Schlafly Quadrupel - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 15
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-17-2009

Our Quadrupel features notes of stone fruit from a Belgian abbey yeast strain and the taste of sweet toffee from a touch of Belgian Candi syrup. This mahogany-colored ale is fermented with a distinct Belgian abbey ale strain, then bottle conditioned with extra sugar and yeast for at least two weeks. European hops add balance to the sweetness of the malt and yeast.

In the United States, the term “Quadrupel” refers to a very strong, dark ale with a spicy, fruit flavor and high alcohol content. The beer style is intended to be stronger than a Belgian-style Tripel, so the alcohol content tends to be 10% or more. Beyond these guidelines, there is still discussion among brewers as to what constitutes a Quadrupel.

30 IBU
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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of thirdeye11.

Pours amber/red with a small off-white head. The aroma is caramel malt with some yeast, dark fruits and a little tartness. The flavor is more of the same with some alcohol, heavy malts, dark fruits and the same tart fruit that I got in the aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Very solid American-made quadrupel.

Photo of brewerburgundy
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle, Boulevard tulip, no dating on bottle, but purchased in November 2010.

Unsurprisingly for an aged and big beer there is a minimal head on this very hazy dark apricot colored brew. The head is a yellowed paper color that matches the body well.

Maybe it's the age, but the nose is not so hot as many others have noted. It unfolds with lots of dried apricot and other fruits, a hint of brandy, and a trifling amount of Belgian yeast.

The flavors are similarly in the dried fruit domain, with lots of apricot, which is delicious, raisins, grapes, and toffee. Belgian candi sugar rears its metallic head a bit and again, the yeast is on the subdued side, mainly a little musty with some clove.

Texture is full and a bit slick. Carbonation is minimal, but that's as it should be.

I think a year or so only did well by this bottle. I quite like it and would recommend it, as I would just about anything by this brewery.

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm surprised to see so few reviews for this brew considering I just picked up a bottle at a grocery store while in Columbia for a wedding. I also brought home a bottle of their Tripel, which shares a lot of the spicy character, and I assume, the same yeast.

As Belgians go, this beer felt heavy on my palate, though now I see it's a whopping 12%. By comparison to Bush Noel (also at 12%), I couldn't expect the mouthfeel to be any lighter. In the context of a dark, Belgian sipper of a beer, this is pretty decent. Still, the spicy, sweet fig, honey, orange peel and chocolate cookie taste of this quad, while interesting, isn't quite complex enough to stand up to the legends in this style while give your tongue a seemingly endless array of notes.

Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sat on this one a few month, because I like my quads with some age on them, but finally curiosity got the better of me...

Pours an effervescent caramel with 2 finger of sand colored head. Finishes murky, probably my pour, but no head retention or lacing, appearance is wrecking the personal rating, a pity, since I believe this caries way too much weight..

S: Orchard fruit, boozeyness, plus raisins & hints of honey

T: Apple peels, dryness, a touch of boozey pear juice & some raisin up front, plus some cinnamon & brown sugar lurking around the edges. Oaky dryness, candi sugar & fruittyness dominate as this warms, plus cherry & oaky vanilla.

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation very warming, decent malt depth

Drinks pretty easy for the style & ABV, they need to slap a few 100 barrels into some barrels & run with this, well done Schafly!! Will definitely but a few bottles to trade or lay down; I see this improving at least over the next 2-3 years...

Photo of Infamous7100
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful garnet to brown with some slight orange tints. A nice amount of off white head that is slow to disappear. A tad of lacing.
S: sweet and fruity notes jump right out. A ton of malt and dark fruit like figs and raisins are detectable. Smells phenomenal.
T: This brew does well to perfectly match its aroma with one rather large addition, booze. At the back, a spicy alcoholic bite does well to quell the frutiness and tie the two together seamlessl.
M: It's a full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It's got a nice creaminess to it as well. The alcohol at the back is warming and is present in the hang along with the pleasant fruit notes.
O: One damn fine beer. Quad's are rignt in my wheelhouse and this one stands up to the best that I have tried. It's flavors are bold, but balanced. And at 12%, its a sipper that can be savored. Keeps you wanting another sip. Get some for the winter.

