersweet alcoholic finish with banana notes. Quite good

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jaimie1 (8) - - AUG 16, 2014 does not count
La trappe Quadrupel is behoorlijk zoet! Het biertje zelf aan uiterlijk ziet er wel mooi uit

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