Schlafly Quadrupel | The Schlafly Tap Room

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by ClockworkOrange on 03-17-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
195
Reviews:
84
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
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For Trade:
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Ratings: 195 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of TheDoctor
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Service: Bottle
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A:
Fairly clear red with tons of scummy yeast chunks and a pop-fizz cap of two inches that dwindles to an off-white film. Ok retention, not a trace of lace. (3.5)

S:
Dark fruits, rustic bread, weird caramelized cereal/molasses-rum/oxidized aroma that only comes out after a swirl, some tart barny-ness from the yeast. (3.5)

T:
Chocolate covered cherry kool-aid, wood, toffee, dark bread, broiled sugar and bourbon. (3.5)

M:
Sticky, medium carbonation, full bodied, some sneaky booze. (3.5)

O:
An okay beer.
Big and sweet. It isn't the 'quadiest' quad I've ever had. It was ok, but it felt like it was big in ways I didn't like and not big in ways I do. A lot is tastes, but it wasn't very faithful to style either. It looks mediocre. The smell is nearly what you would expect with the addition of some acetic tang, and a weirdly chewy sweetness that pops right after a swirl. It is a little bit of a chore to drink. Strong as hell. If I was sure it was fresh I would try it again, just to be sure, but otherwise I won't be having this one again. (3.25)

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Photo of JoshuaWilkins-38
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stortore
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a goblet.

Copper colored pour, mostly clear. Small head, not much lacing. Smell brings malt, cherries, strawberries, caramel, figs, dates, plums raisins. Taste leads with malt, then figs, dates, plums, cherries, caramel. Some alcohol warming. Good body, pretty smooth, taste lingers.

A little lighter bodied than the norm, but the taste and aroma stack up well as a traditional quad. Liked it more as I drank it. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of TheHopsman
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jkrug5
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of blueberryann
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sweffin
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alexanderplatz
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Schlafly Quadrupel is not as complex as a Belgian quad and I would not recommend it as stand-in for, say Rochefort 10. To my palate it tastes like boozier Bass Ale sort of beer, without the same fruity, spicy elements as Belgian Trappist quads and ales. IMO the maltiness is too strong and not well balanced with the other flavors. Borders on cloying.

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Photo of Lynn
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of shauun176
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eziel
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DevAJ
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Seamus
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kingjohnh
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Suds
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murky rust colored brew..cream head. Musky, yeasty, slightly tart smell...wood and malt. Some alcohol in the nose. The taste is sweet, with a background of hops and warmth. Full body. Strong.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Azeotrope
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beastcpa
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ok, but not awesome. Others are better

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tafyob41
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GSP
2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I should start with "I am a big fan of Schlafly's" and visit the brew pub whenever my travels take me to St. Louis. I admire most of their bottle conditioned ales, and in particular their Triple. However, I was very disappointed by this offering.

My bottle lacked sufficient carbonation and presented in the glass without a head. Atypical of the style (for good reason) since it result in an overly heavy ale even for a quad.

While it offered the complex flavors of a Quad with plum and toffee, the lack of carbonation and burdensome mouth feel made it unpalatable. I would have rated it more harshly, but as noted it lacked sufficient carbonation and I fear I may have gotten a "bad bottle"

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Schlafly Quadrupel from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.83 out of 5 based on 195 ratings.
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