Photo of beveritt
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 750 ml silk screened brown bottle into a Duvel chalice. Picked this up in TN on a road trip to Florida about a year ago.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of light tan head. This settles to a thin yet complete layer of foam with a more substantial ring around the glass. The beer itself if crystal clear and the color of burnished copper with significant activity arising from the nucleation site.

Smell: Tart aroma of cherries and peaches upfront with a sour finish.

Taste: Tart cherries upfront with a solid semi-sweet malt backbone. Finishes with a hint of mild hops and a lemony-citrus flavor. Alcohol is well hidden; this almost has the tartness of a Flemish Red and hints of brett or other funk.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation, as expected for the style. Body is good.

Drinkability: A big and bold beer that sure will be a lot to power through in one sitting. Not available in Ohio, but another solid product from Schlafly.

Photo of richj1970
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a light mahogany brown with a two to three finger fluffy off white head with nice retention. Lasting at least 2-3 minutes. Some spotty lacing,

S: Some slight yeast esters, but nose is dominated by plum, date, and Belgian candy sugar.

T: Lots of sweetness up front especially when cold. Plum, raisin, date, and fig. Some spices coming through as it warms including pepper and clove.

M: Full bodied and nicely carbonated coating the tongue nicely. Tends a bit towards the sweet side when cold, but improves as it warms.

O: A very solid quad. Glad I grabbed another bottle to take home.

Photo of DevAJ
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this an hour and a half ago from Schlafly Bottleworks and poured it into what appears to be a Schlafly tulip/snifter hybrid. I like Gulden Draak 9000 a bit better because it's slightly sweeter, but this is still pretty good. Now that I know I like the style, I'll be sure to seek more quads out. It's going to be tough to beat Gulden Draak for me though.

Photo of jdkitchi
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up from the Schlafly tap room on a trip to St Louis about a little over a year ago. I’ve been waiting for it to mature and also a special occasion to try it. The date bottled was 4/19/2011.

This beer pours an orange brown with very small head that disappears quickly. I get mostly dried fruit and alcohol on the nose. The taste is similar, sweet dried fruit, Belgian yeast spice, a little alcohol burn. I get a little more sweetness and less alcohol as it warms up. There is a nice creamy mouth feel, low carbonation and enough complexity to make it interesting.

This reminds me of a beer I had a couple of years ago at the Milwaukee Ale house called Devil’s Advocate they had on cask that I really enjoyed. I like this a lot and by the way, Happy New Year.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dull orangeish-red with a pale yellowish-tan head that was modest in size with the texture and structure of memory foam. Inside lied a light to medium spaced density of lazily suspended macro-particles that floated about. The lacing was thick and spongey providing a half glass coating and coverage of the glass while the visible carbonation was strong, steady, and quickly paced.

S: On the nose lied a mixture of licorice, dry oranges, and a spicy alcohol warmth. Warm apple and pear juice notes are evident as well a spicy alcohol twang of cinnamon that was overall light, maybe bordering on medium, but in no way indicative of the advertised 12.0%abv.

T: A warming flavor of oranges and hearty bread malts, almost like French toast, first greets the taste buds. A spicy alcohol warmth of cinnamon coated french toast and warm fruit appears in the middle of the palate along with some Belgian candy sweetness and a spicy hoppiness (perhaps goldings?). The finish finds a dry boozy lacing, with a lingering warmth that stays with you and a syrupy malty finale.

M: Full bodied, syrupy and thick mouthful, with a warming and boozy nature taking over. Warm fruit, alcohol and an alcohol spiciness appears upon the swallow.

D: The 12.0%abv, though not full realized on the nose, is certainly represented in the flavor therefore limiting this to a slow sipping experience limiting consumption. The bomber I found was at the further end of the drinking spectrum for me. Best shared with a friend.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a goblet, the beer pours a copper/red color with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good, but not much lacing at all. Aroma is very sweet, malty and strong, it smells like dark fruit (figs, cherries, raisins), candy sugar, caramel malt, and a little bit of booze. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like dark fruit, yeast, brown sugar, candy sugar, brandy, and some bready malt and spice. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's nice and creamy, and also has medium/high but soft carbonation. The smoothness of this brew makes it easy to drink, but the 12% ABV does have a kick to it after a while. Overall I think it's a good solid brew. It's certainly worth trying.

