Pours slightly opaque dark brown with a medium head that fades away quickly. Very little carbonation visible.
First sip: Sweet caramel and toffees up front with a strong fruitiness (raisins? plums?) leaving a port-like flavour. Malt is almost buried under the other favours. No hops bitterness to speak of. The sweetness lingers after the swallow and is a little cloying. Medium mouth-feel with very mild carbonation tingle on the tongue. Each swallow hits the stomach with a blast of warmth. Nice beer burp.
Wow, this is sweet! But not unpleasantly so. I'd almost class this as a dessert; one to have after a meal. It's definitely one to have in Winter - each swallow hits the stomach like a glass of hot water - not surprising given the alcohol percentage. It definitely needs to be drunk with something to nibble on, to cut through to the sweetness. A wedge of (cheap!) blue-vein cheese works well, but a cheddar or packet of crisps would be just as good.
La Trappe Quadrupel
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Same again, sir? Yes.