La Trappe Quadrupel

La Trappe Quadrupel by Trappist Brewery Koningshoeven
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
94
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Quadrupel sits at the top of the La Trappe range. At 10% alcohol by volume, it's a big deep amber beer with a rich, warming flavor. Full-bodied and mild, slightly sweet and just a hint of bitterness round out the palate. In the nose you will detect fruit, a faint, pleasant yeastiness and just a touch of resiny hops.

Although Quadrupel is delicious when consumed fresh, it can benefit from years of aging in a cool, dark place. The flavor of aged Quadrupel is reminiscent of port. We encourage aging of the smaller, capped bottles for best success.

Profile

ABV: 
10%
IBUs: 
22
Served at: 
12 to 15°C
Hops: 
Hallertau Northern Brewer and Slovenian Super Steirer
Malts: 
Pale, Munich, Caramel and Roasted
Judges Review 
Michael Heniff's picture
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

La Trappe Quadrupel by Trappist Brewery Koningshoeven is a Trappist Quadrupel and is being judged as a Belgian Dark Strong Ale (category 26D from the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines).  La Trappe Quadrupel is an authentic Trappist beer brewed at the Brouwerij de Koningshoeven in the Netherlands.  Beer has been brewed within the monastery's walls under the supervision of Trappist monks of the Cistercian order since 1884.  Belgian Dark Strong Ales are deceptively strong dark beers that have a harmony of rich malt, fruity esters, and peppery phenolics. This Trappist ale measures in at 10% ABV.

This beer pours a dark amber with a huge, mousse-like, off-white head with good clarity. The aroma is prominent, rich bready malt, abundant peppery phenolics with a hint of vanilla complimented by dark fruit reminiscent of plums. The alcohol is strong but never harsh. The flavor is malt-forward with melanoidins reminiscent of bread crusts. Moderate peppery and vanilla phenolics complement the lightly sweet malt. The body is medium-full, creamy with a moderate warmth. The beer finishes with a gentle bitterness leaving a semi-dry, rich bready malt character with lighter peppery phenolics on the palate.

The complexity of the malt character is excellent in this Trappist ale. The peppery phenolics and plum-flavored esters add the expected complexity. The abundantly apparent yet soft alcohol presence is heavenly. Savor this special gift from the monks.

Brewery Introduction

​“When they live by the labor of their hands,....then they are really monks.” That was written by Benedict, the “architect” of Western monasticism. According to his guidelines, monks should earn their own living. The Trappists who came to Berkel-Enschot in 1881 began supporting themselves with... Read More

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