Photo of DBoone
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A--- Poured straight into snifter, orange hazy color with tan head that fades quickly, a little bit of carbonation rising, pretty typical for most quads

S--- Not real distinctive, some candi sugars, malt definitely there, with hints of fruit, maybe figs/plums?

T--- Candi sugars, malt, but a little thin IMHO for a Quad, not tons going on here. Alcohol somewhat noticeable, but not too hot.

M--Again, not a bunch going on in mouthfeel, malts and slight hoppiness felt in back part of tongue/cheeks.

D--- Pretty easy to drink, tried to share with my beer buddy, Beermantimmie, but he had to head home and take care of the baby girl daughter. Probably will improve with some cellaring, overall good quality.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy dark brown color ale with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry fruits notes with some residual sugar notes and solid malt backbone. Taste is also a balanced effort between some dry raisins and other fruits with some residual sugar and just enough attenuation to balance the whole thing and some caramel and light toffee notes also discernable. Body is about average with good carbonation and alcohol is not apparent. Not as sweet as I was anticipating which is a good thing since Schlafly beer can be overly sweet. Good drinkability with just enough complexity for the style.

Photo of humanawho
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - light ruby colored with a light white head and slight lacing

S - great deep fig/caramel aroma, very sweet

T - again deep fig and caramel flavor some slight pepperyness and some cotton candy flavors

M - good carbonation but a little thin feeling

D - very drinkable just on the edge of being too sweet but not

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reddish tinted brown with a smallish tan head of lace peaking over the top and giving away quietly to a thin layer of stickiness across the top. Nice color on this as the red tone was easily visible.

full of a bourbon barrel like smell. Lots of wood in here with a bit of a whiskey like hotness. A touch of something else running around in there too, maybe cherries. A touch of yeast up front but nothing too drastic. touch of cherry were very noiceable on top of the nice full yeast flavor. The alcohol was very present and still a touch hot, but still a very nice treat.

Very smooth, it was a bit thicker then I thought it would have been and most of the carbonation long ago died giving it a somewhat syrup like feel, although significantly lighter. Very nice sipper, though more then a glass is gonna hurt you in the end. This was a monster and there was no mistaking it.

Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear garnet amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Aromas of alcohol, candi sugar and fruity yeast become present in the nose as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is rather sweet and has flavors of candi sugar and fruity esters. Notes of spices are present in the finish.
M: It feels nearly full-bodied on the palate and slightly thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although this beer masks its alcohol well considering its strength, it lacks the complexity of dark fruit flavors and sweetness compared to other beers in the style. It can also seem a little cloying at times and isn’t one of the easiest beers to drink.

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a DFH snifter to a deep reddish brown with a half finger of off white head that retains well
S: smells of spicy yeast, phenols, dark fruits, and sugary sweetness
T: tastes of spices, a bit phenolic, some dark fruits, slight caramel sweetness and a bit of alcohol. swallow is a huge wallop of sweet plums and caramelized sugars with a bit more spice
M: full bodied in the mouth with a bit too much carbonation and a dry finish. After shaking out some of the carb this beer has a nice smoothness to it.
O: after shaking out some of the carb this beer is very solid. not the greatest but far from the worst. the finish is fantastic but I fear that after drinking more of it that it might become cloyingly sweet. A very impressive beer with good flavors and solid complexity.

Photo of obywan59
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 into my Duvel tulip.

Impressive 3 1/2 finger head fills my Duvel, topping off a ruby-orange brew when held up to my review screen. Color is darker ruby held away from the light, leaning towards mahogany. A tower of bubbles rises through the center.

Dark, sweet fruit and Belgian yeast combine to give an almost pineappley aroma.

Sweet dark fruit taste of roasted malt and BIG booze. A bitterness that seems to me to be more from roasted malt than hops.

Full bodied. With the sweet taste and the thick mouthfeel, my first sip shouted RICH!!! Sticky and syrupy.

This beer is definitely a sipper. The sweetness, thickness and 12% ABV all take a toll on the drinkability, but this is a good beer.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle thanks to bobsy, a couple of years on this bottle. Really badass looking bottle, great design. Pours a dark caramel which lets a fair bit of light through, actually looks a little watery. Thin head which dies to almost placid.

