dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2008
3/5/08 at Idle Rich Pub in Dallas as Koningshoeven Quad. Pours hazy amber red/brown, small, quickly dissipating white head. Nose is spicy and fruity, apple, pear. Taste is spicy, coriander and anise, malt, caramel, dry, with a touch of hop crispness. Pretty decent. WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2008
First impression is that it’s huge, thick mouth, lots of alcohol, lots of dried fruit, almost a Belgian Christmas style. Next the toffee and the sweet malts, then more spice, then more dried fruit, then more alcohol. Wasn’t sure what to do with it; for a great beer, it was surprisingly not something I actually wanted to drink, either by itself or with beef cheeks and frites. Clearly the most interesting draft at RESTO tonight, simply not the most drinkable. renffisch (891) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2008
330ml bottle at Biergasthof Schiffner. Pours a deep ruby colour with a fine lacy head. Smells quite funky and definitely of "UHU Alleskleber" and fermented, sour hay. Still funky and a bit gluey in taste , but mixed with all sorts of gooey boiled sweet fruit. Well balaanced. delicious stuff. DenverLogan (1300) - North Bend, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2008
1994 bottle...brown, small head. Rich malt and cardboard aroma, but the flavor is amazingly rich with sweet fruits, tasty malts, toffee. Very nicely aged. Far better balanced than a newer Koenings Hoeven Quad which tends to be hot in the alcohol. chimaybier (53) - Redding, California, USA - MAR 4, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2008 This was my first bottle in 10 years. It was as I remember. I had the 750ML corked version. The pour: deep caramel color with a head with large bubbles. (This usually is a result of bottle conditioning.) The bouquet: heavy "Trappist" yeast smell. Very fruity- dates, figs, raisins. The palate: intense, malty, sweet- you can definitely tell this ale is fermented with Belgian candy sugar. The finish: definite alcohol "bite" at the back of the tongue. Aftertaste: nutty, toffeeish. Very good Quad... not the world’s very best, but it’s up there.
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2008
i thought i would like this a lot more than i did.
i bought it in a pint/glass gift set under the moniker "Koenings Hoeven Quadrupel Trappist Ale". When poured, NO head was produced. Flavor was pretty good, with plum and raisins and malt.
did i not let it ferment properly? why was there no head? most people seem to report a beautifully laced head. i got nothin’.
i’ll try it again, at the very least to get another trappist glass, but i donno if its in my radar of favorite beers.
granted, though, i’m not much of a belgian guy. mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Bottle. Poured a surprisingly clear reddish brown with a good amount of head, that lasted for only a minute. Aromas of cherries, beet sugar, molasses, some light malt notes. Mouthfeel is fairly sweet, thick, but with a striking metallic note to it (it’s an older bottle, so that may explain it). A decent quad, but definitely not the best. A little too light for my liking, but a good choice if you don’t want something as intense as say, a Chimay Bleu. smith4498 (3687) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Pours a dark amber with tan head. Aromas of grapes, raisins, figs. Flavor is mildly sweet with some spices and bitterness. The alcohol is slightly noticable but not overwhelming. A very well made quad. Not the best but very good nonethelesss. I will definately drink this again. borisz (418) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2008
Bottle 33 CL, Nice beer, amber, clear, frothy, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, medium body, padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - FEB 19, 2008
On tap at O’Briens in San Diego. Flavors of some spice and yeast. A very nice example of a Quadrupel.