Nose is all toffee, plums, booze soaked raisins and caramel. Smells and, subsequently, tastes much more like an English barleywine than a quad. Rich maltiness that borders on wee heavy territory, light juicy citrus, plums and raisins, loads and loads of booze all over - dominating, hard to find what makes them classify this as a quad, cherries, wood, earth. Boozy but the body still feels a little thin, which is not the greatest combo.

This is no quad, not even close. Still, it's a decent beer if you're okay with it not being as advertised - biggest downfall is the booziness which is not overly discreet.

Photo of MTNboy
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body has a great bronze and reddish hue. The head also has a red tint to it but is more of a tan color. There is a lot of staying power to the head and some awesome lace. Excellent looking beer! It has very strong aroma mainly made up of malty esters. The taste is very rich. It initially has a grainy taste but settles to some chocolate and toffee like tones. This beer is just right in the carbonation department and has medium mouthfeel.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a goblet.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed amber color. Just a half finger of frothy off-white head that fell quickly and left no lacing.

3.0 S: This is super plummy with a strong vinous character. Dates and fig behind that. Surprisingly lacking the telltale Belgian yeast spiciness. Sweet and boozy.

3.0 T: As expected, the taste is quite vinous as well. Again, tons of plum with dates, fig, raisin, and prune. A good bit of caramel, toastiness, and even some molasses notes. Again, a bit too sweet and definitely too boozy.

2.5 M: Heavier medium body. The amount of carbonation is fine, but it's lacking the spritziness that I love in a quad. Reasonably creamy, but a bit too thick and chewy.

2.5 D: This isn't too bad, but I really don't like the vinous character and the mouthfeel is a total turn off.

Photo of sweethome
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is deep golden with cherry hints. Frothy head that dissipates, leaving nice lacing in belgian tulip glass.

Big candy sugar and booze nose. Hints of apricots, pineapple and grain alcohol!

Big full entry - blasts out on the palate - thick. Dried fruits, alcohol fire, yeast, a hint of bread dough.

A big and blazing quad. Drinkable given heft and fire.

One of the best quads I have had.

Photo of BigBry
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Stopped in at the Tap Room in St. Louis, and saw this one on the board. My waiter told me that they had just finished a bottling run, and just filled a couple kegs to put on tap, will be gone soon. Served in a 10oz Snifter.
Clear, copper color with a thin tan head that quickly shrinks away, no lace to mention. Thick and viscous liquid that sticks to the sides of the glass. Sweet fruity aroma, raisin, plum, alcohol quite strong. Taste was a bit sweeter than I expected, more dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel. Nice flavors but did not seem to have melded together yet, still lots of alcohol burn. Don't want to sound like I am complaining, but I thought was still a bit young. Bartender agreed and the bottled version should mellow nicely. Full bodied, low carbonation, almost syrupy and port-like, but still smooth.
Also picked up a bottle to trade, should age nicely.

Photo of lightindarkness
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle into a large goblet

Pours a deep reddish orange, thick and syrupy with a dense mass of off-white head slowly rising, then settling to bubbly patches and a frothy film.

Nose is chewy, fairly sweet with strong sugary notes, but filled with much of the expected other aromas of overripe banana, pear, fig, and warm doughy bread.

Taste is full and bright at the same time. Lightly sweet up front, with a filling caramelly doughy thick body. Plenty of estery sweetness of banana and other rich fruits. A little zingy, almost with some lemon zest, but flavor is mostly dominated at the finish by a blend of acrid alcohol, estery fumes, bready grains, and slight bitterness. Resounds in aftertaste with more fruitbread dough and a sticky sweetness left on the lips.

Feel is dense and full bodied, but alcohol and carbonation seem to cut through to lighten it just a little. Carbonation is almost stinging at times, and while the style and heft demand some increased presence, this one seems a little stronger than I would normally prefer.

By style, it's naturally not overly drinkable, with a high abv and dense full body. Taste is very pleasant though, making it a nice sipper. A pretty good representation of a Quad, but not the best I've had.

Photo of garbercury
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to whartontallboy for the generous extra...Yeah Ethan!

A--Murky pale red, orange, no real lacing or retention

S--Simply put, medicinal with some fruity esters in the nose.

T--Gets better as it warms, plum, orange, dark fruits in this guy, good flavor for sure.

M--Pretty smooth and silky.

D--This beer will knock you on your ass. Worth a try indeed, I enjoyed this one.

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Schlafly Quadrupel from The Schlafly Tap Room
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